Gasp... There I said it... Its true and that's coming from a die hard Cath kidston fan. Anthropologie's collection of vintage inspired Christmas decorations are TDF ...without doubt.
Don't believe me? Check these out.
And also they have this twine which Ive been looking for now for the past 3 Christmas's
Often hard rubbish day doesn't produce much in the way of real treasures especially if im late and go searching in the morning after everyone has already taken the good stuff. This time... well I cleaned up.
Treasure No 2
Have I ever mentioned how much I love old Thonet bentwoods? Because I do... Im quiet obsessed, Im annoying about it, they have to be old.
My heart dropped then I believe my head exploded!
The real thing!
In my excitement and haste to uncover its true condition I forgot to take a picture before I cleaned it, it was filthy, caked in mud and brown with years of dust.
Thank you Michael Thonet... You my friend were a genius.
Sometimes I am astonished at what people throw out. Like this gorgeous old step stool, solid timber, very well made and in excellent condition. This will have to wait for its make over im afraid as it is low down on my list of priority's but I just couldn't wait to share.
Whilst away we came to the realisation that this house is affecting our lifestyle in a very negative way.
We (and by We I mean He...ahem) had a light-bulb moment, so many reasons that I wont bore you with, layout,storage,busy road,SIZE just to scratch the surface, basically its an awesome house for a young couple with no children.
BUT...Its a good investment we don't really want to sell, we know we'd regret it.
We are the worst house in the best street, my sparky (whom always seems to be here) calls it millionaires row...its not, but one day it will come close.
To quote our estate agent "You would be mad"... he actually talked himself out of a sale, how honest is that!
So it seems we would be mad to sell... but we cant stay!
We rent it out and rent elsewhere.
For so long we wanted out of the rental game.
We wanted the freedom to make our own design choices, something to call our own, sentiments Im sure you're all familiar with.
Would renting be too stifling? would I hate it more than this?
We decide who's hosting and stay together all day.
Its starts with breakfast and presents (yes, for everyone from everyone, no Kris Kringle's here, that's just how we like it, we're all kids at heart) and goes all day till very late.
Every year I have a colour/pattern scheme for my decorating, wrapping etc.
This year im beside myself excited because Christmas is at my house for the first time ever.
This means my choice of table setting.
Im not sure yet which direction to go? It will have a vintage vibe certainly, I love what Cath is offering (Dah) but I need a more budget friendly option (there is usually around 25 people at our Christmas table and also...Im cheap).
Do any of you know already what your Christmas decorating scheme is? or would you rather pretend its not happening so soon... been there too.
Id love to know how you creative people do the silly season.
Nope..I didn't cruise to the horizon and fall off the end of the world, Ive just been very busy getting myself together.
Boy have I missed you all, I loved the break away though and now Im refreshed and inspired and ready to move forward, I have learnt many valuable things about myself and about balance and priority's, I may not be here as often as before but I'll still be here.
Too much computer time makes me feel fuzzy headed and de-motivated, does it affect anyone else this way?
The amount I achieved whilst away is simply staggering, there are still many projects to finish, much editing and organising to do but Im no longer overwhelmed to the point of paralysis.
Ive prioritised, learnt volumes about focus and the importance of quality down time, but more on that another time.
For now, here is my new home...
(Yep, im still dreaming of massive house's, the break away failed to extinguish that longing, in fact I believe it made it worse now that I truly know what I want and need, but more on that another time too)