Friday, 29 August 2014

Sofa, Sogood!

It's a running joke in our family that Mr G and I have never bought a sofa new. We always have family cast offs. In the 19 years we have lived together we have had three sofas/suites from my sister and two from my Mum.

Luckily, my Mum has a "thing" about her sitting room furniture. She has had four sets in about ten years. I kid you not. Mum always orders her furniture from SofaSofa and so when their brochure drops through the letterbox, it quite often heralds a change!!

When she first changed her sitting room we took on her classic Sienna brown 2 & 3 leather sofas (which in fact are so classic they still sell them):

These sofas (like all settees from SofaSofa) are very well made and sturdy and have taken almost ten years of hard use from us and our brood of boys and animals and are still holding up really well.

Another family cast off used to reside in the conservatory, this sofa was huge and comfy and was shipped back from America when my Sister moved back to the UK 14 years ago:

As you can see in the above pic, the sofa had seen better days but I was still sorry to see it go when Mum changed up her furniture again and offered us two classic striped chairs - the two seater leather sofa came out to live in the conservatory and the chairs created the mismatched look I love in our lounge:

Once again the chairs are from SofaSofa and they are the most comfortable armchairs I've ever sat in. They are super sturdy and have stood up to our two big teenagers flopping down into them.

In fact I like them so much that I think with eventually reupholster them - I've been wanting to do an upholstery class for ages and so I can start big!!

Now my ultimate sofa (if I could choose any) would be a teal velvet chesterfield like the Belvedere:


Swoon!! I just love it!! It would look fab with my armchairs re-upholstered in something like this:

Be still my beating heart!!
In the conservatory for my ultimate sofa I'd choose something like the Hampton in luxurious cream velvet chenille to echo the button backed good looks of the Belvedere but with a little twist:
Though for practicalities sake perhaps a darker shade would be more prudent - two dogs and two cats with sixteen muddy paws I don't think the cream would be cream for long!!
Sigh, I do like a bit of fantasy shopping - don't you?
S x







Friday, 22 August 2014

Friends, Old And New....

My dear friend Cuckoo (Tales From Cuckoo Land) invited me to stay with her at her lovely home in Somerset for a few days back in July and I jumped at the chance.

I was more than happy to settle in the gorgeous guest room:

Cuckoo lives in the middle of nowhere and so the view is beautiful:

The view is made all the more swoonworthy by the gorgeous Airstream trailer:

Isn't it just fabulous? We spent our evenings after Cuckoos boys where in bed sat in the trailer, crafting, drinking tea and laughing our heads off!!:

The trailer has all the mod cons - I'm not jealous at all, oh no, not me....

We had lunch with Cuckoo's friend C and I swooned at C's beautiful home, here's Cuckoo posing in front of C's gorgeous blue Aga:

Look at C's beautiful pots!! Every corner was crammed with pots and tubs overflowing with lush blooms, the photo doesn't do it justice, they were truly beautiful!!

C made us a lovely lunch and we sat in the sun drinking white wine spritzer so and watching Cuckoo's children and C's grandchildren playing gleefully in her lovely garden.

Cuckoo "met" C on Instagram and when they realised they lived in the same village they became firm friends - another example of how fantastic the internet is for bringing people together.

All too soon my stay was over and I hoped back on the train and made my way home....


S x








Monday, 21 July 2014

Let's Go Shopping!!

Come on my lovelies, let's go for a little wander around the shops shall we?

First of all let's nip into Joules - now I love, love, love Joules clothes, but alas, as a girl of the Rubenesque persuasion their sizes do not go big enough for me (I can't help thinking that in this day and age all high street shops should cater for plus sizes, but last a a whole different post).

So I will eschew the womenswear for the lovely china they have:

I also need a new pair of wellies before the winter because my old Hunter ones have developed a split. These lovely floral ones will do nicely:

Let's have a look in one of my favourite shops, Cath Kidston shall we? I could get carried away in here!! I love the new clock print as on this iPhone case:

And we really need some new mugs as unfortunately they don't last very long in this house - in fact I have a set of seven Cath Kidston mugs on my dresser - all glued together (but still pretty!!)

