Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Peek into my Home Office & Studio

White furniture: Ikea, Brass metal drawers and grey desk lamp: Made.com, Acrylic storage: Muji, Winter candle: The White Company, Engraved pencils & Paris print: Dottie Rocks Etsy
Fashion prints and paintings: made by me Cocostyle Studio

My home office/studio is always a work in progress, since taking the above pictures it has changed (a little) again!  I'm never happy with how it looks for long, these are just a few pictures of what I've done so far.  I'm trying to keep everything white and bright, which is hard in such a small room, hopefully once I'm somewhat happy with the whole look I'll show a tour of the full room.  It will never look like the stunning white dream home offices I spend hours pinning to my Pinterest boards though!

Most of the white furniture is from Ikea, has to be practical as I work from home a lot and also paint and sell my art work from here.  Just so you don't think this is how it always looks, it's never normally this tidy, always has work laptop, papers, art materials everywhere!

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

New Stationery

Notes tower block and ruler: Hay at Selfridges, Oui notebooks set: Rifle Paper Co at Selfridges

While I was visiting London recently, I popped into Selfridges and stumbled across Hay, I've heard great things about this scandinavian store but had no idea Selfridges sold their lovely products! I think it's a pop up store so no idea how long it will be there but they do sell online.  There was so much I wanted to buy from their homeware and stationery range, especially the geometric trays!  Although it is slightly expensive, everything is so well made and designed.
I only bought a few stationery items, they have an extensive range in simple gorgeous colours!  Love this grey note block with geometric patterns and the little mint green striped wooden ruler, both look perfect on my desk in my home office.

I also browsed the stationery section in Selfridges and bought this Oui notebook set, I'm addicted to notebooks and love the Oui design and check pattern, Rifle Paper Co is not available in many places but Selfridges had a small range, they have such pretty stationery, love it!

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Blue Manolo Blahnik Shoe Art

Blue Manolo Blahnik shoe, A4 & 5 X 7" art prints: Cocostyle Studio Etsy shop

My latest fashion painting is the gorgeous blue Manolo Blahnik shoe, inspired by the heels Carrie wore on her wedding day in the Sex & the City film.  Iconic classic statement heel, perfect to display in your bedroom, dressing table, boudoir or dressing room, love how it turned out!
The original painting was created using acrylic on canvas, these are prints I've had printed from my original painting and are available in 2 sizes in my Etsy shop, A4 and smaller 5 X 7".

I have a separate instagram account just for my artwork, you can follow me here cocostylestudio

My art website is Cocostyle Studio where you can see more of my artwork.

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday Inspiration: H&M Homeware

H&M Home is the place to go for affordable yet seriously stylish homeware.  I've always browsed their online homeware section but never really bought anything except for a few cushion covers a while ago, also there is no store near me that stocks their homeware, I popped into their London store recently for the first time, only had a quick look and but was really impressed, the online homeware section is pretty extensive too!
These are just some of my favourite things I would love to have in my own home.  Adore their stunning range of copper candles, beautiful unscented candles, grey storage baskets in metal and felt material, grey cushions, vintage style mirror and cute pineapple storage container! I've not burned their scented candles so not sure how strong the scent is but you can't beat the price.
Also loving the kitchenware, the glass vintage style storage jars and bottles, wooden trays, pretty ceramic dishes, tea towels with lovely quotes, so many gorgeous things to go with any style kitchen.
This list could have gone on and on as everything is so nice, they have designed everything with the all latest trends in mind especially copper, grey and white and all at bargain prices.

I'm pretty sure I'll be placing an order soon...

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Made.com 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 Made.com!  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 Made.com 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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