Thursday, April 24, 2014

WIN a signed copy of Outdoor Living

As I mentioned in yesterday's post about my top interiors books for summer, I have a copy of Selina Lake's new book Outdoor Living, signed by the lovely lady herself, to giveaway to one lovely reader!

Win a signed copy of Selina Lake's book Outdoor Living
It's the perfect time to start thinking about making your outdoor space gorgeous, and the book will certainly give you lots of ideas for this, as well as for any outside events you've got coming up for summer, whether it's a simple BBQ or a huge garden wedding!

Image from Selina Lake's new book Outdoor Living / Photo by Debi Treloar

Image from Selina Lake's new book Outdoor Living / Photo by Debi Treloar
To enter the giveaway, simply leave me a comment on this post, saying what you are looking forward to this summer.

Closing date is Wednesday 30th April 2014. Due to the fact I've had too many problems with Royal Mail posting abroad, I'm afraid the giveaway is open to UK & N.Ireland only. Apologies to our international readers.

Please make sure you leave a contact email address so I can get in touch if you win.

Good Luck! xxx

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Top Summer reads - Interiors books

There are so many fab interiors and styling books being published at the moment, some of them being penned by fellow bloggers which is so amazing to see. It seems bloggers are finally being recognised for their talent and expertise which is wonderful. I've put together my top five books that you should have on your wish list this summer, I'm absolutely loving every single one of these. So in not particular order...

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books (Image by Caroline Rowland/Patchwork Harmony)
Decorate with Flowers by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring

You can't really go wrong with gorgeous photography of flowers can you? This mixed with creative ideas for using flowers within your home and the stylish design of the book itself,  it is a total joy to flick through these pages.

It's got some lovely little DIY projects for incorporating flowers into your decor in interesting ways, pretty moodboards for inspiration, not to mention styling ideas from Holly and Leslie that will having your rushing down to the florists!

Published by Jacqui Small Publishing

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Decorate with Flowers

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Decorate with Flowers

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Decorate with Flowers
Design Bloggers at Home by Ellie Tennant

Interiors journalist and blogger Ellie Tennant has put together a collection of gorgeous homes belonging to fellow bloggers who she describes on the cover as 'leading online trend setters'. And indeed they are! Homeowners include Karine of Bodie and Fou, Victoria of SF Girl by Bay and Ilaria of IDA Interior Lifestyle.

I love how there are so many different styles of home in this book - from homespun, to pared back to retro chic. Rachel Whiting's photography is stunning, and I found every single home provided inspiration.

Published by Ryland Peters and Small. Available from rylandpeters.com

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Design Bloggers at Home

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Design Bloggers at Home

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Design Bloggers at Home

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Design Bloggers at Home


Outdoor Living by Selina Lake

This is Selina's 5th book, and I don't think I will ever tire of her effortless feminine vintage style. As the title suggests, this book shares tons of ideas for creating a beautiful outdoor area - from a romantic breakfast table, to an eclectic garden oasis to the most perfect of picnic settings.

Again the photography is just delicious, the wonderful Debi Treloar capturing Selina's style so well as always. If you are planning an outdoor wedding or party then you will find lots of gorgeous ideas for these, and Selina includes some simple DIY ideas to give your event that special handmade touch.

Look out for a GIVEAWAY I'll be hosting very soon to win a signed copy of Outdoor Living!

Published by Ryland Peters and Small. Available from rylandpeters.com

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Outdoor Living

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Outdoor Living

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Outdoor Living

Home for Now by Joanna Thornhill 

Multi-talented interior stylist, writer, blogger and crafter Joanna Thornhill has released her first book, which details how to go about 'making your rented space or first home beautiful'. Such a timely theme, as so many of us struggle to get on the property ladder these days and continue to rent until finances will allow such a purchase.

With the restraints of rented property, people often struggle to get creative with their interior, but in this book, Joanna shares some lovely rented and first time homes to inspire you, as well as crafty tips for updating your space without breaking your landlord's rules. The book is separated into the different rooms, making it easy to hone in on the areas which you feel need attention in your own home.

Published by Ryland Peters and Small. Available from rylandpeters.com

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Home for Now

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Home for Now

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Home for Now

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Home for Now
Bright Bazaar by Will Taylor

We all need a little bit of colour in our lives, and Will Taylor has been providing colour inspiration via his blog Bright Bazaar since 2009. Now, in his first published book, he shares an abundance of colourful homes, including his own.

Will tells of how he is inspired by colour in his everyday life, from a yellow taxi cab in New York to a blue post box in Stockholm, and explains how he incorporates these snapshots of life into his interior. There are also 'get the style' moodboards throughout each colour led section to help you break down achieving the looks and making colour work together.

Published by Jacqui Small Publishing

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Bright Bazaar

Top Summer Reads - Interiors books - Bright Bazaar
So which of these books will you be adding to your summer reads list?!

Patchwork Harmony's top summer reads - Interiors books
xxx

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scandi pastels - OYOY

I've recently found myself being drawn more and more to Scandinavian style interiors - simple and fresh and particularly those which use lots of soft pastel tones, which I am still in love with. With our house renovations, I have been trying to de-clutter a little, and hope to do a car boot at some point and am also considering reopening the Patchwork Harmony boutique to sell some vintage items while I am on maternity leave.

I feel like I need things to be a little less cluttered, and only having those things on display that I really love.  Saying that, I know our house is soon to be scattered with baby paraphernalia in the not to distant future, but my theory is if the rest of the house is de-cluttered beforehand it will be less chaos than it might have been had it not been simplified?! ;)

These images from Danish brand OYOY are really inspiring me today...

