Autumn mood boardWild winds and heavy rain have sped up this slow starting Autumn of ours, some days of brilliant sunshine have fooled me, but my garden trees are almost bare and the cold is creeping in. We have almost finished our bedroom, but matt varnishing floors and painting skirting are taking up all my time.Autumn mood boardThe camera is gathering dust and the rest of the house looks like a builders yard with tools and paint cans stacked up. I have been pushed for time and feel quite feverish with the long list of work that needs to be done, on the house and online. Today I have gathered a few favourite pictures of Autumns past from my archives, to keep my spirits up. I hope you like them too. I’m hoping to be back with new inspiration soon and my gift guides will be continuing all week xAutumn mood boardAutumn mood boardAutumn mood boardAutumn mood board


Gift Guide 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 Studio, Original Wrist Worms Merino Red – Sandra Juto.

Basic Red Breakfast Cup – Folklore, Mrs Oliver’s High Heel Red Fountain Pen – Plooms, Geometric embroidered pink and red brooch – An Astrid Endeavour.

Brea Throw – Plumo, Red Tarten Tote Bag – Plum & Ashby, Gladys Leather Zip Up Coin Purse  – Mimi Berry.

Christmas Scented Candle Tall & Thin – Melt, Frida Ornament Set – Miko Design,  Vida Vida Dress – Three Floor Fashion.


Man Kind Gift Guide 2013

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 – Rigby & Mac.

Acacia Wood Cup – Thirteen Trees, Antique Leather Key Latch – Peg and Awl, Vegan Tattoo Aftercare Balm – Wild Rose Herbs.

Parcel Twine Trio – Besotted Brand, Stanley Pocket Flask – Toast, Teak Desk Tray – Present and Correct.

Rocky Mountains Lake Fine Art Photography Print – Telegram Images, Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles – Raw Chocolate, Set of 3 Engraved Polar Whiskey Stone Blocks – Polar Stones.


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 these independant shops and galleries, happy Sunday! x

Paper Mâché Bear Head – Abigail Brown, Industrial Clamp Light – Rustic White, Hand Thrown and Painted Tea Pot – Sparrow and Co.

Bamboo Knitted Lambswool Cushion – Gabrielle Vary, Bird Inspired Patterns – Eco Friendly 2014 Calendar – The Paper Bird Society, no 11 amber & moss soy candle – Pommes Frites Candle Co.

Korres Saffron, Amber & Cardamom Eau de Toilette – Bath and Unwind, Farmhouse Robe Knob in English Grey and Walnut – Goodbye 1979,  Gold Star Cloud Mobile – Baby Jives Co.

Misty Morning, Morston By Angela Harding – Bircham Gallery, Mini Cardamom Butter nourishing organic body balm – Marble and Milkweed, Anthe Chevron Crown knitted necklace – Amy Lawrence Designs.


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 on and order now, just to make sure you have everything ready and laid out on a lovely big glitter covered table for a wrapping frenzy in December. With this in mind I am sharing some of my favourite online finds in a series of L&S gift guides this year. I hope you feel inspired and not too angry that my inner elf has started early?! Afterall the real elves have been at it since January! xxx

Featured here – Vintage British Isles Rainfall Map – Magpie Living, Penguin Bath Towels – Cath Kidston, Turquoise Triple Cascade Necklace – Red Lilly.

Liberty Tana Lawn Fabric Blues Collection – Alice Caroline Supply, British Seafood Tea Towel – Emerald Nest, Blue Mountain Jar of joy vintage and new craft supplies – Lobster and Swan.

Blue and White Baubles – Toast, Fox Print Pillowcase – Jigsaw, Rifle Paper Co London print – Papermash.

Blue Stripe “12 things” Mini Book – Cori Kindred, Capri Blue Jar Candle, Aloha – Anthropologie, Black and blue bracelet – Emma Cassi.


