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#InspirationIsColour – Latest Gallery of Pictures

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Left to right: @artistmeetsmother @jessrose1702 @fifi.and.florence @mcv96 @rachel_tattered_rose @oandystudio @thesilverfactory @hellopartyinsta @oldfashionedsus

This time choosing pictures to display here from the #InspirationIsColour gallery on Instagram was even harder.

I started a while ago thinking that it would be good to hook up with the colour lovers around the world, which has happened but I never thought there would be so many shades of different colours, each week. So many creative photographers out there, having fun with their Instagram accounts.

These posts will be made a bit more regular as I was looking through images since my last blog post and there were lots and lots, most definitely worthy of featuring here on my blog. In fact, I am honoured to.

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Left to right @abookishbaker @pixieconceptstore @silverpebble2 @idontcrampmystyle @zoepower @potterandbloom @natasha_nuttall @lottie_storey @hannahberridgeceramics

As I always say to my daughters, art is a subjective thing – and that is why I love Instagram so much. We all have a different take on colour, art and style.

I especially love to see people showcasing their own handy work in photos – what  do you enjoy the most ? Of course, if you follow me – @lucylovesyablog on instagram you will know that I am pretty partial to sharing a colourful home and a brightly painted beach hut also.

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Left to right: @rachelandhercoffee @anna.moraissoares @stylophileuk @_amanda_design @capetowngirl12 @miafleur_home @rebeccadesnos @jennamichellepink @mollyandtheprincess

All of the accounts featured are well worth checking out.  What’s interesting is that I know now who the photographer is of an #InspirationIsColour photo before I even click on it – which shows how unique we all are !

Do add your pictures on Instagram if you fancy it. It’s a great way of finding each other on there and I hope I can add one of your pics to a gallery here on Lucy Loves Ya soon.

Have a good one.

Lucy x

How to Make a Colourful Terrarium

Terranium

It has been a manic weekend. A good one none the less. More on that at the end of this post … :)

As it has been half term this week just gone, we spent a bit of time making things. Now the girls are that bit older – things like play doh and colouring in don’t really cut the mustard so much.

So, I thought it was about time, as they are always admiring the succulent collection in our home, that they made their own terrariums. We have some glass sweetie bowls left over from the wedding a few years ago so these are perfect   – just needed the contents for the inside.

I’ve written a little tutorial because it was really fun and thought it might be useful if anyone is thinking of making one for themselves. It’s really easy and at the end of it you have something colourful and easy to look after. Honestly, if I can keep these plants alive – anyone can !

Adding Stones

You will need:

A glass terrarium or something that resembles one. Even a large used jam jar will do the trick.

Some medium sized stones from the garden or wherever you can find them. Depends on the size of the glass container – if it’s small then smaller stones.

We have also used 1 bag of colourful ( of course ! ) aquarium gravel  – you can use this or plain if preferred.

1 bag of suitable terrarium soil – we used one with added charcoal to keep it fresh  – I found some online.

1 bag of terrarium moss.

Several plants ( that will depend on how many you need ) They will need to be suitable for your type of terrarium. Check on this before buying.

Fun bits to decorate the plants. Whatever you fancy !  ( Optional ).

Tongs if you have a slim glass terrarium – to add your decoration at the end.

Some succulent scissors to keep the plants looking fabulous for the future.

All of this should make you at least two terrariums, dependant on the sizes.

 

Adding Stones Terranium Stones

First – add the bigger stones to the base of the terrarium. Then add in the gravel and mix it up together. As these are coloured I wanted that to be a feature so we added quite a lot but less is fine if preferred.

The ratio can either be same stones as soil or 1/3 stones and 2/3 soil.

Then put in the soil and make holes for the plants that you will put in next.

Potting the Succulent Plant in

Make sure you make enough room to plant them and then pop them in to the soil. Ensure  you look after the roots while removing them from their plastic pots and don’t pull them away from the plant by mistake.

Adding Moss to Terrarium

Once they are in – pat the soil all around so it is firmly in place and then grab some moss and pull it apart before applying it all around the plants. Pat it in. so that it is below them.

Lego Friends!Succulents

Add your decoration. We chose some of lego friends and some kitsch birds to complete them.

Birds in a Terranium

They only need watering about once a week, so very low maintenance. A sprite of water a few times a week will keep them looking lovely and healthy too.

If you would like to add any tips to this DIY or want to just say hi – do leave me a comment under this post or tweet @lucylovesyablog – I would love to hear from you.

