Colourful Summer

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Summer brings with it a wealth of things… Long days, hopefully balmy evenings (thank goodness we’ve had a few of these this year), bright clothes and happy people to name but a few…. But mostly I enjoy the fact that one of my favourite flowers comes out in force.

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I love Gladioli. After Tulips, they are my go-to flower for some colour in our home. As soon as June comes round, our weekly trolley has these blooms poking out of the end. The colours they come in and their height mean they are amazing as a focal point in any room.

I love the dark purple, white and coral blooms, but any colour will do. M&S usually have great deals on where they are £2.50 for a bunch of four stems. Great value.

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I’ve always thought they’d make stunning centrepieces for a Summer Wedding… and very cost effective!

What’s your favourite summer bloom?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Framing it

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There are few framing solutions out there that I would choose as an affordable solution to hang the pictures and art we love in our house. Often the frame ends up costing twice as much, if not more, than the art itself, making beautifying our home VERY expensive indeed.

Therefore, it is without guilt that I say our go-to solution is the Ikea Ribba frame. Available in a whole host of colours and sizes, they are prefect for most of our projects, and with prices between £2.75 and £16, you can’t go wrong really.

The majority of the pictures in our home, not counting those that are canvases, are framed with these little beauties.

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Depending on the room, we favour the Oak Veneer, Black or White frames, but I do also like the Aluminium and Matt Grey finishes. We’ve had to have a few mounts made on some occasions, but I’d rather that than forking out on the whole shebang.

Other surrounds we really like are the Heal’s Black Glass Photo Frames. They give such a lovely smooth contemporary finish to any photo, but they can look a bit heavy. Ours house some black and white photos but I’m not sure colour would work as well.

Do you have a framing solution you defer to for your art?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

A Home Sanctuary

To be able to come home and escape the worries and stresses of the day is one of life’s small pleasures, and a very welcome #JanuaryJoy today. Much like Rebecca over on Florence Finds, I’m not one for spending a lot of money on Spa Day’s or breaks, only having done a couple in my lifetime, but would much rather spend time in the comfort of my own home, relaxing and creating my own “home spa”.

However, just as Rebecca says, step one of that process is atmosphere itself.

Our bathroom, although now my favourite room in the house, wasn’t always so. Having bought a Victorian “fixer-upper” back in 2009, we actually had to live with Richard’s parents for four months whilst the poor house was gutted, rewired and plastered. Even then, when we moved in, after sanding, painting and glossing every surface, the bathroom and kitchen still remained untouched due to lack of funds. A year into living here, when the electric shower finally gave up the ghost, enough was enough. We had to bite the bathroom bullet.

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These photos were taken during the renovation process – two weeks where again, we were living with the parental-units. We are lucky enough to have a huge bathroom (11ft x 8ft for those that are interested) which meant that we could have my longed-for separate freestanding bath and walk-in shower. We didn’t dare DIY that bathroom (except for the painting) like we did with a lot of the rest of the house, instead, hiring a local company to fit the underfloor heating, lay the floor and install the sanitary wear. Boy are we glad we did it this way! The finish is fantastic, and although more expensive than doing it ourselves, as we chose the tiles, shower and bath etc individually, it was cheaper than having a bathroom specialist install everything.

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We now have dimmed lighting, a roll-top claw footed bath and a very calming room, ideal for those home spa moments. The bathroom really came into it’s own whilst I was pregnant, with me often spending ages in the bath with bump as it made me feel calm and relaxed (lots of Clary Sage oil used from week 38!)

It’s lovely to be able to have this piece of calm in our home – a little sanctuary. And I especially love our huge bath (and I’m not really a bath person). I really could spend all day in there.

Do you have a favourite room of your house?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X