Christmas Blog Hop 2016 – My Festive Living Room

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I’ve been looking forward to today. It’s  my turn on the #UkHomeBlogHop organised and hosted by the very lovely Kimberly over at Swoon Worthy, along with 4 other bloggers who I will let you know about at the end of this blog post.

You may have come here directly from The Ordinary Lovely, and not have popped in to say hi here before which is great – welcome ! I’m Lucy and write and photograph about colourful interiors, fashion, travel and food. I also interview inspirational designers and artists.  If you are a regular reader then I will put you in the picture as to what this is all about.

There are many fabulous interior bloggers out there and we all like to support each other. So what better way than to spend this week while we are all starting to get festive in our own homes, by hopping from one blog to the next so you can discover some new ones and we can meet some new readers too.

I will directing you over to the next blog at the end of this post once you have had al little tour of my loving room …

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Things are getting cosy here in our home. We spent our Sunday making gingerbread and getting the decorations out. Actually, let me rephrase that – we spent Sunday eating far too much gingerbread and faffing about with baubles and and loads of cables.

It was really fun though and as you can see, we have the fireplace looking ready for Christmas.

I hope some of my ideas here for decorating my home appeal to you and give you some inspiration if needed. As my girls are still quite young, this is essentially a kids themed room but hey, do any of us want to be grown up at Christmas ?

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The usual place for our large tree is in a corner of the room which is now filled with a sideboard so I rather fancied having two small trees sitting on top of the fireplace which makes it symmetrical. I popped some pom pom baubles on them and they just kind of attached themselves so no string needed. Nifty, huh ?

They’re kind of cute, don’t you think ? These are real trees from Bloom & Wild ( yes, they actually arrived in the post ! ) so I water them regularly and hopefully they will survive until the end of December.

Of course you need lights and warmth at this time of year. I’ve tried to keep things quite simple to avoid clutter in the room ( there’ll be enough once Father Christmas has been ;) ) so focused on lighting what is already in the room rather than adding loads of extra ornaments .. bar one or two !

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Hanging some bauble type lights down one side makes for a contemporary look and these can be used elsewhere all year round. I will probably move them to our bedroom once it is all finished ( another post to come soon ) …

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Wrapping some wire lighting around the logs makes it a feature and I have put some little toadstools amongst them.

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I couldn’t resist this little double bass as we all love music so much in the family.

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We’ve already wrapped some presents for relatives and have used Washi tape to add their initial in a big and bold way on the front. Will make searching though gifts on Christmas Day that bit easier.

Over the next few days you will see our larger Christmas tree and room being decorated over on instagram in my design room.

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But until then, a few more biscuits will be consumed on the sofa, once we have lit the fire.

Warm gingerbread and a hot chocolate for guests arriving from a long journey is always most welcome. I definitely recommend leaving some out at this time of year. It doesn’t last long ..

Now, I’d love you to visit the next blogger – Sarah Akwisombe on this Blog Hop  at 11 am tomorrow morning when her post becomes live.

In fact, check out all the others involved in this week’s #UKHomeBlogHop below because they’re all great and hopefully you will find some new blogs to enjoy.

Lucy x

 

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Colourful Christmas WishList for 2016

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  1. Make Believe Jumper – Oliver Bonas. 2. Body Cleansing Bath Salts  – ila. 3. Cactus Socks – Maik London. 4. Cat Bracelet – Conran Shop.5. Fairisle Hat – Quinton Chadwick. 6. Gold Planner – Kikki – K. 7 . Clutch Bag – Matt & Nat. 8. Hairbands – Pop Band London.

If you can’t make a little Wishlist at  Christmas time, when can you ? Some personal treats and then some things that will brighten the home.

Maybe you will see some things here that will be helpful as a guide too. A lot of the items are from brands that I already know and love.

We all need a Christmas jumper don’t we ? I’m kind of leaning towards a more subtle kind this year and love the slogan ones, like this sweater from Oliver Bonas.

