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Fired Earth vs London Underground

underground

I’m loving this new Underground 150 collection from Fired Earth, a collaboration to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Tube.

edwardian

The Edwardian range, based on original early 20th century tile molds.

landmark

These Landmark tiles are also reproduced from original molds from 1939.

signage

Some classic Underground signage recreated in faithful typefaces.

posters

To complement the range they’ve also got a fabulous range of repro posters spanning the entire 20th century.

See the whole range here.

Room tour: bedroom

Bedroom

Well we had a pretty intense weekend with a very long to-do list of house tasks: mostly involving cleaning, removing and assembling stuff. But there was definite light at the end of the tunnel by Sunday evening, and the best part was finally finishing off the bedroom. It’s been a long time coming… soon after moving in we wallpapered and painted the walls, bought some cheap curtains and put in a fitted wardrobe, but it was full of old mismatched furniture from our previous rentals and needed tying together. After this weekend – nearly three years after moving it – I’m calling it done! And I love the result. Let’s take a tour…

Bedroom

Here’s the view from the door. The bed is the Lansdowne from Made.com which I’ve been very pleased with – it’s super comfy and sturdily constructed and I love the padded headboard for reading. The reading spotlights were supposed to be wired in but our wall wasn’t suitable so we had them adapted to be plugged with a coloured flex. I got two sets of Orla Kiely stem-print bedding while it was on sale at Achica. The wallpaper is Cole & Sons ‘Trees’.

Bedroom

We were going to get a custom bookcase built to fit this annoying sticky-out bit of wall, but then found this John Lewis one that was the perfect width to fit. I built and installed it single-handed on Sunday morning, then tried – and got bored – colour-coding our books.

Bedroom
Bedroom

View from the far corner by the window. Like the living room we’ve got a lot of mid-century style wooden furniture in here. It took quite a long time to source each one and get a set that sort-of matches and suits our storage needs. The latest addition is this adorable sideboard from Hopper and Space.

Bedroom
Bedroom

Hello mirror-me! The dresser by the window serves as my vanity area and storage for more books.

Bedroom
Bedroom

This room’s a little lighter on the art and clutter than the rest of the flat – for now anyway. I’m not really sold on this wall config, but I love both my Kozyndan bunny prints and the vintage letterpress sketches, and it’s a big wall to fill. Maybe I’ll put all four bunnies along here and the letters above the bed.

Bedroom
Bedroom

There’s a touch of vintage pottery and indoor planting going on in here too. The pussywillow branches and aloe vera are from Columbia Road market – a treat on Sunday afternoon after the hard work. Pro tip: get there around 4pm as the traders are packing up and you’ll get a bargain.

Bedroom

Our coats and laundry are tucked away behind the door. We got the big fitted wardrobe built across the back wall a little while ago. It’s not exactly beautiful, but it stores a hell of a lot of stuff – all of our clothes, spare bed linen, suitcases etc. Debating switching the handles and maybe adding some kind of decal to the doors to make it a bit prettier.

Bedroom
Bedroom

I think this means it comes cat-approved. He pleasingly fits the colour scheme, too.

Stockists

Wallpaper: Cole & Son ‘Trees’
Paint: Dulux ‘Egyptian Cotton’
Wardrobe: Sliderobes doors and custom-made frame
Bed: Made.com
Bedding: Orla Kiely via Achica
Lights: Garden Trading, adapted to be plugged with Fabric Cable flex
Bookcase: John Lewis
Mirror, dresser, pictures, bedside table, vases, pots: secondhand/vintage

Recently tumbld: Interiors

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In the absence of anything more interesting to share, I thought I’d do a round-up of some of my favourite things I’ve added to my interiors Tumblr lately. We’re not planning to move for at least a year or two, but looking at lovely photos sure makes me want to move and start afresh with all our interior design!

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kitchen2
kitchen5
kitchen3
kitchen4

Got such a thing for minimal white/wood kitchens right now. Unfortunately I think I’m too much of a maximalist – especially when it comes to kitchenalia – to ever make this look work. (Sources: 1,2,3,4,5).

bathrooms

A couple of super sexy bathrooms (Sources: 1,2). Walk-in shower is number one on our priorities list for next house.

step

I’d try to work in this Step bathroom sink too – the wooden drainage board shelf is so smart.

plaster

Loving the bare polished plaster fireplace (via Ann Lowe)

lightshelf

Wouldn’t this shelf be perfect beside the bed or a cosy reading chair?

bedroom

I haven’t ever posted about our bedroom’s interior design – I will soon! We just ordered this lean bookcase to replace the ubiquitous Ikea Billy, but we’re still looking out for one more small storage unit to make it complete. I love the ledge and leather-handled cupboards here – might be a nice quick update of our cupboard doors to try something similar.

You can follow my interiors Tumblr here.

Design Junction

I meant to visit loads of London Design Festival stuff, but ended up being quite lazy/disorganised last week and ended up just going to Design Junction on Saturday. Worked out pretty well though since it seemed to be all of the coolest stuff, housed in an awesome old sorting office warehouse.

Design Junction
Design Junction

Fernandez & Wells popup cafe

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Design Junction
Design JunctionDesign Junction

Mid-century Modern area

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Midcentury style at Fashion For Home


There’s some great mid-century modern inspired furniture pieces to be found at Berlin-based Fashion For Home. The site is new to the UK and focuses on innovative and stylish home furniture from an international team of designers. They manage to keep the prices low without sacrificing quality and workmanship by avoiding middlemen along the supply process, and are environmentally conscious.

I’m mentally re-dressing my home with these pieces…

The Paddington 3-seater sofa has an elegant 50′s look.

Copine dining set – white and wood is a lovely combo.

Vio range – I do love a hairpin leg. This range was designed by Tobias Jacobsen (grandson of legendary designer Arne Jacobsen) inspired by the curves of a violin.

The very Mad Men Bentwood shelves and Dowel armchair

The Studio Copenhagen brand is responsible for my favourite finds, unsurprisingly.

Do you like? Visit fashionforhome.co.uk for more and follow them on Twitter.

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