PRIDE NAILS // When you’ve got @littlebitmargate + @nancy_mc just down the road, it would be RUDE not to get your nails painted with rainbows, RIGHT?! Plus, lilac is totally my second favourite colour right now.
7 MINUTES IN HEAVEN // I’ve just published a blog post with seven sexy pink bathrooms for you to ogle over (feat. @sarahakwisombe, @2lgstudio, @margatelocationhouse + more). Head over to the blog for some pretty in pink inspo! Any excuse to get my own old bathroom up, eh? 😂 In other news, I needed some colour to get away from this miserable rain. Can the sun come back now please? #myrentedabode #howirent • [Paint gifted by @earthbornpaints as part of #claymates partnership, beautiful feathers gifted by @cassandra_yap]
MY THIRTEEN OLD DREAM // Ask thirteen year old me what my dream bedroom would have looked like and it would have looked like this. Ask 28 year old me, and it probably also looks a little like this. That headboard, those lamps and that bed linen = 🥰🥰🥰. After this weekend, I’m in need of a little lie down and this looks like the perfect spot. How was your weekend? [photo part of previous paid styling job with @lqhomes]
DREAMY SNEAK PEEK // [Features gifted items] Say hello to the new addition to our bedroom (yep, we bought that @oliverbonas chair)! I couldn’t resist it’s shapey charms. We’re mid-painting the bedroom so this isn’t there finished look but I’m a little bit in love with the colours so far. [dream rug and mirror gifted from @westelmuk, paint as part of ongoing partnership with @earthbornpaints, clothes addiction my own] #myrentedabode #howirent
MY RENTED ABODE // [Features previously gifted items] The lovely @maisieviolet_rees tagged me in a lovely story earlier saying that I’d inspired her to deck out her rented kitchen (go check out her stories for some creative ideas) and in turn, she reminded me that I hadn’t yet hit the publish button on my blog post for ways to update your rented kitchen! This has been a long time coming, hence the old Earlsfield Loft photos, but if you fancy a trip down memory lane plus some top tips, head over to the blog now! #myrentedabode
POM POM SUNDAY // Here’s to a Sunday well spent with seaside explorations, far too much mac and cheese and a shot of my shoes against a pink wall. Can’t even relay how the conversation went for this photo as I was already on my ass with my feet in the air before I could even contemplate what a wally I am. 🙄
EASY LIKE GALLERY WALLS // I’ve had a beyond busy week this week so using today to spend some much needed time at home to recover. There’s a lot of things going on behind the scenes right now (some good and some not so good) so trying to enjoy the moment and the beauty of doing absolutely nada. #myrentedabode
MY LOVE // There’s two men in my life and this guy has been around the longest! Did you know he’s a “Mexican Hotdog”? Half chihuahua, half miniature dachshund and my little brindle boy. He’s turned this pouffe we bought in Marrakech (from @souk_it_up_) into his downstairs bed and nobody else gets a look in. Anyone else got pets that think they own a piece of furniture? Looking at you @whinniewilliams @pipjolley @frenchforpineapple! #myrentedabode
RELAX // And breathe. Such a lovely weekend celebrating, relaxing and re-organising the entire abode. I’ve also had some great conversations re: my stories of the beach on Friday morning. It’s reassuring to know how much people care. Through visiting @haeckels, where this amazing spa bathroom lives, I’ve learnt so much about marine culture and the importance of not passing by litter; they do an incredible job of raising awareness. Their Instagram page is a wealth of information and beautiful products so go and give ‘em a follow if you don’t already!
YOU’VE BEEN PARRED // Summer lovin’ all weekend so when @shinythoughts sent me these secret shots, I was like 😍😍😍😍! I couldn’t be happier in this little seaside slice of heaven. If you’re thinking of doing it, DO IT. Love from an ex-Londoner that didn’t understand moving out of London. 📸@shinythoughts
I’M IN THE BUSH OUTSIDE // [Features previously gifted items] And I’m really grateful for you joining me. Thanks to all of the newbies that have come over from @_lisa_dawson_ in the last 24 hours! 20K PEOPLE (IT’S BEEN A LONG WAIT)! Here’s my current view after a sunshine-filled weekend in Margate eating and drinking my way to Monday morning. Can we just get a happy dance for this weather? For those of you that have just joined, this is my rented pad in Margate which I share with the boy and our pooch George. I’m a firm believer in making any home your own and investing in furniture that you can take with you anywhere. There’s a strong possibility we might have to move out of this place in the next few months (long story) but we still wanted to make it our home in that time so we designed our own shelving with @tylko, used @commandbrand to hang photos and have added our own little pops of personality via photos, candles and books. Extra points if you can guess what we’re watching on the TV tonight, pre-Love Island of course. #myrentedabode • [gifted items: shelving @tylko, coffee table, rug + light @westelmuk, Magnifique print @gaylemansfielddesigns, Elvis print @kingandmcgaw. Everything else purchased.]
