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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 […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]


TURQUOISE AND GOLD PAPER AND SOAP

TURQUOISE AND GOLD PAPER AND SOAP

I have shared this shop before, but you may not have caught the posts, and as I just adore everything over in Brittany Campbell’s world – The Homeground, I am sharing the love again. Each of Brittany’s beautiful gemstones is carefully chosen for its colour and patina and I will always treasure the earrings I […]


BED SHOPPING AND CHRISTMAS TREE HUNTING

BED SHOPPING AND CHRISTMAS TREE HUNTING

A few weeks ago we found the perfect bed online and was so upset when I realised it was in the US and not shipping to England. We have been sleeping on our mattress on the floor for a couple of weeks as we are selling our old iron bed frame and have been scouring […]


SPARKLE AND BLUSH WITH LAURA ASHLEY

SPARKLE AND BLUSH WITH LAURA ASHLEY

Back today with more festive decorating ideas, now the winter wonderland for our bedroom is sorted, it’s time for our living room. We have not started proper renovations in here so time for one last Lobster & swan song before we head down the road to rustic-ville, with an explosion of girly pinks and golds. […]


WIN A £100 ETSY GIFT CARD!

WIN A £100 ETSY GIFT CARD!

Hey happy Thursday! Today I have a lovely treat for you, to help launch Etsy Gift Cards in the UK I have been given a £100 Etsy Gift Card to giveaway to one of my readers. Keep reading and enter below and you could win the Gift Card to spend in your favourite Etsy shops. You can […]


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 […]


RUSTIC INTERIOR – DEPERO CLUB

RUSTIC INTERIOR – DEPERO CLUB

For the interior design of the Depero Club in Rieti, Italian designer Tommaso Guerra used almost exclusively salvaged materials, clearly having fun mixing up recycled and repurposed furniture and fittings.The walls are covered with old doors that have been stripped and sanded, then adorned with a mixture of arms from six different antique chandeliers, their […]


MY DAY AT DECOREX INTERNATIONAL 2013

MY DAY AT DECOREX INTERNATIONAL 2013

I spent my morning last wednesday lost in the mind boggling maze of beautiful home decor that is Decorex International. I went thinking I would be wowed by fabrics and wall coverings and home embellishments and I was, but the stands that inspired me most were owned by the lighting companies. Having worked in lighting retail […]


STAYING DRY AND TOASTY THIS AUTUMN WITH JOULES

STAYING DRY AND TOASTY THIS AUTUMN WITH JOULES

So, here I sit writing this post with chilled hands and nose, half under a blanket with a cat under too, curled by my knees purring, Autumn has finally blown in, stripping the apples of our tree and turning our home into an igloo. I have been meaning to buy a weather proof coat ever […]


RUSTIC INTERIOR – BIARRITZ CABIN

RUSTIC INTERIOR – BIARRITZ CABIN

Hello hello lovely people, I am back from an amazing week in Ireland, my beautiful youngest sister got married to her childhood sweetheart and the whole family had a wonderful time. I am fully recovered from all the parties and very relieved to get our homesick tiny tigers back from the cattery. Poor little babies […]


RUSTIC INTERIOR – ERWOOD HOUSE

RUSTIC INTERIOR – ERWOOD HOUSE

Erwood House is a beautiful Grade l listed 16th Century house with an amazing untouched interior, I found this beauty over at Light Locations, it’s full of period features and character with open fires, peeling walls, stone floors, (this one hand painted timber dining wall above and below really made my smile), stuffed with old […]


A PLACE TO KEEP ALL MY DECOR INSPIRATION

A PLACE TO KEEP ALL MY DECOR INSPIRATION

Renovations are in full swing now, and as I am constantly looking for finishing touches to add to our decor, even though the floors are still up! So I thought I would keep my shopping and interior decor posts all together in their own category (in the top bar under Decor Sourcebook) so I can […]


RUSTIC INTERIOR – MUXTON CHAPEL

RUSTIC INTERIOR - MUXTON CHAPEL

This weeks rustic interior is a gem featured on The Interior Archive. Muxton Chapel, once a working church is now a cosy retreat ‘amongst the trees of one of England’s finest arboretums at Walcot Hall in Shropshire’. Clad in cooling pale blue corrugated-iron on the outside, inside is as cosy as home from Brambly Hedge. […]


SEPTEMBER – THE FIRST TASTE OF AUTUMN

SEPTEMBER - THE FIRST TASTE OF AUTUMN

Cosy colours and light layers mixed with thick sweaters, satin dresses with checked over coats. Collecting favourite comfort recipes and noting them down. Gathering logs together to keep the winter fire burning. Trying out a new homemade beauty regime to save Autumn skin. Making the most of chillier and rainy days indoors with my four […]


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 […]


SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN

SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN

Just cooing over all the lovely whites recently captured by photographer Simon Eldon. Shot for issues of Heart Home Magazine, these interiors are so light, bright and fresh. Just right for keeping spirits up over what’s expected to be a wet weekend.All images Simon Eldon.


DECOR SOURCEBOOK – JOHN LEWIS RUGS

DECOR SOURCEBOOK - JOHN LEWIS RUGS

With my darling kitty’s racing about the place indoors and out, the husband digging up the garden metre by metre, and me throwing glitter and fabric everywhere most days, thoughts of cream carpets like we had in our old place are far from realistic, and with the discovery of pretty decent floorboards underneath the laminate […]


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


FREEDOM FEATHERS, GLITTER AND NEONS

FREEDOM FEATHERS, GLITTER AND NEONS

Afternoon! x you may have spotted some of these in that last issue of Simple Things Magazine? Not one to ever pass up the opportunity to expand my beautiful notebook collection, I had to get one of these beauties by designer Nikki Strange. With the tagline ‘Imaginative & ethereal textile printed accessories for day dreamers […]


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 […]


CREATIVE ART COURSE WITH SOFIA BARAO

CREATIVE ART COURSE WITH SOFIA BARAO

Just wanted to share with you today, this free online course that my dear friend and artist Sofia Barao is hosting. Starting on August the 1st you’ll be creating intuitive art for 22 days, it promises to be an explorational journey that Sofia hopes will connect you to your inner-self, read more about it here. Things you […]