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Yvonne Coomber – An Artist Brimming with Inspiration

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A very interesting thing happened recently. When we had our trip to The Bedruthan Hotel, there were pieces of art hanging in the reception and halls for guests to admire and purchase.

There was one particular painter that I was drawn to and every time we passed them, I said to Andy and my girls ” I love these so much ” and I kind of lovingly bowed to them. They had a shimmer effect and were just dreamy.

Roll on a few months and guess what ? I receive an email from Yvonne Coomber the artist in question, telling me that she loves my blog. I can’t quite believe it ! Divine intervention ? I’d like to think so.

So, we decided to collaborate and show you some of her work that is now here on my walls.

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Yvonne Coomber uses a mixture of paints  – oils, inks, glosses, glazes and fine glitter with paintbrushes, rags, her fingers and palette knives to achieve the overall finished piece. Working outside on every single project, whether it’s raining or snowing and everything in between also inspires each painting and dictates how the paint falls.

Born in Ireland, Yvonne was brought up on a farm and went on to travel the world, then studying in Brighton. She now has four children with husband and fellow artist Mike Boyer and lives in now in Devon where she produces her work.

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I love the combination of the vibrant flowers, drenched in colour with the the light sky in this ‘ My Paradise ‘ print. We have put it up where the sun hits it mid morning and it’s so captivating. Placing art in the right position is so important and I think about it for a while nowadays before choosing the right home for any painting.

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When I first opened this canvas from Yvonne, I stared at it for ages. The palette, detail and shimmery layer just makes it magical. As her website says of her work ” The result is a kaleidoscopic jewel like composition of rich pigments that prismatically opens up to reveal the radiance and beauty of nature ” –  she says it much better than me. But, it’s so true.

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Here’s a close up of the oils. So rich. It’s a lovely little burst of happiness in my design room. Very useful to look at while I’m thinking about design ideas. It will also remind me of the best holidays I’ve had in Cornwall and it’s where I discovered Yvonne’s work.

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It’s against a pure white background which allows the hues to shine brightly. What do you think ?

I’m so happy to have found another artist who is full of expression and deeply in love with colour. If you would like to know more about Yvonne and see lots of her prints and canvasses in all of their forms and glory and check out her events  – you can here. She also has a wonderful instagram account to follow for regular bursts of inspiration.

What do you think of our new additions? I hope you like them as much as we do. Leave me a comment under this post and you can tweet me @lucylovesyablog too.

Lucy x

I was sent some art by Yvonne for this collaboration. All opinions, as always are my own.

Why I Love G Plan’s New EDIT Collection

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For as long as I can recall, I have been a fan of G Plan furniture  – the quality, the colours and the overall craftsmanship. Such a fan that I’ve studied many pieces of their furniture spotted in friends’ homes or out and about. Yep, a total G Plan geek.

So, I am pretty honoured to be sharing with you, the new G Plan EDIT range. Curated carefully, G Plan have designed statement chairs and sofas, taking inspiration from the fashion world and bouclé fabrics from one of Italy’s finest mills they have used feature fabrics paired up with stylish plains.

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The colours are just beautiful, don’t you think ?  This coral Bowie armchair has a shapely back and contrasting cushions. Very much a talking point for a living room.

The chair is finished with refined wooden oak as are all four pieces in the EDIT collection and can also be adorned with a choice of luxe metallic accents.

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I do appreciate a muted shade when it comes to a sofa. It offers such a tranquil feeling to a room.

This one has the perfect name –  The Lennon sofa. With it’s trademark G Plan tapered feet and big feather filled cushions – it looks so comfortable.

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You can also have it made in other shades too and two different variations for the legs. I can see this Lennon sofa working in many different settings – contemporary and period properties.

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Timeless would probably describe this chair. The Hepburn. I mean, I absolutely love the Moorland Midnight and Coco Juniper combination already but then looked at the other options on the website and have fallen in love with them all, especially the  ‘ Melange Confetti ‘print. The legs are  ‘ Smoked Oak ‘.

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Just so you can see the definition of the textures close up here is a nice shot of the arm and back. What do you think ? Very retro.

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For a strong, earthy addition to a room – the Hockney in Moorland Slate. The arm bolsters give it strong identity. Love it. As with some of the other styles it comes in different sizes and fabrics but with the larger sofas, as you can it has a centre foot for extra support.

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The names of all four ranges from the EDIT collection are as you can no doubt tell by now, are named after famous figures from the world of the arts. Being that G Plan is an iconic brand  – it’s a perfect match.

Have a look at the G Plan Edit  website to see all of the fabulous designs and colours  – it gives the freedom for them to work in any room palette.

