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Oh So Etsy.

Etsy Home Rock My Wedding Picks

Every so often here at RMW HQ we like to mix things up a bit.

Sometimes we might share a beauty post with you gorgeous lot or perhaps reveal which sugary treats make our all-time top five. More often that not it just gives us an excuse to indulge in some gratuitous shots of Mr Gosling on a Friday afternoon – well they say that variety is the spice of life do they not?

And it seems that this sunny Monday afternoon is no different.

If you follow my exploits on Instagram then you might already be aware that my next adventure is in the making. The boy and I placed an offer on the house of our dreams a couple of weeks ago which was subsequently accepted and resulted in a mad scramble to get our own house market-ready and sale-worthy.

Despite the fact that it’s only been a single week since the bright red ‘For Sale’ board made its appearance outside our house and the monumental task that lies ahead of us in renovating our forever home (I swear the place was sponsored by Artex there’s that much of the blinking stuff!) I can’t help but mentally start decorating each of the airy rooms.

One of my first ports of call – for the finishing touches that is – is Etsy. Actually the entire RMW team is a little bit in love with Etsy hence the fact that we’ve decided to make them one of our prized collaborators (you might have spotted their banners on these pages over the last week or two).… View the full post.


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The Vintage Wall.

After the success of discovering and then shouting about Bailey’s Home Store a month or so ago (so many click throughs lovelies – I bet they ran out of crates!!) I thought we’d share another Rock My Wedding home interiors/could also be decor for W-day find.

Now then. Before I tell you exactly what it is there are a few things I should probably mention. Firstly this is not my discovery – it is 100% Adam’s. I cannot take any credit whatsoever. Secondly, we did think about not mentioning it at all, sometimes you find something that you love so much you want to keep it all for yourself – luckily our selfishness didn’t get the better of us. Thirdly, we cannot and will not be held responsible for you checking out this website every single day and subsequently bashing that plastic like a demon.

You have been warned.

You know when you look in all those fancy home decor glossies like Living Etc and Elle Decoration and you admire all of cool/retro/quirky items that they always say they found in ” a reclamation yard” or it was “the stylists own” of they found it in “some antiques store” that you’ve never heard of and are unlikely to ever find yourselves?

Well it turns our there is somewhere you can find them yourselves – and quite reasonably priced too.

The Vintage Wall is a treasure trove of delicious never-knew-you-needed-them one off pieces of pretty from both the 20th and 19th century.… View the full post.


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Rock My Wedding HQ Comes To YOU.

You may or may not know that the Rock My Wedding Team are coming to The National Wedding Show, that’s both the Earls Court event from 30th September to the 2nd October and The Birmingham NEC from the 7th to the 9th October.

We will be bringing you gorgeous lot All About The Pretty , inspiration and ideas for your big day – and most importantly how to have it your way.

Now then. We have a stand. Apparently it’s quite a big stand. And there’s no denying we were a wee bit worried about what we were going to do with said stand…. I mean essentially we’re bringing RMW HQ to the masses so we need to make sure it’s representative of our vision and styling.

Ahem. No mean feat when your actual office resembles a junk room and the closest thing you have to stylish is a pair of hot pink peep toes thrown haphazardly underneath your desk.

So a few months ago I got decorating and last Sunday we invited Chris and Dani aka “The Barbers” round for afternoon tea (provided by me – no I didn’t bake) and photography (them – clearly) so we could give you lovelies an insight into what to expect.

The hardest thing for me was actually finding a new desk. They are all so boring and corporate looking, and really ruddy expensive. I found this unusual distressed table from Bailey’s Home Store (don’t go there unless you want to feel that you need to completely re-design your entire house)… it is made from old cheese boards and The Bailey’s Home Store on site blacksmith makes the legs from wrought iron.… View the full post.


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More Than Words…

Hot on the heels of our last romantically inclined artwork giveaway, today I am busting to show you the stunning art produced by Lisa Long of More than Words! Lisa creates the most stunning typographic artwork on canvases and now screenprints which make brilliant presents for that couple (we all know them) who didn’t have a gift list, a wedding present for your beloved or something to out on your own gift list perhaps?

I say it often, but never before have I been quite so desperate to purchase something we’ve featured on the blog. Without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Lisa to tell you all about More Than Words. Make sure you check out the Giveaway (yes you read that right… GIVE. AWAY. As in FREE to one of you lucky lot!) at the end of the post too!

More Than Words was launched in 2010 by creative designer Lisa Long. Her lifetime love of interiors and typography, combined with a search to find a piece of meaningful and high quality artwork for her own home, led Lisa to design what is now the ‘original Memories canvas’. She was soon inundated with requests from friends and family to design a piece for them… and from there More Than Words was born.

Less than one year on, Lisa’s typographic artwork has been commissioned by customers all over the world. Some of her high profile clients include Dannii Minogue and screenwriter and film director Richard Curtis.View the full post.


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Love Unlimited.


It will come as no surprise to some of you that I am a huge fan of the unique and completely delicious typography style art work available at Coulson Macleod. So much so that I already have a piece in my hallway ( check out some pictures of the O’Shea residence if you want a peek) and have at least another two from their range on my interiors wish list.

A week or so back the lovely Hannah one half of the dynamic Coulson Macleod duo got in touch to tell us that the talented pair were engaged ( can you imagine the amazingness of that wedding?!)…and how much she loved looking at pretty on the pages of Rock My Wedding

Hannah then went on to tell us how she wanted you lovelies to be some of the first to see the their brand new Love Unlimited collection. And win a print. For like FREE.

Yup that’s right folks. It’s gorgeous giveaway time here at RMW HQ.

* The winning print is as seen: A chunky handmade, vintage-style, rough-sawn solid oak frame surrounding a white-washed oak panel printed with distressed typography. The size is 54cm x 54cm x 8cm.

Of course not only a perfect addition to your current home decor but also an ideal Valentines gift, wedding gift, birthday gift…..and an absolutely wall-worthy back drop to your own Big Day.… View the full post.


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DIY Devotee… A Christmas Special!!!!

So, while you lovely ladies were giving us your Saturday Survey Feedback a couple of weekends ago, I was spending a (slightly prematurely) Christmassy morning with Becky Hay from Blossom. All in the name of improving DIY Devotee for you all, Becky made some fabulous arrangements, starting off with a DIY table center for a Christmas Rustic Wedding. Of course, the best bit is that these translate beautifully to your Christmas Table and we’ll be showing you exactly how-to!

In the interests of making the whole thing even simpler, I also made a short video for you all, so please let us know what you think… (it’s even got Christmas music!)

So lets get started!

What you need

Empty jam jars – any sizes work
Double sided tape
Sections of tartan fabric (or your chosen material or even brown paper style wrapping paper would work)
Dried orange slices
Cinnamon sticks
Floristry scissors
Ribbon scissors
Pinking shears
Florist wires
Small pine cones

Selection of wintry foliage (we used: blue spruce, berried ivy, rosemary, holly, red skimmia, eucalyptus, kochia (the silvery grey foliage), Ilex berry (the hybridised holly which is grown just for berries). Absolutely any foliage you can raid from any garden will work.

Red Anemones
Luxor Roses
Black Baccara roses
Again, any flowers would work with this and you only need a few heads per small vase.

The How-To

1. Place a line of double sided tape around the jam jar.
2. Cover the jar with the tartan fabric, making sure it’s stuck to the tape.… View the full post.


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What the Wife Likes: Bedroom Renovations Part 2

Well, It’s the weekend, time to sit back and enjoy some down time. And for your viewing pleasure I thought we’d try a What the Wife Likes post at the weekend. So today you can see what came of my bedroom renovations…. Starting with the Before’s.

What Went…

Like the rest of you, despite having grand plans and big ideas, I’m severely limited by funds and time. I’ve rushed a few ‘house renovations’ in the past and learnt the lesson that it’s better to do it slowly than to waste money buying ‘will do’ purchases that get ditched for ‘must have’s’ further down the line. Pete and I have furnished the whole house in this way after the last flat felt like we were living in Ikea, now everything is considered carefully and if expensive, saved for hard!

