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A couple of weeks ago I spent a wonderful Saturday in the great outdoors.  I helped set up a great event that hopefully will become more of a permanent fixture through the coming months.  The meaning behind Gather.Harvest.Feast to me is an appreciation of the seasons, taking time to enjoy the nature around me, the food I can forage and create, the seasonality of natural home grown flowers to fill my home.

Jen has written it in a far more eloquent way that I ever could below;

“Gather. Harvest. Feast. is a collaborative project between creative bloggers, writers, photographers and artists.  It is our way of celebrating the seasons through nature, food and flowers. We want to spend time in our beautiful landscape,  learn new skills and enjoy the wealth of produce our Northern part of the country has to offer. 

Our aim is to make new connections, seek inspiration and gain knowledge from one another. We will be holding workshops in floristry, foraging, traditional crafts, photography and natural skincare. 

We hope to meet once every season, with picnics, lunches and days out and all in locations that showcase our beautiful North. Our plans are to incorporate family friendly events too. 

Together we will gather, together we will harvest and together we will feast.”

It was a day filled with friendship, laughter and learning, being surrounded by nature in every sense. We didn’t need the sun to shine we made our own sunshine through the home grown flowers we arranged, the mocktails that were made with foraged seasonal ingredients and the natural skin care we blended using natural plant extract and essential oils.

Days like these cement the belief I have in a better world, that each and every one of us can create a healthier place to be by simply living in a more considered way that help us to achieve a balanced beautiful life.

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With  many thanks to Jen, Clarey, BeckyLiz and Sarah for friendship, flowers, mocktails, detailed botanical artwork and the most wonderful bath oil (top note of blood orange, who knew!)

 

Best Laid Plans

I was supposed to be full of vigour and write a post about my wonderful day at Manor Garden to celebrate our first foray with Gather Harvest Feast but life has put a spanner in the works.  Not a horrible spanner by any stretch of the imagination simply time poor when it comes to having a moment to put my thoughts down articulately.

Ruby my very cool, strong, clever, funny, wonderful little girl is leaving Primary School today, a big thing in any child’s life and this week has been filled with proms, assemblies, performances, late nights and tired eyes. So I have decided to postpone my Gather Harvest Feast musings but I will tease you with a few images to whet your appetite hoping you will return next week.  If you can’t wait until then Jen has written a beautiful post on Little Birdie about what the day meant to her.

See you next week….

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The Lifestyle Atelier

Please let me introduce to you & MEAD a beautifully curated new on line store run by a very dear friend of mine Susannah Mead.  It takes courage and conviction to go it alone in the world of on line retail but I think that this lifestyle atelier has got the balance of product and lightness of touch just right.

The store is set out in specific rooms, each space designed to bring each room of your home a new sense of style. Pieces that you just can’t resist from smaller items such as utilitarian enamelware to luxurious hand made, loving sourced table linens and exquisite silk shawls hand dyed and block printed with finesse.

Susannah wanted to bring the essence of our coast line to the fore. She’s passionate about the North East Coast the sea and all it’s elements play a big part in how the shop feels.  She also wanted to showcase the delights of artisans meticulously and passionately creating each of their pieces with care and attention.

In Susannah’s words “&Mead simply put is me – a collaboration of the practical necessity, vintage provenance and most of all the childlike whimsy and fanciful dreaming we all deserve.”

 

I am very careful now about what I buy for my home, I have de-cluttered and pared back over the last few months.  My  goal is to source well made pieces for my home that I will cherish for a very long time and everything in curated rooms of &MEAD have exactly that ethos behind each item.  I treated myself to a lovely versatile zinc pot to hold a gifted succulent but it’s uses in the years to come are many.

I do hope you go and browse this lovely store, I promise you, you will not be disappointed and hopefully will purchase an heirloom for the future.

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Summer Breeze

After a difficult week and a head full of lacklustre I have found it hard to even open the laptop to write, share, connect at all. Even the weather hasn’t played ball.

I’m sitting writing this with Wimbledon on in the background, a summer staple that takes my mind away to other places for a while.  Whilst trying to find words for my post I keep looking out of the open patio door at my washing blowing in the breeze, a sight I do enjoy immensely, even more so when the rain has been more of a permanent fixture of late than sunshine.

