Monday, 29 October 2012

My guest room- before, during and now

Guest room


Guest room now


Guest room now


Guest room during


Guest room


Guest room during


Guest room entrance before


Old guest room before


Old guest room before

As some of you may know, we bought our house a few years back and it was in a right state: from the ugly exterior to the old, decrepit kitchen and nondescript garden! Over the past few years we have been transforming our house and there is not a hint of what it used to look like left.
When we bought our house it had one dirty old bathroom downstairs that we transformed into a cloakroom and laundry room. Which you can read more about here and here.

Therefore we wanted to transform one of the single bedrooms upstairs into our new bathroom, we had a choice of two single bedrooms to choose from. We went for the bedroom that looked out on to the neighbours white wall as the other single room has great views of the garden and overlooks a leafy green park. But the original entrance to the single bedroom was at the end of the hallway round a dark corner that was riddled with cupboard doors which made the entrance to the other double bedroom very dark and narrow. So we knocked down the wall that had the old entrance to the bathroom in it and changed the entrance to be in the hallway near our master bedroom. At the same time we also decided to get rid of the three cupboards that made the said entrance to the guest room really narrow and dark. We then rebuilt the wall in a straight line and extended the guest bedroom to include part of the old hallway, which has made it much brighter and more welcoming. At the weekend we got the room carpeted so today I wanted to share with you what it looked like before, during and now. Later this week I will be sharing with you my designs for the furniture layout and deco for the room.

Floor plan before and now

To see all the before, during and now pictures of our house check out my Facebook albums

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Shopbop $100 giveaway winner

Torie Jayne Giveaway

My contest ended yesterday and I just picked a winner using random.org and I am delighted to announce the winner of the Shopbop $100 giveaway is...

Shelley, who is loving the Marc Jacob mouse flats from Shopbop .

Congratulations Shelley, you will receive a $100 store credit to Shopbop.

Thank you to all of you sweets that entered, to my loyal followers and new friends.

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Diary Date - The Spirit of Christmas

Jane Means ribbons













With the festive season fast approaching, there are plenty of wonderful events going on around the country to inspire and delight so first up in my diary is The Sprit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas Fair in association with House & Garden is London’s exclusive shopping experience, packed full with exquisite, unique gifts and treats you will rarely find on the high street. With over 650 companies carefully hand-picked for their quality and originality, firm festive favourites combine with irresistible debutante brands from the worlds of interiors, fashion, food, gifts and lifestyle. Taking place 30th October-4th November against the stunning backdrop of Kensington’s London Olympia, it provides the most discerning of shoppers the chance to shop, dine and socialise in style.

The Sprit of Christmas has plenty of attractions like the House and Garden Workshop with interactive sessions from champagne tasting, floral decorations, to table trends and Christmas recipes from renowned chefs. In the Food Hall you have the opportunity to taste and buy the country’s finest produce including full English country cheddar cheeses, smoked salmon, Christmas puddings to fine chocolates, wines and champagnes. I for one am really looking forward to it and of course will be sharing all my highlights here...

If you want to be inspired and delighted you can still buy tickets here

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Sweet Estelle's

Sweet Estelle's
This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I wanted to share with you all the fabulous hot pink and black and white baking supplies from Sweet Estelle's. My kind of perfect for Halloween!

Sweet Estelle's Baking Supply sells cupcake liners, cupcake toppers and picks, striped and polka dot paper straws, bakers twine and goody bags, pastry tips, gel paste food colorings, flavoring oils, sanding sugars and sprinkles, cookie cutters, cupcake kits, pastry boxes and more. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for your favorite baker, supplies for your next party or event, or just a little something to make everyday baked goods more fun, you'll find everything you're looking for at Sweet Estelle's !

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Halloween recipes

Halloween recipes
Blackberry cupcakes, Halloween cake, Maple & apple cupcakes, Leopard print cake pops, Candy apples, Skull candy

Halloween is less than a week away and I have been so busy with my house renovations I haven't done a thing except buy some Halloween cupcake wrappers! How are you Halloween preparations going?

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

One upon a time

Laura Ashley Christmas decorations
Laura Ashley woodland creatures
Laura Ashley Gold Ornamental Decorations
Laura Ashley Jars of sweets
Laura Ashley Gingerbread house candles
Liz Lawrence
Last week I had the pleasure of attending Laura Ashley's quintessential British "One upon a time" bloggers' party where they were toasting 1 year on their blog with previews of their home & fashion gift ranges, refreshments and treats from Angel Adoree's Vintage Patisserie, and a live acoustic set by the mesmerising Liz Lawrence.

