I have never thought I wanted or needed a sugar bowl but the perfect pattern and bright colours on this one by Bloomingville are persuading me otherwise.
At this rate, I might even start taking sugar in my tea.
//Photograph via John Lewis
I can only apologise for my recent lack of blogging; if you had wanted to read about nursery schools and farm visits then I could have obliged.
I have however been on a new project surge at my house: moving furniture around, buying cushions and getting some quotes for jobs. Mr Paint chart joy has even got out his paint brush again!
Here’s a bit of my new look front room with its lovely new cushion from John Lewis. As you can see, I still need to finish off where the new fireplace has been fitted. Oh and I should probably have tidied up the children’s books before I took this photo but I’m keeping it real.
My storage reorganisation has left a lot more space in my open plan room for toy storage. After experimenting with buying a fancy new cabinet, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend lots of money on something that was going to be banged about all day. So here’s my new Ebay cupboard which cost a whole fifteen pounds that I can’t wait to paint in Dulux’s Spring Breeze 3.
Sorry – this is one for people in the South East of the UK – but I think it is worth finding and using your local shops and so I’m going to plug mine!
I first heard about the Old Flight House Antiques Centre when it was nominated for a Muddy Stilettos award last year, and thought it sounded good enough to make the hour’s journey. The vast and varied selection of antiques, vintage items and other interior accessories was impressive and made the trip well worth it.
It had the feel of wandering through your grandma’s (very spacious) loft; packed full of items with a past in need of an editor. I particularly enjoyed some great value finds – such as a vibrant Mexican throw (currently in my bedroom) and some large glass storage jars (still there when I left).
I would definitely recommend it for a browse and a coffee or as somewhere to source a specific item of furniture or accessories.
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Turning the pages of interiors magazines, it is very easy to think that your house would be more beautiful or calming or cool (or whatever it is that floats your boat) if you just had that thing just there. As we all know that’s not really the case, I thought I might try to bring a fleck of the makeover magic to my house with no cost and a little effort.
For my first attempt, I thought I’d be brave and tackle my kitchen. I don’t really like the kitchen – it was put in by the previous owners – but it’s not bad enough to change. So I wondered if a bit of changing things round would make me enjoy it more.
The result is cheap and cheerful, I think. I love my random selection of storage jars and have dug out a few old treasures from the cupboards to enjoy again.
N.B. As I sat down to write this, the builders next door put up a higher fence in our garden prompting me to send a text to my husband suggesting we may want to get on rightmove. Contentment is harder than it looks.
//Photograph via The Kitchen Garden School
I have just got back from visiting a friend who lives just next to the primary school I went to, right on the edge of what I would call ‘proper’ countryside. The smell (it’s opposite a farm; you can imagine) took me back to days spent crouching down next to mushrooms and pulling the seed heads from grasses. The town I live in is practical, I miss the city I worked in but the countryside I grew up in is a part of who I am.
There are many devoted fans of country style but I am not one of them. All those pale interiors and hearts can feel a bit too sentimental for my liking and aren’t really very practical when faced with all that nature.
Two of my concessions to country style are simple enamelware and freshly picked flowers in a jug (I think my choice would be a bit more rustic than the one pictured). Simple, practical and beautiful.
//Photograph by Sam Stowell via Falcon Enamelware
Being a stay-at-home mum makes my home pretty much my life. I sleep here. I play (a lot!) here. I work here. I eat here. Sure I get to take short trips for nursery drop offs, the zoo and to meet up with other people. Very occasionally, I get an evening away. But my home is where I’m at.
Sometimes I fantasise about an office just for a change of scenery (even though I’m well aware of the visual monotony sitting at a desk all day can bring). The only way forward seems to try to carve out a space in my home where I can work. A place that when I sit there, I have permission to follow through a thought process from start to finish.
For me, the ingredients for an easy and inspiring work place have got to be:
//Photograph via Hus & Hem
//Photograph via Inkstomp at Etsy
I haven’t yet put my version of this print up, but it’s perfect for today. Happy new year.
We’ll be heading down to our local Christmas tree farm as usual to get our tree this year. However, I’m considering little trees for the children’s rooms too – so they can display their decorations and I can display mine! If you’re looking for an alternative tree, here are the best I’ve found so far.
//Photograph via John Lewis
This is my favourite tree in the shops; it’s not pretending to be anything it’s not. And you can’t fault the reviews.
We need a lot of plants for our garden, so buying two small evergreens for the kids to decorate at Christmas that we can then plant out afterwards feels like we’ll be getting the most out of them!
//Photograph via All Things Brighton Beautiful
There are quite a few of these available but this simple snowflake one just edges it for me.
//Photograph via Louise Rastall
Don’t want to have to use the credit card to buy a wall sticker and then get it out again to help try and peel it from the wall afterwards? Why not get creative with sticky notes or any bits of paper you have to hand?
//Photograph via Hold fast to dreams
I rescued a fallen branch from the side of the road a couple of weeks ago and can’t wait to pot it and cover it in fairy lights and hanging advent calendars…
My little boy has had the raw end of the decorating and room choice deal with cast-offs, a tired laminate floor and a sloped ceiling. On a recent shopping trip he fell in love with this lovely (and very discounted) Yukari Sweeney draft excluder and it now has pride of place in his cot!
I love the charming design and mid-century palette and think we could use this cushion as the inspiration for his room. It will probably take a few months, but I’m beginning to get a little bit excited already…