Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Clarins Odyssey Collection

Don't judge a book by it's cover.  This is the moral mantra we all have to keep in the forefront of our minds.  However, the problem with this is that I am a sucker for gorgeous packaging! One brand that always delivers in the limited edition packaging stakes is Clarins.  Their festive collection, Odyssey, is based on the luxurious designs of ancient Greece and promises to transform you into a Greek Goddess by giving you a luminous complexion, coppery gold eyes and warm brown lips.

The Odyssey Foundation Palette is encased in a stunning compact with intricate detailing.  I must admit that I was somewhat confused by this product at first as it has a metallic gold design on the pan.  I was also confused by the 'foundation' title as it's more of a face powder than a foundation powder with coverage.  I am not one for all over shimmer on my face so the first few tries of this powder were strictly limited to my cheekbones until the gold particles dissipated.


However, once the gold design had disappeared, which naturally happens after a couple of applications, the powder itself is really high quality.  The powder is a soft peach/nude shade and has a silky soft texture that blends into the skin seamlessly.  It's incredibly lightweight and doesn't leave any kind of chalky, powdery residue on the skin.


Here's a quick overview of how Clarins describe the product:

"A special edition Christmas case to whisk you away to the elegant and sumptuous world of Ancient Greece. This golden case houses a silky, fine and lightweight compact powder, to enhance and even out all types of complexions. Decorated with a medallion with engraved edges and scrolls scattered with gold-coloured mother-of-pearl, it lights up the face and neck with a shimmering effect that's perfect for the festive season".


""Light Optimizing +" complex: instantly captures, amplifies and diffuses the light. Fine lines and small imperfections are visibly reduced. The complexion is even and radiant.
Micropatch® Végétal: maintains the skin's hydration, comfort and softness.
White tea extract: anti-pollution protection".


Although the powder has been designed to suit all skin tones, I personally don't think that is possible for one powder to do this.  I would say it's better suited to light to light/medium skin tones.  The powder contains light-reflecting particles which create a luminous effect to your complexion.  Overall, I really liked this powder and although the gold design on the pan is beautiful, it perhaps isn't that practical as an addition to face powder.


The Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette also has beautiful packaging and things just get better when you open the palette up!  The eye shadow shades are truly versatile and would suit pretty much everyone! The cool-toned beiges and browns are coupled with a super-intense copper-gold shade.


Here's how Clarins describe the palette:

"A collection of wet and dry formula eye shadow quartets, each containing four toning shades of satin and iridescent long lasting, super silky and blendable eye colour. Presented in Clarins' signature pale gold compact with mirror and two quality foam tipped applicators; one for defining the eye and one for shading and blending.  An anti-pollution active ingredient preserves the fragile skin of the eyelids. It also protects them from harmful free radicals".


The copper gold shade really excited me when I first saw it.  I am a metallic magpie and love all things reflective, especially for the festive period!  The fact that these eye shadows can be used wet or dry just puts the icing on the cake.  They are gorgeously silky smooth, with great pigmentation and lasting power.


I cannot explain to you how beautiful the coppery gold shade is.  The pigmentation is just crazy and it's so reflective that it looks stunning on the lids.  The texture of that particular eye shadow is almost creamy and because of that, it's best applied with your fingers to get a really intense effect.  I was so impressed by it and will be doing a FOTD post to demonstrate just how lovely it looks!

This is how all the shades look when applied dry:


All the shades are intensified when applied wet.

The coppery gold shade is incredible applied wet and the fallout is next to nothing which to me, is VERY important when dealing with sparkly/metallic shades.  This palette makes for a great daytime look when you just use the cool-toned browns and can instantly update your look to something more dramatic and glamorous when you add the metallic shade.

You could definitely mimic this season's gold smokey eye as seen on the catwalks of Gucci A/W 2012.

The full collection includes:

Face:
Odyssey Face Palatte SPF 15, Blush Prodige – 02 Soft Peach

Eyes:
Eye Quartet Mineral Palatte – 09 Odyssey
Instant Definition Mascara – 01 Intense Black

Lips:
Gloss Prodige – 01 Chocolate

For more information see www.clarins.com or visit a Clarins counter near you!

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Chantecaille & Zara

It's not easy to find a bold colour that works well for daytime without feeling like a painted doll.  Bright daylight, especially that of the autumn winter months, makes everything seem more vivid. Let's face it, that cold, stark white light pretty much shows up any flaw lurking on your face.  


