In or Out

The weather has taken a turn for the (wet)ter after a summer heatwave that caught me off guard, leaving me in no way prepared for the heat and humidity that swelled up out of nowhere. Struggling as I practically dissolved into a puddle whilst putting off purchasing a fan because "no way can this last much longer". So just when I was about to get my act together and arrange a sun-worthy set-up on the roof terrace I was stopped in my tracks by the arrival of the wet stuff; ever reliable! From one week to the next the invitingly sun kissed patch of so much alfresco potential was replaced with a damp, bare, grey platform hosting a half-full bag of plant fertilizer and not much else. Too soon to give up?

So I'm now turning my attention to the space on the inside of the glass. The landing area at the top of the stairs. It's this small space that leads out to the roof terrace and because there is a floor to ceiling window of sorts it receives maximum light. I had planned on doing something with it to make it cosy for autumn in order to enjoy the fading light under a throw or two. The view of Canary Wharf is less romantic than this image would suggest but that's why I'll need to ensure the books on my reading list are close to hand. So, it's seems decided that I'm transforming this little nook into an autumn/winter reading area, now - when summer is still not quite over. Turning my thoughts away from garden furniture to interior items that will fit in a small space without sacrificing comfort. I'm thinking of colours complimenting the bamboo floor and off-white paint of the prominent window frame. But I'm also thinking of the orange/brown/burgundy palette of autumn. Yes, already.

However, I still can't quite let go of the idea of the outdoor set-up that could have been if only I'd been a bit quicker off the mark.

Take a look at my two mood boards below. Which one do you find more appealing?

If only it would stay dry outside...

Autumn reading nook - *Summer edition

LOOA loves to...

Welcome to LOOA; an interior brand with a difference. I love the furniture, angles and textile flourishes that give a space character and make it look good, so I wanted to create my own homewares product. I thought about what I like about being at home, and it’s a non-tangible thing. It’s the feeling of being comfortable; fully at ease and relaxed and I’m able to feel this way when I’m actually doing things that I love.

I love to –


Curl up in a comfortable chair and read a book or magazine.

Read a few chapters of a book on my kindle app in bed before falling asleep.  

Scroll through the news on my phone first thing in the morning (from my comfortable bed).

Lounge in bed long after the natural light of a new day has woken me up. 


So there is a theme. I am unashamedly lazy in that I love nothing better than to be reclined (at varying degrees) while indulging a healthy love for the written word be it on paper or a mobile screen.

I love other things too; although do them less frequently. Sketching, knitting, writing, and crossword puzzles - all from the comfort of my bed.

So clearly I designed a product that would be compatible with my bed/chair reading habits; accommodate my sporadic hobbyist tendencies, and, as I’m no carpenter but absolutely love fabric and patterns, I went with textile for the material.

My Home Storage Sleeve is a twist on a basic concept. A mobile storage solution that is versatile, and also looks lovely.   

Take a look at the portfolio to get some ideas on how you can use my Home Storage Sleeve for the things you love.