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50 new Sanderson paints and Colour Psychology with Sophie Robinson

Sophie Robinson TV Presenter Colour

Making the move in to interior design has been once of the best decision I’ve made. It feels like the skills I have learnt over the years such as dressmaking, tv and theatre work, owning a shop – have all helped make the transition more seamless and understand the aspects involved. The one thing that hasn’t changed over the whole process is just how much I adore textiles. The colours, prints and textures.

No surprise of course then, when Sanderson invited me to the launch of their 50 new paint colours at the  renowned Sanderson Hotel in London, I jumped at the opportunity – not only because of the lure of new hues, but also because the very lovely colour expert and tv presenter Sophie Robinson ( remember my interview with her ? ) was on hand as host to talk us through colour psychology with a fascinating workshop. Can you see me sitting there at the front looking all pensive with pen to mouth ?

Sanderson Paint Cards

Before I talk about the paints, let me tell you a little about the workshop. We were asked to instinctively choose some colours and prints with just five minutes to put together a quick collage. I opted for predominently pinks with some similar shades that formed a harmonious palette for a room. But it was very interesting to see that my fellow bloggers and journalists came up with all completely different ideas.

Sophie Robinson TV Presenter

After an invaluable interior design talk from Sophie about how and why this theory was founded by scientist Angela Wright back in the 70s. how we can use it now to determine which season our home style reflects. We then spent time making up a larger mood board to nail down our own defining season. Well, I know this won’t come as a huge surprise to you if you follow me on social media, but I am about 95 % Spring with a sprinkling of Autumn.

Sanderson Paints Colour Rainbow

To give you an idea of how this is all worked out:

Spring colours are softer, hopeful shades – think pinks, blues, yellow – cheery. Often Scandi and light woods. Maybe someone who is constantly making over their home and changing flooring or walls. Hmmm.. that is definitely me, right ?

Summer was quite surprising really as you might assume that it would be just similar to Spring with strong primary colours but not the case. Much lighter and subtle. Greys, pastel blues. Muted for a calm and relaxed environment.

Autumn – I naturally think of earthy oranges, reds, browns – that kind of thing for this season which yes it is, but more than that. Also there are stronger blues, yellows. Rich and cosy is how I would describe it. Happy shades with a deeper intensity. A nostalgic type who might invest in pieces for the home or own many heirlooms.

Winter is a much more monochrome and contrasting look. Blacks, whites, definite, dramatic patterns such as large strong stripes. To give you an example of a designer, maybe some like Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen. Flamboyant designs with maybe some little pops of colour in a home. A really pure palette – excellent also for businesses as it’s straightforward and clear. Liking statement furniture that is functional.

Colour Flowers Paint

Now on to the new 50 Sanderson paint colours and a little background about their company. For starters, I had on idea that they have been developing their paints since 1900. These were introduced by Arthur Sanderson to complement his wallpaper prints and fabric collections. Going strong all this time later with now 151 shades in every finish needed to use throughout any home.

They tint all of the paints in house at the same facility where the wallpaper is manufactured.

Sanderson Paints Colours Moods

I always see Sanderson as a beautiful classic and timeless ‘Autumn ‘ brand and still do but having spent a bit more time with them and viewing these new colours, it’s very easy to see them being used widely in contemporary homes too. There are so many different ones … vivid brights right through to more minerals.

Sanderson Paint Blue Colours Living Room Calm Sanderson Paint Blues hallway

Being a huge fan of all blues, I am really keen to try out some of these paints now because they’ve come up trumps. They have developed some gorgeous new teals as well as coastal blues and let me tell you – I  am desperate to find an area that I can makeover soon. Particularly keen on the Sea Pink as well Grey Mist. I have it on very good authority that it’s beautiful to paint with.

Which season is your home or are you a mix of a few ? Hope you’ve enjoyed the post – big thumbs up for the new Sanderson colours from me. You can check out them all here.

A great day, full of chat and information. I forgot about my cold completely. Also, I’d just like to say that the lunch at the Sanderson Hotel was incredible. Must try and go again sometime.

Lucy x

Image copyright: 1 – 6, @joshtuckerweddings.

Finding the right colour palette to suit your zodiac sign


Red Yellow Room Bright Cheery This post might not be to everyone’s taste. Some people love learning about the zodiac and how our personality traits are determined by it. But for others it’s a load of old bunkum. I respect both opinions  – today though the post is all about colours in the home that can compliment your star sign.