When applying my make up, I always consider the time of day. For example if I'm going out early in the morning, I always apply my make up more lightly so that it appears more subtle and natural beneath the light hues of the morning sun.  As the light changes dramatically from dawn to dusk, so does my make up.  I generally save bolder looks for night wear.

However, I think I have finally discovered the elusive wearable daytime bright lipstick in Chantecaille Magnolia Lipstick...


"Lip Stick provides excellent definition, luxurious texture and vivid color. Its pure pigments are coated with lauryl lysine, an emollient that creates a film on the lips that is impervious to water and oil.  Made of natural beeswax that has a wonderfully comfortable feel, the formula is also enriched with vitamins A and C, emollient amino acids, and an SPF 6-8. Cruelty-free, without lanolin and animal or mineral derivatives".


The colour is somewhat difficult to describe - the only way I can describe it is a bright dusky pink with dark peach undertones paired with a luminous satin finish.  The pigmentation is VERY impressive and the formulation of the lipstick is gorgeously hydrating and smooth.  It's lasting power is pretty impressive too because it doesn't tend to transfer onto cups and such like when you are drinking.  Chantecaille Magnolia is one of those lipsticks that feels luxurious when you apply it.  It's without doubt one of the best lipsticks I have in my collection.


My favourite thing about this lipstick is that whilst the colour is bright, it's not overpowering and I don't feel conspicuous wearing it during the day.  It has a very wearable quality, both in colour and formulation.  It doesn't cling to dry patches on the lips or make them look overly opaque.  It gives a radiance and luminosity to your lips that just lifts your complexion and gives you a subtle polish.  I absolutely love this lipstick!


Yes, that's right, I have been loitering in Zara again.  It has become my favourite shopping haunt of late and I just can't seem to get enough of their goods.  Their current collections are just perfect for work-wear - smart, stylish and chic.  I was lucky enough to have this shirt bought for me by my lovely mum, who must have felt sorry for me as I longingly stroked it in the store.  I had promised myself I wouldn't buy any more clothes this month so mum treated me.


I love all the earthy tones that are around at the moment because they are perfect for autumn/winter.  Khaki, being a military shade, has a very smart look to it if worn correctly.  This heavy shirt with gold skull buttons was crying out to be paired with my new Zara studded sleeve coat, black tights and black boots.  I wore it all today for a day of wedding planning meetings and I loved the way it all looked together.


Although I swore the buttoned up look would never suit me, this shirt is roomy enough to wear it as such without it making me look too matronly.  I got a medium because I like my shirts and blouses to be slightly fitted to flatter my shape.  I actually saw someone wearing a buttoned up shirt with a necklace over the top and really loved the way it looked.  I tried it today and hey presto, I liked it.


I love the little skull details on this shirt and the slightly heavier fabric which is perfect for the colder weather.  At £29.99 I feel like it's really worth the price tag and definitely something that will be worn to death through the next few months.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

My New Hair

For the past couple of weeks, I had been toying with the idea of having my fringe cut back in again. This is how it looked when I first had it cut back in October last year...


I had pretty much let it grow out into a longer fringe since then because a longer fringe requires less maintenance so in other words, I got lazy! I liked how it completely changed my face but it did have it's disadvantages:

1) It had to be trimmed every couple of weeks
2) At that length it never looks right when I curled my hair  - it just didn't blend properly and ended up looking separate from the rest of the style (if that makes any sense?)
3) I had to use straighteners on it every morning to get it to sit right which ultimately sin't good for the health of your hair

Those were the things that were ultimately preventing me from getting a fringe again.  However, after seeing a couple of hair inspiration pictures recently, I decided the Brigitte Bardot fringe look may well work in my favour with regards to practicality.


I have also seen Cheryl Cole with a similar hairstyle and it dawned on me that it would solve my fringe dilemma because:

1) The whole hairstyle relies on a more relaxed, bed-head look so styling would be minimal
2) You wouldn't have to trim the fringe much as it still looks good when it has grown out slightly
3) You can still curl/wave your hair without the fringe looking strange
4) Even when your hair is in a ponytail, this fringe softly flatters your face


So I took the plunge and on Friday afternoon, I got my hair highlighted and cut by my hairdresser of 6 years, Leigh.  I basically took in the two pictures above and asked for a Bardot-style fringe that graduated into the lengths of my hair.  I kept all my other layers long.  Here's how it turned out...


