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We've lived in our flat for just under 5 months + even though that involved buying a lot of new accessories + furniture, there are still a lot of bits missing, which are (I would say) vital! Our flat is in a big Georgian building, so the living room has a massive window and high ceilings, which I absolutely love, but natural lighting still ain't great - plus, all 4 walls in the room are painted in a very dark grey, so it really needs a pop of colour! The dream would be to paint 3 walls in a pure white, with one dark grey statement wall, but for now, I think I'll just fantasise about white, pink + more spring-coloured accessories.




 Before going overboard with fluffy cushions + rose pink pots, there is something we actually do need and that's dining chairs; so no more dinner on the sofa + we'll both be able to work at the table at the same time. We have an Ercol drop-leaf table which is AMAZING and a piece of furniture I've always wanted but never thought I'd get, so I thought that matching chairs were the way to go, but with a lot of original + mid-century inspired furniture in one space I think it might be a bit of an overkill. Instead, I think something more modern with an interesting shape and in white would look so much better, especially against the dark grey walls, so say hello to my current obsession; the wishbone chair, a reproduction of the iconic design by Hans J Wegner. They are quite pricey, hence why I've lusted over them for a good year now and never purchased, but I guess if I settle for something else I'll always look at them and wonder 'what if?' (so dramatic!). I'll throw a sheepskin over each one for a bit of cosiness + hopefully it'll look as amazing as I imagine it will!
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After dining chairs, my next goal is to create some form of gallery wall; it'll break up the grey + just add some colour to our walls! I've fallen in love with the Plants on Pink print from Mink Interiors; (why do pink and green look SO good together?!), and I think I'll use it to base the rest of our art around; adding in a bit of monochrome + patterns. Living in a rented flat, we can't really put anything into the walls, so I think we might go for the picture shelf from Ikea, that way you only have two screws going in to the wall.

What do you think of my plans so far? If you live in rented, what have you done to add your own touch into your home? 

You can see more of my flat inspo on Pinterest:


Living Room Update: February Mood Board

We've lived in our flat for just under 5 months + even though that involved buying a lot of new...
6 February 2017
Though Pantone have named the Colour of the Year 2017 as Greenery, a bright and fun colour inspired by the yellow-tinged tropical leaves, it's not the only hue having a moment this year. From forest and moss to emerald and bottle, green is definitely one of the key colours to keep your design eyes on this year, and I'm sure it won't be hard to come across either; leafy greens even featured heavily in Gucci's SS17 show and in the catwalk design itself!
For me, seeing a whole feature on amazing verdant interiors in the latest issue of Living Etc, and a must-have list of velvet green sofas (now featuring highly on my flat saving-up-for list!) in Elle Decoration, only makes it even more apparent that this year, the spotlight is on green.
I love that, being such a versatile colour with so many hues to choose from, green really does go with any interior scheme; whether it be luxe and glamorous teamed with rich velvets, statement brass pendants and crystal glass, a scandi-inspired and simpler look of featuring a key furniture piece showcased against a simple monochrome backdrop, or styled with blush tones and a warm metallic to create a much softer inviting scheme which encapsulates all of 2017's key colour trends.
Now, maybe you're feeling exactly how I felt this time last year or so about green; it being a colour I wouldn't consider wearing, or introduce into my home unless it was in the form of a house plant or cacti, but I'm sure these interiors can convince otherwise. While we may not be ready for an entirely green home, or can't willy-nilly paint a rented flat in a rich emerald green, there are always lots of ways to introduce it into a scheme; these are some of my favourite pieces:
What do you think of Greenery for 2017? Ready to embrace + fill your home with a range of verdant hues, or still unconvinced?


1. Frame Armchair in Grass Cotton Velvet, Made - £599 |  2. Wild Wood Clock in Swedish Green, England at Home via Trouva - £29.99 | 3. The Element Bottle in Baltic Green Marble, Amara - £45.00 | 4. Beaded Geo Overlap Cushion, West Elm - £49.00 | 5. Knot Tiles in Jade/Milk, Marrakech Design - 930 SEK | 6. Hexagon Vase in Dusty Green, Smug - £39.00 | 7. L'Espresso Cup in Green, Smug - £25.00 | 8. Kershaw Marble wallpaper, Osborne & Little | 9. Velvet Cushion in Bottle Green, Mink Interiors - £48.00 | 10. Normann Copenhagen Amp Lamp Gold + Green, Trouva - £80.00 | 11. Green Marble Hexagonal Chopping Board, Trouva - £49.50
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Falling For Green Interiors

9 January 2017

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First of all, sorry for the mega-long post but there were just too many amazing photos to choose from that I couldn't settle for only showing a few. As you can see, every space, every room and every detail has been cleverly thought about at Casa Cook. The hotel, the first of it's kind designed by a team at Thomas Cook, is designed to appeal to the trend-conscious and design-savvy traveller, someone looking for a space that is inspired by the latest interior trends whilst still feeling like a home, with personal touches and a laid-back vibe. (There is even an in-house yoga team with daily classes and a store where you can buy some of the furniture and accessories found across the hotel!)

