What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations ?

Alice in Wonderland!

When it comes to taking the girls to see Disney films  – it’s always hard to decide who is the most looking forward to it but when you’re talking anything to do with Alice in Wonderland – It’s me … we all need a bit of escapism sometimes !

I won’t spoil it for those of you who are still planning on seeing it soon but it’s really good for sure. A good mix of the original story and also the extra mind expanding ideas by the visionary producer including Tim Burton and the director – James Bobin. The acting as you would expect is so very good. I especially love Helena Bonham Carter’s version of The Queen of Hearts.

What I love about the story, is that it makes you question reality whether you’re a child or a grown up kid and whether you should take anything in this crazy life too seriously.

On the back of seeing it, I was inspired to pick out some pretty things for the home that remind me of Alice in Wonderland and are way too darling not to share here on my blog. Any excuse, of course.

1. Obviously, first you need the book, right ? The old style print on these give them that ‘ collectable ‘ feeling. Found at John Lewis. 2. When I think of Alice in Wonderland, I imagine the little Door Mouse propped up on a cute little toadstool. If you like this – it’s from Dotcomgiftshop. 3. I’m a total fan of Mrs Moore and her bone china Alice themed tea sets. Liberty London stock them – one of my favourite characters on this one – Cheshire Cat. 4. This cupcake kit isn’t glitter shy with lots of red hearts much like the Queen. – from Planet Bake. 5. So, you have 2 in 1 here – a rabbit ( or hare )  and an egg ( the scene with the egg in the film made us all laugh ) 6. It just wouldn’t be cricket ( or croquet ) without flamingoes. My girls collect snowglobes – this one is so cool and from the lovely White Mint online shop. 7. How do you like this glass cake stand ? A centre piece for a tea party … by LSA International. 8. Polka dot napkins – pop them on your lap or wear in your top pocket like the Mad Hatter. Love the shade of yellow. By Not on the Highstreet. 9. A strawberry doorknob also by Not on The Highstreet. I don’t think this one talks though … 10. Some macarons to pop on the the cake stand. Yes please ! These can be ordered and delivered to you by Genuine Cakes.

Alice in Wonderland 2!

This might seem like an eclectic collection of items… but we are talking Alice in Wonderland here. The more mixed up the better !

1. Time is of the essence in Through The Looking Glass. I thought Sacha Baron Cohen was excellent as ‘ Time ‘ in the film. He literally has great timing. Inspired by this, I chose a retro style wall clock by Newgate Clocks in a pastel green. Like it ? 2. Yep, I couldn’t resist this teapot by Wedgwood. It’s so apt for the Wonderland theme and the design of the teapot sitting on top of the teacup. Now knowing the work that goes in to each piece, after my visit to their factory last week – I can’t appreciate this enough. Amara stock it on their website. 3. Some ‘ Soldier ‘  playing cards by Robert Frederick at Selfridges. 4. Absolutely in love with this Alice in Wonderland Birchwood tray from Liberty London – the colours, the illustration – everything ! Do you like it too ? 5. Had to share this London Skyline Chessboard Set which is at Regency Chess. It’s really cool but also very reminiscent of the story. Really enjoyed how they worked this in, in the latest film – especially in our 3D glasses. 6. A vintage style mirror – need I say more ? An Ikea number.. 7. Some dessert forks that I reckon would go very well with the teapot shown earlier, also from Wedgwood – perfect for a quirky garden party.. 8. Could this be the golden key that fits the tiny door ? What a sweet mug. It is by Gary Birks and sold by Amara. 9. I think I have written about KoKo Kids before – they stock lots of cool, unique stuff – this post wouldn’t be complete without butterflies. The lampshade is paper and handmade. 10. There was a very pretty scene in the film this weekend, with lots of blossom everywhere. If and when you see it – you will know what I mean. Made me want to get some cherry blossom plants for our garden as there’s nothing better in Spring than when the branches turn pink. Check out Trees Direct.

Hope you like my little selection of finds. I also hope you enjoy the film too… let me know if you do see it. Leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog. I also have a dedicated Alice in Wonderland board on Pinterest .. now that’s dedication ! Pop over and have a look if you fancy.

Have a fab day.

