#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.**

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

HAPPY EASTER

MbM_HAPPY-EASTER-15_01Whether you’re celebrating the significance of Christ’s resurrection, embracing Springtime, or just tucking into your delightful collection of confectionery around the table with your family and friends, let’s all take some time out to reflect on the true meaning of hope and rebirth that comes at this time of the year. Everywhere around you there are signs of new life so let’s definitely embrace the goodness that our lives and this world brings us.

I took this opportunity to do it a bit of styling with some eggs and wild flowers – hope you like it! Anyway, I wish you all a joyous and restful Easter. xxx

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[Styling the Seasons] January

MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_JAN-main I can’t believe I’ve left this to the very last-minute with literally a day and a half left of this month but not much I could do with a busy start to the year… so I guess it’s better late than never! :) Well, January, is kind of like September for me;  you get another chance to start fresh with new goals, perspectives and projects, not to mention a newfound desire to get super organised, spruce up and de-clutter everything around you….I’m sure many of you will relate to this too!  However, this year is particularly new and huge one for me with all the recent changes that’s taken place in the last few months. If you remember this post of mine from back in November, you’ll know I wasn’t exactly in a good place with all the distress that came with ‘change’, ‘uncertainty’ and the inability to see clearly. The much-needed recuperation over Christmas holidays was just the thing I needed to pull myself together and….excuse my french…actually make s**t happen. MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_JAN-12One of the main things we decided to do (I say we, because, while this was predominantly for my benefit, this decision was for both myself and my husband, with his support of course!) was invest in a studio/work space. We had talked about this a few times before but with most studio spaces in East London being outrageously expensive I continued working from home. So little did we expect to find something actually affordable, just a few blocks from the flat! Granted, it’s not as fancy as the ones you find in Shoreditch or Hackney, nor do we have the entire place exclusively to ourselves but it does the job perfectly and the best bit is that I don’t have to worry about travel fares being so close to home! I honestly can’t tell you how much a difference it’s already made just having that designated place to go to and work. While it may not be as warm and cosy as our flat, or is a far cry from the all-white, industrial, Scandi-style studio I’ve dreamt of (more Wes Anderson-esque!), I’m just SO incredibly grateful to find somewhere I can call my own. It’s my little space I go to every morning where there isn’t a bed, couch or any housework in sight to distract me! It keeps work separate from home which has already proven to be beneficial to us both, and there’s other people to talk to as oppose to speaking to myself or the wall at home. ;) I’ve had a great productive start to the year in my new space, working flat-out on a couple of projects…..so all in all, it’s been the best move and I cannot thank my husband enough for that. Just need to get the work (and the money) rolling in now! :D
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So anyway, for this month’s Styling the Seasons it felt right to share my new workspace seeing as it symbolises a brand new start for me this year. I’ve still a bit to do, injecting my style and personality to the space but that’s something that will happen over time. Aside from our table tops (that were made by friends) the rest of the furniture were all Gumtree and eBay hauls to keep costs down. I then accessorised the space with bits and pieces I’ve bought, made and collected over the last year or two. The quote “she’s a dreamer, a doer, a thinker. She sees possibilities everywhere” was something I knew from the start, I wanted to add to the space as it could not be a better description of me and my outlook in life. As you can see from the main image, I hand-painted the text onto some scrap MDF board I found at a local DIY store and whitewashed….and yep, it did take a lot of patience doing that but I loved every minute of it!! With my growing love for typography and hand-lettering, this is something I plan to do more of as part of my creative services and obviously wanted this piece to represent that.

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I love that the table is big enough to accommodate both digital and traditional work without having to pack up one or the other to make room….unless of course it a big piece which I’ll no doubt have to take over hubby’s desk or perhaps even use a bit of floor space. But the main things is all the work is happening in the one place and not in various corners of the room like I used to! And I don’t have to worry about making a mess, spilling ink or paint, etc which is soooooo liberating and helps get the creative juices flowing! I’m hoping over time, the wall space becomes a big mood board of various pieces of inspiration…..partly because I’m desperately trying to cover up the horrid green walls! Maybe if I’m there long enough I could suggest painting the walls white or a neutral colour of some sort…..it would make taking photographs a lot easier!! hmm, lets see! ;) MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_JAN-11 MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_JAN-15 So there you have it! I’m finally excited for the future and I there’s no denying how much this space has helped me feel like I can move forward. Let the adventures begin! ;) If you’d like to partake on the styling fun, 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. 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 you all have a fab weekend ahead! xxx

MbM_STYLINGTHESEASONS_JAN-16 The two prints above pretty much sum up me and my new beginnings. The modern calligraphy card is by the lovely Imogen Owen who I took calligraphy classes with last year courtesy of Quill London and the ‘craft is in my blood‘ illustration is by my good friend and creative genius Viktorija of And Smile Studio.

[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

Blogtacular 2014 finally booked!

BLOGTACULAR ScheduleSo I finally took the plunge! I’ve been stewing over whether or not to sign up to this two-day event for Bloggers in May next year as it’s a lot of money to shell out for me right now. Nevertheless, I decided I would have to see this as an investment that would help further my skills in the long run especially if I’m serious about wanting to provide “great quality content and beautiful design” on here!! And with an Etsy shop opening soon and other business ventures on the horizon, the more I can learn on styling and how to effectively PR my work, the better it is for me! Well….here’s me hoping anyway!!  ;) To be honest, when Blogtacular announced they have Joy Cho (designer and famously known for her blog Oh Joy!) as the keynote speaker for…..that did it for me. I can’t wait to learn how the schedule evolves now. And, while still expensive for me, thank heavens I managed to bag the early bird ticket too!

Right then….roll on Blogtacular 2014!! ;) Looking forward to meeting more creative bloggers in May! So if you’re attending, let me know! :) xx