Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Weekend Project: Children's Headboard

I'm in a restless mood at the moment. My other half keeps coming home to books rearranged, furniture moved and knick knacks changed around. I'm not sure what this is a sign of, but it feels a little unsettling [for both of us I'm sure], one positive however is that I'm finally getting round to all those small jobs that have been in the back of my mind for months. I've had in mind to make a couple of headboards for some time inspired by this brilliant post on Young House Love

For our spare room I have in mind a sumptuous velvet board with thick wadding to laze against.For Noah's room I thought I would try it out first with a simple design in bright stripes, perfect for his room.

The board was cut to measure in Homebase and cost approximately £9, the wadding was from Dunhelm and cost £2, the fabric was a roll end from Ikea so cost just £5 and the velcro tape for secure the ends was £1.50. I used sticky back velcro and safety pins to fasten the fabric to the board so it can easily be removed and washed, the Young House version is a lot more durable I think.

Total cost was £17.50, and there was enough fabric left over to make a cushion cover too. I only made it quite low for Noah but for the guest room plan to make it much deeper.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Weekend Project: Bedside Table

Our home is full of second hand furniture we've picked up through the years. Some of it is left as-is to look happily vintage, whilst some of it gets painted and the handles changed [Zara Home and Anthropologie have the best selection of handles]. 

The furniture in Noah's room is painted white and this little unit fitted perfectly with his scheme once I'd painted it and changed the handles. It needed a sand down before painting, I prefer the look of a matt finish but it depends entirely on your taste. The yellow paint was a small pot I'd picked up on a discounted shelf in the sales. These smaller pots can be useful and I'll pick up a pot if I see it for a few pounds. The box files are from Ikea and happily now store Noah's collection of comics and magazines.

Do you customise your furniture, and how successful are your projects? 

Friday, 5 October 2012

Abbey's House

Abbey's house is a real contrast with whites, creams and taupes creating a serene almost Scandinavian-style. The details are all textured, worn, but feel loved. It is a light airy space that is comfortable but very stylish. Like Liz, Abbey is still working on the house, taking time to find the right pieces that are both enduring and compliment what they already have.

Abbey has a very clear style philosophy that everything should feel authentic, there are no faux-designer pieces just simple functional design and heart-stopping vintage one-offs, like the stunning glass cabinet in the kitchen.

Friends with beautiful houses: Liz's Kitchen

Over the summer I visited friends down South that I'd not seen in far too long. It's so hard keeping up with friends when distance and time seems to be so against you, but the journey to visit is always worth while and we caught up on how our lives had changed, but also how much we are still the same people in so many ways and that despite the long time apart it only felt like 2 minutes.

It was also a treat to see how their homes have grown as they have over the years. Liz's home is a beautiful arts and crafts style house which they have lovingly restored over several years. The kitchen is the main room to be completed and is full of beautiful details and vintage finds.

Heart details carved in the wooden banisters and shutters, and gorgeous wooden features in the kitchen and hallway. I love the terracotta brick floor in the kitchen and warm wooden work tops that make their home feel so cosy and inviting.


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