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Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 Greenery

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1.Pantone Nail Polish – Butter London 2.
Vase – Habitat 3. Peridot Earrings – Leif 4. Sofa – Wayfair 5. Bugatti Toaster – Amara 6. Chopping Board – Jospeh Joseph 7. Moroccan Glass – Habitat

It’s been announced. The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2017 …. Greenery. I’m so excited. I was hoping it would be green in some form and I love the zing it has – have you noticed it has a hint of yellow to it ?

Unfortunately I couldn’t make the unveiling of this yesterday ( but thanks for my lovely pieces in the post, Pantone !) so instead have put together a collection of products in a greenery shade from some of my favourite stores.

Greenery ( or Pantone 15 – o343 ) is transitional – works in all seasons but I really can’t wait to see it used for Spring. For me it evokes nature and is fresh and full of hope which is most welcome, really.

I’d be interested to know your thoughts on it ? Are you happy too or sitting or the fence … or really not sure at all ? Can you see yourself using Pantone’s new colour of the year on your walls or wearing it ? I’m looking forward to using it with some other strong colours  – do you remember my bedroom mood boards recently ? I used a very similar green there.

So, how will we see Greenery feature in 2017 ? I can’t wait to see – I think there will be some bold patterns and bohemian style – that’s for sure …

Lucy x

Festive Living Room Blog Hop 2016

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I’ve been looking forward to today. It’s  my turn on the #UkHomeBlogHop organised and hosted by the very lovely Kimberly over at Swoon Worthy, along with 4 other bloggers who I will let you know about at the end of this blog post.

You may have come here directly from The Ordinary Lovely, and not have popped in to say hi here before which is great – welcome ! I’m Lucy and write and photograph about colourful interiors, fashion, travel and food. I also interview inspirational designers and artists.  If you are a regular reader then I will put you in the picture as to what this is all about.

There are many fabulous interior bloggers out there and we all like to support each other. So what better way than to spend this week while we are all starting to get festive in our own homes, by hopping from one blog to the next so you can discover some new ones and we can meet some new readers too.

I will directing you over to the next blog at the end of this post once you have had al little tour of my living room …

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Things are getting cosy here in our home. We spent our Sunday making gingerbread and getting the decorations out. Actually, let me rephrase that – we spent Sunday eating far too much gingerbread and faffing about with baubles and and loads of cables.

It was really fun though and as you can see, we have the fireplace looking ready for Christmas.

I hope some of my ideas here for decorating my home appeal to you and give you some inspiration if needed. As my girls are still quite young, this is essentially a kids themed room but hey, do any of us want to be grown up at Christmas ?

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The usual place for our large tree is in a corner of the room which is now filled with a sideboard so I rather fancied having two small trees sitting on top of the fireplace which makes it symmetrical. I popped some pom pom baubles on them and they just kind of attached themselves so no string needed. Nifty, huh ?

They’re kind of cute, don’t you think ? These are real trees from Bloom & Wild ( yes, they actually arrived in the post ! ) so I water them regularly and hopefully they will survive until the end of December.

Of course you need lights and warmth at this time of year. I’ve tried to keep things quite simple to avoid clutter in the room ( there’ll be enough once Father Christmas has been ;) ) so focused on lighting what is already in the room rather than adding loads of extra ornaments .. bar one or two !

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Hanging some bauble type lights down one side makes for a contemporary look and these can be used elsewhere all year round. I will probably move them to our bedroom once it is all finished ( another post to come soon ) …

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Wrapping some wire lighting around the logs makes it a feature and I have put some little toadstools amongst them.

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I couldn’t resist this little double bass as we all love music so much in the family.

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We’ve already wrapped some presents for relatives and have used Washi tape to add their initial in a big and bold way on the front. Will make searching though gifts on Christmas Day that bit easier.

Over the next few days you will see our larger Christmas tree and room being decorated over on instagram in my design room.

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But until then, a few more biscuits will be consumed on the sofa, once we have lit the fire.

Warm gingerbread and a hot chocolate for guests arriving from a long journey is always most welcome. I definitely recommend leaving some out at this time of year. It doesn’t last long ..

Now, I’d love you to visit the next blogger – Sarah Akwisombe on this Blog Hop  at 11 am tomorrow morning when her post becomes live.

In fact, check out all the others involved in this week’s #UKHomeBlogHop below because they’re all great and hopefully you will find some new blogs to enjoy.

Lucy x

 

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Speciality Orchid – Houseplant of the Month for November

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Did you know that for November – the Speciality Orchid is the Houseplant of the Month ?

I’ve been a fan of this type of plant for quite some time now now. Ever since I realised that there are so many different colours and types with such interesting histories. They add character to a room and some even offer health benefits.

At the moment I have four different types in our home that I would like to introduce you to. You may well know a lot more about them than me but I’ve tried to add a few facts too below in case you’re interested to know a little more about these fascinating houseplants …

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Cattleya.

