It’s Friday, yay! and to round off teh week in style we have this wondeful collection from Mothercare. The Mothercare Tusk collection is in beautiful orange, caramel and earthy colours, with safari inspired prints with giraffe, monkey and elephant motifs. This collection is linked to the animal conservation issues in Africa as a percentage of profits from the tusk Mothercare collection are donated to TUSK.
A few words from Mothercare…
The new nursery collection features the burnt-ochre and sweet caramel colours reminiscent of the Serengeti. Safari inspired prints with giraffe, monkey and elephant motifs look super cute on the soft bedding pieces. The collection also features animal shaped picture frames, a chunky elephant door-stop and a set of yellow giraffe shelves. Knitted and fleece blankets will keep little ones snug plus nurture accessories such as muslins and bibs complete the range.The partnership aims to raise awareness of important animal conservation issues in Africa with a percentage of profits donated to TUSK.
As the Duke of Cambridge, Royal Patron of African conservation charity Tusk, uses his state visit to China to press for an end to the country’s massive illegal trade in wildlife, Mothercare asks British children their opinion on animal conservation.
It’s been a while since we have featured a Real Life DIY post and this wardrobe project is just amazing, brought to you by Kelly H’s siter in law no less! Restoring furniture not only saves you money but you can personalise your furniture however you want it, It then becomes a unique piece like today’s wardrobe project. I have never used Annie Sloan paint but I have heard so many great reviews about this beautiful chalk paint and it really suits the new look wardrobe.
Here’s Sally-Ann to tell you about her wardrobe renovation………..
We moved into our Victorian house almost 14 years ago and for the past 10 I have been wanting to redecorate my bedroom, I was particularly keen to get rid of an impulse purchase Ikea wardrobe.
The wardrobe was brilliant for storage but was HUGE! Taking up a whole wall, measuring 300cm wide and 65cm deep. After 10 years of nagging at my husband he finally agreed that we should dismantle the wardrobe and buy a new one.
It took me a few weeks of research to decide what I wanted, I decided upon a French Armoire. There are a lot of companies importing French furniture, they restore it, paint it and then add on a pretty hefty mark up. A wardrobe in the style and size I wanted would have cost approximately £1,000. I decided to find a wardrobe in it’s ‘raw’ state and restore it myself, this would save me a few quid and I actually liked the idea of a ‘project’.
I began searching the internet for ideas and, after watching a number of Youtube videos, I discovered the amazing Annie Sloan chalk paint. I had heard about the paint but had no experience of using it. This paint is becoming really popular, the great thing about chalk paint is that there is no preparation involved, you can literally paint straight onto pretty much any surface with no sanding, priming etc. and it dries super quick. There are a lot of places offering Annie Sloan painting courses but I found the Youtube videos and the Annie Sloan Website really useful and didn’t feel I needed to attend a course. A little about the process of using the paint later.
The next step was for me to seek the Armoire. I spent a couple of weeks looking at various wardrobes online, ebay, gumtree, antique auction sites etc. I finally found one that had the perfect measurements on eBay, placed the bid and yippee I won the item. The wardrobe cost me £440.
This is a photo of the wardrobe when it arrived
The Armoire is made of Oak and had been varnished to a high sheen. I had chosen to paint the wardrobe in Paris Grey with Old White as a base coat as I wanted to distress the wardrobe, sand back in areas to show the Old White beneath the Grey. Off I went to my nearest Annie Sloan outlet, purchased the paint, wax and brushes, I spent around £100 on these items.
Happy Monday everyone and how are you? How was your weekend? Mine was great, I had my sisters hen party on Saturday and the rest of the weekend I spent with Fearne as she is back at school on Today. I will miss her but all the same it will be nice to get back into a routine again.
Today we have this gorgeous family shoot from Sarah Wayte Photography. I cannot stress enough how important it is to document your families life. Children grow up so fast and it’s so important to document every single moment of their lives.
A few words from Sarah the Photographer…..
This shoot took place on a fairly cold but sunny morning at the beginning of February over in Hockley Woods in Essex. I had photographed Sadie & Paul’s wedding back at the end of 2013 which was one of
the first times I had met their gorgeous little boy, Harley. Sadie asked me a little while back if we could
do a mini shoot with Harley because he was growing up so fast and she didn’t want to forget these lovely early years. The idea for the shoot came about when Sadie mentioned that she lived at the back of the woods and that Harley loved nothing more than to get his wellies on and go splashing through the puddles on a dog walk with his companio n, Rocky. I knew then that I wanted to document that walk as it will always be a great memory for Harley when he gets older. I think, too, that it is vitally important to photograph children in their natural environment in a way that they feel comfortable so you get their true characters on camera, rather than stiffly posed formal photographs! (more…)
I absolutely love today’s post and the fantastic images that Ellie Gillard has kindly shared for all of our Boho Life readers today. Thailand is on my bucket list to visit. Everytime I see images from Thailand I totally fall in love with this magical place. Thai food is also my favourite cuisine so to me this trip would be perfect. Huge thanks to Ellie for sharing these amazing images with us today. It looks like you had an amazing time.
I’ll pass you over to Ellie Gillard Photography…..
When I got an enquiry for a wedding in Thailand, it took me all of about 30 seconds to decide that I definitely wanted to do it, and that if I was going to travel all that way I should probably make a holiday out if it. If it hadn’t been for work I probably would never have gone to Thailand – I think tourism there potentially gets bad press – ping pong shows and sex tourists, yoof going mental at full moon parties and all inclusive package holidays – all my idea of holiday hell. How glad I was, then, that I decided to go and get just the littlest taste of this fascinating and incredible country. Having always been a fan of latin American destinations – I think I’m now thoroughly converted to South Asia and am already secretly planning my return! (more…)
Today I would like to tell you about a little trip I took to one of the North’s great attractions, The Deep in Hull. The Deep is a fantastic fun-filled family day out. I went with Nik, Dexter, my sister-in-law and her 1-year-old little boy and we had a fab time.
The Deep boasts a huge aquarium, containing a whopping 3,500 fish including Green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins. The Deep tells the amazing story of the world’s oceans through marine life, interactives and audio-visual presentations. You can also watch the divers hand feed sharks and rays each day, along with other presentations and scatter feeds at the tropical Lagoon of Light. The Deep is an environmental and conservation charity.
Today I have enlisted the help of my husband Nik to tell you more about the Deep, I will leave yo in his capable hands.
Happy Bank Holiday Monday, how has your Easter been so far? I do hope you have had a lovely time, have you eaten all of your Easter eggs yet? Welcome to another edition of Boho’s Bites. A simple little feature where I share with you where I have eaten out each month. If you follow me on Instagramyou will know that I love going out for dinner and I love taking photos of my food , so I thought why not share my food adventures with you.
This month has included my birthday which I was ill for and then belated celebrations a couple of weeks later, as well as Mothers day. We have and a poorly Dexter quite a bit this month so not been out as much as we would have liked. Hopefully we will make up it in April.
Here is where I have eaten out and about during March…….