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DECORATE WITH FLOWERS – BLOG BOOK TOUR

Decorate With FlowersHello, 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 flower spree, so this book could not have been released at a better time!Floral decor Packed full of advice on choosing, combining and arranging flowers in ways that compliment your interior and lifestyle, these colourful happy pages will surely inspire even the regular plant killers amongst us? Don’t worry I used to be one too! With chapters headed – Neons – Coastal – Happy Brights and Neutral Pop – just to name a few, there is something to suit all homes within the pages.Floral decor As you can see the book arrived just as I was turning our bedroom into a pop up florists! I have gathered bottles jars mugs and all kinds of containers to arrange flowers in over the years, and since we moved to a home with a garden I have been cutting blossom branches, Spring blooms and winter foliage, so new ways to display and showcase these gifts from nature are always welcome. Decorate with Flowers in a great resource for ways of displaying and having fun incorporating flowers into the everyday that you may never have considered – keep reading for all the details for a lovely DIY project from the book.Decorate With FlowersLiberty Print DIYThese fun patterned pots have been covered with bright Liberty fabrics, why not try it out for yourself using the method below –  if you don’t have Liberty – any patterned fabric will work for this simple but splendid afternoon project. Liberty print plant pot DIYLIBERTY PRINT FLOWER POTS DIY pages 66-67

You will need: terra cotta plant pot and tray, sponge brush, Mod Podge, cotton floral fabric (we used Liberty prints), scissors, white spray paint (optional), glass jars.

Method: 1. If your fabric is thin, you may want to spray paint your pot otherwise the orange might show through. Let it dry thoroughly. Cut your fabric to a size that can easily fit around your pot, leaving at least 10cm above the rim of the pot and enough to cover the bottom. Apply Mod Podge to a small area of the pot and press the fabric down, applying more to the fabric with your sponge brush as you go.
2. Work in small areas, starting at the top rim and working down and around the pot in one direction. Apply Mod Podge to both the pot and the inner side of the fabric. Gently pull the fabric smooth as you go. Work quickly as the Mod Podge dries quite quickly.
3. Once the surface is covered, with fabric, apply Mod Podge beneath the remaining fabric at the top and tuck it inside your pot. Repeat this process on the bottom of your pot, too. Apply Mod Podge all over the outer side of the fabric.
4. Let your pot dry on a piece of plastic and then follow a similar process for the bottom tray. Use little jars to hold the water for your flowers in the pots.Floral decor Decorate with FlowersFloral decor

I hope you have had lots of floral fun with me today – Decorate with flowers is officially releases on 21st March – is published by Jacqui Small www.jacquismallpub.com it can be pre-ordered in the UK over here on Amazon. If you are needing some flower inspiration right now - pop on over to the Decorate With Flowers website where you will find more beautiful images, out takes and can meet the authors. x

ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM NATURAL HOME

Curated Etsy PagesThis 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 Table or Bedside Table in Hard Maple – Hedge House.

PLACES I WANT TO STAY #1 – MUGA DE BELOSO

Muga de Beloso hotelMuga 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.Muga de Beloso hotel-2
All images Mr and Mrs Smith.

WHAT’S ON YOUR SIDEBOARD?

1960's sideboard loveA 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 the name Mrs Eliot popped into my head the other day and I found Francesca’s shop again, filled with lovely things including these sweet prints of retro sideboards all with their own personalities. Love this postcard set too!

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 store in my size!

When I was asked to work with eBay to gather together themed ‘collections‘ of my favourite things for their new campaign that launched last Thursday – I was more than happy to get lost amongst the millions of shops and items to source the very best things to share with you. This is such a fun and visual way to display your eBay finds together. Editing down your watch list into things you want to use in the garden or to style the perfect room in your home – all the while saving links to your favourite shops and sellers and making a beautiful online pin board while you are at it.Home Decor ebay CollectionsThe images shared here are from my favourite collections they are - Indigo and Denim - A nod to Japan, a hint of Indonesia, colours found in the oceans and the sky. From deep indigo blues to washed out denim hues, a gathering of watery calm colours inspired by travels around the world and back. Bring them all together for a tranquil space to call home.Home Decor ebay CollectionsHeritage Home – Valued objects that hint at days spent in the unspoiled countryside, inside grand historic buildings with eccentric uncles and forgetful aunties. Playing in rooms filled with things that have been passed down from previous generations, a rich and traditional mix of hardy textiles and timeless furnishings that can be shared with man and his best friend.

