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Hey lovelies! I hope you’ve all had a great weekend, enjoying the weather wherever you are in the world.
18 Chelsea Mews loves…
So here’s my most recent purchase, this delightful little lantern turquoise vase from Dartington’s Little Gems collection. I placed a single pink peony in as soon as I returned home, and it now sits among the items taking pride of place on my mellow yellow bookshelf.
Aptly named, these gorgeous little gems with their vibrant colours and eclectic shapes bring a charming yet contemporary feel to any display. I’m not at all surprised as Dartington Crystal is renowned for creating elegant designs in glass and crystal for almost 50 years. The Little Gems collection was designed by Hilary Green and is handmade in the United Kingdom. They’re sold individually gift-boxed in a lovely little cylinder; perfect if gift-wrapping is not your strong point.
Summer is here and the fabulously bright and cheerful garden furniture from Fermob has won me over again! Oh how I wish I had a sprawling backyard to deck out with the lovely goodness that is Fermob! This French outdoor furniture brand certainly knows that it’s just as important to have ‘a stylish room outside’ as it is to have inside. Their range of metal furniture is available in a wide array of colours, 24 to be exact. The colours are divided into 5 categories – metal, fresh, contemporary, sparkling and classic. Absolutely perfect for the colour freak in me!
This should really be in the ‘Things You’ll Always Find On My Bathroom Counter’ post, but as I haven’t written any such post yet, it’s making its debut here. Aesop mouthwash is simply amazing! My favourite thing about it is that it’s alcohol-free. Bye-bye mouth-shredder Listerine! This refreshing botanical blend of clove bud, aniseed and spearmint leaf has a subtle flavour and leaves your mouth feeling refreshed and hydrated.
Admittedly, I initially got sucked in by the packaging. The 500ml brown glass bottle, with a tiny measuring beaker that fits perfectly over the cap, comes in a nifty little drawstring cotton bag, each with a different quote printed on the back. I conveniently repurpose the bags as shoe bags for my ballerina pumps and my well-loved colourful collection of Havaianas flip-flops. Aesop also feeds my obsession with brown glass bottles (yup, I’ve got a thing for brown glass bottles…sshhhh); I repurpose the bottles as vases for brightly coloured blooms. The beakers have become holders for my interdental brushes and dental floss toothpicks. Aesop has made me quite the repurposing queen!
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Hey guys! I hope you’ve all had a great week and now welcoming the weekend with arms wide open. Although I have no major outdoor plans, I’m totally stoked about the posts I’m currently working on. There’s inspiration coming at me from everywhere…one such source today is my Instagram feed. Yes, Instagram is my current addiction and today I’ll be sharing 5 firm favourites of the many Instagram accounts I’m following.
Jenn Elliott Blake is the talented event designer, prop stylist and blogger behind A Blog Named Scout. I have only recently discovered Jenn’s blog but as soon as I did, I made a beeline for her Instagram account and it certainly lived up to my expectation. Her Instagram is more than just a collection of beautiful images. It’s a peek into the life of ‘Jenn The Stylist’ on the job…rainy day frustrations included. An impressive, beautifully styled documentary in pictures; I feel like I’ve been going on her lovely assignments too!
2 . @leaftv
LEAF TV is all about living, eating and fashion. Among the beautiful images of food, flowers and the sea, they also share their 30 – 90 second signature perfectly edited how-to videos, ranging from cocktail mixing to hair styling to useful DIY projects like making bookends for your home. I’m sure you will agree that it’s more fun to watch a ‘how-to’ than to just read it! See DIY Animal Bookends Video here.
The Instagram feed of this Norwegian blogger is brimming with images of the classic Scandinavian interior…with a hint of very pale pink. It’s a refreshing break from the trending ‘pops of colour’ you’ll find in the interior-inspired images on my Instagram feed. Janne’s calming black & white images are uniquely peppered with the palest pink hued, copper toned and gold accessories. Look out for the cutesy little ballerina girl too!
Simply put, I absolutely love how beautifully curated Sylvie Shirazi’s Instagram is. Many of you know how much I love good food and gorgeous images of it. The most impressive thing about the Gourmande In The Kitchen Instagram, is how very real the food looks in these images. None of the overly filtered shots that gets everything looking all artificial and plastic. Just images of real food; prepared, styled and photographed by a real food lover. Foodie alert!
I have no idea who is behind this Instagram account but that certainly doesn’t stop it being one of my favourites. I enjoy the variety of decorative home accessories they’ve been posting and what’s even better, is that they often include the source at which you can find these items. I’m sure many of us have experienced that “Oh my God, this is so amazing, where can I find it” moment before getting sucked into the black hole that is the world wide web searching for ‘a needle in a haystack’. Those of us who have, will really appreciate this.
What are your favourite Instagram accounts? Please leave a link in the comment section below.
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IMAGES: All images are from the Instagram accounts mentioned above.
Flowers are my favourite of life’s simple pleasures. Whether I’m giving or receiving a bunch, admiring or arranging, buying from a fancy florist or simply picking them in the wild, flowers make me genuinely happy in a way that nothing else can.
