Monday, 15 December 2014

I AM HOUSE Interview with DoraDiamond.

Hi guys,

The super cute Britta from Dora Diamond recently interviewed me about setting up I AM HOUSE.

The past few months have been crazy busy and exciting with the launch of I AM HOUSE and I am beyond flattered that Britta wanted to interview me about it all.



Here's a little extract:

DoraDiamond: I would love to learn more about your working process. Where do you work and what kind of atmosphere do you need to get going? How do you create your pieces and how do you actually print them?
I’m really lucky to have a room in my house that we converted into a Craft Room/Studio just for me. I do all of my creating, dreaming and planning in here. It has really beautiful light and is the perfect setting for me to immerse myself in projects.
I dreamed up I AM HOUSE in here and now I’m running my business from here too!
I create my art prints using my Mac, Photoshop and my Wacom Bamboo Pad. I also have a heap of notebooks and sketch pads that I carry with me and have dotted all over my house, so if I have an idea for something I scribble it down. In terms of the printing, it was really important to me to keep my prints close to their roots, so I use a small local company who are absolutely brilliant. I quality check each print and they’re all hand packaged right here in my Craft Room!
DoraDiamond: Of course you just started this business, but we are curious: What kind of products can we expect in the future? When it comes to creating product ranges, what are your wildest dreams? ;)
This is probably my favourite thing to talk about and I’ve probably driven my friends and family crazy going on about my future plans and dreams! But in terms of products, I’m going to be adding a range of cushions to my line in the not so distant future, as well as wall decals, macramé hangers and ceramic animal heads. I have absolutely loads of ideas up my sleeve and I can’t wait to I AM HOUSE to evolve and grow.
 An absolute dream for me would be seeing my products for sale in shops. I think I would feel like an actual designer if I saw my work being sold, and like actually, maybe this wasn’t such a crazy idea after all! 

You can read the whole interview (and lots of snaps) here.

Thank you Britta! You're the cutest. 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Brussels

Hey guys!

I am soooo excited to be in December! Christmas is my favourite. It is THE best and I love all the activities, celebrations and decorations that go with it! I hope you are all loving the lead up as much as I am :)

In the last few weeks I've been lucky enough to go on a few Euro trips, so today I thought I'd share a few pictures from my lovely weekend in Brussels with my Mum :)

We got the Eurostar from St Pancras, which was super easy and only took 2 hours! As demonstrated in this photo, rather excited about that concept. 
Brussels was bigger than I thought it would be and it felt very cosmopolitan and sophisticated. We walked everywhere (work the legs), and found everything was pretty easy to get to. We had a few interesting incidents with the map (ahem. in the dark and rain.), but generally all the main sights were easy enough to find.

We did lots of shopping (understatement) and wandered around the old cobbled streets.



 The Grand Place Square is absolutely beautiful and looks so magical at night. We had mulled wine overlooking the Square and did some people watching - it was the coziest atmosphere.
We also went to a chocolate workshop to see some artisan chocolates made - OBVIOUSLY the samples meant it was awesome :) I don't feel I need to expand on this.
We had a really lovely weekend exploring the city and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is thinking about Belgium as a travel destination. 
And I also recommend the waffles. Twice a day. 

Obviously I won't go into details about the 4 days food poisoning that started on the way home (yay!) (also, non-waffles related FYI), but apart from that it was a perfect weekend away with my main lady.

Any of you beautiful people been to Brussels? What did you think?! 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

I AM HOUSE

Hi guys! 

Sorry I've been a bit awol for the last few weeks, in my defense I have a reallllyyyy good reason...

I'd like to introduce I AM HOUSE. My new online home decor shop. 

As many of you who have been reading my blog for a while now will know that I'm kinda a little bit obsessed with houses and that I love home interiors, décor and design. Oh, you didn't get that from reading my posts? ... GET OUT. 

I AM HOUSE is the first step of my drrrrream and an outlet for my creativity. 

I AM HOUSE will be launching Autumn 2014 and will provide stylish, quirky (obviously) and affordable home accessories. 

As part of my first product range you’ll find typography art prints, wall decals, greetings cards and other delicious little home pieces. I’ve designed each piece with love and I can honestly say adore each and every item so I hope you do too!!  

