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Enhance the Season with the Artesano Nature Range

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There are several elements that make up the perfect ceramic for me and that is the quality, how they’re made, design and and how they will blend with my own kitchen palette.

I like the tableware to enhance the colour of the food and drink – making the whole experience of eating even more enjoyable. After all, that’s what dining is all about isn’t it ?

When I spotted Villeroy & Boch’s new for this year Artesano Nature Range recently I did a little jump for joy as it ticks all those boxes.

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I’m a fan of their company anyway so as it’s getting all Autumnal out there and this season is earthy and beautiful – it seems a good time to talk about this collection as it’s inspired by nature. I love it when a plan comes together !

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All hand painted and in three different natural hues that work perfectly well together as a trio – Vert, Bleu and Beige. It also works well with Villeroy & Boch’s original Artesano range which is pure white.

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A clever combination – it also would work well mixed up with patterns. The colours sit well in between neutrals and prints. The brushed swirl design is fresh and eye catching without being too dominating.

layered plates colourful ceramicsFor your starters through to the main meal, the colours can be layered like  this to create a feeling of luxury and a fab splash of colour maybe against a white or background ?

green plate season tableware christmasWith the Winter season on it’s way I also think it would really enhance the rich reds and greens of the season. A charming splash of colour at the table.

A roast using their dinner plates or a bowl full of festive soup. I like their pizza and bread plates too. Very party friendly.

It’s getting me all excited about that time of year … can I say it yet ?

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An early morning coffee in one of the mugs looks pretty delicious too. I think the designs evoke nature perfectly – the shades of the beige in this mug matches the wood tones.

Now, I know I’m a colour nerd but I hope you agree with me that this is a really lovely and versatile range by Villeroy & Boch ? They have been in production since 1748 so they sure know what they are doing.

If you’d like to check out the entire set including dipping bowls, espresso mugs and cups and saucers then you can find it all on their website here.

Leave me a comment under this post and let me know your thoughts …

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Villeroy & Boch. All opinions as ever are my own.

Our First East Anglia Insta Meet in Southwold

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You may have noticed that lots of my posts have been about travel lately ? Well, I think it’s partly because there’s just been lots going on about to blog and and just also I love travelling. I will be back to some interiors posts as of next week.

If you follow me on instagram you’ll know that recently, fellow blogger ( and all round lovely person ) Tamsyn Morgans and I arranged our first insta meet in our local town of Southwold. Of course with anything like this you plan it not really knowing if anyone will turn up. But they did .. huzzah !

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It was a real pleasure of a day. We walked, we took loads of pictures and discussed photography (amongst lots of other things ) and all without having to rush which is something in everyday life seems rare.

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So, let me introduce you to the fellow instagrammers. From left to right: @seesuffolk @tamsynmorgans @lifeatlynchgreen @inspire.enjoy @gingerandlime1 @daisygalforg. If you’d like to check out their accounts.

We all agreed that it was so good to meet with our shared love of instagram and colour.

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The weather held up pretty much which made it extra enjoyable and ridiculously good ice sweet treats half way at ‘ Harris & James ‘ on East Street kinda helped. If you visit Southwold you must go there.

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Tamsyn and I wanted everyone to feel comfortable going at their own pace and it all worked well. I was so impressed with Verity who was 7 months pregnant. She did the whole walk with us and was so upbeat.

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We are very lucky in Suffolk with our coast lines and pretty homes.

 

fish and chips southwoldThe great thing about Southwold is that it hasn’t changed too much. It still feels a little like you’ve stepped back in time. I like that.

We ended back at the Pier for tea and chips. Not bad eh ?

There will be more meet ups – the next one will be in Norwich which is full of picturesque areas so if you’d like to keep updated on wheres and when then you can find all the info on our Facebook page East Anglia Insta Meets.

Hopefully see you on the next one.

