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Lavender Hearts … love is in the air?

Wth the garden off limits due to frozen ground, and the planting season no more than a faint hope, I’ve started my spring cleaning early. And as I was turning over the idea of freshening up rooms and realising Valentine’s Day was sneaking up on me, it occurred to me that some little hanging lavender hearts might be just the thing to tick off both boxes …

Natural linen …. perfect in a neutral bathroom.

With three children, I’m bound to think that all good things come in threes … so a little trio – one plain, with a little embellishment at the base, one overlaid with a spotted tulle and a strip of vintage broderie trim, and another plain one, with ‘love’ written all over it – in a vintage chain couched on with embroidery thread.

And I liked them so much, I went on to make some more ….

A little more contemporary, these, in a neutral grey with a little pop of yellow …

This time, we say yes! I like these for an entrance or landing … and yes, that is a Lana Jansdotter fabric … I finally made myself part with some of my stash, just for you. Much as I adore that fabric, this lavender heart with the vintage grey and pale yellow braid overlaid on the cotton shirting is my favourite ….

Which one is your favourite?

And finally ….

A little shabby chic? Dreamy white and blue … perfect in a bedroom, I think, where the French Grosso lavender – long, long lasting and heavenly – will help create a tranquil and relaxing environment. I think antique white damask linen has got to be my all-time favourite fabric, so it was such a treat to use it here … in the plain heart with little wooden embellishment and hand-embroidery, and in the lavender heart with the strips of blue and white vintage broderie.

But I do love this one too … it’s linen, handprinted by another of my favourites –  the talented designer-maker Maramiki.

Where would you hang yours?

These little lovelies are heading off to my Etsy shop … but if you wanted a custom set in *your* colours, you could always get in touch to get something extra-special and uniquely your own.

Skint Squint

I’m a huge fan of Squint … the idea of revamping furniture using fabrics is so appealing, and I love the bright colours and individual styling that makes their pieces so unique and covetable. One day, I hope to be able to afford one of their pieces … until then, I’m contenting myself with imitation (being the sincerest form of flattery ;).

Take one junk shop table, then … it’s a pretty battered repro in bad need of some TLC, but I love the shape of it.

So, a wee bit of sanding, painting, more sanding, more painting, distressing and waxing later, I added some gorgeous vintage fabric from stash to finish it all off, et voila!

I’m really pleased with the outcome … perhaps a little more understated than Squint’s full-on colour and pattern extravagance, but works perfectly with my interior colours. I’ve always loved decorating with fabric, and this is a new extension that I’m looking forward to exploring more (my husband is looking very nervous about that ;).