Inspiration

The Case for Flocked Christmas Trees

Flocked Christmas tree inspiration | Hello Victoria

amazing tall flocked christmas tree via Pinterest

Richard and I have similar tastes in lots of areas, but we don’t agree on everything. Recently, we had a hard time agreeing on what kind of Christmas tree to buy. One thing that I have always loved is a flocked Christmas tree! I’m not talking about those all-white needle ones without any green, but the real trees that tree farms spray with faux snow… although you can also get artificial flocked trees. You know who isn’t down with flocked trees? Richard.

I get it. The’re kind of dated in a way, and obviously artificial (since when is there snow indoors?)… but they are so so so beautiful! My favorite thing when it snows is how the snow-laden branches look, all thick and coated with white. And since there isn’t that much snow happening in London over Christmas, why not bring that look indoors? I’ve looked into it, and there are really good tutorials online that show you how to recreate the look at home. That being said, it seems to be a little harder to find the right flocking material over here in the UK, than in the US.

Buuut… despite my DIY suggestions, Richard would rather just stick to a classic tree. However, I’m still trying to get him to promise me that we can do one someday :). Now until that someday comes around (or he changes his mind), I’ll just have to look at all these beautiful pictures of flocked trees!

Flocked Christmas tree inspiration | Hello Victoria

gorgeous flocked Christmas tree via comoorganizarlacasa

Flocked Christmas tree inspiration | Hello Victoria

flocked gold Christmas tree via 11MagnloiaLane

Flocked Christmas tree inspiration | Hello Victoria

flocked tree via Craftberry Bush

Flocked Christmas tree inspiration | Hello Victoria

very white flocked tree via MonikaHibbs

Flocked Christmas tree inspiration | Hello Victoria

simple flocked tree via MidwestLiving

Thoughts? (Aren’t they beautiful?!) Would you get a flocked tree this Christmas?

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Hello Shopping – Currently On My Wishlist

Artfully Walls collaboration with Anthropologie | Hello Victoria

Artfully Walls collaboration with Anthropologie via Refinery29

Okay, so I’m currently off work because of a recurring knee injury (I’m able to walk, but my job is pretty physical and I can’t quite carry 50kg of weight on this knee). It’s given me plenty of free time, and I’ll admit that I spend too much of it browsing sites on my phone, looking at things that I can’t buy.

There are a few things in particular that I’m eyeing – things that I’d love to get for our flat. Top of that list are new mugs (we have a bunch of mismatched mugs Richard has collected over the years, which aren’t really my style), decorative pillows for our bed, and artwork for the walls.

For the mugs, I’m really gravitating towards any ceramic pieces that look handmade. I’m completely in love with all things speckled and ‘imperfect’ looking. Sure, I’d love dinnerware or serving pieces to match, but for now would be easily satisfied with just a handful of mugs. These ones have really caught my eye.

Speckled mugs | Hello Victoria

One // Two // Three // Four

Aren’t those first mugs from Habitat great? And at only £25 for four mugs, they’re not too badly priced. So many places have crazy prices like £15 for just one mug. Richard and I keep looking for something like these ones, but every time it’s just too high of a price per mug. When you want to buy at least 4 of them, it adds up quickly.

And even though it’s not a mug, and a different style altogether, isn’t this jug amazing? I’m not sure why, but I’m really into having pretty jugs for dinner parties etc. Not that I’ve hosted one in a while… need to get on that!

Blue watercolour jub from Trouva | Hello Victoria

Blue Watercolour Jug

For the pillows on the bed, I’m still thinking of getting a long bolster pillow, possibly in some kind of african mudcloth print, or turkish rug material. But just one pillow isn’t enough for me (although Richard reeeaaally doesn’t want me to add a lot of pillows) and I’d like to add a couple larger ones behind the bolster. Ideally they’d be something kind of neutral, like beige or grey, but have texture and interest. How about these? (more…)

Inspiration: Rugs in the Kitchen

Vintage rugs in the kitchen | Hello Victoria

bright vintage rug in all white kitchen via jacquelenclark

While the kitchen progress is ticking along slowly, I can’t help but look ahead and think about accessories. All the white cabinets and pale walls have me craving warmth and texture. I’m thinking a funky wood clock, patterned faux roman blind, and a vintage rug!

Okay, so the rug may not actually happen. See, Richard isn’t a fan of having a rug in our kitchen. He sees it as a place for crumbs and germs to live, while I see it as much needed warmth, texture, and style in our all-white kitchen. I have been eyeing this rug on Etsy, but am worried it might be a bit too small for our space.

I’ve debated spraying a rug with some sort of repellant fabric spray, but am not sure if that would help (or convince Richard). For now, I would be content to vacuum it regularly. See, I have always lived with some sort of rug/mat under our kitchen sink areas, while Richard has not. My mom always had flat weave mats to stand on, and I loved the feel underfoot. All soft and cushy…

But enough about how they feel, look at them! Doesn’t a rug just add so much colour and interest to these kitchens?

