#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.**

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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D.I.Y. tutorial | Copper Candlestick holders

MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_COPPER-CANDLE-HOLDERS-00What does a girl do when she has a lot of copper left over from shoots? Make them into candlestick holders, naturally! :)

So it’s been a while on the DIY front (sorry!) and this week I have a pretty cool project for you to try especially if you’re really into your copper as I am (I actually think I may have a problem…!) I had some copper wire left from the time of the two wedding shoots I worked on in the last couple of weeks and been toying with the idea of making a few cool accessories for the house. There were some nice candlestick holders that I had spotted in a couple of stores and even a few floating about online which I had initially looked into making for one of the shoots but then later scrapped because I never got round to testing the soldering gun. Anyway, with these ones…you need none of that but your hands and a couple of pliers! There’s no spray painting either being pure copper. It’s pretty simple and pretty darn effective to if I may say so! :)
MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_COPPER-CANDLE-HOLDERS-01What you’ll need:

  • Bare copper wire at least 4-5mm thick (I got mine from here),
  • heavy-duty wire cutters
  • pliers
  • long dinner candles
  • and perhaps a bit of muscle! :)

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Using the heavy-duty wire cutters, I roughly measured out and cut how much wire I needed to make the one candle holder. I made two and wanted them varied in height so the longest piece was roughly around 40cm and the second was about 30cm. MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_COPPER-CANDLE-HOLDERS-03

Now this next bit is where you need a bit of muscle ;) Using your hands try and shape the base of the candlestick holder into a nice loop shape. You want it wide enough for it to be stable and keep upright. I’d say, mind were about 10cm in width. And then you straighten out the ‘stalk’ part so its 90 degrees from the base. Don’t worry if you you don’t this part looking super straight….It’s all part of the handmade look, I say! Just sit it up on the table to see if it stands, and play/adjust accordingly to make it look somewhat straight and balanced! I’m not going to lie, there is a bit of trial and error playing a part here but it is all worth it in the end I promise you!MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_COPPER-CANDLE-HOLDERS-05For the top bit, where the candle would sit/be held…you need to create a smaller loop in which the base of the candle will sit in, and for this part you will need a couple of pliers to help mould the loop because with 4/5mm thick wire, it’s going to be a lot stiffer to shape. Mark about 7cm from the top, and with the use of your pliers, bend the wire almost 90 degrees at this point for you to then proceed with the gentle moulding of the loop.

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Use smaller pliers to forcefully bend the top part into a loop. You will find that the pliers leave scuff marks on the wire which you can file off later or you could put a bit of foam between the wire and the pliers to soften the indents you make. They’re all marks of your craftsmanship so I personally wouldn’t worry too much about it. Repeat the same thing with the second piece and you now have your very own handmade, organic copper wire candlestick holders! If you got the loop at the tip right your candles should fit nicely otherwise there may be a bit of twisting and perhaps the shaving off of some wax to get it sitting nicely ;) As long as it’s upright and stable…you’re good to go!MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_COPPER-CANDLE-HOLDERS-04

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It’s not perfect but I do love how they’ve turned out…..and the fact that I can even have them intertwined at the base was surprisingly unexpected! I am one very please copper addict! :)

Well, I do hope you’ve enjoyed this and let me know if you do give them a try someday as I’d love to see your creations or your own versions of them. If you do, please be sure to share them on any social media platform you use, and include the hashtag #craftwithMolu so I can easily find them. Enjoy the rest of the week and happy crafting/making! xxMbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_COPPER-CANDLE-HOLDERS-13

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[D.I.Y. tutorial] Scandi-inspired geometric shower curtain

MbM_DIY_SHOWER-CURTAIN-MAINHey folks! I hope you’re all having a good week so far. It’s back to the grind for me today after a long refreshing weekend away in the rural countryside of Northern Ireland, spending some much-needed time with my parents-in-laws. And boy, have I loads to do but I’m glad for that bit of time away. You cannot beat the peace and quiet nor the fresh air every once in a while as London can get a bit crazy and suffocating at times.

Anyway, I’ve got a super simple DIY this week that will help spruce up your bathroom in 30 minutes! Our shower curtain was due a change and while I like my minimalist all-white look, I thought perhaps this time I’d add a bit of a scandi-monochrome touch to it with a simple geometric motif. And there really isn’t much to this which is great if you’re looking for a quick, budget-friendly makeover!

