Time Out

I’m just popping by to let you know that I’m taking a little bit of time out. I’m not planning on being away for long but after a whirlwind week I’m putting my feet up for a well earned rest. parasolImage source:: Paris Hotel Boutique

Enjoy the sun and I’ll see you soon.

Lauren x

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A Cocktailer’s Companion

I’ve got a little bit of an obsession with bar carts; not with the drinking bit but with the super slick styling that’s around at the moment. Here’s a few of my favourites: bar_cart_galleryImage sources:: Left Style Me Pretty Living | Top right Kelly Braman via Style Me Pretty Living | Bottom right Original source unknown via Pinterest

Our 1850’s cottage hasn’t got the space or the style for a large brass cart so I’ve taken inspiration in smaller form. A bar tray can offer all the pizazz of a cart but take up a whole lot less room (and much cheaper to keep well stocked!)
bar_tray_galleryImage sources:: Top Left Bikinis and Passports  | Bottom Left Glitter Guide | Right Style at Home

All you need to whip up a similar scene is a few of your favourite tipples, a couple of snazzy glasses, a stash of limes and somewhere to store your straws. Fairly Light Bar Cart

Here’s my effort own effort (taken from my Instagram feed a while ago) The glasses were a bargain from Home Sense about three years ago and the stripy straws are readily available all over the internet. Oliver Bonas provided  the gold forks and the industrial style tray was picked up from Burt’s Homestore in Brighton. Missing from this picture is a little bowl of limes that now have a home on the tray.

I’ve got a whole board on Pinterest just dedicated to alcohol on wheels. Shimmy on over to Pinterest to take a look….

Lauren x

House Envy: Sarah Sherman Samuel’s Cabin

One day, Mr C and I would love to have a little holiday home. It’s probably quite unlikely, but one lady who has managed to fulfil this dream is Sarah Sherman Samuel from Smitten Studio. Sarah Sherman Samuel Cabin All images: Sarah Sherman Samuel

I discovered Sarah’s blog last year and was really taken by her streamlined approach. It’s a real departure from my own style but I’d like to think my dream holiday home would have a similar aesthetic; plenty of white, lots of natural materials, dashes of gold and a very generous splash of bold pattern. White and Gold Drawers at Sarah Sherman Samuel's CabinCabin LoungeSarah and her Husband have renovated their one bedroom cabin on Lake Michigan on a really modest $25K budget. I think my favourite element is the kitchen area. I adore open shelving and love the combination of function and style.Sarah Sherman Samuel KitchenCabin BedroomFor details of the full cabin renovation (there’s some amazing before and afters) pop on over to Smitten Studio.

Don’t forget to share if you’ve had house envy recently too! x

Found: Pearl and Earl

Whilst on the hunt for gold straws (for a seriously special affair happening later this summer) I came across Pearl and Earl. Run by award winning designer Jacqui Pearce, Pearl and Earl is all about ‘colourful living and happy times’.pearlandearl_partydecorations Metallic Chevron Paper Straws – £4 | Tassle Garland £35 | XL Drape Curtain Fringing £12 | Mini Paper Ball x5 £12

The site has a fabulous range of straws, balloons, pom-poms, garlands and streamers. I am in love with the Drape Curtain Fringing that can be hung from super sized balloons or to create an amazing backdrop for a Dessert Bar.

As well as having everything you need to throw yourself a snazzy little party, there’s also a selection of artwork and really reasonable prices. pearl and earl prints ‘Married Life’ Poem Art Print £18 | Gold Graphic Lip Art Print £10

If you’re planning a celebration this summer, I suggest you hot foot over to Pearl and Earl and fill your basket full of all things glitzy! x