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Interior design inspiration – Mid-century modern clocks

As you all know, I am a massive fan of Mid-Century Modern design. Over the years I’ve filled my home with teak desks, G-Plan sideboards and Ercol chairs yet I still love searching out new pieces to add to my retro interior. Now that the bigger items of furniture are sorted, I enjoy looking shopping for smaller vintage-inspired pieces so today I’m going to share all the inspiration I’ve found online and in stores for mid-century modern accessories – in particular, clocks.

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Make your own nostalgia

Some occasions you just have to have a get together. Birthdays, weddings and christenings are no-brainers, but there are some other events that simply demand that you make them social. Things like the Eurovision Song Contest, the FA Cup final and the final of the Great British Bake Off are almost moments of national treasure. They represent those lovely points in the year that have that old-fashioned sense of everybody watching the same thing on the telly and having the same thing to talk about at work for the next day or two.football fa cup retro programme

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Interior design inspiration – Industrial

Ever thought about living in a factory? Fancy sleeping with ducting above your head and rusting machinery in the corner? What if I call it a ‘loft apartment’? Is that a little more appealing?concrete box lighting industrial style

I personally love the industrial ‘loft’ style and I’ve been pinning more of it than ever on Pinterest. As an interior design style it has been steadily growing over the past couple of years and now we’re seeing more bare brick walls and rusting metal units than ever before, in design magazines, fashion photoshoots and on TV. But what makes this harsh, brash style liveable? How can you get the look in your own home without looking like you’re camping out in a disused workshop? I’ve done my research and here’s what I found:industrial factory style interior design metal rust brick industrial coat rack entrance hallway decorating ideas

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My little vintage caravan – Bargain hunting & a beautiful bouquet

Happy Wednesday everyone! We’re halfway through the week and hasn’t it been a glorious one? We’ve been enjoying lovely weather here all week and have been able to get out into the garden to spruce up the veggie patch (blog post coming soon, promise!). Whenever the sun is shining, I head out to my little vintage caravan so I think you can probably guess where I’ve been working from this week. And of course, I always get distracted by all the fun things I can do in my caravan, so I’ve been snapping some photos rather than slaving over my laptop and wanted to share these with you today.roses bouquet of flowers vintage caravan_At the weekend I received a beautiful bouquet of roses from iFlorist. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened up the delivery box and such a huge bunch of gorgeous blooms emerged. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many roses in one bunch before!

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Tuesday Shoesday – The World’s Most Expensive Prom Dresses

Girls all around the globe are beginning to search for the ultimate prom dress, eager to distinguish themselves from their peers while looking grown-up and gorgeous. While some equate elegance with style, and choose bespoke quality to create a lasting impression, others value the price tag when it comes to what they deem a suitable prom night dress choice.  debbie wingham most expensive dress on the planet black gown

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Guest Post – How slate can add another dimension to your home

Today’s blog post has been kindly written by a fabulous guest blogger Caitlyn, and this afternoon she is sharing with us an interior design article on the beauty of slate and how to improve your living spaces with the addition of just a few traditional features.slate interior design living room with grey walls and furniture

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Generally speaking slate has become a trendy home addition – now placemats, coasters, tables and slate chalkboards are all popular items for the home especially in the wake of a shabby chic revival. In the kitchen, slate is even used for serving food – a movement which started in swanky restaurants and gastropubs which has transcended the professional sector and is now a feature in many people’s homes. Partly thanks to these new interior trends, slate hearths have now seen a comeback which makes the most of their aesthetic qualities as well as their practical properties.

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Get ready for summer – 8 shabby chic picnic ideas

Summer is coming, the sunshine beckons, and picnics will undoubtedly be on the menu. After all, a meal outside in the beautiful British countryside is a truly divine experience. I’ve already been enjoying meals out in my vintage caravan during the week and loving every moment of being surrounded by tweeting birds and buzzing bumble bees. vintage caravan interior with biscuit cushions and cat-5This weekend I’ve been researching some picnic ideas, including pretty locations in the local area and ideas to make my picnic even more quaint and homely, such as floral lunch bags from BronteRose.co.uk. I also want to get that cute vintage feel when eating at home on my patio so here are some of the shabby chic ideas I found to add some vintage flavour to your surroundings this summer, whether you’re out exploring or dining at home.pretty picnic hamper

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Freshening up the living room this spring

With the sun breaking through the clouds this week, I’ve been feeling the urge to spring clean and improve my home. It’s always at this time of year that I start thinking about decorating and wishing that I had a bigger budget to make some changes! However, I’ve come up with a few creative ways that you can upgrade your home without the massive outlay and I thought I’d share my plans with you today. bright living room spring summer

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Pieday Friday – Treats to cook in a waffle maker

You can probably guess from the title of this Pieday Friday blog post that I’ve recently become the proud owner of a new waffle maker. Yes, this month decided to go for it and order my new kitchen appliance from MeinCupcake and I’m really pleased that I did.simple waffle recipe for waffle maker machine simple waffle recipe for waffle maker machine-2You see, I’ve not just been making waffles in my Bestron heart shape waffle maker. Oh no, that would be too easy. I have tried out a few sweet waffle recipes, of course, but you know me; I’m a savoury kinda girl who’d rather have a main meal than a pud. So I’ve been baking savoury treats in my new waffle maker too and here’s what I’ve come up with.simple waffle recipe for waffle maker machine-6 Continue reading “Pieday Friday – Treats to cook in a waffle maker” »


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My little vintage caravan – Caravan Magazine & soft furnishings

After sharing photos of Sian’s beautiful Daisy caravan with you yesterday (and the fabulous vintage party package giveaway – check it out here!) I felt a strong urge to hang out in my own caravan and enjoy the lovely weather.vintage caravan interior with biscuit cushions-4So when I finished work yesterday, I took brewed up a cuppa and took myself outside for a little alone time in my caravan. With the sun shining, bees buzzing and birds singing, I threw open the windows and properly ‘aired’ my caravan for the first time this season.vintage caravan interior with biscuit cushions and cat-11vintage caravan interior with biscuit cushions and cat-10 Continue reading “My little vintage caravan – Caravan Magazine & soft furnishings” »