Glasto Glamping

It is that time of year again where certain folk ward off the rain through the form of uncontrollable dance. Sadly I am not attending any festivals this year but as a consolation prize I have a super sunny roof terrace and pretty loud speakers…. that’ll do, pig.

I present to you my guide from last year: 6 simple tips to glamp up your festival tent. I hope it helps those of you who are lucky enough to be at a festival this year.
Maybe you’re reading this by the Pyramid stage in the scorching sun, wishing you had bought your feather duvet. (nnaaaaaahht)

interior boho

 

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Top 5 tips for shades of grey

I am no stranger to the alluring pull of grey, whether it be slate, warm, muted or cold. It seems grey has become our generation’s magnolia, though I doubt (hope) it will ever be tarnished with the same brush.

White is white, a perfect blank canvas and back drop to any space, but grey gives you the sense of something a little deeper, with a chance to show your personal taste through it’s shades. In my neverending quest to constantly adapt and improve my living space I’ve come up with a few tips on how to use the extremeley adaptable yet current Grey:

1. Pick your shade carefully
From harsh industrial down to the other end of the more soothing spectrum, greys can pack a punch or act like they’re not even there. Choose tones that will compliment how you want to feel in that particular room or space, for example you may go for a more blue/grey for the bedroom.

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2. Use grey to offset/ pop your colours
I find that grey pushes the colours around it, like a helpful friend boosting confidence. My favourite colours to be “popped” with grey have to be white, pink and gold. Some may argue that white is not a colour but it really is and I feel that grey ushers white to the forefront in an overall scheme.

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3. Layer up with textures
Grey is a wonderful colour to use if you like your layered throws and snuggly corners. Soft knits can be seen in finer detail when they are dyed grey, also you can layer everything up in different shades or use it as a base to compliment other textiles you might already have.


4. Use nature to boost your greys
Plants and flowers look excellent on a grey backdrop – nuff said.

Grey interior
5. Use your floor as a canvas
No-one buys a white rug unless they wear plastic shoe covers and have a penchant for plastic overcoats on their sofas… though some of these types do still exist. As your sofa tends to be the largest item in your living room its normally best to keep it neutral, much like your rug. However your rugs needn’t be ridiculously pricey and can be sourced in some gorgeous patterned greys; a selection of which I have recently managed to set my eyes upon at Urban Outfitters. Here’s one for you to dribble over, you can find the rest of them at my Warehouse board.

Granite

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The silence is broken

It has been a while and for that I must apologise. However you’ll be pleased to know the silence has not been in vain. I have been interior designing my little heart out, working on a splendid client residence.

white, interiors, chair, interior designThe entire process so far has been very exciting for me.
I’ll be posting tips on various subjects within the process to help you define your own homes and the style within.
In the meantime I’ll be adding the final touches to my design, tying up any loose ends and giving my own home office a jolly good tidy!

All images can be found on my Pinterest board – Warehouse
If you would like to see photos of my completed design, please contact me directly

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Competition time

The lovely folks at FADS are offering £100 worth of vouchers to the winner of a Pinterest competition. You just need to create your own moodboard. It’s a great idea to have a freshen of your home over spring, no grand purchases required but a few simple additions like some new dining chairs can really make a big difference.

Here are the details of the competition:

“We’ve taken once again to Pinterest to restyle our perfect home for Spring, mixing some of our own items with little touches we have found around the internet to excite us. We want you to do the same, build a board in your own style for Spring, the one we like the most will win £100 FADS voucher!

You can find our Pinterest board here; have a look see what you think and hopefully it’ll inspire you with some ideas of your own. There is free reign to build a board on any room in the home, or even the whole house, you don’t have to follow our ideas or style!”

And full details on their blog, good luck!!

You can find my Pinterest board here: FADS

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Softly softly

I’ve been rather quiet lately as I’ve been immersed in interior design projects, which certainly isn’t a bad thing!
A new residential project has started and overlapped on my apartment project, so I’m putting my personal designs on hold for a month or so.

