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A bedroom tour and a giveaway - win a Nest & Burrow wall hanging!

I'm very excited to share this with you today - both because it's taken ages to finally finish off our bedroom - and because the prize on offer is absolutely gorgeous!

A little while ago I stumbled across the beautiful work of Suzanne of Nest & Burrow (funnily enough through the #mybeautifulsimplicity hashtag I curate on Instagram, as Suzanne had tagged a photo of one of her wall hangings) and I knew immediately that they would be perfect for our bedroom. I'd been hunting for something soft and tactile to hang in the space above our bed. I wanted some gentle muted colours that reminded me of nature and the coast I love so much - of pebbles, sand and shells... And something that would work well with the pink, grey and white that was already there.... So I set my alarm for Suzanne's last shop update and added these two beauties (above and below) from her "beauty in simplicity" collection to my shopping basket very rapidly! I'm thrilled to bits with them. 

#MYNESTANDBURROW giveaway

Suzanne and I have been chatting since then (isn't Instagram wonderful for connecting with like-minded souls?) and thought it would be lovely to do a little collaboration. So I'm thrilled to help Suzanne launch her new Instagram hashtag #mynestandburrow.

I asked Suzanne to tell us a bit more about it: 

#mynestandburrow is about the way you lovingly create spaces in your home {nesting} and the resulting magic that provides a nourishing environment for you and your family’s wellbeing.
It’s about being inspired by nature, bringing the outdoors in, light, natural materials, as well as a strong interior design ethic that says You!

Use the tag to share your favourite spaces and pockets of your home. The cherished places where you entertain, spend time with family and friends, meditate, create, cook, sleep....or simply just be.

And as we are working up to the longest day of the year with the summer solstice this month (or the shortest day and winter solstice for you lovely people in the Southern Hemisphere), I thought it would be lovely to focus on the effect of light in our homes and how it makes us feel. Adding an extension has made so much difference to the light in our home which means all the difference to me......it literally feeds my soul.

Suzanne goes on to explain "I love the natural environment and spending time outdoors helps me thrive and provides immense inspiration. I also have a passion for natural materials, aesthetics and modern interior design. These elements combined have inspired me to design simple yet stylish luxury pieces to help people decorate their homes and create a cosy, nurturing environment - a nest if you like."

Suzanne is very generously offering a wall hanging from her new collection (not released yet) as a prize for one of the images tagged to #mynestandburrow. And I get to choose my favourite image! I'm absolutely delighted to be the guest judge. You have until 06 July to share your images, so get tagging! 

How to enter the giveaway

  1. Follow @nestandburrowuk and @zoepower on Instagram.
  2. Tag photos of your favourite, cherished spaces at home {your nest} that have been inspired by nature and natural materials with #mynestandburrow on Instagram by 06 July 2017. If you can, try and capture the magic of light in your home and what that means to you.
  3. I will choose my favourite image and Suzanne will announce the winner on her Instagram account.
  4. The giveaway is open worldwide.

If you'd like to read a bit more about Suzanne, her work, materials, inspiration and her home, there's a lovely interview over on the Alice in Scandiland blog (Alice has another one of Suzanne's wall hangings and an absolutely beautiful home - do take a look around!).

You can find Suzanne / Nest & Burrow on Etsy | Instagram | Facebook |  and you can sign up to her mailing list to receive an instant 20% discount code and regular updates and offers on her collections.

Now back to my bedroom...read on to find out how I have cosied up my favourite space with inspiration from nature.

My bedroom update

My bedroom update has been a long time coming. In the two and a half years we've been here, the space has evolved from something very colourful and packed with bold vintage prints (see what it looked like before - but you might need sunglasses!), to the calm white oasis you see today. I'd been craving a calmer, gentler space filled with light and free from clutter, with soft muted colours.... a space that better reflected the beautiful coastal environment we now live in. A space with room to breathe and reflect, that encouraged a good night's sleep.

We painted the walls white about a year and a half ago and replaced the carpet with some white laminate flooring at the same time. One set of curtains also got replaced with plain white ones, although I couldn't bear to part with the vintage linen ones you see below as they are just too precious and the room needed a *little* pattern :)

It's a sunny, dual aspect room and the light just bounces around now - I love it!