Scandi style - pastels - OYOY
Scandi style - pastels - OYOY


Scandi style - pastels - OYOY

Scandi style - pastels - OYOY

Scandi style - pastels - OYOY

Scandi style - pastels - OYOY

Below are some of my fave picks from their Spring Summer 2014 range... I'm loving the mix of greys white, pastels and a few dashes of neon...

Scandi style - pastels - my fave OYOY products
Check out their full range on their site. In the UK you can purchase their products from the following online stores: Story North,  SkandivisStarling StoreFuture and Found and Darling Violets

What's your thoughts on this more minimalist style? or do you prefer to be surround by lots of things?

xxx

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Floral Feast & 10% off 91 Magazine

So what does everyone have planned for the long Easter weekend?! We're going to a BBQ on Friday followed by more decorating in the new kitchen and a bit of shopping for the nursery! If you are entertaining, then I suggest you have a little peek at the lovely feature we have in the current issue of 91 Magazine. The recipes all use edible flowers and will look, as well as taste, delicious, giving a proper summer vibe to your gathering.

Lovely drinks such as cloudy clover cordial and a violet martini, a tasty fresh chicken and cous cous with nasturtiums dish and an AMAZING lilac cream chocolate cake are just a few of the recipes.

Cloudy clover cordial recipe in 91 Magazine issue 8
Violet martini recipe in 91 Magazine issue 8
Mandarin chicken and cous cous with nasturtiums recipe in 91 Magazine issue 8
Chocolate cake with lilac cream recipe in 91 Magazine issue 8
You can view a preview of the magazine here and for Easter weekend we have a special offer of 10% off on our yearly subscription, so the perfect time to sign up! This means it is only £6.30 for 4 issues including Issue 8 currently online.

Purchase issue 8 or sign up for a yearly subscription

Happy Easter all!
xxx

Images by Emelie Ekborg

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY: quilted potholder

I had actually never used bias binding before I made this little quilted pot holder. I found it was easier to use than I'd suspected, once I'd mastered it that is! So if you're in the same boat, then this little tutorial should hopefully give you a chance to give it a go on a small scale before trying something bigger!

quilted pot holder DIY tutorial
quilted pot holder DIY tutorial
quilted pot holder DIY tutorial
The full tutorial is over on the AO at Home blog along with my fabric covered eggs for Easter too! ;) Happy crafting! xxx

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fabric decorated eggs for Easter

The Easter holidays are fast approaching, woo hoo! Four day weekend, although I can't imagine I will be able to take much time off, I've so much to do before baby arrives! But if you've got a little get together arranged and want to give your Easter table a pretty pastel vibe then why not have a go at these fabric covered eggs?!

You can follow my full tutorial for making these over on the AO Blog.

pastel fabric decorated eggs for Easter
pastel fabric decorated eggs for Easterpastel fabric decorated eggs for Easter oh and you can check out some more Easter content here too including more crafts and recipes!

xxx

Monday, April 7, 2014

Styling your Smeg

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know we are nearing the completion of our kitchen project! We have been able to use it for a few weeks now, although there are still a few things for the builder to do like finish the worktop, and then we also need to decorate the entire room, paint the island and cupboards and find some extra pieces of furniture - hence the blank wall space in the pic below!

One of the most exciting things for me was finally being able to get the brand new Smeg fridge out of the box! It sat patiently waiting in its packaging for weeks, with me desperate to have a peek and my hand being slapped away by the hubby if I dared go near it! It sounds crazy to be that excited about a fridge, but it's something I've wanted for years, so it's lovely to finally be able to own an item you've patiently saved for. You can also get a peek of our new Smeg oven and hob in this pic too. We went for the white versions from their Linea range, and I'm desperately trying to keep them as pristinely clean as I can! The cupboards above and below the oven will eventually be whitewashed in case you are wondering.

kitchen makeover progress - my new Smeg


Now it seems a weird thing to think about, but I've been wondering about what I guess can only be described as styling the fridge! (ha, maybe being pregnant really is mushing my brain cells!) But I'm sure those of you with similar interior styling obsessions will understand!

Do you go with a carefully chosen selection of items atop the fridge, a beautiful print on the wall behind or a simple flower in a vase perhaps? Here is some of the inspiration I've been gathering online... I'm still unpacking our things and as I said need to get a nice dresser or unit to go next to it, so in the meantime I am pondering....

Smeg fridge styling

Smeg fridge styling with plants

Smeg fridge styling with flowers
Image via Breathe Happiness

Smeg fridge styling with books
Image via Carrie Can Blog

Smeg fridge styling with lemonade crate
Image via Jordgubbar med mjolk blog

Smeg fridge styling - simplistic
Left image via Ninainvorm / Right image via Mokkasin

Smeg fridge styling with plants and art
Image via Oh Joy

Smeg fridge styling - contemporary
Image via Varpunen

Smeg fridge styling - stacks of items
Right image via Leila.se

Smeg fridge styling - simple storage solutions
Right image via lisbeth sin lille verden blog
Or perhaps you'd prefer a 'naked' Smeg? One left to stand alone in all it's kitchen appliance glory?! 

Smeg fridge styling - plain and simple
Image via Jelanie shop
What are your thoughts Smeg fans?! Have you got one and how have you 'styled' it? Or what would you do if you were me? I'd love to hear your colour choices too - I always knew I was choosing between the pastel green or cream, and I'm so glad I went with green, it gives a lovely subtle pop of colour in the room. 

xxx
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