Around the home of a Brighton Girl: The Wee Food Blogger
Who doesn’t love a good nosey around a stylish home? The wee food blogger takes us around her flat to share her sleek aesthetic and money-friendly tips.
After food, my second love is interiors; I love nothing better than finding the right pieces to make my house a home without breaking the bank.
A gallery wall is a high-impact, low cost, way of decorating your home and the perfect way to display your favourite pictures. Ikea and Tiger are both great for cheap frames, as are car boot sales and flea markets. Pick your favourites and lay them out on the floor to decide how best to display them. It’s flexible, as you can change the pictures and expand the gallery as you go.
The flowers on the right are a hand-made display of my bridesmaid flowers from my friends’ wedding: use fuse wire to attach your dried flowers to an empty wooden frame and paint the colour of your choice.
Brighton has a wealth of vintage shops where you can pick up anything from a favourite old vinyl to a mid-century sideboard, all at reasonable prices. These floating shelves were made and put up by a local handyman for under £50 and display vinyls in a simple yet effective way.
Painting them the same colours as your walls give the vinyls more impact, as the shelves don’t detract from the covers. The sideboard is from Era on Upper Gardner Street and the vintage style phone is from Go Aesthetic.
Plants are also a relatively cheap way of brightening up any home and especially great considering so few of us have gardens in Brighton. The lovely terrarium is from local florist Florian, the money plant (on the right) is from Brighton go-to Gunns and the others were only a few pounds each from supermarkets.
Other favourites include the Open Market, Brighton Flower Company and the new Spider Plant shop tucked away inside Flock on Sydney Street, which feels like you’re inside a terrarium yourself!
Brighton and Hove has an abundance of talented artists, designers and illustrators. Before I moved to Brighton, I stumbled across a small gallery now located in Farm Mews called Naked Eye. At the time, they were showcasing local artist Ian Hodgson whose work often features the architecture and landmarks of our beautiful city.
This picture is of the Peace Statue on the seafront that marks the boundary between Brighton and Hove. In addition to permanent galleries, there are always lots of pop-ups and art fairs which makes art affordable for all.
As you might have guessed, I love vintage furniture – mid-century in particular. The dining table is an original Ercol that I managed to pick up for a penny from what is now called Digs on Gloucester Street. They have vintage furniture and lots of interesting antiques and objets d’art.
Snoopers Paradise in Kensington Gardens, as well as the flea markets on Upper Gardner Street and St George’s Road, are all great places for whiling away a few hours and finding things you didn’t even know you needed! The Eames reproduction chairs were from eBay and cost a lot less than the real thing!
My dresser is another winning find from Florian on Western Road, who not only sell beautiful flowers and plants but also have excellent taste in vintage furniture and homewares. They sell everything from chopping boards to re-upholstered chairs.
The two ladies who own and run the shop have a great eye for new and old pieces, and you’ll find something new every time you go. Keep an eye out for their stunning window displays; their Christmas window is often one of my favourites.
Upload your favourite Instagram snaps to a photo printing website and have them printed out Polaroid style. To display them, I bought tiny pegs from eBay and attached them to a piece of twine from the DIY shop.
If you don’t feel so creative, you can buy the mini clotheslines from various shops online. The great thing about this is that the film doesn’t fade like Polaroids, so they should last a lifetime. You can add, rotate and remove photos whenever you like.
One thing I’ve learned about Brighton and its inhabitants is that we are all secret coffee snobs, or like to pretend we are. Lots of local coffee shops sell their own beans and coffee grounds so that you can recreate your favourite flat whites and espressos at home. Investing in a moka pot or macchinetta is a cost effective way to do so.
This little one from Berts Homestore is the perfect size for an Americano. Go the extra step by buying a frother to make the perfect cappucino. Attempting your own coffee art is optional!
Written by The Wee Food Blogger.