The Perfect Round Dining Table

August 30, 2014

I’ve been thinking on this subject for a while now because we’ll be able to create a little eating area in the new flat (we move in a week!). I’ve had windows open on my laptop of images to share with you, but the thought of pulling all of my ideas together for a post was sort of blowing my mind. Every time I’m 100% sure I’ve settled on a table, I see a new design I like. The trouble with looking for furniture is that you have a thing that you’ve never given so much thought to in your life, then suddenly you notice it everywhere! Every table becomes my potential table.

Things I know: (1) the table must me small, (2) we want a round table. Aside from that, we’re pretty flexible on materials. The white table is drawing me in because white doesn’t take up too much visual space, BUT that table is very popular. I’m very concerned about buying too many trendy things for the flat. I want a design that will stand the test of time, not go out of fashion. A wood table could be lovely, but we already have beech chairs, so I’m not sure if the woods should match? Also, I don’t want the wood to make the space to brown and dark.

Maybe we should just suck it up and get the white table until we can afford to really spend some money on a table? Ah, choices!

Photos via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Copper Lighting

August 27, 2014

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As we prepare to move into our new flat, I’ve been gathering up ideas and trying to synthesise the styles that are already going on with our decor. From this, I’ve observed a bit of a pattern that I think I’d like to play up. For the living room, I tend to like darker woods and brass accents. In the office, I want to explore working with white and plywood. And for the bedroom, we have teak-stained woods. I have a few DIY projects in mind for the bedroom that involve copper, so I’m thinking that copper would be the accent there, which led me to start thinking about some nice copper lighting.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen the Tom Dixon copper light around (number 5 above), but I was wondering what else was out there in the world of copper lighting. I’m not sure that light would be the right fit in my bedroom, but I was sure there must be something out there that would work. After looking around, I found that there are quite a few options out there, though maybe not as many as there are for brass lights.

There’s another Tom Dixon design (number 3) that I quite like, and some other designs with more familiar shapes, like numbers 1, 2, 4 and 7. I found all of these on the Heals website because they have a phenomenal lighting collection, but most of these lights can be found elsewhere as well. They range in price from quite affordable (£50) to OMG (£1154). I’d be willing to spend somewhere in the middle for the perfect light– I think my top end would be number 3, which comes in at £310. That would have to be a very special treat.

Copper is looking like it might be on trend for AW14, but what do you think? Do you like copper lighting?

#LipstickChallenge

August 20, 2014

Lipstick Challenge

Today’s post is a little different for me because I don’t usually step into the world of beauty blogging, but I wanted to invite you in on something I’m doing. I’ve always had very full lips, and was quite embarrassed about them as a kid. Children like to latch onto something to tease and for me that was having big lips. I’ve often been told in adulthood that “people would kill for those lips,” but childhood teasing has an annoying way of sticking with you. I think this fed into my never wanting to wear lipstick and draw attention to their size.

Red, in particular, can be a tricky colour for women to find their best shade, but a few years ago I found MAC’s Russian Red, which is perfect for me. Since kicking in the lipstick door with Russian Red, I also discovered MAC’s Rebel and the occasional hot pink. I tend to only wear these when my band plays shows, but I’ve decided to challenge myself to wear lipstick everyday.

I don’t wear very much makeup– typically brow powder (if I can be bothered) and mascara is all I wear, but when I do put on a full face of make-up it makes a huge difference to my appearance. I don’t want to look like a different person, but I would like to start making a little more effort, which is why I think the simple addition of lipstick could be fun to try. I’m challenging myself to try wearing lipstick everyday to see how I feel. If I like it, I’ll start trying new colours and, who knows, eventually even some blush!

Do you wear lipstick? What’s your shade?

Ferm Living AW14 Collection

August 18, 2014

Ferm Living’s autumn/winter collection goes on sale in October, but it’s available to preview on their website now. They consistently do a brilliant job of mixing clean designs with interesting patterns, and AW14 doesn’t disappoint. One thing that I find interesting about their collections is that they seem to work within a consistent colour palette. This is useful because if makes it much easier for mixing and matching of items. My favourites from the collection are the rugs and cushions, but I tend to be drawn to buying those anyway. Have a click around their site and organise your October budgets accordingly!

Photos courtesy of Ferm Living