Posts Categorised: Interiors

Our Secret Room … Sshhh !

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I want to share a colourful little corner of our home today …

My girls are lucky because there is a little door behind a wardrobe that leads to the girls ‘ Secret Room ‘ as all their friends call it – and they always head in there.

When we moved in it was a just an empty cold space with no real floor but it needed a purpose as every room does. The ceiling is too low for a dressing room but it is perfect for a cosy little creative space and of course somewhere for them to have a bit of a gossip….

We painted the side walls with a Farrow & Ball paint called Strong White, which adds light to the room and then at the end, we painted the wall with a blackboard paint so they can have some fun drawing. The odd midnight snack has been consumed in here too – I have found the empty crisp packets … :)

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This ‘ Atilla ‘ Gnome Stool is by Kartell who are famous for their collaborations when it comes to interiors. I love their creativity and focus on well made products. Phillipe Starck who is also well known for his focus on practicality, designed this stool which also doubles up as a table. It is incredibly sturdy and a good weight, so it feels very safe to sit on !  It’s from online home store Kontenta  – they also stock the other two in the collection called Napoloeon and Saint Esprit, if you’re looking for a set.

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Kontenta also stock lots of designer home products such as beds, lighting and wall art  – I really like their store because it’s full of colourful items. Right up my street. :)

I hope you like our ‘ Secret Room ‘ ? Which is your favourite room in your house ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Have a good day.

Lucy x

I was sent the Kartell stool by Kontenta but have received no other payment for this post. All opinions my own.

A Beach Hut Inspired Garden Room

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One of our favourite things in the world is visiting the coast and we try to as much as we can, but sometimes there’s too much to do here and a trip seems a bit tricky. We’ve been meaning to do up our garden room for a while  – it’s right in my eye line when I look out the kitchen window, so at last we have combined our love of the seaside with some DIY and created our own little beach hut hideaway.

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The exterior blue paint is ‘ Pure Duck Egg ‘ by the Homebase range of  ‘ Home of Colour Garden Colour ‘ which I think is refreshing. What do you think ?

I covered some old deck chairs with some new canvas in bright stripes. It was really easy, especially as the material only had to be sewn to loop around little poles and not tacked in to them.

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I painted the wooden interior and then we covered the floor to make it easy to clean with an oak effect vinyl . It came in plank style and feels very strong. It’ll be handy for wet feet after water fights and labrador paws.

The  Drew Lacquer Table is by Habitat as is the bowl, I love the print and think I might invest in the collection more, it’s really reasonable .The cakes are a treat to ourselves for finishing the project finally !

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The flowers are all from the garden – I found these retro style wall vases recently – they’re great for displaying a few at a time.

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The decking came in tile form. My brother built it for us, we just used 6 which enough for us to be able to put the deck chairs on and even maybe have a little barbecue. I’ve put some lavender and other flowers on there too to add a little extra colour and nice aromas.

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I hope you like our new rustic beach hut garden room ?  Please do leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts. :) Would love to hear from you.

I feel quite proud that I did a lot of it myself. Especially as it is the summer hols ! It has given me confidence to try some more house projects.

You can find the paint, decking, Habitat items and some of the plant pots on the Homebase website.

Lucy x

This post is in collaboration with Homebase. All opinions my own.

A Sense Of Summer Splendour

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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