Moody blues

Storm blue walls with woodplank wallpaper

Recently I’ve become obsessed with deep, inky blues and charcoals, and decided to give our bedroom a bit of a makeover.  Regular readers will remember it’s a big, high-ceilinged room, connected to a bathroom which floods with morning light;

bathroom in muted shades

A couple of years ago I papered the chimney breast in woodplank wallpaper, and have done very little to it since.

Woodplank wallpaper walls

…until now!

Ink blue accent wall

I handmixed three paint shades together until I got the colour I wanted; a deep, inky-blue that changes with the light, becoming velvety and absorbing as dusk falls, but clean and striking in daylight hours.  I used it on a single wall, facing tall picture windows that suffuse the room with light.

Ink blue bedroom walls

It provides a  contrast to the fireplace and the vintage French windows we’ve finally hung on the wall…

vintage mirrored windows

Ink blue bedroom accents

And meet my other new ‘makeover’ investment; this beautiful Seco Octo curved wood light, which is mesmerising when lit.  We first saw one in a store in Paris and I quietly obsessed about it for a year before buying one!

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We love the change; subtle and strong; deep and enveloping.  An evening colour, for relaxing and cocooning.

p.s. It’s just as well I like the colour, because I am still washing flecks of it from my hair, my forearms, my shoes…

Have a wonderful weekend!

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DIY Printed Paper Sacks (to hold practically anything…)

Print-at-home paper potato sacks!

Harry, during a mere 7yrs on this planet, has accumulated approximately 9,847 soft animals.

Well, maybe somewhat less than that, though it certainly feels like a lot when you are saying goodnight to them each in turn.  I feel a little like Maria must have done in the Sound of Music when trying to recall all the names of the von Trapp children, …
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A Cretan Escape

Cretan stairs

Kalimera! We’re just back from a sun-drenched, chilled-out week on the Greek island of Crete; a spontaneous, late-minute booking that was exactly what we needed.

One of the things that struck me the most about Crete was the effortless beauty in everything, and the radiant, kaleidoscopic colour to be found everywhere across the island;  every shade of blue, from the cerulean and turquoise of the …
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Resurfacing! (and The Shipping Forecast…)

Well, it’s certainly good to be back.

A crazy few weeks of work, business-travel and a greater than usual number of plates to spin and balls to juggle has meant that creative things have taken a backseat of late.

But not anymore; the days are long now, with August just around the corner bringing a welcome reprieve and some headspace once more.

So let’s begin again…

paper sculpture by katescreativespace
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Sun-dried* tomato bruschetta (*no sun needed!)

Homemade sun dried tomatoes

Have you ever tried making sun-dried tomatoes at home?  These beauties don’t require days of drying in radiant sunshine; instead, you can while away an afternoon reducing them in the oven to a delicious confit intensity.

Yesterday we had a long, lazy day planned so in the morning I bought a couple of punnets of mixed tomatoes and decided to give slow-roasting a …
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Another Place

Neither From Nor Towards

We had an extraordinary adventure last weekend, venturing north to Chester, Liverpool and Yorkshire to visit a couple of places I’ve always wanted to see.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park covers 500 acres and promises ‘art without walls’; hundreds of astonishing, permanent and rotating works by artists such as Ai Weiwei, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.

Housed in the Chapel amidst the grounds …
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Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter weekend!

I hope that you’re having a lovely one…

Harry’s been cutting out pictures from junk-shop books to decorate Easter bags;

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…Whilst I’ve been harvesting a couple of branches of magnolia to place in a vase in the kitchen, strung with egg decorations (Spring and Easter have collided deliciously in the garden this year; the lawn is …
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