Our resident stylist Abigail is now going to be contributing regularly to our blog. Abigail styles, art directs and consults for a diverse range of editorial and commercial clients as well as designing residential interior schemes and creative workspaces.
Abigail has recently designed her first hand drawn wallpaper collection. We are very excited to have her on board. Find out more about her at www.abigailedwards.com
After many years of grey being a classic fall back of the sophisticated but trend led interior, flesh tones have started to creep in. You can still use a pale grey as your base colour if you wish but make sure it is a warm grey rather than blue toned. Add hints of oyster and pale flesh pink that whilst still neutral create a slightly more gentle and cocooning atmosphere.
Flesh from Schiele
Loft conversions we love!
This season has seen an abundance of animal skin patterns in the shops but this time round they are bright! This may sound alarming but cast images of Kat from East Enders from your head and think more of luxe textures and a sophisticated 70’s vibe with warm jewel colours.
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.
Where should we go this Summer. There’s towels, suncream, designer washbags and shaving stuff. Beautiful blankets and bits for your journey, it’s time to escape.
We’ve got fab, quality sturdy luggage at HomeSense and why spend a fortune when you’re only going away for a week. Have you got the travel bug? Wherever you’re off to make sure you pack your bags at HomeSense for much much less than the high street.
In this book Paul Theroux celebrates fifty years of wandering the globe by collecting the best writing on travel from the books that shaped him, as a reader and a traveller, with words of wisdom from authors, celebrities and famous tumbleweeds added to the mix.
Some of the novelists who inspire me to get my rucksack and jump on the nearest train and go on an adventure are:
Vladimir Nabokov J.R.R. Tolkien
Samuel Johnson Eudora Welty
Evelyn Waugh Isak Dinesen
Charles Dickens James Baldwin
Henry David Thoreau Pico Iyer
Mark Twain Anton Chekhov
Bruce Chatwin John McPhee
Freya Stark Peter Matthiessen
Graham Greene Ernest Hemingway
Even if it gets rained off we’ve got our outdoor stuff ready with picnic and big plans. Here we are at Wimbledon..not watching the tennis! You can get amazing outdoor rugs, picnic blankets, chutneys and picnic savouries at HomeSense.
Tally ho we’re ready for the match.
Get ready for a day at the tennis. I love sitting in my sun hat taking in the sites. Get lovely picnic hampers at HomeSense that you can use every year.
Wall decoration that is in Season
Make cupcakes for wonderful wimbledoness
What is Wimbledon without strawberries and cream. Find perfect picnicware at HomeSense for less.
“Love-thirty, love-forty, oh! weakness of joy,
The speed of a swallow, the grace of a boy,
With carefullest carelessness, gaily you won,
I am weak from your loveliness, Joan Hunter
LOVE THIRTY LOVE FORTY LOVE THIS PICNIC SET
Tennis with a difference
Woody does tennis. I love Annie Hall