Inspiration : 5 Pins & 5 Links

these Zara shoes = love.

this gorgeous kitchen
sound familiar?

city nights, city lights, rainy evenings

this location, wow!


beautifully evocative photos of a trip to Israel, Molly Yeh writes the most fabulous food blog

this Cobble Hill Brooklyn townhouse

how to make a killer summer cheeseboard 

a beautiful London home

light & luscious lemon cake with mascarpone & lemon syrup

Style : Trainers for Everyday.

I wear Converse pretty much every day but have never quite got into wearing trainers/sneakers for anything other than going to the gym.

Trainers as a fashion accessory is nothing new though but recently I feel as though I've seen them everywhere....I sat in London's Hanover Square recently to eat lunch & it seemed as though every single person who walked in or out of Vogue House (which overlooks the square) was wearing them.

Never one for being ahead of any trend ever, I consulted with my good friend Louise who has the best fashion & style sense & knowledge of anyone I know....
should I buy the Stan Smith trainers that I had been coveting?
My Very Wise Fashion Friend texted back an immediate "yes" & so I am now the happy owner of the green & white pair as seen above :)

When they arrived, my son asked if they were for my daughter....
and then my daughter asked if they were for her!!
Thankfully we are now different shoe sizes, so she cannot "borrow" them ;)

So, are trainers part of your you wear them, would you wear them?

all photos via pinterest

Finding A Rhythm.

It's been a different kind of summer holiday for us....
for a start, we haven't been away & following the loss of my Dad in late June, life has been quiet & small.

I've been very conscious of my desire & need to keep my little family close.
We found our rhythm though....
we've  had "sofa days", as my son calls them, & we've had some fantastic & fun days out & about in London.
I want my children to love this city as much as I do, I want them to feel comfortable in its busyness & its bustle, to be interested in everything that it has to offer.

We've walked & talked, eaten, photographed, read, marvelled & watched.
Museums, Chinatown, bus, tube, markets, Notting Hill, Greenwich, ice cream....

I've wanted & needed some alone time & there hasn't been much of that, 
I don't think that I've even begun the grieving process, but school starts again soon for my children & I'll have plenty of time then.

Life moves you son is 10 next month. TEN!!!
And my daughter starts an important school year with big exams not so far away.

I made a list of of smallish jobs to be done around the house & because we've been at home, things have got done....
I am - and I say this softly & carefully - actually enjoying the renovation process right now.
I can see changes &, downstairs at least, the house is coming together.

Today we leave for a week in Wales, time at a very quiet beach, just the four of us....
I cannot wait. I've packed as if for winter since the summer seems to have moved on....
I am expecting rain so any sunshine will be a bonus.
We will hunker down, read, walk on the beach, eat at the local pub, play games (no wifi, woo hoo!) & talk. Happy days, family time.

And then school starts in one week's time & we find yet another rhythm....and on it goes....  


House & Home : The "Horizon" Trend aka Letting Nature Into Your Home.

Recently I have been working in collaboration with wallpaper designers Graham & Brown, featuring
 one of their design trends for 2015 each month & exploring it a little more.

This month's trend is "Horizon"....
the introduction of subtle & calm colours into your home, using colours taken from Nature....
sunny yellows, watery sky blues, grass greens & varying shades of white.

The Horizon trend definitely speaks to me, shades of white are everywhere in my house right now & as I'm finishing each room, I am adding in splashes of colour.

I've used some beautiful floral prints - photos from Instagram which I enlarged & framed in large Ikea Ribba frames.

The main colour in the "horizon" trend is blue, but there are plenty of other colours reminiscent of nature. 
I love blues & greens....
not only do they add colour, they also give a wonderful calm to a room, they speak rather than shout.

I love wooden floors, brick walls & natural stone....they all give a simplicity to a home, making a simple statement & creating a wow factor, just in a more understated way.
two beautifully warm spaces, I love the exposed brick wall on the left & the white light kitchen on the right is  simple & fabulous.

This post is written in collaboration with Graham & Brown, all content & opinions are my own.
Room images via Pinterest & Mirage Grey wallpaper featured is via the Graham & Brown website.
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