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Tuscan Villa interior….

If you’re looking to spruce up your home and inject a little sun kissed life into your living space, perhaps you should consider the gorgeous layers of a Tuscan home. Most modern homes have a sharp detail to the decor and make use of black, whites, greys and blues almost exclusively. This may be seen as the equivalent of being up-market, however, there’s a certain lack of soul in such a style. Tuscany is the rugged, sunlit, farmland of Italy, and yet, it’s also where the people have a rich history going back all the way to the Roman Empire. The Tuscan-inspired colour scheme makes use of playful oranges, reds, beige, yellows and brown of the earth. Start with the ground floor and work your way up, because the most intense shifts will be done where you normally relax. Guests who come over will love your inspiration of a Tuscan villa.

Tuscan Villa Interior

Humble yet grand Halls

The homes of established families in Tuscany, are truly a sight to behold. Indeed, they come from a peasant culture, yet they know their worth to the country and all they have given to it. There’s a sense of grandness, but not too much as if they were part of the metropolitan elite. The hallways make use of thick, dark brown hardwood, with very little sheen, for a great rustic look. A rug in the middle or somewhere strategically place in the hallway breaks up the length of the hall. The rugs have a certain dominance to them as they display a rich rose red colour, in an eternal struggle for your attention with the beige and green sprouting flowers and vines that bear fruits.

Raw power of ceilings

Tuscan Villa Interior

Tuscany villas are proud of their architecture, but also, their structural integrity. The ceilings are bare with the support beams openly on display. If you’re seriously thinking of an entire redesign, this is one of the first categories you should be thinking about. The beams are supremely strong, made from a healthy, and remarkably dense oak tree. Tuscans make full use of a sheen or nutritious varnish to give the beams are nice shimmer to them. This kind of style balances out the lack of shine on the floorboards, so the light is reflected back down with a reasonable push. Tuscans pride themselves on being practical above posh aesthetics, so you can see the floor is treated purely as a functional layer, with no need to express an overt due diligence, but when you look up, the ceiling is strong and gleaming.

Reserved and warm lounge

The Tuscany lounge may have a few customs that are relatable to perhaps the larger cities like Naples and Florence, but also very distinctly familiar to the Italian countryside. It makes use of contemporary European sofas, with such styles as Zara five-seater sofa and the beautiful black Pavara corner sofa. These styles and colours, go well with the traditional light orange interior walls of the Tuscany lounge style. At night the corners are bathed in candlelight, such that the walls are emboldened in their natural reverberation of light. Tuscans love the wilderness, and so, fireplaces are a natural sight in lounges, and the archways of the pit are solely made from brick rather than marble. Tall lamps stand stoically in the corner, in the form of a thin, stem and blooming, circular lamp shade.

Dining with the Family

Tuscans are all about family, as throughout the years, the craft of farming was handed down from generation to generation, and eating together was to strengthen this bond. The table is a long, hardwood, mainly oak. However, some homes also use the flexible yew tree for their wood, as this material is more pliable. The table is, therefore, afforded the ability to have a small skirt, with simple carvings of knots and twisting vines. This design is most common, as its assets the strong relationship of family, yet does it in a reclusive fashion via skirt carvings. The chairs are always upright and don’t have to pad for the backrest. Local carpenters make good use of cedar wood, to form the frame of the dining chairs, with sometimes up to three horizontal back supports. The theme of these chairs can encapsulate the dawn of a rising sun, with vertically lifting, curves that peak in the middle.

Tuscany is the land of earth, farming, and quietly confident design that’s grand yet not boastful. The decor is mainly made from wood, with the chairs, and ceilings bringing home a truly rustic history of the peasant culture. Yet, the interior design embellishes the home with reds and oranges, flickering light from candles and fires, and modern sofas that elegantly fill the centre of the lounge.

What do you think to the Tuscan style?

Personalised Vintage Playing Cards gifts plus give away

As my regular readers know, I am not only a little bit obsessed with stationery and note books but also personalised gifts. I have found you another fabulous company Vintage Playing Cards, that offers just that.

Vintage Playing Cards GiftsRecently the lovely team at Vintage Playing Cards got in touch to see if I would like to offer my fabulous readers the chance to win one of their beautiful personalised vintage playing card frames, worth up to £110. Well how could I possibly say no to that amazing prize for one of you?

Vintage Playing Cards started in 2008 when a pack of vintage art deco playing cards was found, however a few of the cards were missing, so instead of throwing them away they were lovingly turned into greeting cards. Before designing frames and an array of other lovely vintage card inspired giftsVintage Playing Cards have an amazing range of gifts and items for the home. Something that really is a little bit different. Perfect not only for wedding presents, but also new babies, birthdays, anniversary and any other occasion you could possibly want to find the perfect present for. I even spotted a dog lead rack that has hooks to hang their leads on, which can be personalised to the names of your dogs. I love these, I would love one to hang by the back door for my Spaniels leads.

