The Floor Plan (And What I’d Do …

The Floor Plan (And What I’d Do If It Were Mine)

I’ve drawn up a floor plan for the last few houses we’ve lived in, usually before we’ve moved in. They’re great for getting an idea of what will fit and how layouts might work before you start shifting furniture around. You can accurately measure square footage this way, and it’s interesting to see how different houses really compare. Our current home is about 1100 square feet (102 square meters). For comparison, our previous rental was 880 sq ft, and I can tell you that extra 220 sq ft makes a… View Post

A Graphic Light Box and a Mid-Century Dresser: …

A Graphic Light Box and a Mid-Century Dresser: Turning the Kids’ Shared Bedroom into a Boy’s Room

I’ve made a few updates to the kids’ room I made over last Spring. We had them sharing the space for a year or so, but now we’ve moved the wee one into her own room and this room is inhabited solely by our seven-year-old son. It didn’t take much to make it his rather than theirs. The first thing was to move one of the beds out. That wall felt really unbalanced once it was gone, but moving the bookcase over there totally fixed the problem. I’ll probably change out… View Post

A New Concrete Desk Lamp from Frontal Factory

A New Concrete Desk Lamp from Frontal Factory

I promised one more post about my new work space, because I need to talk about the concrete desk lamp from Frontal Factory. I spotted this concrete and brass beauty at Design Junction. It belongs to a series called Form Follows Function. I got in touch with the designer behind Frontal Factory, Mehmet Birtane, to see if there was any way I could get my hands on one. My concrete desk lamp was one of a very limited number. Fortunately, though, I was able to buy the one from the show… View Post

Introducing Emmerson & Fifteenth

Introducing Emmerson & Fifteenth

Things are looking a little different around here, as you may have noticed. Living Pretty has had a makeover, and is now Emmerson and Fifteenth. Here’s a little backstory, if you’re interested… When I started blogging six years ago, I called my little corner of the interwebs Pretty City Things. My plan was to blog about decorating, DIY projects and living in Chicago. The name wasn’t terrible, but I felt like it pigeon-holed me. After a few long-since-deleted “Exploring Chicago” posts, I realised I really didn’t enjoy writing about the… View Post

2016 in Review

2016 in Review

Happy (slightly belated) New Year! 2016 was the first full year for six years, that we haven’t moved house. We stayed put the entire year. That, on it’s own, makes me very happy indeed. It meant I was able to invest a lot more time and energy into making our little London abode our own. I completed two room makeovers, both for the One Room Challenge. The first, our shared kids room, has had the most hits of all the posts I published in 2016. It’s a bright, happy room, and… View Post