Posts Categorised: Interiors

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.

Meet Our Pup from Pink Apple Designs

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We have a new member in our household. He’s very well behaved and doesn’t bark when we have visitors. This is Pup.

Designed by Aarnio for Magis, this is the medium sized version of the Magis Puppy Chair – it also comes in various colours. Pink Apple very kindly sent us him to review and so I have asked my daughters to tell me what they think. Mae says he’s cute, comfy and fun – Betsey thinks he’s cuddly and lovely. They can lean back on it and it takes their weight and apparently feels nice and relaxing. Sandy likes him too although he gave him a good sniff first.

Personally, I like the fact that is so lightweight but robust at the same time. The shape/ base of the legs seem to ensure that it’s really sturdy. Made from polyethylene plastic, apparently the Puppy Chair is suitable for outdoors too, so good for the warmer months.

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He’s also not just a seat in our home – oh no. He’s also a jewellery holder and a book rest. I have a feeling that he’s going to kept busy here.

I would give this little fella an all round 5 out of 5 – the price starts at £53 plus delivery for the smallest size, which isn’t cheap but it’s not a throw away item and  something that you woulds want to keep for as long as possible and then friends would happily take off your hands for their little ones, as it is aesthetically rather loveable.

Thanks very much to Pink Apple for sending him over. I very much like their store  – it’s bubbling over with colourful ( and plenty of lighter ), contemporary products. They sell lots of original, good quality pieces for the home that are manufactured by Europe’s leading furniture and lighting companies such as such as Ercol, Kartell, Vitra .. way too many to mention. The list of designers that they work with are pretty impressive too. Have a look if you fancy … www.pinkappledesigns.co.uk

Have a good day.

Lucy x

A Fairy tale for Betsey by Precious Beast – and a 20% Discount for You

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Isn’t this the coolest little fairy tale ? Betsey was over the moon to receive her own illustrated story from Artist Jackie Phillips at Precious Beast. I chose it from her Etsy store and just added the name as I knew Betsey would be happy with the story exactly as it is, but you are able to make it even more personalised by slotting in your own words in key places within the fairytale. The colours and drawings are so enchanting  – if I’m honest, I would happily have one in my bedroom too !

Jackie is driven by that sweet feeling you get when you know the colours are just right and the piece takes on a life of its own. Self-taught and armed with tools and acrylic paints and in nearly every colour of the rainbow, she approaches her pieces pattern first and colour second, always in search of the perfect balance of whimsy and pop. Everything is designed and made in sunny Los Angeles – and are currently brightening up spaces worldwide. Apart from Etsy, Jackie makes custom, unique gifts, designs wedding invitations and logos. She is one talented lady.

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I first discovered Precious Beast on Instagram and couldn’t stop looking at her feed of beautiful bright, happy images, then had a peek at her online shop and instantly became a big fan. I hope you like her work as much as I do.

For this week – until the end of February 2015, you can get a yummy 20 % off anything in the Precious beast store by entering LUCYLOVESYA as a coupon code.

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Enjoy browsing the store bursting with colour heaven – cushions, musical instruments, prints …

Have a nice day.

Lucy x

Chang Chang Review for Blott Shop

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Every month when my girls get their pocket money, we head for the local blott shop to stock up on their eraser collection. It’s one tradition that seems to have carried on from my childhood through to theirs. I remember swapping my rubbers at lunchtimes, a pencil case stuffed full of them – but they were no way as cool as they are now, so I really enjoy our regular visits  – the sea of colours and quirky stationary. They spend ages looking at all the new designs.

You can imagine when the lovely people at blott got in touch to ask me to review their Chang Chang Memo Board and wipeable pens – that I was more than happy to. We all were ! Any excuse to fill the house with more Japanese inspiration.

The first thing I would say about this item is that it I was immediately impressed by the price ( £15 ) because apart from the style of the cute board, it is packaged well and the acrylic feels sturdy. The back has very strong adhesive velcro so that you can attach it to the wall if you wish.