Do you have a favourite EDIT piece here ? It is very hard to choose but my favourite is the Bowie.  Do leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog. As ever it would be great to hear your thoughts.

Lucy x

All photography in this post: Debi Treloar. Stylist: Marianne Cotterill.

This is a collaboration with G Plan. All opinions are my own.

How I Brightened Up My Design Room

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How is your day going so far ? Good, I hope.

Do you fancy a little tour around my design room – now that it’s freshly painted and has a few new pieces added ? It makes such a difference, having it all a little more organised. I’ve found since having children that there’s enough toy chaos in our home without me adding more so I’ve stripped it back a bit in here.

To start with – the walls have been lightened even more with a Farrow & Ball paint called All White. What I like about it is that it’s so pure in colour with no other pigment added so it instantly makes all the colour around stand out. Honestly, we have only gone a few shades whiter but it feels much brighter now.

My technical drawing board sits on the design table now , which is still one of most favourite things in the house ( and one of the heaviest ! ) . Not only do I use the room for making things, it doubles up as somewhere to sit and come up with interior design ideas now.

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I painted the fabric cupboard Dayroom Yellow which is also Farrow & Ball. What do you think ? I love that it’s a strong colour but also blends very well with its surroundings. Perfect for the room to add the sunshine that we don’t always get in here. Having said that, it’s beautiful out there today.

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Inside, I painted it All White again but with their interior wood paint. The textiles and the patterns jump right out with the white as a backdrop. Really pleased overall with the whole look.

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A few new prints on the walls ( flamingos in one of course … ) along with some more succulents and planters. Honestly, is there a plant addict anonymous helpline ?  Think I might need it .. help !

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Inspiration books under the design table have been tidied and organised. Much easier on the eye ! They just might even be colour co – ordinated.

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The striped rug has most definitely added some more colour and fun to the floor and it’s so lovely and soft. It’s from RugstoreNE and is by Brink & Campman.

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You may have noticed here on my blog that I really  love music and  especially records with cool artwork on the covers. Long live vinyl .. thats what I say ! I’ve popped several of our favourite albums in to some frames. It was a tough choice choosing but they can always be updated.

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The pegboard is so handy for washi tapes and notes – not they I ever get a chance to use these things, with two daughters in the house … :)

My sewing machines are, well, still the same so I don’t need to show you them but I hope you’ve enjoyed being shown around. You can see a few more images on my instagram if you fancy having a look.

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I’d love to know what you think of the room ? Do you like it white and light ? As ever, you can leave me a comment under this post or you can tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

Have a good one.

Lucy x

The paint was sent to me by Farrow & Ball, as was the rug from RugStoreNE – all opinion, are my own.

Inspire Me – With Rosie Ramsden, Author of The Recipe Wheel

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You may well have seen The Recipe Wheel book in stores as it is doing so well and the cover is so colourful and unique – let alone the content. 

The premise is 120 recipes using 10 inspirational  wheels that both savoury and sweet. So many fantastic dishes to try out.

Today, I feel really lucky to be sharing with you, an interview with Rosie Ramsden the author, who illustrates the book beautifully too. 

 

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Rosie, you’re an author, cook, food stylist and an artist – which came first and what inspired it ?

I painted a lot in my school years but it was only when I started working in food that I found that cooking inspired me to paint more, having so many beautiful ingredients to work with – particularly painting still life of food. When I can’t paint, its the food styling that satisfies my creative side.

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Your book ‘ The Recipe Wheel ‘ is such a genius and fresh way of looking at  food and cooking – how did you come up with it ?

Thank you so much ! The Recipe Wheel reflects how I think about cooking: I start with something I know, then I use that to develop a recipe; to think how I could make it more interesting, delicious, colourful. The more I cook though, the bigger my own personal recipe wheel becomes, but it gives me a lot more scope for coming up with fresh ideas.

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I was immediately drawn to The Recipe Wheel book by the colour on the front. How important was this in the overall look and feel ?

Colour is an important aspect to cooking, as it tends to be the more colourful ingredients, namely vegetables, that inspire us to start cooking. More importantly though, I felt that the colours in the wheel helped to engage imagination and encourage the reader to explore their own ways of cooking.

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Will you be writing and illustrating any more books ? If so when can we expect to see them on the shelves ? 

I would love to at some point. I’m waiting to find an idea that really makes me want to write. In the meantime, I’m food styling and writing and painting for other people which is so valuable for experimenting with flavours and exploring recipes, before venturing into something new of my own.

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With your styling work – how long does it take to prepare to set up shots ? How do you make it look so effortless  ? 

