Happiness This Week #8

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Happy Saturday everyone! This week has been one of those weeks where the days have just dragged by! I’ve been busy, don’t get me wrong, but I think the combination of wonderful weather and my fast approaching holiday has put me in a bit of a lazy mood with regards to work and the days have felt like watching paint dry. Of course, once I get out of work and start heading home it’s fine. Does anyone else have days like this? Apart from work being.. well, work, this week has been a good one.

This weekend we’re planning to have a BBQ with Rorys family, I can’t wait, his mum always produces the most mouth watering platefuls of food. We’re looking forward to it! In the meantime, here’s a little list of what’s made me most happy this week…

1. Peanut butter on toast.. or just a spoonful of it out the jar! I can’t get enough of it.

2. Reading in Princes Street gardens during my hour lunch break. I love getting out in the sun for a bit to break up the working day, however, I usually just people watch, but the past week I have taken a book with me for a change. I will definitely be doing it again. I’m currently reading  The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble.

3.  Water. Lots of it. I’ve been trying to drink more throughout the day and I am beginning to really feel the difference.

4. Hearing that the Great British Bakeoff will be starting again! Hooray! Wednesday 6th August everyone! 🙂

5. Spending an afternoon with Tilly, my families cocker spaniel. She makes me laugh so much, she spent most of the afternoon playing with an old tennis ball that she found in the garden.

6. Discovering the youtube music channel Wave of Good Noise. It has introduced me to some really great music and I’ve been loving relaxing to them at night time before bed.

7. Going for dinner with my best friend Cara. We went to Gourmet Burger Kitchen as neither of us had been before and had heard really good things about it. The burgers were amazing! So many combinations to choose from, I eventually decided on “The Don” a delicious arrangement of American cheese, gorgonzola, baconnaise, rocket, onion jam, house mayo & pickled onion all sandwiched between a brioche bun. We had a really nice catchup!

8. Purchasing my very first Trouve Magazine. I am fed up of reading your everyday celebrity magazines.. infact I can’t say i’ve ever liked them. Trouve is a breath of fresh air and celebrates creativity.

9. Essie ruffles & feathers and wearing it constantly. Such a beautiful summery green colour.

10. Holiday planning 🙂 15 days to go!

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend 🙂

Holiday Focus: Roman Adventure

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So as some of you who have read my previous posts will know,I am going on a weeks holiday to Rome in August and I can barely contain my excitement. I am counting down the days until I can explore the city, eat loads of amazing food and drink lots of delicious cocktails. Total bliss! Oh, and did I mention the sun! I thought I would put together a little post on what I think, are holiday essentials for travelling to Rome.

1. Travel sized perfume from Diptyque to keep you smelling fresh throughout the day. When you have weight restrictions on luggage, travel sized items are a godsend.

2. A camera! This is a necessity when travelling to Rome, there are endless photography opportunities so you’ll hardly put your camera down!

3. Rayban Clubmaster sunglasses. If you go in the summer month between July and August, the sun can be very harsh so a good pair of sunglasses are a must.

4. A beautiful dress to wear when you’re being wined and dined in the evening. I love this dress by Samsoe & Samsoe, a Danish fashion brand. The material is light and airy and the colours will really compliment tanned skin.

5. A handy zip wallet to carry all your travel documents, sunglasses, iPod etc.. ideal if you’re like me and loose everything!

6. A comfy pair of shoes. Do not leave without a pair! When in Rome you will do a lot of walking and most of the streets are cobbled. I love these sandals from John Lewis as the sole is well padded and has a cushion effect, perfect for exploring the City.

7. A good sun protector. I really like La Roche-Posay’s  Anthelios XL SPF50+ Invisible Nutritive Oil. It is non greasy, sinks in to your skin and the spray nosel application means its great for when you’re on the go.

Where are you all going on your summer holidays? Have any of you been to Rome or do you live there? Any hints and tips for finding hidden gems or amazing restaurants would be very much appreciated.

Alfred Street by Studio Four

Happy Saturday everyone. Whilst everyone else in the UK is basking in lovely hot summer weather, Scotland woke up this morning to a damp, miserable rainy day. I have spent the day browsing pinterest and reading some online magazines with a continuous stream of coffee and home made brownies on the go. I came across a house tour on Est Magazines website, an Australian online magazine that I first subscribed to over a year ago. I just had to share it with you! It is by far, the most beautiful house I have ever seen. I have a bit of a thing for natural wood and clean, bright spaces.

The home itself is on Albert Street, Melbourne and was designed by Studio Four.

