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About the house

Not much has changed around here since my last About the house, but since I keep snapping little shots to try out my new camera I thought I’d share.

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Always rearranging the mantelpiece

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Picked up this sweet little dresser from a new vintage shop in Stoke Newington. It was only £125 and fits in great. The bedroom is the last room to be ‘done’ since I’m looking out for the perfect vintage bedside table and we need some shelves building. But it’s slowly coming together now.

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I got these gorgeous things from Spitalfields market. They’re original pencil drawings by lettering artists at the Linotype factory in Manchester. The drawings would form the basis for hot metal type letters to be cast and used to print books. Nice piece of history! Not sure where to hang them though – is above the bed too cheesy?

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Precious clutter…

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..and precious cat

Our Copenhagen Airbnb


So we spent the long weekend in Copenhagen, and I have billion blog posts drafted up! First up the best bit, our dreamy apartment. We finally used Airbnb for the first time, and I’m so glad we did. We stayed in the most beautiful apartment


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New bathroom

Our new new bathroom is done! This is kind of the second renovation that this tiny room has seen. Here’s the very-before, during, and before:

Works in progress

We redid the room in a bit of a rush when we first moved in because it was so grim, and I still like the simple modern suite, slate floor and subway wall tiles that we picked. But the wall colour wasn’t a winner – too dark for a tiny, windowless space yet too light be an interesting dramatic statement – and the lighting was far too weak.

Post second-renovation it now looks like this:


This biggest change was replacing the lights from a dull central unit to six bright LED spotlights. This immediately brightened up the whole room, making it feel more hotel-luxe and less dank cave. I painted the bath panel to match the floor and gave the walls a coat of duck-egg blue, which I think works much better in the space. (Part of me still thinks it would’ve been cool to go nuts and paint it black though.)

Tub catBathroom

The only other new thing is the cute storage unit by the sink, which fits in nicely with the vintage-y and wooden accessories we already owned. Lila clearly likes it too: we can’t keep her out of the bath and sink!


Now I want to take baths all the time and enjoy it as a real room!

Suite: Aston Matthews
Storage unit: BHS
Tiles: Webtiles
Paint: Sanderson Spectrum Ocean Spray (walls) Farrow & Ball Down Pipe (bath)
Towels and bathmat: H&M home
Shelves: Made from worktop offcuts
Baskets: Muji
Picture frames: John Lewis
Medicine cabinet and spotlights: Wickes

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Jonathan Adler at amara.co.uk

Amara got in touch recently, asking if I’d like to review one of their products. I hadn’t heard of the site before, but was happy to find it’s a very well-curated online home store, with brands such as Missoni, Orla Kiely, Emma Bridgewater and Rob Ryan amongst lots of others.

I was particularly excited to see Jonathan Adler listed, an American designer known for his elegant animal ceramics and cheerful patterns. I fell in love with his store in San Francisco so I’m pleased you can buy it over here now too. (He also has a store in London, but it’s way over in Kensington so I haven’t trundled across town to it yet.)

I couldn’t resist this gorgeous birdie spoon rest: beautiful yet functional!

She looks equally at home with my owls on the mantlepiece, non? Here’s some of my other Jonathan Adler favourites from Amara’s site:

*Product supplied for review by Amara


I’m quite excited to be able to show off the beginnings of a project I’ve been working away on for the last few months. LLUSTRE.com is a brand new site for finding and purchasing beautifully designed products for your home, and I’ve been working with them since December as design director. Their USP is to promote new designers, find exclusive and limited-edition products, and deliver them at a great price to the customer. It’s been so much fun working on the site and getting glimpses into all the wonderful products that will be up for sale come April…

A teaser of some of the brands lined up to sell in the first few weeks of events: Ella Doran, Thornback & Peel, Plumen, Normann Copenhagen, Falcon enamelware, Reiko Kaneko and Thorody.. reads like interiors heaven, non?

We’ve just launched the first phase of the site where you can sign up for founder member status, getting yourself an instant £10 credit to spend and the ability to invite friends and earn even more credit (up to £100!). And there’s loads more (secret) exciting stuff being added very soon…

LLUSTRE also has a fabulous in-house Journal to give a taster into the kind of aesthetic and edtorial slant you’ll soon be able to find on the full site. The busy team also tweet, Tumbl and Pin – phew!

There’s only 10,000 LLUSTRE founder memberships up for grabs so get signing up now to be first in the queue when the sales start, and invite your friends to earn credit!

Pssst! – if you’re a blogger and would like to share the LLOVE on your blog too, just drop me a comment or email and they’ll send you a lovely press kit with all our photographs and launch brands, as well as info on other bloggy events that we’re running.