This beauty is called Cattleya Hybrid. The petals are so silky. They make really striking houseplants with their thick leaves growing out of the tuber. I love the vibrancy of this magenta shade mixed with the yellow centre – they also come in white, orange, green and pastels and has the most varied appearance of all orchids. The deep and rich fragrance is amazing too – apparently has earned the Cattleya a rather special nickname – ‘ Queen of the Orchids ‘. As with many types of Speciality Orchids, the Cattleya prefers a light spot but not direct sunlight. The soil needs to almost dry out between waterings. It thrives best in high humidity  – and a handy tip is to keep them in their pot on an island of damp clay pebbles. My plant has a little way to go yet but they can reach up to 15 cm in height.

Did you know that the expression ‘ to cattleya ‘ is a euphemism for amorous encounters between Odette and Swann in Marcel Proust’s seven volumes novel ‘ Remembrance of Things Past ‘ ? True that !

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Brassia.

This is possibly my favourite Speciality Orchid with it’s starry bright petals and  burgundy spots and turned stems – almost other worldly ? It’s a Brassia Orange Delight and as with all from the Brassia family – is light and fine, so it moves a little when you walk past it. They tend to be good in light all year round ( this helps with flowering ) and prefer to stay a little moist.  They make lots of aerial roots which enjoyed being sprayed.

It is named after an illustrator called William Brass who was commissioned by Sir Joseph Banks at the end of the 18th century to collect unusual orchids. A job I would have quite liked myself but it was back in the 18th century …

This particular plant is in its early stages of flowering but it will eventually flower all along the stem – it has been nicknamed the the ‘s Spider Orchid ‘ for this reason. Out in the wild the Brassia uses it’s spidery shape to attract Spider Wasps which sting the lip and this then pollinates other Brassias. Isn’t nature amazing ?

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Dendobrium Noble.

Kind of like a mini tree this one. The stems look like bamboo with clusters of flowers growing out of the axil of each leaf. Like the Cattleya it has a lovely scent. In the wild, you will find it growing in the cool mountains of the Himalayas Jungle of New Guinea and all the desert of Australia. Interesting places to find them ? It means that they easily cope with a living room environment. They tend to flower for about 4 months and if you can wait another few months after they sometimes do again.

In total there are about 1,200 different species of Dendobrium. First discovered in 1799 by ‘ Olof Schwartz ‘. The name Dendobrium comes from from the Greek ‘ dendron’ ( tree ) and ‘ bios ‘ ( life ) and in the wild they grow harmlessly  on trees as an epiphyte to derive it’s moisture.  What is really cool about them is that they are known to be very good houseplants for removing toluene ( the most important ingredient in paint thinner ) and xylene ( a solvent for resins and fats ) from the air.

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Paphiopedilum

This Speciality Orchid is attractive with or without it’s flower because of its pretty leaves. Also ( and maybe more commonly ) known as ‘ Venus Slipper ‘ owing to the lip of the flower being in the shape of an elegant slipper. The name is derived from Paphos in Greece where the goddess Aphrodite arose from the sea and ‘ Pedalion ‘ which means ‘ slipper ‘ in Ancient Greece. Ironically though – you don’t find any wild Paphiopedilums anywhere in Greece ! It actually grows in South  – East Asia.

Being a shade Speciality Orchid so it can tolerate partial shade but not full sun. They love fresh air as long as it isn’t too cold. I tend to remove my Paphiopedilum from its pot when watering and let water run though the roots before putting it back once it has drained well.

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One bit of advice I would offer for this orchid and in fact all types  – is to add stones for draining to the bottom of your pots to stop them sitting in any pools of water.

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I always think that Speciality Orchids are too beautiful to play around with too much. It takes away from the star of the show – being the flower. But to add a little warmth, I’ve added some gold leaf to this pot and finished it with a rustic worn look. A  metallic enriches the flower shades even more and adds to their already eye catching opulence.

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I sprayed this old terracotta pot with glitter gold too. Just to enhance the pot and give it a little shimmer. What do you think ?

 

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Hopefully you have enjoyed my little Speciality Orchid post  – and have discovered something new about them ? You can also find out lots more about houseplants and see DIY projects at www.thejoyofplants.co.uk

Please do leave me a comment to let me know more about Speciality Orchids or if you have just enjoyed reading this ! Would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with The Joy of Plants. All opinions are my own. 

How We do Autumn in Southwold …

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Would you believe me if I told you that this was Southwold yesterday ? Blue skies, sunshine and all the colour that you could wish for. All in one place. On a late October afternoon. Stuff dreams are made of ..

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It’s the time of year when we get the promenade pretty much to ourselves and we can wander around the town still enjoying the warm ( ish ) days while sharing fish and chips and checking out some of the interior shops. Squeezing in at least one trip here a week is always on my agenda, sometimes I pop over after school with the girls.