 The pile of blankets in the corner is a bed for our little dog Misty

The pile of blankets in the corner is a bed for our little dog Misty

We have a giant wardrobe from IKEA with sliding doors that keeps everything hidden away and it's absolutely brilliant (we customised the insides to suit our requirements - so much fun!). Initially, I had a second wardrobe in the space you see the mirror above - but we felt it imposed on the room too much and after a big old sort out (thank you Marie Kondo!) I didn't need it anymore. We kept the mirrored door, though. I had planned to put a small chest of drawers in its place to use as a sort of dressing table, but then decided that I loved the clean simple uncluttered look with nothing on display (and less to dust!). So now I have my "dressing table" inside my wardrobe and it works pretty well - except when my husband and I both need to slide our doors at the same time.....

When we adopted our little dog Misty (above) we discovered she LOVES to sit on the window sill and watch the world go by (or snooze!) and that she is very adept at climbing up steps to get there! So I cleared off the window sill to avoid any damage and make space for her :)

I also finally got round to making some cushions the other week. I'd bought the pink Japanese fabric with half moon shapes well over a year ago with the bedroom in mind. Getting my wall hangings up was the push I needed to get my sewing machine out and finish the room off! I'd made the light grey cushions a while back and thought they'd make the perfect companions for the pink half moons.

I absolutely love my birch wall shelf below (the round dorm by Ferm Living) and enjoy changing the displays regularly to suit the season and my mood. It's usually full of treasures I have found on my travels - I'm such a magpie when it comes to pebbles and shells! (although I must confess most of the shells below have come from the Philippines via the shell shop in St. Ives). I fell in love with the shape and it sat on my wishlist for a loooong time. I'm so glad I finally decided to go for it. These days any purchases I make are well considered - I've done some major sorting and decluttering over the last couple of years and anything new has to earn its place.

You get a lovely view of the shelf as you walk past and enter the room (see below).

I've also introduced a bit of greenery into the room to help it feel calm - this sunny windowsill is perfect as it gets the morning light and there is no radiator underneath to dry the plants out.

And a few more details as I love this wool so much....

So there you have it - our bedroom is finally finished (well, for now at least)! Let me know if you've got any questions....and don't forget to enter Suzanne's amazing giveaway - I look forward to seeing all your beautiful images and cosy nests tagged to #mynestandburrow.


Styling the Seasons: September

It feels like no time at all since I was writing my August post - and yet everything feels different. The nights draw in so quickly in September. It's the month to get cosy - to dig out the blankets and the hot water bottles. To nest, and start planning all those things you wanted to do over the summer but never had time for as you were too busy outdoors enjoying the light and sunshine.

This month I've styled up a little corner of my craft room / office. Since my July Styling the Seasons post, I've moved my room around and made space for an armchair. I can't tell you how happy this has made me! I've wanted somewhere comfy to sit and read for so long, and somewhere to rest when my chronic fatigue kicks in.

I've been hunting for an armchair for a while now, on a very small budget. Having looked around lots of vintage/antique shops, I concluded that the classic IKEA Poäng was my best bet. Whilst I would have adored a beautifully refurbished vintage number, they were all very much outside my budget. And the Poäng is SO comfy, which is really important to me. And I think it looks lovely in the Isunda Grey cover.

I've dug out some favourite crocheted blankets, to snuggle under as I read/snooze, and teamed it with one of my favourite vintage fabric cushions. My chair is tucked into the corner, right next to the radiator, for maximum warmth (although the heating is banned until October in this house, so I've yet to try it out!). Oh and please excuse the state of the walls - they will be painted a crisp bright white when I have some strength.

I'm watched over by a shelf of Jane Foster softies, made from some beautiful vintage fabrics - as you can probably tell, I adore vintage fabrics from the 60s and 70s.

I've been spending a lot of time in my chair this month, flicking through gardening magazines looking for inspiration for my planting plan. Now that we've had our rotten, collapsed fence replaced and ivy pulled out, we are in the process of having some raised sleeper beds put in the back garden, and I have the fun task of deciding what we are going to put in them! So when the weather has allowed, I've been out in the garden, digging and preparing. Nothing finer than September sunshine, especially when it is followed by heavy grey skies, downpours and chilly days, like today. September really is a month of extremes - a transitional month, as we let go of summer's warmth and ease ourselves into autumn.

I must confess that rather a lot of tea drinking goes on when the temperature drops - something so comforting about a nice hot mug of tea...

So that's it from me this month, my cosy edition of Styling the Seasons for September.

