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Home inspiration - bedroom...

Image via Pennyweight
I love everything about this image.  That light, the bedside table, the tit cushion!  Yes most of all that cushion.  My bedroom needs to look this... one day.  Any idea where I can get that cushion?

Check out Pennyweight blog - her home is beautiful.  Also her tumblr account is swoon worthy!

a colour filled weekend...

Image via the Socialite family
This morning I spent 2 hours in the company of an inspiring and colourful lady.  Talking about life, happiness and plants.  Her home a riot of colour and eclecticism.  Beauty found in other peoples cast offs, and displays of family treasures made this home so unique, happy and so so cool.

Upon leaving, I felt like I'd had a few hours in colour therapy.  And woah did I need it.  I've never been colour shy, but over the past year I feel I've neglected my love of yellow, magenta and blue.  A few years ago I painted my front door yellow, and yet I had forgotten how good it makes me feel.

So today, I've made myself promise to seek out colour, bring more into the house, and rejoice in the goodness that it brings.  The ability to lift ones mood.

I think the house above is where I should start. A mix of great furniture and colour that is not too over whelming.  I love the tonal blues, the shaggy rugs, the cane mirrors, the use of particle boarding.  Yep, this one will do me, for now!

So, are you monochrome, muted or a high colour junkie?  What's your home like?

Anne Millet's blog can be found here

Home Inspiration - Fireplace

Image from here via Toast
This image was from Toast's Christmas brochure last year.  I love this image so much.  I can smell those beeswax candles burning and feel the warmth of the fire, as I cosy up on a big sofa surrounded by comfy cushions, soft sheepskins and warm blankets.

Yes - Winter time heaven.

But in reality, my home isn't a rustic farmhouse cottage, it's a Victorian Terraced home in Bristol.  I do have a log burner though.  I was made redundant a few years ago, and with the redundancy package I splurged and had a burner installed.  Best decision I ever made.

In the evenings I sit on the rug in front of the slate hearth and set to lighting the fire.  I love the whole process (I get annoyed when Dan does it, it's my job!).  I love the gathering of wood for the store.  Visiting the farm get our Winter haul. Stacking the wood.

I love the sound of the fire, the crackle, the roaring woosh! as the paper flares up.  The smell and the warmth.  It makes Winter bearable.  Makes our lounge alive with light, and sound.  It is perfect.

I am on the hunt for a simple log basket.  At the moment the logs are just in a pile on the hearth, just a bit messy for my liking.  Here a few I quite like...

log baskets

log baskets by lou-archell 

1. Africa Basket via pinterest
2. Wire basket from Ferm Living
3. Zinc basket from pinterest
4. Wire basket from Garden Trading Co
5. Wire basket from Decorators Notebook

Do you have a fire?  What do you use for your wood?

Note to self... get some beeswax candles!

Home Inspiration - graphic ceramics...

Graphic Ceramics - Littlegreenshed Lifestyle Blog
Image via Helen Levi Ceramics
Do ceramics get you over excited and just a bit swoony?  They do me.  Earthenware, graphic mugs, bowls and pots are really doing it for me at the moment.  I love all.  Crudely glazed with a slip, shaped by hand.  

I really wish I knew how to create such pieces.  A couple of years ago I tried my hand at throwing a pot, I loved every second of it, apart from the results.  Heavy, crude and awful! (I've hidden the evidence!)

These graphic lined utensil pots are by ceramic artist Helen Levi.   She has some really lovely items on her site, the Artist Mugs are gorgeous.

Hint, hint - I'd love these in my kitchen!


Home Inspiration - A Paumes life...

Paumes life - home inspiration.

My morning coffee today was accompanied by a good read. Paris Family Style - by Paumes.  I say read, I can't actually 'read' Japanese but the images are delicious!

A few years ago I was all over Scandinavian interiors, I still am a little.  The bright white light, the simplicity.  But, more recently I am loving the eclecticism of French styled homes.  A little bit of everything thrown into the mix.

