Love interiors? Top Pinterest accounts to follow

Just a quick post this week! I thought I’d round up some of my favourite Pinterest accounts. Here are my top five that are always worthy of a repin.

1. @AgataWiner
Nine times out of ten, if I repin an image, it’s from Agata Winer. A blogger from Poland, her Kids Space board is crammed with great ideas – mixing modern Scandinavian design with ditsy, vintage prints.

  

@insideoutpins

I’ve banged on about my love for Inside Out, the Australian interiors magazine, before in this post. Their Pinterest account is well worth a follow for sneak peeks from their latest issue. Expect colourful, light, airy open family spaces.

  

@griottes_blog

A blogger, photographer, food stylist and graphic designer from France. Think pastel hues and delicate florals. You can spend ages poring over the Illustration board alone.

 

@milkmagazine

Boards to inspire you to bust out the craft supplies in pursuit of a creative, cool kids space.

  

@hellosandwich

If it’s fun pops of colour you’re after, you need a spot of Hello Sandwich. The Home Inspiration board is a lesson in how to decorate with colour.

  

And you can find me here! Let me know your Pinterest account or any of your favourites in the comments! Happy pinning!

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Style lust: Florrie and Bill

If you’re lucky enough to have a retro chair hanging around, then you might want to take some inspiration from Florrie and Bill.

The business has been inspired by Amy Cawson’s Grandparents – named Florence and William – and her memories of their home filled with radiograms and teak furniture. I’m imagining some macrame plant holders too or is that just me?

If you head over to the website, you’ll find G Plan, Ercol and Parker Knoll. There’s a large range of the cutest cocktail chairs as well as some Danish pieces.

 I’ve picked a few of my favorites for you to drool over…

 

Botanical laburnum cocktail chair

Botanical laburnum cocktail chair

 
 
Florrie and Bill yellow cocktail chsir

Yellow cocktail chair

  

Parker Knoll rocking chair

Parker Knoll rocking chair

  
  
Navy velvet Danish armchair

Danish armchair in velvet

   

  

Mint cocktail chair

Mint cocktail chair

So can you guess my favorite? It has to be the mint  cocktail chair! We are viewing a house tonight (wish us luck!) which has parquet flooring. I can just see this piece sitting pretty on lovely, warm herringbone wood…

Look at how it’s been styled here for the Florrie and Bill Pinterest page. Not sure I could entrust it to my toddler’s room though. There’s no way I’d let him get his little sticky mitts near it! 

  

My fun and colourful workspace

It’s been difficult to find the time to blog lately. I’ve been mostly squirrelled away here at my desk, caught up with my freelancing work. 

So I thought I’d show you my workspace. 

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As you can see, I’ve used some of the free printables I talked about in this post together with Washi tape to add interest to the walls.

Most of the postcards are from Paperchase.

The Washi tape I’ve used is MT Washi. Anything else I have tried just peels off and has been a waste of time.

The lamp was a birthday present from Mr PFW. The beauty of writing a blog, however haphazardly, is that husbands start to really tune in to your tastes!

He also bought me the Hay trays below which I love. You can’t beat a spot of neon.

  

  

Check out my new business cards too from Moo.com. Hello!! 

Cheery, don’t you think?

I’m really drawn to bright, white desks but this wooden one is very homely. 

It was left behind in the first ever home I bought. It was stained dark brown but, with a good sanding, you can now see the grain of the pitch pine. And I think it’s a nice backdrop to the modern and colourful accessories.

 I think it’s a wartime piece so it’s nice and simple. No fuss.

  

Before going freelance, I really looked forward to having the freedom to create my own workspace and to make it fun, bright and happy.

  

Let me know what you think!

Have a good week….

X

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My pick of Habitat’s new sofa collection

Crikey, that ended up being rather a lengthy blog break! I seem to have been struck down by a monster virus. Yuk.

But I am on the mend and ready to talk interiors once again. And Habitat’s new collection popped into my inbox the other day.

I’ve always been a big fan of Habitat. Even as a student, I’d treat myself to a few things in the sales. I really miss Habitat on the high street though I did hear a rumour somewhere that they may be making a comeback soon. Can anyone verify or have I dreamt this?

Anyway, they have some lovely new sofas for you to cast your eye over….here are my six favourites!

I am really drawn to the greys…





But these jewel toned sofas are pretty sumptuous don’t you think?





You can shop the collection here.

Meanwhile, the house hunt has begun in earnest. And it’s confirmed that Mr PFW and I are pretty picky. We want space, we want garage, we want garden, we want parking, we want open plan family areas – and we ‘d like it within walking distance of town too please. I’ll keep you posted!

Enjoy your week.

Totally addicted: atmine.com

I must confess that my 80s rental is not exactly fuelling my love of interiors. I miss having a project – a room to decorate and obsess over, paint samples and swatches to compare.

Fortunately for me, atmine.com has stepped in. An online community for the interiors obsessed is set to launch this spring. It’s currently being tested by beta members. Members are encouraged to provide a glimpse into their homes.

I love pinterest but if atmine.com’s testing and improvements ( there is some functionality that needs to be sorted) go well, it could have some serious advantages. For starters, it’s just for those of us who only want to swoon over interiors. So no fashion, no recipes, no cake designs, no pithy, motivational quotes!