MbM_DIY_SHOWER-CURTAIN-01What you’ll need:

  1. plain white shower curtain (mine was a Sainsbury’s basics)
  2. permanent markers (sharpie or Pilot)
  3. card (to use as a template)
  4. scalpel, stanley knife or scissors,
  5. ruler

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Take your piece of card and cut out a couple of triangles – you can freehand draw/cut these or use a ruler but go for a more abstract version instead of an equilateral one….i.e. you don’t have to have perfect even edges/angles! This cut out will act as your stencil. Now, you can directly draw them onto the shower curtain but I do find that this will help when it comes to filling the triangles out and avoid you going over the lines. It’s your call!

Once that’s done, spread out your shower curtain over a large working surface – whether it’s your dining table or on your floor. And then place your stencil onto the plastic sheet and draw away using your permanent marker. I would start from one side to another or bottom up. Again, do what’s comfortable to you.

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And voila!

It really is insanely simple! And you don’t have to go for triangles like me. You can totally go for other Scandic-Inspired motifs or do some amazing colour-blocking too using spray paint! For that, all you got to do is just tape up the areas you don’t want the paint to cover and do it in sections. You could have a bold yellow and pink strip running across the bottom. Or perhaps be brave and write some inspirational quotes with the permanent markers….the options are endless! :)MbM_DIY_SHOWER-CURTAIN-08So folks, let me know if you give it a go or if there’s any other cool shower curtain ideas you’ve done yourself before or seen on Pinterest etc. I do hope you’ve liked this one, particularly for its simplicity!

Enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll be back with more creative antics. xx

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[Styling the Seasons] December

MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_DEC-00eeeeeek DECEMBER is finally here!!!! It’s taken me a while to get my head around the fact that we’re now officially in the last month of 2014….how did that happen? It’s exciting though – with Christmas drawing near, there’s plenty to be done and checked off the list but we can definitely dust off our festive glad rags, sing a long to Christmas songs and carols, adorn our homes with sparkly decorations, bake to our hearts content (or try to!) and just get creative in every department possible……and for me, of course, tuck into spiced mulled wine and minced pies!! :) Oh yea….’tis the season indeed!!

Well, on that note, I’m really excited about this month’s ‘Styling the Seasons‘ post because I finally get to share with you the wreath I made back in November at Liberty’s for Katy and Charlotte‘s ‘Crafting the Season’ event (you’ll find all the behind-the-scenes antics in this post and a glimpse of me making the wreath). I picked out this sumptuous paisley-pattered Tana Lawn fabric that afternoon, not knowing what I wanted to make with it until I spotted the styrofoam wreath courtesy of The Homemakery. I’ve been wanting to make one for a while so that’s exactly what I did! :) The fabric was cut into strips, which FYI was quite the task at first, because I’m normally so precious over any Liberty fabric but eventually it got less painful! ;) It did take most of that afternoon to cover the entire wreath with my strips of fabric (mind you, there was a lot of nattering too!) so I decided I’d add the finishing touches back home.

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I was lucky to have found some red burlap ribbon and fake, albeit tasteful, red berry stems from Wilkos (for a pound each!) which tied in perfectly with the reds in the liberty fabric. I wanted to initially bring some gold and sparkle to the wreath but kept it super simple so that it would’t take away all the focus from the lush paisley patterns. What do you think?

It took me a while to decide on a prominent place to hang it – stewing from the typical place that would be the front door (obviously the internal side as I wasn’t going to risk having it exposed to the outside world! hah!) to the wall spaces in the hallway and lounge. Well, in the end, the dull winter light dictated its location and I hung it in the by our dining area to take these photos but I have since this post, moved it to the front door in our hallway.

MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_DEC-04I cannot tell you how much I LOVE mulled wine – if I could have it my way, I’d happily have anytime throughout the year but reserving it for this time of the year does make it all the more worthwhile and special. The first time I was introduced to mulled wine was at the German markets in Edinburgh yeeaaaars ago (or Glühwein as they call it) and I have ever since been hooked – not in an alcoholic kind of way (!!) but because the spiced scent and warmth of the drink always brings back memories of all the happy moments and gatherings I’ve had over the years with friends and family over this heart-warming drink. For me, it’s like officially ringing in Christmas season so it was a no-brainer to include it in here! Minced pies are another guilty pleasure of mine along with the Christmas pudding (the latter I forgot to get) so this was my excuse to…well tuck into my favourite things, with an even better excuse! :)

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Well, I guess that’s the last Styling the Seasons post for the year! I’m already looking forward to plotting next year’s styled surfaces as it’s such a delightful way to get you to embrace each month – you’ve got to hand it to the girls for concocting such a fab idea! So, if you’d like to jump on the styling band wagon, I hope I’ve swayed you enough. All you have to do is style a surface area in your home or studio 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. If for any reason you’re hesitant or doubting your skills….please don’t….I can assure you that even the most ‘skilled’ person has their fair share of creative blocks and obstacles! Plus, there’s some great tips from Charlotte here, which will help! Just remember that the whole point is to have fun and explore things you probably never had the chance to do so, not to compete or compare! ;)

So, happy styling folks and I hope you all have a fab week and weekend ahead! xxx

 

**Quick Update**

Okay, so I had to add a bow to the wreath as it was clearly missing something! I can safely say, after days of staring at it, that I’m definitely happier with this addition and now looks the part, right? Well, I’m happy! :) MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_DEC-new

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[Styling the Seasons] October

MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_OCT_MAINBack in August, when the lovely Katy of Apartment Apothecary asked me to partake in a new creative series called ‘Styling the Seasons‘ that she and fellow blogger Charlotte of Lotts and Lots. had come up with, I couldn’t be more delighted and without any hesitation, said YES! With the month of August being completely taken up with final prep work for my friend’s wedding, the launch of this series in September, I thought, would be the perfect post-wedding project to help wind down and ease back into normality; embracing and appreciating the start of a new season! Besides, I’m always tidying up, decluttering, and sprucing up the flat so documenting a newly styled surface wasn’t much of a tall order….  .

…..or so I thought! Little did I foresee I’d be watching the seasons fly by instead! :(

I know I mentioned it in my last post about life running away with you (which you may have noticed by now from my absence on here) but honestly, it’s like I’ve been sitting on an insanely packed, high-speed train heading off in the one direction, so fast that you find yourself whizzing past everything and everyone with no stops along the way to take a break from what seems like an endlessly long journey! (more on that later)

Anyway,  it’s October….well nearly the end of it….but more importantly, I’ve stopped to take a moment from all the mayhem to do my bit for this series with this month’s contribution. It’s not my finest work but it’s definitely a staring point! MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_OCT-4

So what does this month/season mean to me? Well, like spring, I LOVE how autumn represents the change in seasons; a transformation so beautiful that despite the drop in temperatures and the warmer layers of clothing, it has this incredible force that pulls you out into the nature to explore and forage about in all the autumnal delights. It’s these staggering changes in nature that stop you in your tracks to realise how beautiful this world really is and how easy it is loose sight of the bigger picture. Granted, that I haven’t really done much of that this year but since my last post about taking time to “sit still and watch the leaves turn“, for me, October it’s all about discovery and appreciation  something I’ve been reflecting on lately from a personal point of view……as well as scavenging for leaves in ever shade of red possible, which you’ll see I’ve used to adorn a couple of surfaces in our lounge! ;)

I must admit, having seen so many different shades of red and gold leaves carpet streets, paths and pavements, it was the ones that I found floating on puddles that caught my attention and fuelled me into recreating the concept n the form of a centrepiece for the coffee table (or dining table). I filled up an old vintage enamel bowl with water and then placed the leaves gently on top. I couldn’t find the floating candles I know I have kicking about in this house but when I do find them I’ll pop a few in there for a more calming spa-like feel to our evenings at home! MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_OCT-2

MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_OCT-6I know it’s not much but I’ve a few ideas brewing for the next two remaining months of the year so hopefully as things get calmer this end and this flat feels less cluttered, I’ll have more thought out styled surfaces to share with you.

If you’d like to join in on this fun monthly challenge and get those creative juices of yours going then all you have to do is style any surface at home to reflect each month; be it your workspace, coffee table, window sill, mantelpiece, bookshelf….(you get the gist) and then share your photograph/s on your blog,  Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Just remember to use the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons when you do!! You can also use this yourself to look up lots of other beautiful entries and inspiration.

