Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Home improvements

On Sunday of this weekend, once I’d done about four hours’ work (no day is a free day for a freelance, y’know), I decided to get down to it and give my room a bit of a revamp. I’ve been …

Mon, Jul 18, 2011, 10:30


On Sunday of this weekend, once I’d done about four hours’ work (no day is a free day for a freelance, y’know), I decided to get down to it and give my room a bit of a revamp. I’ve been living in a “new” house for around six months now – although I guess it’s not new any more – and I hadn’t really done anything with my space since moving in, at which point I was just glad that I could fit all of my stuff in it. (And even then, it was at a stretch.)

I was also a little bit inspired by these really simple photographs on Ingrid’s blog, and thought that I needed to rearrange my things so that (a) I could get what I needed easier and (b) I didn’t feel so much like I was walking into the stockroom of a Chinese market store all of the time. You know, the stores that sell really amazing scarves alongside 10 million worlds of junk you never knew you needed.

Anyway, rather than witter on about it, here’s a glimpse behind the scenes of my sometimes-fashionable life. (For those of you who follow me on Instagram, I apologise; I wanted to use a nice filter and couldn’t figure out how to take the pics without sharing them, so you got some serious Instaspam for a while!)

Those Penguin mugs are my crockery weakness. I dream of owning them all one day, so am expanding my collection carefully. Sometimes I use them to drink out of; other times I use them to store things in my room. A pretentious but practical storage solution.

I thought the barn feel of the door worked really well with just some simple hanging matter – and I love the Western feel of the bag, even if I don’t use it that often.

My sister and me, in a frame I was given by her best friend for Christmas.

I’ve always been a sucker for mobiles, even if I can’t quite stand being hit in the head with them 24/7. These two are real “gap yah” territory; hanging from my ceiling I have some origami birds I bought at the flea market in Smithfield.

My friend Clare calls this my Mr T wall; I usually wear at least five necklaces at once, although lately I’ve been paring it down sometimes. Then I read the Man Repeller and crank it right back up again.

While away in London, Angela Scanlon told me that she sometimes uses her shoes as bookends, and it seemed such a simple but brilliant idea. You get to display your shoes and keep your books standing up!

My wardrobe is definitely a work in progress. At the moment it’s that rail, plus a bigger wardrobe in my parents’. I dream of one day having a walk-in, but for now I have to make do with this. The bag is by Su-Shi, a Spanish bag company, and gets compliments wherever it goes. I got it after seeing it on The Cherry Blossom Girl. I’m covetous like that.

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