Posts Categorised: Homeware

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

Donna Wilson Goodies

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I’ve liked Donna Wilson’s ceramics for some time now, they’re so distinctive. I’m also really loving her wooden dolls.

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They’re inspired by her travels to Japan and Scandinavia. We collect Russian and Kokeshi Dolls here at Chez LucyLovesYa ( along with fabrics ) – and might have to start saving our pennies in order to start a little collection. They’re all hand painted in the UK, have names and embody people that Donna has met in her life. Cute, aren’t they ?

Do you have a favourite brand that you’re drawn to or do you collect anything ?  I would love to hear what. Leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

Have a lovely day :)

Lucy x

 

Beautiful Illustrated City Maps

London MapThe other day I was lucky enough to have a good close up look at some Jenni Sparks prints from the online art store Evermade. It’s great to be able to view artwork online, but there’s nothing like studying it in the flesh, if you know what I mean ?

I’ve written about my trips to Berlin and New York before and talk about lovely London a lot because I’m a city girl at heart. These truly intricate, hand drawn map prints by Jenni Sparks really took my breath away. The latest edition – Paris took six months in total to complete. There’s lots of research behind all of the illustrations with quirky pieces of information in each area and landmark places to visit. Berlin MapNew York Map

It must be such an enlightening experience getting to know the people who live locally and where they like to hang out, whilst designing each map. The time and love that Jenni has put in to each piece is clear to see. So hoping that Tokyo is next on her list !

What’s your favourite city in the world and why  ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog. Would love to know.

Lucy x

All images belong to Evermade / Jenni Sparks.

Pink Rooms Pinterest Board

Pink Vintage SofaI’ve been adding lots of new pins on my Pinterest boards recently, including some gorgeous veggie meals, a Unicorn board ( just because ) and lots of inspiring spaces in peoples homes. Todays post is a few of these from my pink rooms board to brighten up January.

My favourite is Sophie Conran’s kitchen in bubble gum pink. I think it blends really well with  all of the eclectic pieces.

Sophie Conran Pink Kitchen

Pink Sofa ChairPink Girls Bedroom MirrorPink Rolltop BathThere’s loads of other pink rooms – and lots of other boards – 41 in total so far !

What’s your favourite colour and have you worked it in to your own home decor ? Do you think a splash of colour works best in a room or is it to best to just go for it with bold statement walls ?

Leave a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out my Pinterest boards

Lucy x

My Favourite Sale Finds

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Did you have a good Christmas day ? I hope it was relaxing for you. 

We had a great time and my daughters loved every minute, which was the main thing. 

Now that we’re past Boxing Day, which is traditionally when the sales start, I have made up a little online wish list .. things that I have my eye on. It’s nice to sit in the comfort of your home and peruse all the goodies, instead of queueing up in shops and being elbowed. Just can’t do it ! Here are 10 of my favourites …

1. Pip Studio produce endless beautiful things, I was quite pleased to see these reduced. Their Love Birds range is very simple but quite decadent looking with its gold edging. It’s now £70 for this set.

2. Markus Lupfer does Gummy Bears. It’s nice to see a range that is more affordable  – and even more so in the sale. This jumper is from Matches Fashion and is now £105.

3. Love, love, love Green & Spring. Everything they do, because it always smells divine with lots of natural ingredients. Asos are selling this hand wash set now for £29.

4. I did a giveaway with Mia Fleur a while back because they stock such tasteful products that I wanted to share with my readers. A pair of these Glass Bird Jars are £18.95. Very pretty !

5. Never one to miss a pair of Converse, I know I already have the Wonder Woman ones from last year but these are the white and gold version. Totally different :) .. Now £39.99 from Schuh.

6. This Starburst retro style clock reminds me of my childhood. I’m pretty sure my Nana had one similar in her living room. For that reason alone – It makes me happy. Do you like it ? It’s currently in the sale at Heals and is £96.

7. Another retro style piece. Graham and Green do vintage styles very well, don’t they ? I particularly like the colour of this bedside table. I can picture this with a bunch of flowers on and an old style alarm clock. It’s down to £139.

