shopping edit #1 ~ summer blues

Okay, this post was meant to happen about a year ago. But I think I just completely underestimated the effect that a small person has on your life. When Cam arrived last June, for the first few months it was all about him, naturally. And it was amazing and tiring and wonderful and overwhelming, in equal measures. Then, once we started to figure out what we were doing a bit more rather than – what felt like – feeling around in the dark, and he fitted into our lives rather than the other way around, we miraculously had some time to ourselves again outside of our working lives and, of course, Cam. And you know what? I didn’t want to be a #girlboss right that second. I didn’t want to hustle. I wanted to sit in a quiet room at the end of the day, spend time with Tom, and scroll aimlessly through Pinterest or watch reality shows. I’ve maybe done that a bit longer than I expected to, but I feel that fire again to blog, create and immerse myself in the community that I’ve grown to love so much.

So, I’m back. I don’t know how many times a week or month I’ll be blogging – I think a hard-and-fast schedule is probably a bad idea – but I want to share all the interiors gorgeousness that goes around my head day in day out, as well as the progress we’ve been making on our house. It may be a relatively unappealing 70s terraced house from the outside, but you shouldn’t judge a book etc etc. The bathroom, Cam’s nursery and the garden have been the main projects around here lately, and there’ll be before and after shots coming soon.

One of the frequent features I’ll be posting is shopping edits – basically I’ll spend hours trawling shopping sites, so you don’t have to. It’ll all be in one place under a particular theme, whether that’s the best bits from a certain retailer, or, say, ‘brass and marble’. Today, it’s all about summer blues. Enjoy.


Shopping Edit - Summer Blues via {what you fancy} blog


Mykonos Pom Pom Shopper – £34 // My love of pom poms – on everything – shows no signs of abating. And this bargain of a bag from my current obsession, Yonder Living, is perfect for that trip to the beach or an impromptu picnic in the park.

Iris Tassel Earrings – £55 // One day I’ll be more of a grown-up and wear earrings, and when I do, I want a pair like this. Some of the seriously stylish ladies I follow on Insta – Erica Davies and Alex Stedman, for starters – have been hanging tassels off their lobes left, right and centre, and I want to join their gang.

Mudcloth Pillow Cover – £39.34 // These mudcloth prints have been adorning modern boho interiors for a while now and I still can’t get enough. You usually see this pattern in black and white, but this blue alternative is a fresher take on the trend.

Summer Days Rug – £125 // Give me a preppy stripe and I’m happy.

Kite Top With Bow Sleeves – £65 // The high street is awash with off-the-shoulder Bardot tops, but I like this slightly different spin on the style. Note the buttons down the back and the bows on the sleeves – so pretty.

Ribe Pendant Lamp – £125 // These Scandi-style pendants are just the kind of orbs I’d want hanging over an island or over a bedside table. And I love that their handmade nature means you can see small air bubbles in the glass.

Morning Noon Night Book – £30 // Following on from the coffee table staple, Eat Drink Nap, this stylish behind-the-scenes look at Soho Houses is another must-own.

Acapulco Chair – £67.50 // Tesco knows what’s up. And what’s up is the chair of the summer. I have two in my garden and not only do they look the business, they’re also ridiculously comfy.

Any favourite pieces?

thinking about nurseries…

This is a surreal post to be writing. Y’see, Tom and I are expecting a baby in the summer. The most wonderful and scary sentence to type out. So, that’s a pretty big change coming up… and me being me, I’ve decided it’s probably best not to get to get too stuck into the ‘oh-my-god-this-is-one-of-the-biggest-life-changes-you-can-do’ reality of it all – denial, my friends – and concentrate on interior decor. Obviously we’re thinking about all the other stuff too, but since this blog focuses largely on interiors, I’m not going to bore you with pregnancy gripes and travel system dilemmas (uh-huh, I know. Apparently kids don’t just ride around in pushchairs these days, they’re now called ‘travel systems’, and it’s a minefield.)
 
Anyway, back to the fun stuff. Having a baby means decorating a nursery, and my secret ‘nursery inspiration’ Pinterest board that’s been lurking for months can finally come into play. The further I got into the design process, the more I realised that what I’m aiming for is basically just an extension of the light and bright aesthetic I have going on in the rest of the house. As in, light walls with furniture, artwork and accessories providing the interest and colour. We don’t know what we’re having, and we’re not planning on finding out before B-day, so it also has to be gender-neutral. Here are some of the pins that had my creative juices going…
 
Nursery inspo via {what you fancy}
{Yes, I realise there’s a lot of pink going on in these rooms – I tend to get drawn to it in interiors – but I can always rein that back if a boy comes along…}
 
And here’s a quick e-design to show you where I’m currently at. The room is pretty small – RIP home office/my junk room – so I didn’t want to overcrowd it with furniture. It’ll have a cot, a rocking chair and one of IKEA’s finest… the Kallax (does anyone design rooms anymore that don’t include a Kallax of some kind?!)There’ll be plenty of other bits and bobs that haven’t made my little collage, and I’m working on having the built-in cupboard turned into a wardrobe, but hopefully in a couple of months time it’ll be ready for the big reveal.
 
