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.
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.
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.
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.
So 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….
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was sent some art by Yvonne for this collaboration. All opinions, as always are my own.
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 ?
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.
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 …
For as long as I can recall, I have been a fan of G Plan furniture – the quality, the colours and the overall craftsmanship. Such a fan that I’ve studied many pieces of their furniture spotted in friends’ homes or out and about. Yep, a total G Plan geek.
So, I am pretty honoured to be sharing with you, the new G Plan EDIT range. Curated carefully, G Plan have designed statement chairs and sofas, taking inspiration from the fashion world and bouclé fabrics from one of Italy’s finest mills they have used feature fabrics paired up with stylish plains.
The colours are just beautiful, don’t you think ? This coral Bowie armchair has a shapely back and contrasting cushions. Very much a talking point for a living room.
The chair is finished with refined wooden oak as are all four pieces in the EDIT collection and can also be adorned with a choice of luxe metallic accents.
I do appreciate a muted shade when it comes to a sofa. It offers such a tranquil feeling to a room.
This one has the perfect name – The Lennon sofa. With it’s trademark G Plan tapered feet and big feather filled cushions – it looks so comfortable.
You can also have it made in other shades too and two different variations for the legs. I can see this Lennon sofa working in many different settings – contemporary and period properties.
Timeless would probably describe this chair. The Hepburn. I mean, I absolutely love the Moorland Midnight and Coco Juniper combination already but then looked at the other options on the website and have fallen in love with them all, especially the ‘ Melange Confetti ‘print. The legs are ‘ Smoked Oak ‘.
Just so you can see the definition of the textures close up here is a nice shot of the arm and back. What do you think ? Very retro.
For a strong, earthy addition to a room – the Hockney in Moorland Slate. The arm bolsters give it strong identity. Love it. As with some of the other styles it comes in different sizes and fabrics but with the larger sofas, as you can it has a centre foot for extra support.
The names of all four ranges from the EDIT collection are as you can no doubt tell by now, are named after famous figures from the world of the arts. Being that G Plan is an iconic brand – it’s a perfect match.
Have a look at the G Plan Edit website to see all of the fabulous designs and colours – it gives the freedom for them to work in any room palette.
Do you have a favourite EDIT piece here ? It is very hard to choose but my favourite is the Bowie. Do leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog. As ever it would be great to hear your thoughts.
All photography in this post: Debi Treloar. Stylist: Marianne Cotterill.
This is a collaboration with G Plan. All opinions are my own.
Do you fancy a little tour around my design room – now that it’s freshly painted and has a few new pieces added ? It makes such a difference, having it all a little more organised. I’ve found since having children that there’s enough toy chaos in our home without me adding more so I’ve stripped it back a bit in here.
To start with – the walls have been lightened even more with a Farrow & Ball paint called All White. What I like about it is that it’s so pure in colour with no other pigment added so it instantly makes all the colour around stand out. Honestly, we have only gone a few shades whiter but it feels much brighter now.
My technical drawing board sits on the design table now , which is still one of most favourite things in the house ( and one of the heaviest ! ) . Not only do I use the room for making things, it doubles up as somewhere to sit and come up with interior design ideas now.
I painted the fabric cupboard Dayroom Yellow which is also Farrow & Ball. What do you think ? I love that it’s a strong colour but also blends very well with its surroundings. Perfect for the room to add the sunshine that we don’t always get in here. Having said that, it’s beautiful out there today.
Inside, I painted it All White again but with their interior wood paint. The textiles and the patterns jump right out with the white as a backdrop. Really pleased overall with the whole look.
A few new prints on the walls ( flamingos in one of course … ) along with some more succulents and planters. Honestly, is there a plant addict anonymous helpline ? Think I might need it .. help !
My workspace is much more uncluttered and I have a new pastel pink lamp with a marble base which I adore. It’s from Oliver Bonas as is the multi frame up there above the screen.
