I would like to start by thanking you all for your very kind comments regarding my 300th (and all previous) posts. It has been wonderful to hear how much readers … no, friends … enjoy my posts and my photographs. I look at people’s Instagram pages (although I’m not on Instagram) and I marvel at the wonderful homes there, manor houses, farmhouses, etc, and therefore I’m really touched that readers like our home and how it is decorated and arranged, for it doesn’t have a fancy kitchen with an ‘island’ in the centre (I wouldn’t want one as it would impede the flow in what I consider the perfect triangle of kitchen design: preparation area – hob – sink); it doesn’t have an Aga or a modern range; and it most certainly doesn’t have a wood burning stove in the sitting room. But we love our home, even though it’s simply a 1980s build in a Close of 20 such properties. The 1980s certainly won’t go down in history as the 20th century’s golden age of building!
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I thought today I’d mention colour, simply because two things arrived here yesterday which are full of colour. But first to breakfast today …
We had porridge (oatmeal) for breakfast, made with milk. Husband has golden granulated sugar on his, I have golden syrup (not maple syrup) on mine. And we had mugs (instead of cups) of tea. I used mugs just for a change (they are china, not pottery – I don’t like the texture of pottery against my lips while drinking.) But if this were a professional photograph of food, it would fail. Why? Because I’ve shown something white (the porridge) in a white bowl. Porridge would look far better in a coloured bowl, but I just happen to like our white bowls, they are the right size for porridge. Now, compare the above photo with this one below, where I have put the golden syrup onto the porridge. Better, eh?
It’s all to do with colour. Indeed, the porridge would not only look better in a coloured bowl, but with fruit on top, but I’m not keen on fruit on porridge although I like it on cereal.
Right, back to colour and the things which arrived yesterday. First, a book.
This is a lovely book, I’m delighted with it. It’s by an Australian interior designer, Anna Spiro, and it is like a breath of fresh Australian air. Some of her arrangements are a bit too whacky for me, indeed for someone who loves colour (me), there’s rather a super-abundance of it here, so at times I think to myself, “I’d just like to rest my eyes for a moment on something plain and simple …” but overall, I give this about an 8/10, simply because it’s such fun!
Anna hands out some good advice, such as “Buy well from the start … instead of wasting money on of-the-moment items that will most likely be discarded down the track, it’s important to buy good pieces in the first place.” What have I been saying all along? “*Buy cheap, buy twice!” I am also with her when she says, “To create visual impact, grouping like items together in cabinets or shelves can not only be of organisational value but can also be striking and beautiful.” She talks about art, and how to arrange it, about textiles, about flowers, and most importantly, about colour. And I’m very much with her when she says, “Pink is like a little ray of sunshine. It bursts through the other colours and brings unquestionable happiness to any room.” I second that![*I would like to add that we all have to live within our means and we can’t all afford expensive items – and sometimes expensive doesn’t always mean well made. But what we can do is look for quality 2nd hand items rather than buying poor quality new items.]
Just four photos showing pink, only the rose was in our garden, the other three at various times in our home
And some of the pages from Anna’s lovely book …
The second item that arrived was the Royal Albert cup and saucer that I ordered a few days ago. I fancied a partner for the floral cup and saucer I already had, and which I mentioned recently, and together they look pretty on the mantelpiece, if slightly gaudy! I like colour but I don’t do ‘gaudy’. However, I think, with flowers in them in summer, they might actually look even better.
Until next time.