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Introducing 2016 Trends In To Your Home

That 70s Trend

1. Rattan Lampshade 2. Portel Dinnerware Set 3. Cork Storage Jar 4. Gold Cutlery Set 5. Blue Vase 6. Folding Dining Table 7. Pestle and Mortar 8. Gold Wine Rack 9. Oak Dining Chair 10. Bamboo Place Mats

2016 is looking rather interesting, interiors wise. I don’t know about you, but I find it can be a bit daunting sometimes when looking to make some changes to a room in your home. Knowing where and how to start. There is almost too much inspiration out there on the internet ( if that’s possible ? ) sometimes and it’s not always all attainable.

So, I think it helps by just finding one thing that you really like and working around that. Maybe a vase or in this case ( above ) a lampshade. I’ve put together a couple of ideas for some of the latest trends and how I would build on it, with some finds from Habitat.

Being a sucker for anything to do with the 70s era, I’m happy to see a bit of rattan, bamboo and some wood textures re-emerging. All trends seem to return and some, more than others I am happy to welcome back. This one makes me want to pop on a flowing chiffon dress, flick my hair and dig out my vintage sunnies.

What about you ? Do you have a favourite ?

This rattan ceiling lampshade ( above ) reminds me of my childhood as do the placemats. Gold is becoming really popular again at the moment and I love this cutlery set.

Urban Jungle

1. Floral Cushion 2. Floor Lamp 3. Coffee Table 4. Velvet Sofa 5. Faux Plant 6. Orange Vase 7. Seagrass Basket 8. Elephant Cushion 9. White Bottle Vase 10. Bird Cushion

Lots of Bohemian and Asian inspired colours are also definitely up there, this year and green will be BIG in many different shades. Starting with the stamped design cushion, I chose some other saturated coloured ones with a hint of animal print as this is another big thing  – do zebra or leopard prints ever really go away ? I added some white the white coffee table piece too to balance it out a little.

You could go really to town and paint a contrasting colour on the walls or go white and let the furniture and accessories do the talking.

We will be seeing lots of houseplants in all shapes and sizes which adds to the green theme and also inspired by the 70s. Did you notice that the catwalks a few months ago had lots of inspiration from this time. The Peter Pilotto show that I attended and wrote about had many A line silhouettes and bold palettes. I love it !

The main thing, I find, is to be comfortable in your surroundings and feel that it totally represents you and your tastes. Even just a few little tweaks here and there will feel good if you’re craving a change and you can work on it from there.

It’s looking pretty bright, don’t you think ? Although there are also more subtle pinks, light greys and ombre patterns, similar to the dipped DIY look that we have seen in the last few years, on the scene which will please the pastel lovers among us !

How do you like to decorate ? Do any of the current trends inspire you ?

I’d love to hear your thoughts so please do leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Lucy x

This post is a collaboration with Habitat. All opinions are my own.

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 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.

Kids Gifts

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.

Penelope Hope Samples

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

Ham Yard Love

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

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.

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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.

Eeeeek. I won the Amara Colour Inspiration Award !

21946986914_accafcc9ea_bI want to start this post by saying a massive thank you to all who took the time to nominate and vote for me in the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2015.

A few nights ago, I attended the awards ceremony at Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, London with Andy, and quite frankly, was looking forward to clapping the winners of each category, including my own. If you know of the other bloggers in the Colour Inspiration section, you will know why I was resigned and more than happy to do so. They’re all so talented.

So after catching up with old friends and new, we all sat down in Ham Yard’s private theatre ready to hear who would be the Highly Commended and the Winners for 2015. We decided to sit towards the back so that we could watch it all happen.TV Presenter and Interior Designer Sophie Robinson was our presenter for the ceremony and she was so at ease and good at her job ( which is definitely not as easy as she made it look ), that I think it relaxed us all a bit. Sam Hood who is Creative Director and Chief Buyer of Amara was on stage too and as the first two winners were announced ( I would love to name everyone but will give you a link to see all at the end … ) the sponsors of those categories walked up and shared a moment with them.

