Monthly Archives: February 2015

Spring Dreams

Today the sky is a bold, beautiful blue. It’s fresh and crisp and bright out there; the kind of day that has you longing for Spring and the opportunity to get outside and feel the sun on your face. Which got me thinking about our garden, and how utterly sorry for itself it’s looking. Okay, that’s partly due to the time of year, and the wintry months of cold and neglect it’s endured.

But it’s also because for the last couple of years, we’ve given it over to our boys, allowing it to become a football pitch rather than a garden. My husband did some excellent work on it last summer replacing the rotten decking, but the shattered fence panel (which has done a sterling job as a goal for many years) and the patchy grass is going to need a bit more TLC before it can once again become my dream retreat.

And so I bring you a very different Before and After revelation – one where the Before pictures are way, way better than the After:

Before (10 years ago):



After (don’t judge me…):

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It’s embarrassing and quite depressing; so much so, in fact, that we should probably move swiftly on to some beautiful urban gardens to serve as inspiration for us all:


Well, we can all dream, can’t we?



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A sense of place, a sense of peace

It’s been quite some time – almost three years in fact, since I last posted on this blog. Would I even be able to remember my WordPress password?

But I’m back, and planning whenever I can to spill my thoughts, opinions and general nonsense into the blogosphere, specifically in the area of interiors, design and home décor.

So why have I decided to start again? The answer to that links back to another question – why did I stop? Simple really – a distinct lack of time. I had a pretty busy job. I was also volunteering on a committee that took up all my spare time (and some that wasn’t spare). Preparing, researching and writing blog posts became a chore – something I dreaded, rather than the joy they had originally been.

And so I stopped. Recently however, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes me tick. What gives me joy. What fulfills me and gives me a sense of satisfaction. And the answer to that is two-fold – writing, and enjoying beautiful design. So I decided to get back into doing both of those things.

A couple of questions preyed on my mind in the midst of all this pondering. Is it extremely shallow to enjoy interior design; superficial to find happiness in the appreciation of a beautifully presented room? Am I succumbing to consumerism and greed when I look at images of a mid-century chair and wish I could own one? Contributing to the ‘more, more, more’ nature of modern life when I write about objects I’d like to be able to buy?

I’ve decided though that it’s okay. The environment you live in has a huge impact on your general well-being. For me, seeing a space that is beautiful and stylish, filled with cleverly designed furniture and inspiring art, satisfies my creative side. I love the idea of creating a home that is comfortable, beautiful, stylish.  Not only is it pleasing to the eye, it’s soothing to the soul.

Our homes are our nests, our places of safety and comfort. They’re where we retreat to, where we relax, prepare ourselves for re-entry into the wider world. They can also be an extension of our personalities; a way of saying this is who I am, what I’m into, what I’m all about.

It’s well known that the main contributing factors to our mental well-being relate to sensory stimulation – that is, what we can see, touch, smell, hear. Our sense of safety and contentedness is affected by the quality of the environment around us. So why not place importance on ensuring that our environment is beautiful, well-designed, calming, colourful, minimalist – or whatever floats your interiors boat.

Anyway, that’s just a long-winded way of saying I’m going to carry on writing about chairs, and rugs, and paint colours, and kitchens, and vases, and probably some more chairs (I have a thing about chairs). Call me shallow, call me trivial – I’ll just retreat into my nest and enjoy the view.

Let’s kick off the new era with something simple; some rooms that delight and inspire me, and will hopefully do the same for you:

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