The party was held in their design studio on the Kings Road and had been beautifully decorated with a decadent woodland feel. There were jam jars and small crystal bowls filled with cranberry and deep red flowers, all manner of especially made wooden woodland creatures, and smatterings of metal leaves to highlight the forest feel and their interiors this season. For Christmas I loved the pretty glass bird cage decorations that feature two turtle doves inside and the bell jar decoration that contains a white deer and features pretty glitter snowflake patterns on the outside.

It was a lovely party and it was great to meet the creative team behind their fab blog. Oh, and I was lucky enough to pick a sweet set of three little ceramic LED lit birds from their "wish tree"!

Thank you Laura Ashley for a great party and for inspiring us with your seasonal treasures!


1 Upon a Time
Laura Ashley Noel Decorative Word Sign
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Monday, 22 October 2012

Lace Tablecloths

Guest room inspiration

Source 1, 2, 3, 4

Hi, I hope you all had a sweet weekend! We ordered our new carpet for upstairs, which means we are ever closer to finishing our house. I promise to share pictures soon...

Ever since I saw the H&M Autumn/Winter interior collections I have been pining over their gorgeous lace tablecloths and runners. Then I saw Hans Blomquists photography of the lace table runners for H&M all styled up for Christmas with lots of sparkly sequins and loved how decadent it looked. I might need to get one for Christmas?!?

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Saturday, 13 October 2012

Shopbop blog & $100 giveaway

Dreaming of...
Yipee! I have another great giveaway for you. A $100 gift voucher to spend on anything you like at Shopbop, and it's open to readers worldwide. So come on peeps, tell me what you would spend it on.

Shopbop is a premier online shopping boutique for the fashion-savvy female. Carrying everything a woman needs for her wardrobe from dresses to denim; swimwear to shoes -- Shopbop has over 200 different designer labels with lots of on-trend styles like the La Fee Verte coats, Joie jackets and Current/Elliott jackets. Shopbop has become recognized by consumers and the media as an excellent one-stop fashion resource. Their is also the Shopbop blog that shares tips on beauty, how to wear guides, and what's trending on Pinterest.

To enter, please visit Shopbop and then leave a comment below this post letting me know what you would spend your store credit on. The giveaway ends on Saturday, October 27th 2012 at 10pm (BST) and I will randomly select and announce a winner on Sunday, October 28th.

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

This giveaway is open to readers worldwide.

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Friday, 12 October 2012

Lavender & Mint home accessories

Guest Room

From left to right: 1. Xavier Pauchard Peppermint Green and lilac Powder Coated Side Chairs, 2. Spot towels in from Cath Kidston, 3 & 4. Maxwell & Williams H20 bottle in Lilac and aqua, 5. Bamboo weave lantern in lilac from Rice DK, 6,7 & 11. Ceramic lavender door knob and glass mint door knob, Miss Darcy cups and saucers from Bombay Duck, Stripe Mizuiro and lavender washi tape from Superlovely, 9 & 10. Patterson lamp in blue, set of two trunks in mauve and ice blue from Maison Du Monde.

Following on from Monday's post, where I shared with you my inspiration board for our guest room, today I wanted to show you some of the lovely home accessories I would love to brighten the room up with.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Pitfield @ Tent London

Pitfield @ Tent London
Pitfield @ Tent London
Pitfield @ Tent London
Pitfield @ Tent London
Colour palette
I loved the Pitfield London stand at Tent London. It was an eclectic mix of beautifully creative and curious pieces. Today on 'shops I love' I bring you Pitfield, an interiors and lifestyle emporium based in London with an onsite café and exhibition gallery.

"Attracting the creative and curious, our eclectic emporium stocks only beautiful, unique and attention grabbing homewares. Our interiors and lifestyle shop, café and exhibition gallery presents colour, glamour, glitz and excitement. Discover vintage finds, designer wallpapers and carpets, reworked furniture, inspiring gifts and more. Browse our categories to enter a fantastical world where everything is retro and riveting, dramatic and daring"

After seeing a small selection of their glorious collection at Tent London it is definitely on my 'must visit' list of places in London. I imagine finding a whole host of treasures to delight and inspire...

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Hand made raspberry & white chocolate fudge

I have moved to Torie Jayne.com

You can find me in recipes...RASPBERRY & WHITE CHOCOLATE FUDGE

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Monday, 8 October 2012

My Guest Room inspiration

Guest room inspiration
Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Hi, I hope you all had a sweet weekend! I have been busy designing our guest room and am giddy with excitement as it is the last room in our house to decorate, which means next month the new carpets will be laid upstairs and all the rooms will be finished. Well, apart from a few odds and ends I need to get sorted.

