Inspire Me with Jackson and Levine on their Debut Habitat Collection.

There’s no stopping Laura Jackson and Alice Levine. Not only do they have their own very successful careers broadcasting on television and Radio 1 respectively. They also run the the very cool London ‘ Supper Club ‘, have written a book to inspire the perfect dinner party and now have their debut collection for Habitat.

I love the Habitat designs and so had several questions for Laura and Alice about their journey together and how they manage it all …

Where did you originally meet and how did you decide to work together ? 

It’s a romantic story. We met at a jumble sale about 5 years ago when we had stalls next to each other. We pretty much talked about food non-stop the whole time and became friends following – going to new restaurant openings together and also trying out new recipes on each other. We then decided it would be fun to take on the challenge of setting up our own supper club together – hosting evenings in our apartments that would bring together strangers over food, drink and music. We both work in TV and Radio and this is a great change from what we do day – to – day and is a real passion project. Held every 2 months in a warehouse in Haggerston, we seat 16 people around our communal table and serve up seasonal treats from our kitchen. In the past we’ve made ricotta filled ravioli with deep fried sage, hare ragu and lemon posset amongst other things. We always try and source ingredients locally or celebrate the great produce around us by using neighbourhood bakers and wine merchants.

How did your famous Supper Club evolve in to working on a range with Habitat ?

When we started our supper club, we got a bit carried away on guest numbers for our first event meaning that we didn’t actually have enough crockery ! So we basically approached Habitat with a bit of a love letter email to ask if they would be up for potentially giving us some spare dinnerware that we could use at the supper clubs. We didn’t actually expect them to come back however they did and sent us some beautiful hand-glazed tableware which was a bit of a result ! As the supper clubs have grown in popularity over the last few years, Habitat has helped us out with a few different events and we both love the focus that Polly Dickens, Habitat’s Creative Director, has put back onto hand-crafted textiles and ceramics in the collection. This hand-crafted look has always been a key visual element of our supper clubs and last year we got discussing a potential product collaboration with Polly – and the rest is history !

What reaction have you had so far to your new Habitat range ? 

We have been thrilled with the reaction to the range – it’s become one of Habitat’s fastest selling kitchen linen collections so we are genuinely delighted! When we started the project, Polly suggested working with a khadi based fabric from India, made using traditional skills that are becoming less commonplace due to mechanisation. This means that each piece is entirely individual – not machine uniformity – and the cloth has a wonderful loose quality that gives a relaxed, informal feeling to it. You can see that human hands have worked on these products and we think this is what people are really liking about the collection.

Did a particular era inspire the range and why ? 

We tend to bring a lot of different ideas to each supper club that we produce – we like to make each one entirely individual so we don’t necessarily have a house ‘ style ’ that defines us – so the whole process began with us producing a mood board that included design inspiration from ornate Chinese wallpapers, delicate 1900’s embroidery and French fashion illustrations to botanical prints and floral sketches. Working with Habitat – especially their Pattern Designer Martha Coates – we started to narrow these conceptual ideas down to focus more on botanicals as we both felt it appropriate as it gives a nod to the foraged herbs we use in our cooking and table decorating.

Were you both involved in the design process?

Yes – it was a really fascinating process working alongside Habitat. We wanted a range of products that would be classic, chic and timeless – products that would appeal to everyone and that were genuinely useful. We wanted the linen to be washing machine friendly, so it could be washed hundreds of times and still retain its shape and beauty. We knew we wanted to have a print – which we worked on with Martha – but in terms of colour, we wanted a cool, neutral base and a stripe to underpin the whole collection – allowing you to layer colour on your table on top. The apron was also a massive triumph for us as we spend most days in the kitchen wearing aprons but we’ve never struck on the perfect design that is simple, stylish and practical. If you’re spending a lot of time lovingly preparing something, then we think you should you have something equally lovely to wear and hopefully we’ve achieved that !

With radio and tv presenting – how do you find the time for designing this gorgeous Habitat collection and running Supper Club ?

