When Interiors Met the ‘Summer Goth’ #UKHOMEBLOGHOP

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WHAT. A. WEEK.

Hello, and a big squishy welcome to all of those who have joined me on the Summer edition of the #UKHOMEBLOGHOP.

Organised by the ever lovely Kimberly from Swoon Worthy, this blog hop has brought you 27 interior blogger babes over 5 days. So if you’ve missed this week’s gorgeousness, head to Kimberly’s post and hop through the lot!

If you’ve hopped on over from the pink-haven that is the beautiful Don’t Cramp My Style – so lovely to have you, I think you might like what we’ve got in store today…(Clue – think pink)

So the theme is SUMMER STYLE.

A hard one for me if I’m honest. Y’see, I love a nice sunny day as much as the next pale-faced redhead in the UK – aka not loads. There, you’ve dragged it out of me. I’m a Winter gal, and with an allergy to certain levels of humidity and a bit of a history of being a goth, I think it’s safe to say, the sun and I are not “bae” – that’s how to use that word right?

But I didn’t realise just how much I’ll miss having that ourdoor space. We’re house-hunting, as many of my regular readers will know, and we’re struggling to find anything in budget with a garden. A big change from the 70 foot piece of gorgeous greenery we have right now.

The problem is, sometimes Dracula can’t afford to live in a Transylvanian castle, so he moves to the suburbs to put his kids into a good school, and settles for a IKEA Malm coffin because it’s minimal. LIFE.

But I digress.

The point is, I love sitting somewhere suitably shaded and looking at the nice sunny days. That’s why my chosen summer styling for the day is sat in our beautiful kitchen/diner, French doors blasted open, overlooking our gorgeous piece of land, and eating ice cream. Take a look won’t you?

Monochrome dinner table

Monochrome dinner table

So I know this will bother some people who like order, but we prefer chaos in this house. The table is set for 3 because that’s how many of us there are. Hey, my toddler throws things – why give her the extra ammo, y’know?

Monochrome dinner table

Monochrome dinner table

Monochrome dinner table

All the flowers are faux and from Country Baskets (none cost more than £2 each if I remember rightly) but you probably knew that they weren’t real when you saw that it was actually pom poms in a vase. I’m officially a plant murderer no matter how hard I try to the contrary.

Monochrome dinner table

Monochrome dinner table

The dusky pink bowls are Ikea and I think for a set of 18 pieces it was £20. Bargainous. The monochrome tablecloth, napkins and oversized black tray was also IKEA. I’ve got a problem okay…

Monochrome dinner table

I love using my little Rose & Grey mini pineapple vase to offer cutlery. Official plate settings just feel too formal for us. We’re much more a “help yourself” kinda house. It’s a really casual vibe.

I can’t lie, the gin is just for me, and because it’s pink. So that’s my summer style for this year! It might be really different next year in a new house but most of the pieces are coming with us!

In fact, almost of the decoration seen here is a “shop my stash” kinda vibe. I’m a big believer that if you buy homewares that share a neutral theme, you can swap them around the home seamlessly to keep things looking fresh for years. Our neutrals are mostly gold and white and they make even my kitsch/ off-beat style look a bit more grown up.

So I hope you liked joining me for ice cream!

Don’t forget to hop on over to the last, but certainly not least, blogger – Tidy Away Today and for a full list of bloggers, scroll down to catch up. Thanks again for joining us all on the blog hop. Enjoy your summer, lovelies!

Monochrome dinner table

Monochrome dinner table

Monday

Swoon Worthy

Apartment No. 4

The Ordinary Lovely

French for Pineapple

Dear Designer

Seasons in Colour

Tuesday

Melanie Lissack Interiors

Candy Pop

Sarah Akwisombe

Design Soda

Around The Houses

Lazy Daisy Jones

Wednesday

Old Fashioned Susie

Mademoiselle Poirot

Lisa Dawson Styling

Lust Living

The Pink House

Thursday

Fabric of My Life

Making Spaces

Ana Mum Diary

A Beautiful Space

We Love Home

Friday

Renovation Bay-Bee

Fresh Design Blog

Don’t Cramp My Style

Well I Guess This is Growing Up (That’s me!)

Tidy Life

 

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  • Rachel Newcombe

    It looks great and I totally agree with your idea for mixing and matching things and keeping it casual! Pink gin and ice cream? Yes please!

    • Definitely! I’d end up having too much clutter otherwise 🙂

  • Stephanie

    I think I am a little bit in love with the dusty pink plates! It looks lovely, and how annoying to be struggling to find houses with a decent garden space.Great post!

    • They’re Ikea! Aren’t they beaut? Yeah we’re really struggling. Quite disheartening but the search goes on! x

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  • I’m glad you went all goth with this! Loving your unique take on summer style. And… you have… FERRETS!!! <3

    • Thanks so much. And yes we do! Four lovely ferrets 🙂 x

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  • Carole King

    I’ll go with the pink gin and ice cream too. I’m also a big believer in buying things that will work in any room. So much easier to swap things around. And I also like to keep it casual. I love your look. x

    • Definitely! So much easier to refresh a room that way 🙂

  • Karen Barlow

    Love this Karen, it’s so authentic and just you. It’s been great hopping from home to home, I’ve really enjoyed the blog hop x

    • Oh thank you so much Karen! Hasn’t the blog hop been great? Definitely given me a boost of inspiration x

  • Vicki Tee

    lovely photos. I too have a ‘help yourself’ household and i like the idea of the pot for cutlery. Might have to steal that idea 🙂

    • Go for it 🙂 I think this little pineapple jar was less than £5 from Rose & Grey if I remember rightly xx

  • Definitely in favour of mixing things up too! And that gin…pass it over, will ya?! Have a fab weekend “looking at summer” 😉 xo

    • Haha sorry, the all evidence of the gun has now “gone missing” 😉 x

  • Old Fashioned Susie

    Love the pink!! And that gin 💕💕💕

  • hello I am with the others, gin, ice cream and pink fluffy flowers whats not to love? I am liking your style girl!!
    best wishes
    Ashley x

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  • Ahh this post made me laugh!! I love your humour and I love your ‘summer goth’ style – the table looks fabulous and I’m rather in love with those pink Ikea plates!! Thanks so much for joining in the hop, lovely! xxx

  • Design_Soda_Ruthie

    Love this Karen! We have those Ikea plates too! I absolutely love the pompon faux flowers, they are incredible! Xxx

  • I’m loving a bit of summer goth style. Beautiful colours, patterns and styling. x

  • maxine

    Love it! Summer Goth!! Ha ha. The pink and the black look fab. Love this mix of patterns and colours.

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  • fabricofmylife

    I love the idea of ‘Summer Goth’ style! The pink and black look fab together hun and I’m all for relaxed, casual dining. When can I come round to share that gin? 😉

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  • Being of the pasty, freckled variety, I know exactly where you’re coming from. Temperatures above a heated 20 degrees are wasted on me … and are quite unwelcome. Love your summer goth styling x