Monday, 29 October 2012
Yes - it's time to announce the winners of my lovely Catesby's giveaway! With the help of my trusty 9 year old twin assistants - congratulations to the following readers;
SADIE @ Cotton Rose
SUSAN T @ The View From Here
HELEN @ Crafty Helen
LOU @ Lou, Bou and Shoes
PHYLLIS @ Henhurst Interiors
All of you listed above, are the luck winners of a pack of Catesby's retro 'Letterpress Correspondence Cards' featuring either a vintage typewriter or an old candlestick-type phone. Please e-mail me with your full contact names and addresses and these cute little writing sets will be winging their way over to you asap.
Thank you to everyone who entered, and also, to all of my lovely readers both near and far who pop in when they can. As I often say, it's an absolute pleasure to read your comments and to get to know you, so thank you for taking the time to drop me a line and make me giggle - it makes my day every time!
I also just want to wish my Stateside friends and readers on the East Coast the best of luck over the next few days. Stay safe, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Friday, 19 October 2012
Wonderful, because new discoveries are always a pleasure - especially when they come in the form of vases, lamps and homewares, but the downside of this, of course, is that when a place is far flung, it usually means that it is far too distant for me to eagerly exercise my rights as a jolly consumer and clear it's shelves in one swipe of a credit card...Much to my husbands delight I expect - which is perhaps why he so enjoys seeing me caught up in International blogland - "Dream on..." he smirks smugly from behind his vintage car magazines!"
Perhaps one day I'll be quick enough to stare pointedly at said magazine, and retort "Likewise Darling..."
CATESBY's (images above) is not only "Just up the road" from my house (okay - 45minutes away) but it also sells on-line, and it is from here, that I came across my beautiful, new lamps. Now, they are not strictly balustrade - see below - rather more 'urn' shaped, but they fulfill the same theatrical romanticism that I was aiming for, and I LOVE them!(More 'souped up in situ' images to follow at a later date - busy, busy, busy!)
Catesby's - Neil and Jonathon - have very generously agreed to take part in a lovely giveaway, to celebrate The Hill House Diaries, having reached almost 300 followers. They are offering no less than FIVE lucky readers, the chance to each win a pack of their lovely Letterpress Correspondence Cards (six in a pack, with envelopes) featuring either a vintage typewriter or an old candlestick-type phone!
So perfect for writing those little thank you notes or just a quick "hello" in that old fashioned, oft forgotten way - i'e. WITH A PEN!!! (the caps are for my children's benefit by the way...)
The winners will be announced on Monday 29th October, only one entry per follower.
In addition to this, the Oh SO generous Catesby's boys,are offering all UK 'Hill House Diary' readers, free delivery on all orders until 2nd November 2012 (limited to one order per reader, UK delivery only). All you need to do is enter the following code at check out - FREEHILL - remember, UK readers only for this one, but my international readers are free to enter the giveaway as that is open worldwide!
In the mean time, let me leave you with some more wonderful images from Catesby's, plus a few from their beautiful Georgian home, which is equally as scrummy, and if you're ever in Norfolk, or just close by (i.e. in Norfolk terms - in England), do try to pop in to see them - not only are they wonderfully welcoming, but they also have a glorious tea shop in their courtyard which is worth a visit alone! WWW.CATESBYS.CO.UK
wwww.catesbys.co.uk and The Hill House Diaries.
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
La Vie En Rose, wonderful Louise at Love & Lilac, and also, the gorgeous Sharon at My French Country Home and on a far grander scale, the fabulous Loi at Tone on Tone - although, the latter was probably not so much 'kitchen table musings' as simply being born to design, create and sell the ultimate in beautiful spaces and things!)
All images from Hill House Diaries Blog.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Images courtesy of; 1&2)Puck Haberd Decorative Living; 3&4) Anton and K Decorative Living; 5) Appley Hoare Antiques; 6) Ebury Trading;7)House Beautiful; 8) Decorative Country Living; 9)Barker & Stonhouse; 10)Brownrigg Interiors; 11)Phoenix Antiques; 12)Bella Patina.
Thursday, 13 September 2012
I must admit, that Autumn is my favourite time of the year. I adore the colours on the leaves, the last of the golden hay bales still in the fields,the faint outline of spiders webs in the bushes twinkling with morning dew and I particularly adore the crisp fresh mornings that develop into bright days filled with glorious Autumnal sunshine.
I delight in watching my children marvelling at the jewell coloured leaves, and who in turn, delight in watching the conkers grow larger and shinier! I love to see the squirrels bustling along in the garden with their Winter hoards, busily searching for the best places to bury their nuts (much to the annoyance of Byron, my Jack Russell).
However, best of all, I love the slight chill that is beginning to spread slowly into these early September evenings. Why - you may ask? Well, because, to me, one of the greatest pleasures in life is sitting down in front of a roaring log fire in a comfortable drawing room. I love the smell, the warmth, the cosiness, and ultimately, the feeling of battening up the hatches and preparing for the season of "Cubbying on down!" as one of my best friends, Emily, perfectly describes it. Don't get me wrong - I do love the Summer, and I really don't mean to wish it away, but there's something about images like the ones below - not too dark and not too Wintery as yet, that just make me want to hug the nearest person and snuggle up - postman beware...!
Have a great day!