New Year and a New Course with KLC School of Design

KLC Interior Design DiplomaHappy New Year to you. Did you have a good one ?

We went to Edinburgh which was amazing – oh, they certainly know how to enjoy Hogmanay. We were lucky enough to see Biffy Clyro perform and from the side of stage  – I don’t think I could ever tire of their music.

I did plan on taking some photos there to show you, but I tripped over a suitcase in the night ( I don’t drink, before you ask … :) ) and sprained my finger and knee so was a bit out of action !

Anyway, on to all things new for this year. I’m very excited to tell you that I started a new course recently. An online diploma in Interior Design with the KLC School of Design. A little while ago, while I was nominated for my award, I was invited, along with some other bloggers, by KLC and Amara to an afternoon  ‘ Introduction to Colour ‘ Course at their college at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre East which is based at The Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, which was really interesting. We put together some ideas ourselves and talked about the colour wheel and also the different styles of interior designers.

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I thoroughly enjoyed it and have been wanting to do one of their courses for a while so went home and had a think for a few months about studying with them on a more permanent basis.

I already know lots about fabrics and how to make things and hang them –  and I obviously already have a huge love of colour inspiration. What I want to learn more about is practical, in terms of creative concept, how to do a brief for a client, the business side and how to make 3d models. Basically, I want a good qualification in Interior Design.

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So, I am now signed up to the KLC School Online Interior Design Diploma..

As you can see, lots of new equipment has been bought and I have made a start on the first section and feel pretty excited about what this all may turn in to. After all, it’s what I love doing and feel that everything else I have achieved in the last few years has helped get me to this point. There will be some challenges ( I am not a natural when it comes to technical drawing ) but I am totally up for getting better. There seems to be lots of online support, I am sure it will be fine.

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Hopefully you will stay with me on the journey. I would love that. Lots of books to discover, interesting homes to study and loads of colourful images.

In fact, there are a few things coming up this year that I hope you will enjoy. It’s going to be very busy ….

In the meantime if you would like to know more about any of the KLC School courses either online or at their actual HQ – then you can find more information here.

Have a brill 2016.

Lucy x

Habitat Colombo Armchair Sofa Bed in Saffron

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Not many more sleeps now is it ? I can honestly say that this has been my busiest Christmas so far and I’m looking forward to chilling out a bit.

The one thing that we never have enough of in this household, is places to sleep over Christmas. I try and make sure that no – one has to drive for the main day, so they can relax a bit more. So this new chair ticks two boxes.

Habitat very kindly sent me their Colombo Sofa Bed Armchair sofa bed to review. I chose the colour way in yellow as I’ve always fancied one on this shade and it goes great with the white walls and our Horace Panter print.

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Both the girls can both fit on it really comfortably and it’s easily a seat and a half. It’s roomy and easy to recline in to. According to the description  – the fabric is durable so that’s good too. It has a sprung base bed to pull out and foam top and you can use the pillows for your cushions. I love the wooden legs – they give it extra height.

This particular style also comes in various colours and different sizes and also as a standard armchair.

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I like it very much and am very grateful for the timing of it arriving. Phew. One less thing to think about. Thanks, Habitat !

This Colombo ‘ Saffron ‘ chair has a hint of green but it most definitely yellow predominantly. We also have some pink sofas – which I will be featuring soon and it works really well with them and breaks up the colour in the room.

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I’ve fallen in love with it a bit. I might even get a chance to curl up and have a cuppa, while thinking about next year’s plans.

You can check out the other colours here, if you like the look of this model.

Are you all set for Christmas Day ? What are you going to be doing ? Wishing you a very Happy Christmas  – guessing  I will see you on the other side of the 25th now …

Have fun !

Lucy x

All photos taken by me  – Lucy Loves Ya.

This post is in collaboration with Habitat. All opinions my own.

Colour Your Christmas With Stocking Fillers

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A quick update today. Are you getting up to speed with Christmas ? I am getting there, just about !

