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Spring Green: My 10 Favourites from Designer’s Guild

As botanical prints make an appearance on many things this season, I find myself  falling in love with various shades of green. Being a truly loyal fan of lime green and chartreuse, it has come as a pleasant surprise that I’m rapidly gaining interest in a myriad of other greens, from the most subtle barely-there hints to the deepest, richest, more jewel toned versions of this lush and hopeful colour. Perfect timing I think, given the eclectic choices popping up in stores for Spring/Summer.

Summer Palace Designers Guild

Now I know there’s green stuff everywhere but in my opinion, no one does green (and blue too) quite like Designer’s Guild, so naturally they’re my first choice for featuring here. Lets have a look at my 10 spring green favourites from Designer’s Guild.

 

1. VARESE LEAF NO. 93 PAINT

Of all the greens I’ve ever met, none has had me swooning quite like Designer’s Guild Varese Leaf No. 93 paint has. “As joyful as the first leaves of spring”, is how they’ve described it, and they really couldn’t be more accurate even if they tried. This irresistible hue is every colour lover’s dream! It’s bold, it oozes confidence, and it’s versatility makes it suitable for full walls and accent features alike. This paint is available in four finishes – Perfect Matt Emulsion, Perfect Water-Based Eggshell, Perfect Oil-Based Eggshell, Perfect Floor Paint. Designer’s Guild paints are environmentally friendly and their Oil-Based Eggshell is made from a vegetable oil base. I bought a pot for an upcoming project which I can hardly wait to get started on.

varese leaf paint designers guild

 

2. SOHO CHARTREUSE RUG

Remember a few months ago when I did this post about rugs while in search of a grassy green rug to spruce up my living room? Well, I’ve since found this gorgeously green rug in the Designer’s Guild Marylebone store, and have fallen truly, madly, deeply in love with it. So much so, that I literally had a roll around on it in-store! It’s exactly what my living room needs right now, so I’ve since called off the search. The Soho Chartreuse Rug is made from 100% New Zealand Wool, it’s a chunky rug with a sumptuous textural appearance and a surprisingly soft finish. For me, this rug is a must buy, and whilst I consider myself lucky enough to have found it in the exact shade of green I was looking for, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s also available in twenty-one(derful) signature Designer’s Guild hues. That’s more than enough to find one that suits your taste, and it also comes in two sizes. I’m super excited about getting this rug! Hhhmmm, I wonder if the lovely Tricia Guild will be so kind to sign the underside on mine?

soho chartreuse rug - designers guild

 

3. LARIO GRASS NAPKINS

I’ve bought many a Lario Grass Napkins from Designer’s Guild. Why? You may ask. Because, not only do I use them for dinner settings, but I’ve also given them as gifts and even used them as gift wraps on a few occasions. I was pleased to see that the people who received a gift wrapped in these last Christmas, later bought their very own set for use at dinner. Looks like I made them buy it! Ha-ha! I can’t remember a time when I’ve used them for dinner and not had to write the name of this product for at least one guest! These square napkins measure 45x45cm, they’re made from soft 100% pure linen and are available in a wide selection of vibrant colours. Designer’s Guild recommends pairing these napkins with their Lario Lemon Placemats for a bright and fresh look. I couldn’t agree more! Here’s one all wrapped up in a nifty little package I gave as a gift last Christmas.

Lario Grass Napkins - Designers Guild

 

4. ORCIA APPLE TOWELS

Aside from the delicate apple green colour of these pure honeycomb linen towels, I love that they are textured yet still so soft… I took a few of the face towels with me on holiday recently and was really impressed with how very little space they took up in my luggage. If, like me, you don’t like using hotel towels on your face, these are the perfect face care travel buddies for you – they’re light and easy to pack, they’re super absorbent and dry very quickly. They’re soft on your skin, and the subtle textured finish makes them look rather stylish.

orica apple towels designers guild

 

5. SARAILLE GRASS WALLPAPER & FABRIC

I’ve always loved the Saraille range from Designer’s Guild, but of all the beautiful colours available (8 for wallpaper & 14 for fabric), Saraille in grass in a long standing favourite. This is an extraordinarily simple yet beautiful design. It starts with an intensely rich shading at the bottom, which gradually fades to white at the top (or vice versa, depending on how you choose to hang it). This washable wallpaper is available in standard 3m drops, but can also be custom ordered as 4m or 5m if required.

