Thursday, 31 January 2013

A nod to Scandinavian style

Hi everyone, how are you today?
January is over, well almost....time is flying this year, do you feel the same?

I follow a lot of Scandinavian bloggers, and they all have such beautiful perfectly white interiors, I've always wondered how they get that aesthetic right because it's not just a combination of white, it's all the elements they put together that make a cohesive whole...

So this is my style board nod towards Scandi style...

I'm off flower shopping, I need some sweet smelling  white hyacinths to put me in the mood for spring

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, 24 January 2013


The weather, to snow or not to snow  seems to be the main topic in the news lately.  While snug indoors over the weekend I found this beautiful apartment featured in the  December issue of Lonnymag. 

 This elegant room belongs to Matthew Kowles of NYC.  He describes this look as 'British Campaign style'.  It's a small space so he has carefully and meticulously added only functional and beautiful pieces in his apartment.  I have a bit of an issue with televisions in bedrooms, as I believe your bedroom is your sanctuary, but I like how it disappears among the wall art.  This is definitely a bedroom is relax in.

(all images Lonnymag Dec issue)

Do you have a quiet sanctuary away from it all, somewhere cozy and relaxing?

Have a great day!

Monday, 21 January 2013


Hi everyone, snowing where you are?
We are anticipating more tomorrow...

I'm a lover of all kinds of art, but more of a  shadow artist myself.  I haven't the time to perfect and pursue my own painting ability, but I appreciate the journey in others.  If I could perhaps focus on one thing at a time, I might, but I can't. 

Tali is a very talented artist from Israel, now living in Canada.  I found her on Etsy here and I fell in love with the way she portrays every day life on tiny canvases.  There's something deeply personal about the subjects that she paints.  

Due to her very recent move to Canada, she's out of stock of originals, but promises that she will soon stock up her online shop with more wonderful subjects.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did when I first saw them.

These paintings are executed in a variety of mediums; acrylic, oil pastels, and oil.

Below is an original painting in acrylic:10 x10 

inches or  25x 25cm

Square tiny canvases are approximately 4 X 4 inches (10 X 10 cm)

Rectangle tiny canvases are approximately 5 X 3.5 inches (12.7 X 8.8 cm)

These small lively canvases although

 prints of the original, make superb buys for

 anyone who might not have the funds to 

invest in originals.

Hope you enjoyed the visit!

Until next time!


Saturday, 19 January 2013

Weekend and snow!

Snow changes the landscape and turns the ordinary and mundane into something magical.
We don't often get snow because we're too far down south, but for several years now, on the odd occasion, we do get snow and it's just LOVELY! 
It does wreak havoc with the transport systems and the road though...

So Saturday, snug indoors, pancakes flipping and syrup drizzling...maybe a walk later to dust off those cobwebs.

Candles are flickering, and the roses I put in my little mercury vases have started to bloom

Pics from my walk on Friday afternoon...

Spring seems a very long way off...

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

House Of Ideas giveaway

A quick hello and a shout out for House of Ideas blog here for their giveaway today!

Delicious La Mousson here tea to warm us up whilst we brave the snow, frost and icy weather!
Just the thing for bringing a smile to our lips and warm our tummies.

So what do you think?  Time for tea?

For a chance to win this beautifully presented tea, hop over to HOUSE OF IDEAS BLOG and enter the giveaway!

Now excuse me while I make myself a cup of tea...


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Visual stimulation

Wet Monday, grey Tuesday with the threat of snow down south, meanwhile we light the fires, hunker down and get cozy...

There's only so much you can do with a fireplace, you either use it as a fireplace, fill the grate with wood, pine cones or books.  Yes?

This fireplace is no longer being used and the designer of this space used a mirror to block off the open chimney...I think it's a great way of reflecting light back into the room and it's visually stimulating without being off putting; nobody wants to sit opposite a fireplace and see yourself reflected back (at least most of us don't!)  The mirror placement ensures that it only captures the torso and not the head! Clever!  Also LOVE the animal head mounted on the mirror!

(photo Sharon Jane interiors)

Have a great week!


