Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Decorate - Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick

The bookshelves in our house are already groaning under the weight of beautiful interiors and photography books, but I might have to make room for some more which are just coming out. I love the feeling of buying a new book and turning each page to find new ideas and inspiration.

These 3 books are right up my street, full of uplifting interiors and fun ideas for our home.
Emily Chalmers is a brilliant stylist who introduces fun, quirky touches of personality by mixing vintage pieces into modern homes.

Holly Becker is the brilliant editor of Decor8, one of the most popular design blogs [and my teacher for BYW!]. She has a brilliant eye for contemporary styling, and mixing different periods and influences to create interiors with a really individual feel, this will definitely be on my birthday wish-list.

Katherine Sorrell is an interiors writer and she suggests how to combine old with new, cheap with expensive to create a unique home full of flair.

Can't wait to get my copies! Have you read any of these yet?

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Netheredge Farmers Market in Sheffield

It was the spring market here in Sheffield today and although the sun wasn't shining there was so many beautiful flowers that you couldn't help but have a smile.

As always I was totally inspired by the creativity in the city and some of the great things that people are doing off their own back, here are just a few of my favourites and some of the gorgeous flowers that lifted my spirits on a pretty cold March day.

Lianne Mellor creates pretty, delicate fine bone china tea cups and saucers, cakestands and other homewares that are illustrated with her own quirky designs. It reminded me of Beatrix Potter but with a modern twist, just lovely!

Elegant Icing [] had the most incredible giant Easter Eggs each hand made and designed with bright colours and delicious icing - I wanted to eat the lot.

Nuada Accessories were really bright, and fun, and the bold colours were just perfect for this spring time.

And the Millthorpe nursery in Derbyshire always has a lovely selection of plants and decorative touches for the garden. Like little birdboxes painted in heritage colours, and wooden trugs that would look lovely in a vintage inspired garden.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Thank you Holly and Leslie

4 weeks ago I began an on-line course about blogging. My husband was very cynical that I was sending my money off to a stranger in the internet stratosphere and didn't really understand what for.

Blogging Your Way has opened my eyes to a whole world of very talented women and inspiring blogs. Holly of Decor8 and Leslie of A Creative Mint have led the course through the world of blogging, photography and so much more that I never realised would be a part of the course. It has given me a renewed confidence in my work and a sense of achievement each week. I've been excited about what was going to be posted next and truth-be-told I feel little bit sad that the course has come to an end.

For those of you interested in blogging I would really recommend signing up to the next course details can be found on Holly's blog.

And so this is my little homage to the girls that have inspired me to be a better blogger and a better person, to not be afraid to try new things and jump in with both feet. It is a little photographic reflection on springtime and my days.

Thank you x

Friday, 25 March 2011

Beautiful Elizabeth Taylor

Such sad news this week that Liz Taylor has past away, she was such a legend and an original Hollywood beauty. I had to share this gorgeous framed print that I saw in John Lewis, it reminds us what an icon she was.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Vintage Home Sheffield

I'm so lucky to have such great shopping on our doorstep, I'm never short of inspiration.

One shop in particular always catches my eye when I drive past - Vintage Home in Sheffield. Apparently it's become abit of a talking point locally too - with a dramatic mirror in the current window being a talking point at the local school gates!

Chris and Julie who own the shop have a brilliant eye for dressing the window with an eclectic mix of vintage furniture, striking artwork, and new nick-nacks that I can always see fitting into our house. The vintage furniture is well chosen and beautifully restored or updated with gorgeous Farrow and Ball colours.

Julie manages to cleverly mix both quirky and traditional English designers like Jan Constantine, and Fairmont and Main Pottery from West Yorkshire, with pretty vintage inspired Danish designers like Lisbeth Dahl.

This is one of my pick of the 'best little independents' - over the next few months I'll be championing more - drop me a message if you have any suggestions of local independent shops that inspire and enhance your neighbourhood.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Bright and beautiful...

Regular readers will know of my inclination towards the cheap and cheerful, but sometimes I'm drawn to the bright and the beautiful that doesn't always fall into the cheap category!

Cloudberry Living has the most brilliant selection of Scandinavian design for the home, it is so well edited and is just how I imagine it might be going to a really great homes boutique in Sweden; all simple white lines with bright accents and contemporary styling. The kind of pieces that look great in modern homes.

The children's pieces are so refreshing after seeing one too many Peppa Pig and Toy Story duvet covers!

ISAK Alphabet board - £42

This is the kind of 'kids' design I'd be happy to have in our living room - but maybe that's just me?! For those of you who aren't that way inclined the Verner Panton lights are worth a look too - so modern, but my favourite thing of all - timeless too!

Now that's real value for money!

Friday, 4 March 2011

Noah on the train...

Noah is now 2 and a half and changing so much every day.

Last week we took the train through the rain and he loved it. The simple things that he loves so much inspire me to take a look at the world in a different way.

More thrifting...

In my pursuit of all things thrifty but stylish I managed to make a shoe-bag cushion which I'm pretty chuffed with!

During my styling days I was given a strange shoe bag that languished in a shoe box at the back of my wardrobe but I was always reluctant to get rid of it as it was a great olive colour with this shimmering silver detail on the front that was so striking.

So I finally put it to good use by adding a zip and stuffing it with an old ikea cushion.

The materials:

The result:

Happy days!

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