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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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

Urban jungles | a bout of green fingers

MbM_URBAN-JUNGLE-01It’s FRIDAY you guys!!! Are you as relieved and happy as I am that another week is coming to a close and you can pretty taste the weekend in the air? Well, I’m actually going to be working over the weekend…thankfully on some nice stuff for a shoot I’m working on next Monday so it’s not all too bad. I’ll share a few ‘work in progress’ later today.

Well, I’ve been meaning to write this post last week but work, life, etc keep getting the way, as it does. Slightly different from my usual posts but some of you may already know how I desperately keen I am on having plants indoors but more importantly, learning how to keep them alive! Sadly for me, my track record with plants isn’t the greatest…in fact, I have the reverse effect of the midas touch (if there’s a name for that!), killing anything in the space of a week-month! It’s gotten so incredibly frustrating that I’ve had to resort to artificial ones (and even dried flowers!) which really isn’t quite the same. I’m even tempted to make them out of paper! (like those billy buttons I made!)
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I do love plants and flowers, and while I have lost all hope and patience of tending to them, I really enjoy having that bit of greenery and pops of colour within the house particularly when you don’t have much of that where you live.  And every year, at spring time, I get all eager bringing in seeds, bulbs and flowers only for them to wither away within weeks….once again, bursting all ounce of enthusiasm I have. I know I don’t have the knack for gardening but surely you’d think keeping a few plants alive in the house wasn’t exactly rocket science?! Seriously….what is wrong with me!! I used to get pretty upset over it thinking it badly reflected on me as a person not being able to keep something so simple, alive! Okay…a tad bit melodramatic…but you understand, right?

Anyway, it’s that time of the year again, and I decided that this year, I’d invest in a few more succulents and cacti…plants that are a little more hard-wearing and need less of the TLC from me. I know they’re all the range now at the moment which is really not why I got them but simply for the fact that I wanted some plants that would withstand the icy cold death vibes I omit! I have also been inspired by fellow bloggers who just seem to have the green-finger skills I secretly envy so much….and decided to jump  on the Urban Jungle Bloggers bandwagon. Coined by bloggers Igor Josif and Judith de Graaff, the concept behind ‘urban jungle bloggers’, is basically a monthly series where they and other bloggers share their urban jungles, through styling, DIYs and tips as a source of inspiration….kind of like ‘styling the seasons’ but for plants. So I thought this would be a perfect incentive to improve on my gardening, plant-tending skills…..well, there’s me hoping anyway! I’ve actually created an ‘urban jungle’ board on Pinterest now (have a nosey if you fancy) and been actively pinning since last week, so hopefully its all onwards and upwards from here! :)

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So far, all my succulents and cacti are still alive and kicking…although I did panic the other day seeing a few of the lower leaves of the larger succulents turn brown but then I was told that’s normal (phew!).

The most recent thing I got excited about is this BEAUTIFUL copper planted by Geo-Fleur which I bought from Renegade Craft Fair a few weeks back. I’ve always had a love affair with copper and combined with the plant obsession I’m going through at the moment, it really was meant to be.  Thankfully, my husband liked it just as much and was pleased with the purchase. So yeah, I’ve got it up hanging in our dining area and can’t stop admiring it! It also ties in nicely with the succulent and aloe vera I have on the table. In fact, I’ve recently spruced up an old enamel bowl to turn into a hanging planter for the kitchen when I have my little makeover in June (more on that later) and plan on potting a range of succulents in that but for the next few weeks I’ll have on the dining table until the kitchen is done. I’ll definitely keep you posted on my progress. MbM_URBAN-JUNGLE-09

What do you think? I’m trying not to get too eager by buying too many plants all at once but start slowly until I get better at looking after the ones I have right now, but it’s already making me happier seeing all the greenery in the house, which is exactly what your home should do. So whether I’m more in love with planters than plants…either way, I hope it helps eradicate my plant-killer title!

Well, if like me, you want to improve or give yourself an incentive to grow more plants in your home, then join in on the #UrbanJungleBlogger fun by signing up to their mailing list. Each moth, they’ll give you a topic to explore and you use that to style, create, etc with your indoor plants. This month’s topic is ‘offer a plant to a friend‘, exploring the different ways you could create a green gift! I’d love to partake in that if time permits with these two big editorial styled shoots I have next week, otherwise, definitely next month!

Have a lovely Friday xx

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