Sunday, 23 November 2014

Feeling Festive

Happy Sunday everyone!

I'm sorry to post Christmas related pictures when we are not even out of November.  However, I am feeling especially festive this year.  Firstly because I'm so looking forward to Christmas in this house, the house I have spent the year renovating and making into our home.  Secondly, I just love the run up to Christmas - for me, the anticipation and excitement is what it makes it so special.  Last year, I was very careful not to post festive pictures before December.  December goes very quickly though, and time seems to accelerate as soon as you hit the first week.  So this year I'm taking time to enjoy the little pleasures before we are thrown into full on Christmas frenzy!

I'm loving these vintage baubles, sitting jewel like in their slightly battered and dog eared boxes.  I shall enjoy them like this for a while longer, before we hang them on baby Christmas trees around the house.

Tamsyn x

Friday, 21 November 2014

Styling The Seasons - November

Hello everyone!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week!

As I mentioned in my last post, I was planning to have fun last weekend playing around with ideas for my November Styling The Seasons post.  Styling The Seasons was the idea of the very lovely Katy at Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte at Lotts and Lots blog.  Check out #StylingThe Seasons on Instagram to see lots of beautiful posts - the idea is to decorate/style any surface in your home, according to the month.

I really loved styling these pictures as I'm feeling pretty festive already, so it was about bringing in just the right amount of candle light and festive red without going full blown Christmas!  I wanted to go for a bolder, moodier look this time, moving away from my beloved pastels.  The surfaces I chose to style are in my lovely new kitchen and dining room.  The flashes of red came from these beautiful berries which Aldi are selling in bunches of two for £2.  I stacked my vintage grain sack on top of my old Union Jack flags for some bold and cheery texture, and scattered the beautiful giant pinecones which came from my friend's pine tree. Silvered glass tea light holders add wintery beauty - it's dark most evenings when I come home now, which makes the perfect excuse for flickering candle light.  The bottom two pictures are the top shelf in my kitchen (pictures coming soon - I'm photographing it this weekend for my kitchen reveal!).  The vintage jelly moulds and old painted frame make a really lovely focal point for the berries and candles.

What would you do for #StylingTheSeasons?  Join in on Instagram using the hashtag!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tamsyn x

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Saturday Snapshots

Hello everyone!

Hooray for Saturday is what I say - here are some of my favourite snapshots from the past week or so.  And what a week it has been!  Last Sunday I spent the most gorgeous afternoon down at Liberty London, at the Crafting The Seasons event.  I met the most lovely people and had such a fun time playing and crafting with the divine fabrics - more on that another time!  Then my dad came up on Monday night, and he and I put the sink in my kitchen, as well as the worktops.  So I have a kitchen!!  I'm so in love with it, and although I still have quite a lot to decoratively, it's looking really lovely.  I shall take a 'work in progress' shot for you this weekend!  As a consequence of all this DIY, plus a bonkers busy week at work, I am left feeling a little frayed at the edges shall we say, and I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend with the youngsters!

I'm also hoping to set up my next 'Styling The Seasons' shots for November this weekend - can you believe we are half way through November?  I have some serious festive decorating and crafting to think about, so exciting!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Summerhouse Makeover


Hello everyone!

Summer might seem a bit of a distant memory for us here in the UK, so before I embrace winter completely,  I thought I'd share my summerhouse makeover with you!  I took these pictures a few weeks ago on a gloriously sunny autumnal day - I still have some finishing touches to add, and it's been lovely having another whole room to decorate!

The beautifully shabby iron cot/daybed was my last lucky car boot find back in September.  I have left one of the sides off and my daughter sits and reads books on it.  I love it's little castors and the wonderful patina.  Next spring I think I will make a proper mattress for it and stack a few more cushions on it to make a proper reading nest for her.

The table was a freebie from a family friend, I painted the top mint green but left the chippy legs as they are.  The chiffonier was £40 from a car boot fair a couple of years ago, and although it has seen better days, I think it looks beautiful here in it's sunny spot.  

Next week, progress will be made on my kitchen - stage one of the electrics will be going ahead on Monday, and then my dad is coming up to plum my sink in, and we are going to install some beech worktop too.  I'm so excited and really looking forward to sharing some pictures with you - it's been a long month without a sink in the kitchen!!

Tamsyn x

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hello everyone!

Just down at my parents for a few days, and wanted to wish you all very Happy Halloween - we are making soup and carving pumpkins!  These pumpkins and squashes were grown by my parents on their allotment, and the beautiful grain sack was from my favourite little shop in the village, The Old Haberdashery, which is a little shop full to the brim of vintage treasures.  I also made some other beautiful purchases which I will share with you very soon!

Tamsyn x

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Dining Room - A Work In Progress

 
Hello everyone!

Just a very quick post from me today, but I had to share this sneak peek with you of my dining room - the builders exited stage left yesterday, leaving my bank account empty, but with the most beautiful new floor, which I'm completely in love with.  I'm a little bit dazzled by the transformation, and have found myself stood gazing at it, planning where I'm going to put everything!  The bottom picture was taken a few minutes after I got the keys back in January - the drab walls and dark floorboards sucked every bit of light up, but now the room looks lighter, brighter, and bigger.

As you know, I don't hang around, so I've just got the third coat of varnish down (my favourite Ronseal White Ash varnish).  Skirting boards will have to wait a little bit, but I hope to get some furniture in there tomorrow.  The beautiful old range in the fireplace is original, and I shall share some better pictures with you of it soon, as it's such a lovely feature.  The kitchen still needs a lot of work, but I'm hoping to get some of the floor varnished once I've moved the furniture out.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tamsyn x