Thursday, 24 May 2012

Summer is here!

So I realized this morning that I should really take pictures of this house before the little man gets here and chaos reigns supreme... So today was spent cleaning and subsequently taking pictures [and remembering at all costs to put the camera back into the hospital bag fully charged].

[This was me today, but with far less effort into getting dressed... from]

But before I get into that whole mess - I am way excited that it has been 3 whole days of it feeling like it's May [before that it was more like January/February]!  Hence the need to go out and water all of the pretty flowers that our landlord left for us, as well as the daydreaming about living in a place where it doesn't rain, and we can have a sitting area that looks like this:


I could totally kick back with a margarita or two on this lovely sofa - listening to some tunes, waiting for my burger... or lobster... you know, whatever...

See below for where to buy!

In the UK:

1. FSC Parasol, Lido 2m with base, £68.20 at John Lewis; 2. Ammero Sofa, £275 at Ikea; 3. Outdoor Cusion, £15 at Next; 4. Tam Tam stool, £15 at Habitat; 5. Coral Tapered Lantern, £25 at Debenhams; 6. Porcelain Tealight Holders, from £8 at Graham&Green; 7. Applaro Folding Table, £17.50 at Ikea; 8. Playnation Stripe Cushion, £20 at John Lewis; 9. Harlequin Scatter Cushion, £24 at John Lewis; 10. Anorak Kissing Robins Cushion, £45 at Heals.

In the US:

1. Build-your-own Chesepeake Platform Sectional, from $79 at Pottery Barn; 2. Smith & Hawken Patio Umbrella, $157 at Target; 3. Marimekko Apelsiini Pillow, $34.99 at Crate&Barrel; 4. Shine Company Side Table, $60 at Walmart; 5. Paddywax Candle, $13 at Macy's; 6. Square Modern Lanterns, from $7.50 at Pier1; 7. Decorative Garden Stool, $90 at JCPenney; 8. Yellow/White Geomatric Pillows [2], $56.99 at Target; 9. Fiona Outdoor Pillow, $34.99 at Crate&Barrel; 10. Ikat Outdoor Pillow, $35.50 at Pottery Barn.

Now to organize all of these pictures... and take out the trash.  Maybe after the little guy's hiccups stop.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Here comes the sun?

I was pretty psyched to see the sun over the weekend [and again yesterday!], but the lovely English weather has harshed my buzz once again by bringing the rain.  So I thought that a good way to get me a little excited about summer [if it ever arrives] would be to try to replicate a nice summery bedroom, a la this one:

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The room is so bright and sunny, and I love the blue/yellow/white-washed wood panelling behind the bed... and I'm now regretting every design choice I made in the house... See below for where to buy:

In the UK:

1. Logan Duvet Covers, from £30 at John Lewis; 2. Aspelund Bed, £99 at Ikea; 3. Herrup Rug, £35.99 at Ikea; 4. Linen Cushions, from £40 at Graham&Green; 5. Handle Mirror, £45 at Marks&Spencer; 6. Urusula Cable Knit Pouffes, £175 at Graham&Green; 7. Lindvend Side Table, £14.99 at Ikea; 8. Gold Ruched Throw, from £45 at Next; 9. Mandalay Roman Blinds, £22 at John Lewis; 10. Kramare wall light, £6.99 at Ikea.

In the US:

1. Basic Modern Rug, $39.99 at Target; 2. Pavillion Pillow, $20 at Pier1; 3. Brimnes Bed Frame, $129 at Ikea; 4. Organic Essential Blanket, from $59.99 at Pottery Barn; 5. Lemon Rope Pouf, $159.99 at Target; 6. Marimekko Pipperikera Duvet Cover, from $89.95 at Crate&Barrel; 7. Bamboo Roman Shade, from $38.24 at Walmart; 8. Scalloped Accent Table, $29 at Walmart; 9. Navy Scalloped Mirror, $19.99 at Target; 10. Husvik Wall Lamp, $29.99 at Ikea.

Still working on stuff in the house, but we're getting there... I'm a little bit slower than usual with the weight of the monster inside of me.  Lots of pictures to come, and in the meantime, I"m going to try to get this kid to do a little head-spin so he's facing the right way to get out... I'm picturing something like this:

I'm sure that's how it works.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Blast from the Past

It has been a while since I was on here, and lots of things have happened for us.  For starters, we moved out of central London, and into the suburbs.  Secondly, I'm as big as a house - getting there anyway.

So, since we're only a couple of weeks away from D-day, we've had to do A LOT of work on the house/getting ready for the little monster to show himself... and I'll post pictures of the room makeovers very soon.

Until then, I've decided to get back into the blog-o-sphere [I hate myself], and go back to my old tried and true see-something-I-like-and-try-to-replicate-it-on-the-cheap.  So here it goes:

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I love the mix of industrial in the dining chairs and retro in the accessories and accent chairs in the foreground... not to mention the burst of lime.  See below for where to buy...

In the UK:

1. Round Facet Mirror, £110 from Next; 2. Forte Table, £399 from; 3. Just Staggering Framed Print, £45 from Graham&Green; 4. Bertoia Dining Chair, £130 from; 5. Bourbon Vintage Cabinet, £199 from; 6. Mies van der Rohe Style Apple Green Barcelona Chair, £289 from; 7. Metal 'Home' Hanging Letters, £25 from Debenhams.

In the US:

1. Raie 3-Drawer Chest, $199.95 from Pier1; 2. Swan Swivel Chair, $249 from Walmart; 3. Malachy Mirror, $199 from Crate&Barrel; 4. Stretched Typography Canvas (Set of 3), $79 from Pottery Barn; 5. Shell Round Dining Table, $105 from Walmart; 6. Obbligato Chair, $182 for 2 from Walmart; 7. Decor Shapes, $11 from ACMoore.

That's all for now, but I'll try to be better... we'll see how that goes.