I received my copy of Selina’s brand new book a couple of weeks ago and was completely overwhelmed to find so many pics of my house in it. I’ve taken photos of the pages and I’m not going to write anything with them because that would make me feel silly, like when an estate agent shows you round a house saying “this is the kitchen, this is the lounge” and you just want to ask him to please go away so you can look round in peace. The photographer is Catherine Gratwicke and the words are by Joanna Simmons.
The lovely embroidered hoop is by Vicky Trainor
Thank you SO much Selina Lake, Catherine Gratwicke, Joanna Simmons and publishers http://www.rylandpeters.com
Last weekend I went with a friend to Pitfield Cafe and shop in Shoreditch.
We had the most delicious lunch in the lovely cafe
I didn’t take any pics of the cafe because it was full and it didn’t feel right pointing my camera at strangers.
It’s a very large space and about three quarters is the shop.
Blury pic of a bit of the food counter.
Lovely old watering cans
Nice isn’t it.
They also sell gorgeous tea towels by Barbara Chandler
Cabinets full of vintage glass
Beautiful huge old prints
Cosy corner and lots of fifties crockery exactly the same as my grandma used to have.
The waitresses were very friendly and actually wiped the crumbs from the tables into their hands and not onto the floor like some places (drives me insane).
What I loved most of all though was the wonderful frontage which I think is outstandingly amazingly beautiful. Just Ahhhhhh
Old Street Tube London.
When we moved into our derelict Victorian wreck 12 years ago, I had the fireplace knocked through in the front room. I left it as rough brick, painted it green, put our old grate in it and filled it with fairy lights. It was beautiful and I loved it. Roll on a few years and our very old telly in the corner lost the will to live and as I sadly put it in the front garden for the council to take away, my children started working on me to buy a big flat screen tv. I love telly as much as the next person but I hate big flat screen tvs. I think they’re dominating, aesthetically unpleasing and a bit sinister. Anyway, it was 3 against me and I reluctantly gave in and bought the horrid thing. That was about 5 years ago and I’ve barely been in the front room since, literally.
Then I was chatting to a lovely marketing lady Chloe Goddard about decorating fireplaces at Christmas and how I was making my mini vintage bunting in Autumn/Winter colours and how they’d look lovely edging the top of fireplaces and she suggested I do a mock up and take a few photos.
That was just the push I needed so while my kids were all out I moved the hideous creature (flat screen tv) from the focal point of my living room and reclaimed my beautiful fireplace. The creature is now on a shelf in the alcove behind a curtain and is no longer the undeserved centerpiece of room and as a result the room feels welcoming, serene and cosy again.
Mini vintage bunting around the fireplace
Ceramic floral jugs, candles, mini vintage bunting and plants in the fireplace.
If you don’t want a fire but still want the focal point of your room to look lovely then just paint it with emulsion and put a few nice things in it.
mini vintage bunting & a yellow handmade bowl
My mini vintage bunting and my friend Fran’s ceramics are are a match made in Heaven. Her handmade bowls are all unique and each one is just divine. You can find a selection of them in my on line shop.