Lucy x

Oh .. and the raincoat and jeans are c/o Boden by the way. The umbrella is Tamsyn’s :)

Red Carpet Glamour Comes to Ipswich on October 4th

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Sponsored post in association with American Express®

Coming from a film and theatrical background, I’m always interested to see how new films come to fruition and where the idea has come from. There’s usually a fascinating story behind it. So this post has been a pleasure to research, and I also have some exciting news for you – if like me, you love a good film and the glitz and glamour of the red carpet.

If you live in the Ipswich area, you’re a film fan and fancy something a little bit special, then I have some fabulous news – American Express and the BFI are bringing the 61st London Film Festival to the town next month.

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American Express has been proud sponsors of the BFI London Film Festival for the last 8 years, and this year, along with the BFI they’re bringing the Opening Night gala of the Festival to Ipswich.  Members of the public could experience one of the benefits of being an American Express Cardmember, which includes gaining access to some of the most talked about films during the Festival.

Across the country, regional cinemas will be screening not only a stream of the live red carpet, but also the much-anticipated European premiere of Andy Serkis’ feature directorial debut, Breathe. You’ll find more information about how you can register for tickets at the end of this post and more detail about all of the cinemas taking part.

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I’m so looking forward to watching it, let me tell you a little about the storyline of Breathe.

Written by twice Academy Award nominated writer William Nicholson, Breathe is a true story about an adventurous man, Robin Cavendish (played by Andrew Garfield ), who meets, falls in love with and swiftly marries a beautiful young lady called Diana Blacker (Golden Globe Winner Claire Foy). Together they move to Africa and enjoy an idyllic life with Diana becoming pregnant, but suddenly, Robin is struck down with Polio, leaving him paralysed from the neck down, and rushed to a hospital and  attached to a respirator that enables him to him breathe. He’s given the prognosis of a few months to live.

A few months on and with a new baby son in their lives, Robin has been moved to another hospital and is being taught to talk again, but has given up. Diana though is adamant that she wants Robin to survive for the family, so instead of letting the illness take control of their future, she manages to bring Robin home from hospital, and between them they amaze everyone with their tenacity and lust for life.

Robin’s good friend and Professor Teddy Hall (played by Hugh Bonneville) develops a homemade wheel chair for him with a battery-operated pump. It means he isn’t stuck in bed anymore and starts to have mobility again.

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They continue to fulfil lots of their dreams and travel to different countries, all of which gives Robin a new purpose – fighting for the rights of disabled people.

The supporting cast members list is stellar – including Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander, Stephen Mangan and Dame Diana Rigg. It’s like a who’s who of my favourite actors, reading through all the names. The production team are also hugely acclaimed.

Producer, Jonathan Cavendish, who is actually the real son of Robin and Diana, always felt his father’s life would make a compelling feature film, and when he told William Nicholson one day about his background, the whole film started to take shape. He also works alongside Andy Serkis (famous for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and his recent role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) with their own production company – The Imaginarium.

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I’m excited because reading up on the synopsis of the film – it resonated with me, and I think it will with many, because it’s a tale of challenges that anyone could face and how one family dealt with it all in such an inspiring way. Also, the way that the film all came together really moved me, as it started out with no money invested but with cast and production crew all keen to tell this story – it became a reality. Cool huh ?

Ipswich Premiere Breathe Film Festival 2017

I’ll be attending my local cinema in Ipswich on the night of the 4th October, and I’m really looking forward to it. The film will be released across the UK and Ireland on 27th October.

To register for limited tickets* to see the 61st BFI London Film Festival Opening Night gala film ‘Breathe at Cineworld Ipswich courtesy of American Express visit www.seeitfirst.com/Amex2017  

*Terms apply

I’ve already got my tickets, so I’ll see you there!

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Adventure of a Lifetime on the Road with Coldplay

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If you’ve stayed with me through the last 3 posts you’ll know by this post we are in Toronto and the girls are literally having an Adventure of a Lifetime.