The house has been cleverly transformed by Studio Four into a light, innovative home. With attention to detail throughout, each room is perfectly formed thanks to the very subtle changes in ceiling heights and a combination of newly built forms. A second floor was added to the existing structure and the relationship between indoor and outdoor was strengthened with the addition of hidden sliding doors which welcome the outside in. A rear courtyard flows from the kitchen allowing for outdoor entertaining, extending the connection between indoors and outside.

A soft and understated neutral palate of white and grey compliments the use of pale oak fixtures and fittings and flooring throughout, while large expanses of windows effectively allow the garden to add life to the interior scheme.

When can I move in!?

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What do you all think? Beautiful?

All images sourced from etc magazine website, original photography by Shannon McGrath

Inside Out Magazine

I have been reading Inside Out magazine for over a year now. I absolutely love it and used to count down the days until a new issue would be out every second month. But not anymore, now Inside Out has just moved to monthly! 

In the most recent issue there is a beautifully inspiring story about the restoration of a heritage listed terraced house in Sydney. The final space is absolutely amazing! The design is imaginative and exciting and they haven’t forgotten about all the small touches either! Apparently, since finishing this house they have opened up their own property renovating business A gentleman’s Agreement. Have a look at the images below for some interior ideas, styling and photography.

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All images sourced from Inside Out website

Happiness This Week #7

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Sunday already! Where has this week gone. I hope you’ve had a lovely week? I woke up at the start of this week feeling really full of energy and super productive, and so I rode the productivity wave and tried to fit in as much as possible. We had absolutely amazing weather this week which always makes me feel the need to get outside and enjoy it while it lasts. This weekend i’ve had to entertain myself as Rory was working, but it actually gave me a chance to refresh and have a good clean and general tidy up of the flat. Here’s a little list of all the other little things that’ve made me most happy this week…

1. Long evening walks in the sunshine with Rory

2. Completing a session of cardio Pilates. I felt so alive and refreshed afterwards. If anyone has been toying with the idea of taking up pilates. Do it! It’s amazing! 

3. Starting drawing again. I used to love art and studied it at college after I’d left school but the past few years I’ve been neglecting my art supplies. Time to restart my long lost love I think. 

4. The delicious white chocolate cookies i made. Best served fresh out the oven with a cup of tea. 

5. Spending Wednesday night making up a new house hamper for my best friend who’s just bought her first house together with her boyfriend. So happy for them 🙂 

6. Getting to see Tilly (my families mad cocker spaniel). She always give the best welcome home greeting.

7. Treating myself to some new underwear. I always feel a bit guilty when I buy new underwear just because it’s so expensive! However, i decided it was time for a new addition to my underwear drawer.

8. Delicious pulled pork burgers for Saturday nights dinner. We even scraped the oven dish, it was so good 🙂

9. Rory making me breakfast in bed on Saturday morning. He does infact have a romantic side to him!

10. Clearing the laundry basket. Mundane, but true.

What’s made you most happy this week? 🙂

Wishlist for July

July wishlistSummer is the time to refresh and have fun, don’t you think? I find that, because the Scottish summer is so brief and unpredictable (or often non-existent all together) it always makes me to want to make everything in my life as ‘summery’ as possible does anyone else do this?

Recently I’ve been procrastinating about ideas of brightening and lightening up my wardrobe, our home and general lifestyle. My wish list for July is a mixture of items that  feel will help with this process. I am hoping to pick up Rachel Khoos cookery book after reading so many amazing reviews, I’m looking forward to tasting all the delicious treats. The little pastel coloured mugs are from tescos! and are just what I need to help brighten up my kitchen and help inject a bit of summer in to our house. The pj’s will be a bit of a splurge if I go ahead and get them.. I just love how comfortable, loose and perfect they are.

Lastly- shall we talk about how beautiful the chair is? I love the charcoal grey colour and the mid-century Danish feel to it. We have been without an armchair  since we moved into this place and I am dying to buy one so that when guests come they’re not having to use our dining chairs! This will be a perfect addition to our living room. And that perfume, I hope it smells as good as it sounds, but I’m really intrigued to try it.Has anyone else given it a shot?

I think a shopping trip is in order..

 

1. Armchair  from Habitat 2. The little French Kitchen by Rachel Khoo 3. Lazy Sunday Morning Perfume 4. Jersey Playsuit Pjs 5. Pastel mugs

Happiness This Week #6

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Happy Saturday everyone! I’ve had such a hectic busy week and am quite glad it’s all over. It’s been a glorious Saturday, we’ve had sunshine all day and I’ve been enjoying myself lounging in the garden and playing tennis with Rory. I haven’t played it in years so was a bit rusty to say the least!  Rory’s now away to work so I thought I’d use this time updating studio habitat. So for a little light reading over the weekend here’s my list of what’s made me most happy this week!

