Interiors


We’ve nearly finished decorating upstairs, although a few last finishing touches seem to be lingering. I blame Love Island!

In my mind I’ve already moved on to thinking about decorating the living room. I’m so excited to get started in there as it’s the first room you arrive at in the house. I will feel really proud to have a completed, cosy room to welcome people into instead of offering excuses as to why it looks like it does.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s already a gorgeous period room, it just hasn’t been decorated…. yet! A large five paned bay window lets in loads of sunlight and we are planning on having shutters put up to match upstairs. A period fireplace sits grandly between two alcoves and we’ve uncovered the wooden floors which will be sanded back. The whole look and feel of the room lends itself to a classic look but we will want to add a slight modern twist.

We’ve been talking about having dark blue or even black as the wall colour. Although I’m normally one for lighter colours like grey and white, we fancy a bit of a change and think it will work well in the space.

I’ve been working on creating a mood board for the kind of look we want to pull together. I find it is a really good way to get an impression of the entire room, acting as a useful guide when hitting the shops for accessories and soft furnishings.

The sofa is of course the central point for the living room so we need to get that choice right. Our sofa has really seen better days although we’ve only had it for two years!! It’s a kind of woven oatmeal colour fabric and although I thought it would be forgiving, between the dog, two adults and two children, we’ve managed to destroy it.

I’m desperate to find a sofa that is going to be able to withstand the wear and tear of two children a little better than this one has. I’m thinking leather is the way to go and as I’ve always loved brown leather sofas I think this will be what we settle on. Classic, timeless and durable, I think they work in period rooms as well as in a more modern setting. Perfect for us!

Currently we are undecided as to whether we would want a brown leather corner sofa or a leather sofa and an armchair combination. I’ve been looking on Darlings of Chelsea who have some exquisite luxurious leather sofas in a range of shapes that I really like. I’ve opted to use their Kingly sofa as the basis of my mood board design as I think it combines the classic robust luxury of a leather sofa with a modern twist which is the way I’d like the room design to go.

I don’t know about you but I’m a little bit in love with this moodboard. The mix of the leather, washed out navy and black and white looks stylish, crisp and modern. I’d love to add some Moroccan accents like a Beni Ourain rug and some cushions as a nod to global fusion / travel inspiration and I’ve always had a love of cool black and white photography. Now just to run it past my beloved!

This post is written in collaboration with Darlings of Chelsea. Thank you for supporting Lish Concepts!

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…

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