Decorating a children's room

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Children's bedrooms are the most fun to decorate, I don't have kids myself, (I live with a cat), but If I did, I will create a cosy and interesting space for them to sleep and play. I love styling little one's rooms, and enjoy very much when I have to put together ideas for the photo-shoot of my products. I am not a fan of strong colours, plastic toys or very modern furniture, so my choice would be to rescue some vintage furniture, mixed with contemporary practical accessories, mixed patterns, textures and add their personal touch, with their drawings, books and clothes. Their bedrooms should be a magical place where they rest, dream and play with their friends and parents.
 
The products above can be found in my shop online. They are handmade by Gassy and I.
A pet, would be a great addition to the children's life. They turn a house into a home. I know that not everybody can have one, but having them makes a house even more special, they have a very positive and loving energy, they give more than they take from us.
  The wall hooks are a fun way to decorate the walls, creating some interesting storage solutions.
Vintage ercol side tables, landscape lampshades, wooden pencil holder, vintage cards game and some greens complete the look. 
Products available at chocolate creative | Photos Piero Pierini

Garden improvements

Thursday, 7 July 2016

I love gardens, parks, the countryside, flowers and plants, but for someone who suffers from a very bad case of hay fever, gardening becomes a very unpleasant task to say the least, plus I have a tendency to kill anything green and alive that I bring home, so that explain why the garden (photo below) is looking so unloved.
I am very lucky to live in a house with a decent size back and front outdoor spaces. Back in Gran Canaria, I would have to live in the countryside to have access to this green space, but here in London, almost every house has a garden. As you can see, I hardly have any plants going, just a few roses and lavender that have survived over the years, but this Summer, I am determined to learn how to take care of the garden. This whole thing is very challenging for me, as I don't have the knowledge, or the money to employ an expert, so I will have to do it on my own, with the help of my friends.

A visit to Charlene's house, has inspired me to create a wild garden, she has some tropical plants and very beautiful flowers in hers. With a very small budget, I have to get creative, my priority is to get rid of the grass, as it does affects me a lot, and cover it with gravel, any other suggestions? I will dig some beds around the edges for flowers and plants, and create a dining area, for dinners al fresco (when English weather allows). At this point I can only make small changes, but hopefully they will improve the space, and would make my life easier.
For the seating area, I would like to get a German beer table and bench, as they are narrow, and would fit the small space at the front of the garden. I like the idea of the French style bistro table too, all very simple and practical, as I would need to put the furniture away for the Winter months.
I will add a mix of plant pots from different styles, sizes and materials, to create a relax and informal setting, for me, it is not about luxury or expensive perfect looks, but quite the opposite. Wish me luck, as I am going to need it, and please leave a comment if you have any suggestions that will help me to improve the messy garden at home, they will be very welcome!

Feminine black and pink

Monday, 27 June 2016

Hello Monday, hello new week, and hello new beginnings. I am not going to go into details about how I feel about the latest development in the UK. As a Spanish living in London for the past 19 years, I feel sad, concern, and confused, it is not easy to see and feel how divided this country is, and what an uncertain future lies ahead of us. To top up the misery, Spain just had the second general elections within 6 months, to come to almost the same conclusion as the first time around. Right now, I find very difficult to seat in my studio, stay focus and talk about interiors/design and sell beautiful things, as this seems so irrelevant right now. 

But as I continue to be the same person I was last week, I can only do what I do best, my job!! Browsing some - new to me blogs - I found the gorgeous and happy This is Glamorous. I was captivated by its dreamy and glamorous aesthetics straight away, just what I needed today, flowers and more flowers, gorgeous buildings, landscapes and accessories.

I am painting some furniture at home in black, and organising the house for a photo-shoot. It helps me to put together some visuals mood-boards with ideas, pinterest, magazines and blogs are my main source of inspiration, although I have a very clear vision of what I like anyway. I have always wanted a chesterfield sofa upholstered in linen, very feminine but still simple and timeless.
Lampshade and cushion at chocolate creative | sofa and dresser at Anthropologie

The above photo is of my living room, I love peonies, and having a mixed eclectic collection of things in the house. The photo below represents my style very well, I like interiors with personality, art, flowers, dark painted furniture, wooden flloors, etc...I hope my ideas come together nicely, all I have to do now is stop day dreaming and get on with the DIY job!!