Summery Colour Palettes

pink flower

What with this very sunny weather, I thought it would be a good time to share some colour palettes that I have made up from some of my photographs. Maybe, like me you’ve got some DIY lined up or just enjoy all of the hues of Summer.

This first one would be ideal for a living room or an outdoor area. It’s quite girly too – the darker tones could work as accessories ?

I love pink and green together, feminine and earthy. A winning combination.

blue house

This cottage door surrounded by a wonderful fresh aqua, by the sea,  caught my eye recently. I could see it in a nursery or play room – where would you use it ? It’s so happy and blue is one of the most popular colours globally. I guess with the sky and the sea – it’s a colour that we trust and it’s nice and cool. The lavender will add a pretty purple too once it flowers.

macaroon

Being a bit of a macaron fan – I had to take an instagram picture of these. The palette is playful and ideal for a kitchen against a white canvas or a Summer party even. How could you ever feel anything but cheerful sitting amongst bursts of these colours ?

I’m about to do our garden room and think I will use some of these for inspiration. I look forward to showing you it. :)

What colours do you like to use together ? Leave me a comment or tweet me lucylovesyablog.

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Crafts and Candy Stripes

Kids Craft Area

With the Summer hols just around the corner ( how did that happen ? ) I’ve been having a think about what we can do to fill the days. To start with, we can definitely spend some time here at home learning how to knit properly and the girls can make stretch their sewing knowledge by making themselves a dress or two…

They now have their own workspace, to try and contain the madness, just a little .. and so that they can sit down and make something without having to plan it.

It is looking relatively tidy at the moment and I wanted to show you a few of the lovely goodies that we were sent to review from Flamingo Gifts.

The oh so cute Party Ring Biscuit has gone down a real treat here. Unfortunately we can’t eat it but we can enjoy its comfiness while we sew. Great for Betsey to sit on too for a bit of extra height.

Kids Wool Storage

We totally love the set of 3 Retro Bright Suitcases. They are ( as well as the cushion ) are by Sass & Belle – one of may brands stocked by Flamingo Gifts. They are absolutely perfect for storing wool and other craft bits.

Kids Craft Room

How did they know that we love colour so much ? ;) The candy stripe string of lights finish off the area and add to the playful look. How I would’ve loved some as a child … but, hey, we have them now ! Thanks Flamingo Gifts

Washi tapeKids Crafts 1

With our new additions washi tapes, stationery and  scrapbooking cabochons, I think it should keep them busy for a while …

Flamingo Gifts Cushion

What do you have planned for the Summer ? Any craft ideas or places to visit – leave me a comment under this post. Would love to hear from you .. :)

Lucy x

Pantone Hotel – Colour Central

Pantone Hotel Chairs

How could you not be intrigued by a Pantone Hotel if you love colour ? If you also love good chocolate, then Brussels is probably a good place to be.

Luckily, Andy ( my lovely man ) has been in Belgium, rehearsing for Glastonbury Festival , so I finally got to do a Pantone post as he dutifully went and took some pictures for me … and you !

Shades of Red Pantone Hotel-1

A white canvas gives a nice clean feel – and the saturated colourful pops add warmth and a heart.

Blue Bedroom Pantone HotelPantone Red Bedroom

There are strong and more delicate palettes depending on which room you stay in. Which colour would you like to stay in?

The Hotel itself is very central so you are close to lots of restaurants and also the train station. From what I can see, it is quite good value too … a very good excuse for a visit with the family. We would like to see Mini Europe which isn’t far away.

Pantone RestuarantOutside Pantone Hotel

I’m a total Pantone obsessive and use my colour wheel all the time. It felt like Christmas being sent these images by Andy. The one thing I forgot to ask him to but me some of their mugs. Doh ! I really will have to go soon …

Have you stayed here at the Pantone Hotel or been to Brussels before ? Any recommendations for places to eat or see, would be fab. Please leave me a comment under this post ..

Lucy xPantone Hotel Reception

Achica Cheeky Peek In My Living Room

Lamp from AchicaI do love a peep in to peoples homes – all the interesting little nooks and spend much of time looking on Pinterest for inspiration. Being as I’ve had a little change around here in the living room, I thought maybe you’d like to see a colourful corner of mine ?

Last week I painted a few mini crates to display some of our garden perennials to work nicely with the colour wheel print above and my new cushion and chrome and white lamp sent over by the lovely folk at from Achica. The lamp is perfect for evening sewing and reading.  It’s nice to have a lamp that will work well anywhere – I will probably use it at my sewing table too.