It’s that time of year again when I longingly look forward to the long lingering summer days yet I’m awfully displeased at the passing of Spring. For me, nothing highlights the fast approach of Summer, like returning from the flower market with peonies instead of ranunculus. Oh how I wish I could have these blooms all year round; they’re my top two favourite flowers ever! Although they’re pretty pricey blooms I always think they’re worth the splurge.
Here are my 5 favourite blooms in season during Spring/Summer and a few tips on how to make the most of a bunch.
1. Peony – I LOVE peonies; they hold a special place in my heart. Specifically the Dr. Alexander Flemming, the Attar of Roses and the Auguste Dessert varieties. It’s the vivid, sugar pink, double petals surrounding golden stamens, and that intense fragrance that sets them apart from the more popular Sarah Bernhardt variety; making me love them even more. Oh the magic, watching this flower bloom from a tight, rounded fist to an outstanding show of delicate frilly feminine beauty. You can literally watch as it opens; just place the stem in warm water or move your arrangement to a very warm room and stand by. It’s a sight to behold! I can never resist buying this flower.
Flower Power Tip: The fullness of opened peonies make them perfect for single stem display in bud vases; a few stalks of lavender adds a nice touch in appearance and fragrance.
2. Ranunculus – Considering my serious obsession with very bright colours, it should come as no surprise that ranunculus are among my top 5 favourite blooms. These multi-layered beauties are like a dream. The petals look like the brightly coloured crepe paper I used to make flowers as a child. They’re so thin, delicate and perfectly formed, they sometimes look unreal. Beyond their intrinsic beauty, ranunculus make great container plants and they last remarkably long as cut flowers too. What’s not to like?!
Flower Power Tip: Cutting the stems every other day and changing the water makes ranunculus last much longer as cut flowers.
3. Hyacinth – Wonderfully fragrant and extravagant in appearance, the arrival of the hyacinth truly signifies the arrival of Spring. The bell shaped blossoms bloom in dense clusters, curling outwards to create the most uniform and complex design you’ll ever see in a flower. They’re characterised by a lovely sweet fragrance and are found in shades of white, peach, orange, salmon, yellow, pink, carmine red, purple, lavender, indigo and azure blue. Yes, you guessed it, there’s a shade out there for everyone.
Flower Power Tip: Hyacinths last longer with the bulbs so it’s worth investing in bulb vases for your fragrant display.
4. Poppy – The striking beauty of this papery, cup shaped bloom draws me in every time. I never get to take these home as the don’t do very well as cut flowers, but I savour the moments I get to enjoy their existence. Whether it’s in a garden or even as we drive by poppy fields in the English countryside.
Here’s an excerpt from my ode to the poppy: Delicate flowers standing tall and strong, grasping tightly to slender green stems. When the fierce wind blows, these fragile but brave ones close their petals to protect themselves and the next generation – the precious seeds they carry inside.
When life throws crap at me, I think of myself as a pretty red poppy. Try it; it helps!
Flower Power Tip: A good cut flower alternative to poppies are anemones. They bear a striking resemblance to poppies and are available in a wide range of colours – pink, red, white and purple to name a few. It’s an equally beautiful flower which is bound to last longer in a vase than a poppy would.
5. Craspedia – Commonly known as billy balls, billy buttons and woolyheads, craspedia is an aesthetically pleasing spherical golden flower, made up of many tiny florets. It comes from the genus of daisies. The shape and colour of this flower makes it very versatile for use in any floral arrangement. I like coupling them with sugar pink peonies, hot pink ranunculus and even with small succulents. When the vibrant yellow colour of this delightful flower fades, just hang them upside-down in a cool, dry place and reuse in a dried flower arrangement in autumn.
Flower Power Tip: Try to cut the stems under water, if possible, so that they last a longer time in the vase.
What are your favourite blooms of the season?
Hello lovelies! Sorry I’ve been away for so long but I can assure you, it was for a very good reason. My mommy dearest has finally made the 10 hour flight (9hrs 40mins to be exact) from Jamaica to London to visit me, so of course, I took some time out to give her my full attention and some well-deserved TLC.
Now that I’m back, I’d like to share with you, 3 things I’m loving right now. I’ve changed the post title for this series after finding that many other bloggers have been using the previous title ‘3 Things I’m Loving Right Now’. I know there’s nothing new under the sun but I just wanted to use something more unique to my blog, so the new title for the series is 18 Chelsea Mews Loves…
Karlsson is well known for their unconventional, modern and minimalist designs. This Pictogram Rainbow Wall Clock really appeals to me with it’s playful, vibrant splashes of colour and it’s distinct likeness to that very trendy POP Swatch watch I owned as a teenager. It is perfect for brightening any interior wall and something tells me this funky timepiece will be sitting pretty on a wall in my home very soon!
Australian born, London based designer Amy Sia’s pretty painterly textiles are striking. I especially love this digitally printed modal/silk scarf which features almost every colour you can think of. I’m sure we can all agree that it’s an excellent way to inject some colour in our wardrobe, what with London being covered in a blanket of grey over there last few days. I vote Bring Spring Back!
