Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Chair After

Always a sucker for 'before and after' segments in other blogs, here is the first of many.

Below is a refresher of what the chair looked like 'before' with it's tatty pleather seat and wobbly joints:

Here are the 'after' photos of the chair newly glued and with it's new peacock linen seat. Having a bit of a swing off the back of the chair is my mate Finbarr (as per a friend's suggestion that I include more of them in my photos!)

I am still undecided about leaving the plywood of the chair back exposed, as it isn't the nicest ply and looks a bit cheap, but think I will leave it for now, as is.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Bulldogs and Pigeon Holes

For the last while, as I prepared to start this blog, I have been earmarking things I covet that I want to share with everyone.

I have a huge backlist, but I think I will start with the most recent first, as this is what is most exciting to me at the moment!

First of note is this bulldog tealight I just saw in Graham and Green's new spring collection.

There is a matching vase, and whilst getting both together would be a bit much, one or the other would be pretty fab in a room. Yumma.

You can find them here...

Two other things that make me drool in their new offerings:

Carved marble bowls and tealight holder. Want one for a 'key bowl' by our front door. Yes, I know I don't need it, but I WANT it. ;-)

Also, I have been looking for something like this pigeon hole wall shelf in charity shops and on ebay the last while.

I absolutely refuse to pay £65 for it, tho, but know that it is there, and will watch for it on sale if I don't find anything secondhand.

Luxurious B&B

On our trip south this weekend, we stayed at a gorgeous little B&B by Cranbrook called Waters End.

Here is a photo of the room we stayed in. The owner, Jill, did a beautiful job of decorating and outfitting the rooms. You could feel the love in the details, with gorgeous paper thin japanese tea cups on top of dressers and carefully thought out lighting. Everything was spotlesslessly clean and new.

The beds were feather soft Vi-Spring beds, with fab cotton linens, and a large claw foot tub rounded out the luxurious feel to the spaces. (I am now determined to buy a Vi-Spring mattress before I flutter to that great big parliament in the sky. I just have to find someone to purchase my owl-size kidney, and I will be all set.)

The house is a new replica of an old barn, using reclaimed timber and beautiful fixtures and fittings. It is placed on top of a large pond in the middle of 43 acres of farmland.

At the risk of spoiling a secret, you can book online here.

Seaside Charity

Whilst trolling the charity shops on my seaside excursion this weekend, I found a few great things that will keep the projects going for a while.

The  most exciting find was this chair for a fiver, and the gorgeous peacock linen fabric that I am going to recover the seat in! Needs a bit of glue as the joints are loose, but in pretty good nick.

Waffling a bit about whether or not I will cover the back of the chair as well, as it is only plywood, with a bit of damage on one corner. Think I will wait and see what it looks like when the seat is done.

Got to love a deal.

Hastings and Rye

I went to the beach this first trip to Hastings and Rye.

Luckily the weather cooperated and there was only a bit of rain, with a teeny bit of sunshine. Still freezing cold near the water on the tail feathers, but nice to see the beach.

Even nicer were the gorgeous things to be seen in the antique and charity shops, as I have become a bit of a bargain owl the last while. Got a few great things crossed off my list!

Here are a couple pictures at the beach. This is just past Rye near Winchelsea. The wind was a bit chill, but lovely to be by the water.

This next one is a shot of me and my friend Bubby. He is a house elf, so really enjoyed his freedom for the day! Good of the folks to let him out for some fun...

Monday, 29 March 2010


Hi and welcome to my roost. Like most owls I have really big eyes...all the better to see things with!

This blog is going to be full of interiors, art and design - anything I see and am inspired by, along with projects and other goodies that will crop up along the way.