Five on Friday…

Being on holiday has given me the luxury of a lot more reading time lately and today I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite finds (and reads) this week.

Ikea’s new Stocksund Sofa looks sooooo much more expensive than it actually is from £515. It’s a brilliant budget savvy buy, particularly if you think you need a new sofa for Christmas guests! I particularly love the red!

Love the simplicity of this copper wall clock (from Made.com, £29) with it’s clean lines and on trend copper finish.

As the hype about Ebola continues to grow this map was a startling reminder of how out of perspective things are getting. It is still frightening and tragic that the spread could be better contained by simple hygiene and protective measures though. You can donate to the Red Cross Ebola Outbreak appeal here.

Love these free fonts inspired by space and Astrology. You know how I love my star signs!

I laughed aloud when I came across The Day The Crayons Quit recently. It’s a book for slightly older children, maybe 4-5 and up but its a perfect present for Christmas – very witty!

Happy weekend!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Finds… Back to School!

Well, it’s September now, which means back to school time. The roads are busier and the leaves are turning which so it’s time to treat yourself to some properly grown up stationery. I’ve spotted a few bits recently along with some old favourites here. The best part about this little treat is that you can kit your pencil case out without breaking the bank. :)

Book worms and English Literature students take note of this fab print – The entire text of Charlie and The Chocolate factory to celebrate the books 50th anniversary. So clever!

Happy weekend readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Five on Friday…

As the end of my first week of maternity leave draws to a close I’m feeling a little more prepared for baby. I’ve checked off lots of must have items on my newborn list, plus a few of your suggestions, and the nursery is falling into place. It’s been a busy and stressful week however – more on that next week, so I’m ridiculously excited about he first bit of pregnancy related pampering I’m doing tomorrow, on a Spa Day with Jess. I’m going to be making the most of it and hopefully some decent weather. IN the meantime, here’s what I have enjoyed reading and spotting this week…

I’ve been reading more about what to expect post-delivery as I prepare for baby’s arrival and this post on new parents expectations really struck a chord. A must read for soon-to-be or new parents.

Still obsessed with the idea of making (and eating) donuts. Still haven’t made them. These look immense.

If you’re having your second child, this was an interesting read on how Jo tried to manage sibling rivalry

I’ve never learnt to ride a horse but I love Kevin Russ’s pictures of wild horses in the US to remind me of travels there and his incredible landscapes across a beautiful continent. (Image above.)

I finally found the perfect summer wide strap sandal, even better, in the sale!

Have a fab weekend readers,

Rebecca
xo

June on Instagram…

June has absolutely flown by in the Norris household, probably because so many projects were completed or nearing completion and we started a couple of new ones too. Now that it’s almost June I’m pretty terrified to see my due date looming on the next months calendar and excited to meet baby Norris at the same time. An equally large amount of things need to happen before baby arrives for me to feel even remotely ready, so I hope time doesn’t fly quite as fast!

The kitchen has gone from almost finished to very almost finished and usable, which has felt fantastic and meant we moved from takeaways, to easy cook no-mess dinners like Pizza (and the re-initiation of Friday-night-is-pizza-night in the Norris house,) through to the Sunday-brunch-this-kitchen-was-made-for Pancakes. We also finally had the stained glass put back into our bedroom windows and I’m loving our new kitchen floor.

At the beginning of the month I spent a few days in Windermere for a work course and as usual, remembered that I should spend more time there as it’s so close.

In full on nesting mode we also started 2 more rooms in the house. As Francesca is still with us, we needed a nice room for mum to stay in when the baby comes, so we ploughed through one of the attic rooms, having it replastered, a new window fitted and new carpet, then decorated it all in 2 weeks. More on that soon.

Lastly, this weekend we started the nursery – It’s now ready to wallpaper, having took longer than we expected to paint and I have a much clearer picture of where we’re going decor wise. More on that to come soon too!

So what did you do this June? (I’m sure lots of you have had babies or are due next month like me?) Have you been decorating like us or being sensible and just enjoying the weather?!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Five on Friday…

Since the house is kind of getting there (i.e. the builder is more outside than inside now…) I’m thinking about the best methods of cleaning. Microfiber and e-cloths were a revelation for me in the fight against dust and dirt so I love posts like this one from Real Simple on the best cleaning supplies.

Do you smile then apply your blusher? I do, but wondered if that look was getting dated (after all, I’ve been doing it for at least 10 years!) so this post on how to apply your blusher perfectly was well timed.

Dana from one of my favourite interiors blogs House Tweaking is giving a whole house tour right now. She is working on an epic renovation and I love her style, so head on over for some serious interiors porn.

This weekend we are decorating the nursery and in an about turn after this moodboard, we’re going (surprise surprise, ) grey with this stunning paper. Check out their Ostrich paper too for a healthy dose of quirk that would look great in a bathroom or bedroom.

