Nursery Tour

It’s been a long time coming, but I have finally got round to creating a little nursery tour for you all.

Now my favourite room within our home, we wanted our bebe’s nursery to be a calming, gender neutral space with a pastel colour palette and eclectic theme.

I’m not going to lie, in the beginning, the plan for this nursery was very different to it’s end result. But pregnancy hormones, a change of mind and season got me completely hating on the original colour palette and theme (teal space themed created over the winter time) so this is what we came up with and I really am in love.

I wanted to use as much natural wooden and rattan furniture within the space to warm up the cool grey colour that we used on the walls. I then painted a pastel mountain mural (loosely inspired by salvation mountain) as the main feature wall.

We wanted to stay away from the typical baby items but still make this room as functional as possible so Joff made an over the cot changing unit out of chip board and we added a pretty handle from anthropologie so that we can easily move it about. One of my favourite pieces in the room.

I fell in love with the rainbow mirror I picked up on sale at Urban Outfitters but felt something was missing when we hung it up. So I grabbed some fringing off of ebay and added it to the ends.

I also love the fact that the rattan peacock chair was a bridal shower gift from my parents and the moses basket used to be mine and my sibling’s when we were babes!

The wardrobe, an ebay find, was one of the first pieces of furniture we purchased and based our colour theme around. It’s vintage and was already painted in that beautiful dusky green colour.

I have tried to link everything below for those who are interested!

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Cot : IKEA | Wall Paint : Valspar | Rainbow Mirror : Urban Outfitters | Fringing : Ebay | Tie Dye Muslin Sheet : Etsy | Green Dinosaur Toy : Zara Home | Large Teddy Bear : Gifted | Wooden Blanket Rail : Ebay | Knitted blankets : Handmade Gifted | Fringed Unicorn Toy : Anthropologie | Pastel Marble Quilt : Gifted (Emma Nicol Illustration) | Natural fringed toy basket : Marks and Spencer | Large pastel screen print : Created by Joff | Large Wooden Frame : The Range | Silver Metal Toy Suitcase trunks: Habitat | Natural Jute Rug : Urban Outfitters | Sophie Giraffe Natural Rubber Toy : John Lewis | Mustard Memory Book : Meminio | Terrazo Light and ceiling shade : John Lewis | Wardrobe : Ebay | Breastfeeding print : The Plant Room | Dinosaur toys : Ebay | Leather journals : Anthropologie |Wooden baby gym : Ebay | Wooden baby gym toys : Etsy | Moses Basket : Gifted | Wooden moses basket stand : Ebay | Rattan peacock chair : Gifted | Rainbow Cushion: H&M | Rabbit Toy : Gifted | Peach Curtains : Ebay | Nude Changing Bag: ASOS | Blue Jumper : Handmade & Gifted | Rompers : Zara Mini | Suede Jacket : H&M | Changing Mat : John Lewis | Changing Table : Handmade | Changing Table handle : Anthropologie | Rattan storage and baskets : Ebay.

HAUS SERIES: RUG LIFE

Good Morning!

I’m back with a new #hausseries all about the rug life! For those decor enthusiasts like myself, you’ll probably all agree that a rug can have a big impact on your space.

Whether its a flat rug, thick pile, shaggy, modern, traditional, abstract, oriental, vintage; a rug can be a statement maker, space filler, grubby carpet cover and overall killer item!

I didn’t choose the rug life, the rug life chose me. Here’s my top finds this season…

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HAUS Series: MODERN WESTERN

Happy New Year!

I hope that 2017 has got off to a great start for you all.

To kick things off for Kroma, I have been working on some new styling ideas for our home living space to give it a sophisticated lift. I don’t know whether it’s being married, starting a new year or just plain growing older but I have noticed my style taste changing dramatically over the last few months. My once rainbow world of white Scandinavian backdrops filled with an assortment of colourful decor and equally colourful patterns has been stripped back a little (well quite a lot actually) and I feel myself being drawn to calmer, cooler tones that are just as appealing yet a little more “liveable”.

