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Daphne’s nursery tour

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I just love this ‘D’ Flower Fairies print – possibly my favourite thing in the room

I didn’t really want to do a post on Daph’s nursery because it’s basically been a bit of a… CHALLENGE. It’s a teeny tiny room, which I stupidly while pregnant made even tinier by adding a whole wall of mirrored wardrobes. I hadn’t realised at the time that this made it impossible to fit a normal-sized cot bed in. I basically used up the one good wall with these damned wardrobes – while we needed the storage, I really didn’t think it through.

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Less is not more when it comes to shades of pink. OK?

It’s also a really weirdly shaped room, with the door at an angle – sort of cutting off one corner of a square. Plus it has an awkward chimney breast sticking out on one wall. Anyway with a lot of measuring and squeezing, we’ve managed to get in a small cot – the Mokee mini cot in fact – as well as a small chest of drawers and a shelving unit (which we already had). And a chair (although you have to move the chair to get into the wardrobe but luckily I don’t need to do it that often!).

It’s not the ideal child’s room/nursery that I had in mind when I pictured myself as a mother, but despite this, it’s actually turned out to be a really cute, happy room. When I’m feeding Daphne last thing before her bedtime, I sit in there and look around at the random mishmash of stuff (and different wood finishes!!) and I can’t help but smile. It’s ridiculously girly (especially with those pink polka dot curtains that I already had) but it suits a tiny baby girl and I feel like there’s plenty for her to look at it, all of which has some story or meaning behind it – as with everything else in my flat.

Here are some more pics… (apologies for the crap photography. The light in this room is also a bit of a challenge!)

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Don’t worry, she sleeps with her head away from the window

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A present from her Auntie Sophie

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Daphne’s great-grandmother, who she was named after, and her dad as a littlun

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We bought Florence the doorstop when I was pregnant – total random M&S purchase but I just love her!

It’s a bit cluttered, it’s probably a bit too PINK, it was done on a budget, but it’s a room full of love. As we’re house-hunting this won’t be her room for too long (can’t wait for more SPACE!), but I think it’s quite a good start, and I’m pleased with how we manage to work around the tiny floorplan and create a usable space for her. It’s my new favourite room in the flat. I hope she feels safe and happy in there.

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Sourcebook: My Bathroom

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The baby is still enjoying a delightful period of night-time wakefulness (basically, wakes at 2am screaming for no apparent reason – beginning to suspect teething; and then 5.30am whereupon she decides it’s time to start the day), so I’m a little sleep deprived at the moment. Hence this rather uninspiring post – the last one detailing all the bits and bobs in my home. I’ve already done a blog post specifically about my bathroom makeover, but here’s a list of all the products you can see in the pictures in case you like any of them!

I’ve decided not to do a similar post on my kitchen as to be honest very little of it is of my choosing – the cabinets are Ikea and fine but not what I would have picked, the worktop is also Ikea and is a white laminate, the flooring is godawful and I have no idea where it’s from, the walls are painted in French Gray from Farrow & Ball. If you want to know any more about it then do drop me a line/leave me a comment.

But enough of that, on to the bathroom – done on a massively tight budget, I think it cost me about £2k in materials and then another £1.5k in labour.

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Wall colour, Dove Tale, Farrow & Ball
Flooring, vinyl in Slate Grey from The Colour Flooring Company
Tiles, Topps Tiles
Basin, Bauhaus from CP Hart’s trade centre
All taps and shower fittings, Grohe from Amazon
Towels, Missoni Home from Heal’s
Bath, was existing bath
Toilet, Duravit from CP Hart’s trade centre
Towel rail, Victoria Plumb
Cabinet above basin, Homebase
Pedal bin, SimpleHuman
Cabinet above toilet, Ikea (spray-painted white)

All photos (except the last two) copyright Houzz UK and taken by the supremely talented Chris Snook

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Shops you should know about: the Southbank Centre shop

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It’s possibly a little too late for this post, but I just had to quickly mention the wonder that is London’s Southbank Centre shop, in case anyone was still trying to get hold of last-minute Christmas presents! This amazing little gem is tucked away right by the Royal Festival Hall (yay for culture!), slap bang in the middle of a load of chain restaurants (boo for commercialism!). It’s brilliant for finding quirky, one-off, design-led pieces that make absolutely smashing stocking fillers.

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Poster by Red Gate Arts

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Prism cushion by Kangan Arora

The focus probably leans towards homewares – lots of fab cushions, prints and mugs – but there’s also a really lovely selection of jewellery that’s perfect for those who want something unique. When I visited a few weeks ago they also had a brilliant range of unusual and handmade Christmas cards and decorations.