Home Decor ebay Collections

Rose Chateau - A magical miniature dream castle dressed in french and english prettiness. A charming palette of pale and interesting frippery, all the things my childhood heart still calls out for. Fanciful over the top furniture with worn chalky paint – blushing flowers – twinkling crystal chandeliers and some fairytale fun thrown in for good measure.
Home Decor ebay CollectionsColour Wild - Playfully quaint, fanciful, colourful pretty things for a bright fun filled home. All these objects are inspired by parties and celebrations. I tend to keep the colours on my walls quite neutral, but like to have at least one corner in my home where I can run riot with colour.

Gardening inspiration on eBay Vintage Veranda - From apartment living to having two gardens has been quite a leap! But I am loving gathering things for an outside space. Your garden is an extension or your home that spills out in to the wild. I am hooked on old looking, shabby and vintage things for the outdoors, be it for a stoop, veranda, patio or beyond.

The items here can all be found in my collections, you can see them all over here on my eBay page, why not get started on your own personalised collections today!

Disclaimer – this Sponsored Post is in collaboration with eBay.

A LOBSTER & SWAN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Fairy Bread!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 number seven I thought I would have a mini celebration and share some of my favourite images from the past seven years.Simon Eldon PhotographySome prettiness from the bedroom in our old apartment, so many frills sparkles and flowers.Spring BlossomCollage DiaryScrap books and saved pages that get edited down into my Record the Day posts that still happen now and then, when I have some extra creative time.Sweet baked giftsBook ListBlossom and shellsInstagram FavouritesThe welcoming of the two tiny tigers into our home. Something that I thought I would or could never do – have an animal in my house – well these two have made our home, everyday I fall in love with them a bit more – letting them out into a garden alone was a big step and we still can’t get used to it, having sheltered them from danger for so long letting go has been very tough!Daily vintage CollectionsMaking things and having fun with craft is a big part of my life and one of my favourite things to share, I can’t imagine what I would do if I didn’t make? Probably have a super clean and tidy abode!Handmade gift wrappingThe very first image of our apartment renovation with a collection of Farrow and Ball paint colours splashed across the walls – the beginning of a paint love affair.Farrow and Ball PaintsI hope you have enjoyed looking back over th years with metoday and will continue to pop by and stay in touch for many years to come xxx

BODEN SPRING AND SUMMER PATTERN FRENZY

Spring and Summer FashionThe gardens in my neighbourhood are all slowly coming alive – Crocuses Tulips, Daffodils and Irises are all about to bloom, so I am going to try and add some of that colour magic via Boden into my wardrobe this year. I know I have harping on about neutrals and grey forever, but I have been a quiet Boden fan since my first floral shell top bought in my early twenties (too long ago now) and I am loving all these beautiful patterns in the new designs. After seeing a tweet the other day to their preview of Spring and Summer, the Nancy dress (centre bottom below) had to be mine! Finally a British brand that’s stepped up on the pattern front to give the awesome J Crew a run for their money! xSpring and Summer Fashion

All images via Boden.

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ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM COLOUR JOY

Favourite Etsy ArtistsThis 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: Cat Lady for Life – Emily McDowell Draws and  Asking for Directions Giclée Print – Emmy Rickard.

LIVING LIFE BEAUTIFULLY – CHRISTINA STRUTT

Cabbages and RosesAfternoon 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. Cabbages and RosesWhen I saw the images it was tough to cut down from using them all, but I hope you like my selections. The detail shots are so lovely with close ups of antiques and texture detail. Living Life Beautifully tells the story of how Christina founded fabric company Cabbages & Roses and grew it into a lifestyle brand.Cabbages and RosesThe specially commissioned photography by Simon Brown shares stunning images of Christina’s new London apartment and behind the scenes at her family home in the Bath countryside. Inside you will also find a selection of other homes that Christina finds inspirational.Cabbages and RosesCabbages and Roses

Living life Beautifully is available from March 13th and published by CICO Books it coincides with the opening of the new Cabbages and Roses flagship store in Chelsea.


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