The big day…

October 9, 2009

Everyone needs an extra splash of inspiration on a Friday, so with Ellie on holiday for her birthday, your daily dose of loveliness comes courtesy of me! It’s eerily quiet in at Ideal Home HQ today and I’m slinking off this afternoon too to help my lovely friend Emma choose a dress for her New Forest wedding next summer. Since she announced her engagement I have taken the liberty of bestowing upon myself the role of Chief Styling and Prettiness Consultant and have been emailing her links to wedding blogs for inspiration. In the past, I would have considered myself something of a mood board master, but no more! These wedding bloggers must certainly take that title – just check out some of these amazing offerings from three of my favourites…

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Snippet 1Snippet & Ink

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Have you ever seen so many lovely images in one place? I can’t wait! – Bethan

Autumn is well and truly here. It’s dismally dark outside – the London sky is dark grey and it’s pouring with rain. The office has that yellow, artificially-lit glow, that makes you feel as if you’ve gone back in time to school and it’s ‘wet play’. Since we’re stuck indoors – in my case, eating mushroom soup that looks and smells like sick – let’s cheer ourselves up and pass the time by addressing one of the oldest design dilemmas in the book. Every stylist’s nightmare. The one that rumbles on, day after day, nagging away, keeping me awake at night. Nevermind world peace, crime, society, the future, health, religion, or the meaning of LIFE. It’s whether or not to colour-sort my books that I fret about. (Of course).

books-sorted-by-colorThe internal debate runs thus: Do I sort my books into tidy blocks of colour, creating a pleasing visual display – an organised, stylish, veritable rainbow in my living room? But then, endure the inevitable moans and groans as the boyfriend claims to have spent days if not weeks searching for the Rough Guide to Paris, because he believed it to have a blue cover when in fact it was green all along… OR, do I store my books in a boring, untidy, visually pants, library-esque alphabetical A-Z order which looks awful, but means he can find any book, any time, in about five seconds flat, and, crucially, without having to ask me to find it for him?

colourcodedbooks1It’s a toughie. But I’m afraid aesthetics triumph over practicality any day for me. There’s something so lovely about books that are sorted by colour, even though I know it’s a bit pretentious and/or impractical in reality. But, once you’ve rearranged them into meticulous colour order (which takes the best part of a day if you’re a hoarder like me), the problems don’t stop. What order should the colours go in? Richard Of York Gained Battle In Vain? This is all very well, but looks a bit like an actual rainbow…and where should all the black, brown, beige and white books go? Should I just arrange the colours randomly? Alphabetically? Sometimes It’s all too much. Sometimes there’s a fine line between stylish design and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Don’t even get me started on the patterned covers, which could be classified as any number of colours and ruin the whole system completely. (FYI, these pesky books are probably best banished to a cupboard in case they send you completely insane). And there’s nothing more annoying than noticing a fuchsia pink book in the lime green section, because SOMEBODY doesn’t ‘get’ the new system. SIGH. So, what do you think? To colour-sort or not to colour-sort? Answers on a postcard to the usual address please: ‘yay’, ‘nay’, or ‘get a life’. – Ellie

colour coded book piles


June 19, 2009

The new autumn/winter collection from Rice is a riot of colour, bursting with cheerful patterns, zingy bright prints and crazy combinations. Just what we need to celebrate the fact it’s nearly the weekend!



I thought I was ‘over’ my coral pink addiction, but now I’m not so sure! It works so well with the bright yellow bedstead, and the hot pink rug here. This is the kind of look I’d love to be brave enough to go for!


I really like the horse print lampshade above. Also, the 1950s-style kitchen below is so kitsch it’s cool – baby blue and candy-floss pink is always a hit with me. The images look like Barbie’s house – in a good way! HOW cute are the fridge magnets…




Following on from ‘Opens shelving = the way forward‘ earlier this week, think pink and check out the lovely shelves below. Surely cupboard doors should be BANNED!? Also, I’m loving the colour-coded crockery storage going on here. In a similar way, I like colour-coded books too…although I got into a bit of bother with the boyfriend when I colour-coded all of ours because apparently he ‘needs’ an alphabetical system because he’s ‘not visual’ and he once spent three days searching for Of Mice and Men. SIGH.


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Now, I wonder how I can convince him that a blanket with little knitted cherries hanging off it is somehow a household essential…hmmmm. – Ellie