Interiors

It’s been quiet in my little corner of the internet recently. I’d like to say we’ve been sipping caipirinhas by a pool somewhere sunny all summer. The reality is a little less glamorous. We are spending the summer at home this year which means our days are a little more spent playing in the garden, drawing, making lego creations, den building, fruit picking and picnics on the lawn.

As much as I would really like to jet off somewhere exotic, the truth is we just can’t justify it this year. With a wedding to save for and the house mid renovations, we are just going to have to wait until the honeymoon to get our fill of ocean breeze and sand between our toes.

And you know what even though I quote holidays as my favourite things (after my children and husband to be of course) we are making memories right here in our beautiful home together. When I look back at my summers as a child, I do remember lovely family holidays but I also remember long lazy summer days at home. Days when I tipped my head back so far on the swing that my hair trailed along the floor and just kind of hung there until all the blood rushed to my head. Oh and the sheer delight of cocooning myself up in a makeshift den with sunlight streaming in through the cracks in the sheets. There is no finer joy is there?

Shopping for Summer with TK Maxx

To perfect our family picnic dinners, we paid a visit to TK Maxx to purchase some lovely new outdoor bowls. It really is one of my favourite shops here in the UK for hunting out cool home accessories. I love the variety and the prices and have been known to easily lose an hour or two in our local shop, before realising it’s nearly half three and I need to pick the children up. Whoops!

Turns out we were a little bit late to the party as a lot of the summer range had been and gone (to make way for super pretty autumnal goodies!) but we managed to pick up these beautifully decorated Indian enamelled bowls and tray in exotic jewel colours which I just love. They make me happy!

Stylish and practical, our new set is crying out for us to take them glamping. Wouldn’t that be cute? In the meantime they will have to make do with our makeshift tipi in the garden.

This summer we’ve also decided to go vegetarian as a family so have been broadening our horizons in the kitchen. I’ve discovered I make a mean Veggie Lentil curry. I’m working on a recipe post to share my secrets with you all over on my foodie blog. In the meantime you’ll have to make do with my photos. Trust me, it’s delicious, even the kids love it!

Disclaimer: Thanks to TK Maxx for inviting us to try out your exquisite summer range. As always it’s fabulous!

 


Life as a interiors blogger can be hard, no I mean it, it really can! When you are a lover of trends, furniture, paint and pretty things, it can be tough not to spend your entire day oohing and aaahing over press releases. I’m like a magpie, anything shiny and I’m distracted away from the task at hand.

Here’s a recent example, these MODA chairs by Cult Furniture. How awesomely awesome are they? Sure there has been a trend for Charles & Ray Eames inspired chairs for a while but the design team at Cult Furniture have just upped the ante with some serious chair coolness.

What’s so cool about the MODA chair?

Erm, what isn’t to love about a chair you can customise to suit your room decor with an amazing price tag (starting at £69)? The MODA chair is made up of three elements which you can mix and match to create your perfect chair.

  • First you choose your seat style or as they call it the shell style. You can chose from normal or armchair (I love the armchair barstools they are perfect for our kitchen – note to self)
  • Then you need to select a base. The options range from from wooden, wooden and metal mix or metal Eiffel style legs. they also offer rocking or longer legs so you can create a bar stool. It’s also possible to add different finishes on the metal elements (chose from copper, gold, black or chrome – Yes to copper legs!!)
  • Now it is time to chose the colour from a gorgeous palette of trendy colours.

Is it just me or is this really exciting? I absolutely love the fact that you can customise the MODA to suit all your style needs.  The unique patented bracket connects the shell and base of the chair enabling you to switch and change at the turn of a screw. It’s perfect if you want to change it up if you get bored or are planing a redesign.

The seat/shell is made from polypropylene which is super sturdy and comfortable. We have some similar chairs in white in our playrom. Oh it also just wipes clean which makes it an amazing playroom chair.

I’ve already convinced myself we need an injection of colour in there though. I’m thinking these are just the chairs to do it.

So now you see how my mind works… Open email, scroll email, fall in love with beautiful chairs…Think of how many rooms in the house you could use them… New office chair required – yep! Fun playroom chairs required – check! Quirky kitchen barstool required – check! And off I go…

Image: Eduard Militaru

My name is Lucy and I am a second hand furniture addict.

Obviously, with my passion for interiors you’d expect me to enjoy buying things for my house. But the addiction to acquiring  second hand furniture is real.

The problem? I love hunting for vintage furniture. It’s absolutely my drug. A rush of warm, excited energy travels through me as my scrolling is halted by a beautiful piece of furniture. My stomach does a little flip, is it still available? Surely someone has spotted this? Quickly I message to seller to find out…

The thought of being able to nab such a prize really thrills me. Especially if it’s something I know is a collectable vintage or antique piece. Like that time I found an immaculate collectable Ercol for £10! I missed out on that one though as he told his wife he had sold it and she hit the roof, haha!

Image : Lauren Mancke

The only slight issue is I don’t always need more second hand furniture. In fact quite often I don’t have a place to put it, but struggle to let it pass me by. I’m working on it…

But truth be told, I’ve actually picked up some quite extraordinary bargains over the last year.

Mid century modern sideboard

First there was the mid century modern teak sideboard by Beautility. A rare find, I nearly died on the spot and couldn’t type to the seller fast enough! This one has already made it’s way through my shop and has a happy new home.

Super King sleigh bed

Then there is my super king size sleigh bed which is the greatest bed ever (fact) and a total bargain at £200. I added a lick of Farrow and Ball Blackened and it stands as the centre piece of my bedroom. Everyone comments on it and I adore it. You’d be looking to pay quite a bit more for a new wooden sleigh bed by the looks of it.

1970’s Plan chest

I managed to grab a set of 1970’s Architects drawers from the local council who were having a clear out. They looked pretty battered but as they were made of teak, all that was required was a quick sand and a rub with coconut oil.  Ta da! Back to looking as good as new.

1960’s Vintage oak desk

My latest addition is a 1960’s vintage oak desk. It’s a stunning find, solid as an ox with beautiful brass handles.

Then there is my daughters antique sleigh bed, my gorgeous Kilim rug, a Mule chest, pretty Peacock chair…

Right now I’m on a spending ban. No more second hand furniture for us… but I can’t help thinking I’ve got a talent for spotting beautiful vintage furniture. There must be a way to harness my superpower, right?

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