Monday, 21 July 2014 Unboxed - My home...

Today I'm finally able to tell you about an amazing project I've been involved in with one of my favourite online interior home stores!  It has launched today and is called Made Unboxed, a new online social community where customers can share pictures of their real homes.  As soon as I heard what it was all about, I immediately wanted to take part as already have quite a selection of their products in my home!  You can see few photos above of my home from my profile, check out my full Unboxed profile and photos here.

MADE.COM sells a wide range of designer furniture online only, cutting out all middle men to bring high quality items at a reduced cost and connect customers directly with the product makers.

Made Unboxed enables people to connect with existing MADE customers who live around you, you can even search by area or for a specific piece to see who has bought what in your area.
I think this is such an incredible idea to involve real people and their very real homes, I'm definitely more likely to buy a product if I can see it on display and in use in peoples homes and not just in a highly styled photoshoot.   Also a brilliant  way to gather interior design ideas and inspiration, an interior lovers dream!
Chloe Macintosh, MADE.COM Co-Founder and Creative Director, said:
Unboxed contextualises our products without the need for costly lifestyle shoots or high street shops, which ultimately the customer would pay for. But more than that, Unboxed demonstrates ‘collaborative consumption’ a movement empowering consumers to take inspiration from each other"

As part of this project, MADE.COM commissioned a survey to show the lengths we go to in order to have sneaky peek at the interior of our neighbour’s houses.  Results show more than one in 10 Brits have admitted viewing a property with no intention to buy – most common in London, where 19% of people have posed as a buyer!  I've never done this myself but constantly looking online at homes for sale and also websites showing private homes of other people just to have a good nosey around, something I believe most of us love to do!
As soon as Unboxed went live, I was excited to have a browse and curious to have a look, there are some amazing profiles and gorgeous homes, more importantly real homes, you can also leave comments and like your favourite pictures.  If you already have some amazing pieces, I would highly recommend you create a profile and get uploading.  See my Made Unboxed profile here.  Hope you like it!
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Zara Home Sale Purchases

So interior home sales have been happening everywhere recently, I've not actually bought much from the sales, only from Zara Home really.  I look forward to their sales and nearly always get a few things as normally quite expensive.

They never disappoint with their range of white and silver decorative pieces, you all know I'm obsessed with white.
I immediately went to the lanterns and candles first as love their range, I bought this huge silver moroccan style lantern as I don't own a lantern this size and have always wanted one, it's not a shiny silver, it has a gorgeous matte silver finish, love it!  Also, splurged on a silver candelabra and artichoke shaped candle holder, not that I needed anymore but couldn't resist! I'm still loving the moroccan interior style so much.

How adorable is this little pineapple pepper pot?!  I really do love the white/silver pineapple decor trend but this is the first item I've bought and knew I wanted it sitting on my dining table, so much more pleasing to look at then a normal one! (I didn't get two as only really use pepper)

The throw on my sofa needed replacing so thought this one would be perfect and it is, love the pattern and neutral colour, so soft and cosy too.

Have you bought anything in the sales?

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Red Lipsticks Painting

Red lipsticks - Original acrylic on canvas painting
Red lipsticks art print: Cocostyle Studio Etsy shop

So I decided I needed to paint a red lipsticks painting, my immediate thoughts were that it has to be luxurious high-end lipsticks, obviously had to be Chanel, Dior and Tom Ford, gorgeous packaging and colours.  I'm definitely a fan of red lipsticks, so chic and glamourous and is always my go to lipstick when I'm going out.
The first painting above is the original I painted with acrylic on canvas and then shows it framed with my other paintings and prints in my home office.
The last image above is a print of the original which I'm now selling in my Etsy shop Cocostyle Studio,  I know it would look perfect in a bedroom, vanity area, boudoir, home office...

I recently setup a separate instagram account just for my artwork, you can follow me here cocostylestudio.  You can see progress of my art at different stages and new art I'm working on, thanks for looking!

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Thursday, 5 June 2014

New Ikea Purchases

Just returned from a wonderful birthday trip to New York few weeks ago, unfortunately couldn't buy any interior products as too large to carry back!  Any way before NY, I went on a spending spree at Ikea, these are just some of the things I bought.  The Brakig collection is the main reason I went, I'm obsessed with this range, the geometric pattern and the gorgeous bright pastel colours, love everything!  I only got a few things though, the cushion is in a beautiful bright pastel pink/orange colour and looks perfect on my sofa along side my other cushions.  The bowls have the same geometric patterns, love the shape, the mint green one is my favourite.
The long black and white cushion caught my eye while browsing and thought I need this for my bedroom! adore the pattern and monochrome colours, I think it goes so well with the other cushions I bought from H&M and decor of my bedroom.
The glass vase is a milk bottle style, I actually bought 3, really like vintage glass bottle styles, just the right size for a few fresh flowers on my desk to brighten up my working day!

I also bought a large white gloss bathroom cabinet, but it's still sitting in it's packaging... will hopefully do a post on this once it's fixed.

Have you bought anything from Ikea lately?

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Friday, 23 May 2014

Friday Inspiration: Tom Dixon

Copper shade, Brass Etch Shade, Scent copper candle, Etch candle holder: Tom Dixon
Image credits from my Pinterest

One of my favourite interior product designers has to be Tom Dixon, I'm still yet to buy anything but have a long wish list!  Love the simplicity of his designs and the attractive basic colours he uses, copper, brass and steel.  The most iconic product is his Copper shade, it's a gorgeous shiny dome shape, makes such a statement and can be used almost anywhere, I love it!
The Copper candle is stunning and so stylish, love the colour and writing on the front, they are also scented but I've never smelt them! I just think they look perfect as part of any rooms decor.  The Etch range is simply beautifully designed, love the geometric shapes and pattern, the intricate metal which lets the candle light through, the candle holder is my favourite and love the copper colour, can be used for storage too!
There are so many other products I would love from Tom Dixon, however many are out of my price range, I may possibly look for similar inspired copper shade if I can find it cheaper.

The two products that are on my wish list and will definitely be purchasing pretty soon are the Copper candle and Etch candle holder, they add that design touch and perfectly complete the decor of a room.  You can buy these at Tom Dixon and also Selfridges, Heals and Nest.

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