Haha – the secret ? A lot of our Rocket Fuel cocktail to keep us going ! It’s been quite a whirlwind year – we’ve just launched our first recipe book  – Round To Ours – too alongside the collection with Habitat so it’s been a lot of hard work but a lot of fun as we’ve done it all together. We both really enjoy the spontaneity of ‘what’s next’ and love being busy – never say no and always say ‘ why not give it a go ? ’

If you were holding a Supper Club for colour lovers which pieces from your range would you use and what menu to accompany it ? 

The printed napkins look amazing with coloured glass or a glazed plate in a punchy pigment. The radish, radicchio and sweet pecan salad we created for Habitat is almost too pretty to eat – a total pin up of a plate with all the pinks.

What are your tips for creating the perfect atmosphere when hosting a Supper Party ? 

  • Making the table look striking doesn’t have to cost a fortune – sprigs of herbs as place settings are a lovely touch and make the table smell wonderful. Flowers and houseplants can make a huge impact on a room – we have hung giant alliums from the ceiling, had a regimented row of dusty pink hydrangeas in pots and pressed auburn Autumn leaves to scatter on the table. For something inexpensive – separate out a bunch of flowers into individual stems and place in glass jars or just use foliage on the table for a fresh green look.
  • Ambiance is very important – you want everyone to feel welcome and relaxed. No one ever felt that way by sitting under a 100w central light! Soften the room with table lamps and lots of candles. Music can also make or break the night – if you’ve run out of time to curate the perfect party playlist, stream one of your favourite movie soundtracks or check out the ‘ Mood ’ sections of Spotify.
  • If we’re cooking a menu for friends we’ll always ask what their favourite ingredients are and work up a menu around those. It’s a really nice touch to do this – it shows you care and have made an effort and means they don’t have pretend to love tripe! The same goes for drinks. Find out their favourite cocktail and as soon as guests arrive, make sure they have a drink in hand. In the summer, we make up large jugs of gin, elderflower cordial and prosecco with lots of ice. It’s much better than fussing with making individual cocktails.
  • Don’t get bogged down with the food being perfect – rough and rustic is perfect for a dinner party. Try sharing platters rather than plating up everyone’s portions individually as it really creates a more intimate, shared experience that will make everyone feel part of the dinner. Everyone likes seconds so make more than you think you need.
  • Try not to be chained to the oven – the best way to do this is to have some elements that can be made in advance or that just require compilation. We find serving a cold starter and cold dessert makes life a lot easier. Timing food for big numbers can also be daunting – so try cooking a large cut low and slow. Lamb shoulder or silverside of beef are great ones for a crowd and they just get better and better, so even if guests are little late they will have a melt in the mouth meal.

Can you both describe your style in 5 words ? 

It changes all the time.

Will there be any more collections for Habitat ?

Stay tuned! We both loved the process of designing a range with Habitat so hopefully there is more to come next year !

Big thanks to Laura and Alice. It’s made me hungry !

What do you think of the Jackson and Levine Habitat Collection ? Has it inspired you to run your own Supper Club ? It has me.

Do leave me a comment under this post. Would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

Good Homes Course with My Interior Design School

It seems to be ever evolving for us bloggers. If you scrolled back to my posts from a few years ago I was dabbling in interior design and making things for my home and have always loved design aesthetics but didn’t realise back then just how much I would it would be my every day focus.

I’ve just signed up for the  ‘ Good Homes Interiors Design Course ‘ run by My Interior Design School. This is a really creative but also practical course for budding designers.

Good Homes readers can receive £50 off the total of the course, making it £249 for a whole year’s worth of online learning. Pretty good huh ? But even better – I have a code for you too at the end of this post – so if you’ve ever fancied a go at interior designing and styling then now is a great opportunity.

The very first module is colour. Whoop ! I have my colour wheel template from the course here in front of me and have been playing around with swatches and samples to make up four different colour schemes.

