Posts Categorised: Travel

Lavenham, Oh Lovely Lavenham …

Lavenham Buildings

One of the very best things about my interior design course studies – is that it encourages you to go looking for inspiration. Not that I need any excuse –  but it has also reminded me that there are many interesting places nearby that are full of history, shape and colour. Talking of which – I am doing colour theory next on the course, so can’t wait to tell you al about that very soon.

In the meantime, I visited Lavenham yesterday, which if you don’t know already, is a  very quaint, historical village not too far from Sudbury. Many of the buildings are timbered and as you will probably see in some of the photos  – quite wonky ( it’s not my photography, honest .. ).

Lavenham Sky

The impressive Guildhall building above is around 500 years old and is now looked after by The National Trust. Inside there are stories of its past and exhibitions. It was a prison at one point. Can’t imagine that now !

There is also a very cute cafe with amazing cake and lovely staff – and a gift shop.

Harry Potter

Although it’s not a huge place, it feels like big as the roads take you off up and down higgledy piggledy streets. It feels much like being on the Harry Potter set, which funnily enough, this door that I spotted is was used as his birthplace in the films. In fact they used some other areas too. I can’t think of a better location as it really is medieval and unspoilt.

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I noticed there are a lot of homes painted in orange shades and also Suffolk pinks. I love the steps leading up to the doors. It made me wonder why they are like this ? Have they been added afterwards or was it all the rage to have steps to your home 500 years ago ?

There is a fantastic hotel called The Angel and other very tasteful award winning places to stay and eat. I can’t wait to go back and try out an evening meal sometime soon.

Window

How cute is this window box ? The people who live in this village all seem to work very hard to keep it looking spectacular.

Beautiful Lavenham

I felt quite spoilt just being there for the day !

Yellow Home

On the way home, Had to stop the car to photograph this beautiful old thatched, lemon coloured house with pink blossom tree outside. Pretty, hey ?

Flowers

I found a book for my Mum about the different seasons at the National Trust shop in Lavenham which is really beautiful.

National Trust

They have lots of new items at the moment including this colourful throw. So I sat outside in the garden when I got home and read the book.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the pics. I’m looking forward to sharing other places I visit along the way while completing my course. If you have anywhere to recommend then please do leave me a comment under this post. Or just say hi anyway – always good to hear from you. I’m also on snapchat now as lucylovesyablog. Another way to keep in touch.

Have a good day.

Lucy x

I was sent a few items by The National Trust to review. All opinions are my own.

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

Inspiration Along The Suffolk Coast

Delphines Diner

I often write about interiors and my own home and love it. It’s my passion. But where I get my fresh air and local inspiration from is something I thought I would share today.

While we bask in and make the most of this ‘ Indian Summer ‘ here in the UK, a trip to the seaside was on the cards today. We are really lucky to live fairly close to one of the most beautiful ( yep, I’m biased ) coast lines. As I mentioned in a recent post – we try and go as much as we can. Because it’s chilled and always uplifting.

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Aldeburgh and Southwold are fairly close to each other so today we did both. Starting off with an absolutely delicious milkshake at Delphine’s Diner in Aldeburgh. The mint green and red decor immediately transports you to another place along with the authentic rock n roll background music. Even the staff are dressed in uniforms from the 50s era. It’s a gem of a place.

Sweet Shop

If you already know the high street, you’ll already have checked out the great interiors stores, art galleries .. oh, and the sweet shop Shingle and Sherbert. They also sell very pretty and colourful ceramics. Well worth checking out.

Boat

PostcardsThe stoney beach of Aldeburgh is a good workout. It feels like I’ve walked ten miles after wading through the pebbles. I love walking past the painted old boats and looking back at the tall bright houses that face the sea. There’s something comforting about them because they never change.

Steps

Have you ever climbed up the steps and looked at the rooftops and the ocean ? It’s beautiful, especially with the row of homes with blue doors and window sills. Today the fuschia plant half way up was flowering and bright pink.

