Christmas Decorations at Belle’s – the beautiful Shepherds Hut

Goodness can anyone out there please tell me how this happens every year. One minute it’s mid November and we are all wistfully thinking ahead to a wonderful Merry Christmas with plenty of time to plan and the next… we have three weeks left to create our Christmas. Three weeks. That is not very long at all and I still have so much to do. And so do many others I imagine. And sometimes it can be too easy to rush to the shops, buy a lot of stuff we don’t really need and over commercialise an event which by the very nature of its origins should be simple, natural and inexpensive. Ok, with maybe a dash of glitter. This week I thought I’d take you on a quick tour of Belle and show you her natural, homespun and vintage Christmas decorations, ready?…

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Paintings – Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home

Welcome everyone to the final post in our five-part mini series Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home. It’s been a while since we last met for inexpensive decor in this post, so let’s begin this week with a look at Paintings for the thrifty home. For many years I have said to friends “I don’t think I get art”. Paintings I mean. Oils especially. I don’t look at a painting and share that far off thoughtful look others have. Often I cannot fathom why particular paintings qualify as amazing art at all. Perhaps my art gene was replaced with the faffing one, who knows. Over the years though, I have collected paintings and prints that in time have grown to reflect my personal style. So I thought today I’d share with you a part of my ‘painting’ collection. I’m all set up ready; a private viewing if you like. So perhaps we should make a start…

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Autumn Decor – Decorating a Mannequin and a Pumpkin Obsession

Recently Mr M and I enjoyed a week at home with The Spotty One. We were determined that work life would not interrupt us as so often happens when you enjoy a staycation. And since in our part of the country at least, we are enjoying some unseasonably warm weather with only the gentlest of breezes, we planned several days out in the fresh air. We marched out a brisk walk on the beach and savoured delicious lunches at quaint and cosy pubs.  Just a short journey from our home, we are lucky enough to have a beautiful walk which comes into its own in Autumn. So one morning we packed up the car with basket and dog and set off. Mr M was intrigued to know the significance of the basket. I have learned over the years to share ideas I have like collecting colourful leaves, when we get there. It’s best that way…

Spencer on the lawn with basket and picnic rug 225x300 - Autumn Decor - Decorating a Mannequin and a Pumpkin Obsession

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Family – A new and exciting addition

I am bubbling with excitement to share great news of a new addition to our family. She came into our lives this summer. Beautiful and elegant, she is quite exquisite. She turns heads with her simplicity and lights up a room with her glamour. She has a cheeky sense of fun and excitement although for the most part remains mysteriously quiet and interesting. In her more gregarious moments she sparkles and shines. Yet catch her unawares and you will notice her peaceful vulnerability. Allow me to introduce to you, Doris…

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The Shepherds Hut – decorating the inside of beautiful Belle

Happy Thursday everyone! I’ve been so looking forward to sharing this post with you all. Over the past few months you’ve seen many photo’s of the outside of Belle my beautiful Shepherds Hut. And until now, not too many of indoors. As with the renovation of our home, decorating the Shepherds Hut remains a work in progress, although at Belle’s I get to put my stamp all over her. Vintage this and thrifty that, no-one is raising their eyebrows at what is going on over there. So I thought this week you might like a little peek at Belle with her summertime vibe going on, before I start changing things up for Autumn and Christmas. Ready? Let’s go…

Shepherds Hut 4 Copy 2 237x300 - The Shepherds Hut - decorating the inside of beautiful Belle

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