A tiny barn in Gloucestershire

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

I adore this beautiful barn that sits on the edge of a wildflower meadow in Gloucestershire, complete with a babbling brook and a dozen sheep. The inside boasts an eclectic collection of furniture and decor from across the centuries to give it an age-old feel.

The barn was decorated by antique dealer and designer Christopher Howe who describes its interior as having a "pleasingly unpretentious mix of well-designed objects that bear the scuffs and bruises of a well-lived life."

I just love the rustic feel of this barn. The wooden wall and ceiling panelling, the stone slabs in the kitchen, the mismatched furniture, and the disheveled upholstery screams rural cottage charm. The fact that this barn was decorated in eight weeks and looks so well-lived in is astounding. Howe used decor and furniture he himself had been hoarding for 25 years.


Photographs © Paul Massey. Originally featured in House & Garden.

More snippets from my 2019 journal

Thursday, August 01, 2019

More journal pages!

I've just hit the middle of my notebook and it's August 1st so I think I'm doing well with spacing things out; I was concerned at first I'd fill it up too quickly and have to go into a new notebook before the year's finished. How annoying would that be?

In related news, I recently bought a Filofax Clipbook that I'm using as an agenda to keep track of appointments, work shifts, plans, finances and to-do lists. I got mine in the gorgeous shade Vista Blue.

Update on my last post - I found the perfect pen! I was having so many problems with 'fine' gel ink pens being too thick and runny (and even the best pens would still smudge), so I eventually opted for a needle-thin ballpoint pen instead by the brand OHTO. It has the tiniest nib I've ever seen and writes lovely. A ballpoint wasn't my first choice but it turns out it works just as well and I'm enjoying writing with it far more than any of my other pens. You can pick OHTO Horizon pens up at Cult Pens and they come in 8 colours.

As usual, 99% of my stickers are from Aliexpress, the music and book paper is from Siopbachfi on Etsy, and the colourful world stamps were from a vintage market. If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen a few of these photos, sorry 'bout that.

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