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).
From weddings to customised notebooks, and from personalised prints to home decor, Etsy has it all. Actually I’m sure that many of you lovely lot have come across it in your own planning adventures haven’t you. And if you haven’t then I suggest that you hot foot it over there now!!
Forgive me then folks for veering off the wedding path in this afternoon’s post and allow me to indulge my love for interiors by sharing my favourite home decor finds from Etsy with you.
You never know, you might find something you love below too…
Somehow I can’t shake the notion that The Boudoir is a feminine space, one that is full of secrets and mystery and luxury and perfumed scents and decadent bedding. The boy doesn’t help – as long as he has a place to rest his head and a plumped up feather pillow he doesn’t really care what the room looks like so I’m pretty much left to my own devices.
I adore golden hues so you can guarantee there’ll be a healthy dollop of the metallics in the colour palette albeit in small pieces rather than splashed floor to ceiling. I need this golden bowl for my knick-knacks and I’ll also be requiring my very own bureau so that I can write sweet notes on this gorgeous bee-headed notepaper by the light of the crystal desk lamp near the bottom here.
If you’ve signed up for our monthly newsletter then you’ll know that I’m a paper obsessive. In fact you can pretty much count on me to share my latest printed find in our monthly recommendations (unless I’m chatting about ribbon that is!) so it’s no surprise that I had to include a couple of my favourites in this selection.
Oh and the dress? Well I just liked it… I’m a size 8 if anyone fancies buying it for me
In all seriousness though I seem to have picked a blue/golden/off-white colour scheme for this particular concoction of decor finds – it wasn’t intentional but then don’t you find that sometimes you’re just drawn to objects of a similar hue without realising it? My Pinterest boards seem to think so too. Perhaps you’re experiencing the same with your wedding decor?
I’ve also picked up some old armchairs for a song on eBay over the last year and this Orla Kiely inspired blue fabric on the left would be the perfect reupholstery material to restore them with…perhaps a DIY project is in the making. Would any of you be interested in seeing a step-by-step?
And lastly the wallpaper stamp at the bottom is genius. Why ever didn’t we think of this sooner? I have a sneaking suspicion that this would be the perfect tool for bespoke wrapping paper…
Form an orderly queue now ladies…
You Wash, I’ll Dry
I don’t think I’m far wrong when I say that the heart of every home is the kitchen. Comforting and nurturing, this room sees the most action when it comes to relaying the week’s adventures, sharing drinks and good food with friends and hosting parties on special occasions.
In fact I’d say that the kitchen is my favourite room – not because I’m an accomplished cook (I’m really not!) – but because this space is so lived in and thus holds the best memories.
The ombre trend has been making waves in interiors as well as in the wedding world for some time now – I love these graduated French porcelain plates from Urban Cartel which come in so many colours that you can pick and choose to your heart’s content. Dry them lovingly with these calligraphed tea towels and store them next to huge earthenware bowls like the example at the top here.
Off to the the shops for more provisions? Why not be kind to the environment by forgoing the need for plastic bags by taking this savvy ‘Thunder’ shopper with you and negate the hassle of forgotten groceries by noting everything you need with this ‘Don’t Forget’ list from Quill and Fox.
I also love these golden pencils at the bottom – perfect for noting down custom recipes in your ‘Big Book of Recipes’ by Oh NO Rachio. When you’ve got a notebook as gorgeous as this one it seems rude not to experiment in the kitchen…
Whilst I don’t have kids of my own just yet, I just can’t resist a bit of home decor designed with the child in mind. Everything seems so much more cuddly, more fun, more miniature.
For a start I need these cloud trinket trays in my life right now. They’d be absolutely blinking perfect for your jewellery right? One for earrings, the other for rings and the third for your diamond necklaces. What’s that you say? Isn’t this part of the post meant to be for the kids?
Oh yes…right… why not use these fluffy clouds as the perfect piece of nursery wall decor until the little loves are old enough to use them as intended. The perfect transitional piece in my opinion.
If you’re looking for more interactive wall displays then I adore the ‘It’s Ok’ motivational flag pennant which is just as apt for grown-up kids too and this supersized pillarbox red pegasus guaranteed to fly across bedrooms walls.
The combination of this raincloud of stars mobile with the reindeer cuddly toy is the perfect recipe for peaceful slumbers. Top it off with the ‘Original Wild Catalope’ pillowcase and you’re onto a winner.
And whilst it isn’t quite Christmas yet – another four months folks! – if you’re a Santa fanatic why not get in on the action early and commission a silhouette decoration of your little one for the tree….a real life family tree so to speak.
So are you an Etsy connoisseur? Have you used the site in your wedding planning adventures yet?
And which of you are selling or buying houses at the moment? It’s all so stressful isn’t it!
I want to hear all about it.
All my love Lolly xxx