Lucy x

A Whimsical Day with Wedgwood and Amara

World of Wedgewood

There are days out and then there are DAYS OUT. Sorry for shouting but I am still quite excited post – visit.

When Amara dropped me an email asking if I would like to join them and a little group of fellow bloggers and spend an afternoon in Stoke on Trent at World of Wedgwood  – it was an immediate yes. I have been a fan of Wedgwood for as long as I can remember. I found lots of vintage Wedgwood for our wedding a few years back always  drool ( not literally, but almost … ) over their ranges online and in stores. They’re just so beautiful.

I love spending time with the Amara team too because they’re always such fun and they treat bloggers so well.

So, after a 4.30 am wake up start, I set off to meet them all at Euston with an onward journey to Stoke on Trent.

Painting a plate

First on our itinerary once we’d arrived was to be shown around the factory. World of Wedgwood do this as a regular thing. I asked how many times a day they do the tour and I was told around 4, so it shows how popular they are. We watched ‘ Bruce ‘ paint an intricate bowl.

Dye on plates

On the way round we also learned that the kilns are hotter than lava. I imagine that is all of them but especially when they are on their second firing with glaze. They spend about 9.5 hours in the kiln and as you can see here, a red dye is applied by hand.

You might be surprised to know that some of their one off pieces made in the factory are worth tens of thousands. We were offered one to hold but I was only brave enough to stroke it lovingly. Imagine if you dropped it ?

The technique used for lithograph is when they apply a raising paste and then on top of that –  22 carat gold which looks like a brown colour but is actually gold dust. Each one takes a bout a week to decorate and usually goes through the kiln 7 times.

Decorating Wedgewood

All of the specialist artists and decorators were concentrating intensely on their work and it was honestly amazing to witness. I said to one guy that he must have the steadiest hand in the world.

This vase with a Jasper body was impressive. I think it must be quite therapeutic sitting and painting them. Jasper is essentially stoneware but called clay. So I am told.

Some of the machines used ( by a man called Neil ) still use parts from over 100 years ago, maybe more. One in particular has a wooden wheel that up until the 80s was spun by hand all day – the lady who did this was called Elsie. What a star ! Her arms must have been made of steel.

Teapots

If you own any Wedgwood then if you check the base you will see it is stamped like most china. But the more stamps you have, the more prestigious it is. Get checking ….. :)

I could literally talk to you for hours about this because I am fascinated but I don’t want to tell you everything in case you visit  – plus there’s more to the visit to show…

Huge Vase

Next we were taken to the museum where we found out about the humble beginnings of Josiah Wedgwood and his history. He was an exceptional man by all accounts who had strong drive. If he hadn’t have had issues with his right leg after contracting smallpox as a child,  which resulted in him having to recuperate – he may not have had time to come up with all of his ideas for designs. He got other potters to make them and also pioneered new ways of making pottery. He was really interested in a scientific approach to his work.

Bowl

His style became very distinctive and it all took off from there. By the sounds of it – he and his working partner Thomas Bentley were very good friends who were very focused on their company and turning it in to a huge success. Which they did.

Josiah married his 3rd cousin, Sarah – and they had many children. Not all of them survived. Though their daughter Susannah married a man called Robert Darwin and they had a baby  – Charles Darwin. You might possibly have heard his name before ? ;)

I felt like a kid in a sweet shop in the museum  – the huge vase above is circa 1863 – 64 and probably made especially for a exhibitor. It is painted by Emile Lessore. Inspired by by a series of paintings originally commissioned by Louis XIV of France.

Alicw in Wonderland

You know what i’ts like when you try and photograph things behind glass – you generally just get a pic of yourself holding a camera … but I did love these Fairyland Lustre Vase Bone China Vases just too much to not post here on my blog. Produced in the 1920’s and based on exotic fairytales.

