Interior Design: A Bathroom of Tactile Textures

tactile bathroom
After being asked to create a Pinterest board of my inspirations by C.P. Hart, I had a look through their trend report from Cersaie – the world’s largest bathroom and tile trade fair – and found it refreshing to find that they had pulled ‘tactile textures‘ out as a theme – it is everything I love about interior design.

Tactile textures, as a design genre, has to do with textured finishes on a natural palette – often incorporating rustic or tribal patterns (my favourite example of which is probably The Wheatsheaf, which I found on their trade site).

Focusing on the sense of touch, my project-dedicated Pinterest board has now become a dream compilation of interior features and inspirations. Want to take a look? Simply click here and lust with me!

(In the meantime, you will find me attempting to take baths in C.P’s showrooms…shh.)

London’s 5 Most Fashionable Areas to Live

london fashionable areas
I am a renter. A renter to my very core. I’m not sure if it comes down to the slightly nomadic tendencies of my early twenties or the fact that I didn’t grow up in a ‘permanent’ home, but the idea of being attached to a single residence for more than a year lacks any appeal.

The majority of my quasi-domestic adult life has been spent renting in London, which could be considered an art form in itself. For anyone who hasn’t grown up in the city (I’m over here counting my cultured blessings!), the unstable knack for ‘good’ and ‘bad’ areas and the prices that both ends of the spectrum call for could make your head spin.*

When MyRooms offered me a discount code (for £100 off your first month’s rent!) to share with my readers, I could hardly say no. (it’s LELO01 and is valid until September 30th, 2015 – enjoy!).

In fact, I want to help you renting fashionistas out as much as I can. After twenty-four years of borough hopping from North to South, West to East (…even zone 5), I am now schooled in the art of a good postcode.

Therefore…

London’s 5 Most Fashionable Areas to Live

(Use the postcode map – above – to get as close to them as you can!)

Postcode: W1
W1 puts the life into London. Not only is it the shopping capital (hello, Regent Street and Oxford Street) but it also boasts some of the most chic restaurants around. Good ol’ West One has stood the test of time.

Postcode: E1
Over the past five years, E1 has taken the cool kid cake of London. The ultimate balance of high and low, street style and couture, all with students alongside professionals. Special shoutout to the best vintage markets in London.

Postcode: SW3
The home of the Chelsea set. Be you Made in Chelsea or not, anyone can appreciate the beauty and style of the Fulham Road and its surroundings. Sophistication, grandeur, and a hell of a lot of yummy mummys abound.

Postcode: N1
Though the postcode reaches as far as Dalston, I find N1’s proximity to King’s Cross the biggest coup. Easy access to champagne bars and spontaneous travel (St Pancras = weekends in Paris, natch) is hard to beat. Don’t miss: the indie fashion houses of Upper Street.

Postcode: WC2E
I know this one is rather specific, but I have something of an infatuation with this area. Covent Garden/Leicester Square has always felt like the centre of the universe to me, and if you manage to find a room to rent in this postcode; you are golden. The access you have to all of the postcodes above? Unparalleled. The area itself? A snapshot of all that makes London magical (along with some of the best boutiques around).

* Even though it is 14% cheaper to rent than buy in the city.

Interior Design: My Home Tour

home tour
Welcome to my home tour (if we weren’t chatting through a screen, I would offer you a drink).

To set the scene: The Manfriend and I moved in roughly two months ago. Moving out of a rather enormous house and into a two bedroom apartment meant we came up against a few space issues, but I am altogether incredibly happy with the way our small time interior design projects and investments have come together.

It is not my dream home – far from it – but it is amazing value for renting in the centre of Leeds and a stone’s throw from the station, which means easy commutes to and from London while working in dual cities.

Let’s take you around…
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Decorating with Love (Inkifi, In Review)

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A single glance at my beloved SLR will reveal all: I love photography. I knacker every photo-taking device I can get my hands on out, then spend hours oogling over every uneaten food snap and hasty image of a beautiful stranger.

But I hate photo frames.

While I think the idea of surrounding yourself with photos of memories you’ve made and people you love is fantastic, the reality often turns into a haphazard arrangement of bargain frames, awkward print sizes, and ‘gifts’ that you have to place around your home when the gift-giver is scheduled to come over.

I love uniformity, therefore, I love Inkifi. As a business model, they have been set up to help you print Instagram photos, but actually go much further than that. From typical square prints, to vintage prints, to photo books and acrylic prisms – they have a variety of tools to turn your Instagrams into something you actually want to decorate your home with.

I went for magnets as our ‘wood and gray’ kitchen is the fugly bane of my rental existence. Eighteen 2×2 inch snapshots of love and laughter in The Manfriend and I’s life so far. It is a source of constant happiness and gratitude.

(Please go support their business so I will be able to order more organised magnets in future. Thank you.)

Interior Design: Habitat Recycled

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Another day, another peek into the ongoing labour of love that is ‘Casa de Lela London’. Today provides your first look into my closet-slash-office and this beautiful set of two ‘Cohen’ oval recycled magazine storage baskets from Habitat.

Though I had no idea how I wanted to decorate my closet/office (cloffice? I really need to think up a word for it!) when I found these eco-friendly interior gems, I knew I wanted them to house the useless bits and bobs that so easily get scattered around bathrooms and vanity areas. Thank goodness I’m not doing things monochrome, eh?

They’re handmade, lightweight, and have turned into one of the focal pieces of the room. (Wait until you see more!)

habitat recycled baskets 2

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