Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Beautiful Things: Indian Dowry Box from

For toy, blanket or anything storage, this wooden trunk from is hand painted in India with a traditional pattern. Lovely.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Pinspired: Living with Black

Been thinking about black for this post. So now I have Back in Black by AC/DC in my head. Love that album. Anyway.

So this week I was inspired by this picture pinned from the brilliant blog Door Sixteen. Written by a very cool lady, Anna, whose style I've always had a little bit of a crush on. Industrial and beautiful, Anna has the ability to incorporate black into her home(s), without a hint of gothic splendour or eighties bachelor-pad throwback. I highly recommend you take a visit.

So, inspired by the picture above, how does one live with black? I've always shied away from it in my home, preferring colour and pattern (duh) on a white background. But lately I've been drawn to interiors and homewares that are black: as neutral as white, but with more depth - maybe more interesting.

Making a statement and highlighting features, think of black as an outline or a blank canvas - way better than magnolia to display your beautiful belongings or pictures. Use velvet, satins and shine sparingly (unless the Vlad look is your bag) if anything, stick to matt. Think luxe industrial, or grown-up rustic.With just a smidge of rock and roll. via pinterest
Story North
When black is too much, go super dark grey: Downpipe by Farrow & Ball. Image Jams Designs
Vosgesparis Amsterdam home via decor8 via What Would Gwyneth Do

And here's a bunch of suggestions for painting your world a little bit black:

1. Industrial Archive Drawers from Rose and Grey
2. Ribba Picture Ledge from Ikea
3. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite
4. Jielde Black Lamp from Nixey and Godfrey
5. Pia Wallen Cross Blanket from Story North
6. Mr & Mrs Smith paint in Bloomsbury Townhouse
7. Elca Cushion Linen on Black by Tori Murphy
8. Hand Printed Natural Rug from Rockett St George

Monday, 7 October 2013


For all of you that have become as addicted to Pinterest as I have (Mamas with baby feeding in one hand and smartphone in the other I'm looking at you), I've just made a little tweak to the blog. Where you would previously have seen a 'pin it' button beneath each post, you can now hover over the image you wish to pin, and the pin it button will appear. I've found it's a more reliable method of getting what you want.

Give it a go with this picture of some gorgeous industrial style pendant lights from the company Trainspotters, displayed at Design Junction at the London Design Festival 2013 - more of which later...

You can follow my boards here. If you want.