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A Sense Of Summer Splendour

Home Sense Summer 2015

We’re in to the summer holidays now which means nice, long days outdoors and eating al fresco. I like my garden to feel and look like an extension of my home and that means lots of colour and eclectic eye candy.

I’ve found and put together my top 10 favourite unique finds from homeware store HomeSense that I hope you like too – they’re perfect for barbecues with friends and family.

These items are by well known top brands, but offering savings of up to 60 % which makes them all the more enticing. Prices start super low.

I found it quite hard to limit myself to just 10 so below are some more things to wet the appetite …

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Particularly like this bistro style, patterned table and chair as it would add some character to a smaller urban garden.

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Happiness on a plate. An informal dinner party out in the garden – I love evenings like this – reminds me of childhood. Fun and relaxed days.

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The drink dispenser is such a good idea. Sit it in the middle of  the table and help yourself. Quite a good idea for kids too  – maybe fill it with a fruit juice punch ?

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Absolutely love these chairs. They work indoors and outdoors. They are timeless. HomeSense have a great selection of seating.

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Lots of pretty colourful lanterns. They look effective scattered over an outdoor table and give the feeling of being on holiday. Yes please to that !

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If you’re looking for an indoor garden, this wood and glass house is perfect for displaying your potted plants, like a mini Kew Gardens. :)

HomeSense stores are part of the TK Maxx Home family and are dotted around the UK. They are constantly updating their stock with new products from around the globe so well worth checking them out. You can find out more on their website here.

Have a nice day …

Lucy x

( Pic 1 copyright Lucy Loves Ya and 2 – 7  copyright HomeSense 2015 )

This post is a collaboration with HomeSense.

Sharing The InstaLove

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Did I mention that I’m a total Instagram nut ? Ah yes, I did. It really is my favourite social media platform at the moment, I think mainly as it’s so creative and supportive.. and colourful.

These last few weeks it’s been exciting as I have been featured several times by brands that I love. Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess, one of my most favourite blogs has shared two of my images – which is a real treat as I follow them avidly. I particularly like their tutorials. Recently,  I took a picture in Aldeburgh by the coast of a cute diner there which caught their attention and then a few weeks later, I visited the The Royal Academy to see their Summer Exhibition and had to take a pic of me on the striped stairs by artist Jim Lambie – they chose to regram this one too.

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Now, you know that I am a colour geek, right ? So much so that I own a Pantone colour wheel just for fun … well, a while back we had these beautiful tulips that matched some of the purples perfectly so I shared it with my insta friends. Pantone liked it so much they shared it with their 269,000 followers. Wow, I was chuffed.

To add a cherry to the top of the cake – HIBS100 have chosen me as Instagrammer of the month so any day now, I will be on their website. Keep a look out. Their site is well worth a read to find some lovely interior and craft blogs who are currently in the top 100 in the UK.

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Feeling very grateful.

In other news ….

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These wonderful green scarves were a display at The Design Centre Chelsea when I attended a Colour and Pattern MasterClass at the KLC School of Design. I was one of several bloggers who were invited by Amara ( kicking off their 2016 Interior Blog Awards ) to a really interesting talk. It was really helpful and inspiring, personally – I would love to do a part time course with KLC.

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A little while back, artist Horace Panter had a preview on with his latest work. Being a music lover I fell in love with this cassettes print. It now lives with us here. You may remember my Inspire Me interview on the blog with Horace about his career both in art and The Specials. I’m a fan of their music so it makes having one of his pieces extra special.

It’s been a busy time and I have an online shop opening in the near future so looking forward to telling you more about that soon.

What is your favourite social media ? Do you love Instagram too or do you prefer pinning and tweeting the most ? I look forward to hearing your thoughts and looking at your favourite images … :)

Lucy x

 

Summery Colour Palettes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Crafts and Candy Stripes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucy x

Achica Cheeky Peek In My Living Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope you are having a fabulous day ..

Lucy x

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

My Retro Chair Covered in CLARKE & CLARKE Chico

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You know when you have an idea in your head of how you want something to look ? In this case, a retro style chair, bought a few years ago that needed a bit of colour loving, I felt. But nothing jumped out at me for a while. My all time favourite colour is turquoise so eventually and luckily Clarke & Clarke sent over some of their latest samples recently which led me to one of their latest prints – Chico.