So I'd like some new ones:

Boden have a gorgeous leather bag I've been lusting after for months:

There's a cute sun dress is Forever21 that I have my eye on:

And then we'll pop into Toast and I'll buy a pair of pink Salt Water sandals (I already have a pair in silver and they were super comfy, straight out of the box):
But then, on the other hand, Esprit do have this rather nice pair of pink metallic sandals - decisions, decisions:


Monday, 7 July 2014


I have a few photos taken over the past couple of weeks or so to share but bare with me as they are all a bit random and unconnected!!

After undertaking the makeover of H's room he needed a bit of art on his walls - keeping up with the English hunting lodge theme I had a look at stag or hare prints but as usual they were rather expensive and so I decided to have a go myself.

For someone who got a "F " in art I don't think he turned out too bad:

The window box Mr G made me is finally in bloom:

Recently we had a fantastic new charity shop open up nearby which just stocks craft materials - they have a lovely selection of fabrics, threads, buttons and other vintage and secondhand lovelies. I got a lovely little haul on one of my visits:

And I also found a gorgeous little china cabinet at the tip for the princely sum of £6:

In other news, we have a new pony - my friend R has loaned a lovely big cob called Bobby who has come to live with my two:

Once more I've stuck to the advice on how to found a perfect mount "Ensure they have an arse to match yours"!!

Can't leave out little Jasmin!!

Thanks for reading....

S x

Friday, 4 July 2014

Birthday Boys....

June sees the birthdays of both our boys so it's always been a somewhat hectic (and expensive!!) month. This year both boys were content to have low key treats and a bit of extra cash instead as they were both after PCs/upgrades.

H turned 16 on the 17th and he had three of his friends round for a sleepover in my cabin (!!!!) - needless to say they all had a strict talking to about keeping the place tidy/not wrecking anything and I'm pleased to say they all behaved impeccably!!:

Naturally, there was cake:

Incidentally, H's last day of school was just a few days earlier:

First and last day of school....

We can't believe H has left school. Personally, it seems like only five minutes since I left school. I still can't believe *I'm* the grown-up!!

On the 23rd June W was 14 - he wanted a PC and so using the bits cast off due to H's upgrade of his and a fair few new parts, that's what he got. We said he too could have friends over but he settled on just his best friend for dinner. He said he wanted it to be "just us" - he takes after his Grandpa Joe (my Dad) there....

When I asked what kind of cake he wanted I was chuffed when he said "a hedgehog" (though I suspect he was humouring me!!) as that's what I always had when I was little.

However, W's hedgehog did end up looking a bit more like road kill due to a shortage of icing and a hot day making spreading it an arduous task!! Still he tasted nice:

Coconut grass!!
So both boys are now well into their teenage years. With many of my friends either a bit (or a lot) younger than me and with their children very much little ones I'm beginning to feel a bit left out - even my two oldest school friends still have tinies.
Still, I think the broodiness is still being kept at bay. I'm enjoying having time to myself and also lots of time with Mr G as a couple.
Although, that's doesn't stop me yearning occasionally for a soft, enthusiastic toddler cuddle....
S x


Friday, 20 June 2014

Harry's Room Make Over!!....

Back in October when we moved my sewing room out of the third bedroom into the newly built cabin the boys tossed a coin to decide who would have the bigger room.

The deal was that the person who got the much smaller room would get it decorated first and the bigger room would have to wait until after Christmas.

H got the big room, but it wasn't until last week we finally got around to decorating the room for him.

H really didn't care how I decorated (as long as it wasn't Cath Kidston, I rather fancied the CK cowboy) and so I kind of went for a hunting lodge type theme which I thought would go well with the vintage 1930's bed (Freegle) and wardrobe (£10 eBay).

As per much of the rest of the house we painted the walls an off white.

I had ummed and ahhhed about whether to wallpaper the wall behind the bed but when asked if I would like to review one of their wall decals I decided that would be perfect.

There are some lovely ones on the website and I went for the stags head personalised with our surname. You could choose from numerous colours so as I had the duvet cover with red tartan reverse in mind I went for a deep red.

After the paint had dried Mr G helped me affix it to the wall, which was much simpler than we thought - I'd previously bought a very cheap quote from eBay and that was really tricky to apply - not so with the Wallstickers decal which was much better behaved!!

Rub out any bubbles with a bank card
Peel off the backing
Adding the personalisation

Ta Dah!!

H is very pleased with his room, not least because we have for the first time allowed him to have his PC in his room, at 16 it's time to allow him his own space, we thought.

I'd thoroughly recommend the Wallstickers, they are a high quality, reasonably priced way to add a bit of wow to a room.


S x

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