Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Zoffany wallpaper and fabric

I'm still in the UK and currently enjoying the Staffordshire countryside... how lovely is this?

There are so many quaint villages dotted around, each one has its own market day too. I love these markets, they are packed full of yummy fresh produce such as Cheshire cheeses, oatcakes and pies. There also seems to be a number of interior design stores and antique shops popping up around the Midlands. I went to Leek the other day and came across such a store that stocked lots of lovely Zoffany wallpapers and fabrics and in the window was this gorgeous London wallpaper:

This wallpaper is just calling out to be used - the colour and tone is just so subtle - it was love at first sight for me ;o)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Great finds from Blighty

Really enjoying being in England and surrounded by all these great Union Jack goodies.

Fun cushions:
Loving these tea towels:
I noticed that there are lots of these weighted door stops around:

Pretty pink pillows:

I bought my girls this bedding last year and it's really fresh and pretty:

Cool bedding for a rocker:

All of these goods can be found at one of my favourite stores in the Midlands: Dunelm Mill is price sensitive, clean and well laid out and their fabrics are cheap and high quality.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Osborne Hotel, Llandudno, North Wales

I'm really enjoying my trip to the UK, especially as my Dad has just been given the all clear from the cancer he was battling, so we're spending valuable family time in North Wales before he then embarks on a knee replacement operation!!!! We're staying at my parent's place in Penmaenmawr. The location is perfect as we're not far from Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Rhos-on-Sea, Angelsey (where Will and Kate live) and Conwy. I love all of these places and am noticing a lot more interior decor boutique stores opening up which I absolutely love (watch this space as I'm interviewing one of store owners soon).

My Mum knows how much I love stores, hotels and restaurants and she is always keeping an eye out for me. She took me to one such place a couple of days ago and I was blown away. The Osborne Hotel in Llandudno. Imagine this, an old stone double-fronted building built in Victorian times. The current owners have kept the old world feeling - just take a look:

Shabby Chic-style dining room

Communal dining table in marble - very nice!

Back parlour

Light fixture in the parlour

Gorgeous sunny lounge

Lovely dark painted walls
Sitting room view looking into the bar/restaurant

If you ever find yourself in Llandudno - take a look: