Welcome to the jungle

This sums up my Christmas - wet! From London to Hereford it has been a  complete washout and with this has gone my aspirations for using the time off to sort out the garden. We had a wonderful, family christmas with lots of fun and laughs and chats with all the people we love;  but it's nearly over and I've got that panicky back to term feel!

In the absence of getting outside I have become obsessed by house plants and we stopped off at the amazing Burford Garden Centre on the way back from Hereford with me all geed up for some serious buying.

I bought a few lovely hanging ones with trailers, in anticipation of the macrame plant pot holders I bought on Etsy. For now they will have to stay dangling from our coat rail where they are looking a little incongruous.

So this is our new study, the one which we have spent any spare moment over Christmas sanding, painting and generally admiring. Nick bought me a fantastic vintage botanical chart showing the life cycle of a hazelnut  which looks amazing hung over the fire place and works well with our new jungly feel.

We do also have a couple of desks too, for when we have to do some proper work; here's Nicks' all polished up looking snazzy.

And mine, a bit more chunky but just as lovely.

Now all I need to do is reupholster our ancient sofa bed and pop it against the far wall, et voila, a study/ spare room we have.

See you in 2013, I'm off to Suffolk for New Year and I'm crossing my fingers and toes for some crisp, bright wintry weather. Have fun everyone.


An Ode to Owls

Christmas is almost upon us and I have been (as usual) divvying up my time between chairs, DIY and general Yule time celebrations. 

First up .. a new chair...

It's a really lovely little chair in a rather gorgeous floral linen with a plain blue back. Simple yet pretty stunning.

Next up, my Christmas surprise from my dear husbando...

You might have guessed that I have a soft spot for our feathered friends, in particular owls, which I love, so you can imagine my excitement when we arrived for my Christmas treat at a falconry centre just north of London for an Owl Handling Session. This was mega.

This Great Grey Northern Owl was my particular favourite, his name was Marshall and just look at that face, what an amazing creature. I was a bit concerned that it wasn't a very nice life for an owl to be kept in captivity but the lovely woman who took us for the session reassured us that they had a seriously cushy deal. This was confirmed when she called all the owls "poppet" and told us that when they were young or a bit peeky she took them home with her for the night. Sweet.

All in all, it was pretty much the best Christmas present I've ever received so thank you husbando for taking me to meet the owlies, I loved it.

Owl fancying is not all I've been up to, I made a dawn dash to Kempton Antiques Market (in sub zero conditions I might add) and picked up this seriously nice Flemish ocasional chair. I haven't had a chair in this shape before and I love it. I'm going to re-cover it soon, but for now it shall reside in the corner of our  brand new, beautiful study which we have nearly finished decorating. I will put some pictures up when it's all looking tickety boo and there are no longer half empty paint pots all over the place.

Flemish Occasional Chair: £650 including upholstery and fabric

I have also bought other crackers recently but I only have some pretty low grade snaps of them. I'll take some better ones and pop them up here asap.

A pair of beautiful 1950's arm chairs with lovely wooden arm rests: £650 each including upholstery and fabric.

A rare 1950's arm chair with floating wooden arm rests, what a corker! £650 including fabric and upholstery.

I hope everyone is enjoying the run up to Christmas, it can be a pretty exhausting time but also quite magical. I haven't been up to London at all and when I did venture over to the South Bank I was practically drowned by all the rain so have decided it's probably best to stay close to home. So in the confines of mine and family and friends homes (as well as the local pub) I have been having a very Christmassy time, enjoying carols and Christmas playlists on repeat and basking in the twinkling lights of our lovely Christmas tree. 

Merry Christmas one and all.


Frosty mornings

I drank too much muled wine at a carol concert last night, what a cliche! It was put on by my sister's law firm, which referred to itself as "The Firm" throughout the concert programme, which amusingly made it sound more like a mafiosa get together than a city law firm charity event! Anyhow, I'm not used to such upmarket events hence my over excitement at the booze and nibbles.

When I did finally get out of bed, woweee, what a sight! Everything was covered in just a light dusting of snow and looked suitably Chrsitmassy. I got out there with my camera PDQ and started snapping. 

You could see all the little bird and animal tracks in the snow and as soon as I set about breaking the ice on the bird bath and filling up the bird feeder this little chap came and landed at my feet and started foraging for crumbs. I really do have a soft spot for robins.

I hope you're all enjoying the build up to Christmas, new chair news soon I promise.