My Retro Chair Covered in CLARKE & CLARKE Chico

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You know when you have an idea in your head of how you want something to look ? In this case, a retro style chair, bought a few years ago that needed a bit of colour loving, I felt. But nothing jumped out at me for a while. My all time favourite colour is turquoise so eventually and luckily Clarke & Clarke sent over some of their latest samples recently which led me to one of their latest prints – Chico.

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The Chico design is from their Zanzibar collection, inspired by Spice Markets, full of bold geometric patterns embroidered on linen, teamed with rich jacquards and bold plains. The Aqua that I chose to use is one of several palettes that form this contemporary range – the others are charcoal, indigo, sunset and fuchsia.

Although I say contemporary, actually, I see this particular pattern as quite retro and ideal for the chair – that’s what I love about design – it’s all relative.

I made a little bright pink velvet cushion to match the flamingo print – and to finish the overall look. After that I sat down and drank that hot chocolate in my favourite Vera Wang at Wedgewood cup and saucer. :)

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Hope you like the new look chair ? What’s your favourite colour ? Let me know by leaving a comment or tweeting @lucylovesyablog. Would love to hear from you.

If you want to have a look at some more of their wonderful fabrics. You can find all of Clarke & Clarke’s stockists on the website – www.clarke-clarke.com.

Have a nice day …

Lucy x

I was sent this fabric for the purpose of this post. All opinions my own.

The Whole of the Moon – Koko Kids Review

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As we have just had the eclipse ( didn’t see a thing as it was overcast but it definitely went all kind of dusky and still ) I thought it topical to show you Mae’s new wall sticker from Koko Kids.

I’ve come across lots of stickers over the last few years but this one is by far my favourite. It’s so detailed, being able to see all of the craters and ridges. Mae is over literally over the moon with it – excuse the bad pun …. :) The stars finish it off perfectly and add extra atmosphere.

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Gill, founder of interiors and gift store Koko Kids was introduced to me through a mutual friend, Jo, who loves their designs too. I’m so glad she did as we were looking for something interesting for Mae’s room and she loves astronomy – Gill kindly sent me the sticker to review.

Koko Kids do a very tasteful range of wall stickers with a retro, graphic twist, for nurseries right through to teens with everything in between. The good thing about their products is that they can be removed and re – applied and have are vinyl free which means they have no BPA or phthalates so ideal for kids rooms which is reassuring. They have all kind of designs such as butterflies, cherry blossom, deer, pop art and confetti – well worth checking out – here.

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We painted Mae’s room ‘ Stone Blue ‘ by Farrow & Ball which has turned out even better than expected as I thought it might give a cold feel but it really hasn’t, it all works well together, I reckon. What do you think ?

Lucy x

Cosy Homes with Direct Stoves

invicta-seville-wood-burning-stoveIt’s so good to see a few cheery white snowdrops peeping through the soil here, but it’s still pretty freezing in our house, especially in the evenings and probably will be for a few months to come. I’m not complaining though as I love the cosy nights, looking at the flames and feeling the natural glow of a roaring fire whilst reading a good book or watching a favourite film.

We have an open fire and I also use a wood burner in my sewing room that was already here when we moved in, which actually heats much of the house and I love it – but if I had been able to choose – I think I would’ve gone for one with bold colour, like this pillar box red one. It’s an Invicta Cast Iron ‘ Seville ‘ Wood Burner from Direct Stoves. Combined with the vintage inspired design – it’s perfect for colour lovers.

Burners, I have found, are great for more compact areas, but also warm larger areas so well too, in fact, they do a good job of heating the whole house.

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The white wood and multi fuel Charnwood Burner from Direct Stove’s vast ranges is a great feature piece in a more contemporary style. Quite handy to be able to store some logs underneath it, taking up even less space.

I do love this double doored, Multi Fuelled Stove with cook top also made by Charnwood. It’s suitable for a medium to large room as it throws out lots of warmth as well as featuring a soapstone hot plate for cooking on – perfect for a cosy kitchen. Imagine a nice bowl of hearty soup warming after a long winters walk. Yes, please !

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There’s a wonderful selection of electric, gas, wood and multi fuel stoves plus Range Cookers on the Direct Stoves website. What’s really great is that some of the stoves come in different colours too, as well as modern and classic styles  – spoilt for choice ! You can can find everything you need here  – www.directstoves.com

Have a nice day …

Lucy x

Written in association with Direct Stoves. All opinions my own.

Smarties Birthday Cake

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Last week was Betsey’s 6th Birthday. It was a lovely day – we had a party with 40 little guests. Nervous ? Yes I was. Let’s just say I was on auto pilot but it went really well and she was buzzing !

