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Bed & Breakfast broiche

I got lots of little bits completed around the house in June. The bedroom got its finishing touches and one Sunday morning I made a deliciously simple breakfast, hence the dodgy title to this post!

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For the bedroom, I found neutral, simple curtains and beautiful matching bedding. Warm golds and blackcurrant give a hint of warmth to this otherwise white room. Little candles and pictures blend in amongst the necessities like the radio.

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I painted the curtain rails and rings white, so that the pattern and colour of the curtains pop out.

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The large window cills have been left empty to let the light flood in, with the exception of a simple frame in one and a candle holder in the other.

The simple white bedside tables match the simple cottage style bed.

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Finally, the chest of drawers that is nestled in the corner alcove is dressed with family photos and a very special jewellery box. All these little trinkets make this calm,Β serene room very special.

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The breakfast part of my title today comes from this delightful make:

Strawberry breakfast broiche
Take a couple of small broiche rolls and slice in half.

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Wash and cut up some strawberries.

Pan fry the broiche in a little butter over a medium heat until golden brown.

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Pile the strawberries onto the toasted broiche and serve with vanilla or natural yogurt.

Now, I’d love to invite you to stay for b&b, but if I did that I’d have no where to sleep!

Melissa xx

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Scrub-a-dub-dub

With all the picturesque photos from outside The Glen House and all the tasty treats from the kitchen, I haven’t shared much of the rest of the house recently.

The bathroom is finished!

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I don’t have any before pictures, because it was that bad. The bathroom is a very dark room, the window is small and the trees block both the view and the light from outside. I wanted to keep it the decoration light, fresh and airy (it’s goes without saying that it needed to look clean and STAY clean).

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It all started with paint; the walls got a blue hue and even the curtain rod got in on the act. I finished off the newly improved fresh white rod with a lovely set of wooden hearts.

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With another splash of leftover paint I attacked a cheap wooden mirror.

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I’ve put an elegant Peace lily in the corner of the room, luckily it’s extremely tolerant of abuse and neglect! All it needs is some water and food on a weekly basis. Next to it sits a gorgeous Yankee candle. You can never have enough candles in the bathroom, they give off a beautiful soft glow AND a gorgeous smell.

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The walls are filled with some fantastic arty pieces, including this great sign:

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Last September we found some stunning pieces in a craft village in Galway including a small dish and print by Geraldine O’Rourke.

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Geraldine O’Rourke dish

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Geraldine O’Rourke print

The room wouldn’t be complete without matching linens….

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And matching toenails!

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Melissa xx

Springtime windows

It’s not raining! In fact it’s a beautiful spring day. So inspired by the sun light, I’ve gone about brightening up the windows on the landing in The Glen House.

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White tea light lanterns with glass panels sit beside some stunning lemon coloured roses. The light gleams through the panels and the vase, throwing some much-needed light onto the stairs. Nestled in front of the vase are two cute wooden owls.

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A beautiful wooden boat sits in the corner window, softly lit by a small table lamp.

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Some Hyacinths sit alongside some old ceramic jars, I can’t wait for the smell…. (Rubbish photos must buy camera)!

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A wonderful Christmas present sits on the bottom landing window;the carved wooden heart candle holder with a glass vase inside spreads the light both day and night.

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Roll on the stretch in the evenings!

Melissa xx

The start of the Spring Clean!

Happy February 1st! Ok, let’s be honest it’s frickin’ horrible outside. There’s rain, gale force winds, more rain, the dreary lack of light, did I mention the rain? I feel like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, any second now the house is going to be swept up and blown away. Oh and the river is getting nearer and nearer the house as it rises…

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On a happier note, January is over, Christmas was ages ago and therefore Spring must be on the way! Time to give the house a freshen up, introduce some new ideas and look forward to some brighter, lighter days ahead.

I bought a large slate heart a few months ago, it hangs above the Rayburn. It’s great to scribble happy messages on! So when I found these mini slate hearts (reduced in the sale) a few weeks ago I had to have them.

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I love being able to write little messages in chalk….

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Back to the freshen up; the kitchen needs to be sparkly and light, so having these pretty glasses on display help catch the light.

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Hidden behind them are these little scallop shells (yes, the scallops happily made it to my belly).

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The shutters in front of the kitchen sink have been thrown open to let the light in, and the area dressed with light warm colours.

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Tulips in a fabulous Easter yellow add some Spring greenery along side a tagine (thank you for the Christmas present), an old fashion milk urn thingy, a herb board and a cute clock!

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All finished off with a twinkly heart….

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Roll on the spring!
Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 18

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I still have the flu, I’mΒ still bed bound and I still hate it! However I decided that between feeling sorry for myself and sleeping and feeling sorry for myself some more that I ought to do something about it…. The ‘something’ couldn’t use too much energy or take to long, because I’m just not able.
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I’ll be stuck in this room for at least another few days, so I decided that Christmas ought to come to me because I certainly aint going to it!
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In between sleeps (yes I’m getting lots of rest and drinking lots of fluids) I’ve had a go at decorating the bedroom. Everything was small and manageable; silver and white baubles and silver twigs in a vase now sit in the window. While two little owls watch over me.
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Right next to the bed on my little chair sits a beautiful silver and white sparkly twig themed cushion.

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A beautiful silver deer candle plate (and more silver and white baubles) now sit in the second window.
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And a little white tree with lots more silver and white baubles sits on top of the chest of drawers.
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All very simple and easy. Did it make me feel any better? Hell no! But at least Christmas has arrived in the bedroom. I’m off back to sleep….
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Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 12

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The front window in The Glen House is so special; by day it floods the living room with light and by night it holds the warm glow of candle light. Most importantly it frames the amazing view of the garden and river.
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For Christmas it is extra special! I’ve used a simple while and gold theme, to make the most of the painted white shutters.
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The bay shrub has a string of gold beads lying on it, with white lanterns either side that are full of little gold baubles that catch the light.
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In front sit two gorgeous robins and some sparkly gold t-light holders.
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Even in the light of the morning it looks pretty.
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So easy, so simple and so beautiful!
Melissa xx