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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Ella's Kitchen Company

Ella's Kitchen Company
Ella's Kitchen Company
Kid's Cabinet by Ella's Kitchen Company



Ella's Kitchen Company
By Ella's Kitchen Company
I was delighted to meet Katerina Saunders of Ella's Kitchen Company at the Country Living Spring Show, having coveted her beautiful kitchen storage for years. I envision owning the pale blue 12 scoop and spice Norwegian Cabinet like the one featured in Living Etc one day when I have a large kitchen with a dedicated baking area! I would fill the scoops with my flours and sugars and fill the little pots with my baking sundries. I love the colours they come in and the vintage charm to them.

Katherina started the company in 2004, drawing on her Norwegian heritage. The original Kitchen cabinet was left to her by her Norwegian grandmother, Ella, and she has fond memories of seeing and using it since her childhood in her home in Oslo. When Katerina started children's baking courses in 2003 she loved how the kids got excited queuing up for their baking ingredients from the Norwegian Cabinet. This sparked her idea to make them and Ella's Kitchen Company was born.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Acorn & Will

Acorn & Will
Acorn & Will
Acorn & Will
Acorn & Will
Acorn & Will
I have loved Acorn & Will since I met the lovely Daniella at Vintage at Goodwood. I was delighted to see her at The Country Living Spring Fair as she sells the cutest vintage treasures that are both fun and affordable.

The stand was a joy to look at, from the shabby chic curio cabinet filled with cute vintage bunnies and colourful ducks to the array of decorative white shelves weighed down with candy filled jars and the prettiest vintage crockery. There were smatterings of Easter treasures, like the honeycomb bunnies, cheeky sheep and pastel yellow wind-up chickens. Check out her lovely site for lots of great gift ideas and Easter Goodies.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

My Easter Mood Boards

My Easter colour palette by Torie Jayne
Easter craft bird houses by Torie Jayne
Easter birds by Torie Jayne
Easter butterflies by Torie Jayne
My Easter Sketch Book
This Easter I wanted to do a new theme and colour palette so, after much searching and deliberation, I have decided to go for a butterfly and bird theme based on my bird trail fabric from Clarke and Clarke. I had recently purchased a couple of metres of oilcloth and a metre of the cotton duck to use in my laundry room but I thought I would use the oilcloth as my Easter table cloth first!

The kind people at Dulux mixed me up a tester pot of the pink and blue used in the bird trail fabric at The Ideal Home Show. I have started to paint bird houses, butterflies and eggs in pink and blue.

I have also bought an array of pretty ribbons to hang my eggs from, to wrap around gifts and to decorate jars. Felted polka dot fabric to hand stitch birds with and plenty of chocolate moulds and cookie cutters to make the prettiest Easter sweet treats.

Stay tuned and I will be sharing all my new Easter craft projects here...

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Monday, 28 March 2011

A Natural Easter

A Pretty Pastel Easter by Torie Jayne
Today in my series of posts "Inspirational Pins", I bring you another Easter Inspirational board. This time with lots of grassy green, fresh florals and hidden eggs! Tomorrow, I will show you my Easter Palette.

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Sunday, 27 March 2011

A Pretty Pale Easter

A pretty Pastel Easter
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you pretty Pale Easter treasures with these gorgeous pics. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (From left to right):


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Saturday, 26 March 2011

The Ideal Home Show 2011 report

Glamourous Bedroom @ The Ideal Home Show, 2011
  1. Glamorous Bedroom cushions
  2. Glamorous Bedroom bird cage memo board
  3. Glamorous Bedroom pink lantern
  4. Glamorous Bedroom wallpaper

Yesterday I visited the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court in London. After collecting my press pass I went straight through to the bustling hall of inspiration. I loved the Glamourous boutique-style bedroom set against the Palais Chinois wallpaper and deep blue, Bluebell Hill coloured walls. The warm metallics lifted with touches of hot pink. The bed scattered in lovely cushions, like the flock design cushions from Lombok and the Fuscia pink velvet cushions from Primrose and Plum.

I of course loved the vintage style bird cage memo board as I have recently bought one that I have painted in a duck egg blue and is hanging on my kitchen wall. Oh, and the Charlotte petal table in silver from Brissi was so vintage pretty.


Cute Bedroom @ The Ideal Home Show, 2011
  1. Cute Bedroom seating
  2. Cute Bedroom desk
  3. Cute Bedroom decorative houses
  4. Cute Bedroom coat hooks

I loved the unusual colour combination. The spotty bird house and pink house lantern looked cute on the white shelf and the flutter butterfly wall art looked effective above the tree coat stand adorned in multicolour fairy lights.


Bathroom @ The Ideal Home Show, 2011
  1. Bathroom with woodland wallpaper
  2. Bathroom art
  3. Bathroom vanity unit
  4. Bathroom lime towels

I loved the use of the Ecochic wallpaper in the bathroom and bright lime hints.


