Thursday, December 27, 2012

My Scrapbook: party brights and naturals

My scrapbook this week is Party Brights. With new year or (hogmanay where I come from) celebrations around the corner why not welcome the year 2013 with a mix of brights. I have always been a fan of white as a base colour with lots of bright accessories, this scrapbook is taking it to a party level with multi colour confetti as inspiration with light tones of wood to add a natural touch. I actually bought the lights in the top image for my soon to be new arrival's nursery. I will share the post on that when the room is complete.

A lot of people go for a sophisticated new years party style with a theme like white and silver but I love a bit of colour to make your guests smile. What do you think?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Craft it Yourself: Simple Simple Little Star

This is a lovely little craft on the lead up to Christmas that I saw last week on IDA Interior Lifestyle blog. These easy star decorations are made from cocktail sticks or toothpicks. They can be strung on a garland like I have done here or made into individual star decorations for your tree. The other thing I love about these is that depending on the colour of tape that you use you can make them as subtle and muted or bold and bright as you wish. I love the mix of bright pink and silver that I have made here.

I lost some of my Christmas decorations a couple of years ago and it always takes time to build up a new collection so this is a fun and cheap way for me to add a little extra Christmas cheer to the house for next to no money! I am really pleased with them - what do you think?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Craft it Yourself: Washi Gift Tags

So I know that washi tape gift tags are not a new idea but I thought I would share my most recent make with you anyway. I never have gift tags in the house and made my own for the first time last year. Last years were very simple as I just stamped initials on to white squares of card with some gorgeous christmas string. This year I have a stash of washi tape so though I would jazz them up a bit with my tape. I love a quick craft like this where you get an instantly good looking result - instant gratification!

 I may still add the initial stamp or I may leave them as they are, what do you think?

Friday, November 30, 2012

My Scrapbook: red, white and grey christmas

top image from

This week's scrap book tear sheet has a Christmas theme. I love the calming tones of a traditional Scandinavian Christmas pallet. Muted reds, whites and greys are a winning combination for me. Not just for Christmas, this is a great pallet for any room at any time of the year. Just picture a cosy room with a fire roaring - these colours fit with a cosy winter room just as much as with a light, bright white room on a summers day.

It is a great theme for gift wrap too, keeping the colour pallet simple using red white or grey as an accent with the other two colours or even with simple kraft paper. Clean, crisp and calming is how I would describe this cute colour combo. What do you think?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Top Shops: Asleep From Day

All images via asleep from day

The second of my new feature, now that I have started blogging again is Top Shops, I will share with you shops that I discover that I love and tell you why. It's that simple.

My first is French shop 'Asleep from Day' a lovely shop on Etsy run by Cyrielle a lover of cooking and photography. Cyrielle's story is that she couldn't find china she loved and that conveyed the mood of her recipes and so she followed in her mother's footsteps and started painting her own. Using her mother's kiln to fire painted dishes.

I love the cute simplicity of this hand painted porcelain. In particular the pastel hues as shown on the christmas decoration and the tray. The Christmas decoration reminds me of confetti and conveys a real mood of celebration. 

Be sure to check out more of Cyrielle's dishes here in her shop.

Friday, November 16, 2012

My Scrapbook: Copper and Mint

So, I mentioned in my last post that I was in the process of planning a re-launch for my blog. Well, this is my first official new post - how exciting! I am going to play it by ear how often I post, as I have a lot going on just now and that is why posts came to a halt over a year ago now - I couldn't keep up with the schedule that I had set myself.

I am planning some new regular features though - and this is the first of them. It is called 'My Scrapbook' and is basically a scrapbook of my mood boards. I am going to pin them to my pinterest account and my flickr account so that I have a collection of my scrapbook tear sheets all in one place, so please do follow me there.

My first scrapbook is following the theme of copper and mint. I think this board is particularly suited to this time of year, heading from autumn into winter. The copper reflects the warm tones of autumnal leaves and mint reflects the more crisp cold days of winter. The two go perfectly together as copper naturally turns towards beautiful mint hues as it ages.

In my opinion, with copper a little goes a long way as it is a very striking metal - I would add some lovely accents using lamps, bowls or door knobs to a mint room or even a white room with some luxurious mint fabrics - what a restful room that would be.

What do you think of this combo? Do you like my plans for this feature?

It's good to be back.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Irish Chain Dunnes Channels The Anthropologie Style

images from Dunnes Stores

image from anthropologie

Hello, long time no speak!

I have been in the process of preparing to re-launch and start posting to this blog again - I'm not quite there yet but I was out in my local shop today and decided that this was a story that couldn't wait because it's local!  I used to have a few Irish readers so I hope you are still out there as this is exciting (in my opinion). 

I am a huge fan of Anthropologie and the eclectic style that they convey so well. I am not such a fan of their prices and can only drool at the beautiful pictures via their online store as there are no physical stores in Ireland.

So, imagine my excitement when I discovered the Carolyn Donnelly collection for Dunnes Stores (a major chain store in Ireland). Gorgeous cups, vases, cushions, gifts in lovely hues and patterns. I have already purchased a small cup and some lovely patterned tissue paper and may go back for more - I was eyeing up the cushions too.  The best thing is that the price points in this collection is more suited to my budget. Happy days and well done to Dunnes and Carolyn!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hi Eveyone, I have been really rubbish - no posts in 5 months. That's because I have changed direction a bit from all things interior related. I started working towards my new business in August and have been so busy I let things slip on here. I have been setting up a website, registering my business and I went on a course to make sure I know what I am doing to keep my accounts in check. I have now had many bookings and I have a workshop for 100 children coming up.

What is the business I hear you wonder? I have started running children's jewellery making parties in my local area, I have also opened an Etsy shop and last week I started a blog for all things jewellery related. Please do stop by for a look, my blog has links to my website and etsy shop.

I would like to think I will keep this blog going as it took me a long time to build it up with lovely regular readers but I can't say with 100% certainty that I will.  Check back every now and then to see if I have had a chance to catch up on the world of interiors or stop by my Bead Bash blog to see what I am up to now

Amy x
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