Monday, 5 January 2015


Happy new year to you all. 
I hope you have all started the year with lots of plans and goals for 2015.

Our Christmas break has been amazing. I have enjoyed spending time with my family and laughing a lot. Not to mention all the food! I must admit it's a bit sad to think it's all over but I'm excited about the year ahead.

I like a list and resolutions feel good at the start of the year but I rarely write them down. I just like to have ideas of things I really want to focus on. I'm excited to hopefully move to a home of our very own this year, which is taking up a lot of my focus. However I'm thinking a lot about my health and fitness and making a few changes this year.

Health and fitness have always been important to me. At the end of the summer in 2013 I took up running and really enjoyed the couch to 5k programme. I haven't done quite as much running this past year but I'm working on improving that for the year ahead and in December I started going to a core extreme class twice a week as well as getting back into running. On New Year's Eve I went for a run and did core workout on the beach! 

On Monday I start a 9 day cleanse. After lots of over indulgence these last few weeks I am really excited about getting stuck in. It feels like the perfect way to start the year. I am now a distributor for Forever Living and supply these cleanse packs. If you interested then look out for the new bar appearing on this blog and my daily updates throughout the cleanse for a lot more detail. For now I shall be completing a pre cleanse week, this includes slowly cutting down on caffeine and alcohol, increasing water intake, doing more exercise and looking through the details provided for recipe ideas and what each day entails. 

Along with everything you need to complete your cleanse and recipe ideas, vitamins, shakes, aloe and a booklet with step by step instructions it does ask for 3 goals for the cleanse. 
Here are mine:
1. Kick start a healthier way of living for 2015
2. As a sufferer from IBS I wanted to complete the cleanse to try and help create a healthier gut.
3. ENERGY - as a busy mum of 2 this is extremely important to me. 

What are your plans and hopes for the year ahead? 

Love Lemon x

If you would like more information on the cleanse 9 plan please email me or click on the Forever logo on the right hand bar which links to many Forever page on Facebook. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Gifts for the Home

This is a very special gift for my home. My favourite type of gift. As someone who loves interiors my Christmas wish list is often filled with bits for my home. Not so much functional things or storage but luxury items that are a bit special.

This blanket is amazingly soft and so luxurious. I have thrust this blanket at all my guests, urging them to just touch and feel how soft it is. The ultimate in French shabby chic from The French Bedroom Company that have such a fantastic range of gifts for those that love to fill their home with something unique. I also have their black sheepskin rug on my wish list for our bedroom, perfect against the floorboards. In the colder months I like to have lots of blankets in the living room to cosy up with. For me it sets the mood for evenings at home with candles lit while you sink into the sofa with a blanket. I won't mention how useful they also may be when 2 boys want to build a den!! I can't wait to cosy up with this blanket tonight, we have seen some beautiful sunshine here at the coast but freezing temperatures!

Merry Christmas! 

Love Lemon x

* Please note that the product included in this post was provided for review purposes. All thoughts are of course my own.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas Wish List 2014

I hope everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit. Having two young children we kicked things off pretty early here. It's an exciting time and I'm looking forward to lots of days and meals spent with family.

Here are a few things on my wish list for Christmas:

Larry the Lion plate from Rocket St George. I want him on my kitchen wall.
Pretty Honest by Sali Hughs
A peg board from The Kid Who
Angel wing trays from Graham and Green
Leather Biker jacket from Warehouse 
Sheepskin from The French Bedroom Company 
Pineapple light from The Kid Who

Love Lemon x 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

An Evening with the Dulux Mixlab

I was very excited to attend an evening learning about the new Dulux Mixlab with a talk from Joanna Thornhill whose book Home for Now really inspired me. I am no expert when it comes to choosing colours, putting colours together and knowing exactly what it is I need to buy. I simply know what I like and I guess the rest. The new Dulux Mixlab looked a little daunting at first but once explained it was actually really simple. The wall of colour was split into cool, warm and neutral colours. It so clear to see all the different tones you can work with when picking your key colour.

found it particularly useful to see the harmonising colours simply by looking at the colours either side of your key colour. However the ones I liked most were the contrasting colours which were slightly more dramatic in effect and can be found by skipping along 2 colour blocks. There are such a range of tones that mean you can decide how bold you go! 

