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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 […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]


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 […]


THINGS TO TRY AND DIY’S – FEBRUARY EDITION

THINGS TO TRY AND DIY’S – FEBRUARY EDITION

Wet windy and worse than ever, there is a moat around our house, but we haven’t slid into the sea yet and the roof is still attached. As you can imagine – with all this grey, gloom and giant puddles I’ve not much felt like leaving the cabin, instead I have been seeking out more […]


ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM PRECIOUS METALS

ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM PRECIOUS METALS

A day late but that’s just how my week is going! Lots of exciting things happening with the Lobster and the Swan, but that’s all for other posts. Today I am here with yesterday’s fantastic four from my Etsy pages. Todays twinkles are from my page Precious Metals. Large Gold Paper Bowl – Up in […]


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 […]


GIFT GUIDE 2013 GOLD LEAF

GIFT GUIDE 2013 GOLD LEAF

Now for some Friday shimmer, it was only a matter of time before the full on sparkle and glitter happened, so here are my favourite independent boutique and high street finds with extra twinkle x Large Tissue Paper Pom Pom – Pipii, Georgette Trim Sequin Dress – Jigsaw, Glass Baubles – Toast. Glass Gold Pear […]


GIFT GUIDE 2013 SUGARED ALMOND

GIFT GUIDE 2013 SUGARED ALMOND

All the colours of a jar of Sugared Almonds with added lace, fur, sparkle and pastels. Delicate gifts for dainty girls. Lavender Tassel Trace Cushion – Anthropologie, trEATs by April Carter – Hardie Grant Books, Pip Studio Khaki Jug – Simply Chic. Small Cone Light – Let it Reign, Pair of Shabby Chic Dining Chairs – Mia […]


GIFT GUIDE 2013 HOLLY BERRY

GIFT GUIDE 2013 HOLLY BERRY

    Holly berry bright reds are cheering my cheeks in todays gift guide. Any Hastings locals will love to know that Butlers Emporium in George Street are selling a selection of these most delicious Melt candles in different scents while stocks last xxx Pickle Jar Lamp – Rose & Grey, The Go-Getter Art Print – Janet Hill […]


GIFT GUIDE 2013 MAN KIND

GIFT GUIDE 2013 MAN KIND

I hope you had a lovely weekend? Yesterday was a little crazed around here, but I did have time to put together this little collection of lovely things for the man or lady whisky drinker in your life x Dockwood by Jon McNaught – Nobrow, New York | JFK T-Shirt – Pilot & Capt, Bicycle Clips […]


GIFT GUIDE 2013 COASTAL COSINESS

GIFT GUIDE 2013 COASTAL COSINESS

  Some peaceful relaxing colours in today’s gift guide, sea air, weathered wood, soothing scents and  lovely big pot for tea. I do love the combination of ochre and grey and had real fun curating this collection, I hope you enjoy the inspiration and follow the lovely links to see what else is available from […]


GIFT GUIDE 2013 WINTER BLUES

GIFT GUIDE 2013 WINTER BLUES

  I do love a festive trip to the high street, roasted nuts, mulled wine, twinkling lights and all the bustle, but way later in December, so if you have your eye on something online (especially if it is a vintage one off or handmade to order) it is best to get your ice skates […]


AN ICY COLD WIND AND WINTER FAIRIES

AN ICY COLD WIND AND WINTER FAIRIES

I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend? It’s already over a week since I last posted about these little peeps! An icy cold wind has been slowly gathering pace outside today, so I have stayed safely indoors adding the finishing touches to their boxes. The long awaited glittering tissue paper finally arrived last week (I […]


SIX THINGS – LOAF

SIX THINGS - LOAF

Creating interiors with a lazy Sunday afternoon feel is key for calm living these days, when you get in from a blustery day of travelling to and from a hectic office or after standing on your feet all day, you want to walk in to a home that hugs you. With a little watered down […]


BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIONS – INSPIRED INTERIORS

BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIONS - INSPIRED INTERIORS

Beautiful collections and inspired interiors in the latest pages of the lovely 91 Magazine. A little brightness in your life as these October days are already darker and drawing in sooner – All images 91 Magazine x


MISSING THE SEASONS ON MY MANTLE

MISSING THE SEASONS ON MY MANTLE

Hey! How was your weekend? Our new windows are in and the place is beginning to look a lot brighter now, although my mind is racing ahead and can visualise the end result, time and money decide how fast things can happen so we take every day as it comes. Living here is so much […]


SAY HELLO TO SIMPLY CHIC

SAY HELLO TO SIMPLY CHIC

Happy Saturday to you, introducing my newest sponsor Simply Chic today, a sweet little online boutique selling all the pretty things you see here and more. Party and celebration decor, gifts for wedding guests and of course yourself! All the things that can be combined to make a pretty cosy home and a good measure […]


BLACK WHITE OR GREY – PALE OR DARK!

BLACK WHITE OR GREY - PALE OR DARK!

I thought I had it all sorted, but the back and forth has been going on since this post from October last year before we had even looked at a new house, and I’m still freaking out! I painted all my Farrow and Ball and Little Greene testers on the wall the other day, and […]


SNUGGLE DOWN TOWARDS SEPTEMBER

SNUGGLE DOWN TOWARDS SEPTEMBER

I’m just going to say it out loud, so cover your eyes and ears if you aren’t ready! Although the sun is still shining, the evenings are getting just chilly enough to want to pull a blanket over your knees or around your shoulders as the sun goes down. Having a garden has made me all […]


SUPER CUTE WEEKEND GIVEAWAY WITH CASETAGRAM

SUPER CUTE WEEKEND GIVEAWAY WITH CASETAGRAM

Remember these designs from a while ago? well, I finally got around to choosing one, and my pretty Casetagram case arrived last week. My old rubber one with perished corners and grubby sides has been peeled off and earned itself a one way ticket to the bin.So now I’m all snazzy with my sweetheart Marlo, […]


DAY FOUR – LOVE

DAY FOUR – LOVE

Day four of #augustbreak2013 The naughtiest loves in my life – Wallis and Marlo, my tiny tiger girls. Covering my world in fur and causing mayhem, but melting my heart every minute of every day x


AUGUST BLOG BREAK WITH SUSANNAH CONWAY

AUGUST BLOG BREAK WITH SUSANNAH CONWAY

Home made granola with natural yoghurt and English strawberries – the beginning of the end of my thighs. It’s just too good, here is the recipe link from my earlier post today, I just added my own toasted sesame seeds and coconut x   This is my first post for – The August break 2013 […]