Out of all the rooms upstairs, it has been the most challenging room to decorate due to its shape and size, but it's definitely an improvement on the rabbit's warren it used to be! Before I go into the detail of how we changed the layout by removing walls etc., I wanted to share with you my colour and print inspiration board.

I want to keep the room fresh, light and inviting so I am going to paint the walls in a pale, neutral colour and the woodwork in white eggshell. I intend to add colour and interest through an array of accessories and soft furnishings. I am loving the Morrocan inspired geometric prints, funky coloured chairs and the chalky, lilac and lavender accessories in the above photos and, of course, the splash of mint! Fingers crossed it turns out half as nice as these pics look!

If you can't wait to see the pics of before and during check out my Facebook album My House - A Transformation!

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Bohemia Boho briefcase winner

Torie Jayne Giveaway

My contest ended on Saturday and I picked a winner using random.org and I am delighted to announce the winner of the Bohemia Boho briefcase giveaway is...

Hele, who would like the Pearl grey or Ice blue Boho briefcase.

Congratulations Hele, you will receive your colour choice of Boho Briefcase.

Thank you to all of you sweets that entered, to my loyal followers and new friends.

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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Floral Wellies

Floral wellies & brollies
Floral wellies
Joules floral wellies
Joules
Stripe
I am officially ready for Autumn! Good job as it is here already. I am looking forward to drinking hot chocolate curled up on the sofa, long walks in the crisp, fresh air looking for acorn caps so I can make an abundance of needle felted acorns. So when the lovely peeps at Joules offered to send me a pair of wellies in my choice of color and print to review, I was thrilled.

I pored over their myriad of wellies: should I get the bright pink glossy pair? Or the elegant navy ones with a big fuchsia ribbon bow on the back or the pair splashed with a bright floral? In the end, I chose the navy ground print pair covered in big bright turquoise, pink and yellow flowers. I thought they would add a stylish splash of colour to my Autumn walks! I love the attention to detail on my new wellies, from the pink and navy striped lining to the cool stripe on the back. They are super comfortable to wear and I like the functional buckle detail on the sides so you can adjust them to fit. The light heel is a lovely feminine touch. They also match my brollies perfectly, so they might not make it to my shoe rack...

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Baking supplies storage - update

Baking corner
Tala candy thermometer
After hanging my sieves and measuring spoons on the inside of my baking cupboards I had room on my wall hooks for my brand new candy thermometer from Tala. I have already used it to make raspberry and white chocolate fudge (recipe coming soon...). Now I have even more of my baking utensils organized but still my utensils drawer looks a mess?!?

Hanging above my candy supplies is one of my cake prints from Everyday is a Holiday. I love their cute, kitsch artwork and have several hanging in my kitchen. All other items as before.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Cupboard door storage

Organized cupboard door storage
The lovely peeps at Command sent me a bunch of their clear strip hooks and a couple of their new clear caddies which are part of the 3M Command Clear range for me to review. The 3M Command Clear range includes an extensive range of General Purpose Hooks, Picture Hanging Products and Organisation Products that all offer damage-free hanging and tidying solutions.

"The clear caddies are supplied with easy-to-hang and easy-to-remove Command Clear Strips. The new Clear Strips from Command are virtually invisible on the wall and allow you to hang the caddy without the need for nails or screws. The adhesive holds firmly and strongly in place, yet is quick and simple to remove, leaving no holes, marks, residue or stain."

My flour jars don't take up the full width of my baking cupboard, and as I said yesterday I used to keep them in front or on top of the flour jars and was always moving them about to get to the jars I wanted. The large caddie hung on the back of the door was the perfect answer; now I can grab a scoop and a jar without that crashing noise!

I then started playing about with the hooks and trying them out on my baking utensils to see what would fit where. I quickly realised that I could hang all my pretty sieves on the back of the door rather than having them dotted about my kitchen on hooks and in draws. I also had room to hang my chopping board and icing mat above my scoops, and a trivet above the sieves. Then I had my best idea! I am always rooting about my drawer at the other end of the kitchen for spoon measures or having to unhook the duck egg blue ones just to find the one I want. So I started to neatly hang all my measures on the inside of my baking decorations cupboard. I loved it so I went out and bought another set of mini hooks to complete the project. Now I can find exactly what I need so quickly and easily. I did make a mistake on where I put one of the hooks, but following the removal instructions made it really was quick and easy to remove and as you get spare sticky strips in the packet I was able to replace it in the correct position. I really do need to get some more of these products to get even more organized!


Inside baking cupboard door


Hanging silicone mat


Hanging sieves


Hung chopping boards


Flour scoops


My baking cupboard

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