Posted on January 28, 2016
Had I not lingered, the charcoal paper the flowers were wrapped in would have been thrown in the trash.
There would have been no realisation it would make the perfect contrast to the softest blush petals.
Had I not lingered, the flowers would have gone straight into the vase and the capture that inspiration took, left dormant.
Posted on November 10, 2015
Darker nights = cosy lights and though we have zero need for any additional lights in our home, we spied these copper ones recently
and had to purchase. The same day I was given a whole bag full of hydrangea heads (as you do). Though not intentional, I put the two together and the result is a rather effective decorative piece for the home that would liven up any empty space. Here’s ‘how to’.
You will need:
That was the end of the post… till the next day during a room shuffle when I decided I needed the space the arrangement was taking up so popped the lot into a giant vase and added some copper baubles. Little bit more faffing required to get the lights into the right place but by far my favourite end result that just looks so effective.
Here endeth the hydrangea post.
Posted on March 26, 2015
Last weekend these coral crush’s entered my world that have
The colours are so blooming gorgeous and Spring has felt like a long time coming! It’s been busier than ever at Butler HQ what with the pre-Easter crazy, but taking the time to appreciate what we have is so important. Perfect antidote to ‘is it nearly Spring yet’ days.
1. First up – linen loveliness. Massimo Dutti do the best take on simple pieces – often there’s a little accent here or there that just ‘makes’ them. Two of their tops made their way into my wardrobe in Autumn that I have worn so much, I was eager to see what they would do for Spring. They haven’t disappointed. The detailing with the fine buttons down the back and patched sleeves on this top I instantly loved. It was only natural to get it in the navy aswell!
2. Next this GOR-GE-OUS nail colour. butter polish colours are beautiful and this is no exception. It went on yesterday for the first time and I have to say – I love it as a perfect midpoint between orange and pink. Some polishes look old a few hours after application, however butter have such a great finish they look like a professional job. This colour’s called Trout Pout.
3. Finally, these frilly tulips from M&S, which I’m told are parrot tulips…? On a day when a little pick-me-up was needed, these and a bar of 85% did just the trick. They are not as simplistic as ordinary tulips and have brought a lot of smiles. Bloomin lovely!
Posted on October 22, 2014
Hello it’s been another glorious week and yes we have a NEW NAME – what do you think? Underneath I’m still all about ‘OUR STYLE of LOVE’ and it’s been a wonderful part of my journey but felt LIFESTYLE | YORKSHIRE was more the direction of the future and the name is a little more ‘does what it says on the tin’.
Throughout Summer, I was aware of so many people visiting RHS Harlow Carr… even my daughter went twice and without me! I was told it was awash with Summer flowers and would be an amazing place to go take photos let alone be such an enjoyment. Still I just never got there; summer passed…
One day last week, quite unexpectedly, having gone to meet my sister for another purpose, she said “do you fancy Harlow Carr?” and so with my two nephews in tow, we went on one of those gorgeously sunlit Autumn days that are so rare in their absolute perfection…. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!
Once the gardens had been explored, it was time to refuel at Bettys (how delighted was I they had a Bettys!) followed by a browse round the very well stocked and surprisingly large book and gift shop. This is the kind of place to take your time, to wander… to take in your surroundings.
Harlow Carr is a must-see if you are ever in the Harrogate vicinity. There is an entrance fee but if you can hook up with someone who has an RHS annual pass that’s the way to go! I look forward to returning in the Summer at the latest as I can imagine it will also be magical covered in frost and snow! You can visit their website here.
Posted on September 4, 2014
Last weekend we were offered the chance to go visit my parents in their new tent which they were trying out for a few nights. It was unplanned and owing to my workload, didn’t know if it would work out for us but on Thursday we decided the next morning we’d go for it. Ever think “agh what the heck – let’s?!’
So why blog about it… I mean we don’t do we… own up often to all the ‘non-cool/glamorous’ things we do and places we go? Well cool or not, the following pics I took over our 22 hours there. To me they are as much a part of our ‘lifestyle’ to be enjoyed as a night or two at a swanky hotel… being outdoors is grounding, centring and can be complete soul food… so here goes: (Incidentally, you can find details of the tent and campsite at the end of the blog).
What is my ‘so what’ of this post…? Get outdoors if you can, take life off the hook, do something different, explore, go get lost somewhere, live for a night in a place where the kettle doesn’t boil in 2 minutes but more like ten, somewhere with big sky… lots of sky, lose yourself in the vastness of creation and see what happens!
The new tent (which we are going to also be purchasing), was an Outwell Nevada M. You can view here.
The campsite was Vale of Pickering which you can visit here.
Posted on July 17, 2014
Last weekend it was the village Gala. Having hosted the Tour De France the week prior, this was always going to be seen by just a few thousand visitors less. I couldn’t stay long and might have liked to have spent time getting some cute pics but as seems to be the way, it was a few hurried shots which I shared on Facebook (you can see all of them here).
It is amusing just how old-fashioned these things seem… so quaint and typically villagey… and why?? Guess it comes down to community – to celebrating life in all its weird and wonderfulness… flowers in wellies, knobbly knees and all!
Walking home we passed these, so colourful and attracting all the bees!
The next day going out for a long run, the countryside was so pretty. The sky was a brilliant blue and the fields so green. I passed by the Ilkley International Tennis Tournament, miniature orange trees and a cricket match. Oh so very English!
Posted on July 3, 2014
Powerwalking though Addingham the other day in the sunshine I marvelled at the creativity the locals have put into making the town so special for the Tour De France, which whizzes through not once, but twice in two days time. I knew then I wanted to mark the occasion with a post of some kind, but what…? Coloured bikes amongst plants is hardly sexy or appealing to anyone who doesn’t give a rip about either. This kind of event… the kind people go ‘nuts’ about… I’m normally the person who doesn’t… but this… it’s got a real momentum and though I care not for the bikes, the local spirit of ‘we will do this excellently’ IS what grabs my attention. I LOVE it!!
This week was already stretched and any time taking photos was going to be with my daughter in tow possibly searching for any number of the 23 bikes hidden in the town for a local competition. I captured what I could (most of them on a grey day too just like it!). Uploading these I settled for a post simply showcasing one ‘very Yorkshire’ towns’ effort for one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
The Addingham Garden Friends, in particular, have done themselves proud (I didn’t know they existed till this week!), not to mention the local businesses. So here, on the penultimate eve of The Tour De France, Grand Depart 2014, are a few little moments from a beautifully quaint town near Ilkley, called Addingham. Enjoy!
Quite a spectacle don’t you think?! Interesting to see how we all celebrate things in different ways; all wonderfully unique! Here’s to a great Tour De Yorkshire! Has your town hosted the Tour De France? What kind of crazy went on there?