Sunday Tittle Tattle: Masculine Houses and Lovely Little Treasures

mid century interior ruth crilly

You may have gathered, from seeing the odd flash of house in the backgrounds of my videos and photographs, that my taste in interiors is – what would be traditionally considered to be – rather masculine. I tend to favour warm woods and clean lines and darker colours over anything that could be considered pretty. Rosewood, leather, slate; smoked glass and tinted mirror; textured walls, simple, modern bed linen. I see interiors online that I love – bright white spaces with airy curtains billowing in the breeze – but no matter how hard I try to be a bit less…Tom Ford with things, we still end up with most of our rooms looking as though they’ve been lifted from a book on mid century interiors. Which is fitting, I suppose, in a mid century house…

Anyway, to cut a long and rambling monologue short: in a moment of desperate need for some pretty, feminine things in my life, I started rummaging about collecting nice trinkets and beautiful bits and bobs from my beauty stash. And then I realised that it was going to be Valentine’s Day so I arranged them with some love-themed stuff for good measure.

As you do.

I found it all very therapeutic, really. Until the dog wandered over and – literally – belched over my still life set-up. On Thursday he came into the house carrying a whole dead bird so I suppose I have to be grateful that nothing fell out of his mouth, but still. I need an undisturbed weekend in a frou-frou hotel suite with a bright bathroom, sans pets and…male things. The baby can come, she’s a total doll.

valentines gifts rose themed

Anyway, my girly stuff. I’ve been sniffing the new Roger & Gallet Rose Balm (above) all weekend and the clean, minimalist Rose de Grasse range from Aerin is just amazing. One of those scents that makes everything seem right with the world. The Rose Mask from Fresh is a slightly odd one; a cool gel mask with pure rosewater that tones and hydrates. I’ve been using it for months and still sitting on the fence – I love the feel of it and it would be amazing as a post-beach treatment, but it’s so different to other masks I’ve used I find it difficult to come to any real conclusions on its effectiveness! I shall attempt to jot down some notes this week in my Love Love Love notebook!

valentines gifts

And here’s minimalist gold and beige edit: I found this one particularly satisfying to photograph. Lots of bright white, very cleansing for the brain, I find. I had just tidied the bedroom so I think that this picture reflects my state of mind. The Cosmic Love card is £2.50 from Ohh Deer. Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum, which seems to be a favourite with almost everyone I know: £49 House of Fraser. If you’re a Mademoiselle fan then there is something incredibly delicious coming out in a couple of weeks – I’ll update you. The Star Charm Necklace was a very kind gift from a client a year or so ago, you can find it at Luis Miguel Howard if it tickles your fancy.

I’m off to enjoy the day of lurve. Actually, it’s my Mum’s birthday, so I’m off to eat cake, but kind of the same thing. Bisous!

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  1. maria
    February 14, 2016 / 9:07 am

    I actually like your taste in interior very very much!!!!!!!!!

  2. February 14, 2016 / 9:12 am

    Love the gold and beige colour scheme! Happy Birthday to your mum!


  3. Roberta
    February 14, 2016 / 10:56 am

    All The best wishes for your Mum!!
    Ruth, I almost bought yesterday The Glow Booster Hyalamide. Are you still using it to have some colour on your face? Would you still recommend it? Many thanks!

    • February 14, 2016 / 11:01 am

      Yes it’s absolutely brilliant!! x

  4. siena
    February 14, 2016 / 11:13 am

    You can never be too Tom Ford …

    Hope you have a good Sunday. I don’t know if you already mentioned it somewhere, but SpaceNK have a £15 off code (EXPLORE16) when you spend £60 or more. I ordered Diptyque’s new Eau de Sens …

    • February 15, 2016 / 1:32 pm

      Oooh, thank you, didn’t know about that one! x

  5. February 14, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    If feminine is what you see online so often, with lots of frill and pink and glitter, then I guess my style is very masculine too. I prefer minimalistic spaces with just a little decor, especially since the toddler toys and baby stuff seem to clutter every space there is anyway.

    • February 15, 2016 / 1:32 pm

      Yes, the baby toys! Oh my God. It’s an interiors nightmare! : )

  6. Amy Lauren
    February 14, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Hope you have a good Valentine’s Day Ruth! I have to admit, personally, anything white Marble is a winner for me! :) X

    • February 15, 2016 / 1:33 pm

      Yes, white marble is having something of a moment! : )

  7. February 14, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    My fiancé definitely enjoys the warmer woods and clean lines. I think I like cooler colors for interior design. It will be interesting to see what our house looks like…. Love the edits. So beautiful. Especially the white and gold, it’s so clean. Hope you have a lovely Valentines day Ruth!!!

  8. February 14, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    I adore that Love Love Love notebook – although I am slightly obsessed with notebooks in general.

  9. Roberta
    February 14, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Thanks for your reply, Ruth!!!
    Happy Valentine’s day

  10. Melanie
    February 15, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    I have tried to be more “girly” with my decor, but I always gravitate back to deep blues, reds, & brassy tones. I’m just not even going to try anymore. Ha!

  11. February 16, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    I’m a fan of more masculine interiors too! They just feel more cozy and less fussy! Though I don’t mind sort of girly colors in a bedroom. There just has to be a balance. When I had a dark purple bed set from CK, I balanced it with Charcoal walls and lighter woods. Currently I have 3 mid century pieces, a padded bed in a taupe color, and a mix of shades in my linens. White walls cause I don’t have a choice!

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