A few old Ikea pieces have endured however and it was time to say goodbye…

The TV. I still haven’t decided if this is a plus or minus – I miss watching it late at night with a film or on Saturdays while Pete plays footie in the morning, but it didn’t look pretty and I certainly don’t miss Match of the Day!

The Lamp shades (and my earrings hanging off them – I now have a white gloss jewellery tree!)

The old mirror – a cheap venetian look alike which was a steal from Ikea but I wanted a massive one I could sit or stand in front of and make the focal point of the room.… View the full post.


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What the Wife Likes: Bedroom Renovations… Part 1

It’s been a while since I got married now and whilst some peoples attention turns to having babies post-wedding… mine turned to the house and holidays. My two loves in life, it took some time for finances to get back on an even keel, but now it’s fairly safe to say I’ve been on a one-woman mission to revamp (actually, just ahem, finish) the house for some months.

We moved into our first home almost four years ago now, – it had been gutted by a developer, painted and carpeted in neutral tones throughout, with a new kitchen and bathroom. Completely live-able, but not my personal taste. It worked for us at the time though as we had other financial pressures and had stretched ourselves to get on the property ladder at all. Little by little we furnished the place and then started to put our personal stamp on the rooms, then it all came to a grinding halt a year later when we got engaged! The majority of the downstairs was done and thats the way it stayed until a few months ago when I decided it was time to finish the house!

Around about the time I got involved with Rock My Wedding we did the spare room, then a few months ago I decided the bedroom needed attention, not to mention the room which had become RMW HQ.

Not so long ago Charlotte shared her own personal sense of style with you all when she gave you a sneak peek into the O’Shea residence.… View the full post.


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I Want.

This is currently the most frequently used phrase in my blogger vocabulary.

I Want.

I know I know. Someone has whacked me with the needy greedy stick, pretty darn hard I might add.

And why? because we are re-decorating.

Yup, the O’Shea residence is having a major cosmetic overhaul.

What with Rock My Wedding and my day job I must be absolutely bl*ody mad but when I get an idea in my head it adheres like super glue and there is no stopping me, I may be small but lordy is my nagging mighty . I think Mr O’Shea looks at me all moany and groany and whiney stamping my size 4 feet and wonders what the hell he has got himself into……

As some of you who read my Wherever I Lay My Fancy Hat post some months back will know, as much as I love wedding design I love home interiors in equal measure. Nothing makes me happier than curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea, a chocolate digestive and a copy of Living Etc/Elle Decoration/House Beautiful ……to name but a few.

I want to walk into a room and think “Wow I adore living here” not “It’s ok” or “It will do”.

Of course we don’t have an unlimited money pit ( believe me – far from it) so I am constantly on the hunt for last-a-lifetime investment pieces or little pretty accessories that are reasonable in price but look as near to fabulous as possible.… View the full post.


Gift Lists Galore…

I’ve just been in my kitchen, being a good wifey (as I had the day off) – don’t let me fool you into thinking I’m the little wifey all the time!

Anyway, I was making the dinner (chilli) and baking a lemon loaf cake (once again, this is not the norm in the Norris household) and as I looked around the kitchen I realised what a lot of memories it held. I’m not talking about memories of good times, but physical memories in form of our wedding gifts. In fact they are littered all over the house, each one a reminder of the day we started a new life together and also each and every guest who wanted to commemorate that day.

So I thought I’d take you thought my all time favourite wedding gifts and see if it inspired you to think a little out of the box and add a bit of cool to your wedding list.

Design Devotee

Before Wedding Magazines overtook my magazine life and filled my house there was only one magazine for me, Living Etc. Filled with gorgeous homes from across the globe that embodied my philosophy on life. Being a fan of old houses, and modern design, I like blending. And having read up on all the modern design classics, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to fill my home with the more reasonably priced items.

Although I’m cheating by including the Ghost Chair which I have owned for several years now, it’s a great example of a modern design classic along with the Anglepoise 1227 which now sits on the RMW desk.… View the full post.