I’m starting out this season as I mean to go on – with more bright clothing. Considering how much I talk about strong colours and pastels here on my blog – you’d think all my clothes would be crazy bold but that hasn’t been the case recently. I’m putting that right though now and it feels much more ‘ me ‘ again.

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You might already know how much I love teal. It’s a really flattering colour, I think, on most people. This Jennie coat is a new staple favourite. It’s from Boden ( my whole outfit is here ) and it’s versatile being perfect for Autumn and the right shape to pop an extra layer under for winter. Kind of classic isn’t it ?

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One type of item that I wear all the time is a tunic. If it has a little stretch, then all the better. I like to layer them over skinny jeans. It’s just a nice relaxed look isn’t it ? This breton stripe kind of suits Southwold. Nautical ! Talking of jeans – what did we ever do without the skinny style ? I can totally recommend these ‘ Mayfair ‘ ones as they stay fitted.

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So you may wonder why I have a picture of the lighthouse here ? Well, we walked from the promenade up to Cafe Fifty One for a milkshake ( check out their cool pumpkins display – and do visit  – it’s really good ) and passed it on the way to the pier and I just thought how quirky Southwold is for having a lighthouse right in the middle of town. Kind of suits the place, really.

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Right under my feet here is the sea. But in all honestly I was admiring my new pumps and bag on this occasion. The shoes are called Patti and I love the contrast of black and navy. Do you like them too ? I have needed a drawstring bag big enough for my camera and everything else I need for the day ( kitchen sink, anyone ? ) and am very into the Beatnik Red. I honestly didn’t intend to coordinate with my surroundings but it worked out pretty well :)

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Before heading home  I stopped off at the local flower store to grab a bundle of sunflowers for the kitchen table.

Long may these blue sky days last …

I’d love to know your thoughts on my outfit ? Are you a fan of brights too ? Do leave me a comment under the post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

Jennie Coat, Breton Tunic, Mayfair Jeans, Drawstring Bag and  Patti Shoes all c / o Boden.

Lucy x

Photography by Andy Henderson & Lucy Gleeson.

Loving Skincare Products By Liha – A Giveaway For My Readers

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Over the years I must have tried out dozens of skincare ranges, mainly natural as I like to know and understand what’s in each product. It’s important that it smells nice and most importantly does the job.

A little while ago I tried out Idan Oil by Liha when I was pottering around Liberty London. I rubbed in to my hands and then spent the rest of the day really enjoying the tuberose and coconut aroma – and also noticed that my hands were noticeably smoother. ‘ Idan ‘ means magic in Yoruba ( in Africa ) and I can see why it has been named this. It’s true.

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One tuberose flower has been immersed in the oil using a traditional African process called enfleurage. When the bottle of oil is placed under warm water, the coconut pressed coconut becomes fluid enabling you to use the combination as an indulgent body lotion,  leave in hair conditioner or even a perfume.

I’m a big fan of anything with coconut in, with all the health benefits it offers and if you’ve ever smelt tuberose – you might agree with me that it’s really feminine and gives a sense of warmth. The two fragrances together – heavenly. Now I have a full bottle here at home that I use every day on my hands and feet before bedtime and after baths.

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Also from their ranges I have Liha’s Shea Butter and Ose Gidi Soap. The Shea Butter is an intense hand crafted moisturiser that can be used neat or as a base to make up your own cream. It has naturally occurring content of vitamin A and E and is known as a ‘ cure all ‘ formula. It melts between your hands and can be applied like the oil, all over.

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I highly recommend the Ose Gidi soap – it is exfoliating and has deep cleansing properties.The formulation is vegan and contains hemp oil, coconut and shea butter and has healing and anti – inflammatory and anti –  oxidant qualities due to the Moringa powder and vitamin E.

Do have a look at Liha’s website to find out more about each product and all that they do. I’m so glad I have discovered them. Liha and Abi who are the founders have been friends for a very long time and created this brand after they’d had many rave reviews from friends and guests who had sampled out their trial pots when they were toying with the idea of starting up as a business. As well as having their own website they are now also stocking at many high profile stores. Amazing how a brand can take off so quickly when they get it just right.

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Liha are offering one of my readers a bottle of Idan Oil, a tub of the Shea Butter and an Ose Gidi Soap in a little Liha canvas bag, all in all worth over £70 –  all you have to do is enter my raffflecopter giveaway to have the chance to win. It’s really quick and easy and the terms and conditions are just below. Leaving a comment is mandatory. If you’re not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – no problem you are still eligible by just commenting.

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T’s & C’s

The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter straight ager the giveaway ends and contacted by email. If I do not hear back within 48 hours a new person will be chosen.

This giveaway is open to UK residents only.

Postage and packaging supplied by Liha. Lucy Loves Ya or Liha will not be held responsible for any loss or damage in the post.

No alternative prize or cash offered.

Good luck.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Liha – all opinions are my own.