WedgewoodTables Wedgewood

After a superb afternoon lunch with delicate sandwiches, cakes and a choice of teas served in quaint cups and saucers ( I had their Moroccan Mint ) and with much chatter, we were let loose in the craft areas to either do some potting ( many jokes about the film Ghost ensued ) or paint a plate with a template.

colour shades Colourful plates

 

More plates!I opted for the latter and luckily for you, we didn’t take them home on the day hence no photo. I say luckily because everyone else’s were really pretty but I chose to colour a unicorn and was so distracted by all the colourful plates and prints around that I managed to achieve a very below par mythical creature. I don’t have to show you it and you don’t have to humour me … Win, win ! It was really great fun and the staff on hand were really lovely. In fact, everyone I met at World of Wedgwood were really friendly. Eve the cab driver from the station.

Designers Wedgewood

I loved these pop art style prints on the wall in the pottery painting room of some of the Wedgwood designers. Really eye catching. It also shows how Wedgwood has evolved over the years and although still a very classic brand – they have moved with the times in many ways.

They have collaborated with so many different designers over the years. Vera Wang being a more recent one and my personal contemporary favourite.

Flowers

They also joined forces with Royal Doulton and glassware company Waterford Crystal to become one big company some time ago which makes sense as they are all iconic British brands that sit perfectly together.

Of course – we had to stop off in the Factory Shop before getting our trains home. I might have bought myself a little cheeky treat. Some Royal Doulton tapas bowls which no doubt will pop up here on the blog at some point soon.

A massive thank you to the Amara IBAs for inviting me and letting me explore my inner geek a little more  – and to World of Wedgwood for a great day. If you are reading this at home and are tempted to visit them – do. It’s a really interesting and creative place with incredibly surrounding scenery.

I’d also like to point you in the direction of the other bloggers from the day – Flat Fifteen, Fairytale Pretty Picture, The Only Girl in the House, Interior Style Hunter, French for Pineapple, Don’t Cramp My Style Blog, British Style UK and Yasmin Chopin. All great blogs – check them out.

Are you a Wedgwood fan too ? Or do you have a favourite when to comes to ceramics ? Do share. Leave me a moment under the post or tweet @lucylovesyablog …

Have a good one and thanks for reading.

Lucy x

What’s in a Name ?

Promenade

Last week, when the skies were really blue around here, I was walking along Southwold Promenade, enjoying the fresh sea air. When it’s sunny and you’re not rushing to your car, all wrapped up –  it’s funny how much more you notice around you. Colours, names of things and all of the inspiration at your finger tips.

Beach Huts 1

As you may know already, I am a bit of a beach hut geek. Well , a lot of one, really. I wrote about the coast near us last year and I have turned our own garden room in to a beach hut themed place to relax. I just find them so adorable to look at – and the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing contrasting colours and cool names. Anything goes !

As much as the owner probably loves the colours that they choose, it also seems that they decorate them for the pleasure of visitors to the seaside and I love that.

Beach Huts 2

Lots of people were out refreshing the paintwork on their beach huts. I stopped and had a chat with one man as his beach hut plaque was quite intriguing. It had cute little jelly shoes attached to it – it’s the one on the right in the middle, above  – aptly names ” Jellies “.

He said that the shoes had belonged to his little grand daughter the summer before and instead of throwing them away – they thought it would be nice to have them as a keepsake. I thought that was really lovely.

Beach Huts 3

It got me wondering the reasoning behind each of the huts. Some are probably for fun and others with a more personal meaning. The yellow one here called ” Drama Queen ” really made me laugh. Not only the name but the dramatic colour. So tongue in cheek.

I also spole to another man painting his beach hut ( gawd, I really do sound like a crazy lady don’t I ? I do love a chat with folk in Southwold ) and he said the prices vary from around fifty thousand up to one hundred and sixty thousand to own one. Gulp.

But, hey, you can always hire one for the day which would be a nice family day out.

Beach Huts 5

Look at all of these beautiful colour palettes. That soft shade of pink and the mint green. The pastels sit comfortably with the bold colours. Which one would you pick out of these ? ” Companionable ” is the perfect word for a coastal neighbour. That red is fearless !

Beach Huts 6

“Dolly Grey ” always makes me smile. It’s so pretty. Adore the soft grey with blue tones. I would like to colour match it and maybe use it for a bathroom. The red, blue and white for Noah’s Ark is very regal. Actually, what a great place to visit to find some interesting wall ideas for homes. I will bear that in mind for when I’m qualified in interior design.

