Wednesday, 26 September 2012

I Want...A Matching Pair...

...of Balustrade Lamps of course!
I absolutely adore the classical style of these lamps, and am searching for the perfect pair to take pride of place on a set of painted tables in my family room.
There's something alluring about lamplight - especially when the nights begin to draw in...
...Lamps provide an elegance and subtle, soothing atmosphere that my harsh overhead spotlights simply cannot muster...
...and the shape of a balustrade lamp adds an extra hint of romanticism to the scene, without being as treacherous (particularly with children) as candlelight...
I like the fact that they could have fallen from an ancient ruin on Mount Olympus...
...or 'liberated' from the terrace of the Goddess Aphrodite...
...Perhaps she threw them at Zeus one night after a particularly bad argument, and they ended up intact and in all their glory on the ground - just waiting for Mr Lampfitter to wander by and discover a new and novel use for them...
What do you think of balustrade lamps - is it a like, love or loathe? Perhaps you feel that they only belong in a theme pub or on the set of a stage play featuring Romeo, Juliet and a balcony!
Well, theatrical or not - (who Moi?)- I have my beady eye on a pair that I hope soon, to give a loving and most welcoming home to...
...Now where was I - ah yes..."What Light from Yonder Window Breaks...!"

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.
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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Autumn Nights...

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!

Images courtesy of the following; 1,3&4) www.housetohome.co.uk 2) Waldreddon Estate 5) Veranda Magazine 6) www.Marthastewart.com 7)Benjamin Dhon Interior Design.

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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

A Beautiful Mess...

Don't you just love it when a spot of rearranging...

...and throwing a load of things together by accident...

...and not by design...

...leads ultimately to...

...a beautiful mess!

Have a great day!

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