I ALWAYS wear my hair in a side-parting and have done ever since I was about 15 so switching to a centre parting felt very strange indeed.  My hair may need some training to sit like that effortlessly but already I am enjoying the benefits of not having to faff over my hair so much.


I don't have to use the straighteners on my fringe now at all as blowdrying with a large round brush does the job nicely.  The bed-head look has taken me a while to get used to as being a perfectionist, it kind of goes against my religion to have bits of hair out of place.  But the beauty of this look is that it's supposed to be a bit messy, dishevelled and casual.  If you are obsessed with having every hair in place then this hairstyle is most definitely not for you!


I love how just changing your parting and fringe can transform your face and overall look.  It's nice to have a change and this hairstyle is so flexible.  You can change back to a side parted fringe, wear it straight, curly or  with soft waves.  It looks good worn with a back-combed ponytail or in a messy bun.

Overall, I'm just happy to have a slight image change.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

My Current Skincare

I have been receiving a lot of emails enquiring about my current skin care regime so I thought I would do a post covering the products that have made a noticeable difference in my skin over the past 3 weeks or so. I always change up my skin care every couple of months to ensure my skin doesn't become 'immune' to the effects of the products I'm using. It's no secret that I love Origins skincare (especially their anti-blemish products) however they're not cheap and I had been on the look out for a more affordable option without sacrificing any of the benefits.

Enter the Oxy Seaweed Power range:


"Spot-prone skin needs an effective, yet caring approach. That’s why the dermatologists at OXY have undertaken ground-breaking research into the healing power of nature and come up with their Natural Skin Science Range of anti-spot, skin-cleansing products. Our anti-spot range contains naturally active seaweed, purified in the cold waters of the Atlantic and harvested from sustainable sources. Seaweed is full of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and trace elements, and rich in antioxidant properties.  This skin-friendly seaweed concentrate is at the heart of OXY’s unique formulations. It has been rigorously researched and is scientifically proven to kill spot-causing bacteria, redness and excess oil production, whilst being gentle on skin".

This skincare range blew me away.  I don't often make such elaborate statements about a whole range of products but these have really made a massive difference to my skin.  I went through a phase where my skin was reacting to the volatile changes in the weather and I developed small spots around my mouth that just wouldn't go away.  They were causing a lot of redness, inflammation and seemed to be spreading by the day.  I really like the whole Oxy Seaweed Power range but there were a couple of products which really stood out for me as must-haves:

Oxy Seaweed Power Clear Pore Exfoliant (£5.99) - I started using this and within a couple of days I noticed a vast improvement in the appearance and texture of my skin.  Within a week the spots had gone completely and with consistent use every night, my skin is more even in tone, smoother and completely spot-free.  I cannot stress enough how brilliant this exfoliator is.  The granules are gritty enough to give your face a good sloughing without feeling like they are irritating or scratching you.  It is suitable for sensitive skin and contains absolutely no alcohol, parabens or SLS.  My skin feels gorgeously fresh, revived and smooth after using this product and I have already bought a back up for when this tube is finished!

Oxy Seaweed Power Deep Calm Balm (£5.99) - This oil-free light moisturiser is THE perfect daily moisturiser for my skin.  I generally have sensitive skin that's prone to some dry patches so oil-free moisturisers sometimes don't cut the mustard.  However this one keeps my skin hydrated, whilst eliminating shine and creates a perfect base for make-up.  It's the perfect moisturiser for when you have blemishes because it's light in texture and won't clog up your pores.  It actually works with the exfoliant to clear spots so it's a powerful combo that doesn't contain harsh chemicals or alcohol.  Love it!

The Emergency Spot Treatment Gel in the range reminds me very much of the Origins Spot Remover gel and is a fantastic dupe.  I am also trying out the Clearlight device at the moment and will be featuring that in an upcoming post!  If you are having trouble with your skin at the moment then definitely try out this range.  Having clear skin gives me so much more confidence and make-up looks so much better on my skin when it's fresh, radiant and spot-free.


The other products I have been using for the last month are higher end and obviously for that reason, more expensive.  I'm not a skincare snob and I normally use a mixture of drugstore AND higher end products.

Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator (£47 for 30ml) - I really wish I didn't like this product because it's rather expensive but I can't deny that it makes my skin feel lusciously smooth and perks up my complexion every morning.  I apply it before my Oxy moisturiser and it gives that bit of radiance I need under my foundation.  The Oxy products have given my skin an incredibly smooth texture and this product just further smooths and perfects it.