Vintage ceramics, paintings and furniture, mixed with pastel colour schemes, French greys and oozing with style.  As you would expect to find in a Parisienne home.  In this book above, Paris Family Style, each home shows how to blend family life and a beautiful home.  Which is how it should be.  Each room feels loved and lived in by all members of the family.

I also treated myself to 'Les jolis rangements d'une Parisienne' by Isabelle Boinot (also by Paumes).  This book shows how French illustrator Isabelle achieves her home, with step by step guides to decoration (again I can't understand the text, but I get the idea).

I'd better get back to my book and coffee, today you will find me mostly wearing red lipstick, listening to Edith Piaf as I pretend I live in Paris.  Croissant anyone?

You can find more of the Paumes range of interior books in the most beautiful shop - Sisters Guild.  (as well of lots of inspiration for Christmas too!).

Home inspiration... Painted landing floor

grey painted floor -
Image via Heart Home Magazine
So last night, in a fit of 'AGGGGHHHHH I can't stand the mess of the landing anymore' - Dan has agreed to get on with painting the wooden floor.  (I will help, honest!).

So this morning it is all I can think about. (of course).  At the moment we have white walls and scuffed, dirty white boards.  So, I am thinking we repaint the white walls (we have not much natural light up there, so it can be gloomy) and paint the floor in a grey.  Much like the image above.  But with slightly darker floors.  Possibly using Moles Breath, Down pipe or Plummet (Farrow & Ball).  We have a tall linen cupboard in one corner which is painted in Pavilion Gray  - so it should work well.

What do you think?  Have you painted floors?  Tell me, what colour did you use and brand of paint?
I need to act fast, before he changes his mind!

Home inspiration...

Image via  Finelittleday
Gosh I love this wallpaper.  A hint of the tropics, of the 80's, a bit trailer park / motel and a lot of leafy green. It's Elisabeth Dunklers bedroom.  The wallpaper, mixed with the geometric bedding and cushion, plus the mid century bedside table and light fitting.  It all works so well.  Heaven!

After some internet sleuthing I've discovered it is Cole and Son's Palm wallpaper - I think I need to cover my bedroom wall with the same.  I don't have a single wall wallpapered, but I feel this is a good place to start. It's delicious no?

Are you a wall paper fan?  

Home inspiration...

As soon as I saw this image I needed to know more about this house.  Featured recently on Fine Little Day, Elisabeth Dunkler did a series of house tour posts on her neighbour and friend Annacate.  It's a stunning home, quirky, full of the colour green (my favourite colour) and really rather beautiful.

I love this image above.  At first look, I though it was the bathroom.  The vintage Art Deco mirror above a sink, but it's the kitchen. It's really unusual, but it really works.  Especially with those milky jade coloured tiles. 

Would you have it in your kitchen?
p.s.  Thank you for all lovely warm comments and purchases of my latest print.  I've added Dashing Fox to the shop too... I hope you like him.  Greetings Cards are being printed at the moment and shall be available next week.  

p.p.s  I have space next week for Blog Designing - a cancellation.  If you need a bloggy jzuz... then email me.

Home Inspiration - Fiddle Fig Leaf...

image via pinterest
It is no secret that I adore house plants, all plants come to think of it.  If you have been reading my blog for a while you will remember my Nature in the Home series, I am missing it!  Not long to wait, it shall return in September, fresh and new for the autumn season.

I have noticed over the years that plants come in and out of fashion, much like soft furnishings, paint colour, and furniture.

Succulents are everywhere, and rightly so, as are Mother in Law's Tongues.  But the star of the moment has to be the Fiddle Fig Leaf.  Almost a tree in size in comparison to it's companions.  I love how it brings of outdoors in and gives the room a rather large shot of green.

This one above is particularly beautiful, in it's woven basket pot and the tribal rug just setting it off perfectly.  I am looking around my small terrace and wondering if I have room for such a glorious monster.

For more images of Fiddle Leaf Figs please have a look over here.


p.s. I'd like to thank all of you who offered me support and advice on my post yesterday.  I am feeling heaps better.  Nothing like spending the entire day with a warm, and inspiring woman, and her 3 gorgeous boys.  This morning, again I am working from home, but I have sent Rufus off to play with his friend Flo and Charlie has his friend over - it is so quiet!  I believe this could be the way forward - separate play dates!

