Decorating for Life … The Happy Way

 Its been a while now since I last showed you pictures of my little cottage, so I thought I would show you these…of my dining room…you see, it is forever you know by now, I am a collectorholic of everything cute and kitsch and when I am out and about I kinda forget the size of my little place and just buy what I like…

 …Hence, I have to keep changing it about because of my new thrifting purchases each week…I am very quickly growing out of space and you will often see a happy delight on my website…where I have to sell something to make room for something else…!

 When you are out and about, do not be frightened of buying something that you love, you know something from your past! be brave and buy what you like and do not buy something because it is fashionable…buy what you like and what you remember from your past to create your own individual look…this way you will create your own style for your home and you will feel cosy and comfortable in it always.

 I love quirky, cute and unusual bits and pieces…I also love to buy, what I remember that my Nanny Hilda used to like…cheeky postcards, big eye ornaments, cake plates and shabby dolls and teddies, were amoungst her favourites and also now mine.

 My Mum and Dad, were very trendy in the 50’s and 60’s and I love to collect the pictures that they used to have on the wall in their retro apartment…I can’t stand uneven placed pictures or bare walls.

 My Dad was a Roman Catholic…and he used to have a Virgin Mary Figure by his bedside…I now have this same figure in my sitting room…and also love to collect religious pictures and ornaments.

 So here is a picture of  my dining room…it is very small and when we came to view the house, I really didn’t think we would get this much stuff in it! lol! we really have filled it to the brim…but everything I look at, I totally love…The Heidi books, below, I remember reading as a child…

 The little Dutch gal, above, reminds me of my cheeky Nanna’s plump cheery face… and the postcards are of roses…I sooo love roses…(my Grandad used to grow them in his garden)

 I also have to have retro kitchen units in my cottage, as my Nan and my Mum used to own these in the sixties…I often remember rolling pastry on the pull out table made from enamel…a lovely cold surface was the perfect place for making all kinds of pies and pastries!

 I love my Dining Room and it also doubles up as my craft room…my hubby crafts in our Vintage Green Caravan, outside in the garden…that is his domain…and I craft in here…Oh and I make such a mess! I am one of those crafters that has to get everything out at once!  lol!

The bright and happy atmosphere that I have created, with all my lovely memories around me, really do help to get my creative juices flowing…and sometimes to my peril…I have so many ideas, I create more mess and sometimes don’t really get anything achieved lol!

I do still love my Cath Kidston pieces…but I prefer the old style CK and haven’t really bought anything for a long long time…I do look at her website, but it all seems to of got a little too commercialised for me and probably, if I am honest! too popular!

I have always loved bright and cheery things and nothing beats the hunt for something secondhand and vintage…finding something old which tells a story of a bygone era or a fleeting memory is priceless!

 So…go out there my lovely peeps and decorate your dining rooms and your whole house with memories of your life and you won’t go far wrong with the perfect look for you 🙂


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  1. Anonymous
    11th July 2012 / 10:09 pm

    Happy, coming to your house always makes me so happy! I love your colors, your things, your pictures, everything! I wish I could go thrifting with you, I think in England you may have cooler old stuff than we have here in the USA! Hugs ~ Mary

  2. Karen Mary Butterfly
    5th July 2012 / 6:08 am

    There is a lot of stuff in that dining room…a lot of great stuff that all work so well together. So many pieces I'd love to get my hands on!!! Your decorating style is fabulous!

  3. bellaboo
    4th July 2012 / 7:18 pm

    Great post! You have some lovely treasures. :0)

  4. LP
    3rd July 2012 / 6:05 pm

    J'adore tout!!! La décoration que tu crées est vraiment géniale!!!