I am fascinated by astrology and always have been. So much so, that when my girls were babies I decorated their bedrooms to ensure it worked for them. I don’t read horoscopes or anything like that but I have quite often been able to guess what sign someone is so for me there is truth in it.

Aries.

If you don’t already know, the first of the chart is Aries the ram. which starts on approximately April 20th.  Let’s start with a passionate hue. Aries are a fire sign and respond well to strong colours, more on the warm side of the colour wheel. Like reds, scarlets and oranges ( above ). Often being quite sporty, impulsive and adventurous types, they could benefit from a home with elements of these shades to inspire their desire to keep  busy and their minds active.

Farrow & Ball Pink Ground Gentle palette dining room

Taurus.

I have a Taurean daughter so feel I have got to know this one pretty well. As a rule, they are a laid back sign ruled by earth –  who don’t anger easily and are pretty laid back, though sometimes stubborn. Steady characters and quite often drawn to artistic careers. They enjoy beauty and the finer things in life. To enhance their nature – pinks and greens are good. These two colours are very gentle – and maybe a dash of gold as it would compliment this. But remember it’s the sign of the bull so reds not such a great idea, especially in the bedroom where they need to feel restful.

White hallways peaceful room space tranquil

Gemini.

A really fun sign. Always stimulating and bright to chat with and the sign of twins. So according to astrologers they can be like two different people. If you’re wanting to create space to give a gemini time to rest their ever active creative mind, then white is a worth thinking about. Being an Air sign they the white is nice and light and might suit them down to the ground.

That said, some pops of colour will work a treat as we don’t want them feeling unstimulated. That wouldn’t be fair :)

Pastels bedroom Colour Palette

Cancer.

Totally home loving are these guys. Great home makers too. Very sensitive as they are the sign of the crab ( soft on the inside even if they seem tough on the out ) and also ruled by water. To keep their homes feeling like a safe and happy retreat, pastels are an excellent choice and also silver as they can be quite controlled by the moon and it’s cycle. I have noticed that cancerians quite often have a unique giggle and apparently it’s called the ‘ lunar laugh ‘. So I think these shades together would work well and make a lovely palette for any cancerians out there.

Leo.

Well, the lion is not someone to mess with. They are strong and loving and very protective of their loved ones at home. They may well demand colour ! I tend to get on well with this sign – I appreciate their fire sign straight forwardness. So lets not mess around here – stand out paints like purple or orange will look splendid in their den. Proud colours that showcase them and their strength of character but doesn’t outshine them totally. They will respond well to warmth and love a beautiful, proud home.

Brown Living Room Earthy

Virgo.

If you ever need someone reliable in your life, hang out with a virgo. The same goes for their home  – they have exquisite taste often and it will possibly be meticulous as their attention to detail is so on point. They are an earth sign and generally do have their feet well on the ground. So shades such as chestnut brown and actually the new Deluxe colour of the year which is Spiced Honey would be fantastic. They might spend some time choosing though, as someone else might just go for a tone of ‘ brown’  – they will study colour charts to find the exact right one for their home.

Pink Bedroom Neon Light

Libra.

Librans are the sign of the scales. So this means they are often balancing and weighing up ideas and usually come up with beautiful palattes themselves, once decided as they are very creative. They love beauty and any colours that evoke this. Air signs tend to live a lot in their mind and are good at coming up with quirky combinations. It would be difficult to pick just one or two colours for a Libran as they are open to so many but I would definitely say that pinks are good for their homes as it’s a balancing hue and would be a good starting point at least.

Black Bedroom Dark Moody Cosy Calm

Scorpio.

Okay, the depth of Scorpios deserves a really deep colour.  I think I’d opt for black if I had to choose one. Red is good too. They like privacy and are instinctive people. Being loyal  – black is one of those shades that offers the same kind of thing. You know where you are with it and it looks so good as a back drop for other deep shades. It’s a brave move to paint this in a room but it suits their personality. They are strong and not afraid to stand out.

Plum Colour Room Living Bright Happy Colour

Sagitarius.