The good news is, you don’t have to miss out if wallpaper is a no-go zone for you! The versatile tonal  design is also available in a 100% linen fabric with a tumbled finish and it looks amazing hanging as curtains.

saraille wallpaper and fabric - designers guild

 

6. SAVINE JADE & SAVINE  GRASS FABRIC

The sophisticated bohemian feel of this abstract tie-dye design is oh so dreamy. For me, it evokes a sentimental longing and wistful affection for my younger years, when my mommy and I would while away our warm summer days crafting beautiful items from our very own freshly tie-dyed fabrics. The understated pale jade would undoubtedly be her pick, while I’m totally going bonkers for the acid sharp grass green hue. Designer’s Guild Savine fabric is available in 7 colours.

savine fabric designers guild

 

7. LIGHT GREEN BAMBOLA VASE

Make a bold statement with this small light green hand-blown vase. This sculptural vase is beautifully textured, and has such a striking appearance on it’s own, it doesn’t even need flowers to stand out.

bambola vase - designers guild

 

8. SUSSEX CHARTREUSE WALLPAPER

Designer’s Guild describes the Sussex Wallpaper perfectly, as an elegant small scale geometric motif, reminiscent of wooden marquetry, in a range of resplendent colours. Printed on a high quality ‘easy to hang’ non-woven ground. I absolutely love this detailed repeat pattern in all 10 lovely colours but I’m totally smitten by this wallpaper in chartreuse.

SUSSEX CHARTREUSE WALLPAPER DESIGNERS GUILD

 

9. BRERA LINO STITCHED TRIM CUSHIONS

The gorgeous Brera washed linen cushion is the perfect spring/summer living room staple. The complimentary stitched edges set them apart stylishly from the other plain linen cushions I’ve seen on the market this season. The lime and grass, pictured here, compliment each other very well, but for those of you who like the more understated shades, jade and celadon might be more appealing. The cushion dimensions are 50x50cm and they’re available in 12 lovely colours.

brera lino cushions - designers guild

 

10. NABUCCO MOSS WALLPAPER

The Nabucco Wallpaper is an exquisite all-over alligator skin pattern printed on high quality, non-woven ground. Although I’m not the biggest fan of skin patterns, this wallpaper really appeals to me in moss green. The size of the pattern and it’s subtlety makes it a rather glamorous and sophisticated way of introducing skin patterns to your home decor. This washable wallpaper is available in 12 colours on 10m rolls.

nabucco moss wallpaper - designers guild

Lario Grass Napkin giftwrap image is my own. All other images are from the Designer’s Guild website.

©ALL CONTENTS OF THIS BLOG ARE ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY ME, NOVA WILLIAMS OF 18 CHELSEA MEWS LTD, AND ARE MY PERSONAL OPINIONS AND VIEWS, UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. 

18 Chelsea Mews Loves… The Rug Collection at Heal’s

It’s a beautiful sunny day in London! I’m so over Winter now and can hardly wait for Spring, but I’m well aware that there’s still some time to go before the cold and dark days are all gone. I’m longing for a change in my home decor but as Winter persists, I’m thinking it’s still a little early for the light and colourful linen voile curtains I dream of. A new rug in a popping colour perhaps? That should do the trick!

A rug is a timeless home accessory that can easily be the perfect solution to your interior design problems. Chosen wisely, a rug is perfect for adding warmth, colour and texture to a room. It’s great for dividing spaces, protecting surfaces and cohesively bringing the other design elements together in living spaces.

grey rug laid

I’ve been browsing the internet to find a grass green rug for my living room to replace the black and white one I now have. Don’t get me wrong, I still like everything about my Stockholm rug, but I think a lovely hit of green is what’s needed in here to  fast-forward my home to Spring, my favourite season of the year. During my online search, I found the most impressive, ‘to die for’, designer rug collection at Heal’s! Although they’re not quite what I’m looking for at the moment, I couldn’t resist sharing my 10 favourites here. Perhaps you’ll find something you’re looking for, or some much needed inspiration at the very least. Be sure to let me know your favourites and why.

