Monday 29 July 2013

What's on your Mantelpiece?

One of the things I love most about living in a period property is a fireplace, I like the way it adds focus to a room and to me it feels homely, a place to gather around (rather than the TV!). A fireplace can reveal so much about the history of a house and past owners. I think a mantelpiece can also say a lot about people and their home and style. I personally don't think there are wrong and right ways to display items above a fireplace it's just how it works for you. Some like symmetry and others have a theme and colour. Some people even like to change displays with each season.

I started to think about mantelpieces in homes when I was inspired by users on Instagram that asked everyone to show their mantelpieces. It was interesting to see such a varied collection of treasured items. I am not a fan of clutter but nor do I like the minimalist look, a happy medium I would say.

Here are some of my favourites:
I like the black and white and added bright pink and yellow on this mantelpiece.
I like the bright pink letters below that seem such a contrast to the other items displayed.
The mantel below belongs to Cath Kidston, I like the co-ordination of colours and the artwork displayed.
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Letters are becoming increasingly popular and the mantelpiece seems a perfect place to display them. I like this collection of different styles and sizes.
These two fireplaces are the same but have been styled very differently, the second is my favourite with the collection of lovely vintage mirrors.
Here is my mantelpiece:
I collected colourful vases to match the colours in the painted tile on the opposite side. This tile is a painting of the sand dunes I visited in Brazil when on honeymoon with my husband and the artist painted the tile as we watched. I loved all the sunset colours.

What is on your mantelpiece? 

Love Lemon x

Thursday 11 July 2013

Head in the Clouds

Well another busy month for this family, we moved to the seaside just over a month ago. We are all loving it and very happy here. The sun is also shining which has been long overdue and I just hope it sticks around. I am hoping for lots more BBQ's, fun in the paddling pool, ice creams and trips to the beach. I have been making a few bits to go in the babys room which is looking really nice.

I made this cloud cushion for the rocker which has a bright turquoise fabric on the reverse:
I like all the cloud designs around at the moment. I made some bunting featuring a very sweet cloud print fabric. It works particularly well in a nursery for a girl or boy.
I recently discovered an amazing site The Modern Baby where I found these cloud wall transfers which I think would also look great.
The Modern Baby have so many lovely products that are not only fun and colourful but also very stylish. I love this cosy cloud blanket too:
I also made a little fluffy stuffed cloud and raindrops to hang up.

So here is Joe's room all finished, oh apart from the chair that needs painting, it can go on the list with all the other things I need to paint and perhaps a rug, I'm sure I will find more things to add to it too, maybe finished wasn't the right word:
As you can see Mr Lion is up now too, a few of the items I researched for my Cool Stuff for Boys post I did end up getting, I also had some cloud curtains in there too which may have been when I first admired the cloud print. I keep updating my Pinterest board too for more ideas for boys rooms.

ALSO my blog was featured on the Sainbury Bank website with a lovely review which was very nice indeed. 

Love Lemon x