Posts Tagged ‘interior design’

THE PERFECTLY SIMPLE WHITE TABLE LAMP

THE PERFECTLY SIMPLE WHITE TABLE LAMP

Hello! This is the first of a few lighting posts I’d had planned for April. I am a lighting addict. Some of you may not know this, but I worked in a lighting boutique just after finishing college and ended up managing the place for eight years! New, vintage, junk shop repair jobs, modern, flamboyant and […]


MAN V WIFE – A JOHN LEWIS LIVING ROOM

MAN V WIFE - A JOHN LEWIS LIVING ROOM

The paint is dry and only the shelves need to go up in the home office now, then it will be reveal time! So once my hand is fixed we will get out the tools again and make a start on our living room. After finding a copy of the John Lewis brochure in with […]


SPRING HOME MAKEOVER WITH LAURA ASHLEY

SPRING HOME MAKEOVER WITH LAURA ASHLEY

Happy Friday to you, the weekend is almost upon us and I have been enjoying our home and garden under rays of glorious sunshine these past few days. With some favourite items from the new Laura Ashley Spring collection, I have filled my home and garden with fresh florals and created a shaded reading spot under […]


OBSESSING OVER WALLPAPER – YET AGAIN!

OBSESSING OVER WALLPAPER - YET AGAIN!

I am totally fine knowing I’ll probably never have wallpapered walls – I simply cannot choose just one. Obsessing over pattern choices has been a regular feature on Lobster and Swan over the years, so today I am just sharing the five amazing wallpaper prints that have been frying my brain over the last few […]


DECOR SOURCEBOOK – GUEST BEDROOM

DECOR SOURCEBOOK – GUEST BEDROOM

Hello, how was your weekend? DIY for us, the floor is still up in our office/guest room and progress has been slowed while a damaged joist gets replaced. So I am still looking at options for guest beds. This room will most likely be the prettiest in the house – as most of our house […]


HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

Some vintage Lobster and Swan images for you today, from some of my old posts. The £5 turquoise chair is still a treasured item! Hope you are having fun whatever you are up to on the day of Love x


A LITTLE ROMANCE WITH IKEA’S LIVET HEMMA

A LITTLE ROMANCE WITH IKEA'S LIVET HEMMA

What could be a better start to Valentine’s day than waking up in restful romantic surroundings? Pale colours, fresh flowers, soft lighting and crumpled linen sheets make for a romantic morning every day of the year. On days when you feel tired and uninspired, try some of these easy changes to shine some beauty around your bedroom. All images […]


I’M THE NEWEST GUEST PINNER OVER AT MADE!

I'M THE NEWEST GUEST PINNER OVER AT MADE!

Back again, just popping in to say I have been furiously guest pinning lots of Mid Century Modern joy with Made.com over here! Above are my favourite picks from their current collection, the Hive light is just to good isn’t it?!


A QUIET AND TRANQUIL BEDROOM PART 1

A QUIET AND TRANQUIL BEDROOM PART 1

A long time in the making and oh so close to being finished – the bedroom – although in our home nothing is ever really ‘done’ as I am constantly moving things around, adding and taking away. The challenge over the last couple of months has been our hunt for perfect bedside tables.It took us an […]


A BIT OF RISQUE 1940′S BOUDOIR MAGIC

A BIT OF RISQUE 1940'S BOUDOIR MAGIC

Currently obsessing over these images of David Wright’s Risque 1940s pin-up ‘Lovelies’ that make up a new collection of blinds, wallpaper or murals from Creatively Different Blinds, a little bit naughty but very nice and perfect for a dressing or bath room, I love the muted colours, ‘hair do’s’ and sheer fabrics. Back in the day, these pictures would have adorned […]


DECOR SOURCEBOOK – L&S DRESSING ROOM

DECOR SOURCEBOOK - L&S DRESSING ROOM

We nearly have a walk in wardrobe! The walls are being painted tonight and I think that both our ideas have been married together successfully -The brief was 1930′s utility style vintage, worn, rustic, manly and a tiny bit pretty in a subtle way. With tons of storage and lots of hanging space. The metal […]


GIFT GUIDE 2013 – PICTURES AND WORDS

Hello, I hope you had a festive but calm weekend, they seem to be getting more crazed for some as the days of December slip away. We are managing to stay grounded and our tree was chosen and decorated while the mulled wined stayed warm on the hob, I am loving the reflection of the […]


DECOR SOURCEBOOK – RETRO WALLPAPER!

