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sunshine and tea

I know it sounds cheesy, and I am sorry -but, today has been near enough perfect!
A lovely long breakfast together, a walk without tantrums or minor meltdowns to get Skyedog and then an hour at the park before lunch, a long sleep for Lily, me getting to sunbathe ALONE in the garden, dinner at the beach with 2/3 of the Wattses rather spontaneously and to end, a fuss free shower and bed time…The only thing that could have made this day better, would have been for the house to miraculously tidy itself up, and the washing to have ironed and put itself away.

On thursday I bought myself a new tea cup, or mug I suppose would be more fitting. I seem to have a thing for tea cups/mugs. Drinking from something that is aesthetically pleasing makes it taste better ūüėČ ¬†I hadn’t even intended on getting myself a new mug (seeing as I bought those 3 polka dot mugs just last month…), or new tea to go with it (mmm lemongrass!) or ¬†even the feathered earrings that ended up in my basket too, but I was feeling a little sorry for myself having failed to find a flowery head band – silly really. The only problem I have now, is that I ¬†intended to have this mug at work because its much bigger (and prettier) than what we have in the staffroom, but because of said prettiness, its now sat here with me at home *sigh*.

¬†The dream is, to one day have some open shelves in the kitchen, where I can have all my teas and mugs on display (and Marks own made coffee), where friends visiting feel they can just flick the kettle on themselves and make ¬†up a cuppa as they wish. ¬†I’ll go out on a limb here and admit that my choice in cups and the flavours of tea often – near always -reflects my mood, just the same way as how I get myself dressed every day. It drives Mark crazy how I can change up to 6 times some mornings, but if I dont ”feel” right in my clothes then I cant wear them haha. A girl needs choices in life ūüėČ Hmm.. all this tea thinking is making me hanker for one, so I think I’ll call it a night here. That washing wont hang itself either so I best get to it


bedroom experiment

There’s a way things are done, and then there are ways things are done. I wonder, how many of you my dear British friends, whom have ever had that frustrating, annoying tug of war in the middle of the night with t’other half stealing the duvet? Or, maybe YOU are the duvet stealer? Here, at home with the Wilsons, we are both guitly stealers. This was never a problem, as we were clever to buy a duvet too large for our bedsize – but then we got a new bed, one that is wider than I am tall (I stand at 174 cm)…

bed sizeSo our bed was only 150cm wide, but we had a duvet that was 160cm. Nemas problemas! Mark was always close enough to cuddle up to and get back under the duvet should he win the fight (usually did as go figure he is stronger even when asleep haha) ¬†We even had sufficient space to fit a 3 year old, alternatively a 1 year old in between us – mamma having to put pillow on the bedside table to fit. Now though, we’ve been missing 20 cm and that my friends, is rather alot, especially as in the depths of night we both quite like to hug the edge of the mattress rather than each other lol. And last night, I took to drastic measures….I went and got the single duvet from the bed in the play room.

Ok, ok – whats the problem I hear you ask? Well it rather feels like I am snuffin out the passion if I am honest. Or rather, the romantic notion of falling asleep intertwined in each others arms, those cosy moments just me and him hiding under the duvet talking about our dreams and fears, creating a warm little bubble of Our Space. Somewhere were only me and him go (and the occasional poorly child). Those moments, would be forever lost should we lose our common snuggle ground.

Scandinavian bedroomBut I do actually, think it looks rather cosy and inviting with two duvets. And just think of all the fun I could have with choosing new bedlinen! Already there is one of those posh valance sheets to buy to cover up the bed frame (or whatever they are called but like how the beds are made in the pictures ūüėČ ) and then I am padding out the headboard and covering it with a light grey material to give it a more plush look. Sadly, all this needs to wait until July when we are back from our escapades in the UK, but methinks we shall have fun experimenting in the bedroom until we find what works for us – one duvet or two!

all that is gold….

…does in fact, glitter. It glitters in my eyes at least, filling me with desire and making me want to sweep in S.W.A.T style in all the secondhand and vintage shops on town to get hold of gold frames, mirrors and lamps. Though lamps ( I actually only want one, maybe two), I can get any shape, size and colour and spray gold. I just yearn for the ornate detailing of beautiful elegant mirrors and frames…I am slightly infatuated.
antique-mirrors6f21d8080eb7f50a_8168-w548-h486-b0-p0--traditional-framesDont’cha just love the warmth that resonates from this picture? The soft, almost pastel gold working so well with the relaxing soothing grey? Gold can be a bit cocky and brash, but¬†accessorized¬†in the right way, I think it can add a touch of understated glitz and elegance, as well as a funky retro feel to any space.