Colourful Homes

I think these houses are possibly some of the cutest in Aldeburgh. So quaint and I love the palettes. They’re all very individual but work well together.

Beach Huts

After a little drive, we were in Southwold, which is just such a happy place to be. Rows of dreamy beach huts with their cryptic names.

Yellow Beach Hut

Beach Huts StripedThe bright yellow ‘ Billy Bumpkin ‘ is possibly my favourite and this striped hut wins me over every time I pass it. Like the pastel shades ?

Bicycle

I think this photo sums up Southwold. Old fashioned, fun and evocative. Even now, every time we visit, the place steals my heart. Pretty sure my girls will feel the same when they grow up too.

Lighthouse

After admiring the crisp white lighthouse for a bit and a long walk along the promenade, we stopped to eat our sand covered sweets. Somehow they taste pretty good at the seaside.

Sandy Sweets

Where do you like to go when you need a little time out and inspiration ?

Leave me a comment under the post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog  – would love to hear from you.

I’d also like to thank you for voting for me in the Amara IBAs  – I have made it to the shortlist and am very grateful.

Lucy x

Go West … Life Is Colourful There …

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We’ve just had the most lovely week in the West Country. We have been looking forward to it for ages. Funny how you spend ages feeling excited about a holiday for weeks and then suddenly you’re looking back at it.

It did rain. A lot. But it didn’t stop us getting out and about locally but mainly from swimming as much as possible.

One of the places that I was most wanting to visit was Bristol. I’ve never been but had heard that it is my kind of place. It really is. Next time I go, will be for a collaboration and I will get more time to take some images to post here. More on that soon.

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Luckily, because it was a tad cool in the week and definitely warmer clothing weather on several of the days, I had my new coat with me. I was standing looking at the lush pastures around The Tor in Glastonbury when a couple walked by. The man said ” Ooh I love your jacket ” … which felt nice as it was my first outing with it on.

It’s the classic Ledbury style from Boden and is a pastel shade of green. It fits like a glove and it’s nice to try a colour that I don’t normally wear. This season it is also comes in Charcoal Melange and Navy.  It’s a dress up or casual coat – and ideal for days like this one for skinny jeans and pumps.

I love the shape and the style – what do you think ?

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If you follow me on Instagram you will know my total love for gorgeous front doors and Bristol didn’t disappoint. I loved this yellow one. Might have to change ours again ! You will also see lots more photos from the last week of us out and about.

I would love to hear of any recommendations for Bristol for my next upcoming visit. Shops, restaurants and anywhere interesting for a colour lover to check out. Please leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Have a good one.

Lucy x

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

Photography by Andrew Henderson.

Pantone Hotel – Colour Central

Pantone Hotel Chairs

How could you not be intrigued by a Pantone Hotel if you love colour ? If you also love good chocolate, then Brussels is probably a good place to be.

Luckily, Andy ( my lovely man ) has been in Belgium, rehearsing for Glastonbury Festival , so I finally got to do a Pantone post as he dutifully went and took some pictures for me … and you !

Shades of Red Pantone Hotel-1

A white canvas gives a nice clean feel – and the saturated colourful pops add warmth and a heart.

Blue Bedroom Pantone HotelPantone Red Bedroom

There are strong and more delicate palettes depending on which room you stay in. Which colour would you like to stay in?

The Hotel itself is very central so you are close to lots of restaurants and also the train station. From what I can see, it is quite good value too … a very good excuse for a visit with the family. We would like to see Mini Europe which isn’t far away.

Pantone RestuarantOutside Pantone Hotel

I’m a total Pantone obsessive and use my colour wheel all the time. It felt like Christmas being sent these images by Andy. The one thing I forgot to ask him to but me some of their mugs. Doh ! I really will have to go soon …

Have you stayed here at the Pantone Hotel or been to Brussels before ? Any recommendations for places to eat or see, would be fab. Please leave me a comment under this post ..

Lucy xPantone Hotel Reception