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greenery in the home

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home decor moodboard for greenery - pantone colour of the year 2017

no, not plants!

if you’re a fan of colour, design or are a visual creative you’ll probably know by now that ‘greenery’ is pantone colour of the year for 2017.

wayfair challenged me to make a moodboard to show ways that you can bring a bit of green into your home decor. if you want to revamp your home for the new year and/or like to take note from colour trends (or you just love green) then hopefully you can find some items here you enjoy.

in general i do like various shades of green, but in the home – other than leafy or botanical wallpapers – green is a colour i prefer to display in smaller items. things like plants, accessories and cushions and chairs. saying this, i do love seeing a nice painted green room ..just not in my home. also curious what a room of entirely green items would look like. surreal!

i’ve put together a moodboard of some of my favourite green items from wayfair, and i’d happy have any of them in my home. especially that eames style chair! totally on board with the motto on that candle too. i tried to stick as close to the greenery shade as possible, which actually was quite easy. i like the idea of mixing up different kinds of greens too. for example a emerald green throw on that chair would look lovely, or a nice big rug with some greens weaved through.

when life gives you lemons… candle | decorative vase | 3 piece shelf | kaala side table | mini lego box | acrylic wall box | eames style rocking chair

when looking back, i realised the items i chose here are all quite contemporary looking, and i think this particular kind of green is a great colour for this sort of style. when it comes to vintage and antique items you’re more likely to see less vibrant greens, and more along the lines of emerald, jade, peridot and mint shades. if you’re brave enough to upcycle something old, greenery would definitely be a bold colour choice to bring it up to date! or if you’re a bit scared maybe something like painting some drawer handles in this colour would be a fun start.

what do you think of the greenery shade? is it a colour you’d have in your home?

christmas decor with homesense

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homesense christmas decor

i’m going to bring it in. it’s the c word.


how do you feel about it? what’s the most important part of it for you? what do you enjoy the most about it?

christmas has always been a bit of a weird one for me. i do celebrate it, but in a much more restrained way than most. i’ve said this before, but food is the best part of christmas for me. i don’t really have family, and christmas was never really a big thing for us when i was little. food has always been the constant regardless of surroundings. the boyfriend and i can’t afford anything extravagant, but we do our best with what we have and it’s always delicious.

when it comes to decor, i really don’t like ‘typical’ christmas stuff. even as a child i was really fussy! i did LOVE making paper chains though! oh, i could have made those for days. for me, it either has to be minimal (ideally silver), or kitschy, non christmas colours. when it comes to christmas decor, and more specifically buying new pieces, i prefer things that can potentially be used year round if possible.

i’ve collaborated with homesense to pick some christmas decor items that fit with my style, as well as things that could easily be used at other times of year. i was initially going to pick items that fit within a colour scheme (silver being the colour i chose) but then i saw that colourful garland ..i mean, it’s perfect right?


homesense christmas items

unless i feel like going for the vintage kitsch feel, i definitely prefer simple silver items. most christmas items i’ve bought in the past are silver so i (mostly) went for that here. i thought i’d go a little into my reasoning for the items i chose, and other uses i have planned for them.

the studded candle holder has a lovely minty candle, and when it’s done i want to use it for a plant pot. imagine some succulents in there!

the geometric hanging ornament looks lovely and is nice and weighty too, so perhaps could be used as a paperweight, but makes a nice photo prop too.

the star shaped jingle bell could easily be hung anywhere, and as it’s not ‘obviously’ christmassy, could stay up or i thought it would look cute on one of the inside doors.

and of course the colourful garland wouldn’t look out of place any other time of the year. i also thought it would be good to dangle our christmas cards from.

the christmas card i bought to put in a frame for some cheap and cheerful seasonal art. the illustration is super pretty too, don’t you think?

and finally, some striped and dotty pencils for stocking stuffers. not strictly decor, but pretty and a useful little gift!

