• Books,  Collaborations,  Interiors & Decor

    Made of Wood // A Review

    This book is the perfect book for this time of the year, filled with warm inviting homes that feature wood in many forms and styles and I adore every single one of them.  I can never resist a book written by Mark and Sally Bailey their effortless style and ability to fashion anything out of things they find fascinates me.  I have long been an admirer of their store Baileys Home in the heart of Herefordshire I have visited once a few years ago which is definitely not enough, I need to go back.  I have of course got a few things in my home from them, purchased over the…

  • Interiors & Decor,  Lifestyle

    Cabin Escapes

    Winter mood, makes me turn to all my wonderful interior books that are filled with homes that encapsulate the cabin vibe, Scandinavian style at its cosiest.  This time of year makes me want to disappear into the woods to my fictional cabin and weather out these darker months before Spring returns in a cocooned state of happiness. I wonder if like me you feel exactly the same, piling up the blankets and throws, snuggling up in your chunky knit jumpers and warmest slippers creating that little bit of cabin style in your own home.  So settle yourself down and dream with me. Bring on all the wood, texture, sheepskins, blankets,…

  • Collaborations,  Lifestyle,  Sustainable Living

    Created + Found

    You don’t have to look very far to find wonderful independent makers and creators.  I am very lucky that in my line of work I come across many folk who do just that and I’m honoured that I can call many of them friends.  Jette is one of these creatives and she has recently launched a beautiful on line store Created & Found.  Jette is a food stylist based in Dublin her passion lies in the kitchen as her first collection testifies.  I asked Jette to tell me the story of starting Created & Found and the ethos behind it. “Created & Found is a home ware range that encapsulates…

  • Lifestyle

    Autumnal

    Well the season is well and truly in full swing and I’m embracing it with open arms, hello Autumn I rather like you.  I am always a little apprehensive betwixt the end of Summer and the glorious few months that follow.  I am ready now to let go of that limbo, the reluctance to let go of the warm sun and sandal wearing days, and whole heartedly grasp the magical moments that Autumn brings. I like it when the temperature drops so that I can start layering my wardrobe, chunky knits over skinny jeans, woolly socks in boots, snuggle into well wrapped scarves.  I even change my handbag from wicker…

  • Collaborations,  Interiors & Decor,  Lifestyle

    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…

  • Collaborations,  Sustainable Living

    Salvage Love ~ Linen Wood Glass

    That excited feeling is starting to build, as Spring approaches it’s time to go out salvage hunting again.  As soon as Easter is here I make a trip to Lincoln to the Arthur Swallows Fair Antiques & Home Show, it’s a large affair with many dealers from far and wide.  It’s the perfect place to pick up all the wonderful things I like to replenish my home and the Owen and Hunter shelves with. I go with an open mind on what I want to buy but I always seem to come away with items I can’t walk past: piles of beautiful French and Hungarian linens, old worn wood from…

  • Interiors & Decor

    The Bench

    I love the simplicity and versatility of a well crafted bench.  They are a most useful but understated piece of furniture. Placed in the hall for daily use as storage and sitting whilst putting your shoes on before you run out of the door or simply to display a vase full flowers and nothing else.    At the end of one’s bed if there is the space, stacked with cushions and blankets when the weather turns chill or piles of magazines and books for those lazy weekends .   A bench used instead of chairs around a kitchen table or outside in the garden either displaying pots or left empty for…