Styling the Seasons is a monthly styling challenge run by Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lotts that anyone can join in. The idea is to style a surface of your home according to what that month means to you, and to share some photographs on your blog or Instagram/Facebook/Twitter with the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons.


Vintage Jumble & Prop Sale - 4 Oct 2015

The theme for Styling the Seasons this month is vintage, in honour of the vintage jumble and prop sale that Katy has organised with a group of other bloggers.

It will be held on Sunday 4 October 1.30-4.30pm in Lindfield, West Sussex, in the King Edward Hall

I'm happy to say that I am going to be a part of it and will have a stall, selling some of my vintage china (pictured below), vintage bedspreads and crocheted blankets, handmade vintage fabric bags, a few owls, some russian dolls, china dogs, sheepskin rugs and more...

Will you come? It would be lovely to see you. Please do spread the word - more information about the day and the other sellers can be found on Katy's blog post: Vintage jumble and prop sale. x


Styling the Seasons: August

Well, August, I'm not sure what to make of you this year. We've had torrential downpours, a little chill in the air and falling leaves, mixed up with bright blue sunny skies and baking hot days.

For my styling the seasons post this month, I was originally going to do an outdoor shoot on the decking. But the rain rather put a stop to that. And the fact that my garden currently resembles a demolition site as our old rotten fence is ripped out in preparation for a new one. No matter, on with plan B.

The surface I've styled this month is the mantelpiece in our living room. Here's the complete ensemble for context, then I'll get onto the details.

August to me is about being outdoors - in the garden and by the sea - and generally making the most of the light and the warmth and the colours before it all starts to fade.  

August is all about change too - the nights are drawing in, the colours are changing in the garden and in the landscape - everything is starting to look a little more golden.

Appropriately enough, the sun was in and out, in and out, as I was taking these photos. I rather liked the shadows it produced. 

I've gone for a very natural colour palette this month, to reflect the colours of the seaside, and to evoke a feeling of calm and quiet. I find August so busy and full of crowds - I always seek out the quieter, out of the way places. It's a time to rest and take things a little more slowly. A time to retreat.

The oatmeal coloured jugs are from the beautiful interiors shop in Hove called igigi. The canvas print is one of my photographs of Saunton Sands in Devon - a firm favourite, even though I've stared at it for years. The Scabious were from my garden - about the only thing that survived the recent rain battering. The beautiful Agapanthus came from my local florist, Church Lane Flowers. They remind me of summers in Jersey, where I grew up - there were Agapanthus everywhere - they flourished beside the sea. And the beautiful pebbles with wonderful textures and grain are from Westward Ho! in Devon and Sandymouth in Cornwall. Nothing quite like holding a warm pebble in your hands on a summer's day to help you relax :)

And just one last shot of those beautiful shadows, because I can't decide which version I prefer. I'm afraid you don't get to see any more of the fireplace - there's currently a rather horrid electric fire in place, which we want to replace with a wood burning stove when we have some pennies.

So there you have it - my August Styling the Seasons post, with just a few days to spare.

Styling the Seasons is a monthly styling challenge run by Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lotts that anyone can join in. The idea is to style a surface of your home according to what that month means to you, and to share some photographs on your blog or Instagram/Facebook/Twitter with the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons.

See you next month!


Styling the Seasons: July

I was hoping for some sunshine to take these photos, but July seems to be rather lacking in that department, so thought I'd just get on with it. In fact, It's lashing down with rain as I type this and my washing's getting soaked. Ah, well!

I'm sharing a small part of my craft room / office this month, before it all changes. I'm not happy with the space at the moment, both practically and aesthetically. I have my desk and computer next to some lovely french doors as I thought it would be lovely to stare out the windows at the garden...... However, the reality is that I'm baking hot when the sun shines, and have to shut the curtains so I can see my screen. And in the winter I'm really cold as it's quite draughty. So it's time for a big move around when I can summon the strength.

I'm also feeling the need to tone things down a little. I love colour and pattern (especially bold vintage florals from the 60s and 70s), but I also want to feel calm and create a feeling of space. It feels more like a nursery than a creative room of a 40-something right now. Still not quite sure how I'm going to reconcile it all - I'll let you know how I get on!

