I mentioned briefly that we have put down some new unfinished pine floors in the boys room. We love them, the boys not so much. They enjoyed the carpet under their feet, I get that, it was just the carpet wasn’t the prettist. Since the short time it was down, the amount of spillages, pens marks, it wasn’t worth even thinking of replacing it with a lighter coloured carpet. So we opted for wooden floors. To give back the cozy feeling for the boys and their little feet, I am on the hunt for a rug, not just any rug, a Moroccan Berber rug. Who would have thought my strict colour palette of grey, white and black would even contemplate colour.
I want to keep the rest of the room simple. So far in the room we have some bunk beds, freeing up floor space, simple storage and I am currently in the middle of painting a wall in Oval Room Blue from Farrow&Ball and pimping some IKEA wardrobes with plywood. With all that going on, I think a Berber rug will add interest.
Its finding the nicest one that’s a challenge, as I want them all! But to narrow my search I like to look at a few of my favourites online. Paris Berbere, a great selection of all different rugs especially the popular Beni Ouarian rug. Another favourite is Edit58, as well as the rugs in the shop they offer a rug sourcing service where you can personally get help in sourcing your perfect rug. My newest find is a French shop called Fragments-Paris, who have some fantastic colourful rugs. And my last place I always have a look is Emily’s House London, a good selection of rugs all different sizes. Even though I’m on the hunt for a Boucherouite rug I would like a smaller Beni Ouarian rug for the top of the stairs and Emily’s House London have a great selection, at a good price for smaller sized spaces.
These are just my go to places but I am sure there are loads of good rug sourcing companies out there.
Oliver Furniture | Julie Ansiau | Paris Berbere | Fragments-Paris
It took one image.. As soon as I seen this over on Daniella Witte blog, I had to click through and see more! It is everything I aspire to achieve in my home with the use of pine, it would be a dream to achieve this. We have recently redone the flooring with pine in the boys room and this will carry though to our room. As soon it was put down I loved it! I am just trying to decide on how to finish it, but thats another story for another post. Just now we can admire the large window that doubles as a seat. I always thought I would want some sort of large window which opens and we can step out, but I really really like this idea. So many clever solutions, the storage from floor to ceiling, perfect to hide extra blankets and duvets, I always struggle where to store these? The stairs are beautiful, something I need to think about and the difference in the material of the concrete floors and pine is perfection.
Lots and lots of ideas..
Photographed by Petra Bindel styled by Emma Persson Lagerberg
It has been years since me and my husband attended a festival, I think the last time we went to one was in much warmer climates, and in the end we opted to sleeping with the tent door open… Well this weekend we braved the unpredictable British weather and went to the Green Man Festival in the Brecon Beacons and pitched a tiny tent in a field. We set off early on Friday morning and made the long journey to Wales, when we arrived the sun was shinning but quickly decided to downpour with rain as we were trying to pitch the tent, typical! If you aren’t familiar with the Green Man Festival, it is a magical festival that plays good music for you to have a great time. It not just about the music though, there is so much more for you to explore, like the cinema tent, misty hot tubs that you can sit back and take in the breathtaking surroundings of the mountains, Enchanted forests that showcase installations, great food and an amazing little festival for the kids alone. There was always something to do during the day before the bands came on, or you could simply relax and eat good local food.
We chose to attend a couple of workshops put on by the Waterfront. We arrived late afternoon on the Friday and I was I really pleased I got to attend the Russell Savory’s, how to photograph riverside wildlife. I loved listening to photographers talk about their techniques and found it very insightful. Another workshop I wanted to attend was the wildlife drawing class, there was 2×1 hour slots after missing the first one I managed to slip into the second slot and dust off my drawing pencil. Being away from art school for nearly 10 years (scary when you type the number of years) putting pencil to paper didn’t come that easy, I am out of practise, but I gave it a go. Even though the finished drawing wasn’t a work of art or I was greatly fond of it, it was lovely to sit in a small tent so close to the bird itself and admire nature.
The whole experience was captivating, and if we didn’t have to worry about childcare back home, it would have been great to attend the Waterfronts Settlement for the Green Man Festival, a whole week of workshops from creating sculptural jewellery from Marine plastic, or making a cocktail from towpath finds (this is something I would love to have tried) or going a walk whilst taking in the views and seeking out plants that can be used as medicine.
I don’t think I have been to a festival where I have left feeling like it wasn’t just the music that I enjoyed. I would love to bring the boys next year and let them explore because I know they would love it. Although if we do attend next year or for any festival for that matter, I will be hiring a upgraded wigwam or dome. The two man tent did not cut it, especially with the amount of rain that fell over the weekend.
A big thank you to, Waterfront brought to you by Canal & Rivertrust who kindly gifted me weekend passes to the Green Man Festival for the purpose of this blog post. All photographs and thoughts are my own.