When I moved back in July, one of the first things I put in my room was my house plant collection. It instantly made it feel more homely and I am pleased to say that each plant has been thriving since then! Having had a bad run with plants, I definitely have more confidence now, so have decided to share my house plant recommendations for black thumbed gardeners.
Polka Dot plants (Hypoestes phyllostachya) are sometimes known as Freckle Face plants. I picked up this pretty pink one from The Manor Florist at Burwash Manor in Cambridge. I have learnt that they can grow in any type of indirect light but the colour is best in lower light situations. This one needs repotting, but it’s grown pretty quickly already! My friend Hannah gave me this Pilea a couple of years ago when it was a baby. It’s since had lots of babies too and is loving life on this corner shelf. The baby pilea underneath came from it and seems to be thriving too. As well as a couple of cacti and succulents, I have been tending to this Peace Lily which I’ve had for about 6 years. I bought it from a man named Basil at the garden centre so I think that means it has good vibes! This time of year I also light a lot of candles and hunt out all the autumnal scents at Homesense and TK Maxx. My favourite brand of seasonal candles is DW Home which I believe is a US brand. I’ve been burning an apple crumble one and this maple pumpkin scent. I moved this succulent plant into the bathroom recently, so I’m hoping it does OK. The basket pot is from The Basket Room and the Pomegranate candle is another TK Maxx find.
Another purchase from The Manor Florist was the String of Hearts trailing plant on my book case. It’s grown 4 times in length since I purchased it a few months back.
Also on top of the book case sits an Anthurium and some beautiful handmade leather flowers from Daphne Rosa. All these plants have taken minimal effort and I feel like I’m slowly getting more confident with keeping them alive! Are there any house plants that you would recommend?
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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!).
One 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.
Rather 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!
I 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! 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.I’m not sure where the Lovely Things jewellery tray is from, but I use it for earrings.Creating 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!
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!
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!
I’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.
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 🙂
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.
Firstly, 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!
I 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.
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.
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!
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?
*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.