Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Flowers: Beautiful Bluebells





























A quick post to share with you these stunning pictures of another of my favourite flowers, the bluebell! Bluebells are magical - seeing them fill woodlands at this time of year is one of the most wonderful sites and I hope you have had the time to enjoy them as it's not long before they will be gone again.

Best seen in the woods, bluebells also make lovely additions to the garden as well as picked in the home and even for decoration at a wedding or event; see below for inspiration.

Random bluebell fact from Wikipedia: The bluebell may be regarded as the United Kingdom's "favourite flower", and a stylised bluebell has been used since 2005 as the logo for the Botanical Society of the British Isles.



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Friday, 25 May 2012

Interiors Inspiration: New York Home Built from a Ship

Happy Friday! I hope you are enjoying the glorious sunshine that we've been experiencing over the last few days. Summer appears to have arrived at last and long may it continue! One of my best friends is visiting me today from New York where she moved a couple of years ago - I'm so excited about our lunch by the beach and as a mini celebration I want to share this gorgeous cottage in Sagaponack, New York that was built in 1748 from from a ship's bowed hull! I adore the white, wooden finish throughout with the addition of vintage bits and pieces. The space is stylish with a hint of rustic, beach cottagey and overall a very calming space.

LMH
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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

My Home: Upcyling a Family Heirloom


In my humble opinion, one of the best things to have come out of the credit crunch is the passion and fashion for recycling and upcycling vintage and antique items in the home. People now think twice before flinging out something that is not only still functions perfectly well, but that also has a lot more character and meaning to it than the equivalent bought new. There's also the ability to make your own mark on items passed down over generations, like this lovely pine dresser that has been in my family for over 30 years. P and I loved it, but weren't convinced by the colour of the wood in our kitchen, so I set to painting it white with a very shabby chic finish and we are thrilled with the results. Painting is really simple to do, especially if you have the right tools. I love Annie Sloane's chalk paints, which you can literally slap on with no preparation to the wood at all - amazing! I also made sure I invested in some really good brushes and these gel ones from Harris really made the job a really smooth one.

What have you got around the house that you could breathe some life back into with a new look?

LMH
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Monday, 14 May 2012

Flowers: Celebrating the humble Daisy



This weekend I started thinking about the humble Daisy and how sadly underrated it is. Another of my favourite flowers, it's always the little things that give me such pleasure like admiring this little flower on my daily walk with Coco! Resilient (no amount of mowing will get rid of them, which is why some would call them a weed) they spring into action at this time of year and keep on flowering throughout the Summer. Not only do they offer an innocent, low key beauty when spotted amongst the grass, but they also bring back such happy memories of lying in the sunshine as a child making daisy chains. Brought indoors, they are great flowers to use to decorate your home, your table or even incorporated into your wedding flowers. As you can see from the pictures below they really do look stunning in all settings and one fact I bet you didn't know is that they can also be used as a herb...young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked (although they do become less tasty with age) and the flower buds and petals can also be eaten raw in sandwiches, soups and salads, so you can even use them add style and beauty to your plate!

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Friday, 11 May 2012

My Home: Bridport or French Brocante?

Last weekend P and I had a sneaky break before his busy season begins...from mid-May until the end of October his weekends as well as week days are filled with work and I have to grab moments with him between meetings, shoots and the hours of editing that follows. Before all that kicks off we headed down to France with Coco in tow for a house swap {which was fantastic...more of that on a later post...} to explore the brocantes and indulge in too much local cheese and wine.

You might be wondering at what point Bridport comes into this...although we had a wonderful time in our French home away from home, the brocantes and bric a brac we found left us longing for Bridport and the weekly antique market on South Street and the wonderful St Michaels Trading Estate; a permanent warehouse full of amazing delights, a haven for those like me who love to browse and bag a bargain. The things we've found on our trip to France were a little dull and very overpriced, making us really appreciate how wonderful and unique Bridport is. I'm sure there are lots of brocantes with some wonderful bargains but sadly for us on this trip, we didn't discover them.To celebrate Bridport here are some lovely pictures of the town...have a great weekend and if you're in the area I would highly recommend the market tomorrow!


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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend!


Just a quick post to wish you a happy Bank Holiday weekend! We are in the Grande Champagne region of Charante in France relaxing and looking for bargains at brocantes...I hope you are also having gorgeous time wherever you are!

LMH
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