The Girl in the Red Coat

Posts Tagged ‘homelife

This Christmas was just what I needed – fun, cosy and restful, despite falling ill almost as soon as term ended. Lots of time with some of my most favourite people, a Christmas ballet, lots of delicious mulled drinks in front of roaring fires and baking of Christmassy treats. It was also a Christmas of firsts – the first with my boyfriend and the first time I’ve ever received a Christmas card as part of a couple. You may laugh, but for once (and unexpectedly even to me) I didn’t react like a panicked Chandler Bing…it was a wonderful feeling!

I hope you all had a fabulous time, however you were celebrating.

Now to start planning some New Year’s Resolutions…


We’re enjoying truly gorgeous weather here in London at the moment…well, I use the word ‘we’ in the loosest possible terms because I am unfortunately sitting at my desk indoors most of the day, surrounded by note cards, textbooks and pens, and staring longingly out at the sunshine. I do occasionally manage to escape into the back garden with a cool drink and my sunglasses though – a girl needs a break sometimes!

I love our garden, it’s looking beautiful at the moment, is so peaceful during the week and if I sit still long enough, there are a few birds that feel quite at home hopping about on the lawn and splashing around in the bird bath. They’re very camera shy…but I’m determined to catch them on film one day!

Home Comforts

Posted on: May 16, 2010

Some of you reading this will know that recently, as a distraction from studying, I’ve taken to  planning my future  flat/cottage by the sea! It’s been suggested that I’m just being cruel to myself by  doing this because I am in no way  close to achieving this dream any time soon with the way this  course is eating up my savings and forcing me to sign  up for some rather terrifying loans. But I don’t  see that escapism is bad at all and besides, a little bit of imagination  and wistful planning now can  only help me in the future when I’m moving into and decorating a place that’s entirely  my own!

What would your dream place be like?

As much as I admire the sleek, modern, minimalist look I know that’s definitely not me and it would  take a lot to convince me otherwise. My cottage will be chic in its own cosy, vintage way – old china  tea cups in a dresser in the kitchen, an aga, a pantry, open fireplaces, luxurious double beds  with  heaps of cushions and colourful blankets. Yeah so money’s no object in these dreams, but a girl  can  dream right?!

The kitchen should be a large, light-filled room with  plenty of space for the family to sit around and  chat while sniffing the luscious cooking aromas wafting from the oven. There will be window seats to curl up and read in or simply gaze outside and dream, an attic room for its happy occupant to feel deliciously warm and cosy when lying in bed and listening to the rain pouring down outside and a wee garden full of flowers, fruit trees and stony winding paths leading to hidden nooks…

The daydreams also include the perfect mister to snuggle up with (and take the dogs out for a walk when it’s just too cold and miserable to leave the warmth of the house!) but alas he doesn’t fall into such easy categories as planning the rooms of a house and I don’t have an exact picture of him in my head just yet! Although that also allows one to dream a little…

Here are a couple of other images that have excited my imagination recently:

[Please note, none of these images are mine –  click the picture to be taken to the lucky owner  of the room in question!]


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