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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Greetings and a Thank You


To all my friends, followers, fans, subscribers, lurkers, commenters, pinteresters, anyone and everyone who reads my blog - A GIGANTIC THANK-YOU. I truly appreciate every last one of you and wish you a wonderful Christmas filled with love and laughter.

I will be back early in 2012 and my head is bursting with new ideas for posts so please keep visiting!

Till then

x Sharon

Image 1 via Space for Inspiration
Image 2 via Casa Decorada
Image 3 via Tumblr

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas ~ Neutral and Natural

It is so difficult to choose a look for Christmas with so much fantastic inspiration at our fingertips. While I love the rich colours of a traditional Christmas, for some reason, this year I have really been drawn to Christmas decor with more neutral colours and natural elements. Here is selection of pictures I have found to illustrate the look.

I love the simplicity of  dried branches hung with simple Christmas baubles.

Christmas stockings made from burlap or beautiful fabrics in pale hues.

I think I am going to keep my table setting very simple this year - something along these lines.


This year I am wrapping my presents in brown paper and then jazzing them up with beautiful ribbon.

I wonder if I will make a gingerbread house again. I made one a few years ago. It took me an entire day to make and my boys flattened it in about 5 seconds. I haven't completely got over that experience!

I would never of thought of grey as a colour for Christmas, but this is lovely.

I think I will stick to white, gold and silver on my tree.

I love the fabric decorations below.


There are lots of ways one can use natural elements for Christmas and the best part is that they are inexpensive or free!

Natural greenery and fresh fruit used on a mantel - beautiful.

Potted rosemary bushes as mini Christmas trees - perfect.

Decorations made out of seed pods - gorgeous!

There are hundreds of ways to use pine cones.

Animals must be included.

How about writing a message to Santa or a menu on a blackboard.

I think I'm going to try this at my house LOL!

or this!

I have made a small start on my decorations. I had to move my little desk in the corner to make place for my Christmas tree.

 Here are just a few pictures of my living room in Christmas mode.

So from my home to yours - wishing you all a very .....

Till next time

x Sharon

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A is for Armoire

Via Design Chic

I am thrilled to be doing a guest post today for Barbara of the fabulous blog Haus Design. This post is part of her fun series "Design in Five" and I'd love you to head on over there and pay her a visit.

Till next time

Sharon x

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Celebrating the Café Chair - A Cheerful, Casual and Convenient Classic

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Designed at the end of the 19th century, these durable folding chairs filled parks and cafes in France, affording cheap, flexible seating for a growing cafe culture.

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The fact that they are still around today is testament to their appeal.

via Zuhairah Home Interior Design

They are versatile pieces of furniture that can be used in any room of the house.

Via Dreamy Whites

 From the living room.....

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....and are perfect in a kitchen.

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Via Hope Garden Furniture

They work well in a bedroom as a bedside table.....

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Via Faded Plains

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... or at a desk or dressing table ....
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Via Lux Interior Designs

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....possibly a place to stack clothes...

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....or hang bags.

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They are useful in a bathroom for towels or bath accessories.

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They are perfect for a patio or courtyard....

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...impromptu meals outside under a tree....

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Via Pinterest the beach....

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.... or in a field.
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They look great old and weathered....

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Via Brabourne Farm

....or newly painted in bright hues.

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So as you can see I am a quite a fan of cafe chairs. How about you?

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I thought I'd show you a picture of me sitting on a cafe chair in Paris. No, wait a minute, I don't recognise the handbag, so maybe it's not me after all!

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Coming up soon.... a guest post for Haus Design and a Christmas post so stay tuned.

Till next time

x Sharon