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Sourcebook: My Living Room

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OK, so apologies, I agree, ‘Sourcebook’ is supremely wanky. Who do I think I am? An interior designer? Fear not, no, I know my place – I just couldn’t think of anything else to call this post.

Since my flat was featured on the very lovely Houzz UK a few months ago, and since I will very soon (hopefully) be moving out of it (if we can ever find anywhere to live), I thought I’d put some details down on the blog of where everything in each room is from. Lots of people keep getting in touch and asking me for details about things, and it’s really LOVELY because it means I must have SOME taste (despite someone on Houzz commenting that my flat was ‘a hybrid of girlie, retro, seaside, student, office, modern, with a twist of chic that I’m finding difficult to love’ – I mean personally, I think that sounds kind of awesome, but hey, I guess I would).

First up, because it’s the one with the most stuff in it: my living room. So here’s a grand old list of where everything is from, in case you’re interested. And, yes, I know, this blog post requires no creativity on my part. Ha.

Some things may no longer be available as they’ve been accumulated over several years – if so drop me a line and I’ll try to find an alternative for you.

Hopefully I haven’t missed anything – feel free to leave a comment if so and I shall get back to you forthwith!

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Wall colour, Ammonite, Farrow & Ball
Chimneybreast colour, White – not sure, probably Dulux Brilliant White
Floor paint, Downpipe, Farrow & Ball
Rug, bespoke from Alternative Flooring
Sofa, Fancy Nancy, Sofa Workshop
Coffee table, Ercol (from eBay)
Armchair, Ercol (inherited)
TV stand, Heal’s vintage
Grey chest, Garrat Storage ChestLaura Ashley, painted in Plummett (I think! can’t remember), Farrow & Ball
Mirror above fireplace, 60s dressing table mirror from a junk shop
White leather pouf, Heal’s
Large lantern, Nordic House
Small lanterns, Debenhams
Ceiling light, Habitat
Blinds, Ikea
Cushion on sofa, Sparrow & Co
Throw on sofa, Melin Tregwynt
Cushions on armchair, MissPrint (yellow) and Mini Moderns (grey)
Chest of drawers in corner, antique, inherited (I would paint them but the top has a lovely patina so can’t bring myself to)
Art above sofa (not seen here but on first pic), framed pages from an old Vogue calendar

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Bureau, inherited from my grandparents, 1950s
Desk, The Pier – remember them!? I hate my desk and I actually have this amazing Sebastian Cox for Heal’s one waiting for me in storage at the moment… if we can ever find that aforementioned new house
Desk chair, Eames DSW
Colour Sphere wall print, A Rum Fellow
Bookcase, Ikea (where else!)
Bunny lamp, The Little Baby Company
Desk lamp, Homebase
Bin, Ikea

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Lamp and shade, Habitat
Typewriter, eBay
Chest of drawers, as before
Lithograph by Alan Stones, from Baxters Gallery, Dartmouth

All photos copyright Houzz UK and taken by the supremely talented Chris Snook

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Have a nose round my home on Houzz

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I’m very excited today to be able to share with you the feature on my flat on international decorating goliath Houzz. The lovely team at Houzz sent a fab interiors photographer (Chris Snook – check him out) round a few weeks ago to shoot my humble abode to feature as part of their new series visiting interiors bloggers at home. I then had a chat with one of their writers to talk more about my blog, as well as the story behind the bits and pieces in my home.

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It’s funny, seeing the finished pics, as I had never realised quite how girly my taste had become! And quite how dependent on grey and pink… what can I say, the two work together so well! It’s been really lovely to have these professional shots done, especially as when my flat was last shot for The Guardian, it looked quite different.

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My home really is an amalgamation of lots of different bits and pieces gathered throughout the years – many of which were handed down to me from relatives, resulting in a rather eclectic mix. But I quite like the fact that pretty much everything I own has a story behind it, rather than it all being bought at once to fit a particular design ‘scheme’.

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The Houzz team also asked me to pick out a prize for the best comment left on the feature. They wanted me to choose something inspired by or featured in my flat – so I went with this fab poster from A Rum Fellow (below). It takes pride of place above my desk in the living room, and always gets tons of compliments.

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So what are you waiting for? Get over there, have a good nose round and leave a comment (be kind please, have I mentioned at all lately that I’m heavily pregnant and emotional?!)!

Can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Hospital flooring

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When I moved into my flat, it was carpeted throughout the hall, bedrooms and living room. With worn blue speckled carpet that was stained in places thanks to the geriatric, incontinent cat that formerly lived there. One of the first things I did when I moved in was rip up all the carpets, including painstakingly taking up all the gripper things that were nailed round the edges of every single room. I had a week to sort out the flooring before I had to move in, so I slapped floor paint on all the floorboards, resolving to decide on a more permanent solution once I’d settled in.

And actually, for the last two and a half years, I’ve really liked my painted floorboards. But over time, and in the hall especially, they’ve started to look really really worn. ‘Not so much shabby chic,’ as my dad said the other day, ‘as just shabby.’

But the problem is, I’m completely stumped as to alternative solutions. I considered a stair runner but I can’t find any designs I particularly like, and they just don’t feel very ‘me’. Laying engineered wood flooring is another possibility, but it doesn’t really fill my heart with glee – it just seems safe, and a bit boring. It also doesn’t really help me sort out the stairs, which are also painted white and although aren’t as scuffed as the hall, are beginning to look a little worse for wear.

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When I redid my bathroom last year, I laid grey vinyl from the Colour Flooring Company on the floor – and although it was really just a practical decision at the time, I absolutely love it. It’s so easy to keep clean and is so warm underfoot and feels very hardwearing. It’s super cheap. And I think it looks really smart.

So yesterday I had the bright idea of laying vinyl flooring throughout the rest of the flat too. Well, on the top floor hallway, and in my bedroom. I thought I’d keep my stairs white, and just repaint them. I was thinking of a pale grey for the hallway and white for my bedroom. Excited, I scoured Pinterest for inspiration and I thought my problems were solved!

I even had grand plans about ripping up the existing flooring in the kitchen (horrible beige vinyl tiles) and replacing it all with a flat run of this stuff. But then I told my dad.

And he said it would make the flat feel like a hospital.

And then I told my friend Vicks, of The Relaxed Home fame, and she said it would be a nightmare to keep clean.

And so now… I’m just not sure again. Help!

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The paint snowball

It all started with a door.

Well, no, that’s not quite true. It all started with a cat. And the need to shut him out, which resulted in this shiny new (old) door on my kitchen, from Architectural Salvage in south Wimbledon.

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Once the door was installed, I had to paint around the brand new doorframe. So I did (which is why it looks so shiny and white in comparison with the walls). The shiny white doorframe continued on the other side too, inside the kitchen. Result of shiny white doorframe? The kitchen walls looked really, really shabby.

You may remember my kitchen looked like this:

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Nice enough, but a bit ‘meh’. Enter Farrow & Ball‘s French Gray…

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Move one fridge…

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Bathroom reveal

So…it’s been a while since I finished my bathroom, but I was waiting for some LIGHT and SUNSHINE in order to photograph it. But look, we had five minutes of the stuff on Tuesday and now it’s buggered off again. So I’ve given up. Here’s the bathroom, in the delightfully dull March light we’re all now so depressingly used to. Am hoping that by posting this, the sun will decide to appear and stick around, just to spite me for not waiting a little bit longer.

You may remember my personality-less bathroom from my post before here…

Grim eh? But here it is now… *ta-daaaa*

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