Sunday, 2 July 2017

Living Room Lusting

In general my favourite room of the house is my bedroom, however the living room (or the lounge as we call it) makes a very close second. It's generally the first room that guests see and it's where we spend most of our time.

We finally have our dream corner sofa sorted which is not only as comfortable as a bed, it can fit our small army- plus guests on. We only need to make a further few changes and it will be our little haven. One that's up for much debate is the furniture and I'm being particularly awkward on it as it has to match our vintage solid pine unit. It's a prize possession of mine, along with a couple of other pieces in the house as I have an emotional connection to them.

The TV unit is the key annoyance, it sits in the corner of the room and as it's a rectangular unit it has a load of unused space at the back gathering dust among the endless wires. Don't get me wrong, it's lovely and looks tidy- but it's not matchy-matchy with the room.

With the walls a nice grey - no grey is the same. The room is airy and has a nice zen feel to it, particularly when I get my Friday flowers from the husband

The shelving picture rails are starting to gather our favourite bits and the floor will eventually be replaced to match the hallway. The curtains still haven't been replaced since we took them down to paint and the main reason is I find they gather dust more than get use. So I'm on the lookout for some nice blinds, that aren't a "boring & dull" grey that darken.

Pinterest has a lot to answer for as every image I am lusting over tends to contain a variety of the furniture I have my eye on and none resemble pine!

There is one collection that is featured on the Quercus Living  website that I really like and that's the Elverum Sheesham Walnut finish collection. This TV unit  and the matching sideboard is pretty lush  and has especially caught my eye. 

Some living room ideas that I am lusting after on Pinterest are 

Perfect for the 'Greenery' trend - lime sofa, dark green walls, botanical prints and plenty of plants!

Living Room 'Dark'  'Obsidian Green', 'Knightsbridge' & 'Slaked Lime - Deep'

Stylist Laura Trøstrup  Rug Fabula Living, Fly Sofa

Friday, 9 June 2017

Visiting Dorset as a Family

As a family we are no strangers to the English coastline and have holidayed more on home land than we have jetting off in search of the sun. We're quite often found in Cornwall or Devon and even as I type this up I am daydreaming of the laid back vibes found on the beautiful sandy beaches. Because I we are quite often lured into the furthest south west points, we have overlooked what Dorset has to offer. The shorter journey of 2.5-3hrs is more appeal-able to a shorter break than the 5-6hr grueling journey that Cornwall requires. If you follow me on instagram you will see that over Easter we stayed on the World Heritage spot of Durdle Door. Having visited Weymouth as a child and not being a massive fan of arcades and "typical" seaside UK resorts, I was not sure what to expect and I couldn't  have been happier.

Whilst the Durdle Door can become somewhat of a main attraction for tourists, it certainly didn't ruin the beauty. The holiday park that we stayed on is perched at the top of the cliff, meaning most nights you have the benefit of a beautiful sunset. If you're looking for a more relaxed vibe with less going on than a Haven resort, we can highly recomemend it. If however like our friends you are more into pitching up and camping a) be ready for the sound of the crows and b) it's not the flattest of surfaces. That said the "pods" are pretty cute and give a slightly more comfier option over a tent. I am just not into camping- as hard as my friends try- I can't bare the thought of it, so for us the static caravan was perfect.

I've mentioned before that we are keen National Trust & English Heritage goers, however we were so taken by the beaches that other than Corfe Castle and the beach of Burton Bradstock we didn't make full use of our memberships.

Fossil hunting quite obviously is a must, but be patient! Something that I will openly admit isn't a forte of mine, however it kept the kids happy for some time.

Must have visits.

Durdle Door- if you stay at the holiday park it's minutes walk away. Be ready for a steep walk though!

Lulworth Cove- you can walk from Durdle Door over the Maidens Breast cliff, but again be ready for steep walk!

Burton Bradstock- we loved this place, I could have stayed here all day, every day- especially with the food that Hive Beach Cafe had on offer

Corfe Castle- National Trust

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Quick tips on maintaining the pink pixie!

I'm often asked what I use on my hair and how it is cut and when it was a shade of pink even more so. So here is a quick tip list.

  • If you are dedicated to the cause of keeping your hair short and fresh, find a good barber. Seriously- they are the most experienced when it comes to crops and you will find there is quite a movement behind a retro modern barber shop not far from you. If you happen to be in the area of Hertfordshire, I can wholeheartedly recommend the  Alternative Barbers. Sam is the man behind my cut and Jake is a master at my sons. 
  • Regular keep up- I get my hair cut roughly every 6 weeks
  • Get some decent styling products. I love Small Talk by Tigi Bed Head for a pre blowdry and then the Fudge Membrane Gas has a pretty mean hold. Dry spray can be good for volume at the roots and as a dry shampoo, try the Bouffe or Battisse Volume Spray
  • To switch it up with colour on my highlighted hair I used Rose Shampoo & Conditioner, it will wash out within 2-3 washes and I am currently without it as I am due to be a bridesmaid in 3 weeks for my sister! 
  • When drying your hair try going in the opposite direction when drying the roots, once you have then smoothed it over, flip it back for a quick root boost.
If you are keen to know more, leave me a comment on my @instagram post and I will get a Q&A video up soon. (Working full time, being a mummy and a wife takes a lot of my time up)


Video & Cut Courtesy of @Sam_Campagna