Anyways, its back to reality I go and making my way to ma&pa’s without a pram or car in the pouring rain. Good one there- what was I thinkin!?

longing for summer

Today we bought ice-cream and ate it outside for the first time. Yum! Indeed, today has been  very much outside, I dont think we have spent much time at all indoors save to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and I am exhausted haha. Lots of cycling, lots running, lots of swinging and lots of giggles.  Happy girlies went to bed, and a happy Mamma is heading there soon too.

Days like today make me long even more for Summer, which really isnt all that far away. I cant wait until our balcony is up so I can make it all lush and indoor-outdoor living – plenty of ¬†comfy cosy seating, blankets, table, chairs, lanterns, fairy lights, flowers…what I really cant wait for is to have our own garden to do what ever I wish to, and not have to share with neighbours. Right now the girls have their swings, I’d like to have a sand pit and a slide too. One day. And one day, I will have my own piece of magic bohemian midsummer night dreaming inspired chill out area in the garden, where lazy summers days will be spent. One day..
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new additions

¬†am currently making good use out of one of our new additions; namely the fabulous chair you see above.¬†I have the window cracked open, views of the sunset and tree tops and the smell of spring in the air.¬†The twin to it, fittingly is in the lounge, causally against a wall inviting you to do just that – lounge. And then there is the third addition that moved in on sunday…the new coffee table made from an old cable spool, or whatever you actually call it in english (?!).
422024_10151643467303086_677494833_nAnd thus, my house feels ever more like my home, and I feel very pleased with myself. And my husband, for sanding and painting the new table and driving to collect our new chairs. This weekend coming he is sanding and painting Lilypops’ new bed, and after that, I think we can take a hiatus from homely projects. It really isnt very long now until we go to England, and I wouldnt want to leave with half finished projects hanging around, or indeed spend any money that is intended for our month away. No, no more projects. Anyhoo, now that we have daylight in abundance, its time to get back to playing around with the camera…


I know, I know…We’ve only just finished one project, we have two in the garage (actually one, the second is still in storage at friends haha) a third may be here in a week and a fourth I have rather long term plans for. The fourth option requires some seed planting, nurturing, and more cash flow. I may sell items. I may sell two. For the pennies and the space. I am a little against re-vamping an item of furniture that we already have, because I think it is gorgeous the way it is. I just want another like it, in type but not look.

What do I want? A black vitrinskåp (display/drinks cabinet en anglais)


Now the two bottom pictures, is what our existing drink cabinet looks like, but its gloriously elegant in her beige pine, no yellowness in sight. So it feels rather wrong to go painting her white inside, black outside.

White I think, is something that will be staying around for ages, at least here at home. But the graphic contrasts of black and white add that little extra depth, contrast and interest. Its like a mix of shabby and industrial. A¬†magnificent¬†mix; all soft around the edges, with solid, reliable, age old romanticism, I’m all for a bit of ¬†natural textures, mixed with metal, married with wood.

Oh dear…I wonder what husband will say when he sees this post haha


Dear Lilypops made morning at 4.45am, and as I have sacrificed my lie-in to Mark in thanks for the fab job he done with our new tv unit, I very grudgingly got up. We guard our lay-in with ferociousness such as a lioness guards her cubs, so tho it may seem an odd gesture to some, I may as well have thrown myself under a bus as to save him. And I do feel like I have been hit by a bus. As if the early mornings aren’t enough to kill off that gentle buzz of spring that creeps around my toes, putting that spring in my step, looking out the window at the snow heavily dancing down from the sky certainly does. Poor Sun, she worked so hard the past few weeks to melt away the winter. And yes, I am well aware that ‘bakslag’ at this time of year are the rule and not the exception and I am no naive foreigner. I am just wanting Spring – NOW. Like everyone else. Oh I am such a mardy-a$$ this morning haha.

I am by no means wishing my day away, I just know I will be very appreciative on when I get to curl back up under my duvet tonight and finish my book – and these pics just make me wanna jump into bed even more, and wake up to another day off, full of sunshine and breakfast on the balcony. C’mon spring & summer, I am ready (after I have had a sleep)!

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