 

1. DON’T BE SUCH A SQUARE?

The Gandia Blasco Mangas Plait Yellow Rug is handmade using very fine pure wool, designed by Spanish Architect Patricia Urquiola. The design fuses neutral and strong colours to create a warm space for a variety of interiors.

yellow rug

wool rug magas gandia blascoedge detail

 

2. MASTERING VERSATILTY

The Gandia Blasco Bandas Turquoise Rug was designed by the renowned designer Patricia Urquiola. The four intricate Hand stitched panels are made from fine quality New Zealand wool, with a Velcro reverse which can be easily reconfigured to update any interior setting.

velcro detail

gandia blasco

3. INDIGO LOVE

Designers Guild Savine Indigo Rug. Hand woven using pure wool, the Savine Indigo rug features a spectacular tie dyed design – creating a uniquely distinctive focal point for your home.

indigo

indigo details

 

4. LEATHER UP

Linie Design Jasmine Grey Rug Carefully crafted by artisans using the finest genuine leather, the Jasmine Grey rug, by designer Helene Stenkjaer Iversen lends the interior a touch of luxury. Its simple design draws the eye and captures the attention – a contemporary focal point accessory for the home.

leather rug

 

5. GO GEOMETRIC

A Heal’s exclusive, the Loha Blue & White Rug By Kangan Arora has a bold geometric pattern. Crafted from 100% wool, this hand-woven Kelim was designed to reflect the welded metal structures that criss-cross the back of trucks that weave through the Indian Highways. Available in two colour ways, Indigo and Chartreuse.

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6. IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

The Gandia Blasco Fenix Ginger Rug features an intricate flowing pattern made from 100% wool. Made using the traditional Chain Stitch technique, a style of embroidery in which a series of looped stiches form a chain like pattern.

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gandia detail

 

7. CRAZY FOR COBALT?

Designers Guild Eberson Cobalt Rug. This luxury woven rug fades through shades of cobalt from light to dark. The yarn is woven on a broadloom and dried in the sun to give it an intense lustre.

designers guild cobalt

cobalt

 

8. PRETTY PASTEL RUNNER

Linie Designs Pulvis Pink Runner. A luxury striped runner featuring a fusion of bright and neutral colours. A contemporary runner that adds a colourful focal point to any hallway.

pastel

 

9. GREY LOOKS GREAT ON YOU

Asko Light Grey/Natural Wool Rug. The design of this 100% wool, handwoven rug is inspired of the shape of honeycombs.

grey

 

10. A LOVELY SHADE OF BLUE

Plantation Rug Company Hampton Petrol Blue Rug. A unique blue and white pattern and close attention to detail epitomises the crafstmanship and immense attention to detail that has gone into making this contemporary rug. Intricately hand-loomed from bamboo silk and viscose to the highest quality – it makes for a worthy centrepiece in any home.

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IMAGES & ITEM DESCRIPTIONS FROM HEALS.CO.UK

FRIDAY FIVE: Easy-Care Air-Purifying Plants To Get For Your Home

Hello and Happy Friday! I’ve had a pretty exciting week since my very special house guest arrived last Saturday. I absolutely love having family visiting from overseas for a number of reasons but my top two reasons are, having the opportunity to spend quality time with them (they often stay a while because of the distance travelled), and getting a chance to visit many of my favourite spots in London & the English countryside all in just a few weeks while I play tour guide. Yay me!

Now, back to the matter at hand… Previously, I mentioned here that I was looking to get some air-purifying plants for my home. You might also recall my confession that although optimum plant care has never been one of my greatest strengths, it’s still something I aspire to. My aim is to get plants that will get rid of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) lurking around the home like benzene and formaldehyde which seem to be found in almost all our creature comforts.

Having done a bit of research, I’ve compiled this list of 5 easy-care air-purifying plants that I am confident I can care for. I’ve deliberately excluded the aloe vera plant and other succulents as they’re a no-brainer (even for me!). I’ll definitely be taking a few of these pretty green things home from my next trip to the garden centre.

1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

The resilient nature of this adaptable plant makes it an excellent choice for non-green thumbs. This beautiful plant send out shoots with flowers that eventually grow into baby spider plants or spiderettes.

Pollutants removed: Formaldehyde and Xylene

Care: Well-drained soil, bright and indirect sunlight. This plant can grow in varying conditions and has few problems other than brown tips.

spider plant 18chelseamews

 

2. Snake plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

The snake plant is also known as the Mother-in-law’s tongue. It thrives in low light and steamy humid conditions, making it good choice for the bathroom. In addition to purifying the air and increasing oxygen in your home, this plant also increases the level of moisture in the atmosphere.

Pollutants removed: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, and Xylene

Care: The snake plant prefers drier conditions, some sun, and requires occasional watering.

