D.I.Y. Feature | Laura Ashley Kitchen Makeover

MbM-Kitchen-Makeover_After 07Hello! Hope you’re first day back at work is going well or somewhat bearable!

Well, with this month being all about resolutions and makeovers, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you the kitchen makeover I had done last autumn, courtesy of Laura Ashley who were incredibly generous to sponsor me for on this project.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about me wanting a better and brighter kitchen on here but its something I’ve been longing for, for quite some time now. While I’m super grateful for the larger-than-your-average-London kitchen, I was never a fan of the dated fittings which made the entire space look dull and dreary, particularly with just the one window we had in the one end of the room (as you’ll see from the images below). Of course, refitting and revamping the entire thing was completely out of the question for us, as a project like that would cost round about 5k or more (depending on the specs you go for) so it got me toying with the idea of a DIY alternative as a solution. We did actually paint the walls when we moved in; from a horrendous blue (what were they thinking!!) to a bright white just to help brighten up the space but even then it seemed rather lacklustre. It was clear that we just needed to do something about the horribly fitted 70-esque veneer kitchen cabinets that were sucking every ounce of day light we got!

So as you can imagine, I jumped at the chance when Laura Ashley offered to send their new range of ‘no-hassle’ furniture paint to trial it out on veneer cabinets. Funnily enough, painting the cabinets had crossed my mind briefly so the timing could not have been any more perfect!MbM-Kitchen-Makeover_BEFOREMbM-Kitchen-Makeover_WIP-strip

The entire process, while simple enough, was relatively lengthy, simply for the fact that the work had to be spread over two weeks, painting them in the evenings and on weekends. The job couldn’t be done at home because it would have disrupted our daily use of the kitchen and of course we didn’t have the space to accommodate all the doors that were dismantled so I had them brought to the studio. I could have easily tackled the entire job on my own, but I decided to rope my husband into just to help speed things up – the more hands, the better I say…much to his disappointment! ;) Anyway, the time we put into this paid off nicely and I’m delighted we have now have white cabinets that significantly help reflect more light into the space creating a much cheerful space to work in.  MbM-Kitchen-Makeover_WIP-01

If you’d like to read up more about the painting process and about the paint in itself, then you can find all the details including a load more images over on the Laura Ashley Blog. I can also tell you that after 3-4 months, we haven’t had any issues with the paint (i.e. peeling, staining or general wear n tearing) which is both brilliant and relieving! :) So yea, I hope you enjoyed this and I’ve got you thinking about their beautiful paint range. I can’t tell you how lush it is applying it on so much so I’m on the look out for more projects with the leftover paint! ;)

Happy Monday folks and hope you’re week is a good one! xx

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**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, influenced completely by my love for interiors, DIY and styling**

In the Press | An Elegant City Chic Wedding Shoot


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This isn’t quite Christmassy, I know but I’ve been looking forward to sharing this styled shoot on here – one, we worked on back in April this year which got featured on both Wedding Magazine (October edition) and B.Loved Blog this autumn! I’ve obviously had to wait till after we secured those features to reveal any of it to you ;)

Styled and directed by my dear friend and wedding planner Elisabetta of Linen & Silk Weddings, this shoot encapsulates all the chicness you find in a über glamorous city wedding. It infuses a lot of monochrome vibes, clean lines with bright colours and rich copper hues to bring you a harmonised combination of both masculine and feminine elements…..reflecting both your modern-day bride and groom.

My role in this shoot was to design and create all the stationery elements and key installation pieces that involved a lot of hand-lettering…which y’all know by now, is what I LOOOOOOVE especially when they involve big backdrop pieces.





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[All Images: ©NoraPhotography]

So what do you think? Don’t you just fancy a bit of monochrome love and all that copper jazz now!? I love how it oozes luxury but without it being all OTT! I think it would be perfect for New Year coming to think of it! :)

As always, it’s been freaking amazing working alongside some of the most super talented folk in the wedding industry so I do urge you guys to check them out if you’ve got a wedding on the horizon that needs planning. Oh and before I forget, here’s a beautiful little video of us working hard behind the scenes of this shoot, thanks to Edgar of Wedding Films London. Happy Monday!



Planning and styling: Elisabetta White, Linen and Silk Weddings:  linenandsilk-weddings.com/
Videographer: Edgar Vs, Wedding Films London: weddingfilmslondon.co.uk/
Photography: Nora Photography: nora-photography.com/
Stationery & installation design: Made By Molu: madebymolu.com/
Flowers: Bluesky Flowers: blueskyflowers.co.uk/
Cake designer: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium: elizabethscakeemporium.com/
Makeup: Ana Ospina Makeup: anaospinamakeup.co.uk/
Hair stylist: Natanja Fleckenstein: natanja-fleckenstein.com/
Jewellery: Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery
Venue: Il Bottaccio: bottaccio.co.uk/
Crockery: Amara: amara.com/
Bridal gowns: Vera Wang – Zoro, Switzerland: zoro.ch/
Shoes: Lele Pyp: lelepyp.com/ch/
Furniture: Great Hire: greathire.co.uk/
Model (bride): Rosie Meckiff Mengel
Model (groom): Ryan John Clarke