Home Inspiration...

Image by Wood Wool & Stool
I adore rattan.  I think it's the 80's teenager in me. I had a rattan mirror shaped like an apple (which I wish I still owned) and a rattan chair, very similar to this (which I still have) - my bedroom as a 13 year old was a homage to rattan and Laura Ashley - pale yellow floral wallpaper and curtains.

Rattan is making a big come back at the moment - I believe it's the French who have favoured it - blogs like Le Dans La and A Home Paper .  Ingrid of Wood Wool Stool has just found this one in a local vintage store.  It is awesome, especially with her cushion.

I am seriously on the hunt for one of these.... 

Tell me, do you like rattan?  Would you have it in your home?

Home Inspiration...

Image via AtelierStellaLondon
I love these little pots.  I've wanted one for ages.  Thinking it will look great with a cactus or succulent on my sideboard.  The colours and style will fit in well with my other mid-century ceramics.

They are made by the talented Stella Baggott who own's AtelierStellaLondon - Stella hand builds each ceramic vase & pot, gives them a characterful face and fires them in earthy toned glazes.  Each, a one of a kind piece.

What makes these unique, is that Stella only sells them once a month in a small batch.  This months sale was yesterday.  Selling out in minutes flat.  I clicked on a small white pot with feet, only to try to pay and someone had beaten me to it!  *SOB*.

But thankfully I did managed to bag this lovely one instead....

He's rather dashing!

I can't wait for the next sale in September to add to my collection.  For more information please sign up to Stella's newsletter.

Home Inspiration...

Vase by Karin Hagen
Following on from last weeks Home Inspiration.  I have fallen for this little vase / plant pot.  I love the 80's  inspired graphic design and the choice of glazes. It looks great with this simple spiky cactus in it.

I've emailed Karin to see if it is for sale (fingers crossed) - it will look perfect on my dining table.  Have a look at her work tumblr page for more of these beauties.

What do you think?  Your cup of tea?

Home Inspiration...

Image via Desire to Inspire, Originally by Carl Dahlstedt
I am forever wishing to change my home, much to Dan's constant dismay.  It's not that I don't LOVE my home, it is the creative in me.  Seeing rooms as a canvas, creating little vignettes, moving furniture around, coveting a lampshade or a cushion.  Dreaming up ways to organise, re-organise, trying to make sense of our ever growing pile of paperwork and forms that arrive home from school, kids clubs and work.

So, I thought I might start a little series called Home Inspiration... similar to house love, but on a smaller scale.  A short post about something that has caught my eye, and I've thought 'Hey I love that' or 'How cool!'.

Here is the first installment.

This red chair, the green of the beautiful painting, against the almost neon pink of the roses. Colour always inspires me.  These colours in particular just sing.  (notice the pile of paperwork on the kitchen counter, I am not alone!).

House love...

I love this home!
A plant in every room.  The great detail in the styling.The mix of contemporary and vintage art work, collected flea market finds sit very well next to modern large pieces of furniture.  The gentle muted colour pallet of white and wood.  It is oh so delicious... I'd move in now!

This is the home of Travis and Maike McNeill.  Set in the beautiful Cape Town in my old neighbourhood of Observatory.  Perhaps I've walked past this place without realising it. (I lived and worked in Cape Town for 8 months many many moons ago - fun times).

For more images and interview please hop over to Design Sponge.

In other news... my May Loves list is up... go take a look.  And I've got a few posts to write up on our past few weekend adventures, but I just haven't found the time.... I blame the sunshine! :)  I will get on with these soon.

Have a lovely week.

House Love...

