Saturday, 14 September 2013

Study In Style

Hello my lovelies!

It has just occurred to me this weekend that the last time I wrote a post on this blog was June. Pretty shocking, I know!
I guess the main reason for that was just being so busy with college and studying at the time, then of course, trying to enjoy my summer to make up for all the stress, haha. However, this revelation of mine did give me an idea for a new post.

What most frustrated about those few months I spent revising for my exams was the fact I had nowhere nice or practical to do my work! Apart from the mornings and afternoons I could spend at my neighbour's house during the week, I pretty much spent most of my time cooped up in my room, using my bed for work, rest, eat, study and sleep. I didn't even have a desk my room is that tiny!

I think though, with a good study area, not only are you going to feel more comfortable and better able to manage your work/study load, you're going to feel motivated and actually enjoy your working space. It's really important for us to have a clear mind when doing any kind of work - be it on your blog, education, or full-time job, so it's important for us to perform to our optimal best in that work environment.

So today, I present you with my collection of the best roomspiration pics and cutest ideas for study areas found across the web - if you're lucky enough to have the space and budget, you can possibly use some of these ideas for your own study spaces right now. If not, do what I do and keep them for inspiration for your future home - something to plan ahead for!

Candles, a pretty lamp, and a notice-board for all your reminders and photos = a happy working space!

I like the idea of converting an old attic or cabin into a secluded study environment. Bonus points for the ambient lighting and fur rug.

Study spaces always look better with a large Mac computer.. my dream study room definitely includes one!

Okay, a little OTT, but this bookcase is still pretty awesome.

I absolutely love the colour scheme on this one. So pretty and girly - I like the added skull and fluffy chair!

Ok so this might technically be a dressing table as well as study area, but still gorgeous! I especially love the stool and vintage mirror.

Comfy chair, organised pen and paper holders, and reflective glass table. Clutter free space creates a clutter free mind.

I think this study area wins hands down for the best view. If I got the chance to look at the Eiffel Tower from my window everyday I'd always look forward to working!

I really like the idea of having a moodboard full of things you love overlooking your study desk. Even if you're just working on your blog here, I can imagine it helps immensely in getting you to feel more creative and inspired. Love the touch of pretty flowers, too.

I'm not sure if this one particularly counts as a study area, since I think that may be a tv in the background, but still! A crisp, white colour scheme feels simplistic and modern.

Another crisp white/grey colour scheme, with matching decorative pieces like wall art of your favourite places and favourite quotes. I think every desk should have at least one framed quote to motivate you through your work!

Which study space is your favourite? I have to say I love them all!

Thank you all for dropping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend x

Disclaimer: I do not claim rights to any of the images posted - if there's something here of yours you'd like credited, let me know!

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Tour Of My Bedroom!


Hi guys!

So, I know it's been a really long time since I last posted on this blog, but tonight I'd figure I make up for it with a quick 'tour of my room'. My bedroom is probably where I spend most of my time when I'm in my house, and is like my little get-away-haven. Unfortunately I've had to share a room with my sister practically all my life, so we've had to make do with a very tiny room, which hasn't been easy (and has resulted in year's worth of squabbling over who's stuff goes where!)

Despite that, I'm actually pretty proud of how we've decorated and made the most out of our room despite our circumstances. After taking these photos and really getting an overall picture of how my room looks, I couldn't be happier with how it looks right now. It's certainly an improvement from the yellow walled safari-themed design we had going on when we were kids.

Since we 'assign' one half of the room to each other, I won't be showing any pictures of my sister's side, for privacy reasons and all that. Pretty sure that wouldn't go down well! But, I'll show you my half, and what I've done with my little bit of the room. Just because you have a small room, doesn't mean it can't look good!


This is my bedside area, and basically the centre of my universe. Me and my sister both have black bedding, as we decided this would be the main theme for our room - white walls with black features. We're yet to paint our door (which is still purple/lilac!) but I love how the rest of these colours look. Classy and elegant!

You can really identify our personalities through our different parts of the room, too - my sister's side of the room is predominantly black and red themed, whilst mine has a more black and pink vibe going on. And, seeing as I am quite a girly girl, I think this comes across evidently!

