Home interiors


velux loft conversion

It’s been 5 years this summer since we finished the big remodel work on our house. The time has flown by and having had a few years to live with our new home we’ve started to think about what I’ve been calling ‘Phase Three’.

Phase Three consists of a lot of small jobs which we either couldn’t afford to do during the big work, or hadn’t actually considered doing at the time.

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5 beautiful and useful items for the small home office

I’ve spent a big chunk of my life working from home in one capacity or another and one of the great joys of freelancing is being able to take control of your workspace. Whether it’s big or small, chances are your home office space is going to be a lot more interesting than a generic laminate desk at a big corporation ever would be.

In fact I’ve made the office space in our house so welcoming that I frequently find all three of us and the dogs camped out in at weekends, which wasn’t quite the plan!

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favourite beautiful and useful items for the home office…

CUBERT141 copy


The Cubert is a minimalistically designed touch-activated LED light and charging station with two 13 amp sockets and two USB points. It’s perfect for a home office where space is tight as it means you can charge up to four items and run a lamp off just one power socket. It also has a very compact footprint so it won’t hog surface space on a desk and the white exterior means it fits beautifully with modern interiors.

Wire Wall Storage with Hooks - Medium

Wire wall storage with hooks

With a touch of the urban industrial feel, this wall storage would be perfect in any creative home office space as it provides shelving to store larger items like books and dedicated hanging space for tools, scissors, rolls of washi tape or keys. Being made of wire it’s also partly transparent and therefore not to imposing if mounted on the wall of a small room.

Tesco White Marseille Metal Dining Chair £49 Dalston White Study Desk £49 Opal Side Table £29

Metal chair and desk combo

Finding a stylish and practical desk and office chair for the home has never been easier. This metal chair and desk duo come from the most unlikeliest of places… Tesco! I know, I couldn’t believe it either and you can get both together for less than £100, leaving room in the budget to splurge on other items to beautify your space.

Block Medium PegBoard - Yellow

Block medium pegboard

Another way to keep your desk clear of clutter whilst creating storage space on your walls is to add a pegboard. This bright yellow pegboard from Red Candy does a great job providing a splash of colour on your office wall too. Use it to hold receipts, photos and anything else you don’t want to lose.

Veneer Deco Tray by House Doctor

Veneer Deco Tray by House Doctor

Even in a small workspace there is always room to be organised. These veneer deco trays which come in a range of shapes and sizes are perfect for ensuring that your favourite pen or essential crafting tool is right where you want it when you need it.

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Renovation countdown – 7 weeks to go

Rubbish!Last weekend we started work clearing everything in preparation for the builders arriving on site in 7 weeks time. What this basically meant was an entire morning spent filling the skip we’d hired to dispose of things we had accumulated and (mostly) the previous owners had left lying around (bricks and rubble mainly) followed by the rewarding purchase of another interiors book to drool over.

We discovered (perhaps faced up to is a better phrase) that a rickety old garage we have been storing things in is not watertight and a lot of the things in it are now sopping wet. This helped expediate the disposal of a few things, but may also expediate the disposal of the garage itself, which is an entirely more exciting prospect…

imageGarage demolition

This is the very garage that I one day dream of turning into Maybush Studio. We shall have to see if we can juggle things in the budget. I seem to spend most of my days now shuffling numbers around Excel spreadsheets.

On a positive note however our staircase quote has come in under budget and I’m giddy with excitement at the prospect of living with oak open riser stairs. Trust me, you would never ever find open riser stairs in a military quarter. Maybe that’s why I’m so excited!

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A tale of two chairs…

Earlier this week I opened the door to a delivery man holding an absolutely enormous box. For a moment I stared at him blankly and thought “that can’t be for me, I haven’t ordered anything that large” but then I realised the contents of the box were actually for me!

Inside was a beautiful Robin Day 675 chair from Case Furniture, my runner’s up prize in a competition I took part in in September. Although I missed out on the top prize, it was actually the 675 chair that I had had my eye on all along and in more than one respect it was rather appropriate that it should have been this chair that I won…
Firstly my winning blog post is all about the designer Robin Day and in particular his Polo chairs which we had my childhood kitchen. It was those yellow plastic Polo chairs that inspired me to buy my own yellow plastic chair about 15 years ago, and it’s sat at my desk ever since…
However, as much as I love it, as soon as I started my Graphic Design course it became painfully (literally) apparent that sitting on woven plastic for a good length of time is not comfortable. My 675 chair came to the rescue just in time and I’m absolutely delighted with it. Thank you Case Furniture!

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