Thursday, 30 September 2010

Spiced red cabbage

Can't post with images because blogger hates me today. But I have been making cushions and going to market to buy dinner and cooking spiced red cabbage and lots of nice things which I hope to share with you soon. When I am no longer picture challenged.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

I wish I could crochet

My highlight on twitter this morning is finding out from Sandra Juto that it is Wristworm season. But which pair? I love them all.

All images Sandra Juto, one of my favourite bloggers. Her photography really does makes my day.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Early Autumn berries

Bright morning light, warmed soup in the evenings, early Autumn berries and cosy corners.

I hope you have a happy weekend.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Six of the best . . . images

I have saved to my desktop tonnes of inspirational images and sorting through the loved, already used and unnecessary this afternoon I found these six to share which you too might love. Pretty girly things for a dismal afternoon, to get you in the spirit for making tea and cake.

1 Catherine Campbell.

3 Selvedge Magazine.

4 and 6 Martha Stewart Weddings.

5 Rita Konig's apartment.

If you are the owner (or know who is) of the pretty garland in image 2, please please let me know and I will add the link. Enjoy.

Botanical prints

I have been asked a few times where I got the pretty rose prints in my lounge. They were the pages of an old book of the Botanical Prints of Pierre-Joseph Redouté. After visiting the V&A yesterday I was browsing their online shop and found their beautiful collection of posters and prints. They have lots (not exactly the same), but of other beautiful fruits, flowers and birds.

Oh just one more unrelated thing I loved from the shop and then I promise to let you discover the rest for yourself! These oh so sweet finger pincushions. For keeping your pins safe and close by.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Oh Comely

Had a fabulous time in London with friends today. We enjoyed yummy balsamic strawberry and black pepper ice cream next to the shimmering water in the garden at the V&A whilst waiting to see the Grace Kelly exhibition. It was all there, the Kelly bag, diamond tiara, floral silk pumps, capsule honeymoon wardrobe. Lots of cooing later and with a few (can't leave behind) items from the museum shop. I found myself making a mad dash for the train with a paper wrapped caramel doughnut in one hand and a copy of this beautiful magazine in the other. So impressed with their ethos (below) and what I discovered within the pages. I subscribed as soon as I got home. Can't wait for the next issue to arrive.

"oh comely is a magazine about people and their quirks and their creativity, rather than money and what it can buy. It's nice to see you here.
It's a magazine that inspires people to be creative, talk to their neighbours and explore new things, rather than buy stuff or lose weight. Imagine sitting down with a cup of tea and a creative friend to hear all the strange things she says, all the curious stuff she does, and about the things she loves."

Images Oh Comely.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


Adore the beautiful catalogue from Toast's new mens collection.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Six of the best . . . Cushions

There's no quicker, easier way to update or re direct the design of any room than with new soft furnishings and cushions in my opinion are the best place to start. I love using found and repurposed fabric from favourite dresses and skirts that no longer fit or vintage curtains, to make quick decorative cushion covers. Who knew the old embellished Jigsaw cardigan that I shrunk would look so great on my sofa?

If you neither have the time or inclination to craft your own these six shops sell great collections of cushions and pillows. Here are my favourites. Top row, Odessa folk cushions - Plumo, Cottage Garden Cushions - RE-Found Objects, and Mulberry pink striped - Papa Stour.
Bottom row, Orangerie floral cushion - Designers Guild, Silk velvet - Toast, and Roses Vintage Retro - Plonka Home.

Lost and found

My husband just had an old forgotten camera film developed and I was delighted with some of the shots that were on the film.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Next seasons role models 2011

The sixties sweetheart, a modern day Mia Farrow circa Rosemary's Baby and A Dandy in Aspic. Knees and elbows showing. Seen at BCBG Max Azria
The tough on the outside wild child aka Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver. Flimsy flashy flamboyant head wear and 70's dresses. Care of Marc Jacobs.
The fragile beauty, Angelina Jolie in the changeling. Creamy satin, floral silk and chiffon longline layers. All over the runway at Donna Karen. Have fun dressing up!

All images

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

4 polaroids and a snapshot.

Last bank holiday we spent a couple of lovely hours in Whitstable. By the time we were ready for food, there wasn't a table for two in any of the great places to eat, so we scoured the local shops to pick up figs, cheeses, bread and a two person bottle of refreshing Kent Cider.
All around the beach front and restaurants there are huge boxes of oyster shells pilled high ready for recycling, although a main attraction of the area I like to look but not eat so alas, no oysters for us.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Fashion pilgrimage

Up early so I can catch the really good sun, the sun that makes my diamante sandals sparkle as I walk, the sun that inspires me to have a 1950's style breakfast, the perfect sky to accompany me to the newspaper shop on a Sunday morning fashion pilgrimage.

Friday, 10 September 2010

So many reasons to stay home

It's dark early, it's chilly, blankets are looking very appealing right now, and I expect I will be spending the evenings of the next few months snuggled in Pyjamas. The best sleepwear is in Toast's new house and home collection. To me it's like cosy poetry. Faded floral silk trousers, velvet lined slippers, alpaca slouchy cardigans, aran hand knitted socks, tapestry print nighties and the jewel in the crown a damson coloured silk velvet gown.


Simple breakfast, shoreline walk, finding new shops, apple and raisin cake, autumn coloured Hydrangeas.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Six of the best-Twiggy dresses

As you can see I am still yet to expand my blog, but with me still at the bank and my husband working too many hours a day this is a slow process. I have my fingers crossed for the end of Autumn as now the craziness of Summer is winding down and it feels okay to stay indoors.

No longer a term for a corrective lashing. I have decided to start a new feature for thursdays called six of the best, ranging from home wares to wardrobe updates. Now I just have to remember to put the post up every week (feel free to remind me!) For my first post I thought I would scour the shops for six of the best Twiggy style dresses. I have seen these all over the hight street and I love the fact that they are quite demure but have a short hemline to flash a bit of leg. Great with a long sleeve top underneath, brightly coloured tights or if you are like me, a favourite cardigan. I have always thought it fun to dress up like a vintage dolly.

Top row all from Miss Selfridge. Below left Monsoon middle Topshop and finally below right Warehouse.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Heavy charcoal clouds

I have been writing from my bed, about my travels to Lyon for Eurostar, this morning. Heavy charcoal clouds in the sky, window open so I can hear the last of the Summer rain falling in the yard below. Hot cup of my favourite coffee fresh from the stove. Home looks like this at the moment, but Autumn makes me want to move things around almost every day.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Lyon, everything I hoped.

We walked so far and saw so much in our two days of sunshine that an hour drifting in a boat on the huge lake in the park was the perfect way to relax, before finding somewhere to eat an evening meal.