Beach Huts 7

So, so many variants on blue – obviously a popular colour. Had to finish on Auntie Bong Bong’s name sign. Possibly the sweetest one of the day.

As you can see, I was very dedicated that day in taking photos for the blog. Andy walked along side me, slowly eating an ice cream.  He’s very understanding. Ha !

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If you had a beach hut –  what would you call it and what colour would you paint it ? Which one out of these tickles your fancy ?  Let me know by leaving your comment under this post. Maybe we can get a whole imaginary row between us :) …

Personally I think I’d paint mine in pastel rainbow colours and call it ” Betsey and Mae ”  – fingers crossed for one day, you never know.

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Japanese Garden Inspiration

Bridge

Taking the botanical theme to the extreme this week.

Must have plants on the brain anyway, because the flower shows season is kicking in soon. Here’s my third and final post – about The Japanese Garden in St Mawgan Village, near Newquay.

Flowers Japanese

I can’t recommend visiting here enough if you are in this area of Cornwall. It’s tucked away and felt like a bit of a secret. I am sure it has hoards of visitors so we were very lucky indeed to be there when it was just our family. We walked around for ages finding new areas and plants.

PlantsFlowers

I’ve always been attracted to this style of garden. I love the peacefulness  and areas for for reflection. I think it’s important not only for adults but definitely for kids too. We all need some time out of our busy lives and having water, rocks and plants close by – all natural -is  so very balancing and calming.

Japanese Garden

Having spoken to my knowledgable friend, Pim, about creating your own Japanese inspired garden, he told me that it is all about scale and representing a reduced landscape. For example – large rocks become distant mountains and raked gravel in a waterless garden represents the sea / river etc. A ground cover conifer would be a distant woodland.

Tea Garden Path

A Tea Garden has classic elements, such as stepping stones, lanterns or a basin is to create a peaceful frame mind before a tea ceremony.

Green Bridge

It’s a great idea for more compact gardens, I think – adding character with the different elements. In a more spacious outdoor area – wouldn’t it be dreamy to have a bridge ? Not so great if you have kiddies though but many ways to create your own personalised version.

Buddha

Don’t you love the idea of a garden that really encourages you to relax and feel at peace ? A wonderful way to switch off and do some meditation even.

Visiting this place has solidified my desire for some similar plants and maybe even a water feature of some kind. According to Pim, most of these plants grow okay in the UK so that’s a good start.

It’s in the plans for 2016 so no doubt I will be blogging some pictures soon as we work won the garden. Of course, there has to be colourful elements added too. Would you expect anything else ? ;)

I already have some DIY ideas, Can’t wait to share !

Succulents

Hope you enjoyed our little visit to the Japanese Garden ?  There’s also a Bonsai Nursery that sells these fab succulents in a glass container ( yes, I know it’s my second mention of them this week ! ) fabulous trees, Buddhas, wind chimes and kits for kids.

Have a good one. Hope you’ve enjoyed all 3 of my posts this week.

Lucy x

Mediterranean Biome at The Eden Project

Palm Trees

So here is part two of the three posts this week. As I said, too many photos for just the one and they are themed differently.

This is the Mediterranean Biome area at The Eden Project – in the right dome.

It was a lot cooler in here but again, full of interesting information and plants

FlowersColour ExplosionThe sea of different shaded poppies were awe inspiring in Californian grassland.

TulipsThe Spring tulips were standing proudly too. All so well looked after. I wish I could achieve this look in the garden. It’s certainly inspiration for the future.

Huge Plants!

I think my favourite thing were the massive, sprouting aloe vera plants. Aloe vera is excellent for when you have a little burn – cutting a bit off the plant and rubbing the juice on the wound really relieves  it.

Med Garden

Jar FLowersThere was storytelling going on in there and they were also preparing for a wedding that afternoon. What a great place to get married ?

Cactus

If you follow me on instagram, you will know that I am a little partial to a cactus or two. My collection appears to be growing by the week. These were really impressive  – felt like we were back in Ibiza again. Happy days …

Shapes

It felt like a sensory wander that we didn’t want to end. Colour galore, giant spiky leaves, delicate flowers and mediterranean fruits.

