Wall Photo Mural Success!

The Sticker Wall Mount Everest Mural

Having thought of using one of these for a while but put off by the hefty price tags, I was pleasantly surprised with a large Wall Photo Mural I used from The Sticker Wall for £34.99. This Wall Mural was inexpensive, easy to put up and great quality. Any doubts I had before ordering had disappeared one it was on the wall.

I would like to do a tutorial for you but it’s been put up already!  Though I can give some tips.

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 Firstly, the rubber squeegee is your friend! This tool makes all the difference.I started without this and had bubbles and crinkles all over the place. I then grabbed an Ikea squeegee from the bathroom et voila! No bubbles, no crinkles, no problem.

Line up each new piece stick placing with masking tape before unpeeling the backing paper. As long as the main lines across the piece are in line other areas can go unnoticed if they don’t match perfectly.

Source: stickerswall.com

Overall I can highly recommend using on of these Sticker Wall Murals, the quality is superb and putting it up on the wall is surprisingly easy. I’m already planning where I can put up my next one.

Simple Furniture Upcycle

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​This simple upcycling idea just featured on Twitters #UpcycledHour. 

The retro coffee table used to fashion a rather sickening Beech effect melamine but with some light sanding and small tester pots of furniture paint I now have a cute and stylish little table to be envious of! 

Modelled expertly here by Ulysses the wooden horse.

Firle Vintage Fair 2016

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This weekend I headed down to the annual Vintage Fair at Firle Place in Sussex. It was my first time here and it was chock full of stalls from clothing to sculpture to furniture and all either antique, vintage, retro-styled or handmade goods.

The weather was hot and fine so I had to cool down with a Lavender Gin sparkling cocktail from Gin And Bear Its Gin tent! Hard times indeed!

A couple of stalls in particular caught my eye. First was Coniston Copper Candles who use copper piping and interesting plumbing fixtures to create unique and quirky candle holders. If you’re looking for a stand out centre piece or conversation starter piece then go no further!


Another stall which impressed me was Cranbrook Ironworks who make outdoor living and garden ironmongery pieces. I particularly love the the Fern leaf frongs and running dogs and hares.

One purchase I made was just a little bit of table linen with the most fabulous duck design on it! I intend to turn it into some cushions so tutorial to follow!

When walking around vintage shops and fairs try to see pieces individually as there is often a lot going on and things can blur together or get overwhelming. If you see something you think you like pick it up and place it away from everything else to see it on its own.

Envisage the piece in your home already, where would it go? Does it have a practical use or just decorational? Even better, how could you use it for something other than its intended purpose? The sky’s the limit with that one.

Cover Your Home in Art and Photography from Magnolia Box – 25% off Promo Code Too!

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You can have affordable art publishing to decorate your home from a Surrey company called Magnolia Box. They deal directly with artists, Museums and galleries to bring you classic and modern artworks from a wide variety of styles.

You can browse their whole collection on their website: www.magnoliabox.com

Plus they currently have a Summer Sale with 25% off everything throughout August with Promo Code AUGUSTART

Here is a selection of the kinds of artworks they have available:

Modern prints such as ‘Behemoth’ by Jesse Treece

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And ‘Dans Le Ville’ by Antoine Corbineau

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Scientific images and illustrations from The Natural History Museum and The Hampshire Cultural Trust like “Honzo Zufu [Blue Flower] by Kan’en Iwasaki“

Honzo Zufu [Blue Flower] by Kan'en Iwasaki

“American Flamingo” by John James Audubon

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Classic Artworks such as “The Fighting Temeraire” by Joseph Turner

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And “Nighthawks” by Edward Hopper

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And my personal favourite, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award.

Being a fan of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award I’ve been to London a few times to see the exhibition. In the 2012 displays I saw Martin Coopers ‘On the Tracks of a Coyote’ and that was it. I had to have it, such a beautiful photograph. Luckily in the gift shop of the exhibition you could order prints and stretched canvases – when the canvas I ordered came I was absolutely delighted. The quality of the frame and printing was excellent.

More prints have been ordered from them since and are on my walls. Another stretched canvas of Pauraque ‘study’ by Jess Findlay

 

And a framed print of ‘Dalmatian pelican’ by Helmut Moik

 

The quality of the prints is extremely good and I wouldn’t hesitate to order from Magnolia Box again.

Framed Vinyl Record Album Art For a Spot of Cool

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You can show off what a cool, switched-on music lover you are by framing your favourite album art or a classic album.