As this is the first proper weekend Pete and I have to ourselves with the new kitchen in, I’m planning on making the most of it and cooking a weekend breakfast. Pancakes are top of the list and I might try this recipe from Jamie Oliver’s protege, Anna Jones (she was one of the first trainees at Fifteen,) and her book is on modern veggie recipes – A Modern Way to Eat, check it out… (and the recipe here.)

Happy Friday readers,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Favourite fonts…

I tend to find that I lean towards repeating the same fonts on graphics when I’m producing images for Florence Finds and thought today I would share my favourites.


Mission Script (free) // Mathilde (free) Jacques & Gilles // Homestead (free) // Amarelinha

Some I have paid for, some are free but these 5 seem to cover all my needs for creative and consistent image branding. I hope you find one you like!

 

Love,
Rebecca
xo

DIY Pinterest ideas

I don’t know if it’s 33 week nesting kicking in or lack of funds to finish things off, but I’ve really been interested in DIY tutorials on Pinterest more now than ever before. I thought I’d round up she favourites and even if you don’t make the item in question, I hope it inspires you to adapt the idea and create something beautiful for little financial outlay…


Upcycled Painted table legs // Hanging copper planter // DIY Brick vase // Neon tassel coasters // DIY Shibori pattern fabric // A DIY solar powered outdoor lamp (no link but pictures show you how) // DIY trinket dish // Feather pendant // Scarf bunny // Cloud mobile

I love the idea of upcycling table legs like this – perfect for a nursery or kids room, not to mention that cloud mobile. The copper hanging planter would be perfect for a corner of our kitchen as I’m trying to get more greenery around the house. This feather pendant would cost a fraction of the price of a designer version and I haven’t worked out if shibori is just the trendy name for tie-dye, but I quite fancy attempting some napkins for the new kitchen with these fancy designer look methods.

Have you guys ever attempted anything you found on a DIY Pinterest tutorial? Did it turn out well?!

Have a great weekend readers! We are going to look at more prams, continue stripping the attic room, pick up our kitchen pendant lights, choose paint for 3 rooms and celebrate my nephews 2nd birthday in York.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Five on Friday…

This week the building work on our new kitchen has really got under way. The final pieces of steel are going in today to make way for the chimney breast to come out and the bifold opening to be knocked through. As each day goes on it brings with it a ton of questions we haven’t anticipated and essentially being project managers is stressful, frustrating and bewildering at times. Right now we are deciding on flooring (including my last minute doubts re Amtico/Karndean vinyl wood look flooring versus real wood,) exterior lighting, how and where to move some newly discovered pipes to, and of all things, window sills.

Here are some links to keep you going in the meantime!

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If you didn’t see yesterday, don’t forget to go and comment on yesterdays baby names post – I am loving reading your thoughts and suggestions! It’s so helpful. (We actually had our first productive conversation last night about names over dinner!) We’re off to Brimham rocks this weekend for some family birthday celebrations. I hope you have a great one readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS I’d love to know if any of you have any experience of engineered wood in a kitchen versus vinyl floor tiles like Amtico or Karndean? Let me know! (We want a wood ‘look’ either way.)

Five on Friday…

Why do the short weeks after a long weekend always feel harder than the long ones? We are meeting up with lots of friends this weekend which is going to be great and after what seems like forever prepping and planning the building work starts on the kitchen on Monday. Bring it on!

In the meantime here are a few things I’ve seen around the web to ease you towards the weekend.

Happy Friday readers, see you next week!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Big Spring List

It’s that time again, when I start to enjoy Spring and getting the most out of the season. Spring has to be my absolute favourite time of year, not least because it’s my birthday! Every year I make a list of experiences and goals to make sure I enjoy the longer days, better light and everything springing to life around me.

I’d love to hear what you have planned in the coming months and what you do to celebrate the arrival of spring?

Here are the things I’ll be ticking off my list this year…

    • Curate a wall of art to finish my dining room in soothing and of-­‐the-­‐moment greens and blues.
    • Set some time aside to design our garden and outdoor space, including the deck that is yet to be installed.

    • Instead of using Spring flowers, for a change I’m going to use brightly coloured fruits to provide splashes of colour around the house in glass vases and crisp white ceramic dishes.
    • I’ll be trying to make my diet healthier with creative salads (particularly as the kitchen will be out of action!) Plan a trip to the Lake District to get some fresh air and enjoy the daffodils in Wordsworth country
    • Florals are so big in interiors this year that I’ll be looking for other ways to incorporate them, perhaps with prints or floral fabrics.

    • Play around with new manicure ideas for spring colour and fun even when the weather’s not so bright outside ;)
    • Make the most of time with Pete as a couple, before the baby arrives, with plenty of date nights.

  • Lastly, I need to turn my attention to the nursery and start getting it all sorted. I’m planning a colour filled room with restful corners and details to balance out the brights.

So readers, what are your plans? Do share your own spring list in the comments box!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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