When we first bought our home it had no kitchen, bathroom (except an old loo too despicable to mention), no flooring, lighting, not even much plaster on the walls. It was the perfect blank canvass. I immediately began to create beautiful mood boards of how I imagined each room would look. Ah, the blissful ignorance of a first time renovator. Of course, as anyone who has braved building works knows, houses have ideas of their own. It was a sage lesson in the art of compromise and the fact that there can be great beauty in imperfection (our building has no straight lines!). I also realised that I’m a bit of a minimalist; not the stainless steel, polished marble type of minimalist, more the simple aesthetic type. I like to mix soft velvets with vintage industrial pieces or stack metal storage trunks with pretty copper locks (I use the ones above to store all of our hats and mittens). Delicate scents from candles or flowers make me happy (I tend to buy simple stems for multiple vases) and my next purchases will be these lovely copper hangers, the soft tassel cushion and this vintage linen look bedding. The strange and inexplicable thing is, for a minimalist, I always seem to have a pretty long wish list!
About 18 months ago I finally faced up to the fact that Bailey was too big for his lovely Leander toddler bed (if you’ve not come across them they’re amazing – it’s a cot that grows with your little one so can be used from birth to around 5 years). It wasn’t just the bed that he’d outgrown, his room was generally still set up as a nursery, yet here he was, a little boy already. We won’t dwell on the sniffles that ensued as I moved the changing table out, but rather his beaming face as we moved in his desk, robot lamp and his bunk bed. I had no idea how much it would change his attitude toward his room. Suddenly we couldn’t get him out of there (which also meant he played with his toys in his room rather than the usual snail trail around the whole house. Result). The one piece of furniture that I kept from the nursery was his ‘woolly rocker’ – it’s the Eames chair in white, but I’ve since seen various other versions that look identical at a fraction of the price. It has such sweet memories of rocking him to sleep as a baby, but now I love to sneak a peek at him as he rocks himself whilst reading a book. I must mention the Folio Society books you can see on his self: they’re beautifully bound and printed (they make great gifts, as some of these have been) and my hope is that they will be passed on from generation to generation. Oh no, here come the sniffles again…
ps: for anyone with budding musicians, Bailey loves this guitar stand.
This is one of those posts that you’re going to have to trust us on. I would never buy this throw from the pictures online. It wouldn’t even make it past ‘quick look’ on the M&S website. BUT, I just so happened to see it in the store a couple of weeks ago, and it’s SO nice! Yes, it’s a copy of our much loved Moroccan wedding blankets, and no, it’s not as gorgeous as them. But it also doesn’t come with the same price tag as the originals, and it’s so lovely and soft – much cosier than mine (which are the originals and I love them, but equally I don’t want to snuggle up under one when I’m watching Stranger Things…). I would describe this as more of a blanket (a really soft one). And honestly, if I didn’t already have mine, I would buy two of these for my sofas. In fact, I’m considering them for the kids’ beds. Because they don’t have enough blankets and throws on their beds already…
Today we’re bringing you a small selection of things that I either already own, or would like to own/am planning to own. I like a bit of a mash-up of textiles, and fabrics, but I generally like things quite tonal in my home. It’s quite small and we have a LOT of books, pictures, records (an entire wall dedicated to Tom’s vinyl collection!) and general ‘stuff’ that we’ve collected from our travels over the years covering all the walls and surfaces. So I like the rest of the house to be a bit visually ‘quieter’ somehow. But not in a dull ‘beige’ way (well I hope not anyway).
As I’m sure you’re already aware, I am a huge fan of baskets in the home. You can never have too many as far as I’m concerned (let’s not involve Tom in this though, as he’s not necessarily with me on this…). I (er, we) use them to store anything and everything, from shoes (we have a total of three shoe baskets) to toys, to laundry to loo rolls. I literally have a basket for everything. My current favourites include these (who says size doesn’t matter? Not me!), these and these. I also have sheepskins everywhere – on the sofas and on the kids beds. I love how they instantly ‘cosy things up’.
Nicky and I also both love (and have) the Brittany collection at The White Company. The throw is great on the bed, and I also have a couple of the cushions on my sofas. It’s all about the teeny-tiny pom poms. Neutral, but pretty, but not too pretty. I love that the throw is reversible so I swap it over depending on what bedlinen I have that particular week. I like to live on the edge.
ps: don’t forget that whopping 40% off at La Redoute ladies. Too good to miss! But hurry, it ends at midnight tonight (Tuesday)!!
pps: and if my style isn’t for you, worry not, Nicky will be sharing Bailey’s room and some of her interiors selects later in the week. We may have the same taste in clothes, but when it comes to our homes, we’re very different!
