Create a Perfect space in your loft

Many people have loft conversions on their properties these days, whether it be to create extra bedrooms for an extended family, an home office, an extra upstairs bathroom, even a space for a truculent teenager to exist in without having to see and mix with any other human beings. But if I was to transfer my loft into a living space, then I would love to create a dream haven, just for me.

Creating a Living Space

We have a rather large loft space that would be perfect for transformation, and what I would most like to make in the eaves of my house would be a personal dressing room, complete with space for all my clothes and shoes. It would need a fair few wardrobes, a glamorous dressing table (I’m thinking of the one my Sindy doll had in the 1980s) and a chaise longue. This would be a girls only space (Pete and Joe totally banned) and it would be made light and airy with a skylight in the roof, with a roof blind for those days when the sun is a little too blinding. (Not that many in the UK I know, but you have to think of all eventualities.)

Stuart Jones Ltd Athens Chaise Longue £619.99 click to visit Wayfair

Storage

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I would choose my wardrobes carefully and they would each have different uses. I would have one for casual/daywear and one for evening/formal wear – I may even have one just for dresses. The room would have a vintage feel, using retro style hat boxes for storing scarves, belts, maybe even a hat or two. I would also invest in some stylish storage from Homes Direct 365. They have French style storage boxes that resemble old style luggage trunks and storage trunks that you could find in granny’s attic, which is exactly the style of aesthetic I would be looking for. I particularly love the four drawer luggage trunk, which you can almost see sitting on a station somewhere many years ago, and the Bergman Set Of 3 Storage Trunks which look like they have stored many treasures over the years.

I love that the cases from Homes Direct 365 are often hand crafted, which makes them both practical, as well as beautiful and luxurious. The vintage style is perfect for a bedroom space as both a piece of furniture and as storage, and I love that these will help keep your space looking tidy and elegant, but also look elegant in themselves.

For additional storage that could slide either inside a wardrobe space, or under a day bed, I would head to Bed Bath & Beyond which is another great destination when it comes to storage that goes beyond the mere useful and practical. My favourite colour at the moment is pink, so a hot pink Jumbo Rhino trunk would be a definite first choice, I love the colour and the leather handles and the fact that it is also durable. There is also a smaller cube version which would be a great match and would work for jewellery or cosmetics. The organizer trays would also be very useful to make your drawers really earn their keep and add some sort of system to them.

Dressing tables and a Wardrobe

The dressing table would have fabulous glass jars and Art Deco style jewellery boxes, along with vintage knick knacks I have picked up over the years, like vintage Chanel bottles and original Biba make-up.

Stackers Glass Jewellery Boxes from £22-£30 Click to visit John Lewis

 Linea DAMASK GLASS STORAGE JAR £10 click to visit House of Fraser

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Set of 4 Red Hat Boxes with Cream Lining, Gold Cord and Old French Adverts to the front. 23cm, 28cm, 30cm and 35cm £49.95 Click to visit Amazon

Rather than modern, fitted wardrobes I would scour charity and antique shops for solid wood wardrobes, especially those you find with internal drawers and mirrors. I love the 1950s mirrors that hang from a chain. I wouldn’t particularly worry about matching items to one era or time, the mismatch would be part of the charm of the room.

These are beautiful.

These are beautiful.

This would be my dream space, a haven and a retreat back to past era’s of glamour.

What would you stick in your loft if you were to opt for a conversion to your property?

 

 

SAG Awards 2017 – Best Dressed

Awards season is now in full swing, last night saw the turn of the Screen Actors Guild, or SAG, awards. Sometimes called the more relaxed awards, this is the awards ceremony that can often see trouser suits, jumpsuits and tea length dresses, amongst the more formal gowns.  Last night’s red carpet showed pink to be a surprising front runner for hot colour trend, that old Hollywood was alive and kicking as Rachel Evan Wood continued her morphing into Marlene Dietrich, that playing Jackie Kennedy has totally influenced Natalie Portman’s maternity wardrobe, and that the bat sh*t crazy spirit of Bjork on the red carpet is still alive and kicking, as Nicole Kidman turned up as a parrot, a beautiful Gucci parrot. And I, for one, loved it.

Best dressed? I loved Bryce Dallas Howard totally owning those curves in a dress that apparently cost around $300, and Viola Davis who was a vision in white. Viola’s dress was everything, and then when she opened her tiny clutch bag and showed off her folded up flats, I think my girl crush hit around 100. I loved Emily Blunt in an Eastern inspired dress, although I still prefer her with darker locks if I’m honest, and I was so pleased to see Sofia Vergara do something so different in her prom style and sleek hair.

