Wallpaper to grow up with …

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There are literally thousands of stunning wallpaper designs on the internet. Trust me, I’ve been looking around to find one for my daughters bedroom, that will carry her through from being 8 to her teens. The ones I have chosen for you to see are of course, quite loud, but I think they would add great character to a room – maybe with just one wall covered. I would probably make a plain roman blind to go with this one made by Pip Studio and for sale on Not on The Highstreet by FIFTY ONE PERCENT ( no, I’m not shouting, that’s how they write it ! ). Love all the bobbins and sewing paraphernalia. :)

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Whether it is because I am obsessed with flamingos or maybe my just in the genes – Mae loves them too so this is definitely a consideration. We are only going to do one wall – I know feature walls aren’t as trendy as they used to be but I think it works well in a kids room, especially if it’s not too big. She loves blue too so it could be the one !

This wallpaper is by Cole and Son and and for sale at WallPaper Direct.

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This may not be every girls cup of tea * sorry, I’ll get my coat * … but it’s so dainty and pretty and I am sure would look amazing up. How could you ever get bored of looking at it ? It’s a Brian Yates print on the Select Wallpapers website.

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More birds. A really vibrant print, again from Not on The Highstreet by a shop called Snuggle. It is made to order in 50cm squares. What do you think ?

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I fell in love with this wallpaper the first time I saw it. It would probably mean a lot more to adults than it would to the ‘ new generation ‘ but it’s very retro and kitsch. Mae likes kitsch. So we might be on to a winner. This Penguin library wallpaper is by Osborne and Little from John Lewis.

My taste is very LOUD when it comes to prints as you may know. But I think these are all perfect for a growing girls bedroom.

What are your thoughts ? Do you have a particular favourite print that you’ve seen recently ?

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Very chilled Ibiza

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It has been almost a month since my last post. We went away on a lovely, relaxing holiday to Ibiza, which I had every intention on writing about as soon I got back but came down with a really full on virus and have only just really mustered the energy to get typing again.

According to my doctor – it is called Erythema Multiforme and appear to have had the more severe form. As I mentioned before we have had some stress recently and apparently that and sunshine can bring it out. Well, better out than in !

I’ve been living off fresh blended juices for the last two weeks because I couldn’t really swallow and now swear by them. They’ve helped massively.

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On to a much more cheerful note – Ibiza was an amazing family holiday. Lovely people, beautiful sunsets and the area we stayed in was very chilled. Really recommend Cala Llonga for families. There is the Amante Beach Club which overlooks the sea, where they play atmospheric house music whilst you eat. So good we visited several times. As with most places there, it welcomed children.

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Everyone recommended Bambuddha for somewhere to experience a nice meal, and we weren’t disappointed so ended up visiting there twice. The aroma of Nag Champa meets you as you enter and the staff are second to none in their approach to each table. Bambuddha itself is situated between Santa Eulalia and Santa Gertrudis, so depending on where you are staying, a little journey but well worth it. Fantastic ambience.

The food was so good and made me want to be a better cook myself, which I think is always a good sign when it comes to a restaurant. It’s a fusion of Thai and Japanese flavours. Andy recommends the Yellow Seabass Curry and I loved the Teriyaki Marinated Salmon and Wasabi Mashed Potatoes. The girls had Sushi  - which was perfect !

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We spent most of our time sitting around the pool and swimming. One trip over to watch the sunset at Sunset Ashram but it was rammed ( understandably in the peak season ) so we just had a dip in the nice clear waters and headed back. One place I would’ve liked to have re – visited after my last trip there was Ibiza Old Town – next time !

I’m sure there must be lots of other places to eat that we could’ve tried. If you know of any then please do leave a comment..

Have a good week. :)

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Lots of lovely Rainbow Drops

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I’ve been sitting in my kitchen for a while now thinking of ways to brighten it up a bit, but not with too much block colour.

Having made the roman blinds a while ago in the red gingham and I’ve painted the bookcase a turquoise colour, I still felt there wasn’t enough fun – and being a kid at heart, there needs be lots of that.

There are some brands that you love from the off, for me – Cable and Cotton are one of them because they are so distinctive. I first spotted their shop whilst wandering around Brighton a while back. I hadn’t thought of putting some of their fairy lights up to complete the makeover, don’t know why. But luckily, they very kindly contacted me recently to ask if I would like to try some out. So, I’ve placed them over my flamingo print from Etsy.

You can choose your own colours and length of lights at Cable and Cotton plus they also do sets with 20, 35 or 50 on a string. The ones I chose are Rainbow Drops.

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If you are a regular reader, you will know that I do love a bit of fair trade, so am pleased to know that the lights are handmade in Thailand by skilled craftswomen who work in the lovely open air ! Making the lights for Cable and Cotton is ensuring a year round income for these people and their families .. and in fact an entire community. :)

A great brand for sure !

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My Guest Post for Artist – Jessica Zoob

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 11.09.56 A quick update to tell you about my guest post on the very talented artist Jesssica Zoob’s blog. She very kindly asked me to write about LucyLovesYa.

Jessica trained at Central School of Art and Nottingham University and worked as a theatre designer for 7 years at venues such as The Royal National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. For 14 years now though she has worked exclusively as a contemporary artist from her home and studio in Sussex. She exhibits around London and her work is shown worldwide in private collections.

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 11.08.11 I love Jessica’s style and find her use of colour really emotive. It’s easy to lose yourself in her work, I think it’s partly because of the different textures she uses in the process. I could stare at her paintings for hours ! If you’d like to see or read more about Jessica Zoob then click here for the website.

