Wildflowers, bees, & blackberries galore

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Happy Sunday!

My wildflowers have sprouted some rather impressive flowers since my last garden post. Our garden is truly a bee haven - they love the wildflowers, the lavender, and the aubrietias in spring. I'm happy when the bees are happy!

I've also included some photos of our thriving blackberries that grow among the untamed brambly bit at the bottom of the garden that no-one dares to go near. Hey, at least the hedgehogs like it.

Note: This is an image-heavy post which is why it's behind a cut. Enjoy!

So much fuzz!

See, bee haven.

Redecorating... the kitchen

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Back again!

I bring you the kitchen for the fourth instalment of my Redecorating series.

I went for a surprisingly moody theme with this space - I love that the dark green wall colour, metro backsplash tiles, and the simple flagstone floor tiles give the room a neutral (but not boring) backdrop for more bold pieces such as the mixer tap and pendant light. I love the mixture of natural wood and slightly garish brassy/gold tones (and a dash of stainless steel for good measure), it's a contrast that works well I think.

Everything's linked below so go shop your little heart out.




Kate

Let's talk about Edgar Wright & Baby Driver

Friday, 21 July 2017

Hi!


I've been wanting to write some sort of 'review' of Baby Driver since I saw it in cinemas, but I actually hate film reviews. I don't read them, and I don't particularly like writing them, but I have to tell you guys about Baby Driver. So really this isn't a 'review', it's more of a love letter to Edgar Wright and his films that shaped my life. Hope you're ready for a giant wall of word vomit!

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Shaun of the Dead was the film that did it for me. That film made me want to make films. That film made me excited to do Media Production at college and go for interviews at Manchester and Leeds for Filmmaking. I wanted to make a film as good as Shaun of the Dead. Thing is, I didn't end up doing filmmaking at all. In fact, I withdrew my application full stop because of fear and nerves and self-doubt, blah blah blah. Stupid.

I do feel sometimes I should've just gone for it and ignored that anxiety because maybe I could've made a film like Baby Driver one day. A film that has so much passion, soul and heart put into it. The music, the editing (especially the sound editing, oh BOY), the actors, the cinematography, the writing, the action, the tension, the humour, the feeeeelings. My little heart nearly burst with joy. It made me fall in love with movies all over again. Sequels and adaptations dominate our cinema screens so when something original comes along, we must savour it. Watch it three or four times. Tell your friends about it. Tell Twitter about it. Shout your love for it from the rooftops, etc.

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Edgar Wright never fails to impress me. His directing style is second to none. It's energetic, colourful, loud, sharp, witty. I cannot express enough how much I adore his directing and the songs he chooses for his films, and the way he brings his characters to life, and writes their snappy dialogue... let's be honest, I could go on for hours.


Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Spaced in particularly mean so much to me and always will. They remind me of specific times in my life that I think only truly good pieces of film, music and television do. And I can pretty much quote every line from Shaun of the Dead as if I'd written the thing myself. Because I had nothing cooler to do when I was fourteen, apparently.

Basically, Baby Driver is incredible and deserves to be seen on the big screen. Everyone keeps saying this, but it's true. Trust me. I was legit worried I would miss it in cinemas. If I had, I would've never forgiven myself.

If you haven't already sussed out by this post, Edgar Wright is my favourite film director (and person, ever). He is everything I aspired to be as a director, and even though I'm doing something completely different now he still inspires me because his films have shaped me and I can never forget that.


So, good job Edgar for making bloody brilliant films (and putting together the funkiest soundtracks, seriously, check out the soundtrack to Baby Driver here) and making me feel better about everything.

Hope you enjoyed the read. Are you a fan of his work? Let me know your favourite film/short/TV series of his.


Kate

Redecorating... the bathroom

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Here we go with the third instalment of my Redecorating series. 

I went surprisingly modern with this bathroom. I love traditional style bathrooms with those old-fashioned looking taps and roll-top baths, but if I was to decorate my own bathroom I'd want it to be contemporary and to stand the test of time. Stainless steel, glass, and mirrored surfaces are the epitome of a classic, modern bathroom. Ideal for all. I added a dash of luxurious navy, a lush green plant, and some seagrass textures to liven up the largely grey and white space.

The waterfall tap and shower head are what dreams are made of. Lots of links below so get clicking if you spot something you like...

Next up will be the kitchen!




Kate

Lovely quotes / 8

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Eight is here, enjoy!


"The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart."
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them."
— Dalai Lama XIV

"There are some people you’ll never see again. At least, not in the same way."

— Iain Thomas

"Make sure, as often as possible, you are doing something you’d be happy to die doing."
— Matt Haig, The Humans


"I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere."
— Isabelle Eberhardt

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."
— John Burroughs

"We who live in quiet places have the opportunity to become acquainted with ourselves, to think our own thoughts and live our own lives in a way that is not possible for those keeping up with the crowd."
— Laura Ingalls Wilder


There are some people you’ll never see again. At least, not in the same way.

Snapping in the garden

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Hi!

I mentioned a in a previous post that I had been playing around with my new (not 'new' new, but new to me) Leica C-Lux 3. I love this dinky little camera; I've tried quite a few out (my step-dad loves photography and has tons of digital cameras lying around for me to, ahem, 'borrow') but none have really impressed me before.

This Leica is gorgeous. The photos I take don't even need editing because the colours just pop naturally. There's no adjusting contrast or saturation afterwards, which is a relief because I hate editing photos. There are a ton of scene modes you can play around with if you're photographing something specific like someone's portrait, a landscape, a beach, a pet, food, the sky, somewhere especially sunny or dark etc. I know most cameras have this feature but the Leica has so many modes it's almost overwhelming (in a good way).

