21 April 2017

CREATE YOUR OWN MICRO GARDEN

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This week I've been lusting over the garden that we just don't have *sigh* and after our Parisian city break filled with slow mornings by our balcony lined with flower boxes, I'm certainly missing a space to sit and chill. So what do you do if you live in the city with no space? You create your own micro garden!

As we are in transition between renting and owning our own place and I wanted to make something that was flexible and easy to relocate, so when Farrow & Ball provided me with paint from their key colours for 2017 as part of the #CrateOutdoors campaign, I knew exactly what to do.

micro garden, urban space, urban living, urban design, mini garden, mini garden ideas, micro gardening, farrow & ball, key colour trends The joy of a micro garden is you can make it practically anywhere, against a wall, in a driveway or even the side access to your house or flat. All you need is somewhere to sit and place your magazine, books or drink onto. The key is to bring the inside outdoors using items that comfortably fit in both, I used this cute apple crate and painted in their signature colour – Hay, to make my seat.

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Loading the crate with cute outdoor cushions, it can easily be kept in the hallway or bedroom and when you fancy sitting out just turn it upside down and use the cushions to get cosy. This teamed alongside a clean lined simple step stool that I painted All White, and you have the perfect spot.

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I chose a few potted plants, mainly grasses or unusual mini ferns to get that easy to maintain garden vibe with a mix of cement planters, patterned ceramic planters and even used Farrow & Ball colours, Studio Green and Raddicho, to create small DIY pots that compliment the All White stool.
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RADDICHO
Radicchio feels exuberant, romantic and sensual, rather than clean or graphic, due to its complex underlying blue tone. Perfect for adding pops of pink colour to your home.

HAY
Hay's quiet quality creates rooms that have a hushed atmosphere as well as an unmatched depth and gentleness. It is not a hot or sunny yellow - although it becomes more raw in bright light - but rather an aged, whimsical tone with an underlying green.

ALL WHITE
A pure white like this is devoid of both colour and association. All White has no pigment and creates an uncomplicated feel which is naturally fresh, but not stark or ‘brilliant’. The key to this look is to create a mood of stillness and calm by layering different whites, and only whites, together.

STUDIO GREEN
There is something almost defiant about the use of botanic Studio Green on walls instead of the ubiquitous charcoal darks. It is apologetically clubby and has a fantastically timeless old world quality, but can be used in the most modern of rooms. 

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There you have it, a super easy micro garden that can be used as part of any flexible space.


*Thanks to Farrow & Ball for supplying me with materials to create my micro garden. All words and opinions are my own. Thanks to brands who continue to support Wild & Grizzly. 
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20 April 2017

FIVE FLORAL INSATGRAM FEEDS TO FOLLOW


It's spring and Instagram is awash with Magnolia, Cherry blossoms, Wisteria and other such floral beauties that come together to bring your feed a pop of colour and make your heart skip a beat. There's nothing like beautiful blooms to inspire and that's why I've pulled together five floral instagram feeds to follow, all with their own magic and way of spreading the joy in our little square filled worlds...because you know...we all need a little pretty in our lives.

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19 April 2017

COOKING IN THE KITCHEN WITH HELLOFRESH

good food, recipe box, healthy ready meals, cooking classes, HelloFresh, HelloFresh family box, takeout, bloggers lunch, london cooking class, A few weeks ago I was invited to London for a super fun blogging event that involves one of my favourite things...food! Good food at that! I headed over to the very trendy HelloFresh HQ office in London with some other fab bloggers to whip up a storm and put our my limited cooking skills to the test – Masterchef eat your heart out.

Apart from delivering goodness to the nations doorstep with their recipe boxes, HelloFresh have just launched their new range, a tasty affordable takeout style bag called HelloFresh GO. I love the concept of this healthy hybrid that sits somewhere between take out meets homemade cooking.
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18 April 2017

WIN YOUR DREAM GARDEN WITH £200 AT HOUSEOLOGY!

Are you looking out at your garden and feeling like it needs a little love? Well then this is the post for you! After taking a long awaited visit to Versailles, yep you heard me right, that infamous grand French Royal Palace full of pink marble, manicured gardens and it's own boating lakes, it was quite disappointing to come home to our tiny flat *sigh* But there is a way to channel a little bit of luxury and create your dream garden with Houseology.

My Outdoor Spaces Pinterest board is one of my favourites to delve into, and with the promise of a new garden very soon I've had my eye on what makes a good social space. An urban garden has to work quite hard to tick a lot of boxes as it becomes an extension of your home, a place where you can   socialise with friends or relax in an oasis of calm like these beauties.

Garden, urban design, courtyard, contemporary garden, garden furniture, party space, win, competition, giveawayI love good design in the home and there's no reason that has to stop there, whether you prefer the crisp clean lines of a contemporary garden, getting creative with your space or perhaps recreating a Mediterranean vibe, picking the right pieces is vital to your outdoor design.

I've created a little mood board of what I think we'd love to have in our new garden using natural stone coloured tones, greys and wooden decking. Although our place is a listed building so it might look a little different to this dreamy space.
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I love the idea of an Urban design with a mix of contemporary lines furniture, a little nook nestled against a wall, festoon lights giving a soft glow at night and a fire pit to enjoy and socialise with friends. I think the Ethimo outdoor set would look indoors and well as out, plus the design is ace!

WIN YOUR DREAM GARDEN

The lovely people at Houseology are giving you a chance to spruce up your space and create your dream garden with a £200 Gift Voucher!! Yep that's right! You can get ready for summer by entering below and a winner will be chosen at random in 2 weeks. Good Luck! x

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TERMS & CONDITIONS: Prize: £200 to spend on Outdoor Accessories/Outdoor Lighting/Outdoor Furniture range at Houseology.com.  This voucher code is valid on items within the Outdoor category only; Prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for monetary value; No cash alternatives to the stated prize will be offered.
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10 April 2017

STYLING EASTER WITH NOTONTHEHIGHSTREET.COM // INTERIOR INSPIRATION

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When I was little I remember Easter being awash with chocolate, eggs stacked high, maybe the occasional hunt for the Easter bunny in the garden and then me trying to eke out my finds until my mum or dad found them and polished them off!

It was never really celebrated with the same gusto as other holidays so when I eventually left home it was more a case of a packet of mini eggs rather than a full Easter celebration. Fast forward to motherhood and it seems to have taken on a new role in our house. Suddenly the excitement of Easter bonnets and brightly coloured eggs hunts have taken hold and chocolate fever is in full force in the kiddo’s eyes.
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