Monday 30 July 2007

Corners of my home

I've really enjoyed looking at other people's houses on their blogs (nosey old biddy that I am!) so thought I'd share a few of mine. They're not perfect (ignore all the woodchip paper, we just couldn't contemplate stripping it all off when we moved in, what with having a 3 year old running about and another on the way, so it all got a coat of matt emulsion to try and disguise it a bit!). The pics aren't brill because I don't think I've worked out how to do close-ups properly on my camera yet - sorry! So, here's just a few little things about the house which I like and make me feel cosy.

My precious dresser which is going to get whitewashed or scrubbed or something when we move. It was the first piece of furniture I ever bought for myself about 10 years ago but that varnished pine has got to go!

My corner of France on the kitchen windowsill - I love this French enamelware sign, my bargain cream/milk jugs and the enamel bucket (not quite so stylish - its where the compost scraps go!)

Zoob glorious Zoob! I love Caroline Zoob pottery and was lucky to get two presents for Christmas last year from Woody (dh) and my sis. My Emma Bridgewater mugs are a prized possession and as I live close to her factory shop - a bargain too!

I'm a bit obsessed with dried hydrangeas and bought a huge bunch last summer and have them in jugs and baskets in the living room, there's even some silk ones on my dresser. This year I've managed to grow my own delicious pink ones in pots from some not very promising looking plants in the Woolworth's sale. I can't believe it but they're actually in flower and look gorgeous - must take a photo of them soon. They're so pretty but I'm itching to snip them off and dry them!

Another obsession I've written about before but forgot to add photos of - wicker. I really can't stop buying the stuff and have everything from the baskets to window boxes, lobster pots (in Derbyshire ?!), cases and am even getting an antique mannequin made from it. I need help! I've seen some really pretty bedrooms and this is as much of ours as I could get in the shot. The faded red extends from our kitchen into the bedroom, its such a cosy colour, especially up here in the Peak District hills where we're in fog for most of the year. The pillowcases are from an Ikea set I adore and mix with the checks. Two other pillowcases were transformed into cushion covers for the dining room and a little chair in the laundry which the cats and all their stray hairs have now adopted - nice!


Kimberley said...

Hiya, Steph!

Thanks for the opportunity to snoop around your house :) I adore your milk pitchers (I'm a little obsessed with pitchers-- kind of like you and wicker, I'd imagine!).
Everything looks so cozy and homey, words that equal "perfect" in my book.

Have a great day,

AC said...

Your 'corners' look lovely...I love all the china.
Take care,

Vintage to Victorian said...

Hi Steph

Glad you like the 'shop'!

Some of the best plants I've ever grown have been 'suspect' Woolworths best - and if they had a sale ticket on they seemed to do even better! Rather a case of if they could survive being squashed on the shelves there they'd survive anywhere, and what a treat to have a whole garden to play in!

When I've worked out how to pack it there'll be wicker for you in the V-to-V shop!!

Sue x

Anonymous said...

Just came over from Alison's Foxglooves, she is right you have a lovely blog!

Anonymous said...

Hi Steph,

What a lovely blog! I found you via Foxgloves. I haven't had time to read many of your posts yet, but thanks for a glimpse of your home. I love the dresser and enamelware.

I'll visit again soon.

Marie x

Curlew Country said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments and so nice to meet you. Alison you're not too late, you're No.3. I'll email you for your address and get a heart to you as soon as I've finished them.

AC said...

Hi Steph,
I can not seem to find a link to your email address. This is mine if you mail me then I can send my address by return:-)
Take care,
Alison x

Leanne said...

Hi! I also followed a link from foxgloves,and I agree- a lovely blog!

I love your dresser, I have a pine dresser not unlike yours, mine is covered in blue and white china, and a few cream pieces too, oh, and lots of chickens!


Ragged Roses said...

What lovely photos of your home! I love them all - particularly the cream jugs and bucket (even with compost scraps). A big fan of Zoob too! You've just reminded me too to go and cut some of the hydrangeas in the front garden to dry in the hall - thanks!

Kimberley said...

Hey, Steph!

Please see my post at Tallulah House of 9 August ;)