Keeping it interesting

We’ve all needed a little more self motivation at times, maybe to clean out the car, finally sort through that paper work pile or getting to the gym. Well It’s a challenge to keep on track with open learning study. Being at home while studying means there’s always something that could do with my time, more often than I’d like to admit, I give in.

I love to have routines and more importantly stimulating motivation. This month I received an A- for my first of 6 projects on my interior design diploma. It was the biggest confidence boost and keeps me determined to keep up the hard work!

Also I have recently been asked for some guidance and help on an incredible 18th century renovation on a house in Oxfordshire.
Having this project to work on along side my studies gives me something to get stuck into, belief in myself and vision that this is what I’m working toward. I want to follow my passion doing what I love and making a living out of it will be a dream.

I’m quite simply so excited. I’ve been given permission to blog about my involvement and so I thought I’d share this little gem:

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It is the only surviving original fireplace left after previous owners allegedly threw the others out in a skip! This one is in one of the smaller two floor rooms and the current owners found it hidden behind a piece of plaster-board!

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The building is 18th century and is listed. There are beams, stone, brick and fireplaces galore! I was excited to see the new lime plaster still drying.

I’ll keep sharing here and on facebook and twitter .. Stay tuned for updates! X

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Valentines and getting creative

That annoying moment when you’re about ready to post onto your blog and then accidentally delete it all! .. Yep that’s just happened to me! Well the gist of this post was to share my recent happenings and a little about getting creative for valentines.

My husband is usually romantic and since having our girls, valentines day is another lovely day spent together with a little extra flourish.
The flourish this year was a lovely lunch at a pub in the north Oxfordshire countryside. Followed by a trip to pick out some lovely fresh flowers, I love arranging unique displays. For breathing life into a home, nothing beats fresh flowers or a big green potted plant in the home.

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I chose Sweet Dolomite Roses and cherry blossom which I arranged in a vase from our wedding day.

I also got creative making my handmade card. I always keep plain white cards so that I have the chance to make something personal and unique, for David’s card I used a needle to pierce a design which I finished with red cotton. Less is definitely more!

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We moved at the end of October, the house is a work in progress and after putting the paintbrushes down for Christmas, 2014 has just been so busy that we’ve not had a chance to get them back out. David is eagerly awaiting my DIY orders, and i’m constantly looking for new inspiration. You can keep up on what’s inspiring me and everything I’m loving on my: pinterest page

I hope after all of this horrible weather, the sunshiny promise of spring is spurring on the cleaning, organizing and redecorating .. I’ll keep posting as I do just that at home. Lots of love x

Egging on spring

The weather has yet to turn bitter and prove to us that winters in full swing – while the sun is shining and the Easter eggs are on the supermarket shelves I just can’t help myself from getting crafty ready for Easter.

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I always buy free range organic eggs – some say its an extravagance but I see it as a necessity.. For lots of health and moral reasons that I won’t go into now.

So on my weekly shop I found these gorgeous Clarence eggs which taste delicious and have the most beautiful duck egg blue colouring.

My brain clicked in to creative mode and urged me to buy them and use the shells for decorations during spring… They may be dearer but they’re serving two purposes now (so i tell myself!)
Yet to be completed but here they are for now! Ready to be dipped/ strung and hung .. I’ll be stocking up on more next week!

Pretty little pieces

Our not so little girl is growing up and having her own room means she can stamp her own identity all over it! Luckily mummy is at hand to help and so I’ve encouraged her to embrace the eclectic look of pretty antique furniture and off whites.

She didn’t need much convincing. As long as she had her blue and stars in the scheme she was happy!

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Her room is a work in progress but here’s a sneak peak of the gorgeous petite bedside drawers we found in my favourite local antiques shop in Weston-on-the-green, Oxfordshire. The old flight house

The paint work is more beige than the greys we’re after but part of the fun is that we can give it a lick of the right paint. We couldn’t resist! Its such a pretty, girly piece of furniture and perfect for her bed side!

I’ll reveal it it its new home once we’re all finished in there!

Hello 2014

I’ve been wondering how to re-invent my blog. If I carry on with my indecisiveness then this will be no blog at all!

Here goes my first post of 2014! Happy new year!

I have a deadline looming with the KlC and so I’ve been busy organising my work space. We moved at the end of last year and our new kitchen-diner has now become my study too (David has taken the office!)

At least our new reclaimed elm wood table has the capacity for all my Work. I love it! Just waiting on my Philippe Starck’s style ghost chairs to complete the look!

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The light in the kitchen is perfect with its south-easterly aspect. We made sure the first job after moving in was painting the horrible dark navy wall white! Oh the difference 6 coats of white can make! .. It’s my favourite colour for a freshen up and instant modernisation!

So feeling fresh and inspired, this project work will be submitted before the end of January! I’ll share some sneak peeks before it makes its way to Chelsea harbour!