Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Light time

Whilst updates on the master bedroom progress will continue to be slow. I thought I'd show you some new additions to our hallway...

A new light fitting can help transform a room.  With this in mind I wanted to find a budget-friendly update for our hallway.  My search took me to Next where I discovered an on trend array of well priced pieces.  

First up is their Islington 6 Light which twinkles on the landing at the top of our stairs.  I say twinkle because the 6 crystal-like bulbs of all different sizes do create a twinkly feeling.  I love this light.  I'd like it to sit a bit lower, the length can apparently be adjusted, so I can appreciate the interesting design a bit more.  Will have to get the husband up those ladders again!

Islington - shot from below

Islington - profile shot

To continue the sparkly theme I selected the Ritz Easy-To-Fit Pendant.  I felt that the antique-look of this lampshade would fit well with the above Islington.  Even though the light fittings are on different floors I wanted to create a continuous theme through the hall and stairway.  

Ritz - profile shot

Both lights were up in a jiffy and we're rather pleased with them.  

What do you think? 

CB x

Photos by me


Monday, 14 April 2014

Home Is In The North

The countdown is on to the next event I've been working on with Rachael Adams of The Social Butterfly.  

Home Is In The North is taking place on Saturday 26th April, 11am-4pm at Halle St Peters in Ancoats, Manchester.  

We've been working hard to bring together an amazing selection of designer-makers all from the North of England and all with beautiful and unique pieces just perfect to add to your home. 

Home Is...Where? - photo by Stella Photography

There will be lots going on throughout the day including a furniture restoration demo by Sian Astley from Moregeous Design Studio, a create your own art workshop with Kimberley Hughes from Swoonworthy and a cushion cover class run by sewing bee specialist My Craftea Day.  

On the day there will also be a dedicated Future Design Showcase supported by the event partners Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Northern Quarter concept store Fig & Sparrow and online marketplace What I Always Wanted.  This area has been created to act as a support network for emerging designer-makers and will offer advice on how to build your brand and get it stocked.  

If you're an interiors or homewares enthusiast (like me) and you live in the Manchester area (or even if you don't) then this is a must-attend event.  Advance tickets can be bought on eventbrite or skiddle for £3 or you can pay £4 on the door.  

As always, I am extremely proud and excited to be part of such an innovative event.  I love interiors and will be lapping up the whole experience, as well as undoubtedly treating myself to a purchase or two.  

Do say hello if you pop down :-)

CB x

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sunday Sharing 6

The blog that I'm sharing today regularly melts my heart when it pops up on my reader. Junkaholique is the blog written by Artemis Russell a jewellery designer and maker who has recently moved to live on the Isle of Wight.  

The beach near their house on the Isle Of Wight - photo by Artemis Russell

She runs their jewellery shop RUST along with her husband Nao.  Their pieces are perfect so do go and take a look.  The blog documents their life and work through beautiful photography coupled with lovely, honest anecdotes.  The FAQ page is a pleasant introduction if you want to become acquainted.  

I've really enjoyed following their recent transition into parenthood.  It certainly helps that the photos they publish of their little cherub, Pehr, are simply stunning.  

Cutie - photo by Artemis Russell

Reading Junkaholique is inspiring and calming.  The blog inspires me to become a little more creative and to also appreciate the small things in life by slowing down to a less hectic pace.  

I highly recommend that you pop over for a snoop around.  It's just lovely!

CB x

Monday, 7 April 2014

Interiors Update 5

We're making slow process with the Master Bedroom plans.  By 'slow progress' I mean slowly filling in the giant gaping hole that was created to allow the bricks and ceiling to dry.  

My husband has been doing all the DIY, I tend to stand back and make disapproving faces and noises (apparently this isn't very helpful).  

Giant gaping hole

This week saw his first attempt at plastering the area.  Unfortunately the plaster has cracked so round two will be taking place at some point soon.  I've had to advise my extremely patient husband that if round two fails then we'll be calling in the professionals. 

First plastering attempt

I hope you enjoy these 'before' shot because I am certainly not enjoying living in them.

CB x

Photos by me

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Want / Need 3

I love taking photos and would like to take my skills past that of uploading my camera-phone shots to my Instagram account.  In an ideal world I'd own a fancy DSLR camera like this Canon EOS 100D.  Sadly, it's not high on my priority list.  One for the future though.  

Canon camera porn

Our ancient vacuum cleaner packed in on the Saturday morning clean around.  However, I am pretty sure that your average hoover isn't meant to last over 5 years!  We are now in the market for a replacement and the obvious choice seems to be a Dyson.  With a dog and a cat molting all over the place, a hoover specifically designed for pets is a must.  This model is the DC40 Animal currently on sale at Currys.  Now to convince my husband that £290 is a reasonable price...

CB x
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