Sansevieria_snake plant

 

3. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

The peace lily is among the most popular of houseplants. Its glossy leaves and beautiful fragrant white flowers make it the perfect plant for bringing life into any room in your home.

Pollutants removed: Ammonia, Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichloroethylene

Care: Keep in a shady spot and keep soil moist without overwatering. Mist the leaves a few time per week and trim any unhealthy leaves from the plant.

peace_lily

 

4. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata cv. Bostoniensis)

Boston Ferns are relatively tough ferns. This very attractive fern with its long, graceful fronds and tiny frilly leaves look great in hanging baskets, on pedestals and window sills.

Pollutants removed: Formaldehyde and Xylene

Care: Keep soil moist and mist. Keep in partial shade in a cool room. Avoid direct sunlight and draughts. To maintain humidity in winter, set your fern’s pot on a tray of pebbles filled with water. Mist daily in higher temperatures.

boston.fern

 

5. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii)

The graceful bamboo palm, also called reed palm, can reach a height of 7ft and a width of 5ft. It grows in a cluster of bright green bamboo-like shoots and its delicate fronds make it such a beauty. This tropical delight is good for adding dimension to larger rooms – it’s perfect for a spacious living room.

Pollutants removed: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

Care: Bright, indirect light is best, but will survive in lower light areas. Keep moist but do not allow to stand in water. Fertilise regularly in the spring and summer months.

bamboopalm

Images: Pinterest

FRIDAY FIVE: Things I Found And Loved On Etsy This Week

Friday five

1. WHIMSICALNeedle Felted Wool Acorn Ornaments – Handmade and sold by illsutreBuche

2. FEMININELove Birds Flamingo Watercolour Print – Hand-painted/printed and sold by Elsie Invents

3. FESTIVEReindeer Embossing Rolling Pins – Handmade and sold by Valek Rolling Pins

4. CULTURALVintage Indigo Batik Hmong Cushion Cover – Handmade and sold by Imprints and Indigo

5. ADORABLE: Original Watercolour Robin Painting – Hand-painted and sold by Original Only

Friday Five: Fun & Functional Storage Ideas for Children

My obsession with colour and my love for unique furniture design lends itself well to child friendly interior decorating. So this week’s Friday Five is all about storage ideas for children.

It is paramount to have sufficient storage space in a child’s room. Aside from the obvious things like size and functionality, I think it’s also important to choose storage that your children can relate to in some way. You may achieve this by incorporating their favourite colours, favourite patterns, images of their favourite animals, and for an older child, you can even up cycle their once-favourite toy into a unique item for storage! This will give their space a varied yet personalised appearance, and can make ‘clean up’ time so much more fun, interesting and even educational (depending on your choices).

Stepping away from the obvious chest of drawers, dressers, closets and traditional bookshelves, here are my current 5 favourite picks for fun and functional, storage in a child’s bedroom. They’re simple and easy to keep organised and you can even make a good DIY project of number 5! I hope you’re inspired by my choices.

 

FOR SHOES & ACCESSORIES

– The super girlie Storage Suitcase Set is perfect for your little fashionista in the making. It’s lovely to see little children taking care of their personal belongings and these gorgeous little cases will encourage your little girl to keep her scarves and other small accessories organised. It’s never too early! These cutesy cases are available on notonthehighstreet.com and they’re great for storing dolls and other trinkets too.

– Let’s face it, we’re not all neat little princesses, are we? I am a firm believer in allowing a child to be themselves, even as we teach and encourage them to keep their spaces tidy. These cute Cotton Canvas Storage Bags from Cox & Cox are handy for keeping those little shoes and accessories neatly tucked away. They’re made from a stiff canvas so they’re floor standing, making the contents easily accessible and they’re wipeable on the inside therefore very easy to clean.

storage-shoes.accessories

 

FOR BOOKS

– This oh so adorable Baa-Baa Bookshelf from Rowen and Wren is an absolute winner! It’s a playful, interactive yet very functional piece of furniture that will have children equally excited to pack their books away as they usually are to choose the next bedtime storybook. The dividers are also wide enough to hold very small toys such as tiny cars and dolls. It’s great that it’s available in the natural wood finish; this gives you the option to personalise by painting in your child’s favourite colour(s).

