HELLO AUTUMN & HYGGE

Whilst most are quick to lament the passing of summer, I have alway preferred the cool, crisp, bright mornings of Autumn to hazy summer days. Add in cosy afternoons wrapped up in thick woollen knits, bracing walks in the fresh air and the smells of log fires and bonfires and I am in heaven Recently…

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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…

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E IS FOR EFFORT & EXERCISE AND NOT FOR EXCUSES

I don’t have a gym membership. It’s too cold to run outside. I don’t have time to exercise. I’m too tired…. Four excuses none of which I can actually justify because in 2015 I managed to find time to train for six months and run a marathon whilst working full time and doing a three…

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HAPPINESS PROJECT: LET THE SUN-SHRINE IN

One of the ideas that really captured my attention whilst reading Gretchen Rubin’s Happier At Home was the concept of “cultivating a shrine,” a shrine being a place in your home where a collection comes together; a place that enshrines passions and interests. Rubin’s shrines include shrines to her family (a Valentine’s Day photograph collection…

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SPRING CLEAN & DECLUTTER YOUR HOME: YOU KON-DO IT!

M, who in no way subscribes to self-help and indulges me sporadically more for a quiet life rather than anything else, refreshingly seemed to be taking the concept of “sparking joy” incredibly seriously. I was thrilled. He was on board. A moment later I felt his hand on my shoulder. “Hmm,” he said. “Does this…

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FLAMINGO-GO-GO: IN THE PINK

Recently I have a developed a bit of a thing for flamingoes in a #ihaveathingwithdoors or a #ihaveathingwithfloors kind of way. I’d spotted hundreds when on holiday in South Africa just next to the side of the road standing in shallow waters (not quite the pigeons or seagulls of home). I thought they were beautiful.…

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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…

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