Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Your Home: Clocks Have Changed,Time To Get Cosy!


Now that the clocks have changed and the Autumn nights are starting to draw in, I feel an overwhelming sense of cosiness. I love this time of year; crisp sunny days, beautiful autumnal colours, cashmere jumpers and our cosy winter duvet! 

I've been browsing online looking for a new bed linen set - it's our second wedding anniversary in a few weeks and the theme for this year is cotton. The perfect excuse for some new Egyptian cotton! I stumbled across the M&S Home Autumn/Winter look book and am totally smitten with the beautiful selection of cosy winter colours and designs. Usually I'm drawn to lighter fresher styles, but some of the dark sets have really captured my imagination - maybe time to re-paint our bedroom black?!

Which set would you choose?

LMH
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{Images via Marks & Spencer}

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker's New York Home For Sale


A hugely exciting opportunity for all those Sex And The City fans out there with a few million dollars to spare....Sarah Jessica Parker is selling her East 10th Street townhouse in New York. The beautiful building dates back to 1846 and has been renovated throughout to a very high standard - it even includes her own version of Carrie's famous walk in wardrobe. The design throughout is stylish and slick and the colours used from a very neutral palette and use of a lot of natural wood, which I adore. The overall impression is of a serene and calm space to escape from the hectic New York City life. If only I had a few million dollars to spare...

LMH
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{Images via Architectural Digest}


Monday, 18 August 2014

Welcome Home Little Lola!


This year work has been crazy and as a result I have been sadly neglecting the blog, simply because the time is just not there to sit in a calm space and write! 

I now have a bit of downtime as our builders have headed back to Poland for a well earned six week break, while P and I are settle into our new home having moved from Jedburgh Street a few weeks ago. I will share some photos of Jedburgh Street with you soon - in fact I have a lot of posts stored in my head that I can't wait to share with you over the coming weeks and months as I'm hoping this downtime will allow me to write more as well as to do  some forward planning, so that I can maintain my posting during the hectic schedule of a building project!

Anyway, I have a short post today to touch base and introduce you to our new member of the family - the adorable Lola arrived yesterday. I can't wait to share more pictures of her in future with of course Coco, who so far seems to love her new little friend!

LMH
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Homes Away From Home: The Avalon, Beverley Hills

Back in deep darkest January P and I escaped to the sunshine in California for a couple of weeks - we had such a lovely time with friends, first in San Francisco, which was such a beautiful city and somewhere I could totally picture myself living - particularly in the gorgeous mansions in Pacific Heights! We then headed to Las Vegas for 48 hours (a must for everyone, but 48 hours is long enough!) and after that we drove across the desert to sunny Los Angeles. 

It was my first visit and needless to say I loved the city. We stayed in the beautiful Avalon Hotel in Beverley Hills. Part of the Viceroy Hotel Group. The hotel is built around a lovely pool, the buildings that house the bedrooms were were formerly Condos - it is rumoured that Marilyn Monroe once lived there and the design of the hotel makes it very easy to picture here there!

The Avalon transports you back in time - think retro glamour from the 50s and 60s - I had to resist the urge to don a stylish one piece and spend my days sitting my the pool, wearing huge sunglasses and sipping cocktails - there was a huge city to explore and just not enough hours in the day!

Our room was stunning - a cool, calm colour palette of greys and turquoise, Carrara marble bathrooms with beautiful retro pieces of furniture to add character to the space. I was in retro heaven and I couldn't think of a more perfect place to base ourselves to explore Beverley Hills.

I you are planning a trip to LA then I can't recommend the Avalon enough - just make sure you pack that one piece and some huge sunglasses for movie star spotting!

LMH
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{Images via Viceroy Hotel Group}

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Happy Sunday!


I just wanted to write a short post to say happy sunny Sunday to everyone! I'm so aware that I have been blogging a lot less than I would like at the moment - it's really hard as the business has been taking up almost all my time. 

We are at such a crucial stage on the latest development that my focus has to be 100% on that and searching for the next opportunity, but I'm missing my writing and my fix of pretty things! As my regular readers will know, I have a mild obsession with blue and white ceramics and today spotted these gorgeous pictures of a simple Scandinavian kitchen with a great collection of blue and white accessories, so had to share it with you.

My aim for the next few weeks is to try and get back on top of things and be able to blog more so please watch this space!

LMH
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Saturday, 17 May 2014

My Work: Up On The Roof...

It's been a while since I've updated you on our latest project, so once again on a quiet Saturday afternoon while P is away working, I am catching up on admin and blogging! 

These are pictures taken about seven weeks ago when Spring had
 almost sprung; the roof came off the house just in time for the good weather! Our team are brilliant and have been working like troopers to bring the project in on time - all being well there are six weeks left to go! At the start of the project they spent almost two weeks clearing the front and rear gardens, removing a WWII bunker from the back garden, before creating a trench for the flood water to disappear into as the garden was pretty waterlogged. 

Finally we were able to get started on the construction of the loft extension. As you can see from the pictures, this really left the house open to the elements but we were extremely lucky with the weather and except for a couple of days the rain held off. I will update you again next week with some more pictures - the roof is now back on and the new windows will arrive this week, which we are very excited about. It will be lovely to see the house start to take shape again!

LMH

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Your Home: Introducing English Abode


This week I want to introduce you to a website that I have spent much of the weekend trawling looking for unique pieces for my current project. It's a new luxury interiors website called English Abode, which encompasses a range of styles from beautiful antique pieces to modern and vintage - something for everyone and I for one am totally hooked! As well as having items for sale they have a magazine section of the site packed with interiors inspiration and ideas.

One of the main things I'm looking to source at the moment are wallpapers to brighten up the bedrooms; I have five to design and although I want a similar colour palette across the house I'm keen to introduce a variety of textures and finishes to make each space individual. Whilst browsing English Abode I stumbled across an favourite of mine from the wallpaper world - British design team Turner Pocock Cazalet. Their designs include a variety of animals and birds as well as more fun images such as the tennis print above all elegantly finished in a range of colours.


To celebrate the launch and my discovery of their website, English Abode are generously offering all Little Miss Homes readers a 10% discount on all items except for antiques. Simply enter the code: ABODE10 at the checkout.



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{Images via English Abode}

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