Inspiration books under the design table have been tidied and organised. Much easier on the eye ! They just might even be colour co – ordinated.
The striped rug has most definitely added some more colour and fun to the floor and it’s so lovely and soft. It’s from RugstoreNE and is by Brink & Campman.
You may have noticed here on my blog that I really love music and especially records with cool artwork on the covers. Long live vinyl .. thats what I say ! I’ve popped several of our favourite albums in to some frames. It was a tough choice choosing but they can always be updated.
The pegboard is so handy for washi tapes and notes – not they I ever get a chance to use these things, with two daughters in the house … :)
My sewing machines are, well, still the same so I don’t need to show you them but I hope you’ve enjoyed being shown around. You can see a few more images on my instagram if you fancy having a look.
I’d love to know what you think of the room ? Do you like it white and light ? As ever, you can leave me a comment under this post or you can tweet me @lucylovesyablog.
Have a good one.
The paint was sent to me by Farrow & Ball, as was the rug from RugStoreNE – all opinion, are my own.
You may well have seen The Recipe Wheel book in stores as it is doing so well and the cover is so colourful and unique – let alone the content.
The premise is 120 recipes using 10 inspirational wheels that both savoury and sweet. So many fantastic dishes to try out.
Today, I feel really lucky to be sharing with you, an interview with Rosie Ramsden the author, who illustrates the book beautifully too.
Rosie, you’re an author, cook, food stylist and an artist – which came first and what inspired it ?
I painted a lot in my school years but it was only when I started working in food that I found that cooking inspired me to paint more, having so many beautiful ingredients to work with – particularly painting still life of food. When I can’t paint, its the food styling that satisfies my creative side.
Your book ‘ The Recipe Wheel ‘ is such a genius and fresh way of looking at food and cooking – how did you come up with it ?
Thank you so much ! The Recipe Wheel reflects how I think about cooking: I start with something I know, then I use that to develop a recipe; to think how I could make it more interesting, delicious, colourful. The more I cook though, the bigger my own personal recipe wheel becomes, but it gives me a lot more scope for coming up with fresh ideas.
I was immediately drawn to The Recipe Wheel book by the colour on the front. How important was this in the overall look and feel ?
Colour is an important aspect to cooking, as it tends to be the more colourful ingredients, namely vegetables, that inspire us to start cooking. More importantly though, I felt that the colours in the wheel helped to engage imagination and encourage the reader to explore their own ways of cooking.
Will you be writing and illustrating any more books ? If so when can we expect to see them on the shelves ?
I would love to at some point. I’m waiting to find an idea that really makes me want to write.In the meantime, I’m food styling and writing and painting for other people which is so valuable for experimenting with flavours and exploring recipes, before venturing into something new of my own.
With your styling work – how long does it take to prepare to set up shots ? How do you make it look so effortless ?
The time a shot takes completely depends on how long the recipe takes to cook beforehand, or how long it can stay on set before it starts to wilt. It depends on the light for the photographer and how the plate looks as a whole. Somethings are instant – a quick one shot triumph – and some can take all day..! I usually find that the less time something takes to get right, the better it looks.
Of course, I’m intrigued as to what your home is like ? How would you describe your own interior style ?
It is cluttered with paintings, cups, saucers, flowers, paint brushes and rugs ( and now children’s toys ) but I always make sure there are spaces for calm, too. I like to call it organised mess… Light is essential for me. I can’t bear a dark room, unless it is filled with lamps. The walls are all pale and muted, but there is colour in everything else. No black, but greys and reds and woods.
Being a Mum, how do you combine everything and what’s a perfect family day for you ?
I can safely say on behalf of my whole family that food tends to be the centre of everything we do. Mealtimes mark pauses in chaos, and give us a chance to spend time together. We are lucky that there’s always a full fridge at home, and living in Hackney a good restaurant is never far out of reach! In between food, I love putting Thom on the back of my bike and whizzing around Victoria Park. If there’s a beach or a river nearby then I’ll hopefully swim in it, and being outdoors, husband / baby / dog in tow, is my idea of heaven.
