Wednesday, 18 March 2015


COTSWOLDS' INSPIRATION...


Last weekend, while visiting my mother in law in the beautiful Cotswolds, we made a visit to one of my favourite Gloucestershire market towns 'Tetbury'.




Along with its wealth of salvage specialists and antique shops that I know and love already, I was also keen to visit a much written about shop called 'Twig'.....owned by the flamboyant and very talented artist, designer and florist, Su Daybell....

Su Daybell of 'Twig'...



Stepping in to 'Twig' is like entering a rather magical place....first the mass of stunning flowers and plants entices you in, and then you are hit with their incredible scent.  With candles flickering in amongst exuberant displays, ones eyes are drawn to the stunning architectural pieces used in the displays which too are for sale...




Statement topiary....



Fresh flowers and bulbs...


Oversize antique planters...





Olive trees...


Glass and interior accessories...




...and antique garden pieces, are all perfect finds for anyone wanting to make a 'statement'.











Along with furniture and decorative items, the shop is the perfect backdrop for Su's undoubted talent, showcasing her paintings which are in the lyrical abstract style....



...along with her own range of beautiful fabrics and lampshades, available through Lewis & Wood.  








The pretty outside courtyard completed our tour of Su's magical emporium, and had we had room in the car, I could have so been tempted with one of the fabulous baskets or planters to take home...



....I shall return!





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Wishing you all a very happy and inspiring Wednesday, wherever you are...

Sophia xx

Monday, 2 March 2015

SPRING.....IT'S JUST AROUND THE CORNER!


ALL PHOTOS: SOPHIA HOME

Who can believe it is the first week of March already?




With sunshine set for most of this week, a big bunch of my favourite tulips to enjoy, and the garden bursting with emerging bulbs, I really do believe that Spring could be just around the corner....



A positive, uplifting start to Monday.....wishing you all a sunny, happy week ahead!

Sophia xx

Monday, 23 February 2015

BEAUTIFUL EARLY SUNDAY START....

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Are you an 'early bird'....or a 'night owl'?




 I am most definitely an 'early bird'...


PHOTO: SOPHIA HOME (BOOTROOM)

Although our day begins a little later at the weekends than the weekday work filled early starts....I like nothing better than to tiptoe downstairs early to make some tea....usually to be greeted by my two dogs Rocco and Kiki, who are usually pathetically pleased to see me....or is it because they know it is time for breakfast?


What a bonus it is now, to not wake in the dark....and for yesterday to be greeted by this gorgeous sunrise!



I just had to rush outside with my camera, and capture the beautiful light...





Frosty and cold on the deck...



Yet so warm in the glow of the sun, as it lit up and warmed the area outside my back door....




Over to the west...where the sun hit the woodland in the distance....watching the sheep rush up the hill, to the relief and warmth of that first early morning sun.






Ice melting on the pond in front of the house...





 ....and our 'willow deer' basking in the brightness.





Fooled by the sunshine....(it's cold running around on a frosty deck in pyjamas)....it was back inside for that welcome first cup of tea.




In the warmth of the house...







Still enjoying the beautiful Sunday sunshine, as it streamed through the windows and danced around the house....






So worth getting up early for!


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I hope you all had a lovely weekend, and wish you all a happy, healthy and enjoyable week ahead, whatever you have planned!

Sophia xx

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

IT'S NEARLY TIME...


ALL IMAGES VIA PINTEREST

Yes, it's nearly that time of year.....when a little organisation and order is required on the garden front.....



Time to clear out the potting shed, and get some order to all those pots and tools, ready for the big Spring gardening start....





Who said sheds had to be purely useful?




 The humble potting shed deserve to be beautiful too....



 ....and who would not want to 'potter' in any of these gorgeous spaces.


 So time to clean and stack those pots....


Sharpen those tools....




Get inspired...



For a glorious upcoming Spring in the garden...




I can hardly wait!

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If in the meantime you are struggling to get through the last of Winter, do read my recent blog article for Sarah Raven on their Garlic and Sapphire blog entitled 'Brightening these early new year days'....simple pleasures that have brightened the last few weeks for me!

Wishing you all a happy and inspiring rest of the week...

Sophia xx