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Pineapple sundae

Pineapple chandelier

Since our youngest was 6 months old, our daughters have shared a bedroom. This is a conscious choice. It has had it challenges at time (but then parenting does!) but seeing them share and being considerate roommates is definitely worth it. This is their shared pineapple sundae bedroom in our new home. I love decorating kids’ rooms as you can break all the rules in the book and be truly creative. Like most design inspirations, this room started when I saw a picture in a magazine. It was a retro California style bedroom and completely dreamy. I then started searching for the perfect pineapple chandelier and found this French antique beauty on eBay. I built the room design around it: pineapple, black, yellow and some pastels to balance it out. Structurally  I squared out the room by removing the built in cupboards (which turned out to be built in breeze blocks!) and by pushing the wall back to lose the box room and make the landing on the other side straight. This gives the room lovely balanced proportions and makes it actually the biggest room in the house. I didn’t want to use wallpaper in this room as the mixed use of prints […]

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Room to play

Rules of play

During the summer months in Dubai you can’t play outside much so my girls had a play room. During the winter months in Toronto you can’t play outside much so my girls had a play room. In Oxfordshire what’s my excuse? Well I’ve got used to a toy free sitting room and I’m not ready to give it up so I planned a play room in our new home too. I knocked through the old pantry and loo off the kitchen and made it into a play room (to see the before and after floorplan click here). To future proof the room, when I planned the re-wire of the house, I added a TV ariel point and a phone line so it can become a teenage den or a home office down the line. Here’s the before and after view from the kitchen (which means I can spy on them when needed!). We had to insulate the walls and the floor as this was a single brick addition. I painted the walls white as the toys are so colourful and it’s a lot easier to touch up when it gets knocked. I colour matched the plain grey vinyl floor and […]

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Maisons du Monde

Maisons du monde top picks

Having grown up in France, I am a huge fan of Maison du Monde. They have a great collection of worldly items which can make your decor unique, generally at affordable prices and they have a great sustainable development plan which is really important for me (as generally I don’t buy new and if I do, it has to be sustainable). They launched their UK online shop last Spring so you can now get their gorgeous items here (which will save me from filling my suitcase during my next trip home). As I am counting on Spring coming soon – wishful thinking I know – here are my top picks from MdM for the Spring. They are all under £20 apart from the rattan headboard and kids’ chair. Rattan is going to be a big trend this year and these items were too gorgeous not to include. Left to right: Pineapple lamp: this is a modern twist on a classic. 50cm tall flamingo: this would look amazing in a nursery. Rattan mirror: I want to get this mirror for our living room! Knitted cactus, cactus pot and cactus wood artwork: they are all on trend with the cactus nursery/kids’ bedroom trend. […]

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