For updates, sneak peeks and competitions over the next few weeks make sure to like my Facebook Page I AM HOUSE, and come and follow along over on Instagram @iamhouseinteriors and Twitter @iamhouse_. 

I can't even tell you how scary it is putting myself out there, but sometimes you just gotta go with your gut and I know my guts are crazy excited about this shiny new adventure I'm about to embark on. 

In the words of one of my favourite prints, if you're not doing what you love, you're wasting your time. 




Pretty good reason huh? Told you. 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Welcome Trolley

Today I thought I'd share a little makeover project that completely has my HEART!

This project was totally inspired by this DIY feature by A Beautiful Mess. I read the post last year and it was love at first sight and I knew I had to create a Welcome Trolley for my guests, and to give my Guest Room an extra special touch.

First off I searched on eBay for a reasonably priced retro drinks trolley. You really have to use your imagination at this stage as some of the trolleys available are just, well, horrendous. Like, I can't even think about having that in my house, kinda awful.

But seriously, you gotta get past the puke stage and know you can totally get all up in the spray paint stage.

I got this rather charming number for £13. I then spent £12 on 2 cans of spray paint, so all in all this was a bargain of a project.
1. First up I taped off the wheels as I didn't want to get any paint on them. I just used sandwich bags and masking tape.

2. I prepped the area I was going to use to spray in - I got a large dust sheet and covered as much of the space as possible.

3. Next up I sprayed a light coat of spray paint all over the surface of the trolley. You want to keep the first coat light as otherwise you can get streaks and drips form.
4. Let the first coat dry completely (this only took an hour or so with the type of paint I used) and then spray again, keeping it light and making sure all sections are covered.
5. Keep adding coats until you're happy with the coverage and colour. I used 4 coats in the end.

6. Finished! Unwrap your wheels and get ready for the fun bit - stocking the trolley!
For the items on my trolley I wanted to keep it useful and fun.

I included:

 - Snacks
 - Drinks
 - Glasses
 - Towels
 - Spare toiletries for guys and girls
 - Guest Book (complete with personalised pencil to write with)
 - Tissues
 - Magazines to read
 - Wifi password

Our first guests were James' sister Charlotte, her partner Andrew and their cat Coombsey, so to add a little personal touch, I added a little cat basket complete with Dreamies, a ball of wool and a little 'Pet Travel' magazine that had them in stitches.
There are so many options for things you could add to the trolley. My intention is to personalise the trolley every time we have guests to stay. Other ideas of things to add I've had are:

 - Disposable camera for your guests to take a snap with, rather than a Guest Book
 - Leaflets of things to do around the area
 - Spare chargers for phones
 - Sleep Mask/Ear Buds
 - Cocktail menu for your guests to select what they'd like to drink

And there you have it! The cutest little Welcome Trolley around!
 What other items would you add?

If you decide to take the plunge and make one yourself, don't forget to tag/tweet me so I can see!!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Life Lately According to my iPhone

Hi everyone!

It feels like forever since I did one of these posts! My iPhone has been wailing at me to delete some photos to free up some storage (apparently 2,439 is a lot?) but I'm a total photo hoarder and seem to collect and collect rather than ever upload or deleting.

So I thought this was a good opportunity to both stop said iPhone wailing, and also give you guys a little insight into the last few weeks, iamjessw style.

Summer is well and truly upon us here in the UK! The sun is out, the ice-creams are flowing and the first sunburn of the year has occurred. Joyous times all round.

The last few months have been super exciting, with loads of changes and finally getting used to living in our house. We've loved it! Piece by piece each room is coming together and I've loved watching each one evolve.
After hiding ourselves away for the last few weekends and generally being house hermits, we made a bit of a pact to explore the local area a bit more each weekend. So last weekend we visited Bowood House and had a picnic in the beautiful gardens overlooking the lake (the sunburn incident occurred here), and this weekend we decided to visit Stonehenge! It was super cool, I highly recommend a visit if you're considering going.

We've also managed to squeeze in a few birthdays, catch ups with friends, a few TV shows and a little bit of DIY :)

I can't wait for the rest of the Summer!

Have a great week everyone!

P.s much of a washi tape obsession?
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