Styling the Seasons | June

MBM_STYLING THE SEASON_JUNE16_MAINEhhhh…yes, it’s been a while! A year, to be precise, since my last ‘Styling the Seasons‘ post, which is just insane when I come to think of it but then, I guess it’s just one of those things right? Life and work ends up taking over and suddenly you’re sitting here in 2016….six months in! Is it just me or does time suddenly propel on a lot quicker as you get older? Or is it just London doing that to you?!

Anyway, while there’s no guarantee that this is the start of a regular thing, I suppose it’s good to partake in these collaborative projects as and when you can, and summer is probably a good enough reason to do so!  Getting any personal time these days is a challenge and if I do, I desperately try to make up for lost times, on things like reading, cooking, socialising, or just hanging out with the hubby which, believe you me, can be rare when you’re both self-employed! Basically, any excuse to get away from computer screen as much as I can. A shame really, because I do enjoy blogging so much and is in fact one of my favourite past times, but the thought of returning back to the screen or sitting at a desk after hours spent working away at one, is annoyingly off-putting and why the blogging days has kind gone off the radar. Go figure eh!

Well, with that in mind, I thought I’d base this month’s styling on my new little reading corner Ive introduced in our bedroom. I’ve been trying to get back into reading this year, in the hope of encouraging a slower pace of life, and simply finding some downtime to unwind. While, I haven’t been doing as well as I hoped, it’s definitely made some difference taking the time to sit back and read (if and when I get those!) and I always end up surprising myself at how much I’ve miss it! Something about summertime too, that makes me want to sit back and enjoy those longer evenings at home, right?

MBM_STYLING THE SEASON_JUNE16_08Usually, most of the ‘unwinding’ takes place in the living room – Wether we’re reading or watching tele, the couch and the dining chairs become our main go-to ‘chill out’ areas, so, I wanted to create an alternative ‘reading’ zone in our bedroom….especially when it gets all the best light in there!

I’m not a huge fan of sitting or lying in bed reading in the day (it’s a night-time thing for me) so knew it needed a chair of some kind to create a little snug. Sadly, the bedroom isn’t that big to accommodate nice comfy armchairs so I decided to bring in our Eames-style chair from the living room and place it in the corner, by the window. It gives me just enough space to manoeuvre between the chair and the bed, and I have to admit, I do love how the bed lends itself as a footstool because of its proximity! ;) To make things more comfortable and calming, I added my favourite Donna Wilson cushion on the chair and some scented Muji candles on the window sill. It’s amazing how much little changes can make. Complete serenity, I tell you! :) so great to have that additional place you can retreat to.

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By the way, if you haven’t already come across this book, I can’t recommend it enough to you!! It’s called the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, and if you’re anything like me, constantly seeking for clean and uncluttered spaces (be it at work or at home) then this is a game-changer!

I’ve always considered myself to be super organised and tidy, with a firm belief that an uncluttered space is not only calming but actually inspires and motivates you. I used to find it so baffling seeing people live/work in overly crowded and cluttered spaces…how was it not suffocating and claustrophobic!? But hey, each to their own I guess, and ironically, I still have many days of constant tidying up, decluttering and reorganising! So yea, reading this book has totally helped me reassess things more (even for the likes of neat freaks!); for instance, Marie explains how it isn’t always about finding storage solutions, but getting rid of the crap we tend to hoard so we’re not constantly figuring out/adding storage solutions for it! The art of tidying is in fact all about letting go and knowing how to keep only the things actually important to you. She talks about how your space is a reflection of your inner self or the underlying issues within you, so by transforming it into an uncluttered space can in fact help you unclutter your life, unraveling and identifying issues you probably didn’t even know were there!

So yea, if you like the sound of that….go get yourself a copy! It :)

Well then, there you have it folks…..not the most summery of posts but it’s our most recent new styled area in our flat, created in the hope for a better healthy work-life balance. Hope you like it!

If you’d like to partake on the styling fun (maybe you can be more regular than me!) all you have to do is style a surface area in your home or workplace and post a photo or two on any social media or blogging platform you’re on. Simply add the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons (preferably even tag Katy and Charlotte) with your entries so that it’s easily found. It’s just a great way to get you motivated, inspired and embrace each month!

Happy styling folks  xx

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

 

Gifts for Him with Uncommon Goods

Morning! I hope you’re all keeping well and that your week is going oh-so nicely for you. Mine on the other hand, is a tad bit haphazard, mostly playing catch up after being away for a lovely long weekend in the green isle. We were away for a family wedding and to celebrate my Father-in-Law’s 60th birthday, which was all very delightful – pretty chuffed at how much he enjoyed himself.

And speaking of Fathers….we have Father’s Day coming up this weekend! Have y’all thought of anything nice to do or get? Well,  inspired by the occasion, I’ve teamed up Uncommon Goods, to review and feature some of their products that cater to the fellas, especially as I know how hard it can be to buy for men, let alone fathers! Uncommon Goods are an online marketplace who have sourced and curated their collection of handmade, organic products from designers around the globe; be it emerging artists, artisans from low-income countries or the experienced designer-maker…to bring together a community of creatives for you to engage with, each with a story to tell. If you fancy reading up more about the company and their overall ethos, hop on over here.

