Changing Uses

For many decorative items, it really is okay to change the way they are used. To put garden wall art or mirrors on interior walls and to use a garden ornament as a doorstop or sculpture. If a piece of pine bathroom furniture fits the bedroom décor, why not ? Here are some photos: Wall art, windchime and decorative object…

The Side Return Revamp

The planting is Mediterranean by nature, set in a mostly white-walled garden with green trellis and pergola, and a grey arbour. The potting bench and sentry shed (both painted in Farrow and Ball Estate Emulsion ‘Lichen’) were moved into the main garden, adjacent to the arbour. The traditional galvanised dustbin (which houses the overflow logs) was moved out, too. Remains…

Wedding Anniversary Present

Our wedding anniversary was in June. The Husband received cufflinks from Dege & Skinner, the tailors who made HRH The Duke of Sussex’s uniform for his marriage to Meghan Markle. Dege & Skinner running fox navy enamel/silver cufflinks He hadn’t bought me anything and it was the usual cop-out: ” Buy something you like”. So I did. Spotted this green…

Another day, another Oxfam find (or two)

My Oxfam haul includes a paperback copy of both A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence by the late Peter Mayle, creator of Wicked Willie. Bought them for The Husband so that he can crash out on the sofa in his study and read on a wintry Sunday afternoon. Another photo frame for the sitting room. Brand new, Italian and hand-made. And for the…

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