Bright & Bold

Bright prints & clashing colours are on my mind. Be bold and put things together when they ‘shouldn’t’ go, add contrast and texture to an otherwise basic outfit and, most importantly of all, have fun doing it!

Happy Thursday!

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Hand Stitched

I am fond of the idea of creating a patchwork curtain. The idea of collecting vintage handkerchiefs, lace off-cuts and beautifully embroidered cotton fabrics and piecing them all together to create a curtain or voile.

I think something like this would make a striking room divider…what do you think?

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Trunk Times

I love a vintage trunk! Whether it’s a family heir loom or a charity shop find, they are perfect to have as storage items for your loveable junk and they always seem to tell their own story. I store a lamp and books on mine, but they are also lovely as coffee tables or at the end of your bed.

Here are some images to inspire you. SWOON.

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Calm Beige

Since being inspired by the images from London Fashion Week, I have been attracted by anything which is beige! Whether it’s a trench coat, a paint sample or a fabric adorning a button backed chair, the colour is inspiring and perfect for this coming season.

Happy Monday!

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Candle Cup

I love to have my home filled with the scent of burning candles.  I’ve been collecting vintage tea cups, cut glass tumblers and glass jelly moulds in the hope of getting round to making my own candles. Not only do they look cute, they also make the perfect gift for friends and family!

Here are a few simple steps on how to make your own and what you will need…

* A pouring pot or saucepan

* A thermometer

* 1 pound of palm wax

* Aromatherapy scents of your choice

* Candle wicks

* Fill the pouring pot or saucepan with the wax and heat until it reaches 85 oc

* Choose the tea cup or holder that you’d like to use for the candle
* Add your chosen scent to the melted wax. It’s lovely to mix different scents together
* Fill your tea cup or chosen holder to the top and wait for 5 minutes
* Insert the wicked into the middle of the candle wax 
* To ensure that the wick stays in the centre of the candle, use a bamboo stick. Make sure that you remove it after a few minutes to prevent an indent being create. The candle now needs to be left for a few hours until it is completely solid.
* The wick can now be trimmed to about 0.5”
* Light your candle and enjoy! 
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Throw It On

The last few days have definitely got colder which has started getting me ready for the winter hibernation period! I love to curl up on the armchair with a luxurious throws or snuggle in bed surrounded by a wall of cushions. Cushions, throws and other soft furnishings are also a brilliant way of updating a room by injecting new colours or textures.

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Seasonal

Autumn is my favourite season. I love the dewy mornings and chilly evenings, I love the changing colours in the trees and the different light of day.

Why not celebrate the arrival of this fabulous season by picking the last of the flowers, greenery and autumn berries from the garden and adorn a vase?

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All Tidy

I always find it a struggle to keep things in my bathroom neat and tidy – so many lotions and potions and limited spaces in which to keep them. I think that storage should be as stylish as it is practical and have come across these recent images as a source of inspiration.

I would love to hear how you have over come your storage dilemmas!

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