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I’m not particularly vain, but I love mirrors. There seem to be so many gorgeous ones out there at the mo, so here’s my pick of the ones that have tickled my fancy. Note, some of these are waaaay out of my budget but they go into my ‘if I ever win the lottery’ compartment in my brain!

Anthropologie Riptide Mirror, £798 – more a piece of artwork than a functional mirror, but my, how tactile and pretty! The fish-scale look coupled with the clash of metals makes me very happy…sigh…

Riptide mirror

And another – Anthropologie Bird’s Nest Mirror, £498   this stunning wooden carved mirror comes in various shapes – all blooming marvelous!

Woodland nest mirror

Duck Feet Table Mirror, £29.95, Graham and Green  Tee hee, this would cheer you up of a morning!

Duck Feet Table Mirror

MiaFleur’s Brass Fish Mirror, £108 is pure fun!

Brass Fish Mirror Mia Fleur

Finally, not strictly a mirror, but a super-pretty mirrored table, I just love this. So delicate and quirky. You can get this Round Mirrored Bird Table for £129 from Primrose and Plum.

Round Mirror Bird Table Primrose and Plum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gosh this is pretty don't you think?

I’m a terrible blogger, I’ve been so busy moving from the city to the countryside and writing lots of features and doing lots of lovely make-up and hair styling, that I’ve totally neglected my blog! I promise to make amends though, so I thought a pick of my latest swoonsome finds that encompass the three A/W2015 interior trends that I have my beady eye on. It might go some way to say sorry to my lovely readers….:-)

Here goes…

I found this awesome shop called Adairs which is Australian-based (aren’t ALL the beautiful things always from Aus?) and while I think they ship to the UK, it would be great if someone (hint, hint, Britain) might become a supplier?  Anyhoo, I’m coveting the cloud covers for my two little girls’ new bunk beds. I had to suffer brown gingham in the 1970s on my bed, so my girls are going to get something p-r-e-t-t-y! They cost around $AUD99 for a single which is like £45. Pricey but nicey! This is the colour pop trend in a nutshell – pretty bright splashes of rainbow hues against a fresh neutral palette. What’s not to love? Throw in some stripes, a bit of chevron, some polka dots and you’re laughing!

Gosh this is pretty don’t you think?

While we are still at Adairs, I’m totally bagging these gold spot stickers for my new home office – a little pop of gold in the morning is sure to dust away the cobwebs!

Soon to be appearing on the walls of my new SOHO

Soon to be appearing on the walls of my new SOHO

Now to some glamour – this is such a hot trend at the moment in interiors, and one I’m quite partial to – not the whole shebang, mind, just a sprinkling here and there…take this teeny gold geometric vase, for example, I love it! It’s EUR10 from Aprilandthebear.com.

a tiny glint of gold to brighten your day!

a tiny glint of gold to brighten your day!

Another trend that is creeping into the autumn is the decadent gothica styling which is evident in the latest high street offerings. I like elements of this, such as this Edith Cushion found at House Junkie (£72). Just the right amount of macabre fun to make it onto my sofa!

My face! What happened to my face?!

My face! What happened to my face?!

Still at HouseJunkie, check out this angle poise candelabra – I mean, come on! This one might be a tad pricey at £75 but it’s so original! I loves it.

Light the way in style!

Light the way in style!

So there we have my autumn edit. I promise I will add more soon! Enjoy x


It’s been aaaages! But I’m back. The kids are older, the nights marginally less sleepless and with so many beautiful things to coo over, I thought it was high time to blog. So dust me down, here are my top picks for March:

Pretty painted glass from Berry Red

Pretty painted glass from Berry Red

Add some spring style to the table with this rather sweet painted glass vase – perfect for tulips and daffs – it really cheers up the kitchen table! Only £7 from Berry Red.

Nostaliga and chocolate: How marvellous!

Nostaliga and chocolate: How marvellous!

Easter is a mere month away so my head is already being filled with eggy chocolatey goodness and ideas for the kiddlies’ egg hunt – aren’t these egg holders divine? These Beatrix Potter Easter Egg Paper Containers come in 2 sizes and 3 different designs. What’s not to love?

Pretty floral print straws from Pipii

 
Pretty floral print straws from Pipii

These flowery paper straws will add a vintage touch to your drinks and beat the boring old plastic versions hands-down! £4 for 25.

Pretty paper blooms on Etsy

Pretty paper blooms on Etsy

How’s about some handmade paper flowers? I spotted these over on Etsy. They just make me feel good. You get 8 in a pack. She does all kind of colours – just so pretty! Blossom Pink Handmade Spiral Paper Flowers by Crazy2becrazy, £2.27 .

Felt bunny pouch by Mer Mag

Felt bunny pouch by Mer Mag

Lastly, I really want to make one of these: felt bunny pouches created by MerMag – check out her oh-so-brilliant blog Mer Mag where you can download the template too.  What a simple but sweet idea for Eater gifts!


Owl storage jars

With Spring in the air (yes and snow and sleet etc too) I thought these woodland kitchen accessories would bring a touch of whimsy to the kitchen….

Owl biscuit barrel £32, Owl storage jar, £35, Owl spaghetti jar £37…

bird egg cups

How about your eggies in a birdy egg cup? (£12.95 a pair) – all Graham & Green.

There are loads of fox designs about at the mo, but Felix the Fox by designer Sarah Young is by far my favourite! This brilliant foxy cut-out-and-make cloth kit doubles as a tea towel – neato!

Felix the fox cloth kit Felix the fox tea towel

Available from  Notonthehighstreet.com for £11.

 


I have been baking a fair bit recently particularly lovely healthy little cakes, muffins and biscuits that I can feed to Elsie – no sugar and lots of good wholewheat and fruit inside. But when I do bake, I get out my old apron and the other day I thought I might fancy getting a new one. Here’s my pick of the best ones out there!

First stop is Ulster Weavers – a great online shop for really reasonably-priced home-ware (mugs, aprons, tea towels etc) This Doris Apron is only £16! I also love the Teatime apron below.

Luscious, luscious Anthropologie sells so many pretty things. These gorgeous aprons are just too pretty to only wear in the kitchen. They cost £28 each.


And there are more aprons than you can shake a stick at over on Etsy but I like this Curvy Chole vintage apron by Dianne Designer Aprons ($29.95)

Ok, well this isn’t an apron but I thought it was great! These quirky oven mitts are something, aren’t they!They cost £25 from Hunkydory Home.

And lastly, here’s some dapper napkins to finish off the look! These come from Stitch Design Works – £14.95 for four. Happy baking and cake eating!


I’m rather fancying this smart new range of home accessories by Ben de Lisi at Debenhams. It’s got pigeons, doubledecker buses, clapperboards and other such fumbly Britishness. I totally have my eye on the typewriter cushion below and love the phone cushion too, but it’s the achingly retro-with-a-modern-twist telephone lamp that I am hankering for – at only £35 I might have to get this for my new home office…

They are both available from Debenhams.com and costs £18 each.


Gasp! I saw these Dollybird storage jars by The Big Tomato Company and swooned! Choose from the Chinese, red head, blonde, brunette, African and Indian Dolly Birds. Each jar costs £59.95 but honestly, they are going to be a design classic – a real gem that the grankids are going to pester you to leave them in your Will. I have my eye on the China Dollybird. They also do lots of other super funky homewares such as the winking bowl and whistling teapot! Cute!