Be My Guest
"Be our guest, be our guest, put our service to the test" did that run through your head with that title too? Maybe it's just me!! In case it's now bugging you where that's from, it's Disney's Beauty & The Beast!
I love having people to stay & I want my guests to feel as comfortable in my home as they do in their own. It's all in those little touches; I make sure there are fresh towels, lovely flowers & the bathroom cupboard is full of travel mini for anything you could possibly need, from toothpaste to moisturiser.
I also think it's a good idea to sleep in your guest room so you can see if there is anything that could be made better. I slept in mine earlier this year as, being on the top floor, my bedroom was like a sauna! Thankfully, my spare room was much cooler and, I must say, it was very comfortable so I'm happy that any of my guests would be too!
As with the rest of my house, pops of colour feature adding personality to the room. I've collected quite a few cushions over the last couple of years and some of my favourites are in this room.
As you have probably already realised, I'm loving Oliver Bonas homeware at the moment and managed to bag myself a few bargains in their recent sale including these two little rectangular cushions.
The abstract arrangement forms the pattern of this richly-textured velvet cushion, embroidered in gold. It's decorated with luxe gold thread which adds a subtle detail that’s sparkly and textural. The coral coloured tassels finish this off beautifully. This one is actually still available in the sale at £17 instead of £34 so grab yourself a bargain before it's gone!
The pink velvet cushion complements the tasselled cushion, mirroring the gold with a splattered paint effect. The gold is very metallic which adds a lovely feel and really reflects the light adding brightness to a room. I have these cushions on white bedding so the little pop of colour is a great contrast.
Having grown up by the sea, I love anything that reflects the seaside so when I saw these cushions I just had to have them! They are both from Joules and are really fun on the other side too which is a bit of a theme from Joules on their cushions. The Lobster has a hot pink & white triangle pattern on the back with the Lighthouse a white & fine blue stripe pattern. Both work really well with the bright contrast piping that runs along the edge of the cushion.
I love to have a cosy chair in a guest bedroom & I was determined to make this one fit, yes, it is another pink chair and of course it's from Loaf! This is such a great corner and one I actually love cosying up in.
When it comes to deciding on the look & feel of a room I find it helps to think of a room as having zones. This allows you to have slightly different looks within one room. I do try to keep a continuous thread throughout my whole house so the vibe flows through everything. For me, it's generally a pop of colour that links everything together.
The abstract print of this cushion from Joules does a good job of complementing the Cole & Son flamingo wallpaper. I can't claim to have chosen this, it was in the house when I bought it but I absolutely love it and would not want to change it! You can just spot the edge of a white mirror from Zara Home which is a shop I love when looking for home accessories & gifts.
I really enjoy accessories in both fashion & home and can always find something new to add to my collection. A few weeks ago, when it was still summer and not the weather we have been having recently, I went to the Barnes Fair, the largest community fundraising event in Richmond, now in its 43rd year! 300 stalls, live music, children’s funfair, grand parade, events stage and so much more it really is a great day out and my 6-year-old goddaughter even described it as her "best day ever!" Praise indeed. After eating pizza, churros & ice cream we explored the many stalls and all they had to offer where I found this fabulous pink old school phone. I love the retro styling and it looks great in any room.
Finally, it's always nice to have flowers when guests come to stay. I was always making a last minute dash to get some flowers but as I mentioned in a previous blog post, Amaranthine Blooms do some of the best artificial flowers around and these roses are no exception and as they're not real there is clearly no need for water. To maintain the illusion that they are real, I try to use opaque vases so you don't see the lack of water! This one is from my collection of Earthworks pottery, I love the simplicity of the design and it brings back many happy memories of childhood holidays.
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Thanks for reading. Until next Sunday....
From Charlotte x