I am quite obsessed with florals and stripes. Actually I’m bonkers about them. For me, they are the perfect prints and when you put them together, they just get even better. Luckily Greig is quite fond of a flowery shirt and stripey socks too. So I thought I’d put together a nice summery his ‘n’ hers style wish list. Well, it is August y’know. Now or never folks!
Clockwise: Bloomsbury printed shirt, Boden // Floral print shorts, Gap // Polo Ralph Lauren cap, Asos // Striped socks, Paul Smith // University ash rope sole shoe, Toms // Yellow Straws handmade tie, Mama Wolf // Horizontal striped shirt, Peacocks.
Florals or stripes – which one are you?
Disclosure: written in collaboration with Van Mildert. All views are my own.
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!
Normally we spend our summer holiday in good old Blighty and while I love exploring our beautiful coastline with the kids, the weather usually means I don’t venture far out of my jeans. But this year we’re going camping in France and I am actually expecting it to be warm enough to wear a bikini (or a sundress at least). However, I am still camping with three kids so my holiday wardrobe needs to be fairly functional and comfortable (ooh my two favourite words). But maybe I could still hold my own amongst those chic Frenchies if I squeezed some of the following into my suitcase.
I like swimwear that is pretty enough to be worn as a top with a pair of shorts or a skirt. I’ve been slathering over this one with its cute ditsy print ever since the Boden catalogue plopped through the letterbox. // A nice pale, lightweight denim shirt is really useful as a cover up on the beach or when you just want to go casual on cloudier days. // I’m still hankering for a pair of Swedish cloggy-style shoes and I’ve been eyeing up this lesser known brand for a bit now. // I’ve never had the thighs for hot pants and at 37 that ship has definitely sailed but I do like a pair of tailored, slightly mannish shorts that stop just above the knee. // I spotted this skirt a while ago and decided it was genius. The adjustable waistband allows you to wear it in three different positions (sundress, knee-length skirt or maxi-style) and it’s Breton striped!!! // These floral trainers are sweet enough for sunny days but will still allow me to hoof around after the kids (and you could wear them with black tights come winter).
It’s hard to keep track of all the cool, nice things that give you the wanties, isn’t it? And when you are finally in the mood to spend some pennies, you can never remember where you saw them in the first place. That’s why I like websites like Hintons Home, which I came across recently.
Not only does this gift and homewares site collate a gorgeous selection of stuff (the products pictured above particularly caught my eye but I would happily give house space to everything on there), it’s altogether just a nice shopping experience.
I like the story behind Hintons Home; how a man called Robert, who came home from serving in the First World War, started his own wholesale company in 1933 so he could support his young family. Now, his grandson has taken up the reins 70 years on and has reinvented the company to create this new, multi-channel retail business.
I like the way that Hintons Home don’t just send you your order but they also enclose surprise treats like old fashioned sweets and sunflower seeds as a standard thank you for every customer.
I even like the little fox on the Hintons Home logo (these things are important people!).
But most of all, I like the fact that they sell really nice quality, design-led and practical goods, at a decent price. So next time your pocket money is burning a hole, check out Hintons Home!
Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary gift in order to review the Hintons Home shopping experience. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.
Much as I love finding a great second-hand frock in a charity shop, I’ve become increasingly drawn to the textiles section (aka the bit where they sell all the bed linen and curtains). We have several pairs of vintage curtains in our house; some made by my mum and others scored on ebay. I’ve also found some bold and beautifully patterned duvet covers and pillowcases, which I love to mix and match with my existing sets. I think it’s the fact that vintage textiles are usually so colourful and floral – I’m not one to shy away from a big bloom print, I can tell you! And I also love the way that a pair of curtains or a new duvet cover can easily and cheaply transform a room.
However these vintage finds have been the result of some serious scavenging and a few sweaty-palmed bidding moments on ebay. I appreciate that getting an authentic vintage look isn’t easy and of course finding the right measurements is a minefield too (we’ve been there!!). So, I’ve done a bit of window shopping online and here are my favourite bedding sets, guaranteed to give your bedroom a vintage look without the hassle. You’re welcome!