For the last gig and because they opened up the roof of The Rogers Centre we wanted to spend some quality time there during the day. It was literally baking hot and beautiful.

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But first we wanted to eat eat ice cream ( mega ? )and take a trip up the CN Tower especially as it was right next to where we were staying.

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Apparently on a clear day you can see as far as Niagara Falls. it was a pretty good view but if I’m honest I was just keeping it together enough to do brave face up at the top … sssshh don’t tell the girls.

I’m sure the tower sways ever so slightly ? Or was I imagining it ? But it was spectacular to be up there and see the whole of the city. Mae even encouraged me to stand on the glass floor with her – which I did but there’s no way I’m posting that photo.

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You could see the Tower inside the music venue  – and at night it twinkled along with the Coldplay hits and changed colours. I kept looking up at it and trying to paste the moment in my mind for keeps.

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There’s always so much to do on the day of a show. They have the finest team and they work so, so hard. Plus they are super nice with visitors. What a lovely bunch of people.

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Mae and Bets appeared on Coldplay’s instagram stories while over the week. Look a them being all industrious ! :)

So there we have it. Our little road trip. I’ve always wanted to do one but had no idea that we would get to do one as part of Coldplay’s tour. Which by the way was one of the kindest things anyone has done for us in a long time. I will never forget it.

The concerts each time were energising and so rich in colour. I was literally in heaven. I tell you, if you want to see a show that fills you with positivity then this is the show to see. They seem to have a way of connecting with the audiences even when it’s 50,000 and making everyone feel they are special. It’s a pretty cool thing.

The catering was out of this world. Different every day and very tasty. It gave me some ideas for some new recipes.

Mae has come home and played the piano non stop. So all in all an inspiring time for us all.

How am I going to up this for next Summer Hols ? Gulp !

Hope you have enjoyed each post. You can catch up on the other below in my stream and also find me on Bloglovin’.

Lucy x

Why Downtown Toronto Stole My Heart


Where were we in the last post ? Ah yes, that’s right. Just visited Niagara Falls on the tour bus and headed over to Toronto, ready for the third Coldplay gig at The Rogers Centre.

But we had some time to spare with a day off and wanted to make the most of it. So headed to some places that we knew were going to be fun and memorable. I have to say vibrant and friendly Toronto stole my heart.

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I was really keen to pop over to Graffiti Alley and check it out. It’s pretty popular and after visiting  I can see why.

I would say an alley. probably half a mile long of colour and art. All sorts of work but it blends and looks incredible. Apparently it is legal and painted over a 24 hour period each year.

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I’m glad I wore my my colourful clothing. I know I look like I’m posing but in reality I was thinking about chocolate pancakes probably.

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If you’re wondering where my outfit is from, it’s from Boden. So please with the Nell Ponte Blazer. I’ve listed everything at the bottom of the post so you can have a look if you fancy.

Toulon bag Boden Yellow

This Toulon bag was fantastic for the time away. I needed to fit in my camera, phone, make up bag, purse, show passes etc. It was roomy and I still love it now.

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In fact I love it so much I kept photographing it as the backdrop was just too tempting not to. How often do you get the opportunity and with so much artistic inspiration ?

So much colour. I was literally in heaven. Luckily Andy and the girls love it too so we were all very happy to spend some time there.

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A little pit stop before heading off to for a late lunch at Pizza Libretto in the Financial District  – nice food.

Sonic Boom Toronto record shop

Then we went over to a vinyl store recommended by a friend on the tour who knows his record shops. Had a good rummage there. They have an amazing selection of music downstairs.

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It’s not your average kind of place as it also has a very cool shop upstairs with books, gifts, home things. You’d love it !

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After a bit more meandering we were totally ready for a rest. Niagara Falls and all of this in one day calls for a swim and sleep. Ready for a trip up the CN Tower in the morning and our last gig of the trip.

I’ve another post with us inside the  venue preparing for the Coldplay show.

Hope you can see why I love Downtown Toronto so much ?

