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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Simple Pleasures of Summer



♥  Morning sunshine
♥  No socks
♥  Lavender
♥  Day trips out of London with a picnic
♥  Frozen yoghurt runs from the office at lunchtime
♥  Lazy Sunday afternoons in the hammock
♥  Weekend lunches in the garden
♥  Kitty sunbathing on the shed roof

♥  Relaxing in the kitchen with the back door open
♥  Getting the week's laundry washed, dried & put away the same day
♥  Saturday evening BBQs
♥  Quieter journeys into work

What are your simple summer pleasures?



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A Passion for Porches

I've got two major obsessions when it comes to home living style. The first is hammocks, which you may already know about (more on that soon), the other is porches.

I know, it's a bit weird. There's just something in me that hankers after a sheltered place to relax outside, but still inside, maybe reading a bit and watching the world go by. Whenever we visit suburban areas in the US I'm in porch heaven, my passion fuelled by the beautiful climate and thoughts of myself wafting outside with a tray of gin & tonics.

A porch is definitely on my wanted list when we move to a bigger place. Sadly though, here in the UK it's not a hugely popular concept, probably because 75% of the year (or less!) we don't really have the weather for it. Having said that, I'm thinking woollen mittens, chunky scarves and steaming mugs of hot chocolate and a big rocking chair...


 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/edgecombeplanter/5937291742/in/pool-451059@N24/
This is the kind of house in the US that really gets me drooling!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/54518461@N04/5048408769/
Traditional, semi-rustic style

http://media-cache-cd0.pinimg.com/originals/2e/b3/92/2eb3924fef7c0d53b9e6bde01f0b2c7a.jpg   http://plain-white.tumblr.com/post/5892712373

http://designed-forlife.com/post/64374189028/beach-house
Beachy, costal love

http://x-ylem.tumblr.com/post/58507147995   http://moodsofthemoon.tumblr.com/post/47811753330


http://besttravelphotos.me/
Tropical latin

http://ciaonewportbeach.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/color-inspirationtiffany-box-blue.html   http://classy-and-style.tumblr.com/post/32137561034

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/09/7f/68/097f68443fea1fd3f5ba11e39d24928e.jpg
Winter

http://www.thediyshowoff2.com/

Oh so many different types of porches to choose from!! Which would you go for?
Click on individual pictures for sources


Friday, 18 July 2014

Weekend Picks


It's been a scorcher in London this week!
Here are my best summery picks from the week to see you through the weekend
~ hope you enjoy!


// Live
This simple Danish home is just so beautiful

// Shoot
Must try a few of these photography sun games next time I'm out of the city and have a decent horizon to shoot towards!


Sunflowers have to be the ultimate summer flower, don't they? These 19 shots prove it!

If you want even more, check out these 10 summer photography tips

// Eat
Here's a great link to the best healthy cooking channels on YouTube

Make the most of summer with these 11 ice lolly recipes

I love a good fritter and this chickpea & feta version combines two of my favourite ingredients

// Feel
I'm taking note of these 3 effective habits to chill out

Check out these tips on becoming more positive

// Travel
Loving these 40 travel tips ~ some great ideas here that I'll definitely be using next time we go away

//Beauty
DIY lemonade lip balm

//Fashion
If we have a rainy day, why not try one of these fashion DIY projects

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Choosing a Camera Bag

If you follow my Instagram feed, you'll know that last month I was lucky enough to win this Transport for London Walking Photography Competition and I'm now the proud owner of a new Samsung NX300 camera and tripod.

Although I'm delighted, to say that I was amazed is an understatement! At first I wondered whether or not I should keep the camera, instead perhaps selling it, given that I'm very happy with my Canon 650D. But then I thought about how much time I spend taking pictures and decided that it might be fun to have another option ~ something much smaller and lighter than my Canon ~ to play with.

So decision made, my thoughts have turned to finding the best bag to protect the new addition to my camera family. Here are a few ideas I've pulled together online...


Would you go for any of these? Do you have any other tips for me?


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Breakfast at The Wolseley

It was Mr DI's birthday at the weekend. We kicked off the day with breakfast at The Wolseley on Piccadilly. Such a lovely place ~ great food, excellent service, beautiful tableware.
 
There's some interesting history to the building as well. It was designed by the architect William Curtis Green, and built in the 1920s as a car showroom for Wolseley Motors Ltd. Since then it has also been a bank and opened as a Grand European Café in 2003. Much of the style is Venetian & Florentine, but you can also see some Japanese influence.
 
Breakfast at the Wolseley makes an affordable alternative to afternoon tea ~ we highly recommend it!


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