This wonderful book came through my letterbox last month and I have been poring over the pages ever since. Homespun Style by Selina Lake.
I love Selina's previous books, Bazaar Style and Romantic Style, and this new one is just as delightful.
It is full of colour, shabby, well worn furniture, cosy spaces and inspirational interiors. The styling is just delicious and I love almost every page. I look at the book all the time and find new little bits of inspiration every time!
This yellow just sang out to me!
Do you remember my pledge to make myself a workroom so that I no longer have to sew at the Kitchen table? Well slowly the space has been taking shape and Selina's book came along at just the right time!
Using pieces of furniture I already had, with some wallpapers collected over time, long since discontinued paint from Cath Kidston and some new work surfaces and trestle legs from Ikea, things are starting to come together.
It's a work-in-progress but here is a little preview:
My wooden crates used to look like this
Using some of my wallpapers
They now look like this
Just waiting to be filled with lovely piles of fabric!
I had an old wooden cabinet that was given to me.
It was dark and a bit smelly before (I think the previous owners used to smoke and this was lingering!)
Using a favourite yellow plate for inspiration I had some paint mixed up
and painted the cabinet until it looked like this
I added a new glass handle and some vintage wallpaper in the back to give it a fresh new look - Homespun Style!
It is the perfect place for my DAB radio and my Barsony lamp!
Next I had some work surfaces made using the cheap and cheerful Ikea wooden surfaces and their trestle table legs
Then I turned my attention to the next 2 pieces of furniture, a dresser, which I had previously painted grey, and another shelving unit with little drawers
I have painted the shelves pink, an old Cath Kidston furniture paint, and the dresser I started to paint blue
Now here's the thing. I'm not sure if I like the blue. Actually I do like the blue, but I'm not sure about it next to the pink, and with the yellow cabinet opposite I am a bit scared that it is now too much.
What do you think?
I'm starting to think that I would prefer to paint it a chalky white (Annie Sloan) and rub it back to expose bits of blue and grey. The back is going to be a patchwork of wallpapers.
I have fixed an old printers drawer to the wall and filled it with cotton reels
An old unit that was standing upright in my study now lies on its side and has been given the wallpaper treatment. It just needs to be filled with fabrics and maybe some castors on the bottom?
I have stacked my yarns in one of my crates
Which might help me to find the wool and finish one of these 3 blankets that I currently have on the go!
I have a new inspiration board just waiting to be filled!
So, as you can see, I have been very much inspired by Selina and her lovely new book and am really enjoying putting this personal space together for myself, a place where I can go and create knowing that I can leave my mess out when it comes to dinnertime!!!
Watch this space, I shall keep you updated with developments.Pin It