5 September 2013

A little posy from the garden
A little posy from the garden

My little posy is sweet and simple – the flowers are beside each other in the garden so it seemed natural to put them together in a vase. This summer has been phenomenal.  We could not have asked for more, the garden is blooming and we have more apples than we know what to with. The air is changing now, particularly in the evening and the nights are drawing in, I  had my fluffy socks on last night to keep the nip from my feet.   The good news is we don’t have to wait so long for the solar fairy lights to come on outside, not managed to capture them well on camera yet, but I will.

Pet sounds is still making me smile, thought you’d like the view from the hall and a detail shot – I really am not pleased with the image in the previous post.  The wall colour is Farrow and Ball’s Skimming Stone, it is very calm and warm for the North facing bathroom.

from the hall
from the hall
detail with floor
detail with floor

All that’s left to say is have a great weekend, summer never felt so long (or warm up here). x

Where’s the badgers?

Just in case you need it, here’s Mini Moderns website

Pet Sounds

Our lovely old bungalow has a cool new vibe, the superb ‘Pet Sounds’ wallpaper graces the bathroom wall.  Every time I spot it from the hall I feel  a little smile come to my lips, it is bright, bold and makes the house feel like ours. The contrast with the blue tiles is just what I was after, not gaudy, just fun.  This photograph does not do it justice, I assure you.

Pet Sounds in the Bathroom
Pet Sounds in the Bathroom

Mini Moderns first caught my eye on a trip along the Southbank in London (it was the day that Any Winehouse died, I remember it so clearly).  The Southbank Centre had some of the Day-Tripper range that day, and that was that, I was hooked.festival mug set

Their wares include wallpaper, crockery, textiles and paint, it’s hard to know which of the themes to go for, they are all so funky.  They have a pretty eco outlook too, here’s how Mark Hampshire, one of the founders, puts it, ‘ Our design influences range from mid-century British textiles to vintage toys, from literature to childhood memories. Travel also influences our work – and much of our inspiration comes from holidays and field trips, both at home and abroad.  We produce as much as possible (and certainly all of our wallpaper, paints and fabrics) in the UK. This is both to support UK industry – in some cases, small factories that are the last UK provider of a service – and also to cut down the number of journeys that a product has to make before it reaches the customer.’

Pet Sounds is just one of the cool designs from the Folk Rock theme,  I asked Mark where the inspiration for the design came from, ‘We had been working on 2 separate prints – a woodland creature print and a musical instrument print. On a trip to the West Coast of the U.S, driving along the Big Sur coastline, we suddenly had the idea of bringing the 2 together and injecting a bit of West Coast 60s psychedelia – hence the idea of juxtaposing animals with acoustic instruments.’   It really works for me, that’s for sure.

Teenboy has chosen this for his room, just one section of wall though, don’t want a goth type vibe in there…

C6o in black and gold

Check out the website for the full range at Mini Moderns, there’s something for everyone.  The customer service is second to none, we had a hiccup with the wallpaper that was sorted quickly and sympathetically. Thank you.

adventure wallpaper Rob Ryan
adventure wallpaper Rob Ryan collaboration
Whitby Linen Fabric
Whitby Linen Fabric
darjeeling teatowel
darjeeling teatowel
darjeeling lido wallpaper - second choice for bathroom
darjeeling lido wallpaper – second choice for bathroom

Finally, back to Mark who sums up Mini Moderns’ style as, “Conceptually driven illustrative wallpapers and homewares with a nod towards retro styling.” Whatever inspires the team, I wish them great success and I look forward to their next innovative designs.

2 July 2013

sneak peak into H's bedroom cupboard
sneak peak into H’s bedroom cupboard
F's cupboard door handles
F’s cupboard door handles

Today I’m sharing some of the things I love about our new rooms.  Instead of getting bogged down by what I’ve got to do, I am going to enjoy what has been done and what we have gained.   The chaos downstairs will get sorted slowly but surely over the next wee while.  These things take time (good line for a song).

view from my bed
view from my bed – shutters are fab
upstairs bathroom
upstairs bathroom
how long have I loved these radiators? now I have one in my bedroom
how long have I loved these radiators? now I have one in my bedroom

Other Stuff

Instagram is something I’ve been aware of for some time but have never really got into, I’m wary of it I guess.  This post from  Tales from a Happy House Instagram has changed my mind, now I’m keen to get on and use it.  My goal is a photo a day for the whole of the school holidays.  I will let you know once I’ve got organised with a name and so on, technoteenboy will be on hand if I get stuck

Daisies cannot be beaten – look at these super hair accessories being modelled by the gorgeous H.  Wish I’d got myself some now.

love a daisy
love a daisy

The Glasonbury father returned eventually last night.  Tired, brown and happy that he was home after a super-long bus journey.   The kids all have their very own Glasto t-shirts now, H and F have all the bands that played on their backs – one is not that great for a 5 year old to notice.  Never mind. L has a Rolling Stones one which he absolutely loves. It’s good to have C back xx