I first tried ila products ( 2 ) when I was in Cornwall earlier in the year. They smell amazing – I haven’t tried the cleansing bath salts here though. Probably just what is needed in the run up to the festive period.

I’m a fan of British knitwear brand Quinton Chadwick and love the colours in this fairisle bobble hat ( 5 ). What do you think ?

Do you ever use a planner ? I still do as well as my phone diary and love a bit of bling .. as you may have noticed. So, naturally this diary from Kikki – K caught my eye  -they have the most adorable stationery. My girls love the shop and just might be getting some of their pens from Father Christmas.

Matt & Nat make an amazing selection of bags. They’re all vegan and eco friendly. The Odelay clutch here has a strap so really suitable for an informal drinks do or a night out. I never used to wear anything dark blue but it has really grown on me and love it now.

I’ll be honest – PopBands ( 8 ) are all over this house  – we wear them all the time but you can never have enough of them. They are great as stretchy bracelets also. They have taken off massively and I see them in shops everywhere. Great stocking filler.

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  1. Candle  – Etta French. 2. Pineapple Beaded Cushion – Laura Ashley. 3. Mini Terrarium – Urban Outfitters. 4.Flamingo Snow Globe – John Lewis. 5. Tea Set – Burleigh Pottery. 6.
    Liberty Print Roberts Radio – Liberty London. 7. Scissors – Nest. 8. Brush Cup – Pentreath & Hall.

Recently I tried out on of these Etta French candles ( 1 ). The winter scent fills the room but not only that you get a very pretty surprise piece of jewellery inside the wax. Maybe greedy but want to try out the other ones. Love that they aren’t tested on animals and have no nasty chemicals hidden in their ingredients.

Of course, if you follow my instagram, you will have seen many succulents in different forms on there. One thing I really need to try out is a mini terrarium like this one from Urban Outfitters ( 3 ). They look really cool on a desk or window sill.

I have such a strong fascination with flamingoes and snow globes – so naturally kind of fancy this pretty glass ornament from John Lewis ( 4 ) – especially as she’s wearing a crown. It’s really pretty, don’t you think ?

I recently wrote a blog post for Burleigh Pottery, giving some ideas on mixing and matching their china at Christmas time. If you fancy a read – you can here. Isn’t their Asiatic Pheasant set ( 5 ) gorgeous ? Really nice for a tea party or even to serve some mulled wine in a quirky way to your guests.

For ages, I have been eyeing up these Hay Phi gold carbon Scissors from Nest Store ( 7 ). The shape is lovely  – and a really stylish way to wrap up gifts. Might have to treat myself !

The brush letter pot is by Pentreath & Hall ( 8 ) . I have a different colour way with an L on the front but they’re quite addictive and fun.

Have you noticed that there’s loads of pinks and greens ? Seem really drawn to this combination at the moment  – you will see more on my living room tour blog hop next week .. all will be revealed on Tuesday at 11 am.

Hope you like my selection – you can check out any of them by clicking on the links under the wishlists.

Is there anything that has caught your eye here ?

Lucy x

Back in Berlin, Baby …

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If you follow me on Instagram  – you will have seen a few pictures of our little Berlin trip a few weeks ago. We spent ages looking forward to it and suddenly we were on our way home again But at least this time we were there for longer than 24 hours.

To say that all of our stay in was entertaining would not be true – only because visiting Checkpoint Charlie and the museum nearby, was a real eye opener and reminder but we kept the educational side of the visit to a minimum as we needed to have some family fun time.

We hadn’t really prepared ourselves too much with what we were going to do. We knew we were going to see Biffy Clyro at Max – Shmeling – Halle Arena but that was about it ! They were amazing as usual and Andy got to watch them this time instead of working on the show which was a real treat for him.