Being a panda fan, I would naturally like the design and I think the size is perfect as it’s cute and not too obtrusive,  and perfect for sticking to the inside of a cupboard too. It fits like a dream on our shelf. It is very easy to write on and the pens are clear. They need a really good shake before you use them but then work really well.

Overall, I would recommend this board and the pens ( which are £7 for 4 ).

blott has asked me to rate some aspects of the board out of 5. Excellent being 5 and 1 being poor…

Quality – 5.

Price – 5.

Practicality – 4.

Style – 4.

I’ve actually needed something like this for a while to remind me of what’s going on each day, ukelele lessons, swimming, Taekwondo …  so it came just at the right time.

What was your favourite shop when you were growing up ? Leave me a comment or tweet @lucylovesyablog. I would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

Valentine’s Day Home Gift Ideas To Share

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With just two weeks to go now until Valentine’s Day is upon us, I have put together 10 home gift ideas that you could buy to share … Valentines is about the two of you after all, no ?

If you’re single then you can still treat yourself because you deserve it. It’s a win, win situation ! I’ve added the prices too and if you like the look of any of these things then you can click and take a closer look.

1. We all know and love Penguin Books. A loved up print for your wall that will also add an extra pop of colour to the room. Unframed. Made by Reece Ward. £21.

2. I adore the elegant, french furniture and accessories by French Bedroom Company. I can personally vouch for this cosy, soft  dusky mink ” Pauline’s Pretty Throw ” as I have one here at home. Perfect for cosying up. £70.

3. If ever there was a time to insist on more scented candles in the home. One each. He gets Cardamom, Pepper, Patchouli and Amber. She gets Mandarin, Bergamot, Jasmine and Vetiver. From Amara. £30.

4. More lusciousness ( yes, apparently it is a real word ) .. REN Moroccan Rose Bath Oil from Space NK. £30.

5. Love Birds ! Stoneware salt and pepper shakers. I couldn’t resist sharing these with you. Kitsch and extremely colourful. Liberty London. £19.95.

6. Alessi make really unique products and these heart spoons are just perfect. My daughter has one ( well, she has hoodwinked mine ) They look so pretty at the table and great for hot chocolate. Millys Kitchen Store. £19.95 for 4. Which leads me on to the next idea …

7. His n Hers ” Together ” mugs by Rob Ryan. These are from Mollie and Fred. £16.99.

8. I’ve talked about Liberty London enough for you to know that these would always get picked. Bombus ( remember my interview with them ) decoupage the letters with Liberty fabric. They are £10 each.

9. US based store Leif has lots of lovely things including these heart cushions that come in different colour ways. They are $58.

10. Oh how I love Vowed & Amazed. They provided our light up letters for our wedding and they now make and sell them too. This joined up ” Love ” sign with fairground lights would be a beautiful addition. £260.

That is all ! What do you think ? Are any of my picks winking at you ?

Have a good week, more blog posts to come …

Lucy x

My 2015 Home Trends Quote for Hillarys

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A quick update today – Happy Monday to you !

I was asked by Hillarys recently for my top prediction for upcoming 2015 home trends. There are a fair few but I chose my favourite which is adding a feature blind to your room – be it a pattern or a bold palette. Panting your walls white ( so many shades that you can choose, though make sure you try out a few samples as some have a slight blue hue to them which is hard to warm up ) and then add your extra pops of colour, maybe in some cushions and bright picture frames, or a few of your favourite vintage pieces.

Your home should most importantly reflect you and make you feel happy and homely – so it’s a good idea that if you’re thinking of updating this year that you plan first and make up that vital vision board !

There are ten other quotes from lovely fellow bloggers, along with mine, on the Hillarys site if you fancy some decorating inspiration – pop on over if you fancy a read.

Have a good week.

Lucy x