My touch lamp is one of my favvvourite things about my room. I got it from Range about a year or two ago as a Christmas present, and it's basically a skyline of New York City, which lights up gradually every time you touch it. I'm quite obsessed with city skylines, especially New York's. I've never been to the city but it's an absolute dream of mine to go, and I guess you could say there's also a theme of this spread around my room.

The next pride and joy of mine is this stylish, antique looking chest of drawers. I bought this from Dunelm Mill just a few months ago actually, as the drawer on my old bedside desk had broken off, and I desperately needed a new one! I love the metallic, silver finish, and a piece of statement furniture like this can really transform the look and feel of a room. I got this for around £70 I think, but in my opinion it looks so much more expensive!

Also love the bow detail!

On my desk I have my Chanel book given to me as a gift from a friend, which I've yet to read but am loving the look it gives as a fashion piece for my room. My phone which is always near, a photo block of my family and I in France which you can just about see, and my 'Bright Ideas' notebook to jot down all my bright ideas (or anything I feel like). I love the look of the perfume bottles displayed on here, too, it really gives a classy feel - I'd love to buy an antique tray sometime soon to put them all in! Oh, and a Galaxy Bubbles chocolate bar - because who doesn't love chocolate.

Speaking of chocolate, here's another of my prized possessions! I also got this from Dunelm Inn about two years ago, and I love it. This was when it was really trendy to have all those 'keep calm' things, and this one rang so true for me, I had to have it! I also love the pink colour - inner girly girl coming out again.

Oh, and the touch of gold fairy lights (or lights I kept in my room from Christmas, ahem) can really make a room look ten times cuter. As well as creating a beautiful bright glow of light in your room, they look so cute hung over picture frames or mirrors. I previously had mine on my bed frame, which was equally nice, but kept getting hidden behind my cushions. One of the bulbs actually burnt out though, unfortunately, so I'm yet to replace it so I can actually turn these on again!

This is the biggest picture frame I have in my room, but easily my favourite! I've had it for ages, and again, demonstrates my love and infatuation with New York City. The yellow Taxi's and image of Marilyn Monroe (also a role model of mine, might I add) I loved everything about it. Oh, and ignore that revision poster - that was when I was doing exams and had limited wall space!

No room is complete without a big mirror, I say, and this is the one I have above my bedside area. If you haven't read my fashion blog before, I have a huge obsession with everything leopard print, and it's just one of those designs I can't resist, on clothes and on furniture pieces. This one was from Instore for £19.00!

This is the more messy area of my room (excluding under my bed) but I like to think of it as 'organised mess'.  Ignore the pink towel with make-up brushes on flopped over my suitcase for a moment, as this is where my second set of drawers are. I have one specifically for college stuff, make-up, hair and bath stuff, and the top one for any random crap I like. Oh, and in case you're wondering, that ladder leads up to an attic. A bit of a nuisance as it takes up so much space in my room, but I learn to live with it.

On top of the shoe boxes (as I really have barely any space for my shoes) I keep my stacks of fashion magazines and random shopping bags. Easiest place to put 'em!

And lastly, another kinda bigger image of my area. I had the old desk here but I also have a TV attached to the end of my bed, which is pretty cool - oh, and the gorgeous soft throw which never leaves my bed.

What do you guys think of my room? Hope you all enjoyed the post - if you have any questions about anything you've seen, fire away!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fab weekend.

Emily x

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The Comfiest Of Cushions: 15 Of The Best For Your Home

Vintage cushions on a modern black sofa = beautiful!

Whether it's a bedroom, living room, lounge area, outdoor deck, seating, bedding, you name it - one thing I've noticed about all these things that always makes them look irresistibly comfy is the careful selection of beautifully designed cushions to match the interior of the home!

Cushions are, if not one of the most, important pieces of decoration you can add to your household - not only do they need to look good and compliment your interior, but they obviously need to have that comfort factor too. Choosing the right cushion to go with your furniture, colour scheme, and walls can dramatically enhance the cosyness appeal of your home, and today I have for you 15 of the best inspirational pictures to show you just what I mean. Enjoy!