Then to the dresses that polarised opinions. I LOVED Michelle Dockery in her cool stripes, this dress wouldn’t work for the Oscars, but looked sleek and elegant, with a touch of fun, at the SAGs. I was also a little in love with Kerry Washington, but wished it was tailored better, with shorter sleeves and less skirt. Thandie Newton’s whimsical dress is the sort of thing I expect to see on Marion Cotillard, but it is just so exquisitely beautiful and unique that I was so pleased to see Thandie totally own it. And Nicole. Well, she was a stunning bird of paradise, one part parrot, 1 part Shirley Bassey, 2 parts Vegas showgirl. Haters gonna hate, but it is hard to hate Nicole having so much fun with fashion.

A special mention must go out to the Game of Thrones ladies. Maisie Williams is having a storming awards season so far, and the delicate pink and dark lip was another winner. Natalie Emmanuel opted for tea length art deco styling, and the glorious Gwedoline Christie was awe-inspiring in Vivienne Westwood. I walk past the lady once on Oxford Street and she is very tall, very beautiful and a total goddess, so I am bowing down to her.

What was your favourite look from the night?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (8137126bh) Cara Buono The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (8137126bi) Michelle Dockery The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

Michelle Dockery

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Sophia Bush attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_009 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TNT)

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Bryce Dallas Howard

Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams

 Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Thandie Newton attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_009 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TNT)

Thandie Newton

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt

Selma Hayak

Selma Hayak

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst

 

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Gwedoline Christie

Gwedoline Christie

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Nathalie Emmanuel attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_008 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Nathalie Emmanuel

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (8137126eg) Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

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Evan Rachel Wood

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Be a stylish wedding guest

2017 is a very special day for my family as it is the year my little brother gets married. His fiancee Natalie will make a honest man of him this July in the beautiful, sunny surroundings of Cyprus. I am getting very excited already, not just at the thought of two weeks in Pathos, or even at the idea that my youngest sibling will finally be married, but at the idea of getting very dressed up for the wedding. Because who doesn’t love getting dressed up!

There used to be hard and fast rules about how you dressed as a wedding guest. Hats seemed to be obligatory, as did pastel colours and smart two piece suits of the kind Jacques Vert do so well. But these days it really seems anything goes. You can wear black, in fact I wore black as Maid of Honour for my sister’s wedding. You don’t have to wear a suit, whether you be male or female, more casual options can also work as more and more weddings take place outside the tradition confines of the church. Hats are no longer obligatory – you can opt for a fascinator, a jewelled headpiece or nothing at all. Even white or ivory are no longer off limits for guests. I got married in Greece, and with the high temperatures most of the guests wore white or cream linen to stay cool in the heat.

Celebrity Wedding Guests

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When it comes to choosing a beautiful dress, Love the Sales is well worth a look. They have a great range of beautiful dresses at much reduced prices, these range from High Street names Dorothy Perkins and Lipsy, plus size ranges like Scarlett and Jo, to designer names like Ralph Lauren and Peter Pilotto. The wide range of dresses mean that you should be able to find something for a wedding in any setting, climate or with any theme.

Here are a few dresses I have chosen which would make you a perfectly stylish wedding guest.

Coast PetiteCLAUDETTE - Cocktail dress / Party dress - coral

Coast PetiteCLAUDETTE – Cocktail dress / Party dress – coral

Dorothy PerkinsNATALIE - Occasion wear - red

Dorothy PerkinsNATALIE – Occasion wear – red

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Capri floral-print cotton dress

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Capri floral-print cotton dress

 Jaeger Ruched Neck Column Dress


                               Jaeger Ruched Neck Column Dress

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Precis Petite Carley Check Flared Dress

 Gina Bacconi Lace dress with v neck and long sleeves


Gina Bacconi Lace dress with v neck and long sleeves

 Grace Made In Britain Print Maxi


Grace Made In Britain Print Maxi

 Jolie Moi V Neck Pleated Lace Dress


Jolie Moi V Neck Pleated Lace Dress

 Havren Matilda Sleeveless Lace Dress


Havren Matilda Sleeveless Lace Dress

 

 

Studio 75YASGOLDIE - Occasion wear

Studio 75YASGOLDIE – Occasion wear

CoastKENDRINA - Cocktail dress / Party dress - rose

CoastKENDRINA – Cocktail dress / Party dress – rose

 Fenn Wright Manson Northern Lights Dress


Fenn Wright Manson Northern Lights Dress

**Showcase Curve Dusky Pink Maxi Dress

**Showcase Curve Dusky Pink Maxi Dress