Saturday, 16 May 2015

3 useful storage solutions for small bedrooms

Storage solutions for small rooms ››

What our bedroom looked like 3 weeks ago (being redecorated as we speak)

If you live in a converted flat like I do, you'll know just how precious every inch of space in your home is. Our bedroom is undergoing a mini-makeover, we're painting, changing the colour scheme and home furnishings for a cleaner feel which I'll reveal parts of once it starts to take shape and part of the transformation we're going for will work on the level of storage we have. 

I thought I'd put together storage ideas for those with smaller rooms. Some we've considered but budget is too tight, others we'll be implementing now or later on once I've firmed up decisions on what to buy. 

I hope it helps you if you're in the middle of home improvements!

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You can just about see in the photo above, Neil and I have a chimney breast and alcoves in our room which I love but it sorta means we can never switch around the furniture. The bed can't really go anywhere else. We thought about installing built in wardrobes in each of the alcoves to make use of the awkward space. Places like Hammonds UK fit bespoke furniture just about anywhere, including loft conversions with slanted ceilings. Whilst we haven't ruled this out, it's definitely an investment and we need to be dead certain on the style of the cupboards before committing. I love Hammonds' range of stylish to vintage looking furniture fittings though, so if you're considering built in cupboards, check out their offering. 

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This includes under bed storage, vacant space inside wardrobes, and hooks behind doors for coats or your ever increasing stash of cardigans. I have a nu-vintage cream bed frame which we're keeping, with a lot of empty space underneath so in the next few weeks I'll be looking to purchase some wheeled drawers (preferably some that don't scratch wood floors). If you have any recommendations, hit me up. 

I also bought some pretty storage boxes on a recent trip to ikea to store all of my winter clothes during summer, which will sit just underneath the hung 'in season' stuff in my wardrobe, you know that awkward space under hung clothes? There.  I plan to swap the clothes around come winter. 

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I could dedicate a whole 50 pin pinterest board to my love of shelving. In fact, I think I might start one. When done right, shelving is really useful for storing books, photographs, cacti collections or jewellery trees. If you have high ceilings it's worth considering how you can make use of the wall space for storage, and shelving is a great way. For us, it's a toss up between built in wardrobes or DIY shelving in the alcoves, and given we're book hoarders, I think the latter might be a better more temporary option whilst we save and make the decision on built in styles we like. Shelving arrangements are a whole separate post, I'd just love to have open space for framed typography, plants, ceramic pots and trinkets. We have such a small amount of shelf space in our house. 

I hope this has give you some ideas, follow my pinterest boards for more home inspiration :)

Saturday, 9 May 2015

A chilled out crafty morning [& my first video]

You may remember me mentioning that I wanted to spend 2015 being a little more crafty, trying out new arts and crafts. Well, not one to shy away from my word, I did just that with the help of some brilliant crafty how-to's on Skyes Cottages blog. They have a really inspiring vintage DIY and craft guide for beginners which you'll see me looking at in our wee film below.

I first made some cute earrings from beads and wire, and then my own lavender votive candle. Not going to lie, I'm no natural but it was really fun switching off from technology and emails for a while to relax and make something with my hands - no pressure to do it well, no looking at the clock thinking about what I'm supposed to rush through next, just a chilled out morning with biscuits and beads. I can imagine how fun it would be to do a crafty weekend away in a secluded cottage.

Something else we tried for the first time - filming. Well, Neil filmed and edited. I just stirred some wax in a saucepan and ate biscuits at the speed of light. Tough job eh?

I hope you like the little film we made. Nobody told me halogen lights don't like being on camera?! Oh well, we live and learn. 

F & N x

Friday, 8 May 2015

Introducing florals to your home (without annoying the boyfriend)

I adore quintessentially British design. I live in a Victorian terrace conversion built around 1890 so it's packed with quirky features with alcoves, chimney breasts, a coal shed and original wooden beams on the floors, and it's been my dream to live in a cottage with fields as far as the eye can see, with a cosy, vintage vibe throughout. 

British interior ideas

Cue my LOVE for all things girly and vintage. I saw this fabulous Northern Rose Blue wallpaper (below) from Graham & Brown recently and it sparked a lot of inspiration for me. It's got that cosy cottage feel without being too old fashioned and would look stunning as a feature wall in any room.

floral wallpaper ideasWhen it comes to designing our home, I try to keep our rooms traditional, in keeping with the period. I adore my chesterfield sofa in our lounge (which is actually a sofa bed, yes they exist) and we've got big plans to open up the chimney breast to it's former glory and pop in a tidy wood burning stove for an element of country chic. Our place has a rosy country kind of feel to it even though it's slap bang in the centre of a city and a wallpaper like this would look stunning as the focal point on a chimney breast or inside alcoves.

If you love girly designs too you'll know exactly how it feels every time you stumble in the door with yet more new blankets and fluffy cushions to add to your bed - eyes start rolling with the other half. Let's not even go there with floral wallpaper, they'd take one look and all hell could break loose. 

But there's totally ways you can add florals to your home without your fella questioning his sexuality and it dominating the look and feel of the space. This wallpaper for example, if you keep it on 'accent walls' and pair it with clean lined furniture in complementing colours you could be on to a winner, he might even like it. 

I've pulled together a shopping list of things you could add to a room to accentuate a beautiful floral wallpaper like this one from Graham & Brown, to give a warm, cosy, feminine feel without depressing your boyfriend much. I think it's about balancing the feminineness with masculine or industrial and geometric staples.

floral wallpaper ideas

Gold hanging wall planter, UO
Assorted photo frame, Graham & Brown
Geometric cushion, Tesco
Loco floorlamp, Loaf

And if, after all your work trying to balance the feminine with the masculine, your love of florals are at risk of ruining your relationship then have a flick through this post on Trends to expect in 2015. These types of mood boards spark a lot of ideas for me, you might surprise yourself and find a trend you both adore. 

Enjoy making your gaff more girly without the guilt :)