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