Vintage rugs in the kitchen | Hello Victoria

bright pink kilim in a tuxedo kitchen via laurengrant

Vintage rugs in the kitchen | Hello Victoria

dark kilim in a pale sage kitchen via glitterinc

Vintage rugs in the kitchen | Hello Victoria

colourful rug in a dark green kitchen via wtf

Vintage rugs in the kitchen | Hello Victoria

red persian rug in a white kitchen via homedeco

So where do you stand? Rugs in the kitchen – yay or nay? Gross and crumby, or stylish and awesome?

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Loving Lately: Black Kitchen Accents

Inspiration: black kitchen accents | Hello Victoria

black marble sink via Savvy Home Blog

With the Easter holidays approaching (we’re both getting some time off together – yay!) we’ve started thinking about updating the kitchen. It’s been a project we have long discussed, but haven’t had the time to accomplish. I’ll write a full post soon, with before photos and plans, I promise!

But for now, I want to explore some of the things I am being inspired by for the kitchen. One of the things I know for sure, is that the cupboards will be white, and the tile too! It’ll mean that a good portion of the kitchen will be light and bright, and for that I think it needs some contrast!

I’m loving all things black lately, especially in contrast to white. It’s classic looking, and yet can also be quite modern. So for this kitchen, I am hoping to add lots of black accents for a little punch of style.

Inspiration: black kitchen accents | Hello Victoria

black window trim via Boston Globe

My jumping off point were these black cabinet handles that were used on an episode of Fixer Upper (man, I miss that show – I can’t get it in the UK on any channel). I have tried really hard to find something just like it, but so far have been coming up empty or wildly expensive. The closest I have come- in style are these handles from Etsy. They aren’t quite as sleek as the ones Joanna Gaines used, but are less traditional than many on the market. I think they will probably be the ones I end up with.

Inspiration: black kitchen accents | Hello Victoria

the Fixer Upper cabinet handles via HGTV

To go with them (on the drawers we are hoping to add), I am thinking of using cabinet edge pulls. Something really simple like these! I don’t think it would look good to use the same handles horizontally, as it would be too busy, so I want something visually lighter. So far these ones are the only I have found, but I’m still on the hunt.

Now, in my dream kitchen I would add a black faucet to go with all this… wouldn’t that look sharp? But at the moment, replacing the faucet or sink, is probably out of the budget. I have to keep reminding myself that this isn’t my forever home, so let’s not get too crazy with the unnecessary improvements.

Inspiration: black kitchen accents | Hello Victoria

black faucet via Becki Owens on Instagram

Okay, but enough of these tentative plans, I will save the proper ones for later, in their own post. For now, enjoy all these photos of kitchens that are looking sharp with all that white and black contrast.

Inspiration: black kitchen accents | Hello Victoria

cool toned kitchen with black accents via Remodelista

Inspiration: black kitchen accents | Hello Victoria

black accents in a laundry room via Instagram

Inspiration: black kitchen accents | Hello Victoria

iron shelf brackets via Jen Loves Ken

Inspiration: black kitchen accents | Hello Victoria

black sconces via Remodelista

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Black Tile Bathroom Floor

Planning on painting our bathroom tile | Hello Victoria

While discussing painting the tile in our bathroom, I mentioned to Richard that I thought it would look great to paint the floor black. I have seen black tile lots of times, and always think it looks dramatic, and yet somehow classic. Seeing as how our flat is Victorian, and they were fans of black and white floor tiles, I feel like it’s sort of character appropriate. Not really, but it’s close enough to make me feel good about my decision. So there.

However, Richard isn’t too keen on the idea. He likes the concept, but doesn’t think it will work in our tiny windowless bathroom. His argument is that the bathroom is too small and it’ll be too dark. My counter argument is that the walls and ceiling will all be either white, or slightly-blue off-white. Everything else will be so bright that the room can handle the dark floor. Not only that, but the floor tile paint options out there aren’t exactly vast, but they do make black!

Here are a few more arguments in my favor, in the form of photos of pretty bathrooms with black/charcoal floor tiles. One of them is even a basement bathroom, which shows you can do this in a room with no windows!

Black floor tile inspiration | Hello Victoria

black hexagon floor tiles via Crate and Barrel

Black floor tile inspiration | Hello Victoria

large scale hexagon floor tiles via Instagram

Black floor tile inspiration | Hello Victoria

windowless bathroom via Deuce Cities Henhouse

Black floor tile inspiration | Hello Victoria

small bathroom via Houzz

Dark floor tile inspiration | Hello Victoria

charcoal grey tiles via Contemporist

So what do you think? Are you on Richard’s side of the discussion, and think the black floor will be too dark? Or are you with me, and think that those black tile floors will really make this room pop? I’m curious to know what you guys think as it’s a big step to make in such a small place.

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Allotment Dreams

Allotment garden inspiration | Hello Victoria

allotment inspiration via

A few months ago, Richard and I became the proud owners of an allotment! We had been trying to grow some things at his brother’s place, but found that we rarely had the time to make the drive out there in order to tend to it.

After talking to a neighbor in our little building, he mentioned that he was part of an allotment garden just a 10 minute walk down the road, and that he thought there might be spots available! Turns out the space right beside his was available, and so we put in our request. Unfortunately, by the time we did so, it had been claimed by another person. However, we found out that three more plots were becoming available by the end of the year, and we could come take a look if we wanted.

Allotment garden inspiration | Hello Victoria

allotment inspiration via

In this instance, not getting the plot we asked for turned out to be a blessing in disguise! One of the three plots was even better than the first! Our new little garden has not just one, but four fruit trees already established! (It also has one tree that we have no idea what it is. It could be fruiting, or ornamental, but we won’t know until spring/summer.) (more…)

Loving Lately: Burled Wood

Burled wood frames | Hello Victoria

burled wood frame via

A few years back, in my first apartment, I made a large gallery wall using IKEA RIBBA black frames, and black and white photos. It was modern and striking – which suited my industrial-loft style apartment. In my last place, I switched to all white frames with colourful photographs and artwork. Still a gallery wall (bigger too) but again, using IKEA RIBBA frames. While I do look back on them fondly, there’s something too simple about the way they looked now. They never quite matched my eclectic style, and felt too much like I was copying someone else’s aesthetic.

Burled wood frames | Hello Victoria

the Framebridge ‘Cairo’ frame

In our current flat, I’m thinking I may forgo the gallery wall, and instead focus on larger scale art pieces, and a few small pairings. I’m hoping to use a combination of new modern frames (maybe even RIBBA?) as well as some antique ones. I fell in love with these burled wood frames from Framebridge a few months ago, but didn’t want to spend that kind of money on just a frame. Then, as luck would have it, I managed to find a couple of antique ones, just the right size for £10! After researching a bit, turns out I got quite a good deal, as burled wood is expensive…

Since then, I find myself noticing this material more and more, in all kinds of furniture. It has such great warmth, and visual interest. Who knows, perhaps I’ll find a cool piece of burled wood furniture in the coming months? (more…)

Currently On My Wish List

I’m pretty sure that Richard would agree, I spend waaaay too much time on my phone, browsing stores. It’s not like I have the money to buy any of the things, but I often find myself saving pages and items for some mythical-future-influx-of-cash.

I figured that since I’m not going to buy any of these items anytime soon, perhaps I should share them with the world, and someone else might give them a good home.

First up we have Anthropologieoh how I love thee! I can’t help but stop in their stores every chance I get. Great stuff and such inspiring window displays!

spoon rest // barside bowl // textured indira cushions

I haven’t been looking much at their clothing lately, but that wood spoon rest would be amazing. We still don’t have one in the kitchen yet, and I like the warmth that wood brings. The marble bowl could be used for food, or organization, and those textured pillows would be so fun on our bed (along with some indigo accents)! However, I doubt Richard would be a fan of the tassel-y bits. (more…)

Plans for the Bedroom

View of the bedroom from the hallway

There are a few rooms in our flat where I know exactly what I want to do – the two most solidified in my mind are the hallway, and the bedroom. The hallway is easy to figure out because it’s such a small space. Add a single piece of furniture, some artwork, a mirror, a few accessories…. and bam! Done!
The bedroom is similar in that it is dominated by one piece of furniture – the bed. It takes up so much of the room that it becomes simple to determine the items required to finish the space. In here, I’m thinking lots of texture, and a sort of nomadic world-traveler sort of vibe. (Is that a vibe?!)

Plans for a cozy and inviting bedroom | Hello Victoria

The room has two large windows with great moldings, but they let in a lot of early morning light

Plans for a cozy and inviting bedroom | Hello Victoria

Here is the bedroom just after we moved in. The bed frame was left behind by the previous owner, and the little tables beside the bed are stools that Richard brought home from Nepal. They’re just temporary, but they were a great solution to our lack of… well.. anything(more…)

Dark + Moody Bedroom Inspiration

Dark + moody bedroom inspiration | Hello Victoria

navy bedroom via Design Sponge

I’m normally a fan of very light and bright spaces – shades of pale grey and blue tend to be where I gravitate – but I think I’m slowly converting to the dark side. Or, at least when it comes to my bedroom.

Dark + moody bedroom inspiration | Hello Victoria

charcoal bedroom via Design Sponge

I first got inspired by the impact that a dark bedroom can have when I saw San Fransisco blogger Jordan Ferney’s black bedroom. While most everyone in the blogging world was painting their whole house white, she had created this eye-catching space by painting all her walls and trim in the softest of blacks. (more…)