home life

MAN V WIFE – A JOHN LEWIS LIVING ROOM

MAN V WIFE - A JOHN LEWIS LIVING ROOM

The paint is dry and only the shelves need to go up in the home office now, then it will be reveal time! So once my hand is fixed we will get out the tools again and make a start on our living room. After finding a copy of the John Lewis brochure in with […]


WHAT’S IN YOUR BATHROOM CUPBOARDS?

WHAT'S IN YOUR BATHROOM CUPBOARDS?

Hello, Wednesday people! With my bathroom makeover still bottom of the to do list – I get my kicks by watching Kimberly’s renovation with anticipation and indulging with my favourite beauty products. Today I thought I would share some of the lovely things I can’t live without in my bathroom. These are all products I have […]


WEEKEND PURSUITS AND RECENT DAYS

WEEKEND PURSUITS AND RECENT DAYS

Just lately our days have been so filled, I rarely sit still long enough to recount them, so I thought I would post some of the things I have been up to and places we have visited. A candlelit blues night with amazing food and even better company, that one of my oldest friends puts […]


SPRING HOME MAKEOVER WITH LAURA ASHLEY

SPRING HOME MAKEOVER WITH LAURA ASHLEY

Happy Friday to you, the weekend is almost upon us and I have been enjoying our home and garden under rays of glorious sunshine these past few days. With some favourite items from the new Laura Ashley Spring collection, I have filled my home and garden with fresh florals and created a shaded reading spot under […]


A WHITE ROOM WITH A WATERCOLOUR SPLASH

A WHITE ROOM WITH A WATERCOLOUR SPLASH

I hope you liked Tuesdays book? Today I return with a little bedroom update. Happy with our plain and crumpled linen bedding, it wasn’t until I slipped in between the luxurious layers of cotton sateen that I realised that sleep could be even better. The nice peeps at Christy asked me to try out one […]


HEAVENLY SCENTS FOR HOME BODY AND SOUL

HEAVENLY SCENTS FOR HOME BODY AND SOUL

If you love a beautifully scented home and prefer natural products then you’ll wanna keep reading, working from home most days means I have to find a balance between work, play, renovations and chores, and being out here in the sticks I find it easy to be here for a several days at a time […]


A LOBSTER & SWAN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

 A LOBSTER & SWAN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Hello to you, it seems it’s Monday again and so soon. Yesterday marked a special day for me and L&S as it was my 7th blogging birthday! I usually completely bypass this event – not intentionally – maybe just one of the hazards of being an Aquarius – but as I am partial to the […]


HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

Some vintage Lobster and Swan images for you today, from some of my old posts. The £5 turquoise chair is still a treasured item! Hope you are having fun whatever you are up to on the day of Love x


RECORD THE DAY 20-21-22/01/2014

RECORD THE DAY 20-21-22/01/2014

KEEPING A DIARY OR WRITING A JOURNAL?

KEEPING A DIARY OR WRITING A JOURNAL?

You might have seen that I have started my Record the Day posts again, I like to keep a creative reminder of my days this way, and for organisation I try to write daily lists in my diary for all the things I need to get done in a day. An attempt to stop my […]


RAINY DAY CRAFTING – LIBERTY FABRIC MOBILE

RAINY DAY CRAFTING - LIBERTY FABRIC MOBILE

Don’t worry I haven’t gone completely mid century modern and forgotten my fascination with florals and all things pretty. While the grey clouds gathered outside my windows today, I had a rummage through my bowl of Liberty fabric to find some pieces that would be the right size to make colourful rain drops. I have […]


ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM GREAT BRITAIN

ETSY PAGES - FOUR FROM GREAT BRITAIN

My Lobster and Swan curated Etsy pages are now up and I am having much fun finding beautiful handmade things to share with you. Each midweek I will feature four items picked from a different set and share them here. Today’s lovelies are clockwise from top left - Spring Songbird Button Pin - Lily Moon, Set of four […]


A QUIET AND TRANQUIL BEDROOM PART 2

A QUIET AND TRANQUIL BEDROOM PART 2

Hello and welcome on this sunny Tuesday, following on from yesterday, I am sharing a few more details and happy things from our newly decorated bedroom. We decide to keep only the essential and the beautiful in our sleeping space in this house. In our old apartment we had wardrobes and a dressing table and […]


