Monthly Archives: November 2011

Bare beautiful bricks

Another in the ‘Objects I wish I had in my home‘ series – although it’s not so much an object as a design feature.

I know it might be considered a bit old hat, but I really do love exposed brick walls. I can’t put my finger on it – I just love the unfinished, warehouse feel that a brick wall gives. And for some reason, everything you put in front of it seems to look better.

Not an easy feature to achieve unfortunately – I’m thinking about remodelling my kitchen, and whilst I would absolutely love to have a brick wall as part of the new design, I think my husband would quite probably pack his bags and leave for good if I ever suggested it.

So in the name of marital harmony, I’ll settle for drooling over these lovely pictures instead:

Image: House to Home

Image: DesignTrackMind

Image: Better Homes & Gardens

Just as a final note, I’m not a brick purist. Oh no – I’m also really quite partial to white painted bricks as well…

Image: Desire to Inspire

And to be honest, I wouldn’t say no to a coloured brick wall either…

Image: Apartment Therapy

Beautiful, lovely bricks – one day you shall be mine….



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Winter warmers

Just as it’s starting to feel properly chilly outside, I’ve taken delivery of a lovely new sheepskin rug. It’s sitting on my refurbished Ercol sofa, partly as a design feature and partly to protect it from the cats/children!

I love the versatility, warmth and tactile quality of sheepskin rugs, and the fact that they can add a real Scandi-luxe feel to interiors. I particularly love them draped over chairs and sofas, as in these images:

Image: Notes on Design

Image: Room Envy

Image: The House That Kat and Fred Built

Time to come clean. The second image above (of designer Oliver Heath’s home) actually gave me the idea of buying a sheepskin to drape over the sofa when I saw it in an issue of LivingEtc. I think it’s even the same Ercol sofa design as ours. But hey, it’s called design inspiration, and I’m happy to give credit where credit’s due! I’m even considering getting some bolster cushions….


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A dream weekend escape – only it’s real!

I’m almost beyond myself with excitement – this weekend myself and seven girl friends are all escaping for the weekend, staying at a  beautiful cottage in Suffolk which belongs to one of our group.

A truly gorgeous old post office, it’s packed with character, history, beautiful furniture and amazing design touches created almost entirely by the amazing owner, Mrs P. Previous readers will recognise her name – she appears quite often on my blog, due to the fact that she’s one of my crafting heroines. She knits, she paints, she crochets, she decoupages – the list could go on, but suffice it to say that she is quite simply an amazing designer, artist and crafter.

So I thought I’d share with you some images of her beautiful home – which will also serve to whet my appetite for the weekend to come!


The idyllic, picture-postcard exterior gives way to a flagstone hall filled with practical storage – given a bit of edge with the addition of some unexpected and yet just-right chilli lights.

Vibrant prints and an old card-index style cabinet create an eclectic, welcoming feel in the hallway.


Warm wood, soft fabrics and an interesting mix of patterns – checks, florals and polka-dots – all work in tonal harmony to create the perfect country cottage dining area.

Quite simply the most perfect, relaxing reading area ever created!

A classic wood burning stove warms the room, whilst the relaxed seating area made from hessian sacks somehow sits perfectly naturally next to a more formal armchair.

It’s the quirky collections of eccentric and yet personal objects that make this home so captivating.

Kirsty’s Handmade Home eat your heart out!

The cottage is packed with interesting things – everywhere you look there’s a feast for the eyes.

(All photos courtesy of Gillian Porter and Mrs P herself).

I could carry on – but you’ll soon be able to discover The Old Post Office for yourself, as it’s shortly to become available for holiday lets. I’ll update with another post as soon as that happens.

But for now, you’ll have to take my word for it. Mrs P’s cottage is one of the most beautiful, interesting, welcoming and restful places I’ve ever been.

Just. Can’t. Wait!


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