As I was saying at the beginning of the post – It has been these last few days  – we popped to Manchester to see our   Daddio hard at work and watch Coldplay at Etihad Stadium. You can see the colour inspired pics from the set pics over on my Instagram page.

Have a good day.

Lucy x

What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations ?

Alice in Wonderland!

When it comes to taking the girls to see Disney films  – it’s always hard to decide who is the most looking forward to it but when you’re talking anything to do with Alice in Wonderland – It’s me … we all need a bit of escapism sometimes !

I won’t spoil it for those of you who are still planning on seeing it soon but it’s really good for sure. A good mix of the original story and also the extra mind expanding ideas by the visionary producer including Tim Burton and the director – James Bobin. The acting as you would expect is so very good. I especially love Helena Bonham Carter’s version of The Queen of Hearts.

What I love about the story, is that it makes you question reality whether you’re a child or a grown up kid and whether you should take anything in this crazy life too seriously.

On the back of seeing it, I was inspired to pick out some pretty things for the home that remind me of Alice in Wonderland and are way too darling not to share here on my blog. Any excuse, of course.

1. Obviously, first you need the book, right ? The old style print on these give them that ‘ collectable ‘ feeling. Found at John Lewis. 2. When I think of Alice in Wonderland, I imagine the little Door Mouse propped up on a cute little toadstool. If you like this – it’s from Dotcomgiftshop. 3. I’m a total fan of Mrs Moore and her bone china Alice themed tea sets. Liberty London stock them – one of my favourite characters on this one – Cheshire Cat. 4. This cupcake kit isn’t glitter shy with lots of red hearts much like the Queen. – from Planet Bake. 5. So, you have 2 in 1 here – a rabbit ( or hare )  and an egg ( the scene with the egg in the film made us all laugh )  – lots of colourful egg cups at Quail Ceramics. 6. It just wouldn’t be cricket ( or croquet ) without flamingoes. My girls collect snowglobes – this one is so cool and from the lovely White Mint online shop. 7. How do you like this glass cake stand ? A centre piece for a tea party … by LSA International. 8. Polka dot napkins – pop them on your lap or wear in your top pocket like the Mad Hatter. Love the shade of yellow. By Not on the Highstreet. 9. A strawberry doorknob also by Not on The Highstreet. I don’t think this one talks though … 10. Some macarons to pop on the the cake stand. Yes please ! These can be ordered and delivered to you by Genuine Cakes.

Alice in Wonderland 2!

This might seem like an eclectic collection of items… but we are talking Alice in Wonderland here. The more mixed up the better !

1. Time is of the essence in Through The Looking Glass. I thought Sacha Baron Cohen was excellent as ‘ Time ‘ in the film. He literally has great timing. Inspired by this, I chose a retro style wall clock by Newgate Clocks in a pastel green. Like it ? 2. Yep, I couldn’t resist this teapot by Wedgwood. It’s so apt for the Wonderland theme and the design of the teapot sitting on top of the teacup. Now knowing the work that goes in to each piece, after my visit to their factory last week – I can’t appreciate this enough. Amara stock it on their website. 3. Some ‘ Soldier ‘  playing cards by Robert Frederick at Selfridges. 4. Absolutely in love with this Alice in Wonderland Birchwood tray from Liberty London – the colours, the illustration – everything ! Do you like it too ? 5. Had to share this London Skyline Chessboard Set which is at Regency Chess. It’s really cool but also very reminiscent of the story. Really enjoyed how they worked this in, in the latest film – especially in our 3D glasses. 6. A vintage style mirror – need I say more ? An Ikea number.. 7. Some dessert forks that I reckon would go very well with the teapot shown earlier, also from Wedgwood – perfect for a quirky garden party.. 8. Could this be the golden key that fits the tiny door ? What a sweet mug. It is by Gary Birks and sold by Amara. 9. I think I have written about KoKo Kids before – they stock lots of cool, unique stuff – this post wouldn’t be complete without butterflies. The lampshade is paper and handmade. 10. There was a very pretty scene in the film this weekend, with lots of blossom everywhere. If and when you see it – you will know what I mean. Made me want to get some cherry blossom plants for our garden as there’s nothing better in Spring than when the branches turn pink. Check out Trees Direct.

Hope you like my little selection of finds. I also hope you enjoy the film too… let me know if you do see it. Leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog. I also have a dedicated Alice in Wonderland board on Pinterest .. now that’s dedication ! Pop over and have a look if you fancy.

Have a fab day.

