a crazy week of angels…

EFT IMAGEIf I could round this week up into one word, it would have to be just ‘AWESOME’…crazy awesome in fact. I need to download the sights and emotions here on my blog, as I still can’t quite compute how much has happened in just seven days! I’m not going to go into massive detail for each event, as every one of them is a blog post in itself- for now I’ll try to give you a snapshot of the main things I feel have changed/improved/filled my life….


EFT, Tapping and a spot of Reiki

I’ve been feeling a bit low of late for a variety of reasons, and it all came to a head last Friday, so my friend/gatemate/angel Rachel (that’s a link to her Twitter account by the way, don’t worry, I’ll teach her how to use it!!), asked me to book an appointment to try some tapping to help ground me. I’ve never even given a second thought for this type of holistic therapy – I can be quite dismissive sometimes…but OH MY GOD!! Try it – it’s like flushing away all the anxiety and replacing it with calm. And then she applied Reiki..utter bliss and prepared me for the week ahead


I then went to see my gorgeous homeopath Kay from Marlow Homeopathy – she instantly recognised where I was with my emotions and gave me the remedies I needed after my incredible EFT experience…she helped me make a complete U turn from the Friday experience

Sian & Jay

These two girls are my online rocks – they’re as fiesty as they are loving and I absolutely adore them – Jay and I were holding a photography workshop the next day, so they both stayed at my house…to say we had a complete laugh would be an understatement – needless to say, our planned early night, (I say ‘our’…what I meant to say was ‘my’) was one of wine and lateness!!


Jay Mountfords Photography Workshop at Home Barn


AMAZING day, incredible team and now I can switch from Auto to Manual on my most basic of basic cameras…I do need to buy a new one actually – thank you Jay for being the BEST teacher EVER and to Home Barn for hosting at their impossibly amazing venue, Tara Cain for shooting the day, and Claire ArchboldSian To, Lisa Levis and Danielle, Caroline Davis, Clare Nolan, Amanda Glam, Sarah Jones, and hosts Sarah and Sally Wilkie for being so much fun and creating a great atmosphere. Food was served at our gorgeous little local The Queens Head – if you’re ever in the area, please try the place out, the food is divine


Worked….like a headless loon all day, then later booked a much needed deep massage at home with the lovely Laura who recently started her blissful home spa service Glow On The Go – ouch but mmmm. She advised me to have another session as my shoulders are like rocks…to the point her hands were clicking during the half hour massage! She really went for it, thankfully using Aromatherapy Associates – possibly THE best massage oils ever and smell heavenly



A quick visit to my client Stellé Audio Couture to pick up some Bluetooth speaker samples for London Fashion Week – the office is based in Berkhamsted and bang next door to the most FABULOUS dress agency called Luminous & Vogue – I spotted some incredible, unworn Mark by Mark Jacobs shoes…my size…my style…just mine – timely I thought, and what with my name written all over them and that….they’re now MINE!! I also popped into Plume Boutique for a last minute outfit in time for Friday – this had to be done between calls, picking up the girls and making the tea…where there’s a will there’s a way… and bought a beautiful 2ND DAY dress and Tokyo Jane bangles

Featuring my bag from Ada Rose
Featuring my bag from Ada Rose

Then it was time to surprise our gorgeous friend Steph with a baby shower – we’re eeeeking with excitement about the prospect of a little tiny baby in our midst, so held a much needed gathering with our little group of girlies – I thought I’d try and to be funny and make sure she was kitted out with all sorts of embarrassing essentials, (yeah, hilarious)… and a pampering session from the lovely Laura (see Glow on the Go)


Bora Aksu’s show

London Fashion Week was as crazy as ever – I love the fact that even before I walk through the Somerset House archway, people are dressed for a party on another planet first thing in the morning…and that’s exactly what it is…planet Fashion – especially as I had to be at the venue for 6.30am – well worth it, as Bora’s show was amazing and gorgeous and clever as ever, inspired by his home town in Turkey. I tried to use my newly honed photography skills at this, but because I was media shadowing Bora, and there was all sorts of madness kicking off backstage, it was just too difficult – but his show is well worth a view and watch out for the GORGEOUS yellow dress – just stunning


Home Barn Shoot

So I dashed from Bora’s show up to Home Barn for 91 Magazine’s shoot at the Barn – the photographer Michael Sinclair was shooting in virtual darkness, how, I have no idea – all I can say is he’s hugely talented and I love his wild photography – this has all happened via Cybher, where the Home Barn girls, Sally and Sarah met Caroline (Patchwork Harmony), who owns 91 Magazine – watch this space once it goes live, it’ll be STUNNING

Dinner at the Chateau Marmot Pop Up Restaurant

I booked this ages ago after reading about it on my friend Hero’s blog Muddy Stilettos – a few of us had bought tickets, so all decided to group together on one table – a quirky and unique concept with great food created and overseen by chef Ottolenghi  – I loved the fact that it was based in the Rowing and River Museum in Henley….but boy did we drink too much!! I wanted to die the next day…


Mark Fast’s Show

Woke up wanting to die…recovered and head back down to London to meet the incredible Mark Fast. He’s amazing, even more amazing is the fact that he and Bora have worked together and are great friends…it was like being in a powerhouse of designers, especially when Bora wished Mark luck backstage before Mark’s show, which I have to say had me mesmerised. What a talented guy, his knitwear was just stunning and dark and hypnotic – I loved it



Met with family, had a roast, relaxed!!