I’ll use a lot of these pieces here to make up some mood boards with paint cards and fabric swatches ( and in this case flowers too ) to work on colour schemes and cement my knowledge on the theory behind the colour wheel even further.

The purpose of the colour wheel is to create ‘ colour families ‘ and is key to making a room work. The wheel was first developed by none other than Isaac Newton back in 1706 and has since taken on varying forms and for interior design it is a visual tool to blend shades perfectly together.

I’ve used blue in each scheme as my main colour today to show you how just changing colours, even slightly can alter a look.

The first is Triadic which are 3 colours equidistant on the wheel.  Blue, red  – orange and yellow. Here is a room using the Triadic scheme which in this case is 40% blue main colour, 30% yellow as a contrast colour and 10% red – orange as accent colour. You don’t have to but ideally use a dominant colour because this is most effective.

I’ve put together these colours and will spend some time playing around with them and studying some images for inspiration they also have a really extensive library of stock photos to refer to on the course.

The second is Complementary which involves two shades on the opposite sides of the wheel.

Blue and orange is quite extreme but it definitely works or you could use blue – purple with yellow – orange . You could also go for green and pink ( red with white ) which is possibly my favourite combination.

Then there’s split complementary where you go for the main colour and then introduce two neighbouring.

So here is blue at 60% and then 30% yellow – orange and 10% red – orange. It makes the accents and contrasts really stand out.

The last one for today is Harmonious putting together 4 colours that sit right next to each other on the colour wheel. Here we have 60% blue, 20% blue  – 20% green as contrast, 10% blue – green and 10% yellow – green. Okay, if you look closely there’s a teeny pop of red but we’ll ignore that for now …

I love this combination a lot. Much fun to be had with it.

There are also Monochromatic and Monochromatic Neutral schemes and I will be working on these next..

I’m soooo enjoying the start of the course and can’t wait to plough on. As I mentioned earlier I have a code for you and it is TEACHMEDESIGN. This will enable the course at the reduced rate by entering it at checkout.

If you are creative or want to become more adventurous then I recommend trying Interior Design School. I have worked on another but I feel this one is right for me as I am more focused on styling although obviously want to learn everything I can about interior design. They also run short colour courses at their HQ in Cheltenham if you’re interested ? You can find all you need to know on their website.

Which is your favourite scheme here ? Do leave me a comment under this post – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with My Interior Design School. All opinions are my own.

Images credits. 2. A Beautiful Mess 4. Love your Home 6. Karen Knox at Making Spaces and 8. LuxDeco. All other photos taken by me.

An Inspiring Afternoon with Oka at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Last week I had a truly lovely afternoon at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show courtesy of the team at Oka.

We started the day with a faux flower arranging lesson with their in house Interior Designer Hilary using Oka’s silk flowers at their flagship store on Fulham Road. It was really fun and I will be showing you the some of the skills I picked up soon here on the blog.

I’ve never been to RHS Chelsea Flower Show before and ironically even though I have worked in TV and know the ropes  – I still imagined it would be ‘ like off the telly ‘ which it kind of was but much, much bigger and spread out than expected.

The show gardens were so clever. The dedication that goes in to each and every one is admirable.

Being a fan of Japanese styles I loved this gold medal winning one above designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara called ‘ Goshi No Niwa Now wall, No War ‘. The way the glass house hides amongst the trees. Stunning.

It was really exciting to see Tom and Danielle Raffield showing their ‘ Gwenver Garden Room ‘. You may know that I interviewed Tom recently after their home was featured on Grand Designs. I seem to have learn a lot about steam bending wood recently and I think their house is just beautiful.

To really take in every single design you’d have to spend a couple of days there but I took as many photos as I could. Here is the ‘ The Silk Road Garden, Chengdu China by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins ‘. Another gold winner..What are you thoughts on it ? I love its uniqueness.

There were a lot of people studying this yet another gold winning garden named ‘ Breaking Ground ‘ designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliams. I really like it. I’m pretty sure if my daughters had been there they woulds have wanted to climb it … not sure that would have gone down well !