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Having stayed at Soho House in East Berlin last time it was nice to try out a different area, so we stayed at The Palace Hotel which is a family hotel, so a bit quieter  ( we needed some sleep ) in Chalottenburg  –  directly opposite the 25 Hours Hotel which is the home of ‘ Monkey Bar ‘. If you don’t know of this hotspot, it looks down over the zoo with big glass window walls – very cosy inside and the views are quite amazing across Berlin if you sit outside. It’s super trendy and very busy.

monkey-bar-berlinview-from-monkey-bar-berlinIt’s situated on the top floor where you can look out at all the amazing buildings. Hard not to enjoy the architecture in Berlin. Old and new. I’m not entirely sure of the name of the curved building. It looks brand new – really interesting looking, don’t you think ?

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On our second day, we did manage to find the colourful quarter of Kreuzberg. Known as ‘ The Heart of Turkish Berlin ‘ You literally turn a corner and there it is – in its glory. We actually spent quite a lot on a cab getting there. That’s colour inspiration dedication for you …  I was watching the cab meter thinking ” hope this is worth it ”  – but thankfully it was.

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The district is very buzzy and is full of eateries, galleries and cool bars. It’s very arty and has a cosmopolitan feeling to it. I loved it !  Definitely worth a visit and make sure you take your camera. I just wish we’d had more time to spend in the area. Of  course the girls were checking the walls to see if they could see any ‘ naughty ‘ words. Luckily they don’t speak German yet … !

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Although it wasn’t particularly warm or sunny while we were in Berlin – there were lots of colourful moments. Well, I wasn’t going to leave without a few, was I ?

Dotted around the streets were lots of old style mopeds and bicycles. How about this one ? All the greens in one go. Couldn’t resist.

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Obviously, we had to go and see the remains of the Berlin Wall. It is just covered in street art and old visitors comments but it is also protected with a fence for most of it. Which is understandable. Mae and Betsey were fascinated by the history of the wall and Berlin in general. A lot to take in for them but they enjoyed it very much and learnt a few words.

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We went on to a restaurant called Heat on Karl-Liebknecht-Str which is part of The Radisson Hotel – it was really good food – nice curry. A little pricey but then everything in Berlin was to be honest. Not as reasonable as before Brexit.

It is a big place, Berlin – you effectively feel like you are visiting two cities in one go. So much to see and do. I still don’t feel like I have seen much of it but am keen to explore more. It’s kind of quirky but stylishly done  – and SO clean. Maybe a trip in the Spring or Summer next time to enjoy some scenery with a blue sky backdrop.

Would you like to visit Berlin – or have you already been ? Do leave a comment with some recommendations. Would love to hear them ..

Lucy x

Speciality Orchid – Houseplant of the Month for November

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Did you know that for November – the Speciality Orchid is the Houseplant of the Month ?

I’ve been a fan of this type of plant for quite some time now now. Ever since I realised that there are so many different colours and types with such interesting histories. They add character to a room and some even offer health benefits.

At the moment I have four different types in our home that I would like to introduce you to. You may well know a lot more about them than me but I’ve tried to add a few facts too below in case you’re interested to know a little more about these fascinating houseplants …

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Cattleya.

This beauty is called Cattleya Hybrid. The petals are so silky. They make really striking houseplants with their thick leaves growing out of the tuber. I love the vibrancy of this magenta shade mixed with the yellow centre – they also come in white, orange, green and pastels and has the most varied appearance of all orchids. The deep and rich fragrance is amazing too – apparently has earned the Cattleya a rather special nickname – ‘ Queen of the Orchids ‘. As with many types of Speciality Orchids, the Cattleya prefers a light spot but not direct sunlight. The soil needs to almost dry out between waterings. It thrives best in high humidity  – and a handy tip is to keep them in their pot on an island of damp clay pebbles. My plant has a little way to go yet but they can reach up to 15 cm in height.

Did you know that the expression ‘ to cattleya ‘ is a euphemism for amorous encounters between Odette and Swann in Marcel Proust’s seven volumes novel ‘ Remembrance of Things Past ‘ ? True that !

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Brassia.