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The Chico design is from their Zanzibar collection, inspired by Spice Markets, full of bold geometric patterns embroidered on linen, teamed with rich jacquards and bold plains. The Aqua that I chose to use is one of several palettes that form this contemporary range – the others are charcoal, indigo, sunset and fuchsia.

Although I say contemporary, actually, I see this particular pattern as quite retro and ideal for the chair – that’s what I love about design – it’s all relative.

I made a little bright pink velvet cushion to match the flamingo print – and to finish the overall look. After that I sat down and drank that hot chocolate in my favourite Vera Wang at Wedgewood cup and saucer. :)

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Hope you like the new look chair ? What’s your favourite colour ? Let me know by leaving a comment or tweeting @lucylovesyablog. Would love to hear from you.

If you want to have a look at some more of their wonderful fabrics. You can find all of Clarke & Clarke’s stockists on the website – www.clarke-clarke.com.

Have a nice day …

Lucy x

I was sent this fabric for the purpose of this post. All opinions my own.

The Whole of the Moon

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As we have just had the eclipse ( didn’t see a thing as it was overcast but it definitely went all kind of dusky and still ) I thought it topical to show you Mae’s new wall sticker from Koko Kids.

I’ve come across lots of stickers over the last few years but this one is by far my favourite. It’s so detailed, being able to see all of the craters and ridges. Mae is over literally over the moon with it – excuse the bad pun …. :) The stars finish it off perfectly and add extra atmosphere.

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Gill, founder of interiors and gift store Koko Kids was introduced to me through a mutual friend, Jo, who loves their designs too. I’m so glad she did as we were looking for something interesting for Mae’s room and she loves astronomy – Gill kindly sent me the sticker to review.

Koko Kids do a very tasteful range of wall stickers with a retro, graphic twist, for nurseries right through to teens with everything in between. The good thing about their products is that they can be removed and re – applied and have are vinyl free which means they have no BPA or phthalates so ideal for kids rooms which is reassuring. They have all kind of designs such as butterflies, cherry blossom, deer, pop art and confetti – well worth checking out – here.

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We painted Mae’s room ‘ Stone Blue ‘ by Farrow & Ball which has turned out even better than expected as I thought it might give a cold feel but it really hasn’t, it all works well together, I reckon. What do you think ?

Lucy x

Colourful Easter Treats

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Spring is my absolute favourite season, the sudden pops of colour everywhere and the gentle breeze twinned with a hint of happy sunshine. It seems to change peoples moods and brighten us all up generally.

It’s not too long now until Easter is on our doorstep. Which means  a chocolate frenzied time in our home, but I guess not everyone is as obsessed with Easter eggs as we seem to be here. That said I have spotted some rather delicious, unusual choccy goodies as you can see above but also lots of other colourful cute items that might tickle your fancy…

1. Make Your Own Chocolate London sounds like a plan to me. I’m not sure how long it would last until we’d scoff it up like King Kong but it’s well worth the fun. Belgian chocolate too. Yum. £12.99 from Choconchoc. £12.99.

2. Just so sweet. A string of little chick lights. It would be difficult to take them down after Easter. They are from Dotcomgiftshop and are £19.95.

3. Matroyshka might love these Petite Poupee dolls by chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. A unique take on the usual style of egg. Selfridges from £13.90 each.

4. You may wonder why I have added some astro turf ? You could dress up a table with these mats and coasters by adding some bright napkins and Easter themed bits. You can find them on Etsy by Artificial Landscapes. Set of 6 – £19.95.

5. Oh, I had one of these as a kid and wish I had kept it. It’s a lovely classic egg cup and yellow chick – a lovely gift. Liberty – £12.95.

6. What about this Harlequin inspired, handmade bunny brooch ? It’s pretty reasonable at £10. From SketchInc at Etsy.

7. Daffodils. They’re everywhere at the moment, I love ’em. Laura Ashley do some mini candles tea light candles – £10 for 6.

8. More chicks ! This time a medley of fluffy ones which would combine pretty well with number 7. They are from John Lewis. £4 for 12.