This beautifully made hardback book is perfect for showing off on bookshelves and coffee tables. In addition to the trending vibrant coloured edged pages and the sense character implied by the exposed stitching along the spine, I was instantly sold on this book after quickly scanning the gorgeous colourful illustrations within. I’m pleased to announce, I now have my very own copy! I just wish I could get it signed by Tricia Guild herself.
Living Etc. summed it up perfectly with this review: ‘Nobody does colour quite like Trica Guild. Her new book, Colour Deconstructed, is an exploration of her signature hues, from fuchsia to cobalt, and is a lesson in transforming a room from dull to dazzling. Packed full of inspirational photography, it’ll give you the blues (and the greens and the yellows) in a good way.’ –Living Etc, 1st November 2013
Thanks for reading and toodles for now! I promise I won’t stay away for long this time.
LINK LOVE: 1. Large Lacey Floor Lamp | 2. Kikki.K Happiness Journal | 3. Bobble Water Bottle | 4. Burberry Embossed Check Flip Flops | 5. Room & board Slim Etagere | 6. Tea Sub Infuser | 7. Alessi Tigrito Cat Food Bowl | 8. Le Creuset Stoneware Honey Jar Dijon | 9. MT Masking Tape | 10. Ranunculus and Billy Ball Monochromatic Bouquet | 11. See by Chloe April Textured-Leather Duffle Bag | 12. Addiction Nail Colour in Yellow Taxi
I’ve decided to do at least 1 post per week specifically for sharing 3 things I’m really loving right now. This is the first in the series so… here goes!
I’m loving the distinctive ethereal quality of these gorgeous feather pendant lampshades from Danish company Vita. The Vita Eos pendant shade looks stylishly simple and minimal in the daytime and, when lit, it radiates a soft and cosy glow. It’s good that it comes in three sizes – mini, large and XL, so they’re suitable for low or high ceilings and for big or small spaces. Even better, they look amazing hanging in multiples! What a joy it is to find beautiful affordable Scandinavian design that suits my existing home decor! On that note, I’ll have the mini for my bedroom please… Thanks!
This is a sophisticated floral sweetness; not saccharine. It’s not very bold; it whispers. I’m calling it the essence of charm and femininity. Given my obsession with peonies I guess it comes as no surprise that I’m loving this fragrance. Aside from the obvious, here’s a short list of other reasons I’m probably so drawn to this fragrance.
- It was created by Christine Nagel, the Swiss perfumer who created one of my favourite perfumes ever… Cartier’s Delices de Cartier.
- Jasmine is included in the middle notes. I don’t know how or why, but Jasmine always happens to be included in all the perfumes I like, yet I still find it a pleasant surprise when I realise it’s somewhere in there.
- I shamelessly have a weakness for packaging and visual merchandising and, let’s face it, Jo Malone is so very good at that!
I said a short list right? Hhhmmm, that’s not really a list and it isn’t really short, is it? Fine, I’ll stop here, but first let me give you the notes of this lovely little treat for the olfactory. Top Notes: Red Apple | Middle Note: Peony, Jasmine, Carnation and Rose | Base Notes: Suede. Ooh, and they have a scented candle too if you just want your home to smell like this!
One word – BLISS! Need I say more?
You already know that I like it with toasted Belgian waffles, mixed berries and yellow flesh nectarine if you’ve seen the picture below.
Not that one really has anything to do with the other, but I find it slightly amusing that one other thing Antonio Federici is really good at, apart from making great ice-cream of course, is making ice-cream ads that are destined to be banned. There was that one a few years ago with a satirical take on the nativity scene. Where instead of Frankincense, Incense and Myrrh, their three very wise ice-cream men carried tubs of Amaretto, Pistachio and Caffé Espresso gelato as their offering to baby Jesus. Mary was holding the spoon… I like Mary… she’s the wisest one here in my opinion. Then there was that other ad they released with the priest and the nun, which was intended to portray ‘forbidden Italian temptations’. Yes, that one was promptly banned too!
Despite their controversial taste in advertising material, they’ve certainly got their product right. It’s a good thing the guys in advertising don’t actually make the gelato then.
That’s it for now. Wow, who would have guessed this was very much intended to be a short post? Well, certainly not me! Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to hearing what three things you’re loving right now and why. Post them in the comments below.
1. Azulejos – Cobalt Wallpaper from the Carnets Andalous Collection – Designers Guild | 2. Blue Iris Nail Polish – Jinsoon | 3. Wool and Cashmere Belted Danoe Coat – LK Bennett | 4. 9 Drawer Dresser with Gold Ornate Pulls – The Southern Mermaid Esty Shop | 5. Cast Iron Round Casseroles – Le Creuset | 6. Cobalt Eyeshadow – MAC | 7. Artisan Stand Mixer – KitchenAid | 8. AM05 Hot + Cool Fan Heater – Dyson | 9. Leather Tote Handbag – Miu Miu | 10. Scoodie Hooded Scarf – WellRavelled Etsy Shop