As for the products – I’ve categorised some of my favourites under the different type of ‘Dads’ in the hope that it will be of some use to you if you’re struggling to find something unique for that special man/men in you life! (or if you just want to treat yourselves, fellas!). Just click on the links at the end of each category to take you to the details of each product. There’s plenty more online so do have a good nosey on there!!

 

FOR THE HIPSTER DAD
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Beard Pack // Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Bow Tie // Coffee Press

 

FOR THE URBAN JUNGLE DAD
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Fire Escape Shelf // Boxcar Planter Set

 

FOR THE CHILD-AT-HEART DAD
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Personalized Mixtape Doormat  // Baseball Game // Beeropoly Wood

 

FOR THE MINIMAL-DESIGN OBSESSED DAD
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Minimalist Teak Wall Shelf // Bedside Essentials Pocket // Wood and Ceramic Tumblers – Set of 2

 

FOR THE ART-LOVING DAD
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City Prints // Evolution of Bicycles Pop Chart // Hemingway Literary Poster // “Hi” Five Print 

 

FOR THE DIY DAD

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Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit Square // Home Microbrewing Kit with Rye IPA Recipe Pack

 

So there you have it; ‘Gifts for Him‘ curated by moi that would be perfect for the fellas whatever the occasion. You can check out the full Father’s Day gifts range here, along with other featured collections for groomsmen and baby showers here and here.

Happy Browsing folks! I’ll be back with more this week! xx

**This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for all things handmade**

#SpringShelfie with Wayfair

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Pinch….Punch….First of the Month folks! :P We’re into our third month of 2016 and I hope you’ve started the month with a fresh, bright spring to your step! Okay, so maybe the weather here in the UK hasn’t quite held its end of the bargain but I can definitely sense springtime creeping up round the corner…and boy I cannot wait!

And, speaking of springtime…..do you remember, a month ago, when I told you about my recent obsession for sideboard tables and the styling collaboration with home furnishing retailers Wayfair? Well, when they approached me about styling a small vignette in my home as part of their #SpringShelfie campaign, it was a collaboration I simply couldn’t turn down! :)

So, hop on over to their BLOG to learn more about how I styled this gorgeous sideboard table in a very modern-scandi-esque manner, by keeping things clean and minimal throughout. I really hope you like it. You can join in too by sharing your Springtime styling on any social media platform simply tagging it with the #SpringShelfie hashtag so we can see how you would style your surfaces this spring. Alternatively, you can simply follow that hashtag if you’re after some dreamy inspiration!

Enjoy the fresh and air and the sunshine folks! x

(Oh and btw, if you like those prints in these photos and want to get your hands on them….you’ll find them in my ETSY SHOP!)

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**This post was sponsored by Wayfair, however all words and thoughts, including images, are my own.**

FREE VALENTINE’S DAY PRINTABLES

MbM_VDAY FREEBIE_MOCKUP_MAINHello lovelies!

The weekend is practically here…WOO. And I haven’t forgotten my little Valentine’s Day special for all you lovebirds out there, still on the hunt for last-minute gifts.

So I’ve put together THREE simple but funny/satirical typographic prints (including an anti-Valentine’s Day one) that you can easily print off, frame and gift your significant other…especially if they’re big into their prints. They are all set to A4 size which should make things easier for you guys if you have a printer at home or in your studio, and you can of course resize them and print them smaller. Perhaps as a series of framed prints? Anyhoo, I’ve provided both monochrome and colour version of the three prints so don’t fret if you haven’t got a colour printer!

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Right then, for the prints, just click on the links below. For best results, print them onto good quality paper or some nice gesso paperstock if you have a fancy printer that takes varying paper weights.

My Hump Print   MONOCHROME   |   PINK

Men & Dogs Print   MONOCHROME   |   GREEN

Who’s Wears The Trousers Print   MONOCHROME   |   GREY

Oh and do check out my Print Shop for more of my Typographic Prints….a bit late to order for Valentine’s day, mind you, but you can definitely browse and buy for other forthcoming occasions….or if you just fancy splurging for yourself ;)

Well then, have a wonderful weekend folks whatever you have planned and I do hope your other halves love their prints!! x

[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

**The small print** Please note that these free printables are to be used for personal use or for classroom projects. They cannot be altered, edited, or changed in any way nor sold or reproduced on any commercial level. All these designs are by me and I would therefore, be grateful if these T&C’s are complied to. If you’d like to share this blog post, by all means do so but kindly provide full credit link to Made by Molu. Thank you so much! :) 

 

FOR THE HOME | SIDEBOARD ENVY

sideboard envy 01If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably know of my love for Scandinavian, mid-century modern, vintage furniture and homeware….and when combined with fresh, minimal white/neutral spaces, well, that’s just the dream for me!