Then came ‘ Colour Inspiration ‘ … I reclined a bit at this point because I had already made up my mind who had probably won. But then I hard my name called out and went a bit  ‘ out of body ‘. What made it even more special, was that Sophie had said that it was her favourite category. So, up I went all jelly legged ( I kind of resembled Mrs Overall from Acorn Antiques ) because I was suddenly very nervous and trying to trying to walk quickly in heels up on to the stage to meet Sam and then Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative at Farrow & Ball who were the sponsors for this particular award, for a photo…. then back to my seat, where I sat stunned but totally elated.

You may notice in this photo that Charlotte was in a much more colourful outfit than me on the night. A lovely red dress. Had I known that I was going to win and even though I love my Vivienne Westwood black dress – I would’ve worn something a little brighter, I think !

After enjoying all of the other categories, we all then headed back to the bar area to celebrate and chat more.

I mean, wow ? It has taken a few days to sink in and to think that the judges with such experience in their fields, chose me.  It blows my mind. I have to say at this point – the other 4 shortlisted blogs were Candy Pop ( in photo above ), Emily Quinton, Little Big Bell and Jessica Zoob who are all so fantastic and very clever at what they do – it must’ve been a hard choice.

The next morning when I woke up, I had that moment of clarity you get when you realise you haven’t just dreamt something – it actually happened. When Mae and Betsey came in to see how the evening had gone – I pulled the award from under the duvet and they did a very happy dance. We all did, actually.

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My first ever product review request for Lucy Loves Ya was from Amara. I remember feeling very excited about it … and now 4 years down the line, this has happened. I have a lot to thank them for. They are not only the leading online luxury homeware and gifts boutique, but they are also really nice people – so I feel grateful to be involved with them.

Right now, I’m on cloud nine and think I’d like to bottle this feeling. :) Looking forward to writing lots more blog post and carrying on with filling the blog with colour !

Here’s a list of all the highly commended blogs and the winners.

Wishing you a great day.

Lucy x

Photographs 1 – 7 taken and copyright of John Nassari Photograhy. Photo 7 taken by me – Lucy Loves Ya.

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival at Snape Maltings

Pumpkins

Every year we try and make sure we go to the weekend of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival based at Snape Maltings.

Apart from it just being a fun day out for us all, it’s stacked full of really good local produce from East Suffolk. There is live music throughout the day which adds to the already buzzy atmosphere.

Flowers

This year it was the 10th Anniversary of there were ever 90 different producers along with demonstrations, masterclasses and an area for kids to get hands on with some cooking.

One of the first stalls I spotted was full of beautiful seasonal flowers. Needless to say, some came home with me and ended up on my Instagram.

Bread Snape

It’s surely criminal to pass freshly made baguettes without buying at least one ? Why doesn’t my homemade bread look like this ever ? :)

Buns

So many tasty pies and buns … not enough time to eat them all … but we took some home with us too.

Tomatoes

These tomatoes  – perfectly ripe and sweet. It’s making my mouth water, just thinking about them again. Local and homegrown veggies definitely taste different don’t they ?

Macarons

The chocolate and salted caramel macarons were our favourite. I would really love to learn how to make them. Do you know of any good recipes ?

Snape Maltings

As well as the concert hall, famous for being converted from an old malt house by Benjamin Britten in 1967, there are also many shops, all transformed but still with exposed, old red brick. One of my favourites is the interiors department, because it is full of colourful inspiration for the home.

Snape Maltings InteriorsSnape

I really recommend a visit here if you’re ever in the area. It is beautiful and the views of the river Alde and beyond are stunning. On this particular day the sky was blue so I will leave you with a picture of the bright bunting that completed the festival.

SkyDo you have any food festivals that you don’t like to miss ? Please do recommend some. Leave me a  comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog :)

Have a good day.

Lucy x