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50 SHADES OF (DOWNPIPE) GREY

After we’d finally finished doing our house renovation last year (several months later than anticipated and two days before Christmas, and after painting after work until 2am on too many occasions), I vowed I would never pick up a paintbrush again. Or, so I told myself. Six months later and I am itching to get the Farrow & Ball paint chart out again.* My nickname for our house is the 50 shades of grey house only (I stress only) because every room just about is a variant of grey: Lamp Room Grey, Ammonite, Pavilion Grey, Purbeck Stone, Strong White. Our kitchen cabinets are grey, the floor is grey, our sofas are all grey. Needless to say (and although I love bright, vividly colourful homes), I, myself, and with the occasional exception (one of my bedroom walls), am not a big fan of colour. I naturally veer towards picking a neutral palette and then only occasionally tiny accents of colour on top of it, for example, orange in the lounge or bright pink in the loft. It’s usually a …

EVERYBODY TO THEIR STATION(ery)

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Whilst spring cleaning this Bank Holiday weekend I was transported back to 1997, pre-mobiles phones, pre-Facebook and pre-Instagram, think All Saints (I see cargo pants are back in style again – groan, I learned the first time they do me no favours, give me a midi skirt nipped in at the waist any day), Sun-In, Leo & Kate in Titanic, frosted lavender lipstick… and pen-pals. It was a box of stationery that I have had for almost 20 years. Fast forward two decades to the instantaneous age. Technology, the internet, next day delivery, scratch that, same day delivery; everything is so fast. Information, emails, texts, calls, must be processed quickly, turned around quickly and responded to quickly. Impatience is rife. Not twenty years ago. Twenty years ago I had patience and I had pen-pals. I wonder if anyone has a pen-pal anymore? The nostalgic part of me really hopes they do. My pen-pals were other children I met on summer holidays who lived in another parts of the UK. I also received letters from schoolfriends …

JUST POTT-er-Y ABOUT CERAMICS

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   I came across Gemma Orkin recently when I was in Cape Town and I stumbled across her work in the indoor market at the V&A Waterfront. I absolutely loved all of her pieces (especially the flamingoes pieces) and eventually settled on this tray: It’s now pride of place on my bedside table and I use it to store the jewellery I wear everyday. I love its design and the fact that it’s unlike anything I have seen before. It’s beautifully crafted and now I am back I wish I had bought more. Happily, I soon found that Gemma’s pieces are sold at Angie’s Little Food Shop in Chiswick and, if you are not in London, you can shop them online – hurrah! The prices range from £25 to £75. Inevitably, due to geography, there’s not quite the selection as shown above (which is from Gemma’s website) but here are some example of the lovely pieces ALFS stocks: I was very happy to see the flamingoes again (each piece is handmade so no two are …