Friday, January 13, 2017

In The Pink In Melbourne

Melbourne shop interior
What a beautiful shop this is. Situated in Melbourne Australia, I don't suppose I'll be visiting any time soon.
Melbourne shop interior
 I love shops that are understated and uncluttered, it makes the products stand out. Found at Yatzer
Melbourne shop interior

Melbourne shop interior
I also love the use of pink and green in this space.
Melbourne shop interior

Melbourne shop interior

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I Could Live Here

NY Loft
Pity this fabulous loft is in New York, a bit far away for me. I love the eclectic feel off this place. In this time of changing trends, which incidently drives me insane, it's so refreshing to see something that is timeless yet innovative.
NY Loft
To present a loft in this way is very brave because most ould go for an industial look. TThi only proves that you can mix looks with great effect. Be bold and I promise you it will be beautiful.
NY Loft
Found at Marie Claire Maison
NY Loft

Monday, January 09, 2017

Emma The Kettle

stelton emma kettle
Meet my kettle, she's called Emma. I have long been admiring this stunning design and it even matches my kitchen decor.
stelton emma kettle
Due to the fact that I have an open plan ground floor in my cottage the kettle is always on show. For my last birthday my son and his wife, who incidentally is called Emma, surprised me with this. I had admittedly been banging on about it.
stelton
The deign is by Stelton and it's not the only beautiful design they sell.
stelton

Friday, January 06, 2017

Desk Accessories With a Difference


Beyond Object desk accssories
Beyond Object's claim that they Make Objects Different From The Norm is true enough. I love that this pen shows that it is not ready for use.
Beyond Object desk accssories
This pen has a stylus tip at the othe end.
Beyond Object desk accssories
A sellotape dispenser that for once looks elegant.
Beyond Object desk accssories
A pen holder that doubles as a paper weight
Beyond Object desk accssories
And how cool is this fruit bowl? All available oline.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

​ Not Just a Shoe Shop In Cheltenham - Keith Scarrott

 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

​Have you ever visited a shop you could live in? I did last week in Cheltenham. I bought a gorgeous pair of flat shoes in a fabulous dress agency in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham. A snip at £29. The lady who sold me them pointed out the designer and said we should visit the shop which was just around the corner from the apartment we were staying in. Needless to say we went tout suite. 
 Keith Scarrott shoe designer
Keith Scarrott (above), shoe designer, opened his shop in 1975. He has since handed over the reins to his daughter Sophie who is equally as talented as her Dad. The shoes are to die for and shockingly inexpensive. Those high boots (below) are £125 which is amazing for such style and quality.
Back to why I could live there. Well I think these photographs speak for themselves and incidentally you can buy online.
 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

 Keith Scarrott shoe designer


 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

Monday, October 24, 2016

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
Just a small part of the Literary Festival
​I've spent the last couple of months travelling. On my way back from France I joined a friend at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. It was my first ever visit to Cheltenham and I was literally blown away (forgive the pun).
I have never seen so many stunning buildings in one relatively small space. The place is full of fabulous individul shops 2 of which I will show you this week.
Take look for yourselves. I've captioned the images.
​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
One of those beautiful terraces

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
A peek into someone's garden

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
Fabulous shops in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
A new hotel development

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
Whow wouldn't want to stay somewhere called The Lucky Onion?

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
Another one of those terraces

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
Fabulous fountain

Friday, October 21, 2016

​ Nature's Little Gifts


dark with pops of colour
​When I'm asked where I get inspiration from I always reply - by looking up. Nature has a way of showing me how to put colours together. Hey it's been doing it al lot longer than I have.
Take for instance this phenomenon that often happens when the sun shines through a darkened sky. The colours take on a whole new look. As they say in the design world - they pop.

Don't be afraid of the dark.

dark with pops of colour
​White on black gives a 3D effect

dark with pops of colour
​Black with highlights of gold becomes vibrant

dark with pops of colour
​and jewel colours sing.

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour
My favourite staircase Girl With a Pearl Earring by Chippendale and Morris at The Stencil Library

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour

Thursday, October 20, 2016

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
A fireplace nearly as big as my cottage
​Well where do I start? This is the most beautiful Chateau I have ever visited. It's somehow got a homely feel even though it's so palatial and the guide book easily imparts its information as you take it all in.
It's bright due to all the windows and is beautifully preserved.
I could go on forever about how fabulous it is but I'll let the pictures speak for themselves with an added caption here and there.
​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
The ground floor gallery

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
The gallery is bathed in light due to 18 windows like this

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
The kitchens to die for

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
A log basket nearly my height

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Worn down with use and age

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Copper everywhere

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Copper everywhere

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Copper everywhere

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
A stunning range cooker

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Windows so high they need 3 shutters

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Stunning old floors

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Louis XIV's drawing room

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Stair details

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Vaulted staircase ceiling

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
She's called Diane as well

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Oh the stories these floors could tell

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
A stencilled bedroom occupied by Louise of Lorraine

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
These stencils are ageless