Saturday, 28 May 2016

Bedroom Inspiration : Hot Pink BedSpreads

Bright and Bold: Turquoise Bedroom with Pink Otomi Bedspread
Pink Bedroom
HOt PInk Rose bedspread
Cool and Casual : Hot pink throw

Summer sunshine has finally arrived here in the South West of England, and boy does it feel good to soak up that much needed Vitamin D!

Although a life long wearer of Black and darker colours, even in the summer, hot weather does have me dreaming of hot pink textiles and accesories , so here are some stunning hot pink bed spreads for you all.

Hope the weather is glorious where ever you are!!

xx Gabi xx

Hmong, and Kilim

Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Home of... Keiko and Malachi

 I love this chilled out apartment in Pasadena, CA that I found over at Design Sponge. The home belongs to Cartoonist Keiko Brodeur and Illustrator Malachi Ward and was at one time their home and studio, now the apartment is the perfect little space mixing a healthy dose of both eclectic tastes and minimalism.

I really love the colour of the bathroom, the awesome wall hanging above the sofa and that little shelf in the kitchen full of handmade pottery. Such a lovely home, I would feel very happy here.

Please check out the full tour on Design Sponge

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

My visit to Anthopologie, Bath

Hemisphere Hook From Anthopologie

A couple of weeks ago I took a day off work to go to Bath to explore the new-ish Anthopologie shop. I have been admiring Anthopologie's web store for some years but not living near London had never actually been, and after finding out there was a store in the next town had to pay a visit...

It was a dangerous mission. Saving to buy a new house and going to look at home furnishings are not compatible!!  Typically I was actually blown away and could have come away with so much, but I resisted and just brought the Hemisphere Hook above.

It is a beautiful hook, and is so much bigger in person :)

My only regret is that I didn't buy the matching knobs... even though I don't have anywhere to actually put them, one day I may!!

Other favourites of the day were the Crystal bar Hook and The Small Copper Plated colander, and the way above my budget, Petal Perch serving Board

Copper Plated Colander

Crystal bar Hook

Petal Perch Serving Plate

Monday, 23 May 2016

Current Obsession: Wallpaper from Renn Designs

Big Cat Wallpaper from Renn Designs

Last week I discovered Chantal Renn from Renn Designs and her quite frankly magical children's wallpaper designed to 'inspire young minds' . The above wallpaper is called 'Big cats' and although I agree it is perfect for a child's room, I can also see this in an 'adult room'... I would love this in my bathroom!!!

With more wallpapers on the way, Chantal is certainly one to look out for...

Renn Designs: Northern Lights Wallpaper

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Victorian Restoration Project..... Entrance

Victorian Restoration : Tiled Entrance hall
Victorian Restoration Entrance Hall.. Tiled

I have been a bit absent from Moon to Moon for a while, I have still been Pinning and posting on Instagam but my head has been really muddled lately. Juggling a toddler, 2 jobs, a blog, a social life , learning to drive and a relationship is not an easy task and finding time to sit down at a computer at the end of the day when all I want to do is sleep (at 8pm) is getting tough!

.... But on top of everything... there are some exciting but slightly nerve wracking changes coming....So like I said I have actually been pinning like mad!! We have recently had our house valued ready to sell and have found a REALLY beautiful house (just come back from the second viewing, hence the over excited ramblings you see before you). It is actually my dream home.... a reasonably large Victorian house... in need of total renovation!!!

I spent my childhood moving from one huge renovation project to another, from Victorian London houses, to 4 story Shropshire Town Houses, to 13th Century Welsh cottages so this kind of stuff is in my blood........

I currently live in a well positioned (truly great area), but sinfully ugly and very uninspiring brick of a house (hence why you never see my own home on Moon to Moon), so the prospect of having a project is all consuming!!!

....Only trouble is the owners are being unreaslistic about the price they want for it, especially as it needs a new roof, kitchen, flooring, etc.... and our budget is minimal, and largely depends on the sale price of the current property.... We may be lucky, but maybe not... watch this space!

So anyway I am doing all this research and I have a full secret ' Victorian Renovation Dream Home' Board on Pinterest so rather than the hard work go to waste I thought maybe I would share on here.

Regular readers may be surprised about the clean white walls in the entrance halls above, but there is currently dark red carpet and 40 a day cigarette smoke stained walls in this house so I have been focusing on how to make the entrance lighter.... plus check out those tiles!

But if you mix up the photos above with the photos below, you can get a better idea of the vibe I would be going for.

Some Farrow and Ball paint, a Moroccan Star Light, stripped wooden floor boards and a Kilim runner are all in my plans....

