The build up!!

Man, I have been busy these last few weeks, trying to incorporate an hour and a half of Bikram yoga into my daily routine has simply made me hot, sweaty and incredibly inefficient (although I do finally feel that operation wedding beautification has finally begun in earnest!)On top of all of that the sun has come out so of course there's the obligatory sun worshipping that needs to be done, mmmm, how to get everything done?

Getting wedding ready is a bit like revising for exams, there are definitely some tasks that are more appealing than others and it turns out making lace bunting to deck out our bell tent with on our honeymoon is a pretty fun task.

That fabric is a gorgeous lace which I had left over from something else, dead romantic.

I've also finally got the invitations for the Spanish fiesta we're having which was a relief as everyone had bought their flights but there was still no official invite!

It's all happening in an incredibly remote part of Spain so I needed to give lots of information so people could actually find their way around. I thought the best way was to draw a map, which took flipping ages but tuned out quite pleasingly in the end.

Hopefully now, no one will get lost and everything will run like clock work (I doubt it somehow!).

Other than that the other grand event of the last week or two was my hen do, which really was the hen do to end all hen do's. I absolutely loved it and my sisters and friends had gone to so much effort it was all quite emotional (the bits I can remember) 

We rented a canal boat for the day and travelled up from East London to Kensal Rise. There was a Spanish theme to the whole event, hence my velveteen dress and red feather fan. Here I am with my Mum and three of my sisters, hanging out under the Spanish flag.

The barge activities were very civilised and it wasn't until we met up with everyone else later on that things took a turn towards the less sophisticated side of hen do's. How can the day have gone from this...

to this.....

Not pretty!

I shall leave you with some lovely, soothing pics of the garden and just to say I am photographing a stunning new sofa tomorrow so keep your eye out for that.

Enjoy the sunshine x


Rain, rain, go away!

Another damp weekend, I hate to bore on about the weather but it is STILL raining, hence I haven't been up to that much exciting. I did, to my great surprise, find one little fellow who was loving the rain, he jumped out of one my pots when I was doing a bit of a rejig in the garden, you should have heard me scream and I actually really like frogs!

This is after he tried to hide from me, unsuccessfully poor thing! I've no idea how he got in because we don't have a pond and it's a walled garden. Mmmm.

I made a dawn dash to Kempton antiques market very early on Tuesday morning which was surprisingly dry and picked up some really nice bits and bobs. I'll take some photos and show you but I got a great linen windbreak for our bell tent and some antique bits and bobs to go in our bathroom. We basically have this tiny, slightly mouldy bathroom with horrendously ugly fittings which we can't afford to change so we're just going to try and divert the eye with as many pretty things as we can cram in there. Pictures to follow!

I have also been very busy getting a few new chairs finished, which I'm pretty pleased with.

Windsor Chair: 1950's restored spoke armchair £600

I absolutely love this chair. It's one of my favourite styles with the spoke arms and this time the spokes are inlaid with a brass detail. 

The fabric on the inside is a textured floral silk which I have been sitting on for a while, waiting for the right chair to come along.

I've also finished another show stopper, a chunky, fan back 1940's cocktail chair.

Osaka Chair: 1940's fan back cocktail chair £450

This chair has been upholstered using a beautiful plain fuchsia on the inside and a stunning japanese inspired painted linen on the back.

Both of these chairs are available from myself at a discount and also via Not On The High Street.

Enjoy the rest of the week! 


Sunny England

Well, really, sunny England is misleading but the sun did come out for at least one day and it just so happened to be my friends' Liz and Jimmy's wedding day. Not only was this incredibly lucky it was also very necessary as they were getting married on Camber Sands near Rye, and as dramatic as a windswept beach is, I just know this was not the look Liz was going for.

We hoofed it down from London where it was grey and drizzly, till we arrived at this unbelievable stretch of wide, golden sand and turquoise sea. It was like a different world.

Liz is an old colleague of mine from when I worked at Designers Guild and it was so much fun to catch up with some of the old gang, amongst us all there was one wedding (which we were at), two new engagements and three new babies.. it made us all feel rather old - in a good way!

What a venue to drink fizz and natter to mates, plus the photo opps were fantastic. Particularly love this one of Lady Swindells being carried off the beach, way to go Liz!

Basically I think I was just ecstatic about being out in the sunshine, by the sea, it feels like forever since I got the chance to paddle.

Look at my grin, that is one happy girl paddling here, empty glass in hand having just downed my fifth glass of vodka punch!

The rest of the day was inside but Nick and I couldn't resist popping out for an evening stroll. By this time the sea was way out and the beach was deserted, really, really beautiful.

Whilst Nick tried to expound on the beauty of nature and the importance of living near the sea, I kicked off my shoes and decided there was much more fun to be had in the sand dunes.


Congratulations Mr and Mrs Swindells, I hope you have a long and happy life together and thank you for an amazing day xxx