Anyway, back to July.... July always makes me think of Hydrangeas. They are one of my most favourite flowers and I love to see them burst into bloom and continue to delight for weeks and weeks. I was sad to leave lots behind in my old garden and have big plans to plant lots here come the autumn. This beauty was kindly donated by my neighbours. I'm lucky that they have some huge plants that wave in front of our lounge window - very pleasing indeed :)

July also means lots of walks on the beach. I love pottering along slowly hunting for pebbles and shells and other pretty things. I found this beautiful piece of driftwood on the beach at Westward Ho! in Devon, on our holidays earlier this month. I just adore it's tones. I'm forever squirrelling things away in my bags and pockets - bit of a lucky dip when you go rummaging around ;) 

The shells above have been found locally in East Sussex, accompanied by many squeals of delight! The pebbles below mostly came from the tiny island of Sark many years ago. Such a beautiful tranquil place with no cars - perfect for a "get away from it all" kind of break.

I have a bit of a thing with spirals of pebbles, ever since I first saw them at Kettle's Yard in Cambridge as a student, a couple of decades ago (!). If you've never been, I highly recommend it - you can read a bit more about why I find it inspirational and see some photos in my Kettle's Yard, Cambridge: Pure Magic post.

So that's it from me this month. Hopefully, I'll be getting my sewing machine out soon and sewing up a few more vintage tote bags like the ones in the photo (because clearly I don't have enough!). I might even get round to re-opening my Etsy shop to sell a few - you never know!

Styling the Seasons is a monthly styling challenge run by Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lotts that anyone can join in. The idea is to style a surface of your home according to what that month means to you, and to share some photographs on your blog or Instagram/Facebook/Twitter with the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons.

By the way, I do hope these images look OK. I've had to send off my beloved iMac to have its hard drive replaced, so I'm using a teeny tiny laptop lent to me by my very kind husband and everything looks so different. You probably won't see me back on here until I'm properly up and running again. Finger's crossed my back-ups have worked OK!

Styling the Seasons: June

I thought I would join in with Styling the Seasons this month for the first time, as I've been inspired by all the beautiful images popping up in my blog and Instagram feeds. Plus, my styling could use some practice!

For those who aren't familiar,  Styling the Seasons is a monthly styling challenge run by Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lotts. The idea is to style a surface of your home according to what that month means to you, and to share some photographs on your blog or Instagram/Facebook/Twitter with the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons. There's also a chance to win a £50 voucher from @loafhome this month if you tag them too.

In true Zoë style, I've probably chosen the most difficult area of my house to start with - the hallway! It doesn't get a huge amount of natural light and I could only stand a few centimetres away from the surface I was trying to photograph, so it was near impossible to get some good angles..... But I was determined to do it, as I have just finished painting my new-old bookcase and transforming the hallway from dumping ground to pretty space.

June always makes me think about light floaty pastels and beautiful blooms, especially peonies, so this was the inspiration for this month. The peony is from my garden :)

It took me forever to choose the paint colour for the bookcase. I couldn't decide between shades of peppermint or blush and ended up going with something entirely different based on my gut! I used Candyfloss from the Homebase range. It *almost* matches my new blog. I'm still not convinced it's right, but I've painted 4 coats so it's going to stay a while!

I love the bookcase, though. It was rescued from my husband's Uncle. It had been outside their house with a "free to a good home" sign on it and can you believe no one claimed it? It got blown over and damaged so they bought it inside to mend it, when we happened to stop by. It was obviously meant to be! It's the perfect fit for our hallway.

I've also displayed a couple of tote bags I made from some vintage fabric (formerly french bolster pillow covers) - perfect for summer outings.

I'm so pleased to finally have my new oak peg rack from Workshop Living up on the wall - the wood is so beautiful.

The stunning embroidery was a gift from our old neighbours when we moved house - isn't it amazing? I popped it in an embroidery hoop and it makes me smile every time I come home.

So that's it, my Styling the Seasons for June. I'll choose an easier surface next month!

Sneaky peek of my home: part 1

Well hello there! I'm very happy to say that the sun is still shining as I type this. All the lovely light today made me grab my camera to capture a few shots of our new home. We moved here in December and are still busy nesting and sorting - there seems to be an endless list of things to do! But it really is starting to feel like home. So, first up, are a few shots of our lovely dual-aspect bedroom:

The embroidery hoops are a super simple make and such a lovely way of displaying vintage fabric - I just cut my fabric roughly to size, insert, tighten, pull and trim. I don't stick the fabric, so I can change it all round when I feel like it :) The gorgeous owl wall hanging was made by Jodijoretro - doesn't it go perfectly? The bedspread was a lucky eBay find for £2.70! And I made the cushions. All very aqua, but it makes me happy!

