Thursday, April 05, 2012

corners.

We finally finished our house. If you've been reading for a long time then you might remember our no hot water/no heating/no ceiling phases which lasted longer than anyone would care for. But it's finally finished and ready for someone to buy please. 
I'm better at little corners than whole rooms. Whole rooms intimidate me. Whenever I've moved house I've always packed one box with my favourite pretty things and as soon as I've arrived I've unpacked that box into a small corner somewhere and been home. One day I'll master whole rooms but in the meantime here some of the small corners.

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Notes. 

photo 2: Did anyone else buy Nova when it was relaunched? I loved that magazine and it seemed like a not-so-small miracle that it appeared in our local shop on our little island where you couldn't get your Sunday papers until Monday morning every month. Until it didn't and I cried real tears. I was 16 when Nova came out for the second time, I'm pretty sure it changed my life.
Operation Alphabet is an amazing kids book that its very kind authors sent me to review. I haven't done it yet because whenever I get it out to photograph W&P are ALL OVER it and it's a disaster, but lemme tell you, it's gorgeous and if you're looking for a kiddy book for slightly older kiddies, you should buy it.   
photo 4: Do you like my red anglepoise lamp? TK Maxx baby! £14!   
photo 11: I don't wear Coco Mademoiselle. I was given it 12 years ago and I kept it because the bottle made me feel all fancy. So if you're imagining me smelling like that then stop. I smell like damp laundry. Sexay. 

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  1. Sorry, I don't know of Nova. But am loving the lamp. Very nice, very funky.

    And it's nice to know someone else wears the same scent as me.

    Thanks for sharing these corners, they are lovely. Hope the house is working out for you.

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    1. I don't actually wear it, I just like the bottle!

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  2. I don't know Nova but I sure like your corners. Kellie xx

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  3. That's the third time I've seen that picture of you, Cate, Rachel and M and it just makes me smile. You all look so happy.

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    1. we were, it was a good day!

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  4. Big rooms scare me, too! Far too much space--I never know what to do with it all! And I must say, you have a lovely collection of cook books! I'm still trying to build mine up, but only have my Mom's recipes and Jamie Oliver to help me out!

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    1. Oh I can definitely recommend the World Vegetarian, it's the best book ever and I've never cooked anything from it that wasn't delicious. I'd skip Nigella Lawson if I were you though. Rose ELliot and Moro are my other favourites and I'm longing to buy the Ottolenghi cookbooks.

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  5. Oh wow. Nova magazine. You've just bought back so many memories for me. I too was 16ish when it was relaunched (though of course back then I didn't even know it was a relaunch), I just fell in love with it and I also credit it for probably shaping a lot of my late teen years, and hell, probably even who I am now. i also cried when it folded. I cried even more when I realised that my mother had thrown away all my copies whilst I was at uni. I haven't seen a copy or even heard anyone speak of it for years. Thank you :)

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    1. You're welcome! I'm so glad someone else had such an attachment to it too.

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  6. Yup, noticed that hot Anglepoise lamp as soon as I saw it. What a bargain. Slightly jealous...
    Love these small corners.

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  7. Your house is lovely, and so white and clean -__- I strive for this haha

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    1. Ha! You should see the bits I didn't photograph.

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  8. What is the cloth with the stiched skyline in the first picture? Your corners are lovely.

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    1. It's a print by Sheepshead Design that we bought in New York, http://www.etsy.com/shop/sheepshead I absolutely love them.

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  9. NOVA! yes, yes!!! i loved that magazine and still have all the copies i bought when it relaunched. i wish so bad it was still around.

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  10. Corners are the best bit. One can be very cosy in a corner. <3

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  11. Glad to see you're also an Anne Lamott fan. She's one of my tops. I missed seeing her when she was in Minneapolis a couple weeks ago with her new book because I was putting a bid on a house. So we share authors and home buying/selling anxiety. I guess it's good that her books help to teach us that it's normal to be crazy/anxious/neurotic/scared/human from time to time.

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    1. She's absolutely wonderful, I can't wait to read her new book.

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  12. We're good with small areas in our flat too - mantelpieces, bookshelves, windowsills - but the walls are almost entirely bare even though we have lots of things to frame... and Nova! I wish I still had my copies.

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    1. I wish I had all of them, a few seem to have got lost along the way. Every so often we have a magazine purge, I've gotten rid of a tonne of Vogue and Elle and Country Living and every time I go to get rid of these too but I can't bring myself to. Thank god!

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  13. I love these. So many pretty little spots.

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  14. your spots are simply lovely...

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  15. Beautiful, Cara! I love the vintage cameras/cases... and that red lamp! xx

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play nice.