Monday, 29 April 2013

A Sunny spot

Happy Monday everyone!
 Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Sunshine came to grace our shores but the wind was still chilly. 
My favourite time of day is early morning when everyone else is still sleeping or enjoying a lie in after a hectic week.  The roads are quiet, and the promenade peaceful and empty. A brisk walk along a pebbled beach and a lunch with loved ones is a great way to end a busy week.

My mind is on warmer weather, BBQs, picnics, sunning in the garden, lazy days spent lounging at the beach and bike rides in warm wind.  However small your garden, they can be transformed by the power of plants, seating, cushions and even rugs.  Dare to take your dining table outside and have lunch under the sun.  

A tiny balcony garden

bright and bold

a cosy corner

plenty of shade and lush foliage

Have a great week!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Flowers everywhere

We woke up to a thick mist and fog horns blaring in the distance and I'm making excuses not to go for a cycle.  I've yet to take my first ride this Spring, blaming the weather for my reluctance.

So today I'm indoors and I can't wait to share my latest buy with you all.  

Some people love them, others would be mortified to use them in their home.  I LOVE them and always have, especially when they are superior quality!
Remember this pic?  
I bought it online from Abigail Ahern Interiors   here  Such stunning faux flowers are hard to come across, called the Chanel of Faux Flowers you cannot go wrong with any of her amazing flowers (and no I did not get sponsored to say that!)  For years I've been a friend of faux blooms, but never before have they looked quite so real as they do now. These blooms are in a completely different class to those I've come across in the past and don't you just love the vase?

(my iphone pics so please forgive the quality)

So what do you think?
Have you changed your mind about Faux blooms?
I bet you have!

Have a lovely day!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Dark versus light

I'm so happy the sun is finally shining and it's getting warmer, which means bicycle weather for me and beach rides yay!

For a while now I've been inspired by dark interiors, but I'm equally drawn to the vibrant colours in Jonathan Adler's interiors.  In the 1990s I painted a very large lounge in mediterranean blue, which was quite a dark blue grey, on the swatches it looked really good but on the walls the corners of the room disappeared and it made me feel really  depressed, and I felt the colour oppressive almost, so within weeks I painted it all out, a beautiful (at the time!) buttery yellow and instantly I felt uplifted and happy.  I realised then that the colours I live with affect me in a BIG way.  For years I didn't go near dark colours, because I knew it would make me feel down.  In 2011 I painted my hallway the equivalent of F&B railings, and I instantly loved it! (It might also be that most people do not live in hallways!)   So now I'm ready to take the plunge in another room...but that the moment, the tin of paint remains unopened...

I've been dreaming of interiors like these...

Does colour influence your mood, could you live in a dark home or do you prefer light and airy?

Hoping your week is a great one!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Are they for real?

Hi everyone, did you have a good weekend?
What happened to our sunshine the weatherman promised us?

Flowers are an instant pick me up in my books, they lighten and brighten a room and bring a little bit of spring inside, even though it's dull grey and wet outside!

This week I went to Ikea for a walkabout.   I was on my own and had time to spend wandering around.   Now Ikea's faux flowers are not what you would call amazing faux...quite the opposite in fact but sometimes in among some really bad imitations, you come across something that looks like it was growing in a garden a few minutes before...I found some really good looking chrysanthemums which were just the right shade of red and orange and as I bunched them together I knew they would make a great little posy after I had cut them down to size.  There is nothing more beautiful than fresh scented flowers, but these looked too good to leave, so they came home with me and the best thing is they will last longer than a week!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013


How was your weekend?
The sun came out which was beautiful!
It was hubby's birthday on Saturday so we  went out for breakfast with the family in a small village and then a walk in Bere Forest.  It's so wonderful to be with nature, we all love a good walk.  

Spring is definitely on hold, usually the forest is lush and green.

We came back refreshed, slightly hungry and ready for Nigella's Cappucino Pavlova, my first attempt, but we all loved it and preferred it to my usual pavlova I make (must be the expresso in it!), it's really chewy and tastes of coffee, I topped it with sweetened creme fraiche and cocoa powder.

Remember this chair?  Covers were original and hadn't been recovered in around 30 years?

New velvet cushions pads, bottom one is foam, the backrest is feathers.  

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Have a great week!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Just for you

Hi everyone, today's post is all about the romantic cottage style.

I have a blog friend who literally built her own cottage from the floorboards up, alongside her devoted husband, so this post is for her.

We might not buy the same lampshades or cushion covers, but we have one thing in common - we both love decorating!

In my mind, romantic cottage style conjours up images of pretty lace, pink roses, dreamy soft ice cream colours and well worn shabby chic furniture in shades of pale grey to white.   The palette is calm, nothing jumps out at you and there is a sense of calmness all around.  Floorboards are painted white or grey, scattered with faded rose patterned rugs.  The lighting is dimmed, and the shades are fringed and chandeliers twinkle in the early evening sunlight.  A well worn arm chair sits in the corner, made plump with homemade feather cushions in fabric from cabbages and roses...

so, take a tour with me as I share my favourite romantic cottage images.


via Pinterest




( last two images from Rachael Ashwell's book -  Shabby Chic Inspirations and beautiful spaces)

So if you want to embrace romantic cottage style, scour the antique stores for candlesticks, ornate lampbases and old fashioned shades, pretty tea cups and saucers, antique lace, faded floral rugs and lots of white linen.  Ebay is another good source of vintage and antique fabric, pretty feather filled eiderdowns as well as lamps which are just waiting to be whitewashed.

Hope you enjoyed the tour, as usual, I couldn't help but add in a little colour!