Posts Tagged ‘Home’


Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Sorry everyone, I’ve gone and spoilt it. It is very ‘nippy’ today.

After merely mentioning last week that spring was ‘most definitely on it’s way’ we have been plunged back into the depths of winter.  Perhaps it is still on it’s way in Wisley, but it certainly is not here!

Sorry!  And please come back spring.

Ali xox


Fantasy house

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

I love my home, but that doesn’t stop me daydreaming about a fantasy house somewhere…

That looks something like this…

One with with Orla Kiely stairs in the hallway…

A roaring fire and bookshelves in the living room…

I love this painting in the living room…

And with a bright, eclectic dining room…

A spot for reading in the sun room…

An unfitted kitchen with the extravagance of a chandelier…

And a proper walk-in larder.

Upstairs now to a bedroom with linen, lace and a canopy.

And the bathroom with twin sinks and a roll top bath.

Of course, the lovely thing about fantasy houses is that you can change  them whenever you like!

Ali xox

Image credits: Living etc, This is Glamourous, Design*Sponge,

Kitchen Dreams

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

If we ever spend a considerable amount of money on our house, this is what I’d love to do. A wrap around glass extension – Ben & Marina Fogle’s ( He is known for featuring on ‘Castaway’ in 2000 and for Atlantic rowing with Olympic rower James Cracknell ) Kitchen is fab-u-lous! I love how the space is light filled and still has a comfortable, relaxed feel to it. I’m also rather keen on exposed brickwork in the kitchen too…  And range cookers… *sigh*

If you would like to see more of this lovely home, it is featured in this month’s issue of Living etc.

Ali xox

Poppies painting

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I bought a painting the other day from The Vintage Emporium. A sweet little still life of poppies in a vase. Gentle, restful tones that I like so much.

Although I like the painting very much, and It was a good price, what really drew me to it and persuaded me to buy it was that it reminds me of a painting we had at home when I was growing up. The artists are different, as are the styles of painting, mine is a quiet, gentle piece, whereas my childhood one shouted and was loud ( the 80’s for you).  However, despite the differences there is something warm and familiar about it.

Ali xox

A Toasty Christmas

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Christmas is coming and the Toast Christmas range is here!  As always lovely, with simple, restrained elegance, and beautiful styling. I’d love to know who styles for them.

A pair of the velvet slippers are on my Christmas list!

Ali xox


Monday, November 1st, 2010

Flick though this beautiful, inspiring scandinavian interiors magazine, By Fryd at issu by Jeanette who also writes the lovely fryd + Design blog, and you’ll be wanting a holiday cottage on a scandinavian island…

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Ali xox

The art of display

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

I have been musing on beautiful groupings of different textures and tones.

Ali xox

All images: Light Locations

Favourite finds of the week

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Looking at these lovely Pied-a-Terre apartments made me think – where would I like to have a second home?

Would it be within a few hours of home to allow for easy week-end getaways? Devon and Norfolk spring to mind with long open beaches that are blissfully quiet once the summer crowds have gone home…

Or, a little further away where blissful days in the sun are much more likely?

How about here on the Greek mainland? Away from the crowds and not an ‘English Bar’ for miles. Heaven.

Ali xox

Indoor camping

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Small girl has decided she needs to set up her play teepee in her bedroom. She plays in there all the time and has made a snug little home inside.

Ali xox

Forgotten House

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Every once in a while I see a house for sale that excites me.  This one does. If I had a spare million pounds or so I’d buy this one and fast!

Unloved and forgotten for years perhaps, this large  villa still has many  beautiful period features including the original front door, and is crying out to be lovingly restored.

The overgrown garden is quite literally a forest, full of  shrubs the size of trees. It would be so exciting to uncover the history of the house.

Hopefully, it will not be bought by a developer who will likely tear out it’s character to build an urban show house. Worse still would be for it to be bulldozed to make room for exectutive town houses. Far too many perfectly good and often beautiful old houses are knocked down in this area to build characterless new homes.

Ali xox