Sera Of London's Flat In Little Venice

I blogged Sera of London's luscious interiors in the past here and here. I have been waiting for a glimpse of a new space ever since. And here it is. HERE IT IS. From what I gather is the designer, Sera Hersham Loftus's own flat in Little Venice, London. In my imagination this is what Heaven looks like. Enjoy...

Seriously lush right!?

Photos By : Michael Paul

See you soon-



New Digs

Well it's official! We are now homeowners. While I am INSANELY excited to have my own space to unleash my wildest design dreams in, I'm equally bogged down by the time consuming tasks that come with buying a "fixer-upper". The first month plus has been a whole lot of cleaning, painting, raking, replacing light switch plates and door stops and doorknobs and blah, blah, blah. It ain't easy doing these types of things with a 2 year old in tow either, but it's happening. Slowly but surely. We still have a mountain of those projects to complete but are also in the beginning stages of {finally} making design choices.
The master bedroom is starting to feel like home, and the guest room has a vision...which involves busting out my rug hoard. The fun is definitely getting started around here and we already hosted a couple little gatherings. Which felt SO GOOD since I've been itching to entertain. It also turns out my neighborhood is a fireworks mecca, hilariously so. So we've got that going for us. 

I guess I better fill ya'll in on the deets of the new crib. It's a late 1970's ranch style house, open concept living area with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. It's about 1700 square feet, which feels like a palace after living in half that for the last 3 years. It has some of the original 70's charm left and has been blandly renovated in other areas. So adding character where it's been wiped out is in order. The yard is a decent size although maybe not big enough for me to have chickens. I might smuggle them in anyway, I'm not sure yet ;)

So, yep, that's the story. Now that we're on the other side of the holiday rush and initial home buying frenzy, I should be hanging out here on the blog more often with ya'll. See ya soon.

xoxo- Andrea


Vintage Lamps + Bold Vintage Fabric Shades

If you're a thrifter like me, then you most likely have a stash of vintage lamp bases (sans shades) and you have no idea what you're going to do with them. The original shades rarely survive the test of time, so we're left desperately trying to find a shade to compliment the vintage base. This is an un-ending search, I accept that now.
A plain white drum shade just isn't going to cut it. It's got to be something interesting. So why not go all the way?
I just luuuv the idea of using some bold vintage fabric and covering a plain modern drum shade. The brighter and quirkier the combination, the better.

I've been cleaning house preparing for our move and have uncovered at least 3 vintage lamp bases awaiting shades so far. So I searched around and found this tutorial for covering shades that looks very do-able. If you are feeling extra ambitious you could even make a shade.  I just happen to have a stash of fabric that will suit the bases perfectly. And to think I've had these perfect matches under my roof all this time and never thought of pairing them up until now. Change brings about creativity I suppose.

If DIY ain't your thang, the folks responsible for some of these beauties above can do it for you. 

Most of these are Australia or UK based. I wasn't able to find anyone doing these style of shades here in the US, but if you know of any please let me know in the comments, I'd love to check them out.