As you all know, interior design is something I quite enjoy obsessing over. I think that we should all have some fun and make our houses look as amazing as can be. Not only does this make them more fashionable and luxurious, it usually means they’re better to live in too! There’s lots of interior design advice out there, but I find a lot of it tends to be relating to lovely, huge houses and apartments. If, like me, you live in a city like London it’s likely that you live in a home with a slightly smaller square footage! Therefore it’s important to make your small space feel bigger, airy and as bright as possible.

 

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These tips revolve around making every room in your house feel a lot bigger, without doing any rigorous building work. You don’t need to knock down your walls, but you will have to use them very cleverly. You see, your walls play a huge role in how a room looks and feels. Sometimes they can almost close in on a room and make it a lot smaller and darker than it might be. But, when you play your cards right, you can use your walls to open up every room and make it feel more spacious.

How? Well, I’m glad you asked as I have two simple and easy tips right here:

Fit Things Against Your Walls
An easy way to make a room feel more spacious is by ensuring a lot of the furniture goes up against the walls, this way everything seems more streamlined and takes up less space. The key is ensuring you use furniture that actually looks good against the wall and won’t stick out like a sore thumb. As you can see here www.thelongeststay.com/designer-furniture/cabinets-sideboards/designer-sideboards, there are plenty of side boards you can get your hands on that are tailor-made to go up against your walls. The benefit of furniture like this is that you don’t clog up space in the middle of the room. It’s a great alternative to having, say, a coffee table in the middle of your living room. You’ve got something to rest books on and other small ornaments, but a simple change in placement makes the room appear much bigger.

Use Mirrors To Give The Illusion Of Space
This is an old favourite. Mirrors have long been a great way to give the illusion of a spacious room. They’re perhaps most effective in the bathroom as you can hang huge mirrors on your walls and make even the tiniest bathroom look spacious. You’ll notice here https://www.homify.co.uk/rooms/bathroom that almost all the bathroom designs do just that. It can be incredibly effective as a lot of people don’t have large bathrooms. The bigger the mirror, the greater the effect will be. Also, you could use smaller mirrors in other rooms to help create the same spacious effect. I like to have mirrored wardrobe doors on my wardrobes to help my bedroom appear bigger and brighter.

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You might think these two tips will hardly make a difference, but you need to see it to believe it. Swap out certain pieces of furniture for items that fit nicely against your wall to free up space in the centre of your rooms. Try and use mirrors in areas of your home where they’ll look good such as the bathroom or hallways to give the illusion of space in confined areas and also brighten the room by reflecting the light. By paying attention to your walls, you can have a far more spacious home without having to extend it or do any meaningful renovations. Walls are really versatile in terms of design and used correctly can be a real space saver.

**This post was written in collaboration with homeware and furniture brands**

 

I love updating my home interior now and again and I am 100% on board with this metallic trend right now! I love it. There is no such thing as too much metallic for me! I particularly like the copper and gold accents.  I am not really in a position to overhaul all my furniture at the moment, and also it’s mainly white and neutral so it goes with any soft furnishings I decide to throw at it! Here are some of the metallic homeware pieces I’ve been lusting over lately and just might have to purchase in 2017:

Brushed Copper Lined Lamp – £45 from QUIRK @ notonthehighstreet

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 Mixed Metallic Wine Glass Set – £32 from Oliver Bonas

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Antique Mantle Clock – £6 from Matalan

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Gold Honeycomb Vase – £28 from Oliver Bonas

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Copper Foil Poster – £13.50 from Sarah & Bendrix @ notonthehighstreet

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Glass Terranium – £15 from Home Essentials

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Copper Lantern – £12 from Wilko

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Grey & Copper Storage Trunk – £40 from Habitat

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‘Nottingham’ Copper Floor Lamp – £195 from Habitat

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What do you think of my choices? Can you see any of them in your living room? I’d love to know your thoughts.

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I would describe my interior design style as very eclectic. I like a lot of things in a lot of different colours and styles; not much really ‘matches’ or follows a theme. However, looking around the other day I noticed that without really realising it I have build up quite a collection of wildlife inspired decor. I love animals, so I suppose it is only right that they have began to invade my home. And since we are in rented and not able to have any pets really these little buddies are the best I can do for now.

I thought I’d introduce a few of my animal influences and how I came to own them:

Rubber Duck Collection – Various shops 

Bathroom

I really love these guys – they make me smile every time I catch sight of them when I’m brushing my teeth! I went through a phase of collecting them for a while. I love how colourful they are and they really jazz up our white bathroom. I can’t remember where I got all of them individually but the far right one is from Harrods! So he certainly wasn’t cheap! They are a really good fun decoration though.

Crystal Bird Bedside Lamp -Wilkinson

Bedroom 

Again, I bought this when I moved into my place for the first time. It’s sooo pretty,  the crystals are beautiful and it really goes with my vintage theme in the bedroom. Wilko are really good for home and interiors – I seem to remember I picked this up for about £20 and I’ve had it a good few years. It’s really lovely as a bedside lamp too because it gives out a really soft level of lighting, perfect for reading before bed.

Turtle Incense Stick Burner – Gift

Living Room

This was a gift from my mum and I’ve know idea where she got it from but I had to include it in this because it’s just gorgeous. Our living room is majority white and minimalistic (the joys of rented property) but I like to add pops of strong, bright colours to liven it up a bit – see my post on this here. This turtle is perfect because it’s a really nice bright turquoise colour which looks really striking on my white surfaces. I love the turtle too, I’ve been lucky enough to dive with giant sea turtles 3 times in the wild so they are very special to me.

Black and White Ornamental Elephant – Habitat

Living Room

Elephants are a big part of our lives and hold a special place in our hearts and our relationship. Elephants have always been my favourite animal – I spent time in an elephant sanctuary in Thailand with them and have always loved them. I also love what they represent; strength, wisdom and peacefulness. They are such amazing animals. A few years ago, long before we got engaged, Paul and I decided to get a matching tattoo as a symbol of our ‘forever’ commitment and we decided on a beautiful elephant design. So elephants have become an important symbol for us. We got this as a housewarming gift when we moved into our apartment and it’s gorgeous. I love the cream and grey colours, and it makes me smile everytime I look at it.

Elephant and Turtle Cuddly Toys! – Gifts

Living Room

Yes – I’m still a child inside and I still have cuddly toys on display! But these arnt worn out teddies they are ‘luxury’ toys which I have taken really good care of and are used for decorative purposes. They were both gifts – and are my favourite animals! I love the turtle particularly because it’s so colourful and my brother bought it back from Sri Lanka for me.

What kind of home decor style do you like? Do you have much wildlife influence in your home?

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To create a beautiful wedding – it’s all in the details! You may think that people won’t remember the little things from the day, but in fact it’s what they remember over everything else! I don’t really have an eye for detail, so I left it mostly in the capable hands of our wedding planners in Greece (Zante Weddings) to organise, however there were a few smaller things that my mum and me chose in the UK and took out with us for the big day.

Table Set Up

I was totally obsessed with Pinterest before my big day and I spent many hours searching and pinning ‘boho table set ups’. I think you can tell! I wanted something simple, boho and rustic looking with pastel colours and ivory and definately not matchy matchy.


The flowers, mason jars and table wear were provided by the planner but everything else was found by either me or my mum and brought from the UK or sources in Greece.

The male favours for example (pictured above) were different Olive Oil Fusions which be bought from a local Zakynthian gift shop. We then tied the twine and favour tags on ourselves. In this picture you can also see the corner of our ‘bonus’ favours which everyone got on their place setting. We bought 50 scratch cards from the UK and placed them in vintage brown mini envelopes which we sourced from eBay! 

I was so pleased with our place name cards which also came from EBay. They were really good value and looked really classy and elegant. My mum wrote the names as she has such lovely handwriting! You can see these place name cards here.

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The favours for the girls were Olive soaps which, again, we bought locally in Zakynthos. I liked the fact that we were supporting the local community. We purchased the favour bags in advanced and they came from The Last Detail; a great website with lots of cute wedding decor ideas.

The favour tags, which we tied into each favour individually, came from ArtCuts UK; a lovely company which we found at the National Wedding Show. We ordered these cute tags pictured above as well as some really unique table confetti which were wooden too – to make a change from the standard rose petals!

Lastly – but one of my favourite things about the table set up – were our personalised stickers which we used on the scratch card envelopes. The came from Zazzle, a brilliant site where you can literally personalise anything for your wedding! They really made the envelopes extra special. 

Personalised wooden ring box.

This was a surprise for us from my mum. How cute is it?! She got it online, I’m not sure of the exact supplier but there are many eBay stockists who do similarly beautiful ones.

Guest Book Table

The vintage suitcases were provided by the planners, and the lettering is from Art Cuts again. Touches like this really make the reception venue look super classy.

You can just about see another Art Cuts sign which reads ‘Mr & Mrs Erler’ in the corner. Also pictured here is the table plan which we wrote in a ‘chalk look pen’ on a peice of blackboard from eBay. My mum also came up with the idea of the coloured pens and those bits of paper which say ‘draw a picture of the Bride and Groom!’ This was brilliant as it gave the guests something to do while they were waiting for the dinner, and it’s also hilarious to look back on lots of ridiculous illustrations of us! My creative cousin made the signs.

I even brought my ‘happy signs’ from my walls at home! They were a lovely touch to the inside of the villa.

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A few photos of some extra thingswhich definitely  weren’t essential but really made a difference to the details. 


Vintage Just Married Bunting – EBay.

Self designed and customised card for my vows – Zazzle

Mr & Mrs Signs and Photo Booth – provided by the planner.

It’s true what they say – the devil is in the detail. You may not notice these small things on the day, but looking back at pictures I notice something different every time! I hope by sharing some of our choices it may give other couples some ideas for their day about what sort of thing is out there. Trust me – there is a lot of choice! 

Brides – have you made any decisions for your wedding day yet? 

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I recently was pondering about how to update my flat decor. Our living space has got a nice boho vibe but we don’t have much decor in the bedroom and we’ve got a really ugly curtain rail and boring cream curtains above the bed (the joys of rented accommodation!). So I had the idea of buying a dream catcher to hang from the curtain rail.

I wanted a really nice hand made one rather than a sort of tacky gift store one and I can across Blue Dreamcatchers on Etsy who makes these stunning dream catchers. This one is actually advertised as a baby girls mobile, but I love the pastel pink colours and they go perfectly in my grown ups bedroom! It’s stunning.

At 45 dollars it’s not cheap and cheerful but you can tell its painstakingly handmade and every detail is beautiful. It’s now the focal point of the room. And hopefully it might make my dreams sweeter too!

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