Archive | January, 2012

Coloured internal doors. Now there’s a thought.

31 Jan

Checking your incoming links and finding you’ve been added to someone’s blogroll has to be one of the nicest ways to discover a new blog. And it’s even nicer when you get some love from a blog as inspiring as Taking Notes.

I popped straight over and had a good poke around Katrin’s amazing house. A-MA-ZING with capital letters and hyphens and everything. And that’s not even taking into account the picture perfect German village it’s in, or the walled garden, or the fact that garden has a BARN IN IT! House envy? Natürlich.

Inside the renovation is full of lovely little touches, including this one, that’s really got me thinking…

{all  Taking Notes}

I’m sure everyone has those little niggly things about their homes that nag away at them. In Le Flat, that thing is my cheap plywood internal doors. The living room one even has a hole where the handle should be. I know, I know.

Of course, they were the first thing I was going to change when I moved in and two years later they’re still there, taunting me with their god-awfulness. Reclaimed stripped-pine doors would be the obvious replacement, but the reality of my budget means I’ll be plumping for new pine doors that are going to need painting. It had never crossed my mind to use anything other than white / off white, but there is something about this Thatcherite blue that I can’t get out of my head.

This colour-phobe might just be for turning!

Spring has sprung!

30 Jan

Perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but the first vase of daffodils of the year is always a special moment!

{Decorator’s Notebook}

Three bunches of sunshine for a pound – you can’t say fairer than that!

J is for Jam Jars

27 Jan

There are some things ‘normal’ people just don’t understand about girls like me.

Like why I’d gladly spend a small fortune on hideously overpriced  jam / honey / yogurt just because I like the jar.

Something tells me that I might find a bit of understanding amongst girls like you?!

And that’s why, J is for Jam Jars

{Sunday In Bed via Pinterest}

{Tartelette via Pinterest}

{Dexknows via Pinterest}

{I Heart Home via Pinterest}

{House to Home via Pinterest}

I’m hooked on Pinterest and add new snippets of inspiration almost every day, so click here or hit the button in the sidebar to follow my boards.

Have a lovely weekend!

More beautiful books

25 Jan

Forgive the bookish theme this week!

I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I only made my first visit to Daunt Books in Marylebone recently and spied these gorgeous books covers adorning the fabric-covered shelves. They’ve been about a while but I’ve somehow missed them, so they’re here today in case you have too.

The Penguin Threads series contains three much-loved classics with covers hand-embroidered by illustrator Jillian Tamaki. The level of detail is amazing (who didn’t cry at the part where Beauty broke his hoof?) and the books have been printed with embossed dust jackets so you get a sense of the silk threads in the original work.

There are just these three books in the series at the moment, which represent two months of painstaking hand embroidery. Pick up a copy on Amazon for £8-9.

Before I go I just have to share a picture of Jill’s Monster Quilt… check out the Tam o’ Shantered Nessie!

{all via Jillian Tamaki}

Bookshelf Porn

23 Jan

I love it when you find a blog that just tells it like it is.

This one’s called Bookshelf Porn. Say no more.

{all via Bookshelf Porn}

Beautiful books, on beautiful shelves, for your viewing pleasure. There are hundreds more where these came from here.

Join the Room Debate!

20 Jan

Wow, I loved reading all the opinions in the first Room Debate – thanks to everyone who joined in and welcome to today’s constructive criticism session!

For newcomers, it’s easy to take part. Just have a look at the room photo below and leave a comment with your answers to these two questions:

One thing I like most about this room is…

One thing I like least about this room is…

{via House to Home}

I’ve started things off in the comments below… meet you there!

Something old in something new

19 Jan

I’ve had a handful of vintage clock faces and broken bone dominoes in a bag, in a box, on top of my wardrobe, since I picked them up for a song in Margate two summers ago.

Last week I bought a stamped metal bowl from Dotcomgiftshop and before you can say “contrived vignette” an odd little table display was born…

{all Decorator’s Notebook}

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

Another amazing Norwegian house

18 Jan

I find it really interesting that two individual house tours can end up with exactly the same tags (vintage, Norwegian, wooden house, reclaimed…) yet the overall style of the homes can be so very different. While last week’s house was all about fresh, effortless elegance, today’s has a striking rustic look, with battered dark wood, artistic clutter and a worn-in homely feel.

I love them both equally, but differently. Maybe I could have last week’s as my main home and this one as my weekend escape! Which do you prefer?

Everything inside the house feels like it’s been there forever, but the building (an old rectory) was almost completely derelict when the owners bought it, and all the materials and fittings were painstakingly sourced from reclaim yards and architectural salvage specialists all over Europe. The fireplace is a mish-mash of various antique French surrounds, cleverly pieced together.

Another themed picture wall for me to ponder over. This one’s made from paintings and sketches collected from San Francisco flea markets where the couple lived for 25 years before moving back to their native Norway.

This bedroom looks so warm and cosy, though even the hippy in me recoils from a bed made from straw bales *shudders at the thought of the dust*

{all Trine Thorsen via Sköna Hem}

I don’t even know where to start with this amazing bathroom! I adore the colourful turtle tiles, the enormous beaten bathtub, the bird etchings on the walls, the shell panel curtain… even the house plants which are normally one of my pet hates actually look lovely in here.

I have such admiration for people who can pull together creative chaos like this… it’s so much more difficult than it looks!

I like this, and some days that’s enough…

17 Jan

Don’t worry, I’m not going all ‘fashion blog’ on you. Believe me, if you saw what I was wearing today you’d realise I wouldn’t even try!

However, I can’t get the loveliness of this picture out of my mind, so I’m posting it here because this is my blog and that means I can…

{via SignePling}

You could use the colours as a room scheme if you felt like it. You might want to hunt out the skirt. You might covet those bentwood chairs. Maybe you’re after a vintage bike.

Do with it what you will, I’m just putting it out there because you’re girls of fine taste and you might just love it too.

Some days, that feels like enough.

Easy peasy handmade notecards

16 Jan

There are many advantages to making your own cards. In my case, the decision to send handmade Christmas thank you cards was mainly based on the idea that the recipients might not notice how late they are if they get something that looks like it’s taken time and effort to create.

Brilliantly, these button cards require neither time nor effort, so everyone’s a winner! I’m sharing them with you on the understanding you won’t tell…

You will need:

Blank cards and envelopes, half of one colour and half of another (I used white and kraft cards from Paperchase)

Martha Stewart Button Punch (this one)

Interesting paper (eg: an old book, music manuscript, origami paper, gift wrap)

Pritt stick

How to do it:

1) Position the punch in the bottom right hand corner of each card (line up the lower edge of the punch with the lower edge of the card to get it straight). Press hard to punch through. The button should still be attached to the main body of the card at the top and bottom (see below). Take care not to detach it.

2) Take your interesting paper (I used a page from an old book) and punch out enough buttons to give you one for each card.

3) Punch out another button from the main body of the card above the first, leaving enough space between them to glue the ‘interesting paper’ button in place (you can hold it in position as a guide). This time, detach the button completely, leaving you with a circular hole. Keep the button to one side.

4) Repeat with all the cards.

5) Glue the ‘interesting paper’ button between the first button and the hole.

6) Take the buttons you’ve punched out and glue behind the holes you’ve made in the contrasting colour card.

6) When ready to post, put the cards into contrasting envelopes for a bit of extra interest.

{all Decorator’s Notebook}

Reading this I realise I’ve managed to make these instructions sound really difficult but hopefully the pictures are pretty self explanatory!

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