Long gone are the vivid fluorescent hues of corals and yellow and this year I’m making way to a new home vibe. Now, I’m not quite there yet with the #styleitdark vibes and still like my white backdrop, but for Winter into Spring I’m taking inspiration from my love for Palm Springs style and mixing it with bohemian textures and western prints….So welcome Modern Western!

Think emerald green hues, soft nudes, powder blue skies, Cactus Plants, Desert Sands, Cow print fabrics, shaggy rugs, brushed gold metal, native prints, wall hangings, woven baskets, protea flowers and eucalyptus leaves.

Think Joshua Tree landscape, California sunshine and just plain cosy, chilled living!

Textures are all a go with soft suede, animal hide, velvet, faux fur, linen and wool!

I am also loving the idea of rug “layering” where you basically layer one rug over another to add more dimension and texture to your interior. This particularly works well if you have a large plain flat rug that can be layered with a smaller patterned rug.

So, here’s our room plan as well as product mood board. Some of the pieces we have already invested in for our space and the rest (or something very similar) are hopefully on their way into our space over the next few months.

I will be keeping you updated on the progress of our space as we go along! If you’re interested in any of the products, everything is listed below!

*TIP: Remember re-vamping doesn’t always mean spending loads. Opt for less expensive furniture by buying on ebay or second hand stores. Also, sell your unwanted pieces first!

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Flat Rug | White Wire Coffee Table | Grey Linen Sofa Bed | Green Velvet Cushion | Velvet Cow Hide Cushion | Marble Cushion | Taupe Velvet Cushions | Textured Linen Basket | Bamboo Basket | Vinyl Frames | Brushed Gold Lampshade | Desert Sands Print | Blush Footstool | Mountain Cushion.

 

 

Festive Fun

Hey Guys! We’ve been busy decking out our apartment ready for Christmas 2016! Our first Christmas as Husband and Wife..Cute huh!

As always, I tend not to go down the “traditional” festive route when it comes to decor so, if you’re into something a little different then hopefully this might give you a bit of inspiration.

This year consisted mainly of pink, green and gold hues with a tropical vibe that we seemed to have permanently  adopted ever since our wedding and I’m still loving! Emerald Green is HUGE this year for interiors so that might also be a reason why I just can’t seem to shake off having some shade of green within our home.

As with decor, our gift wrap is also never traditional and this year we picked up some tropical flamingo and pineapple print gift wrap from John Lewis as well as some velvet ribbons and gold speckled wrap to partner it.

Alot of our new decorations are also from John Lewis this year, including the gold palm leaf ones which I adore! (These could totally stay up all year round.) I also got gifted a pink pineapple decoration from my beautiful gal pal Tassie which she picked up in Oliver Bonas..I think it’s my fav!

Anyway….Here’s a few snaps of this years decs. I hope you all have a truly wonderful Christmas and we’ll be back with more design and interior inspo in the new year! kroma_xmasdecor_1

 

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HITCHED!

 

Our Tropical Inspired DIY Wedding

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So, we got hitched! And it really was the best day ever. From the little details that we worked endlessly on, to the most important part of promising our love for one another, everything was perfect.

On the morning of our big day and with some sleep, I arised early in my old childhood loft room back home that my mumma and I had styled with all my favourite things. Joined firstly by my mum with a warm cup of tea, then my sister and two best friends. Feeling excited and weirdly calm, we had a little natter then headed downstairs for croissants and bucks fizz to kick off the celebrations.

We all styled our own long locks and did our own makeup so getting ready was lots of fun with music playing from my mum’s little green radio and strawberries on hand for a light snack along the way!