.... and breathe Gabi!

What do you guys think? Have any of you taken on a restoration project and had good or bad luck? Any pointers, tips or words of caution greatly appreciated...

Bohemian Hallway,
Victorian Entrance Hall
Victorian Hallway Restoration Inspiration

As always click on the links below images for the sources

Friday, 13 May 2016

Ikea: Sinnerlig Pendant Lamp

Sinnerlig Lamp From Ikea

I am more than just a little bit in love with the Sinnerlig pendant lamp from Ikea, and it seems I am not alone. I have seen the rattan pendant lamp pop up in a fair few interiors over the last year and I am tempted to get one for my hallway.

The simple rattan design is a great modern take on a 60's favourite and I am all in favour of encouraging the return of Rattan...

What do you guys think?

Ikea's Sinnerlig Pendant lamp in Rotterdam's experimental Green house home
Ikeas Sinnerlig Pendant Light in a Gothernburg apartment
Sinnerlig Pendants

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Return to The Earth: Botanical Tea Towel

Return to The Earth: Clary sage Botanical Tea Towel
How cute is this Clary sage tea towel from Return to The Earth?

Not happy with just making awesome lotions and potions, Return to The Earth have teamed up with Sara Gossett to make these beautiful tea towels, with more on the way....

To grab yours visit Return to The Earth here on Etsy...

Monday, 2 May 2016

Map Quilts by Mary Bryning

Mary Bryning Quilted Map: Ullswater

I recently got mentioned in an online article about Moon to Moon as a blogger and mother from California...... well the majority of my readerships are US based and I love the whole Californian aesthetic but I don't live there. Originally from Brighton, England, I now live in Bristol, England. So, I thought it was about time I featured a little more art, textiles and properties from here in the UK. I recently found these stunning map quilts by Bristish artist Mary Bryning so thought these were the perfect place to start....
 Mary combines her love of textiles and embroidery with an interest in maps and the effect human settlement has on the landscape. Her work explores the patterns of geography and cartography using hand-dyed or printed fabric, recycled maps, appliqué and machine embroidery, producing images of familiar and well-loved places from unfamiliar viewpoints. She also creates work based on natural forms on the coast, in the countryside and in gardens.

View more of her work on her website (which she shares with her artist husband Ken) Bryning Art

Sefton park
Grasmere and Rydal
Birkenhead Park

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Tea Ceremonies around the World

Tea Ceremonies around the World: India

The British Isles

Living in England, loving tea is kind of inevitable.... Most Brits can't function without their morning cup of tea (although quite a few do love their coffee), we even created cricket with a built in tea break!! Even if i am late to meet a friend for a cup of tea....I will still have to have my cup of tea (Earl Grey, 1/2 a sugar) before I leave the house..... So when I found this article from Conde naste traveller about Tea Rituals across the world I had to share.....

I have included a few photos and an extract of the text but the whole article is really good and i recommend you check it out...

"Before steel, before oil, before cars or guns or Coca-Cola, there was tea—one of civilization’s first truly global commodities, as well as one of its most enduring and beloved. The idea of drinking tea is credited (as are so many other good things in life) to the Chinese, who are said to have discovered the curative, and soothing, effects of steeping leaves in hot water in 2737 b.c. And although the practice quickly traveled throughout the Near and Far East via the Silk Road, it didn’t reach the West until relatively late—probably the sixteenth century or so, when the Portuguese and the Dutch (and later the English) began establishing strongholds in Asia.

But once introduced, it flourished: The English in particular went mad for tea, and today, even though their empire is long gone, an affinity for the drink remains in every country they once colonized—evidence of occupation served hot, in a cup. Indeed, to have a cup of tea means that you’re yet another participant in a millennia-long tradition, one often freighted with significance far beyond simple enjoyment. In sixteenth-century Japan, for example, teahouses were constructed with very tiny doors that could be entered only on one’s hands and knees, and which necessitated leaving one’s sword outside: a way for both parties to ensure their mutual humility, and a promise to each other that theirs would be a meeting of civility, not of potential violence. And although we (rightly) consider chai India’s national drink, it didn’t become truly ubiquitous until the 1950s, when the India Tea Board (which owed its very existence to the British) began a campaign to popularize the beverage. In fact, it wouldn’t be overstating the case to say that tea tells the history of the world: how different peoples traveled from continent to continent, bringing with them their own customs; how those customs were adapted and transformed."

Tea Ceremonies around the world from Conde Nast Traveler, styled by Amy Wilson, Photography by Anna Williams