12 Styled Days of Christmas with West Elm

MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_MAINGosh, I’m soooooo excited about sharing this post with you guys as it’s been long-awaited!! I am totally honoured to have been invited to take part in this AMAZING blogger collaboration with West Elm and good friend, Teri of The Lovely Drawer where myself and eleven amazing bloggers were asked to style our dining tables in the spirit of Christmas. Each one of us will have our styled table tops featured on both West Elm’s blog Front + Main and The Lovely Drawer over the first 12 days of December so that you lovely readers get the chance to see how we all celebrate the festive season and of course, inject our distinctive styles to the table. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better way to kick-start the festivities! Well, we’re halfway through the 12 Styled Days of Christmas series and I’m up today for Day 7! :)
MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_02I wanted to create a table that reflected both my cultural influence and personal tastes that developed over the years; an east-meets-west inspired setting by combining Indian and Scandinavian elements that embodied a warm yet stripped-down simplicity and elegance. The handmade paper star lanterns, have for decades, been a tradition back in India that were hung out in the porch – like the Christmas tree here in the west, it represented Christmas and why I felt it was essential to incorporate into the overall styling as a reminiscent nod to my background.

I kept the table relatively minimal and neutral, dressing it up with leftover paisley-patterned Liberty fabric and geometric-patterned napkins from H&M I had at home to fuse the two styles together even further. Subtle hints of gold are introduced through the organic dinnerware and cutlery to add a bit of understated glamour to the relaxed setting. We were so fortunate to be gifted with West Elm products of our choice and use into our styling challenge so I picked out their gold-rimmed organic shaped dinnerware, the gold cheese knives and pie serving set; all of which tied in perfectly to my fusion table setting I wanted to achieve (Aren’t they simply divine?!!)MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_06MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_03Growing up in the Middle East with most of our school holidays spent in India, our Christmases were somewhat different to what we’d have here in the UK. While Santa, turkey dinners, and gift-swapping traditions were more of the western influence, ours typically revolved around carol services at the church followed by family gatherings around the table for a relaxed meal at lunch (be it at home or eating out) that usually consisted of a medley of both east and western dishes.

I wanted the edible props in my styling to tie in with my east-meets-west theme too; fruits like figs and pomegranate I used to eat in abundance as a kid (a luxury here!) along with ‘western’ favourites I’ve grown to love like quiches and cheese boards, I thought fitted nicely to the overall look and feel of the table.
MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_07MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_08To this day, it’s the coming together of families around the table, sharing and celebrating in the spirit of Christmas that really sum up the festive season for me. With our families spread across even more continents, I guess it’s particularly important now more than ever! Getting together becomes a lot trickier, so any chance we get to gather around the table is something I cherish dearly and why laying the table out at Christmas plays a central part in all the festivities….even if it ends being me and hubby at the table! ;)MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_09

This Christmas, we’re heading to the Green Isle to spend it with my parents-in-laws and catch up with all the extended family over copious amount of food….and tea!! ;) I always find it so blissfully peaceful being out in the countryside and Christmas is just even more cosy especially when it snows (fingers crossed!). Just the thought of it is making me excited! And boy, with the crazy busy year we’ve had this year in London, I know for certain that the rural retreat will be just the thing we need!

I would of course, love it we could have both families get together around the table every Christmas like something out of a movie with everyone stretched across a loooooong big table, nattering and laughing to our hearts content. Some day I guess, so until then it’ll be a jet-setting affair to be with one or the other which isn’t all bad! We’re actually hoping to visit my family in India in the new year sometime, which would be amazing as it’s been over two years since we were over and I can’t tell you how much I look forward to spending time with my little grandmother and stuffing our faces with all her delicious home-cooked meals! *sigh*MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_10

Well folks, that’s my festive east-meets-west table top styling! I do hope it’s inspired you to get creative and inject your own personal flair to your tables this Christmas. Remember that you can find a recap of all the styled tables here over these 12 days (as well as West Elm’s blog Front + Main) or just follow the hashtag #kindredspirits on Instgram, FB or Twitter if you fancy an up-to-date sneak peek of all the past and upcoming posts! :) There’s soooooo much festive inspiration to swoon over!

