Thursday 31 March 2016

Fifty Shades of White....

No this post is not a review on a new erotic romance novel
....sorry to disappoint!
I am to busy at the moment to read books of any kind.
The only reading I squeeze in these days
is of home magazines for a bit of creative inspiration.


I have mentioned before that our new house is 
in desperate need of lots & lots of TLC.
Stuck in a 1980 time warp it boosts no vintage charm 
just hideous design blunders.
Every room in the house requires some form of attention
but the kitchen & bathroom are needing gutting from floor to ceiling. 
is all I can see at the moment when I look around my house!!
There are so many decisions to make
    all interlinking with one and another that it can be a bit overwhelming.        
I guess having a Champagne taste on a Happy Meal budget isn't helping.
WELL.... strictly speaking it's not so much a Champagne 
more of a Shaker meets New England
mixed with flea-market treasures finished by a few skip finds taste. 
A cheap taste to have a few years ago when it wasn't fashionable.
Unfortunately not so nowadays!
Most second hand stores pricing these days makes me wounder 
when I see chip-wood do they see Chippendale.    
I grew up in a house where home decor was hunted for
by enlarge on flea-markets at the side of the road & in skips!
It wasn't called up-cycle when I was a child,  
my parents were just way ahead of their time. 
But to be honest my Mum & Dad never cared much for fashion & trends,
they always created their own eclectic style mix.
Strange to think of them as trendy in today's interior styling terms.  
I can tell you as a child & teenager growing up in a 1980's 
perfect suburbia with flawless conservatively styled 80's homes & gardens
having parents with a quirky style made me the odd one out 
....that wasn't always easy for me.
Nowadays I am much more appreciative of having been the odd one out, 
as it has given me an independent spirit ....not just in design terms. 
Wow....I'm loosing my tread for this post.

Okay, lets get back to the Fifty Shades of White....

 If you have been following me on here for a while
you know by now I like

 soft **** pale **** bright **** strong 

****  colours ****
**** prints ****
**** patterns ****
**** whimsy ****
I need all of the above everyday in my life. 

However when it comes to my interior I LoVe to add plenty of   

White walls * White furniture * White accessories.
White makes me happy 
and it is the perfect backdrop.
I found picking the right white for my walls though
isn't as easy as it sounds....
there are so many shades of white paint
from so many different manufactures 
that I have spent weeks collecting paint-cards 
and the same time again studying & comparing them.
After narrowing my choices from fifty shades of white
down to nine I invested in sample pots. 
Over the years sample pots & I have become great friends
I have come to appreciate how much time,
money and energy they can save.
Painting large squares on the wall really helps 
to visualizes a colour 
and it's fascinating to see how it changes in different lights. 

How do you define white
....where does white finish and cream, soft blue & green start?
 Sample pots are really money well spent....
not just was I surprised by some of the shades 
....they really did not resembling the colour from the paint card at all
....I was also shocked by the runny almost milk like consistency 
by one of the paints making it very difficult to work with. 
Buying without trying could have been an expensive "saving".

After living now with the samples squares for a couple of weeks....

....seeing the whites in different lighting natural & artificial
we have finally made our choice. 
Once the electrician and plasters are finished
in the room we can start to paint,
however that may take a few more weeks.

In the mean time I'm enjoy another look at my magazine.


Sunday 27 March 2016


**** Easter Greetings ****

May your
Easter be filled with
Happiness & Peace


Wednesday 16 March 2016

When the sun twinkles....

 ....through thick grey clouds,
I feel like faffing....
trying new ideas.... getting creative.... 
simply indulging in playing around with whimsy
purely for the fun of it!

 Yesterday was just such a day.
Through the clouds twinkling
into my living room window
was the most beautifully warming & inspiring sun.

has finally arrived!

So I couldn't help myself, 
I just had to faff around a little with my mantelpiece.
Finishing the makeover with a few eggs.  
Super yummy chocolate eggs....


 and a few more yummy eggs.
But I ask you seriously there such a thing as to many chocolate Easter-eggs???

 There is no doubt in my mind....

my rule when it comes to chocolate
(eggs or otherwise)
always is....



Tuesday 8 March 2016


I think this is a very important affirmation to women & girls everywhere
not only today on International Women's Day but all year round!


Sunday 6 March 2016


I have been spoiled by my family!

We started the day with a lovey full continental breakfast
including freshly backed croissants.

The table was decorated with
a beautiful posy of flowers....

a ÜBER cute card in the shape of a cottage,
and a wonderful cross-stitch made by baby Paperdoll for me.

 We spent most of the day playing Monopoly,
 where Mr. Mc turned into a "ruthless" property tycoon.
What fun we had!
 Mr Mc so isn't a ruthless tycoon no matter how hard he tries.   
And once his "property magnet" times came to an end
    he spoiled us with a lovely homemade Sunday Roast.     

I had a wonderful day today!