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Floral Summer : Fashion

| June 14, 2014 | 1 Comment
Floral Summer : Fashion

I love pretty floral fashion. Its the kind of colour and print that cheers you up to wear it.  I really enjoyed searching out some floral print fashion for you today, I also kept a look out for some floral home accessories, for my next post.

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Living Room Makeover : Sofa So Good

| November 14, 2012 | 21 Comments
Living Room Makeover : Sofa So Good

So, in my quest for a brighter more functioning living room, I have revealed MY DESK and TOY STORAGE. I would like to now show you my new sofas:Sofa, Sofa

We decided to go for a large sofa, big enough for 3/4 people and a small sofa, which comfortably seats two.

Interior design

After much deliberation we plumped for leather again, as its easier to keep clean with a preschooler. I say this whilst hiding felt tips from the little minx!

I purchased them from Sofa Sofa. A friend, had recommended the company to me, as being great value for money, but fantastic quality.  I was really, very impressed with the company as a whole.  They communicated with me via email, and even gave me a courtesy call, to let me know they had my order.  Very impressive.  They arrived exactly at the date we had prearranged.  I had asked them to delay the delivery slightly as I wasn’t ready for them.

The delivery men were friendly but professional unpacking the sofas, which were wrapped in cloth as well as plastic to protect them, and taking this away with them. They asked me to take my time and check the sofas were to my satisfaction. Such a fantastic experience, I would wholeheartedly recommend them. This is not in any way a sponsored post, as I paid the full retail price for them, I just wanted to share my experience.

I love the sofas, as the are quite vintage looking, with the low slung arms, but classic in shape. They are extremely  comfortable (which I was worried about, as I was buying them online) and in a warm but light colour.

I have bought new cushions too.   A very subdued collection for me, in golds and teal. The gold cushions were both from Debenhams. The cushion behind, is by Betty Jackson and has a gold thread running through the woven fabric.  The second is from John Rocha and is described as gold foil velour.

Debenhams Cushions

I have included two teal cushions, a spotty one, that can been seen on the above photograph, of the two seater, from John Lewis.  Finally, I have the cushion below, which I actually won in a competition. It’s from Liberty, and is hand painted, and made of slub silk.  I love it, I don’t think it is made any longer, but I love that it doesn’t match anything else, makes it even more special.

Liberty, soft furnishings, cushion

I do have throws, that we use too for when it gets a little chilly in the evening, but I would love to have some teal ones.  They are on my wish list at the moment, I’m open to suggestions, if you happen to see any snuggly ones, please let me know.

So there you have my two new Sofas and cushions. My next post on my living room makeover will be about an piece of funiture, that I have been lucky enough to review from a fantastic company called Fashion for Home.  I have included them in a recent I Love Mondays feature.

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I Love Mondays : The one where I ‘Ask Her Friends’

| October 29, 2012 | 1 Comment
I Love Mondays : The one where I ‘Ask Her Friends’

I have a very cool site to share with you today on this special edition of I Love Mondays. Ask her Friends, is a website which is primarily for the man in your life.  It is designed to make it easier for any guy to buy a gift for their wife, girlfriend, mum or sister, or indeed any female in their life really!

Do they need this helping hand?

Well, I would say there are a lot of men (and women) out there who really do. I know Tall Dad certainly does, he’s always misses my not so subtle hints and often is exasperated trying to surprise me.  Even though we have been together for over 14 years, and he knows me really well.  The art of shopping and gift buying completely alludes him. He is very sweet, and generous, but its at times like these, that Ask Her Friends, is absolutely perfect.

I decided the best way to do this was test the site.  So I gave Tall Dad the web address, and the rest was up to him.

You can get the Ask Her Friends site to create a list of gifts to purchase two main ways.  Either answer two simple questions –  Who is the gift for, and what is your price range? Hey presto, it will show you a selection of gifts.

Or alternatively answer six really simple questions and use the ‘idea map’ so that you can refine your search a little more.

This is the method Tall Dad decided to test.

ask her friends, idea map

Tall Dad, thought it was simple and easy to use, and didn’t have a problem answering the questions about the type of person I am.   I must admit, I was looking over his shoulder as he described my style as classic and vintage, and having a love of films. I was a little nervous about the outcome, but extremely happy with the result.  Here is the selection below:

Ask er friends gift idea

If there is anything, that you think instantly, that the person will not like, you simply hit remove and an alternative is given instantly. My selection was very varied, and from very different sellers.

It’s at this point that you can either make a decision and buy the gift, or alternatively ‘Ask Her friends’ by sending an email, or sending one of her friends a message on Facebook.  It’s such a simple concept,  that gives the buyer confidence that his purchase will be suitable.

The Ask Her Friends Details:

  • Gifts start from under £10
  • Simple and easy to navigate site
  • All the hard work done for you
  • Use social media, to have your own army of personal shoppers.
  • Specialising in beautiful, unique products from cool boutiques such as Coulson Macleod, Tatty Devine and Milli Millu as well as beautiful stores such as Liberty London
  • Experts blog, to give hints and tips
  • Also experiences are available, such a a wardrobe revamp, or photography lessons
So what did I think to the items chosen?
I loved them, I actually found it spookily accurate. I loved that it chose unusual but modern jewellery.  This is something he has gotten wrong before (Sorry Tall Dad) any of these pieces, however would be the right choice.  I’m a huge fan of Orla Kiely design, and I was only saying the other day I need some nude coloured heels.  So to be honest I would be extremely happy with any of the gifts.  If I really had to choose, I’d go for the large silver and pearl necklace from Two Red Trees, it’s just gorgeous!
two red trees
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Professor Weston : Silk Scarves

| July 19, 2012 | 6 Comments
Professor Weston : Silk Scarves

I’m in a musing kind of mood today.  The rain is pouring, Miss A is busy colouring and showing off her new-found skill of drawing faces, over and over again.

So what am I thinking about?….Scarves!

I wanted to share with you my favourite. It could be considered a little expensive, but you are paying for just the most exquisite pure silk, guaranteed to feel uplifting even in this awful weather.

Richard Weston. The Professor of Architecture, author, inventor and designer. He has built up the worlds largest collection of highly magnified images of rocks and minerals.

He has used some of these images to make into the silk scarves. They are like works of art, full of colour and drama but are subtle at the same time, and so beautiful.  He has expanded this range and is now using them for other things such as ties and journals.

Liberty has the most amazing collection HERE , I am lusting after this one :

Lilac Agate £165


Worth every penny, right?

I have wanted one of Professor Westons scarves since I saw them being made on the BBC2 series, Britain’s Next Big Thing, presented by Theo Paphitis of Dragon’s Den fame. When I visited London last year, I went to Liberty and gazed longingly at them and the beautiful display in Liberties scarf room.

I shall let you into a secret though, you can buy samples scarves online HERE for £85!  You can pay me in scarves ;)

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Disclaimer: I have not been paid for this post, I am doing it purely for the LOVE of Professor Weston!