Life imitating catalogue

Over the weekend I was fussing over our bar cart; rearranging stuff, adding new tumbler glasses and finally getting around to re-syncing our clock. And then I had a teeny, tiny, mini ‘aha’ moment. 

In the winter of 2010 I brought home the current Marks & Spencers Home catalogue at the time, solely for its cover. It gave me heart-eye emojis, inspired a lot of what I did to our apartment afterwards and pretty much summed up everything I was digging at the time [I even blogged about it]. All those dark moody hues mixed with pops of bold pink and turquoise viridian really got me right in the feels. That catologue has been on display in our apartment since the moment I got it. For anyone who’s crept my blog for the past 5 years, you will have seen it from time to time. It wasn’t however until this weekend while I was dusting off said catalogue that I realised our couch is a little bit nailing it … 

Overcrowded with pillows, velvet and throws in lots of yummy dark colours and not forgetting the burgundy wall in the background [but let’s quickly forget my landlords hot mess of a leather couch]. I find it funny and kind of weird when things come around like that. Hardly blog worthy I know, but it was a funny realisation for me at the time. I’ve adored these colours for so long that this has only cemented how I feel about them.
It took me 5 years, but at least I took the scenic route. 

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  1. May 14, 2015 / 12:06

    What? Totally blog-worthy.
    I love how one key moment of inspiration stays with us. Usually we don't still have the inspiration around to remind us. It is cool that you do.
    Lurve… also loving the couch, despite your misgivings about it. I think a worn leather couch is something of a staple.

    • May 17, 2015 / 07:44

      This is true. It was a bit weird when it dawned on me not much had changed in 5 years! Good weird. Comforting knowing that it's not just a fad that I'll grow out of.

      That couch though – it may look good through the internet, but we think it's the cause of Robert's increasing back problems. It's very uncomfortable. I probably should have mentioned that's the main reason we don't like it and stink-eye it regularly. My way of fixing it? Smothering it in pillows 😉

  2. May 14, 2015 / 18:59

    That's so cool how you've reproduced that style without really intending to. When something's right, it's right. It's the Alex look!

  3. May 16, 2015 / 18:23

    Oh my god YES it's totally the cover!! I love all that velvety goodness. I wanna squish my face in it. Yessssss. xxx

    • May 17, 2015 / 07:47

      Oh, don't worry, I squish my face in it enough for the both of us. I'm like a cat the moment I make contact with the couch – kneading everything in sight!

  4. May 20, 2015 / 16:10

    So glad you found love again with the burgundy wall! And yes you are totally nailing that couch look, those colours are a rich, velvety dream.

    I also have a leather couch which I'm completely not loving and have been trying to find inspo for it, this lovely pic will do just nicely – it's being pinned 🙂

    • May 22, 2015 / 14:25

      Aw, thank you Moya! Yes the burgundy wall is staying – for now, and I'm such a sucker for velvet. It's draped on anything that sits still long enough.

      I'm glad I'm not the only one with couch woes! 🙂 xx