Friday, July 11, 2014

Waiting for baby...

So my due date has been and gone... It was only yesterday, but I'm already feeling very impatient! I'm struggling to get around at the minute as my bump is so heavy so feeling a little bit housebound! Fingers crossed that baby will come along in the next few days!

One thing I've been doing to pass the time is working on a new website for Patchwork Harmony and the blog. As you may have seen I accidentally deleted loads of my blog images recently, so I've made the decision to make a fresh start with the blog. I'm planning to add some of my archival posts but not all. 

With this in mind and our new arrival imminent, I think I'm going to leave you with this as my last post on this blog, and introduce the brand new blog once things have settled down here and I'm back to blogging! 

As I'm clearly baby on the brain at the moment I've spent a lot of time browsing the internet for gorgeous baby things and pinning them to my baby Pinterest board.. I can't tell you how hard it is not to go mad online shopping when you are sitting at home with not much to do! :) 

If you are interested and want to keep updated on the news on the new arrival, then follow me over on Instagram as I imagine that's where I will announce the news first! ;)

my baby wishlist
Coral Koskshi Doll, Sketch Inc, £20 / Bib, Bibaloo, £4.97 / Sleeping bag, The Kid Who, £50 / Crochet rattle, Molly Meg, £20 / Embroidered Dress, Zara, £9.99 / Stripe cloud cushion, Molly Meg, £60 / Noodoll, Molly Meg, £17.50 / Cloud cushion, Kokokoshop/Etsy, £32.93 / Salmon pink blanket, Molly Meg, £59 / Printed dress, Zara, £9.99

Lots of Love,
Caroline xx

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DIY: Cardboard mobile decoration

School holidays are just around the corner, so I'm sure lots of you are thinking about activities to amuse the kids with! This little hanging mobile decoration is simple and can be made with materials you've got lying around the house... the kids can customise it to their tastes, and will have a cute decoration for their bedroom at the end!

Check out the full tutorial I created over on the AO at Home blog...

DIY crafts for kids: hanging mobile decoration using cardboard
DIY crafts for kids: hanging mobile decoration using cardboard

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bare plaster walls

When we were renovating our new open plan kitchen/dining area, we ended up with a few areas of bare plaster where lining paper had got pulled off by the builders which stayed like that for a while as we worked our way round the room decorating it. Weirdly both hubby and I commented on the fact we kinda liked it, although at the same time knowing that it didn't really suit the house and the fact it was only the lower part of the wall did look a little odd. When I posted a pic of it on Instagram saying that we were about to panel over it, I was surprised at the number of comments saying to keep it as it was! Perhaps it looked better on a small phone screen on Instagram, below is the pic...

Exposing plaster walls
While this rough, pared back look is nothing new - I remember posted about the Rough Luxe trend back in 2012 - I think that maybe it's becoming a bit more commonplace. Chances are that you'd get some comedic house guests enquiring as to whether you are in the middle of decorating, but in general as long as it's done well I think more and more people can see the beauty in this natural look...

bare plaster walls in bedroom with copper accents / 91 Magazine
photo by Freya Dowson
The shot above was from a recent shoot for 91 Magazine. The stylist Catherine Sprunt has bare plaster walls in her bedroom which I think looks really great, especially when contrasted with metallic details such as copper.

bare plaster walls - Sandra Juto's living room

bare plaster walls - Sandra Juto's living room

One of my favourite examples of a bare wall is that of designer Sandra Juto in her Berlin home. It creates such a simple, but textured backdrop for all her pieces of art and other quirky objects.

The bedroom below has went one step further and left some peeling wallpaper on the wall, and I love how they've tied the colours into the luxurious bedspread. I think that's what makes the bare plaster wall work - the contrast it creates against smoother, sleeker or shinier textures.

bare plaster walls, peeling wallpaper in bedroom
pic source

bare plaster walls in interiors
via Design Sponge

bare plaster walls in interiors
via Light Locations

bare plaster walls in interiors
via Design Sponge

What do you think? Could you do this look? I was too chicken and we've panelled over ours (I will share some 'after' pics soon) although I think if we had have been brave it would have been more work, as I think it would have looked best to have the entire wall exposed... I'd love to hear what you think!

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