Gender neutral nursery e-design via {what you fancy}
 
So, what do you think so far?
 

on my radar – suite one studio

When I saw these plates on Instagram, my eyes shot out on stalks. I mean, they’re ridiculously beautiful pieces of art. The primarily pink and blue colour palette may have initially swayed me, but on closer inspection I’m totally smitten by the gold touches, the uneven edges and the high-shine glazes. These swoon-worthy limited edition ceramics are created by Lindsay Emery out of her studio, Suite One Studio, in North Carolina – and the best news? She ships internationally! I don’t know about you, but I need some of these beauties in my life…
 
Suite One Studio ceramics via {what you fancy}
 
Who’s with me?
 

the october edit

Autumn’s well and truly into its innings. Although, apart from the trees starting to turn, you wouldn’t know it… we’ve been treated to beaming sunshine and temperatures that keep our patio in business. But – and I don’t want to sound ungrateful – who’s secretly hoping it turns a bit chillier soon so we can dig out coats, boots and scarves? So, to celebrate the official cosy season, the return of decent telly and new collections in stores, here’s a round-up of everything I’m currently coveting…
 
the october edit via {what you fancy}
 
Houndstooth chair // Oliver Bonas is really having an interiors moment. Seriously, they’re on fire when it comes to soft furnishings. This particular little number, called Le Cocktail Chair (mais, oui), would look so chic on a herringbone floor in a Parisian apartment in the Marais. Or, y’know, in a regular house.
 
Adventures pocket notebooks // BerinMade designed our wedding invitations (and my blog header!), so I love seeing Erin’s business go from strength to strength. If you’re a stationery fiend like me then I’d urge you to head over to her website for cards, notebooks and prints that nail every trend. I especially love the colours in these notebooks. They had me at navy.
 
Breton pompom blanket // Yonder Living is one of my favourite new online finds and I’ve been drooling over their blankets for months. Maybe now the mercury’s dropping, I’ll treat myself to this stripy pompom beauty. Call it an early Christmas present.
 
Cities sweatshirt // I honestly think Brits are happiest safely back inside a jumper. Well, I am anyway. And this one is definitely ticking all the boxes for me.
 
After You // I’m assuming you’ve read the first one, right? If not, please do so immediately, if not sooner. The sequel is sure to be just as heartbreakingly beautiful.
 
Drinks trolley // Gold, marble, metal. Oliver Bonas has come over all West Elm on us, and we ain’t complaining.
 
Origins serum // When winter hits, bitter winds and cranked-up heating does nothing for that glowy complexion we all try to maintain year round. Thankfully, the lovely people at Origins have created this new cult serum to stick two fingers up to dreary dry skin.
 
Horse print // As much as I’m a fan of abstract art, sometimes the crispness of black and white photography wins out. I adore this shot. I’ll always be a pony-mad teenager at heart.
 
Tell me, does anything here strike your fancy?
 

front roe view

Louise Roe – stylist, presenter and author extraordinaire – has worked hard for her career. She’s put in the hours, there’s been no “but I had no idea it was being released” scandal, and she always comes across as incredibly down-to-earth and just plain lovely. Total PLU territory. Since she also has impeccable dress sense (aside from a weird Oscars choice back in 2012), I had high hopes for her latest LA pad that she opened up to The Everygirl. And I wasn’t disappointed. It’s as tasteful as her Cali-girl-meets-ladylike-chic wardrobe, with a slew of neutral tones peppered with west coast pops of colour. Shall we take a peek?
 
Louise Roe living room via {what you fancy}
{Big fan of the contrasting seat and back cushions on the sofa}
 
Louise Roe study via {what you fancy}
{Gallery walls – much like SEO and chivalry – aren’t dead. Especially when they feature Slim Aarons’ photography}
 
Louise Roe bedroom via {what you fancy}
{Tufted headboard, abstract art and antique furniture. A combo that’ll rarely fail}
 
Louise Roe dining area via {what you fancy}
{Personally I’d swap out that rug for a jute or a Persian, but I love the see-through IKEA chairs – yep, IKEA!}
 
Louise Roe fireplace via {what you fancy}
{Mirrored picture frames, and more blue and white loveliness}
 
Louise Roe interior details via {what you fancy}
{Pineapple, marble and hydrangeas – this lady knows her interior trends}
 
:photography by Monica Wang:
 
Want to get the laid-back Los Angeles look? Here’s how…
 
Louise Roe - get the look via {what you fancy}
 
{Alexandra Nazari photography / pineapple jewellery box / Tobias chair / Chinese barrel seat / London map / Vogue book / lattice cushion / ethnic side table / Emily Jeffords art}