This is possibly my favourite Speciality Orchid with it’s starry bright petals and  burgundy spots and turned stems – almost other worldly ? It’s a Brassia Orange Delight and as with all from the Brassia family – is light and fine, so it moves a little when you walk past it. They tend to be good in light all year round ( this helps with flowering ) and prefer to stay a little moist.  They make lots of aerial roots which enjoyed being sprayed.

It is named after an illustrator called William Brass who was commissioned by Sir Joseph Banks at the end of the 18th century to collect unusual orchids. A job I would have quite liked myself but it was back in the 18th century …

This particular plant is in its early stages of flowering but it will eventually flower all along the stem – it has been nicknamed the the ‘s Spider Orchid ‘ for this reason. Out in the wild the Brassia uses it’s spidery shape to attract Spider Wasps which sting the lip and this then pollinates other Brassias. Isn’t nature amazing ?

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Dendobrium Noble.

Kind of like a mini tree this one. The stems look like bamboo with clusters of flowers growing out of the axil of each leaf. Like the Cattleya it has a lovely scent. In the wild, you will find it growing in the cool mountains of the Himalayas Jungle of New Guinea and all the desert of Australia. Interesting places to find them ? It means that they easily cope with a living room environment. They tend to flower for about 4 months and if you can wait another few months after they sometimes do again.

In total there are about 1,200 different species of Dendobrium. First discovered in 1799 by ‘ Olof Schwartz ‘. The name Dendobrium comes from from the Greek ‘ dendron’ ( tree ) and ‘ bios ‘ ( life ) and in the wild they grow harmlessly  on trees as an epiphyte to derive it’s moisture.  What is really cool about them is that they are known to be very good houseplants for removing toluene ( the most important ingredient in paint thinner ) and xylene ( a solvent for resins and fats ) from the air.

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Paphiopedilum

This Speciality Orchid is attractive with or without it’s flower because of its pretty leaves. Also ( and maybe more commonly ) known as ‘ Venus Slipper ‘ owing to the lip of the flower being in the shape of an elegant slipper. The name is derived from Paphos in Greece where the goddess Aphrodite arose from the sea and ‘ Pedalion ‘ which means ‘ slipper ‘ in Ancient Greece. Ironically though – you don’t find any wild Paphiopedilums anywhere in Greece ! It actually grows in South  – East Asia.

Being a shade Speciality Orchid so it can tolerate partial shade but not full sun. They love fresh air as long as it isn’t too cold. I tend to remove my Paphiopedilum from its pot when watering and let water run though the roots before putting it back once it has drained well.

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One bit of advice I would offer for this orchid and in fact all types  – is to add stones for draining to the bottom of your pots to stop them sitting in any pools of water.

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I always think that Speciality Orchids are too beautiful to play around with too much. It takes away from the star of the show – being the flower. But to add a little warmth, I’ve added some gold leaf to this pot and finished it with a rustic worn look. A  metallic enriches the flower shades even more and adds to their already eye catching opulence.

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I sprayed this old terracotta pot with glitter gold too. Just to enhance the pot and give it a little shimmer. What do you think ?

 

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Hopefully you have enjoyed my little Speciality Orchid post  – and have discovered something new about them ? You can also find out lots more about houseplants and see DIY projects at www.thejoyofplants.co.uk

Please do leave me a comment to let me know more about Speciality Orchids or if you have just enjoyed reading this ! Would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with The Joy of Plants. All opinions are my own. 

How We do Autumn in Southwold …

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Would you believe me if I told you that this was Southwold yesterday ? Blue skies, sunshine and all the colour that you could wish for. All in one place. On a late October afternoon. Stuff dreams are made of ..

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It’s the time of year when we get the promenade pretty much to ourselves and we can wander around the town still enjoying the warm ( ish ) days while sharing fish and chips and checking out some of the interior shops. Squeezing in at least one trip here a week is always on my agenda, sometimes I pop over after school with the girls.

