let the pottering commence…

for most {sane} folks, the prospect of six long & languid days off in a country that refuses to entertain the notion of summer would instantaneously mean booking a trip abroad, prontisimo!

for me, this self-imposed break fills me with pure glee for no other reason than because of a complete absence of plans…

delicious…

time to potter, time to smell the roses {and hydrangeas & peonies &…} & time to simply be…

a girl could get used to this!

happy hump day indeed…

the sunday nook…

a special sunday nook today, in tribute to all those mums out there…

i personally think hanging out in this girly retreat is sure to put a smile on any lady’s face {although i’d be tempted to swap out that chair for a chaise to ensure ultimate comfort when lounging around for hours on end}…

there is, of course, a strong vintage vibe going down here, from the weathered boards along the back wall, the patinated furnishings & the shabby chic upholstery… it’s a look i like to call ‘perfectly imperfect’…

but, without doubt, what really makes this space special, is the bountiful bloomage & all the colours of spring it brings… from the wall-hung vintage embroidery, to the floral fabrics & of course the fresh blossoms on the table top… it all goes to show a gal can never have too many flowers in her home! {hint, hint!}

happy mother’s day!

image via: dust jacket attic

putting a spring in my step…

i’m feeling the need for a bit of cheer in the house just lately & these pops of colour are doing it for me…

i’m loving the contrast of this silk shade against the b&w canvas…

& spring blossoms never fail to bring a smile to my face…

but pink roses plonked in a simple vase are my all-time top tip for an instant burst of happiness…

hoping there is joy in your life today…

thinking outside the vase {three ways with fauxs}…

happy spring-like saturday to you all!

fabulous weather outside… wondering why i’m not out there getting some sun on my face instead of tap.tap.tapping away on a keyboard, but i just wanted to drop by quickly and share some more loveliness with you cheeky chappies… so, here ’tis…

with so many quality faux blooms about {which i’ve happily banged on about before here and here}, i had to share these ideas for putting a creative spin on them {no vases were hurt utilised in the making of this post, uh uh!}…

first up… this really pretty idea from viv at ish and chi {check out her post here}… how sensational would this look in a little {or a grown-up} girl’s room… or swap out the colours {i’m imagining blooms in varying shades of lilac & mauve & deep purple hues with glossy green foliage & some strips of tan leather to bind} & set against a bare brick or concrete wall to bring an edge of femininity to an otherwise raw & masculine space…

or check out these little beauties from the jil sander 2012 collection in milan… forget the fashion {though it was breathtakingly beautiful}, these floral ‘exhibits’ caught my eye… i particularly love the display at the back where it looks like the flower heads have just been plucked off their stalks and layered haphazardly one atop another…

& it would be so easy to work this museum-esque vibe into your own home {or wedding reception… ooooooh}… all you need are some beautiful blooms & something to display them in like a glass cloche, perspex box or and old museum display case… {basically anything other than a vase!}

and finally, inspiration picked fresh from the portfolio of photographer kari herer

ever since i first clocked eyes on kari’s photographs i’ve wanted to bring these artworks to life so that i can physically reach out and touch those flouncy florals… {sometimes a photo just isn’t enough for me}

so, whilst i suspect kari used real blooms to create this look, you could certainly get away with swapping those out for the artificial variety… then just attach them to your background of choice {personally, i’d stick with the wildlife theme as it works so well} and set the whole piece off in a deep box frame {with or without glass}…

i’m so sorely tempted to try out each & every one of these looks in my own home… so watch this space as i’ll be sure to share if i do!

images via: ish and chidesign spongefashion is great

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