Thursday, 24 March 2011

FRONT GARDEN: The Ronseal Effect!

I want to paint the two garden sheds along with the existing fences this year at some point. I have been hunting for the right product in the right colour(s) and I believe that I have at last found it. Ronseal Woodland Trust Colours are a range of exterior paints which will last up to 3 years.

Here is the info off their website:

Transform and protect garden wood with a splash of long-lasting Ronseal Woodland Trust Colours. Inspired by the UK woodlands, each colour is wax enriched for maximum water repellency guaranteed to protect garden wood whatever the weather.
  • 3 year colour protection
  • Wax enriched formula protects against water damage
  • Quick drying in just 1 to 2 hours
  • UV filters prevent greying and maintain colour for longer
  • Areas of use:
    Any garden wood
  • Coverage:
    20 m2 covered per litre
  • Number of coats:
  • Finish:
    Semi opaque Matt
  • Application:
    Brush, Spray
  • Drying time:
    2 hours
The colours which I think I might well go for are willow, for the fencing and cornflower and white ash for the shed and garden furniture.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

DECORATIVE ITEMS: Peacock Swing Chair by has done it again and have brought out a fabulous design classic chair which they have entitled the Peacock Swing Chair:

This would be perfect for hallway, bedroom or living room and would funk up any space. I love the fabric and I love the timeless simplicity of the design.

This lovely chair comes in at £329.00

FRONT GARDEN: Front Gate Options

We currently have a nasty red stained picket fence and gate which we are planning to paint a nice olivey green this year which will make the world of difference in the first place but I also think it would be nice to replace the plain gate with something a bit more solid and traditional looking. Here are some options which I like:

This traditional gate from Wickes is particulary nice when framed by these brick fence posts and comes in @ just £26.71

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

SHOPPING: Think Vintage! Vintage & Handmade Fair - Wolverton, Milton Keynes (April 2011)

It's coming back to the Madcap theatre in Wolverton, Milton Keynes. Think Vintage! Vintage & Handmade Fair, sponsored by my truly inspirational and entrepreneurial friend Laura. Be there or be square!

Lovely items bought from the vintage fair....


5 bed house (Bedfordshire - listed at £895k)

This house is absolutely lovely - but it's their garden especially which blows me away!

5 bed house (Bedfordshire - listed at £950k)

Another stunning and inspiring housing showing a wonderful example of old meets new....

6 bedroom farm house (Milton Keynes - listed at £1.5m)

I was amazed to find how many massive houses for over a million pound were such bad taste inside.... when I found this one I fell in love - it really is completely stunning and the perfect combination of old and new...

Friday, 18 March 2011


Just going to log here a bunch of clothes which I have come across this month and I love:

I love this black ruffle front shirt dress by Rocha.John Rocha (Designers @ Debenhams). Particulary the gathered detail at the back. It comes in @ £55.00 and would be such an adaptable piece for any wardrobe!

Unfortunately I can't find the perfect image of this one but I love this Navy stripe and flower cardigan by Debenhams Classics. Classic is the word - you can never go wrong with nautical classical - it's so timeless and a very decent price too @ £33.00

 This Taupe asymmetric ruffle cardigan by Betty Jackson @ Debenhams is also lovely and has a really vintage feel, both of these cardigans would look lush dressed up or down for office with pencil skirt/ trousers or for home with jeans. This one comes in a little dearer @ £42.00

Here is another lovely cardigan from Betty Jackson - this one is called the Taupe military ruched cardigan and comes in @ £40.00

Personally I love the idea of putting them with some jeans like these Redherring ones @ £20.00, and some patient heels like these Nude Sophie Mid Heels @ £55.00 and a bag like this lovely Redherring satchel style bag @ £25.00 

 The People Tree is a lovely fairtrade company which is well worth signing up to. They always have lovely clothes, I am yet to buy anything directly from them but I love getting their emails of trends, here are some of their items which I have fallen for this month:

Floral Shift Dress @ £85

Sadie Check Skirt @ £42 (love this in both the pinks and blues colour options)


Just found this really cute V&A Flower Blue Shoulder Bag @ Past Times online:



@ £32.00

More jems found at Red Herring at Debenhams 

Natural strawberry jumper @ £32.00 - fun and funky:


Grey stripe button through cardigan @ £22.00 - Comfortable and fashionable:

Black belted chino trousers

Navy naval coat (@ just £29.50!)

Some other treats from Debehams:
Pale grey striped long-sleeve top
White sailor stripe top
Natural linen messenger bag
Peach longline floral top
Off white butterfly kimono top
Natural slim chino capri pants
    How gorgeous is this modern pleat skirt by Joules (think I may just have found yet another favourite brand):










    and I think I may have just fallen in love with these wellies:

    @ £35.00







    Though I do love their plainer posh ones too:


    Though they do come in a little dearer @ £59.00