Ideal Shopping @ The Ideal Home Show, 2011
  1. Koko Kids
  2. Forever England
  3. Soap boutique
  4. Sass & Belle

In the Ideal shopping section, Koko Kids caught my eye with their ever so cute deer light and bright oversized paper pom poms. Cute red bus fairy lights, funky cool Rob Ryan bunting and I love London prints. Forever England had the most exquisite bedspreads in pretty florals and fresh stripes. The ever so cute cupcake soaps from the Soap Boutique. Sass & Belle was a riot of colour and cuteness from the Russian doll bookends, reels of rik rak to the owl money boxes and mushroom salt and pepper sets.


Tasty Treats @ The Ideal Home Show, 2011
  1. Comptoir Gourmand
  2. Gilchrists Confectionery
  3. Gilchrists Confectionery
  4. Katy's Cupcakes

There were plenty of sweet treats on sale but the pretty display of macarons and giant meringues from Comptoir Gourmand really caught my eye. For all manner of pick'n'mix sweets, fudge and candy there were the tables and tables of Gilchrists Confectionary. The pretty cupcakes come courtesy of Katy's cupcakes who had the cutest cupcakes with iced little pig pinks and cheeky monkeys atop a swirl of chocolate buttercream.

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Thursday, 24 March 2011

The Country Living Spring Fair

Easter @Country Living Spring Fair 2011
  1. Deck The Halls
  2. Deck the Halls
  3. Jane Means
  4. Deck the Halls
  5. Deck the Halls
  6. Friday Flowers
  7. Deck the Halls
  8. Deck the Halls
  9. Susie Watson Designs
  10. Acorn & Will
  11. Pinks and Greens
  12. Jane Means
  13. Jane Means

Having taken a few days off work I was delighted to wake up yesterday to the sun beaming through my windows. Spring had sprung!

I headed off to The Country Living Spring Fair with my Easter sketch book in hand. What a delight it was to see the Country Living Magazine come to life at such an inspring event. I saw so many beautiful treasures, met some wonderful people and was introduced to some cute new brands and retailers. I have started to upload my many photos from the event on Flickr: The Country Living Spring Fair 2011.

I couldn't resist buying a few of the gorgeous vintage bunnies and a twiggy wall hanging from Acorn & Will.


Acorn & Will
Acorn & Will
I had an interesting chat with the adorable Katherina of Ella's Kitchen Company, whose food storage cabinet has been on my wish list forever!


Ella's Kitchen Company
I also met the lovely ladies behind the hippest new brand of bikes, Beg Bikes, whose leather accessories and ice cream pastel coloured vintage looking bikes are the talk of the blogosphere!


Beg Bicycles
I got to taste new flavours of home made fudge from my favourite fudge purveyor, Roly's fudge as well as having a long, leisurely lunch in the sunshine with my dearest friend, Holly, of uber-fabulous fashion blog Holly Springett.

With the sun still shining today, I am dashing off to visit a farm with my adorable niece, Molly, and cute nephew, Samuel.

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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Emily Readett-Bayley

Emily Readett-Bayley
Emily Readett-Bayley
Emily Readett-Bayley



Emily Readett-Bayley



Emily Readett-Bayley



Emily Readett-Bayley


This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you Emily Readett-Bayley. Emily studied Theatre design at Wimbledon School of Art and it was a trip to Bali as production manager with a theatre company in 1989 that inspired her to start her own business. She started with her own retail shops in the West End of London and in 1997 launched her wholesale business encouraged by the interest from journalists. She has gone from strength to strength and currently resides in Bali where she focuses on design and sustainable timber research. Her sister, Lucy Readett-Bayley, now runs the UK Head Office.

For Easter I am loving the white bunny that comes in the prettiest of floral prints, the hand painted eggs and the cute hanging white rabbits. I would also love to get some Posh Graffiti letters for my craft room!

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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Stocking up on Easter Candy

Bunny Bowl filled with Easter Eggs
Speckled jelly eggs
Sweet Bunny
Speckled M&M eggs
Easter Bunny
I love Easter! Especially decorating for it. I have started putting my colour palette together and ordering numerous craft items, from wooden bird houses to the prettiest of ribbons.

I have also started stocking up on Easter candy. So, you can imagine my delight when I discovered that M&M's had brought out special edition Easter ones here in the UK for both the peanut variety egg shaped ones and the printed bunny choco ones in poppy pink, grass green, sunny yellow and white. I picked up several bags in Tesco and some pastel foil-wrapped chocolate ones as well. The sugary sweet speckled jelly candy is from Mr Stanley's at T.K Maxx. The pink bag of speckled M&M's were bought for me by a sweet friends on a trip to LA.

