How to use black chalkboard paint in the bedroom


How to use black chalkboard paint in the bedroomWe often see black chalkboard walls in kitchens, workspaces or even the kids bedrooms but how about using it in your own bedroom… Would you be open to the idea?

I have used Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe in our bedroom in France (more pics on Instagram) which creates a nice, design statement statement in a room that was fairly plain to begin with, besides the French windows, and I’ve pinned heaps of bedrooms painted with dark walls on Pinterest.

However, chalkboard paint adds something that traditional paint doesn’t and that is…TEXTURES

Love it or hate it, once you’ve written a few messages and then wipe them off to write new ones, chalk adds texture and character to a wall and a room like nothing else does.

I say love or hate, because personally, I love the look and texture of chalk writing on a wall (+ it makes a really nice background to take portraits!) but I don’t like the feel of chalk on my fingers, which is a small detail and I’m adding it to “the list of things I need TO GET OVER WITH” but it’s pretty much what stopped until then.

Then, I look at these beautifully styled bedrooms, their crisp white cotton bed linen, this gorgeous oversized knit blanket and think that it would actually look really really nice to spend some time in a bedroom like this, don’t you think!?

If you need a bit of convincing, here are a few good reasons to make the jump:

  • you get to create an ever changing headboard,
  • you can write down inspiring words or your positive affirmations if you’re trying to do what I’m doing here ;-)
  • you can pin a few pages from your favourite magazine and change the display as often as you wish
  • you can write loving message to the love of your life
  • It will only take you half a day to completely transform the look of your bedroom by painting one wall with black chalkboard paint
  • It’s an inexpensive makeover!

How to use black chalkboard paint in the bedroom How to use black chalkboard paint in the bedroom So what do you think!? Do you fancy trying this out this year? xoxo


//1. Styling: Pella Hedeby, Photography: Anna Malmberg | 2. Pakamera

All wrapped up in Billabong


All wrapped up in BillabongJust before Christmas, I photographed a few pieces from Billabong for People from the Sea including this super soft Dream Night Fur jacket.

As the jacket is now on saleI thought I would share with you a few of my photos in case you are after a fab, warm and soft jacket for this Winter. Continue Reading



12 beautiful winter coats to grab in the saleThe January sale are the perfect time to grab a great investment piece like a winter coat at a reduced price so I have rounded-up for you my favourite all-time pieces and some are up to 60% OFF!!

1.A cashmere coat is on top of my wish list and I love this stylish grey cashmere coat by Isabel Marant. Was £925 NOW £463 (50% OFF)

2. Oozing sophisticated style, here is the Michelle coat by Hush also available in black.Was £190 NOW £110

3. This Wide lapel wool-blend coat from Mango is a real steal. Was £89.99 NOW £39.99

4. Timeless and versatile, the black Ophelia coat is Hush’s take on the French caban with large lapels creating a statement silhouette and deep, comfy pockets. It will go nicely with this Breton jumper and a pair of Stan Smith or Veja sneakers for a French look. Was £170 NOW £130

5. If you’re tall, this cashmere, elegant coat is for you. Was £579.99 NOW £399.99

6. A blend of alpaca and wool, this Eclipse belted coat by Malene Birger will keep you warm and stylish. Was £575 NOW £403

7. One of my favourite French brands, I love the classic style of this Abysse double-breasted coat by A.P.C Atelier de Production et de Creation. Was £395 NOW277

8. Quite a statement, this check wool-blend coat from Mango has also a fab cut. Was £149.99 NOW £59.99

9. From Mango again, I’m a big fan of this beige wool coat. Was 139.99 NOW £99.99

10. This Tommy Hilfiger grey coat is classic perfection. Was £249.99 NOW £199.99

11. I couldn’t not include a leopard faux-fur print coat in my selection. Was £119.99 NOW £59.99

12. Last but not least, this handmade coat has so many nice details going for it. Was £89.99 NOW £59.99

5 feel-good things to do in 2017


5 feel-good things to do this yearI read my post from January 2016 a couple of days ago and my excitement for the year ahead, back then made me smile.
Considering, we had lost our dad two months before, my eagerness to move on as quickly as I could from the pain and grief, was a bit naive to say the least :-)

2016 was indeed a year of grief, acceptance and gratitude as we lost more loved ones and so did the rest of the world.

I can feel this year has changed me though.
I’m not sure if I have changed in a good or bad way but I certainly feel different with regular siesmic kicks from my inner child who seems keen to get out and live her life to the full.
How about you!? How are you feeling a few days in 2017?

Business wise, 2016 was a big transitional year too. Closing the chapter on 10 years of my life when I sold the e-shop, was a big thing but I’m glad to say that it remains one of my best decisions ever. First, not taking care of all things shop-related, has considerably reduced my stress level and freed me so much time that I have been able to rekindle with a big passion of mine: photography.
I also started surfing at 40+ (how cool is this!? ) and opened a new Instagram account in the process, which has given me a great deal of happiness (and it’s important to have little things that make you happy). It had also allowed me to take the time to see what I wanted to do in the years ahead work wise (i.e. taking nice portraits of people like Mathilde above).

Last year, there were four things I wanted to achieve on the personal level and they worked well for me. This year, I want to fine tune these and add a fifth, important one.


This one is probably on everyone’s wish list and it’s a year on year work in progress for me but I deeply believe it’s important you and I keep trying to make it happen until it happens. Let’s not focused on the things we didn’t manage, how many times we fell off the wagon but instead let’s look at all these small changes we make year after year which eventually add up.
I’m still building healthy habits and make small, manageable changes each time I get the chance and so can you. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
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