I’ve treated myself to a lovely new notebook PC which I’d spent months researching. After having spent so much time planning when to buy it, I ended up clicking the buy button online after a few too many Caipirinhas – best drunken purchase ever made, apart from a rather fetching reversible black and orange bomber jacket back in the 90′s in Acton.

I won’t waffle on about how great it is, otherwise I would expect Asus to give me one for free, (hello Asus?) but if you’re interested in something that’s light enough to pop in your handbag/manbag with a lot of memory and a touch screen (oooh fancy) – Asus Vivo Book is the notebook for you!…. my days in advertising come back to haunt me.

Next week I’ve roped my dear Mother into sewing a special laptop case for me, I’ll be choosing my own fabrics and hopefully printing my logo onto it.
Right, back to work for me, hope you manage to guzzle many a refreshing beverage over the weekend!

Image on Drinkyplops

 

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Part 2: Photoshoot

Well that has to be one of my most tiring weekends I’ve experienced!
Having started on the painting 3 evenings earlier, it had become a routine part of our lives to allocate roller or paint brush duty. Doing the little corners and fiddly bits gave me a break from the stretching and pushing action of the roller, It is exhausting, so much so I fell asleep whilst watching Usual Suspects on Saturday night at 9pm – rock and roll.

Allow plenty of time for your preparation and the actual painting, this is not something you can or want to rush. Also make sure you have a tripod and a decent camera, if you don’t then you can use editing software after to crisp the images up, try Google’s Picasa which is free and really simple to use.

Onto Sunday and we were running out of daylight, which happens to really help with photography, hmph!. (key point from all the photography blog tips I’ve been reading)
We managed to crack on despite our aching bodies and finish the last bits of painting, then it was picture time.
I moved pretty much all of my little trinkets and fancies into the store room.. praise the store room!

Behold a selection of sneak peeks:

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Living room design

I still have a few things I would like to do to finalise the design but I must say that living in the apartment this week has been SO much nicer, this is due to only having things around me that I really need and love, and of course the new fresh colours on the walls.

I will gradually introduce my things back into the space, but these things will have to be pretty special to make it in.
The next phase will be concentrating on specific areas in my home – colours, lighting, layout, objects and furniture, but I’m so pleased that the base work has been done!

 

All images can be found on my Pinterest Board Warehouse

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Part 1: fresh lick of paint

I’m currently planning my weekend which will be dedicated to the painting of our apartment.
Since we moved in we’ve had the delight of fairly muted walls and we would like to keep it that way. Having neutral walls gives you the luxury of an eternal canvas to work with; you can hang pictures and put up shelves without worrying about colour clashes or a distracting opulent background.
At the moment some of the walls are a sort of mushroom grey/ green which is in a need of lightening and freshening up. The bedroom and kitchen are both a deep red which can be a little over powering. The bathroom was originally bright orange/ yellow which sort of reminded me of being on holiday, but it was a bit much for me so I used a muted grey with a hint of blue. It’s not that I’m scared of colour, I just prefer accents and accessories within things like pictures and cushions, which are also a lot easier to change.

The exciting thing about our fresh lick of paint is that we will be photographing the space to make it available for shoots, videos etc. in the future. In order to make it as appealing as possible I’m going for the Scandinavian look with it’s fresh, clean lines. The colour I have gone for in the living and dining area is Nordic Bliss, sounds divine, doesn’t it? It’s basically a slightly off-white with a hint of grey. For the bedroom I’m using Pressed Thistle which is a sort of purpley grey.

We couldn’t quite wait until the weekend so we’ve been starting the preparation, which I’m very glad we did as now we can take our time.

A few little tips that I can now pass on to you:

1. Prepare the walls, remove any tape, fill in any holes and give them a quick wipe to remove any dust (or creepy crawlies that you’d rather not be a paint-laminated part of your decor). Also put old newspapers down on the floor and move all furniture as far away as possible, rollers do splatter no matter how slow you go; I have the dotty skin to prove it.

