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Monday, 22 April 2013

Home: Inspiration Table.

Over the past few months I have discovered how blooming' difficult interior decorating is, it definitely doesn't come naturally to me and so choosing paint colours, pieces of furniture and everything else is all a bit of an ordeal - it seems to take me forever to make a decision. We don't really have a theme for each room, between the two of us we have such eclectic taste that instead we're just opting for things we like and hoping for the best!

One thing that had been on my wish list for a little while was a little side table that I could put some of my current favourite things on as sort of an inspiration table, to live in what will soon be my studio space. Please ignore the floor in the top pictures, it needs replacing sometime in the near future - it's on the never ending list of things to do! I wasn't really sure what I wanted other than that I'd like it to be white to match the other pieces in the room.

NotOnTheHighstreet, which is a website you can definitely lose an entire afternoon exploring, got in touch asking if I would like to pick out something I liked and when I spotted this Butler's Tray Table♦ I thought it would be perfect. For under £50 I'm really impressed, it's the perfect size and the little details really make it look and feel more expensive than it is. I like the antique white finish to the paint work, it's almost a little shabby chic without being too shabby chic - if that makes any sense at all?!

I think the things on it will change all the time, with it being in my photography space I'm sure within a few weeks it'll be covered in cameras, but for now it's a bit like the rest of the house - eclectic, which I'm using in place of 'messy' because it sounds better! The vintage bottles and dominoes were a car boot sale find last year and I'm very excited to go to a few again this year. I'm not very disciplined though and usually end up coming home with an armful of things I'm not sure what to do with. Of course I have a few cameras sitting there and an empty Hendricks bottle that was too pretty to throw away. Finally we have this super sweet golden owl from Matalan that I have named Owliver. I couldn't leave him in the shop, I'm one of those people, always a complete sucker for cute things!

Next on my home decor to do list is artwork. I wandered around the house a couple of days ago and realised just how many walls we have to fill, which is both amazing and daunting at the same time. We have a couple of frames that I need to fill with our photographs and some canvases to hang, but apart from that I think I'll be turning to NotOnTheHighStreet again for some beautiful prints, I really love supporting indie artists and designers, now all I have to do is narrow down my list! 

Do you have an inspiration table anywhere in your home? 
Are you into interior design? 
If so do you have any favourite websites that you like to look through?

80 comments:

  1. I need to find myself an Owliver. I love this table as well :)

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  2. These pictures are gorgeous, such a clever idea! My boyfriend likes to get my birthday presents from there so I don't usually look, I'm tempted to just have a nose - they obviously sell awesome bits and bobs!

    Tara
    www.thestylerawr.com
    xoxo

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    1. They really do, definitely worth a look! xo

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  3. Ugh I know just what you mean about the interior design not coming naturally, I don't have it! I love seeing perfectly put together spaces but sadly (or not?) I think ours will always be a hodge podge of what we like at the minute. That tray is adorable though, good pick!

    www.chicadeedee.com

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    1. Ahh I know, I love looking though interior websites but I know my house will never look anything like it! That's okay though, at least our spaces will be eclectic ;) xo

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  4. Those bottles are an amazing find, Jennie! I love vintage bottles, they add so much with their rustic awesomeness.

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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    1. They are so lovely, there's something so charming about them <3

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  5. This is so pretty! I wish I had space for something like this, but it'd be asking for trouble with three kids in the house haha!
    I love Owliver & your bottles - I have a collection of vintage bottles too, they're so pretty :)

    Jesss xo

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    1. There's something so charming about them <3

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  6. This butler tray is gorgeous and a bargain! I love notonthehighstreet they have such amazing pieces :) xo

    Maydoll

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    1. There's so much choice, I can easily lose an entire afternoon looking through everything! xo

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  7. I LOVE that little table Jennie, in fact, I could do with something similar for my lounge! I hate trying to think of good storage solutions, as silly as that sounds! xxx

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    1. I do too, I never know what's best to choose! xo

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  8. This is really use. Notonthehighstreet is great for little gems like this.

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  9. Cute! I love the owl and the glass bottles. The flowers from Ikea add a really nice touch, too.

    I've been thinking of making a little inspiration table, or even using a barstool/high chair as one. Thanks for the ideas!