You have a very positive, adventurous and forward thinking friend in a Sagittarian. They love having fun and living in the moment and therefore deserve a cheery space to hang out with their many friends and family. They are optimistic and will try colours that maybe someone else might be apprehensive about. I think Plum would be well worth a try. Or anything that is not just your average shade. My Mum is a Sagittarian, so I grew up with some really out there palettes on our walls and still remember them clearly as well as her beautiful vivid artwork.

Grey bedroom

Capricorn.

Of course, it’s not the same for every single Capricorn but they are portrayed as a sign that likes to play it safe and aim for a more traditional look. Maybe greys or grey / browns  – and something smart as they tend to like things in order and are practical. I’d love to hear from any Capricorns who are the total opposite and love bright colours instead ?

Blue Bedroom

Aquarius.

Well this is my sign and my other daughters’ too. We can be pretty eccentric in our choices but I think it’s important to have colours in our homes that calm our very active minds. I never forget anything and have a brain like a computer. As much as they like to spend lots of time with friends, chatting about anything and everything  – they also at times like to just be at home with their family.

Being cerebral  – blues are a great way to offer serenity and it’s wonderful for the mind. Personally I do love blues and bluey greys these days.

Teal room home peaceful

Pisces.

The fish. A water sign if ever there was one. They have amazing imaginations and can be very poetical. Very sensitive by nature – something like turquoise is a possibility for them. It’s watery and easy on the eye. They can be indecisive so it’s a lovely gently but definite way to bring to surround them with a natural and deep, peaceful home.

Hoper you’ve enjoyed my post. If you’ve found anything I’ve written useful or interesting then do stop by and leave me a comment. Always love to hear from you.

Lucy x

Image credits and copyright:

1,3 & 12 Karen Knox – Making Spaces. 2 & 6, Farrow & Ball. 4,7 & 10 Lucy Gleeson – Lucy Loves Ya. 5. Kate Lovejoy.  8 & 9 Kimberly Duran – Swoon worthy. 11, Mel Yates.

Why I’ve gone for Consistency with our Flooring

Pink Kids Room Desk Study Area Eames Chair Retro Scandi Floor

So here’s an admission. My name’s Lucy and I’m a Rightmove addict. Ahhh, it feels good to get that out. I trawl the homes looking at all the decor and how people have lovingly decorated and  dressed their rooms.

One thing that particularly turns me on or off is the flooring and this is because when you see a gorgeous home that has different flooring in every room it feels really inconsistent and doesn’t flow. I don’t mean that every single room should look completely uniformed but I just feel it’s much more easy on the eye if it at least there is a running theme throughout ?

Wooden Scandi Floor Kids Room Neon Flamingo LightWooden Floors Quick-Step

This spurred me to choose the same Engineered Natural Oak Wood Quick -Step in for all of our bedrooms including B’s bedroom that I hadn’t showed you until now. A while ago I posted the main and guest bedroom but since then we have had a change around ( are we ever surprised by the amount of abandoned stuffed toys found during these times needing new homes )  and we feel really pleased with it…

Wooden Floor Built in Wardrobe Pink Bedroom

I know you shouldn’t decorate your home to please the next owners – but I do think it makes a bit of sense to consider what might sell your home in the future. How many times have you heard of owners ripping up nice carpet to expose the wooden floors ? Plus it just looks great for right now – which is the main objective.

Kids Den Blackboard wall music room Wooden Floors cosy inviting

Putting down this Quick-Step has made the room feel twice as big. As we’ve put in a new mirrored wardrobe this has also added light and makes the floor look like it goes on forever. But also if you slide back the doors you enter another little world beyond the dresses.

There is a ‘ secret room ‘ ( my sister said one day it will be called the boyfriend room and I said that’s when it will be bolted up haha ) that we’ve also had the Quick-Step laid in and it has transformed a tiny little space and it’s much more inviting now. Easy to wipe too with the chalk dust.

So now all 4 bedrooms are completed. Our room, M’s room, guest room and this one. We laid all of the floor boards the same way again to be formulaic. We’re very happy with the results. If you’re looking to change your flooring then I’d definitely recommend Quick-Step as an option.

To be honest, I’m amazed I even managed to photograph the room over the Summer Hols let alone write the post  – hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Quick-Step – as always all opinions are my own.

Completing the room with our RBM Noor Chair

Grey white scandi office chair wooden legs

I read recently that we spend around 9 hours a day sitting down. That’s how many hours a week ? 63. Probably extra when you are at certain points in your life, like revising for School or working from home. Need to be comfortable for that, right ?

