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Details in our lounge

August 12, 2013

While I’ve been cleaning and re-arranging our flat, I’ve really been thinking about the small details and overall look that I’m trying to achieve at the moment. I’m really into clean spaces, a lot of white with personal touches and hints of colour. The top shelf of our bookcase is currently one of my favourite parts of the lounge; it has a beautiful photo frame that Trout bought me, which holds two polaroids of our little family, a fruit bowl which my sister gave us (it’s super heavy and has a marble effect – so lovely), an old passata jar used as a vase, and our wine glasses and champagne flutes. It’s simple, with little details of colour.

On top of the bookcase is our wine rack, which has turned into our wine/beer/spirits rack! Originally this was filled with bottles of wine that we had picked up in France, but then we drank all of the wine so I’ve replaced it with the spirits we have. The clock has been in my family for years, and even though it’s stopped I love the design. The little box next to it holds some cufflinks Trout bought a few weeks ago. They’re made from watch parts, and this is their ‘special-place-so-we-don’t-lose-them’ spot.

On the third and fourth shelves of the bookcase are our books and zines. Lots and lots of books and zines. Here are pretty much all of our cookbooks – my favourite’s are Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals, Street Food of India, Mexican Food Made Simple, Hearty Meals for Vegan Appetites, Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day and Vegan Brunch. These are the ones that we probably cook from the most.

Another thing we have a lot of, are travel guides. Our favourites are the AA Key Guides – they’re really extensive (especially for one of the most important parts – how to get from the airport to the city centre!) and we find them really useful for the types of things we like doing when we travel.

On the dining room table I have this beautiful hand-woven basket that I bought while we were in Greece a couple of years ago. I absolutely love it – the pink is so pretty! Most of the time we have fruit in it.

A new addition to the lounge, but an old present that I found hidden away in the bookshelf. Trout had this made for me a few years ago, but when we moved to Brighton I couldn’t find anywhere in the flat where it could really go. Finally I have found a spot for it, and it’s holding all of our important things; gig tickets, gift cards and cheques (and the most amazing photo-booth shots of Trout while he was in Japan visiting a friend!!).

I have a vintage plant stand in the lounge, previously bought as part of an exhibition I put together a few years ago, which now holds one of my most prized possessions. I’m talking rescuing-in-a-fire type of possession. It’s so silly, but it means so much to me – my cotton flower. Trout gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago, and it’s just so beautiful and unique. It’s so simple, pure, textured.

Next to the vase I have an old bottle of Fentiman’s Curiosity Cola with a long candle in it, and a small scented candle – wild fig & grape. Don’t worry, I move the candles away from the cotton when they’re lit!

When Ras isn’t using his bed, he is helping me organise things by sleeping in my shopping bags.

In the corner we have Trout’s guitars. I wish we had more room so that they had their own space, instead of being tucked away in the corner, but at the moment there isn’t really anywhere else they can go. I love that they are still on display, though – they’re so beautiful. We also have a vintage cab in the hallway which I use to store towels on, and Ras uses as a comfy spot to wait for people to come over.

So that’s a little tour of our little lounge! I hope you enjoyed it. I might branch out to other parts of our flat if you do. I think I’ll also put together an inspiration post, filled with images and bloggers that give me so many ideas on how finish off our flat. I spent part of Sunday trying to find new seat cushions, but I couldn’t find them anywhere. I absolutely love the handmade ones that my sister made for us three years ago, but they are a little tired and worn out now. Are seat cushions old-fashioned or am I looking in the wrong place? I thought that Zara Home would have some for sure, but no luck. I was looking for white cushions, but I’m thinking that may be a little disastrous. I’m super clumsy, and I think they would get dirty so quickly! I’m sure if I ever find some, I will know when I see them that they are the right ones for our flat.

In other news, I’ve randomly been nominated in Skinny Scoop’s search for the Top 25 Vegan Blogs of 2013?! THANKYOU times 1,000 to whoever voted for me – it would be lovely if anyone else felt like voting, too! You can find details on how to vote here.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was pretty much taken up with cleaning and sorting – rock and roll! I also enjoyed a coffee in the sunshine at Small Batch, and did some cooking on Sunday evening. I’ve put together a What I Ate Wednesday post this week, so keep your eyes peeled in a couple of days for that.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2013 8:53 pm

    Congratulations on being nominated! That’s awesome news. Love your work on your living room, so many lovely touches.

  2. August 13, 2013 3:32 am

    Congrats on being nominated! That’s exciting. I love all of your decorations!

  3. August 13, 2013 9:50 am

    Have you tried The Range or Dunelm Mill for seat cushions?

  4. August 13, 2013 6:35 pm

    I love these kind of posts, so lovely to see inside peoples homes! We have James guitar on display as well, I think its lovely to have things like that out on display all the time :-) Congrats on the blog nomination!

  5. makedospend permalink
    August 14, 2013 7:35 am

    Beautiful photos, I really love posts like this offering a glimpse into peoples homes, (I guess i’m a little bit nosy!) particularly love the cotton flower, and amazing gift! :-)

  6. August 18, 2013 8:05 pm

    Is that bookcase an Expedit? We’ve got the white one in our kitchen/dining area, and I love it. Hoping to get some of the door and draw inserts to give it a bit of a lift soon, as it’s probably seen better days. Your flat looks lovely- I’m a big fan of all the little accents, they really make a house a home. And congratulations on your nomination too! xx

    • August 19, 2013 10:28 am

      It’s not, it’s from good old IKEA! It’s about four years old and has lasted two moves so I’m pretty impressed! Thanks darling xx

  7. August 21, 2013 3:23 pm

    Such a cute home, so many lovely touches. I should really do a little tour of my place on my blog. I’ve done a kitchen tour but as it’s a food blog I’m not sure how many people would want to see my lounge!

    • August 24, 2013 10:19 am

      I loved your kitchen tour! I’m really considering taking part in Vegan MoFo this year. You should definitely do a flat tour!

  8. August 22, 2013 10:01 am

    *sighs* I remember the days when we didn’t live in a home predominately dominated by Thomas the Tank Engine and Lego. :)

    Loving Vegan Sandwiches, working my way through it right now! HELLO one world reuben!!

    • August 24, 2013 10:20 am

      Haha! They sound like fun details though!

      Reuben’s are pretty much my favourite food in the world right now…!

  9. Monica Rodriguez-Luna permalink
    September 29, 2013 3:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Love the wine rack, can you tell me where you purchased it? Monica

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