The owl shelf existed in my last house too, but I loved it so much it came with us. I made some curtains for the side window from a gorgeous new fabric by Robert Kaufman from the Mod Tex collection. It comes in a pink colourway too, which is just as divine. Please excuse the walls - the house has been painted in various shades of beige, which I hate - it will be changed, but not yet - we want to get out and explore first!

I made a little display on the side of my wardrobe from some beautiful illustrations that came with Flow Magazine, a spotty paper from an old issue of Mollie Makes and the beautiful Love Lives Here print in the centre is by Field Trip. I love using washi tape to pop up some prints - it feels very informal and I love changing things around quite often, so it works well for me. Right now, I wanted something a bit springy and I'm loving the blush colour palette - definitely going to paint one of our walls in that!

The gorgeous vintage linen curtains were sourced for me by the lovely Rainbow Vintage Home - she finds the most amazing things. They make me smile so much - such a fabulous print - perhaps of Scandinavian origin?

And now, onto the kitchen. I'm so excited to be able to have a little display shelf in our new kitchen, and room for cookery books. Our last kitchen was a galley one - it had amazing storage, but was very small. This time we have a kitchen/diner and I much prefer it. It is also dual aspect with some lovely double doors leading onto our decking, so it gets lots of light. I spend a lot of time here, so wanted to make it a happy space.

I have quite a collection of tea towels and got fed up of staring at the side of the fridge every day, so thought I'd try a tea towel with some magnets - and voila, instant art display. I love simple, instant solutions!

I'll leave you with a little iphone snap of the display cubes in our sitting room. They are from IKEA - I just covered the backs in vintage wallpaper. I'm really pleased with how they've turned out - they sit above the TV and balance the space out nicely. We've still got loads to do in the sitting room, so I'll save those photos for another day. Getting there, slowly!

Fancy a FREE digital copy of Mollie Makes 36 this weekend?

You may remember that I was super excited back in January when my home was featured in Mollie Makes issue 36, alongside the lovely Candy Pop. If you never got a chance to read the feature, then today is your lucky day! The lovely people at Mollie Makes are offering my readers a chance to download a digital copy of issue 36 for FREE. But you must hurry as this is for a limited time only - the offer expires at 9am on Monday 3 March 2014.

Here's what you need to do to get your free copy:

  • Go to the Apple newsstand app and download/open the Mollie Makes app
  • On your iPad when in the MM app, tap on the Voucher tab
  • On your iPhone when in the MM app > Tap 'Help' then tap 'Voucher'
  • Enter voucher code: MADNESS14
  • That's it!
  • Offer expires on Monday 3 March 2014 at 9am

I have to say I've really enjoyed having a play with the digital edition. Although I'm a print subscriber, it's really nice to have some issues to read on my iPad and I really like that you can read the pages in either portrait or landscape format and everything looks really crisp and sharp!

I thought it would be nice to share a few more pictures from the shoot that didn't make it into the feature. These were taken back in August/September, so there have been quite a few changes since then. I like to have a good faff and rearrange quite often :) So, we start with my dining room:

Then we move into the open plan living room:

And upstairs to my craft room / study, where I am lucky enough to have a desk for my sewing machine and craft stuff. I no longer have my jolly little red machine, though - this got replaced by a rather lovely Janome CXL301, which I am totally in love with :)

A little bit obsessed by crocheted blankets

I guess my obsession with crocheted blankets will not come as a surprise to many of you ;) Those of you who follow along on Instagram will see them pretty regularly - you can't go far in my home without bumping into one! I think it's that magic combination of colour, pattern and texture that does it for me :)

So today I thought I'd share some of my collection with you. It's been a gorgeous sunny day here in blighty so it was the perfect day for a spot of photography :)

First up is my "happy blanket" which is home to my happy, sunshiney Little Tea Wagon owls - the perfect combination don't you think? The blanket was a charity shop find when out thrifting with my sister in Barnstaple - and I may have let out a squeal :)

The other super colourful blanket was found at the Oxford vintage market which is held every Thursday in Gloucester Green. In the summer it hangs at the end of my bed to provide a lovely pop of colour (sausage dog is made by Alice Apple).

