23 May 2016


home renovation, bedroom makeover, bedroom design, interiors, magnetic plaster

It's been a long time coming but I can finally share my finished bedroom design big reveal with you and I am so excited to hear what you think! A little while back I was asked to design a space in our house using Thistle Magnetic Plaster from the British Gypsum's Rooms Made For You range and as our bedroom was a major dumping ground, I decided to create a dream space for us to enjoy. As you can see from the before pictures we hadn't done much to the room since we moved into our rented flat and it was generally filled with mix match furniture, stacks of stuff and general clutter.
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I was excited that the Thistle Magnetic Plaster would create a flexible space allowing us to change the room as the mood suits and I wanted to create a space that was warm and inviting while feeling fresh – think Scandi style meets bohemian vibes. I stuck to my chosen colour palette of pale pinks, grey and gold and decided to choose the most beautiful Pink Ground paint for the wall from Farrow & Ball and instantly knew I had made the right choice. 
home renovation, bedroom makeover, bedroom design, interiors, magnetic plasterWe wanted to replace our bed so we decided to go through everything in the room and sort things into 'to sell and donate' piles. Turns out all that clutter was actually worth something, so after a mammoth ebaying session we managed to raise enough to buy a new bed frame and decided on a small budget for the rest of the room, making it a more affordable redesign. I loved this Ercol style bed frame and the colour wood really made the room feel cosy. I also chose some large prints for above the bed which I could alternate by using magnets to hold them up. I love this breezy palm print, I find it so relaxing. 
home renovation, bedroom makeover, bedroom design, interiors, magnetic plasterhome renovation, bedroom makeover, bedroom design, interiors, magnetic plasterWe fixed the old chest of drawers on Paul's side of the bed and sold them to make space. We then moved our grey bench to use as a side table, with the edition of a new bedside lamp and some framed limited edition artwork displayed. The grey went perfectly with the colour scheme and having space under the bench makes it feel open and really uncluttered, plus it's a handy seat too.
home renovation, bedroom makeover, bedroom design, interiors, magnetic plasterI was very excited to test out the Thistle Magnetic Plaster so I picked up this small box shelf from Tiger to hold a String of Hearts plant. I love how the plant trails down the wall and links together our botanical artwork from Juniqe perfectly. You can also see F has had some fun sticking magnets to the wall above the picture too! 
home renovation, bedroom makeover, bedroom design, interiors, magnetic plasterThis corner of the room was by far the worst! With stacks of prints and a tall chest of drawers that jutted out into the room, the whole thing looked messy. I sold the old drawers and replaced it with  low unit from Ikea which I up-cyclyed by painting white and adding some handles we had bought in the sale last year for another projects. I decided to leave the top surface as raw wood to create a scandi feel and create contrast and texture to the unit.
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This side of the fireplace was a collection of toys that our F didn't play with anymore so we donated some and sold the rest, and instead used the space for a planter which I picked up in a charity shop. We also used grey baskets for the top of the wardrobe creating more storage and hiding our untidy bits and pieces that were lying around the room.
home renovation, bedroom makeover, bedroom design, interiors, magnetic plaster
We also sold the empty wooden box and washing basket, replacing it for a simple grey washing basket with clean lines that matched the storage baskets on top of the wardrobe. I've always wanted a tall Rubber plant so this was my first purchase *priorities* and I decided to have it on top of the chest of drawers to make it a key feature of the room.
bedroom makeove, DIY light, Thistle Magnetic PlasterOn my side of the bed I really wanted a hanging bedside light so I could use a bulb I had been given as a birthday gift last year. I decided to try and recreate a Pinterest DIY tutorial and made this light from scratch *whoop*. The best bit is that it's held onto the wall by an adhesive magnetic sheeting attached to the back, so you can take it off without damaging the paint and move it to where the light is needed!
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I was planning on selling this old chest but I couldn't quite part with it as I've had it for eight years, so instead I gave it a face lift by painting it all white and I was really pleased how it turned out. I also replaced the curtains with cheap ones from Ikea to match the new colour scheme and made my own curtain ties for around £10! I'll be sending this tutorial out in my newsletter so by sure to sign up on the blog.
Juniqe Prints, Art, bedroom makeover, bedroom design, magnetic plaster
We had a few bumps along the way and unexpected delays, what with our old walls having layers and layers of wallpaper and paint, meaning the it was a little more time consuming for the plaster work, plus F being very ill and a few furniture mishaps, but it was all worth it as I'm so happy with the finished look. I'd love to hear what you think? Have you every thought about redesigning a room?


Silentnight Hamilton Bed Frame - Wayfair
Pink Ground - c/o Farrow & Ball
Botanical Print - c/o Juniqe
Little Gee Desk Lamp - c/o Loaf
Wardrobe Storage Baskets - John Lewis
Washing Basket - John Lewis
Grey Curtains - Ikea
Chest of Drawers - Ikea
Floating Shelf and Wire house Shelf - Tiger Stores


17 May 2016


coffee, coffee lovers, #stylemycoffee #todaymycoffee, cafe culture, giveaway
I’ve been sitting on this little project for a while now and squirrelling away behind the scenes, adding to it slowly bit by bit, but I thought it was about time I announced it officially and shared my new project, which like me, is all about the coffee.