Now onto that cute bunny bowl! Last year a dear friend of mine picked me up a bunny bowl from Pottery Barn on a trip to NY to match the large Bunny I was given as a gift the year before. So, this year when the same sweet friend asked if there was anything she could pick up on a work trip to San Francisco, I immediately asked for the new bunny bowl from Pottery Barn. Isn't she pretty? Can't wait for her to meet her new friends on this year's Easter Table.

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Monday, 21 March 2011

Insiprational Pins - A Pretty Pastel Easter

A Pretty Pastel Easter by Torie Jayne
Today in my series of posts "Inspirational Pins", I bring you another Easter Inspirational board. I am loving the pretty pastels in the above images with the bright pop of sunny yellow. I so need to have a go at the custard filled egg shells and make a decorated Easter cake or gingerbread house!

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Sunday, 20 March 2011

A Peachy Easter

A Peachy Easter
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you pretty Peach Easter Treats with these gorgeous pics. This week I bought polystyrene eggs to needlefelt. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (From left to right):


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Friday, 18 March 2011

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Tweety Bird

Tweety Bird by Torie Jayne
This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I bring you a selection of bird treasures. Nothing says Spring like some tweeting birds. I am thinking of including lots of birds in my Easter decorations.

  1. New tenants
  2. Pair of 16 inch cushion covers in bird trail seafoam cotton fabric by Clarke and Clarke UK
  3. Wonderland 1 inch circles, digital collage sheet, download and print JPEG images
  4. Free as a bird necklace

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Susie Watson Designs

Susie Watson Designs
Susie Watson Designs
Susie Watson Designs
Susie Watson Designs
Susie Watson Designs
This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you Susie Watson Designs. Susie Watson founded the company in 2004 based in Notting Hill, London. Championing traditional craftsmanship, the company creates handmade products for the home without making any compromises. Every piece ends up looking exactly as Susie envisaged – regardless of how difficult or time-consuming that may be.

There is a beautiful collection of pottery from pastel-toned cake stands to mixing bowls with a sugary stripe around the rim. Spring-fresh mugs and dinnerware with strawberries, daisies and blackberries. For outdoors there are Summer faded stripe box cushions, delightful duck egg blue check blankets and sweet embroidered scatter cushions. Bird atop candlesticks and pom pom trimmed toy bags fit for a prince or princess! Dreamy striped bedlinen in 100% cotton and an array of fabrics and trims for creative divas!

They currently have five shops: two in London, one in Alresford, one in Marlborough and a fabric showroom also in Marborough.

Underpinning the brand is a simple philosophy – that the things we use every day should bring us pleasure.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Ideal Home Show 2011

Oriental-style dining room by Ideal Home



Simple bird house and bunting by Ideal Home



Country garden arbour by Ideal Home



Decorative pot covers by Ideal Home



Decorative tableware by Ideal Home


I am so excited to tell you that I have been asked to be one of the official bloggers for the Ideal Home Show on their dedicated ‘interiors’ day on March 25th.

They are doing something a bit special and hosting a dedicated ‘bloggers lounge’ in which they are inviting their favourite bloggers down to the event to blog live and experience the show in a way that hasn’t be available in the past to bloggers. The lounge will be set up just for bloggers, with computers available for use, in the Show Village and totally kitted out by Harvey’s Furniture.

The Ideal Home Show, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is Britain’s best loved home event and returns to London’s Earls Court for its 103rd year. The multi-award winning show brings together more than 600 quality exhibitors from all over the UK to offer a unique shopping experience for all areas of the home, including ideal Interiors sponsored by Dulux, ideal Home Improvements, ideal Gardens sponsored by Hydropool Hot Tubs, ideal Gadgets, ideal Food & Housewares, ideal Shopping and ideal Woman.

And if that’s not enough, the show is jam packed with celebrity guests, more features than ever before including the latest home gadgets, demonstration theatres, a live kitchen theatre, a beauty bar and catwalk, and of course take in the iconic show homes


I am looking forward to being inspired by the Ideal Home Magazine Room Sets; from creating the perfect space for entertaining and cooking to wandering around fresh, serene sanctuary-style bathrooms to relaxing boutique hotel style bedrooms.

DULUX have invited me to join them for a 1-2-1 consultation in their new "Let’s Colour It" Studio which they are launching at the event. They can match any colour and mix it into a paint for you. I will be sitting down with one of their experts to match up colours to paint my Easter crafts.

DULUX have also given me a pair of tickets to the Ideal Home Show give away to one of you, my sweet readers. To enter please leave a comment below this post letting me know what colour you would like mixed up for you by DULUX. The giveaway ends on Wednesday, March 16th 2010 at 10pm (GMT) and I will randomly select and announce a winner on Thursday, March 17th.

To increase your chances of winning this fabulous prize, you can gain one additional entry for doing each of the following:
  • tweeting about this giveaway
  • blogging about it

For the above, please leave a comment below with the link to your tweet or blog post.

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