Lucy x

A Whimsical Day with Wedgwood and Amara

World of Wedgewood

There are days out and then there are DAYS OUT. Sorry for shouting but I am still quite excited post – visit.

When Amara dropped me an email asking if I would like to join them and a little group of fellow bloggers and spend an afternoon in Stoke on Trent at World of Wedgwood to celebrate 250 years of their company  – it was an immediate yes. I have been a fan of Wedgwood for as long as I can remember. I found lots of vintage Wedgwood for our wedding a few years back always  drool ( not literally, but almost … ) over their ranges online and in stores. They’re just so beautiful.

I love spending time with the Amara team too because they’re always such fun and they treat bloggers so well.

So, after a 4.30 am wake up start, I set off to meet them all at Euston with an onward journey to Stoke on Trent.

Painting a plate

First on our itinerary once we’d arrived was to be shown around the factory. World of Wedgwood do this as a regular thing. I asked how many times a day they do the tour and I was told around 4, so it shows how popular they are. We watched ‘ Bruce ‘ paint an intricate bowl.

Dye on plates

On the way round we also learned that the kilns are hotter than lava. I imagine that is all of them but especially when they are on their second firing with glaze. They spend about 9.5 hours in the kiln and as you can see here, a red dye is applied by hand.

You might be surprised to know that some of their one off pieces made in the factory are worth tens of thousands. We were offered one to hold but I was only brave enough to stroke it lovingly. Imagine if you dropped it ?

The technique used for lithograph is when they apply a raising paste and then on top of that –  22 carat gold which looks like a brown colour but is actually gold dust. Each one takes a bout a week to decorate and usually goes through the kiln 7 times.

Decorating Wedgewood

All of the specialist artists and decorators were concentrating intensely on their work and it was honestly amazing to witness. I said to one guy that he must have the steadiest hand in the world.

This vase with a Jasper body was impressive. I think it must be quite therapeutic sitting and painting them. Jasper is essentially stoneware but called clay. So I am told.

Some of the machines used ( by a man called Neil ) still use parts from over 100 years ago, maybe more. One in particular has a wooden wheel that up until the 80s was spun by hand all day – the lady who did this was called Elsie. What a star ! Her arms must have been made of steel.

Teapots

If you own any Wedgwood then if you check the base you will see it is stamped like most china. But the more stamps you have, the more prestigious it is. Get checking ….. :)

I could literally talk to you for hours about this because I am fascinated but I don’t want to tell you everything in case you visit  – plus there’s more to the visit to show…

Huge Vase

Next we were taken to the museum where we found out about the humble beginnings of Josiah Wedgwood and his history. He was an exceptional man by all accounts who had strong drive. If he hadn’t have had issues with his right leg after contracting smallpox as a child,  which resulted in him having to recuperate – he may not have had time to come up with all of his ideas for designs. He got other potters to make them and also pioneered new ways of making pottery. He was really interested in a scientific approach to his work.

Bowl

His style became very distinctive and it all took off from there. By the sounds of it – he and his working partner Thomas Bentley were very good friends who were very focused on their company and turning it in to a huge success. Which they did.

Josiah married his 3rd cousin, Sarah – and they had many children. Not all of them survived. Though their daughter Susannah married a man called Robert Darwin and they had a baby  – Charles Darwin. You might possibly have heard his name before ? ;)

I felt like a kid in a sweet shop in the museum  – the huge vase above is circa 1863 – 64 and probably made especially for a exhibitor. It is painted by Emile Lessore. Inspired by by a series of paintings originally commissioned by Louis XIV of France.

Alicw in Wonderland

You know what i’ts like when you try and photograph things behind glass – you generally just get a pic of yourself holding a camera … but I did love these Fairyland Lustre Vase Bone China Vases just too much to not post here on my blog. Produced in the 1920’s and based on exotic fairytales.

WedgewoodTables Wedgewood

After a superb afternoon lunch with delicate sandwiches, cakes and a choice of teas served in quaint cups and saucers ( I had their Moroccan Mint ) and with much chatter, we were let loose in the craft areas to either do some potting ( many jokes about the film Ghost ensued ) or paint a plate with a template.

colour shades Colourful plates

 

More plates!I opted for the latter and luckily for you, we didn’t take them home on the day hence no photo. I say luckily because everyone else’s were really pretty but I chose to colour a unicorn and was so distracted by all the colourful plates and prints around that I managed to achieve a very below par mythical creature. I don’t have to show you it and you don’t have to humour me … Win, win ! It was really great fun and the staff on hand were really lovely. In fact, everyone I met at World of Wedgwood were really friendly. Eve the cab driver from the station.

