Saturday, September 24, 2016

Back To Blogging. Why? Because I Miss It


Soissons ancient building
Well after 6 months I'm back. My last post was March 2016. I foolishly thought I had had enough of blogging but all the time I was away I kept finding stuff but had no one to share it with. After all isn't that what blogging is all about? 
As I'm typing this I am in France, one of the most inspiring countries in the world and my intention is to get this show on the road French style so here goes. Tune in for more as I get back in the swing.
rocante find
 An amazing find at a Depot Vente in Jeaux, Picardie. These sell at home for around £300 here this was had for 35 Euros. No competition then?
french wines
5 Bottles of perfectly good wine for 8.29 Euros that included the fizzy water and a carrier bag.
day at the brocante
 Seeing my gorgeous French grandchildren on a daily basis, priceless.
rose shaped ice cream
And you don't just get an ice cream you get a rose ice cream. What more could I ask?
Today Tiana (above)  and I are are off to the local fete. Believe it or not it's in celebration of the haricot bean. The French will celebrate anything, however the fete is a huge 3 day celebration. Flags are everywhere, tents erected and a parade organised for tomrrow afternoon. Who knew a bean could be that important

Friday, March 18, 2016

Perfect Paper and Plaster Flowers

July Adrichem paper and plaster flowers
These beautiful blooms are made from paper and plaster by July Adrichem for Piet Boon at Salone del Mobile Milano 2014. Take a look at July's Etsy page where you can buy her fabulous Second Skin collection of bowls, cups and plates, for display only. Bottom Image.
July Adrichem paper and plaster flowers

July Adrichem paper and plaster flowers

July Adrichem paper and plaster flowers

July Adrichem paper and plaster flowers

July Adrichem paper and plaster flowers

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ooh Oui Merci

Merci Paris
Quirky Wallpaper
Merci is the first place I hit whenever I visit Paris. It's eclectic, classy and friendly. It's stuffed with the most amazing fashions and things for the home. In fact I could happily live there. Until I make my move to France I will have to make do with their website but they do deliver to the UK in superfast time so not such a hardship.
Merci Paris
Fabulous Swimsuit

Merci Paris
Compter Glasses

Merci Paris
Leather Slippers

Merci Paris
This is a Creammaker - no kidding

Merci Paris
Reading Lamp

Merci Paris
Amazing Linen Bedding in numerous colours

Merci Paris
Towels

Merci Paris
More stationary than you can shake a stick at

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Meet My Next Door Neighbour - Cumbria

Cumbria
On Monday I went over the county border to visit a friend in Penrith, Cumbria. I was shocked and amazed when on aprroaching Penrith these snow capped mountains came into view, even more shocked when I had an even better view from her terrace.
Cumbria
I swear it was like being in the alps. What a stunning county Cumbria is and so sad that they have had to tolerate so many floods in recent years.
A Celebration of Harris Tweed Rheged
On the way home I visited the Rheged Centre where I was thrilled to be able to see A Celebration of Harris Tweed. The colours are to die for.
A Celebration of Harris Tweed Rheged
Fabulous photographs of Harris showing the coastal wildflower meadows
A Celebration of Harris Tweed Rheged
Cabinets full of dyed wool
A Celebration of Harris Tweed Rheged
Harris Tweed Jackets in a vairety of colours
A Celebration of Harris Tweed Rheged
The instruments used to shear the sheep and
A Celebration of Harris Tweed Rheged
a taste of where their inspiration comes from. Not hard to see is it?

A Celebration of Harris Tweed Rheged

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Cabbages and Roses Otherworldly Photography

Cabbages and Roses photography
I just love these stunning pictures Cabbages and Roses are adding to their Instagram page. Christina Strutt is always that one step ahead.
Cabbages and Roses photography

Cabbages and Roses photography

Cabbages and Roses photography

Cabbages and Roses photography

Cabbages and Roses photography

Friday, February 26, 2016

Simples at Good Hood

good hood store
I love simple yet useful design. Good Hood based in London is a beautfully curated shop full to the gunnels with superb quality, simple items for the home and for wearing. I am extremely chuffed that they do a black potato peeler. I am so easily pleased. Oh and incidentally the prices are very reasonable.
good hood store

good hood store

good hood store

good hood store

good hood store

good hood store

good hood store

good hood store

good hood store

good hood store

good hood store

good hood store

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Making An Entrance

incredible doors
It's said that your eyes are the doorway to your soul. Well feast your eyes on this lot. I love a door with a story whether it be a tactile old oak door, a chipped paint door or a totally wacky one that says 'don't pass me by I have something to tell you'. Found at Architecture and Design
incredible doors

incredible doors

incredible doors

incredible doors

incredible doors

incredible doors

incredible doors

incredible doors