Posts Categorised: Homeware

My Instagram Inspiration

LucyLovesYa.Instagram.As I mentioned earlier in the week, I am a bit addicted to Instagram. Saying something without words. But maybe a few hashtags. :)

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

fresh air, chips and treats

new birdIt was quite a crazy week, just gone. I enjoyed it loads but was pretty zombified by Sunday morning. Andy and I attended the Amara Interiors Blog Awards mid week which was wonderful and I met lots of interesting bloggers. It’s good to put a face to a name. I have also been busy planning new blog posts and making things for our home – and other people. :) Plus just being a Mum, which is a job in itself. It’s quite hard to switch off at times, I think I need an on / off switch for my brain.

Some people seem to find it very easy to relax but I tend to have to go out and do something different to chill.

Aldeburgh CoastSo we trundled off in the car and had some chips ( some of the finest in the UK, allegedly… ) and a meander through Aldeburgh. I may have said it before but we feel lucky to be near the Suffolk Coastline as it’s beautiful and pretty unspoilt.

Aldeburgh is cultured, yet quaint. I like the mix of the two. It feels like a nice warm hug when we visit as I grew regularly popping in. There are many independent Boutiques and Art galleries.

Sitting on the stony, slopey beach and staring out to sea was just what I needed to refresh.

Shingle and Sherbet was our last stop. They have all the old fashioned sweets all in glass jars. White walls with colourful treats. It looks very pretty. A trip to the sea isn’t complete without some kind of sugar fix.

On the way home we had a look around the homeware store in Snape Maltings. A blog for another time. :)

Do you have a favourite coast ? How do you like to relax ? I would love to hear about it and I am sure so would my readers … Please leave a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog

Hope you had a good weekend.

Lucy x

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Up – cycled Stripy Dining Chairs

IMG_1245This weekend I have finally up – cycled my dining chairs. Well, my Mum covered them, she’s much more practical than me when it comes to upholstery. :) But, I can take some credit for painting them.

Before they were a stained pine, which looked more like oak and covered in a floral print. You can see them in a recent post.

I bought them a few years ago and had every intention of doing them up straight away to brighten the kitchen. But, of course it has taken a while as most things do in your own home.

In the fabric delivery there were some very welcome sweeties to keep us company. Very nice they were too ! DC1

I’m really happy with the colour that they exude in the day time and evening. It has bought all of the colours in my kitchen together and I think finished it off really well.

This stripe is very bright, I bought it from DeckChair Stripes and they have loads of different colour options. The paint is Clunch by Farrow & Ball.

The print above the chairs is by the lovelyBrighton based artist Kitty Finegan who designed my new LucyLovesYa logo. I am a huge fan of hers. :)

What do you think of my new chairs ? Would love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment below to tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

 

Lucy x

Suffolk Food Hall – Local Inspiration

SFH1When my friends or family want to catch up, this is the place we quite often end up meeting up at. It’s equidistant for most of us. Suffolk Food Hall. Because we can eat, the kids can play, then we can shop a little, look at all the plants, eat a bit more and then buy more food to take home.

Suffolk Food Hall has so many home goodies, gifts and yummy food. I want to share one of my favourite places around here – just in case you don’t know about it yet – or love it too and want to share this post with others. SFH2

Yesterday we had a very tasty lunch in the Restaurant. I had fishcakes. In fact, I nearly always have the fishcakes with butter bean mash because it’s so good.

The views out across to the Orwell River and Bridge are spectacular in every season. I love to watch the boats and cattle grazing, whilst we eat. It’s very relaxing. The windows of the Restaurant are huge, so you feel part of the vast land outside.

There’s loads of inspiration in the Home and Garden department, I love their recipe book selection too. Everything seems lovingly sourced.SF3

As we are getting in to gardening and growing veg ( remember my VegTrug post ), I spend quite a bit of time wandering around the plant section, which is brimming with colour and floral aromas. The staff are really helpful.

The best bit for my girls is the big Jumping Pillow. Well, actually, we all quite like it. It’s by the ice cream hut. Needless to say, the two go hand in hand on a sunny day !

Recently, they did a cooking course there for a day. They loved it. Not sure how much chocolate actually made it home but they learnt a lot. There’s all sorts of courses – cake making, kitchen club, art and photography and many different types of cuisine workshops.