If you’ve ever been tempted to visit – you must go. It’s a fabulous experience.

There is also The Core Building to have a look around. It is based on the structure of a sunflower. Of course, loads of areas to check out outside too.

Succulents

Then you can pop in to the shop on the way out. flower seeds, gardening tools and local foods. Oh … and some succulents. Yey !

Hopefully we can go back again soon as we have a pass that lasts a year – a good excuse to get there again in a different season and see what has changed.

Hope you have enjoyed this post ? Please do leave me a comment or tweet @lucylovesyablog.

The third one this week, was our trip to a hidden away Japanese garden. It was beautiful and has started us putting some ideas together for our own Asian inspired garden.

Don’t forget also, I update my instagram every day with new pics.

Thanks for reading.

Lucy x

 

The Eden Project – Rainforest Biome

Eden Project

As I mentioned in the last post, I conquered two ‘ fears ‘ when I was in Cornwall. One was surfing in the sea – the other is right here in this post.

Eden Project Flowers

I have actually made three different posts for this week all about the outdoor inspiration from our trip. Because it was impossible to make it just one. Not only did we visit the Eden Project but also a very beautiful Japanese Garden so you will see a bit of them all.

The Eden Project is somewhere that has been on our ‘ to do ‘ list for ages.  – I was going to work there  for Live 8 back in 2005 but couldn’t as I was pregnant with my lovely Mae. So, it has taken all this time to actually visit but I am so glad that we have now and as a family. It was a superb afternoon and really educational.I think we all need reminding how fragile our planet is and how important our rainforests are.

Having said that – don’t expect me to reel off the names of all the amazing plants in these photos. I was too busy feeling overwhelmed with love for the colours and shapes … and the heat.

Eden ProjectThis is where I conquered the second ‘ fear ‘ of  the week … heights !

I climbed what felt like a  very long way up ( 50m to be precise ) on some ‘ swingy ‘ steps with Mae to look down over all the plants. Not particularly okay with looking down, I did ‘ brave face ‘ and it was quite something to see the entire dome in its glory … and look at all the teeny weeny people, but I was very glad to get back down again and my legs wobbled for sometime afterwards. As you climb higher, the more humid it gets. Totally worth it though.

Looking Down

Being the largest indoor rainforest in the world it incorporates Tropical Islands, Southeast Asia, West Africa, Tropical South America it feels and smells like you are there. There are even some exotic birds in the trees, although you do spot the odd sparrow that has crept in too ( can you blame them ? ).

Water Grass

Sugar VanThere is a Malaysian Hut, rubber plants, rice plants growing in water ( the scent is quite strong ) a sugar truck and lots of educational stops for kids .. and adults !

FruitEverywhere we looked, there was something interesting to study. I believe these are Cacao trees from West Africa  – once crushed they become the basis for chocolate. You could also see bananas growing and pineapples amongst other fruit.

Rain Forest

Hanging PlantsThere are lots of warm, passionate colours as you’d expect. I believe this is for some to attract birds to pollenate. They all have their purpose. Isn’t nature an amazing thing ?

Green Leaves

StripesI loved the detail in the plants too. They almost looked hand painted and stitched ?

Leaves

These tropical leaves remind me of all the stationary and clothing prints around at the moment. I wonder if they realise they’re bang on trend in the fashion world ? :)

Red Plant

Rain Forest PlantsColourful PlantsAs you can see – lots and lots of inspiration for an exotic garden. Of course, these all thrive with warm climates but there are lots of plants to be found that would add the tropical, feeling indoors or out.

Waterfall

I will leave you with this huge waterfall which cooled us down for a bit while we drank some smoothies.

Next will be a post about the Mediterrranean Biome. Which, I hope you will love !

In the meantime, do leave me a comment if you recognise these plants and know the names or feel inspired for your garden ? I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading …

Lucy

Serenity, Sand and Surfing in Cornwall

Padstow Harbour

We’ve had a lovely, much needed family trip away to Cornwall. I conquered two ‘ fears ‘ in that time – one you will see in a minute and the other will be part of another post coming up.

Cornwall sends me in to a very relaxing, spiritual place. I think it’s the dramatic scenery and general laid back attitude there. How can you not feel horizontal when you’re surrounded by such beauty.

