Friday, 26 February 2010

An apple a day

A wooden bread board of my very own. My step mother kindly remembered that I was after a vintage bread board. Her sister-in-law was throwing this one away, so she asked if I could have it. I am delighted as believe it or not, these beauties sell for a fair amount on ebay. Anyhow my search is over, it didn't cost a penny and I will take great delight in finding things to put on it to eat and snap!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

The art of Display

A quick post as I am off to do the school run. Yesterday I promised Lydia that when she got back from school today we could do some drawing together. So when reading Decor 8 a moment ago, I fell in love with the idea of displaying our ongoing art with the single framed example. What a delightful idea!
Image from Decor 8

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

An Education

Considering I have yet to see the film 'An Education' I was excited to hear that Carey Mulligan won a bafta for her performance.

Monday, 22 February 2010

I like...

Not much to report back's raining and I cannot keep putting off my endless chores. However I really like these jugs by the talented Rachel Barker. Also checkout her collection for John Lewis.
Images Rachel Barker

Saturday, 20 February 2010

A flight of fancy

We took the girls to a birthday party near Lewes. After we drove a little further out to a little Animal rescue and had lunch. I could not help but snap these birds!!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

New for Spring 2010

Considering I love finding vintage bits and pieces for the home, this is not the case for picnics! I am drawn to the likes of Cath Kidston, Rice and Anorak. The use of stylish designs and strong colours grabs my imagination of days fuelled with adventure, ginger beer and watching clouds go by. It's time for brighter days please. The above simply adds to my Anorak wish list, as last year I wanted the kissing deer picnic rugs.
All images from Anorak

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Rain and Grey

We had fun joining another family today to take our little ones bowling for the first time. With low and blue neon lighting I skipped photographing the bowling alley, for a village trip to the hairdressers. It's sleepy village with cute victorian buildings and tiny high st. A few snaps from my afternoon.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Museum Monday

In light of very little sleep, thanks to our Clara. We thought we'd skip jumping on a train to London. So we headed to Booth Museum in Hove. A few snaps from our little outing!

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Lydia's Blue Ballon

This week is half term. I am grateful that we do not have to go through the ritual of the school run. We have nice things planned, so I am hoping to take lots of photos. But I sadly won't be able to search the internet for inspirational photos, if you get a chance to send a link or two that would be much appreciated.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

We launch our small/interest groups next week for Hassocks WI. It has been a lovely thing to organise as I get to chat to women whose knowledge is vast in areas where I have little or no skill. We decided that we may have to cap the membership, as we already have 92 members and feel that it may lose its essence.
The above I shot for Hassocks WI

Monday, 8 February 2010

Remembering the 80's

Later this month Richard and I are off to a friend's 80's themed party. It is a little sad how much time we have spent planning our fancy dress, some would think we never get out! Anyway we have come up with a few film inspirations to base our look on, the original Miami Vice, Pretty in Pink and a dash of Desperately Seeking Susan. Carrying on with the eighties theme, I must mention my favourite find Coulson Macleod have got a series of decade prints (70's, 80's and 90's) which have highlighted events, sayings and pop culture trivia. I have found myself laughing out loud as I remember things I have forgotten. Ending on a 80's guilty pleasure, the faithful attic roll, I had to snap it, so I can look back on it with nostalgia!

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Sitting Around

The girls have become rather fond of our recent ebay purchase. In fact I bought this chair to paint...I am thinking Aubergine or Teal...! However, I am not convinced that it will be anytime soon, as both girls are always playing with it and even move it from room to room in order to continue their play. Another thing that I am waiting to do is to hang my owl plate. The plate is designed by a local company called Disaster Designs. This was the first time that I came across them and I hoping to find other little affordable treasures from them.

Friday, 5 February 2010


Now I have only seen Ilse Crawford once on a television programme and she stuck me as someone approachable with an intense understanding to detail. The above is taken from Stoke Place, and Studio Ilse have brought together details that simply jump out! I love the use of blue and the empty gold frames on the above staircase, the collection of butterfly prints by two red stools, the grass green wall in the en suite and aubergine against the buttermilk in the seating area. So this weekend, I am hoping to find more ways of adding colour our home and use details as gentle way of making my mark.
All images from Stoke

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Slow Day Yesterday

With Lydia feeling a little under the weather and after a bad night's sleep, she had a day off school. She insisted that she was too poorly to get dressed until after lunch. So our day was slow and filled with drawings, having a wardrobe clear out and picking music for her 5th birthday party next month. Along the way I discovered a band that I kept revisiting, their called Teen Dream a little duo.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Sweet Dreams

Truth be told my spare room looks like a junk room. I would love for it to have the warm welcome, but alas it is simply warm. This would be the mix of tranquil and vintage that I'm looking for. However with thoughts of renovating the kitchen, the last thing on our mind is decorating the guest room. So in the meantime I can but dream of the above. (no pun intended)!
Image taken from the Antoinette range at the sleep room

Monday, 1 February 2010

Inspired Monday

Over the weekend, I spent time on flickr enjoying the photo streams of those that have become my favourites. I had a lovely time in Lewes, chilled out with our girls and de-cluttered some more with my husband. So this morning, I took some snaps of our home, arranged our a kitchen a little and took this photo. I am particularly fond of a design company called Rosehip and the wrapping paper in the above image is one of theirs. Being addicted to stationary, I also own four of their notebooks!