Seeing my floral designs for the first time was so lovely and made everything a little bit more real! Soraya at ultraviolet bought my oversized bouquet to life with a beautiful bold protea as my focal flower and lots of eucalyptus to create a fresh and wild bouquet. Soraya and her team also created a head piece made from blushing bride proteas (absolutely love this name!) as well as pretty pink astilbe and a little more foliage.

Seeing my girl gang (I bought all my girls a little girl gang pin from Cutesy Huge on etsy!) all dolled up and ready to roll was so exciting. We loved that my mum’s dress was called “The Kate dress” and my Dad looked so dapper in his suit and braces. My little flower girl Holly matched me in ivory with a pleated flowing shift dress with 3D floral embellishments and a floral crown.

Time seemed to fly by and before I knew it, we were rushing my shoes on and jumping in the car for a quick dash to Milldam House.

With the previous wedding running slightly late, I had a little time to compose myself and let the nerves settle. (Plus my sister and I did a few breathing exercises in the toilet just before!) Everything felt a little strange, a little exciting, a little nerve racking and a little surreal. I just couldn’t wait to see Joff’s face.

Our ceremony was a simple service that lasted ten minutes and was just what we wanted. It was simple but oh so very special. The main thing I can remember is my right leg shaking at what felt like 100 times per second. I’m just glad my crochet trailing gown seemed to distract from this and no one seemed to notice!

We exchanged rings, declared our love for one another and we had officially made it to married life! With a few family snaps in the house garden, we then took a little drive in our hired powder blue beetle to a butterfly house to hide from the drizzle and get some couple shots together.

Sheltering from the rain, we used our super fun tiki umbrellas from Sunny in Soho who so very kindly sent us a few for our day. The pineapple print tied in so well with our theme and we were so impressed with the design, we have been using these repeatedly since coming back from our honeymoon to the British weather!

The staff at the museum were so lovely and welcoming, sectioning off the butterfly house for us to have some privacy as well as gifting us some beautiful butterflies to take away. The whole shoot felt so special and was one of my favourite parts of the day. I had so much happiness and adrenaline running through me, I just felt so very blessed.

After our twenty minute shoot, we then headed onto to catch up with our guests at Rosie’s vineyard where my amazing friend Ami had set up all our tropical inspired wedding decor that morning!. Now, Ami deserves a special mention here, as she was one of a few friends who offered her time, free of charge to help us out. Ami did all our styling from table decor and menus through to our garden layout and it was incredible! [Ami also has a blog called Lotales and is getting married next year to her lovely partner Maxwell who also came to help! So go check out her page as I can’t wait for their big day!]

After we had managed to take it all in, we all sat down for some bbq grub and prepared ourselves for the speeches! Now, I hadn’t planned on saying anything on our big day in terms of speeches but, for some reason, a few days before I picked up the courage to type something up just in case I was feeling confident enough and I did it! This was a big thing for me and another moment I will always remember and be proud of. I really don’t like speaking in front of large groups but there were so many people who I wanted to thank and I also wanted to be a bit fierce [I don’t think I’ll ever be fierce! ] and fight tradition.

After food and a little tipple, we could relax and take in the evening reception starting with cutting our amazing three tier marble cake by Carl Christian ! The cake consisted of Victoria sponge, coffee and carrot and was oh so delicious!

With our evening guests beginning to arrive, the staff at Rosies bought out the bacon baps, pink donuts and we played our music playlist which consisted of our favourite tunes including September by Earth Wind and Fire.

And we danced and danced and danced and I changed into my gold Dr Martens and then we danced some more!

Our whole day was photographed by another extremely talented friend of mine, Oana Damir, who got some incredible shots of us and knew just what we were after. Another talented friend, Matthew Tiller, also filmed our wedding video which we are so grateful for! We have so many creative folk here in Southsea, it was great to keep things local from flowers and cake through to photography and styling.

Other thanks include Max and Rob for the PA System.