The cushion is bold and refreshing and perfect for Summer. Citrus is in this season so a fruity print cushion is my contribution … :)

Citrus Cushion Print - Achica

Achica ( if you aren’t already aware ) is a luxury lifestyle online store offering exclusive, daily promotions on lots of home interiors and fashion accessories. Worth a look if you like discounted designer goodies.

DIY Window Boxes-1 DIY Window Boxes & Fabric

Do you like the crates ? I bought some sample pots and it took no time at all to paint them. Inside I popped in some jam jars. They work well as window boxes too if you want to dress a sill or too. Actually, I nice little teachers gift for end of term too ? Not long now ..

Close up Achica lamp

If you have any DIY tips for adding colour to your home or want to just say hello – leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog – would love to hear your thoughts.

Hope you are having a fabulous day ..

Lucy x

I was sent the lamp and cushion by Achica for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.

Tea For Two With Extra Sprinkles

Cakemart DecsWhat do your kids say when you offer them a little tea party with not only my quaint cups and saucers filled with their favourite fruit juice … but also cake pops and cupcakes and extra sprinkles. No brainer. They said .. ” Yesssss Mum ” ..

PopsSprinkles

I’ve never made cake pops before although have been intrigued as to how you do. Actually, they were quite easy. I did have a book that came with the set so that helped. Funnily enough my girls were really happy to help out as much as possible ! The candy melts are meant to be microwaved but I did it over the hob with a saucepan and a bowl and turned out fine…. the fiddly bit was covering the sponge but we had fun with it.

Cupcakes

We also made some cupcakes that I have to say, were delicious. I’ve tried loads of times to ice cakes with a piping bag and quite frankly made a mess, but this time I used a one hand decorator and it was a doddle. The sprinkles added some lovely colour and a little bit of crunch. I love the bright polka dot cases – they go so well with the multi colour toppings.

Meincupcake spotted,my love for colour, recently, so sent me these delights to try out. I’ve had lots of fun on Instagram over the last few days sharing some pics. Have a look if you like. We also made doughnuts but they are in our bellies on the cutting room floor ;)

Cakemart Cake Pop

After our little ‘ do ” we wrapped up some of extra cake pops in cellophane packs that came with the kit and some striped wash tape and took them round to our neighbours. Here you can see the girls all ready to deliver them in front of our purple front door.  It’s a nice idea for wedding and kids favour bags. I will definitely be using them for future parties. Hopefully we will get more adventurous and make some of the amazing creations on offer in the book.

Cake Pops

Are you a dab hand at baking ? Or like me, keen but still a bit of a novice ? Any tips either way then leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you …

Lucy x

A Fancy Frock In Blackpool

Lucy in 20th Century Cloth 2-1 copy

After attending the most amazing wedding this weekend up in Preston, we decided to stay an extra night and made a impromptu visit to Blackpool for the afternoon. On the way we stopped for a walk on the sandy beach of Lytham St Annes, where I stayed when I was 17 and doing my first ever professional theatre tour. It hasn’t changed at all. I like it when things have stay the same – it doesn’t seem to happen too often in this fast paced world.

Lucy in 20th Century Cloth-1 copy

I wore a dress that I made with fabric sent over from 20th Century Cloth. It’s a cotton Poplin fabric and it was a joy to use, really easy and excellent quality. I chose the Modesto print as I like the little flecks of colour amongst the black and white. At 150 cm width it is perfect for dressmaking, especially for circle skirts. The dress itself is an Eliza M one – The Daisy Dress. I am going to be making a lot more with this pattern and certainly with the fabrics.

As well as selling wash and make up bags, 20th Century Cloth also hand make lampshades to order in their range of prints. Do have a look as I think they’re rather lovely. I’m pretty taken with the colourful Coranado one. Helen who is the founder of the company is a textile designer and vintage clothing enthusiast. I love her already !

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

It was quite fitting to visit The Tower Ballroom, in my frock. Honestly, the place is so beautiful and full of atmosphere – it almost bought me to tears. I told my girls all about the joy that this place must’ve bought to people over the years and clearly still does. They were especially excited about the fact that Strictly Come Dancing had been filmed there. We listened to the man playing the Wurlitzer Organ and watched novices and professionals take to the dance floor to do the Samba.

StreetArt Blackpool Red Arrows

While we were heading to ” The Big One ” roller coaster, which I tried to photograph Mae and Andy on bit they were going too fast ( but this funny street art says it all ..)  we also got to see The Red Arrows do their display over the sea. It was pretty incredible.