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Light necklace by Inca Starzinsky

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Scandinavian candle set

The shop works with social enterprise Cockpit Arts to source products from designer-makers, and refreshes its stock every three months. Meaning you really will find stuff that’s not on the high street.

Some of the products are available online but for the true experience you need to visit the actual shop. It’s right by the river, and at this time of year the whole Southbank area (my favourite part of London) is covered in twinkly lights so really you have no excuse not to go.

Also, every now and then, a tube train trundles underneath the shop and you think you’re in a the middle of an earthquake. Which is mildly exhilarating. What more could you want?

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Getting into the Christmas spirit with Houzz

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Last week, the lovely folk at Houzz invited me and some other bloggers along to a Christmas crafting morning at Heal’s new Westbourne Grove store. It was the first ‘work’ event I’ve been to since having Daphne and it was lovely (if a little strange – my small-talk skills certainly need brushing up again!) stepping back into my old shoes for a morning.

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First up, we got to do some Christmas crafting. HA. I cannot craft. I don’t have an artistic bone in my body – I still remember my Art teacher writing ‘Charlotte needs to think beyond the glue and scissors stage’ on my school report. I was about 15… (not really). I don’t exactly know what she meant, but I guess I was more of a fan of the actual cutting things out and sticking them to other things bit without worrying what the finished product looked like. But you know, life’s about the journey not the destination right? I’m sure Paulo Coelho said something like that anyway.

I digress. This time I was more confident as leading the crafting element of the morning was my good friend and all-round interiors expert Vicky Harrison, who also just so happens to be the editor of Houzz UK. She told us we were going to make honeycomb paper ball decorations and had a lot of faith in me.

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Not going to win any prizes…

Well, let’s just say that I lived up to my Art teacher’s critique. My ball was shamefully the only one there that was so wonky that it looked completely drunk. If honeycomb Christmas balls could get drunk. But it was still incredibly therapeutic sticking and cutting again after all these years. If you’d like to have a go at making them yourself, there’s a nifty step-by-step on Vicky’s blog.

Next up, we were challenged to style up some Christmas place settings – one super luxe and formal, the other more relaxed and rustic. Sadly, as I live in a tiny flat and never eat at the kitchen table (it’s the size of a postage stamp), Christmas place settings aren’t something I’ve given much thought to. But inspired by my fellow bloggers – who were all incredibly creative – I decided to watch what they were doing and, er, sort of copy them.

I’m no stylist but I REALLY enjoyed this bit – here are my two settings:

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Not too shabby huh?! If you feel so inclined, you can even vote for mine here.

Finally, all the bloggers sat down and had a chat through some design dilemmas with the stylists from Heal’s. It was a really lovely morning, with plenty of mince pies on offer, and I left feeling thoroughly Christmassy. And wishing I had a proper kitchen table – but fingers crossed for 2016 on that front!

NB: Heal’s Westbourne Grove, in the iconic Queen’s building, is fab but only sells lighting and a few accessories, so don’t rock up expecting to be able to do your Christmas shopping there too like I did.

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Sourcebook: My Bedroom

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Oh isn’t it lovely when you think of an idea for a SERIES for your blog? No effort involved, no racking of brains trying to find something of interest to share with the world. All the hard work is done already.

So here we go, without further delay and following on from my previous post all about my living room, it’s time for the lowdown on all the bits and bobs in my teeny tiny bedroom. Yes, I do manage to fit ALL MY CLOTHES into that one built-in wardrobe and chest of drawers. Ha ha ha, only joking.

Enjoy. As ever, please leave me a comment if I’ve missed anything off or you have any queries! I do love talking interiors.

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Wall colour (pink), Calamine, Farrow & Ball
Wall colour (white), Brilliant White, Dulux
Bed, Loaf
Bedside tables, Ikea
Bedside lamps, Original BTC
Screenprint, by Clare Cutts from Baxters Gallery
Framed postcards, frames from Habitat, postcards inherited
Tissue box, The White Company
Bedlinen, Laura Ashley
Cushions, H&M
Curtains, Dunelm Mill
Storage baskets on top of wardrobe (just seen in first pic), Ikea

lifebylotte-bedroom3Chest of drawers, Ikea
Clock, Heal’s
Mirror, Ikea
Pigeon light, Thorsten van Elten
Wicker washing basket, Debenhams
Vase, inherited
Glass storage jars, The White Company

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Carpet, Wool Cord in Moon, Alternative Flooring
Ottoman, Loaf
Mirror, taken from an old wardrobe door, painted in Ammonite, Farrow & Ball

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