10251 Brick Bank

TLG made an announcement of the next in line of the Modular Buildings Series, namely the Brick Bank (10251). One thing is sure, this is the next in line set for my shopping list. That doesn’t come as a surprise, since I adore the Modular Buildings Series. I’ve been following some of the AFOL community responses about this set, and as expected there’s a lot of mixed opinions. I usually don’t make many comments on sets I haven’t build, as the building part is an important part of the experience. However, considering my reaction when I saw the first pictures of the Brick Bank, I decided to share my opinion.

I was shocked, but in a positive way. Despite having lots of work, I was constantly re-evaluating the pictures and taking in the amount of details, new parts and re-colours. I could say I was hypnotized by it. I really like the neoclassical building style of the bank as well as the side building with the laundromat. One of the things I like the most about is the use of some very special parts. Most of the sets I consider as a building material for my MOCs, and I’m already seeing those sand green windows, grey ingots (the bars on the facade) and the triangular tiles in my future MOCs. Another thing I like about this building, but many AFOLs don’t, is a clear line between two parts of the building giving an impression of two separate buildings. This creates an interesting skyline, and if you consider that a street of buildings rarely has all street facing facade done in the same style and size, this detail actually adds a bit of realism to the model. All in all, TLG’s designer(s) did a great job (again).

Moodboards

We’ve been looking for a new sofa for months now, and being limited with the space, it already seemed we won’t find a suitable one for our living room. What we want(ed) is a place to relax in front of the TV (my partner) with a good book (me). After having a 2-seater bed sofa for 4 years, we now decided to look for a 3-seater with a possibility to extend it into a bed for the occasional visits of family. To top it all, the length of the sofa was limited to less than 240 cm and the extended arm should be less than 160 cm. So finding a suitable bed sofa turned out to be a bigger challenge than expected.

To pass the time I searched the web for some accessories, that would fit in the room to add more colour in our otherwise black and white scheme. We have a B&W semi-open shelving units to store all our books, Blu-rays and some of my LEGO houses, so that’s the only colour in the room momentarily. I don’t want too many colours on the furniture, so this B&W scheme seems perfect. However, I do like to add more details, such as candles, lamps, and cushions for a cosier athmosphere. To present my ideal room to my partner (with less imaginative ability) I made these moodboards to make it easier to see what I’m looking for.

Black and white
Black and white

My favourite item here is the Kubus candle holder. It’s a designer piece, and a bit expensive so for the moment it’s on my wanted list. The only item from this moodboard I already have is the Cozy Remote Tidy in black. Storing the remote controls have never been easier.

Blues
Blues

Blue is my favourite colour, so this moodboard came together in no time at all. The blue Cast Iron Teapot is from Twinings collection, and it’s on my wish list for my next Twinings order. I see similar ones in black all the time, and this blue one stands out from the crowd.

Purple
Purple

I’m not a fan of purple, but this moodboard was actually one of the first I made. It seems that various purple hues are really popular, as so many items can be found online.

Pretty pastels
Pretty pastels

Pastels are popular in the last couple years, and they really look nice. Although pink is not my colour, it looks very romantic in a combination with pale blue and green. I like the tin boxes the most, they all can be found at Dunelm Mill. I only wish they’d ship international as well.

Nautical colourscheme
Nautical moodboard

I know a nautical or coastal themes are popular schemes for summer houses. I put this scheme together mostly based on the cushions. I really like the combination of the colours, tan or cream with various blues. My favourite items from this moodboard are the cushions with map prints and sea motives. They can be found in our local Harvey Norman store. Mostly likely I’m getting one of those soon, just need to decided which one.

To make the long story short(er), we accidentally found a perfect sofa for us while shopping for some sets of drawers for the hallway. It’s cream, and it fits really nicely with the nautical moodboard. We already have a set of dark tan cushions with map prints, and we’re probably get another set of cushions with map prints in different colours. Yeah, can’t wait to sit on the new sofa!

Finishing touches – inspirations for the toilet

The first ”room” to be completed with the final touches seems to be the toilet. It’s a small and narrow place, basically just the toilet and a small sink. What I miss the most here is storage. I don’t need much, but I need it. I mean, is there a worse thing than running out of toilet paper?

