I'll be honest, I didn't believe that anything could top the gin bar. I mean, a gin bar. In the corner of the living room. I felt like I'd made it. It even made the yellow-toned walls ever so slightly pale in to insignificance. Ever so slightly. After all, yellow walls are never insignificant. And not in a good way. Hooray for the recent transformation to pure brilliant white.
Take a deep breath.
I think I may have found a piece of furniture to rival the bar. Better it, even.
I know, I know. Hard to believe, right?
I kid you not.
Take a look at my new modern-day-with-a-vintage-look-and-feel writing bureau come ladder shelf from the Houseology Collection at Houseology. It's bloody gorgeous and every time I look at it, I want to hug it, or at least, stroke it. What can I say? My love for inanimate objects is strong.
With its coated iron frame and fir wood shelves and drawer, it nails the industrial chic trend - a trend that I personally think is pretty timeless ... it's based on great design and natural materials so what's not to love about it?!
It fits so perfectly in the corner of my living room and is the ideal place to work during the day (because it's by the patio doors leading out in to the garden and not because of it's proximity to the kitchen and the biscuit jar ... okay, so that's debatable, I won't lie).
There's just enough space on the desk top to fit my laptop, notepad, cup of tea, and my super cute terrazzo lamp/Pinterest UK award. Take a look.
I bought the L'artiste Superheroine pencil case from Quill London. They no longer stock it but I love this almost-edible yellow textured version.
With the addition of several pot plants to add some much needed greenery (two weeks in my home and still thriving ... that has to be a record) and a basket placed below for all my fabric and paper samples, it's a compact but creative space to work at.
What do you think?
I've completely fallen for how simple but clever a piece of furniture it is. At 180cm high, 78cm wide and 40cm deep, it takes up little to no space at all but is so versatile.
And when I've finished work for the day, I can pop my laptop in the drawer and bring out a vase or two to display instead.
It's almost as if it were never a desk, right?
I'm not one for huge flower displays. I like the simplicity of bud vases and small cuttings placed in each one. It's a pretty and cost effective way of brightening up shelves, table tops and corners of your home.
Houseology stock an amazing array of luxury home brands but their very own collection, the Houseology Collection, contains so many of my favourite pieces. High up on my 'things I absolutely must have at some point for our new home' list are the safari boutique four poster bed frame (how dreamy?!) and the harley armchair in antique leather (how Don Draper?!).
A huge thanks to Houseology for oh so kindly sending me these shelves to share them on The Ordinary Lovely.
The verdict is ... PERFECTION!