1. Being given the chance to meet and chat with other interior designers from Edinburgh and getting feedback on my portfolio. It fills me with such pride getting to present my work to them and seeing their genuine interest.

2. Dancing around the house in the evenings to some long forgotten music and feeling complete happiness.

3.  Tasting every different iced latte I come across until I find my favourite. Today I tasted illy issimo Latte Macchiato, which can be found in Tescos.

4. Coming home to parcels full of the gorgeous summer dresses I have been ordering for my holiday away to Rome.

5. Playing tennis with Rory, it’s the first time we’ve played a proper sport together, other than cycling. It was a very enjoyable experience.. I think he was surprised at how competitive I got!

6. The beautiful flowers that were for sale at our local farmers market.

7. Having a spontaneous last-minute dinner with my mum on Thursday night at one of the most delicious Italian restaurants I’ve been to in a while.

8. Getting back in to the swing of Pilates and reaping the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Thank goodness for Cassey from Blogilates, with her amazing motivational skills and engaging tutorials.

9. Researching our next holiday destination for Rory’s birthday in November. We’re hoping to get away to somewhere in Scandinavia for a long weekend. Any recommendations would be very much appreciated. So far we are keen on Sweden but as we’ve never been before it would be great to get some inside information on the best places to stay, eat and visit etc.

10. Looking forward to my Sunday with Rory. We’re planning on going to Crieff Hydro for the day if the weather stays sunny, and wandering through the grounds and relaxing with a few ciders in the sunshine.

What’s made you happy this week? 🙂

 

Image sourced from my pinterest board, original from Sarah Street

June Pinterests

 

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Hello everyone, things have been a little bit quiet lately on my blog. I’ve been busy preparing for interviews most of this week. I’ve had 3! I’m trying to get myself back in to the interior design field as I miss the excitement and creativity. I felt they all went well but now its just a case of waiting to hear back from them with their feedback and, fingers crossed, a job!  I’ll keep you all updated on how it goes.

In terms of my June pinterest board I picked a few of my favourites. I always feel that summer is a time to refresh and invigorate your senses, don’t you think? For me, these images represent my summer; delicious, mouth-watering and healthy food, fresh herbs and beautiful green plants and of course, light bright and airy homes.

What epitomises your summer?

 

All images sourced from my pinterest boards. Originals from as follows: 1.charlotteminty.blogspot.co.nz 2.bloglovin.com 3.babaganuj.blogspot.com 4.pflanzenfreude.de

Happiness This Week #5

Happiness This Week #5

This week has been a good one! So much sunshine! Rory and I are planning to do as little as possible this weekend- beyond our last minute brunch on Saturday morning we’re hoping to just relax and actually spend some time together!? Oh my! It honestly feels as though we’ve not spent a single weekend day together in weeks now, and I miss that handsome boyfriend of mine so very much! Here’s a little list of what’s made me happy this week for you to have a read of.

1. Listening to a song on repeat that I have recently came across. It’s called Your Soul by the singer songwriter Rhodes. Too beautiful.

2. Hanging out all week long in summer dresses and flip-flops.

3. Watching last weekend’s Lillie’s open up fuller and fuller over the course of the week. They’re so flamboyant, and I adore them.

4. Going for brunch with Rory yesterday to catch up on our weeks events. He worked late a lot this week so I feel like I haven’t managed to speak to him much.

5. Purchasing this beautiful print which i’m going to frame and put on my wall, it symbolises that where ever you are in the word family is always home.

6. Appreciating the now. I’ve been trying to stay clear of pointless TV watching and my mobile phone in the evening. We’ve been listening to more music at home and having more fun together with good old fashioned cards and board games, today I’m going to have a browse on amazon to pick up a stack of books to get stuck into over the next week.

7. The delicious sweet and spicy beer can chicken Rory and I ate for dinner last night. Finger lickin’ good.

8. Bright ocean blue polish on my finger & toenails.

9. Spending time with my sister, it had been too long since our last get together.

10. Meeting up with Rory’s family for a mid week dinner and catchup. It’s the first time i’ve met up with them without Rory being there and it was so nice! Not to mention having the most deliciously mouthwateringly good mountain of chilli I had to eat!

How has your week been? Hope you’re enjoying your weekend 🙂

 

Main images sourced from Etsy