Casa Cook is made up of multiple quintessentially Grecian low white buildings, all nestled into the rugged hillside of Rhodes island. I love how the modern buildings, with their large black framed windows and flat roofs, stand out against it's stark and rustic surroundings - but the landscape hasn't been lost inside, with furniture and lighting made featuring natural materials like leather, rattan, jute and bamboo. Another aspect I love is that every room (yes, every single room) has direct pool access with white hammocks floating over the blue water, yes please! 

I stumbled across the amazing boho/scandi gem that is Casa Cook whilst looking for inspiring interiors for my (soon-to-be) new flat and was pleasantly surprised to see it was an off-shoot of Thomas Cook. I realise that there's hardly a shortage when it comes to boutique hotels, but I love that Thomas Cook has created a design destination that can be more attainable at a lower cost. Let's hope this is the start of a long line of boho boutique hotels from them! 

Still dreaming about the cool monochrome palette matched with natural textures and tropical touches? Get the look below:
murrayandolive 1. Large Wicker Hanging Lamp from Out There Interiors
2. Triangle Cushion Cover from H&M Home
3. Patterned Cushion Cover from H&M Home
4. Viktigt Basket from Ikea
5. Fladis Basket from Ikea
6. Butterfly Chair from Mink Interiors | Similar from Amara
7. Wool Pom Pom Blanket from Bohemia
8. Alseda Stool from Ikea
9. Hee Lounge Chair by Hay from Nest
10. Agna Rug from Cox & Cox
11. Cement tiles from Mink Interiors 

Photos by Georg Roske for Casa Cook

The Dream Travel Destination for 2016: Casa Cook, Rhodes

26 July 2016
Hello hello Blue Monday! Apparently today is the most depressing day of the year, because of the bad weather, everybody desperately awaiting payday after Christmas, our lack of motivation and us already failing (albeit not admitting to) our new resolutions. Although I can definitely say I've experienced these bad feelings over the last couple of days, I say we ditch the blue Monday rubbish! Why does it have to be a blue Monday just because others tell us it is? We're in control of our experiences and emotions - so I'm spending mine getting inspired by the Dulux Colour of the Year - Cherished Gold. Now gold is something that isn't quite for me, but I do appreciate a little metallic accent - especially when paired with greys, whites (and my new favourite colour of the year) Pantone's Rose Quartz. If, like me, you enjoy a fleck of gold, take a look at my favourite pieces...
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* All images found via Pinterest
I think that gold, or any metallics for that matter, are really easy to style and introduce into any space - they tend to fit nicely in any interior and sit comfortably in all styles. For example, if you're going for a girly and on-trend space, mix with white and accents of pink, or for a more rustic/traditional look style with a mixture of blue hues, from mint to navy. How would you, or do you, style gold? I love how gold accents look in a monochrome or very simple room! murrayandolive
1. Hexagonal Gold Magnetic Blackboard, from Holly's House | 2. Crosley X UO Record Player, from Urban Outfitters | 3. Regency Side Table, from Urban Outfitters | 4. Brass 'Hello', from West Elm | 5. Gold Metal Lounge Chair, from Holly's House | 6. Bristol Table Lamp, from Heal's | 7. White Marble and Brass Shelf, from Holly's House | 8. Kolam Braided Round Rug, from Urban Outfitters

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Cherished Gold Interiors

18 January 2016
murrayandolive 2016 is the year for retro pastels, mixtures of rich metals and stone textures, and dreamy interiors worthy of a Wes Anderson film, and I'm very happy about it - all thanks to Pantone's Colour of the Year, Rose Quartz. If you told me a year ago that in 2016 I would be daydreaming about pastel pink walls and a velvet pink sofa I would have definitely laughed. Now it's quickly becoming my favourite trend for the year and I'm really excited to see it being celebrated across furniture, interiors, fashion and stationery (hello pink everything!). If you're looking for some Rose Quartz inspo, you've come to the right place...murrayandolive murrayandolive murrayandolive
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I don't think I'm quite ready to jump straight into clashing pastel walls, even if I've always wanted to live on a Wes Anderson set, but I wouldn't think twice about filling my room with pink accessories and stationery. Below are some of my favourite pink and copper pieces at the moment - what do you think about the trend? Thoughts on a postcard!
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1. Ambit pendant lamp by TAF Architects for Muuto | 2. Pale pink Kelim rug from Holly's House | 3. Aurora round chair from Mia Fleur | 4. Dusky pink jungle leaf cushion from Holly's House | 5. City Toile wrapping paper from Holly's House | 6. Patina antiqued copper tea lights from Mink Interiors

Dreamy Rose Quartz Interiors

12 January 2016
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