Samantha Hahn

I recently stumbled upon some lovely illustrations and surface patterns by New York artist Samantha Hahn. I love her quirky use of pattern and colour, especially in her illustrations of food. It always floats my boat when people use inanimate objects for patern/decoration. These are some of my favourite.

Anyone else fancy a macaroon right now? x

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Vintage Travel

Saying goodbye to 2011 also meant saying goodbye to my lovely vintage travel calendar. Not being one to let good piccies go to waste, I decided to make use of my favourite month by framing it for the bedroom wall.

If only I had space for the other eleven months… I love the kitsch graphics and bold colours on old travel posters. Check out some of these lovelies.

Colourful findings in Stockbridge

With a couple of hours free yesterday, I hopped on a bus to Stockbridge, one of my favourite places in Edinburgh. Being able to wander around by myself is a rarity nowdays and I loved every minute of it, looking in all the gift shops and rifling through the charity shops in search of treasure!

One of my favourites shops in Stockbridge is Caoba, a lovely place full of Mexican handicrafts, cards, decorations and even food. Look, see…

Loving the mix of things, especially the wrestling masks! Their ceramics are bold and fun and I love all their minature tiles. It made me think about Mexican inspired interiors and the fun that could be had with all the bright colours and patterns. Feel free to drool over the following….

Chair, as seen here.

You can add this vintage bedspread to your Christmas wish list here!

City rummaging

There is a whole lot of junk out there to be had, but hidden amongst all the high street tat, Edinburgh has a few places that are absolute gems for finding quirky and original furniture and accessories. Here are my favourites…

1. Bra Bohag is a tiny, but well stocked shop on Easter Road. It has a great selection of Mid Century furniture, art and other bits and bobs. The owners are friendly and take care in selecting good quality, timeless pieces for those who love a spot of retro in their homes.

2. Studio One has always been one of those places that makes me forget where I was actually going and want to stay put all afternoon mooching through all the goodies. It’s great for gifts, jewellery, traditional toys, ceramics and lighting. Their furniture store in Morningside is full of beautiful pieces if you feel like splurging.

3. Steptoes in Newington is the place to go for pre-loved furniture. Whether you’re wanting a restoration project or are just someone who loves a good rummage around, this place is so much fun. Nothing beats the feeling of getting a bargain and adding something quirky to your home.

4. I’m a sucker for clutter and Context Interiors do it so well. Based in Morningside and Cockburn Street, these family run stores are full of classic items and Georgian inspired accessories. I’ve yet to check out their newly opened Old Town store, but i’m sure i’ll be hooked.

5. For those of you with a healthy bank balance and who love contempory design, Design Shop UK, Causewayside, is definitely worth a visit. Their shop holds an array of modern interior delights, with larger designer furniture items available to order online.

Of course, I can’t talk about furniture in Edinburgh without mentioning the amazing charity shops that this city has. Banardo’s furniture store on Leith Walk is a favourite of mine, as well as Bethany Trust on Duke Street, where I found and restored these…

Dream kitchen

I’m afraid today has turned into one of those days when you end up doing all the rubbish things you’ve been putting off for ages. Yup, I mean cleaning. I’m generally a tidy person, meaning I move things around a lot and make piles, but somehow never get round to cleaning properly. Today I realised how disgusting our tiny kitchen actually was and once I started cleaning I couldn’t stop.

It got me thinking about what my dream kitchen would be like, one that I would love so much that it would never be neglected. Here’s what I came up with…

1. A happy mix of colour.

2. I like the idea of shelves rather than cupboards, so all the goodies are on display!

3. Some clever storage.

4. And to make cooking a prettier affair, imagine having these bits and bobs dotted around the kitchen.

For now, i’ll have to make do, but a girl can dream!

Let’s brighten up this grey day

On this drab, rainy saturday, I think my life needs a bit of colour and pattern, so here’s what’s brightening up my day…

I would like one of each please!

What a gorgeous print, this would look great on a crisp white wall.

I used to work at an a childrens shoe store in Edinburgh and the See Kai Run shoes were always my favourite. I can just imagine a chubby pair of legs toddling around in these beautiful blue shoes.

It’s better than hanging out your undies.

And finally… who can be gloomy whilst tucking into patterned biccies!

Sit down next to me

Everyone loves to snuggle up in a squishy old armchair. I love old retro chairs and quirky designs. I bagged myself the bargain of the century last year when I found two of these chairs, plus a footrest all for £10 in a second hand store. They’re really comfy and Noah loves a good old chew on the arm rests…

I would love to have more room to have more quirky chairs and especially something more colourful. I have recently drooled over the following:

I’d love to have this last one filled with bright cushions and all three of us.