Thursday, 18 August 2011

Moving chaos

Well, I'm right in the middle of moving house at the moment, my lovely old house has gone to new owners and the new one isn't fit to live in (more on that later...), we're currently relying on lovely friends to let us stay in their houses while they're on holiday, which means I don't have access to my computer at the mo (must get a laptop) so blogging is tricky as I can't get to my photos. I know I should probably be techie enough to do it all from my phone or something but I'm afraid I'm just not.

I can't wait to show you all the hideous 'before' photos and - fingers crossed - some fabulous 'after photos'.

WARNING - the 'before pics will include black and blue checked carpet, lots of mouse poo and .....(oh horror)...rat poo!!!

Having spent ages fantasising about decorating my scuzzy new home I'm now feeling under pressure to make loads of decisions very quickly. Do you realise how many different styles of bathroom sinks there are out there??

It's all quite mind boggling.

I've got to choose a kitchen quickly as at the moment I've just got a totally empty room, so I was interested to read Ray's post about her thoughts on kitchens.

She talks about not rushing into decisions and letting things evolve, I couldn't agree more and I love her collection of photos of inviting, quirky kitchens - well worth a look.

However, I think I'm probably going to go for a very simple ikea kitchen, and although I know it's a pretty dull choice I'm hoping I'll be able to personalise it by adding my own stuff and putting pictures on the wall etc...

I've also got to choose carpet for the upstairs and I haven't a clue where to start - wish me luck!

Friday, 22 July 2011

Away I go!

Off to Cornwall next week so no blogging, in the mean time if you're interested in some of my new home plans take a look at my pinterest by clicking on the icon to your right.
Have a good week!

Sunday, 17 July 2011


Over the last few months I've bought a few cushion covers for my new home...

this one is from Jane Foster who makes a huge array of beautiful cushion covers in loads of bright colours, I love this green.

I also bought these four beauties...

can you tell I'm always attracted to green things?

I'm ashamed to say I can't remember who made the Orla Keily pear one all I know is I bought it on ebay and it's very beautifully made. The other three are from thirty-five flowers and are also beautifully made. Ooh i can't wait arrange them all in my future house! (still no moving date...)

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Market treasure

Oh dear, I promised myself I wouldn't buy anymore house stuff from charity shops and car-boots until I'd moved house and worked out what we've actually got room for...but then a lovely friend asked me to accompany her to an antique fair and I just couldn't resist. I was, however, fairly restrained.

I picked up these miniature silhouette pictures...

This melamine tray...

and my favourite, this gorgeous deep green glass vase...

now I really must not buy anymore housey stuff until I've moved (which should be pretty soon - fingers crossed)

Thursday, 23 June 2011

60's coffee set

I'm very happy with this complete coffee set I found in my local charity shop this morning...

It's Figgjo Flint - a norwegian porcelain company - this design is called 'Rolf' after the designer Rolf Froyland.

I particularly like the coffee pot and the little milk jug

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Lemon table mat

I bought this lemon design table mat from jenny duff last week, I first saw it at  Mid century Modern back in March and I kept going back to the website to look at it - anyone who's read my clogs posts will know it takes me a while to make purchasing decisions!

anyway, I'm very happy with it, and i actually think it's too good to be a table mat so it's going to go on the wall in my new kitchen. I say 'new kitchen' as things finally seem to be moving forward with my house move, my offers been accepted and solicitors are doing their thing so fingers crossed. I've become pretty jaded with the whole thing as this is the 4th house i've almost moved into, so I won't believe it 'til I'm actually there. This one needs a fair bit of work so I'm looking forward to really making it my own. Watch this space...