Last year she had that amazing Wizard of Oz cake from Heidi at Cute Little Cupcakes but as I’ve acquired the Kitchen Aid mixer since then, I couldn’t really justify getting one made  – plus I really wanted to make Betsey proud of her little ol’ mum.

It had to be a bit of a whopper to feed all the kids ( not forgetting us greedy hungry grown ups ) so I used a 14″ x 14″ square tin and multiplied the ingredients of  an 8″ cake by 3.5 to have enough mixture. I used the Brooklyn Blackout cake recipe by Hummingbird Bakery.

I make up my own butter icing with cocoa powder, icing sugar, butter and a bit of water and slathered it all in the layer and on the outside to make the smarties and chocolate fingers stick. Which they did.

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As it’s colourful and amazingly all in one piece with only a few wavy, wonky chocolate fingers ( all applied with love ) .. and I feel a bit proud that I made it myself and didn’t drop it / break it, I thought I would show you !

Thank goodness for the production line of myself, my mum and Andy for slicing and filling all the party bags in 20 minutes …. :)

If you have a recipe that you could recommend for future cakes or your version of this smarties cake then please do leave me a comment under this post. Would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

Valentine’s Day Home Gift Ideas To Share

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With just two weeks to go now until Valentine’s Day is upon us, I have put together 10 home gift ideas that you could buy to share … Valentines is about the two of you after all, no ?

If you’re single then you can still treat yourself because you deserve it. It’s a win, win situation ! I’ve added the prices too and if you like the look of any of these things then you can click and take a closer look.

1. We all know and love Penguin Books. A loved up print for your wall that will also add an extra pop of colour to the room. Unframed. Made by Reece Ward. £21.

2. I adore the elegant, french furniture and accessories by French Bedroom Company. I can personally vouch for this cosy, soft  dusky mink ” Pauline’s Pretty Throw ” as I have one here at home. Perfect for cosying up. £70.

3. If ever there was a time to insist on more scented candles in the home. One each. He gets Cardamom, Pepper, Patchouli and Amber. She gets Mandarin, Bergamot, Jasmine and Vetiver. From Amara. £30.

4. More lusciousness ( yes, apparently it is a real word ) .. REN Moroccan Rose Bath Oil from Space NK. £30.

5. Love Birds ! Stoneware salt and pepper shakers. I couldn’t resist sharing these with you. Kitsch and extremely colourful. Liberty London. £19.95.

6. Alessi make really unique products and these heart spoons are just perfect. My daughter has one ( well, she has hoodwinked mine ) They look so pretty at the table and great for hot chocolate. Millys Kitchen Store. £19.95 for 4. Which leads me on to the next idea …

7. His n Hers ” Together ” mugs by Rob Ryan. These are from Mollie and Fred. £16.99.

8. I’ve talked about Liberty London enough for you to know that these would always get picked. Bombus ( remember my interview with them ) decoupage the letters with Liberty fabric. They are £10 each.

9. US based store Leif has lots of lovely things including these heart cushions that come in different colour ways. They are $58.

10. Oh how I love Vowed & Amazed. They provided our light up letters for our wedding and they now make and sell them too. This joined up ” Love ” sign with fairground lights would be a beautiful addition. £260.

That is all ! What do you think ? Are any of my picks winking at you ?

Have a good week, more blog posts to come …

Lucy x

Beautiful Illustrated City Maps

London MapThe other day I was lucky enough to have a good close up look at some Jenni Sparks prints from the online art store Evermade. It’s great to be able to view artwork online, but there’s nothing like studying it in the flesh, if you know what I mean ?

I’ve written about my trips to Berlin and New York before and talk about lovely London a lot because I’m a city girl at heart. These truly intricate, hand drawn map prints by Jenni Sparks really took my breath away. The latest edition – Paris took six months in total to complete. There’s lots of research behind all of the illustrations with quirky pieces of information in each area and landmark places to visit. Berlin MapNew York Map

It must be such an enlightening experience getting to know the people who live locally and where they like to hang out, whilst designing each map. The time and love that Jenni has put in to each piece is clear to see. So hoping that Tokyo is next on her list !

What’s your favourite city in the world and why  ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog. Would love to know.

Lucy x

All images belong to Evermade / Jenni Sparks.

My Colour Inspiration on Instagram

Cath Kidston Dress Happy New Year to you. Did you have a good one ? I hope you did.

After my last blog post – I wasted no time in getting the Bus dress that I had my eye on. You may have seen it on my Instagram account. I’ve uploaded loads of pics on there over Christmas.

