Thursday, 1 October 2015

{quotable thursdays}

Well bit by bit I'm making my new house my home... It really takes many tiny additions to finally add up to make it special....
so here's a quote to reflect this:
{van gogh}
I have lots to catch up on--to tell you about my recent purchases etc... but I'm finding it a bit busy at the moment with work & hosting family etc... so I'm hoping to catch up on everything soon! 
But here are a couple of pics to whet your appetite: 
{late 19th-century chairs}

{antique burr walnut chest of drawers for the master}

{look at the handle details!}
{I posted this on my instagram--nothing new here but I just love this little fireplace in my bedroom!}
I also have last weekend to report on (!) where we visited beautiful Stowe and went on a lovely walk...
I also got my hair cut this week, and have brought back the fringe: 

more soon! 

Thursday, 24 September 2015

{quotable thursdays}

Hello Blogland!
Any fun plans for the weekend? My cousins are coming to celebrate my cousin Choo's birthday. It'll be fun fun fun!
In honour of that, this might just be the motto for the weekend:
{buy this bar sign on etsy}

{let's party!}
{let the festivities begin!}

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

{Happy First Day of Autumn!}

It's been a busy time here and there is much to catch up on... but just wanted to post a little thing wishing you a happy autumnal day! I'm dying to try out my new wood burner--perhaps this weekend?
Here's to roaring fires, pumpkins, walks in the leaves, etc...
{pumpkin pies!}

{warm fires}

Sunday, 20 September 2015

{Bateman's Visit (Kipling's House)}

{cream tea at Kipling's home (note the author of the book!)}
I'm playing a bit of catchup in blog land. It's been a very hectic couple of weeks and apologies for missing quotable thursdays this week!
A few weekends ago my cousins took me back to Bateman's--Kipling's house in East Sussex now run by the National Trust. It's a beautiful home, a Jacobean house that has been made to feel like a warm, inviting home. So much about Kiping's life reverberates with my own ancestral links--from my great-grandfather who embarked on a journey to India in his teens to join the army (which resulted in three generations of my family in India) to Kipling's father's artistic legacy to Kipling's move to Vermont (where I myself lived for two years...)
The house is full of things from India that I myself have in my own home, from carpets to brassware to images of tea pickers. When we travelled to Lahore ten years ago to visit the sites where my father spent his very early childhood, we passed the Zam-zammah, the famous gun that begins Kipling's Kim, and how wonderful it was to peruse the treasures of the Lahore museum, known in the novel as the 'Wonder House.' Visiting Bateman's brought back so many interesting memories...
Here a few pictures of Bateman's and the beautiful surroundings:

{the oast house attached to Bateman's}

{views from the Rose Garden}

{the stunning library}
Of course the rest of the weekend was also full of fun, with amazing dinners cooked by my cousin Liz, a visit to Ingatestone Hall & countryside walks. What could be better?
{hilarious evening meal!}
{beginning the walk}
{choo & loo}

until next time!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

{quotable thursdays}

Been a bit of a manic week and I'm working this Saturday too! I almost forgot to post today's quote!
So here it is...I went to visit Bateman's-a National Trust property that was originally Rudyard Kipling's home on the weekend. It seems fitting that today's quote comes from the man himself:
{live life full of splendid moments and meaningful adventures!}
& I can't resist posting another one:
{history taught from stories}
I have lots more to say on Kipling and my visit, but that'll have to wait for another day. But today, 2 pics from the lovely home: 


Thursday, 3 September 2015

{quotable thursdays}

Hope you all had a great BH holiday weekend, for those of you here in the UK!
Today's quote encourages us to embrace the everyday:
{every day is a special occasion!}
I totally agree! What little things do you do every day or on a regular basis that make that day feel like a treat? For me it's a good cup of coffee in the morning, or a snuggle with my cat, or a glass of wine after a long day, or ending the working day and cooking up a big yummy dinner, or going for a walk... so many lovely things one can do on a daily basis that makes life feel just a little extra special!

Here are a few pics from this past week...

This past weekend I painted out the lime green & brown in the hall & removed the green knit light:

Still more to do such as finish the floors but it's much better than the lime green!

My cousins stayed over one night and I showed them around, which included a nice pint at the local pub on the canal, as well as a trip to Woburn village to check out the antiques, have some cream tea and then we visited lovely Ascott House, where a Rothschild still lives!
{walk along the Grand Union canal}

{pint at the Globe Inn}

{antiques at Woburn}

{lovely houses in Woburn Village}

{exploring Ascott House}

{the grounds at Ascott House}


Thursday, 27 August 2015

{quotable thursdays}

my goodness it's been a month! I've had two huge publication deadlines along with a move and renos and redecorating and ...
I'm just about to meet the last of the two deadlines today and I can't quite underline how exhausted I feel!
The only words I have for my ability to get through this month are:
Phew! I can't believe I actually made it through. Of course, now work will pick up again and get super busy and I still have renovations to do on the house...but like the little train, I think I can, I think I can!
Any plans for the bank holiday weekend? I think I'll likely be finding myself painting the hall!
pics to come!