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AESTHETICALLY MAGICAL – THE STUFF OF LIFE

AESTHETICALLY MAGICAL - THE STUFF OF LIFE

I can’t contain the joy I feel when I turn the pages of The Stuff of Life by Hilary Robertson. You may have noticed that my book reviews are always positive, that’s because I only choose books that I know I can connect with and think you will too. Every now and then one comes […]


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 […]


COLOUR JOY WITH BRIGHT BAZAAR THE BOOK

COLOUR JOY WITH BRIGHT BAZAAR THE BOOK

Colour is your friend – great words to remember! Today I am super excited to share some beautiful pages from the bright, colourful and most definitely fun new book – Bright Bazaar by Will Taylor. As a girl who is mostly fond of a grey and white palette, I do enjoy colour immensely and it […]


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 […]


EASTER INSPIRATION FOR HOME AND GARDEN

EASTER INSPIRATION FOR HOME AND GARDEN

 A little bit of Easter inspired fun today, pastel colours and pretty decorations for Spring parties and outdoor gatherings. Invite your friends over for egg hunts and garden picnics, paint your fingers and toes with sugared almond coloured polish or snuggle up with a bunny cushion. You can find all these lovely things and more […]


OBSESSING OVER WALLPAPER – YET AGAIN!

OBSESSING OVER WALLPAPER - YET AGAIN!

I am totally fine knowing I’ll probably never have wallpapered walls – I simply cannot choose just one. Obsessing over pattern choices has been a regular feature on Lobster and Swan over the years, so today I am just sharing the five amazing wallpaper prints that have been frying my brain over the last few […]


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 […]


VINTAGE TREASURES AT BUTLERS EMPORIUM

VINTAGE TREASURES AT BUTLERS EMPORIUM

A vintage collector with a stylists eye, my dear friend Rose is the owner of Butlers Emporium in Hasting Old Town ( I used to work there), some of you have visited on your travels to East Sussex – (one lovely lady popped in on her travels to Paris from Japan to collect a mirror […]


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 […]


LITTLE LAVENDER SCENTED PILLOWS

LITTLE LAVENDER SCENTED PILLOWS

Morning! Little shop update as I am full of the joys of Spring – my handmade lavender bags are filled with dried Yorkshire blooms and they have a cushion style back so the rose printed muslin sachets inside can be removed and refilled when the scent finally fades x back in a bit!


BRIGHT AND SUNNY SPRING JEWELLERY BOX DIY

BRIGHT AND SUNNY SPRING JEWELLERY BOX DIY

Hello Wednesday people, how are you? We have been enjoying the sunshine here, although it seems to have disappeared for now, so that means I don’t feel guilty about abandoning the garden chores to settle inside at my table and make something pretty. This week I have been repurposing an old cigar box into a […]


DECORATE WITH FLOWERS – BLOG BOOK TOUR

DECORATE WITH FLOWERS - BLOG BOOK TOUR

Hello, and happy Tuesday to you, I am super excited to be sharing these pages and pretty project from blogger/write/stylist Holly Becker of decor8 and designer/stylist Leslie Shewring‘s lovely new book – Decorate with Flowers. I have been very inspired by all the sunshine and good weather just lately and that has sent me on a cut […]


PLACES I WANT TO STAY #1 – MUGA DE BELOSO

PLACES I WANT TO STAY #1 - MUGA DE BELOSO

Muga de Beloso hotel a ‘mountain hugged hotel in Pamplona with spacious minimalist suites, huge windows with views of the Navarre countryside and majestic mountainous setting. Plus there is a tranquil modern spa in the basement – heaven. All images Mr and Mrs Smith.


INTRODUCING EBAY COLLECTIONS

INTRODUCING EBAY COLLECTIONS

Hunting for and selling treasure has become quite a pastime of ours since we moved to a bigger home, and eBay has proved to be the best place to peddle our vintage home wares, source high street brand decor bargains and find that coat I was coveting from Zara last season but didn’t find in […]


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 […]


LIVING LIFE BEAUTIFULLY – CHRISTINA STRUTT

LIVING LIFE BEAUTIFULLY - CHRISTINA STRUTT

Afternoon midweekers! I have a beautiful treat for all lovers of faded florals and washed linen today, these images are from the new and eighth book - Living life Beautifully - by creative director of Cabbages & Roses Christina Strutt. When I saw the images it was tough to cut down from using them all, but I hope […]


DECOR SOURCEBOOK – GUEST BEDROOM

DECOR SOURCEBOOK – GUEST BEDROOM

Hello, how was your weekend? DIY for us, the floor is still up in our office/guest room and progress has been slowed while a damaged joist gets replaced. So I am still looking at options for guest beds. This room will most likely be the prettiest in the house – as most of our house […]


DIY STORE DECORATING WITH HOMEBASE

DIY STORE DECORATING WITH HOMEBASE

I love perusing the aisles of a DIY store looking at things that can update a space on a budget, and easily blend in with our home filled with vintage, thrifted and junk shop finds. While the husband is poking around filler, silicone, saw blades and two by four, I am off looking at lampshades […]


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


A LITTLE ROMANCE WITH IKEA’S LIVET HEMMA

A LITTLE ROMANCE WITH IKEA'S LIVET HEMMA

What could be a better start to Valentine’s day than waking up in restful romantic surroundings? Pale colours, fresh flowers, soft lighting and crumpled linen sheets make for a romantic morning every day of the year. On days when you feel tired and uninspired, try some of these easy changes to shine some beauty around your bedroom. All images […]


I’M THE NEWEST GUEST PINNER OVER AT MADE!

I'M THE NEWEST GUEST PINNER OVER AT MADE!

Back again, just popping in to say I have been furiously guest pinning lots of Mid Century Modern joy with Made.com over here! Above are my favourite picks from their current collection, the Hive light is just to good isn’t it?!


SMALL SPACE CLEVER – HOLLYWOOD CABIN

SMALL SPACE CLEVER - HOLLYWOOD CABIN

Love this super sweet and compact 580 square foot Hollywood home belonging to Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser. Featured back in November over at Dwell, the Hollywood cabin was redesigned with Funn Roberts – photographs by Joe Pugliese. Click over for the full article. x