BRIDAL ROBE | BRIDAL SHOES | BRIDAL GOWN | BRIDAL EARRINGSNAIL ART | BRIDESMAIDS GOWNSBRIDESMAID PINS | BRIDESMAID TOPS | BRIDESMAID SKIRTS| MOTHER OF THE BRIDE GOWNFLORALS | BOUQUET SILK TIE | GROOMS SUIT | GROOMS SHOES | GROOMSMEN TIESCAR | WEDDING SHOOT | RECEPTION | TIKI UMBRELLAS | WEDDING CAKE | EDIBLE FLOWERS | DECOR STYLIST & PHOTOGRAPHER | PHOTOGRAPHER

VIDEOGRAPHER: Matthew Tiller

DECOR, SIGNAGE & STATIONARY: ALL OURS!

Colours OF Clinique

Morning!

This week I received a parcel from my favourite skin care brand Clinique!

With a few go to products as well as some new ones to try out, I thought I’d show you what I put on my face! These are the products I’ve been using on the build up to my wedding but also products I’ve been using for at least 7 years.

My absolute fav is the dramatically different moisturising lotion but I’ve also recently been converted to the moisture surge products and have been using the moisturiser in that too so thought I’d try out the spray, particularly on honeymoon!

Anyway, instead of doing a show and tell I thought I’d put together an aesthetically pleasing  design post looking at the product packaging design and colour scheme as well as the products themselves.

Being a designer, I am always attracted to good packaging and I think identity is perfect for it’s message of helping create clean, clear and healthy skin.

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Wall Art

Hello!

Today I thought I’d do more of a general decor/creative post and show you around the variety of artwork that we have within our home.

We have quite an eclectic mix of prints, all of which we absolutely love and come from around the globe. I shall try and put all links to each artist’s work at the very end if any of you are interested in their designs or want to purchase anything!

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To start things of, I thought I’d show you round my absolute favourite room of our home, the lounge. We have quite a variety of prints in this room as well as a couple of wall hangings. Where we have quite high ceilings, we wanted to create a growing gallery wall to show off the height as well as making the most of the space.

The tropical framed prints on our gallery wall are actually all wrapping paper prints that we’ve framed from Wrap Magazine. At the very top, we have framed three very special prints from my friend Tassie from Green Heart Design, who uses gold foil to create her Illustrations.

Then, in our our first alcove, we have a gorgeous weave hanging from Clementine Pepper.

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In the second alcove of our lounge, we have two framed Illustrations from two separate designers. The first is by one of Joff’s favourite Illustrators. The second is by Jane from Little Tea Wagon. We are both obsessed with the Wes Anderson Film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and this is the only print I’ve found so far that I feel does the film justice in terms of modern design sophistication with hints of nostalgia. I love it!

We also have a couple of framed prints on our copper drinks trolley. The marble print is again, some wrapping paper purchased from Marks and Spencer and the second is a photograph I tore from Uppercase magazine.

The last couple of prints from this room I purchased from San Francisco artist Christine Schmidt who runs Yellow Owl Workshop and I think they may be my favourites. I am hoping to buy some more of her prints very soon.

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We are currently adding to our hall way of prints and so far have three main prints on show including a monochrome print by McBess (Joff’s all time favourite Illustrator), a super humorous print by Manchester based Illustrator Amy Victoria Marsh and a little print we picked up at Made in Brighton this year by Wit Shop.

Our opposite room we decided to paint mint green and have added a set of smaller Wes Anderson Film inspired prints by Little Tea Wagon.

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Our bedroom consists of mainly monochrome pieces including some more framed Illustrations by McBess as well as a Graffiti piece we purchased from a street artist in Lanzarote a few years ago.

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Our bathroom mainly consists of lots of plants and a few wall hangings, however we do have one ickle print in here by Illustrator Emily Gilbert. This print goes so well with our bathroom decor and is such a beautiful serene Illustration.

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So, there they are all! We have a few more to put up so I’m sure I’ll do another update when they are all on display!