SATISFACTION // Things that look like this = pure bliss for my eyes. Who’s been to see @yinka_ilori’s latest installation at @dulwichgallery? The Colour Palace was created in collaboration with @pricegore and is a fusion of West African and European influences, with inspiration coming from the buzz of fabric markets in Lagos to the symmetry of Sir John Soane’s iconic gallery design. It’s a technicolour dream as well as the perfect spot for some shadow hunting. It’s free to visit, so grab your mates this weekend and chill in the sunshine with an ice cream! #colourpalace
LET’S DANCE // [Press Preview] Yesterday I was invited to the preview of @tate’s latest major exhibition ‘In Real Life’ by @studioolafureliasson. If you’re a fan of colour, light, movement and process, this should be on your must-do summer list. I expect queues. Oh, and if you’re wondering, yes I did dance around this on my own attracting photographers galore as I went. Yesterday was definitely a rare “I’ll do what I want” day. #OlafurEliasson
I AM HERE // One of the downsides of renting is that often people (read estate agents and landlords) don’t view you as a person. God forbid you have a personality or want to put your own spin on a place to make it a home, or simply even use your home as a home without someone coming in it every month. But here’s me letting y’all know that I’m here to make a difference for renters when it comes to decorating, standing up to estate agents and working towards more affordable design-led housing. Seriously, there’s plenty of room in the market for all of the above. In the meantime you can follow @heartzeena, @fabricofmylife, @kerrylockwood_, @grillodesigns, @how_i_rent, @rushandteal, @iamkristabel, @ohsomint or just check out the #myrentedabode and #howirent tags for further rental inspiration. We CAN make a difference! Amazing public art by @dotmasters
[AD] START OF SOMETHING // And just like that it all came together. It’s taken me an age to get my ass into gear and sort out our living room but after our @tylko shelving came, everything started to take shape. We may or may not have nearly broken up in the process of building it (just because I’m right and he’s wrong) but once we did, we felt like it had all come together. If you’re in rented or a small space this is the perfect way to design something that’s your own. There’s no way we could have fitted a console this long into our maisonette, but now we have the perfect place for records, books and all those little things we want to hide. Plus, that terracotta shade is all the rage and goes PERFECTLY with my stripes. What do you reckon? #myrentedabode
MONDAY Qs // Working for yourself means a whole lot of guessing for the week ahead. What projects could come in? Who might you meet on your adventures? Will that invoice ever get paid? I’m someone who LOVES the unknown and will quite happily ride the wave and see what happens. Are you? Can’t believe I’ve been doing it all on my own for the last 7 months (feels like longer) and this Monday morning I’m giving myself a pat on the back for taking a risk and making it pay off. Everyone else should do the same today too - being proud of ourselves isn’t something we’re very good at so think of just one little thing and celebrate on the inside. 🤩
MAGNIFIQUE // [features gifted item] FINALLY got round to hanging some art on my walls and while it’s not quite finished yet, the gallery wall in the living room is already making my heart skip a beat 😍 P.S STRIPES ARE BACK BABY! [Magnifique print gifted by @gaylemansfielddesigns, all other prints tagged purchased or taken by me!]
PALETTE // Pop some lilac on this building and I think we’ll have the trendiest block in Leipzig on our hands...
THE WATERED GARDEN // Such a pleasure to finally visit @thewateredgarden today after a long while lusting over the Instagram. Plants galore and lovely people. I even found out my little brother has been harbouring a lot of secret plant knowledge and will now be met with my plant questions on a weekly basis. 🌿🌵🌱
NEAR & FAR // Back in London haunts (today’s pleasures included catching up with @bonneyl and @the.completist) and really lusting after some yellow in my life. I wonder why...
[AD] CHEERS TO THURSDAY NIGHT // Settling down tonight with my favourite drink. Can you guess what it is? Some might think a Negroni, but those who know me better will know it's actually a Negroni Sbagliato (you don't pronounce the g folks). To celebrate the 100th year of the Negroni @campariuk are throwing the ultimate Negroni party on Thursday 20th June offering 100 different twists on the Negroni #N100! If you'd like to try a Sbagliato for yourself, I've nabbed an exclusive offer to the party! To redeem simply enter N100EMMA when you check out to get half price tickets, which includes 2 Negronis. Head to my stories to swipe up to purchase or go straight to https://lineupnow.com/event/n100-cheers-to-the-count. [Disclaimer: I totally drunk half of one before I even took the snap!] #N100 #Campari #Negroni
RETRACTION // About a month ago I said I didn’t want to go anywhere else this summer. I RETRACT THAT STATEMENT. This rain is a mood killer. GIVE ME THE SUN 🌞 📸 @joshuajohnparker
THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE // Essentially just spend my life going between these three places. Not bad at all.