– For those you in favour of up-cycling, this one’s a charm. Have your kids outgrown their wagon riding days and perhaps they’ve requested a book mobile? The iconic Radio-Flyer Wagon turned book mobile would make a bold statement in your child’s bedroom. Perfect for changing the scenery for story time at a minute’s notice. Radio Flyer Wagons are available here in the UK at allgardenfun.com and other online stockists. It’s worth your while to check thrift shops, eBay and other websites for ‘pre-loved’ wagons at a lower price-point.

book storage - kids

 

FOR TOYS

– What do you do with a bunch of stuffed animals that’s taken over your child’s room and the rest of your home? That’s right! You take them to The Zoo! The Zoo is a clever storage system to keep stuffed toys safely and securely tucked away. What’s great about The Zoo is it’s simple design (it’s made from sustainably sourced wood and flexible bars) and it’s ease of use (children will enjoy putting their toys away and they are easily accessible at the next playtime).

– Got a keen eye for DIY? With a few bits of wood, a drill and some bungee cord, you can create and personalise a zoo for your little one if The Zoo does not suit your budget. Perhaps you can even consider downsizing the zoo to a ball corral when the stuffed toys start being replaced with other  ‘hard to store’ items like basketballs and footballs etc. You can find the DIY instructions for making your own zoo here and instructions for the ball corral here.

toy storage. the zoo. ball corrall

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Thanks for stopping by!

Nova

IMAGE SOURCE: The Radio Flyer Wagon Book Storage and the Ball Corral images where taken from here and here respectively. All other images are from the stockists linked within the post.

©ALL CONTENTS OF THIS BLOG ARE ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY ME, NOVA WILLIAMS OF 18 CHELSEA MEWS LTD, AND ARE MY PERSONAL OPINIONS AND VIEWS, UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. 

18 Chelsea Mews Loves…

18 Chelsea Mews loves…

M & S FOOD: ADVENTURES IN IMAGINATION

Anyone who knows me, will tell you that I’m a big fan of M&S Food. It’s probably pretty accurate to say that I’m obsessed with their little pots of antipasti, humous, finger foods, fruits, vegetables, seafood, healthy snacks and sweet treats. So when I stumbled upon their mouthwatering food advert on YouTube this weekend, it’s no wonder I had it on repeat for a while, and I love that they’ve used Clean Bandit’s Rather Be as the soundtrack.

Can’t get enough of all this food imagination? Check out the ads they’ve made for Mexican, Thai and Japanese Cuisines. Delightful foodie perfection!

Source: Mark & Spencer on You Tube

Friday Five: Simple And Stylish Window Seat Inspiration

So this week I finally decided it was time to give the window seat in my living room that long-awaited and well-deserved makeover. It’s my favourite spot in my home, but it turns out I never spend much time sitting there because it somehow became a place for keeping the things I hadn’t yet decided on a permanent space for in the apartment. I promised myself that I’d get this sorted before the end of summer, and I have, but there are a few finishing touches I’d like to add before I share the photos here with you.

Not long now, but while you wait for ‘The Big Reveal’, here are a few simple yet stylish window seats I came across as I looked around for inspiration prior to getting my project started. Watch this space!

window seat idea 4 - 18chelseamews.com

window seat inspiration1 - 18chelseamews.com

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Design Notebook: Stack ‘Em Up

I love a good stack of stuff. Whether it’s beautiful books, bejewelled rings, arm-candy bracelets, smartly designed furniture or stylish tableware, there’s something about stacking and the assemblage of very similar items that I find aesthetically pleasing. I enjoy the rhythmic play and visual/physical repetition of shapes and textures, be it monochromatic or an eclectic mix of colours. As such, I’m always on the lookout for stylish stackable and modular items for my home design notebook, in case I find a thing or two that suits my style of decor.

1. BAMBOO VESSELS DESIGNED BY REIKO KANEKO

Still one of my favourite tableware purchases to date, these bamboo vessels from British-Japanese designer Reiko Kaneko are such a delight. I enjoy the simplicity and minimalist quality of their unique form, their fluid organic lines and even their decorative appearance when stacked. These fine bone china Bamboo Wide Tumblers are simply beautiful. Very versatile, they can be used for water, wine, cocktails or iced-tea. I was so impressed with the design, I also bought the matching Bamboo Twist Sake Decanter with these tumblers. Knowing fully well that I never have sake at home, the plan was always to use the decanter as a vase for small flower arrangements as I have done in the picture below.