Designers Wedgewood

I loved these pop art style prints on the wall in the pottery painting room of some of the Wedgwood designers. Really eye catching. It also shows how Wedgwood has evolved over the years and although still a very classic brand – they have moved with the times in many ways.

They have collaborated with so many different designers over the years. Vera Wang being a more recent one and my personal contemporary favourite.

Flowers

They also joined forces with Royal Doulton and glassware company Waterford Crystal to become one big company some time ago which makes sense as they are all iconic British brands that sit perfectly together.

Of course – we had to stop off in the Factory Shop before getting our trains home. I might have bought myself a little cheeky treat. Some Royal Doulton tapas bowls which no doubt will pop up here on the blog at some point soon.

A massive thank you to the Amara IBAs for inviting me and letting me explore my inner geek a little more  – and to World of Wedgwood for a great day. If you are reading this at home and are tempted to visit them – do. It’s a really interesting and creative place with incredibly surrounding scenery.

I’d also like to point you in the direction of the other bloggers from the day – Flat Fifteen, Fairytale Pretty Picture, The Only Girl in the House, Interior Style Hunter, French for Pineapple, Don’t Cramp My Style Blog, British Style UK and Yasmin Chopin. All great blogs – check them out.

Are you a Wedgwood fan too ? Or do you have a favourite when to comes to ceramics ? Do share. Leave me a moment under the post or tweet @lucylovesyablog …

Have a good one and thanks for reading.

Lucy x

Colour Coding and Reycling With Joseph Joseph …

Colour Coding

You may or may not be wondering what these colourful little tabs are for ?

Joseph Joseph Stack

Well, I’ve tried out the new ‘ Stack ‘ recycling separation system by Joseph Joseph and part of their design is colour coding each of the units to ensure you put the right type of recycling in the right unit.

Joseph Joseph Bottles

The slimline units can be stacked on top of each other or side by side, depending on your space and have sliding lids and removable inner buckets that you can pop a bin liner in to, making removing the contents really quick and simple.

The sets can be bought in 2s or as a 3 if you want to also get the ventilated food waste caddy which has an odour filter. I’ve recycled things for a long time but have  never tried anything like the caddy before but I really do like organising the bits in to different compartments for recycling while doing our bit for the planet.

Joseph Joseph Recycling

As you know, I am already a fan of Anthony and Richard AKA Joseph Joseph and all their colourful multi functional designs, having written about them recently and am definitely really like this new addition. They are working this year with award winning studio PearsonLloyd to collaborate on different recycling solutions for all different sizes of households.

This one will be available on their website anytime now.

Are you an avid recycler ? What do you think of their latest product ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog … Would love to hear from you..

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Lightening The Living Room With Designers Guild Fabrics

Designers Guild by Lucy Loves Ya

These past few months I have slowly been making some new cushions, blinds and curtains for the living room. I wanted to lighten the room as although it is South facing, it still needs some help with light at times.

The sofas are both pink ( luckily Andy likes this colour) and I love to put pinks and greens together, so my first choice for some of the cushion fabric was Santiago in mint from Designers Guild. I made up some envelope cushions in it – it’s a plain weave made from polyester. It’s very sturdy and easy to sew with.

I also love, love, love stripes – especially on silk, so chose from the Franchini collection – Noir. Again very easy to work with, surprisingly so, actually considering it’s silk. The cushions are so crisp and tactile. I have plans now to use the turquoise colour way on another home project.
Christian Lacroix Fabric

When I first saw this digitally printed print by french fashion designer Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild, I was kind of mesmerized. It’s very clever because as you can see, the butterflies almost look 3D with their shadows. It creates movement on the cotton and the palettes used are really vibrant and striking – I had to have this design in the mix because it’s so intricate and it feels like adding extra artwork, but just on cushions instead.

Jessica Zoob Print

Talking of artwork, I hope you like our new print on canvas by the lovely artist Jessica Zoob ? I have been a fan of Jessica for a long time and was lucky enough to meet her last year at the Amara Awards. She was as sweet as I thought she would be. Totally in love with it. It’s called  ‘ Feeling Good ‘ and it makes me feel that every time I study it.

Designers Guild Christian Lacroix

Back to the curtain making … I used a corduroy ribbed velvet in ‘ Snow ‘  – it’s lovely to touch, very soft and rich. I’ve used this before for a bedroom and would recommend it for blinds or curtains. It comes in so many shades. Bliss !

