Filament Bulb Bedside Lights

The part of our bedroom where the bed lives is very narrow so we only have space for  rather miniature bedside tables. We wanted to have matching lights for both sides of the bed but all the interesting lamps we came across would completely fill our little tables so we decided to find a way to hang the lights from the wall above the bed instead.

*Throughout this post I ask you to ignore our horrible silver bed frame and bedding – we’re working on it….*

Here’s the ‘before’ picture:

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We were inspired by a recent trip to Sweden where we saw lots of lighting cords that had a plug on the end rather than needing wiring in. They were super expensive over there and obviously had the wrong kind of plug so we decided to find some when we got back. This proved much harder than we hoped until a trip to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas where we came across a stall selling the cords – complete with a plug and switch – and a selection of bulbs too. There were a few choices for the colour of the bit which you screw the bulb into (there is probably a name for that) so we went for ‘rose gold.’ We ‘haggled’ them down to £45 for two cords and two bulbs which was pretty good considering the bulbs alone are often around £12 each. We needed some brackets to hang the lights from so we took a trip to Ikea to pick up the Ekby Valter for £2 each.

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It turns out our drill is intended more for use on things like wood and cotton wool than brick so this process took slightly longer than expected.

But we got there eventually!

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Unfortunately now that we have nice lighting the awful bed is even more apparent – any ideas on how to hide this would be much appreciated?? As the property is rented we can’t just get rid of it but thinking of ways to possibly box it in…

Thanks for reading!

Tali x

 

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Trend: Monochrome

Feeling a bit colour-phobic? Here’s some inspiration for your monochrome interior – mixing textures like velvet, glass and marble keeps things interesting whilst stopping it seeming too cold and uninviting.

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1.Concrete Bowl, Marks and Spencer £45 || 2.Black Marble Coffee Table, Holly’s House £450 || 3.Pols Potten Glass Bottle, Heal’s £30 || 4.Teapot by Emma Lacey, The Conran Shop £85 || 5.Stamped Metal Vase, Cox and Cox £85 || 6.Hollywood Floor Lamp, John Lewis £450 || 7.Regency Black Velvet Cushion, Habitat £25 || 8.Alphabet Tea Towel, Heal’s £15

Thanks for reading,

Tali x

Trend: New Nautical

Growing up I spent a lot of time on the Norfolk coast, a place notorious for its beautiful beaches and countryside. The houses around the coast are often heavily influenced by this and the nautical theme sometimes a little too present. With that in mind I’ve put together this inspiration board in an attempt to bring the nautical trend a bit more up to date – and there’s not a model beach hut in sight…nautical, inspiration, norfolk, coast, interior, beach, natural, habitat, john lewis, heals, occa, home, style, blue, anthropology, decor, interior design

 

1.Olive Wood Bowl, John Lewis £55 || 2.Eggshell Laundry Rack, Anthropologie £800 || 3.Gradient Vase, Holly’s House £180 || 4.Small Jug by Sue Binns, The Conran Shop £40 || 5.Grey Herringbone Throw, Heal’s £128 || 6.Recycled Glass Vase, Habitat £30 || 7.Andrew Martin Coffee Table, Occa-Home £2695

Thanks for reading,

Tali x

Trend: Vibrant Wildlife

This post is really just a bit of fun to highlight some of the amazingly quirky animal inspired pieces around at the minute. The print is by one of my favourite Illustrator’s – Kristjana S Williams – who’s designs can also be bought as beautiful cushion covers and wallpaper.

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1.Laura Oakes Painted Horses Cushion, Heals now £37 || 2.Echo Treks Dessert Plate, Anthropologie £14 || 3.Langi Tagl Audubon Print By Kristjana S Williams £150 || 4.La Volière Table Lamp, The Conran Shop £425 || 5.Albion Chair, House of Hackney £2295 || 6.Parrot Lampstand, House of Hackney £395 || 7.Timorous Beasties Velvet Bee Cushion, Liberty £135

Thanks for reading,

Tali x

Trend: Scandinavian Design

Last month my boyfriend and I went to Sweden for the weekend to visit a friend who is working out in Gothenburg. We spent our first day exploring the beautiful lakes and beaches surrounding the city and I spent the next day in shopping heaven as we wandered around the huuuge selection of swoon-worthy interiors shops.

Here’s a few photos from the weekend, with a little help from my good friend Instagram of course…

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I thought I’d use the trip as an excuse to create a little shopping list with a nod to Scandinavian design. The Les Montgolfières Bowl is inspired by a hot air balloon – isn’t it sweet?

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1.Les Montgolfières Bowl, madeindesign.co.uk £55.40 || 2.Hay Copenhague Desk, nest.co.uk £893 || 3.Linie Design Pink Rug, Heal’s £235 || 4.Sports Luxe Geo Yellow Cushion, made.com £15 || 5.Porcelain Vase, Design Vintage £16.50 || 6.Junction Floor Lamp, Heal’s £185 || 7.Sofa by Hee Welling, Haus £1478 || 8.Tom and Jerry Stool, Conran Shop £444

Thanks for reading,

Tali x

Autumn Inspired Interiors

I’ve been a very bad blogger lately and haven’t posted for ages. I’ve had a hectic month work-wise and spent last week in the depths of Cambridgeshire assisting on a shoot for the Christmas issue of House Beautiful Magazine where I sadly earned the nickname of ‘the great bauble smasher of London town.’

Oops.

The shoot was in a beautiful Georgian house, originally built as a retreat for Monks, and I spent my days decorating Christmas trees and sweeping up the remnants of ornaments that didn’t survive my flailing. It was a lovely shoot to be a part of and has given me lots of exciting plans for decorating our flat over the festive period. However, as Christmas is still more than three months away I have decided to dedicate this post to Autumn instead. As the weather is getting colder I wanted to find some pieces with textures and colours to create a feeling of warmth whilst still seeming light and fresh.

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Thanks for reading,

Tali x

Our coffee table for under £5

Hi!

I’ve been putting off starting this blog because the idea of writing the all-important First Post is so intimidating that I’d convinced myself it would be the hardest part of ‘blogging’ by far. However, as this is in fact, my second attempt at a blog (the first lasting a whopping TWO posts in total) I think that excuse is a bit pants and I really just need to get on with it.

On the whole this blog will be a way to document a few exciting things that are happening in my life as I’ve finally decided on a career path as an Interiors/Prop Stylist and I’ve also just moved in with my boyfriend after six years together! Both of these things give me an excuse to find pretty things to put in houses which leads me smoothly on to….

THE TABLE I FOUND IN THE STREET!!!

I’ve always been so jealous when reading other people’s posts describing the amazing things they’ve rescued from skips and charity shops because all I ever seem to find on the street is discarded shoes. However, my time finally came and I stumbled across this coffee table, complete with delightful faux marble effect…..

Before table upcycling diy

After a quick spider extraction and – in true DIY style – a 3 week period of just ignoring it, my boyfriend and I finally stripped off the paint using some paint scrapers from the pound shop, a lot of elbow grease and the inventive use of my hairdryer…

table sanded stripped upcycling

We decided to leave the top wood and paint the legs a nice coral colour – Dulux Caribbean Dawn 2 – that I matched from our cushion covers (I might do a post about those later as I whipped them up out of some bargain Ikea fabric and they really brighten up the sofa). The colour of the legs is quite girlie but the rest of the living area is very black, white and grey and I worried it was verging on Batchelor Pad-esque so I think it helps to counteract that.

And here’s the final result!

after finished table sanded painted diy upcycle

Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear any feedback!

Tali x