5 March 2015


It's been a few weeks since we returned from our city break in Amsterdam with i-escape – you find part one here – and there is still so much to share with you. Not only do I love the design hotels, culture and coffee,  but I also love the food and shops too.

On waking from our gorgeous loft suite at the Hotel V Fredericksplein, we packed our bags ready to make our way over to our next bolthole, its luxury sister Hotel V Nepslein, just a short tram ride away. As we headed into the centre and wandered down a small cobbled lane filled with colour we found a discreet sign alerting us to our destination, as we stepped through the door a stunning tiered floor to ceiling chandelier greeted us and immediately I knew we were in for a treat.

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4 March 2015


Selfridges Mother day luxury Gift List
Now we're in March my mind turns to thoughts of spring *yay* and my lovely mama as Mother's Day approaches. Since having F, I now understand how important it is to take time and celebrate the mama in your life. From sleepless nights to referee, boo boo fixer, friend and role model, teacher and councillor, you have to wear many hats in this role, and often you don't make time for yourself.  Before I had my kiddo, I didn't realise all the things that my mum did for me growing up, and although I try to show my love day to day, I can certainly see the importance of dedicating 24 hours just to her.

So I've pulled together a little luxury Mother's Day wishlist from Selfridges, one of my favourite stores.

1. This beautiful Vogue Amberley bouquet by Philippa Craddock.
2. Imagine lighting this Trio of Tom Dixon Candles while soaking in the bath.
3. This stunning BVLGARI one band 18ct pink-gold ring would make my mum swoon.
4. A framed photo of you and your mum in this stylish NKUNKU Kiko Copper Glass Frame.
5. Pamper your face with this Estee Lauder Day Wear Cream.
6. A toast to you loved on with Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Champagne.
7. Give your travel some style with this Aspinal of London Passport Cover.
8. I'm love truffles so a box of Prestat Marc de Champagne truffles would be on my list.

As well as a beautiful boquet of flowers and a box of handmade cookies, I'd love to treat my mum to a spa day for some quality Mother & Daughter time, Plus it would nice for me to be pampered too.

What plans do you have to celebrate Mother's Day?

*This is a collaborative post.

3 March 2015


Children's Book Atlas of Adventure
 Atlas of Adventure, World map, kids book
Atlas of Adventure, Moscow Metro, russia

Recently we were lucky enough to head over to Amsterdam for a fun adventure, for those of you who follow me on Instagram or twitter you probably saw a few snapshots of our trip away. So on our return I was eager to get F a good book, and couldn't help falling in love with this Atlas of Adventure.

From the same authors of Maps, this book is perfect for any mini intrepid explorer, opening up a collection of natural wonders, exciting experiences and fun festivities from the four corners of the globe. Beautifully illustrated, this fantastic book celebrates the diversity of our planet with fab adventures to explore as you travel through its pages.

Canopy Walkway, Atlas of Adventure, kids bookChina's Lantern parade, Atlas in Adventures, kids bookEach continent is mapped out at the beginning of the chapter for a fun overview, before diving into a double page spread full of quirky detailed illustration and fun facts. Ever wondered what it would be like to Dog sled with huskies in Alaska or Dance the Samba at the Rio Carnival? Well now your little ones can glimpse other cultures and use their imagination to bring the world to their living room.

This book is a fantastic read and should be on every child's bookshelf, plus it looks great on a coffee table. So when F asks what it's like for Daddy in Moscow, I'll simply turn to page 25 and Discover a Masterpiece on the Moscow Metro and bring him a little closer to home.

2 March 2015


I'm totally obsessed with lighting at the moment and whether it's a teal cage light or cool architectural floor light, I dont think I could fit more in our lounge if I tried. Two days ago our vintage lamp that we had been using in F's room broke, and not just the bulb it literally fell apart *insert sad face* and although we're going to mend it and maybe move into another room, it gave me an excuse to do some window shopping for one of my favouite things.

So I thought it would be fun to share some lighting interiors that are inspiring me at the moment. There are so many ways to use lighting in the home, these wall mounted lights are a great way to create a cosy corner for reading or a focal point in the room. I'd love to try to make my own concrete light like this one.

I love floor lights and how versatile they are, use them angled down over the edge of a sofa or bed to create a spotlight lighting, or angle up to create atmospheric uplighting. Also by choosing quite an arcitectural style floor light can add a touch of style to your interior. I'm loving this Soho Retro Tripod floor lamp for my bedroom.

These cage lights are still on trend and aren't dissapearing any time soon. This teal colour is perfect for 2015 and with a long coloured wire you can move them anywhere, from a cool centre piece to your dinng table or place on a tray with your book and coffee to snuggle down on the sofa.

Another colour trending this year is peach and aprioct tones. A qucik way to give a room a facelift is to change your ceiling light. Try a new shade to give your room a different feel, or if you love white think about lining the inside of your shade with a grahic pattern.

If you love lighting then you can check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration.

*This is a collaborative post.
**Images via 1/2/3/4/5/6

27 February 2015


As the flat spruce continues I've been looking at wall designs to give our flat a face lift. I've been wanting to try a gallery wall for some time now using our collection of prints and photos, rather than leave them stacked up in the bedroom. So after much procrastinating I decided to bite the bullet and give our walls some love

Annoyingly we have a rather ugly radiator that sticks up above the sofa, and as we're renting unless there's not much hiding it. However distracting from it with a fun collection of prints seems to be an easier option.

After selecting which prints I wanted to include in my gallery wall design, I laid them out on the floor to get a rough idea of how to group them together. This probably took the most amount of time with me shuffling and moving prints to get it the way I wanted, while nursing a cup of coffee. I used a selection of frames: white, black and wood – which probably breaks all the rules – and used a combination of illustrated prints, graphic typography and a few photographic images. I decided to include two new prints and used eFrame to order the picture frames online for the perfect fit and finish. The website is simple to use and you can easily create custom size frames by simply entering the dimensions and choosing the colour, shape material and finish of the frames you would like and wait for them to be delivered to your door.

I love the size and shapes of the frames and how they sit with the prints and I have grouped them quite close together as I know I still have this beach print and this Paris print to add. Next the fiddly bit, I used masking tape to mark the edges of the frames onto the wall to ensure that I had the spacing right before hammering in any nails and hanging the prints.

It's a work in progress but I really feel it adds a touch of personality and detracts from the radiator eyesore. So what do you think, would you create a gallery wall in your home? You can find more wall design inspiration over on my Pinterest boards

*We were give frames by eFrame for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are 100% my own.