9. Rubber stamps are definitely big at the moment. You could use these hand carved ones to make cards, maybe ? £4.25 from Not On The Highstreet.

10. Some bunting to colour in would make a lovely little gift as an alternative to chocolate. Will keep them busy for a bit over the holidays too. It’s £3.99 from Not On The Highstreet.

11. I just added this Hungry Bunny Night Light because it was too sweet not to. Dotcomgiftshop have lots of lovely ones. £3.95

12. A rainbow coloured ” Happy Easter ” egg garland will add a seasonal touch. Nice and vibrant. £6 from John Lewis.

13. If you want to get really themed up, some yellow nails will do the job. The yellow reminds me of all things Spring like. From LoveLula  – £5.15.

14. This company make the coolest cards. This lamb is a little magnet that you can remove. They have their own store and also stock on Not On the Highstreet. Pango Productions – £3.

15. Gisela Graham are doing a lovely range of kitchenware at the moment. This jug is £11.99 and you can find it at Mollie and Fred.

Hope you like these goodies. Please share if you do by using the links below :)

Have a good day.

Lucy x

A Liberating Birthday

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This time last week it was my Birthday. I couldn’t believe it when I opened the blinds here and saw blue skies. A beautiful start to the day.

We decided to head in to London Town for the day and make the most of the half term. The sun was shimmering on the Thames as we arrived at The Tower of London ( not sure that was my choice but it was fun all the same ) and then we cabbed it over to Selfridges for a nice veggie lunch, followed by a wander around one of the best stores in the world. Liberty London.

I know I’ve talked about this before so I won’t repeat myself but took a few pics to share with you. The store is looking really inspiring at the moment  – the Liberty print hanging decorations are so effective. Andy took the girls off to spend some vouchers in Hamleys which meant I got some quality time just enjoying all the designs.

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Andy bought me a wonderful Meyer – Lavigne vase, I’ve been a fan of theirs for ages and I filled it with some flowers as soon as I could…

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We also stocked up on some gorgeous stationery in Liberty. Another post will be coming on that soon. Washi tapes, stickers, stamp sets and notebooks.

It really was a perfect day spent with my little family. The only disappointment was that they really wanted to go and see the Queen and were not happy to hear that you can’t just pop in for tea.

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My friend Corne had made some fudge and meringues and put them in giant cups and saucers. A thoughtful present – she makes the best fudge in the world !

What’s your favourite shop for inspiration  .. or just with things that you love ?

Have a nice day.

Lucy x

Cosy Homes with Direct Stoves

invicta-seville-wood-burning-stoveIt’s so good to see a few cheery white snowdrops peeping through the soil here, but it’s still pretty freezing in our house, especially in the evenings and probably will be for a few months to come. I’m not complaining though as I love the cosy nights, looking at the flames and feeling the natural glow of a roaring fire whilst reading a good book or watching a favourite film.

We have an open fire and I also use a wood burner in my sewing room that was already here when we moved in, which actually heats much of the house and I love it – but if I had been able to choose – I think I would’ve gone for one with bold colour, like this pillar box red one. It’s an Invicta Cast Iron ‘ Seville ‘ Wood Burner from Direct Stoves. Combined with the vintage inspired design – it’s perfect for colour lovers.

Burners, I have found, are great for more compact areas, but also warm larger areas so well too, in fact, they do a good job of heating the whole house.

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The white wood and multi fuel Charnwood Burner from Direct Stove’s vast ranges is a great feature piece in a more contemporary style. Quite handy to be able to store some logs underneath it, taking up even less space.

I do love this double doored, Multi Fuelled Stove with cook top also made by Charnwood. It’s suitable for a medium to large room as it throws out lots of warmth as well as featuring a soapstone hot plate for cooking on – perfect for a cosy kitchen. Imagine a nice bowl of hearty soup warming after a long winters walk. Yes, please !

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There’s a wonderful selection of electric, gas, wood and multi fuel stoves plus Range Cookers on the Direct Stoves website. What’s really great is that some of the stoves come in different colours too, as well as modern and classic styles  – spoilt for choice ! You can can find everything you need here  – www.directstoves.com

Have a nice day …

Lucy x

Written in association with Direct Stoves. All opinions my own.