Ever since I got hold of my fabulous HÅG and RBM office chairs from Flokk a few years ago I’ve been sold on their seating brands and have kept on eye on what they are coming up with design wise. Furniture geek  – yes that’s me. Their chairs have supported my back so well with all my computer work and sewing that I really want my girls to be as comfortable for their years ahead of studying at their desks.

RBM Noor Chair Scandu White Grey Task Seating DeskRBM Noor Flokk Chair Grey White Wooden Desk

So as you might imagine, when Flokk decided that they’d like us to show you a custom made RBM Noor on the blog, I was pretty chuffed. Mae too. What a treat. With the RBM Noor it’s customisable so you have a choice of model, material and colour. We went for this grey padded seat version with wooden legs and white back to go with Mae’s teal and dove grey colour scheme. But they also produce other styles including a sledge base ( we have this in red ), other 4 leg styles or task style wheeled chairs. Oh and some very cool tables including my favourite  – The Twisted Little Star that fits together with others to form a kind of jigsaw.

Scandi Chair RBM Noor Flokk DeskRBM Seating Noor Chair Scandi Wood Legs

Flokk is a Norwegian manufacturer of several leading high quality furniture brands such as Profim, HÅG, RH, BMA, Offect, Malmstolen and of course RBM. They have their products in more than 50 countries and have been around since 1975 so they are clearly doing something very right.

All their products are made in Scandinavia and the Netherlands. As a brand they are extremely focused on being environmentally conscious so they have 5 criterias that they live by; the chairs are low in weight, very few components, responsible material sourcing, long life span and easy end of life disassembly. More and more I am choosing furniture that will last a long time so designs such as this are perfect for our home. I’m also much more in to minimal living. If it’s not either functional or something aesthetically pleasing these days then it’s gotta go.

RBM Noor Art Chair Seating Scandi Bedroom

Mae will use it for two things – doing her homework and sitting to paint at her easel  – she loves art. The back is flexible so she can move around and use the paints with ease. It is the final piece for her room and it fits right in. She knows what a lucky girl she is to have it and she would definitely recommend it.

Imagine a table full of these in a contemporary kitchen ? Ah, the dream. What kind of seating do you have in your home ?

Lucy x

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

Making a compact bedroom cosy and colourful

Blue room bedroom plates on wall guest room mid century

If you didn’t know already, we recently changed around our upstairs and decided that it would make sense to have our smallest room as the guest room. Bit of a no brainer really as it’s the least used space but deserved the same amount of love nevertheless.

The views from the window are my favourite and although it’s more compact, it’s one of the nicest areas to sit and relax. It has a really calm feeling, especially in the early evening with the sunsets.

You’d laugh if you saw how different this room was a month or so ago. But as I like to keep the blog looking smartish I think I will leave it to your imagination. Let’s just say when it was my youngest daughter’s room, it was such more ermmm ‘ lived in ‘ …

Wooden Floor Bedroom Design Home Style Blue Plates WallWooden Flooring Bedroom Cosy Oak

The floor needs to be functional and inviting plus continuity in a home ( I will be talking more about this in an upcoming post soon ) so we opted for Quick-Step Wooden flooring in the same as the other bedrooms which is Natural Oak because we have been so happy with it. It’s very low maintenance and I do just love the look of it. Also it adds some more warmth to the room and is lovely to ease on to in the mornings.

The brilliant Master Installer Mark Hughes put the floor in again this time. He is such a good bloke and does a great job each time. I heartily recommend to you in the East of England.

Mood board bedroom colour inspiration wooden flooring style library fabric trims pink blue stripesI didn’t want to overly complicate the guest room with too much going on. This mood board kind of sums up overall what I had in my mind for it. Blues, pinks, wood, gold and a little dash of rainbow.

Blue walls bedroom inspiration white colour

Adding too many strong colours can absorb the light you are working with, making it feel smaller and dark but then just plain neutrals can make it stark. So I chose a blue by Little Greene called Brighton. It’s a really friendly, bright hue and reflects the natural light really nicely.

I had been looking for the right place to put up my plates by Sally Muir and think I found it.

