Monday, 30 July 2012

The Best Job In The World...Probably...

If you could choose to do anything - absolutely any job in the world - AND be paid for doing it...I wonder what job you would choose?

Personally, I want Ros Byman Shaw's job. Ros is the author of some of my very favourite interiors books. They're the ones that I go to bed with, and hug in my sleep. Forget 'Fifty Shades of Grey' fantasies consist of Fifty Shades of greige...faded pink...and vintage floral!

They're the sort of books that have taken over from the childhood fantasy novels, where I once imagined myself as the central character, playing the heroine in the most wonderful adventures. Except now - with interiors books such as the one's that Ms. Byam Shaw writes - I no longer imagine myself playing the brave, inquisitive heroine. The need for bravery has fallen by the wayside - it is just the inquisitiveness that remains. Now, in my imagination, I simply walk around the most beautiful English country houses and am free to nose into antique linen cupboards and regard heirloom art collections, throwing myself onto plump tapestry cushions and into grand four posters swathed in vintage eiderdowns and lace trimmed sheets handed down through generations. Now, I caress the perfectly hued Farrow and Ball painted surfaces, admiring the aged undulations of the wattle and daub walls.

How wonderful to be invited into peoples homes, to be positively encouraged to help style and photograph them beautifully - and then to be able to write all about it and be published afterwards.

What a joy to spend every working moment submerged in such personal history, architecture, quirky beauty and individual style - AND (I say it again!) to be paid for it!

Yes, that surely must be the best job in the world?


images courtesy of "The Perfect English Cottage"; "The Perfect English Farmhouse"; "Perfect English"; All by Ros Byam Shaw for Ryland Peters & Small with photography by Jan Baldwin and Chris Tubbs.


Friday, 27 July 2012

Good Luck Team GB!

The countdown has begun. The popcorn is popping. The drinks are chilling. The takeaway is on it's way. The children are wide eyed and dressed in their snugglies - fizzing with excitement at being allowed to stay up late in order to watch the opening ceremony!

Yes - Olympic fever has definitely hit the 'Sutton' household!

Team GB in 1908...
Team GB in 2012!


Good luck to you all and have a great weekend!


Monday, 23 July 2012

The Sun Has Got His Hat On...!

Hip Hip Hip HOORAY!

...and this is ALL that I intend doing today...

Is your picnic rug ready...?

Is the hamper full to bursting...?

Here's to a glorious day in the sunshine!

(Hope that it's sunny where you are...?)


images courtesy of 1) The Natural Wedding Company; 2&3)Cabbages and Roses;. 4&5)Susie Watson Designs


Thursday, 12 July 2012

School Daze...

Sorry for the lack of posts, but my darling son is starting senior school in September, and to settle them in, he's having a trial 2 weeks for the end of term. Typically, the 11 year old is taking it ALL in his stride - I, however, am completely traumatised by the whole experience and am (much to his embarrassment...) ready to 'slug' each 'big boy' who comes near my little 'baby' outside of the school gates...pity the poor child who is simply asking him for directions!!

Normal 'blogging service' to resume next week...if my nerves survive!

p.s.Thank you all SO much for your lovely comments - they are a joy to read, and I frequently fall off my chair with laughter at their wit!

p.p.s. No - my son is not off to Eton, but I've always loved this image of the Eton boys taken by photographer Jimmy Sime in 1937.


Thursday, 5 July 2012

A Georgian Gem...!

I absolutely adore my home at 'Hill House', but similar to a politician in charge of Family Values, I have to confess to a wondering and roving eye on the odd occasion...

I tell my husband that at least my addiction is limited to lusting after houses on-line rather than attempting to place offers on houses that I have no intention of buying, with money that I haven't got...and really, who but the most hardened soul could resist this particular little bit of eye candy below...

..And just as attractive a view from the back - one should always check one's rear view in the mirror before an appointment, don't you think? And this little lady certainly has nothing to worry about from those viewing her from behind...she's absolutely perfectly formed...and unlike myself - hasn't lost an ounce of style with age!

...But aren't we brought up to believe that it's what's on the inside that counts?

...she doesn't disappoint does she...
...and what about the bits and bobs that are often overlooked...

...once again - perfectly groomed and in tip top condition...

...Yes, the 'Old Gal' has certainly aged with style and elegance...the perfect lady methinks...

I've actually spotted this house before in one of my much loved and well thumbed books, 'Perfect English' by Ros Byam Shaw, whose 'Perfect English' series of interiors books I absolutely adore! It has such a charming, much loved and 'lived in' country look doesn't it?

So anyone with a couple million to 'spare' - (start by checking behind the cushions on your sofa) - and who fancies moving up to Norfolk to become a 'relative' neighbour to me - (Okay - this house is on the posher bit of Norfolk and I promise to only pop in for coffee once a day!), this property is on the market with Bedfords estate agents.


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