Sometimes you just need a little break

This feels like one of those really awkward moments when you meet a friend that you haven’t seen for a while; you know that you should have text, maybe dropped them a line, but unfortunately life got in the way. So let’s just gloss over the fact I haven’t blogged in quite a while, I’m not going to give you any silly excuses except, well, life just got in the way.

Ok, so what is the reason behind my sudden desire to start blogging again? A few weeks ago I was talking with a designer friend of mine and we were discussing our lack of inspiration, about how when we’re out shopping, everything looks the same. As designers, we are all looking to the same sources of inspiration. We go to the same cities, read the same blogs and spend our days trawling through Pinterest, looking at the same images. No wonder everything is looking the same! Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest – I spend hours on it – but there has been quite a few occasions recently when I’ve hit on an original idea, only to realise soon after that it wasn’t truly original because I had unconsciously digested it on Pinterest.

So, with this in mind, I have decided to start a personal quest to look beyond the usual sources and explore originality. I’ve signed up for the Cool Hunting course at Central St Martins, which I start this week, and I am going to document everything I find right here.

Bike Love


I got a bike a few months ago. It’s not the beautiful vintage bike I’d dreamed of because, apparently, a crusty bike with a basket on the front is not practical for off road biking. It’s a bright red, brand new mountain bike and the thing is, I love it!

This bike has made me so happy. It’s something that the hubby and I can enjoy together, but also gives me time to think, as I’m whizzing through the country lanes near my home. I love the feeling of the cold air on my face as I get to explore and really immerse myself in my surroundings.

What about you? Do you love riding your bike too…?

Credits : Bike World Beg Bicycles, Happy Interior Blog ,Winter Barn, Just Smile & Wave. Bike Love Pinterest Page. 

Addicted to Pinterest

The dogs I wish I had. Source Pinterest (of course) Originally http://www.jjjanuary.blogspot.co.uk/

My name’s Louise and I am addicted to Pinterest.

There I have said it!!

When I recently showed someone my account and my 2,200 pins and they were shocked, but in my defence, some accounts have tens of thousands of pins and my account is small fry in comparison. Part of me though, is quite proud of my Pinterest account. I’ve spent hours trawling through blogs pinning away and I am one of the few that remembers when Pinterest was invite only. I pin pictures of the person I would like to be, the house I would love to live in, the places I want to travel to, the dog I wish I had!!!! But nothing is better than that moment when you find a new blog with a sea of beautiful pictures that you just need to collect and organise into boards, filling your wall with inspiration.

My husband said I was a Curator, I like this analogy, it has more meaning than ‘I just like organised collections of pretty and inspirational pictures’. I suppose it was a natural progression from sketchbooks, but unlike sketchbooks, when the page doesn’t look pretty you can’t rip it out.

In a way, Pinterest has become a record of me. When I was looking for a job, I posted lots of beautiful patterns. When I moved, I posted delightful interior shots. It’s a record of what I have loved over the last 3 years. I suppose we all have a social media that excites us and Pinterest is mine. I am a designer after all!

Source Pinterest. Originally http://www.jjjanuary.blogspot.co.uk/

Happy New Year


A year where I realized; how important my friends and family are, how white wine should never be consumed in social situations, and that however much I run, my thighs will never be like Beyonce’s. Highlights of the year include meeting a whole new amazing set of friends who make me laugh and support me everyday, Glastonbury (why didn’t I continue to go every year from 2003) where I had such a magical 5 days. Finding out one of my closest friends is pregnant was also a high point but then the harsh realization that I’m now an adult followed soon after. Bonding in Madrid, Uma, wedding plans and leaving Manchester… all memorable moments.

As good as 2011 has been, I think 2012 is going to be so much better. Weddings, Lady Gaga,Italy, photography, bigger glasses, pretty patterns and trips to Paris. I really feel that I’m closing the book on one chapter and starting something new. I just hope it turns out to be as exciting as I feel it could be (white wine not included).

Happy New Year.

Credits: The Cherry Blossom Girl, Little Brown Pen, Frolic, Happy Things Tumblr & Flickr.