Friday, 31 October 2014

Dulux Colour of the year 2015 Copper Blush

Do you get excited when the colour of the year is announced by Dulux and Pantone and the like? Many people do and for those who actually make products, it can be a really important announcement. Mostly because it is an indicator of what we are about to see in every magazine and across platforms like Pinterest which have so much influence on our purchasing habits. Replacing the cool blues and greens of recent years, the colour palette for 2015 brings a warmer spectrum of pinks, reds and oranges. ‘Copper Blush’ is a versatile, warm copper colour with an orange tone that has been named as Colour of the Year for 2015

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Happy Halloween Haunting

In the past I haven’t shared any crafting activities and the reason is simple, I am not an ace crafter. Whilst my efforts are endearing to family and friends, lets just say they are often being kind to me. This weekend we had a small Halloween gathering (yes, I know I was a week early!) for my two year old and I was super impressed with some ideas I’d gathered on pinterest and then modified into reality.  Much kudos to my husband for being the spray paint wizard (he secretly enjoyed it). Anyway I hope you all have a very happy Halloween with lots of fun.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Weekend inspiration #33


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Gothic drama for Halloween and beyond

I’ve always had a soft spot for Victorian curiosity cabinets and a little bit of gothic drama. There used to be a great antiques store here in Brighton called Battle Antiques & Oddities specializing in these types of objects but alas it’s no longer here. So here’s my selection in honour of Halloween from 1stDibs, Peter Petrou and Stuart Richards.
selection: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Weekend inspiration #32


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Lately lusting for art - Simon Davidson

Completely compelled by the photographic work of Simon Davidson via his online store in Australia here.


Monday, 13 October 2014

Repost - Vincent van Gogh, there is no blue without yellow and without orange

I posted about the need for blue to be paired with yellow and or orange back in 2011 and I think its just as relevant now with all the teals and navy's we are seeing this autumn. So as Vincent van Gogh’s said there is "There is no blue without yellow and without orange” Original unamended post here.
It seems that in nearly every magazine and every blog I have read in the last couple of weeks, the colour blue is taking a staring role.  Blue in all its hues from royal blue or inky midnight, teal or bluey grey all are taking on bigger roles in 2011 fashion and paint palettes.

Fabulous jazz soles on these shoes by Tom and Fiona Slack. I am so inspired by the Vincent van Gogh’s quote: There is no blue without yellow and without orange” It just makes me happy.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Wool week - 6-12 October 2014

There isn’t a material I’m drawn to more than wool (well other than concrete and metal) and this week is national wool week. So it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the increasingly cold (and wet) weather by showcasing some glorious wool products. So layer up and get snuggly for wool, glorious wool.
Toast here and here
Rowen & Wren here
John Lewis here


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Hunting for French collectables and vintage

As far as I’m concerned there isn’t much better than an afternoon hunting for vintage and pre-loved bits and bobs. But I never thought I’d be French vintage hunting in the Suffolk countryside, of all places, last weekend.  I was introduced to this French gem by my mother-in-law who lives in Suffolk and I was most impressed by the Boule-in in Bildeston run by Cathy and her family. There were many "buy me" french collectables and Cathy has styled them impeccably so that we can all have a piece of France, but found right here on British soil.  My favourites were definitely the enamelware and garden furniture. Plus my 2 year old son loved her garden especially the apple and pear trees.

I came away with two treats – a fantstaic red enamel teapot and a rather fetching religious icon (chosen by my husband who has previously proclaimed he “hates religious tat”).  If you are in the area its definitely worth a visit.


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Colour palette inspiration - on the water

I am particularly taken with these blue green colours inspired by water, waves and sky, especially love the sea greens. I am thankful every day for living by the sea, although it never ever looks like these images. Urban seaside living in Brighton is bit more pebbly and with more people and chaos.
For images visit my pinterest page 
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