A Sense Of Summer Splendour in the Garden with Homesense

HomeSense Summer garden

We’re in to the summer holidays now which means nice, long days outdoors in the garden and eating al fresco with a sense of outdoor summer splendour. I like my garden to feel and look like an extension of my home and that means lots of colour and eclectic eye candy so got myself down to Homesense recently.

I’ve found and put together my top 10 favourite unique finds from their homeware store that I hope you like too – they’re perfect for barbecues with friends and family.

These items are by well known top brands, but offering savings of up to 60 % which makes them all the more enticing. Prices start super low.

I found it quite hard to limit myself to just 10 so below are some more things to wet the appetite …

homesense homeware

Particularly like this bistro style, patterned table and chair as it would add some character to a smaller urban garden.

homesense colourful homeware

Happiness on a plate. An informal dinner party out in the garden – I love evenings like this – reminds me of childhood. Fun and relaxed days.

homesense homeware

The drink dispenser is such a good idea. Sit it in the middle of  the table and help yourself. Quite a good idea for kids too  – maybe fill it with a fruit juice punch ?

homesense homeware

Absolutely love these chairs. They work indoors and outdoors. They are timeless. HomeSense have a great selection of seating.

lanterns homeware

Lots of pretty colourful lanterns. They look effective scattered over an outdoor table and give the feeling of being on holiday. Yes please to that !

garden pieces

If you’re looking for an indoor garden, this wood and glass house is perfect for displaying your potted plants, like a mini Kew Gardens. :)

HomeSense stores are part of the TK Maxx Home family and are dotted around the UK. They are constantly updating their stock with new products from around the globe so well worth checking them out. You can find out more on their website here.

Have a nice day …

Lucy x

( Pic 1 copyright Lucy Loves Ya and 2 – 7  copyright HomeSense 2015 )

You can find me over on Pinterest if you’d like some more inspiration.

This post is a collaboration with HomeSense.

 

Homemade Vegetarian Curry Recipe ideas and Inspiration

Vegetarian Curry recipes

As well as being a screen and stage writer – and my inspiration in so many ways, my Dad is also an incredible cook full of Homemade Vegetarian Curry Recipe ideas and Inspiration

He worked very hard when I was little at honing his talent, by spending time with authentic chefs and trying out every type of curry you can imagine. As a result, we sure know our onions when it comes to a good Ruby Murray – and I’m really excited to share a few of his meals with you.

vegetarian curry recipe aloo

Because I’m a vegetarian, he has come up with some nice, quite simple ones that are meat free and bursting with colour.

You can add as little or as much chilli powder ( or fresh chillies ) as you like – and don’t forget your coriander,  lemons and of course natural yoghurt mixed with some mint to cool things down too. Goes without saying that you will probably want to do some rice with the dishes.

vegetarian curry recipe ideas

Onion Bhaji

Ingredients

2 large Onions

1 mug Gram Flour ( Chickpea Flour )

Salt to taste

1 egg

Handful coriander leaves

Pinch Chilli Powder

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon paprika

Method

Mix the ingredients together until a smooth consistency is formed. Don’t feel tempted to add water as the onions will provide a natural liquid if allowed to stand for an hour before frying.

To cook – ladle individual bhajis into a frying pan of hot oil. When they are golden brown, remove and serve. A squeeze of lemon all over is always nice and maybe a dash of natural yoghurt.

All ready to serve.

vegetarian curry recipe

Aloo Tarka Dhal ( Potato and Garlic Dhal )

Ingredients

1 mug of rinsed red lentils ( Masoori dhal )

12 small potatoes

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 large bay leaf

4 cloves

4 green cardomans

1″ cinnamon stick

8 garlic cloves

8 onions

Vegetable ghee

Pinch of salt

Method

Pre boil the potatoes then put to one side. Simmer the lentils with the turmeric powder, large bay leaf, cloves, green cardamons, cinnamon stick and sea salt. Remove any residue from the lentils and once soft but ( but not dry ) remove the excess water and put to one side.

Slice the garlic cloves and finely dice an equal amount of onions. Fry them together in vegetable ghee until golden brown and then add the lentils mixture and potatoes.

Ready to serve.

