Not Just Pretty Pictures: Coffee Table Books You Need in Your Life

We’re slipping into the time of year where I find staying at home an increasingly attractive option, despite the fact that I’m generally the type of person who prefers to be out and about. Over the last couple of years, I’ve spent a lot of time and energy creating a fun home space that I can both work and relax in – so it’s not exactly a bad thing that I want to spend more time here.

Coffee table books are a particular indulgence of mine – and Gary’s – and we’ve accumulated quite a collection since we started living together! And during the chillier, greyer Sundays, escaping into one of these big, beautiful books with a mug of something hot is one of my favourite ways to spend an hour.

Sometimes coffee table books can be all style and no substance though and, as much as I can appreciate that, I do still like to read something while I’m leafing through them!

I thought I’d share a few of my favourite titles that deliver both, in case you’re looking for something new to reach for on your next cosy day at home…

What I Love About Movies by Little White Lies is a collective celebration of films by some of the best in the business. From Ryan Gosling, to Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola and more, each answering the simple question (“What do you love about movies?”) in their own unique style alongside some gorgeous illustrations.

Did someone say Wes Anderson? The Grand Budapest Hotel by Matt Zoller Seitz is a comprehensive guide to one of Anderson’s most popular productions, filled with interviews, costume designs, research notes, a critical essay and much more. This pastel pink beauty is always sitting in our living room, ready to whisk us away to Wes’ world.

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost is what you might expect from a book about one of TV’s most curious cult classics: it is not what it seems. This oversized, hardback title is actually a mystery novel in the format of a coffee table book – with the reader taking on the role of an FBI agent. The pages are peppered with photographs, transcripts and other evidence to digest. A must-have for any fan of the show!

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Finally, Places to Go, People to See by Kate Spade is one of my most recent additions and covers a topic close to my heart: travel! The vintage glamour of the jet-set meets inspirational quotes, travel tips (like what to buy if you ever find yourself in Buenos Aires and the BEST room service midnight snacks!) and oodles of vibrant photos. Warning: wanderlust is pretty much guaranteed with this one…

For me, these coffee table books tick all of the boxes: they look stylish when I display them around the flat, they’re filled with amazing content and have lush, eye-catching images to get lost in.

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What are YOUR favourite coffee table books? And other things to do while spending a day at home?

Faux Sure! Decorating with Artificial Plants

I have a confession to make, you guys. Lean in. Closer.

OK, ready?

I’m a serial plant killer. I’ve let countless plants perish under my watch and most of the time I have no idea how it even happens, but it does and here we are! One of the reasons why I love my cacti so much (aside from how aesthetically pleasing they are, obviously) is that they have managed to survive life with me this far, so must be some sort of wonder plant (possible) or just require very minimal care (most likely).

But aside from my cacti and succulents, I’ve had no luck whatsoever. Big plants, little plants… you name it, I’ve killed it (apart from one Yukka plant which made a lucky escape and now is being rehabilitated by my mother at her house – true story!).

I love how plants look in our big, sunny flat though – so what’s a gal to do? About six months ago, I made a discovery so obvious I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it sooner! I was procrastinating browsing in IKEA one day when I noticed that they sold some pretty great looking artificial plants, including a big plush-guy that I thought would look nice in the living room. Before I knew it, he was in the trolley and I was looking at some other smaller ‘plants’.

You might be thinking, don’t artificial plants look tacky though? And I wouldn’t blame you if you are – I know I sure was! But, I think it’s like anything home-related though, shop around, style it to fit in with your decor and THEN make up your mind.

Now we have a few different types of faux flora dotted around the flat and we actually couldn’t be happier with how they look. Plus, the empty plant pots we had before just reminded me of past victims and were bumming me out a bit (!). We get to enjoy the LOOK of lots of greenery, but with no more plants needlessly suffering – it’s a win-win if you ask me!

Our most recent addition is this hanging ivy-style plant, which hilariously came in a flat-pack box in the post. It was a couple of pounds from Amazon and gave us something to sit on a random high corner-shelf in the bathroom (one of those old, quirky Tenement features!) while fitting in with the overall style of the space.

Bringing artificial plants into our interiors wasn’t something I expected to try, but I’m so glad that we gave them a shot! Along with our little selection of cacti, we have the most low-maintainance collection of plants imaginable – but me and my conscience are just fine with that.

And if I somehow manage to kill the fake ones? Well, that’s GOT to be some kind of skill, surely?!

Have you ever given faux plants a try?

 

 

Welcome to Our Bathroom!

It’s fair to say that this post has been a long time coming. A few of you will have noticed that I’ve been recording a lot of our bathroom renovation progress as we’ve been going along on Twitter and Instagram Stories. I thought it was about time I showed off the finished product!

When we moved into our home, the one room that I couldn’t wait to change was our bathroom. Don’t get me wrong, it was fine – plain, clean and inoffensive.

But that’s the thing, as we started to style our other rooms, I couldn’t help but feel that the bathroom wasn’t keeping up with the splashes of colour and other features we’d added. It needed to step up its game!

So after a lot of planning and hard work, our bathroom is finally finished. I’m excited to invite you in for a peek today…

Tiles | Homebase

Shower Curtain | H&M Home  

Flooring | B&Q   

Hand Wash | C/O Truffle Shuffle 

I think the thing that I’m most proud of when it comes to this renovation project is that we did it ourselves. Gary and my dad did all of the refit and decorating work (nice job, eh?), and I made most of the design and materials decisions. It was a real team effort!

We also managed to pull it off on a modest budget – it ended up costing a fraction what we thought it would when we started planning. The biggest saving was on our bathroom suite, which we decided to keep. Everything else has been completely re-done, re-imagined and replaced.

Brass effect towel rail | Amazon 

Cerise Candle | C/O Shearer Candles 

I’ve tried to name everything I thought you guys might be interested in, but if there’s something you see here that I haven’t mentioned and want to know more, please let me know!

Project bathroom makeover is finally complete, and we couldn’t be happier with how it’s all come together! It’s the perfect space to relax and have a good ol’ pamper (and Bosley loves hanging out in the new bathroom too!).

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of our new bathroom. Have you got any home projects planned this year?