Reiko Kaneko Stackable Bamboo Vessels - 18chelseamews.com

 

2. TABLE SET DESIGNED BY SHAHAR NISSIM FOR PELEG DESIGN 

This cleverly designed table set from Peleg Design takes the form of a glass olive oil decanter complete with stacked ceramic salt and pepper shaker donuts. The design is rather practical, allowing you to take these condiments to the table at once and like most stackable items, it’s an excellent space-saver. Yes, you’ll have to remove the salt & pepper shakers before pouring the oil, but that is easily resolved by simply unstacking once dinner gets started. This one is definitely a new addition to my wish list!

peleg design stackable oil salt and pepper - 18 chelseamews.com

 

3. MIURA STOOL DESIGNED BY KONSTANTIN GRCIC FOR BY PLANK

I really like Muira Stools. Not just because they look like giraffes from the side view (giraffes are my favourite, next to baby saggy-baggy elephants of course), but because of their dynamic form. At first glance, it doesn’t look like a very comfortable seat, but having had the the chance to try one, I can reveal that they are indeed very comfortable seats! This rather angular, sculptural and stackable stool is available in 8 colours and is made from polypropylene, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. I’d like a few of these for the breakfast counter please!

miura plank bar stool - 18chelseamews.com

 

4. FORMWORK SYSTEM DESIGNED BY INDUSTRIAL FACILITY FOR HERMAN MILLER

This stackable desktop storage system designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Industrial Facility, is the best thing that could happen to your workspace. The sophisticated six-piece modular system can be configured in various ways, and is perfect for keeping clutter at bay, while you focus on more important tasks at hand in the home office. My only wish is that they had more vibrant and exciting colourways,  but with the white widely available, that’s nothing a few bits of delightful washi tape can’t fix.

formwork-herman miller - 18chelseamews.com

 

5. CUBIT MODULAR SHELVING SYSTEM

Cubit is a highly customisable modular shelving system available in 15 wonderful colours and a premium walnut finish. The individual units are made from MDF and coated with a thick layer of semi-gloss lacquer. These shelves are available in a variety of formats and sizes, giving you the flexibility of using them to store whatever you choose. The units are sold individually so you have the creative freedom to add to your shelving as your collection of books and artefacts expands. Better yet, think outside the box (excuse the pun) and create  other articles of furniture like a sideboard, a side table or even a desk.

cubit modular shelving - 18chelseamews.com

 

 6. QUALY BLOCK STACKING RECYCLING BIN

These stackable bins from Bangkok based company Qualy, will make recycling a breeze and are the perfect space-saving solution for the average city-dweller. They’re made from plastic, they come in two sizes and are easy to keep clean. Even better, they’re available in 5 colours; suitable for colour coding your trash. It’s good to do your bit to save our planet by recycling, and with Qualy bins you can do it with a bit of style.

qualy box bins - 18chelseamews.com

IMAGE CREDITS: The very first image in this post was taken by Nova Williams for 18 Chelsea Mews blog. All other images are from the numbered links within the post.

 

 

Friday Five: Easy DIY Projects To Try This Weekend

Hello lovelies! I hope you had a great week and are now looking forward to fun times at the weekend.

Today’s Friday Five consists of 5 very easy DIY projects, 3 of which I would like to try some time soon. If you’re as picky particular as I am about the things you like, then I’m sure you’ll agree that sometimes it’s best to call off the search, take matters into your own hands and do it yourself! I hope you like this round-up and will try at least one.

1. MODERN GEOMETRIC BACKDROP 

I found this super easy DIY project over at ProjectWedding.com and it’s something I definitely want to make. In my mind’s eye, this backdrop would have a lovely effect against a wall with a ‘statement’ piece of furniture in front; like a stylish, single colour, minimalist design armchair. Based on my level of experience in paper-craft, my personal advice is that you use high-quality card stock to get the best results with this project. The quality of the card stock you choose could make or break the overall effect of your finished piece.

DIY GEOMETRIC SCREEN

2. STRIPED ROBE BASKETS 

I think these DIY striped baskets from Martha Stewart are perfect for holding little bits and bobs on your work desk or anywhere else around the house really. I would like to make a relatively wide one for the sole purpose of holding my million-and-one things that suddenly need a place to live when I’m switching handbags. You know, like when you switch to a smaller handbag midweek and have to leave a few items behind? Yes, this basket will be the holder of those items, it will be the thing that saves me going off to buy another Dr. Hauschka lipstick because I think the one I bought two weeks ago is lost, meanwhile it’s still sitting in the pocket of that other handbag I haven’t used in over a week. A bit methodical I know but it works for me.

