Give The Joy Back – A Bold And Positive Bedroom Space

There’s been a ton of change around here lately, so today’s post will be a bit of a life update as well as an interiors one. These two things relate to one another in my head, so hopefully I can explain why this bold and positive bedroom space has helped with a new start!

This Instagram post explains what has changed in my life these last 5 months, but back in July I moved into a house share in central Cambridge and found myself with a blank canvas to style, decorate and make my own. Having packed up my old studio and bedroom, I had a fresh start to make a cosy, grown up space. (Links to all products are at the end!).

Pink-Grey-Bedroom-StylingOne of the first pieces I chose for the bedroom was a letter press print from Anthony Burrill. I knew I wanted bold colours and a positive message, so chose Give The Joy Back in pink and red. Such a great statement.
Anthony-Burrill-Joy-PrintRather than frame the print, I opted for a wooden magnetic poster frame which was custom made for me by Dan from Utology. All of the pieces in Dan’s Etsy shop are beautifully made – I have my eye on the magazine rack now!
John-Lewis-Grey-Velvet-CushionsI opted for some textured cushions – these cotton velvet ones from John Lewis come in lots of bright colours. The bedding is the loveliest Egyptian cotton set from The White Company. Although it creases easily, it’s so soft and I’m sure it helps me sleep better!Give-The-Joy-Back-Print The-Basket-Room-Plant-Pot One of the first things I moved into my new space was my house plant collection! Would you be interested in seeing a post about them and more corners of my space soon? I’m still figuring out my work space, but I definitely want to share that with you too.

Anyway, this woven basket / plant pot is from the wonderful Basket Room – they work directly with women’s weaving cooperatives in Africa to create ethical, stylish, accessories with a story. I have one of their bags too and I absolutely love it.Lovely-Things-Jewellery-TrayI’m not sure where the Lovely Things jewellery tray is from, but I use it for earrings.Positive-Bold-Bedroom-StylingCreating a calm and inspiring bedroom space was really important for me. I have struggled with sleep the last 5 months due to really bad tinnitus and life adjustments, so having a simple and positive bedroom has been so helpful!

Here are links to all the items, but give me a shout if you have any questions or if I’ve missed anything!

Give The Joy Back Print – Anthony Burrill
Handmade Magnetic Poster Frame – Utology
Copper String Lights – Kikki.K
Velvet Cotton Cushions – John Lewis
Avignon Print Bedding – The White Company
Grey Colour Block Woven Basket – The Basket Room

 

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Life Lately #16: Fun Days Off

Anyone else feeling a little bewildered that it’s May already?! I’ve had a pretty hectic calendar these last couple of months, so I thought I’d share an update on what I’ve been up to. In between all the biz stuff I’ve managed to have a few fun days off.

At the end of April I joined the In Colourful Company folk on a colour walk around Brighton. We discovered some great murals and colourful buildings, enjoyed the pier and stopped at the C:\ Side Quest gaming cafe to hang out afterwards. I love Brighton (even if it was so cold with the seaside wind!) and seeing all my favourite creative pals was great. Especially as a few of them were wearing pins and necklaces from the shop!

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Over the May bank holiday weekend, I had the pleasure of celebrating Jo’s hen do with a camping break in Burton-on-Trent. Now, I’m not one for camping usually, but we had the best time and the weather was really on our side. We had camping picnics and embraced the theme of “Jo’s Llama Llama Duck Do” with lots of decorations and a Llama pinata filled with mini cheese. We had pub lunches, went stand up paddle boarding and took Llama’s for a walk. What a dream weekend!! It was amazing to see Jo’s happy face all weekend and we had THE BEST time at the wedding yesterday – it was truly magical!

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Jo-and-Will-WeddingI’ve also been enjoying the sunshine in Cambridge now Spring has finally sprung. This week I had a day off with my fellow creative business friend Fuz who visited Cambridge with her little boy. I took them out on the river, we ate tasty food from the market (so much choice there these days!) and enjoyed treats from Jack’s Gelato.

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So it has been a fun couple of months! I’m still working on new collections, the website behind the scenes. Make sure you’re signed up to the newsletter to be the first to hear all the business news 🙂

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Boots Secret Santa £100 Gift Giveaway

I am in full on Christmas mode here! The tree went up in our house yesterday and we have been shopping as intentionally as we can for gifts and decorations.

Today I’m thrilled to share that I have teamed up with Boots for a Secret Santa  project! Keep reading and you can find out more about the £100 Gift Giveaway and who else is involved in this festive campaign.

Boots-Secret-Santa-Gift-Giving-Claireabellemakes-GivewawayFirstly, a few thoughts about gift giving. I don’t know about you, but I love a consumable gift or an experience – we have an abundance of ‘stuff’ in our house that I struggle to find homes for!

Saying that, I am planning to buy lots of unique gifts from markets such as Etsy Made Local and Renegade for my friends, and have also been searching for gift sets and food items from the high street for neighbours and the postie. They all deserve a gift over the festive season and I feel strongly about supporting small businesses and high street shops to keep both going! You know me, I’ll probably get making for some handmade gifts too and I am joining in a few Secret Santa groups in the online community. Mostly just for fun and because it fulfills my obsession with sending mail and creating special packages.

As part of the Boots Secret Santa project, 10 bloggers are selecting gifts for one another. I got to choose a mystery gift for the lovely Chloe from the Christmas gifts for her section on the Boots site. We are all sharing on Instagram using #BootsSecretSanta so you can see what gifts we end up with!