We did lots and I captured some of the colourful moments along the way. I can’t wait to also show you the next post as I found the time there very, very inspiring – and hope you will too.

Ribbons

As it was May Day in Padstow, the traditional Maypole was up in the centre with hundreds of bright ribbons floating above our heads. Local people were singing Cornish songs and the streets were filled with atmosphere.

May Day

 

Door

LavenderI love this fishing port with its pretty old seaside homes and always pop in when we are in the area. The bunting and garlands were an added bonus this time.
Seafood Restaurant

It must have been our 4th visit to The Seafood Restaurant owned by Rick Stein and this time it was the dessert that won the day. That passionfruit, sorbet, white chocolate mousse and marshmallow was unbelievable.

Beach Huts

Beach Huts CornwallWhenever there are beach huts within a stones throw, I’m there. These are on Tolcarne Beach in Newquay. I don’t know in what they were put there but they look very 50s ? I half expected someone to stroll out of one in a knitted swimsuit.

There are also surf huts to store all boards and prepare for ” catching some waves ” as Mae put it… which leads me on to what I was going to tell you about. I surfed for the first time. This might not sound so special but it was to me as I have a of a fear of going in the sea. Probably from watching Jaws when I was younger !

Surfing

Anyway, it was amazing. Mae took to it like a duck to water. As we were staying at The Bedruthan Hotel in Mawgan Porth ( highly recommend for anyone wanting a chilled, family stay ) we surfed with Nick their resident teacher – who was brilliant.

GraffitiRoos BeachIt was such a good holiday. I want to go back as soon as possible – not only because I spotted ‘ Gnome World ‘ on the way home – how did I miss that ? :)

Do you like visiting Cornwall ? Where are your favourite places ? I’d love to hear of more areas for next time. Please do leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

You can also see more images from our stay on my instagram page.

Have a good day ..

Lucy x

 

Colour Coding and Reycling With Joseph Joseph …

Colour Coding

You may or may not be wondering what these colourful little tabs are for ?

Joseph Joseph Stack

Well, I’ve tried out the new ‘ Stack ‘ recycling separation system by Joseph Joseph and part of their design is colour coding each of the units to ensure you put the right type of recycling in the right unit.

Joseph Joseph Bottles

The slimline units can be stacked on top of each other or side by side, depending on your space and have sliding lids and removable inner buckets that you can pop a bin liner in to, making removing the contents really quick and simple.

The sets can be bought in 2s or as a 3 if you want to also get the ventilated food waste caddy which has an odour filter. I’ve recycled things for a long time but have  never tried anything like the caddy before but I really do like organising the bits in to different compartments for recycling while doing our bit for the planet.

Joseph Joseph Recycling

As you know, I am already a fan of Anthony and Richard AKA Joseph Joseph and all their colourful multi functional designs, having written about them recently and am definitely really like this new addition. They are working this year with award winning studio PearsonLloyd to collaborate on different recycling solutions for all different sizes of households.

This one will be available on their website anytime now.

Are you an avid recycler ? What do you think of their latest product ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog … Would love to hear from you..

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Lightening The Living Room With Designers Guild Fabrics

Designers Guild by Lucy Loves Ya

These past few months I have slowly been making some new cushions, blinds and curtains for the living room. I wanted to lighten the room as although it is South facing, it still needs some help with light at times.

The sofas are both pink ( luckily Andy likes this colour) and I love to put pinks and greens together, so my first choice for some of the cushion fabric was Santiago in mint from Designers Guild. I made up some envelope cushions in it – it’s a plain weave made from polyester. It’s very sturdy and easy to sew with.

I also love, love, love stripes – especially on silk, so chose from the Franchini collection – Noir. Again very easy to work with, surprisingly so, actually considering it’s silk. The cushions are so crisp and tactile. I have plans now to use the turquoise colour way on another home project.
Christian Lacroix Fabric

When I first saw this digitally printed print by french fashion designer Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild, I was kind of mesmerized. It’s very clever because as you can see, the butterflies almost look 3D with their shadows. It creates movement on the cotton and the palettes used are really vibrant and striking – I had to have this design in the mix because it’s so intricate and it feels like adding extra artwork, but just on cushions instead.