I’m starting out this season as I mean to go on – with more bright clothing. Considering how much I talk about strong colours and pastels here on my blog – you’d think all my clothes would be crazy bold but that hasn’t been the case recently. I’m putting that right though now and it feels much more ‘ me ‘ again.

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You might already know how much I love teal. It’s a really flattering colour, I think, on most people. This Jennie coat is a new staple favourite. It’s from Boden ( my whole outfit is here ) and it’s versatile being perfect for Autumn and the right shape to pop an extra layer under for winter. Kind of classic isn’t it ?

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One type of item that I wear all the time is a tunic. If it has a little stretch, then all the better. I like to layer them over skinny jeans. It’s just a nice relaxed look isn’t it ? This breton stripe kind of suits Southwold. Nautical ! Talking of jeans – what did we ever do without the skinny style ? I can totally recommend these ‘ Mayfair ‘ ones as they stay fitted.

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So you may wonder why I have a picture of the lighthouse here ? Well, we walked from the promenade up to Cafe Fifty One for a milkshake ( check out their cool pumpkins display – and do visit  – it’s really good ) and passed it on the way to the pier and I just thought how quirky Southwold is for having a lighthouse right in the middle of town. Kind of suits the place, really.

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Right under my feet here is the sea. But in all honestly I was admiring my new pumps and bag on this occasion. The shoes are called Patti and I love the contrast of black and navy. Do you like them too ? I have needed a drawstring bag big enough for my camera and everything else I need for the day ( kitchen sink, anyone ? ) and am very into the Beatnik Red. I honestly didn’t intend to coordinate with my surroundings but it worked out pretty well :)

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Before heading home  I stopped off at the local flower store to grab a bundle of sunflowers for the kitchen table.

Long may these blue sky days last …

I’d love to know your thoughts on my outfit ? Are you a fan of brights too ? Do leave me a comment under the post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

Jennie Coat, Breton Tunic, Mayfair Jeans, Drawstring Bag and  Patti Shoes all c / o Boden.

Lucy x

Photography by Andy Henderson & Lucy Gleeson.

Loving Skincare Products By Liha – A Giveaway For My Readers

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Over the years I must have tried out dozens of skincare ranges, mainly natural as I like to know and understand what’s in each product. It’s important that it smells nice and most importantly does the job.

A little while ago I tried out Idan Oil by Liha when I was pottering around Liberty London. I rubbed in to my hands and then spent the rest of the day really enjoying the tuberose and coconut aroma – and also noticed that my hands were noticeably smoother. ‘ Idan ‘ means magic in Yoruba ( in Africa ) and I can see why it has been named this. It’s true.

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One tuberose flower has been immersed in the oil using a traditional African process called enfleurage. When the bottle of oil is placed under warm water, the coconut pressed coconut becomes fluid enabling you to use the combination as an indulgent body lotion,  leave in hair conditioner or even a perfume.

I’m a big fan of anything with coconut in, with all the health benefits it offers and if you’ve ever smelt tuberose – you might agree with me that it’s really feminine and gives a sense of warmth. The two fragrances together – heavenly. Now I have a full bottle here at home that I use every day on my hands and feet before bedtime and after baths.

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Also from their ranges I have Liha’s Shea Butter and Ose Gidi Soap. The Shea Butter is an intense hand crafted moisturiser that can be used neat or as a base to make up your own cream. It has naturally occurring content of vitamin A and E and is known as a ‘ cure all ‘ formula. It melts between your hands and can be applied like the oil, all over.

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I highly recommend the Ose Gidi soap – it is exfoliating and has deep cleansing properties.The formulation is vegan and contains hemp oil, coconut and shea butter and has healing and anti – inflammatory and anti –  oxidant qualities due to the Moringa powder and vitamin E.

Do have a look at Liha’s website to find out more about each product and all that they do. I’m so glad I have discovered them. Liha and Abi who are the founders have been friends for a very long time and created this brand after they’d had many rave reviews from friends and guests who had sampled out their trial pots when they were toying with the idea of starting up as a business. As well as having their own website they are now also stocking at many high profile stores. Amazing how a brand can take off so quickly when they get it just right.

