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How to Make the Most of a Little Space (Room Tour)

4 Jul

My room is at the top of our 19th Century house. It has a sloping ceiling that mimics the roof, but the room itself is very small. Here are a few tips for making the most out of a small space:

First, set your priorities: how much space do you really need? A bedroom is for sleeping, which is why my ‘room’ is whatever space is left around my bed. I try not to work or write in my room, so its just a place to read, relax and, most importantly, snooze.

Clothes don’t just belong in a wardrobe: If I could change anything about my room, it would be the wardrobe. It’s from Ikea, and its so, so small. Put 3 or 4 coats in there, and there’s no room for hanging dresses. I’ve taking to hanging clothes in and around the wardrobe, and hanging scarves and hats off the mirror and door.

 

You’re going to clutter, so make it organised clutter: I have never understood people who can have nothing but furniture in a room. A place for everything…and all that, but who puts everything away immediately when they’ve finished with it? Crazy. Anyway, I like to artistically place things that I need and things I want to display on surfaces that would otherwise gather dust. N.B. by ‘artistically’, I mean placed at jaunty angles. Like so:

So on top of my bookcase I have a selection of handbags and boxes, and a few knick knacks from my childhood. Its pretty garish, which is why its usually tucked behind my door.

Here on my draws we have another assortment of useless junk: an old lampshade that was too pretty to throw out, some gift boxes, a corsage, bookends and 2 teapots. I have a thing for teapots.

 

 

For the long mantel at the back of the room, I have lined up pretty bags from boutiques and shops, as well as the photo album and box given to me on my 18th birthday.

My piece de resistance is my vanity/dressing table. I keep all my precious things on it – photos tucked into the mirror, and jewellery on the metal tree:These are my favourite pieces. L-R Earrings, Butler and Wilson; Blue Necklace, antique; Elephant Bracelet, antique; Necklace, vintage; Bead Bracelet, Lola Rose.

The Blue necklace was another gift for my 18th; its Victorian and its actually a watch pendant. You have to wind it up, so amazingly it still works.

 

 

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Global Style

1 Jul

In two weeks, I venture off to do the Indochina loop – the backpacking route around South East asia that has become deeply trodden in the last decade. Packing has been a nightmare, to say the least. April – August is the monsoon season, which intensifies in the latter month, right slap bang in the middle of our trip. In addition to this,the cultural expectations could not be further from those of my outer London existence.  Modesty is vital. I am travelling with a man who is not my boyfriend, and I have bright red hair. Its probably going to be a nightmare.

On the bright side, I get to shop a lot in preparation. I’m trying to keep clothing to a minimum – I will undoubtably buy truck loads of market finds out there. I’m going for the ‘respectful traveller’ look, modest and neutral. Mikey and I have a month to get around the whole loop, so we’re missing out the student- centred points that require neon and body paint. So far, I’ve pooled the following clothes:

3 tanks and t-shirts, loose fitting and pale

2 pairs of shorts, denim and cotton

2 loose fitting cardigans

1 really sexy rain proof poncho

2 loose skirts

3 jersey dresses (inc 1 maxi)

1 garish beach/ full moon party dress

havianas, espadrilles, trainers

straw sun hat

linen trousers in tan and white

Hareem pants (of course)

various kaftans, bikinis and a pashmina for shoulder covering etc.

Any suggestions from people who have done this sort of trail would be highly appreciated!!!

Where in the World are the Boucles?!?!

25 Jun

I want a boucle jacket, but the universe is against me having one.

Like any epic odyssey, my search for the vintage box jacket is one of many twists and turns.

Episode 1: The Topshop mirage.

So pretty. Those scamps at Toppers didn’t put it in there stores though, except maybe in the flagship, but I’d rather walk through the gates of hell than in there. Anyway, I wanted to try it on, and it annoyed me that they were trying to prevent me from doing that.

Episode 2: Notting Hill Shame

The same day found my ball dress, I found a really awesome vintage emporium. It was June and the 6″7 guy working there was wearing a deerstalker, for one thing. Up on the highest rail (always a bad sign, you fool!) was the most perfect Chanel-esque suit from the 50s. Drool. Deerstalker makes a big show of putting it on me, showing me how well it fits etc, before casually informing me of it £600 price tag. I styled it out though, really cool, shrugging it off me like it was on fire, sweating and mumbling until I got out of there.

Episode 3: Victory?

I love Whistles. I pretend to be all vintage and off the wall but Whistles makes me froth at the mouth. I think it’s its ‘proper big girl’ appeal. I feel like wearing Whistles makes you an adult; that if you wear their nice tailored things, no one will suspect you’re wearing days of the week pants circa 2003.

Anyway, the mother and I were in the South Molten street shop, and they had a cable knit version of the style seen above. A brilliant idea in principle.

But no, Whistles, NO. Bad. Its even making this waif like thing look lumpy (or maybe thats the lipstick). I am rounded at the best of times, but this cardigan made me practically spherical.

Beaten and bruised, I have emerged from this saga angry and deflated.

Then the mother chimes up that I could borrow hers.

Sorry, What?

Oh, and its Chanel. Like actual Chanel, not deerstalker vintage shop imitation Chanel.

Shame its so pink and disgusting really.

Addressing the Empty Room

1 Jun

Freya, 20.
English, 5″2, Student.
Likes: lipstick, dresses. The 1940’s. Cats.
Dislikes: tight and bright, slogans, tans. My blog name (I panicked and I was wearing both. No judgement.)

Let me know if you’re out there

Oh Haaaai