Friday faves

I have to admit I have been a bit baby obsessed this week. We’re into week 21 now and it suddenly feels all very real with baby kicking away and we found out the gender a couple of days ago, which was almost like finding out I was pregnant all over again. Even though there were only ever going to be two options, so I thought it wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, I was so shocked and blown away when we found out; I guess it’s finally convinced me that this is actually happening! We both kind of thought it would be a boy but we were wrong…a little girl is on its way. So exciting.

Anyhoo, the result of all this excitement has been me going on a bit of a spending spree – I couldn’t help myself! I have been thinking about making plans for the nursery so we can get that all done before the start of December as baby is due in January and I don’t want to have to worry about it over Christmas so I’ve been on the hunt for some bits and pieces for that room. I have found a few lovely independent shops that I’d love to tell you about because I have been so impressed by their products and service.

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Wallpaper: Gable BP 5406 – € 133.00 per 10m roll. Available from: Farrow & Ball 01202 876141

I want the nursery to blend in well with the rest of our flat and not stick out like a bright sore thumb so I like the idea of incorporating dusty blues, greys, greens, pinks and lots of white (the pinks would have been there if it had been a boy, believe!). I found lots of lovely things from The Modern Nursery, including the hot air balloon light, and from The Tipi, including the changing basket. I like the contrast of natural baskets against soft, pale colours. I also discovered some beautifully made organic cotton and bamboo baby clothes from Baby Mori – they are soooo soft! A much more extravagant purchase that I have put on my ‘baby wishlist’ is the Sebra Kili cot (image via woonblog), which would be perfect for our flat as we don’t have much space and I just love the Danish design. I doubt there will be enough pennies for it but I can dream…

This week I was treated to a sneak peek of Farrow & Ball’s new range of wallpapers due to launch next month. I am now very torn between leaving the nursery white with painted Light Blue woodwork or using this new wallpaper, which is called Gable. I love the 1940’s inspired rural scene and the one thing I remember most from my own room as a child was the wallpaper and the stories it inspired based on the characters in the design. So, I’ll be wrangling over that decision for who knows how long – what would you do?

Hope you’ve all had a great week!

Katy x

Friday faves

I don’t know if it is the yellowing grass on our dog walks or the slight chill in the air in the evenings but I’ve been enjoying Autumnal colours, which are represented in my Friday round up of the stuff that has inspired me this week.

My sister’s wedding last month was held in a field and all the guests camped out overnight. We stayed in a caravan for a few nights either side of the wedding and I am now obsessed with the idea of having our own. What better way to zip off and enjoy a night here and night there away from home (I hate camping in a tent, you see)? So, when I saw Artemis’s vintage caravan renovation project I knew I was going to love it and I was not disappointed. You must have a look – so inspiring what you can do yourself when you put your mind to it.

Trying to enjoy the last days in the sun and spending time outside I’m appreciating the remaining greens on our daily walks and so these new designs by Abigail Borg for Ahlens really caught my eye (and they would be perfect for my new caravan!). A celebration of nature, inspired by her parents’ English garden, these beautiful bold illustrations with a Scandi feel are perfect. These designs are only available from Swedish store Ahlens but Abigail has had requests to sell to customers here so if you are interested you can contact her directly:

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There have been a few evenings this week when I have reached for my favourite cable knit blanket from Dot and Tom. I can not recommend this company enough – the quality and softness of the blankets is something else.

This weekend we are hoping to make the most of the last few weeks of the Midnight Apothecary for yummy cocktails (and mocktails for me). This secret garden just down the road from me is the best bar in London with a fire pit, marshmallows, a food stall and a tour of an underground tunnel shaft underneath the Thames designed by Brunel. But ssssh – don’t tell too many people about it as it is too special for hoards of people to descend 😉

Last weekend I worked on a home tour photo shoot with Katharine Peachey and I soaked up lots of interiors inspiration. I always come home with major house envy after home tour shoots and want to change everything in my own home – loving the mid century vibe of this original sixties flat with the most amazing architectural features.

This week I was treated to a preview of The White Company’s ‘The Artist Studio’ Autumn collection. The pear, quince and amber scented candle is perfect and makes me look forward to those long, cosy evenings of next season.

Another thing I’ve been pleased about this week is reeping my first harvest of tomatoes from our plant (sun gold variety is the best by the way). This tomato tarte tatin recipe by Anna Jones needs to be made!

And lastly, if you are thinking of doing an Autumn ‘refresh’ at home what about the Autumn Goddess limited edition print from The Future Kept that I have in my living room? Pop over to have a look (there’s a Spring and Summer print too).

Hope you all had a great week and let’s all try to ignore the rain this weekend!

Katy x


Friday faves

I used to write a weekend inspiration post each Friday, which I really enjoyed putting together so I’d quite like to bring that back. It’s nice to take a moment to reflect on my week and think about what I’ve been up to, what has inspired me or piqued my interest.

Unfortunately, this week I haven’t been up to much as I’ve had a horrible throat infection that has completely floored me. However, that has meant extra time on the sofa which always leads to a bit of online shopping for me – ha! So, I thought I would share some of things I have discovered this week and a few things that I am loving…

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Firstly, I want to tell you about a great plant subscription that I have been trying out from Geo-Fleur. Subscribers receive a monthly surprise package of plants or plant related accessories (think ceramic pots, hanging planters, plant prints), which are perfect if you are trying to build up your own plant collection or make unique gifts for friends. Each package comes beautifully wrapped and presented and the plants arrive perfectly in tact with instructions for how to care for them. You should definitely check it out.