Here’s to beautiful autumnal months! Enjoy xx

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Oh and don’t you just love the vintage-book invitation Katy made for their first ‘styling the seasons’ bloggers meet up? Obviously I had to have some leaves strewn across it (obviously!) Sorry, I will stop with all the leaves…..but you really can’t blame me with its luscious colours. :D

 

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[For the Home] Some old and new finds

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I’ve been wanting to share this post after Christmas having picked up a few vintage goodies at an auction in Ireland but somehow managed to let it slip amidst all the work and madness that is life! :) That being said, it’s actually given me a better excuse to share a few more items I’ve bought since then – both old and new. I’m currently going through a phase of wanting to pick up pieces of lovely homeware for the flat but being mindful of the purse strings…..which is incredibly challenging when you’re a designer and home-maker! It can be hard having to constantly refrain from splashing out on things for the house but I must say, I do enjoy scouring everywhere for little treasures at a good bargain! I get such a kick from it! And boy, auctions are great fun too although you need to be prepared to win some and loose some! :)

So, anyway, what you see here are a combination of thrift shop, ebay, vintage auction and high street finds. My all-time favourite finds of the bunch (and real bargains too!) are the Victorian bone china teapot, the retro 1960s Thomas of Germany coffee pot and milk jug, and the 1950s egg cup set which to me is simply unique! And I got my first Falcon enamelware too with the 5-piece pie set. The serving dishes were also from an auction and dates back to the 40s. The others are all ‘newer’ finds yet keeping it relatively ‘retro’ or ‘vintage-inspired’. So what do you think? Have I done alright? :)

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[For the Home] Donna Wilson and then some

MbM_ForTheHome_DW_10-WEBSo springtime is finally descending on us and after a month or so of horrible cold and wet weather I’m delighted to see rays of sunshine across the country over the last few weeks even with the occasional downpours! Not to mention the lighter evenings! I must admit however, that I’ve also been making a conscious effort in trying to bring more elements to our home that brought in a little springtime cheer. We’ve done quite a bit of home improvements and massive clear outs since the new year so I used those as an opportunity to brighten up the place either by redecorating or adding pops of colours or fresh flowers.

Well, you wouldn’t believe my joy when I heard about the Donna Wilson ‘sample sale’ that was held two weeks back. I’ve always been a big fan of her work but like many pretty things out there, most of them remained on my wish list. So although I wasn’t in any position to be splashing out on ‘luxuries’ (we’re saving up for our Big American Roadtrip this summer) I really couldn’t quite shake of the temptation of going especially knowing that you’d get at least 50-70% RRP. So I went with Viktorija and Sabine to make an evening out of it – and boy, did we do that! ;) I was so good on the Friday night (the first night of the sale) only spending £30 on bits and bobs like her plates, tea towels, make up pouch bag, plus some other little things by other artists…but it was later that night, especially when I got home, that I was starting to really regret not purchasing her lovely cushions! They were always my favourites aside from her crockery range…and it was her knitted cushions that got me all stewing at night! Well, you can guess what I did then, right? I actually got up the next morning and made my way for when they opened at 11am to pick up the knitted cushion I had my eye on…..uh-huh, that’s exactly what I did! Oh and as I was going over to the till, I then looked at the bright summer cotton cushions and thought….heck i’ll pick one of those up too. Compulsive I know but my gawd this was the ONE time I walked away without any buyer’s remorse! :D I was soooooo glad I went back as I know for a fact that I probably would not have bought them in a long while. And to top it all off, I actually got to meet her in person on the second day, and I told her how I couldn’t sleep knowing I never got the cushions which she thought was hilarious (or bonkers, who knows!) ;)  MbM_ForTheHome_DW_WEB

Anyway, here’s a few shots of my purchases taking pride of place in our home. I’ve been adding a lot of yellows, pinks and greens to the flat so the colours from the cushions and the other pieces all lend beautifully to the springtime colour palette. What do you think? Do you think I did well with these buys for the home? ;) xx

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MbM_ForTheHome_DW_8-WEBAnd don’t you just LOOOOOVE tulips? On its own it’s enough to brighten up any day or room! And as you can see below, I’ve been playing around with the placement of each piece both in the lounge and the bedroom. The bedroom, including my little workspace corner, gets decluttered every 3 months just so that it remains visually pleasing to the eye, especially when I have to work here most of the time. I revamped my pin board by painting it all white and having less stuff on there which makes it much cleaner looking. Anyway, there’s a lot more to share with you on our home improvements series so do keep an eye out for them! :)
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