Bedroom Inspo: Moroccan Minimalist

As we countdown the days until moving in, I’ve been having a look round at the new season offerings when it comes to bedrooms. 

I love traveling, especially the Middle East, so seeing that Bedouin-inspired fabrics and Moorish prints are in is really hitting my style buttons. We’ve gone for white and deep blue walls in the bedroom so I’d love to incorporate a little souk style in there. There’s something deeply cosy about Marrakech – the rich culture, the homely food, the spices and the sweets – and this means it is perfect inspiration for a bedroom. 

Moroccan Minimalist Moodboard


Clockwise from top left:

Linen bed set, £79.99 from H&M

Embroidered hand towel, £18 from Anthropologie

Mirrored tray, £19.99 from H&M

Wall light, £45 from John Lewis

Lantern, £39.99 from Zara

Curtains, from £70 from Next

Cushion, £30 from John Lewis

Cushions, £58 and £68 from Anthropologie

Bed, £1200 from John Lewis


50 things that make me happy

I’ve been tagged!
My friend Elizabeth over at Peach Jones has been listing 50 things that maker her happy, and so now it’s my turn. I’ve got a lot going on at the mo and it’s stressing me out, so taking time to think of so many good things is going to be a welcome break.
1. The first day of the new season. I love waking up to a hot day after the spring, or when I see the leaves falling in the autumn.

2. Mastering a new skill. Learning to knit, crochet, embroider and make prints are all things I’ve been learning these past few years, and I love tackling a new project!

3. Corgis. Because obviously.

4. Little cat chins

5. Waking up on Sunday morning.

6. Going to bed early!

7. The grief you feel when you finish a good book.

8. The excitement you feel when you start a book you’ve been waiting years for.

9. Getting the first freckles on my shoulders from the sunshine.

10. Choosing where to travel to next.

Exactly at sea level!

Exactly at sea level!

11. Binging on Netflix.

12. Pizza.

13. Messing about with my drama troupe (RSC? 😉 )

Pre-RSC audition

Pre-RSC audition

14. Buying new yarn.

15. Writing on my blog!

16. Going to IKEA.

17. Finishing a room we’re decorating

18. Tax rebates.

19. Hearing old men laughing hysterically together.

20. The dry heat of the desert in the morning.

Dana Nature Reserve

Dana Nature Reserve

21. Finding a new artist or designer I love.

22. Buying local!

23. Cheese.

24. Weddings.

25. Zara sales.

26. Trips to the reclamation yard.

27. Going for a long, lazy lunch

28. Trying the local cuisine in a new country.

29. VISA stamps in my passport.

30. When people save me biscuits at work before they all go.

31. Going to the cinema.

32. Walks.

33. Upcycling

Nearly finished Poang!

Nearly finished Poang!


34. Funding awesome new online stores.

35. Exciting changes.

36. Speaking to dogs instead of people.

37. Nights in alone.

38. Good internet.

39. Getting gifts!

40. Fresh bed linen.

41. New stationary.

42. New shoes.

43. New pants.

44. Bargain yarn.

45. Patterned tiles.

46. This human.


47. These humans.

image 48. Eating a really good meal.

49. A cup of tea.

50. Baking cake.

So, there are 50 things that make me happy! I’m sure there R

Colours – June

If you know me, you’ll know I’m a big fan of colour. Whether it’s teaming bright pinks with greens, yellows and dark blues or oranges with purples I love a good colour combo. Even if I’m going neutral I love a specific mink shade or a tonal grey-on-grey ensemble.

It doesn’t really come as a surprise then that I’m addicted to Design Seeds.  If you’ve never been on, I’m warning you – it’s amazing! It’s all about finding inspiration in the every day, and is a great source for unusual colour combinations.

Here are some of my favourite seeds from this month.




I love dark blue and yellow. Love love love. I’m hoping to incorporate this somewhere in my home – perhaps the bathroom or the kitchen?




I have a bit of a thing for pineapples. I think this colour combo is the type of thing I’m after in the study; bold, edible tones. Yum.


This is definitely one for the living room. We have most of these colours already incorporated, with grey walls, charcoal and ox blood sofas and green curtains. I love the really light kinky grey as a cool element.




I’m really liking this salmon colour, and I’m thinking with our blue, white and gold bedroom it would really liven the place up a bit.



Okay, wow! The tones of these colours but their contrasting hues really makes an impact, like someone has toned-down the contrast on an autumn day. It’s colourful without being bright, bold and brash. Great for a calming spare room, maybe?


imageFinally, something maybe more classic and floral. I love a purple and green combo and these vintage tones are elegant but bold against the dark backdrop. Perhaps this is a good bathroom combo, with the neutral tiles but bright accessories.


Let me know which is your favourite, and be sure to check out Design Seeds!


Bedroom Inspo: Navy and bold

So we’ve decided to go ahead with a really dark wall in the bedroom.
At first we were unsure; our master room is actually the smallest room, but it has the best view. We can sit in bed and watch the birds in the bird box, so it really beat the view of the driveway or the view of next door’s wall!
I’m really drawn to dark, dramatic walls, and when we first painted the bedroom it was entirely white. It was nice, but a little too clean for a cosy bedroom. We looked at a few different colours and ended up going for Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue, but had it matched by Dulux for a better application (more on that later!).
I’m trying to work out which colours to match with it – we already have grey and gold, black and white, but I definitely feel it needs a little pop of something unexpected.

I’ve been trawling through Pinterest for inspo. 



1 from Julia Ryan 

2 from Apartment Therapy

3 from NZ Home and Garden 

4 from NZ Design

5 from BSaz Creates 

6 from A Beautiful Mess 

7 from Fashionology

8 from Design Sponge 

9 from House & Garden UK
You can find even more ideas and keep up with what I’m loving at the moment on my Pinterest board, be sure to follow!


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