Have a wonderful week ahead and good luck with all your festive plans……..Christmas is not that far away!! (eek!) x


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D.I.Y. FEATURE | Laura Ashley Wedding series – part 4


Don’t you just love the versatility that you get out of wallpaper? Well, if you like to know more ways to use them, here’s how, with my final wedding installation I did for Laura Ashley. I show you how to go about creating a simple yet visually effective backdrops for your wedding, so, whether it’s for your guest book table, a photo backdrop, or behind your top table, you’d be surprised what a couple of rolls of wallpaper and props can do! Cost-effective transformations too so what’s not to like eh? :)

Hop over to the Laura Ashley blog to read more about it, and if you fancy checking the other DIYs I did for their Make & Do Wedding series. I really do hope you’ve enjoyed these and that I’ve managed to inspire you all to be a lot more savvy and creative when it comes to DIY weddings. Oh and these can apply to any occasion and not just weddings by the way! :)

[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

[D.I.Y. FEATURE] Scandi-inspired cork placemats


Hi guys! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and that your Monday has kicked off well for you.

Well, I just wanted to share with you a recent DIY tutorial I did for the gorgeous B.Loved Wedding & Lifestyle blog as part of being their contributors team. It’s a simple Scandi-inspired set of cork placemats that would, in fact, go really well with most tableware and dining interior style you have. You’ll find the full tutorial HERE, if you fancy giving it a go. The whole things takes roughly 30-40 mins (if you have 6 mats to do) and around 15 minutes to air dry.

Hope you like it! xx


**This is not a sponsored post but a collaboration with B.Loved Wedding & Lifestyle. All words and opinions, including images, are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

The Art Marketplace at Minted.com

I’m sure many of your are familiar with the online company Minted.com, usually for its amazing array of wedding stationary designs that you may have come across on wedding blogs or magazines. If you aren’t, well, they are a large online marketplace that bring you designs from independent artists and designers from around the world. The business ethos being, that the work submitted by the artists are voted on by you, the readers and creative community, and the winners are then picked to sell on the site, directly to its consumers. It’s such a great concept! The site has now grown and expanded to include many new categories, one being the Art Marketplace which I’m mostly excited about.

Some of you may already know of our keen interest (aka obsession) with art and prints – we have a huge appreciation for them and collect ones we like over the years (either from places we’ve travelled to or lived in, or simply down to what resonates our aesthetics) in the hope that we can look back at them 20 years down the line and reminisce over the stories that go with it. My husband is into his minimal photography and abstract paintings, while I’m more into typography and illustrations, especially ones from the bygone years…. so between the two of us, we do collect quite a bit, particularly from small independent artists. All we need now is find that big house we dream of so we can hang them all up! :)

Anyway, Minted.com kindly invited me to review some of their products online and with great delight I agreed (any excuse to ‘window shop’ art pieces!) so I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite art pieces found on the Art Marketplace…..it’s so hard not to want to buy them all!

minted_art 01The ‘Distant Island Pier‘ piece Julia Contacessi by far my favourite piece on Minted.com, which stood out instantly to me. Seascapes are my weakness. The colours, the brush strokes, the tranquility it exudes…. completely draws me in. It’s the kind of statement piece you’d have hanging up above your fireplace so you can stare at it all day!

The pattern and textures in Currents & Abstract Herringbone by Paper Dahlia are simply gorgeous. They can totally work as stand-alone pieces or side by side (yep, I”m already thinking of where it would go in the flat!)

minted_art-06You know how I like my typography…..and the raw, textured aesthetic in Matthew Taylor Wilson‘s hand-illustrated Don’t Quite Your Daydream is right up my street! Actually the quote would be perfect in my studio…. :)


I love the way the above three pieces explore colour, textures and patterns in this mixed media collage approach. From top left clockwise, you have Circling by Kelly Nasuta, Domino by Carrie ONeal, and ‘Look Again‘ by Paper Roseminted_art-02

Interestingly enough, this would be something my husband would pick but I do admire the simplicity of the way the Southern Californian landscape is captured (quite Kinfolk-y) in this Life On Mars print by Matthew Sampson, and as the photographer suggests, the fact that this terrain looks as though it could belong to any planet out in the universe is strangely evocative.

Well, there you have it. Some pretty great pieces right? I found it so hard to pick a handful of them to show you as there are lots out there I LOVE and could easily make up a gallery wall out of! ;) Hopefully you can get an idea as to how varied the collections are on the site from drawings to paintings to photography. You can buy the prints in various sizes, pick paper types for it to be printed on, and you can even choose to get them framed or unframed (the have different choices for frames too)! The service totally caters to your needs and budget! So do hop on over and do take a look. There’s a home decor section too so be warned that you may end up browsing on there for a while!

minted_artOh and if you’re getting married and looking for unique off-the-peg designs then check out their NEW collection of wedding invitations! You won’t be disappointed!!

Well folks, enjoy your Sunday and all that browsing on Minted.com!


[Sneak peek]: Styling the Seasons


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So, a few of us bloggers have been working on a fun and special collaboration with Laura Ashley for this month’s ‘Styling the Seasons. Unfortunately, I can’t share much right now but all will be revealed on Wednesday! Please do remember to pop back over here on the blog to find out all about it……AND there’s a chance for you lovely readers to win a £50 voucher too! Sounds good right? See you on Wednesday! xx