Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Sophie Conran Kitchenware

Mini porcelain jug: c/o Sophie Conran

Afternoon tea and cake and lovely china to serve it all is what makes me happy, so I was thrilled when the lovely people at Sophie Conran kindly sent me this pretty jug from their range.  I've always liked Sophie Conran's recipes and products but had no idea she had an online shop.  The jug came wrapped in this pretty mint green gift box and is from their popular Sophie Conran for Portmeirion white porcelain collection.  Love the design of this mini jug and how simple it is, it's made of high quality porcelain and was designed by Sophie Conran and the Portmeirion team.  The range is huge, it has everything you would need in your kitchen such as crockery, baking accessories, cookware and so much more including beautiful china to host an afternoon tea!  I've got my eye on the teacups, heart bowls and tagines which I love.

Wooden chopping boards: Sophie Conran

While browsing Sophie Conran website, I saw these gorgeous chopping boards, I've never seen such pretty ones and especially ones made with lovely blue and grey colours.  Sophie designed these in collaboration with T&G Woodware, again the designs are so simple with a mix of contemporary and traditional style and a natural feel.  I would love the painted boards or numbered ones in my kitchen and would also utilise them as serving boards as they are so pretty!
I was quite surprised at the wide range of products on Sophie Conran's website including candles, gardening accessories, glassware and beautiful textiles.

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Monday, 7 April 2014

New Chanel No 5 Art

Chanel No 5 giclĂ©e print: Cocostyle Studio Etsy shop

My latest painting is another version of the classic Chanel No 5 perfume, acrylic paint on canvas.  I've done many commissions for this and all are quite different, each painting is hand painted and takes a while to complete, I don't use templates or anything, even the lettering is drawn and then painted by hand, very difficult to get perfect, but I've learnt that the beauty of a lot of paintings is in their imperfections.

This is now available in as a high quality print in my Etsy shop if you're interested!  The above framed print is A4 size and looks perfect in a white frame.

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

New Living Space Additions

Coffee table: Made.com   Wool rug: Achica.com

Unfortunately, I don't have time to update my blog as much as I'd like as working full time and working on my art shop takes up most of my time!  Anyway just thought I'd do a quick post with major new purchases I've made recently.  First, a new coffee table, I've been searching for one for such a long time, I knew I wanted a mid-century style one and instantly fell in love when I saw this on Made.com (I did actually buy this ages ago), it's the perfect table for my living space, really good quality with plenty of storage inside and lots of room for tea and all my candles and accessories!  My old coffee table was about 9 years old and it was my favourite piece of furniture I bought from Habitat, however it was time for an update.  I believe it is still available on Made.com in various finishes but has a different name now?!

I also had new flooring fitted at the end of last year to replace the nasty carpet I had, it's only walnut laminate but looks amazing, it has made such a difference, everything looks so much better and more modern.  New flooring of course means new rug is needed, I've searched high and low for the perfect one as I've so fussy and then ordered this grey wool pebble effect one, I wasn't sure at first as the pattern is quite busy for me as I'm used to plain rugs, however I think it's grown on me and love it so much!  The rug really completes the room now, the decor still needs some work and accessories are still all over the place.

Have you made any new major home purchases recently?

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Saturday, 1 March 2014

My Beauty Storage Ideas

So I finally burned to the bottom of my favourite Diptyque candle, these candles burn forever (which is a good thing)!  You all know what happens to an empty Diptyque candle, it becomes a DIY storage jar for holding brushes, makeup, beauty tools and a million other things!  I won't go into how I cleaned my empty candle holder as you can find posts on this everywhere, I used mine for holding some of my larger makeup brushes, I love this idea and looks so lovely on my dressing table.

My Chanel nail polishes are currently on display in this gold tray I bought in Dubai a while ago, so pretty.

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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Geometric Cushions

Cotton cushion covers: H&M

Love love love my new cushions I bought for my bedroom, I've literally been searching everywhere for the perfect cushions to go in my white and grey bedroom, I'm so unbelievably fussy when it comes to cushions that I've not had cushions in my room for years!  That was until I spotted these on the H&M home section on their website, gorgeous cushion covers with a geometric print, white on one side and charcoal grey on the other, two looks for the price of one.  These were a mega bargain even though you don't get the cushion pads with the covers, I already had some from old cushions, still can't believe how cheap they are!  I was very tempted by the pastel blue colour too, also comes in yellow and green, I've never really looked at H&M homeware before but I'm loving quite a few of their things so will be going back for more.

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