This ‘ Poetry Loves Garden ‘ designed by Fiona Cadwallader won a silver really caught my eye. I’d love something like this in our garden at home.

One from my neck of the woods. The ‘ IBTC Lowestoft Boatbuilder’s Garden by Gary Breeze. It won a gold and I’m not surprised. Are you ? So tranquil.

I wish I’d managed to get a better photograph of this design but wanted to share it anyway. An industrial style space called ‘ Walkers Wharf ‘ by Graham Bodle using recycled woods and materials. For me it shows how you can make a calm area out of pretty much anything. It won a gold.

 

This orange tree was part of the ‘ Viking Cruise Garden of Inspiration ‘ by Sarah Eberle made me yearn for Spain. The mosaic and spiky arid loving plants. Sarah won a silver this year.

Then there were the flower exhibits. Wow. The colours.

It was a fantastic experience and I think I’m hooked now. Can’t wait for next year. Thank you Oka for a really inspiring time.

Which is your favourite ? Leave me a comment under this post  – would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

How to Stop Damage in your Home With The Grohe Sense Water Sensor

In the past I’ve heard of people experiencing a burst water pipe in a room or a flooded cellar and seen the havoc caused but haven’t ever considered that it could happen to us in our own home .. until now. I had no idea that in fact, every second family has had water damage at least once or that 93% of cases could have been easily prevented. But here is the biggest shocker of all – in Europe the average price for repairing the damage is way over £2000. Yikes ! It hadn’t really occurred to me that a small leak in a home, silently dripping away can cause extensive and long term problems.

But for me – losing any precious memories like photos or artwork by my kids would be the worst as you just can’t replace them. I don’t even want to go there.

The reason I am taking you along this avenue is because Grohe have asked me to review their brand new concept: The Grohe Sense Water Sensor which essentially is an early warning system that is wireless so will work in your entire house. It monitors areas where water damage could occur for example a bathroom or utility room and also checks the temperature plus humidity or frost and instantly alerts via the Grohe Ondus App which you quickly install on your phone if it senses potential issues. Humidity itself can cause mould which is not good for health so all in all I am quite pleased to be trying The Sense Water Sensor out  – anything that makes life easier and cost effective along the way is good with me.


It took me a matter of minutes to download the app by the way – and was self explanatory which helped. You add the room/s that you want to install the Sensor – ( in this case I have used our bathroom to show you ) and then basic information about that room such as whether it’s wet or dry, then place the  Sensor next to the source of water after you have installed the 3 AA batteries ( supplied in box ) which should last for up to 4 years and then … connect !

As you can see the Sensor itself is compact so can easily fit in to a small space and is also reactive to water. As soon as a leak reaches the Sensor it will emit a beeping sound, a red light will flash and the notification will go straight to your smartphone. Even without WLAN connectivity the Water Sensor itself will still work. I tried it out with both the Grohe Ondus App and without.

I reckon it’s a pretty cool idea. How about you ?

Grohe have been developing this product for the last few years and in my opinion the price of £51.99 is very good compared to the potential costs of the unthinkable.

Leave me a comment under this post – would like to hear you thoughts ?

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Grohe. As always all opinions are my own.

A Trip to Meet Ercol at Their Headquarters

Last week I went on a rather lovely day trip to Princes Risborough. A 6 a.m start was very much worth it to visit Ercol H.Q.

The very lovely team invited me along with a few other bloggers and members of the press to view their factory and showroom ( check out this lovely ‘ Bosco ‘ bed above ) and see how their furniture is made. it’s an annual Open House that lasts two weeks and is well worth the trip.

Did you know that in 3 years Ercol will have be 100 years old ? They are still family owned having been founded by Lucian Ercolani OBE and now owned by Edward Tadros whom I had the pleasure of having lunch with and Lisa, Ercol’s designer.  I’d just like to apologise now to Lisa, Ercol’s designer for the one hundred questions that I asked her over a superb and tasty lunch about her career – although Lisa was more than happy to answer them. It was just too tempting and an opportunity not to miss …  and to be fair that’s what I was there for !

