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Oh! I do like to be..

Updated: Apr 26, 2018

...beside the seaside. The sea air is good for the soul.. and after a pretty crazy January that really didn‘t pan out the way I had expected.. I’m breathing deep.



We’re enjoying a few days in a lovely cottage on the edge of a quiet ‘time stood still’ seaside village in Suffolk. The strong biting winds have meant guilt free lie-ins and lots of cosying up infront of a roaring fire (both in the cottage and the historic pub just a pebble throw away!)


One of the things I love about staying in a holiday cottage is you get to live in a home that is a completely different style to your own. It could be aspirational, inspirational or just a different age of house to your own. Our cosy nook is a lovely little Victorian cottage with some fab little features. It‘s perfectly styled for a beach holiday with nautical stripes, driftwood, pebbles and pine cones.. very different from my own, let’s face it, eclectic mix of scandi/mid-century modern/bit of vintage styled home.


After the excitement (read: trepidation) of turning the key and opening the door to find your burrow for the next few days (and the inevitable rush to choose a bedroom), next I check out the detail. Take a look at these gorgeous striped, fully interlined, triple pleat, hand stitched curtains.. beautiful and absolutely necessary for containing the wind that whistled in around the gorgeous but chilly single pane sash windows. I love the charm.. but without these curtains I'd have been hightailing it to the nearest thermal underwear shop!




To top off a little break away, there‘s nothing better than finding a little gem of an antique/curiosity shop tucked away. This little place was full of all sorts of lovely things and I found a beautiful little set of wooden drawers which will “absolutely sort out my cluttered desk” I told my husband.. he wasn’t convinced...



He should be pleased really, I could easily have brought home the entire contents of this photo!



Now we’re home. Refreshed, but missing the reassuring flash of the lighthouse in the kitchen window every few seconds. Time to knuckle down and make up for time lost in January. Happy February!