Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Hello, my name is Melissa

And I'm a serial procrastinator.

I'm in the lead up to some of the most important exams ever, these are the exams that will determine whether or not I get into uni, and yet, I am constantly putting off revision. I just can't bare to look at my books or notes.

I think there really should be some kind of support group.

Monday, 28 March 2011

I can't wait for my own house.

I'm desperate to decorate my bedroom but as I am going to university in September there really is no point. So, for the meantime I am planning my entire future house!

I have only one necessity. I want my own library, with a ladder, wood panelling and my father's desk in the middle of the room, with an ox-blood red captain's chair and an old fireplace. It will be my own personal haven, with a vintage looking music player - not that I've seen one yet. And I'd love a vintage drinks table, with everything in decanters and the proper glasses for each drink *sighs dreamily*. But yes, I would love my own private 'den'. Although, whilst I most certainly want a library, I may change my mind as to how it is decorated yet...

Here are some pictures I've found for the rest of my humble, yet fictional, abode! They're all taken from housetohome.co.uk (unless stated otherwise) which has AMAZING decorating ideas, seriously, I love all the traditional and country styles, I'm not so keen on the modern styles but that's a matter of personal taste, and possibly the country girl inside me!

As I mentioned previously, the European style apartment really appeals to me, they're small, they are interesting shapes and they just look nice! Where I will live will change the entire decor inside. If I am to live in a lovely apartment then the following are just perfect for me:

For my study

I love this living room. The sofa is lovely, it looks cosy and lived in., homely, I hate it when houses are just so pristine and immaculate you're scared just to drop your bags and slump down into the sofa. I absolutely love the idea of having the fireplace just full up of logs - although, the amount of spiders that could lurk in there is slightly alarming. This is my type of room.

I really like the colours used here. Firstly, it's not blue or green, or any other overly used bathroom colour scheme! It's purple, it's pretty, it makes me think of lavender and total relaxation and I love that. At least, until I saw this:

How beautiful is this bathroom? So luxurious! I adore it.

This hall is lovely, although for mine, I'd like to swap the chair for a little armchair and I'd like a nice table for my telephone, in fact... this might be just a tad too girly...

A combination of these would be nice, I like the colours of both, the wall art in the one on the left I think adds some intrigue. Again, I'd swap the chair still, for a small armchair or a little sofa, and I'd like either old rustic wooden flooring in a nice dark wood, or a thick, shag-cut carpet. Also, must have a princess phone!

So, that's hallway, bathroom, living room and my library/office done. I couldn't possibly decide on my bedroom, as I have no idea. I think I'd like a huge dark wood sleigh bed, but do I? And then as for the colour scheme, I can't decide for my own room here, let alone for my own house! Far too difficult.

If I don't have an apartment, but rather have a house, I'd like it to be old, a cottage or a cabin type place, something rustic, where the floor is slightly uneven, the stairs are a little creaky, but there is character in abundance. I want there to be little nooks here and there for random pieces of interesting items of whatever I happen to put there. Old stable doors leading into the kitchen where I will have an AGA stove (LOVE), the cupboards will be true English country house, I would love red tiles, like I had in my old house, on the walls, a little round table and chairs that is tucked into the corner, a smeg fridge but in a pretty conventional colour. I want tiled floors, but underfloor heating is a MUST. We don't have that in my house now and I'm forever having to hop around the kitchen as it's too cold on my feet! The library will be how I first described it, the hallway will be more like this:

And I'll have a set of deer antlers mounted somewhere (humanely gotten ones, I'm not into hunting). I'd love my living room to be grand, warm and welcoming, with photos of my family and friends, and a big fireplace, a big bay window with a little seat in it, giant sofas and an oversized armchair, in a rich colour, with brown faux fur throws over them.

But, for a long, long time, I will more than likely have neither! It's nice to plan though. What about you? Have you decided how your dream house will be? What about location? That's one I need to re-evaluate too.


Tuesday, 11 January 2011

I am terrible!

I swore I was going to write more! I haven't. I don't want to make excuses but, the dog ate my homework, the printer broke, my sister must have picked it up, etc. Basically I just didn't have time, Christmas was quite manic what with presents and my sister coming home, work and revision, I will make up for it this year, that is my new year's resolution. Speaking of which. HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed the holidays whatever they celebrated!

Well, I am basically SO behind the times but recently I have gotten into Mad Men! I started watching from season 3 but I just love the clothes, in particular the bags! It is all amazing! So ladylike. I love Joan the best, she is the epitome of what a woman should be, seductive, curvy but headstrong and sensible, she seems independent and knows what's what. I like it! I am however, pretty sad that she isn't with Roger, well, not at least for now - don't spoil the end for me! Betty annoys me, her sense of style is great, don't get me wrong, I love her neutral palette, she is stylish. However, she seems too preoccupied with how she looks rather than looking after her children! She's in denial, she jumped from Don far too quickly and I don't know, I haven't seen enough of her to get to like her. I think Peggy is wonderful! She seems like what we would now call geek chic. I love her determination and her ambition, but she remains a feminine woman, fighting her way in a man's world. (I know it's only a show but to me, it's real!!!! Haha!)

So, this post is my new year dedication to the fabulous clothes from Mad Men, and the lady like clothing I have seen lately and am desperate for!

First up, the glamourous Joan:

Typewriter necklace from loveheartsandcrosses they have loads of really cute jewellery! But I think this really embraces the secretary of the 50s theme!

New range from Vivienne Westwood for Melissa, available from ASOS.

To introduce Betty:

A very "Betty" style dress from New Look

There are also many great items from Beyond Retro, too many to decide which is blog worthy, it all is!

And finally, super cute Peggy: