Back to Nature

Saturday, August 31, 2019

I came across this glorious green while researching colour trends for 2020. This shade, called Back to Nature, is from Behr, a US-based paint company. The image on the left with the painted cabinetry, wall panels, and black and white tiling caught my eye so I thought I'd pick out some furniture and decor that would look great with this colour on a feature wall (or if you're brave, on every wall) in a living space.

Kept it fairly cool-toned with everything apart from those warm pops of burnt orange in the pendant light and sofa. I like how this concept board turned out, I'm in love with these colours together.

Throwback: Renishaw Hall & Gardens

Friday, August 30, 2019

Long time ago I used to have a Flickr account (I was @deedsofthedanes) where I uploaded all my film photos, but Flickr has since gone a bit south so a year or two ago I exported all my photos and deleted my account, leaving a lot of my favourite photos sitting in folders on my computer not doing a great deal. 

I used to adore film photography and I still do, but now I don't take my camera out as much as I used to. Film's pricey, cameras are bulky, and I like the instant-ness of taking pictures on a phone, plus with apps like VSCO and Kuji Cam you can make photos look like they've been taken on film with the click of a filter. Granted, a phone camera will never capture the magic like film does, so I'm tempted to go back to using my Canon (Sure Shot 105u, an excellent charity shop find).

Way back in spring 2014 my mum and I visited Renishaw Hall. The house was closed as it is still a family home and only opens a few days during the summer, but the gardens are usually always open. These are some of my favourite photos I've ever taken, but I think the camera does most of the work here. Film makes everything look 100x better without me even trying, I just point and click. Still very proud of how they turned out.

I ran out of colour film towards the end of our visit so there are a couple of black and white shots at the bottom. They always have this mystical green tinge to them which makes them look like authentic old photos. ♡

10 autumnal homeware pieces under £30

Monday, August 26, 2019

For autumn, warm shades of gold, champagne, rust and bronze are always a hit. People generally want these kinds of tones in their home this time of year to bring in some warmth and comfort. Luxurious textures and materials like brass, velvet, faux fur/hide and bouclé will make a room feel more cosy and plush, something you might appreciate once the cooler weather begins to set in and you're dying to snuggle under a blanket with a cup of something hot and a candle by your side.

I kept this collection of items under £30 so you won't have to break the bank to add some new pieces into your home when the new season arrives.

A weekend in Norfolk

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

On Friday morning, my brother and I set out on a loooong journey to Norfolk.

We arrived at my dad and step-mum's house sit in Wymondham in the early afternoon and took the homeowner's gorgeous dog for a walk around the village to get to know the place. Rain cut our walk short so we hunkered down back at the house, had a huge carbfest for dinner (spaghetti, turkey meatballs, mac and cheese... it was heavenly), then retired to the living room to watch Baby Driver (with the homeowner's adorable fluffy cat by my side). Slept like a baby that night in the comfiest bed ever. Makes my bed feel like a pile of bricks.

Saturday we headed off to Wroxham to take a boat out onto the Norfolk Broads.

I can now say that I have driven a boat, but never driven a car. Kinda proud!

It was a gorgeous day, the sun was in and out for most of the day but it stayed fairly dry. Absolutely loved being on the water, made me high key want a boat (even if the one we were in reached a maximum speed of 5mph). We spent a few hours on and around the Broads before setting off into Norwich - I really wanted to check out the helter-skelter they have inside Norwich Cathedral...

It was, as I expected, bloody ace.

Norwich is a stunning city and I got to see some incredible buildings and streets that look like they're straight out of a medieval painting.

After a long day, we headed home, ordered Indian food, and watched the last half of Captain America: Winter Soldier on TV.

Late Sunday morning we set off for Cromer to have a wander around the carnival. The sun was intense this day, and because I'm a massive (very pale) moron who doesn't apply suncream all over, I got some pretty bad sunburn on my chest (and a little on my nose). The carnival was immense and just bustling with people, cool cars, good food, loud music, and plenty of classic fairground rides. Took a picture of the sparkliest car I could find...

Cromer beach is beautiful, I could spend hours there combing the beach for weird-looking stones and bits of sea glass, a 'hobby' I'm sure my dad and step-mum begrudgingly remember from our holiday to Cyprus when I was a kid and I wanted to take half the beach home with me. Rocks are cool, OK?

Next we passed on through to Sheringham where I proceeded to immediately drop my phone in a car park and smash it to smithereens, so no photos were taken in Sheringham unfortunately. I took solace in the fact that I had phone insurance and instead of screaming into the void I enjoyed a big ol' banana milkshake with vanilla ice cream and a couple of vineger-doused chips on the sea front.

My brother and I set off for t'north at about half 4 after we'd both thoroughly scorched ourselves in the sun.

It was a wonderful weekend spent with three people I adore in a stunning part of the country, and on top of that we got to spend the weekend in a lovely house with two of the sweetest animals. It doesn't get much better.

Note: Something I haven't talked about yet on my blog or socials is that my dad is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Thankfully, the radiotherapy and chemo has gotten rid of the lump on his tonsils which is amazing news, but the side effects of having radio and chemo are making him feel dreadful. Thankfully his treatment is coming to an end soon and in a few weeks he will be on the mend and feeling better. Cancer sucks big time. I'm beyond grateful that treatment's worked for him and things will be looking up real soon.

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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