As much as I’ve been enjoying decorating and furnishing the country cottage, I’m starting to feel that our main home is being neglected. It feels kinda weird at the moment to be splitting our time between two homes. One a country cottage. The other a modern town-house. Weird in a good way. And incredibly indulgent too. This is going to change soon of course. As soon as the country cottage is ready to rent out, we will be spending a lot less time there. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s less of a second home and more of a financial investment.
And it’s nearly there. So of course I’m always two steps ahead and already looking at things I can buy and ways I can decorate the town-house. BF raises his eyes to the ceiling whenever I mention ‘the next project’. I don’t blame him but I can’t help it. I need to have several projects on the go at once. Or at least in the planning stage.
So, what have I got my eyes on?
Anything as long as it’s black.
These feather wall hangings from Mia Fleur have definitely caught my eye. Reminiscent of the tribal Juju hats from Cameroon, these versions will put a lot less strain on the wallet. Priced from £21.50 they are made from feathers with a fabric lining. A small ribbon loop on the reverse makes them easy to hang and they look sensational hung together as a wall display in different colours, as part of a gallery wall in between art prints, or even as table mats.
A bit more expensive is this black and white cabinet from Mink Interiors. At £1,295 it would have to be a bit of an investment piece but I have just the place for it in the corner of my living room. I have an old bookcase there at the moment and it’s just a bit too small for the space. I also find it almost impossible to style. I think I probably re-arrange the shelves at least once a week and still I’m not happy. This beauty would solve all of my problems. The white interior means that darker objects (of which I have many) will stand out, and the black lines frame the sections so that each can become a little vignette of its own.
The garden is also on the ‘next projects’ list. We started it last year and it has never been finished. I have half a pergola. Aren’t I lucky? When it’s done it will need some furniture and I’m looking at, you’ve guessed it, black. It might be deep and squishy sofas or it might be something more sculptural like these lovely examples from Out There Interiors.
1.Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Black Hammock, £259 2.Black Star bookshelf, £150
And just because I check out the new arrivals at Rockett St George regularly, there’s a couple of things I may not be able to resist.
I guess I like black.