Friday, 14 December 2012


A bit of light crushing this week. This fella started me off that I saw on a post from Design Sponge, designed by Claudia Melo in polished copper it's one of 3 from the Star collection from Mambo Unlimited. It's pretty funky.

Sticking with polished copper, I did actually want to write a whole post about this next light which I've long had feelings for - Tom Dixon's Copper Shade. This is a much copied, seriously popular fixture which is everywhere. (The Graham Norton Show has them littered over the set, greedy - there's even a new bar in the airport here in Amsterdam that has at least 10 for crying out loud).

Hello my love.


This is another of Tom Dixon's designs - the Etch Light Web. Its weighs nothing and is obviously designed for the beautiful shadows it casts, you could pretty much just have this and a sofa in a room and you'd be set.

Another favourite is this star lantern (actually this one's called the Asterisk dontcha know). I personally think they should live in a hall or a bathroom. My friend just picked one up from Ebay for 25 quid, not bad work (she does have an unhealthy ebay obsession).

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This picture is now my favourite of the week, those lanterns are amazeballs and loving the palm frond pictures echoing the arch over the door. Dee-lish. (The view out the door isn't bad either).

A couple of simple and beautiful Vaughan lights.

Moooi's Non Random light (great name).

Finally this awesome Raimond Light. Which looks like a firework mid-explosion. I know, it's good.


(Below at the Corinthian Club London)

(Below at the Andaz Hotel Amsterdam)

I've also come across this recently on Pinterest, similar to the first one up above. Another geometric design in brass this time - rather beautiful n'est pas?

OK enough. ENOUGH.

OK one more for comedy's sake.

I leave you with this. This thing. I mean... I just, I can't even find the words...
I saw this in a shop in Singapore once and thought it was a joke. Turns out its a very expensive joke. Honestly who buys this? This was a design low-point. Clearly the designers daughter's favourite animal is a horse and asked for a "horsey light" and he just said "yes darling, whatever you like".

I say Neigh.

Friday, 7 December 2012


I've always had a bit of an obsession with white wooden floors. I think they just look so serene and classic. I mean seriously, what's not to like?  

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The husband and I are currently house-hunting in Amsterdam which is not entirely going to plan. Mainly because I'm looking at things we can't afford then not wanting to make offers on things we can actually afford. I know, It's not rocket science. Whilst looking at houses out of our budget (that's what a day of open houses is for surely?) I found a lovely apartment which would have been perfect (apart from the $$$). An old Dutch house on a canal complete with beautiful old wooden floors. While discussing this 'dream house' and what we would do to it if we won the lottery I casually said: 

''I would definitely paint the wooden floorboards white in the big bedroom" 

Stony silence. 

I felt like I'd just told him a horrible little secret I'd been hiding for our whole relationship. 

Right then I realised that when we buy a place our tastes might not always align. Who will win these battles I wonder? I have a friend who's approach to decorating her house was to ask her husband's opinion and flatly ignore anything he said, knowing that he would never be arsed to actually change anything she did.

When you are in a rented place (which we have always been since we've been together) you rarely have to deal with this as you don't necessarily have the scope to change anything but suddenly the thought of decorating you own home might throw up a few previously un-heard opinions.  

We already have quite a bit of furniture, most of which we have bought together and we definitely agree on things 90% (ok 75%) of the time. A few debatable items, some things I brought to the co-habitation (a few old rugs which, I quote the Husband "look like things refugees kept themselves warm with") and some things he brought (a 70's looking mustard brown corduroy sofa which I cannot for the LIFE of me get rid of). So it seems that generally furniture isn't the problem, when it comes to design decisions though ...well, let's see. 

As well as the white floorboard shocker, when I suggested bold wallpaper in a little loo (see my Pinterest Board here, yes there is an entire board dedicated) again, he was horrified.  

Anyway, it just got me thinking about this next stage. I'll keep you posted on any future scuffles...

Back to some lovely images of white floors, hopefully when he reads this he'll be converted.

Someone please buy me these chairs for Christmas. Pretty please. Please. Seriously please.

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There's 25 more pics here on my White Floorboards Pinterest Board. Yup, a whole board for these puppies too.


Saturday, 1 December 2012


I figured we'd have a facial hair inspired post this week as its now the end of November which of course means "Movember" to a lot. It's already the end of the month which means there are some pretty nifty tache's out there now (hopefully) about to be cleanly shaven.