I love this gorgeous abstract design - it slightly reminds me of the pictures they show you at psychotherapy sessions! The great thing about black and white, too, is that it can go with a variety of colour schemes - just make sure your sofa/bed is a plain colour. Too many patterns could end up making the room look busy and stressful.

Such a bold design and gorgeous colour - would look great on a white sofa! 

The colour scheme for this bed is simply beautiful and feminine - pairing patterend cushions with plain cushions of other shades can create such a stunning effect.

I really love the idea of having a hanging hammock in the house instead of a sofa - how relaxing! The three cushions compliment the ambient wood style perfectly - placing a brightly coloured one in between two darker shades looks great, and the furry cushion makes it look even cosier.

Oh my god, what can I say, everything about this whole interior design is perfection! If I could have my ideal sitting room, this would be it. The low rise wood coffee table, silver antique-style tray, pink candles, flowers, fur throw, and of course, the bunch of soft fabric cushions. Scared to try a black sofa? Don't be - placing pastel colours and whites on top will even it out and make it look elegant and sophisticated. 

Lovely subtle grey with a touch of floral white floral print - floral prints are a popular, safe choice for cushions, especially if you're not yet quite brave enough for bold abstract designs. Also lovely to inject a bit of spring into your home.

I love this idea of having one pillow being the center focus - letter cushions are so  simple, yet make a dramatic statement as soon as you walk in the room. I'd want one for my future bedroom!

The more cushions, the better, I say! I absolutely love everything about this photo, and it's certainly true that having a bed covered in cushions full of different shades and fabrics can make it look incredible. I especially love the skull one - it adds an edge to an otherwise very girly look (with the furry throw and neutral colours!)

Another minimilastic design and understated colour scheme, but still gorgeous nonetheless. The white and charcoal colour would look great in any interiors with pastel pinks, dark shades of black, or crisp whites and greys!

Now, this is just adorable! I love anything with slogans or words on, and the fact that this is a cute message makes it even better. I'd want one of these on mine and my future hubby's bed.

But Seriously Pillow

Flower petal cushions! They're just great aren't they? They can add an instant bit of girlyness to any room, don't look 'too much' and are available in loads of other colours. I like the white, personally, though - just looks so simple and classy!

Embellished cushions always, without a doubt, look amazing in any room, and I love how these match so gorgeously to the bed frame and bed cover - lovely for a cream bedroom!

I love how the one cushion in the middle particularly matches the baby blue colour of the bed frame - so simple but looks so chic and modern!

So those are my top picks everyone - which ones are your favourites?

Let me know in the comments!

Have an amazing week.

Em x

All pictures are courtesy of Pinterest

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Say It All With Wall Art: Must-Have Pieces For Your Home

Hi again everyone!

Firstly, let me just apologise for the long inactivity on this blog - when I first started it, (around last summer I think?) I did have the intentions of keeping it going and making it a regular thing, but obviously, that didn't last too much longer after the first post!

I think the main reason as to why it didn't last is because, at the time, I didn't really know how to run a blog. I'd always considered it, dreamed about doing it, but I didn't put any real amount of work and effort into getting content posted and getting it well-known around the blogosphere. Now though, I'm happy to say, I've had experience in running a fashion and beauty blog, which is fairly new, but has already got over a thousand pageviews and steady following - so I think I'm finally ready to give this one a shot, too!

I probably won't get the chance to post as frequently on this blog as I will do with my other one, but as this is just running for the same purpose of fun and love of interior design, there's no demands or expectations - but I'm going to work hard in producing new content more often. 

Let's move on to the topic of today's post: Wall Art!

As a regular Pinterest user and follower of any home-decor related pinboard, I've been seeing a lot of 'Wall Art' being pinned around frequently. And I'm not just talking wall art in the sense of wall stencils and pretty wallpaper designs - it seems that antique style picture frames with graphic words inside are very popular right now. But, all in all, adding words to your walls in any way you wish can make a huge statement in your home - they say a picture speaks a thousand words, but (maybe a bit less than a thousand) words can express what you want your home to say about you!

Here are some of my favourites:

What's your favourite wall art? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Emily x