As I sat in my garden last week admiring the first signs of spring (even though it’s snowing today!) I felt compelled to grab my camera. Nature is a constant reminder of how different colour palettes can work so spectacularly well together, and therefore should always be used as a source of inspiration. Take a look at the Pantone Spring 2013 report, the fashionable colours of Spring, straight from the garden…
On October 15th, 2012 by Pippa Jameson.
I am often approached by independent shops and designers asking me to talk about their new products, sadly, I am unable to feature everything but I try my best to include items that really stand out or pieces that I feel will appeal to my readers, Princelets falls into this category. This new online shop offers an affordable collection with wide appeal, selling a mixture of stylish printed textiles including tea-towels, cushions and bags, simplistic and pretty glassware and striking outdoor lanterns.
On September 4th, 2012 by Pippa Jameson.
I have been lucky enough to visit the Olympics a few time over the last few weeks and have been completely caught up in the atmosphere, grinning like a child whenever I’ve been in the Olympic Park. I feel very proud that we have held what is being named as ‘the most successful games to date’, the athletes, the volunteers, sponsors, organisers, architects, what an amazing contribution!
I fell in love with all of the buildings, the fluid and organic shapes, the bright pops of colour and the range of materials used. Below is my take on what I saw. I hope you are all enjoying the Olympics as much as we are!
On August 28th, 2012 by Carrie Graham-Clarke.
When the sun finally came out this weekend, I decided I’d make the most of it and spend some time in the garden. In my garden there is a small patio area which is used for an outdoor seating area, and a kitchen garden with herbs. The patio is fairly packed with wooden planters, a rusted old bench, and plenty of the same old terracotta pots.. oh, and a garden gnome! It’s undoubtably a lovely area but it lacks in colour and character. I wanted to make changes that 1, wouldn’t cost too much, 2, would add colour and 3, would be quick and easy!
My first quick fix was to update the wood and wrought iron bench, which I sanded down then painted in a sky blue, outdoor gloss paint. Next on my list was the boring planters for the various herbs and flowers. I raided the garden and greenhouse – collecting lots of different shapes and sizes of terracotta pots to paint. I sealed the insides of all the pots before painting them in different colours. So as not to waste paint I had several 250 ml tester pots made up in my selected colours at Homebase – they only cost £2.50 and they go a long way. I chose bright colours with the intention of using contrasting coloured flowers for each pot. Once all the painted pots are dry I will mix them into groupings with different pots already on the patio.
Apart from the terracotta pots I wanted to find other planters that would add further interest – first stop, my local charity and antique shops. I was in luck and found a gorgeous old green metal watering-can which is now a planter for fresh mint. I was also hoping to come across a couple crates or wine boxes with interesting type or design, that I could line and use as a planter, but I wasn’t so lucky this time. From looking online, I’ve seen that Not On The High Street offer a fabulous crate which can be personalized with font and colour – click here to view.
Below are the images of my days work in the garden…
On July 20th, 2012 by Pippa Jameson.
I am excited to say that we have just completed on our new house, and one of it’s best features is the beautiful garden. My knowledge of flowers is OK but there are definitely some in the garden that I don’t know the name of. I feel I am going to have to call on the experts, Rona from Flowerona is one! Here are just a few that I took in the pouring rain. Please come out sun!!!