Boots-Secret-Santa-Gift-Giving-DecorationsI mentioned a giveaway didn’t I? The lovely folk at Boots are also giving us all mystery gifts to share with our readers – worth £100! All you need to do is enter using the widget below and check out my Instagram posts to see what I receive.

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The giveaway is open to UK readers only (sorry!) and gifts will be sent directly to the randomly selected winner from Boots UK. Ends on 6 December 2017.

Boots-Secret-Santa-Gift-GivingAre you feeling the Christmas spirit yet?

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British Craftsmanship From The Sofa & Chair Company

As most of my work revolves around the creative business community, I’m often discovering new makers and companies and almost always adding to my wish list in the process! After watching this video about the British craftsmanship behind The Sofa and Chair Company, I was sold on their beautiful furniture pieces and luxury style for homes.

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There’s something about watching makers at work in that video that captures me. Seeing each person’s role in the process of making a chair was pretty cool. It’s the behind the scenes stuff that I love when it comes to following creative companies online – proof that all the hard work we put into social media and promoting ourselves really does help to bring attention to brands. That and CUTE DOGS on your Instagrams!

I’m working with The Sofa and Chair Company today to bring you wish list of their luxury items that caught my eye. This season I’m still loving metallic tones around my home, but also lusting after velvet fabrics, sheepskin rugs and all the plants. And I’m never going to get bored of grey and blush pink!

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All items available here

I’d love to visit the West London workshop to see the makers in action, especially after learning that it only takes 6 weeks for bespoke items to go from concept to completion and delivery! Maybe I need to sign myself up for an upholstery class in the new year.

What are your luxury interior picks? Anything cosy for this season that I should be checking out?

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*This was a sponsored collaboration with The Sofa and Chair Company. As usual, all opinions are my own. All images in the post are owned by The Sofa and Chair Company.

Bike Spotting In Amsterdam

Back in May, (how is it mid July already?!) G and I ventured to Amsterdam with some friends for a 2 day mini break. The reason for the trip was to surprise the boys with a trip to a computer game music concert, but we decided to add some sight seeing in their too. AKA BIKE SPOTTING IN AMSTERDAM 🙂

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Firstly, I love that you can fly to Amsterdam in just 35 minutes from Stansted airport – that’s quicker than getting to London on the train! We flew with Easy Jet and stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Amsterdam Airport. I can’t rate it highly enough (thanks Laura for finding a fab place!). Our room was delayed and we ended up with the entire mini bar for free. The boys were celebrating their birthdays and the staff went above and beyond for our stay. With shuttle buses to the airport for train connections, it was a great find.

Disclaimer – this is a photo heavy post! As we only had hand luggage I didn’t take my DSLR camera. I also couldn’t find my charger for my point and shoot, so this post is a mixture of phone photos and some great ones that Laura and Scott managed to snap on their camera. Laura has recently started her vintage blog/Instagram Lula Prima so do go and check it out!

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We spent a lot of time walking around the beautiful canals taking in the city scenery and spotting bikes. You know true friends when they point out the best bikes for you and wait patiently whilst you take photos. Laura had learnt lots about the construction of all the skinny houses in Amsterdam and told us that people paid tax based on the width of their homes. I think this was once the widest house in the city.

Widest-House-AmsterdamCanals-of-Amsterdam Canal-Houses-AmsterdamTall-Houses-AmsterdamOne of the beautiful things about visiting during May was that the blossom had fallen like a carpet across all of the canal streets. It felt a little magical and when I turned the corner to discover Wisteria too it was the icing on the cake.

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We enjoyed pancakes (an absolute must when you are in the city), had hipster coffee shop breaks and found sweet shops full of liquorice and chocolate. We spotted the Cheese Museum, some fantastic shops full of designer maker goods and bike shops on every corner.

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Our concert was out at the formerly named Heineken Music Hall which was easily accessible by train. In fact, all of Amsterdam has brilliant public transport with affordable double decker trains (novelty!) and trams galore. We didn’t have time to explore on two wheels, but I definitely would if we went back. I did notice that whilst everyone cycles there, not one person wore a helmet.

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At my request we wandered through the red light district briefly during one afternoon – I was genuinely just curious as to what it was like. A surreal experience to say the least and one I shall not forget. This was the one area of the city that did smell of pot, but we otherwise didn’t smell it that much.

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On our second day in Amsterdam, we took a bus 35 minutes out of the city to Keukenhof tulip fields. I was thrilled to be their during the season (late March – mid May) as I had seen and heard so much about it. It was BEAUTIFUL. The pictures probably can’t capture how vast and colourful it was. It even contained a petting zoo and more types of tulips than I ever knew existed. The bus and entry was about 25 Euros for a combo ticket which I thought was excellent value. You could spend an entire day there just enjoying the blooms and soaking in all the floral delights. Laura sat in a giant wooden clog, we saw a windmill or two and did some tourist shopping too.

Keukenhof-Tulips-2017 Tulips-Keukenhof-Amsterdam Windmills-and-Tulips-Amsterdam Tulip-Fields-AmsterdamWe were in Amsterdam during Rememberance day (occurs every 5 years), so there were lots of free music festivals around the city, which made for a great vibe. I wish we had more time as I really wanted to explore the museums – so I think we will go back next year at some point. I definitely need to stock up on Tony’s Chocolonely which is bloody amazing Dutch chocolate.

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We ended our trip with more canal walking and bike spotting before catching the train back to the airport. One of the things I noticed most, is that Dutch people are so happy and friendly! I really enjoyed our brief visit to Holland and would love to explore more.

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Have you ever been to Amsterdam?

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