Fairy Tree TopperI found this little lady in a junk shop, wearing a ridiculous hat and a threadbare embroidered dress. All pinks and creams with german metal braid, she immediately caught my eye and I snapped her up for £2 knowing she would be the perfect angel to sit on the top of our Christmas tree this year. First things first – off with that hat, made of starched lace I knew it could be recycled into a crown.Fairy Tree TopperI added a layer of lace to her skirt and painted it with tea to age it, cut a pair of wings from a tiny old map of France, then blended my own glitter mix to dust her wings and crown.Fairy Tree TopperThe lace hat was cut down to a more fairy-like height and shape, glittered and glued into place. I also popped a few vintage rhinestones on the front for even more sparkle (couldn’t help myself)!Fairy Tree TopperBelow I also added another layer of lace to tidy up the bottom of her skirt and some gold glitter for her feet (just incase they were visible from atop the tree). In honour of my favourite sparkly shoed heroine I think I’ll call her Dorothy.Fairy Tree TopperNext a wand and even more glitter with a halo of stars. I am so excited to start decorating but for now Dorothy will be kept safe in a box until December – if I can wait that long. xFairy Tree TopperFairy Tree Topper


Candle Making CourseA few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting the author of Junk Genius the lovely Juliette Goggin. It was a sunny Saturday and as we made our way through the twisting lanes out past Battle and into Ashburnham, we were welcomed by a smiling Juliette at her garden gate. Not being able to drive means I usually need a chauffeur for things I want to do off the beaten track, so the lucky husband got to join me on a candle making course (and he loved it)!Candle Making CourseI am crazy for scented candles, a welcoming glow and scent add to the and cosiness of the place and I have been meaning to make my own for ages so when I saw this course was quite local I signed up straight away. Above you see all the different tins and vintage crockery that we were allowed to chose from, tiny rabbit candle – yes please!Candle Making CourseCrazily it turned out that our fellow classmates had travelled over from Pett and Fairlight too, we could have carpooled had we known, this world just gets smaller every day! Next we chose a flavour, unanimously we decided on the fresh clean scent Orange Blossom for our container candles and sweet warming Spiced Apple for our mini pillar candles.Candle Making CourseCandle Making CourseWe then weighed out our wax and got melting, laying down newspaper in preparation for pouring while Juliette kept a watchful eye on the temperature.Candle Making CourseCandle Making CourseOur little jelly moulds made perfect gift sized candles and below the glass dish quickly got claimed as a keeper. The pillar candles above get gently drilled to add a wick once they are set and the dish candles had a wick placed in before.Candle Making CourseWith a little while needed for our candles to set, we had a good tidy up then sat down for a cup of tea and a rather large slice of Juliette’s homemade treacle tart!Candle Making CourseCandle Making CourseWaiting patiently for their wicks!Candle Making CourseThe next course is Christmas Gifts tomorrow! Saturday November 9th. 2-5pm A festive themed event, learn how to make a Christmas scented candle, pretty bath products and a vintage style lavender sachet. But if you have a few friends that want to learn to make lovely scented candles or gorgeous handmade cosmetics Juliette will also arrange private courses just for you, I can’t wait to go back, next time I’m taking my sister with me to learn how to make hand poured soaps, body scrubs and lotions. Thanks so much for a great day Juliette! x


