Monday, 20 October 2014

Zoella's Old Apartment In Brighton: Home Tour

How could I resist the opportunity to share the full details of Zoella's home in her old flat in Brighton?

YouTube sensation Zoe Suggs, aka Zoella, has been living in the most fantastic penthouse apartment in Brighton. Located smack-bang on Hove seafront, its very traditional exterior hides the delicious blend of period and contemporary. 

Zoella's old apartment flat in King's Gardens on Brighton seafront
Zoella's old apartment flat in King's Gardens on Brighton seafront

Zoella has since moved on so her home in the flat on Kings' Gardens, Hove has been on the market, which means we can have a full home tour!. The architect has made the very most of all the period details and somehow made them feel an intrinsic part of Zoe Sugg's old flat's interior.

Zoella's old apartment flat in King's Gardens on Brighton seafront
Zoella's hall and elevator doors in King's Gardens

If you've seen any of Zoella's YouTube videos then you'll have seen that you enter the penthouse flat through its very own lift! This opens up into the main hall, which leads to the open plan living space.

Zoella's old living room
Zoella's old living room

I love the way the cornicing has been used to carve out little nooks...

Zoella's old living room
Zoella's old living room

Oak flooring has been laid throughout and vintage-style radiators added..

Zoella's old living room
Zoella's old living room with access to the balcony

At one side of the space is an office area with access to the balcony.

Zoella's office
Zoella's old living room

This open plan living area consists of living, dining an kitchen zones.

Zoella's old dining room
Zoella's old dining area - love the window seat!

Zoella's old kitchen space
Zoella's old kitchen space

In the shot below, you get a little peek of one of the two enormous skylight that floods the area with daylight. Without it, this large space would feel much darker.

Zoella's old kitchen space
Zoella's old kitchen space

Zoella's furniture has obviously been removed from her old flat but the feel is still the same.

Zoella's old kitchen
Zoella's old breakfast bar

The kitchen's ceiling, where Zoella honed her baking skills in her old flat, has a lower ceiling, making it seem cosy and intimate. It's white glossy units and granite worktops keep the look elegant and airy....

Zoella's old kitchen space
Zoella's old kitchen space

...while the breakfast bar and easy chatting access to the rest of the room is one reason why Zoe Sugg's flat saw so many parties!

Zoella's old bedroom with en suite
Zoella's old bedroom with en suite

The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room....

Zoella's old bedroom with en suite
Zoella's old en suite

...plus do you remember Zoella's walk-in wardrobe? It's tucked in that door on the right of the bed...

Zoella's old bedroom with en suite
Zoella's old bedroom an fitted wardrobe

The main bathroom has been renovated in a very similar style to the en-suite. Don't you love the sash windows?!

Zoella's old bathroom
Zoella's old bathroom

Here's a floor plan if you need to get your head around the space. 

Zoella's old apartment's floorplan
Zoella's old apartment's floorplan

Zoella gave us lots of sneak peeks around her old home address in Brighton but never a full tour of the apartment. I hope this satisfies your curiosity, as well as mine!.


Images via Hamptons

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Modern Country Flower Styling For A Wedding

Welcome back to part two of 
Modern Country Style Guide 
To Growing And Creating 
Your Own Vintage Wedding Flowers 


We're aiming for Modern Country flower styling that is: attainable, low-priced and gorgeous. Today's arrangement would look beautiful on the centre of each wedding table.


And with that in mind, here's how to create a very easy Modern Country Flower Arrangement. We're keeping it super-simple so don't be nervous. I've used an assortment of vases, just as we discussed in Part 1. The flowers are all easy to grow in the garden, and are all ready at this time of year.


{Remember, when you're thinking about arrangements, you need to make sure the necessary plants are all going to be ready at the same time.}


This is a little like following a recipe.

Here's what you'll need:

One white hydrangea plant
An old terracotta pot
Leafy evergreen branches
Jam jars (I've used vintage Kilner jars)
Printing blocks
Silvered glass bottles in large and small sizes (you can buy mine here)
Dried alium heads


Pop the hydrangea plant into a suitably large old terracotta pot; if necessary, you may need to add more compost.


Add the evergreen foliage from your garden into the jam jars. I like sticking to one type for a simple, rustic feel.


Pop the alium heads into the silvered glass bottles. 


I love the contrast of their natural spikiness alongside the shiny glass. Alium Christophii heads work brilliantly for this. They keep their dried form all through the winter. I think they look like little fireworks!


And then comes the fun bit! Keep moving the different pieces around until you find an arrangement that looks gorgeously and visually satisfying.


I love the hydrangea in the middle as the centrepiece, and the jars in front, with the silvered glass bottles either side. But if you find a different way that you prefer then go for it! This is your special day, after all!


One of the best thing about this is that the budget is spent on things you can keep after the day is over, as a lifelong memory of your perfect Modern Country wedding.


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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Grow Your Own Modern Country Wedding Flowers

Welcome to the 
Modern Country Style Guide 
To Growing And Creating 
Your Own Vintage Wedding Flowers
So many couples are looking for ways to add a personal touch to their weddings; what better way than growing your own flowers for your own, or your children's weddings? 


And, as a huge bonus, growing your own wedding flowers is a hundred-fold cheaper than buying them from florists. 


Today, let's start right at the beginning by putting the spotlight on vases. We're going to take it very slowly by building up the look one post at a time so that you have time to play and consider what it is that you like.


Of course, if you have no significant wedding coming up, then these ideas would also work a treat for any special occasion so pull up a chair and let's dig in...


For the next couple of weeks, we'll be looking at easy and cheap ways to give your wedding that Modern Country feel. 
The focus will be keeping it 
attainable, 
low-priced 
and looking gorgeous.


I'm not a trained florist, I just know what I like!...so rest assured that when I say 'attainable' I really do mean it! Follow my simple instructions for your very own Modern Country wedding.


Your first step should be to take the time to build up your own collection of vases. These should NOT be bog-standard vases. No, this is your chance to think outside that dull box. Instead, use terracotta pots, old crockery, jugs, jam jars and vintage crates to give a deliciously rustic vibe. I'll be showing you some of my own favourites very soon.

So that's the Country part done and dusted. Now we need to add a touch of the Modern, no? My top tip is to choose a number of mercury glass bottles to lift the whole look. 

Before you all clutch your credit cards to your chests, have a look at these bargainous beauties from B&Q. The large size is £12 and the smaller is £8. The quality is incredible for the price; each bottle is slightly different and the mouths look hand-blown. If you shop around carefully (or ask someone who does!), you can save those extra pounds for your honeymoon, or for a deposit on your first home together!

Next up, we'll be working at putting together your first Modern Country arrangement together, so don't forget to follow along!

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Contemporary Country Garden Tour

I've had this post waiting in the wings for some time, waiting for the perfect moment to show off this stunning Modern Country Garden, which sits right at the contemporary end of Modern Country Style. The blend of softness and symmetry is jaw-droppingly lovely.

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It's that blend of gentleness and formality that makes me weak at the knees. And this Contemporary Country Garden, complete with topiary, hydrangeas, lavender and mop-head maples, certainly scores highly on that front.

MdR 8806-027 Robert Broekema, Fam.  Nuytinck

MdR 8806-030 Robert Broekema, Fam.  Nuytinck

Mop-head trees are so-called because of their naturally occurring spherical heads. Topiary without the training - or very nearly!

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MdR 8806-009 Robert Broekema, Fam.  Nuytinck

Yum!


Imageas via: robert broekema

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