Patterned wallpaper is having a massive revival as I am sure you are aware! But with more patterns than you can quite get your head around available and price tags running up in to the hundreds, when a friend asked me where to get vintage style papers from, I thought I should also share them […]


DECOR SOURCEBOOK – KITCHEN STORIES

Our bed arrives today so the bedroom is oh so close to being finished, and with floors up in the other two rooms and decorating underway, I am starting to refine our plans for the main living space, we hope to have some free standing elements but still need to decide on the type of […]


BED SHOPPING AND CHRISTMAS TREE HUNTING

BED SHOPPING AND CHRISTMAS TREE HUNTING

A few weeks ago we found the perfect bed online and was so upset when I realised it was in the US and not shipping to England. We have been sleeping on our mattress on the floor for a couple of weeks as we are selling our old iron bed frame and have been scouring […]


SPARKLE AND BLUSH WITH LAURA ASHLEY

SPARKLE AND BLUSH WITH LAURA ASHLEY

Back today with more festive decorating ideas, now the winter wonderland for our bedroom is sorted, it’s time for our living room. We have not started proper renovations in here so time for one last Lobster & swan song before we head down the road to rustic-ville, with an explosion of girly pinks and golds. […]


WINTER MAGIC – A WOODLAND INDOORS

WINTER MAGIC - A WOODLAND INDOORS

I just know this month is going to fly by quicker than any other, so I need to get cracking if we are to create a winter wonderland at home this year. A Christmas without pine needles sticking in our feet is in order and it is looking hopeful with these finds. As we have […]


EVER CHANGING WALLS

EVER CHANGING WALLS

Hello! Bleak and dreary outside today, so I took to a little interior decorating. We sold our television a while back and the log burner is another winter away, so we need something lovely to look at, hence my installing new wall decoration and as many candles as possible for that flickering flame feeling.With such a […]


WEEKEND READING – GYPSY BY SIBELLA COURT

WEEKEND READING - GYPSY BY SIBELLA COURT

Hello and happy Friday! I have been all at sea this week in a confusion of Christmas projects and trying to source the right furnishings for our home. Today I have taken just a few moments out to flick through Gypsy. Every time I get news of a new Sibella Court book in the works, […]


SUNDAY PONDERING – DRESSING ROOMS

SUNDAY PONDERING - DRESSING ROOMS

We have plenty of rooms here, it’s just that they are all of a modest size, so wardrobes would look quite cumbersome in any of the bedrooms. For our bedroom we would like a less cluttered look, more tranquil with only the essentials close by, favourite perfume, the book we are reading, a couple of […]


DECOR SOURCEBOOK – RUBBER FLOORING!!

DECOR SOURCEBOOK - RUBBER FLOORING!!

Draughty old floors, messy cats who insist on drinking from the sink taps and splashy baths are starting a grout cracking, loose tile nightmare in this house. The ceramic tiles are pretty slippery and chilly under foot too. After seeing all these interesting images over on pinterest, I have gone off on a mission to […]


ROOM PLANNING AND RUSTIC FEATURES

Hello Wednesday folk, today I am planning more of our home decor, everyday new corners of this house of ours are coming together, (we now have skirting in our bedroom wahooo) it’s a slower process this time and as the place is liveable where the last one was not, there isn’t as much of a […]


A LITTLE HALLWAY MAKEOVER MAGIC

A LITTLE HALLWAY MAKEOVER MAGIC

The first thing you see when you open your front door should not be a pile of trainers and various other junk that is needed in life, but not visually pleasing – muddy wellington boots – cardboard for recycling – furniture waiting for a new home – the list is long. We have been so […]


SIX THINGS – LOAF

SIX THINGS - LOAF

Creating interiors with a lazy Sunday afternoon feel is key for calm living these days, when you get in from a blustery day of travelling to and from a hectic office or after standing on your feet all day, you want to walk in to a home that hugs you. With a little watered down […]