Saturday, 12 January 2013

Saturday musings

I woke up to rain lashing against the windows, 4 hours later and it's still raining...but that's okay, change of plan, instead of tidying up the garden and cutting back the Lavender bush, I'm sitting here with you!

My kind of images...hope you enjoy

(all images via Pinterest)

Happy weekend, whatever you're doing!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Book Review - Decorate Workshop!

How has your week been so far?
Needing a little boost of inspiration perhaps...

I love books and so I was delighted to receive three books under the Christmas tree!

 I already have the interior book DECORATE,  which was so inspirational and full of beautiful photographs, so when Holly Becker decided to write another book I quickly put this on my Amazon wishlist and pressed send! 

And although I have lots of interior decor books, one can never have enough inspiration! 

Decorate Workshop here  
is very much a 'how to' book and I feel is aimed at a first time decorator someone who doesn't have interior decorating background and might be a little scared to tackle a project without some help.  

Sound like you or someone you know?

 It's a step by step instruction book, and written as a workbook, with pages in each chapter for writing down your own ideas with  prompts from Holly of course!  

There are eight chapters in all, from chapter 1 on Inspiration to Finalising the Scheme in chapter 8.  

  This book would make a lovely gift for someone who is interested in decorating their own home.

Every chapter is written to encourage the reader into thinking creatively about their own space and how they would like to decorate it.  I love the way Holly has put this book together.

I've certainly enjoyed the inspirational photographs and the way Holly has incorporated the working pages in each chapter.

I can think of a few people I could buy this book for. 

Are you curled up somewhere snug and warm with a good book?
Me too!

Have a lovely day!

Thursday, 3 January 2013


Hi everyone! 
Happy Friday!

Thank you for reading, browsing, commenting and following my blog! 

I couldn't resist this!
Storybook Magic via Tumbler

I'm talking staircases today.  To carpet or not to carpet?

Personally I prefer not to carpet, but I have fitted carpets on my stairs.  I'm thinking of tearing it all out and painting it in tough white gloss  to ensure it's hard wearing and resistant to scuffs.  It's easier to clean when those muddy feet trample up the stairs...or perhaps installing a sisal stair runner ...

So how we do decide on whether to carpet or leave it as plain wood?  It all comes down to personal preferences and whether or not you can stand the noise factor.

Do your family take their shoes off when they go upstairs or do they keep them on?
We all live differently.  

If you have a family the size of a rugby team then possibly the noise will deafen you!

Wood is tactile underfoot and easy to clean  whether you have pets, or children, but it can also be a little cold on bare feet in colder climates, but it always looks good.

Does a bare wooden stairwell suit the interior  decor of your home?  Perhaps your interior is more suited to carpeted stairs?

Carpets on the other hand, offer comfort and warmth.  But they are certainly not easier to clean than plain wooden staircases.  They pick up dirt easily and it's not really cost effective to have then steam cleaned every few months.  A few accidental spills and the entire stairwell looks dirty.

A little inspiration on stair carpets versus wooden flooring:

Well suited to a boutique Hotel a la Paris
Hotel du Petit Moulin via Pinterest

A touch of the animal...

Sisal stairwell runner 
For the Home via Pinterest

Eye catching orange
Hall via Pinterest

Beautiful tactile wooden staircase left bare

Black and white, very effective
House to home

An all white staircase in what seems to be an all white home.
I love interiors via Pinterest

A very white space indeed!

The white painted staircase is well suited to the wood paneled walls of this cottage

Beautifully crafted bespoke wooden stairwell
Derek S. via Pinterest

So what do you think?
To carpet or not?
Wooden stairs, painted or natural wood?

I'll have to think about this one.

Until next time!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Hello 2013!

It's a new day, a new year!
 Who knows what adventure lies ahead for each of us?
  The sun is shining,  bright and crisp, it even feels like a new year.  I am looking forward to spring.  My tree has been stripped of its glamour, the baubles carefully put away in their tissue, the floor full of pine needles and the lingering scent of Christmas.

The house is back to normal.  Almost.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!