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.

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.

Cheers, George !

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Hope you are having a good week ?

I’ve been a lucky girl this week as George at Home have sent me some of their products to add to my ” favourite hub ” which is currently my kitchen.

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As you may know, I am no stranger to colour and prints so as I looked through all of the ranges, I was very excited to find leopard print mugs, bright mixing bowls – and flamingo and pineapple glasses amongst lots of other tempting products.

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I will be serving up popcorn in this star print bowl tomorrow for a kids sleepover and pouring smoothies with glass pink jug.

We are really getting into baking so the digital jug scale will be really useful, as will the “dry measure” cup – it’s got a retro look to it which is fab and a very good price at £3. Cooking is much more fun when you have the right tools. So now we do !

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Really like these cake and biscuit tins. They’re simple but vintage in style.

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As our pepper and salt grinders have seen better days, these battery operated Russell Hobbs ones are most welcome ! They even light up… if we are eating in the dark. :)

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The thing that I am most looking forward to using is this CoolGear collapsible Bento Box. If you remember – we attempted some sushi recently. This box has a base with a plate for your teriyaki salmon or and a top layer to put your rolls, dips, rice etc. Or just good for a packed lunch.

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Blinds – Before and After

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We’ve lived here for 4 years and I’ve been so busy making things for other people and being generally indecisive that it’s taken this long to make our kitchen blinds. I recommend making your own, because it’s not too difficult and will save you quite a lot of dosh. Amazing what a splash of colour and some flowers can do to a window !

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Our house is a medley of colours against white walls, with old and new furniture – adding the blinds has made it feel extra homely.

This ” Preservation Fixation ” print below by Sunny Buick is one of my favourites and it’s up in the kitchen, works well with the gingham. :)

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.. and having waited what feels like a lifetime for one, Andy gave me a Kitchen Aid Mixer as a belated Birthday present so all in all, I feel like a contented girl at the moment.

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Now all I have to do is paint and re – cover the chairs and the kitchen will be finished. What kind of fabric print would work with the gingham ? Any suggestions welcome ! :)

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My Perfect Home interview.

Having had to postpone my first ever 10 K a few weeks back because of a lingering virus, I  made it around a different course on Sunday in 67 minutes ( and let’s not forget the 15 seconds… ) so feel really proud because it was really hilly and I had a hot sun beaten head. :)

I raised some good funds for a school library and felt pretty euphoric to be honest. The first of many longer runs, I hope.

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Anyway, I wanted to tell you about a little ” Perfect Home ” interview that I was asked to do with Amara in collaboration with Heart Home Magazine. They are currently running a series of interviews with some of their favourite interiors bloggers, so it was an honour indeed.

I’ve always wanted my home to be in an interiors magazine ! If you’d like to read my interview and also the others who have taken part – here is the link.

We are doing up our house at the moment, cosmetically. Having finally just finished some red gingham blinds for the kitchen – I will be putting them up in the morn. Amazing what a simple change can make to a room. Blog post to come ….

Have a great Friday. :)

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Ugallery – LucyLovesYa Guest Curator

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was asked by online art gallery Ugallery to guest curate on their website and also pin my current favourite pieces to Pinterest.

They have some beautiful work from talented artists for sale so it was an absolute pleasure to do so.

Ugallery have over 1million Pinterest followers so it was also incredibly flattering that they asked little ol’me. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Started up 7 years ago by Stephen, Greg and Alex, when the world was dominated by high end galleries and established artists. They decided to bring together artists, clients and their customers in a way that hadn’t been done before, allowing anyone to access high quality affordable art by emerging artists.

Now, they sell to 35 countries and represent 500 artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do pop on over to and have a look at my page with all of the artwork chosen, on their website. I feel quite proud of it. :)

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Fab Finds

It’s been ages since I posted a little collection of favourite finds. Really should do it more often as there are so many beautiful designs out there, and talented people.

Here are 5 things that I am currently drooling over ( I apologise now for the image in your head on that one ) …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viva Designs who are on Not on The Highstreet stock a fantastic range of printed retro phones. My old vintage style phone is falling apart … hmm ..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wowzers ! The colours, images in this Japanese inspired print. How could it not make you smile every time you study it ? Rosie Wonders is a website brimming with cute, eye catching products. I think my girls would be all over the temporary tattoos. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luna and Curious have some beautiful things – this scarf is printed in Japan using a hand printed technique. Apparently, it’s called Furoshiki which is which is used several different ways including as a scarf, for wrapping a gift ( lucky person ! ) or for attaching to a handbag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dolls on the Lapin and Me website are so adorable. I could look at them for ages. It’s the combination of colours with the sweet little faces. Aww.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I must have at least ten tape measures dotted around the house. I love this though. I’m pretty sure any sewing enthusiast would. It’s from Liberty London in Margaret Annie print.

What do you think of this little selection ? Has anything caught your eye recently ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog

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Right up my Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish I could offer you a scratch and sniff service with my blog !

As scented candles go – this Jonathan Ward candle is a truly sumptuous one. Carnation, Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Patchouli, Amber and Cedarwood. It comes in a really nice stylish box and it’s from Lost Laundry in London via the new website StreetHub.

I was asked to do a a little review of their website and used their service to get this ultra cool retro tape cassette desk tidy too from j – me store, which is perfect for all of my bits and bobs in my sewing room.

StreetHub is essentially a click and collect website, brimming with tasteful and unique gifts, clothing, accessories, homeward and artwork boutiques. Currently covering London – they are expanding to cover the UK. You can find all the nice stores local to you on the site, with what is available right now. If you within a 3 mile radius then you can even have the purchase delivered to your day on the same day.

If you’re like me, I faff around for ages in shops looking for the perfect gift, but also have quite a busy lifestyle which leaves little time for doing the faffing in the first place – so StreetHub is a great solution.

What I did was have a look around the site at all the different Boutiques items and then clicked on the 2 things that I needed and reserved them. Shortly after, I received an email to confirm the items were in stock and then picked them up. Job done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had such good fun looking at all the unique things that are on offer and have also seen a Kokeshi lamp which might just a fair swap for my Birthday money. ;) It can only be a good thing to support these businesses and you can do it all under one roof.

So, you probably get the picture that I’m giving StreetHub a thumbs up. :)

Looking forward to watching them grow over the next few months. Coming to your neck of the woods very soon.

Oh, and if you subscribe to their updates, you will receive a £7 voucher code.

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