  5. LinenandRoses
    2nd July 2012 / 2:27 pm

    I just love your decorating style and it really makes me want to introduce so much more colour into our house. Something we are working on at the minute. thanks for sharing. Fiona x

  6. vintage grey
    2nd July 2012 / 3:39 am

    Such prettiness! Love all your gorgeous treasures! Xo Heather

  7. Stacy's Shabby Shoppe
    1st July 2012 / 9:41 pm

    I'm really HAPPY that I found your blog! Everything is so bright and cheerful and I feel a sort of kinship to you because of your British heritage. I'm Canadian and my grandparent's are from the UK. I love everything British! xo

  8. Noelle the dreamer
    1st July 2012 / 8:24 pm

    There is nothing better than memories and I love the colours you chose to surround yourself with!Being Happy is the only way to go!Your Nana must be very proud of you!God bless,

  9. Jenny Holiday
    1st July 2012 / 5:51 pm

    This post should have been titled "A dose of Happy Medicine" these photos are a total CURE ALL!! So so so so FUN!!! and HAPPPPY!I WANT TO visit terribly!! We will art journal the day and night away at that table! :)LOVE you guys!!xo Jenny

  10. janice15
    1st July 2012 / 4:25 pm


  11. sky-blu-pink
    1st July 2012 / 3:59 pm

    I so agree! My house is full of things that I find beautiful or useful, according to Mr Morris's maxim. You are lucky your husband lets you have all the florals around the house; mine are consigned to 'my' room ( the spare bedroom!)

  12. Charlotte
    1st July 2012 / 2:55 pm

    Just wanted to stop by and say hello. I may not comment but I enjoy your posts. Stay Cool!

  13. Patricia
    1st July 2012 / 2:11 pm

    Your post is like the sunshine in my life : colors and happyness , what else ? xo Patricia France

  14. Michelle Fallon
    1st July 2012 / 9:47 am

    I totally agree with buying what you like. It's funny there are so many things in my home that I have bought with other people and they have said "what on earth are you getting that for" or something along those lines and they are the very things that people always comment on when they come to my cottage. I'm also with you with regard to CK, it's just everywhere!! Whilst I still love dots and flowers I just feel CK is now overdone. I used to love it when people said my stuff is so CK but now I'm almost annoyed.

  15. Rosa Lily
    1st July 2012 / 9:03 am

    I couldn't agree more, why follow others?? I would hate to be like everyone else, I have never followed fashion and never will – boring! xx Your home is clearly filled with love 🙂

  16. Tangled Sweetpea
    1st July 2012 / 7:23 am

    You have so many wonderful retro goodies! Such a fabulous dining room!Victoria xx

  17. ivana
    1st July 2012 / 5:52 am

    I love your courage to choose things you like! It's the only way it works, I agree! Having a same problem with the space, but I guess that's up to personality: I don't believe neither of us would be able to live in a minimalistic space!

  18. ~Damita's Pretty Wrap~
    1st July 2012 / 3:23 am

    Soo many pretties!!! 🙂 🙂 Hugs, Holly

  19. sandy
    1st July 2012 / 3:13 am

    I love all the "happy" colors in your home! 😉 They make me smile! I too love color. Even though I enjoy looking at those homes that are all white and dreamy looking, I know I could never live without color! And I also buy things that I love and then sell something from my home in my annual vintage occasional sale. My tastes keep changing, anyway, so it works!Stay Happy! sandy 😉

  20. NanaDiana
    1st July 2012 / 1:38 am

    Oh- How sweet- Your blog and home always make me smile all over. I just love the happy, campy feeling you have created. xo Diana

  21. pam
    1st July 2012 / 12:59 am

    I agree that sticking to what you love vs. what is trendy in the end is about what makes YOU feel good in your own home! I love the retro kitchen units too. I have yet to purchase one. I was devastated when I found out the one belonging to my great grandmother had been sold after she passed. I'll find the right one some day 😉 Thanks for sharing your home again!

  22. Gisela Suski
    1st July 2012 / 12:37 am

    You have a happy happy place – love all the colors and it brings you joy.

  23. Marlynne
    1st July 2012 / 12:28 am

    I love all your new pictures so much! I TOO DEARLY LOVE COLLECTING EVERYTHING BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL FROM MY CHILDHOOD DAYS! Come look at my blog it is bright, colorful and happy!

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