07.01.15 ★ Black and white makes me happy
09.10.14 ★ Art: Rafael and Jimmy
So I’m just a little bit in love with Rafael and his dog Jimmy Choo.
Apparently using his art as a hobby, Brazilian Rafael Mantesso, found himself taking more pictures of his dog after being left alone in an empty house after his divorce.
A very small part of me thinks about one day having a dog for the kids and also for security, if it could be perfectly trained and well behaved! I’m not sure how I’d feel about a Jimmy if he ate my Jimmy Choos?!
Do you have a dog and children? How do you find the balance?
12.05.14 ★ Chloe’s Beauty Bar in Essex.
I was recently invited to the launch of Chloe’s Beauty Bar in Essex. Love TOWIE or hate it, design lovers of white would have appreciated the cool clean look of this space.
This LA inspired beauty bar is definitely a place of beauty in itself. The cool white surroundings are both hip yet calming relaxing and i couldn’t fail to be seduced by the injections of glitter gold used in the lighting scheme and main bar to the back.
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Christmas is over and I’m already thinking of Summer. Last May some friends and I spent a weekend in Mykonos at the Bill & Coo Suites. I’m feeling this is the time to pull out those blue sky pictures ready for a fresh bright new year.
Bill & Coo Suites are a collection of 24 rooms all based around a stunning pool, bar and restaurant in the centre. It’s small, and when I say small I mean intimate, not pokey. It’s stunning location is the first ‘Wow!’ but when you step through the door and view the design and styling of the hotel, I was really sold. I knew we’d come to the right place. It’s a chilled hotel, where serene trendy music hums in the background and people whisper not to annoy other guests. It’s not for kids…or loud shouty people, but if you can handle that you’ll be hooked. The staff are friendly yet incredibly professional and couldn’t do enough for us including giving us a phone to take out with us one night in case we got stuck in the town and couldn’t find a taxi back. We never wanted to leave. I think you can see why.
Breakfasts everyday were a treat to the senses.
The rooms were clean, sleek and white. Greek perfection.
I fell in love with these units imported from Italy. The chefs were very proud of their workplace too. Such a great feeling ran everywhere through the hotel from the staff to the guests.
It’s not cheap when you are there with cocktails working out around 17 Euro’s each but if you are careful and you eat out in the town some nights it balances itself out and is totally worth it for how relaxed you’ll feel when you leave.
Now I’m just crossing my fingers 2014 might be a good time to take a trip back 😉
I first met Interior designer and mum of two, Laura when we shot her gorgeous 1930’s renovation for a house tour with her family last year. When she invited me back to see her house with a sprinkle of Christmas magic, I couldn’t resist. That and she make the most amazing cakes.
Laura has a keen eye for styling and a distinct style which shows throughout each room of her home. Walking through the door give you goosebumps. It’s a beautiful house which feels loved and experiencing it in full Christmas glory was a magical treat.
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Next week on Chalkboard Living:
Laura Green’s Christmas House Tour.
It’s a Map thing. For lovers of maps and kids with an adventurous side.
My last minute Christmas Gift Guide. For all you last minute shoppers. You know who you are.
It’s going to be a great week. Enjoy the weekend!
15.01.13 ★ wooden Dolls Pram for Lola : Part One
The search for our pram was not simple. I looked at many options because I didn’t want a pink one. It had to be a good height, sturdy, practical and beautiful. Voila! This is what we got.
It’s gender neutral, stylish, sturdy and has wheels attached by one metal rod which means the wheels don’t keep coming unscrewed as with our last wooden pram we had for Kitty. I reckon you could fit 8 or so dolls/teddies for those days when only handfuls of toys will suffice. It has no blankets or pillows which suits me fine but it would probably be fun to make one with your own fabric of choice if you were feeling crafty…or just buy/use a pram blanket. It came already together with just the handle to attach. That’s my kind of DIY.
I think the Maileg bunnies are happy. The big bunny we got new from Alex and Alexa. We put her the pram ready for when she opened it on Christmas day.
Though I think I love her more than Lola does.
This is definitely one to keep for the grand kids.
Part Two tomorrow: My edited list of the best wooden pushchairs/prams out there.
Laura Green an interior designer from Essex, lives with her husband and two children Joseph and Ella and Lottie the dog in a beautiful 1930’s home in Leigh on Sea.
I’m always excited to be given the opportunity to interview and document people in their homes, but never more so than when I went to meet Laura and her family in the beautiful town of Leigh on Sea. There is something about the mix of old property and contemporary decor that sends my heart into a flutter and for me, this house is one of the closest I’ve come to to my elusive hunt for perfection in a home. Both Vicky (the photographer) and I left in a heady state of envy and admiration for what Laura has achieved. She has an amazing gift of making her rooms look minimalist, whilst simultaneously filling them with ornaments, knick knacks, candles and flowers. A complete contradiction for the minimal and simplistic. This is a girl with an obsession for beautiful lights, each room with a lighting statement of it’s own. I loved every second inside this house and remember it as if it were a dream. It’s a mix of old and new, glamorous but simple and cosily inviting, yet many of the rooms were generously large. Plus she has a walk in dressing room and AMAZING shoe collection. Now someone pinch me! Enjoy.