Thursday, 27 June 2013

a fresh lick of paint

just to let you know, this is a super photo heavy post (you've been warned!).

i know i've mentioned a few times recently that j and i redecorated the flat, so i thought i'd post a few snaps of our living room.
renting can be quite restrictive and it can feel really hard to make a place feel like your own, but luckily our landlord said yes to re-painting a few months ago, and i can't tell you how much difference it has made!

we also had to update a few pieces of furniture (our poor old groaning bookcase had had enough!) and it's made me realise how much i love everything we've picked out together so far. i became a little glum at the thought of owning more ikea furniture, but living in a top floor flat means that flat packs are your best friend. and as it turns out, after taking these photos i realised that our second hand/antique to ikea ratio is actually better than i'd thought, phewf :)

"tom waiter" print by guim tiĆ³ zarraluki

antique trunk/coffee table/storage trunk (from around 1942; the owner lived in london and made frequent trips to paris!)

antique gumball machine (non-antique gumballs!)

the stairs are always a talking point for visitors, as they don't actually lead to anything (i like to call this a quirk!) apart from the tiny little mezzanine that is my "studio". i use inverted commas as the space is so teeny that i can only sit cross legged in it, which makes for interesting sewing! however, it's my space and i love it...

...unfortunately the lighting up there is also terrible, hence me never having blogged about it. anyway, you get the idea; my mum calls it my "borrowers room" :)

look, the first of my |peter pan and wendy| prints has been framed!

one of the most calming places to sit; watching the sea will never get old for me. i wrote a |blog post| a long time ago about our chairs- they were £2.20 for the pair on ebay! they're still our best bargain to date.

so there you have it, a little peek into our home :) i'd love to know what you think, and if you have any interiors posts like this then let me know coz i'd love to read them!

check out this post from emoov for tips on making the most of your space.


  1. Love the table! And the use of the mezzanine! I also like that little cubby hole under the stairs! xx

  2. Are you SURE you can't fit the cake stand in! ;) I jest!
    I love these pics of your home, everything is very you! (in a good way, in case that comes out funny...)
    And also very neat, you've seen my place several times and it's never been that neat! haha xx

  3. Your place is so lovely! Love your little sewing nook x

  4. Looks like you have a lovely house (and great view as well!) - much much tidier than mine!
    My favourites are the gumball machine and the "adventures are out there" embroidery. x

  5. You have such a lovely home =) I'd love a little nook like your 'Borrowers' room, so cosy - would also be a perfect place to cuddle up and read in! xoxo

  6. I absolutely love how you decorated with the trunks! They're so cute!

  7. You have such a lovely home! I've always struggled to make rented places my own because I'm not gifted with the ability to design interiors, but this post has been wonderful inspiration for my next move. xx

  8. Wow, you've done a great job!

    Lucky you being able to paint your rented place, I got so fed up of magnolia when we were renting!

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  10. aww its so your taste! its your epsom flat but in brighton! can't wait to come visit soon! love the non-antique gumball comment too haha xx



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