8. Slightly nerdy when it comes to Double Decker buses. Especially the old style ones. Would wear this dress with some sneakers. Cath Kidston £40.

9. Can’t beat a floral scented candle  – especially when it’s half price. Space NK have a great sale on .. this Wild Iris one is from their own brand and it’s £15. Ooh !

10. Absolutely adore the playfulness of this Essenza Gitte duvet set. So colourful. Again half price – the single starts at £25. From Amara.

That’s my top ten. Is there anything out there that you have designs on ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesysblog  ..

Have a nice day.

Lucy x

My Top Tip for DIY Up – Cycling

Inspiration BoardRecently I was asked for my top tip for home DIY by Legal & General. My advice was “ If you’re embarking on a DIY project – make up inspiration boards with all the colours, materials and ideas that you have in mind – this will save you no end of time and money in the long run.” I really believe making up a board will help focus you on your goal, style wise for long term aesthetic enjoyment.

This one I made up was for when we were doing up our bathroom. Put together in the old fashioned way by pinning pics on to a board – I like doing it this way as it’s is easy to move the photos around to co – ordinate and try palettes against each other. Of course, Pinterest is brilliant for sourcing images and it’s all at your fingertips. I use it on a daily basis for my project ideas and finds.  Wall Cabinet

I also then used the Inspiration Board to choose some colours and ideas for my DIY up – cycling project which, as you can see was a little bathroom cabinet because as well as needing extra storage, I wanted to add an extra pop of colour to the room because the walls are white, as are the metro tiles, with floral roller blinds and a stripy bath mat and chrome faucets.

Key words had helped as I had wanted the bathroom to have elements of vintage but with a dash of kitsch. All of these nuggets of inspiration helped me pick a colour and knob for the cabinet.

Up Cycled CupboardHere it is finished. I plumped for a blue green colour in the end with a white Victorian style handle, which is perfect as it doesn’t look out of place being a gentle hue, but definitely adds some depth and extra character to the room.

Are you embarking on any projects in the near future ? Do you have any advice to share ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

You can find my tip ( at number 1 !) and all the other great blog advice here.

Lucy x

Sample paints in this post are Designers Guild and the knobs are by Bombay Duck.

My Instagram Inspiration

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The colours really inspire my week and it makes you realise how many times in a day a beautiful moment or place can just pass us by. LucyLovesYa.Instagram3LucyLovesYa.Instagram2LucyLovesYa.Instagram1

Here are some of my InstaMoments from the last few weeks, I seem to be taking about 30 a week at the moment, from a sewing glasses case that Which glasses are Which sent me ( great idea, they are ) to an autumnal tree contrasting with a beautifully  – blue sky to a heart warming second when the lift doors opened in Liberty London, showing their infamous Christmas decorations in all of their splendour.

It’s definitely my favourite social media site at the moment. What’s yours ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

If you’d like to see more of my pictures – you can find me here.

Lucy x

Colour Your Christmas Part 2

Xmas HomePart 2 now of gift ideas. Last week I shared some decs.  This time, here are some cheerful, eye caching home pieces that might be if interest to you, if you’re thinking of doing a bit of Christmas shopping this weekend and want to buy something a little different and refreshing. I am drawn to all of these things for their vibrance and vintage style appeal …

1. Rigby and Mac stock these cute little floral and pattern print candle holders. Definitely a bit different and would sit very happily on a bookshelf or fireplace. A very sweet present. £19.95.

2. I am a little bit in love with LEIF. A US based online shop with homeware to die for. Oh yes. The price on the site is in dollars but I believe this Spectrum Picture Frame is approx £28. Don’t hang about if you like it – might take a week to so to arrive here in the UK.

3.Bombay Duck have been around for some time now and clearly still know how to do colour. This set of 3 Delphine Glass Bowls are £16.

4. Interior Designer, Sophie Conran has a nice Christmas selection of China  – such as this platter. The print is quite retro and reminds me of my childhood. £34.50

5. Such a good but simple idea. Cannisters with windows. I think most people would like a few of these. At £2 for the small size and £3 for the larger – can you go wrong ? From Tiger Stores.

