Posts in the Interiors category

Around the house

details 2I thought I’d share some photos from around the house today. These are just a few simple updates; new things we’ve found as well as old things we’ve moved around. I like mixing it up so a room feels fresh again or finding the perfect place for a recent purchase that gives the space a whole new feel. And it doesn’t have to cost much either. A new towel in the bathroom or a bright lampshade is a really easy way to cheer the place up.

Orla Kiely towel wall paper Standard lampI like having flowers in the bedroom. Allergy sufferers may not agree with me but I love waking up to something as cheery as these daffodils, not to mention my new singing alarm clock from Argos. The bird actually sings when it’s time to get up!

alarm clock PhotosWe’re quite rubbish at getting around to putting up photos and new pictures but I’m always amazed at how much nicer it feels when we do and each time you walk past them they make you smile. Memories shouldn’t just be stored in your head or on your hard drive; surround yourself with them! The new print below is by one of my favourite designers, Sunlight On Closed Lids and we picked it up from one of my favourite indie shops, Nora’s in Ilkley: double thumbs!Sunlight on Closed Lids printcushionI’ve also tidied up our retro sideboard (it is a magnet for kid junk) and decided to make more of a feature display of it, starting with a few thrifted bits. The lamp base was found in my local charity shop and the shade was new from M&S but it feels quite retro and I love that it looks gold in one light and bright yellow from a different angle. PicMonkey CollageAnd, finally our kitchen seems to be coming together. We have a fairly big long wall in this room and I wanted to paper it with something colourful and memorable, which would bring the whole thing (and all my odds and ends) together.

For me, only one person does colour and print the best: Orla! We got the paper via Wallpaper Direct, which has a great selection. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but we love it and I like the idea of giving the kids a really vivid memory of home; they will always remember this wallpaper!

Kitchenimage_4 (5)blackboardThe blackboard is a little something we found in New Zealand, but you can find them all over (or make one). I wanted one for writing down grocery reminders but the mister writes cute messages on it (that’s a lyric from Songbird, our wedding tune – sap!).

Hope you enjoyed the tour!



Disclosure: In Association with Argos, but all opinions are honest and my own.


What Kat Did: Coffee and clothes

So I found the camera cable…and et voila, more NZ piccies. I wanted to show you a couple of my favourite places we discovered in the city – y’know, just in case you happen to be round that way. Or if, like me, you just like looking at pictures of nice stuff, here you go.

In an earlier post I mentioned a great coffee bar and a cute vintage shop which, by happy chance, are right next door to each other on a funky little street called (can’t remember – Judith Chalmers I ain’t) in the Britomart area of Auckland city centre.

First up, Shakey Isles does the best breakfasts (truffled eggs!) and an array of wonderful ways to enjoy proper coffee in an interior with plenty of cool and quirky touches. It is full of hipsters of course but it’s still nice, relaxed and the only thing it takes too seriously is its coffee, which is a good thing really.

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A cup of joe followed by lovely vintage clothes shopping. Now that is a good combination!









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The bathroom or the loo is one of those rooms in the house where you can go a bit mad (decor-wise!). Our bathroom is still quite minimal with plain white walls and it needs some personality. There’s a patch of wall at one end of the room, which I think is crying out for some amazing wallpaper. And because it’s a small wall I reckon we could invest in just one roll with a brilliant, dare I say it ‘heirloom print’, (I’m looking at you, Ms Kiely). Indeed, I’ve had a few lost well-spent sunday mornings of late, scrolling through Pinterest boards, looking for great examples of feature walls. But the thing with Pinterest is, it gets you all worked up and inspired and then you realise the wallpaper used was a vintage end of roll sourced in a French flea market or, worse, they hand-blocked it themselves (*that face*).

So, after a few more well-spent hours online, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite wallpapers, currently available in the shops!

