Hi! My name is Monica Beatrice Welburn and I am a blogger, occasional presenter, and style lover.
The Elgin Avenue is named after a magnificent long road, in the area of London which I was lucky enough to call home for four years. I now live in a beautiful nook of the English countryside, a stone's throw away from London, where I can still get the perfect extra hot, dry, cappuccino, but with a little extra room to roam.
This is my space for sharing my personal style, beauty, love of interiors, travel and much more.
This weekend (when I wasn’t feeling totally inconsolably sorry for myself) I finally got to grips with our new apartment! I am proud to say that I have now spent four solid days here. Having travelled for work and family for the six weeks since leaving my last place, the comfort of knowing that I am home is awesome.
When it comes to decorating, Ols and I have been pretty strict on what is coming and going. Anything which we don’t totally love is out, and things which steal our hearts in seconds are in. Our apartment is in an old building which already has a tonne of great features – natural light, wooden beams, high ceilings – but with that comes the risk of everything looking a little too twee. We’ve been splitting our furniture 50/50 – some modern, some second hand. So far we’ve bought an IKEA corner sofa, a large oak dining table and lots of bits and bobs to add personality. Given our strict – love or lob it – rules it is taking time to gather everything together and so we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that it will probably be a good few more weeks, if not months, before we can totally think “yeah, we got this.”
Right now, everything is a novelty and I’ll just continue to enjoy the “I’m making coffee – in our apartment – in our mugs!” moments.
Here are five interior design links inspiring me right now:
1. Easy DIY Art on Advice From A Twentysomething. So far Ols and I have been framing all of the art which has never had a home for showcasing previously. I am in love with the Jelly prints our friends at Hector and Haddock sent to us. This post from Amanda Holstein on Easy DIY Art is a great way of injecting some pizazz into a room with minimal effort and expense. I’m definitely going to give it a go once I turn my attention to my home office.
3. Gorgeous Barn Interiorsat The Long Barn. Get this – a beautiful old barn set in amongst acres of lavender – yep it’s heaven. I love to escape to The Long Barn in Hampshire, soak up the earthy perfume and chow down on the yummy cakes in their cafe. The interiors here have been one of the main influences on mine and Ols’ choice of dining tables, their old farmhouse style mixed with contemporary pieces makes for seriously photogenic interiors.
5. Copper Curve Floor Lamp on Marks & Spencer. Lighting is my #1 requirement for a room. I have made my mind up on both my old apartment and our new one on the natural light. When the evening turns I love to switch on pretty soft lighting and this copper floor lamp has shot straight to the top of my lust list. Right now it’s on sale too.
Do you guys love the links above? What is inspiring your home right now?