Can you give some advice to any aspiring creative people who dream of writing their own book one day ? ( including me ! )
The more you write or cook or eat or think about food, the more the ideas will flow. Sometimes there are knockbacks but that shouldn’t distract you from trying. Talk to people for their advice, and be prepared for hard work that is utterly fulfilling and fun !
Thanks, Rosie. I completely take my hat off to your talent and work ethic.
Having already tried some of the recipes here – I can totally recommend this book and aesthetically, it’s a talking piece in itself !
Hope you’ve enjoyed the interview and let me know what you think of it, if you buy the book too or leave me a comment just for the fun of it under this post with your thoughts. Would love to hear from you as ever … :)
Have a good one.
Photo copyright credits: 1 – Lizzie Mayson. 2 & 3 – Lucy Gleeson ( the colour wheel graphics on the front page book are by Will Webb ). 4 & 5 – Rosie Ramsden. 6 – Maja Smend for Delicious Magazine. 7 – Tara Fisher for Thomasina Mier’s upcoming book, Home Cook, Faber and Faber. 8 – A Tess Ward Recipe Fabulous Magazine by Ria Osbourne.
So, here is a lovely way to start the week with a little tea party – and a special offer …
I’m so in to my new floral inspired ‘Florrie ‘ fine china tea set from Bluebellgray. I’ve always had a thing about drinking from delicate mugs and cups and saucers and these are so adorable. I was almost too scared to take them out of their beautifully wrapped boxes because they’re so pretty and I am terribly protective of my china. Just ask anyone who has tried using any of my favourite tea pots. I tend to stand over them in case they go to drop them. It’s true !
Anyway, Saturday was the perfect opportunity to give my Florrie babies their first airing as it was sunny outside and cakes and macarons needed to be eaten and tea sipped.
Look at the floral on this Florrie tea plate. The set contains 4 individual blooms, all designed and originally painted by Fiona Douglas who started Bluebellgray back in 2009 in Scotland. The pinks blue and yellow watercolour brushstrokes on these are almost too good to hide away in a cupboard – definitely worthy of hanging on the wall.
I am sure you will have seen one of their ranges because they are stocked in many stores these days – ceramics, bedding, rugs and gifts. All of their products always catch my eye because they’re so colourful and unique. My two favourite things. I wonder if Fiona envisaged her brand becoming so well known ? It certainly has. I’m always amazed at how much inspiration can come from one person. There are so many rich and dreamy ranges to choose from.
Do you like tea from the teapot ? I always think it tastes better somehow from brewed in one. Especially on a sunny day with friends and family.
Mae found another use for the pretty Florrie milk jug once we had finished our cuppas .. The bright reddy pinks seem to being out the hues on the ceramic which is a piece of art in itself, really. I might not let anyone else use this … is that really mean of me ? :)
Now about the offer that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. I am honoured to have an exclusive Bluebellgray discount code here for my readers. You can get 20% off everything at Bluebellgray by using this – LUCYLOVES – you just need to enter it on the ‘ view basket ‘ page at checkout. They have some stunning Moroccan Baskets just in as well as of the other homeware that I was telling you about. Take a look.
I am now very tempted to add to my new Florrie set too with some bowls and salad plates to my collection. hope you have fun browsing their website. I also found so many pictures to share on Pinterest on there. You will see what I mean !
Have a good one.
This is a collaboration with Bluebellgray – all opinions are my own.
It has been a little while since I added some colour palettes to the blog. I love doing it but time goes so fast and then a season has passed.
Well, we’re still in Summer .. it is only the start of August, so these are definitely warranted.
I’ve picked out a few of my recent favourite instagram pics of which I love the colour combinations, starting with a picture of Betsey holding a big vase of flowers in her favourite dress. There is actually more of a story to this picture as it was for a styling competition run by One World Trading and Bloomon and we won with this. Which makes me love it even more because it made Bets so very happy.
