“What’s on my night-stand” with Robin Reetz

Next up and last of this series…. “What’s on my night-stand” with Robin Reetz.

portraitAbout Robin,

Robin is a writer, blogger over at Second Floor Flat and lover of travel.

Originally from New York, Robin now lives in London with her husband. She has a passion for writing, jewellery design (which casually sold in Anthropology- GASP!) and runs her personal lifestyle blog on the side.


1 || What is currently on your night-stand? 

Eucalyptus, an Academy bangle my husband got me for Christmas, my two most recent reads, a delicious Tatine candle, some pine cones I grabbed from the ground on a special holiday, and a random, old matchbook. Some good friends got married last year and ordered a bunch of vintage matchbooks off of eBay as part of a DIY wedding project. We took some of the more random ones, and they’re scattered throughout our flat.

2 || Where was your night-stand purchased? 

Here’s the thing with my nightstand: My husband I purchased this a couple of years ago from a cheap, mass market furniture store in London. We always knew we’d only be in London for a short period of time, so buying something more costly didn’t really make sense. It’s done the job just fine, but for me next nightstand I’d rather have something similar to this, this ,or better yet, a handmade piece or a family heirloom.

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3 || What is your before bed routine?

I’m big on moisturizing, so I always use moisturizer on my hands and feet – usually Lucas Papaw Ointment. I’ll read for a bit, check out Instagram (I know, it’s a terrible habit) then grab my eyeshade and hit the hay!


Thank you so much for taking part Robin!

Photos by Robin. 


“What’s on my night-stand” with Sarah-Jane

This blog series is a fun way of getting to know a few of my favourite bloggers, last week we saw what Emma-Jane had on her night-stand and today we meet Sarah-Jane,

portraitAbout Sarah-Jane,

Sarah-Jane is a fun loving teacher based in Cape Town. With her Zimbabwean roots and “gypsy” soul, Sarah is always out to find adventure.

Her blog, Sarahndipity, is an extension of her personality. A place where she can write about the things she loves.

1 || What is currently on your night-stand? 

A heart shaped jewellery plate – given to me by one of ‘my girls’ from St Cyprians. It keeps all my treasures safe
George my beloved wood carved giraffe from Zimbabwe.
A lamp for reading.
An African shaped, soap stone jewellery box all the way from Kariba Zimbabwe – given to me by my lovely fiancé, filled with a multitude of trinkets.

2 || Where was your night-stand purchased? 

I bought it at Coricraft but it’s no longer online see a similar one here.

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3 || What is your before bed routine?

I brush my teeth and clean my face – I like to feel fresh before bed 😉
Then ALL the anti-aging creams! Nah, jokes, I use one simple night cream and zambuck for my lips (gotta keep those puppies lush)
I then climb into bed, plump up my pillow, and begin to read one of the 5 books I have sitting on my nightstand. I read for about 45 minutes, depending on the book, and then close up, check my alarm is set for the morning, turn off the light, and off to the land of nod I go.


Thank you so much for taking part Sarah, you make me giggle. 

Photos by Sarah-Jane. 

“What’s on my night-stand” with Emma-Jane Harbour

This blog series is a fun way of getting to know a few of my favourite bloggers, Emma-Jane is first up and one of three in this series. I interviewed Em to find out “What’s on my night-stand” –


A little more about Emma-Jane,

Emma, now based in Cape Town, runs a lifestyle and fashion blog called Emmajanenation which contains everything that makes her heart beat.

Her and her husband are also the talented photographer duo that run Lad & Lass where they get to travel the world documenting people’s love.

1 || What is currently on your night-stand? 

Skoon Vanilla & Blood Orange Body Oil, a Country Road frame with a polaroid of a little flower stand in Barcelona to constantly inspire wanderlust and my phone which is my library (I read most books on my phone and it also functions as a notebook for quick lists and ideas.)

2 || Where was your night-stand purchased? 

Retro pedestal white – @HOME

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3 || What is your before bed routine?

After washing my face, removing my make up, brushing my teeth and flossing and I’m usually exhausted and flop into the sea of duvet.

A before bed treat is to use my Skoon body oil all over my body. The scent is delicious and makes going to bed feel like a luxurious treat.

Before I turn off the lights I set my alarm and make sure i’m ready for whatever the new day brings.

If I manage to get into bed early I will read a bit and make lists (and probably check instagram in between).


Thank you so much for taking part Em. 

Photos by Emma-Jane. 

Nursery Design – Inspiring Baby spaces

Last week I did an Interview with soon to be Mommy of two Hayley, from the blog Hayley’s Joy. Hayley needed some inspiration on what to do for her little boys room, here is what I had to say-


1. What are the current trends and popular themes for nursery’s currently?

Now day’s monochrome baby spaces are very popular. The great things about trends are that they can evolve with the growth of your child.

2. Without having to fall back on the cliché colours and themes, what is the best way to decorate a nursery for a specific sex?

I love the use of texture within spaces. In a girls nursery I would make use of faux fur, metallic sequence fabrics, ribbons etc. While in a boys nursery I would make use of velvet, silver metal and raw timber. The hard and soft contrast will define the sex.

3. Lots of baby items can make a room seem cluttered. Are there any appealing workarounds? 

Storage solutions in the forms of boxes and woven baskets are great at hiding the clutter. Shelves are also great.

4. Our nursery will be the smallest bedroom with the least amount of natural light in the house. How can we best utilize the space and make the room seem lighter during the day?
If you are able to – the addition of a sky light is a great solution for any small space, but the colour white always makes a space appear larger than it really is. Even paint your floor boards/concrete floors white, the less defined corners you have in the room the better.
5. Although it’s a different room, this is my second baby and we will be re-using a number of pieces such as the crib, compactum and feeding chair. What tips do you have for incorporating these items without having that same old- same old feeling?

Revamp these items…. There are some really affordable ways to breathe new life into a space. Re-upholster the chair, paint/strip the compactum and crib. Another way to give the space a different feel is to create a gallery wall with artworks of your babies growth or graphic prints.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Thank you for getting in touch Hayley. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!