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Linen Cupboard Update With Chalk Paint By Annie Sloan

We have a beautiful old linen cupboard that once belonged to a great uncle, then my aunty, before being passed on to us. I love its shape and it’s the perfect size for our family needs.

It’s a beautiful old cupboard and has sentimental value because it was loving restored by my aunty, but the wood was too dark for my taste as I like our home to feel light and bright. Thanks to Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan I was able to give this little linen cupboard the perfect makeover to freshen up one of the darkest little corners of our home. I love the results so much.

I have painted lots of furniture here at home in the past, in favour of giving old pieces a new lease of life and creating a calm and relaxed vibe by choosing pale colours. Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan are my favourite because they are so easy to use and the variety of techniques available means you can achieve some really beautiful and creative finishes. I have often opted for the simple paint and wax technique which I have always been really pleased with, but this time I wanted to try something a little bit different. I love the rustic french chipped paint look which can be achieved in a couple of different ways using two or three different colours from the range.

I simply gave the cupboard a coat of Old White Chalk Paint first allowing it to dry fully before painting all the edges with Scandinavian Pink. Once the pink was dry I waxed the edges with Annie Sloan Clear Wax, this meant that once a final coat of Old white was added to the whole cupboard I was able to chip back the top layer (with a pallet knife and sandpaper) along the edges revealing the pink beneath it, creating a rustic chipped paint effect. And finally, I waxed the whole cupboard to seal the paint and protect it.

Do you love to upcycle old furniture? I love the words on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint paint mixer (see the fourth image down) PAINT EVERYTHING! yep! that’s what I like to do here!

Laura x

This post was written in collaboration with Annie Sloan who kindly sent me the pots of Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan brushes to use. Thank you for supporting the brands I love.

A cozy bedroom with Soak&Sleep

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I was thrilled when Soak&Sleep very kindly asked if I would like to share their new bedding range with you. It is all really beautiful and honestly priced making it perfect for a little seasonal spruce. I chose the navy blue Artisan bedlinen with matching pillowcases. I love the subtle pattern and mid-century craft look, with a thread count of 220 woven in unbleached cotton it feels so very soft and every bit luxurious. To add to the feeling of comfort and warmth when the evenings are really chilly I have also added a vintage style quilted bedspread in soft stone which I absolutely love.

One of the things I love to do, when I can, is decorate our home with small jars of flowers from the garden, we have plenty of fading hydrangeas at the moment and I have added them to various jars to brighten up our bedroom room, I feel, bringing nature into our home throughout the year is really important, it connects us with the season and adds a sense of life and spirit. I have also bought my very first little succulent, I love its sage green leaves with purple tips.

Do you like to make little changes to your home to welcome a new season?

Mixed Nuts, Honey & Oats Granola

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We eat breakfast every day without fail, it has always been one of my most favourite times of the day, even if we are in a rush to be somewhere, which is quite often the case. But taking a moment to sit and eat can often seems quite meditative and is alway a great way to get the day started. 
After a camping holiday at Fforest in south Wales last summer I was inspired to make my own granola having tried their homemade version at the camp kitchen. Granola is so tasty and so simple to make. I have, from time to time, made a fresh batch right before breakfast, it is so easy and even lovelier when it’s still warm. 
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Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped mixed nuts
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
125ml maple syrup
Method: combine all the ingredients and pop in the oven on a medium heat for about 20mins. perfect!
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What’s your favourite breakfast, do you have a favourite way to start the day? 

 

Winter Spiced Biscuits

You know Christmas is just around the corner when the kitchen is filled with the sweet aroma of winter spices like cinnamon and ginger, it evokes great memories of festive seasons gone by and leaves me with a sense of warmth and optimism. 

I was excited when Jodie May from A Handmade Cottage asked me to share a festive recipe with her, I absolutely love this winter spiced biscuit recipe, not only are the biscuits simple to make but they smell and taste amazing, pop over to her blog for the full recipe (here) and lots more posts from her cozy cottage.

Happy festive baking.

My recipe is based on Nigel Slaters original winter spiced biscuits