Monday, 28 September 2009

Happy Monday

Happy Monday to you. Here are a few more pictures of the living room, not sure how it all turned out so girly, it seems everything I touch ends up this way. The husband left a patchy sultry half manlike room and is to come home to this, I don't think he will be too impressed. I will be editing out a few of the shabby chic touches later.

I bought the photo of a stag as a peace offering an I.O.U for a future study/office where no floral anything or pretty candlestick will trespass. The scent of cedar and old leather chairs, a tobacco candle, a potted plant, maybe some taxidermy and an anglepoise lamp.

Anyway it stays pretty for now, I am off to nurse my featured illness of the week, a cold. Obviously working with sick colleagues, the public and horrible air conditioning recycling germs means Autumn is going to be peppered with various ailments for me. Honey lemon and grated ginger is the beginning of the battle for this one. I had such a good run of health throughout the beginning of 2009! Better get back in to eating more veggies.

On a more positive note D has told me to plan a short five day break for us and says we can go anywhere I like, I am stumped I just don't know where to go? Any suggestions? Have you stayed in a lovely hotel recently or visited a city or town that exceeded expectations? I was thinking Amsterdam, Stockholm, somewhere in Scotland, I just don't know. Help!

Hopefully he won't retract the offer once he has seen the flat.

28 comments:

olivia rae said...

it's absolutely beautiful! i'm so inspired by your blog... i recently bought lots of fabric and lace and am going to start bunting!

Jane Flanagan said...

Oh it's lovely! So you!

As for a vacation, any of the above sound divine. I fantasize about any & all of them!

Kylie said...

It looks divine! White spaces can carry a bit of girlishness so easily I think :) K

p.s. if I had the chance I'd go to Antwerp :)

sam said...

Good morning! A five day break is a tricky one as most cities can keep you occupied for three days, but five could be pushing it. We spent a week in Istanbul in November some years back. It was lovely, and the hotel we stayed in (Hotel Empress Zoe) was gorgeous, complete with resident friendly ginger cat : )

Danielle said...

I went to Prague this summer and I think it would be absolutely magical during the colder months with someone you love.

countrymummy said...

It all looks mighty fine to me. Do you have a fuzzy head with your cold? I think I have student-flu from milling about in the company of 11-19 year olds. I'd recommend Budapest and Madrid. Five days - what a luxury...

Rose said...

Living room looks gorgeous, am sure he won't mind too much ;-)

I loved Stockholm, can't recommend it enough, although it is pricey for food and drink.

Kristina said...

From the places you've mentioned I'd recommend Stocholm - Nothern Venice with lots of water, impressive buildings and Swedish style :)

onesilentwinter said...

it is lovely, you make it so. the whites in your home our perfection.

Floddertje said...

Good morning,

I'm from the Netherlands but I live in France. Last year, round christmas, I went to Brugge (in Belgium) and then to Amsterdam. It was wonderful, and no destination could have been that nice at this period. Hope this could be a good advice to you!

The Curious Cat said...

Scotland is always wonderful - a trip up round Oban and Fort William would be lovely...Rome is also always splendid! xxx PS Hope you feel better pronto! xxx

catarina said...

Hi
It´s wonderful to have some days to travel at this time of the year. Have you ever considered Lisbon? I recently found this website that seems to be a special place to stay

http://www.lisbondreamsguesthouse.com/index.html

And I can teel you, that in Lisbon, we still have a late summer with warm nights to walk around

Sarah said...

Love your blog and my recommendation would be to head up to Scotland - great time of year - tartan, fireplaces, scotch and all that! head for the Highlands! or Perth, which is a lovely city.

Mariele said...

scotland! it's fab and full of tasty food.

Gstar said...

Loving all the 'Country Shabby Chic'!

Stockholm is lovely but yes, very expensive. Istanbul is a great city to explore and I agree with Sam, there's so much to do and see you won't be bored or done after 3 days. I love Barcalona too and the weather is still baking over there at the mo, my other half is going today on business. Wish I could go :(

Gx

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hi Jeska
Shame about the cold, how about 1000mg of Vit C each day? Always good insurance!
Your room is divine, and most of all I adore the blackboard in the fireplace - such a wonderful thing! And there's a most amazing seedhead of some kind on the shelf, all spikey and interesting: I love that!
5 days away.... aaaah, what a dream. Well, if it was this country I'd suggest the extremes, maybe a small Cornish hotel (St Mawes is a lovely place) or West Wales. Either of which would be great for wrapping up warm and walking the beaches. I'm sure Scotland would be great too, but as you know I've never been! Abroad, I'd head for Scandinavia, in particular I recommend Denmark. It is so unspoilt and has a flavour of a simpler more 1950's lifestyle. But don't just go to Copenhagen, try the coast too - they have the most STUNNING coastline. Take a look at the Danish tourist board site: it's great. Or if you don't mind the journey, head for San Francisco- truly magical especially in Autumn.
I better stop now!
Happy days!
Denise x

Harriet Hat Peg said...

I can thoroughly recommend Loch Rannoch, stay in the Old Laundry on the Dunalastair Estate with resident red squirrels. Love your website too.

plaisirs simples said...

gorgeous!! god....there are so many wonderful places around you I can't even begin to suggest one! scotland would be fun this time of year!

Petra said...

hi there, just wanted to say that i really find your blog inspiring.thankyou!
/ petra from sweden

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

how fun! so lovely!!!

my living room is a work in progress...

Have you seen Brooklyn Limestone???
She's helping me out...

http://myislandwedding.blogspot.com/2009/08/kelleys-livingroom.html

I bet your hubby won't even mind your "girly items" especially if you don't point them out specifically...

Good luck!

Kerrie said...

as I am longing to return to Cornwall i would suggest Newlyn - my son and I were there November last year - magical. we stayed at Crest House which I'm sure you'd love! But....Istanbul, Budapest, Prague, Amsterdam....visited all of them as well and they were great!

Pia K said...

my hometonw of stockholm is of course fantastic, perhaps more so off tourist season.

but i am partial to scotland for which my heart sings, isle of skye in autumn... or grand edinburgh!

another favourite city of mine is copenhagen, unfortunately rather expensive at the moment but oh the shopping, the ambiance, the style, the food....

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

I love your living room--beautiful and I don't really think it's too girly girl. As far as cities go, one of my most favorite destinations is Positano Italy...a perfect spot to rest and rejuvenate for a few days and soooo charming.

Almoneda y Antig├╝edades said...

I love the way you do things! Its great ;=)

gabriela ruigomez said...

i love this room! its very beautifull

Almoneda y Antig├╝edades said...

i love this bedroom! its a happy room whit very nice things!

Anne said...

I 've been to the Story hotel in Stockholm last summer, it was just great!
You can go on their website directly or on Emmas' design blog, you can also find her stockholm guide, I've made one on my blog too.
See you
Anne

contact said...

Last comment, it's about the linen you put on your sofa, is that antique? Do you know where I can find some similar ones please?
Anne