Anyway I digress, this brings me onto why I’m waffling on about our summer weather and washing, The Linen Works kindly sent some of their newly launched washing range to try.  I am all for sustainability and try very hard to make a conscious effort to use the right cleaning products in my home that are environmentally friendly and naturally sourced.

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Our range has been meticulously developed using ethically safe ingredients that are both kind to the skin and environmentally responsible. Delicately fragranced with essential oils with notes of Bergamot infused with meadow flowers, vanilla and patchouli.

Made in the UK with naturally derived raw materials, effective, biodegradable and hypoallergenic. Does not contain chlorine, optical brighteners, synthetic perfumes or phosphates.”

The Linen Works laundry collection is not only packaged with flair but also works beautifully well, the fragrance is delicate and the end result is a laundry basket full of soft clean washing.  I do rather like ironing too I’m not sure I should admit to that!   Using linen water is quite a luxury but oh my the iron glided over my linen with ease.

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There is nothing like climbing into a freshly made bed on an evening and after using this lovely range of laundry products it made it even more pleasurable and aided restful sleep.

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*  With thanks to The Linen Works for supplying the Laundry Products and the use of images 5, 6, 8 & 9

 

 

Relax with Plum & Ashby

There’s nothing nicer than after a long day to run a bath filled with the scent of summer to sooth away those knotty thoughts in your mind and body. I adore having a soak in the tub a simple pleasure and recently made even better by Plum & Ashby and their contemporary bath & body range.

Not only does their range smell delicious but it comes in the most stylish packaging with a nod to old apothecary bottles.  Deep amber toned glass and screw topped clear vessels which when not in use will make your bathroom shelf evoke that of a stylish store.

The heady scent of lavender is one of my favourites especially at this time of year, I have lavender hedges that line my garden paths and doorways, when you brush past the air is filled with it’s aroma and I simply love it.  So of course I couldn’t resist the temptation of the Green Fig and Lavender hand and body wash and Lavender bath essence.

My new bathroom companion Green Fig and Lavender wash is being used daily, made with natural essential oils it cleanses and moisturises without over dying my skin, a mini pamper every day is good for ones soul.  For those bathing moments I described at the beginning of the post you really can’t surpass this wonderful moisturising bath essence.  With the calming lavender notes and soothing tones of marigold helping relaxation, pour a small amount to running water when drawing a bath and completely unwind. The essence is also made with all natural ingredients including coconut and lavender oil.  I find that taking a bath in the evening helps me sleep better too especially with these subtle scents that calm the senses.

Not only do Plum & Ashby provide you with the complete bathing experience they also supply super wash bags for you to store their products in too so you can take them on weekends away and holidays so you always have that little bit of luxury where ever you go.

I’m having a few days away with the girls this weekend and guess what will be coming with me in my over night bag!

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Seasonal British Best

This week is British Flowers Week and to celebrate this I was asked by Four Walls to spend £50 on seasonal home grown blooms.  I didn’t hesitate to take up this challenge, I knew exactly where to go and was overwhelmed by the flower explosion in a bucket that arrived.

I simply can’t not have flowers in the house, they complete a room, I get a bit grumpy if I don’t have jug filled with colourful stems even if it’s just a jam jar with one stem cut from the garden.  I try very hard to buy seasonal flowers and foliage when I can but this can be tricky.  I most certainly buy British where ever possible and at this time of year forage the hedge rows.  This sadly is in serious decline today as much as 90% of our flowers are imported.

Things are changing if you choose to look, the flower revolution is gaining pace, small growers wanting to produce home grown in an eco friendly sustainable way.  Bringing old varieties back and creating stunning displays with flowers that are grown at the correct time of year.  Yes summer blooms may be fleeting but oh my they are beautiful.

I am a very lucky lady to call the family behind Manor Garden friends and knew that Clarey would come up trumps when I asked her to fill a bucket for me for this post.  The walled garden is situated in beautiful country side by the banks of the River Tees and is truly magical; their passion for home grown seasonal flowers is infectious.

