Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Day Out In Northumberland With Me

Yesterday as you may know I was away for the day. Come on and I'll show you where I went and what I got up to.
gated road in northumberland
The sun shone all day long - lucky me.
First things to negotiate when leaving our cottage, the quick way, are the gates and if you are alone it's no fun.
ghost furniture chair and footstool
First stop was the upholsterers to pick up 2 chairs and a footstool for Ghost Furniture. I purchased the embroidered faux leather from a guy who bought up all the fabric stock from Voyage that famously snobbish company who would only admit stars and very wealthy people into their shop in London - got their comeuppance didn't they?
The Chair is a 1950s Danish design and the Footstool, believe it or not, has been made from cast iron, Victorian, ball and claw bath feet.
ghost furniture bedroom chair
Remember the beautiful Victorian skirt I bought when I took you on the last trip (below)? Well look what happened to it. It made the backrest panel and skirt for this fabulous vintage linen covered chair.
victorian skirt used for ghost furniture
di overton's friends
From the upholsterers to my good friend Helen's fabulous Georgian Farmhouse. This was serious girl time as my other good friend Gillian was there. We all spoke at 3,000 words a minute, ate chocolate cake and drank gallons of cappuccino and tea oh and sorry but we all smoked.
Clever girls these 2 - Helen (right) owns The Stencil Library which most of you will already know and Gillian (left) owns a fabulous shop and online store called Me Me Me, you can tell what sort of person she is by looking at the guys on her site modeling some of the handbags, yes that's right - GUYS.
We 3 are all like minded women who enjoy what we do and have little or no inhibitions so the conversation really should be censored.
helen morris bathroom
Helen's house is amazing. Look I even took my camera to the bathroom with me. Is that not a bathroom to die for. If you want to see loads more of this house then go to her lovely blog - Design Inspiration.
OK girls enough publicity for today I'm off to pick up my granddaughter Georgia.
ilva gateshead
I love spending time with Georgia my eldest grandchild. She is great company and sings to me in the car. You've already heard her so you know she's good. She told me yesterday that when she's older she just wants to sing, not be famous but just sing - and sing you shall my child.
First stop was ILVA that famous Danish store. We bought gorgeous storage items for her fabulous bedroom which is decorated in bright pink, black and white - that's my girl.
georgia outside ikea
Last shopping stop IKEA. We bought nothing as it all looked so tatty compared to ILVA. Sorry IKEA.
Tea at TGI Friday's was Georgia's request then home.


paris parfait said...

I heart that Arts & Crafts dining room at your friend's house. The whole place is gorgeous. Looks and sounds like a wonderful day with your friends! And I hadn't heard of ILVA. Is that just in the North of England? Sadly, if it's not in London or Devon, I'm out of the loop! xo

paris parfait said...

And how could I have forgotten to mention that those Ghost Furniture chairs are fabulous! You're torturing me with the chairs - you know how I adore unusual chairs. xo

Stencil Helen said...

Thank you Paris Parfait. I'm glad you liked my dining room. What a relief that I tidied before Di visited the bathroom. That camera goes everywhere. It was such fun to spend girl time and you are right the new Ghost Furniture chair and stool were wonderful, we trooped out to her car to view them. ILVA is not in London but there is one at Thurrock, not too far from there.

rochambeau said...

Oh such delicious fun!! Thanks for the review. Felt like I got to come along! You sound like such FUN girls! Anyway, what a tub!! It makes me snicker and laugh to think of you getting a photo in Helen'
s loo!

AND that upholstered chair and ottoman!! OH MY!! To die for!!
Have fun with your little Diva. We want to hear more!

Julie at BV said...

That is great you had so much fun. You friend certainly has a beautiful house.

mememe said...

Hi Di, just love your blog, it was great to see you and I am thrilled that you and yours loved our Jamin Puech bag model, just a shame they all want the man rather than the bags. You can't blame them for that. Hope we catch up again soon, love GillianX