If you follow me on Instagram, or are a regular reader of the blog, then you’ll know how much I get a kick out of caffeine and although it’s not ideal to be on a constant coffee high, I just can’t help but enjoy this long standing fix of mine. So I thought it was time to start celebrating the coffee in my life and create a new Instagram account dedicated to combining my love of style, travel and my morning caffeine fix, and so @stylemycoffee was born.
coffee, coffee lovers, #stylemycoffee #todaymycoffee, cafe culture, giveaway
coffee, coffee lovers, #stylemycoffee #todaymycoffee, cafe culture, giveawaycoffee, coffee lovers, #stylemycoffee #todaymycoffee, cafe culture, giveaway
One of the first things I do when visiting a new city or travelling, is make a note of where I can get the best flat white or coconut milk latte, and I will go out of my way to find a space that is well designed and aesthetically pleasing to enjoy the moment in. There’s nothing better than seeing a beautifully presented cuppa and I'm so excited to be starting a coffee lovers community with my new hashtag #stylemycoffee. Yep I want to see all your ace coffee photos, whether at home, on the go or in your local coffee house, and so far I’m thrilled that there is already nearly 800 images tagged by you lovely lot and if you want some inspiration take a peek at my dedicated coffee pinterest account. 
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The Giveaway
(with prizes from Plum & Ashby and Drip app)

Joining forces with the fab @todaymycoffee run by @stylonylon (to celebrate our shared caffeine in photos passion!) we will be running a competition on Instagram under our two hashtags #todaymycoffee and#stylemycoffee.

At the end of May we will each feature our top four favourite pictures and choose a winner each. The prizes will be a beautiful ceramic mug from Plum & Ashby and 5 coffees worth of credit with Drip app. So get tagging your best caffeine shots and come along for the ride!

To take part: Follow @stylemycoffee and @todaymycoffee and hashtag your coffee pics #stylemycoffee and #todaymycoffee – have fun!

coffee, coffee lovers, #stylemycoffee #todaymycoffee, cafe culture, giveawayI can't wait to showcase some amazing artisans and makers to give you lovelies a chance to grab yourself some interior goodness, and Julia and I have some fab plans to grow our lovely new community.


12 May 2016


Mama style and EMU Australia boots
Over the last few weekends we've really been enjoying slow days pottering around the city, hanging out with friends, trying out new places to eat and generally having fun. As the weather is still proving to be quite unpredictable I've been switching between trainers and these spring boot c/o Emu Australia – totally crushing on these – and maybe the occasional sandal and naked toes! The silvery metallic finish looks really cool with a pair of skinnies and because they are so lightweight and breathable, they make for a perfect boot that can be enjoyed all year round. So when we headed down to North Street I decided to team them up with my leopard print jacket and sunnies for a bit of fun mama style.
The other week we decided to check out the new-top-us, Pizza Workshop, and a new coffee pit stop for me. Both Paul and F are huge pizza fan's so we thought it would be fun to sit out on the street front channelling some Brooklyn vibes in this small but perfectly formed restaurant/pizza bar, which oozes cool with its striking geometric stools, minimalist interior, delicious sourdough pizza and gluten free bases *win*.  

Typically we didn't manage to snap many pics inside as we were to busy enjoying our slices! They were delicious and it's definitely a place I'd recommend for families, as F loved the colouring in menu and the service was super friendly and quick. Afterwards I grabbed a quick flat white from Tincan Coffee and wandered around taking in some pretty blossoms before heading back up to our neck of the woods. We even took a blanket on the Downs for a bit of R&R. 

Tincan coffee BristolBeautiful spring blossoms and slow days in bristol

The kiddo, as per usual, had boundless energy and was very excited to try out his new Cheetah Sneakers c/o Emu Australia, which of course can make him run faster ;) They are so super cute with the little face on the front and I even caught him chatting to them about a race. It makes me feel quite nostalgic seeing him wear such a iconic Australian brand as I spent the first few years of my life growing up in Perth, and even though this is a far cry from Oz, it feels like I'm somehow giving him a little connection to my childhood.

Cheetah sneaks from Emu Australia, kids fashion, kids stye, kids trainers, animal shoesMuddy Puddles coat, kids fashion, kids raincoatThis boy surprises me everyday with his kind nature, inquisitive mind and boundless energy, he really makes my heart swell with pride. As the weather has been so unpredictable I've been carrying around this Pac-a-mac c/o Muddy Puddles for any sudden downpours, plus he looks super cute in this raindrop jacket.

Emu Australia Shoes, kids fashion, kids style,

This weekend is going to be filled with more slow days, a school friends birthday party for F and a Eurovision party for us big kids ;) and fingers crossed there might even be sun!

What are you up to this weekend? 


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