Monday, 4 May 2015

Monday Moodboard - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Should I stay
Or should I go?
A good question!!!

Sit down, stop running around and reflect awhile

Time to move forward,
But in which direction?

I think that pretty much sums up how I feel right now...


I hope you all enjoyed the long Bank Holiday weekend.
I feel like we've been away after our three-day break, don't you?
May always flies by in France. It's full of days-off, school starts to wind down about and the sun usually decides to stay. It's probably one of my favourite months in fact.

I am asking myself all sorts of questions about blogging, being online, and my virtual persona right now. Hence today's moodboard. I think it's positive, taking stock.

The majority of today's images come from tumblr blog Plumes & Feathers but as you will see I also curate on etsy. I love it there!

Have a great week folks x


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Monday, 27 April 2015

Monday Moodboard - Look!

Life is far more interesting when it's slightly askew
When you open your eyes, 
Tilt your head slightly,
And savour  the beauty of imperfection.

I'm in the mood for

blues, browns and greys today.
It's cold and wet outside you see.

All images taken from my tumblr

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Noji Mayu and the Art of Display

Well Hello There Monday!

Yes, that's right, despite the rain and dull, grey skies, I'm in a great mood today!
The school holidays are over, we're all rested and refreshed, and I have lots and lots of work to do.

As busy as a bee, that's me!

I'd like to start this final week in April (already? How an earth did that happen??) with a new favourite instagram feed of mine. You may have noticed that I've become something of an IG addict lately.  I took six months off at the end of last year so I guess I'm making up for lost time...

Noji Mayu is a beautifully curated Japanese shop. I have been following their Instagram gallery for a while and really love their linen clothes,wooden objects, minimalist artwork and styling. It's simple, raw, natural and calming - exactly the kind of look we are trying to achieve in our home. 

Noji Mayu runs a small e-store but it appears to sell out very quickly. It's a shame because Tanaka Rabotamo's silk-screened black and white calendar would have looked perfect in my work space! 

If only Japan wasn't so faraway...

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Holiday Rental Inspiration - Rue de la Clastre, Provence

I think I may have found one of my dream holiday homes ( yes, I know, I have several on my wishlist, and this one is very hard to beat!), and it's right here on our doorstep in Provence!

I discovered the Rue de la Clastre Residence via the excellent child-friendly holiday rental site

which offers a truly fabulous selection of family properties all over the world

This particular home sleeps 9+1, and is situated in a charming Medieval village one hour from Marseille and 15 mins from Avignon. It's actually two houses in one, joined together by a central lounge, so it's perfect for two famillies travelling together ( I am looking for something special for my 50th birthday treat next year, so this would be ideal for sharing with my sister...)

I know I live in the South of France and I am lucky to own a very big house and garden  but I love the mix of old and new in this simple, eclectic home and can already see myself relaxing by that pool!

What do you think? Is this the kind of property you dream of staying in on holiday? If it isn't, Kid & Coe have an extensive list of beautiful homes and apartments ( I actually fancy staying in those yurts!), and all have been hand-picked for their child-friendliness.

Well worth a visit if your stuck for ideas this Summer or are making family travel plans in the near future.

 Dream On...


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Shop Watch: Coil4

Bonjour !

Rusty nails, well-worn linen and distressed wood with a long, long story to tell...

If you've been following me here or on pinterest for a while, you will know how much I love simple, soulful finds. Our own home is full of them, collected over the almost thirty years I have lived in France. I have always loved vintage items, and I enjoy giving them a new life or juxtaposing them with something modern or unexpected to bring out and enhance their  simplicity. We try to go the local flea markets regularly and although we've already accumulated so many things, I usually bring something new home every self-control in the vintage department you see!

I often dream of having my own little bricks-and-mortar shop to share my love of vintage and handmade objects. I wouldn't need a big space, small and intimate would be fine.  I would invite guest exhibitors - artists, artisans, makers of magic - to share my humble commercial abode. Creativity would reign, coffee would be served and cakes eaten too!

If I close my eyes, I can see it all quite clearly...

I think my ideal shop would look like 

I am so happy that I have found this Japanese store!

all images taken from coil4's blog  - un régal !

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

High Five #89





Bonjour !

I know, I know, I'm supposed to be taking some time off to enjoy the Easter vacation with my family, and I am, but... I have so many beautiful things to share with you right now, so I'm popping in quickly to wish you well and point you in the direction of five very inspiring people /links...

Have fun browsing, exploring and perhaps shopping...

I can't wait for The Croatian Design Superstore to open, can you?