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Liha are offering one of my readers a bottle of Idan Oil, a tub of the Shea Butter and an Ose Gidi Soap in a little Liha canvas bag, all in all worth over £70 –  all you have to do is enter my raffflecopter giveaway to have the chance to win. It’s really quick and easy and the terms and conditions are just below. Leaving a comment is mandatory. If you’re not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – no problem you are still eligible by just commenting.

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T’s & C’s

The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter straight ager the giveaway ends and contacted by email. If I do not hear back within 48 hours a new person will be chosen.

This giveaway is open to UK residents only.

Postage and packaging supplied by Liha. Lucy Loves Ya or Liha will not be held responsible for any loss or damage in the post.

No alternative prize or cash offered.

Good luck.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Liha – all opinions are my own.

A Little Pasta Sauce Recipe for You, Using My Dotcomgiftshop Happy Homeware

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This post is a chance to show you some lovely new interiors products from dotcomgiftshop and share a very simple recipe at the same time. It’s a pasta sauce instead of using basil, which is what I tend to add usually – I’ve used mint instead.

Before the recipe though as promised – I need to show you my new home additions –  this flamingo being one of them.

My love of flamingoes is a longstanding thing. I’m kind of fascinated by them. They’re so elegant yet quirky at the same time. So needless to say – any opportunity to add one here to our house – I’m in.

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This pretty pink lady is actually a little watering can. What a cool idea ? Kind of looks great just hanging around the house anyway but has a purpose too. She’s perfect for tending to the herbs in this arboretum / indoor herb garden.

It’s really useful to keep all the herbs I use in one place, but in a compact and stylish way.  The arboretum is metal, sturdy and I love the green colour. I’ve found it’s a good way for my girls to learn how to cultivate food.

dotcom-chives-pot Inside it has six plant pots with labels that you can chalk the names on to – and easily wipe off and change if you need to. Dotcomgiftshop always seem to come up with interesting new home goodies. They have variations on this style in different colours if you’re more of a blue or ivory kind of person.

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It’s really handy reaching over and grabbing a few herbs in the kitchen when I’m making a meal.

We use chives in loads of dishes but on a salad it’s particularly yum !

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The bowls as I mentioned are also from Dotcomgiftshop – they’re from their Japanese range of tableware. The striped ones are called  ‘Sunburst ‘ and the floral plates and bowls are from the ‘ Daisy ‘ collection. The ‘ Green Circles ‘ are a nice contrast  – they have lots of different colours and patterns. I do like a mix and match, eclectic look. I think it’s great for a relaxed feel for a dinner party. They’re good quality also.

They have side plates, dinner plates, small bowls for snacks, salad, main and dessert bowls mugs etc in this range – so a whole set that you can buy individually. The colours compliment each other and the prints look great against colourful meals.

Which leads me to the pasta sauce …

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For this quick recipe you will need:

2 cans of chopped tinned tomatoes.

1/4 cup of olive oil.

few pinches of fresh mint.

1 onion finely chopped.

1 garlic clove – crushed. ( optional  – nice without but some people love garlic in any pastas sauce )

1/4 cup mozzarella.

black pepper.

Salt.

Pasta of your choice.

Method.

Add the oil to a saucepan and heat on a flame or hob. Put in the onion and garlic and gently fry until golden. Add the tinned tomatoes and mozzarella and mix in well. Stir until it is has thickened a bit and then add a pinch of salt and as much pepper as you personally like to use.

Let it cool for a few minutes and then add a little chopped mint and the mozzarella. Mix all together and then add a sprig of mint on top to finish it off.

Mix it in to cooked pasta and enjoy.

It’s quite refreshing and I eat this well in to the Autumn. That’s the handy thing about having the herb garden. You can keep them going for longer !