Wednesday, 8 June 2011


Queuing at the check-out recently I picked up a copy of Good Homes magazine, it's not a magazine I've ever bought before probably because it doesn't really look like my kind of thing, however, when I was flicking through, I turned a page and my heart skipped a beat when I saw...

this deeply desirable room...

it is the dutch home of Josefin Ljungberg and Stephen de Jager.
As you would expect its not the kind of house that a magazine can simply list the sources of the furniture and accessories - which is a pity as I'd love to get some of those cushions - as with all my favourite homes its an eclectic mix of things that have been inherited or acquired and things that have been bought in markets, boot-sales and junk shops as well as the high street.

wouldn't you love to curl up with a good book in that pile of cushions?

homes that look too perfect and 'done' are a real pet hate of mine, i like a home to look lived in and personal, I want friends to feel comfortable and not to worry that they might mark a pristine surface

this children's room looks ideal as its practical and comfortable as well as looking really good

I also picked up the july issue of Elle Decoration, which I often find is too full of pristine 'done' homes for my taste, but I did discover one I really like...

it is the home of Helen Johannessen, the founder of Yoyo Ceramics (check out the website her work is really rather fabulous)

I love the look of this room, the formica table, the 50's footstool and the brightly coloured cushions

again its a stylish individual look which is also very relaxed and unpretentious

Monday, 6 June 2011

Yay I got me clogs!

well,well,well, indecisive me finally bought some clogs...

if you read my previous clog post you know that I was concerned about practicality and heel height, well having spent many hours perusing the Lotta from Stockholm website, I had a read of their blog and discovered they also had a low-heeled style in stock, 'could be the ones for me' I thought.

Anyway after a bit of a chat on the phone with the super-helpful and very friendly Lotta I decided to go for these...

and I'm very happy with my choice!

I discovered Lotta from Stockholm thanks to the wonderful Hannah at seeds and stitches - thank you!

also my daughter and I went and got her some cool new loafers for school from the fantastico kate kanzier on leather lane. we love kate kanzier mainly for the following reasons:

1. the shoes are all very stylish

2. they use minimal amounts of leather - the outer shoe is synthetic but the inner is leather-lined, we like this as we are veggies

3. they cost less than other super cool shoes - these loafers were £25

I would never have known about kate kanzier if it hadn't been for artemis russell and her always beautiful and inspiring blog junkaholique

blue skies

blue blue skies and white fluffy clouds over St Paul's...

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

shoes and stuff

 I'm coveting shoes at the moment....

I love these simple stylish brogues from NW3

and these two from Office

 I like these plain ones from Office as they remind me of these beauties from Dieppa Restrepo but at a fraction of the cost...

perfectly gorgeous aren't they?

On a totally different subject I recently found a nice old Penguin copy of The Group by Mary McCarthy, a book I've been wanting to read for ages as it's so often mentioned as being ground-breaking and revolutionary. The quote on the back is pretty enthusiastic anyway. I'm looking forward to getting stuck in...

Thursday, 26 May 2011

rainy day...

Such weird weather today, it absolutely poured with rain in my little corner of London, it's been months since it's rained properly so it's much needed...

I spent ages trying to get pictures of the raindrops on the window, I really want a better camera so i can have some more control over what I photograph - I'm lusting after an Olympus PEN, so stylish as well as being a great camera.

Just as quickly as it had started to pour blue skies appeared and the sun came out - then a couple of hours later... started pouring again. I kept experimenting with the raindrops on glass pictures, when I used the flash I got this abstract light circles effect, I quite like it...

I'm quite pleased with this one

when I started cooking the windows steamed up inside, I love the fresh look of the pink tulips against the steamy window

more raindrops...

and again the sunshine appeared. 

The raindrops on the washing line looked like little sparkly jewels, frustratingly I just couldn't capture it with my little point and shoot camera

this is the best i could do.

Then I went upstairs and as I passed by my daughter's room I noticed something amazing on her window...

Can you see it?

It's a perfect, beautiful imprint of a bird - a poor little bird who obviously flew straight into the window, it's wings, it's beak and even it's eye are all magically drawn on the glass.
I quickly went into the garden to see if there was a poor stunned bird down there but there was no sign, I hope it recovered...