And the photos are of actual homes and not styled photo shoots which are impossible to achieve.

There are some interior heavyweights involved like Happy Interior Blog and Little Big Bell and then there’s small fry like me!

To persuade you to come and take a look, here’s a sneak peek…

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Free printables to pretty up your walls

Hello, having a good week?

I have just returned from a toddler pottery session. Yes, it was mayhem as you might expect! So while the little one sleeps off his clay antics, I’m blogging today about the world of free printables.

I’m all about decorating on a budget. And in my attempts to brighten up my rented magnolia walls (you can see my earlier rant about that here), I am looking at free printables as an option.

It still amazes me that you can find such amazing, free stuff once you start trawling the tinterweb. Fabulously talented designers, stylists and bloggers are putting some really cute little graphics out there for you to enjoy. FOR FREE!

Here are some of my favourites.

This comes in four colourways including two monochrome options. Check out hello wonderful for more crafty ideas than you can shake a stick at. It might just be my new obsession.

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There are some sweet, nice and simple calendars that would pretty up my desk space.

This one can be found at Clean and Scentsible.

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My personal favourite comes from the lovely Cautiously Obsessed blog. There is also a Spanish version.

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I could probably do with this little reminder. I can be a messy pup when it comes to my office space! You can download from A Fabulous Fete blog.

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If you have young children, Mr Printables needs to enter your favourites right now. There are loads of free craft templates – perfect for rainy days – and artwork for playrooms and bedrooms:

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Meanwhile, Feed Your Soul is a monthly art project where artists giveaway their work for free. Really worth checking out regularly, especially if you like to switch up your walls

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I hope you enjoy and if you decide to decorate up your walls with printables, I would love to see the results on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterests. In fact, if you pop on over to Pinterest, you’ll see I have created a new board which I plan to add to over the next week.

Bye for now x

PS If anyone has any tips on how to get images all the same size, this blogging newbie would love to hear them!

Rental decorating ideas

So we’ve sold our beautiful 1930s house in Cardiff (yes, there were tears and plenty of them) and moved into an 80s-tastic rental in Shrewsbury.

It’s all for a good cause of course and we know that this is the right move for us. We love Shrewsbury, we love being nearer our families, the rental’ s not forever and I have the opportunity to finally go freelance in my PR career.

But I wanted to share the highlights of our new home that make me want to dance around to Belinda Carlisle in a puff skirt and a batwing jumper….

– mirrored sliding wardrobe doors that, wait for it, conceal an en suite bathroom
– magnolia walls everywhere obviously. That’s as standard right? Seriously, I will never be able to look at magnolia paint ever again. One month in and it’s already driving me insane. I feel as I am in that Dulux advert where colour was banned, if it wasn’t for the…
– red curtains with delightful, beige Latin text running through them across our three living room windows
– cream, plastic bathroom suite
– grey shower room suite which I actually wouldn’t mind, if it wasn’t for the pink floral tiles

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So I’ve been busy looking at solutions that address rental decor and, reliably, Pinterest does throw up some good options. And Apartment Therapy tempts me with its ’12 ways to disguise dodgy rental decor’ and ‘how to update your avocado bathroom’ type headlines.

But as much as I would like to tell you that I’ll spend the next 12 months undertaking fabulous Instagram-worthy DIY projects, I would be lying. It’s as realistic as me toning my tummy to Gisele’s washboard standards.

For such a short term rent (we really hope we can buy somewhere after the 12 month contract’s up) I don’t really see the point. I can’t justify new curtains that may not fit or suit the next house. I really can’t be bothered painting and then repainting. And I won’t be doing anything that stands in the way of our deposit.

Such an interiors blogging fraud.

Fortunately, I have my furniture and things around me which helps make it feel like home.

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I may invest in the odd wall sticker or two and see what magic I can wield armed with a roll of washi tape. I feel like this nifty pairing are going to become my new besties.

First up is the little one’s room and I am hoping to share that with you soon. Here are just a few things that have caught my eye over the last few weeks:

I love the hand drawn city scape behind the spray painted yellow beds. This comes from the Classy Clutter blog.

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I love the little scalloped edging along the little cupboard here. This has been taken from the Finnish blog, Eeviskainen:

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I am really frustrated with the lack of cute bedding for little ones in the UK. Everything I love seems to be from Australia and New Zealand like this cute pillowcase from NZ brand Struckla and Peach. I love that bedspread too. This image is from Little Dwellings – Sydney based interiors designer and stylist:

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Good use of washi tape – spotted on the @teaandkate Instagram feed. I wrote a post about the Tea and Kate shop a while back.

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Sweet little DIY mobile, courtesy of Milka Interiors. It would be sweet to try and do something like this.

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Washi tape ideas abound in the form of house silhouettes. I am not sure how long they’d last before curious toddler fingers went into destruction mode but I might give one of these ideas a go. This one’s from the trendenser blog:

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Or this from Magpie Miller which could also add interest to my plain, nail less, shelf less, magnolia walls:

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And something like this, in less Christmassy colours, might also be fun. This is from Craft and Creativity.

If you fancy more ideas for kids rooms, I am on a pinning crusade at the moment if you want to take a peek, click here.

Thanks for dropping by,

Jane x