Blue room blinds cosy guest room Fabric textiles trim blind blue pink

I am a big fan of the fabrics from Style Library and wanted something very simple at the window so used their Zoffany Bray in Arctic White which is 100 % linen so it feels amazing, but then also added some Harlequin trim in Lapis  and Raspberry at the base to define the blind and coordinate it with the other colours in the room. Style Library represent other brands like Scion, Anthology and Morris & Co. Their ranges are vast and beautiful.

Lampshade Bright pink blue room Brighton paint

We’ve had this fuschia pink shade with gold lining for a while and I love it so thought it would work with the trim and other shades. It’s silk and I think I will always find a home for it.

Armchair striped retro multi coloured interior home

Our trusted striped armchair has moved in here too and it faces the window. I think the room needed just an extra splash of pattern and it fits neatly in the corner. What do you think ?

Plates Gallery Wall Blue Bedroom Cushions Cosy Scandi

I’m excited about family and friends staying to see whether they enjoy the room. I hope they do.

Have a good week.

Lucy x

I was gifted the fabric and flooring. All opinions are my own.

10 great places to eat along the Suffolk Coast

Places ot eat in Suffolk Food Cafes Restaurants Coast

For some reason even though I’m a foodie all be it a pescatarian one, I haven’t yet written about really good places to eat around here along the Suffolk Coast and there are many.  It’s not just colourful houses although we definitely have our fair share.

I’ve put together a little list just incase you are looking for somewhere to unwind this Summer and have a good meal if you’re in the area –  and could probably recommend plenty more if you’re looking for something specific.

Two Magpies Bakery 

If you have a sweet tooth then I would definitely suggest heading to to Southwold Highstreet and popping in to Two Magpies Bakery. Their handmade pastries are  delicious. They also make breads on the premises which can you see in progress as they have a window to the kitchen. It’s a good looking place with clean white tiled walls and on trend decor. There is always a decent queue out of the door which speaks volumes.

Pinney’s of Orford

You mustn’t let the rustic interior of this smokery restaurant think they anything less than super serious about excellent  food here. It’s a place that attracts people from far and wide. They are very much in to sustainable fishing. Luckily they have a shop too so if you want to take something home with you then in my opinion they offer the best smoked salmon pate I’ve ever tried. Orford is a pretty village too so worth a look around.

Cakes Southwold Aldeburgh Eat Places

Harris & James

I’m not joking when I say that I had the best cake I’ve ever tried in there last Autumn. It was toffee and apple. I still think about it to this day even though I don’t eat sugar now. Fairly new to Southwold and Aldeburgh ( yes there are two ), Harris & James is essentially a Gelato shop and is tucked away on East Street in Southwold and on the highstreet in Aldeburgh – both with an inviting front. Inside neon wall lights and an array of treats made in the shop. They have a selection of dreamy ice creams – well worth trying. You can sit in or take away. Savoury light meals are also on the menu too. Honestly, I think you’ll like it there. The crew that run Harris & James are really nice people.

The Bell Inn

After a spot of crabbing or a wander around the pretty village of Walberswick a nice spot of lunch at The Bell Inn pub is recommended. On sunny days you can sit outside in their large garden or inside for a cosy Suffolk beamed setting in the winter. A really busy, buzzy place so you might need to book for bigger parties. The menu suits most people and there’s lots to choose from. You can also stay upstairs which would be nice after a chilled day on the beach.

Suffolk places to eat Food Hall cafe restaurant

Suffolk Food Hall

Just under the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich. We have eaten here countless times. Birthday get togethers, Sunday meet ups and lunches with mates. The Cookhouse has the most spectacular, panoramic views of the bridge, boats and surrounding fields. You can see a little taster of it here. The meals cooked in an open kitchen and they offer seasonal menus. I tend to have their fish pie  – it’s so good.

In the huge Food Hall which is full to the brim with, vegetables, deli type foods and drinks, they also have a cafe for snacks and drinks. There’s also a gift shop and plant centre and giant air pillow for kids to jump on. A whole afternoon out really ?

Pubs suffolk uk coast pin mill

Butt and Oyster

This pub is down at Pin Mill which is not far on from Suffolk Food Hall. The setting is just beautiful overlooking the Orwell River. They do good local beers and they work herd at providing an interesting menu that really does live up to it’s reputation. In fact I had a really healthy meal there last time and came away feeling very virtuous :)

It’s set down a pretty little long lane which adds to the whole experience of finding somewhere a bit special.