I have been getting back into Instagram this week after going off it during first trimester illness (scrolling through photos made me even more nauseous!) and I have been enjoying following Rebecca’s house renovations at @rvk_loves. Vintage pink sink unit, anybody? Err, YES!

Another thing I have been doing this week is testing out paint colours as I’ve been thinking about painting the woodwork in our office when it becomes a nursery. I am tempted by either Pigeon or Light Blue by Farrow & Ball so watch this space.

And finally, a few online purchases that have been calling to me this week. The long awaited Rifle Paper Co fabrics are now available to buy (I must do some sewing!) although how to choose between the designs is beyond me. I have also discovered Nordic style dog accessories – a combination of two of my favourite things. Otto will be treated to one of Kind For Dogs aesthetically pleasing dog beds (a very difficult thing to find) in the Autumn. Three other potential Autumn purchases are these Birkenstock sliders from Toast, a dusty pink sweater from Boden and a dove grey linen throw from Linen Works – I’m still loving this soft grey and pink colour palette for next season.

Hopefully, next week will be filled with some more exciting goings-on if I can shift this throat from hell.

Have a lovely weekend, all!

Katy x

P.S. Don’t forget to enter this fab giveaway I launched this week to win £150 to spend on lighting from Houseology.


A visit to the Farrow & Ball estate

When I painted my living room in Farrow & Ball‘s new colour, Peignoir, earlier this year it was the first time I had painted a room myself for quite some time. I have to admit that I was worried I wouldn’t do a particularly good job (I’m not very patient when it comes to painting and can be guilty of a ‘rushed job’ or not following the guidelines so end up with a less than perfect finish) and Jules expressed the same fears about my abilities (didn’t bother to help though, did he?!). However, to my delight – and relief – the quality of the F&B wall paint and floor paint is head and shoulders above other brands that I have used before and I even got an impressed grunt from Jules as the finish I managed to achieve genuinely does look professional, even if I do say so myself 😉 What I also love about F&B is that I have instant trust in their colours – I never have that sinking moment of crippling self doubt in the middle of a paint job when I worry that I have chosen the wrong colour. I just always know it’s going to be exactly right.

All that being said, when the lovely F&B team invited Lucy, from the gorgeous Capture By Lucy blog, and I down to Dorset to visit their factory and Dean’s Court, the private house where some of their colours are showcased, I jumped at the chance. Lucky for us our visit fell on one of those gloriously hot days a couple of weeks ago, which made it even more of a treat.

We started off our visit in the paint factory and learnt how they mix and test the paint. I was amazed at just how much of it is done by hand and how much care and attention is taken to make sure every batch of colour is exactly the same as the last. One of the tests they perform on the paint is the level of viscosity and every batch of paint has to be able to cover the black card above with one stroke of paint. I can attest through my own experience that the excellent coverage of F&B paint is something that made my paint job soooo easy.

A visit to Farrow & Ball | Apartment Apothecary

Next we went into the wallpaper factory and learnt about the three different techniques they use to print their papers. The time and level of detail that goes into printing each roll is extraordinary and is rewarded with the most beautiful textures and colours. I’m really looking forward to the new wallpaper collection being launched this Autumn that we had a sneak peek of whilst we were there.

All of the company’s production is based in Dorset and just around the corner in Wimbourne is Dean’s Court, a beautiful private house and garden owned by William and Ali Hanham, whose family has lived in the house for over 500 years. They work with Farrow & Ball by using their paints when they renovate rooms within the house and within the three holiday cottages attached to the estate.

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We were lucky enough to be given a guided tour of this stunning home by Ali and this is just one quick snap of their kitchen – major house envy! I wish I could have captured the whole house as each room provided a huge amount of inspiration.

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We had lunch at The Squash Court on the estate and if only we had a bit more time I would have bought everything in the shop!

A visit to Farrow & Ball | Apartment Apothecary

I’d love to go and stay in one of the holiday cottages there – perhaps a cosy winter stay would be nice.

A visit to Farrow & Ball | Apartment Apothecary

Such an interesting and enjoyable day with a great insight into one of my favourite companies. Thank you to the Farrow & Ball team for hosting us and to the lovely Lucy for such a fun day!

Katy x

P.S. Apologies for the poor quality iPhone snaps – I broke my proper camera the day before our visit 🙁


Wedding inspiration

My little sister is getting married in a couple of weeks – yay! There has been lots of chat in the weeks and months leading up to the big day about how to make their ‘field’ venue look nice on a small budget so here is a little inspiration, all of which are really simple ideas that you could use for alfresco dining this summer or a wedding of your own…


Foraged foliage. Left: Lobster & Swan styled by Hannah Bullivant Right: The Merrythought


Simple place setting. Image via Wedding Sparrow


Foliage tails on balloons and ribbons hung on trees. Left image: Apartment 34 Right image: 100 Layer Cake


Dinner candles in glass bottles. Image via Rock My Wedding

Do you have any good ideas that don’t take too long to create and cost nearly nothing?

Katy x