As I have said before – I am a big fan of pink and green together. So many different shades of pink to choose if you really direct the the image but I like these particular ones. It would make a lovely scheme for living room. Or how would you use it ?
Adorable Southwold in this one. One of my favourite places. Mae, my eldest is mad on blue and I think she would really like this for her room. We are half way there with her walls but also grey is really growing on us, even though we are generally a brightly coloured home. Grey brings out other colours and makes a great, dramatic backdrop. I think it’s also a good combination on this one for a bathroom or contemporary kitchen. What do you think ?
Is there anyone who hasn’t seen this wall on instagram at some point ? Possible the most photographed wall in London. This is my favourite of the three as it’s so happy and summery. I’d love some wall art in these colours or I could see it looking fab in a nursery. In fact this isn’t far off my newly painted design studio, which I will be showing you very soon.
Do you like it too ? Which one do you like best ?
If you’d like to follow me on isntagram for more colour inspiration them you can find me here – lucylovesyablog ..
It’s a little hectic here with days out, posts being photographed and written – I’m not complaining though. Happy to be busy – a few lie ins are most definitely scheduled.
It was so lovely and sunny yesterday that I got out my new gifts from Rooi.com ( more about them in a minute … ) and had some rose lemonade while we watched the sun go down. Bliss.
We really should do it more often.
You may well recognise the gold polka dots here that Kate Spade is renowned for. I feel very lucky to have this ‘Raise A Glass Pitcher, a Highball Glasses Set and the Gold Ice Bucket. A real treat to use.
Do you know of Mariska Meijers ? Well, this stunning tray and stand are designer by her and work well with the acrylic Kate Spade sets. The tray also has an additional ‘ table stand ‘ which is really useful.
All of these delicious items are from luxury online homestore Rooi.com I like their taste in colours and style – very much. They have Ban.do coming really soon to their website too.
Well worth having a sneaky little look through their brands – they also sell the most wonderful cotton bedding, Christian Lacroix, Pip Studio and Liberty London and that’s just a few of many. I do love their doggy beds.
Here are my goodies in the garden where we settled for a while. We added some fruit to the as you can see. I can definitely recommend raspberries and lime with rose lemonade. So good.
While you’re here – I was honoured to be interviewed last week by Good Housekeeping Magazine Online, about my home and inspirations – you can read it here if you like !
Have a good one.
This is a collaboration with Rooi.com – all opinions are my own.
Have you ever wondered how an interior designer balances an interior design career and home life … along with tv presenting, interior styling and running colour courses.
Well, I have a little interview here with Sophie Robinson whom you may well know as a judge on BBC2s Great Interior Design Challenge and home expert on ITV’s This Morning – who can fill you in on just how she achieves all of the above.
I’m a fan of Sophie’s work so it is a real pleasure to be featuring her here today on ‘ Inspire Me’ …
Was it always your plan to become an interior designer ?
I was always passionate about doing up my bedrooms as a young kid and that quickly spread to other rooms in the house. My mum is hugely creative and that really had a positive impact on me. She was also really encouraging and gave me free reign to design my bedroom and help with other areas too. She really nurtured my creativity and gave me confidence. She did such a good job that my brother Edward Robinson is an interior stylist too !
You’ve just moved in to a lovely new house. What made you fall in love with it and is this your forever home ?
Yes I think it will be our forever home. We’ve been working hard and saving like mad to get here. It’s a four-bedroom farmhouse in the Sussex country and we have 5 acres of paddock and garden, then surrounded by 100acres of ancient woodland so yes- it’s pretty dreamy ! The house however is a bit charmless so my husband, who’s conveniently a builder, and myself are going to really relish the design. The house isn’t listed so we’re hoping we can really release our creativity on it. We’re up for a big remodel !
There are some fabulous colour trends this year – are you working with them a lot ?
