Hello everyone, I hope you are having a lovely weekend!
Here is my Styling The Seasons post for August, sneaking it in right at the 11th hour! I didn't think I'd be able to post this month - holiday and spending precious time with the children on my non working days were priority, plus my epic attic project has taken a lot of my time and energy. Moving everything out of the attic for painting and new carpet has left my house looking like a huge jumble sale, whilst I try to reorganise and declutter, so there haven't been many free surfaces to make look beautiful.
However, I emptied out my rucksack from our Pevensey Bay holiday, and found all the beach treasure that the children had put in there from our beach combing trips. A little collection of shells had gathered at the bottom of my bag, along with my favourite thing to look for - sea glass. We also set ourselves the challenge of finding heart shaped pebbles. A good 45 minutes of scouring the beach resulted in finding these beautiful pebbles. They might not be the most perfect heart shapes, but they are souvenirs from our week of seaside pottering and simple living. So, I knew I had to put together a little arrangement using our beach treasure. On the day we left to come home, before the heavens opened, we went to the car boot fair near the campsite, where I found this mirror for £5. I gave it a wash of paint to tone down the gold, but I love it, even with its worm holes and missing moulding.
You can see lots of other beautiful and inspiring Styling The Seasons posts by heading over to Katy's blog Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte at Lotts and Lots, or by searching the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons on Instagram. You can also join in on Instagram by styling a surface in your home according to what that month means to you (don't forget to use the hashtag!).
When the afternoon sun pours in through my living room window, I still have to stop and savour it, if only for a few moments. Sunlight coming in through windows is a not a new concept, I know - it's been happening to people for many years! ;) I'm just still amazed by how it floods the entire room and bathes everything in glorious, luminous sunlight. I love this light so much, that I am considering doing something pretty major to the layout of the first floor of house - knocking through from the living room to the dining room. This project is far away on the horizon, but I think it will be the making of my home. I would have to lose some furniture and wall space, yes...and take a (slightly) more minimalist approach to my decor, but that light will then travel all the way down into my kitchen. I think it could be amazing.
I'd love to hear your stories of knocking through for a more open plan style of living, including the pros and cons. I don't want to do anything that I would regret, but as the children grow older, I think it could only enhance family life, and add to the beauty of our home.
My new carpet arrives tomorrow for my attic room which I have painted, which is pretty exciting - you can expect some before and after snaps very soon!
Is there anything more magical than a beautiful old carousel? We took a day trip to Brighton last Friday, and explored the pier and seafront amidst the throng of tourists in the sticky summer heat. I have a big obsession with old fashioned seaside funfairs and piers, helter skelters and carousels, and Brighton has not just one, but two carousels. I love the lights, the little venetian mirrors and the paintwork, which borders on gaudy - but I love it so.
You can see another seaside funfair post here, and I even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to my obsession here.
In a world where we record everything but print nothing, it's so lovely to hold a print in you hand. To pin a holiday picture to your fridge, to string up some memories of a day at the beach on a mirror above a fireplace, or to send to a friend as a memento of a special time. HuggleUp turn your photographs into beautiful retro Polaroid style prints. Peg them on a mini washing line, or even peg them onto a vintage lamp shade frame as a quirky way of displaying your snaps.
Why not get a set printed and use them as party invitations, or thank you cards - I'm thinking of getting some printed for Christmas (yes I said it!) to make gift labels from. HuggleUp have kindly given me a discount code to pass on to you lovely readers, which gives you 20% off their range of products - simply enter TAM20 at the checkout (see their website here). You can upload from Instagram, Facebook or from your computer.
Well, here we are in my parent's caravan on the south coast, and I've just about managed to join the wifi hotspot (if I sit in a certain position!). We are having a lovely time - yesterday we went to Eastbourne, where we strolled along the beautiful old pier, and ate whelks and mussels on the sea front. We even had old fashioned candy floss!
If you already follow me on Instagram (if not, you can find me here), apologies as you will have already seen this snap taken on my phone. However, I often take a snap and feel so pleased with it that I like to record it on my big camera too, and these colours all looked so beautiful together. Rose and lilac shades make a luscious combination.