My November

November has flown by! I can’t wait for tomorrow when I’ll be decking the halls and getting the house ready for Christmas on the first day of December.
Until we got married, I always found November a bit of a ‘lost’ month (not quite as festive as December, and not quite as autumnal as October) but now it’s one of my favourite times of year.  We spent the eleventh month celebrating our second Wedding Anniversary and toasting the engagement of two very special friends with large amounts of bubbly and cocktails.  November Instagram

I also endulged in a few treats, read a few books (more on that next week), and bought a few Christmas decorations (a sneak peek here, but they’ll be even more to share next month).
Most of the pictures are directly from my Instagram feed, (I’m lolo_laurie). However I do like to put my phone in aeroplane mode every so often so that I can edit a few photos and keep them just for the blog.
Hope you had a great November too. Did you celebrate anything special this month?


Tablescape: White Company Inspiration

Another gorgeous brochure from The White Company was waiting for me when I got home from work the other day. I adore their timeless elegant style featuring copious amounts of mercury glass, foliage and candlelight.
The White Company ChristmasImage Credit: The White Company

Although I’m planning a slightly different style for my table this Christmas, I wanted to share some of my White Company Inspired Tablescape from last year.
On a trip to Paris I picked up the lovely glass plates which really complemented the music sheet napkins (from a little shop in Bath) and vintage inspired cutlery from John Lewis. 
White Company inspired tablescape Thankfully our courtyard garden has an abundance of ivy, so I stuffed various vessels (most of them from dotcomgiftshop) with cream roses, eucalyptus and ivy.
My favourite feature had to be the little plywood letters from eBay sprayed white and tied to each chair with a bundle of foliage.
White company inspired 2How about you? Do you have a theme for your table this Christmas? x

Etsy Pick: Kiss Slowly by SarahandBendrix

I already own today’s Etsy Pick and I love it to bits! This Kiss me Slowly poster is available in black, dove grey or blush pink from the very beautiful SarahandBendrix etsy shop.
EtsyPick_SarahandBendrix_KissSlowlyPosterThere’s also a full range of gorgeous handmade posters and cards to take a look at.
As you can see from the photos taken from my Instagram feed, the packaging is a delight too! As they are based in the UK, shipping was very speedy so from placing my order to putting in on the bedroom wall only took a matter of days.
Anything taking your fancy in the SarahandBendrix shop? x

Moodboard: Mint Condition

Our very intense blue bathroom underwent quite a transformation earlier this year.
In order to get Mr C on-side, I created a moodboard to get across the atmosphere I wanted to create. He’s the main Painter in our house and sometimes needs convincing of my master plans!

Mint bathroom moodboard

Image credits:
Subway Tiles | Grace Pendant Chandelier | Vintage Scattered Photos | White Painted Floor | Lace Panel | Ronseal Diamond Floor Paint | Laura Ashley Eau De Nil Emulsion | Crown Milk White Emulsion | Free Standing Bath | John Lewis Sheer Blind | Marvis Toothpaste

I was keen to create a serene, elegant and calm space and so opted for a calming  palette of white, mint and grey.
Mint can be a tricky colour to use – it seemed to be THE colour for Spring/Summer 12 fashion and it popped up many a time in my pinterest feed, but in an interior space I was worried it will feel a little nursery-esque.
Bath Progress
As you can see from the progress shots, we decided to just introduce mint to the lovely free-standing bath. Will keep you updated with the ‘after’ shots soon including the green accessories.

How about you, have you had any dalliances with mint in your home? x

Bathroom Blues

On viewing the house, my first thought on entering on the bathroom was ‘wow, a free standing bath!’ followed by ‘oh my god, it’s so blue!’
I’m all for bold bathrooms, (our first home’s bathroom was painted in Dulux Night Jewels and it was pretty special) but to me this choice seemed a bit overwhelming. Bathroom_beforeWe finally tackled this room in the Summer and I’m pleased to say that the room is unrecognisable. It’s not quite ready for a big reveal just yet as the finishing touches are taking forever.
Despite keeping the 4 piece suite and leaving the oak doors and skirting, doing the bathroom was the biggest project we have undertaken in the house so far. Updating the flooring and tiling took a long time and we still need to change the radiator. Am looking forward to sharing the progress though!

Would love to know if  your home has any interesting paint choices inherited from previous owners? x