A word of caution for those of you who skim as opposed to reading it all, Martha’s team forgot to include the most vital ingredient in their ‘Materials’ list so please ensure you have the rope to make these rope baskets. See the introduction for details of the rope they’ve used.

rope baskets

3. NO SEW BEACH TOTE 

No sewing machine? No excuse. I really love this project from Amy over at Homey Oh My blog. It’s the perfect DIY project for beach season! No trip to the beach on the horizon? No problem! Just make yourself a reusable shopping bag for the groceries or an anything bag for that matter. I’m sure you’ll be proud of your handy work either way.

diy beach bag

4. PAINTED TRAY 

So Amy from HomeyOhMy.com has won me over again with another of her DIY projects. This time it’s this tray which she’s painted ever so stylishly for a flower display on her coffee table. Yes, this is one of those things in the “I just can’t find one anywhere so I’m just going to make it myself” category. You know, like “the tray is the wrong width” or “the stripes are too thin” or “I’d prefer a different colour”… I could go on but I’m sure you get it.

diy painted tray

5. MACRAME PLANT POT HANGER 

Last but by no means least – The Macrame Plant Pot Holder from thehome.com.au. Macrame as an art-form will always be of sentimental value to me because my mom taught me these intricate and very useful knotting techniques when I was a very little girl, and although I went for many years without practicing, I’ve never ever lost the knowledge. It’s probably not surprising, given that we spent hours at a time making the loveliest macrame everything! Belts, plant hangers, wall hangers, bracelets, you name it, we made it. In some ways, I even feel a bit guilty sending you off to some other website for instructions when, given my thorough knowledge of the techniques and the countless items I’ve created, I should really be posting a macrame DIY project of my own here. Eek! Sorry mom! Hhhmmm, that day will come, I promise.

For those of you who have never done macrame, please don’t be intimidated, this project used the most simple knotting techniques and is pretty quick and easy to complete. 

MACRAME DIY 18chelseamews.com

plant pot holder

Have fun!

Nova xoxo

 

LINK LOVE: 1. Modern Geometric Backdrop 2. Striped Rope Baskets 3. No Sew Beach Tote 4. Painted Tray 5. Macrame Plant Pot Hanger

 
 

Friday Five: Favourite Festival Fringe Finds

Hello everyone! Happy Friday to you all. I hope you’ve had a lovely and productive week, and now ready to have an enjoyable weekend. 

So festival season has arrived in the UK and all the buzz is about Glastonbury. Although I won’t be going to the festival, the tiny reformed shopaholic in me had a good time whizzing around the internet, looking at the lovely things I would be packing if I, the lady of the Mews did Glasto. Out of the many gorgeous things I found I decided to share my top 5 picks in this week’s Friday 5. I’ve already got one of these items, and although I have no plans for a festival, I would very much like to get the rest!

festival fringe finds- 18chelseamews.com

18chelseamews.com

On another note, I truly admire my girlfriends who are able to do weekend camping at music festivals annually. I’ve done it once and I found it pretty challenging! The thing is my real friends know better than to extend the invitation anyway because no one in their right mind (who knows me well) would want to be my travel buddy to a music festival where there’s camping involved; I would hog the car space and the tent space with all the ‘must-haves’ or in my case ‘lux-haves’ that I couldn’t stand to leave behind at home. This all takes too much time and effort really. The last music festival I camped at for a whole weekend was The Big Chill, back in…I can’t even remember the year. I insisted on carrying my very own flushable porta-loo, much to the distress of my travel companions. That went down well but I’m sure they won’t be in a hurry to go camping with me again…well, they haven’t invited me since. Hahaha! I think I’d much prefer ‘glamping’, thanks! How about you? Are you the all weekend camping type?

festivalfringe- 18chelseamews.com

LINK LOVE

1. Scarf: Geometric Print Foulard – Massimo Dutti | 2. Jacket: Exposed Zip Fringe Jacket by Cleobella (FreePeople.co.uk) 3. Necklace: Amsterdam Leather Necklace by Marisa Haskell (FreePeople.co.uk) 4. Bag: Festival Brown Pouch by Sabrina Tach (Boticca.com) 5. Boots: Brimfield Boot by FREEBIRD by STEVEN (FreePeople.co.uk)