Do leave me a comment  – would love to hear from you. You can also follow me on Bloglovin’ for updates.

Lucy x

Outfits:

Me: Nell Ponte Blazer, Richmond Trousers, White Easy Tee, Toulon Bag, Gloria Ballerinas.

Girls: Adventure Dress, Pointelle T-shirtHoliday Sandals, Patchwork T-shirt and Mint Bright Shorts.

All c/o Boden.

Where to visit in Cleveland USA and Hello, Niagara Falls

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You may have already read my first post in which I told you about the start of our USA / Canada road trip with Coldplay.

Here we’ve set off from Chicago on the tour bus and arrived in Cleveland at our hotel at some point in the morning. I was too jet lagged to know exactly when but it was a smooth sleep !

All I knew before about Cleveland was that it was in Ohio and that there’s a funny scene about it in ‘ This is Spinal Tap ‘. That’s pretty rubbish really isn’t it ?

We had the rest of the day to scour the area and then the show was the next day and we managed to visit some cool places in Cleveland in that time.

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Like the biggest candy and soda store I have ever seen called Rocket Fizz. Wall to ceiling colour and sugar. I went back to my youth and bought some bubble gum and other stuff that’ll I’ll probably never eat.

One thing that strikes me about the USA is how polite everyone is. I’ve always thought this but it reminded me. Even the girls commented on it.

Ohio Cleveland Rock and Roll Museum

Hope you can read backwards ..? Cleveland is famous for it’s rhythm and blues origin and a good place to visit is The Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.

Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame Cleveland Boden OhioIt’s located by Lake Eerie and is unique in it’s sheer dedication to everything rock ‘n’ roll.

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We had supper at Mexican Restaurant Nuevo. I loved the Palm Springs style decor, okay so that wasn’t necessarily Mexican but the place was very instagrammable and the food good with an open kitchen. The views were of the lake which is well worth taking a wander along.

We not only saw a couple getting married there but literally turned around and another couple were getting engaged. A romantic spot, clearly.

Cleveland Indians Progressive Field

The next day was spent resting at our hotel and then hanging at the next Quicken Loans gig venue which is right next to The Indians Stadium while the girls helped out .. and I sat and watched :)

You know, I have always wanted to go to a Basketball match in the USA so it was really cool to have a good look around. The concert was a more intimate 20,000 … ?! I’ve watched the band in various places with different audiences and I really enjoyed this smaller arena.

Coldplay’s show promotes such a healthy and kind attitude to life and I love that. We need more of it on this planet.

With jet – lag still playing with our heads, we set off for the tour bus and fell asleep pretty quickly, only to wake up at 6 am at the Canadian Border. We felt a bit like the Von Trapp family having to step off the bus for it to be checked and speak with the passport control.

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Just around the corner was what we had been waiting to see. Lee our driver ( did I say how lovely he is in the first post ? ) timed it all so we could witness Niagara Falls at sunrise.

Wow.

The sound hits you before you see it. The mist spray teases you as you get closer and then there you are. Sitting by the most famous waterfall in the world.

Because it was so early we were literally alone. I can’t tell you how happy it made us all. I could’ve cried if I wasn’t so tired ! I will be eternally grateful for that being arranged for us. Amazing.

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We sat and soaked up the experience before heading back to the bus for some more sleep before reaching Toronto for the next few days. Will update again soon on one of my favourite areas Downtown. It’s a very colourful one !

Lucy x

Clothing and accessories c / o Boden.

On the road with Coldplay starting with Chicago

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Now that we’ve been back for a good few days and the jet lag has subsided I’ve had a chance to sort through some of my photos of our road trip with Coldplay. We visited Chicago, Cleveland and then over to Toronto in Canada all in the space of a week. I managed to take a lot of images as I’m never without my camera for inspiration so I’ve broken the rip down in to no less than 4 posts !