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As you can see for dessert here, we had a few tasty florentines and an espresso with some shot cups. The espresso coffee pot is fantastic because you use it on a stove or electric hob with fresh coffee  beans. Maybe a widely known fact but news to me ! It smells amazing – I so wish you had the option scratch and sniff your screen.

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The coffee pot is a  good way to complete a meal with friends. Especially an Italian dinner.  Again dotcomgiftshop makes these in different colours and slightly different finishes.

If you’re inspired by my new home pieces or fancy having a look at their lovely colourful store – then you can do so here. I really want to get some of the other different designs now  – the ‘ Blossom ‘ print is really pretty.

Do you love trying out new recipes? I hope you like this one if you do give it a go ? Also – hope you like my new homeware ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with dotcomgiftshop  – all opinions are my own.

Win £100 of Goodies at Homeware Brand – Happy + Co

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Do you think it’s time for a  giveaway ? It’s been a while but when you have the opportunity to offer one of your lucky readers £100 worth of homeware of their choice at Happy + Co then you’re going to say yes. It’s a no brainer.

First things first though. I want to tell you about this brand Happy + Co. They are an online store who design affordable every day home essentials that are a joy to look at and a pleasure to use. I think their name kind of says it all really.

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The patterns are vibrant, strong and cheery. I don’t know about you but I love the contrasting shapes on their tableware, cushions and bedding and wouldn’t say no to one of their armchairs either ! It’s definitely a brand with a strong identity. If you look at my instagram page, you will see I have the Newport style cushion in blue and can 100% say that it’s excellent quality. They have a sea of different designs to choose from on their website, named and inspired by the brand’s travels over the years.

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Some of the cushions come in different coloured piping so if you’re wanting to go black and white but with a splash of colour then no problem – and you can also get them in striped too.

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What I also really like about Happy + Co is that they are extremely ethical and invest 10% off every purchase made in to their own farm, developed for the community in Siem Reap, Cambodia. it was developed by co – founder of Happy + Co; Gary Elton. The main aim of the farm is to create jobs for local people  – and after only two years  – it has had a really positive impact on peoples’ lives.

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160812_happyco__tableware_medium_1So now you know a little more about this lovely, inspiring company – I will tell you just how you can enter to win and pick £100 worth of goodies of your choice from Happy + Co here on Lucy Loves Ya….

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It’s so simple as I’m using RaffleCopter so you just need to follow the instructions in this little widget below. Literally a few clicks of a button and you’re done. It is mandatory for you to leave me a comment under the post, once you’ve entered to let me know which you have followed i.e Twitter / Instagram.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Terms and conditions

The winner will be able to choose items at Happy + Co up to the value of £100.

The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter and notified as soon as the giveaway ends.

This giveaway is open to readers worldwide.

Postage and packaging supplied by Happy + Co.

No cash alternative or other prize offered.

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.

Good luck !

Lucy x

All photos are copyright of Happy + Co 2016.

NB: This is a collaboration with Happy + Co – all opinions are my own.

Yvonne Coomber – An Artist Brimming with Inspiration

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A very interesting thing happened recently. When we had our trip to The Bedruthan Hotel, there were pieces of art hanging in the reception and halls for guests to admire and purchase.

There was one particular painter that I was drawn to and every time we passed them, I said to Andy and my girls ” I love these so much ” and I kind of lovingly bowed to them. They had a shimmer effect and were just dreamy.

Roll on a few months and guess what ? I receive an email from Yvonne Coomber the artist in question, telling me that she loves my blog. I can’t quite believe it ! Divine intervention ? I’d like to think so.

So, we decided to collaborate and show you some of her work that is now here on my walls.

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Yvonne Coomber uses a mixture of paints  – oils, inks, glosses, glazes and fine glitter with paintbrushes, rags, her fingers and palette knives to achieve the overall finished piece. Working outside on every single project, whether it’s raining or snowing and everything in between also inspires each painting and dictates how the paint falls.

