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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 […]


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 […]


ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM BATHING BEAUTY

ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM BATHING BEAUTY

As our bathroom is the last room on the renovation list I am always looking for lovely bath time products to take my mind off the 90′s peach marbled tiles and claustrophobic shower cubicle that reside in there for now. These lovelies can all be found on my curated Etsy Page Bathing Beauty. Clockwise from top […]


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 […]


THE HOUSE GARDENER – BLOG BOOK TOUR

THE HOUSE GARDENER - BLOG BOOK TOUR

Hello and happy midweek, I am back with images from a lovely new book for you. We have been garden owners for one whole year on the 5th of April. With a bit more outdoor space than were aiming for - The Balcony Gardener – Isabelle Palmer has been a great inspiration as we’ve tackled balcony sized areas […]


NEW ON MY WALLS GIRL AND PARROT

NEW ON MY WALLS GIRL AND PARROT

Be A Good Girl and The Smallest Oceans by Danielle of Girl and Parrot. New prints I have bought for my studio. Love the brush marks and the pretty colours in the darkness. Now we are off on a road trip for some more finishing touches for the room that I will share with you soon! Have […]


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 […]


WEALDEN TIMES MIDSUMMER FAIR GIVEAWAY

WEALDEN TIMES MIDSUMMER FAIR GIVEAWAY

A little weekend treat for you today, the sweet peeps over at Wealden Times have given me two sets of tickets to their lovely Midsummer Fair to give away. Set in the beautiful Hole Park Estate, I will be there too, soaking up the sun, the atmosphere, watching the bunting in the breeze and cramming scones piled […]


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 […]


ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM PARADISE FOUND

ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM PARADISE FOUND

This weeks jungle fun filled items are from my Paradise Found Etsy page. Head turning decor and wardrobe additions x Clockwise from top left –  Tiger Giclée Print - Hello Jenuine, Floral High Waisted Panties – (from maybe the coolest name ever?) Egretta Garzetta, 1894 Antique Parrots Print – Lyra Nebula Prints and 1950s Hawaiian Tropical Cotton Sundress – Female Hysteria.


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 […]


ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM NATURAL HOME

ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM NATURAL HOME

This weeks four lovely Etsy things are perfect for a simple and calm interior, all from my curated Natural Home page. Clockwise from top left - Alphabet of Endangered Species in the British Isles – Present and Correct, Stonewashed Linen Coverlet / Bedspread in Natural Flax – Knock Knock Linen, Feather stick cat toy – The 9 Life and End […]


WHAT’S ON YOUR SIDEBOARD?

WHAT'S ON YOUR SIDEBOARD?

A little sideboard fun with Mrs Eliot books this morning. I love rediscovering treasure from when I started blogging so long ago, being online so much, with so many things to inspire and pull you in different directions, I have mislaid many links and pages that I enjoy, so it was a real treat when […]


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 […]


ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM COLOUR JOY

ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM COLOUR JOY

This weeks happy and colourful four from Etsy are all from my Colour Joy page. Bright things to cheer your days – for necks, walls and crafting x Clockwise from top left - Wood and Brass Geometric Leather Necklace – Boo and Boo Factory, Liberty Fabric Pink and Turquoise Selection – Alice Caroline Supply, Cat Temporary Tattoo: […]


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 […]


VINTAGE FEET – CAPSULE WARDROBE BASICS

VINTAGE FEET – CAPSULE WARDROBE BASICS

For a long time now I have been wearing the same shoes, I had a purge when we built our walk in wardrobe and am left with my battered old boots – worn everyday – a pair of Toms, I am yet to wear in – who knew canvas could be so blister inducing – […]


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 […]


HANDMADE VINTAGE VALENTINE ART BOXES

HANDMADE VINTAGE VALENTINE ART BOXES

Hello! Happy Saturday to you, I am just about to embark on steaming a wood chip ceiling and ripping up a cheap laminate floor! But before that I just wanted to share a little shop update. Some of my handmade vintage wooden matchbox Valentines are listed and ready to be posted to romantics all over […]