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SIMPLE PLEASURES – RHODODENDRON CUTTING

simple flowersBack out in the front yard, lopping off boughs and digging up unwanted shrubs, this little rhododendron snippet looked too pretty to drop in the garden waste, so I popped it in this old pottery vase to survive another day. The only place I like the colours mauve, purple or lilac is in or from the garden. I should really get back out there today, we have sun but the wind is raging. Feeling the need to stretch my legs and arms, (check me out, and wow my roots need dying!) after the super savage workout I did with my trainer yesterday. Maybe a brave a walk to the farm shop to get something nice for lunch is in order?garden flower stylingpottery vase

WEEKEND READING – A PLACE CALLED HOME

A Place Called HomeWho wants to embrace joyful relaxed living and cheerful surroundings? I bring you – A Place Called Home by Mr Jason Grant. A bright colourful new book filled with ideas for your home and garden. Jason shares his simple but valuable tips for creating relaxed fresh spaces, for a realistic un-fussy way of modern stylish living.

This book really lifted my spirits – a real happy book, with short paragraphs, bold typed thoughts and pointers, and pages filled with stunning inspirational photos of the homes Jason has styled. My favourite section is ‘clever tricks and finishing touches’ it includes simple ideas that give your home a little extra depth and show you how easy it can be to make small changes around your home that will give your decor a lift and pull everything together.

‘I don’t believe we need to create ‘perfect’ homes. Instead, I think it’s about creating a space that says something about who you are and your style of living’. Jason Grant.

A Place Called Home by Mr Jason Grant is published by Hardie Grant at £25.00 and is available now from www.hardiegrant.co.uk

STYLING THREE WAYS – MINI MILK BOTTLES #2

Mini Bottles Iced CoffeeHey happy weekend to you! Here is my second post with styling ideas for these sweet Mini Glass Milk bottles for DotcomGiftShop. Todays idea saw us share a well earned iced coffee as a reward for a two hour gardening session, and that was just mowing and raking! I am thinking a hired gardener may be needed to keep the rest of it under control. (more…)

THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S SUNNY!

Printic Photo App

Living in craft rubble and a garden that has been dug up all over the place does’t make for very good blog content! But luckily lately I have been asked to try lots of things, so I can share some of those with you this afternoon, (more later). I am not one to have that many apps on my iPhone but when the sweet Cécile invited me to try Printic, (knowing how much you guys like pictures and sharing) I thought it might be something you’d like! I chose a recent pic from a fun night out and to spread a little joy, sent it to everyone in the photo.

Once you have the app, you choose pictures from your iPhone picture albums, Instagram or Facebook, crop them, add messages, select your recipients and then send them off to let your favourite people know you are thinking about them. Your loved ones will receive their vintage-themed pictures (like polaroids) in the mail within 3 days in Europe and North America! All prints are 3″x4″ $0.99 / 0.79€ each, and there is no fee for postage.

I love how you can add the address’s of your friends, so the cute Paris marked envelope arrives in their mailbox as a complete surprise, (I did not have my address book handy so sent them separately myself).

Wishing You Happy Mail days! x

STYLING THREE WAYS-MINI MILK BOTTLES

Mini Milk Bottles Mini Milk Bottles I have spent the last few lovely days away from my laptop and with my mum and sister, and today all alone at home once more, I am having fun styling these super cute Mini Milk bottles in a crate for DotcomGiftShop. (more…)

BEST OF ETSY-JUNE ROUND UP

Best of Etsy May

Found some lovely shops and things on Etsy lately, here are the ones that make my heart sing!

1-Grey cat with embroidered face-Eszter Dobó.
2-Linen Tote-Linea Carta.
3-Embroidered beaded edge oval necklace-By Lina Studio.
4-Dog art print poster-Aardvark On Sea.
5-Espresso pour quatre/ Espresso for four-Art et Manufacture.
6-Linen flower hairpins – set of 3-Namolio.
7-Secret Bowl-Leah Goren.