As a massive fan of their designs it was a real honour to be included in the day and I couldn’t wait to see how they work through their design and hands on manufacturing process  – and it didn’t disappoint.

Luckily for you I forgot to get a photo taken of me in my high vis jacket and goggles on the tour as we made our way around the factory watching as they hand crafted each Ercol piece from raw local wood right up to the finished product.

This smooth pile of table parts were just before they were matched up to ensure the grain and colours are exact. The man who showed us clearly had a strong eye for precision because I couldn’t see any difference but he could see a very slight contrast in the pieces and said they wouldn’t be used together.

My two favourite areas were watching the process of steam bending the wood with precision and then spraying coats of paint on to chairs. The talented craftsmen make it look so effortless –  I’m pretty sure it’s just the years of dedication that gives that impression. It felt very serene in the factory even with all the noise of the machines and the levels of concentration for absolute perfection were impressive.

It was also really interesting to see how different stores ask for varying finishes and palettes. Every part of a design process thought through and considered for their customers.

A little wander around Ercol’s showroom was fun. Feeling the textures of their latest fabrics and learning about their upcoming Autumn collections.

 

With their trademark functional designs – Ercol have produced some beauties this year. Including the ‘ Amelia ‘ sideboard with matching chair and ‘ Teramo ‘ range including this wonderful dressing table.

As ever the classic designs such as stackable stools drew my attention as did the steam bent ‘ Chairmaker’s Chair ‘. Apparently they come in a choice of wood finishes and colours. I really like this blue and the fabric.

All of these collections will be available in Autumn 2017. If you’d like to find out more pop over to www.ercol.com

A really insightful day in Buckinghamshire followed by a very early night !

Are you a fan of Ercol too ? Or is there a particular brand that you gravitate towards when looking for new furniture for your home ?Do leave me a comment  – would love as ever, to hear from you.

Lucy x

Win a £100 Voucher to Spend on Gorgeous King & McGaw Artwork

Last week I showed you our newly updated bedroom and you may have spotted some of my prints on the walls ? They are from online art, print and poster store King & McGaw and the good news is that they are kindly offering one of my readers a £100 voucher to spend on some of their artwork. Will fill you in at the end of this post on how to enter the giveaway.

In the meantime here are some close ups of the pictures. Andy chose this canvas print which is by artist and founder of Bluebellgray Fi Douglas and it’s called ‘ Stornoway  named after a coastal town in North Scotland’. We can see so much in it every time we study it. It’s a very peaceful vision for the bedroom and helps me to relax while nodding off. I love the blues. It gives the flowers a very striking backdrop doesn’t it ?

The canvasses at King & McGaw and the prints come in different sizes and you can also choose to have them sent to you framed with lots of options there too.

There are a plethora of artists on the site ranging from contemporary to vintage to everything in between. It’s so good to see modern and museum masters sitting along side new photographers and well known artists. A real treat for the eyes.


It’s a well structured shop so you can find exactly what you’re looking for easily and then see what it looks like on a wall in your chosen frame and size using their clever graphics.

I’ve always wanted one of these Penguin Book prints. They’re classic. Have you ever owned any of the books ? Some of the titles when I was looking through really made me chuckle.

I kind of thought this particular one was quite apt. Plus the green works well with the blues in the room. Perfect size for our ‘ shelfie ‘ …

You may have noticed that we’ve kept the room quite light and airy ? A little bit of cheery pastel was needed too and I wanted it to be fun. By Croatian graphic designer Ana Zaja Petrak, it gives the corner of the room a nice lift.

If I could enter this giveaway I would as there are so many fabulous pieces to choose from. But it’s over to you now as here is how to enter. Super easy and it’s open to all UK and European residents. It will run for one week and I will notify the winner who will be picked at random by Rafflecopter within 24 hours of it ending.