The time a shot takes completely depends on how long the recipe takes to cook beforehand, or how long it can stay on set before it starts to wilt. It depends on the light for the photographer and how the plate looks as a whole. Somethings are instant – a quick one shot triumph – and some can take all day..! I usually find that the less time something takes to get right, the better it looks.

Of course, I’m intrigued as to what your home is like ? How would you describe your own interior style ? 

It is cluttered with paintings, cups, saucers, flowers, paint brushes and rugs ( and now children’s toys ) but I always make sure there are spaces for calm, too. I like to call it organised mess… Light is essential for me. I can’t bear a dark room, unless it is filled with lamps. The walls are all pale and muted, but there is colour in everything else. No black, but greys and reds and woods.

Being a Mum, how do you combine everything and what’s a perfect family day for you ?

I can safely say on behalf of my whole family that food tends to be the centre of everything we do. Mealtimes mark pauses in chaos, and give us a chance to spend time together. We are lucky that there’s always a full fridge at home, and living in Hackney a good restaurant is never far out of reach! In between food, I love putting Thom on the back of my bike and whizzing around Victoria Park. If there’s a beach or a river nearby then I’ll hopefully swim in it, and being outdoors, husband / baby / dog in tow, is my idea of heaven.

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Can you give some advice to any aspiring creative people who dream of writing their own book one day ? ( including me ! ) 

The more you write or cook or eat or think about food, the more the ideas will flow. Sometimes there are knockbacks but that shouldn’t distract you from trying. Talk to people for their advice, and be prepared for hard work that is utterly fulfilling and fun !

Thanks, Rosie. I completely take my hat off to your talent and work ethic.

Having already tried some of the recipes here – I can totally recommend this book and aesthetically, it’s a talking piece in itself !

Hope you’ve enjoyed the interview and let me know what you think of it, if you buy the book too or leave me a comment just for the fun of it under this post with your thoughts. Would love to hear from you as ever … :) 

Have a good one.

Lucy x

Photo copyright credits: 1 – Lizzie Mayson. 2 & 3 – Lucy Gleeson ( the colour wheel graphics on the front page book are by Will Webb ).  4  & 5 – Rosie Ramsden. 6 – Maja Smend for Delicious Magazine. 7 – Tara Fisher for Thomasina Mier’s upcoming book, Home Cook, Faber and Faber. 8 – A Tess Ward Recipe Fabulous Magazine by Ria Osbourne. 

A Tea Party With My New Bluebellgray Set and 20% Offer Code For You.

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Here is a lovely way to start the week with a little Bluebellgray tea party – and a special offer …

I’m so in to my new floral inspired ‘Florrie ‘ fine china tea set. I’ve always had a thing about drinking from delicate mugs and cups and saucers and these are so adorable. I was almost too scared to take them out of their beautifully wrapped boxes because they’re so pretty and I am terribly protective of my china. Just ask anyone who has tried using any of my favourite tea pots. I tend to stand over them in case they go to drop them. It’s true !

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Anyway, Saturday was the perfect opportunity to give my Florrie babies their first airing as it was sunny outside and cakes and macarons needed to be eaten and tea sipped.

Look at the floral  on this Florrie tea plate. The set contains 4 individual blooms, all designed and originally painted by Fiona Douglas who started Bluebellgray back in 2009 in Scotland. The pinks blue and yellow watercolour brushstrokes on these are almost too good to hide away in a cupboard  – definitely worthy of hanging on the wall.

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I am sure you will have seen one of their ranges because they are stocked in many stores these days – ceramics, bedding, rugs and gifts. All of their products always catch my eye because they’re so colourful and unique. My two favourite things. I wonder if Fiona envisaged her brand becoming so well known ? It certainly has. I’m always amazed at how much inspiration can come from one person. There are so many rich and dreamy ranges to choose from.

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Do you like tea from the teapot ? I always think it tastes better somehow from brewed in one. Especially on a sunny day with friends and family.

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Mae found another use for the pretty Florrie milk jug once we had finished our cuppas .. The bright reddy pinks seem to being out the hues on the ceramic which is a piece of art in itself, really. I might not let anyone else use this … is that really mean of me ? :)

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Now about  the offer that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. I am honoured to have an exclusive Bluebellgray discount code here for my readers. You can get 20% off everything at Bluebellgray by using this  – LUCYLOVES – you just need to enter it on the ‘ view basket ‘ page at checkout. They have some stunning Moroccan Baskets just in as well as of the other homeware that I was telling you about. Take a look.

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I am now very tempted to add to my new Florrie set too with some bowls and salad plates to my collection.   hope you have fun browsing their website. I also found so many pictures to share on Pinterest on there. You will see what I mean !

Have a good one.

Lucy x

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