Of course, crochet isn't just for blankets and I was rather pleased with this find at Spitalfields market in London. I love the lining too :)

I just adore this huge granny blanket I bought for our bed. It is just so warm and cosy in winter - I never want to get up in the mornings! This one came from a lovely shop called Winifred's Daughter in Hawkhurst, Kent. The blankets are made locally by a lady in the village and are just beautiful. I have another one for the sofa, too.

The next few blankets are all thrifted. The first one has clearly enjoyed some happy times in its life and has that lived in vibe - but it's perfect for summer picnics on the lawn (oh how I wish....).

And last, but most definitely not least, we come to the living room, which is home to four lovely blankets - they make it such a happy, cosy space.

The arm chair has seen better days and really needs reupholstering - but a crochet blanket and a cluster of cushions brighten it up for now (the fabulous two cushions at the front were made by Modflowers, the rest I made). It's one of those fabulous roomy chairs that you can sit cross legged in and is perfect for reading.

We've also used blankets to cover up some now rather grotty Ikea foot stools - pretty and comfy. They do get a bit of a beating - but I'm a firm believer in using things you love, rather than having them tucked away keeping perfect. You get so much more enjoyment that way.

So there you have it. A little bit obsessed! Have a lovely week everyone. xxx

My home is in Mollie Makes!

I'm super excited that my little home has been featured in this month's issue (36) of Mollie Makes, alongside the lovely Candy Pop's beautiful home. I'm a huge fan of Mollie Makes, and have followed its journey right from the beginning and feel extremely honoured to have been included. Huge thanks to the lovely Natasha for planting the seed for the idea all those months ago, and for all her interiors inspiration - her home is absolutely stunning and never fails to give me a lift whenever I pop round :)

Mollie Makes issue 36 is on sale TODAY (Friday 17 January) from all good newsagents :)

It is a fantastic issue this month, packed with much loveliness and lots of things to make, including an interview and a hoop art tutorial with Hollie Harris, a lace statement necklace tutorial by Jeska Hearne of Lobster and Swan, some pretty clutch bags, a patchwork picnic blanket, love heart brooch, and the fabulous birds on the cover.

Natasha and I took the photographs for the feature (apart from the photos of us, which our other halves kindly helped with) and I have to say there really is nothing quite like the incentive of your home appearing in a magazine to bring on a fit of cleaning and tidying! It's not until you start zooming in and editing that you notice the ugly pile of cables or cobwebs that you missed!! It's lovely to have some photos of an extra clean and tidy house :) Here are a few pics that didn't make it into the magazine - if you want to see more, you will need to go and buy it!!

A peek inside my home

Vintage friends

I've been meaning to do an interiors post for ages. Faffing around with my displays happens on a fairly regular basis here, so I wanted to show you some current favourite bits and bobs. We've still (7 years on!) got lots of painting to do, so please excuse some of the grotty walls.

First up is the living room and my vintage "lady tat" shelves as my other half likes to call them :) You might notice a bit of an obsession with Alice Apple's fabulous sausage dogs - I adore them! I'm thinking of painting the wall behind the shelves different chalky pastel shades - maybe a job for my staycation.....

An Alice Apple obsession
Eclectic
Bunting makes me smile

Next up is the dining room. Quite a while ago now, I ditched the books I never read and replaced them with some eye candy. I stand and stare at this every morning while I do my yoga practice and it makes me smile every day :)

I ditched the books for these...
Owls rule

So now we head into the bedroom. We painted it aqua a little while ago and I adore the colour. The decor here is rather dominated by owls (I have a very accommodating and lovely husband). I challenge anyone not to smile when you walk in and are greeted by such a fabulous shelf of aqua owls! And there is an owl wall too. And some embroidery hoops above the bed to balance out the owls. They are such a great way to display favourite bits of fabric - and cheap too.

My owl shelf <3
My owl wall
Embroidery hoops update

And last but by no means least, we head into my study - I am very lucky to have a room of my own. It's still very much a work in progress and desperately needs a coat of paint - but I love it just as it is. I'm a big fan of colour and these shelves of happy make me smile, even on grotty dark days. The shelves are picture rails from Ikea and are fabulous as I can swap things around to my hearts content without having to drill holes into the walls all the time :)

My happy shelf #1
My happy shelf #2
My cat shelf