Jessica Zoob Print

Talking of artwork, I hope you like our new print on canvas by the lovely artist Jessica Zoob ? I have been a fan of Jessica for a long time and was lucky enough to meet her last year at the Amara Awards. She was as sweet as I thought she would be. Totally in love with it. It’s called  ‘ Feeling Good ‘ and it makes me feel that every time I study it.

Designers Guild Christian Lacroix

Back to the curtain making … I used a corduroy ribbed velvet in ‘ Snow ‘  – it’s lovely to touch, very soft and rich. I’ve used this before for a bedroom and would recommend it for blinds or curtains. It comes in so many shades. Bliss !

It’s the first time I have made such big curtains. I added to widths of fabric to each side and was please that I did as it added extra volume which I think you need for the cosy effect. Of course, to use less you could make eyelet ones, but I like pencil pleat ones the best.

Designers Guild

The blind has turned out well and I was really happy to finish them and rest my fingers as with both the curtains and the blind my thumb had gone numb with all the hand stitching !

Designers Guild by Lucy Loves Ya Designers Guild Fabric

Putting all of these different textures together has added warmth to the room but the colours have lightened it. If that makes sense ?

Designers Guild Stacked Cushions copy

What do you think of the fabrics ? Do you like my updated living room ? I hope so. Do leave me a comment under the post – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Designers Guild Cushions

If you want to have a look at some more gorgeous Designers Guild fabrics and their collaborations, wallpapers, paints or gifts –  have a look here and feel free to ask me any questions of you are tempted to use of them yourself.

Lucy x

I was sent fabric by Designers Guild for this post. All opinions are my own.

Lavenham, Oh Lovely Lavenham …

Lavenham Buildings

One of the very best things about my interior design course studies – is that it encourages you to go looking for inspiration. Not that I need any excuse –  but it has also reminded me that there are many interesting places nearby that are full of history, shape and colour. Talking of which – I am doing colour theory next on the course, so can’t wait to tell you al about that very soon.

In the meantime, I visited Lavenham yesterday, which if you don’t know already, is a  very quaint, historical village not too far from Sudbury. Many of the buildings are timbered and as you will probably see in some of the photos  – quite wonky ( it’s not my photography, honest .. ).

Lavenham Sky

The impressive Guildhall building above is around 500 years old and is now looked after by The National Trust. Inside there are stories of its past and exhibitions. It was a prison at one point. Can’t imagine that now !

There is also a very cute cafe with amazing cake and lovely staff – and a gift shop.

Harry Potter

Although it’s not a huge place, it feels like big as the roads take you off up and down higgledy piggledy streets. It feels much like being on the Harry Potter set, which funnily enough, this door that I spotted is was used as his birthplace in the films. In fact they used some other areas too. I can’t think of a better location as it really is medieval and unspoilt.

Orange HouseLavenham

 

 

I noticed there are a lot of homes painted in orange shades and also Suffolk pinks. I love the steps leading up to the doors. It made me wonder why they are like this ? Have they been added afterwards or was it all the rage to have steps to your home 500 years ago ?

There is a fantastic hotel called The Angel and other very tasteful award winning places to stay and eat. I can’t wait to go back and try out an evening meal sometime soon.

Window

How cute is this window box ? The people who live in this village all seem to work very hard to keep it looking spectacular.

Beautiful Lavenham

I felt quite spoilt just being there for the day !

Yellow Home

On the way home, Had to stop the car to photograph this beautiful old thatched, lemon coloured house with pink blossom tree outside. Pretty, hey ?

Flowers

I found a book for my Mum about the different seasons at the National Trust shop in Lavenham which is really beautiful.

National Trust

They have lots of new items at the moment including this colourful throw. So I sat outside in the garden when I got home and read the book.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the pics. I’m looking forward to sharing other places I visit along the way while completing my course. If you have anywhere to recommend then please do leave me a comment under this post. Or just say hi anyway – always good to hear from you. I’m also on snapchat now as lucylovesyablog. Another way to keep in touch.

Have a good day.

Lucy x

I was sent a few items by The National Trust to review. All opinions are my own.