21/04/2014

A Very Vintage Easter

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I thought it would be fun to share the Easter postcards from my Dad's Pauli Ebner collection. They are such sweet images full of children, Easter egg hunts, bunnies, chicks and blossom - the simple pleasures of Easter. At last count my Dad had 152 different designs incorporating Christmas, birthdays, holidays and so on. I wonder if anyone else has such a vast collection?

Pauli Ebner was an Austrian painter and illustrator born in Vienna in 1873, her postcards were sold all over Europe in many different languages. My Dad discovered her illustrations at a postcard fair in the 1980s, and he has been collecting ever since. When I win the lottery I will have a museum built to house them, but until that time I'll just share a few over here!

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18/04/2014

Things I'm Loving in April

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Bright Bazaar by Will Taylor

My book of the year so far has to be Will Taylor's Bright Bazaar, and if you've not yet come across Will he writes a stylish interior blog of the same name.

Will's book is full of inspirational interior ideas set out in colour themes, each one inspired by the world around him. I love how he translates the colours from his travels into interior themes, after all what could be better than basing your home on your favourite holiday? I adore books that feature real people's homes, and Bright Bazaar includes new images of homes from all over the world - even Will's - on the cover.

With its funky stripy cover and yellow edged pages it's a great object to have out on display. Nothing like a bit of interior inspiration and an object for home staging rolled into one. Pure genius!

So, if you fancy an explosion of colourful interior inspiration do pop over to Amazon for your copy. You may also like to read about when I attended the Annie Sloan paint workshop at Home Barn with Will. Yep, I've been hanging out with celebrities!

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Das ist gut!

I've finally found a little time to photograph some of my recent gifts, and by recent I mean Christmas. Where does the time go?

These adorable vintage German toys were a gift from my Mum, and the cute pink camera was from my man. I've lots more goodies to snap so do watch this space.

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New York City

I've just spent five fun packed days in a rather sunny New York City. I was there on business and although I had many work commitments I did manage to squeeze in a fair bit of fun time, as those who follow me on Instagram will have seen. I've said it before but I think New York is like Disney World for adults, and I for one will never tire of its magic. Ice cream anyone?

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Sakura Blossom

There are few things prettier than a flowering tree, and this seems to be the month of beautiful blooms. Blossom buds and blooms in what seems like a matter of moments, then covers the ground like wedding confetti. Absolutely breathtaking!

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Charles and Ray Eames

As part of my midlife crisis (*cough* I turn 40 in July) I've been obsessing over Eames furniture, I guess there are worse addictions. I purchased the Eames DSR chairs and the occasional table when I bought my first apartment in 2003 so it's a long time since I splurged!

Anyway, after a delivery this week I now have the Eames rocker and plywood lounge chair (dubbed the greatest design of the 20th century by Time Magazine) sitting stylishly in my living room. My man and I are already fighting over who sits in the rocker, and I'm pretty sure my niece will enjoy having a little rock when she visits tomorrow.

All my chairs were produced by Vitra, the only company in Europe licensed by the Eames estate, no fakes for me! Vitra products are available from AramCentral and John Lewis, I must add John Lewis delivered my rocker free of charge and also priced matched Aram who had a sale on.

Next on my wish list is the Noguchi coffee table by sculptor Isamu Noguchi, although it's going to take a bit of saving - 50th birthday gift perhaps?

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Colourful Vintage Birds

Now I seem to have acquired every kitsch deer known to man I've moved onto birds. As you do. These colourful little fellas make me smile, and luckily, in support of my new minimal lifestyle, they are quite rare.

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Easter!

Because who can resist chocolate eggs, fluffy chicks, cute bunnies and a roast dinner with the family? Yes please!

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Anyway... I must get on, I have some eggs and chicks to hide for my niece's Easter egg hunt tomorrow. How exciting! Happy Good Friday and I hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday.

02/04/2014

Snapshots of March

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Pink peonies are like tiny balls of happiness. Sun drenched Oxford mornings. Carpets of blue flowers at the Botanic Garden. Books and a bag from Boden, thank you! A vintage planter, one of a my favourites. Tulips from the Oxford Covered Market. The Audrey (Hepburn) jumper and sunglasses from Boden. A foxy door.

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Enjoying the Vogue Festival. Leopard print shoes, grrrr! My stylish Mum on her wedding day in a coat made by my Grandma and a Biba hat. Happy Mother's Day! The pink lights of Marc Jacobs at Selfridges, London. Vintage shopping in Cowley with my Mum. Ageing at least 10 years while trying to secure Kate Bush tickets, I was successful. I'm a huge fan. How much is that Chanel bag in the window? Seeing the amazing Metronomy in concert.

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The Oxford high street on a gorgeous spring afternoon. Cashmere and Vogue, the perfect combo. My niece's vintage Bambi print, from auntie Candy Pop. I'd love a Babycham. A sunday walk in the woods with my niece, while searching for the Gruffalo. A weekend road trip to Bibury. 1970s Victoria Plum wallpaper found in a Maidenhead charity shop. Flowers at Liberty, possibly the most photographed florist ever.

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There is no such thing as too much blossom. Why have one when you can have two, Diptyque candles. Gothic architecture and pink blossom, just gorgeous! Vintage cats, one from my Mum and one from my man's Mum. My Mum getting lost in the Botanic Garden greenhouse. A vintage pomander from Kat Got The Cream, thank you! Pink on pink on the Oxford high street. Chanel, Bond Street, packed full of beautiful and expensive things. Flowers and windows on Fleet Street.

For more do pop over to Instagram where I seem to have reached 5,000 followers, a drop in the ocean to some, but a milestone for me. And in the words of Joni Mitchell you may even see a big yellow taxi or two!

26/03/2014

Spring Blooms and Pink Gingham

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'If I lived in Oxford I would visit the botanic garden every week 
because it would always look different.'  Roy Denness, my dad

With my parents visiting I had an excuse to be a tourist in my own city. Everything was blooming, and sprouting, and budding, and new. It reminded me of a Beatrix Potter book, and I half expected Mr McGregor to pop out from behind a greenhouse.

Of all the spring flowers my favourites are the teeny tiny blue ones, or scilla siberica to be exact. They are similar in colour to bluebells, and there is nothing prettier than a carpet of blue flowers. Although I'll spare you the 20+ shots I took of them.

Life is moving quickly. You know when you feel busy, but you're not quite sure what you've been doing. It makes me think of the John Lennon quote 'life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.' If only there were more hours in the day, or better still, I had a PA. How amazing would that be?

I was recently asked to pick an item from the current Boden collection as part of the importance of being Boden campaign. As you know I'm a huge Boden fan, so selecting something from one of my folded down catalogue pages didn't take long.

The item I chose was 'the shirt', which comes in a range of yummy colours and prints. It's a great classic piece for my new streamlined wardrobe, and versatile enough to wear to the office or on a country stroll. From office to countryside!

I have a 50+ hour working week and the only thing keeping me going is the thought of attending the Vogue Festival on Sunday. I'm looking forward to hearing Grayson Perry, Jasper Conran and Lily Allen in conversation. Maybe I'll see you there!

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Shirt - A gift from Boden | Jeans - 7 For All Mankind | Coat - Barbour
Boots - Hunter | Sunglasses - Prada