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Autumn a season of natural beauty and colour

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall” said Oscar Wilde and this week has certainly felt just like that to me. I’m usually one of those types who hopes for an Indian summer and sometimes we get just that. This year however was a little different and I wondered why I found myself wishing for autumn to make an appearance. After all this season brings rain and cold and artificial heating and I’ve no desire for any of that. Yet of course autumn brings so much more and today I have many autumnal pleasures to share with you over on the blog…

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Candles – Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home

It was William Wordsworth who said Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. I’m not sure everything in my home fits neatly within this famous quote yet somethings do.  And for me, candles certainly do. I will find any excuse to light a candle. Night or day, rain or shine there is always a reason for a candle. For romance, soft lighting, ambience or decoration, candles are the answer. And in keeping with our thrifty vibe, candles can be as cheap or expensive as you like. I’ve put together for you some of my favourite ways to use candles in and around the home.  As usual though, we should start with a short story…

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A DIY Project – Transforming a Vintage Box into a thing of Beauty

This week I have for you an easy DIY project however before we begin, a little picture painting with words is needed I feel. Recently I went to two country brocantes in two days. This made me very happy. It doesn’t get an awful lot better than that if you are a vintage freak like me.  Stalls and tents were set out with countless treasures to suit all pockets and budgets.  From old faded buttons and spools of vintage silks to French iron beds and glorious feathered eiderdowns …..I was in my happy place. I invested in several beauties myself and one very plain wooden box which caused my friend and fellow shopper to look at me in the way that simply says, here we go again……

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Books and China – Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home

Good morning everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely week enjoying what sunshine there was.  Today’s blog is the first in our new mini series Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home and to begin, I’m focusing on books and china. I have a great deal of both which I love to use when I’m styling anywhere in my home. As we go through today’s post, keep in mind that you may not have exactly what I use.  What you will have though, is something very similar somewhere in your home. Something that after today’s inspirational post will have you looking at your own treasures in a different light.  So get yourself a drink, put your feet up and let’s get started shall we?
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