Sewing, reading, hosting ...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I'm sorry for my lack of posting lately, but life is pretty busy around here. We are having a lot of friends and family over during mid-term, and it keeps me a bit busy.

I want the house to be lovely for them, so it includes some last minute projects like Violette's bedroom. I'll share the overall plan for that later, hopefully next week. Basically, we're giving her Arthur's bed (and as from tonight, we'll no longer have a crib in our house ... first time in 4 years ! Am I sad or relieved, I couldn't tell ...), and we bought a new one for him. So I'm sewing a bed skirt in a rush with a gorgeous fabric that I've found in Burford. I have to say that I am a bit anxious to put her to sleep in a big girl bed tonight. Does this feeling ring a bell to anyone ?
I almost finished my office, as it is also our guest bedroom (sorry about the poor quality of these Instagram pictures by the way).
On another hand, I finally got my copy of Erin's book, and I love, love love it ! So inspirational, with loads of amazing pictures and advice.
And we've been so lucky with the weather too, which allowed us to enjoy great walks in the woods nearby.
My parents, my sisters and brother in law arrive tomorrow, I couldn't be more excited to see them all ! I hope you're having a great week too !

Fall decor in the living-room

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall is definitely here ! Windy weather ... candles burning in the house ... wool blankets ... and nesting ! We expect visitors from France for the next couple of weeks (friends and family, I can't wait !), which means I'm in full "fall cleaning and decorating" mode. I've been painting the hallway and staircase, cleaning the carpet, and adding a few autumnal touches here and there to make our home cosy and welcoming !
I've found the the chunky wooden picture frame at Sainsbury's (say Hi to my gorgeous sister Gabrielle there !). I also bought this quirky stag pillow there and it is so retro... I love the English cottage feel it brings to the room.
The wool blanket was a gift from my parents from Ireland.
Although I am so looking forward to decorating for Christmas for the very first time in England, I am really enjoying autumn so far. And yes, it does rain sometimes around here, but not much more than the part of France I come from. There. I admit it. English weather isn't so bad. For now.

Pssttt: sharing at Little Red Window. Persia Lou. Homework. House on the way. A bowl full of lemons. The Blissful Bee

Stylish designer: Kristin Peake Interiors

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kristin Peake's portfolio will take your breath away ... Her projects are all so different but each one of them is close to perfection, from contemporary townhouses to sophisticated cabins, from teenagers' bedrooms to elegant adults' retreats.

"Getting to a moment of breathless satisfaction requires not only envisioning myself living in the spaces I design but also tending to every detail of the project, from initial conception to final installation", Kristin says on her website, where you can see many other beautiful projects of her.

fabulous art from Minted

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Are you familiar with "Minted" ? Well, it's like a very nice department store, you can spend quite some time browsing there if you don't pay attention ... And while doing that during Violette's nap - very productive day, I must confess - I've put together this feminine & totally eye drooling selection of art for you.

Each one of them would make a fantastic gift for Christmas (yes, it is around the corner ...) or a great wedding present. Or a guilty pleasure.

They also offer beautiful stationery and even fabric.

Have a great day !!

Home office progress: paint, lamps, chair and table !

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

So last time I told you about my office design, here's what I had in mind:
And here's where I started from: (picture taken on our first viewing)
So the plan was to paint the accent wall in this Farrow&Ball "Plummett" grey, but apparently, none of my local stores carry it, so instead of ordering it online, and because I wanted things to be done quite quickly, I had my paint supplier mix a similar paint in Dulux. And that turned out to be twice cheaper ! And I couldn't tell the difference, even if I'm sure an expert would ... Here it is after the first coat:
And after the second one:
You can see that I set up my desk(s) from Ikea, and that I've received the Eames inspired chair I ordered. Things were looking good already ! I also found the round table I was looking for a few days ago, at the Furniture Community Project, our local second-hand store.
I could have painted it (the shape is ok), but the plan was to bring in some patterned fabric with a slipcover (the large medallion one on the bottom of this picture). I've ordered it from, and it arrived yesterday (in less than a week, congrats !). It's drop dead gorgeous ! Let's just hope I can turn it into a skirt properly. Note: you can see on the previous picture that the paint color appears to have green undertones, but in real life it's definitely more grey. It depends on the light.
Then, I've found these great lamps at TKMaxx Reading. They're actually Ralph Lauren Home lamps, initially marked more than 300$, and I got them for £50 each. Deal !
I love that they make a real statement, because they're quite tall, but they still look light and not bulky. Another challenge was to find a way to disguise these two air vents on each side of the wall.
So here's what we came up with. Well, we were missing some equipment to actually hang the second one that night, but it should be done today. Just picture a similar shelf on the other side. And a big pinboard in the middle.
I've also started to style up and organize the low unit on the right, but it's still work in progress.
The copper pendant light arrived yesterday as well. You can see on those pictures that I'd already unscrewed the current - very weird - light fixture just to see how it was attached. Now I just need my husband's skills to hang the new one.

So, what do you think so far ? Still work in progress, but already a pretty comfortable place !

Stylish designer : Liz Carroll Interiors

Monday, October 13, 2014

North Carolina based designer Liz Carroll used to work in a bank before she turned her passion for interior design into a successful carreer. She now works on both commercial and residential projects and certainly has a flair for creating chic, breezy and timeless interiors.

She recently shared one of her design tips with Coastal Living tips: "What's your favorite graphic element? Stripes—big, small, multicolor, wavy, straight. You can add them in anywhere, and they're easy to mix with other patterns. I like to pair a striped ceiling with a striped fabric in the room and then play with different scales."

Many more beautiful pictures on her website, or plenty of inspiration through her Pinterest account, enjoy !

Trend crush: copper pendant lights

Thursday, October 09, 2014

While "designing" my home office, I fell for a beautiful copper pendant light, similar to the famous - but out of my price range - Tom Dixon pendant shade. Here's the one I found, from
I loved the subtle pink tone - perfect for a feminine office - and the modern feel. I also thought it'd blend beautifully with the other metallic finishes in the room while adding a bit of glamour to the space. I can't wait for it to arrive in a few days. In the meantime, I've put together a selection of fun copper pendant shades available in the UK.

Happy shopping !