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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

INTERIORS My house

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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Behind the Brand: Sarah Hamilton Prints

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I came across the wonderful Sarah Hamilton through Twitter – just one of many fantastic connections I have to thank the microblogging site for. She’s a super talented printmaker, and her quirky, appealing designs adorn a variety of objects – from cards to woodblocks to furniture and even mirrors. She’s also super friendly, and has a wonderful mid-century home in Dulwich, which she’ll be showing off during an Open House weekend at the Dulwich Festival, on May 11 and 12.

And… *coughs*… she’s very kindly asked yours truly to come down and sign copies of my book at the event…so see you there!

I caught up with Sarah to find out a bit more about her fantastic career so far…

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