homesense christmas decor close up

a (close up) room tour

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voigtlander camera and succulent - room tour - cardboardcities

dipped pots and various books - room tour - cardboardcities

camera and plant pot – charity shops / small dipped storage pots – flying tiger

my studio/work room/room where we sometimes put random things that don’t belong anywhere else is not a room for lovers of minimalism. there’s lots of colour, and lots of things everywhere. most of it has a purpose but some is purely decorative too. i can sense a lot of people would see this room and think there’s too much ‘stuff’, but it’s right for me, and that’s what matters right? whoever you are, whatever you do – it’s always nice to have a space that feels ‘you’.

i’ll do a post soon with wider shots showing the whole room, but i just wanted to share some shots of details and little bits and bobs. i’ll try and list where everything is from, but if you want to know about something specific, just ask in the comments.

olympus xa camera, mac lipsticks, rimmel match perfection foundation - room tour - cardboardcities

wardrobe with photos and postcards - room tour - cardboardcities

retro woman brooch – ladybird likes / lipstick storage – old nutella jar!

i hate this tacky looking blue ikea wardrobe, but it was here when we moved in, and we can’t afford a nicer looking wardrobe, so in the meantime it’s here to stay. i’ve been (slowly) covering it with various tidbits to make it more bearable to look at. i also have a chest of drawers from the same line, and hate seeing them both when i walk in the room! still, at least they do their job well and have lasted a good few years. i would love something mid-century – or at least mid-century looking to replace them. a girl can dream!

lightbox and orla kiely box - room tour - cardboardcities

retro binoculars - room tour - cardboardcities

lightbox – pea style / orla kiely pillowcase box – john lewis / vintage binoculars – charity shop / rabbit in cloche – george at asda

another ikea item is a bookshelf that i bought myself and painted yellow with farrow and ball babouche paint. still love the colour loads and it really helps brighten the room. i mostly use it to store books and lots of my collage clippings, but also my makeup and various trinkets and sentimental pieces.

various ornaments - room tour - cardboardcities

instamatic 104 camera - room tour - cardboardcities

dachshund ornament* – sainsburys / orla kiely coffee jar – douwe egbert / everything else – charity shops

the drawers that these items sit upon is amongst my favourite possessions. it used to belong to my dad, and before that, my nan (his mum). because i/we have moved so much i have so few things from my childhood, so things like this really mean a lot to me. like the top, it mostly houses art supplies like paints, paper and notebooks, and various other stationery. wish i could use it as a desk, but it’s too tall for that – but serves as a good standing back if i feel up to it, and failing that, a lovely backdrop for flat lay photos.

 pens from flying tiger - room tour - cardboardcities

storage - room tour - cardboardcities

pens – flying tiger / pen storage – flamingo gifts / most other items – charity shops or ebay

next to the chest of drawers is a small table. i dislike the colour and keep meaning to paint it, but as it’s got a slight sheen to it that obviously requires more work than i can be bothered with at the moment, ha! once again though, it does its job as some extra storage. the main thing being my gigantic a3 printer (which i highly recommend to fellow artists/illustrators by the way. it’s the epson 1500w). it looks a bit messy and cluttered at the moment so i need to relocate some items i think. underneath are even more art supplies, and some old artworks.

bolster cushion from sainsburys - room tour - cardboardcities

patchwork style blanket - room tour - cardboardcities

bolster cushion and patchwork style blanket* – sainsburys

finally we’re round to the sofa. this actually used to be the main bedroom, but in the winter it gets unbearably cold, and because we live on a busy road it’s noisy in here all day round. so, not the best for sleeping but i find the constant traffic noise actually pretty helpful (aka a distraction) for my tinnitus, and it’s the only light room in the flat, so i’m happy to spend time in here working. the sofa is the momo sofa from habitat, which i still love, and i feel has actually gotten more comfortable the more i’ve sat on it. it’s definitely not a sofa to completely laze out on, but provides a comfortable area for sitting to work alongside the bolster cushion above for a bit more lumbar support.

i’d still love a comfortable seat for this room, as well as nicer wardrobes, a carpet that isn’t beigy brown, and perhaps some better storage, but all in all i’d say it’s definitely my favourite room in the flat.

if you’ve done a room tour/work-space post i would LOVE to see it, so please share links in the comments or over on twitter!

triangle rug – wayfair / fluffy rug – laura ashley

triangle rug and white fluffy rug - room tour - cardboardcities