"This intensive, yet gentle oil-free serum features powerful technologies to address the look of every key sign of uneven skintone: Triple-Optic Technology provides skin with a brighter, more luminous look from the very first application. CorrectTone Technology reduces the appearance of uneven skintone Made with anti-oxidants.Imagine skin so incredibly clear, even-toned and radiant, you have nothing to hide. Proven gentle and effective for all ethnicities".

MyChelle Perfect C Serum (£38.50 for 15ml) - This serum is nothing short of amazing.  I don't think my skin has ever looked so glowy, radiant and healthy.

"Advanced formula to protect skin’s health while combating the signs of aging. A potent 17% dose of clinically proven L-Ascorbic Acid helps to strengthen collagen and improve skin texture. L-Ergothioneine boosts cellular energy and helps interrupt the stress reaction that destroys elastin. Buddleja Plant Stem Cell protects against photo-damage and oxidative stress through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity".

It contains:

1) 17% Ascorbic Acid (L) - Antioxidant, strengthens collagen, assists in brightening, provides anti-wrinkle effects / smoothes skin texture, heals wounds, prevents scarring.

2) Buddleja Davidii Stems G™ - Protects the skin from UV-induced stress, inhibits inflammation and it has a high antioxidant activity level.

3) Astaxanthin (BioAstin™) - Protects collage and  provides intensive antioxidant actions.

4) Ergothioneine (L) (Amino Acid) - Natural antioxidant and amino acid, prevents damage caused by UV radiation.

I use this serum every single night and I noticed the glow-enhancing results after a couple of days - I have had a lot of compliments on my skin recently from people I know.  I can be quite cynical about serums but this one has far surpassed any other vitamin C-based formula I have tried! Perfect if you want to get the glow back into your skin!


Elemis has always been one of my favourite skincare brands - their Pro Collagen Marine Cream being one of my all-time favourites (when I can afford it!).  I have been using the Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream over the past couple of weeks and it's simply gorgeous.  It's super hydrating formula has saved my skin from the really cold weather.

"Clinically proven to help increase oxygen levels in the skin, this night cream has been specifically formulated to help with your skin's natural regeneration process. Developed with the revolutionary Padina Pavonica, an Anti-Ageing hexapeptide, Laminaria Digitata and Red Coral, the signs of pre-mature ageing are delayed, whilst the skin's natural collagen network is supported, promoting skin elasticity and hydration."

I don't know many people who have £95 to spend on a 50ml jar of moisturiser SO my tip is to look out for the Elemis value kits where you get either a 15ml tube or 30ml tub of the moisturiser with other products.  Even the 15ml will last over two weeks of daily application.  This gives you an opportunity to try the product without paying a big price tag for a full pot. That way you can use the product to boost your skin when it REALLY needs it.

I know that not everyone has the kind of cash to splash out on expensive products but you can't argue with what works.

What are your favourite skincare products at the moment?

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

FOTD: Bright Eyes

I have had a few requests via email to list all the products I used for this recent Benefit Peek-A-Bright-Eyes review.  Whilst not being a particularly ground-breaking make up look, I guess it's always helpful to know what someone has used if you like a particular aspect of how it looks.

So here goes, complete with links to each product...



Face

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (mixed Fresco with Shell Beige and applied with fingertips)
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Light to Medium Bisque) under eyes
Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation (Creamy Tan) on any blemishes
Sleek Contour Kit (Light) to define cheekbones and under jawline
Estee Lauder Peach Nuance Blush
Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc (Pink Tourmaline) on tops of cheekbones and down bridge of nose


Eyes

Mac Omega eye shadow applied with a small angle brush to define brows
Jemma Kidd JK Glitterati Eyeshadow Dust Duo (Debut) all over lid as a base
Benefit Peek-A-Bright-Eyes Kit (to see how I used it, clicker here
Benefit Eye Bright Pencil on waterline
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit (used powder to clean up under-eye area)
Loreal Superliner (Black) along top lashline
Mac Carbon eye shadow used to soften liquid liner
Ardell 110 False Lashes
Bourjois Volumizer Mascara (Black) on top lashes only

Lips


I have also had requests for a current skincare post so that will be up tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Revlon Photoready Cream Blush

When I think of cream blush products, I tend to associate them with the higher end brands.  The formula is paramount and more often than not, the cheaper versions seem to fall short.  In my eyes, a cream blush must have:

1) A silky, lightweight consistency
2) No sticky finish on the skin
3) Sheer pigmentation to avoid looking like a clown


Revlon Photoready Cream Blush is described as providing a 

"buildable, beautiful flush of colour
Lightweight formula with silky soft feel on skin
Blends evenly over cheeks for smooth application
Photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to provide cheeks with a beautiful glow".