Although stocking fillers are my favourite thing to do, they always ends up being the last to sort out so if you’re in the same boat or need some last minute extra gifts – I have pulled together some colourful items that I think make great little gifts. They’re fun and functional and fittable ( I think I just made that word up .. ) in a nice big sock. Hope you like them …

1. The scent of Jasmin is heavenly as far as I’m concerned. Do you like to too ? Designers Guild have these soaps in a pretty box. They’re £14.  2. We recently did an Alice in Wonderland play here for charity and it reminded me of how brilliant and mad the book and films are – and also how many people love the story. This Mad Hatter tea towel is by Mrs Moore Vintage Store and it’s £12. 3. Being a huge fan of Ban.do – this tote bag is naturally going to be in the list ! Pink and stripes, yes please. £18 from Birchbox. 4. Amara have a stunning range of gifts – like this dinner plate ( with others to form a set available ) by Christian Lacroix at £48. 5. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a candle or two. Although this is isn’t a festive scent as such, lavender is a lovely gentle alternative – and the motto on the front is perfect. By Rice DK – £17.99. 6. I was at a poetry festival recently and one of the speakers said ” there’s nothing like a new notebook ” .. I totally agree. Full of possibilities. Love the pastel shades of this one by Trouva. £10. 7. A gift for a patient friend who likes to grow their herbs ? Love that it comes in a teacup. This ‘ grow your own basil ‘ is from Not on the Highstreet and is £9. 8. What a lovely, lovely thing. Marimekko print pencils in a box. Amara £9.99. 9. Love this brand. Little Moose Gram. You might already know that I’m obsessed with flamingoes. So, this necklace was an obvious choice. It’s £39.95. Hint hint, husband ! 10. Everyone loves a yummy hand cream don’t they ? Look at the amazing packaging too … another company that I am rather obsessed with – Kiehl’s at SPACE NK. £17.50.

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Here are some treats that I know my girls would like, so maybe they will appeal to you and yours too ?

1. For the older ones, obviously. Not for the littles. Some bright bubble gum balls from Liberty London. £6.95. 2. These little animal lights always go down well. My daughters love them. This Squirrel Night Light is from White Mint. £5. 3. Wow ! Such a good idea – Kids Nail Polish from Not on the Highstreet. It can be washed off with soap and has no solvents, phthalates, bisphenol A and is perfume free. £8.50. 4. I think this mug would appeal to boys and girls of all ages. Fill it with sweets sweets maybe ? From Scion  – £10. 5. Make your own Super Hero Mask from Not on the Highstreet. £6.95. 6. A beautiful mobile for babas from Leif. Although they are in the States so you will have to get your skates on if you fancy buying one. $70. 7. How can you not love Smiggle ? They’re popping up everywhere and full of cute things. The Yums pencils are £2 each and you can change the erasers. 8. Oh look, how did another flamingo themed item make it in to the list ? ;) One of lots of different birds or animal hangers by Capventure at Forma. £3.50. 9. Well, I wasn’t going to write a post without some elf ears, was I ? Enough said. Paperchase. £7.50. 10. Cannot get enough of Meri Meri. They rock. Cupcake cases and birds – a winning combination. These are £10 for the set.

So, that’s my mini round up. There will of course, also be chocolate coins and satsumas. It’s the law. ;)

Have you already got everything sorted ? If you have any extra ideas then please leave a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog .. or let me know what you think of these !

Lucy x

Penelope Hope Fabrics And Cushions …

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One of the especially satisfying things about blogging is when you receive an email from a company that you totally love. The colours, the prints, the style – everything.

It happened recently when Nadia from textile and cushion brand Penelope Hope got in touch. I was already aware of her fabric collections – how can you miss them ? They’re so colourful and fearless. The opportunity for us to work together was too good to miss !

I received a bundle of goodies in the post to study, including the coolest cushions I have seen in a while, adorable material samples and a metre of  ‘ Pina Colada ‘ fabric from the  ‘ Cocktails and Dreams Collection ‘ in blue to make a little something for our home. I didn’t know where to start, I felt like a kid in a sweet shop.

