‘Gathering inspiration’ to ‘contemplate’ decorating the kids rooms



palet one

(Above Image via http://mommo-design.blogspot.it)

interiors boards collective copy

My desire to decorate begins on cue every Spring (about now) when the morning sunshine wakes you and ‘actually’ feel like opening windows.

In fact everything about Spring makes me want to Spring clean, I urge to de-clutter and repaint!!

And I guess there is no better time than a bank holiday to start, “right”??

Admittedly I’m using this bank holiday to ‘consider’ decorating/gather ideas and I’m *planning* to start on the kids rooms first. Because at the ages of 7&8 they have outgrown aspects of their rooms.

On asking what styles they would like for their rooms;

Erin requested that her entire room was painted with big red polka dots.

three red dots


And Finn said  “Just Make it Star Wars!” ?!


I fear for them (the kids) that we will have to agree to disagree and do ‘most’ of it my way, with (a little) compromise, but defiantly without big red polka dots and Darth Vader.

And I have started making some inspiration boards (below) I will try and convince the kids that – whilst we DO love Darth Vader (I met him once) the only Darkness in the room will be upon furniture painted in ‘Down pipe 26’  (Farrow and Ball http://www.farrow-ball.com)

palet one

inspiration board x1

(Image via http://mommo-design.blogspot.it)


pallet x2

inspiration x2

(Image via http://kaszkazmlekiem.wordpress.com)

palet x3inspiration board x3

(Image via http://www.cotemaison.fr)

cushions inspiration

cushion x1cushion x2cushion x3

(From £12.00 – All by habitat from http://www.argos.co.uk)


Whether its “DIY full” or “free” wishing you all a superb, sunny bank hols







What my mornings look like – School running


“What do your mornings look like?”

This is Mine……

5.30/6am Alarm bleeps, drag self out of bed and in to running clobber – RUN

7am back home – follow automatic bodily response and reach for not water but the coffee machine, which I load with as much Monsoon Malabar (strong coffee) as it will take. Press MAKE

7.15am Wake up the little people and my husband – luring him with the (Strong) smell of Monsoon Malabar

7.30am Fill veins with freshly made Monsoon Malabar and stir porridge for the little people – (who want cereal instead) – look for cereal – no cereal – make toast  – drink more coffee.

7.45am Make ‘pack-up’s’ – argue about ‘pack ups’ – the little people want strawberries not apples – we don’t have strawberries (its March – we have Apples) – Make more toast for the husband -drink more coffee.

7.50am Convince the little un’s to get dressed – clean teeth (or suck the end of a tooth brush) argue about school uniforms – wrong socks/tights/jumpers.

8.00am Wave off husband – then run a bath for myself – ask children AGAIN to put on shoes and original jumpers ‘back-on’ – argue some more about school Uniforms.

8.20am Finally get in the bath – rush – get out – panic dress (tempted to put back on running clobber)

8.30am Come down stairs to find a Guinea pig watching The Garfield show and that the children are playing football in the garden shoe-less and jumper-less – (lose the will) – drink more – coffee.

8.35am leave house – with scooters.

8.37am Return back to the house for forgotten lunchboxes.

8.39am Child melt down due to scooter and The Apple in lunch box.

8.40am Both children develop snail-itis ( a syndrome that effects a child’s ability to move any faster than snails pace – particularly on the way to school)

8.43am Second melt down due to a forgotten swimming bag and The Apple in the lunch box.

8.45am – We can hear the School bell – One child instantaneously develops a ‘tummy ache’ (OR instead of school ‘I would rather go back home and watch The Garfield show’ ache)

8.46am – Wave off the children – breath a sigh of achievement and *high five* other parents who (you can tell) have had varying – but similar mornings to mine…..

8.50am back home MAKE MORE coffee!

French slogan tee/acid pastal yellow and spring mac fashion obssesion of the week :0) x


(All Images copyright of Illustration Beth Kevill-Byrne)

When a University student (1st time round) back in the late 90’s/Noughties my friend and I shared a student house with 7 French boys – they introduced us to French Rap music and brie – whilst we introduced them to binge drinking/’largin it’/Aftershock and hangovers.

My conclusion of the three Anglais/Franglais years living together was that Rap sounds soooooooooooooo much better in French, (ditto slogan tee-shirts) and that the Brits are WAY better at binge drinking.. ;o)

french oui

I’m totally OBSESSED with a slogan tee at the moment – my little ones have many (‘Tres cool’) moi aussi :0)

I’m also obsessed with my spring Mac worn with a fab in season acid pastel yellow tee and sneakers.

yellow mac x3

My last of this week obsession is a slouchy tucked in white-teebeth tucked in tee – simple – oui :0) xxb

Hot/cold what to wear?! A very British dilemma


According to the weather man on the tellybox it is to be warmer than Greece in Blighty this weekend! – Is it though??????!

I’m dubious, I’ve been caught out many a time dressed for spring only to find out its still winter! “merde!” 

The British weather though, I’m certain is a contributor to the British knack for eclectic dressing – only yesterday I spotted a girl wearing ‘jelly-shoes’ (80’s kickback) with socks – she looked Fabulous :0)  

So what will it be today? Chaud or froid – I’m opting for the Jumper/skirt/no tights/boots option (and rain mac #safe#allbasescovered Ha x ;0)

Happy weekend folks Xb