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    1. I bought the flowers on a whim ages ago, I'm please they finally have a place to live! Aww yay, glad to have given you some ideas <3

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  10. This is so beautiful.
    I have lots of vintage bottles!
    I love the owl you have!
    I bet your whole house is beautiful.

    Kelly | My Blog: Day Dreams & Daisy Chains | Bloglovin' :Day Dreams & Daisy Chains | ♥

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  11. I love that table, it's so gorgeous and shabby chic-esque! I would love that in my bedroom to store makeup :D

    I've never looked on that website before, but I think I need to check it out xx
    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. It's a really lovely website to look though! <3

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  12. I really like how you took the photographs. The vintage bottles and the owl are fantastic Hanna

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  13. That looks gorgeous, really love how casual yet put together it looks :) x

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  14. I love interior design. I studied it a few years back just as a little sideline and I usually help friends and family out with their decorating dilemmas! I have a lovely old sewing table in my spare room, it has a distressed paint finish on the legs with a lovely waxed top. I always think there is nothing better than giving something old a new life :) x

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    1. I wish I had your talents!! <3

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  15. I have a little small white table exactly like that and you've just given me an excellent idea. Thanks!

    7% Solution​

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  16. yay this table is amazing wow *_* <3

    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  17. I am getting my room decorated at the moment and this has given me some amazing ideas thank you! x
    http://theadventuresofhann.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. The table is so chic! Lovely set up too :)
    Carissa xx
    Vanilla Crush Blog

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  19. Ooo that Butler Tray table is SO awesome, I've seen a lot of pictures on Pinterest of those. They're so cute, especially when you clutter them up. And I both love and hate interior decorating. It's really fun, but I can't live comfortably until everything is to my liking!! It's maddening

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. Ooh I'll have a look on pinterest for some more ideas! <3

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  20. The table looks great! And i love the idea of using i as a 3D inspiration board!

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  21. I love this little set up - the owl is so cute indeed and I really like the vintage treasures mixed in. Your studio sounds so exciting! xxx

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  22. I look good to me.
    my interior decoration looks like britney threw up on it
    super classy
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    modestmushroom.blogspot.com

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  23. I love that website! I find so many gorgeous things on there, I can easily spend a fortune xx

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  24. I love that table!! I've done the same with an empty vodka bottle - now a vase! I can't thrown away pretty glass bottles, just feels wrong...X

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  25. This is a really sweet idea :) x

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  26. Love the tray table style, looks great with all you accessories! x

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  27. i love notonthehighstreet so many amazing things, love this table i can imagine it's a really lovely tough to any room :)

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    1. It's so lovely, really nice quality! <3

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  28. Yay, Hendricks! (I work for the company that makes it.) It all looks great xx

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  29. Looks beautiful! Interior decorating doesn't come easy to me at all either x

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    1. It's one of those things I find so difficult but I still love it <3 xo

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  30. Love everything here. I have wasted many hours on Not on the High Street! I'm trying to do up my room and interior decorating doesn't come naturally to me either. I absolutely love the table and the bottles were a great find! Definitely feeling a little more inspired after reading this. :)

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  31. Cute photos x

    http://whatisinherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  32. This is such a great idea of storage, I think it looks great! xo

    Hannah, Glitter And Sparkle

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  33. HA love the Hendricks bottle getting a second life - such a great idea! x

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    1. I couldn't bring myself to throw it away! :) xo

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  34. Ah, love this set-up! The table itself is great and I love how you've decorated it! The red flowers are so pretty and I love the vintage bottles and cameras :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  35. This is so cute! I can never arrange stuff like this, love it! x
    http://hollieappleby.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. This really is cute and nice to display things on :-) I love the owl xx

    www.krystelcouture.com
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  37. I love that table! I'm such a sucker for anything wooden and white too, definitely going to keep it bookmarked for my future dream home!

    louisejoyb x

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  38. I love the table and the cute things you have on it!! Pinterest is always a great way of getting inspiration :)

    Hannah from http://b-l-a-b.blogspot.co.uk/

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  39. Wow, really amazing inspiration. I often buy little pieces of decor here and there but don't know where to place and how to place but thanks for sharing! :)

    mycrushcouture.blogspot.com

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