Another amazing feature is the scanner, you can take an item into store that you love the colour of and scan it. I took in a vintage cake plate with a bright turquoise flower design. I just loved the bright colour and wanted to add it to my kitchen. Joanna helped me match the colour and we looked at harmonising and contrast colours. I decided on bright turquoise furniture paint to update my dining table and chairs and a bright yellow lampshade for above the table.

All the functions and examples of finish are clear for you to choose. For example I had no idea that you could buy hardwearing paint for hallways for knocks and scrapes. Having 2 boys I think I may need to decorate my whole house in the stuff!!

There is a great video here that explains things in much more detail.

Another option to help with your decorating is to use the new Dulux Visualizer App which actually allows you to see the colour on your walls! I am very excited about this as I think sometimes its so hard to visualise things particularly if you are going for something very different or bold and feel a bit scared of making a big change. You just point your camera and pick a colour. Such a great idea! I have been all over my house adding colour! 

Anything can inspire colours and schemes but its not always easy to know where to go from there. Putting colours that work together can seem daunting so its nice to know you can use this Mixlab to try things out and have some guidance. 

Look out for my paint project coming soon! I can't wait to get started. Thanks to Homebase and Dulux for a fab, colourful evening!

Love Lemon x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Tesco Spring/Summer 2015

I know its raining and cold and summer seems so very far away but I for one love a bit of colour and seeing lots of bright yellow, blue and tropical colours in the Tesco Spring/Summer collection for 2015 was a lovely treat in November. Not to mention a favourite new collection of mine Stockholm that adds a bit of vintage style.

Here are some of my favourite bits.

Love Lemon x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

High Street Goodies

Recently I have been thinking about my own personal brief for my home and looking to buy some new bits and pieces. I have a wish list however I also have a very tight budget. A budget that does not stretch to my visions full of room of luxurious fabrics, an Ercol love seat, Parker Knoll armchair, G-plan units, Anglepoise lamp and a Heals sofa. It does mean I have to work with what I have, search vintage stores, auction rooms, eBay, paint items to fit in with my scheme and be patient. To be honest all of that is a challenge but also stretches my imagination and helps me stay focused. I like to buy vintage pieces but I also like to shop on the high street and mix and match. I often find bits and pieces that are great copies on expensive designs for a fraction of the price. Here are a few of my favourites at the moment.

There are quite a few sofas on the site that I like. So many have that 60's style about them and I love the colours available. This is the Jonah 2 seater which is £499.
I recently bought this lamp that was a bargain price of £49.99 from The Range
This chair is perfect for a lounge with vintage character. At only £150 from IKEA I think it's a great price too. It can be hard to find a vintage chair without some work needing to be done to the wood or re upholstering necessary. For me this chair offers the vintage style without the work and endless searching on EBay!!
I bought my g plan sideboard quite a few years ago on eBay for £50. I was quite shocked I managed to get it for that amount and I love it. However I did find a great option to buy a new sideboard that looks the part but doesn't break the bank. This is from the Stockholm range at Tesco and is only £319 (currently on sale). I love the American White oak and cut out handles. Such a solid piece of furniture.
Now all you need are a few colourful accessories!

Have you found great vintage style pieces on the high street?

Love Lemon x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Shift Dress

The shift dress has to be one of my favourite classic vintage designs. When I signed up to my first dressmaking course I had my heart set on a shift dress with a peter pan collar which you can see here. I wear it so much and went on to make another. 

I particularly like pockets or a collar on a shift dress and there are so many variations on the design.

The shift dress became popular in the 1960's but has been around long before then. It really came into it's own on the dance floor in block colours and bold patterns. It feels like this dress will always be around in some way, shape or form. It can be worn as a casual dress in the daytime or dressed up for the evening. Worn by Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn this dress will always be seen as a classic design.

I have around 6 different shift dresses in my wardrobe now, all very different from each other. I absolutely love this easy to wear jersey cotton shift dress with pockets from Fever London who also have a great selection of shift dresses. 

Someone wanted in on the action!

It was so windy the day my husband took these photos!
What is your favourite style of dress?

Love Lemon x

PS. Thank you to Fever London for the dress, please note all thoughts are my own.