Luckily, lots of inspiration can be found out online. My favourite is building a small cabinet around the sides and above, like this one found on wayfair.com. The down point is, I should have it custom made, which would get pricier.

Cabinet surrounding the toilet

 

An alternative to this cabinet is a simple wire rack to hold the most needed accessories, that is rolls of toilet paper and reading material. Apparently, the more skilled could make it themselves (DIY project).

A simple wire rack

Among many toilet paper storage solutions, a glass vase is by far my favourite. I’m actually looking for a tall vase with the right dimensions to hold toilet paper rolls. A down point here would be accumulation of dust, that would need regular wiping, but I guess I can do that. Doesn’t it look pretty?

Vase as a toilet paper holder

Installing shelving above the toilet was our first thought, but while remodelling our bathroom and the toilet, we decided to move the water heater to the toilet, to make the bathroom more spacious. This one was the an inspiration for the colour scheme. I wanted a blue one first, as there are no windows in the bathroom and the toilet, and I wanted some bright colours. As we failed to find something suitable, this brown scheme proved to me that brown does not necessarily make a room darker.

Shelving above the toilet

Decorations on the above picture look lovely, and I’d love to have a plant included, but as there’s no window, I’m not sure how the poor plant would survive it.

Hopefully, the toilet will be done in a month or so, and I’ll blog the final design.

Interior decorations

I’ve been thinking about it for a while. While reading different magazines, they all say, put your clutter on display. Actually, I’m not that fond of clutter. What I prefer to have on display, are objects that I find also useful and are there having a dual role – looking nice on a display and saying something about me – what I like.

My favourite things to display are books, therefore I’m on a lookout of finding some lovely open shelving to display my (and my boyfriend’s) book collection. Having books around your flat also makes an nice statement about the owner (unless he/she is only using them for decoration). To avoid the shelves looking cluttered, I’d prefer to keep my books ordered, either by colour (my way) or by author (my boyfriend’s way).

A small part of my book collection

Other items I like to have on display are candles and candlelight holders. Although most of the time, they’re also dust catcher, they come very handy in the cold months, creating lovely atmosphere. Most of the time, I light the small tea candles in various glass holders. Ikea is the best place to get various styles of candles and candle light holders in a budget friendly way.

Tea light holder

This one is one of my favourites, as it can be put to use in a round conformation on a table, or linearized on a shelf. Another great design (although way out of my budget) is Kubus, designed way back in 1962.

Kubus by Mogens Lassen

Fifty shades of grey

I’m still far away from actually furnishing my own home, but finding inspirational photos of endless possibilities is a reason enough to daydream about it. In a way, I feel I’m developing my own style of what I like or dislike, as it’s much easier to see it, and decide on the effect.

One of the things or I should say one of the colours, that grew up on me is grey. Basically, I prefer light grey shades. They seem to be close to neutral, easy to combine with a splash of bright colour, and still look interesting. And shades of grey can be used everywhere and for everything.

Hallway with grey walls, white door and large white picture frames.

 

Grey kitchen with a splash of white and yellow.
Bathroom decorations in dark red nicely complement dark grey.
A combination of turquoise and light grey looks very calm, and seems a great colour choice for a reading or relaxing nook.

Bookshelving

I’m still dreaming of finding (and eventually owning) my own place to live at. Until then, I’m pinning different inspiring pictures on my Pinterest. What I miss at my current place of residence is the lack of enough bookshelves (actually, room to install bookshelves) as there is no such thing as too many books.

Having a book handy in late evening (or early morning) when one book ends, can be stressful, specially if you have to get up from the bed, and pick another book to start reading. Platform bed with a bookshelf seems like a good investment.

Extra bookshelf at arms length

I like the idea of having a reading nook, I only fear it might get too small with time. Building your shelves around and above a sofa seems a great idea.

Reading nook

And to make you reading nook look less chaotic, organizing books by colour creates a lovely rainbow effect.

Bookshelf rainbow