Friday 21 February 2014

Announcing Etsy Affiliation

Isn't it funny how life works sometimes? I've been tinkering with this blog for a good couple of years mainly for my own pleasure, yet as soon as I get a new job that allows me less time to blog quite as often, I suddenly get lots of tempting offers of collaboration... Given my penchant for fantasy shopping, imagine how excited I was that Etsy wanted me to become an affiliate. My only worry was that I would never find enough time to browse their vast collection of unique, handmade and vintage items from independent sellers.

Thankfully, I was up for the challenge! 

I was going to try and weave a narrative around this collection of items, but really, it's just an excuse to show you some random stuff that I love.  Here, therefore, are a few of my favourite items at the moment:

This Mason Jar chandelier is such a cute colour, and would look great hanging from a TALL ceiling:


...and I just cannot resist either whitewashed floorboards or distressed leather:


...whilst this mirror would look very cute in a little girl's bedroom: 


...and this sofa just screamed FUN at me:


I couldn't possibly do a blog post without feeding my cushion addiction, and these Campbell's soup designs are on an unusual linen fabric:


...even my husband went "Ooh, I like that bag!" when he saw this felt number. Plus, it's Finnish, so it gets double points from me:


Narrowing down my favourites was pretty tough, but the beauty of Etsy is that there really is something new to discover all the time - have you succumbed to it's allure yet?

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Random Hotel Room of the Week- Hotel Mercure Kensington

Let it not be said that the room description on the website was incorrect when we booked our recent annual London January trip... "Small room", it said, and it was definitely small! This is by no means a complaint, however - after all, it was a perfectly accurate description. Also, I occasionally love staying in a small room as I find the use of space intriguing. After all - not everyone has the luxury of huge, palatial suites in their own home!

One thing that is obvious, however, is that small rooms are not easy to photograph - so I hope you get an idea of how the space has been used from my meagre attempts:

As well as a bed and a small desk, the bedroom itself housed a wardrobe containing safe and tea/coffee making facilities - not a huge amount of space for clothing, but perfectly adequate for one night. I'm in two minds as to whether the oversized headboard makes the room look larger or smaller, but it was certainly comfortable to lean against when you don't have a separate armchair!

I'm also taking tips on small bathrooms - noting the large, light-coloured tiles, and the frugal, rectangular layout - no longer than the total length of the bath.

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