If you want to follow King &McGaw anyway for updates without taking part in this giveaway then you find them on Twitter here or instagam here. :)

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Lucy x

Updating the Bedroom with Quick-Step Wooden Flooring

Well. This post has been a long time coming. But I am really pleased with the results so worth the wait I guess.

Some time ago I wrote about my plans for a new bedroom look with some moodboard ideas. The main plan was to change the flooring to Quick-Step hardwood as this has been my ambition for quite some time –  but we also wanted to change the colours and decided to rebuild our wardrobe. In for a penny etc …

So we got in touch with our local installer Mark Hughes ( who we found on the Quick-Step website ) and he came and completed the job in just over a day. Shout out for Mark because he was excellent and I totally recommend him to customers in the East ! There are no before pictures I’m afraid as I really wasn’t keen on the carpet and just want to share my happiness with the new wooden flooring !

The feel of the flooring is very smooth which is nice on my feet first thing in the morning and I love the way the boards clicks together neatly. It’s hardwearing which is incredibly beneficial with two kids in the house.

If you didn’t know already Quick-Step also manufacture trend lead vinyl and laminate flooring – a lot to choose from and well worth checking out.

What do you think of the overall finish ? My aim was to lighten the room so opted for Natural Oak planks ( COM1450 ) as it’s a mid colour and the mirror also reflects light so it’s a nice natural light. We really wanted a serene space with calming hues. A place to retreat to and switch off.

Here’s a sneak peak inside the wardrobe. It’s much more organised than our cupboard before with designated shelves for shoes – and the hardwood flooring means that it’s easy to keep clean and dust free. I really enjoyed designing it.

Andy took this fab image of the bedroom through the mirror. It kind of sums how I feel about it.

Finally a place to chill where I can also do my yoga in the morning before the day starts … with a cup of mint tea.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the little your around the room. Do leave me a comment to let me know your thoughts.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Quick-Step. All opinions are my own.

The Coat is off, the Jacket is on. It’s Spring !

This is my favourite time of year. It’s full of so much hope for the coming months and I find it a good time to work on new ideas for the blog and certainly this year it’s already looking interesting.

Recently I’ve also just started home schooling my youngest daughter for a little while so it’s a good opportunity to get out and about and do some fun topic days with her.

I’m also so happy to be back to wearing a blazer and lighter clothing. Aldeburgh definitely has been mild enough recently – I didn’t mean to coordinate myself here but it’s a pretty good match with the doors, hey ?

If you’ve ever wandered along the seafront in Aldeburgh you will know these colourful, tall and eye catching houses well. The place is peppered with lots of bright homes and  many of them are varying. Shades of blue but lots of Suffolk pinks too.

It’s a really inspiring place to hang out and soak up some fresh sea air.

By the way, what are your thoughts on my new shoes and handbag ? I am a real sucker for black accessories to go with my outfits. The shoes are super comfy. A wardrobe staple – and ooh ..  on that note, I recently designed our new bedroom wardrobe and can’t wait to show it to you later this week along with our new wooden floor. I digress … :)

Let’s get back to the business of Spring and seaside love ! The other thing I especially love about this time of year is this. Strawberry ice cream in a sprinkles cone. It really is that simple sometimes. Bliss.

Come on sunshine, I’m ready for ya !

Are you set for it too ? Leave me a comment under this post and let me know what you’ve got planned or just to say hi  -always good to hear from you.

Emilia Ponte Blazer, White Swing Tee, Mini Saddle Bag, Black Slipper Shoes, Mayfair Skinny Jeans all c / o Boden.

Lucy x

Fancy a Little Harajuku Home Inspiration ?

