First of all, for Jane, Flowers in the House. An opportunity for us all to stroll out into the garden in our best wellies, the cosy Orla Kiely ones with teacups on, and fling together a few effortless blossoms to display attractively in front of anything that will show us in a good light, lifestyle-wise.
Cornflower, Nepeta, Hydrangea, Calendula, Verbena. Do I have the right Monday?
I made reliable sponge cake for the visitors. 4 eggs, 4 oz flour, 4 oz sugar. Raspberry jam, cream.
The scene shifts to a determinedly minimalist corner of my house. Golden yellow sofa, assorted cushions, accoutrements.
|[from Natural Calico]|
And if colour didn't creep so invitingly up on me, this is the state of grace my interiors would achieve: serenity epitomised by a contained quantity of stripes and the rustic chic of grainsack fabric.
I covet the ottoman, from Natural Calico, a new online home boutique set up by Marie, whom I met when she came to style my house for an Ideal Home photoshoot. She and I remained in touch and I'm pleased to see her enterprising new venture. I confidently told Marie that my readers would be particularly interested in washed wood herb planters: was I right?