It’s the first time I have made such big curtains. I added to widths of fabric to each side and was please that I did as it added extra volume which I think you need for the cosy effect. Of course, to use less you could make eyelet ones, but I like pencil pleat ones the best.

Designers Guild

The blind has turned out well and I was really happy to finish them and rest my fingers as with both the curtains and the blind my thumb had gone numb with all the hand stitching !

Designers Guild by Lucy Loves Ya Designers Guild Fabric

Putting all of these different textures together has added warmth to the room but the colours have lightened it. If that makes sense ?

Designers Guild Stacked Cushions copy

What do you think of the fabrics ? Do you like my updated living room ? I hope so. Do leave me a comment under the post – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Designers Guild Cushions

If you want to have a look at some more gorgeous Designers Guild fabrics and their collaborations, wallpapers, paints or gifts –  have a look here and feel free to ask me any questions of you are tempted to use of them yourself.

Lucy x

I was sent fabric by Designers Guild for this post. All opinions are my own.

Lavenham, Oh Lovely Lavenham …

Lavenham Buildings

One of the very best things about my interior design course studies – is that it encourages you to go looking for inspiration. Not that I need any excuse –  but it has also reminded me that there are many interesting places nearby that are full of history, shape and colour. Talking of which – I am doing colour theory next on the course, so can’t wait to tell you al about that very soon.

In the meantime, I visited Lavenham yesterday, which if you don’t know already, is a  very quaint, historical village not too far from Sudbury. Many of the buildings are timbered and as you will probably see in some of the photos  – quite wonky ( it’s not my photography, honest .. ).

Lavenham Sky

The impressive Guildhall building above is around 500 years old and is now looked after by The National Trust. Inside there are stories of its past and exhibitions. It was a prison at one point. Can’t imagine that now !

There is also a very cute cafe with amazing cake and lovely staff – and a gift shop.

Harry Potter

Although it’s not a huge place, it feels like big as the roads take you off up and down higgledy piggledy streets. It feels much like being on the Harry Potter set, which funnily enough, this door that I spotted is was used as his birthplace in the films. In fact they used some other areas too. I can’t think of a better location as it really is medieval and unspoilt.

Orange HouseLavenham

 

 

I noticed there are a lot of homes painted in orange shades and also Suffolk pinks. I love the steps leading up to the doors. It made me wonder why they are like this ? Have they been added afterwards or was it all the rage to have steps to your home 500 years ago ?

There is a fantastic hotel called The Angel and other very tasteful award winning places to stay and eat. I can’t wait to go back and try out an evening meal sometime soon.

Window

How cute is this window box ? The people who live in this village all seem to work very hard to keep it looking spectacular.

Beautiful Lavenham

I felt quite spoilt just being there for the day !

Yellow Home

On the way home, Had to stop the car to photograph this beautiful old thatched, lemon coloured house with pink blossom tree outside. Pretty, hey ?

Flowers

I found a book for my Mum about the different seasons at the National Trust shop in Lavenham which is really beautiful.

National Trust

They have lots of new items at the moment including this colourful throw. So I sat outside in the garden when I got home and read the book.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the pics. I’m looking forward to sharing other places I visit along the way while completing my course. If you have anywhere to recommend then please do leave me a comment under this post. Or just say hi anyway – always good to hear from you. I’m also on snapchat now as lucylovesyablog. Another way to keep in touch.

Have a good day.

Lucy x

I was sent a few items by The National Trust to review. All opinions are my own.

50 Years of LSA International .. Oh, and Chocolate.

STILT Vase LSAIt only seems like yesterday that I was writing about Easter last year but a whole year really has passed. I can’t wait for a little break and a few lie ins. It is definitely time to crack open some chocolate eggs and celebrate all things chocolate ! How about you ? Are you taking some time out ?

Today, I have some photos to show you of one of my favourite brands LSA International. I’m often drawn to their glassware and porcelain in stores. It’s maybe because they do stunning colourful glass ranges and they look and feel such good quality.

It wad hardly a difficult decision to collaborate with them. I feel very honoured to do so, especially as it is their 50 year anniversary this year. LSA International started out, back then, using enamels and soon moved on to leathers, porcelain and wood. The glassware in all its glorious shapes and sizes is what they are best known for, now in 2016.

It’s good to see though, that they still incorporate their initial materials in to their designs today. Like the STILT Vase / Tealight Holder and Ash Stand above with it’s stand made from natural ash wood. The legs are turned. The glass is all blown and they fit in to carved stands in the base. It’s versatile as it can be used in many different ways or you can use the holders separately and it comes gift boxed and is £125.

