Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Interiors update

I must admit since the wedding, it has been a while since we actually did any work on the flat. But now we seem to be creeping our way out of the debt (albeit very slowly), it seems to be all systems go again.

As most of you know, we're in the process of obtaining Planning Permission for our Loft Conversion (fingers crossed!). It is partly because we can't afford to move out, and partly because I want extra space (and these are intrinsically linked).

It will hopefully be a room of quiet and solace (with the all important ensuite) and will be the first part of our flat we will be decorating from scratch - so we don't want to mess up. Here's a little insight into my Inspiration boards, I'm basically going for my dream New York Loft apartment:

Images from Pinterest
Until that is completed, we won't know how much of our remortgage we'll have left for the rest of the flat (if any). I'm hoping and praying we'll have enough to at last get rid of the yellow cream carpets and invest in our stair runner.

But this is what we have been investing in:

Metal Pineapple pot, £26, Debenhams

Radiator cover, £70, B&Q
Probably not the most thrilling purchase, but this radiator cover has completely changed the look and feel of the hallway - I can't believe we never did it before. We also seem to get more heat as it seems to hold it in and direct it out (rather than escaping), and it was easy to assemble. You can buy it in MDF for £20 less and paint yourself but it would need about 7 coats, not look as smooth and I didn't fancy myself painting inside all those tiny cut-out ridges. Worth the extra cash.

Pendant light, £75, BHS

I know some of you have seen my BHS light I am so in love with, but you haven't seen it in context. My Hall feels alive (we have had a dangling lightbulb there ever since moving in 3 years ago) and it's such good value compared to the Kartell light in my living room (which I still don't regret). This light is now sold out but check out their lighting as they have some fab things. Including this pendant light for £25:

Light, £25, BHS


I have passed this website on the internet many times over the years, but at the moment I am really stopping and browsing. They stock some of my favourite interiors brands such as Jonathan Adler, Bloomingville and Missoni as well as fab stationery. I could sit and look at the cushion selection for hours! There is something for everyone, and here's my edit:

All available at

1. Cushion, £49, Lexington

2. Cushion, £78.50, Jonathan Adler

3. 'Architecture in the 20th Century' coffee table book,        
   £27.99, Taschen

4. 3 wick candle, £22, Voluspa

5. 'Rio de Janeiro' notebook, £15, Christian Lacroix

6. Set of 3 hammered copper trays, £44, Nordal

7. Lobster teatowel, £12.95, Thornback & Peel


Want some original prints for your walls but can't afford thousands of pounds? Me too.

Lumitrix is an online only business selling limited edition art photography prints, all A1 size. Started by a photographer, it is a space for emerging talent in photography and gives us regular people a chance to buy limited edition prints that no one else has at an affordable price. They currently feature work by 15 photographers and everything on the site is £50 (they also offer framing for an extra cost - £135 black or white and £160 with silver).

I personally love Louisa Seton's work:

'Cuba', £50, Lumitrix
'Bondi Beach', £50, Lumitrix
Or Astrid Harrisson:

'Sindri', £50, Lumitrix


  1. looks great! I also hate the look of bare radiator covers but just to warn you that in the hallway it shouldn't make much difference but in bedrooms I find they do block heat...Fingers crossed with your extension - I love a reno and i hope you dont mind taking us on that ride?

    1. Good to know re: heat in bedrooms! YES, of course I will's fun for me, and makes me 'follow through' a bit more on DIY as I have an audience!

  2. Thanks for the Amara introduction. Especially love the "How To" tips!

    1. It's a great site and I NEED the Tokyo cushion, obvs...

  3. Love your inspirations boards for the loft conversion - funnily enough your flat looks like it is laid out exactly the same as mine - I live in Tooting though which I think is near you? Our neighbour has just a conversion with two bedrooms & a bathroom on top so we're hoping to do one next year (we're rather occupied by our wedding at the moment) - I'd love to see how yours goes and hear any tips!

    1. Yes - we are Tooting Broadway/Colliers Wood - we are STILL in the planning stages - takes so long! Will let you know how it goes


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