Vintage Playing Cards supply items, to some of my favourite shops, Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason, Oliver Bonus and not forgetting my must visit when in London shop, Liberty.

Win Win Win

Would you like to own your very own Vintage Playing Card frame? Well I have a fabulous competition for you to enter. Not only will you get your choice of frame and personalisation (up to £110) you will also be sent a set of Mr & Mrs bunting.

Don’t worry if you do not win, I have also got a fabulous little discount code for you, just type in CHAMPAGNE at the check out to receive 15% off your order. Why not start thinking about those Christmas gifts now?

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*Thank you Vintage Playing Cards for kindly offering my readers this wonderful prize. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Dressing your windows with the perfect blinds

Having a beautiful home that I love is something I continue to dream about. As my regular readers ready know we are planning to move to the countryside one day to our forever home. We know it’s not going to be next month or even next year but one day we shall be living our country dream.

I have big plans for our new home, beautiful kitchen, stunning bathroom with a roll top bath, wooden floors, gorgeous vintage items of furniture, a garden that is always in bloom with a lovely wooden play house for the children.

Perfect Blinds

Recently I have been thinking about what types of window dressings to use. I love shutters they are stunning but would not suit the style of house that we would be buying. So I have been looking at what styles we could use to find the perfect blinds.

Roman Blinds

Perfect Roman Blinds
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I really like roman blinds, they easily transform a room. You can get them a lovely range of colours and patterns, they are also often available in made to measure options. So if you are having curtains made or you have curtains for a large window in your room but need a covering for a smaller window then roman blinds are a great option. When the the blinds are up they look beautiful, lots of different layers all tucked together.

Venetian Blinds

I have a thing about venetian blinds in kitchens, I really fancy a beautiful white wooden one in our new kitchen. They are great when they are closed because you can tilt them so the stop the sun coming in at different angles, perfect to allow the light in but keep the beaming sun out. I like that they a wipeable, which is perfect in a kitchen.

Roller Blinds

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Roller blinds are great, they are often a cheaper option, they come in such a variety of colours and patterns. Plus they are more readily available with a black out option. Making them great for children’s bedrooms, both of my children had them in their nurseries.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds, are often seen in offices or conservatories. We had these in our first home, they were already there when we moved in and as they were good quality, plan in colour they stayed until we decorated each room. They did however stay in the kitchen on both the patio and other window.

I love Roman Blinds, so I think that we will use a mix of them and curtains around our forever home, they are simple and stylish. Although I would be tempted by the wooden style venetian blinds for the kitchen. What would your perfect blinds be for your home?

*This a a collaborative post with Ambition Blinds. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Throwing a Great Gatsby inspired party?

When I think about movie inspired themes for Weddings or parties, there is nothing more glamorous then a 1920’s Great Gatsby inspired party.

The mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby’s and his lavish life style. Set in the era of jazz music, flapper culture, glitz and glam. The Great Gatsby is associated with the American dream, rising up through the social classes. To lead that dream life. Jay Gatsby became famous for the glamorous parties he held every weekend at his stunning mansion house.

Your Great Gatsby inspired party

Planning the perfect Great Gatsby inspired party is all about riches, glamour and jazz. Your party should be held in a fabulous grand venue. Invitations should mirror those geometric lines and gold accents of the art deco style. Getting those invitations out early us really important because no Great Gatsby party is complete  without stunning outfits.

The decor should be dazzling, gold chandeliers, table centre pieces full of flowers and feathers. Think pearls and crystals hanging from the ceilings, off railings, from the backs of chairs or even trees lining the drive to the venue. Canapés and champagne are a must have. Champagne would have been free flowing at any of Jay Gatsby’s parties.

Ladies should dress to impress with those slip dresses, beading, uneven hemlines, fringes and dropped waists. T-bar shoes for dancings, long pearl necklaces, drop necklaces. Headbands full of sparkles with feathers, a hair comb or a tiara or even a beautiful beaded skull caps all showing off that classic 1920’s glam. The men would wear tuxedos, smart suits, bow ties and brogues. It was as important for the men to stand out and the ladies.

The Cost of your party

Can you imagine how much it would cost today to have that lavish lifestyle of Jay Gatsby? Owning a mansion with the size and grandeur 40 acres of land, private beach, swimming pool in the very popular Long Island would today cost you an impressive £77,298,271. So a far amount out of my budget.

Jay’s iconic yellow Rolls Royce which was as memorable as his personality. In real terms the nearest you would get to owning one of these would be 1922 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost but that would today cost you £144,000 so not for everyones budget.

Not forgetting the cost of his famous fortnightly parties, champagne, food, jazz bands, decorations would today cost you around £255,000 per year and that’s just the basic costs.

I think my dreams to lead that Jay Gatsby lifestyle is well and truly put on hold, however that doesn’t mean I can’t have a one off Great Gatsby inspired party. If you could have a movie themed party what would it be?

*This post was made in collaboration with Chill Money.*