2. Make sure you have all your “tools” at the ready – a set of paint brushes for the tricky corners, a couple of rollers and a paint tray. (I normally throw away the roller bit after I use it as cleaning it can be a bit fiddly, also when it dries it can get crispy which won’t give you the best finish on your next paint job) I’m telling you all this because I ended up using a baking tray for paint…

3. Pick your colours carefully, think about where the sun rises; what are your brightest points in your home, where can you get away with richer colours and where should you be sensitive to the darker spots by using lighter colours.

4. Get some tunage on so you can dance while you paint, also a couple of bottles of beer wouldn’t go amiss if it’s not a school night. Painting is a bit of a workout so I suggest you round it up with a takeaway.

I’m really looking forward to putting some professional shots of my own home up on here, until then you can browse my inspiration on Pinterest – Warehouse . I’ll be adding to this board and creating a few more for each room/area as I go along.

Now for the highlight of my week: I think I may have made a couple of new fwends in the DIY shop on Chapel Market (they don’t know we are firm fwends yet), they’ve stayed open a little later every evening to mix up my paints and answer my silly questions. Next time I visit them I might go down in dungarees with paint flecks all over my face so that I look authentic, maybe they’ll even give me a discount for looking so “with it”.

If you would like help with designing your own space, do get in touch.

 

 

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Warehouse Interior Design: The Series

Welcome to a series of articles in which I update my own apartment and share my plans and tips along the way.

This is part of an ongoing project to reduce my possessions and live minimally. We are also going to be photographing our apartment to be hired for shoots, videos and adverts.
The challenge is to design a space that is both homely for us and functional for art directors and photographers.

Since moving into an open plan space I’ve not been able to hide everything in cupboards and drawers; almost everything is visible. I’ve always found that having lots of possessions actually stresses me out, so in the last year or so I have gotten rid of approximately 20 bin bags full of stuff, I can’t remember a single thing that I threw out.
Having reduced the amount of my possessions, I feel as though this project can now begin.

I’ll be designing each room/area individually whilst making sure it has the ability to adapt and change to suit our needs.

I already have a Pinterest board – Warehouse, which shows my ideas since we moved in back in November. I’ll be creating sub-boards for the different areas to showcase my changing design ideas.

Falling at the first hurdle is something I’m quite used to… last night I fell spectacularly. I bought the following to try and organise the place before beginning the first stage:
Over-door hooks – they didn’t fit as the door was too wide by about 2mm
A pole to put in my wardrobe since the other one snapped – cut too short, man in the DIY store said “are you absolutely sure its only 1m long?” “Yes”, I said. Turns out I was off by 3.5cm
A quick release plate for my tripod – too big, shoved it on anyway and now it’s stuck which means I shall have to attack it with pliers possibly resulting in a broken tripod
Some paint – forgot the roller paint tray

Hmmm, so much for preparation, ey? Though I suppose at least I’ve mucked it up with time to spare before the weekend.
What I’ve learnt from this early lesson is to measure before you buy. I will conquer this project whilst smiling in the face of constant failure!

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# 1 0 0 H A P P Y D A Y S

Deciding to take on a challenge to be “happy” once a day for 100 days may seem quite simple, but according to 100 Happy Days 71% of people who attempted this challenge, failed, quoting lack of time as the reason.
In a world where most people post a picture a day or have some sort of online social time, I’m hoping that I will take more time to look around me/ at my lovely friends and family and appreciate the moment I’m in.. and take a snap of it and perform the obligatory hashtag.

The above picture was taken on the morning of my 30th birthday in a beautiful pool in Port Douglas -Australia, possibly one of the best moments of my entire life. It may be difficult to capture such happiness in this dreary climate, but I will endeavour to do so.
This exercise will hopefully encourage me to seek out things that make me happy every single day, be it a cuddle with a friend or a sunset from the roof terrace (not long now till the clocks go forward).
I think the point of this is something quite meaningful; a form of reflection and realisation of what we are grateful to have.

 You can follow me on Instagram for my #100happydays

 

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