Friday, 26 August 2016

Dreaming of a cottage by the sea

This summer was the first summer the kids and I didn't go to France. I was down about it at first but then it was also the first year since I met A 12 years ago that he was at home for the summer. We decided to have lots of days out. I became obsessed with the weather app and had some amazing days at the beach, where we forgot we were in Scotland as the sun was shining, the sand was white and the water clear. We were also very lucky that one of our friends let us stay at his holiday chalet by the sea. It was so relaxing and made me realise how much I missed being by the sea. My gran has a house in France that looks over the sandy beach and I have spent every summer there since I was 6 so for me summer has to involve a beach and the sea!
Since coming back I have been browsing the internet for beach cottages for sale! Coincidently Minna from Time of Aquarius has just released more photos of her perfect holiday cottage. This just cemented in my head the idea of us trying to get a something similar. Minna's cottage is the perfect place to escape to get close to nature.


I love the use of plywood for the walls and the lye pine floors are so beautiful. You can see progress and finished shots on Minna's blog Time of Aquarius and on her beautiful Instagram account.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Beautiful Beige


I have to say although I don't tend to like beige or greige. This flat has convinced me to maybe change my mind. It looks light and fresh and perfectly minimalist.


Sunday, 31 January 2016

Book Guides - Elliott's favourite books

It's so nice to see Elliott trying to read his books on his own, working sounds and letters. He loves reading and picking up books from his shelves. It's one thing I don't mind spending money on!

Here are our latest favourite books

Have a lovely Sunday. xx

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy New Year & Mini House Tour

Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is full of joy and happiness. 2015 past in a flash for us - A was away on tour for most of it, so much so that we haven't even managed to have a holiday together. Hopefully 2016 will be better on this front. I haven't made New Year resolutions yet but I think I would like to continue with the clear out I started after the summer. We have been making progress and are getting better at minimalising our lives but we still have some way to go. Although we have been in our flat more than a year I feel we have stalled lately in terms of completing projects and finishing off rooms. So here is a mini tour to show you where we are at. 

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Gift Guide 2015 - Kiddies

Very excited about Christmas being in less than a week! Here is a round up of my favourite pressies for the small ones:) We have a tradition here that we started a few years ago: on Christmas Eve we give each other new pyjamas and a book - love hanging with my favourite people in my new jammies  reading my new book:) Do you have any tradition of your own?

Mini shapemaker wooden blocks designed by Miller Goodman - from Rowdy Roddy Vintage // Christmas pyjamas by Hannah Anderson - similar ones from The White Company // Animalium book by Jenna Broom - from Cissywears // Interactive Weather world Map by Corby Tindersticks - from This Modern Life // Road Tape Kit by This Lottle Boys room - from Not On The Hight Street // Latjjo fire dance accessory - from Ikea // Build me construction game by Cinqpoints - from Four Monkeys // Cutbotes by Areaware - from Tojo Design

Le Detective print fleece hoodie by Kira Kids - from Kidsen // A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett cover by Rifle Paper co - from Penguin //  Wooden Gorilla  designed by David Weeks for Areaware - from e-side // Rill Lush toy by Donna Wilson - from Rowdy Roddy Vintage // Animal 3D parade by Ingela P Arrhenius - from Pippa & Ike Show // Large Miffy light by MrMaria - from Story North // The Menagerie colouring book - from Utility Design // Play Tent by Ferm Living - from This Modern Life // Temporary Tattoos of Sesame Street - from Tattly.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Gift Guide 2015

Same shit every year: I start planing early, feel like I am in control and have covered everything, look at what I have and realise I am missing half of what I wanted to get! So if like me you need to get some last minute gifts, here are my favourites (from top left clockwise):

  • luxe wool blanket from Fine Little Day
  • bright lipstick from Lush
  • Marimekko jug decorated by Maija Louekari
  • Weaving loom Kit by Rico - to make the perfect weaving wall hanging
  • Beautiful eye necklace by Datter Industries
  • Gin making Kit by Men's Society - who does not like gin???
  • Great duffle bag from Herschel - perfect for the gym
  • Destination Helsinki book from S2 20 - even better if accompanied by tickets to Helsinki
  • Perfect Fragrance from Kiehl's - my favourite: Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit:
I hope you have a lovely end of year and manage to relax during the holidays!