All of that and with a trip up the Tower with my brace face on,  left me feeling a bit giddy. Managed to take a photo looking down as you can see, but definitely didn’t dare stand on the thick glass. Oh no. …

BlackpoolBlackpool Disco Ball.

 

So after a bit of bowling fun, we trammed it back past the largest disco ball we’d ever seen and headed back to our hotel – The Barton Grange, just outside of Preston, which I would heartily recommend. Great staff.

An afternoon wasn’t long enough so next time we go, it’ll be the whole illuminated experience with bells on. We have to go back anyway because I forgot to get a Kiss Me Quick hat. :)

How do you like the dress ? … And what’s your favourite seaside town ? 

Leave me a comment or tweet @lucylovesyablog. I would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

Converse Art By Adam Hemuss – A Giveaway On Instagram

Coverse Boots Image

Just in the last few days I hit 1000 instagram followers. My aim was to host a little celebration giveaway when this happened … and true to my promise – there is one running as from today.

Converse Boots

Pile of Converse BootsWe had this limited edition Adam Hemuss art print framed and it site nicely above a shoe rack that I had made recently and then painted myself. As you can see its filled with some of my boots. I lined each shelf with some PVC liner to give it more character and brighten it up a little. The paint I used is Clunch by Farrow & Ball. I needed to keep our home tidy but also thought why not have my favourite footwear on show ?

Converse Boots 1

I really like the positioning of the boots in the sketch and couldn’t have picked anything better for our bedroom wall. The prints come in red, blue, yellow and white and are limited edition with just a few left. These are part of a bigger series of shoes and feet. These trainers were actually a sketch of someone’s Converse while sitting on the tube one day. Who knows.. maybe it was me. :)

Adam Hemuss has been an artist for some time as well as having worked in TV Production – something we have in common. His inspiration is all around him in The Big Smoke ” capturing the individuality of the London crowd “. He studied screen printing at LCC in Elephant and Castle.

Converse Picture

I find Adam’s work really interesting and if you check his website it is quite diverse –  really keen to see more of his collections over the next few years. If you’d like to  – you can find it here.

Now, if you are on Instagram and fancy winning a Converse print for your home, Adam has also sent me one in white, for a lucky Instagram follower – you’re only a couple of hashtags away from being entered.

Converse Print Instagram Giveaway

See you over there :)

Lucy x

I was sent a couple of these fabulous prints for myself and the winner but have received no payment for this post. All opinions are my own.

From Notting Hill To Neals Yard And Back Again

Colourful Homes

Most of the time, I blog about brands or designs that I love amongst the projects. It has been quite some time since I wrote about some of my favourite places.

We had a day out recently, a much needed family trip as life seems so hectic at the moment. You know that saying … Stop the world, I wanna get off … Well, it’s been a bit like that. A merry go round. But, it’s all good, really. Just a bit of a whirl. One of my favourite places in the UK is the Notting Hill area of London. Not because of the film, you understand. I have spent lots of time their over the years at the markets and maybe a few pubs…

Notting Hill Bunting Colourful Homes 1

It was our first port of call at the beginning of a day with something for everyone in the family. I snapped a few colourful moments along the way. Looking up is essential in London, otherwise you miss lots of interesting stuff and colours… and it would not be worth missing some cheery bunting on your travels, don’t you think ?

Electric Cinema

The Electric Cinema has been on Portobello road for over 100 years, it’s had its up and downs but still standing . Isn’t it good to know that there are still some buildings being used for their original purpose.

Rough Trade on Ladbroke Grove too has been there for nearly forty years. It was the first one to open and it’s heart warming to see it busy. I hope that with the resurgence in vinyl buying, it will encourage some more new record stores to open up again.

Rough Trade Cool Car

We will definitely be travelling with Karma Kabs given half the chance. Their flowery decorations apparently represent that ” the journey is more important than the arrival ” … a sentiment I agree with. Love the retro Morris Oxford car. Fits perfectly in the area !

Flowers

Talking of flowers – I wanted to fill our car with all of these. Oh, the colours, makes me want to burst in to song ! Which are your favourite ? I think the white roses with the delicate pink centres are mine.

Fabric Liberty

I will spare you the pics of Hamleys. It was fun as ever and full on. While my girls chose a toy with Andy, I nipped around the corner and got my Liberty London fill. They have revamped the haberdashery area and made it bigger. Lots of images will be popping up on my Instagram over the next few days if you’d like to see. But for now, here are some of the beautiful ones spotted.

