Studio- the book

If there has ever been something that has made me want to go back to Art School, this book is it. STUDIO- Creative Spaces for Creative People is the new book by Sally Coulthard and it is full of amazing studios from all over the world. Different types of artists and creatives have opened the doors to where they work, and it is a sight to behold. From knife makers, to textile designers, to painters and…

CitizenM Shoreditch

You may have spotted on my Instagram recently, I took a trip down to London to stay in the Shoreditch branch of CitizenM. CitizenM hotel invited me down to experience the hotel and to share it with you, my readers. Their aim is of an inclusive global community of travel citizens; rather refreshing in today’s political climate. The brand focuses on good design but also on fun and affordability. They’ve worked hard to create a space that…

Ten Books to inspire you

Today I’m sharing with you a handful of books that I’ve found really inspiring. Spring has just about sprung and we are all coming out of what feels like a long winter hibernation. I often turn to books to keep myself mentally energised indoors, when its just too cold and damp to be out and about. These are all non-fiction, some fall into the self help genre, some are autobiographical, some perfect for creatives. All are…

Valspar Paint Club

As you know we’ve used Valspar paint for several projects. In the bedroom we used a dusty pink called Fairys Tutu. I searched high and low for a non insipid, non saccharine shade of pink. I guess the name of this one makes it sounds super girly- but in the space it feels very grown up. See more photos here. In the Dining room we used Boardwalk Sashay… Which is more of a pinky lilac grey,…

Found: the Corner Sofa of my dreams

We’ve been on the look out for a corner sofa for so long. Literally about two/three years. Finding a corner sofa that suited our budget, taste, size of the room seemed to be impossible. All the ones we liked in style were too big or so small it was pointless changing, and all the ones that had a price we liked, the style just wasn’t us. We eventually found a corner sofa that we agreed on,…

Incredible Interiors Manchester

Secret interiors tour of Manchester with some blogging mates? I couldn’t get throughout the Paypal checkout fast enough. I’ve known about these tours for a while, just never having the chance to to go on one. Finally the stars aligned, and I booked myself onto the Incredible Interiors tour. The tour is a walking tour around the city centre of Manchester and lasts two hours. I’m not going to tell you every place we went to…

Dining room additions that make the difference

The dining room has been a slow work in progress, but we’ve made a couple of additions recently so I thought I’d share them with you as I think they’ve transformed the room. I last shared the room just before Christmas, we’d finally sorted the fireplace out – take a look here. We’ve added a rug and switched out the dining table for a slightly smaller one. Our previous dining table was a huge Ikea extendable…

concrete interiors (and a giveaway)

You know those things that have been on your “must try” list for a while, months maybe years even. It could be going vegan, it could be getting into gardening but it just never seems to be the right time to try it. Learning something new can take a while, it seems harder to learn things quickly the older I get, that’s for sure. This can be frustrating because you know what you want to achieve,…

When Fashion & Interiors Collide ~ Terrazzo

Terrazzo has been on a slow boil in the interiors world for the past year or two, slowly slipping in where marble once was before. I do love it when the interiors and fashion world blend together and this terrazzo thing is a great example. Terrazzo is a marble and cement composite which was created in the 16th century as a way to reuse marble offcuts, waste not want not. Today it can be a mix…

Ten Hotels to make you go oooooh….

This time of year I start longing for a little sun and some luxury, or maybe just a change of scene to get through ’till Spring. A girl can dream! I’ve come up with ten hotels where I would just love to spend some quality time. This is by no means  an exhaustive list, I could’ve easily come up with about 20 more. But ten will do for now. This is a “money no object” type list-…

Finding Refuge in Manchester

On a rainy Saturday morning in January recently, I had the pleasure of meeting a few blogger friends who also happen to be local to Manchester. Our venue of choice was Refuge, inside the Principal hotel on Oxford Road. I’d been hearing loads of great things about the rejuvenation, and lets face it completely brilliant restoration job, that was going on at the former Palace hotel, now renamed The Principal. The downstairs hotel bar and restaurant area…

Five to Follow- Instagram

Hello and Happy New Year! I’m back, we’re all back, to our routines and I’ve enjoyed a lovely break from blogging. The end of 2016 felt rather like a marathon and I needed some time to recuperate. I thought I’d ease us into the new year with sharing some of my current Instagram crushes. I’ve discovered most of these ladies fairly recently and I’m really enjoying their feeds. I thought you might like them too, so…