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Well, I can tell you that the fabrics are extremely good quality and  the patterns are bold and stand out as something really exciting and fresh. I love the contrasting palettes and the vibrancy of each one.

Every single pattern is created by Nadia who uses hand sketching, photography, ink and acrylic painting as well as digital design, so a flexible approach to her work which results in really detailed and unique products.  It’s interesting to know that the brand are committed to printing and producing their textiles in the UK.

Although Penelope Hope is a relatively newbie on the interiors scene – they have already made quite a big impression and turned the heads of Elle Decoration Gallery Magazine to name a few – and I reckon it’s just the start of big things for them.

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Back to the fabrics. I want to tell you a bit more about the current range …

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The Oresome range is made of foiled fabrics and oozes on trend glamour. Copper and golds, silvers and gunmetal. My jumper says it all ! It’s going to be a fight over our ‘ Happy ‘ cushion. We’ll take it in turns, I think :)

Using classic geometrics like this herringbone and dogtooth, they are printed on to a silk twill and also a heavyweight cotton. Screenprinted by hand in small batches, they are limited edition, all called either an emotion or feeling. Adore, Lucky, Lust, Wish, Covet … Perfect names.

Then you have  ‘ Plunge Collection ‘ which is inspired by and in homage to Guernsey where Nadia grew up ( and it is incidentally a place close to my heart too )  –  where she remembers playing in rock pools, eating fish and chips and the salty spray of the sea. The prints are a kaleidoscopic and fragmented variation of her original artwork. The colours are blues and greens as you might imagine. They co – ordinate well with the others or just on they own. They have silk satin piping and feather inserts.

Marbelous ‘ is a capsule collection which is 100% silk satin with wonderful marbled print inspired by minerals and granite. The colours are quite incredible and I would like to stare at the swirls for ages. Mixing up total luxury with a huge splash of fun. Love it.

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As I mentioned earlier I use some of the ‘ Cocktails and Dreams ‘ fabric in a little project – a yoga floor cushion. Yeah – I will start doing some classes soon, now I have this ! What do you think of this print design ?

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Not only are there pineapples in different colour ways, there are also palm trees, tiles, cocktails of colour and even  ‘ Picking Coconuts ‘ which is one of my favourites.

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I piped the edges with a strong pink – like it with the blue ? I’m looking forward to using it and dreaming of an exotic holiday.

if you’d like to find out more about Penelope Hope then you can find their website here. You’ll also soon be seeing a collaboration with them and Swoon Editions in the New year on armchairs. Can’t wait for that !

In the meantime I have an exclusive discount code for you. If you spend over £15 in the store – you will receive 10% off. Just add  LUCYLOVESYA at checkout. The offer lasts for 3 months from now. Enjoy !

Which is your favourite print ? Or do you love all of them too ?

Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog – As ever, I would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

All images are taken by me –  Lucy Loves Ya.

I was sent the products for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions are my own.

Afternoon Tea With Amara and Friends at Ham Yard Hotel

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It has been a tad crazy here recently, hence my slight radio ( or blog ) silence … but I’m back !

We did a charity event including a play here and I was making costumes, decorations, selling tickets – you know the score …

But, in between the madness, was a very special few hours, spent at Ham Yard Hotel, as I was invited by Karen and Emily from Amara to have afternoon tea with them and some of the other category winners of the Amara Interior Blog Awards.

This time around I felt slightly less stunned, as I’m sure did the others, so, we caught up and discussed blogging. It was really interesting as we all blog from slightly different perspectives but all with a mutual love of interiors. You must check out the blogs of Victoria of Apartment Number 4, Hollie who runs Miafleur with her family, Teri from The Lovely Drawer and Phillip of English Buildings. All a really good read.

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Now, let me just tell you a bit about Ham Yard Hotel. As you may have read my post about the Awards Night, you will know it was held there and I loved it, but then to see it again in the day time, in all its colourful glory was something else !