So this week is dedicated to interiors on Little Spree (we’ve even added a new Interiors shop to the site). We’re going to share the kids’ bedrooms, as well as some of our favourite places to shop online for interiors, as well as what we’ve got our eye on at the moment. Today we’re kicking off with Tabitha and Marlow’s room. I have recently re-jigged it, and the first thing I wanted to do was to replace their sweet little Ikea beds (which I loved) with bunk beds, mainly to save a bit of space in their relatively small room. So I started obsessively looking for white iron beds (I really wanted these ones from Restoration Hardware, but they don’t deliver to the UK (and they are pretty pricey), but then could only find alternative ones with horizontal bars, which I didn’t like. I eventually found these (with the help of Lisa at Edit.58) on overstock.com and couldn’t be more pleased with them. They were a great price, but they did take a few weeks to arrive, but as I wasn’t in a hurry so that was fine. I love what I like to call ‘organised clutter’ in my home – I like lots of ‘things’ around me, but arranged in a kind of deliberately disorganised, (but tidy) way. These wooden storage cubes are a great way of displaying and storing ever-expanding book collections (Tabs and Marlow have so many books, so I bought the Loaf version). You can just buy more and join them. I love a mix and match approach to bedlinen (the same is true of my bed), and La Redoute is great for affordable bedlinen. I also love Zara Home. I love to layer – quilts, sheepskins (the cats love them!), cushions, more quilts… I get bored of the same things, so it’s a great way of changing things up – I don’t always replace, just rotate. I haven’t completely finished their room (I will share again once it’s all done) – there are still some pictures to go up, and some shelves to be added, a rug to be sourced, and an (out of shot) Ikea chest of drawers that needs to go, but it’s almost there. Most of the things I have in their room are featured in the ‘shop the look’ below, but I also recently bought this cute cloud cushion for Marlow’s bed, and the initial prints and personalised hats are from the ever wonderful Edit.58. We also have lots of the little baskets for storing everything from cars to bunnies to knickers (I use them for organising Tabitha’s things in her wardrobe – they are so useful and look so sweet). Just little finishing touches to make their space a cosier, more individual one. It’s not always easy to create a stylish bedroom for a boy and a girl sharing, and poor Marlow does bear the brunt of it sometimes (not that he seems to mind I might add…), but overall I hope I have managed to create somewhere stylish and cosy where they can work, play, sleep, and just chill out with a book sometimes. Compact but bijoux. Oh and for anyone who’s interested (I know many of our Instagram followers were), the colour on the walls is Peignoir by Farrow & Ball. In fact we have in all the bedrooms. I love it.
ps: La Redoute has one of their not-to-be-missed ‘40% off everything’ sales at the moment, which is such perfect timing as so many things in their room (and indeed, the rest of our house) are from there.
I bought these ballet flats back in June. I spotted them in the Urban Outfitters store in Westfield, and was so excited with my find (who knew that two piece of elastic could be such a game-changer?)!! And the price only added to my excitement. So naturally I had to buy them in nude too! I love them best worn with jeans (I also have these Gap jeans – they are so soft and super-comfy) – any of my cropped styles work best. Add a cool slouchy knit and you have yourself a very low maintenance, effortless outfit.
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: all four things in this outfit are in our newly re-stocked Mama Shop. It’s packed full of gorgeous new pieces for Autumn. And while you’re shopping for yourself, you might want to take a peek at our new shop additions: Men, Boy, Girl, Baby and Baby Gifts (my personal favourite – SC). And for any expectant mamas, check out our brand new Mama-To-Be shop.
A few more ballet flats that we’re loving right now…
We are big fans of this super-stylish enamelware for kids. Unbreakable, but so much more stylish than anything plastic. Kids love it because it’s more grown up than than plastic, but you don’t have the stress of worrying about breakages. We particularly love the tumblers and mini tumblers, and the little bake pans. To be honest, we love it all. And obviously it’s not just for kids either. Falcon Enamelware are offering Little Spree readers 10% off for the next three weeks (just add this code: Falcon Spree), so give it a try for yourselves!