Friday, 27 January 2012

Friday Flowers

Hellebores, blooming in the worst of the winter weather, also known as the Christmas Rose and the Lenten Rose. Their lovely faces are are difficult to see when growing in the garden as they droop downwards.

It is very unusual to find them as a cut flower, so when I saw them I couldn't resist the chance to enjoy their beauty close up and in the warmth of indoors.

Have a lovely weekend

Monday, 23 January 2012

Sunday Treasure

I went treasure hunting yesterday to what used to be a favourite antiques fair, but they moved venue and it didn't feel the same. I haven't been for a couple of months and went yesterday because I had the yen for tracking down some treasure, but not very confident that I would find much.
But I did!! A fantastic haul of medals, I think that a lot of them probably belonged to a ballet teacher as there are some duplicates, as well as some plain fob types and a couple of sporting medals. They made my day!

I took their photographs today, so some will be listed in Beau Papier my Etsy shop on Friday.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Friday Flowers and the tale of a New Vase

Funnily enough this Friday Flowers is more about the vase than the flowers........are you sitting comfortably?............let me explain.

Last Saturday I took a trip up to London to meet up with 3 friends, Eileen, Barbe and Christina, who I used to work with over 30 years ago.......can it really be that long??? the fashion industry. Somehow or other (mainly due to Barbe) we have stayed in touch and meet 2 or 3 times a year for lunch and a catch up.
I go up to London so seldom these days that I always catch an early train and give myself a couple of hours to have a look around. Last Saturday was no exception and I planned a walk down Regents Street cutting through Soho to meet up with the girls at midday in Covent Garden.

Halfway down Regents Street I had a look around I know you American readers will know this shop only too well, I've only visited it once before and was bowled over by the display furniture, the living wall of plants and this time......the Vase!!! I looked at it , I picked it up, saw the price, put it back down and walked away.
All through lunch I thought about it, I told my friends about it, and they all agreed that if something has that much of an impact on you, then you should buy it. Now I'm good at doing this at antiques fairs....if something speaks to me I buy it.......... but this was a newly made vase!
So after our delightful lunch I retraced my steps....feet feeling a little tired at this point...and yes dear reader I bought the Vase!!

So you will either think I'm mad, or not, I still love it, I love it more with Tulips in it. When I first set eyes on it it spoke to me of Delft pottery, the type you see in Dutch Old Masters holding prize Tulips. Here's my take on a modern Tulip vase......

The vase is made by Molly Hatch an American ceramicist, she had a shop on Etsy, but due to pressure of work it is closed at the moment, blame Anthropologie methinks!! Hopefully one day she will open it again and I can add to my collection.

Have a lovely weekend
Georgie xx

Friday, 13 January 2012

Friday Flowers

I know, I know, blue and white.....again!
But when I found these precious bunches of Muscari tied with string what was I supposed to photograph them with?

I hope you love blue and white as much as I do.

Have a lovely weekend.

Thank you to the Flower Room in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire for always having such lovely flowers that inspire me and for making my weekly visits such a treat.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Friday Flowers

Did I tell you that I love Paperwhites?

Love their flowers.
Love their scent.

Love them with a chartreuse heart.

Have a fabulous weekend.
Georgie x

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

New Year New Furniture

In my last post I said that a New Year always makes me want to decorate, move furniture and generally give the house a new look for the new year.
Well I've started!
On Friday 30th of December I had a delivery from my favourite Swedish Boutique......2 glass fronted cupboards. With some rearrangement of furniture, I managed to make room for them in the dining room.
Did I say these were flat pack and arrived in four boxes? But no matter, I am one of those strange people who love making flat pack furniture.......I find it strangely soothing to follow the instructions, screw this piece in here, tap a dowel in there!
That is until the screwdriver slips and I take a chunk out of my thumb.....ouch, very much ouch, and a few swear words, but no blood on the cupboard. By 10.00pm that evening they were both built and in place.

It then took three days to fill them up!!
You know how it is.....take china from one cupboard and discover how dusty it is, wash china, remove all the rest of the china from said cupboard, wash it, wash the cupboard... let it dry and replace the china, having sorted out large amounts to go to the charity much mismatched white china do two people need? I wasn't bargaining on this being a spring clean but it turned into one!

And I can't just put stuff in a cupboard, it has to look nice, so hours spent rearranging, tweaking and generally faffing about!

So here they are for now, if you follow Friday Flowers on this blog you will probably recognise lots of things used as props. The good news is that there is still room for more!

I'm particularly pleased with the blue and white pots on top of the cupboard.......did I tell you I love blue and white china? This has inspired me to make slipcovers for my dining room chairs. I was thinking vintage French linen with a blue stripe through the centre.......what do you think? Any other ideas?

I'm itching to get on with decorating the sitting room but with 11 foot ceilings, that's over 3mts high, I think it is going to be a professional job. I can't reach even on top of our tallest ladders.
I'll keep you posted on any further developements.