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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

My House & Home shopping guide to Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg shops by Torie Jayne


Gothenburg shops by Torie Jayne

Gothenburg shops tool key by Torie Jayne

Today on shops i love I wanted to share with you my House & Home shopping guide to Gothenburg, Sweden. I visited the beautiful city of Gothenburg last week for a long birthday weekend away and had a lovely time! As always, before I visited the city I put a little map together on google of my must visit shops that stocked GreenGate, Lisbeth Dahl, Rice Dk, Bungalow and Miss Etoile!

So this week I will be sharing with you my favourite shops and a few of the treasures I treated myself to.

Visiting Gothenburg yourself? Just simply click this link and you can see my Torie Jayne's Gothenburg shopping map.

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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell

This week I'm reviewing Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell, from illustrated lifestyle publishers Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Rachel Ashwell is a self-made business woman who founded the iconic brand known as Shabby Chic in 1989. Rachel's love of vintage and flea-market finds is comfortable, relaxed and reassuringly achievable. I chose to review this book as I love Rachel's style "the beauty of imperfection".

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces is a lovely insight into Rachel Ashwell's world that is beautiful as it is comfortable, as inspring and spontaneous as it is practical and personal.

The book is split into fourteen sections, starting with an "Introduction" into Rachel's world. In this chapter Rachel talks eloquently and fondly about her inspirations from Beatrix Potter's Hill Top house to movies like Wuthering Heights. How she is open to exploring new ways to express her stories with darker palettes that our richer in depth and with a beauty she would not have been open to in the past.

From there Rachel's interior story begins with "Texas Belle" in which Rachel tells how she transformed The Outpost into The Prairie. Here Cowboy country frills sit perfectly side by side with Marie Antoinette inspired delicate French gilded wood. All of course which is accompanied by pages and pages of beautiful images showcasing the beautiful "Prairie".

Next up is "Timeworn Elegance" which shows the stylish London home of her friend, interior designer and stylist Sera Hersham Loftus. It's Where rock 'n' roll meets comfortable family home with shimmery floorboards, shabby frills and tarnished bits of bling.
"My Year in Notting Hill" covers Rachel's time in London when she opened her store and made a temporary home in the same neighbourhood. "The Brighter Shades of Pale" is a glimpse into her top director of music videos and childhood friend Sophie Muller's house that has pops of faded raspberry tones and turquoise walls.
"Glamour and Bling" is a sneak peak into Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne's Californian home that is a blend of rock 'n'roll and Hollywood glamour that shimmers with diffused light.
In "Bliss on the Beach" we go back to a Rachel Aswell property, this time it's a quirky beach shack in Malibu that is furnished in a washed out colour palette with unexpected hearts, pearls and beads. In "A Life that Designed a House" Rachel visits the home of Brendan McBreen who designed and built a minimal meets country barn in Malibu. Brendan and his wife Jeanne have worked with Rachel at Shabby Chic for over 20 years so inevitably there house is full of a lifetime of Shabby Chic fabrics and bed linens. In "Handmade with Love" Rachel returns to London to share the unique houseboat home of crafty designer, photographer and stylist Emma Freemantle who makes customised bicycles wrapped in scraps of fabric, feathered headdresses, banners and corsages. Remaining in London Rachel then shares the authentically vintage home of artists James Russel and Hannah Plumb who live in a delightful "Petit Palace". From there Rachel heads out into the countryside to visit "Pearl's Place" which is owned by fashion designer Pearl Lowe and her Supergrass drummer husband Danny Goffrey. Then Rachel returns to London in "Shabby Man" to visit designer and stylist Huw Griffiths artful London townhouse. Rachel then heads back over the pond to share the tiny romantic gingerbread cottage on the edge of a wood in the New York Catskill Mountains in the "The Shabby Shack".
In the last section "Living Art" Rachel shares her inspiring moodboards.

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell is an awe inspiring hardback book full of beautiful photographs of some of the loveliest unique Shabby Chic homes. At a recommended price of £25.00, I think this hardback book is a must have for all of us that love the iconic Shabby Chic style!

Some of my favourite shots:

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell


Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell


Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell


Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell

Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Groupon -A Review

Vax S2S-1 Steam Mop With Detergent

A couple of months back I was invited to review Groupon.