The two shades featured in this post are Coral Reef - a bright red-based coral and Pinched - a light milky peach.  The packaging is simple, practical and allows for application with your fingertips or with a brush.  The packaging, size of the pan and look of the cream blushes actually reminds me a lot of the Bobbi Brown Rouge Pots and Mac Lip and Cheek Creams.


Coral Reef is definitely more of a summer shade choice for me and I would say that it's more suited to medium to dark skin tones due to the pigment.  It looks rather scary in the pot but once applied, the colour is pretty sheer. Pinched on the other hand is a very subtle shade which is more suitable for fair to fair/medium skin tones.  It gives just the slightest hint of colour on my cheeks.


I really liked the consistency of these cream blushes because they are lightweight, silky and easy to blend into the skin without leaving any streaks or blotchy patches.  I'm not one for piling on blush so I felt that one application was enough for me.  However the product can be layered if you prefer the stronger appearance of blush.  The finish could be described as semi-matte and it gives the skin a freshness that looks more youthful than powder blush.


Top: Pinched, Bottom: Coral Reef

I tried applying the product with both my fingers and also with a make up brush designed specifically for cream formulations.  I definitely prefer the fingertip method as you can blend into the back of your hand before applying it to your cheeks which gives you that little bit more control over the colour intensity.  It's easier to apply more to get the finish you want rather than trying to undo a mistake.


Left to Right: Pinched, Coral Reef

Apologies that the photo on the right isn't focused as well as it could be.  My camera decided it didn't want to play ball that day!

I think these Cream Blushes are good value for money and a great dupe for Bobbi Brown Rouge Pots.  Although, I think they really need to provide a larger, more comprehensive colour range to suit a larger variety of skin tones.  At £7.99, I still think they are a great quality product and have a formula that would rival most higher end cream blushes.  Coral Reef would make for a great summer product when your skin is all tanned!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Benefit Peek-A-Bright-Eyes Kit

As far back as I can remember, I have suffered from dark under-eye circles.  Unfortunately, it's genetic so no amount of sleep or dietary alterations will change the fact that I have deep set eyes.  There's no point moaning about such small things when there are loads of tricks you can learn to make your peepers look wide awake and fresh.  I will be doing a blog post in the near future detailing all the things I do to lighten my entire eye area and combat dark circles.  Stay tuned for that!

Today's post will feature a review of the new Benefit Peek-A-Bright-Eyes eye illuminating kit...



Benefit says: "“wake up” your look with this portable makeup kit! Illuminate, highlight and contour with three complementary shadows & famous creamy brightener, eye bright. It’s your secret to big, bright eyes!"

The kit contains:

Buff base shadow
Warm chocolate contour shadow
Pearly pink highlight shadow
Eye bright
Concealer brush
Contour brush / Liner brush


I love the holographic-accented design of the packaging.  It's fun, whimsical and practical so basically everything that I have come to expect from a Benefit product.  I like the fact that they included a lid to click over the Eye Bright as this prevents contamination from any of the powder shadows (I'm starting to sound a bit like Monica from Friends using words like 'contamination'!).  Although small, the brush applicators are actually very good quality.  When at home, I would prefer using my larger brushes to blend but I would most definitely use the ones included of I took it away with me purely out of convenience.



As you know, I am a big fan of Benefit and I have to say that this kit is perfect for me.  It's a fantastic palette to take on a weekend away or on holiday because it contains everything you need to make your eyes look bright, natural and wide awake.



The eye shadows all have impressive pigmentation, particularly the chocolate brown shade which is the perfect contour colour for daytime wear.  It's extremely easy to blend which makes for a really flawless, natural finish that softly defines your eyes.  I would advise not going mad with the contour shade or you may defeat the purpose of what you originally set out to do - make your eyes look bright and fresh.  All three shades are smooth, buttery and have a lovely finely-milled finish.  What I really love about this palette is that it's all about making the most of what you have naturally without piling on the eye make-up.  Also, the buff shade has a satin finish so your eyes don't look overly shimmery for the daytime.


