Tuesday, 24 May 2016

My visit to Anthopologie, Bath

Hemisphere Hook From Anthopologie

A couple of weeks ago I took a day off work to go to Bath to explore the new-ish Anthopologie shop. I have been admiring Anthopologie's web store for some years but not living near London had never actually been, and after finding out there was a store in the next town had to pay a visit...

It was a dangerous mission. Saving to buy a new house and going to look at home furnishings are not compatible!!  Typically I was actually blown away and could have come away with so much, but I resisted and just brought the Hemisphere Hook above.

It is a beautiful hook, and is so much bigger in person :)

My only regret is that I didn't buy the matching knobs... even though I don't have anywhere to actually put them, one day I may!!

Other favourites of the day were the Crystal bar Hook and The Small Copper Plated colander, and the way above my budget, Petal Perch serving Board

Copper Plated Colander

Crystal bar Hook

Petal Perch Serving Plate

Monday, 23 May 2016

Current Obsession: Wallpaper from Renn Designs

Big Cat Wallpaper from Renn Designs

Last week I discovered Chantal Renn from Renn Designs and her quite frankly magical children's wallpaper designed to 'inspire young minds' . The above wallpaper is called 'Big cats' and although I agree it is perfect for a child's room, I can also see this in an 'adult room'... I would love this in my bathroom!!!

With more wallpapers on the way, Chantal is certainly one to look out for...

Renn Designs: Northern Lights Wallpaper

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Victorian Restoration Project..... Entrance

Victorian Restoration : Tiled Entrance hall
Victorian Restoration Entrance Hall.. Tiled

I have been a bit absent from Moon to Moon for a while, I have still been Pinning and posting on Instagam but my head has been really muddled lately. Juggling a toddler, 2 jobs, a blog, a social life , learning to drive and a relationship is not an easy task and finding time to sit down at a computer at the end of the day when all I want to do is sleep (at 8pm) is getting tough!

.... But on top of everything... there are some exciting but slightly nerve wracking changes coming....So like I said I have actually been pinning like mad!! We have recently had our house valued ready to sell and have found a REALLY beautiful house (just come back from the second viewing, hence the over excited ramblings you see before you). It is actually my dream home.... a reasonably large Victorian house... in need of total renovation!!!

I spent my childhood moving from one huge renovation project to another, from Victorian London houses, to 4 story Shropshire Town Houses, to 13th Century Welsh cottages so this kind of stuff is in my blood........

I currently live in a well positioned (truly great area), but sinfully ugly and very uninspiring brick of a house (hence why you never see my own home on Moon to Moon), so the prospect of having a project is all consuming!!!

....Only trouble is the owners are being unreaslistic about the price they want for it, especially as it needs a new roof, kitchen, flooring, etc.... and our budget is minimal, and largely depends on the sale price of the current property.... We may be lucky, but maybe not... watch this space!

So anyway I am doing all this research and I have a full secret ' Victorian Renovation Dream Home' Board on Pinterest so rather than the hard work go to waste I thought maybe I would share on here.

Regular readers may be surprised about the clean white walls in the entrance halls above, but there is currently dark red carpet and 40 a day cigarette smoke stained walls in this house so I have been focusing on how to make the entrance lighter.... plus check out those tiles!

But if you mix up the photos above with the photos below, you can get a better idea of the vibe I would be going for.

Some Farrow and Ball paint, a Moroccan Star Light, stripped wooden floor boards and a Kilim runner are all in my plans....

.... and breathe Gabi!

What do you guys think? Have any of you taken on a restoration project and had good or bad luck? Any pointers, tips or words of caution greatly appreciated...

Bohemian Hallway,
Victorian Entrance Hall
Victorian Hallway Restoration Inspiration

As always click on the links below images for the sources