Oh my gosh!
I think I might have gushed about Aurelie Lecuyer's home and her blog Le Dans La here before!  I am sure I have.  It has to be my ALL time favourite blog and home ever!  I just love it.
Over on her blog she gives us tiny glimpses of her home, little snapshots of beautiful styling and French home life.  So when I found this interview and house tour over on The Socialite Family I nearly flipped out.
LOVE it.
The muted colour palette.  Touches of painted furniture.  Bleached wood.  House plants.  Black painted walls.  Cane furniture. 
It is truly beautiful.
It is how I would like to live (hint Dan).
More images over on The Socialite Family - enjoy!

House Love...


I am in love with this place.
The space.
The large windows.
The connection of the garden to the inside.
Those Cacti.
The Bertoia chairs.
The studio space.
It is just beautiful.  This Buenos Aires home belongs to graphic designer Mercedes Hernaez and has been designed by her architect husband Alejandro Sticotti.  Mercedes describes her home as a 'garden with a roof' and I can see why.

For more images and the interview please visit FreudevonFreuden.

All images from here

House Love...

Images via Ikea Family Live
Have you seen Jane Fosters home on Ikea Family Live?
Over the years of following her blog, I have seen little sneaks of her house.  Bright white with her trademark pops of red.  Lots of mid-century ceramics and delicious fabrics.
It is rather beautiful, bright and oh so happy.
More of Jane's home over on the Ikea Family Live website.
Along with a little cushion DIY clip too - thanks Jane!

House Love...

House Love - Celine Saby, Paris
House Love - Celine Saby, Paris
House Love - Celine Saby, Paris
House Love - Celine Saby, Paris
All images are via Freunde von Freunden
It's half term here at the moment, and whilst the boys are busy upstairs playing with their marble run, I am stealing a little solitude.  I am sat at my dining table with a cup of green tea, with the smell of Hyacinths filling the room, it won't last long!
Spring is almost here, or is that wishful thinking?  A few miles North of Bristol there is snow.  Friends in Gloucestershire have woken to deep drifts, I bet the kids are happy! As much as I love playing in the snow I am longing for warmer weather now.
I came across these images on the blog Freunde von Freunden a few weeks ago and thought I'd leave them until I really needed some sun. And today is that day.
Celine Saby's light filled Paris apartment is unique and beautiful. I wish it was me sitting there in that window flicking through a magazine.  And that green wall!  Amazing colour isn't it?
Keep warm dear friends.  

Kitchen shelves...

Hello dear friends!
Brrr it's a cold wet day here... wind and rain are hammering against my window.  I am not looking forward to picking the boys up from school in a moment.  Not fun.
This weekend Dan and I re-tiled our kitchen.  We had white metro tiles there already from when we renovated it 5 years ago.  But stupidly we used a white grout and over time it had become stained and grimy.   So on Sunday, whilst my parents had the boys, we added 3 more rows of metro tiles, took out the old grout and re-grouted using a charcoal colour.  It looks lovely!  I promise to show you a picture once we've finished it.
My mind has now wandered on to shelves.  We did have shelves originally there, but now we've tiled higher, the brackets and shelves are too high for me to reach - yes I am vertically challenged!
I love the shelves in these two images.  Just simple lengths of plain wood.  Dan has an idea of using some thick ply wood and making an L shape, a back on the wall and a shelf.  I think it might look great.
What do you think?
More images of kitchen inspiration over here.

House love...


Sometimes you can stumble across a blog and you know instantly that you love it and will ALWAYS follow it... well for me, Sandra Juto's blog is one of those blogs.  I first came across it two years ago.
Sandra lives in Berlin and loves to document her day through images of cups of coffee, food she eats and her busy life in this stunning city.
Her photography is mind blowingly awesome.  She is also a talented illustrator and is a whizz with a crochet hook too - her wrist worms are a must in the cold winters we are having.
Anyway.. earlier this week I was wandering through the interviews on another favourite of mine Freunde von Freunden when I discovered Sandra's own interview and house tour.
Lovely isn't it?
That bare plaster wall is rather brave, but really works with their artwork and collections.  It's certainly a beautiful and unique apartment.  It just goes to show, that you don't have to have a sparkling newly decorated home, it's how you display your beloved things and how you live there makes the space.
Please read Sandra's interview over here.