Archive for September, 2011


Wow floor to ceiling pictures. Love.


oooh lovely junk. Nothing like organised chaos. 

Oooh lovely junk. Nothing like organised chaos. 


Is it a wall? Is it a gallery? Is it wallpaper. Whatever it is I want one.

Is it a wall? Is it a gallery? Is it wallpaper. Whatever it is I want one.

Eclectic groups of frames are a must for any mantel. You can adorn them with any pictures that you like. Put your own personality into the frame.

We love multiple mirrors. Collect them from HomeSense, architectural salvage, ebay and charity shops.

We love multiple mirrors. Collect them from HomeSense, architectural salvage, ebay and charity shops.


A nice frame combo. We approve.

A nice frame combo. We approve.

Bedtime story

At the end of a cold and blustery day, there’s nothing more comforting than relaxing back into a freshly made bed, piled high with cushions, strokably soft bedding and warm autumnal colours… (Making things even more difficult when we have to wake from our slumber in the morning!)


But what if you can’t get to sleep? Try some of these tips. When I went to stay in Provence, the house was next to a huge field of lavender and I had a small bunch of it under my pillow..I slept like a log. I have also heard that if you practice deep breathing before bed with the lights off and relax everything one by one from your head to your toes you will be surprised how quickly you drop off.  A freshly made bed with smooth clean sheets  is a good anitdote to insomnia too. Live the dream.



LOVE YOUR BED. You should make your bed your sanctuary, a place to retreat to. Treat your bed and your bedroom like someone you love. Cover it in smooth, cotton sheets and plump up its pillows. Dive in and have a lovely slumber. Imagine hanging here in the woods in a midsummer night’s dream.


This week I went to see Jane Eyre at the cinema. What an escape. It reminded me of the joy of curling up with a good book. The first time I read it, years ago, I was transfixed. Snuggle up with Bronte’s best and listen to the rain beat at the windows. In the story, Jane Eyre flees Thornfield House, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester. As she reflects upon the people and emotions that have defined her, it is clear that the isolated and imposing residence – and Mr. Rochester’s coldness – have sorely tested theyoung woman’s resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. She must now act decisively to secure her own future and come to terms with the past that haunts her – and the terrible secret that Mr. Rochester is hiding and that she has uncovered. Book lovers never go to bed alone.

Once you’ve read all your books, make a bed out of them! Love this.

While we’re on the subject of good reads. I have to recommend a new book for you that I have just finished. It is called ‘A visit from the goon squad’ by Jennifer Egan. It just won the Pulitzer prize. I digested it in bite size chapters like short stories that weave together. I won’t say anymore about it. Just have a read.


















Autumn’s here and it’s about time we embraced the new season – think snuggly knits, autumnal colours and cosying-up our homes. A nostalgic notion of hot choc by the fire prompted a spontaneous visit to Blue Mantle on Old Kent Road where we discovered hidden treasures around every corner and some vintage style inspiration.

Appropriately housed in over five floors of an old Fire Station…

… every room revealed something new and interesting, from accessories and ornaments…

… to chimney pots, made to measure mantles, antique stoves…

… and beautiful Victorian tiles – enough to make a statement in any room.

We didn’t need much convincing but now we’re really ready for an autumn makeover – well, our lovely homes do deserve it, don’t they?

Brit Rocks

Autumn is officially here, and as we bid farewell to the lazy days of summer – from royal partying…

…and picnicking on the Thames…

…to the best of British beaches…

…it is with a touch of sadness that we sip our final Pimms, wave our flags goodbye to the last season and welcome in the new.

But surely there’s a way of injecting that quintessential British charm from summer’s celebrations into our lives this autumn without flying Union Jacks from our windows?

Taking inspiration from my journey to work was just the start…

…and when I saw it reflected in this practical and stylish mirror…

…and then stumbled across these local transport signs…

…I knew I was on to something!

So, even as the weather changes and we look out to the dismal skies…

…we can celebrate it’s greyness, it’s urban splendor with…

…a nice cuppa tea and a piece of cake of course!

Maybe a British autumn won’t be so bad after all.