LSA Stilt Vase RoseIt feels so good to have the sun shining through the window on to the roses and to smell the scented candles. I love Spring.

LSA BowlThis Serve Circle Platter is such a good idea for serving up load of different things but of course I had to christen it with a home made white chocolate dip ( chocolate, butter and slowly melted and then single cream folded in, just in case you’re wondering …  ) and some naughty sweet treats.

LSA Circle PlatterYou could also fill it with it fruit and the central section cream or vegetables or even prawns and put houmous in the middle ?

LSA Circle Platter TreatsEither will be a big hit here. The glass is handmade and its £50. A really handy thing to have in the cupboard for last minute get togethers.

Champage Tower

I have always wanted some champagne glasses in this coupe shape, created to overflow in to the glasses below. There’s something really special about sipping a sparkling drink from a delicate glass. So vintage and stylish – and this shape is also used nowadays for certain cocktails too.

But seriously, you have to show me some love for achieving what this set of 10 glasses is designed for  – being called Champagne Tower Set ! All placed very carefully while Andy stood close by, saying ” Careful, careful … “. Actually, it was quite easy to be honest. If you need some in your life the set is £80.

They’re lovely aren’t they ? Something special for family gatherings and Summer soirées.

LSA Glass

All in all, loved up with these gorgeous items and hope you’ve enjoyed reading my post.

Have a good day – and have a really Happy Easter.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with LSA International. All opinions are my own.

 

A Wonderful Week of Guest Curating for Wayfair

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I’m really pleased to tell you that this week I am guest curator, over at the lovely Wayfair online store. I’ve selected some lovely colourful items that will be revealed on a daily basis.

There were absolutely loads of items to choose from such as furniture, lamps, artwork, kids bedroom furniture .. so I had much fun doing my research. I  don’t want to show them all off today so have put together a handful as a little taster for you.

What I will say is that I was quite taken by the Scandi inspired pieces at Wayfair that have on offer and the fantastic low prices. I would say there is something for everyone’s budget.

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You can also have a look at an interview that I did with Wayfair about my inspirations, how I felt about winning the Amara Interior Blog Award late last year and why I love colour so much.

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But that’s not all ..

Wayfair also asked me to offer some tips for introducing colour in to your home. If you fancy a read then you can find it here.

Hope you enjoy the event and if you follow me on my social media ( buttons at the top and side of my blog ) then you will be able to follow the daily links to some really cool goodies.

Have a happy week !

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Wayfair. All opinions are my own.

Birds of Paradise by Bertie & Jack

Bertie & Jack Birds of Paradise

As well as wanting to share with you, my  belated Birthday gift of a Birds of Paradise framed picture, which I LOVE – I also want to tell you about the company who made it and how, because I have so much respect for people who come up with an idea and then go and turn it in to a really cool reality.

Bertie & Jack aka Becky and Emma started their cut out personalised artwork in 2010 on a market stall in Bath. They used what savings they had to start up a market stall, pay the first month for the pitch and buy the materials needed. They worked really hard to build their business up –  which paid off when John Lewis spotted them and ranged Bertie & Jack in 2013. It’s still growing with friends and fellow parents now being employed … and Becky and Emma’s husbands.

They produce the work by cutting out their hand drawn illustrations from mount board and layering patterns and prints behind the cut out shapes. They were the first to use this method and they do it so well !  All of their designs are created in – house and all made in here in the UK.

Birds of Paradise

The name Bertie & Jack was inspired by their children. They’ve made a lovely little film about their Mum’s business which you can watch here. It’s ever so cute ! You can also the different collections here that you can buy framed or unframed – from Magical to Typographic to Woodland and also the Boutique artwork which includes my Birds of Paradise one – loads to have a look at. The also make cushions – my personal favourite is the Happy Family one.

Bertie & Jack Birds

This beauty will be going up in my craft / study room which I am about to repaint  – the stained glass effect of the birds will be incredibly inspiring. The sun shines really beautifully on to the gold and silver birds and makes them shine and shimmer.

Thank you Bertie & Jack, very much, for my artwork. We clearly have a mutual love of colour and birds !

What do you think of the cut out wall art ? Hope you like it as much as I do. Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

I’m currently working hard at home on my interior design course and will soon be doing colour theory section so can’t wait to write all about that.

Have a good one.

Lucy x

I was sent this piece of art for this Bertie & Jack collaboration. All opinions are my own.