Lately on Pinterest – Striking minimal

Monday, 16 November 2015

Everything in moderation is how I like to see the world. No point and striking off huge swathes of visual fun because you don’t think it you.  I’m no minimalist guru but I do like a place for everything, which is at the core of minimalist design. Plus quiet frankly everything John Pawson, Olivier Lempereur or Tadao Ando designs makes me feel calm. I thought I’d share some calming black and white and minimalist space that have been clearing my head recently over on pinterest.

Flying made easy with a toddler

Friday, 30 October 2015

This weekend is the Family Travel show at London Olympia, the UK’s first exhibition completely dedicated to family travel adventures.  I’m going to be heading along to see what the specialist operators and family holiday providers have to offer for a family with an energetic and inquisitive 3 year old.  I’m always on the lookout for fun and interesting things for us to do/places to visit and plus I want to travel like I used to before my little one arrived. It’s a quandary faced by parents up and down the country I think.  Plus for us there isn’t huge amount of time before he reaches school age and we’re legally bound to take our holidays in the peak season of school holidays.

My son went on his first flight aged 12 months, to New York, of all the cosmopolitan starts to have.  At 15 months he took his second flight, a major long haul one. In fact the flight was very nearly 32 hours from London Heathrow to Palmerston North in New Zealand. And guess what? We’ll be doing it again next year. Since then he has clocked up a further 10 flights.

As a new Mum I had the “fear” about both of those initial flights. I think it’s actually every parent’s fear, the crying child who just won’t settle. Flying with a child is hardly the world’s most relaxing experience after all. Through trial and error (!) I have however been fine-tuning my approach and I have 5 top tips on how to make your journey as stress-free as possible.

Would you stay in a haunted house?

Friday, 23 October 2015

With Halloween fast approaching and spooky activities being top of the coming weeks fun I pondered whether I would stay in a Haunted House?  In fact I have already stayed in a haunted inn for a wedding but I think I was too inebriated to notice.  There are a number of reportedly haunted locations in England most notorious of course being the Tower Of London and Hampton Court Palace.  However the only place that’s supposedly haunted that I’d like to stay in is the luxurious Amberley Castle not far from Brighton. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a moated medieval retreat? 
I remember seeing pictures in Mr & Mrs Smith’s 2003 book about places to stay. It’s funny how books used to be how research was undertaken. I for one had lots of these luxury travel books by the likes of Herbert Ypma but now of course we just pick up our phones and do a google search when we are looking for inspiration. How times have changed…. Now I sound like my mother!

Lately on Pinterest - the mist

Thursday, 15 October 2015

My mood really impacts my visual focus so I find it really interesting that I’m pinning lots of moody misty images of Autumn in the last week or so. Don’t worry though it’s clearly a wish for the mist to rise and to see clearly again.  I’m hopeful it’s soon.

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Elsewhere last month: Do you need Kitchen inspiration?

Monday, 12 October 2015

A few weeks ago I was asked to contribute to a post for The Lux Pad, the blog by interiors store Amara Living. Aside from my chosen kitchen there are lots of other inspirational selections by other interior designers and bloggers, so if you’ve got a kitchen project coming up this is well worth the read.

 You can read it here.  

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