Serenity, Sand and Surfing in Cornwall

Padstow Harbour

We’ve had a lovely, much needed family trip away to Cornwall. I conquered two ‘ fears ‘ in that time – one you will see in a minute and the other will be part of another post coming up.

Cornwall sends me in to a very relaxing, spiritual place. I think it’s the dramatic scenery and general laid back attitude there. How can you not feel horizontal when you’re surrounded by such beauty.

We did lots and I captured some of the colourful moments along the way. I can’t wait to also show you the next post as I found the time there very, very inspiring – and hope you will too.

Ribbons

As it was May Day in Padstow, the traditional Maypole was up in the centre with hundreds of bright ribbons floating above our heads. Local people were singing Cornish songs and the streets were filled with atmosphere.

May Day

 

Door

LavenderI love this fishing port with its pretty old seaside homes and always pop in when we are in the area. The bunting and garlands were an added bonus this time.
Seafood Restaurant

It must have been our 4th visit to The Seafood Restaurant owned by Rick Stein and this time it was the dessert that won the day. That passionfruit, sorbet, white chocolate mousse and marshmallow was unbelievable.

Beach Huts

Beach Huts CornwallWhenever there are beach huts within a stones throw, I’m there. These are on Tolcarne Beach in Newquay. I don’t know in what they were put there but they look very 50s ? I half expected someone to stroll out of one in a knitted swimsuit.

There are also surf huts to store all boards and prepare for ” catching some waves ” as Mae put it… which leads me on to what I was going to tell you about. I surfed for the first time. This might not sound so special but it was to me as I have a of a fear of going in the sea. Probably from watching Jaws when I was younger !

Surfing

Anyway, it was amazing. Mae took to it like a duck to water. As we were staying at The Bedruthan Hotel in Mawgan Porth ( highly recommend for anyone wanting a chilled, family stay ) we surfed with Nick their resident teacher – who was brilliant.

GraffitiRoos BeachIt was such a good holiday. I want to go back as soon as possible – not only because I spotted ‘ Gnome World ‘ on the way home – how did I miss that ? :)

Do you like visiting Cornwall ? Where are your favourite places ? I’d love to hear of more areas for next time. Please do leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

You can also see more images from our stay on my instagram page.

Have a good day ..

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.

Joseph Joseph Elevate Wood Carousel Giveaway

Joseph Joseph Giveaway

It has been quite a while since I offered up a giveaway here on my blog. I’m a big fan of kitchenware brand Joseph Joseph though and jumped at the chance to work with them and their innovative and contemporary designs and thought you might be up for winning a colourful Elevate Wood Carousel for your home.

But first, I want to show you a few other Joseph Joseph items that might tickle your fancy from my own kitchen because I am always fascinated by the ideas they come up with and how they combine it all with such style.

What I find with Joseph Joseph, is that the items are often multi functional and practical , saving space but also really well made. I’ve had some pieces for years and they still work just as well. Their brand always stands out in kitchen shops to me, with aesthetically satisfying designs in bold and beautiful shades along with their neutral colours.

They have some lovely new pastel coloured goodies arriving too in their store in the iconic designs. Good timing for Mother’s Day.

Joseph Joseph Bread Board

This double sided bread and cheese board is brilliant for sharing a little bread starter with oil or houmous and then flipping the wood board over to have some cheese and grapes at the end of the meal.

Joseph Joseph Items

It’s really handy and easy to tidy away. I can’t wait to use this when we next have friends over. I’m so in to chilli cheese at the moment so it will be used in front of the tv before then too !

Joseph Joseph Worktop Saver

The selection of glass worktop savers Joseph Joseph are pure joy to a colour lover. They’re so fun and really practical also because they are odour and stain resistant and perfect for putting a hot pan on. It would be very hard to pick a favourite but I obviously love this pastel palette one and also the record player worktop saver on the website.

Joseph Joseph Salad Bowl

Do you love this ‘ Hands On ‘ salad bowl with built in servers ? I just think it’s such a good idea but looks so cool too. The bowl itself is a good size and sits proudly amongst the other dishes on the dining table.

Joseph Joseph

I do find that the more I get in to cooking, the more products like these ones are important for an overall ‘ look ‘. I used to serve food up in whatever I could find in the cupboard but now I look forward to having friends here and making them feel special.

Joseph Joseph Carousel

Now, the giveaway. The Elevate Wood Carousel ! A set of 5 made from beech wood and heat resistant silicone, it has all the 5 utensils needed in any kitchen with a trusty stand that rotates making for an easy life and especially when you’re busy at the stove and need everything all at once ( or maybe that’s just my style of cooking ) … ;)

I can recommend it – tried and tested. It is £55 RRP usually and worth every penny. But, you can get yourself entered here on my Rafflecopter giveaway to win one for yourself free … courtesy of Joseph Joseph.