Born in Ireland, Yvonne was brought up on a farm and went on to travel the world, then studying in Brighton. She now has four children with husband and fellow artist Mike Boyer and lives in now in Devon where she produces her work.

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I love the combination of the vibrant flowers, drenched in colour with the the light sky in this ‘ My Paradise ‘ print. We have put it up where the sun hits it mid morning and it’s so captivating. Placing art in the right position is so important and I think about it for a while nowadays before choosing the right home for any painting.

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When I first opened this canvas from Yvonne, I stared at it for ages. The palette, detail and shimmery layer just makes it magical. As her website says of her work ” The result is a kaleidoscopic jewel like composition of rich pigments that prismatically opens up to reveal the radiance and beauty of nature ” –  she says it much better than me. But, it’s so true.

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Here’s a close up of the oils. So rich. It’s a lovely little burst of happiness in my design room. Very useful to look at while I’m thinking about design ideas. It will also remind me of the best holidays I’ve had in Cornwall and it’s where I discovered Yvonne’s work.

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It’s against a pure white background which allows the hues to shine brightly. What do you think ?

I’m so happy to have found another artist who is full of expression and deeply in love with colour. If you would like to know more about Yvonne and see lots of her prints and canvasses in all of their forms and glory and check out her events  – you can here. She also has a wonderful instagram account to follow for regular bursts of inspiration.

What do you think of our new additions? I hope you like them as much as we do. Leave me a comment under this post and you can tweet me @lucylovesyablog too.

Lucy x

I was sent some art by Yvonne for this collaboration. All opinions, as always are my own.

#InspirationIsColour – Latest Instagram Images

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Left to right, top to bottom: 1. @ghostzine 2. @rebeccadesnos 3. @labelsforlunch 4. @lazydaisyjones 5. @runnerkinhall 6. @ellabonbella_x 7. @thesilverfactory 8. @imbeingerica 9. @lucylovesyablog

It’s always really exciting, sharing instagram images from #InspirationIsColour .. today is no exception – some cracking ones.

But this time around, I’ve actually started an account where I can share your colourful photos daily too. It’s called @InspirationIsColour ( obviously … ) and there are already some beautiful shots to check out.

Here are some of the great accounts who have used the hashtag. In fact, top left with the two doors was also shared by instagram gaining nearly a million likes and it’s is by talented photographer @ghostzine aka Alexis who takes great pics of Portugal and the UK. Well worth checking out.

It really makes my tummy flip to see so much colour inspiration from all around the world. I know I always say that, but it’s cool isn’t it ?

Inspiration Is Colour PhotosLeft to right, top to bottom: 1. @daydreaminglib 2. @hannahberrridgeceramics 3. @janestreet35 4. @alison_faith_kay_art 5. @jessrose1702 6. @styleophileuk 7. @marykilvert 8. @oldfashionedsus 9. @porthjess

They are all so different. I think that’s what I like about instagram so much. Seeing colour inspiration through everyone else’s eyes. Plus you discover new amazing parts of the world. I have a much bigger ‘ places I want to visit ‘ list now.

Look at that picture by @oldfashionsus of the orange flowers … a reminder that Autumn is on its way. Such a great season for inspiration. The rainbow stairs are in Berlin – I am visiting there soon .. so will be looking out for them.

Inspiration Is Colour Hashtag

Left to right, top to bottom: 1. @la_fee_de_fleur 2. @karenanita 3. @byvanessaleigh 4. @justjane17 5. @candypop.uk 6. @cassiefairy 7. @littlehouseonthecorner 8. @lottie_storey 9. @wineros 

If you’d like to follow @InspirationIsColour and see all of the features artists ( and add your own too if you’d like to ) please do –  and don’t forget my main account @lucylovesyablog where I add my own colourful  photos daily.

You can also check out all of the instagrammers by clicking on their names under the grids. All fab accounts – recommend !

When we reach 10,000 I will be doing a giveaway to celebrate … so, watch this space …

Have a good one.

Lucy x