You'll have already seen two of my Leica flower photos here, but I took even more yesterday afternoon and figured I'd give them their own post...

Mum's favourite - pansies

I love being able to spend more time in the garden during summer - I love walking on the grass barefoot, filling up the bird feeders, and sitting on the patio watching the bees enjoy the lavender. It can be a lovely way to relax. Sometimes if I've had a rough day at work, I love going outside to see how our little garden is growing and giving the plants are well-deserved water. I find it very grounding (pun not intended). 

Seeing my big tubs of bee-friendly wildflowers shoot up over the last few weeks has been so satisfying. The wildflowers are my babies, I sowed them myself and they're the only seeds I've ever planted that have sprouted into something and not immediately died, so I'm rather proud.

Bee's favourite - lavender

My wildflower leaves - no actual flowers yet, but I think it's still early days for them

Last but not least - our slow-blossoming asters


Hoping that soon this handy little camera will become my go-to for blogging. A bit more practice with it and I'll get there.

P.S. The Leica C-Lux 3 is stupidly hard to get hold of. I think my step-dad got this one from a photography stall on a market. Guess they're not widely sold anymore, but I'm sure if you keep an eye out on eBay you will find one.

P.P.S. I just learned that the Leica C-Lux 3 is essentially the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 with a Leica body and lens. Huh. I might be talking rubbish so I recommend you do your own research on that one(!) Nonetheless, you can shop the Lumix here.


Kate

Redecorating... the living room

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Second instalment of my Redecorating series brings us to the living room.

I went a bit wacky with the colours here. I thought I'd go neutral with the duck egg blue and off-white/cream tones but then I couldn't help but add a little mustard, then some dark wood, then a green pouffe and suddenly it all came together. It's a lot different from the last room but I like it. Living rooms are for relaxing and enjoying time with family, so I wanted to create a bright, cosy, happy space with a nice mix of fabrics and summery tones.

So, enjoy! Next week I'm moving onto the bathroom.


Absolute White (£22.03 for 2.5l) and Birds egg (£31.49 for 2.5l) by Dulux | Burghley check duck egg pencil pleat curtains from John Lewis (£45.00 – £110.00) | Large framed art print of Irises by Claude Monet (£110.00) | Endon tripod floor lamp from Moonlight Design Ltd (£75.64) | Lexie retro lemon yellow 2 seater sofa from Argos (£379.99) | Hand-knotted Kamala Rug from Anthropologie (£198.00 – £498.00) | Kähler Hammershoi large ridged mint vase from Heal's (£60.00) | Green pouffe foot stool from eBay (£29.85 – £39.85) | Elsie ochre tassel throw from Marks & Spencer (£39.50) | Zabel coffee table by Swoon Editions (£229.00) | Mini Succulent Bowl from Sweetpea & Willow (£24.00)


Kate

Welcoming July

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Hi!


Hope you've had a good week. As I said in my last rambly post, I have been super busy with work for two weeks so blog posts and ideas have been basically non-existent.

However, I do have a new blog series called Redecorating going up every Wednesday until the 16th of August - first room was the office which you can check out here. It's a lot of fun to put together, I've just finished next week's instalment (the living room) and I loved scouring the web for gorgeous living room bits. I went all out with colour (you'll get to see soon) and included a few more patterns and textures.

Didn't July come around fast? I didn't realise June had even ended, I was oblivious. I think I lost track of time a little(!) I'm happy though because I love July. July feels very summery and happy and light, although I'll be working very hard for most of it. August is where it's at (I have a week off in August and I'm heading down to Norfolk again, so excited to be by the coast, I miss it loads).

In other news, I made quite a naughty purchase the other day. Well, I bought it on Buy Now Pay Later so really it's only half naughty (that's what I'm telling myself, it makes me feel better). The Bose SoundLink speaker arrived at my door the day after I ordered it (Very are incredibly fast with delivery, fyi) and I am in deep, deep love. It is perfect in every way. The quality of sound is incredible, but I obviously didn't expect anything less from Bose. I'd recommend it if you're in the market for a bluetooth speaker. It's hard to find that balance sometimes between high quality and reasonably priced, but I think the SoundLink hits the nail on the head.


I'm getting more practice in with my Leica camera - I took the photos above with it and I think they turned out really well. I didn't edit them either because they came out nicer than I expected. I usually up the saturation and contrast on most of my iPhone photos (because they always turn out so muted in colour) but photos from the Leica don't really need touching up. Big thumbs up. 👍

I'm taking my biannual trip to IKEA tomorrow. I'm picking up a few little bits; nothing major, although I'll probably walk out with something I don't need because I always do. It's IKEA for crying out loud, I have no self control when it comes to sleek and practical Scandinavian furnishings. They are my Kryptonite. 

So that's that! Excited to spend two days lounging around not doing a lot, apart from going to IKEA of course. If anything can get me out of my pyjamas at the weekend it's IKEA.


Kate

Redecorating... the office

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Thinking of giving your house a big ol' refresh? Then listen up, kids. For my brand new Redecorating series on Battlewind, I'm going to be putting together mood boards and colour schemes for each room of a traditional home - living, dining, kitchen, bathroom, office, bedroom, and nursery - and hopefully give you guys some inspiration if you're currently (or thinking about) redecorating.

I'm kicking off the series with the office.

If I were to have my own office, I would go for calm neutral colours, especially pale shades of green (green is a brain-boosting colour according to the internet). In this mood board I've chosen two pale off-white/grey/green shades from Farrow & Ball and picked a few gorgeous matt white and natural wood furnishings to compliment the walls. I love this mood board a lot, it took me a few days to work on and I'm in love with every single item. The IKEA chair and Swoon Editions desk really does it for me.

Hope you like what I've put together! Next up will be the living room.


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