A QUIET AND TRANQUIL BEDROOM PART 1

A QUIET AND TRANQUIL BEDROOM PART 1

A long time in the making and oh so close to being finished – the bedroom – although in our home nothing is ever really ‘done’ as I am constantly moving things around, adding and taking away. The challenge over the last couple of months has been our hunt for perfect bedside tables.It took us an […]


ANNIE SLOAN WORKSHOP WITH RIGBY AND MAC

ANNIE SLOAN WORKSHOP WITH RIGBY AND MAC

It’s a rainy Saturday and I am sitting in Volcano coffee works with my husband the lovely Lucy from Rigby and Mac, likeminded creative folk and a table covered in Annie Sloan chalk paints. Since I read the book Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture I have been wanting to try out these paints but din’t know where to […]


A BIT OF RISQUE 1940′S BOUDOIR MAGIC

A BIT OF RISQUE 1940'S BOUDOIR MAGIC

Currently obsessing over these images of David Wright’s Risque 1940s pin-up ’Lovelies’ that make up a new collection of blinds, wallpaper or murals from Creatively Different Blinds, a little bit naughty but very nice and perfect for a dressing or bath room, I love the muted colours, ‘hair do’s’ and sheer fabrics. Back in the day, these pictures would have adorned […]


91 MAGAZINE CRAFT SPECIAL ONLINE NOW

91 MAGAZINE CRAFT SPECIAL ONLINE NOW

The special craft issue of 91 magazine is out today! Pages filled with creative projects to get you inspired, beautiful homes, makers interviews and a little seed box DIY by me on page 58, hope you like it. Put your feet up with a cuppa or sneak into the stationery cupboard and take a break!


JANUARY HIGHS

JANUARY HIGHS

Hello and happy 2014 to you! Sorry for just disappearing, but the festive season just carried me off and I am only just getting back to normal. I hope you had a lovely time with family and friends. My mornings have been spent enjoying sitting cross legged on the carpet looking out through the french doors […]


DECOR SOURCEBOOK – L&S DRESSING ROOM

DECOR SOURCEBOOK - L&S DRESSING ROOM

We nearly have a walk in wardrobe! The walls are being painted tonight and I think that both our ideas have been married together successfully -The brief was 1930′s utility style vintage, worn, rustic, manly and a tiny bit pretty in a subtle way. With tons of storage and lots of hanging space. The metal […]


BLOGGING WHEREVER I GO WITH ACER!

BLOGGING WHEREVER I GO WITH ACER!

Do you use a tablet? Being a complete technophobe, I am pleased that I decided to say yes when I was asked to try out the Acer Iconia a1. Although I am an avid Apple fan, an ipad is just too extravagant for me and for a lot of people. My MacBook Pro is a few […]


WINTER TRAVELS WITH SPLENDOUR AND ROUGE

WINTER TRAVELS WITH SPLENDOUR AND ROUGE

If you have the travel bug but haven’t had the time to get away, I have a great place for visual stories from europe and the world over. Fellow magazine addict, Sarah of Splendour and Rouge has a passion for all things creative and is inspired by traveling. These views below are just breathtaking, so […]


GIFT GUIDE 2013 – PICTURES AND WORDS

Hello, I hope you had a festive but calm weekend, they seem to be getting more crazed for some as the days of December slip away. We are managing to stay grounded and our tree was chosen and decorated while the mulled wined stayed warm on the hob, I am loving the reflection of the […]


DECOR SOURCEBOOK – KITCHEN STORIES

Our bed arrives today so the bedroom is oh so close to being finished, and with floors up in the other two rooms and decorating underway, I am starting to refine our plans for the main living space, we hope to have some free standing elements but still need to decide on the type of […]


TINY GLASS AND GLITTER WORLDS FOR THE TREE

TINY GLASS AND GLITTER WORLDS FOR THE TREE

Old photographs I have been collecting for years have found new homes, inside these tiny glitter and twig decorated glass worlds. I have been meaning to make something like this for so long and this year I have been lucky enough to find time to get a few creative projects finished. I love imagining stories […]