Suffolk Places to Eat

The Lighthouse

In the lovely seaside town of Aldeburgh. I may have photographed this area once or twice on my instagram :) … The Lighthouse has been popular for many years. In fact, I think almost 20. The outside is impressive and instantly recognisable with it’s tall lighthouse facade. The staff are friendly and offer a diverse selection of À La Carte, traditional lunches and puddings. Definitely worth booking ahead on this one. They do a cool little lunch if you’re heading next door to the little old cinema.

Sole Bay Fish Company 

Down by the harbour in Southwold you will find one of the best fishmongers ever. Completely fresh and caught on their own boat. You can eat in at their restaurant  or take fish away with you. It’s open 7 days a week from 8 am  – 4 pm. They also own the Little Fish and Chip Shop on the high street. You can’t miss it  – its a thing of bright blue beauty. Oh… and you can also get champagne with your order.

No 51

This is an excellent place in Southwold for soups, sandwiches, family meals  – all sorts really. They are consistently good and helpful and aim to please. It’s cosy with lots of character. They have really cute window displays throughout the year  – always a very easy on the eye in their cafe.

Boden top Aldeburgh Coast Fish and Chips

Aldeburgh Fish and Chips

As a bit of a fish and chip connoisseur ( I have my uses .. ha ! ) I can’t tell you enough how good the take aways are from here. People come from all over the place to eat them. They also own the Golden Galleon chip shop so you can’t go wrong with either. The lines around the building tends to start way before they open every day. I can’t bear greasy chips and these are just perfect and chunky. We often grab some and then head down past the pretty homes to the stoney beach to eat and gaze at the sea. It’s the simple things in life sometimes isn’t it ?

I have such big respect for anyone running their own business so really want to give a big shout to these places – please do add any other places in my comments that you’ve enjoyed along the Suffolk Coast.

Lucy x

Clothing c / o Boden:

Renee Shoulder Bag, Klein Blue Neck Top, Mayfair Skinny Jeans, Ruth Sandals.

A review of the Wayfair Nora Mattress

Nora Mattress Wayfair Memory FoamIsn’t it funny how sometimes you can be thinking about something you have to get – in this case a good quality mattress that will last a long time and ensure some good deep sleep and then suddenly an email pops up from Wayfair with an opportunity to review a cooling memory foam mattress. Perfect timing.

It’s from their brand new Nora range and it’s going down a treat here. Betsey has been using it for a few weeks to properly decide what she thinks about it – although when it first arrived she was immediately impressed about the look of it –  her first really grown up mattress.

Mattress memory foam Wayfair Nora

The Nora arrived very swiftly, compressed and rolled in it’s box to enable easy access to the bedroom. No hulking a great big mattress up the stairs with at least two people needed.

Mattress review Nora

We quickly unpacked and rolled in to the bed with no fuss and after an hour or so of us all taking a turn of lying on it and pulling relaxed faces got it ready for Betsey’s first night.

Great success. She looked tiny and so sweet on such a grown up mattress and very contented.

Wayfair Mattress Nora four layers comfy cooling

It has 4 foam layers in total and a cooling cover – two gel infused 3.5″ thermo regulating layers, memory foam and support foam and it’s all encased in cool cover woven with jade gemstone. The cooling cover draws heat away from your body at night and away from the mattress.

I often wonder when I am tasked with changing the beds here at home, how they are meant to stay hygienic for the amount of time they last but in this case the Nora has a removable, washable cover and it’s hypoallergenic. It has absolutely no latex in it either.

Best of all  – you can try the Nora out for 100 nights and if it’s not for you – you can return it. Which is a pretty fair deal if you were to ask me.

Wayfair are offering an introductory price of 20% off the Nora for a limited time. A heads up for you if you’re interested.

I’ve had a few pieces from them over the years and have found their customer services really good. Their broad range of homeware makes it easy to find what I’m looking for. So all in all a positive experience.

Memory Foam Mattress Wayfair

That’s our little review of this impressive mattress. Happy with it and Betsey is looking forward to many more evenings of reading her favourite books on it and restful nights.

Our opinion is that the Nora is good value for money, supremely cosy and very well made.