If you are a foodie – the Food Hall is somewhere you would need to put some time aside for perusing. It’s 8000 square feet of good quality, local produce.

They can always check out their website if you want to know more.

So, now I have told you about one of my favourite places to visit nearby. It’s only fair that you let us all know yours too ? ;) Please do leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

Lucy x

Seaside Bedroom Inspiration

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It’s turning a bit cold outside, we’re lighting the fire in the evenings now. But I stepped outside this morning and the sky is beautiful blue and the colours in the fields are still lustrous. Which prompted me to crack in to this bright fabric bundle because I’m going to make a quilt for my daughters bedroom that I’m just about to do up.

She has gone off pink. It’s all about blue now. But, I’m sure it’ll all change again – so hedging my bets with an eclectic mix.

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One of our favourite family places to go is Southwold, because it’s like a step back in time and there is so much inspiration there to draw from. Luckily we aren’t too far away ( if you ever visit, don’t forget to visit the Electric Picture Palace ! ).. and I love Joanna Corney‘s prints so we are going to use her beach hut matte wallpaper. It will only be one on one wall, so it will add a flavour.

I will make some roman blinds and with added pom poms – and to finish the room off and carry on a vintage seaside, colourful theme – one of these balloon lights by John Moncrieff at NotonTheHighStreet. Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 11.03.53

What do you think of this combination ? Does it work for you ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

Have a nice day !

New look LucyLovesYa – and an up cycled Purple Piece

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Welcome to my new look blog ! I am so excited to be sharing it with you. Kim Lawler has done wonders. :) Kitty Finegan designed my new banner logo and caricature. I’ve been dying to show you it .. and now here it is. Over the next few days there will be more little tweaks … keep your eyes peeled.

Todays post is an up cycled chest of drawers – our spare room needed a bit more colour. This was given to us by a family member and it was a teak colour. No idea the era .. maybe you can tell me ?

My wonderful Sis, Clare, turned it in to something much more colourful. The paint is an Annie Sloane one – ” Emile “. I did have a look around at some knobs but the new colour, I think, personally really suits gold. So, I kept them.

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Oh and look ! There’s us. I couldn’t bear to part with our wedding cake toppers so I bought a globe and popped us inside. We can live in a happy bubble forever more !

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It is very difficult to find wall lights that are unique, kitsch and yet not too garish. These ones are from Lighting Majestic who very kindly wrote about LucyLovesYa a little while ago. They’ve a big selection of lighting if you’re ever looking.

In other news – I have been shortlisted, thanks to you lovely people for an Amara Interiors Awards 2014 in the Best Colour Inspiration Blog section. It has been narrowed down to 5 of us now. Very grateful that you voted for me. Thanks. The decision is in the hands of the judges now !

Hope you love the new look LucyLovesYa as much as I do. Tweet me @lucylovesyablog or leave me a comment. :)

Pootling and Pottering

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This weekend, so far, has been all about pottering.

A month on and I am starting to get some energy back, but it is in short supply, so I decided to pop on to the Common near us and pick some blackberries to make an apple and blackberry loaf – found on the GoodFood website.

Andy had taken Mae to a Taekwondo exam ( she passed !! ) so I had a bit of time to pootle around the kitchen and take a few pics of things that actually probably need tidying up a bit ! Favourite tunes on in the background – It’s been ages since I heard it but fell in love with Here’s where the Story Ends by the Sundays, all over again. The nostalgia kicked in. :) Was there ever a better invention that Spotify ?

The Dahlias were from Mae, earlier in the week. She has a good eye for colour. I want them to last forever, they’re so beautiful. She’s such a sweetheart.

Anyway, the loaf turned out well and full of flavour – first attempt. I’d recommend giving it a go. Baking is the new running at the moment, I’m missing my trainers !

Just a cheeky reminder that if you fancy voting for me as  “Best Colour Inspiration Blog ” ( and you can also enter to win £50 worth of Virgin Experience vouchers too once you’ve voted ) – that it’s nearly time for the blogs to be shortlisted. You can vote for me here. Don’t delay .. do it today ! :) 

Have a great Sunday and if you have any autumnal recipes to share, please do leave a comment. :) Would love to see them.

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