Movember is an inspiring idea and simple enough so anyone can do it (ok, men mostly but we all know some girls who could put up a pretty impressive show). 

 This guy is a regular in the National Beard and Moustache Championships.

Incase you don't know the story here's a Ted Talk from Adam Garone who is the founder. Quite interesting how Prostate Cancer Foundation initially batted away the idea then came round to it once the money started piling in...(77 million dollars last year)!

There are some very cool Moustache- themed and inspired products around at the moment so I've picked a few faves

1 - sunstashe -
2 - must dash print - Bodie and Fou
3 - vinyl wall deco - InitialYou Etsy
4 - jumper 
5 - moustache dummy - The Discovery Store
6 - mug - Urban Outfitters
7 - Moustache light - Katrin Greiling
8 - Scarf - New Look
9 - necklace - Lime Drop
10 - mobile - Shak Shuka
...and the cushion which I forgot to number...Sass and Belle

Love that mobile, here it is in situ in a sweet baby's room from LoveThomas.

Moustache Pillow set from Urban Outfitters - very cutsey.

Love the complete randomness of this one above. Wall deco of a moustache on the ceiling from Pixers.


(Another wall deco which now I've looked at it too long looks like a croissant with a bite taken out).

Habitually Chic did a great post with some dashing pics of men in moustache's so go over and check it out. In the mean time I'll just highlight some of the best facial hair wearers as this is what it's all about, the humble moustache:

Make a donation to Movember here.


Wednesday, 21 November 2012


The husband and I just spent a whole weekend In Bruges without the kid. Ah Bliss. No offense to the little chap but it's been over a year without a night away for us so we were owed a lie-in. (He can open the fridge by himself now so we figured he'd be fine for a few days).

Bruges looks like a fairytale film set. It's beautiful. It is tiny so a weekend is perfect to wander the streets and hang out in the hotel without feeling guilty that you aren't doing more touristy things. The lights were all up and the shops were decked out with festive windows so it really felt like our first dip into the 2012 Christmas season. 

Choc-tastic festive window displays

I'll just do a quick Bruges summary for you: 
architecture, canals, chocolate, beer, moules frites, more beer, lace, waffles, bells

Now we've got the city down, on to the hotel which is always my favourite thing about trips away. I'm a total boutique hotel lover and am often more excited about where we're staying than where we're going (if you catch my drift). In this case we stayed at The Pand, highly recommended by all and dripping in accolades and awards. Luckily it didn't disappoint. A former carriage house it's now a 26 room hotel stuffed with antiques and different furnishings in each room.

My favourite bit by far was the sitting room (above) complete with Christmas tree and roaring fire where I merrily drank tea and read the paper in the afternoon and drank wine and played chess in the evening. 

Our room was called Ralph Lauren "Stapleton" after the fabric that's used in it (isn't that a bit odd?) The room was plush and cosy with some beautiful touches like this gallery wall (above) and a very cool claw foot arm chair which I would have happily packed up and taken away with me. 

(I am slightly dubious of the decor in other rooms, I didn't get to have a look while I was there but have a look on the website and judge for yourself. The "Burberry room" looks a little bit like a chavtastic disaster so we might have been lucky with ours).

 Christmas wreath in the white panelled breakfast room and vintage LV Luggage in the sitting room.

Back to talk of getting into the Xmas mood - dinner on the first night was spent at De Vlaamsche Pot, a little bistro that had been recommended to us specifically for it's Flemish Beef Stew. A sliver of a building with red and white checked table cloths, this restaurant had been Christmassed to the MAX. It honestly looked like Father Christmas had thrown up inside - I could see the husband's nervous face as we dodged tinsel and painted angels to get to our table. Luckily the stew was worth the blinding decor - as Greg from Masterchef would say, it was like "a hug in a bowl". I loved the place.

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Our second dinner was at Park Restaurant which I'd also hugely recommend. The food and service were both excellent but I especially loved it as the guy at the table next to us proposed to his girlfriend! So romantic! I'd never seen a proposal first hand so needless to say I got far too over-emotional/over-excited and ended up getting totally shit-faced in their honour.

The Park Restaurant. (I mentioned I was very drunk right? Seriously that's all I've got but it is a photo-worthy ceiling).

Finally some scenic shots of Bruges taken for once, not with my iphone but with a proper camera by my husband who knows what he's doing. Pretty as a picture don't you agree?