Neals Yard

A rickshaw ride later we arrived at Covent Garden where we ate an absolutely massive pizza at Homeslice in the Neals Yard Courtyard . It was as good as authentic Italian pizza and I’m still wracking my brain on what ingredients they used to make it so tasty.

I spent so many years working in and around this area and miss it, so a leisurely trip there was most welcome. The buildings are so bright, happy and inviting and the aromas of essential oils are heavenly.

HummingBird Bakery Cakes

After a little meander around Selfridges – we got back to West London via some neon stripes under a bridge,  just in time to get ourselves a cupcake each from Hummingbird Bakery to take home.

Colourful Wall Pic

A lovely day had by all. What’s a perfect day for you ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Disco Disco Disco Party

Disco Necklaces

My blogging has been a bit slack of late. Only because I have a new business in the pipe line that I am dying to tell you telll about – not long now and I can. It hasn’t stopped me Instagramming like crazy though – too many colourful moments not to be missed.

It was our beautiful daughter Mae’s 9th Birthday this weekend. She wanted a disco, so I made all of the girls an acrylic necklace to take home in a little fabric pouch tied with some ribbon. The charms were made by SV Charms at Etsy – I chose the design and the colours – and once they’d been cut, they were sent over for me to make in to jewellery. I really enjoyed it and hope the girls all loved finding them amongst their sweeties on the way home.

bags

The party bags were from Petra Boase at Not On The Highstreet. They came as a mixed selection with beach ball stickers – couldn’t resist them.

Balloons

Mae wore her new Papaya Jumpsuit from Monsoon. You can see it here, strewn across the chair – a bright fruity affair with pineapples, flowers and birds. A girl after my own heart ! She had such a good time with her friends. Well worth every moment of preparation.

cake

We went to see the movie ” Home ” recently and all fell in love with the alien called ” Oh “. So a themed cake was inevitable. Here is Mae sitting next to Oh having a picnic.. .. I’d like to say that I made this but it was actually by the very lovely Heidi from Cute Little Cupcakes. She made the amazing Wizard of Oz cake a while back too. So talented and so modest. Mae’s face was a picture when she was presented with it to blow out her candles. Pretty sure she made a wish.

I hope some of these links are helpful to you if you have a party underway. If you have any party ideas please do leave a comment.. or just say hi anyway ! I would love to hear from you.

Wishing you a lovely day. More blog posts on their way … :)

Lucy x

Out There Interiors In The Craft Room

Out There Interiors Stool 3

I’m back after a few weeks off due to the kids holidays. Did you have a good one ?  SO match to catch up on – to start with, I realised that I haven’t posted any pics of my craft room recently, and it is looking unusually tidy at the moment. A rarity, so, here it is !

As you can see, I am finishing off some necklaces in fabric pouches that I had made for Mae’s friends as it’s her Birthday party coming up. More on all of that in the next few weeks.

Out There Interiors Stool 2

Back to my room .. My old, vintage Ercol stool is getting a little weary, as lovely as it is, so I felt very lucky to receive a brand spanking new seat from Out There Interiors. They are a company that I have been aware of for some time as they sell many colourful goods for the home and garden.

I needed something that was sturdy with character, so I chose this replica modern classic iron Tolix Stool. It’s the perfect height for my sewing table and apparently stackable if you buy more than one – good for a compact kitchen. There’s already quite a colour palette going on in my room, making the neutral white stand out in the middle of it all. It’s the perfect height for my sewing table – would also be good for a kitchen diner or a compact area as the stool are stackable. Will be nice and safe for my girls to sit at the table now and cut out their sewing patterns.

Out There Interiors Stool 4

Out There Interiors stock a diverse mix of brands –  originals and reproductions, such as Charles Eames, Seletti, Bloomingville and their own designs too.

They currently have 5 pages worth of different styles and colours of stools. They also have lots of on trend pieces of furniture for every room – also the conservatory and garden –  retro style pieces , deco, modern.. check out their Polka Dot Bombe Chest of Drawers – a colour explosion ! Oh, and their Wicker Rocking Chairs … Love :)

If you want to take a look at their website  – it’s www.outthereinteriors.com.

Do you love the classic brands ? Are there any particular trends that you are keen on at the moment ? Leave me a comment below or tweet @lucylovesyablog.

Have a good day .. and keep an eye out for more posts on their way :) x