My post can be found here.

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All images copyright of Jessica Zoob 2014.

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Me, me and erm …. me …. :)

acting pics - lucy Last night we had our first read through of a play that I’m doing for The New Eye Theatre Company, which is a new professional theatre. It’s going to be on in September. Not too long. Having not acted for a while now, and having done more TV in the past I was a little bit nervous but loved it. Quite excited that one of the cast is a regular in The Archers !

Next week, I have some meetings with agents in London – it’s all come around quite quickly.. but I’m not complaining. Grateful to be honest.

Recently, Sara Thomas took some new photographs – which I was really chuffed with. I highly recommend her. Not one to enjoy having my photo taken usually, she made me realise that it’s actually good fun. We ate cake afterwards in the sunshine, so that was nice too. :)

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In a few weeks, my blog is being re – designed and the lovely artist Kitty Finegan has designed an amazing new logo. I can’t wait to show you. She also created this caricature. Clever girl isn’t she ? Feel very lucky to be working with her.

It has been a funny time for our family recently – and these people probably have no idea how much they have helped get me through it – and to keep focused. Enjoy this sunny day – and look out for the new design soon !

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Images copyright of Sara Thomas and Kitty Finegan 2014.

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Not just your average Journal ….

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This gift of a journal from Anglesey Paper Company couldn’t have arrived at a better time here, what with all the different things I’m currently trying to juggle. Script learning notes, sewing, Summer hols ideas…  Need to write everything down !

It’s from a selection on their site  - and what is particularly appealing about the company, is that all of their products are fair trade and environmentally sound. This journal is tree free, acid free – made in the Nepal, the inner bark of a Lokta Bush … which apparently grows in the Himalayas at an altitude of up to 3000 metres.

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They produce all sorts of things including Kindle and iPad pouches, wrapping paper, sketchbooks and also handmade lampshades, including this vibrant flower print one. You can see the full selection if you click here.

Have a good start to the week. :)

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2014 Rustic Trends – Tactile Textures

I was doing a bit of searching around recently on t’internet for trends this year because we’ve been doing some work on our home.

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Rustic is a top trend for 2014 so I have put together some images of what I would use for a bathroom with tactile textures.

I really like this Cambridge Free Standing Bath from C. P. Hart Bathrooms. I would ideally have some exposed brickwork which really breaks up a room, adds extra character and accentuates the shape. I do have some in my sewing room but would’ve loved to been able to do this in the bathroom too. I do like a splash of colour so would go for a wooden floor – and would some boldness in the accessories – like this Liberty London floral fabric for the blinds and some chunky towels.

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The board is on my Pinterest ( I strongly recommend doing an inspiration board if you are thinking of designing a new room ) of how I would accessorise with this bath – and have added some of the pics to this post too.

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A lovely earthy candle scent would add to the overall feel of the room – and a few pops of colour dotted around against the white walls to finish it off and a heavy duty wire rack. I don’t think you can go wrong with an old style radiator – again, this one is by C. P Hart Bathrooms – who incidentally have a broad range of bathroom showrooms, ideal to gain some inspiration and get a true appreciation of the look and feel of their products. Also, for professional and interior designers, they have a trade section on their website that is well worth exploring. if you need some when you come to do your own bathroom.

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This post is in collaboration with C P hart – all opinions are my own.

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Festival finds

Glastonbury is here -  and I’m happy to say that I will be watching it from my the comfort of my sofa. I love the whole idea of it but there’s only so much you can do with wet wipes and I do love a good bath so it’s for the best ! That doesn’t mean to say though, that I’m not getting into the spirit of things and have found some really cute items for the whole season whether it be actually at a festival or partying in your own garden.

sun-shelter_kartingorange_610c Deckchair stripes have a massive amount of accessories, fabrics and home, garden and seaside products with all the colours that you can imagine. Their sun shelters are brilliant for sunny days and fold up really easily – much more practical than fighting with a tent on the beach. :)

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original_cactus-candles-set-of-threeI couldn’t tell at first glance whether these cactus were real or not. They are in fact candles – perfect for sitting out in the evening. I found them on Not on the Highstreet by Bonnie and Bell. You can buy all 3 or individually.

original_tissue-pineapple-decoration A few decs around the place, hanging in trees maybe ? Peach Blossom sell various styles – my fave is the pineapple. Amara have some Anorak Kissing Rabbits picnic blankets ( currently in the sale ) that would brighten up any garden space. They have matching cool bags, plates and cups. I like ! 1kissing-rabbits-picnic-blanket

Last but not least – in fact one of the most important things you will need is a barbecue. This bucket shaped one, although it looks small is big enough for 6 people. It’s from Not on the Highstreet. original_large-portable-barbecue-for-six-persons

Have a great weekend, whatever you’re doing ! :)

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Tatty Devine Bunting Necklace

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Whoop ! It’s here. For once, it’s not bunting that I’ve made – but an acrylic necklace by Tatty Devine. No secret that I’m a huge fan of theirs ! Bunting makes everyone happy doesn’t it ? It always reminds me of fresh lemonade, strawberries and tombola’s.

If you want to grab one of these necklaces before they all go then hurry because it’s half price !  So are lots of other goodies on their site.

If you cast your mind back – I did a  little interview, a while back with Harriet and Rosie, the founders of Tatty Devine. You can read it here if you wanna !

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