Last year I gifted a framed copy of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon to my partner who was thrilled. One of the great things about these square frames is that they fit neatly into awkward wall spaces of the house to create great looking little nooks. We put ours up between a sloping ceiling and doorway.

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You can either create one yourself by sourcing the album you want and buying the frame. You can buy special frames made exactly for this purpose for around £5-£10.

There is also an easier way as there are a several online companies which will do it for you! I ordered mine from Not On The High Street, you can state the album you wish to have framed for £16.00. Note that these are usually second hand album covers so can have scuffs or marks (though for some this only adds to the charm)

This is also a great gift idea, especially for the harder to buy for people!

So, like the idea but not not what album art to use? You can read Shortlist.com’s The 50 Coolest Album Covers for some inspiration. Or here are some recommendations from me:

 

Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon & Wish You Were Here

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Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

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Florence & The Machine – Lungs

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Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

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Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

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WoodKid – The Golden Age

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David Bowie – Aladdin Sane

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Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans

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Good Looking Kitchen Storage Solution: Metal Shelf Racks

These metal rack shelving units are an excellent solution for kitchens with limited storage space. They also look pretty good so why not put them up in a big kitchen too!

The shelves featured in the photos are from Ikea: ​GRUNDTAL £14 each (with S-Hooks at £3/5 for a pack of 5), so very affordable.

An extra touch can be to get some copper kitchenware, the utensils and copper bottomed pans in the photos are from Marks & Spencers (bought during a store-wide sale).

If you like the look of the mackerel fish tiles then watch this space as I’ll be writing a post about them soon enough!

Giant Teacup Planter for a Touch of Humour in the Garden

I recently saw this oversized teacup planter in Homebase for £7.99. I thought it would make an easy and charming centre piece for the outdoor dining table in my small garden. Alongside this geometric design there was a floral pink cup and a black and white Damask cup.
When deciding which plants to use I thought I would need plants which could tolerate all day sun and dryness. I choose from plants already growing in the garden so was able to split them for free plants!

In this planter I have some Sedum, Harts Tongue Fern and Armeria. You may want to have something in there that will stay green over the winter so you could use Heuchara or Trailing Ivy. I’ve gone for a low key coloured foliage look but there’s no reason you can’t go full on bright colours with bedding plants like Magnolias and Zinnias.

When planting up make sure you start by adding material for good drainage so the plant roots aren’t sat in water. This can be gravel, loose stones, broken crockery or even polystyrene chips. Use any compost but mix it with some soil from the ground to improve soil structure and water retention.

If you’ve chosen some evergreen plants then the planter can stay on display all year, otherwise it can be tucked away during the winter and even planted up with some bulbs for Spring colour.

What ever you do with your planter it will bring a touch of tongue-in-cheek humour to your garden while remaining thoroughly cool.

Soy Shape’s Mind Bending Dishes

​Incredibly impressive and simple design of these soy dishes would certainly confuse any of your dinner guests!

This Kickstarter campaign has 12 days left, you can get a single dish for £15 or a set of 2x dishes for £22 (inc shipping).



https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/duncanshotton/soy-shape

Design Spotlight: Magpie

www.magpieline.com

This is a design company I have followed for sometime. It offers design ranges of home and kitchenware from several artists with a focus on the natural world and nostalgia. The team here have great skill at turning vintage style into modern designs and bringing them into the home.

Most of the motifs featured are plants and animals although there are ranges including nautical themes, human anatomy and sci-fi – all done in a delicious 1950’s styley. On top of all this, the company has a great code of ethics with all products being vegan and eco-friendly.

Price ranges mainly sit in the £6.00-£30.00 region (although there’s a great sale section too). I would suggest that much of the crockery is far too nice to be used for everyday! And would much better suit being display pieces, either as plates hung on walls or espresso cup sets lined along a shelf.

My Top Picks:

MagpieWildlifeTins

Wildlife Range: Set of 4 Tall Tins £16.00

 

MagpieFloraTray

Flora Range: Set of 4 Catch All Trays £16.00

 

http://www.magpieline.com/shop/magpie/the-modern-home/modern-home-vern-owl-vase-smoke

Vern Owl Vase – Smoke £30.00 (a little pricey but it is stunning!)

 

MagpieCoastEspresso

Coast Range: Espresso Set of 4 Cups £11.25 (down from £22.50)