[AD] WIN, WIN, WIN! // I’ve teamed up with @lqhomes to offer you the chance to split a £250 voucher for boho store of dreams @greige_lifestyle. All you need to do is follow me and @lqhomes and tag the mate you’d share the treasure with (t&c’s below). Don’t forget you can also take a tour of the show home I styled up and find out more about buying your first home on my blog now! 💥 • To win, follow me + @lqhomes. You can tag as many friends as you like (in separate comments please) but both must be following to win. The winners will receive a £125 voucher each. This competition is in no way associated with Instagram. Entries will be accepted until midnight on Friday 14th June. Winners will be randomly selected.
GREEN WITH ENVY // Working out how I can get this exact shade of green integrated into the abode. Not sure it’s gonna work out so I’ll stick to visiting Morocco every few months eh?
[AD] THE GATEWAY // A couple of weeks ago, I headed to my old haunt of Chiswick to style up a brand new property development by @lqhomes. Introducing The Gateway, W4. How gorgeous is it? I used tons of products from local independent store @greige_lifestyle. But this beautiful home has more to it than meets the eye. L&Q are a not-for-profit housing developer meaning all the dollar from their developments goes back into creating more beautifully designed housing. They’re on a mission to help first-time buyers and having spent the last few months trying to get my head round the buying process (help to buy, shared ownership, mortgage advisors, say what?!), the team have made it a little bit more digestible for me. Head to the blog to see a tour of the 2-bed apartment I styled up as well as some top tips for how to get on the property ladder.
FOREVER MOODBOARDIN’ // Gimme some magazines and I’ll be occupied for hours. The @wknd.in knows it.
STILL BANGING ON // About my old bathroom because LOOK AT IT. I just edited the photos for a blog post I’m writing (actually taken properly and in daylight this time) and it’s even prettier than I remember. 😭😭😭 [Paint in Delilah and Lady Bug from partnership with @earthbornpaints] #myrentedabode #dspink
[AD] POWERED BY COFFEE // I did the first lot of painting in the Margate Maisonette today, powered by coffee made by our new Sage coffee machine from @ao! What do you think to that colour, eh? Now that we’re close to our own coffee roasters in Margate, we’re pretty keen on barista style lattes and this baby does it all. We’ve been trialling it for the last two weeks and I’ll be sure to keep you posted once I can do flowers on my coffee... #aoathome #myrentedabode #howirent
MY BEST FRIEND’S BABY SHOWER // Today I got to hang out with my best pal @natasha_nuttall at her baby shower (how fabulous does she look?). My heart is BIG ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Little one, I can’t wait to meet you and help you give you a little life of creativity and happiness. Claps to @jackkingham too for being an excellent dad-in-waiting and killing the dance floor with his moves before 2pm had even hit. ✌🏻Mural by @natasha_nuttall & @_ellamasters_ 💥
*NOW CLOSED* [AD] COMPETITION TIME // Hey folks, it’s competition time! 💥 As part of being a #claymates ambassador for @earthbornpaints this year, I’ve got 15L of paint to give away for a summer refresh. As you can see, I’ve been busy testing out colour combinations for the new abode. Any guesses what I’ll go with for the bedroom? • You’ve got one week to enter (you snooze you lose) and you can do so by liking this post, following me, @earthbornpaints and by tagging a mate in the comments. Each tag counts as one entry! UK entries only I’m afraid. The winner will be selected at random and this competition is in no way associated with Instagram. #doyoucolour #myrentedabode
GINGHAM GAL // I’m currently having one of those periods where I hate seeing my face, hate how everything looks, essentially just hating on myself. What’s that all about eh?! Had some great chats with @takeheartuk yesterday about the pressure we put on ourselves and our bodies to look they way they did ten years ago. It’s SO hard to recondition yourself. I’ve been practising yoga though and it’s totally helping me to feel more confident / not give a shit again. In a weird way, I think moving has made me feel vulnerable in this aspect of my life so hoping that everything aligns again soon!
LIVING FOR THE SUNSHINE // Please don’t go! 🌞🌻
AND RELAX // Who’s ready for a restful and sunny weekend? Channelling all of those Morocco vibes...
POLKA // How about this for some ceiling action? @fornasettiofficial always getting the decor on point. Having said that I ended up watching season 1 of Geordie Shore in my sick state - did you know they have Fornasetti wallpaper in the house?!
BATHTIME BABY // I’ve spent the last three days feeling truly sorry for myself as the burnout finally got hold of me and I’ve been struck with illness (something I’m really not good at dealing with). My face literally puffed out and my skin has had a yellow tinge but after some fresh air and some bath time love has got me feeling a little bit better - just in time for a talk I’m doing this week at UAL. Getting ill is a massive struggle when you’re freelance and I’ve not really had any other choice but to power through - would love to hear how others manage it! 📸 by @joshuajohnparker during healthier times at @thewalpolebayhotel.
