Happy Easter Monday!

What a gorgeous sunny day – I can’t wait to get outside and tackle gardening that I’ve been putting off until the sun starts to shine for Spring. Before I head outdoors I just wanted to quickly share a small obsession of mine at the moment – linen bed linen! The perfect way to freshen up you bedroom for Spring, they are so soft to the touch and also create a lovely relaxing vibe to the room – a real contrast to the crisp white Egyptian cotton that we usually have on our bed.


I’m lusting after these two sets by Designers Guild which would work well individually or using a mixture of the two colours. Urbanara also have a great selection of colours in their collection, as well as a gorgeous selection of children’s bed linen, so you can update their bedroom with a gorgeous new look for Spring too.

Enjoy your Easter Monday and see you again soon.


LBM

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{Images via UrbanaraDesigners Guild}

I hope you all had a gorgeous weekend? We went to Mells in Somerset, which is one of our favourite places partly because it’s the village where P and I got married and partly because it is just a very special place. 

I will share some gorgeous photos of our trip later in the week, but for now wanted to show you this beautiful new collection of blue and white ceramics from Sophie Conran. I am such a fan (if not a little obsessed by) blue and white crockery and if I had my way would have at least seven sets so I could use a different one for each day of the week! Sadly our kitchen doesn’t have enough storage to indulge such a fantasy, so for now I will just have to imagine this new set on my table!

The pieces from the collection are all lovely and I think that small bowls below of the tea cups and saucers would make a gorgeous present for Mother’s Day.

What is your interiors obsession? The one thing that you just couldn’t live without and would collect if space and money allowed?

Have a great Monday and see you later in the week!

LBM
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Now that the clocks have changed and the Autumn nights are starting to draw in, I feel an overwhelming sense of cosiness. I love this time of year; crisp sunny days, beautiful autumnal colours, cashmere jumpers and our cosy winter duvet! 

I’ve been browsing online looking for a new bed linen set – it’s our second wedding anniversary in a few weeks and the theme for this year is cotton. The perfect excuse for some new Egyptian cotton! I stumbled across the M&S Home Autumn/Winter look book and am totally smitten with the beautiful selection of cosy winter colours and designs. Usually I’m drawn to lighter fresher styles, but some of the dark sets have really captured my imagination – maybe time to re-paint our bedroom black?!

Which set would you choose?

LBM
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{Images via Marks & Spencer}

Whilst the house remains chaos and Christmas now two weeks away, I am helping to calm myself by picturing what the house will look like, once the builders have finished…apparently this will be happening at the end of this week, but I will believe that when I see it! 

These stunning images from Danish design house Tapet Cafe are really helping to lift my spirits. The art deco inspired wallpaper and fabric designs are stunning. Elegant and utterly unique I have my heart set on the above as the look of my bedroom wall and bedside table. 

There is something delightfully decadent about the simplicity of the dark wood against the patterned backdrop, with only scented candles and perfume to decorate the table.

LBM

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{Images via Tapet Cafe}









Following on from my first decorfest post a couple of weeks ago, I am thrilled to be introducing you to another incredibly talented exhibitor, who will be at the Home and Garden Festival next March in South-West London.

The event is being hosted by the decorcafe and aims to inspire people to create a more personal home and garden…this is a lady who really knows about that! Ruth Moser runs a textile business from her beautiful home in Bath and specialises in creating unique and fabulous floral fabrics for the home. I was lucky enough to be able to ask Ruth a few questions about her work and home…

Please tell me a bit about your background and why you do what you do.
I was born and brought up in Basel in Switzerland though my mother is British and father Swiss, so in a sense I grew up with both cultures.  My British grandmother who I frequently stayed with was very creative, making clothes, painting and was also an amazing cook. One day she bought me some oil paints and I never looked back.  This sparked off my passion for creating patterns, moods and atmospheres. After completing 3 years of business studies in Switzerland, I went on to study fine Art at West Surrey College of Art and Design, now the University of the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Where do you live and work and how do you balance the two?
I am lucky to live in the beautiful city of Bath, where I have a wonderful studio in our garden.  At the moment we are also renovating our home, which is exciting, as I am able to plan the interiors alongside my design work.  No doubt this is a challenge as I also have a family.


What or who inspires you?
I am very influenced by the moods of the natural world, particularly the seasons.  This combined with my love for colour, pattern and light is what informs my designs to produce fresh and atmospheric fabrics. My inspiration is wide and varied; Japanese textile design, the great colourist painters such as Howard Hodgkin, music of all kinds and autumn with its vibrant colours.

What is your greatest achievement / what are you most proud of?
My staying power to pursue my creative goals has served me well.  It is an endless pursuit to make a piece of work, which I am totally proud of.

Where’s your most inspirational place, home or away?
Inspiration comes from both home and away.  Certain moods and places from my memory are vital to me and feed into my work.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
When not in my studio, I enjoy creating a beautiful home, reading, the cinema and walking, particularly along the Welsh coast line.



What is your favourite space in your home?
It is our conservatory, which leads directly into our new kitchen.  It is a wonderful space and just above it is a lovely birch tree, which I love to sit and watch at different times of day.

What is your most treasured belonging?
My home and garden.

What is your favourite thing about living in the UK?
As I originally come for a land-locked country, I would have to say the British coastline and sea, which also produces a very specific quality of light.  I am also very drawn to the culture and vibrancy of London.

What is your top tip for creating a lovely home?
I feel that a lot of interiors I have seen are too considered where the owner’s personality has been taken over by trend and fashion.  A good way to inject your own personality into it is to combine old and new.

Meet Ruth and see more examples of her wonderful work at decorfest on 23rd March 2014!

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