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The Hotel is situated in a type of courtyard, slightly tucked away from the hustle and bustle that Soho is so well known for. The building is a U shape that revolves around trees and a bronze sculpture –  it’s hard to imagine how Tim and Kit Kemp ( the hoteliers and designers ) managed to create such an impressive place in what appears from the outside to be a modest size. For anyone seeking a little luxury in the centre of London, then it’s perfect. The restaurant decor is stunning as you can see from the pictures, there’s a drawing room, library – then there’s the retro bowling alley and the theatre downstairs – where the awards took place.

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Upstairs … there are 91 bedrooms and also many apartments for a longer stay. The colours schemes are varying and run through the different bedrooms. From the roof terrace you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city.

I really would like to stay a night or two sometime because as well as all of the above, the staff are absolutely lovely and for me, that’s always the most important thing. It can make or break a visit somewhere.

Ham Yard Afternoon Tea

Did you think I was going to leave out the food ? Not a chance. We ate a selection of savoury and sweet treats, including scones and, macarons and cakes,  which were washed down with champagne for those who drink bubbles and I had a delicious Summer Mint Tea in a very delicate, vintage style cup and saucer.

A big thanks to Amara for a slice of calm and great chat before heading back to all the madness that was going on here. I loved it.

If you want to check out more details on Ham Yard Hotel, you can here.

Do you have a favourite place that you like to meet for tea, or to stay ? I’d love to hear about them. Recommendations are always the best way !

Have a good day.

Lucy x

All images copyright of Photographer Simon Brown 2015.

Inspire Me – with Charlotte Cosby, Creative Director at Farrow & Ball

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Are you a fan of Farrow & Ball ? I am. It’s hard to not fall in love with their paint colours and wallpaper designs. I love the depth of their colours and the feel, texture and quality of the papers.

Charlotte Cosby, Creative Director at Farrow & Ball is behind all of the beautiful shades and patterns, along with her team, based in Dorset. I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to interview Charlotte and ask her amongst other things, about their new collection …

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A question I am sure you get asked a lot, as you have such a dream job, but how did you become Creative Director at Farrow & Ball ?

It was really just a case of being in the right place and the right time, although a love of design, interiors and colour certainly helped as well!

My first job was at a bank, but as it turns out, I wasn’t that interested in Swiss market intelligence so packed my bags and headed for an ad agency in London. There I worked as a planner but soon realised my heart was in creative and I went to work for a freelance interior designer and gallery owner. Finally, at the tender age of 23, I settled at Farrow & Ball. I was like a kid in a sweet shop full of colours and patterns and have spent the last nine years growing up with the brand.

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What are your earliest memories of colour and patterns ?

I’ve been drawn to colour and pattern for as long as I can remember but my most vivid memory is of the wallpaper in the living room of my childhood home. It had an off-white background with pale blue, peach and aqua irregular dots that created a loose impression of flowers in a garden. Coincidentally, I’m very attracted to patterns with that type of texture and this question has helped me to pinpoint exactly why that might be the case !

Research must be an integral part of your job. Do you travel far and wide ? How do you find these places ?

Yes absolutely, I’m very fortunate to be able to travel to lots of amazing places as part of my job. From research trips to the States to attending trade shows across Europe, I journey anywhere and everywhere for Farrow & Ball! While I’ll often start by looking for inspiration for new wallpaper designs in archives, initial inspiration could have come from anything from Japanese manhole covers to historic houses to something interesting I’ve found in the antiques fabric dealers in New York.

 

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Are you constantly updating your own home with your new hues and wallpapers ? Or do you have staple favourites ?

Yes I paint a lot! Every time we introduce new colours I end up painting another room with a new favourite colour. My home is an eclectic mix of contemporary and modern with a restful colour palette backdrop. I spend a lot of time around colour and am always busy so I opted for a simple, restful palette so I could properly relax.