"Groupon UK is a city guide with a twist. Since 2009, our team has taken pride in handpicking deals to direct you to the best things to do, see, eat and buy at spots on your very own stomping ground, as well as unearthed gems further afield. Think of Groupon as a tool of discovery - like a compass with impeccable taste."

It’s free to join Groupon, a daily deal website where you buy online vouchers for goods and experiences.

As a member, you receive a an email each day with what is on offer and you have a limited time to buy that 'Groupon'.

It was quick and easy to join and after a few days of looking at all the great offers they had, I immediately knew what I wanted when they had a special offer on the Vax steam mop. I had borrowed my Mums a few weeks before and loved it!

So I chose to spend my £50 voucher plus £14.99 on the Vax S2S-1 Steam Mop With Detergent, saving up to 35% on the RRP £95.

"Banishing dirt in a cloud of hot air, this steam mop is made by iconic vacuum masters Vax, and aims to leave carpets and floors looking whistle-clean. 1600 watts of power are used to steam away muck, while the 0.5 litre capacity provides 10 minutes of cleaning time. The mop comes with 500ml of detergent and a mop head. "

I ordered the voucher code on the 5th October and received the voucher code on the 6th October. I then easily placed my order with the merchant who sent me a confirmation e-mail and a second e-mail letting me know that it would be delivered on the 17th October. As soon as it arrived on the 17th October I quickly went to work on my kitchen floor. I love how quick and simple it is to use and how quickly the floor dries. As you all know I do a lot of baking and it makes such light work of cleaning all the sticky sugar etc from my tiled floor. It has also been brilliant at cleaning my tiled floors in my porch and cloakroom.


Vax S2S-1 Steam Mop With Detergent

Seconds later...

Vax S2S-1 Steam Mop With Detergent


Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews. I was given a free £50 voucher to spend at Groupon for the purpose of this review. As always, my opinion is nothing but honest.

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Sunday, 6 January 2013

Twelfth day of Christmas

My Vintage Christmas

As today is the twelfth day of Christmas I have taken down my Christmas decorations ready to neatly pack them away. So I thought it the perfect day to do a round up of my Vintage Christmas and say goodbye to all things Christmas. Starting tomorrow I will be posting a new series called 101 ways to get pretty organized, showing you some of my highlights from the Spring 2013 press shows I attended and sharing a few recipes of sweet treats I served over Christmas but that can be used all year round.

Strawberry Meringues

Glass Christmas tree jar filled with Strawberry meringues

Christmas reflected

Jelly bean filled hanging stars

Jelly bean filled stars

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Friday, 4 January 2013

Sequin Christmas Tree

Handmade Sequin Christmas tree

I love my sequin eggs I made last Easter using polystyrene eggs, that when I found a polystyrene cone in my Christmas craft supplies I decided to make a sequin Christmas tree. Here's how...

Sequin Christmas Tree
Tools and Materials


Sequin Christmas tree

Sequin Christmas tree


Start by pushing the pin through the hole in the top of one printed sequin and one larger translucent sequin, then push pin with sequins into cone. Then continue to pin the sequins in rows till entire cone is covered in sequins. Carefully bend back the handles on the bucket so they are at 90 degrees and attach to base of sequin cone using map pins.


Sequin Christmas tree

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Bombay Duck 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 Bombay Duck giveaway is...

Deborah from adorable blog Bee Happy.

Congratulations Deborah, you will receive a set of 4 Miss Darcy teacups and saucers in assorted colours from Bombay Duck.

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

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Thursday, 3 January 2013

My Christmas Table

My Vintage Christmas table

Yesterday I showed you my Christmas corner so today I thought I would share with you what my Christmas table finally looked like...

Place setting

On the table


Glass Deer


Milk bottle vase

Bottle vase & glitter spoon

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

A corner of my Christmas

A Doe a Deer

Happy New Year sweets!
I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, I am happy to say I took a week off and had a lovely time with friends and family.

Before I kick off the New Year with lots of lovely Spring Press show finds and ways to get super organised. I wanted to share with you my Christmas decorations, crafts and recipes that I didn't get to show you before. First up is a corner of my open plan lounge/dining room that I showed you briefly before Christmas but have since had a flurry of e-mails asking me where my treasures are from. So...

Wooden Christmas trees

Berry pink pinecone decoration

Wooden tree

Christmas at my house

Sequin storage

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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year!







and a huge big...



To all of you that read my blog, follow me on Pinterest, Twitter, facebook and Flickr...




See you tomorrow...

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