It’s the first time I have used Rafflecopter and it’s so easy for you to use. You can enter below, nice and swiftly. This giveaway is open to UK residents only and I will email the winner at the end on March 6th 2016 and also announce it on my social media.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Ts & Cs

Postage and packaging supplied by Joseph Joseph. No alternative prize offered.

I will contact the winner as soon as the giveaway ends .If I do not have a reply within 24 hours, a new person will be chosen at random.

Wishing you lots of luck.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Joseph Joseph. I have received no payment  – only some products for the purpose of the post. All opinions are my own.

#InspirationIsColour – The Sequel :)

Lucy Loves Ya 21.01.30

Left to right: littlehouseonthecorner, capturebylucy, oldfashionedsus, cassiefairy, lucylovesyablog, theenchantedflower, potterandbloom, madebylolly, penelopehopestudio

It was my Birthday a few days ago and am I’ve had a lovely time with family and friends. Although I tell my self each year that it’s just another day – it really does feel special to see them all and celebrate a little. Any opportunity to do so ! I felt thoroughly spoilt.

Now, as promised, a lovely new batch of gorgeous images by fellow instagram colour lovers. I find it quite astonishing when I click on the hashtag #InspirationIsColour on instagram and see more and more fab pics being added – by some of my favourite accounts too.

Lucy Loves Ya Inspiration

Left to right: thesilverfactory, mcv96, byvanessaleigh, miafleur_home, godsavethepeas, thecreativepair, abookishbaker, pastapatchwork, forestpoppy  Such an inspiring place to be and still my favourite, very badly disguised, not so guilty pleasure.

Recently my own instagram photos have been regrammed by the wonderful and talented girls at A Beautiful Mess and Honey of California amongst others which is always a great boost because they rock.

Inspiration Is Colour

Left to right: jennamichellepink, designangel, jessrose1702, hollymartin00, hellopartyinsta, eliza_charlie_tilly, ana.moraissoares, marwahzd, judithinwonderland

I don’t really need to say anymore, except, that I am really chuffed that people are joining in and adding such wonderful images from around the world. It’s so good to connect with them all.

Maybe you’d like to add some of your bright photos too on instagram ? I’d love to see them and hopefully share them on my next #InspirationIsColour blog post. Please do and also leave a comment here to let me know which of these pics are your favourite. You can click on the links to take you to the accounts and see moods more inspiring, colourful images.

Keep a look out for a rather superb giveaway coming next on Lucy Loves Ya. I’m rather excited about the collaboration as I”m a big, big fan of the company !

Have a good one.

Lucy x

Say It With Flowers …. And Doughnuts.

Gluten Dairy Free Doughnut

A Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

These home made doughnuts are for my daughters and husband to remind them how much I love them. They’re actually gluten and dairy free too but you really wouldn’t know it.

The edible flowers, I thought, would be a nice colourful touch instead of the usual sprinkles  – after all – it is the day of the year you give flowers, right ? Plus I can pretend it’s Spring. If you remember, I made a lemon drizzle cake last year and used some flowers from the garden.

The recipe is so simple. I used a silicone doughnut mould to bake them in but they can be put in cupcake cases too.

Doughnuts With Flowers

Here’s what you need for the recipe to make 6 doughnuts:

Gluten free flour – 125g

Caster sugar – 125g

Eggs – 2 medium

Butter substitute – 125g ( I used  ‘ Pure Sunflower ‘ )

Baking powder – 1.5 tsp

Vanilla essence  – 3 drops

Icing sugar – 200g ( for the topping )

Edible flowers of your choice ( make sure you check whether they are edible before using them ) or decoration of your choice.

Icing sugar – 250g and water to mix.

Gluten Dairy Free Doughnuts

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. If you have a food mixer, great, but if not then with a wooden spoon until a smooth texture with no lumps.

Spoon in to the moulds or cupcake cases in their tray. Bake for 18 minutes ( although check at 15 minutes ) then remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for half an hour.

Add some water to the icing sugar until you have a consistency that isn’t too runny and then ice them and don’t forget to lick the bowl !  Adorn the doughnuts with pretty edible flowers or sprinkles.

Then eat them all up. Yum …

Flowers Yum!

Honestly, I’m a bit of a picky eater and I love these. Hope you do too :)

Do you know of any other good gluten and dairy free recipes ? I would love to try out some more, now that it is part of our daily family routine … Please leave a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog  – you can also see more pics of these delicious doughnuts on my Instagram.

Have a good day.

Lucy x