Have you ever tried a memory foam mattress with cooling foam – how did you find it ? Do leave me a comment :)

Lucy x

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

My new DFS Zinc Cuddler Sofa

Pink velvet cuddler sofa cosy corner living room You may head read my post a short while ago about my trip to Salone Del Mobile in Milan with DFS where we viewed all interesting the upcoming trends. I mentioned that much of this leading inspiration hits us I’m the UK and all over the world in fact, not long after it starts there in Italy.

pink sofa cuddler dfs living room cosy love sofa

Well, it didn’t end there because DFS very kindly sent me the gift of a cuddler sofa a few weeks ago as part of my collaboration with them for my reading slash music corner. It’s a little area of the house that I have created to chill out without tv or phones. Just books and some background tunes.

which I was able to choose from their range so after lots of deliberating with so much choice ( and I mean hours ) I used the opportunity to reminisce and go for something with one of the palettes I liked the most which was a muted pink and in velvet. This is called the Zinc – it’s a collaboration between DFS and French Connection and it actually comes in various different sizes from a 4 seater right down to a footstool.

french connection dfs pink sofa cuddler comfy cosy love seat

I didn’t realise that they collaborate closely with lots of beautiful brands including Joules, G Plan and House Beautiful.

What I especially like about the Zinc Cuddler is that it’s just the right size to curl up and read but it can easily fit two grown ups although it has been hoodwinked by my two young ladies here the most so far. It gives me so much pleasure watching them reading books together.

Just like some of the pieces of furniture I talked about in that last Salone Del Mobile post, it has the wood elements and a cool retro design. The muted shade reminds me very much of some of the hues spotted there in Milan – so I think they must be ahead of the game.

pink sofa dfs zinc living room cosy velvet Pink sofa cuddler living room cosy dfs

Both myself and Stacey from The Design Sheppard who also came out to Milan (she’s lovely , check out her blog ) had a good chat with some of the DFS team about the processes behind each design, which makes now owning one of their sofas a bit more personal, knowing all the work and inspiration that has gone in to it. I feel very lucky indeed.

Mid Century Style Pink Sofa Retro Legs Wooden Living Room Cosy Cuddler DFS French Connection

I chose this colour and the velvet but it does come in lots of options. As I have mentioned on here before  – I love pink and green together so it’s a good spot with all the plants.

What do you think of the pink ? Which colour would you go for ?

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with DFS. All opinions as always are my own. 

 

Choosing the right bed for your kids room

Kids Bedroom furniture wooden day bed grey room Just recently I’ve talked about finding the right furniture for a child’s bedroom. From experience, before you know it, they’ve outgrown what you thought might see them through so it’s made me realise how essential it is to think ahead in to their near teenage years. I mean, I love a bit of DIY and altering colours but changing all the furniture can be costly and unnecessary.

A mistake that we have made and have ended up getting through several up to this point hence me really wanting to invest in their long term beds now and buy something that’ll hold it’s value as much as possible.

White Kids Day Bed Wooden Trundle Grey Room Calm Childrens Space

So, we went for the Nikki Day Bed from Cuckooland for both the girls’ rooms that allows friends to stay over with it’s trundle drawer underneath that you can pop an extra mattress in so it creates a really sociable aspect to the room as it can be used in the day as a sofa with lots of cushions and then a cosy bed at night. It also ensures lots of space as it doesn’t dominate the centre of the room. It’s wooden which was what we wanted. It’s well painted and sturdy. Pure white in colour was important so that we could make small changes over time  – white works with everything doesn’t it ? I do like it with this light grey wall.

It’s a room to hang out in. How long will we keep it tidy for ? :)

Gallery Wall Grey Room Kids Good Vibes Only Print Blue Cushions Calm Relaxing Space

You can also have some fun with the wall behind and coordinate some cushions ( these ones were made by Mae and the fabric is from Scion Fabrics at Style Library ) to make a really cosy little hub.

Teenager Beds ideas Cuckooland bedrooms
1. 4You Canopy Bed 2. Pino 3. New York Metal 4. Aurora 5. Lifetime Cool Semi Bunk

This was all perfect for our needs but I appreciate that every bedroom is different in one way or another so have chosen 5 more beds here from Cuckooland that will suit various sized and shaped spaces and of course different price points. I love with the four poster, the idea of fairy lights but you could also drape sheer fabric around it.It’s a single but comes as a double also. Classic metal beds look so good in most rooms with white cotton bedding or a bight and fun duvet cover.