But, hopefully you’ll find them interesting especially if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like travelling and living on a tour bus or if you fancy seeing Niagara Falls at sunrise. I’m still scraping myself off the ceiling over that view. All to come over the next few weeks. I’ve also written about some cool places to visit in Downtown Toronto the next time you visit.

So, you may wonder why we were on the road, over the pond with Coldplay ? Well, they very kindly organised a family tour bus for their team over the holidays. I mean, this is quite unusual in the music business but highly appreciated. In fact, really kind I thought.

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If you follow me on instagram you will have seen our shenanigans that kicked off in Chicago, the windy city.

I have always loved the USA but it was the girl’s first time there so you can image the levels of anticipation. High !

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To wake ourselves up on the first day after a HUGE breakfast at 15th Avenue Diner ( recommend by the way ) passing this colourful wall  en route … and with only a day to soak up the atmosphere in Chicago before the gig and onwards, we popped in to some stores, checked out the ‘ Silver Bean ‘ and then went on a speed boat ride just off the Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. I’m not joking – I couldn’t breathe we were going so fast much to the amusement of the girls. It was pretty funny in hindsight.

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So if you have ever wondered what it’s like to travel on tour  – I can confirm it’s pretty bl**dy amazing. These particular buses are also known as ‘ star buses ‘ as they are usually used by artists for instance Dolly Parton loves to travel this way apparently.

They have a living space with TV’s, well stocked kitchen area and a loo and then a door that leads to bunk bed areas for 4 and a shower room  – and then at the back a main bedroom with wardrobe, ( super comfy ) double bed and another TV. The whole bus is air conditioned really well which was a bonus as all places were very hot. I did make a little video which I will probably pop on to YouTube soon.

Lee our driver was possible one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. We were really lucky.

I got the giggles on the bus because the experience was surreal and the feeling of travelling on an American Highway on a double bed in my PJ’s was pretty immense.

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All in all, I can see why touring is quite addictive. The buzz, the people and the places. Although I have toured with theatre productions in the past – it has always been in the UK so it was kind if realising a dream doing real a road trip.

The first concert in Chicago was fantastic and the girls were totally ready for the next venue.

Another post soon to tell you about Cleveland and show you our early morning stop at Niagara Falls.

Lucy x

Cleo Kaftan, Mayfair Skinny Jeans, Rose Gold Elsie Flats,Sunglasses, Summer Hotchpotch Dress, Holiday Sandals, Denim Shirt Dress cat pumps all c / o Boden.

Totally Tropical Mood Board Inspiration

I get so much joy from receiving material swatches in the post – it makes me all fingers and thumbs when I open them. It’s ridiculous really but guess everyone has their thing.

Also it’s an opportunity to show you some of my favourite prints around at the moment and how they can work together for a tropical look which is what I’m working on for a room here.

The moodboard I’ve put together here is pretty upbeat. With neutral walls of white or grey and plenty of tactile textures here of bamboo, ceramics, wood and gold mixed with the bold hues used within cushion, sofa and blinds it will bring a room to life and add an element of the tropics, Which quite frankly is most welcome in my living room.

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Let me just give a little shout out to the very talented textile designer Lara Gorlach of whom I’m a big fan. The green leafy print is hers. The soft pink stripes and Latika on the left of the photo are by Sarah Hardaker who I also reckon rocks. Aren’t they fab ? This isn’t a sponsored post or anything – I just love their designs.Fabric Textiles prints patterns colourful cheery colours

The blue spotty print is by Rapture and Wright again who do some pretty fabrics. The colourful little squares top and bottom are by James Hare and the yellow bold pattern is from F & P Interiors.

Putting together patterns colours and designs that you wouldn’t normally especially if you’re more a minimalist when it comes to your home, can be really uplifting and doesn’t have to dominate the whole house. If there is a particular area that you feel lacks character – why not add a little vibrancy ? I have a few rooms here that I think sometimes lack something. So an injection of fun helps hugely.

mood board sofa rug tropical bold room1. Bamboo mirror  – Trouva 2. Colourful rug – La Redoute 3. Green plant pot – White Mint 4. Faux Bamboo – Ikea 5. Gold shelving unit – Mia Fleur 6. Rattan coffee table – Maison Du Monde 7. Cushion – Made 8. Flamingo lamp – Out There Interiors 9. GPlan sofa – John Lewis 10. Blue trio vase – LSA International.

