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Always dreaming about that perfect home, and trying to make my current flat as good as can be. Posts about dream interiors, home decor finds and anything home related. Want to work with me on a post? Email me!

home decor wishlist

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home decor wishlist

dominoes cushion / ‘dalmatian’ trinket box/ kono lamp / vintage swedish vase / 50’s wall clock/ retro mint vase

do you ever put together wishlists and not realise until after that everything you’ve chosen fits within the same colour scheme? that totally happened here. but turquoise and yellow are two of my favourite colours, so i feel naturally drawn to them. black and white are always a winner in my book, too. i must admit i’m surprised there’s no pink in there.

like many others, i definitely have a ‘dream home’ in my head and it’s stayed pretty much the same for many years. décor wise i’d want it to be colourful, a mix between minimal and eclectic (no set ‘theme’ but not in disarray either), with lots of vintage (or vintage looking like this indian furniture) and antique items and lots of pattern …obviously. i can see it in my head so clearly. and on my pinterest too, come to think of it.

my dads love of antiques has definitely transferred to me, but as i often can’t afford things like that, i tend to go for vintage (so, still old, just not as old) and items that have a retro feel to them. sometimes this just means that the item will have a ‘quirky’ look to them, like that interesting looking kono lamp or things like the cushion that could fit in with many kinds of decor whilst still having a retro appeal.

if like me you’re on a budget, places like etsy, ebay and charity shops are fantastic for looking for one of a kind pieces that no one else will have. it’s always worth taking some time to look around to find items that are perfect for you and your home.

tell me about your dream home. where is it? what does it look like? do you actually have it?

disclosure: collaborative post. all words and opinions my own.

the habitat momo sofa

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habitat momo sofa
the momo sofa by habitat

i don’t have a studio space to travel to, or even room for a proper desk space, so much of my work (both illustrating and blogging) gets done in my bedroom/the front room uncomfortably perched on my bed.

until now, that is. for the longest time we’ve wanted to take the bed out of that room and put a sofa or some form of seating in there instead. the sofa in the living room that the landlord provided is a monstrosity, and whilst comfortable, is pretty damn ugly.

thanks to the very kind people at habitat, i now have this beaut, the momo sofa*. it’s the exact style of sofa i’ve wanted for many years, and it’s much better for my back than a bed! i was very tempted to go with turquoise, but i knew dark grey would be much more versatile should we choose to redecorate or move.

habitat momo sofa and nicki mcwilliams cushion

the habitat momo sofa is a compact, retro sofa perfect for small spaces. it’s great for all kinds of decor, especially anything modern or homes with a retro touch. as well as being useful as a sofa, (as one would hope!) the space underneath is just about right to store boxes underneath. lots of things and a small flat don’t mix, so you have to take these options where you can, right?

at first i was concerned that the firmness of the sofa would make it uncomfortable, but it’s actually the opposite. because you don’t ‘sink into’ it, i find it’s much easier to sit on for prolonged periods of time. however, i did quickly learn this is not the type of sofa for ‘lounging’. more so to sit with a good footstool under your feet and a couple of pillows by your side. i sound like an old lady, don’t i?

this sofa really feels like it will last a long time. it’s sturdy, well made and the fabric seems thick enough that it will take a bit of cat scratching. luckily ava isn’t that kind of cat, but she does like to dig her claws in things from time to time. it’s look is ‘timeless’ in that i can’t see it looking old fashioned any time soon.

we like this sofa so much, that when we have the funds to, we’re going to buy the matching armchair. that way we get to spend more time in the best (aka lightest) room in the flat and i can continue working whilst the boyfriend sits with ava on his lap on the chair.

+ this sofa was sent to me for the purposes of a review. as always, all words and opinions my own.

 

organising art supplies

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orla kiely pots
over the past year i’ve been making much more of an effort to be organised, and making sure that what i need is to hand.  i’ve always been a bit of an ‘organised chaos’ type of person (chaos is a bit excessive a word!) so it’s not been a huge stretch to properly organise things in my life. i’ve gotten rid of some things i simply don’t need anymore and simplified other things such as storage items.

orla kiely plant pots with pens and pencils in
organising art supplies

orla kiely plant pots c/o flamingo gifts

one of the things i needed to simplify was the storage/organisation of my art supplies. specifically my pens, pencils, crayons and smaller paintbrushes. i’ve previously had them in various cups and jars but i knew i could organise them better. thanks to these orla kiely plant pots, i now have just what i needed!

yes, they are plant pots, but as soon as i saw them i knew they’d be perfect to hold my pens and related items. although made to hold herbs, they are fantastic for organising pens, pencils and paintbrushes due to their generous size and design. i think they’re made from enamel too, so i know they’ll last a long time. in addition to that i just absolutely love orla kiely designs, so if nothing else ..they look cute!