A Year of Moments ~ April

01/04/2015

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Welcome to the fourth month of A Year of Moments with Jeska of Lobster & Swan.

This month's theme is old and in search of inspiration I wandered over to the historic Cotswolds where I knew I'd find lots of old things. If you're a regular here you'll know I spend many of my Sundays exploring the area, I love the quaint cottages and tearooms; few things are sweeter than a Cotswold cream tea. Anyway, this is my favourite Cotswold door, isn't it a beauty?

Receiving Jeska's image each month is a source of excitement and this month was no exception. What a beautiful collage of pretty and delicate things, and the little girl - her Nanna - is utterly adorable!

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If you'd like to join in with this month's theme simply upload your image to Instagram including the hashtag #ayearofmoments_old, along with mine and Jeska's user names.

Last month we celebrated all things floral and were overwhelmed with the response. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful images. Here are a few favourites.








Floral by (clockwise from top left) netherleighblog, giovabrusa, seasidelucy, aquietstyle, lingyeungbridasj, koko_secretrainbowpaththeteapotexplodes, and in the centre c_colli.

I'm excited it's April, I have lots of plans and spring is my favourite season. Oxford is already covered in blossom and everywhere seems a little lighter. I hope you have a wonderful month and I'll see you over on Instagram.

Previous month's themes: January, February and March.

My Home, Lately

27/03/2015

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Three and a half years ago I lived in a three bedroom 1930s house with parquet floors, picture rails, fire places, quarry tiles, a pantry and a laundry room. I felt the house needed to be styled with vintage trinkets and so during the seven years I lived there I filled it with items from the 1930s-1970s. I hunted for stuff in vintage shops, charity shops and online, and I slowly filled every room. And the loft and two large sheds!

My treasure hunting became a habit and long after I'd styled the property I was still buying. The problem was lots was coming in and nothing was going out, and very soon I became overwhelmed with the things I'd bought, and was still buying.

Then I moved house.

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I wanted a modern minimalist look in my new apartment because I felt the spaces were too beautiful to clutter, however discarding my vintage collections was a challenge to say the least. It took time to let go, but with each donated or sold item I felt a little lighter, which motivated me to continue.

My taste also changed as I became increasingly drawn to the contemporary interiors of Scandinavia. I loved the muted tones, natural fabrics and feelings of light and space. And after many years of kitsch and colourful vintage florals it was time for a change of scenery!

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Three years on and here's how it's looking. My main objective was to create a low maintenance, relaxing and practical space. There are no distractions and very few things to clean or maintain, and when I need a studio space for photography or somewhere to entertain family and friends the space adapts perfectly.

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If you're wishing to embark on a spring declutter you might like to read my decluttering tips or the 10 ways I've simplified my life. I hope you have a lovely, calm and clutter-free weekend!

London, Habitat and Birchbox

20/03/2015

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Do try this at home

I'm very selective and gracefully decline almost everything I'm offered or invited to. However a few weeks ago I was thrilled to receive an invitation to a dinner at the Kings Road branch of Habitat to celebrate their March collaboration with Birchbox.

I love Habitat; I grew up in a Habitat styled home and completed work experience as a Habitat visual merchandiser while at university. As a student I had dreams of working for the brand but sadly there were no openings when I graduated, which broke my 21 year old heart.

I'm not sure if I should admit to not knowing what a beauty box was until last week, but after a chat with the gorgeous Jessica of Birchbox I was sold on the idea. Birchbox offer their customers a personalised way to discover, learn and try the best beauty products, all via their cute monthly boxes. And for someone who knows very little about beauty products and make-up this is a pretty useful discovery.

The collaboration called 'do try this at home' also celebrates the launch of Habitat's SS15 collection of dressing tables. It was fascinating to hear about the new designs, and to get to know the Habitat team. (Can you spot me?)

And finally, no trip to London would be complete without taking a few snaps, I apologise to those who have painted house fatigue!

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Thank you Habitat and Birchbox for inviting me, I had a wonderful time!