Colour trends come and go and I’m always fascinated to know what they are but as a devout colour lover I’m never greatly swayed. Over years I’ve developed my own colour palette and I like to work with that. However I love the way trends can shake me out of a style rut and encourage me to try something new.
The ultimate question – what is your favourite colour ?
Neon pink. That was hard.
When working with clients on their home designs – do you help people develop their style or do most people already know what they are looking for?
Some people have a very strong idea of what they like and others don’t have a clue. The true skill of an interior designer is to draw out the individual’s style and taste and then make it work in their home.
How did you get in to television presenting ?
It’s pure luck ! My first job was on ITV’s 60 minute makeover and one of the researchers went to Art College with my brother and invited me to screen test. I find in this industry it’s really important to make good connections with everyone you meet, and do a good job. Being self employed you’re only ever as good as your reputation. One of the directors on 60 MM was, almost 10 years later, casting for judges on GIDC and put my name in the pot.
Can you pick a favourite room from the many you have judged on the Great Interior Design Challenge ?
Do you find it easy to balance work and home life? If so, please do tell us how … ? :)
No I do not. It’s a nightmare. After filming three series with loads of time away from home and moving house and having an incredibly busy first 6 months of this year I’ve decided to take a break. My health was suffering and it’s not worth it. So I’m taking the school summer holidays off to spend with my son and nest in my new home. Sometime you have to honour the power of No and get some control back. I think watching your children grow up has to be the most important thing. Although I love my career so don’t panic, I’m not going anywhere, just dialling it down for a bit.
You’re currently working with This Morning and Good Morning Britain on ITV, offering ideas for home makeovers.
Yes that has been great fun. Live TV is very different to pre-recorded stuff. The amount of work and organizing that goes into 5 minutes of live broadcast is insane ! But the This Morning crew are just so delightful as are Holly and Phil.
As well as working with clients and presenting (and of course being a Mum), you also run courses. Who would you recommend them for ?
I run Interior Design Master classes with Daniel Hopwood, which are a great day for anyone who’s passionate about interiors. Our guests include people who’d like to go into it as a career or maybe currently studying. Then there are plenty of people who are doing up their own home and are looking for ideas and knowledge and also people who want a lovely day out and a nice lunch ! I also run courses on Colour, which is a more hands on, and creative workshop with ideas to update your home or your wardrobe. There are more dates coming up in the autumn and you can book on our Eventbrite page.
What is the best bit of advice you can give to any budding interior designers or presenters ?
If you want to become an interior designer you need training. In today’s professional market interior designers have high levels of qualifications and computer skills. If you want to set up your own company rather than work for someone else, you’ll need not only interior design but also business training. It’s a very competitive industry and you need grit to make it ! As for becoming a TV presenter, that’s much harder to orchestrate. I’d aim to becoming the best in your field, make sure you are visible on social media so that when casting directors are looking for new talent, your profile sticks out. It probably would be a good idea to do YouTube videos too. Then make sure you have another career to fall back on, as TV is notoriously fickle !
We’re already in August (wow !) – what do you have planned for the rest of 2016 ?
I’ve been flat out for the first part of this year so I’m going to take it easy over the summer. I’ve just started working with a business coach and my focus is growing my brand and my social media platforms so I can have the enviable life of flexible working hours, where and when I like ! While continuing to inspire people to get creative in their own spaces by sharing all the know-how I’ve accrued over the years. Watch this space !
Thanks, Sophie. Fantastic advice regarding the world of television – and your love of colour is truly inspiring.
If you’re interested in Sophie and Daniel’s courses – then do click on that link. I rather fancy it myself. You can also follow her Youtube channel here and her lovely colourful instagram page here.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this interview with Sophie – do leave a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog with your thoughts and also what colour combinations work for you in your home ?
Have a good one.
Image credits: 1. Luca Sage. 2,3,4, 5 & 7 by Alan Callender. 6 by Sophie Robinson.
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