My bedroom is painted Wimborne White which is a great backdrop for the 8ft high green banana leaf print I have on the wall! The living room is painted in the soothing Dix Blue which is extremely calming and the guest room is a combination of Ammonite and Purbeck Stone.

I also have some bolder colours and patterns, for example I have Lotus 2051 though my hallway. Being a first floor flat, this covers two floors from the bottom of the stairs. For my kitchen, I wanted something a little more dramatic so opted for rich Stiffkey Blue. My bathroom is also painted in Dix Blue and Pavilion Blue but with the addition of a giant pink Aubdon flamingo on the tiles !

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How would you recommend using palettes throughout a home to ensure a happy balance ?

If you want a house to flow from room to room, choose paints that have the same weight of colour within them. Strong colours are great but do think about how they relate to one another. Make sure you are happy with the flow and that it doesn’t shock or jar from one room to another. For example, a Stone Blue hallway leading into a Rectory Red living room will work well because the weight of colour is balanced.

Farrow & Ball have the most wonderful selection of whites. Can a subtle difference in shade make all the difference in a room and why ?

It certainly can ! As with all of our colours, our whites have different undertones. The key to picking the right white is taking the time to understand how these undertones will affect the space you are decorating as well thinking about the look and feel you want to achieve. For example, with its red undertones, Joa’s White is the perfect companion for Book Room Red or Rectory Red and will create a warm and homely environment. To create a cooler more urban style, neutrals like Blackened or Dimpse which have soft blue tones, illustrate how the undertone of a colour can not only change the overall feel of the room but also the style.

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I immediately spot your colours and patterns in people’s homes. What do you think it is about Farrow & Ball paint and wallpapers that make them so distinctive ?

Our paints are made using the highest quality pigments and resins and no low quality ‘ fillers ‘, which means they have a visibly greater depth and purity. The key ingredients of Chalk, China Clay and high quality Titanium Dioxide all combine to give our paints their unique absorbing finish. We also test every batch of paint by hand for colour accuracy, so they meet our obsessively high requirements.

Farrow & Ball wallpapers are just as distinctive. Our papers are handcrafted according to traditional production methods and created using our paints meaning it’s easy to combine paint and paper to create a cohesive look within a room.  You could choose to pick out the ground or pattern colour on woodwork or other walls, or choose fabric and furnishings inspired by the paper. The paint also gives the paper a uniquely textured appearance which makes them really tactile – you can’t help but want to touch them !

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Can you tell me about the new Farrow & Ball wallpapers – Hornbeam, Feather Grass and Blostma. What is the inspiration behind them ?

Living and working in Dorset, I am constantly inspired by the beauty of nature and the changing seasons.  I wanted to create a collection that celebrates the special influence that the British countryside has on you, and translate this into the home.

These papers are inspired by a desire to embrace and appreciate the beauty of nature around us. They are also part of a wider design trend for trees, plants and leaves, as people take a moment and connect with the nature around them. Feather Grass, for example, has a wonderful large scale border design that makes you feel like you a lying in a country meadow !

People are increasing viewing their homes as places of sanctuary and this collection really encapsulates the calm, restful feeling that we all strive to achieve.

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Finally, what are your colour predictions for 2016 ? 

The colours we’ll be looking to decorate our homes going into 2016 will promote a sense of tranquillity and wellbeing.  Sophisticated pastels shades that can be used in isolation or combined with classic greys will continue to be popular throughout the year. The smoky, silvery Light Blue, a colour that is neither blue nor grey but mysteriously somewhere in between and works brilliantly when combined with some of our cooler neutrals such as Dimpse, Blackened and Lamp Room Gray.

Warm Pink Ground reflects the desire to turn away from the more sweet and sugary pinks and towards a more soft edged colour that while remaining pretty, exudes a sense of class. Combined with the darker tones of Charleston Gray and London Stone, Pink Ground is the ultimate sophisticated chic pink for the year ahead.

