All about the exciting (terrifying) world of buying a flat in London and other interesting distractions.

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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Coming to terms with my red sofas

I've been contemplating dyeing my two Klippan sofas. Its not that I dislike the red as such, more that its quite big colour statement for a living room. However, dyeing them is not going to be easy. I estimate it will need 4-5 packs of dye + a ton of salt and nerves of steel hoping that it doesn't stain the bath... and this is per sofa. So I thought if I could find a palette of colours that compliments the red, maybe I could save myself the trouble.

Queue genius website

The one I'm liking the most at present:
Inspired by Katie's living room at What Katie Does

Now I need to keep an eye out from some mustard yellow things or fabric (and a Kitten).

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Paper dream

Going with my current map obsession:

I'm liking this alternative way of revamping a piece of furniture. Guessing it would be fiddly, but I reckon it would be worth it.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011


A very thoughtful friend sent me a link to Liberty's new fabrics. Must find a way to use this awesome Brian Wildsmith print somewhere.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Coffee table project

With  house move impending I've been thinking about furniture and the potential need to visit a certain affordable Swedish design Mecca. Fortunately, we are quite lucky in that we already have pretty much everything we need, which is a big bonus as far as our joint account is concerned. However. I am bored. I also don't want a house full of Ikea furniture that looks like Ikea furniture. So. The sofas are going to get a dye job. The kitchen butchers trolley will get a lick of paint, and for that useful square coffee table that everyone has I'm thinking something along these lines:

Before and after shots to follow...

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Kitchen envy

Love love love. Colour and shelves especially.

Collections in colour

It's January. It is grey and dull. I may be failing to inject much colour into my wardrobe (grey has become a comforting staple), but I fully intend to make the most of colour in our new place.

We are once again mid-purchase, in that weird solicitor filled conveyance limbo between offer accepted and completion. So, whilst I don't dare yet post any room specific ideas, I'm allowed to have great ideas yes?

So, in the name of injecting colour:

I thought this was a clever, and unusual way of organising your books. I may however me a bit too OCD to try it! Maybe just with one shelf to begin with...

The colour grouping thing is good though. It brought Tony Cragg's sculptures to mind (get me with my modern art references - this year I vow to use my degree in any way possible!).