Looking forward to... | July 31, 2012

...our next shindig (whenever that may be), so I can show off my tumbler collection!..

... and stir up some Lemonade with orange blossom water. I fell in love with this beautiful drink after tasting it for the first time at Mama Ganoush (a lovely middle eastern restaurant in Windsor). I generally make it whenever we entertain- it's been popular with guests. Awesome with sparkling water, instead of still. Make sure to grab the recipe!

{ all images by Amy Moss } 

XO
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posted under: Our Home, Parties, Entertaining, Drink, storytelling

FREEBIE: 'Bon Appetit' cutlery tags { Part One } | July 27, 2012

As you probably have figured out, I love details. I'm a consummate 'details' nerd.

Some might say that attaching a tag to your dinner party guest's cutlery that wishes them 'bon appetit'  is gratuitous nonsense. I, on the other hand, live for this stuff.

You know you do too.

Continue to download your freebie and for information on your nearest 'details freak' support group.

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Free Stuff, Parties, Tableware

Lucille Michieli | July 20, 2012

Absolutely loving the work of Lucille Michieli- see more of her beautiful projects on her blog and make sure to check out her shop.

{ via papier mache. photos by Lucille Michieli }

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Parties

6 Pretty Things... July 19, 2012 | July 19, 2012

Color Reform rug from ABC Carpet and Home

Chloe metallic leather ballet flats from Net-A-Porter ( via Katie Armour)

Lacquer trays from Iomoi

Apple and Pear Pinch bowl set from Leif

Bleu D'Chine bowls (set of 4) from Couleur Nature

Capri blue candle in a jar from Anthropologie

XO
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posted under: Home Décor, Tableware, 6 Pretty Things, Fashion

Nail Polish Rainbow | July 18, 2012

Yes, I did take a moment today to arrange my collection of nail polish colours into a pretty rainbow.

it simply had to be done.

{ photos by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Bits of Happy, Photography, Fashion, storytelling

Saint Folly | July 17, 2012

Some very sweet cards from Saint Folly

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Stationery

School's In | July 13, 2012

I picked up a copy of the latest issue of Real Living magazine yesterday and was excited to read about Abigail Ahern and her luscious interior styling! 

As a graphic designer, 2d design is more my specialty, so bring on the caffeine, the sugary donuts and the super-steep learning curve!  I'm voraciously ploughing through magazines and books and soaking up as much information about interior styling as I can.

Abigail has some really great tips for breaking the rules in interiors. I love her mix of quirky and surprising elements, her penchant for spray painting in high gloss colour (that desk is amazing!) and her bold use of oversized objects. She uses dark colours to achieve great dramatic effect- with layers of texture and pattern and these sudden pops of bright colour. Oh my, I'm smitten.

Watch this video where she meets The Selby and check out her gorgeous East London home! You can see the Real Living article here and more pics of her home on The Selby.

And in other news....

Yes, we bought a new couch... and it's awesome. I was in two minds about posting a pic before I had finished styling it up to my satisfaction. This is the work-in-progress version. I generally hate showing people things before I've finished, but I've bitten the bullet. I'm determined to document more of my decorating journey on this blog. As you can see you've caught the couch in a colour-crazy stage in it's evolution!

Although I'm still very much at the start of this journey and have a long way to go to complete our home, I have already learned how essential it is to only buy furniture and objects that you absolutely LOVE. Sometimes it's so tempting to buy a piece because it 'fits' well and you're eager to finish off a space but it's so much more rewarding if you wait it out until you find something that really makes you HAPPY because everytime you look at it, you get to feel that joy all over again. Imagine an entire home filled to the brim with objects that create that effect!

XO
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posted under: Our Home, Interiors, storytelling

April Look | July 12, 2012

Yummy accessories for men. By April Look.

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Fashion

Handful of Heart | July 11, 2012

How cute are these gloves? From yastik izi

{ via frankie }

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Fashion

Inspiration for the home | July 10, 2012

{ 01 } Cushions from left to right- Bonnie and Neil, Ankasa, Niki Jones, Bonnie and Neil, Toast 

{ 02 } Lazy Susan lotus resin taupe container from Zinc Door

{ 03 } Essex Sofa from Crate and Barrel

{ 01 } Zagora rug from Anthropologie

{ 02 } Bell Jar lamp from Old Faithful

{ 03 } Genova side table from Anthropologie

{ 04 } Vintage pink candle holders from Luna Bazaar

{ 05 } Orbit side table from Zinc Door

{ 06 } Lazy Susan gold hammered pillar candle from Zinc Door

XO
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posted under: Interiors, Gift Ideas, Home Décor

Best in Park | July 09, 2012

I can't help but melt when I see a dog in a bow-tie, especially a dachshund! 

Best in Park have some very smart and stylish dog accessories... and I'm loving those stripey collars!

{ photos from Best in Park website }

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas

6 pretty things... | July 06, 2012

{ ONE } In Summery top from Modcloth

{ TWO } Chalkboard Spice Jars from Anthropologie

{ THREE} Psychedelic Oxfords from J.Crew

{ FOUR } Mint green Bobbin Birdie bicycle from Bobbin Bicycles 

{ FIVE } Emma Cleine Mandala cushions from Crate Expectations

{ SIX } Back and forth bobbi pins from ban.do

XO
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posted under: 6 Pretty Things, Fashion, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Kitchenware

Bits of Happy... July 5, 2012 | July 05, 2012

Sometimes you've really just gotta spill all your ultra-girly, pretty pastel and sparkly goodies out onto a table and take a photo, yaknow?  The result will make you smile.

{ photo by amy moss }

XO
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posted under: Bits of Happy, Photography

Mixed Bag... July 4, 2012 | July 04, 2012

Slim { jeans } in mauve from Arnsdorf

Lights out { pillow } from Kate Spade

Magic { mouse } from Apple

Gold { Havaianas } Club Monaco

Bow to stern { mustard dot scarf } in mustard dots from Modcloth 

Fashion { photography } from Erika Astrid Photography { via Daydream Lily }

Goldie Moroccan { handbag } from Club Monaco

Suvali { scarf } from Club Monaco

Pansy { sandals } from Seychelles

Madeline { chair } from Urban Outfitters

e.l.f essentials { nail polish } in mint cream from e.l.f Cosmetics

XO
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posted under: Photography, Mixed Bag, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Fashion

So good to be home | July 03, 2012

Feels so good to be home from our trip, despite the fact we're returning to the cold and rain.

It seems like no matter how much you are enjoying you holiday, it always gets to a point where you start to miss all the comforts and the familiarity of home.

And boy did I miss my baby...

XO
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posted under: Our Home, storytelling

The Family Love Tree | July 02, 2012

I'm slightly obsessed with rattan furniture at the moment. Pretty soon it will take over the entire house. I spotted The Family Love Tree on Design*Sponge and was delighted to find out they're an Australian based company!

I want that bedhead.

XO
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posted under: Interiors, Home Décor