A huge thanks to Charlotte for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions about her inspirations and very cool job at Farrow & Ball. It was such a pleasure to meet her recently at the Amara Interior Blog Awards when she presented me with my award.

Some really insightful information there about colour inspiration. Has to got you in the mood for painting and decorating ? What do you think of the new wallpaper collections ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog … as ever, I would LOVE to hear from you …

Lucy x

All images copyright of Farrow & Ball 2015.

Christmas Colour Inspiration Palettes

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Every now and then I like to draw out some of the colours from my instagram photos and share them here for a little inspiration. You may have seen some of my other posts ? As we have festivities coming up – a good time to do it, before we are in the thick of it all.

Do you like to stick with your festive colour scheme each year or change aspects of it ? I tend to see little things throughout the year that I like, or will make something and then I get a bit ahead of myself, thinking about how the Christmas dinner table will look or the living room. Sometimes traditional wins and other times maybe some pastels or stronger colours, that look lovely against a white canvas.

So, here are two photos with different palettes that I like. The first one is Light blue and red. A mix of traditional and contemporary. These colours look so good together.

What do you think ?

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I bought this hand held bouquet from a farmer’s market recently. Another nice combination, which would look great on a Christmas tree or wreath. Warm and feminine.

Some more festive posts coming up over the next few weeks. I love this time of year ! Although I really need to get a bit more organised in the gift department.

Which is your favourite set of colours ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog – as always, I would love to hear from you ..

Lucy x

My Christmas Dress ‘ Lyst ‘

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Right, so the festive adverts are officially on television, so I feel can write about Christmas now without anyone gasping with horror. In fact, it’s not that far away.  …

Which means thinking ahead a bit to some parties and events coming up over the next few months. It’s been ages since I put together some colourful outfits to show here on the blog, so I thought what better time to do it as I was also contacted by Lyst recently, who you may well already know of, but if you don’t – they are an online website who partner with the world’s greatest designers and stores to bring us fashion all in one place. Handy, eh ?

Well, I’ve had some fun putting together my Wish ‘ Lyst ‘  of favourite dresses and  really excited to see lots of my favourite brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Maje , American Vintage … Stella McCartney as well as asos and highstreet shops too. Loads of colour inspiration for the eyes !

I absolutely love this style of dress ( 1, above ) by Sonial Rykiel. It’s timeless and silk. The tie is very vintage in style and the colour is perfect for getting in a festive mood. Red is all about love and radiance  – so I think it’s perfect for this time of year. The earrings are by Kate Spade and come in a set of 3. They add the extra sparkle and then some black ankle boots by Hobbs and a matching clutch by Clare V to bring the outfit together. Like it ?

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Oh, how I adore Mary Katrantzou. Her designs are always so cheerful, daring and creative. Did you know she started out designing interior prints but changed to fashion ? This Symbols Shift Dress is too cute. Perfect for Christmas Day. Teamed up with some Anglomania / Melissa heels and jewellery accessories. Earrings are from Kenneth Jay Lane and the cuff by Nadri.

Although I do love throwing lots of colours at most things .. Sometimes simple and understated is best. What do you think ?

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Finally, this shade of blue is possibly my favourite colour of all time. It seems to suit everyone. The dress is by Jaeger. Drapes are very flattering and a high neck works well for my body shape. I found some other great styles too by this brand on the Lyst Site. As it’s quite a classic number, silver shiny accessories like this clutch from Kenzo and silver heeled pumps by Semilla will keep it feminine and a nice light outfit. The flower earrings by Bill Skinner were too pretty not to add to the ensemble.

Well, that’s my list all made up. If you want to take a over on the Lyst site, you will see lots of clothing and accessories for men and women. All you need to do is click on the items and they will take you to the store if you want to buy them.

Have a good one …

Lucy x

This post is a collaboration with Lyst. All opinions my own.

#InspirationIsColour – Meet My Colourful Insta Friends

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For the last few weeks, I have been meaning to do my first #InspirationIsColour post here on the blog – but as you may know – it’s been a little hectic for one reason or another. But … here it is.