Rachael taylor designs2Aubergine Mix Organic Origin wallpaper, £32, Rachael Taylor Designs

B and QHolden K2 Avalon wallpaper, £14.98, B&Q

Rose and grey2Go Ask Alice wallpaper – Mustard, £45, Rose & Grey

Amy Butler HomebaseAmy Butler Lacework wallpaper, £24.99, Homebase

canvasRhodedendron by Orla Kiely, £49, Wallpaper Direct

IkeaElsabo decoration stickers – green leaves, £10, Ikea

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Meet: The French Bedroom Company

Please let me introduce you to The French Bedroom Company. If you’re not already familiar, you’d be forgiven for presuming that these guys sell just one thing. But as well as some amazing beds, this company which has picked up the Cool Brands 2012/3 award, also has a wonderfully eclectic range of bedroom furniture, lighting, accessories and soft furnishings.

Regular followers of my blog might know that I have a fairly mix and match attitude to my own interiors. We have quite a ‘grand’ wooden pencil point bed, which is a real focal point in our room. The mister and I fell in love with it on sight when we were shopping for our first home. Just as well all our other stuff is thrifted or hand-me-downs as we spent all our money on the bed!

But it’s a bed for life, literally. When we look back over the years one day as an old, married couple (I hope), we will think of that bed as a constant; the place we said goodnight and then good morning for our whole lives together.

So I’m really excited to welcome The French Bedroom Company as my newest blog sponsor. Please check out their fab website/blog for some great interiors inspiration and a really nice mix of modern and vintage-style products. In the meantime, I whiled away a pleasant hour perusing their site myself and put together my three favourite bedroom looks, if you’d like to do some fantasy bed-hopping!

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5 lovely places to stay

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It’s true that there’s no place like home but there’s also nothing quite like that feeling of escaping the hum drum (and the ironing pile) when you stay somewhere else. I’ve been lucky enough to experience some lovely hotels, B&Bs and holiday cottages over the years (both with and without the kids), so I thought I’d make a list of some of my favourites. Pack your weekend bag my dears, we are out of here!

Crab Manor, Thirsk

This luxury hotel has themed rooms that take you on a world tour. Think amazing thatched lodges with outdoor hot tubs (I can highly recommend the Bora Bora room!). The adjoining Georgian manor house also has bags of charm including a secret beer tap; if guests can discover its hiding place they can help themselves to a free drink. Next door is the amazing Crab & Lobster restaurant, decorated with eccentric antiquities and serving wonderful seafood. The assiette of puddings is worth going for alone.

Snooze, Brighton

If you like retro interiors, you will love this funky B&B in the heart of Kemp Town, Brighton. Each room is individually styled with authentic 60s and 70s decor. I love the breakfast room too where they serve a mean fry up on mismatched crockery. Run independently by two couples who renovated the building and decorated the rooms themselves, this place has real soul and you will want to stay in every room! We stayed here with a toddler and a newborn so they are very family-friendly too. Check out my original post here.

Titanic Spa, Huddersfield

The mister and I used to visit this place when we lived in Holmfirth and it was the perfect place to unwind and chill out together. They used to do a great deal on their trademark Heat Experience, which allowed you to stay as long as you liked, with a yummy lunch thrown in. Inside, the interiors are modern but really tranquil and it felt like a real treat to ourselves every once in a while. Best of all, there’s on site accommodation so you can make a weekend of it if you’re not local.

Shepherd’s Purse, Whitby

Nearly a year ago, I whisked the mister off to Whitby for a birthday treat and a mini babymoon with our newborn Beatrice. I already loved the shop, so when I discovered there was on site accommodation too I knew this place would be the perfect place for a romantic overnight stay. The rooms are lovely, decorated with a feminine, shabby chic feel and surprisingly peaceful given that you’re smack, bang in the heart of the town.

Wentbridge House, Pontefract

This beautiful luxury hotel is a new discovery of mine and put it this way, if I was getting married all over again, Wentbridge House would be top of my list. Myself and a few other bloggers were fortunate enough to sample first hand the excellent food and hospitality before we had a tour of the gorgeous rooms and grounds. This hotel is independently owned and has a really bespoke feel. I love how the furnishings and decor have been personally selected by the manageress and her team (not by an outside interior designer) and a lot of love and care has gone into every detail. You can tell that the staff are really dedicated and love working there too. Check out my snaps from the day.

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Got any favourite places to stay? Please spill the beans and let me know.


Disclosure: I was invited to have lunch and a tour of Wentbridge House. As always, all opinions are honest and my own. All photos throughout this post were taken at Wentbridge House.