All images from the shop links above x

BED RESEARCH AND A COMPETITION

Lombok Bed CompetitionNow we are all settled in, and my home office plans are under way, we next hope to create a tranquil bedroom space, so we can close the door and hide away from the wallpaper stripping, wall smashing and paint rollers etc. So the first big thing on our shopping list, is a new bed. (more…)

THINGS TO DO WHEN ITS STILL RAINING!

Visual ContrastThere was a promise of 20°C today, and it is more grey and overcast then ever with a chilly breeze! So, may I suggest another beautiful book for reading? Visual Contrast by Tim Rundle is a colourful, practical book with some of the most striking images I have seen for ages. Pages that will guide you through mixing things that compliment each other, unusual pairings and assemblage that create some remarkable room styling.

‘In this exciting new book, traveler, collector, and curator Tim Rundle reveals how to use visual trickery and effects to bring out the best in what you already own. Tim defines the four key aspects of visual contrast—shape, color, placement, and personality—and shows how these seemingly abstract concepts can be used to breathe new life into familiar spaces and objects.’

This book has made me curious about colours I would never think of using, Red with Teal, Sky Blue, Lime Green. I wonder if that office makeover will get a bright colour injection after all? Happy weekend x

Visual Contrast by Time Rundle is published by Ryland Peters & Small at £25.00 and is available from www.rylandpeters.com

LATELY IN PICTURES

Apple Blossomvintage chandelierCow ParsleyTulipswallyMy little old Sony camera has gotten a few more days out lately. And I actually started to remember to take it with me, to places. So here are a few of my favourite pictures from the past couple of weeks.

Our apple tree finally burst into blossom and is so pretty. Everything that is making me happily lately seems to involve flowers, plants and gardening. I am completely in love with our outside space, even though I now have a rash up both my arms from bamboo removal and tree branch lopping. So I am just giving you a heads up that there may be lots of posts sharing my joy of the outdoors.

A sneaky blur of chandelier sparkles, I do miss ours so much, we are still bare bulbed here, but all the ceilings need to be peeled of their horrible wood chip or textured coverings, so no pretty lights for us yet.

Flowers flowers flowers, cow parsley and tulips to brighten the last few days of our dreary overdue Spring, and my precious little wallis, who doesn’t like her photo being taken but she does occasionally like to get up close to the lens.

AT THE WATERS EDGE BY SALLY HAYDEN

At The Waters Edge Book ReviewHello there, I hope you have had a lovely start to your long weekend. Just lately I have been sent a beautiful selection of books, so have to decided Fridays will be the day I share my favourite ones with you. I am a little late this week, as we have had lots of tradesmen round to give us quotes for windows and building work. With exciting things to decide and all the planning, my time keeping went completely out of the window! So, here are some of the lovely pages you can expect to see if you pick up a copy of At the Water’s Edge by writer and stylist Sally Hayden. At The Waters Edge Book ReviewThis book is very exciting for us as it shares lots of images of the indoor/outdoor lifestyle we have craved for so long. Decking, a fresh sea breeze to dry our laundry and big open doors. I am also particularly interested in the type of plants and foliage used in these waterside gardens, as we do hope to create quite a shoreline-beach feel to our outdoor space. There are a few beautiful cabins and lots on single story living (which I love being a Bungalow gal). Verandas, stoops, decks and raised pathways showing great ways to connect with nature and your outdoor surroundings. At The Waters Edge Book ReviewAs well as many coastal treats and ideas, all the wood and rustic elements are right where we want to be design wise at the moment and the more we flip through the pages the more we discover. If you are looking to connect with nature or dream of waterside and coastal living this book is such a great source x

At the Water’s Edge by Sally Hayden with Photography by Earl Carter is Published by Ryland Peters and Small at £19.99 and is available from www.rylandpeters.com


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