  1. Yellow vase – Next 2. Retro phone – Red Candy 3. Table lamp – Heals 4. Paper garland – Talking Tables 5. Kokeshi Bento box – Japan Centre 6. Shelving unit – Habitat 7. Floor lamp – Habitat 8. Pandrup Rug – Ikea

It’s no secret that I love anything ‘ Japan ‘ themed – you just have to look at the header of my blog – but I’ve never visited. Boo. Luckily my husband Andy has many times and knows the place well so I’m really hoping we can go sometime soon. It’s definitely on my imminent to do list.It’s such a multi faceted country and I’m fascinated by the buildings, people and the colours in Tokyo. Which got me thinking about whether a Harajuku ( a district in Tokyo ) inspired room would work for one of my daughters. I don’t see why not. They both adore anything quirky and bold –  and the wonderful thing is you don’t need to be too matchy with it. Clashing contrasting works !

I’ve put together a few Harajuku style finds in case you’re feeling inspired with us heading in to Spring, to make a few new additions or to try a completely new look. I always find making up a moodboard of items helps to decipher palettes etc and gives everyone else an idea of what you’re thinking.

Not all of these items are high street prices but they are a good starting point for some inspiration. I particularly love the quirky twisted Habitat shelving unit. It would look great full of Manga comics and brightly coloured accessories.

  1. Neon heart wall light – Trouva 2. Washi tape – The Lovely Desk 3. Cushion – Habitat 4. Tray table – Mariska Meijers 5. Mickey Mouse pixelated art – Conran Store 6. Hoptimist figurines – Conran Store 7. Floor lamp – Habitat 8. Green pouf – Habitat

I really haven’t held back on the colours. In fact, I wanted to go even further with them ! Adding just one piece of furniture to start with can make all the difference. Or defining areas on plain white walls with washi tape, making L or box shape panels is really effective.

How cool is the pixelated Mickey Mouse artwork from Conran Store and I’m also really loving the yellow floor lamp. Great for a slightly more grown up bedroom.

Hope you like my little selection ? Do leave me a comment to let me know what you think or just to say hi … always good to hear from you.

While I have you here also – I did an interview with Ideal Home recently about my trend predictions and DIY disasters. do have a read if you’d like to hear about them.

Lucy x

Giveaway – Win an Acapulco Chair from Oli & Grace

I always seem to disappear of the face of the earth when it comes to school holidays. Although I’ve been quiet on here – it was my Birthday last week and we had a great trip to see the David Hockney Exhibition at The Tate in London. Totally recommend it.

As you may know, I do love hosting a giveaway so am feeling pleased today that I have a really good one for you. If you look over on my instagram you will see that I have an Acapulco Chair from the fab shop Oli & Grace and they are, very generously, offering one of my readers their very own chair too. More on this at the end of the post where you can enter via Rafflecopter if you’d like to.

If Oli & Grace are a new find for you then let me tell you a little more about the team.

Already having had the experience of travelling the globe designing and manufacturing pieces for retail stores – they had a head start and wanted to use this experience to create some furniture for the home that wasn’t mass produced, good quality and not overly expensive.

So, Oli & Grace came up with classic designs made sturdy materials such as good solid wood and that is sustainable sourced ( good ! ) and stand up to the challenge of modern day living.

While the company and collections have grown –  they will stick to their initial promise of easy to assemble, quality homeware.

I do love the colourful, industrial style chairs here. It adds a splash of colour to the room. What do you think ?

 

As I have an Acapulco Rope Chair myself, I can tell you that they are supremely comfortable. It’s a clever design as the shape is reminiscent of the cool 70s but the legs are contemporary and it works really well in our home ( as you will see on my instagram ). We have all been fighting to have a go at sitting on it.

Being offered up by Oli & Grace  is the natural shade as you can see above. It’s easy to click the legs in and it’s not too heavy so can be moved around the house easily. The RRP is £120 so it’s clearly a good strong item.

It’s a nice simple Raffelcopter giveaway and there are several ways to enter. It takes only seconds to take part. So, if you do  – good luck.

Make sure you do leave a comment telling me whether you have followed on instagram or twitter or just left a comment etc though as this option is mandatory to be officially entered.

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The winner will be notified as soon as the giveaway has ended – if I do not hear back within 48 hours, a new winner will be picked at random.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Oli & Grace. All opinions are my own.

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