home: made [ vintage chest of drawers project ]
As her tag line says ‘inspiring your creativity’, she definitely does.
Medina Grillo, of Grillo Designs, is a creative and talented lady. Her blog is full of exciting interiors and homeware DIYs, craft projects and more. Explore her blog and instagram for an abundance of inspiration (and witty intelligent chat!)
We picked this up-cycling of a small vintage unit as one of our favourite projects, which she did to show the versatility of working with second hand furniture (this piece sourced from a charity she was working with to promote buying second hand!) Just one of the many exciting projects that fill her cool home; inspiring people to make more of the homes even if they are renting but still want to make design statements within their four walls – inspirational, budget friendly ideas.
And if you’re a fan of a great Ikea hack her blog is the place to go!
home: nice price [ paper storage bags ]
Looking to add highlights of metallic into your interior?
These paper storage bags from ASOS in durable gold heavy weight paper are a great way to do just that!
Use them to store stationery at your desk, make up on a dressing table or they also make gorgeous holders for plant pots too.
Just £12 for a pair (set comes with two sizes)
home: featured [ Mor Margate ]
Trailing round the boutique shop lined streets of Margate which is soon becoming a very hip seaside town, you may stumble across Mor. Definitely worth a visit to browse and shop their homeware, gifts and accessories – both from new brands and also some vintage pieces.
Môr (translation – ‘The Sea’ in Welsh) is run by Clare Roberts a former costume designer and manager of a London based lifestyle store who has a passion for beautiful homewares both vintage and contemporary along with design led gifts.
Located opposite the Turner Contemporary in the beautiful Margate Old town, 38 Fort Hill
home: made [ placemats ]
We are always looking for ways to make a statement for dinner parties with the place settings.
We found some incredible ideas on DIYS.com – with varying levels of skills needed, there’s all sorts of creative projects to make stylish placemats to finish of your dining place settings perfectly. These could be used for home or for a wedding, kids party or other function. There’s lots of ways to personalise settings with names, themes, and colours.
Special placemats at a wedding could also then be the wedding favour or personalise them for a kids party and then pop them in the party bags at the end!
home: favourite thing [ cushion ]
Add a little jungle print to a living area with this pretty little jungle illustrated cotton cushion from George at Asda.
Perfectly in line with the trend of bringing the outdoors in – with lush greens, foliage and fauna.
home: featured [ OOSTOR ]
Head to oostor.com for an array of homeware, lifestyle and fashion for the modern life. Similar to Trouva and Amara, OOSTOR is a marketplace for independant designers and brands showcasing their best products.
Search their large selection through filtered categories of furniture, lighting, stationary and more.
A great one stop online shop for all you needs.
home: trend [ maritime ]
The new ‘maritime’ trend has a far softer and subtle feel than nautical trends of the past.
Still with a feel of being in and around the sea coast but through textures, colours, patterns and imprints as opposed to more obvious use of rope, anchors and red, blue and white.
The colours are washed out blues, sandy beiges, dirty whites and with metallic hints to give an edge of boat engines, rusty hand rails and anchor chains and using natural weave in rugs, runners and chair seats; as a nod to sailors rope.
There’s much layering in textures and fabrics, with patterns of stripe, weave and linear illustration alike to shell patterns.
Add in collected nicknacks from travels, clusters of vases and stick to natural fabrics and surfaces – wood, wicker, bamboo, cotton, wool and silk.
Main picture guide:
Stool £45 Trouva / Paint from £23 Wickes / Rug £299 La Redoute
Sofa £1445 Loaf / Vase / EBay / Sideboard £651 Turnball & Thomas
Vase £18 Plumo / Light £88.45 More Handles / Curtain £88 Anthropologie
Inspiration from Ikea (above)