Our Home on Made x Unboxed

July 22, 2014


About a month ago our house was photographed for Made.com to feature on the newly unveiled Unboxed section of their website. The microsite features photos from some of their customers, allowing you to see what their pieces look like in situ and get inspired! We were featured because of our Ritchie sofa we bought from them, which we love. Do we lay a blanket over it every time we eat to keep it pristine?… Maybe.

Anyway, here are a few photos of other homes that I liked after having a little look around…

Not all of the pictures we shot of our house are featured yet, and I did an interview that I imagine will surface at some later point, but I invite you to go have a look at our profile and have a cheeky peek into some of the other homes.

Seeing my house photographed through someone else’s eyes has really pointed out the things I’d like to work on after we move. Immediately after the shoot, i realised how boring my bedroom was, and that’s when I started putting in the work to get it finished. Now looking at the photos of my living room, I realise that it could use a lot more colour, and our music set up still has a little ways to go to get it looking sleek. It’s nice to take a step back sometimes to see how I can keep improving.

Photos courtesy of Made.com

Instagrams from Croatia

July 18, 2014


I hate to go missing from the blog for long periods of time. I just wanted to check in to say ‘hi’ and to let you know to follow me on Instagram to see what I’m getting up to in Croatia in real-time. Even though I’m making myself remember to Instagram, I brought along a camera and lots of film to capture it all and share it with you in a post next week.

Plywood Furniture

July 16, 2014

Typically I’m into slightly darker/richly toned woods (walnut, teak, cedar), but as we start thinking about moving into a new flat, I find myself attracted to a new type of wood for a potential office: plywood. In my mind, plywood has always been a building material that is eventually covered up. It’s cheap and light in tone, so it’s not really viewed as a high-end furniture material. Over the years I’ve seen it used in minimalist homes as a simple material for cabinets, walls, and furniture and I think it must have slowly grown on me!

I’ve still not managed to find the perfect desk, but now I’m not so sorry about that because I’m considering the idea of building one! You may remember me mentioning liking shelf desks– well, what if I made one of those from plywood?! With a bookcase to match?!

I feel like I can hear you saying that you’re not convinced, and understandably so for all of the hang-ups I mentioned above. Given the affordable nature of plywood, though, it’s worth having a go to see what I can make. I don’t know anything about building furniture, but I’ve made a few flat-packed pieces in my day. I reckon that between my husband and I, we could figure it out… if I can sell him on the idea first.

Have you built any DIY furniture with plywood? Any tips?

Photos via 1 & 2, 3, 4

Le Creuset Stoneware

July 9, 2014

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Do you love Le Creuset? The classic French brand have been producing beautiful porcelain enamelled pots and stoneware since 1925. Growing up in the States I’d never heard of this brand, but my husband knew it and told me about his design crush on their mugs.

On a seemingly unrelated note, I recently discovered the joy of salted butter on bread and have started to keep butter out so it’s soft and spreadable. I’ve been keeping it on the counter in the wrapping paper on a tiny plate, which is gross, so on the way back from lunch this Saturday I decided to pop into my local kitchenware shop to see if they have any butter dishes.

It turns out that there’s not a lot to choose from in the way of butter dishes. They’re either cow-shaped, or massive ceramic blocks. Tom spotted the Le Creuset section, and I decided to buy him his dream espresso mug and to snap up one of their tiny casserole dishes to use as a butter dish. Le Creuset make a butter dish, but it’s also pretty giant, so I feel pretty good about my hack. My husband thinks I’m weird, but I like it. What do you think?!

Bedroom Tour (Before and After)

July 7, 2014

If you’re a semi-regular reader, you’ve seen photos of my bedroom as I’ve been making updates, but today I’m ready to show you just how far the bedroom decor has come in the form of this before-and-after post. One is never done with decorating, but I feel good enough about the way things look for now. Keep reading to see how appalling the before photo is– the sad part is that I thought it looked good at the time two years ago! Oh well, we learn as we grow…

I “finished” with the living room design and I realised that I’d focused so much on that room that the rest of the house looked even more sad by comparison. It didn’t take a huge amount of work/money to improve the bedroom. Very small touches elevated the look very easily.

I did a little DIY on some Ikea dressers and a plant pot, which was simple and added a much needed touch of design. Huckleberry Fig, my plant, has also been wonderful for adding a splash of cosy green to the room. The little circle you see on the table is a coaster I made from the leftover leather I used to make the drawer handles.

triangle decorative wall nails

The last piece I was waiting on before I could do this post was my triangle wall nails to hang my necklaces. Previously, I’d been hanging necklaces on doors or flinging them in drawers, where they were getting tangled, so I’m very happy to have this nail (you can grab one for yourself here).

boucherouite rug

This is one of the two boucherouite rugs I picked up in Morocco. We chose it because it’s so bold and colourful. It originally wasn’t meant for the bedroom, but it’s perfect there and I can’t imagine it anywhere else. Of course, we’re moving in a couple of months, so who knows how everything will be shuffled around in the new flat.

And now for what you came to see…

This is what the bedroom looked like when we moved in two years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t have any more angles on this room, but you can use your imagination to see that it was dull. The reason I took this picture was to send to my family in the States, so I was apparently quite proud of it at the time.

The side tables were a failed DIY, where I tried to give them a campaign dresser effect, but I couldn’t because the wood was too hard and I didn’t have a drill. The curtains and the blanket are… brown. The change we made that had the most instant effect was to replace the brown curtains with black ones. A top tip for you is to experiment with your curtains to change the look of your room. A second top tip for you is to stay away from too much beige– it’s a depressing colour in high amounts.

There you have it! I hope you like the changes, and maybe spotted a few ideas for yourself. These were all very affordable changes that anyone could make over the course of a couple of month without breaking the bank. I’m looking forward to buying a bed for the new house and tying the look together even more!