When I browsed my way to this Midwestern home, I was surprised by the connection I felt to the space. With my own minimalist style in mind, the newer and infinitely busier aesthetic seems like the kind of space that would ordinarily be a visual stress.
The magic, for me, is in the details. Our colour palettes are not entirely dissimilar but there are a number of worn and jungle-inspired pieces throughout their home that amp up the cool factor.
Wanting to create a wishlist of items that could recreate the space in my own personal style, I accidentally hit the jackpot with Eichholtz on Pavilion Broadway. The brand have quirky-contemporary down to an art.
Design porn at its finest.
Regent Street clock
Leather handle wine cooler
Chandelier la Coupole
Bittersweet set of trunks
Zomato is my OCD dream. I use it at least once a week to scope out restaurant menus, so when the team invited me to Villandry to attend a flower arranging masterclass and afternoon tea, I couldn’t refuse.
For an afternoon, a few blogger friends and I were schooled by the ladies of Moyses Stevenes in the fine art before settling in to multiple tiers of sandwiches, scones, and sweets. It is, of course, my duty to pass on the lessons learned:
Flower Arranging for Beginners
– Use a selection of flowers and foliage to act as ‘fillers’. Foliage with strong stems will help support the stems of more delicate flowers.
– Start from the middle and work your way out.
– As you add each new flower, cross the stem over your previous flower’s stem and twist gently. Follow this direction until you get to the very end (you can see an example of this below).
– Keep a strong grip of your stems as they build up and twist it in the direction of the flowers you are placing if the bouquet begins to loosen.
– After tying your finished bouquet (double tie it tightly to ensure the arranging won’t move around), cut the stems on an angle to ensure they can drink from the vase you choose to place them in. Flat cut stems will sit at the bottom and find it hard to drink water.
Of course, if it all seems a bit too tough you can just go have afternoon tea and order some from the experts.
I won’t tell.
There is no greater pleasure than making a house a home. Though I have yet to buy my ‘forever home’, I really lucked out in my newest London abode: high ceilings, great light, and a neutral colour palette.
For the items I had collected over the years, it was a perfect canvas but a canvas larger than anticipated. Naturally, I went on a bit of a furniture binge.
One of the most exciting new additions was a gorgeous vintage-inspired sofa. The Moray – from DFS – is curvy, oatmeal-coloured, and acts as a perfect focal point for all the smaller gold and cream accents in the living room.
Though I had quite a few pieces from Made in my arsenal already, the discovery of their social network (Unboxed) increased my wishlist tenfold. A gorgeous sideboard later, the room was complete (I have since uploaded everything to Unboxed, obvs).
Click through to see all the finer details; bar cart, superhero and London-themed gallery wall, et al!
Though it hadn’t been too long since I was last in Leeds, my dear Jen’s birthday called for an excitable return and some city shenanigans alongside The Manfriend and our fourth musketeer, Molly.
Starting our day underground at Meat Liquor, we binged on cocktails and burgers like there was no “tomorrow, I’ll wear skinny jeans”. I opted for the lethal ‘Game Over’ (vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, pisang ambon, absinthe, lemon juice, and Red Bull) and Dead Hippie burger (two french Mustard-fried beef patties, dead hippie sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and minced white onions) with a handful of cheese fries.
As the food coma dictated, we paused for present-opening before moving to our second location. I’d been collecting little gifts for Jen’s birthdays for some time, but really wanted to find something that celebrated her love of tea and keys.
Though it’s no easy feat, Personalised Gift Solutions’ customisable pink teapot ended up being the perfect gift. I have to give them a huge shoutout because even though I found them less than 5 days prior, my concerned e-mails about the gift not arriving in time were met with the friendliest service, a timely delivery, and a beautifully produced personalised teapot.
When we arrived at The Alchemist we were lucky enough to snag a table under the sunshine and drink an innumerable amount of dry ice-garnished cocktails (the best of which warranted an instavid, below) before running up to The Light to take our seats for Pitch Perfect 2.
I love you, Leeds.
…meaning I often blog from bed, obviously.