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Saag Chana Chat ( Spinach and chickpea curry )

Ingredients

1 tin of rinsed spinach

1 tin of rinsed chickpeas

1 tablespoon of mint sauce ( optional )

1 handful coriander

1 piece of root ginger- diced

Salt to taste

Tablespoon curry powder

1 large finely diced onion

2 cloves garlic – chopped

1 handful chopped coriander leaves

4 medium tomatoes – diced

1 handful Methi leaves ( fenugreek leaves ) if available.

1 teaspoon of garam masala

A squeeze of lemon juice

Drop of water

Ground pepper to taste

Method

Fry the diced onion and both garlic cloves with the diced root ginger in oil until onions are soft and then add the curry powder and further fry for 5 minutes. Add a drop of water if necessary to prevent sticking.

Introduce the chickpeas, spinach, mint, coriander leaves, diced tomatoes, ground pepper and methi leaves.

Cook for 20 minutes on a medium heat and then add the garam masala and the lemon juice.

Mix and serve.

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You could do just one of the dishes or all for a fabulous feast. I can vouch that this is really tasty. I hope you try it and love it too. Let me know if you do or if you would like any extra cooking advice by leaving me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog … will get right back to you.

Have a good day.

You can find more food inspiration over on my Pinterest.

 

Summery Colour Palettes

pink flower

What with this very sunny weather, I thought it would be a good time to share some Summery colour palettes that I have made up from some of my photographs. Maybe, like me you’ve got some DIY lined up or just enjoy all of the hues this season.

This first one would be ideal for a living room or an outdoor area. It’s quite girly too – the darker tones could work as accessories ?

I love pink and green together, feminine and earthy. A winning combination.

blue house

This cottage door surrounded by a wonderful fresh aqua, by the sea,  caught my eye recently. I could see it in a nursery or play room – where would you use it ? It’s so happy and blue is one of the most popular colours globally. I guess with the sky and the sea – it’s a colour that we trust and it’s nice and cool. The lavender will add a pretty purple too once it flowers.

macaroon

Being a bit of a macaron fan – I had to take an instagram picture of these. The palette is playful and ideal for a kitchen against a white canvas or a Summer party even. How could you ever feel anything but cheerful sitting amongst bursts of these colours ?

I’m about to do our garden room and think I will use some of these palettes  for inspiration. I look forward to showing you it. :)

What colours do you like to use together ? Leave me a comment or tweet me lucylovesyablog.

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Pantone Hotel – Colour Central in Brussels

Pantone Hotel Chairs

How could you not be intrigued by a Pantone Hotel if you love a colour central ? 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. Brussels sometimes seems like a place that gets overlooked in favour of France but there are many great things to see and do.

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. But which room do you choose if you love all colours ?

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 ..

Also you can follow on on Pinterest and Instagram for more inspiration.
Pantone Hotel Reception

Achica Cheeky Peek In My Living Room

Lamp from AchicaI do love a peep in to peoples homes – all the interesting little nooks and spend much of time looking on Pinterest for inspiration. Being as I’ve had a little change around here in the living room, I thought maybe you’d like to see a colourful corner of mine ?

Last week I painted a few mini crates to display some of our garden perennials to work nicely with the colour wheel print above and my new cushion and chrome and white lamp sent over by the lovely folk at from Achica. The lamp is perfect for evening sewing and reading.  It’s nice to have a lamp that will work well anywhere – I will probably use it at my sewing table too.

The cushion is bold and refreshing and perfect for Summer. Citrus is in this season so a fruity print cushion is my contribution … :)

Citrus Cushion Print - Achica

Achica ( if you aren’t already aware ) is a luxury lifestyle online store offering exclusive, daily promotions on lots of home interiors and fashion accessories. Worth a look if you like discounted designer goodies.

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Do you like the crates ? I bought some sample pots and it took no time at all to paint them. Inside I popped in some jam jars. They work well as window boxes too if you want to dress a sill or too. Actually, I nice little teachers gift for end of term too ? Not long now ..

Close up Achica lamp

If you have any DIY tips for adding colour to your home or want to just say hello – leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog – would love to hear your thoughts.

Hope you are having a fabulous day ..

Lucy x

I was sent the lamp and cushion by Achica for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.