To be honest when I came to arrange the flowers I didn’t know where to start, I’m no Simon Lycett!  The arrangement just as it was was so very beautiful, full of delphiniums, foxgloves, alliums, cat mint, aquilegia, astrantia, roses, peonies, thistles, daisies, snap dragons, scabious, corn flowers and the list goes on.  The heady scent was and still is intoxcating, I can honestly say I can’t remember the smell of flowers being so strong but so very right and just how it should be.  After sitting for a while a little bewildered I calmed down and decided on different colour ways and heights to go in chosen vessels so I could place them in various spaces and rooms of the house.  I also decided I needed to keep a big bucket full of wonder as I probably won’t see anything like this in my living room again for a long while.

British Flower week should be celebrated and shouted about from the roof tops not only for this week but all year round.  Do a bit of research and you’ll be amazed at who you will find tucked away down a country lane, people who are creating pockets of magic in the flower world.

I shall be back at Manor Garden in a few weeks helping with a wonderful gathering of like minded souls.  Spending a day in the walled garden creating our own flower arrangements from the cutting garden, having a go at making a skin care using botanical and herbal ingredients and generally enjoying being surrounded by nature, good food, friendship and laughter.

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With thanks to Four Walls for the generous gift making these floral arrangements possible.

 

Minimal but with Meaning

Over the last year I feel that I have finally found my space, I have an inner peace in all aspects of my life, knowing that I am who I am and truly comfortable within my own skin.  It’s taken a while but hey, and YES I have off days but who doesn’t?  When it comes down to how I look, dress, feel on a daily basis I’m doing ok.   I have a capsule wardrobe, I love having a crazy haircut  (being free of hair dye rocks) and also having the confidence to have 3 tattoos that hold great meaning and symmetry to me.

Which brings me onto Lines & Current. Through the magic of instagram and my latest inking of a closed circle, I met Rebekah the owner of L&C; a down-right amazing lady.  We sing from the same hymn sheet when it comes to pursuing simplicity in our everyday lives, how we live with minimal clutter in the home, to our minds and wardrobes creating an overall well being.

Simplicity is most definitely the key word in the ethos behind Lines & Current. The on line store is beautifully clear, perfect minimal pieces of jewellery that I find compelling.  I’m not one for bling and never have been, but I do like an statement piece to finish an outfit and ODIN is just that, sublime.  I can wear it with everything, it sits high and proud but with an air of delicateness that really appeals to me.

Funnily enough, meeting Rebekah and being able to wear ODIN truly makes my circle complete, everything fits into place as I said at the beginning of this post.  I am one now, strong, content, peaceful, life is good.

I highly recommend that you go and check out the other Lines & Current collections too, the sunglasses are some of the best I’ve worn in a long time, light weight with a classic edge that I haven’t taken off since the sun started shining (probably because Ruby wants to steal them too!)

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Industrial to Scandinavian Chic

Sometimes you really don’t want to trawl around salvage fairs and reclamation yards to find that perfect piece of furniture.  You may also be time poor, working long hours so are unable to part with those precious down time days reinventing and recycling.  There is a solution however, you can still get that little something different, out of the ordinary, cool.

I have recently come across PIB Home a simple, smart one stop store online, this sleak site is based in France and focuses on high end design with a twist.  PIB categorises in three distinct styles, industrial, Scandinavian and Boho Shabby Chic, each section showcasing these looks perfectly.  No need to trawl through pages and pages of chairs or tables to find the one you are looking for, if you want industrial seating or a pared back classic Nordic  side table then you simply click on that specific category and browse a capsule collection.

I was very taken with the industrial lighting and the Sensilä bench both would work wonderfully well in a modern setting.  Why not mix and match you’d be surprised how much Industrial and Scandinavian design compliment each other if done well.  The contrast is good between both genres.  For instance, take the cool concrete of an industrial loft floor and add a metal chair covered with a warm wool or a sheepskin throw.  A well placed ceramic vase on a glazed surface to rusty metal placed next to bare unpolished wood.  Choose the right textures but don’t over do it, too many different surfaces may overwhelm the space and create clutter. Remember a balance of a few selected pieces and you can’t go far wrong.

I have a love of both looks and one day I will be able to use more of each design ethos in my own home but for now I will collate and sort each style into mood boards for reference and inspiration.