Inspired by the colours I have chosen some interior items that I love the look of together.

Adding lots of greenery with low maintenance succulents is an easy way of filling space and achieving the desired look. There are many faux plants out there that you would think were real. I’ve added a bamboo plant from Ikea but you can find them in lots of places currently. I really fancy the mirror too.

What are your thoughts on this collection ? Like or too much for you ? Do leave me a comment  – as always I love to hear your thoughts.

Lucy x

How to Make a Summery Seaside Teepee

Tutorial Seaside DIY tent stripes happy fabric kidsSo we are in the full swing of Summer Holiday here which can mean only one thing. Time to make a Teepee for the beach. I have meant to do this for years but finally we have achieved it.

I’ve written up a little tutorial for you in case you fancy trying one out for yourself. It’s teesy peesy …. sorry, I know …

You can use my measurements or adjust to work for you and your fabric, hopefully my instructions will make it easy to do either.

Teepee tutorial seaside tent diy

What you will need:

4 metres of fabric – 150cm width ( Less if you are not wanting to pattern match )

5 sticks diameter 2.5cm at least. I used broom handles from a local DIY store measuring 155 cm in length.

3 metres of string or thin rope.

2 metres of large pom pom fringe ( optional )

sewing machine, scissors, tape measure, pins and an iron.

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Instructions:

Assemble the 5 sticks so that you have 2 at the front, 2 at the side and one pointing backwards. the 5th one adds extra space in the teepee but you could live without if necessary and it would mean using slightly less fabric. Bind the sticks together with string / rope like your life depends on it. Or just do it tightly .. :)

Before I start on fabric – please make sure you add 1cm for each seam. So add it to every measurement I have given here if using my pattern. I’ve added the odd reminder but do it every time. I haven’t added it to my instructions in case you are using a variation on size.

So here we go …

Measure at the base between each stick. The distance between the two front sticks and the 2 behind them should be equal on both sides – for this teepee it is 92 cm. Then measure round for the back panel from one side stick to the other including the 5th back stick which will be sticking out a bit hence being a larger panel of fabric needed – for this you will need 146 cm.

The front panel will be split in to 2 pieces for your ‘ door ‘ so measure between the front 2 sticks. So for this teepee -140 cm that will be cut down the middle and not forgetting seams on either sides of both panels.

Now measure up to where you would like the top of the teepee to start, making sure you allow room for sticks to meet and cross at the top. In this instance the length needs to be 127 cm plus your seam allowance each end. Work out desired top lengths for each panel. For this it is 14 cm for all 3 panels and seam allowances.

Next – draw out your panels on your fabric. Incidentally my fabric here is from The Stripes Company ( perfect for the beach and home ! ) I found it quite helpful with the perfect stripes as it helped indicate exact measurement. The two side panels are the same so you can cut one out and then lay it on top of the fabric, pin it and cut out the second. The third will be slightly larger as mentioned before. For the front panel, fold it in half long ways and then cut in half along the fold.

Pin then sew all of your panels together with seams facing inwards. Then press open all of the seams with your iron. Press the 2 front split panel seams and sew down 10cm and back stitch it. Then press down seams at the top and bottom, press and then stitch down.

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At this point you can add pom pom fringe  – again this gorgeous pink ones are from the Stripes Company. I just measured out amount needed and attached it inside with pom poms facing outwards, sewing carefully as it’s a tad fiddly but worth the effort.

Teepee sticks diy tutorial seaside fabric

Then all you need to do is slip the teepee over the sticks and you have your very own little hut to keep the kids happy and un – windswept and entertained for at least a week. Am I being optimistic here ?