[AD] CLAIM YOUR STYLE // I’m still reflecting on my recent trip to @carandache’s factory in Geneva, documenting my travels around the city with @mat_buckets and writing little notes on what happened; where I’d like to remember for next time. Geneva was so full of colour, typography and I’m actually thinking of putting together a little travel book - it feels so nice to be working in analogue again and my Limited Edition Claim Your Style pens are just calling out to be used every day. FYI, I chose the pink and green from the collection, because hey, that’s some EJP style colours right there. ・・・ As part of my partnership with @carandache in celebration of the new 849, I’m offering you the chance to #claimyourstyle and win the entire collection of Limited Edition pens. To win, tag both @carandache and myself in a photo that you think sums up your creative style, using the hashtag #claimyourstyle. This can be a work in progress at your desk, a finished artwork or the inspiration behind your work. Just get creative. The winner will be announced on May 3rd and t&c’s are in the first comment - good luck!
NEON FEVER // Current Milano highlight goes to @versace for its sweet luminescent Miami vibe. Credit to Sasha Bikoff and artist Andy Dixon who have dressed each room. I salute you. In other news @frenchforpineapple and I have literally been most impressed by the fashion installations - they really have been iconic.
THE MANZONI // Kicked off yesterday with lunch at @themanzoni - a permanent restaurant and space designed by @tomdixonstudio on Via Manzoni. Dixon was fed up of only creating temporary installations that’s only benefitted the city of Milan for a week, and after a year off in 2018, has come up with the permanent goods. Swipe to see the best loos in Milano! #mdw2019 #milandesignweek #milandesignweek2019 #themanzoni
HOMESICK // For the first time ever in my life I feel homesick. No, not from the old Earlsfield Loft as pictured here (sorry, I don’t have any photos of the new pad yet), but from the Margate Maison. I’m on my way to Luton before heading to Milan Design Week, which should totally be exciting, but instead I feel so sad that I’m not tucked up at home. Normally I’d be bouncing at just having some me time. THIS IS SO STRANGE. What has the sea air done to me, eh?
[AD] THE FACTORY // A few weeks ago I visited @carandache’s colourful factory in Geneva for a little insight into the century-old brand and to celebrate the launch of the new Limited Edition Claim Your Style collection. Who remembers having Caran d’Ache pencils as a kid? It was nostalgia central for me. As both a writer and a creative, it’s always really important to me to know that there’s soul at the heart of a company, and I can confirm that amongst the colourful pigments at Caran d’Ache, there’s a team of eager pen and pencil makers who have literally thought of everything. Did you know the 849 pen is hexagonal to stop it rolling off desks? And now you’re probably wondering why other pens are even round. You don’t realise what goes into creating these things until you see it with your own eyes. #ClaimYourStyle
THE MAXIMALIST // Such an honour to write up Zoe’s home tour and stylish setup at @w.a.greenlondon for @hunkerhome. I love this lady and her style SO much. Just LOOK at that art curation. LIKE LIKE LIKE. Please take a moment to go and have a read as I think this is probably my favourite piece to date and if you’ve not visited the store, do so immediately. 📸 @alexreyto
STATIONS OF HAMBURG PART ONE // Meet the architecture of Meßberg, served by line U1 of the Hamburg U-Bahn. Yup, I told JJP I wanted to see the sites, and this is what I meant. Just look at those seventies hues.
IN THE PINK // Such a refreshing few days in Hamburg that helped me to really switch off when I wasn’t working and be in the moment. The city is so beautiful and it reminds me of Scandinavia with an edge - perfect for walking around in the sun, drinking too many beers and popping open a ton of Fritz cola in order to repeat. I’m having one of those “I want to keep everything to myself” lulls so apologies for the lack of imagery, but I had a great ol’ time and have plenty of inspiration to seed out and look back on with a full heart. ❤️
COLOUR PALETTE // Everything about this. Michael Roberts presented by @patrickheideca ⭐️
PROVISIONERS // On Monday evening @joshuajohnparker and I headed for a complimentary press meal at @provisionersldn - the latest joint to open in Southwark as part of @thedixonlondon. Situated in the old Tower Bridge Magistrates Court which was built in 1906, the concept by Clive Watson, is a homage to the buildings former life as a court and features quirky design details such as markings on the floor to represent cells and a specially branded coffee called ‘Shakedown’. I’ve already told about twenty people in real life about how much of a special place this is going to be, so do get down there and check it out. Make sure you order the culurgiones too - my absolute favourite. Check out my stories for more design and food deets; we’re going to be popping back for brekkie and some evening cocktails so maybe see you there!