With limited space like in Mae’s old room a high bed like the Lifetime one here is great as you can fit everything needed for studying during those longer high school nights.

I think all of these beds can be passed on to other family members afterwards and that’s what appeals to me.

Trundle Bed Cuckooland Wooden Bed Grey Room Inspiration Cosy calm

It took us a lot longer than planned ( and two skips later but that’s another story … ) to organise their new rooms but they are really happy with the new sleeping arrangements and we have already had the thumbs up from visiting friends.

I wish I’d had a trundle bed when I was school age – but did they even exist then or did we miss a trick ?

What are your thoughts on the new look ?

Lucy x

I received a discount when purchasing the beds. No payment other than that. As always – all opinions are my own. 

Why I Have Become Sugar Free

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I ummed and ahhed about writing this post because it’s not really what you might expect me to normally talk about but it’s been such a positive experience that I felt it might be beneficial to someone and in fact it has impacted my work life so yeah, I decided it’s definitely relevant.

Some time ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. You may have heard of this before  – it’s been in the press a little lately with Lady Gaga having to miss some tour dates because of the condition. It’s one of those funny old illnesses that isn’t visual so people can on occasion think it’s ‘ all in your head ‘ but let me confirm now that no – one would want the symptoms.

Sore and stiff muscles, flu like debilitating fatigue, headaches, burning mouth and tongue, mouth sores, ( hope you’re still with me … ha ), sleep issues, weight gain .. and as you would imagine these can cause someone to feel pretty low at times. I was getting to the point of panicking if I had to go out for the day as inevitably it would wipe me out for a few days afterwards – even just going out to meet friends for lunch. That said, I tried hard to keep a positive and objective outlook because who needs to go in to a downward spiral ? Not me.

It can be caused by several things but in my case it was a virus and stress and I can almost pin point the moment it ‘ struck ‘.

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But here ‘s where the positive part of the post kicks in. After far too long I decided to read up about these symptoms and found some interesting articles about sugar. A few people that had given it up. So I decided it was high time I tried it myself  – couldn’t hurt to give it a go ? For some it might be easy because they might not have a sweet tooth but I do .. or did.

I decided to completely give up sugar and sweeteners apart from fruits and juice.

The first four weeks of a changed diet, I’m not going to lie, were hard. I craved sugar and it was overwhelming at times. Then week six -literally all I could think about was chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. But then a few days later I felt perged of sugar. Like I literally didn’t want it anymore and the thought of it actually made me feel unwell.

Three and a half months later and several things have changed. One is that I have a lot more energy. Where as I used to lie down on the sofa regularly, I now go a full day without feeling the need to rest. This also means I have the energy for exercising and go to the gym two or three times a week. I can walk Sandy our dog and feel good at the end of it. Blogging, Home DIY and interior design here feels like it has a new lease of life and I’m full of ideas and energy to act on them so it has impacted heavily and positively in so many ways. It’s a bit like the domino effect isn’t it ?

What’s also interesting is that my skin has completely changed. It feels permanently moisturised and much clearer. Maybe that’s all the water and peppermint tea ?

The thing I have found staggering is how sugar or sweeteners are in so many things that you’d assume were purely healthy. It’s been a real wake up call. I’ve started cooking more meals from scratch which has sharpened up my culinary skills and I’m sure my family are relieved about that :)

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The general feeling of optimism has made me re – evaluate so many things and work out situations and environments that are not right for nurturing good health. So all in all it has been a great experience so far and I want to carry on to see where it takes me. I’m not out of the woods completely as I do still have some symptoms but I feel so much better that it would be crazy to go backwards and I feel I’m working towards something really worthwhile.

I’ve got much more back in to fashion. I love getting dressed up and had missed feeling good. My lovely friend and photographer Tamsyn Morgans and I spent a few hours our beloved Southwold recently by the beach huts having some fun trying out some of my new pieces from Boden.

Tamsyn was so great and easy to work with  – she’s a natural behind the camera who is working on some great projects at the moment. You must check out her website.

Maybe this post has been useful ? I guess what works for me might not necessarily for someone else but hey, you never know.

Lucy x

Clothing c/o Boden:

Wrap Jumpsuit, Kira Shoulder Bag, Ruth Sandals.