Giving and receiving


They say, it’s better to give than receive. I say, it depends what you get. Yesterday, this beautifully wrapped package dropped through my letterbox… … inside, a gorgeous set of tea knives from Three Jelly Moulds and a Wardrobe, given to me by Elizabeth from Rosalilium in her birthday giveaway. They go with my cake… 

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Inside a home without statements or accents (and why I like it)


I love looking at eclectic, quirky interiors – homes that make you think; rooms with layer upon layer of collected treasures; houses with fascinations at every turn. But there’s definitely a place in my heart for understated, unchallenging houses too. With all things considered, I want my own home to be my sanctuary – a… 

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Local tourist: Sydenham Wells Park


When I moved to my little patch of SE26 I managed – not entirely on purpose – to choose one of the best spots for parks in the whole of South East London. Being opposite Crystal Palace Park was a dig draw, but it wasn’t until several months later that I discovered the other verdant… 

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Join The Room Debate!


The sun is shining, the weather is sweet… so I thought we’d go a little bit summery for today’s Room Debate? Does this room say ‘luxury retreat’ to you? Or is the nautical theme too much for your tastes? Whatever you think, this is the place to share your views with the group! As always,… 

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Lace top + brown belt + skirt = love


Clearly, this ain’t no fashion blog, but there’s one look I just can’t get out of my head at the moment. {Sunday Crossbow} {Style Me Pretty} {via Pinterest} In my fantasy world, I would be heading for summer looking like this… but to start with, does anyone know where I can find a nice lace… 

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Free printable placemats for a vintage Jubilee table


I think these vintage printable placemats were probably designed with weddings in mind, but how perfect (and cheap) would they be for a Diamond Jubilee street party table? {© Lucky No. 9 via The Pretty Blog} All three designs are free to download here and can be printed straight onto standard white paper. I think… 

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The one where I impulse-buy a stripey carpet


Having a job that involves looking at beautiful houses with amazing interiors every day turns a person into the most annoying kind of decorator. The kind who spends hours boring their friends with their hunt for the perfect shade of grey paint. The kind who blogs and tweets about grand plans for their living room… 

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And the winner is…


Thank you to everyone who entered my Cornishware giveaway. There were approx 200ml of entries but only one lucky winner could be drawn from the jug… {both Decorator’s Notebook} Congratulations Laura! I hope you enjoy making lots of tasty treats using your prize