Tag Archives: children

Summer break, in the countryside

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It’s so beautiful here right now – the sun is shining, the garden is buzzing and the children are off for several weeks….

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I’m going to take a break from writing find the details for a couple of weeks, to make the most of the summer; in the meantime if you’d like to discover this beautiful part of the world, then the best place to stay must be Hole Cottage:

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This Hansel & Gretel cottage is literally in a hole in the woods, and you can rent it through the Landmark Trust

Meanwhile, back at home, the only other female member of the household is due to have kittens any day now….

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Poor thing! I’ve been heavily pregnant in the heat – I feel for her…. 

Do keep in touch via Instagram – and let me know you come from find the details.

I’ll be back at the beginning of August; till then, enjoy the summer! Jx

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Get hooked: The best hooks to make your walls work for you

With their simple purpose: to store our clutter, getting it off the floor (heaven!) yet keep it easy to find, I find hooks very appealing. Most interiors stores offer a selection; here are my current favourites:

These circular wooden hooks, collectively called The Dots, below, are versatile and contemporary; the design has a welcome sense of fun. Sold as a set of 5 (although there’s no reason why you couldn’t hang more together) they almost look better with nothing hanging from them, which possibly defeats their purpose; I love how they turn this empty stairwell wall into useful storage:

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… although I’m less sure about the slightly unrealistic styling (beads on turn of stairs in my house = slip; knock over, probably breaking glass lamp; then tread on, so smashing digital camera positioned on step below…)

Here are The Dots again in natural oak finish, and yellow stained oak, below:

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[The Dots, available from TwentyTwentyOne

House Doctor‘s current collection includes designs with a nod to 1950s and 1960s style; the Liva coat rack, below, with its spherical, coloured hooks, references Charles & Ray Eames iconic Hang it All:  

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House Doctor is the go-to company for that key vintage/industrial look we can get enough of right how; with a great choice of hooks and coat racks, two more House Doctor favourites include this wire/wooden rack below, and the numbers (sold as a set of 5) beneath:

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[hooks and images, all  House Doctor

For children’s rooms, there are so many clever and cute designs; if you’re looking for colour, then Danish stylist Rie Elise Larsen includes hooks in rainbow shades as part of her interiors collection; source them through Little Baby Company.

They look wonderful grouped in a line:

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[hooks and image, Little Baby Company

Whilst this simple, wooden coat rack by All Lovely Stuff is another winner for children:

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[Animals of Whittling Wood coat rack, All Lovely Stuff]

Whilst for elegant, grown up hooks, head to Rowen & Wren: their delightful homewares collection includes a great choice of covetable products, including both these French-style metal/ceramic hooks, below, and in the second image, the Hector plated coat hooks, which come as a set of five as shown, or as a single hook,

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[above images and hooks, all from Rowen & Wren]

Which are your favourites? Let me know. Happy Friday! Jx

PaperBoy: paper and patterns for children’s rooms

I’ve been keeping my eye out for wallpaper, fabric and bedlinen patterns that will get the all important parent/child double seal of approval, and one such independent designer/maker is PaperBoy.

Created by Victoria Cramsie, the mother of boys herself, PaperBoy has been all about great patterns suitable for children’s rooms since its launch. As you’d guess from the name, there are plenty of designs for boys to choose from but also many that would appeal to girls and look great in games / play rooms.

My current favourite is this ever-so-slightly edgy Stripes design, with its graffiti-style spray paint effect:

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It’s a Puzzle, below, also has a graphic look:

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For the pictorial papers, such as The Final Frontier, below, the artwork is detailed: there’s lots to look at, yet the clever colour choices help the papers avoid that headache-inducing busy-ness of so many kids’ interior products:

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These dashing Spitfires are given a modern splash in warm scarlet:

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 [All images, PaperBoy

The designs come as wallpapers, and now as fabrics by the metre too, with each one available in a choice of colourways. Click here on PaperBoy for more information.