After a month of hibernation at the start of year, February was a little more eventful than January (though just as cold!)
- February saw a week of events for the diary – Valentine’s Day and Pancake Day all in the same week. I bought the lovely ‘You’re the Gin to my Tonic’ card for Mr C from Made by Margo
- It was time to splash out and add a bit of colour to my wardrobe and home with lots of flowers and a snazzy neon necklace from New Look.
- One weekend we went treasuring troving to The Barn in Long Marston browsing over the antiques including the amazing bulb lit sign. On the way home we had a stroll through Stratford and drove past a stunning windmill at sunset.
- I celebrated a very dear friend’s birthday with what I like to call ‘stalker wrapping paper’ – gold hand stamped paper adorned with the birthday girl’s name.
- I spent three days in Barcelona with my Mum and Sister and had a tremendous time. I’m going through all my photos to build an Instagram city tour to share very soon.
- I helped out with the styling as the fabulously talented Wedding stationers Bonny & Clyde showed off their wares at a Vintage Wedding Fair.
- And finally I ticked off all the jobs on the February list and even gave a standard lamp a make-over too.
Let’s hope we finally see some signs of Spring in March! How was your February?
Last week I was lucky enough to go to Barcelona (full city tour coming up next week), and so felt the need to come back with a little souvenir of the occasion. Amongst the postcards and the Zara purchases, our treasure troving found this set of five Amazing Pegzini Family Circus Laundry Pegs! Mr C would affectionately refer to them as ‘useless tat’ but I think they’ll come in useful for stringing up postcards and photos above my vintage bureau. You can get your own gravity defying ornamental pegs from eBay for under £15.
Have you picked up anything on your travels recently?
I’ve pretty much decided that the fire surround in the spare room is going to end up being painted a crisp shade of white.
Image sources:: 1. This is Glamorous via The Decorista | 2. James Michael Howard | 3. Rue Mag | 4. Decor de Provence via DecorPad
Despite the fact that it’ll be a good few months before we move work from one bedroom to another, it doesn’t stop me doing the research! Here’s a look at the fireplace at the moment. The plan is to spruce up the black cast iron, paint the surround and then re-tile the hearth (currently broken quarry tiles peeking out at the bottom of the picture). I’m undecided about what to do with the pieces down the side (at the moment they’re bare plaster) but they might end up tiled too.
Inspired by the first images, I went on the hunt for chevron and geometric mosaic tiles. Whilst I didn’t find anything that would be suitable to make a zig-zag pattern, I did find four different possibilities all from the Walls and Floors website.
Top Left: Toto Circular Tile – £3.75 a sheet | Top Right: Toto Brickbond Tile – £3.95 a sheet | Bottom Left: Toto Hexagon Mosaic Tile – £3.95 | Bottom Right: Toto Small Square Tile – £2.95.
At the moment I’m leaning towards the matt version of the Hexagon pattern but could definitely be swayed. Do share if you’ve seen anything suitable!