Here’s the second blog post in my little Paris series. You can read the other here and may be able to tell I was even more camera happy during the first day of my trip than of the others put together but there you go! In my last post I left off on the evening of our first day and after we went for an early evening stroll along the Seine in golden hour we could feel our tummies rumbling and all we had on our mind’s was steak!
Last month we had our Texan friends to stay for a week and within that decided to take them to Paris for a few days. We saw the shiny January sale deals on the Eurostar and couldn’t resist! Nick and I had both been before and to be honest I may have been as many as 6 times. My family were a bit obsessed with France, hence my real name, Thérèse. The last time I went was as a student and basically slept in, ate McDonalds, hung out in H&M and trawled second hand shops. I wouldn’t exactly say we made the most of it! It was certainly nice to head back as an ‘adult’ and take some time to hang out in local cafés and eateries as well as dabbling in all those tourist check points. We had a great time and Paris in Spring really is beautiful! I’m not sure who ‘they’ are but ‘they’ really aren’t lying about Paris in Spring time. I also forget just how beautiful the architecture is everywhere you look. In the centre there doesn’t seem to be such thing as a ‘dud’ building. No seventies concrete jungles breaking up the wrought iron, Art Nouveau glamour. The cherry blossoms were out in full force and besides the ever rude Parisians and beyond grim public toilets, the whole adventure was so much fun and even though it’s ‘the city of romance’, I think it was made more fun exploring with friends.
National Tile Week is back for it’s second year, running all this week (10-17th April) and to celebrate there will be various events to focus our attention on the best of British design and manufacture when it comes to the once humble tile. Tiles have definitely seen a massive growth in popularity over the last couple of years and if Instagram is a barometer then you’ll have notice capturing your pretty shoes on an even prettier tiled floor has become ‘total Instagram goals’ and even developed it’s own hashtag.
Do you have a silent home? I don’t think I noticed quite how important it was to fill the space with music until we didn’t really have a means to do so. Nick essentially studied sound in his Music Studio Tech degree so with him came a quite decent set of speakers but they getting old and would have crackly moments that would inconveniently disrupt the flow of songs, not to mention they were HUGE! I tried to ignore what massive eyesores they were but when we moved we decided we just couldn’t make them work in our new space. We were after speakers that would seamlessly fit into our home decor without compromising on quality. That’s where Sonos came in to lend a helping hand!
I’ve been gradually revealing our new flat to you guys as we’ve conquered each room one by one. The last room to the party is our guest bedroom which is still a huge novelty. We’ve never had a guest room since being married, always living in one bed flats. This meant we couldn’t really offer people somewhere to stay unless they were keen to embrace the blow up mattress on the living room floor and those more open minded of our friends and family certainly did.
It’s been such a treat thinking through how to make this space welcoming to our potential guests and I even went a bit wild and added some colour into the space. By colour, we’re still only talking muted green and a dusty pink but that’s about my threshold in my own home. We’ve already had three lots of people to stay and make use of this room and it’s been so nice for them to have their own space and somewhere comfortable to rest their head, particularly for our friends visiting from Texas who were with us for a whole week.
I actually prefer this room to ours in terms of the windows, light and views but we decided to keep our bedroom on the ground floor, away from our studio workspace. That way we can keep that work / life separation we were after and an added joy is the bathroom is opposite our bedroom, perfect for my pregnant bladder and all those pesky trips to the toilet in the night. Anyway, bladders aside it’s been nice for guests to have a space to themselves upstairs, so we’re not all on top of each other. In fact my 4 month old nephew slept peacefully up in our guest bedroom while my brother and sister in law partied away downstairs at Nick’s 30th last Friday.
Our studio workspace is without doubt the most revolutionary addition to our lives since moving. Ever since I quite my job and started my business full time I’ve been working from the dining room table. I’m sure there are many out there that can empathise with this newbie struggle, although when I was doing it I felt like I was the only one who didn’t have a lovely designated workspace, or even just a desk!! In our old teeny or shall we say ‘cosy’ flat, we had to make the choice between a dining table or a desk for me. There honestly wasn’t room for both and with us really valuing having people into our home for meals, it wasn’t really a choice.
I’ve been dreaming up an embroidery DIY for a while now but in all honesty I really haven’t got the time to stitch a beautifully intricate motif. I wish I did but that isn’t my reality right now and I’m sure lots of you are in the same boat. I decided to cheat a little and create the same pretty effect but with no sewing at all. Sound tempting?…step right this way.
And along comes the next behind the screen post, on the this blog’s fifth Birthday! How crazy is that?! A big thanks for all your support and particularly you lovely readers that have been here since the start. Five years of The Lovely Drawer sounds totally crazy but even crazier is writing what this post is really about.
Hooray! This has been a long time coming but I’ve finally finished our living room, and shot and edited all the photos. Those of you that have been following along may know that we moved flat in November, leaving our one bed Victorian terrace flat behind and jumping ship to a two bed new build flat. If you’d asked me previously I would have said confidently that I never wanted to live in a new build. I loved the character of older houses and despite their constant upkeep issues I couldn’t fathom the idea of making a cosy, comfy home in a clinical looking block of flats where each interior was a generic copy of the one next door. That was until I saw our little gem. After being told Nick’s new job would be full time from home back in September, we knew we needed more space and so I casually had a peek online and seeing the flat listed I couldn’t believe it was for real, particularly as it wasn’t up for much more than we were currently paying. Surely they had one of those fancy camera lenses that fools you into thinking a place is double the size? On first hand inspection we realised it was 100% for real! We fell in instantly fell in love and set to work on the rather troublesome process of trying to break our previous contract and time the move right. Might I add that all the paperwork and background checks that comes as standard in the London rental market make you feel like you’re literally buying a house!
You may remember me introducing you to my own brush lettering workshops over here on the blog, back in November? A big thanks to all you lovely people that have booked on to the eight classes I’ve taught already under The Lovely Drawer. As ever I’ve really been enjoying teaching but I also wanted to take a moment to introduce you to another workshop I’m running. I’ve taken my digital session exclusively to the Lovely Drawer going forward so now there’s a next step to further how you can use your lettering.