I want to thank everyone who has been my angel this week – I’m so lucky and I’ve been a bit sulky and snappy of late. Thank God I have these people in my life alongside my amazing and patient family…I almost feel back to normal again x

finally…tadaaaaa – the great reveal of the Feather & Black Blogger Challenge…

and finally some order

When I was asked if I could do a Blogger Challenge a few weeks back, I didn’t realise that the word ‘Challenge’ would be quite so prolific in terms of the sheer amount of work involved. But here it is – we now have a lovely calm and orderly bedroom, fit for a calm, orderly little girl…(cough)!!

I chose Dulux Swansdown 22B15 for the lovely soothing white in vinyl matt, and decided to paint skirting, doors and picture rails in a white satin. Sadly the pic doesn’t do the colour much justice, as I’m not a brilliant photographer and have yet to master the art of photoshop! However, you can see what a difference the room is now we have the beautiful Feather & Black blanket box hiding all the plastic tat…note only displayable items on show!!

Finally, if you love this room, please pop over to Feather & Black’s Facebook Page and ‘Like’ it on there…you’ll see the other blogger’s final results and find out who the winner is…(crosses fingers and toes…)


Note - Feather & Black is a leading bedroom furniture retailer with 36 showrooms nationwide, offering a wide selection of exclusively designed products including coordinating bedroom ranges, mattresses, wooden beds and bed linens for both adults and children.

Feather & Black blogger challenge phase two…a cracking good time…

I’m sure most would agree that the chosen room for  phase one of the Feather & Black Blogger Challenge needed a bit of order…bit like my head really.

So I decided to do a spot of GSI, (aka Get Someone In), and asked a lovely painter and decorator to kindly pop on over and have a gander at the walls,  with the view that it needed just a basic paint job…

Could I have been more deluded?!!

What I presumed would be quite a lovely challenge to help sort out my home, has turned into an eye-opening issue that needed a serious tackle – I was advised that the mural would have to be plastered over due to the severity of the colours, the light switches needed replacing and the light fitting was dangerous, the cracks needed digging into and made larger so that they could be glued and skimmed (?!), the ceiling had to have some sort of gauze over its cracks so that the whole damn house doesn’t fall down!! OK – last sentence slightly dramatic, but I have a lot on at the moment.

There were a lot of these cracks – all around the edges of the ceiling, all over the walls…all over flippin’ EVERYWHERE!! I had a go previously with that ‘No More Cracks’ stuff, adding hundreds of pounds to a mounting bill as my patient decorators reverse engineered my attempts to assassinate the plaster-work…

Deep breath…(big smile)…next week I will attempt a reveal featuring the new wooden blanket box…I hope, (somehow have to persuade hubby to put up some shelves and I’d planned a spot of upcycling)…hopefully you’ll still watch this space..thank you if you do x

Note - Feather & Black is a leading bedroom furniture retailer with 36 showrooms nationwide, offering a wide selection of exclusively designed products including coordinating bedroom ranges, mattresses, wooden beds and bed linens for both adults and children.

stubbings salvaged stories

salvo fair 2012

Anyone who knows me will know I’m a complete vintage interiors nut. I have a passion for anything for the home with a history, mainly British heritage and pieces that some look on as junk….mainly my hubby love him!

I’m incredibly proud of the fact that our house is the only one on the street with its original wood frame and curved glass windows – window sales people should know not to approach me, as I’m more than happy to lecture them as to why I think it’s an utter tragedy that most houses now feature plastic doors and windows with fake stained glass patterns. Each one would have had a beautiful wooden door with it’s original lead windows, now ripped out and lying in a junk yard somewhere – it breaks my heart to see this as surely that was the main part of the house’s heritage?

So I’m in seventh heaven when a friend told me about the 2012 Salvo Fair being held at Stubbings in Buckinghamshire this weekend – literally on my doorstep are beautiful objects from every era, my favorite clearly being the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. If you’ve just read this, I’d highly recommend you go tomorrow, it really is a treat to have the most unique stores in the UK and Europe all in one gloriously muddy field….remember a pair of wellies and an old raincoat if you can…unlike myself who wore a highly practical white dress coat that has just been dry cleaned (doh!)

my crowning glory

I had to buy a crown for the garden, and a few old boxes for another project I’ll be posting later…so watch this salvo space!

This one’s for you Susie Forbes!
eclectic bottles
enamel strainers
refreshments served here
original stained glass and oak doors
vintage caravan
mini vintage baby chairs

vintage fork display

salvaged light switches
retro baby milk tins
salvaged bits and pieces
buckets and baskets

(By the way, if you follow me and are wondering why on earth it has taken so long to write this post, I’ve been considering a new design for the blog…not a great excuse I know – that and I’ve been a bit crazily busy….and I’ve been reading that bloody book 50 Shades of Grey…haha)

gotta crush on my cushion…

This may sound odd to some, but I’ve had a lot of love for cushions for a very long time now…such a simple idea…four pieces of fabric stuck together and filled with feathers…why such a big deal? Um…Jan Constantine…that’s why!! My idea of Heaven is to cram every corner of my house with one of her awe inspiring textile creations – I have three to date! I love them…they’re just so…British! And this year is perfect for them, almost every occassion is covered…

something for Valentines...
the Olympics even
and the jubilee
and something for those who may be living in New York and are planning to marry later this year...not that I'm giving any ideas for wedding presents away...no...not me!!

I’ve also been told that for today only there will be a 25% discount off the Love and Hearts, Perfect Presents, the British and Vintage Rose collections if you order and use the code LOVE25 at the checkout – this offer is just a quickie and will end after today (8th February 2012).

Just one more cushion…surely it won’t harm!