Tag Archives: spring

Mood of the moment… spring awakening

28 Mar

Mood of the Moment - spring escape - Decorator's Notebook blog 680

Listen Decorator's Notebook Mood of the Moment


{LISTEN: Chloe Charles – Find Her Way}

There’s no escaping the specialness of this time of year. I was really touched by the collective enthusiasm for making beautiful flower crowns last week for the spring equinox – crafting and wearing my crown really put me in the mood for positive thinking and a new perspective that comes with the seasonal shift. And this weekend the clocks go forward too – the loss of an hour’s sleep is a small sacrifice for the longer days we can enjoy over the coming months.

Today’s Mood of the Moment really captures the spirit of springtime for me… flowers, lambs, fresh air and lighter clothing are all symbols that mean the world to me, especially since this is the first spring in seven years I’ll be spending back in the countryside where I belong. Take a moment for yourself to sit back and enjoy this lovely uplifting tune by Chloe Charles, discovered by our Dad and recommended to us.

Have a lovely weekend xx

Ne’er cast a clout ’til may be out

22 Apr

seeded bagel with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs

This was my first Saturday since I finished my mentoring that I’ve actually been able to relax and have some time to myself. I was determined to be as lazy as possible, so I got up decadently late then cooked a scrummy brunch in my pjs.

hawthorn may blossom

I went for a walk in Crystal Palace Park (which is right opposite my flat so took no effort whatsoever) to enjoy the lovely sunshine. The may has finally blossomed so I cast my jacket and socks. It felt good!

feet on grass with green shoes{all Decorator’s Notebook}

After a couple of hours exposing my ghostly skin to the sun, I headed homeward to search for a new WordPress theme for my blog – I can’t believe how hard it is to find one I like! I am looking for a clean, simple design with a traditional one column layout, a proper sidebar and room for a header image at the top. Not hard you’d think, but lots of the ones available now seem to look more like website than blogs with a static front page of thumbnails which click to open individual posts rather than a scrolling format.

Should I be considering them? Do you mind blogs with a fixed front page like that or do you still prefer more traditional blog designs?

I’d love to know what you’ve done if you use WordPress.com too…

My blogging view (out with the old, in with the new)

15 Apr

Times are changing. My flat is getting a new owner. I hope she will like it here but it will be hard to say goodbye to this little place of mine. I always sit and write my blog in the same spot on the sofa and this is what I see. I will miss this view. It always looks so pretty in the early evening light.

tulip table with flowers

daffodils and hydrangeas

daffodils and hydrangeas{all Decorator’s Notebook}

These dried hydrangeas (liberated from the council flats around the corner) mixed with eucalyptus and pussy willow have served me well all winter. But the daffodils are finally blooming now and it’s time to embrace freshness and newness again. Even when there is brightness on the horizon, leaving the safe and familiar things can still be hard to do.

Just realised how badly the first photo is on the piss. Must get over my annoyance at putting up my tripod :-)

Join The Room Debate!

1 Feb

Morning all! I’m sooo busy at the moment life has become rather blink and you’ll miss it… but at least it means our lovely Friday discussions come around quickly!

So today’s spring-like bedroom ticks a lot of boxes if trends are all that matter: pastels, ombre, silk lampshades. But the real question is, does it float your boat? Have a good look 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…

feminine pastel bedroom with four poster bed{House to Home}

I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think!

Have a lovely weekend.

DN x

Happy St David’s Day

1 Mar

{Eat Little Bird / Chelsea Fuss}

I’m only a quarter Welsh but it’s a little part I hold dear. It was actually light when I left the office at 5.30 this evening so spring has most definitely sprung. And not a moment too soon!

Ps – I don’t eat my Welsh Cakes with jam as in this photo. Instead, I think they’re best gobbled up as fresh as possible spread with real butter. Make your own using this recipe (although my Great Nanny Bessie’s recipe uses currants rather than sultanas. She’s the Mum in this lovely black and white photo from our family archive). If you haven’t tried them before you must – they’re delish!

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