6. A hand painted cookie owl jar from dotcomgiftshop. Just awww ! £23.95

7. I’m imagining these place mats ( they have matching coasters ) on a lovely crisp white table cloth or a rustic wooden table. This is my favourite colour too. I found these at Anorak Online. Set of 4 for £28.

8. If you are buying for someone who loves all things Kawaii then they might like these adorable little Chuppon Self Watering Animal Planter. You just stick them on the side of a glass. Whatever next ! They are £9.95 each at What You Sow. I want one !

9. Folklore fans will love this woodland print coffee pot. It’s illustrated in the UK and for sale at Mollie and Fred £19.99.

10. Okay, I am seeing a theme developing here. Another animal inspired gift. Very suitable for a sewing lover. It’s from AVOCA and is approx £7.95.

Part 3 coming next week :)

What do you think? Do you like these ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Lucy x

Great British Birds by Amber Elise

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I saw these colourful prints recently and had to let the artist Amber Elise know how much I liked them. We are big bird lovers here, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that our wedding cake made by our fab friend Juliet was inspired by birds and so was the poem piece read by our lovely friend, Lou.

Most of my childhood was spent in the countryside and I had a book, where I used to tick off off the birds in it once I had spotted them. Do you remember those ? Great memories.
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Amber Elise is a Bristol based illustrator and screen printer who takes inspiration by the cut outs of the artist Matisse, colours of Andy Warhol and music from David Bowie..  a girl after my own heart. 7xhj4TVb9xQ4NK2YLEQzJVGLsTkN4i3FviNY_j3ssUw

Not only does her online shop offer these beautifully bold Limited Edition Prints along with zebras, owls and whimsical messages in 2 different sizes – you can also buy sets of her high quality individually wrapped, boxed cards. Great for your own home or a thoughtful gift to those in your life who love anything quintessentially English. I have some here and will do my best to share them with special friends but they’re so alluring, I might hang on to them .. just for a bit. :)

I love Ambers’ sharp use of colour – such great definition. You must have a read of her Creative Projects – they are all interesting but I was particularly drawn to the one about her transforming a launderette with bespoke wallpaper. It looks amazing ! Have a look at it here.

Lucy x

Colour Your Christmas

Xmas Bright LucyLovesYaI love Christmas. The shiny, razzle dazzle of it all and feel justified in doing a Festive post now as the lights are officially switched on in Oxford Street. With an abundance of traditional decorations and homeware to choose from online, I thought I’d seek out some slightly more cute, colourful and heaven scented 2014 items at varying prices.

1. The playfulness of this wreath from The Original Pop Up Shop is handade from Merino Wool. It would work against so many colours. It’s very tactile looking – beautiful !

2. A cheeky little retro style plaque from Selfridges. This one is by Gisela Graham.

3. I am a big Diptyque fan. Their candles last for ages and they smell divine. This one is scented with cinnamon and plum. I’d be very happy to find one of these in my stocking. It’s stocked at SPACE.NK.

4. In Festive colour with a bold chevron print. These gold and glamorous napkins are by Paperchase.

5. As Liberty London lives right in the middle of the capital, this London bus tree decoration represents them well. I love it, especially as it is the old fashioned design. Glittery too – Ooh !

6. You could make a statement with these Multi coloured crackers for the tree or against a white table cloth. You can also find these at Paperchase.

7. How could anyone not fall for this little woodland Hedgehog decoration. Uber cute. Found at StreetHub.

8. My heart skipped a beat when I first spotted these handmade fairground star lights. Made in Britain – they come in various colours. They’re not cheap but I would use them all year round. These are by Goodwin and Goodwin at Not on The HighStreet.

9. Every year when we make Mulled Wine, I remember the thing we forgot. Proper glasses.  John Lewis do a set of 4 thermally insulated ones in a soda glass shape.

10. Father Christmas in a glittered robe. As he should be ! A set of 6 that come in a gift box from one of my favourite online stores – Berry Red.

Hope you like my selection. I will be seeking and sharing more soon. :)

Lucy x