Here are a few ‘ Colour Inspiration ‘  images from the last few weeks …

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I tend to post something each day on Instagram – so if you love a bit of colour, like me – then click here to see more. :)

Have a great start to 2015 – it’s the weekend already – Ye Ha !

Lucy x

Colour Your Christmas

Xmas Bright LucyLovesYaI love Christmas. The shiny, razzle dazzle of it all and feel justified in doing a Festive post now as the lights are officially switched on in Oxford Street. With an abundance of traditional decorations and homeware to choose from online, I thought I’d seek out some slightly more cute, colourful and heaven scented 2014 items at varying prices.

1. The playfulness of this wreath from The Original Pop Up Shop is handade from Merino Wool. It would work against so many colours. It’s very tactile looking – beautiful !

2. A cheeky little retro style plaque from Selfridges. This one is by Gisela Graham.

3. I am a big Diptyque fan. Their candles last for ages and they smell divine. This one is scented with cinnamon and plum. I’d be very happy to find one of these in my stocking. It’s stocked at SPACE.NK.

4. In Festive colour with a bold chevron print. These gold and glamorous napkins are by Paperchase.

5. As Liberty London lives right in the middle of the capital, this London bus tree decoration represents them well. I love it, especially as it is the old fashioned design. Glittery too – Ooh !

6. You could make a statement with these Multi coloured crackers for the tree or against a white table cloth. You can also find these at Paperchase.

7. How could anyone not fall for this little woodland Hedgehog decoration. Uber cute. Found at StreetHub.

8. My heart skipped a beat when I first spotted these handmade fairground star lights. Made in Britain – they come in various colours. They’re not cheap but I would use them all year round. These are by Goodwin and Goodwin at Not on The HighStreet.

9. Every year when we make Mulled Wine, I remember the thing we forgot. Proper glasses.  John Lewis do a set of 4 thermally insulated ones in a soda glass shape.

10. Father Christmas in a glittered robe. As he should be ! A set of 6 that come in a gift box from one of my favourite online stores – Berry Red.

Hope you like my selection. I will be seeking and sharing more soon. :)

Lucy x

Seaside Bedroom Inspiration

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It’s turning a bit cold outside, we’re lighting the fire in the evenings now. But I stepped outside this morning and the sky is beautiful blue and the colours in the fields are still lustrous. Which prompted me to crack in to this bright fabric bundle because I’m going to make a quilt for my daughters bedroom that I’m just about to do up.

She has gone off pink. It’s all about blue now. But, I’m sure it’ll all change again – so hedging my bets with an eclectic mix.

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One of our favourite family places to go is Southwold, because it’s like a step back in time and there is so much inspiration there to draw from. Luckily we aren’t too far away ( if you ever visit, don’t forget to visit the Electric Picture Palace ! ).. and I love Joanna Corney‘s prints so we are going to use her beach hut matte wallpaper. It will only be one on one wall, so it will add a flavour.

I will make some roman blinds and with added pom poms – and to finish the room off and carry on a vintage seaside, colourful theme – one of these balloon lights by John Moncrieff at NotonTheHighStreet. Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 11.03.53

What do you think of this combination ? Does it work for you ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

Have a nice day !

New look LucyLovesYa – and an up cycled Purple Piece

Welcome to my new look blog ! I am so excited to be sharing it with you. Kim Lawler has done wonders. :) Kitty Finegan designed my new banner logo and caricature. I’ve been dying to show you it .. and now here it is. Over the next few days there will be more little tweaks … keep your eyes peeled.

Todays post is an up cycled chest of drawers – our spare room needed a bit more colour. This was given to us by a family member and it was a teak colour. No idea the era .. maybe you can tell me ?

My wonderful Sis, Clare, turned it in to something much more colourful. The paint is an Annie Sloane one – ” Emile “. I did have a look around at some knobs but the new colour, I think, personally really suits gold. So, I kept them.

Oh and look ! There’s us. I couldn’t bear to part with our wedding cake toppers so I bought a globe and popped us inside. We can live in a happy bubble forever more !

 

It is very difficult to find wall lights that are unique, kitsch and yet not too garish. These ones are from Lighting Majestic who very kindly wrote about LucyLovesYa a little while ago. They’ve a big selection of lighting if you’re ever looking.

In other news – I have been shortlisted, thanks to you lovely people for an Amara Interiors Awards 2014 in the Best Colour Inspiration Blog section. It has been narrowed down to 5 of us now. Very grateful that you voted for me. Thanks. The decision is in the hands of the judges now !

Hope you love the new look LucyLovesYa as much as I do. Tweet me @lucylovesyablog or leave me a comment. :)