 

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But anyway, we took it to Southwold as you can see and although it was windy ( spot the stones weighing down the bottoms ) we sat very snug and cosy in the marshes. We felt like something from an Enid Blyton book watching kids run past with buckets and spades and we sat and ate our ice creams without wind blowing everything over.

We have put it at home in the toy room and its brightened up the space. So well worth the time making it.

If you’d like to get hold of some of this ‘ Baseball ‘ fabric or trim or see the entire fabulous range then have a look at the shop here. If you remember I used their deckchair canvas in my DIY Beach hut post.

Five tips for finding your dream sofa

You’d think it would be a walk in the park choosing the right sofa for your living room ?

But there’s actually quite a lot to consider before making such a purchase and it’s one of the most important pieces of furniture in the home. You need to have a really clear idea of dynamics, colour schemes and style by the time you click on the ‘buy’ button so hopefully if you’re thinking about a new look living room sometime soon this post will be useful for you.

Here are my 5 steps to finding yourself a dream sofa …

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Size of the room.

If you have a large living room you may want to have a few different seating options but if you want a sofa to be the main focus then how about a big comfy centre piece with lots of character. You can use this as inspiration for the rest of the look. Or an L  – shaped settee / corner sofa is perfect for using up space ( and keeping kids and guests happy ) and generally works in most big rooms.

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For a more compact area think about what kind of feeling you want to achieve. Would you prefer the sofa to be the focal point ? If so a two seater in a bright hue to draw attention ( will talk about this more in a minute  )

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You could instead have a couple of snuggler chairs that accommodate more than one and look super cute. These are a great alternative to full sized sofas if you’re happy to double up.

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Colour scheme.

If you’re just replacing the sofa and keeping the same colour palette then it’s an easy job and you’ll know exactly what to search for. But if it’s a makeover then a very good idea is a moodboard – Pinterest is a great place to start. Start a board pinning lots of finds and then whittle down to what will work with your sofa choices.

When it comes to choosing a colour then it is important to think about the overall impact this will have.

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Strong reds through to most yellows are generally energetic and uplifting just like this Hollie Love Seat, and and will draw attention. Although pink is nurturing.  Greens and blues will offer calm and are also inviting. Neutrals will also give a sense of serenity and are timeless.

I’d always lean towards being a bit daring with colour ( of course ) but it has to work for you and be something you’re not going to grow out of anytime soon.

Let’s not forget that stronger colours and patterns will also cover a multitude of sins …

luscious deep green emerald velvet comfy tasteful

Textiles.

Do you want a tactile piece of furniture that you can recline on ? Durable fabric that will last for as long as possible ? It’s always good to have the opportunity to feel the fabric and maybe add it to a moodboard. If possible order some swatches and a good company will be happy to supply these.

olive green velvety stylish comfy classic

Lifestyle.

Well, this is fundamental. Because your style says so much about you. But also the style the sofa needs to fit your lifestyle and how it functions. Can you lie down easily and watch TV … or is it perfect for socialising with friends ? Can you fit all your kids on easily.

sofa bed leather living room cosy comfy tidy functional

If you need an extra bed in the house for guests then maybe try out a sofa bed. Like this Sloane 3 seater.

Brand.

With a sea of companies out there it can be difficult to know which will deliver it’s promises and most importantly present you with the sofa of your dreams without any stress ! All of these sofas and chairs are from Darlings of Chelsea who have a very good reputation for the quality of their hand crafted furniture and offer ‘ award winning customer service ‘ .. and 4 showrooms. You can find out more about them here.

Hopefully my ideas here will have made your next sofa adventure that bit easier …

So which is your favourite out of all the sofas and chairs here ? I am drawn to the Stirling sofa with deep buttons. Love the studs and opulent look.

Do leave me a comment under this post  – as always would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Darlings of Chelsea  – all opinions as ever are my own.

All images copyright Darlings of Chelsea.