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A lust list for October

When the seasons change for the colder I always find myself wanting to go shopping, and spend ALL my money, I don't know what this says about me, but it never happens in the summer months, just in the winter! Here are just a few of the things that I am lusting over right now;

1. So many of my friends have the best vintage clothes but I am useless in vintage shops because they usually don't make much sense in the way of organisation. But Rokit is an online vintage shop that means I don't have rifle through messy rails. I adore this CK mini dress that I found on their site too. 
2. I've had to take my DSLR back to be fixed as it's including some nasty black lines over the images I take and this has me dreaming of new cameras. I know it's a blogger cliche but i love to look of these Pen cameras.  
3. I pinned these Native Union charging cables aggggges ago but I keep coming back to them - they're weighted so that your charger doesn't fall off the table or the night stand, which means no more rooting about when I go to bed and need to charge my phone. 
4. I'm cultivating quite a Gin collection these days. We have Cornish sapphire gin, cheap gin, frankincense gin, elderflower gin, fancy Scottish gin but what I really need in my collection is this Rock Rose Autumn gin. Don't you think it's pretty important to have? 
5. My scarf collection is becoming a bit of a problem and I am not ashamed to say that I have fallen in love with another one. How perfect is this navy metallic Oliver Bonas number? It's pretty wonderful right? 

*This post is collaboration with Rokit but all my views are my own*

House Update: Plans for the Hallway

This weekend I finally bought the paint for our hallway. It feels like a momentous occasion because it's been sitting plastered, but not painted since the summer and so buying the paint feels like a step in the direction of getting it finished! (In our defence we've been waiting for a doorway to be built to create a porch - it still not built, but it's booked in, so the painting, top floor down, can commence!)

I know what my vision is, and my hallway pinboard  is full if inspiration but these three pictures are the closest to what I'm hoping the end result will look like. 
Our hallway is about the same width of the pictures above, but has a radiator where these have a table, so I'll probably be fitting a radiator cover instead, and once the extra doorway is put in it'll be shorter than these inside the house, and it has the same archway details too which I really love. 

I am so excited to get this underway and make the house look beautiful fro the moment you walk in. Here are some of the other things that I've got my eye on for the space. 

1. One of my biggest focus' has been on finding the right lighting for the hallway. I've seen hallways with stunning chandeliers and beautiful minimalist numbers and all sorts of things in between but nothing has seemed right, but then i stumbled across this Louis Poulsen light from which is just about perfect for the colour scheme I am going for. I have 6 light fittings to cover though so, at this price they might have to be saved for the downstairs bulbs. 
2. I think i might have found my perfect wall colours on the Valspar site. The grey/mushroom/green shade will be for the bottom of the walls and the off white for the top. I'm going to run a dado rail through the middle of them.  
3. We have a beautiful mirror shop round the corner from the house, Mirror Mad, they make the prettiest reclaimed wood mirrors. I have my eye on a long one that will sit above the hall radiator. 
4.  We had the house rewired last spring and I sent the electrician on a hunt for restore-able floorboards. Unfortunately when he ripped up the carpets he found nothing. Upstairs should really be refloored but carpeting will have to do, and I was hoping that under the the terrible vinyl tiles downstairs there'd be nice floor boards but they are just as bad so we're going to have to start from scratch. Both sets of the stairs and the upstairs hallways will be carpeted, but I was hoping for wood floors downstairs to make it slightly easier to clean up after the dogs downstairs.  
5. I love this drawing of Falmouth - I think the long thin image will be the best shape to sit above the dado rail and elongate the hallway. Plus it's of one of my favourite places in the whole world.
6. This Hello Coat Rack keeps popping up on my twitter timeline and because I am so impressionable, every time I see it I fall in love with it a little more. I know it'll not be the most practical rack - it wont hold that many coats, but it's just so cool! 

 What are your hallway must have? What am I missing or what should I include to get the most beautiful space I can? 

*This post is collaboration with but all my views are my own*

Autumn Bedroom Essentials

A few weeks ago we found Melle had taken up a new hobby - turns out he sees himself as the Banksy of the dog world and has a new found love for graffiti. The delightful little beast had borrowed a sharpie and had drawn all over the bed. I was quite impressed with his skills as he's got pen on both sides of the duvet cover and the sheet underneath. Clever right? 

But as impressed that I was with his ability to use a marker pen, he completely ruined that bedding set. Which, in my books, is an excellent excuse to go shopping for some new gear for the bedroom, and as it's getting colder, this means cosy, autumnal bedding. 
1. I love the mountainy look of this Tartan Stag Flannelette, and the fact it's a flannel means it's going to feel lovely when it gets colder, and it's available as a double duvet cover & other sizes at Yorkshire Linen.
2. I just adore these orange Chinese Lantern Plants. I'm sticking away from living plants in the bedroom as Jim gets hay fever and I'm not sure it's fair to have him sneeze all night, so I've been bringing in died flowers. 
3. In an ideal world there would be a White Company candle in my life for every season, but unfortunately I'm not made of money, so I pick a new one each inter! 
5. We live in an old house so as it gets colder, even with winter quilts and soft bedding, so this Matalan Cable Knit Throw would be a perfect extra layer for the bedroom. 
4. And if we're going for a mountain feel with the bedding it'd be rude to not carry it over into the accessories right? This M&S Applique Stag Cushion matches the bedding set wonderfully. 

Wouldn't it make the most wonderful autumn bedroom? What would be on your perfect autumn list?