Image 1~5 from here, images 6~9 from here

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All The Stripes

Dare I say that it’s rather near the time we dust off the garden furniture and bring out the deckchairs for those sunny moments captured in the garden or nearby sandy beach.  I was honoured when Hen & Hammock recently got in touch regarding their superb deckchair fabric.  I’d never really given the fabric itself much thought if I’m honest, I have a vintage deckchair that comes with me on holiday in Agatha our caravan so writing a post about the sublime striped cloth that eptomises all our childhood seaside holiday memories was a great challenge.

Yes to start with I did the obvious and covered a wooden deckchair frame  kindly sent by Hen & Hammock.   All that is needed are some sturdy upholstery pins and 1.5 metres of fabric.   Such a simple and easy way to update an old frame with a worn out cover or to simply start from scratch like I have and create a new chair.

There is a myriad of multi coloured striped canvas to choose from, each fabric is designed to be the right width for a deck chair and to have sufficient strength to support a person’s body weight.  It is traditionally woven entirely from cotton, although some material includes a polythene warp to make it more weather resistant for those unexpected rain showers.

The Beachcomber fabric I have used goes perfectly with the cool colours I chose to decorate our holiday home on wheels.  It’s simple lines of blues, mauves and a hint of lemon make for a very inviting seat to while away the hours in dappled sunlight.  This specific fabric is woven in south west France by Henry and Françoise Quinta here’s a little bit about their story.

Henri and Françoise are the saviours of the textile industry in south west France. They bought the last surviving mill in the early 1990’s, and since then have set about transforming the business with the vibrant colours that the Catalan region is famous for; vibrant oranges, golds and blues, that shout sun, sand and sea.

All the fabrics are woven on traditional looms that involve a considerable amount of skill and craftsmanship. The weft and warp yarns are each crossed by hand to produce a very high quality deckchair fabric. These are the fabrics that Henri and Françoise cherished in the youth, with a contemporary twist that ensures they are more popular today than ever.”

What I also like about this woven canvas is the versatility of it, you can buy deckchair fabric by the metre so other items can be made to use outdoors or in the home.  Why not use it as a bright table runner or bath mat that will make you smile in the morning.  I used the left over fabric to make a cushion with, pairing the stripes with a plain linen hemp.  It makes the perfect head rest when lounging in the chair.

So don’t think that deckchairs are just the ones you hire when you visit the beach, the choice of fabrics are endless so get making your own, so simple, so fun, so effective.

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  • With thanks the Hen & Hammock for gifting the Beachcomber fabric and wooden frame.

 

 

The Sun Shone on Ripley

Ripley is a small country village on the outskirts of Harrogate in Yorkshire but to me Ripley means Arthur Swallows Decorative Home and Salvage Show.  I love it when May comes around, the anticipation of walking through the gates, colourful flags and bunting swaying in the breeze, canvas arcades packed to the rafters with beautifully styled wares.  The excitement builds, wondering who I will see and what treasure I will find and last weekend was no exception.

The traders were of a very high standard this year, businesses that hone their craft superbly well, whose stands are a pleasure to browse around and to forge new friendships with.  Chris Holmes is always a joy to visit such a knowledgeable man, if only I had the space for an antique wooden fairground unicorn!

When it comes to buying I have an eye for certain items, a certain look that I know when I’ve found the perfect piece. Once home it blends into my interior perfectly, so I make a bee line for specific traders I know will have those items on my required list.  Lucy from Lucy Vintage Lifestyle has the best brocante stock around, P.C. Pirates specialise in reclaimed vintage and industrial furniture, Millington & Hope well I just wanted everything.  I made friends with new traders this year especially Monkey and Bird, their display was exquisite with a touch of quirky that I love so very much. It was also wonderful to find that Gaille Skinner came to Ripley, her linen is out of this world, my last purchase from her has now been fashioned into a Roman blind in my newly decorated kitchen.

Along with sumptuous linen, a perfectly chippy foxed glazed French mirror was sourced and an antique dough trough (I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect sized one for years) so the finishing touches to my space are now complete.

If you missed this fair not to worry for the first time this year Arthur Swallows will be holding another Decorative Home and Salvage fair at Ripley this coming September from the 9th ~11th one to definitely add to the must do list.

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Curate & Display

I have just redecorated my kitchen.  It was the perfect time to make a few changes as over the years your tastes do change.  I’ve amassed rather a lot of stuff in the last decade and I’m now coming through the other side and decluttering (a lot!)  I’m not a minimalist but I wanted things to be neater and more streamlined to compliment the stunning colour by Farrow & Ball that we chose to adorn the walls and ceiling.

I do like displaying items that are useful and get used on a daily basis, I thought that these wire pigeon holes fitted the bill perfectly.  They aren’t too heavy but compliment the wall colour but let light flow through them so don’t restrict the space.  I’ve had them stashed in my garage for a year now knowing that I would find a good home for them one day.  I bought them from the ever so wonderful Millington & Hope I can never resist a purchase or two when I see them at Ripley (which is taking place this weekend).

I think storage is essential in any home especially the kitchen but why hide it all away, it’s nice to see your every day pieces displayed on open shelves.  It’s also good to think beyond the normal bog standard fitted kitchen set up, be imaginative with materials to create a unique not from the high street look to make your space truly individual.

From apple crates to old railway carriage shelves, scaffolding planks to armoires the world is your oyster as they say. Don’t go for the conventional, think outside the box and enjoy the space you live in. If you need more inspiration go take a look at my pinboard that focuses on individual ideas.

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Form & Function

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Form and Function is most certainly what my post is about today.  When Form Studio got in touch with me showcasing this wonderful sinuous building I couldn’t help be intrigued.  I am fascinated at the moment with clean lines and modern functional builds, I have a specific pinterest board dedicated to the subject here.  Building up a portfolio of inspiring images and architecture for the day we finally take the plunge and dive into the world of self building.

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The Flatiron House in London has been described as a staircase with rooms attached and you can totally see why. Occupying a small triangular footprint means that there is only one room occupying each floor, five in total that brings you out onto a stunning roof terrace.  The signature staircase with it’s white acrylic balustrade is the star of the show, giving a sense of space and unity falling through the floors like a ribbon from the glass roof to the basement.

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The Flatiron is an inspirational piece of modern design in the current world we live in where space is at a premium.  That is what intrigues my husband and I about self building, being able to create a contemporary open plan home that is efficient to run, beautiful to look at and have the right amount of space and light for our family to live healthily and happily.

Another great feature in the Flatiron house is the brightness of the white staircase and rooms with the added touch of softness throughout represented in the honed wooden flooring and walls which unifies the space perfectly.  I’m a tactile person and I know living in a white box isn’t for everyone but if you add texture with elements such as polished concrete and  plywood boards it makes the space far more warm and inviting.  You just need a little imagination to think outside the box and I wish with all my heart that the volume house building industry took a little risk and looked at some of the superb ecological and diverse architecture available to create better homes rather than boring unimaginative wasteful houses that seem to go up at a rate of knots.

Now to carry on dreaming of the day we find the perfect plot so I too can have a staircase like the one in the Flatiron.

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Image 1 – 6 provided by Form Studio.  Links to all other inspirational images 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15.

Yawn

This past week I was kindly invited by the ever so generous Yawn to take over their instagram feed.  It’s been a fun week balancing my own and their accounts and everything else in between.

I thought I’d share with you some of the images I took for their feed.

Everything about the Yawn ethos is focused on relaxation, their nightwear is especially cut to fit perfectly, no tight uncomfortable bits just soft luxury fabrics.  All the quirky fun designs are hand drawn in their London studio. I particularly like the hidden messages on the inside cuffs of the nightshirt and pj’s, these little touches are exactly what makes Yawn stand out from the rest.

I am also quite partial to a bed sock or two, not necessarily to sleep in but in the colder months I do enjoy  a leisurely soak in the tub, wrapping myself up in pyjamas and cosy sleep socks to then curl up on the sofa with a good book.  I can honestly say the Yawn socks are the softest I have ever owned and quite frankly I didn’t want to take them off!

Along with their perfect packaging I would highly recommend that you all own some of their sleepwear.  Even the Financial Times says so!

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  • With thanks to Yawn for the generously gifted nightwear

 

Styling the Seasons ~ April

Well we are nearly at the end of April and the Spring sunshine has decided to grace us with it’s presence and it has been most appreciated.  My mood this month has been a bit on the low side and I can’t quite put my finger on it apart from the lack of sunlight, maybe that is it.  All is well now though, Ruby has had a few days away (for the first time) with school.  A most strange experience, the house was very quiet.  We missed her terribly but also felt like we did before she came along, no time schedules to run to and it was all rather nice but I am pleased that she’s home now, not so sure about the washing though!

We have finally started the redecoration plans for our kitchen, the new back door is being fitted as I type which is most exciting, be gone nasty brown plastic door, hello beautiful grey painted wooden stable door.  Next weekend (which is technically May) we will be getting the paint brushes out and transforming my room into a grey haven.  I chose Worsted in the end by Farrow & Ball it’s the most stunning warm shade.  My uber talented friend is going to whiz up a new Roman blind for me using the delicious slubby French sheet I told you about last week, oh my it’s all going to look superb.

Anyway I digress back to April, I have found myself spending more time in my favourite room this month for quiet time, my place to relax and reflect.  The light in our bedroom is perfect, the wall colour so calming and as it is on the ceiling too it cocoons you totally.  Our room is pared back with lots of layered linen which gives it a feminine edge.  I could sit on our bed all day indulging in reading interior books and magazines which I find a great source of inspiration.

I have to have flowers by the bed it just adds that extra touch and makes you smile when you first open your eyes on a morning.  These beautiful narcissus are so pale with a striking shot of peachy perfection I couldn’t resist.  As luck would have it the latest edition of the Country Living Modern Rustic arrived and the spine complimented the narcissus hues perfectly.

I may just have to treat myself for half an hour back up there after writing this with a cup of tea for a spot of me time with the bookazine to dream.  On that note a bit of relaxed excitement too, I will be joining Yawn (@yawnlondon) this Saturday to takeover their instagram account, I’ll be there all week sharing my ways to relax, unwind, slowing life down a little and genuinely enjoy lazing around in my pj’s, the bedroom will feature a lot, I wonder why!!

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To take part in Styling the Seasons all you  need to do is style a space, shelf, table the list is endless showing what the current month means to you and tag Katie from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lots.

 

 

 

Salvage Hunt

So it arrived, the first salvage hunt of the season an early rise and a 2 hour car journey to Lincoln to peruse the wonders that is the Arthur Swallows Fair Antiques and Home show, one of the largest shows you could possibly visit.   A bit daunting you may think if it’s your first time there, stalls as far as the eye can see, punctuated with the biggest articulated lorries that have travelled from far and wide from all over Europe; full to the brim with masses of stock from industrial lighting to scaffolding planks and everything else in between.

Sadly the weather gods weren’t on our side, it was a bit grey and a bit wet but that didn’t dampen the spirits.  I focused on the detail as taking images in not so good conditions is rather tricky!   You can also find yourself overwhelmed by the size of Lincoln so it’s good to go micro and really look to see what is available around you.

The textures, colours, different media, from metals to wood to glass to utterly bonkers, you name it you can find it here.  It is a superb show if you are home renovating, there is everything you could possibly want or need to give your home a quirky individual look.  Just having a little imagination goes a long way and the sellers are always there to help.

Some of the smaller items that caught my eye were an array of beautiful Indian antiques on a pitch, their hand carved printing blocks displayed in large marble bowls were wonderful.  Also the diverse collection of original paint rollers from Romania, the inspiration behind the new trend of updating walls and fabrics using the modern equivalent.

Did I come home with any purchases?  Of course I did, I can’t resist, just like a child in a sweet shop.  Another beautiful slubby linen sheet acquired from the lovely Gaille Skinner from France, her stand is sublime, finding out from Gaille about the history of the linen I bought was fascinating.  I have a kitchen decorating project starting in a few weeks and this will make the perfect Roman blind the defused light it will create will be magnificent.

Also another very large board, it is amazing that I only bought one as the choice was phenomenal, the Dutch contingent never fail to have the best wooden goods.  I came away with another peg rail too, it is now painted to match the other one in my spare room, so I have symmetry and a place to hang the vintage deck chair waiting for summer.  The large board on the other hand will be a multi functioning piece from using it on the kitchen table when having a feast to using it as a board over the bath when having a leisurely soak; it fits perfectly and holds everything you could possible need whilst relaxing.

The last item purchased was a flax comb.  Why I hear you ask, well I have no idea I just like them.  I’ve been on the hunt for a while for a good one and the Eastern European sellers didn’t let me down.  What I shall do with it now is still in the air, they do look wonderful as a piece of wall art so, maybe.

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