I used the kit as directed:

Base shadow all over the lid and browbone
Contour shade in the crease blending upwards and out (also lined upper lashline)
Highlight shade dabbed in the middle of the lid
Eye Bright dabbed on outer an inner corners


It's swatchin time!


My only departure from the directions was that I didn't apply the chocolate shade on my lower lashline because I wanted to maximise the brightening effect by not adding any darkness to the area under my eyes.  I also applied a very fine line of black liquid eyeliner to my top lashline just to give that extra bit of definition and lift to my eyes.  It's amazing how you can change the shape of your eyes JUST by altering your make-up techniques.  That's part of why I love make-up!



The finished result of using this palette is a flawless, polished but very natural make-up look.  This kit is the perfect accompaniment to a bold red lip because it makes the most of your eyes without competing with stronger colours.  I can see myself using this palette almost every day because in my job, I never want to look over-done and this kit is perfect as a daily basic do-it-all.

With the simple instructions included with the kit, I really would say this new addition to the Benefit range is idiot-proof!  I'm giving it a big fat Liparazzi kiss of approval!

This is COMPLETELY off topic but I just had to show you Decky's new accessory!


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

OldMill Decor: Part 1

Loads of people have asked me to do decor posts showing the transformation of our house, which we moved into on 23rd March this year.  If you haven't seen my previous posts, it's called the Oldmill as it used to be a water powered grain mill dating back to the early 1800's.  The surroundings are gorgeous and I thank my lucky stars every day when I wake up to the stunning views of the river.  The house itself has an upside down feel because the kitchen is downstairs as is our main livingroom.


It's not an easy task to try and decorate a house whilst running a business and all the other every day tasks we all have.  It has taken a long time to get the majority of the work done on the house and there's still a lot to do.  Today's post will be the first of many decor posts and will concentrate on our upstairs small sitting-room.  So let's get started...

BEFORE


AFTER


Because this room enjoys alot of natural light, I wanted it to have a nature-inspired feel with light woods, splashes of colour and a more modern mixture of patterns in the textiles.  I wanted to leave 3 of the walls plain to maximise the light, airy feeling of the room.  I added the lilac silk curtains to add a slightly luxe feel to the room and frame the lovely view over the river.  We are going to replace the door to the balcony with a reclaimed oak one which will be expensive but I feel like it will really finish off the room. 

BEFORE


AFTER


The dark wood doors felt like they darkened the whole room so I painstakingly painted them bright white, leaving the frame as it was.  I like the contrast of the white and the dark wood because it looks fresh without taking away the earthy cottage look.  I still have as few additions to add to the room such as some lovely white shabby chic photo frames for the wall space to the left of the doors.

BEFORE


AFTER


I kept the base colour palette of the room neutral in creams and beiges, whilst adding a bit of colour with the cushions.  This will make it easier to change the colour palette of the room should I ever decide that I want a change in the future.  By updating the feature wall and cushions, you could transform the room again.  I love feature walls because they add that bit of interest to the room without the pattern becoming overwhelming.  I opted for a vibrant green blind to reflect the lush greenery that's outside the window. It's like bringing the outside inside! Instead of curtains which mask the deep window sills, I opted for the blinds to maximise the space and light.

BEFORE


AFTER


We simply updated the fireplace by painting the redbricks in a bright white shade, whilst sourcing some reclaimed oak beams online to place on top.  We still have to tile the hearth with reclaimed slate to fit in with the rustic style of the fireplace.  It's only being used for decoration purposes at the moment as the room tends to stay quite warm from the wood-burning stove downstairs.

BEFORE


AFTER


THE DETAILS

Here's a few pictures of the smaller details in the room...


You'll notice there are a lot birds in the room which also tie into the nature theme of the decor.  These white birds light up at the flick of a switch and look so lovely at night time!


Even the floral curtain tie backs tie in with the theme of the room...


My little owl tea light holder sits proudly next to a big picture of our little (or not so little) baby, Decky.







These wooden boxes were actually from our previous apartment and they were originally dark wood.  Instead of chucking them away, I decided to paint them white and make a little feature for the wallpapered wall.


I picked up these unique bamboo lights from an online decor site and they look so pretty all lit up at night time.





I hope I have created a warm, inviting and comfortable space for this room and it's where I meet all my clients for consultations so it has a nice peaceful feel to it.  I think the next decor post will feature either my bedroom or my bathroom!

I hope you guys enjoyed my first proper decor post and if there's anything you see here that you like, feel free to drop me an email and I will do my best to provide a link for the item.