I’ve had storage units on my mind for the last year – from shelving units to bedside tables to sideboard cabinets….the latter in particular, being the recent craze. With storage being so limited in the flat, I’ve been fantasizing at the thought of perhaps having a unit in the hallway that would be both aesthetically and functionally fitting but finding a beautiful and authentic post-war piece would mean having to probably fork out a couple of Ks which at this moment in time isn’t exactly what we have at disposal. I did scour through eBay and gumtree for a bit in the hope that i’d come across an absolute bargain but sadly kept getting deflated at how pricey they were. Some day, we’ll get to splurge on a collectable but until then, a reproduction or cheaper alternative would have to do.

Well, you’d think it was fate, because earlier this month, I was asked to to take part in a fun styling collaboration with Wayfair (second largest retailer in the US for home furnishings) that involves a sideboard so as you can imagine, I’m well over the moon! And naturally, I’ve been back on Pinterest doing a bit of research – any excuse to swoon, right? :)

Anyway, here’s a few images I’ve collected and you can see the rest here on my board if you fancy having a nosey, and i’ll be back next month with more on the collaboration!! Stay tuuuuuuuned folks! xx

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**COMING SOON** MOLU TYPE SHOP

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[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

So, it’s finally happening. My obsession for typography continues with the upcoming launch of my Print Shop!  I’ve been busy getting all the designs and logistics finalised for the shop which will….*drumroll*….be launching NEXT WEEK on Monday the 1st of February!

The Molu Print Shop will be varied range of typographic prints in a mix of hand-lettered and digitally generated type locks…. styles that I believe will cater to most folk out there. They’re fun, inspirational, bold and fresh which I know will work perfectly in your homes and workplaces!

Anyway, I shall keep you guys posted in the build up to the launch so do keep your eyes peeled both here and on my social media platforms! There’s going to be a couple of giveaways too…!!

Have a fab Thursday!!! xx

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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[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

**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**

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.
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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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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

Urban jungles | plant shelfies

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This month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers challenge was to create a ‘plant shelfie’ which couldn’t be timed any more perfectly for me having recently put up a new shelving system, as part of our (rather slow) studio revamp we’ve been doing since the end of September. Once the shelves were up, I had relocated my DIY concrete planters with my succulents from our flat (along with a gazillion books and prints) so it made perfect sense to feature them (again) in their fresh new setting. And here they are, with some prints I made! (which, FYI, will hit my forthcoming online shop in the new year!) :)

I’ll try to get more photos of the newly revamped space once it’s completely done, styled and ready for the public eye! I just couldn’t resist using this as a way to resurface back on the blogosphere. I’ll be back with more….bear with me! :)

Enjoy the rest of your week folks! xx

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

Styling the Seasons | June

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Gosh, it feels like ages since I last participated in the Styling the Seasons monthly challenge even if i did technically only missed last month’s….and nearly this month too due to work commitments. So here’s my very last-minute June entry.

So, June normally means the start of summer to me, which includes picnics, peonies, strawberries, summer frocks, sandals, Wimbledon, Pimms n’ lemonade, ice cream, ice lollies, iced tea…well, you get the gist! Sadly, I didn’t really get much time to style all those summer elements into this month’s post but instead, having added a new little surfaces to the lounge area recently, I thought it would have to do as I didn’t want to miss another month. Sorry! But hey, I guess it means I’ll do all the summery prettiness for next month! :DMbM_STYLING-THE-SEASONS_Jun1502

Between the two of us, there’s an abundance of architectural and design books and magazines, so much so we’re struggling to find places to store them nicely (our shelves, window sills and bedside cabinets are their limits now) so I decided to bring the Frosta Ikea stool from the bedroom and out beside the couch to house some of the overflowing magazines. I’d much rather have the Alvar Alto Artec stool I’ve always dreamed of but for now, this little stool does the job perfectly.

I stacked magazines both under the stool and on top, placing a couple of my favourite succulents that I repotted in some DIY concrete planters. The planters were made for a recent shoot I directed but I’ll share more about that later…. in the form of a DIY tutorial!! (stay tuned for that!!) Don’t they look the part though? Perfectly architectural/industrial in all its concrete glory which I thought was apt pairing it with all the architectural/design magazines. And it does go nicely with all the greens and yellow hues we have in our rather neutral lounge.
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Well, that’s it really. Not the most summery but it’s definitely a new styled surface!

So if you’d like to join in on the fun every month, all you have to do is style a surface area in your home (or workspace) and post a photo or two on any social media or blogging platform you’re on. Simply add the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons (preferably even tag Katy and Charlotte) with your entries so that it’s easily found. You honestly don’t have to be a pro at styling or photography (as you can clearly see here) to join in. It’s just a great way to get you motivated, inspired and embrace each month. In fact, there’s some great tips from Charlotte here if you need a bit of a nudge.

Happy styling folks and I hope all you Londoners are enjoying this cracking sunny weather we’re having this week!!! Enjoy! xxMbM_STYLING-THE-SEASONS_Jun1510