Tuesday, 7 April 2015

 A VERY SPECIAL MOUNTAIN RETREAT...


Good morning!
Firstly I hope you all had a happy and relaxing Easter weekend?
Many apologies for the lack of blog posts recently.  It has been a very busy time, with design projects coming to fruition, and new ones beginning.  I also took a week out, for a wonderful ski trip with my family, and it is the very special mountain retreat that we stayed at, that I would like to share with you today.



Deep in the heart of the Monterosa ski area in the Italian Alps, above the relaxed and friendly ski resort of Champoluc, you will find the hidden gem that is called 'Frantze'....


Discovered for the first time last year, we could not wait to return.




Frantze is a beautifully restored former 'Rascard' built in 1721....a rascard being a farm building built in the traditional method, and supported on staddle stones.  Every attention to detail has been given to this beautiful building, which is now an exclusive chalet hotel, run by the wonderful 'Francesca' and her delightful family.

Reached only on foot or by skis, it is the perfect place for those looking for a relaxing hideaway up in the mountains.  The perfect sanctuary to recharge, feel totally in touch with nature, feel the calmness of the mountains, and enjoy special time with friends and family.




Rooms are warm and very comfortable....



...and the restaurant is very cosy!



We were spoilt with delicious, hearty Italian mountain cooking, cooked by Francesca's aunt...





 a good reason to ski hard each day, in the perfect snow conditions and beautiful sunshine!





We really do think this is one of the most magical places we have ever stayed, and my family and I can not wait to return next year...



Really I shouldn't be sharing the secret of this truly magical place...?!

Frantze (click)

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Wishing you a happy and sunny Spring week ahead!

Sophia xx





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....

ALL PHOTOS: SOPHIA HOME

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