Rubber Flooring BlackDraughty old floors, messy cats who insist on drinking from the sink taps and splashy baths are starting a grout cracking, loose tile nightmare in this house. The ceramic tiles are pretty slippery and chilly under foot too. After seeing all these interesting images over on pinterest, I have gone off on a mission to investigate rubber flooring. We are going for a rustic kitchen (not log cabin rustic but battered and worn rustic) with (dare I say the over used words) – industrial details – and hoping to throw in a utilitarian layer also. Sooo, this type of flooring especially the slate look – below right – could work in there. Rubber FlooringWe are loving working with new materials, discovering things we never thought to use in our old house. I am just mad for all aspects of interior decorating, from putting together an inspiration board to designing and sourcing all the elements for a room, so I’m definitely open to trying something new – especially if it means no more grout! Do you have any rooms with floors like this? You can get some amazing colours if you are feeling bold, of course I am staying safe and sticking with greys, lets not go crazy, I am strangely drawn to the lime green bathroom floor below though!Rubber Flooring ColourI like the sheen and non broken up look of the rubber floor covering in the kitchen above, the tiles in ours at the moment are horrid, they always look dirty and are badly in need of replacing so I won’t feel too bad ripping them up, especially to replace them with something sensible like a rubber or non slip flooring for when I am flooding the kitchen with the washing machine or chasing those naughty cats about!Rubber Flooring Rubber Flooring GreyAs well as the safety and fun sides to rubber, there is the utilitarian minimalist edge which my husband loves. These clean white spaces above are ultra modern and on the left the floor reflects the light around the space and on the right it just adds a layer of texture to a simple room scheme. I have some samples that I ordered arriving soon and can’t wait to compare them, so what do you think?

Rubber and non slip flooring sample images all Every Floor Direct. All other images top - here and here, Middle - here and here, Bottom - here and here.


Winter FairiesI 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 was determined to get myself together this year in time for Christmas) and now all the boxes are filled and decorated. If you catch them in the light, both the cats have a gentle shimmer about them too! Winter FairiesEach Winter fairy and box is different and made using vintage lace, papers, sequins, beads, crystals and a good dash of glitter. My favourite is Florentina because she has the word Hastings in beautiful script on the reverse of her wings. All of these little fairy folk are over in my Etsy shop now waiting to flutter away. Inspired by heirlooms and vintage magic, hopefully to be treasured for years to come. Each one will arrive at their new home hidden in between layers of that sparkly tissue paper, in a hand decorated gift box all tied neatly with a vintage ribbon bow. Winter Fairies AllNow I’m off to make some festive party hats, definitely have the making fever this month, hope to see you tomorrow x


Farrow and Ball Decorating with ColourAfternoon! Another rainy and blustery one here. To cheer us up I have some beautifully calming images from the new Farrow and Ball book Decorating with Colour for you today. As you are well aware I’m sure, I am a huge fan of Farrow and Ball paints, their palette of earthy neutrals, greys and traditional colours cannot be beaten. So when I was asked to be part of the book tour I couldn’t wait to get tucked up with a hot cup of honey and ginger and devour all these new pages of inspiration.Farrow and Ball Decorating with ColourWritten by Ros Byam Shaw with stunning photography by Jan Baldwin the pages are filled with pictures from eighteen different locations and divided into three main chapters headed Classical, Country and Contemporary style. The Country section is my favourite and after a few days immersed in this book, I am finding a new appreciation for taupes (Joa’s White) and – husband stop reading now please – faded pinks (setting plaster). Before I was an out and out grey or brilliant white wall addict but living in this chilly house I think these warmer colours would be a stealthy move towards cosy.Farrow and Ball Decorating with ColourFarrow and Ball Decorating with ColourBlue Ground (above left) makes a wonderful backdrop for the gilt frames and patchwork of rich colours the owners of this house have chosen. I am always moving my rooms around, switching up furniture and accessories, so bold wall colours unless very dark charcoal (still up for debate in our house) are not for me, it will always be the neutrals that get me excited as you can see by the pages I picked out to share.
Farrow and Ball Decorating with ColourThey all may seem similar until you look closely and then you find they are -from the top starting with the second image left – New White a rich cream and on the right – Light Grey has a hint of a pale brown. In the third image Dimity has been used and in that light gives a lovely feeling of warm white, below next to Blue Ground is Pointing – a bright ivory, and above is Elephants Breath a soft grey. Are you colour mad or do you err on the side of caution like me?

So if you are a colour addict or eternal lover of all that is pale and interesting this book has it all, modern, traditional, bold and calm. Farrow and Ball Decorating with Colour by Ros Byam Shaw is published by Ryland Peters Small and is available from

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