Thinking Outside The Box: London Toilet Appartment

Recently I stumbled across the blog ‘Crystal Palace Toilets‘ by Laura Clark, of Lamp Architects, which shares her incredible journey of transforming an underground toilet block in Crystal Palace (South London). Whilst I am not sure that I would like to live there personally I definitely have an appreciation for her incredible vision and execution of a surprisingly bright, light and airy apartment. Amazing! Such creative thinking in a city where space and housing is at such a premium – and the project came in at £65,000!

You can read a detailed article with specifics here – but I thought I’d share some of the pictures – because as you know I love a good before and after. Enjoy  x

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After – Exterior

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After – Interior

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Upcycle: Bathroom Vanity

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I’m quite excited to share with you the journey of this upcycling venture. This delightful vanity transformation was a project taken on and completed by my Mum. It was her first DIY upcycle piece ever and a rather big one to take on! I think she has done an incredible job and thought I would share the process, over which we had many discussions and debates!

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Little Ideas: Spruce up old chairs

Hi all! Recently I have been visiting my family. They are in the middle of renovations and I have had lots of fun helping them to pick colours and key pieces to style their new rooms. They have visitors arriving from overseas soon and more chairs were needed for an outdoor entertaining area. My Mum found these chairs at the tip when dropping off rubbish and knew I’d do something to spruce them up.

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DIY: Black & Gold Inspired Platter Tray

This morning I was browsing black and gold décor on Pinterest. For the right space, I love this look. It’s luxurious, glamorous and elegant whilst also being bold and striking. I think this look is all about achieving the perfect balance. It’s important to remember that a little bit of gold goes a long way. Too much bling and it becomes cheap and tacky.

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With black and gold on my mind I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I saw this gold platter plate for $1.00 as I walked past my local thrift store this morning. I was excited about it being the right shade of gold. It’s hard to get its true colour in the photo but it’s more of a dull gold as opposed to the tacky yellow looking gold.  Continue reading

DIY: Teal Touched Table

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Whether you want to call it teal, turquoise, peacock, emerald, seagrass or even bahaman bliss (I’m continuously fascinated by the names on paint chip cards and wonder how they come to get their names!) there is no denying that this colour has been trending for a while. I’m not surprised, it’s beautiful and it complements so many other colours; especially pink, bronze, grey and even bolder colours such as red and yellow, as seen below, work. Continue reading

DIY: Coffee Table Tray & Styling

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Lately, on Pinterest, I have been lusting over beautifully styled coffee tables. In most lounge or living areas it’s generally a coffee table that takes centre place in the room. So, it seems reasonable and worthwhile to spend a little bit of time thinking about its presentation and making it a functional but stylish feature. I feel like my coffee table (below) has lacked a little personality for some time so this weekend my mission was to give it a little more life. Continue reading

Upcycle: Yes Deer, Footrest

For some time now I have loved deers. I was very excited quite a few years back when they started making an appearance in luxe and high-end interiors as such trends always filter down into the mainstream. I suppose they have been used for decor for centuries really featuring on the walls in elaborate rooms of wealthy estate or as centrepiece in the macho hunters games room but I should clarify I am more referring to the deer’s image or symbol being used in decorating as opposed to having a dead one hung on my wall! Not so much into that. I’d rather them be prancing around the forest. Ah makes me cringe thinking of that scene in Bambi. I am not sure why it is that I like them so much. I just think they are beautiful and seem so fragile and whimsical whilst strong and sturdy at the same time.

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