I started a hashtag on Instagram a little while ago because I thought it would be fun to locate some other colour lovers and say hi … and also to share with already made friends too.

Well, it has been really fun and I’ve been taken aback by all of the bright and beautiful pictures so far. Heading for 800 in fact and more each day.

I’ve picked out some for you to see and have thrown in a couple of my own – can you spot them ? The first selection above got got me really inspired. What do you think ?

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Left to right: lucylovesyablog, capturebylucy, zoestroud78, bespokebride, pastapatchwork, yardagedesign, potterandbloom, jennamichellepink, madebylolly

It’s always good to see what other insta – creatives are up to, especially when they’re making mood boards ( like Capturebylucy ), crocheting ( one day I will learn ..) and painting their nails all fancy. Oh, and being a dog lover, I had to share Zoe’s cute pup sitting amongst the cosy, colourful blanket. Aww.

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Left to right: bymeeni, miafleur_home, hannahberridgeceramics, oldfashionsus, booandmaddie, mrandmrstplus3, justjane17, lovechicliving, esmaventer

And then there are the adorable flower photos. Especially now we are in Autumn. Oh, the reds, oranges and yellows ! Just stunning. Aren’t we lucky to be surrounded by such beauty ? I always stop and study a good insta flower :) … all of the ways to display them. Lots of good ideas. What do you think of these floral palettes ?

I hope you have enjoyed them all. If you love colour too then add the hashtag and join in ! I look forward to seeing your photos and will do another post when there are even more to share …

Let me know your Instagram name by leaving a comment under this post. Would love to hear from you :)

Lucy x

The Shopkeeper’s Home – Book Review

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There are so many good books out there, it’s impossible to know sometimes where to start. I’m an avid book collector when it comes to interiors, crafts and inspiration generally so am really pleased to be sharing one with you, that you just might be interested in.

I was sent  ‘ The Shopkeeper’s Home ‘ by Caroline Rowland ( who by coincidence, I was introduced to last week at the Awards ) to review and was kind of intrigued by the title. For a start the word ‘ Shopkeeper ‘ sounds lovely and vintage and ‘ Home ‘ immediately got me interested. Because I’m a bit nosey like that. Especially when it’s about some of the ” World’s Best Independent Retailers and their Stylish Homes “.

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The good news is …. actually, there is only good news. This book is fabulous. It’s also pretty meaty in terms of volume ( I sat for ages and read it with one of my new Wedgewood cup and saucers from my Amara Winner’s Goody Bag ) … and couldn’t put it down until it was finished.

For the introduction – there is lots of advice and information on styling a home or shop, flooring, lighting, textiles and colour stories ( favourite section .. check out the yellow home belonging to shop owner Danni Hong ). It’s really easy to follow and the imagery draws you in immediately – lots of colour and eclectic spaces to wet your appetite.

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What I love especially about this book is the layout. The main focus being the shopkeepers work and then their home spaces – it flows really well and makes you want to turn the page to see more .. and more.

Craft Shops

It really makes you think about the creator behind each of these shops and it’s interesting how there is often a crossover from each persons shop to their home style. Although sometimes the homes are a slightly more serene version. Which is inevitable, I guess. The main thing they all appear to have in common is a love of aesthetics, whether they sell homeware, coffee and cakes, sewing notions or clothes. Every shop featured is full of passion and individual personality. Having had a store myself once  – I know how much goes in to the thought process and wanting it to feel homely for your customers. So many aspects to consider !

Throughout, there are pockets of inspiration and suggestions on how to decorate, display and source items with loads of images.

I won’t tell you anymore as it might spoil it for you, if you want to buy it !

I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. It’s stunning, really well curated, the quality of paper is lovely and it’s a hardback. Not bad at all for £25.

Are you a book lover too ? What do you love to read ? Leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ….would love to hear your thoughts :)

Lucy x

I was sent this book to review. All opinions my own.