So I’m totally new to this, I’ve always wanted to write a blog but it’s always been about finding the time or finding something to inspire me to write about. I’m 26, I work as an Office Manager in the heart of London, I live with my family (for now) and commute each day from the lovely seaside in Essex and my weekends are spent up in the beautiful Ribble Valley in Lancashire with my boyfriend. So the City, the Sea, the Country. You could say I have the best of all three worlds!
Despite my somewhat ‘mundane’ job of running an office and sitting at a desk I’m actually very creative! As I spend my 8-5 each day not really being able to express this, I thought now would be the perfect time to allow me to do this through a blog, before City life drains me of not only my sleep, but my true passions! The hustle and bustle of a 90 minute commute at 6:30am does no favours for a girl’s mind, she needs to escape!
This is my office… situated in the heart of London and just a 3 minute walk to Buckingham Palace! A 5 story Georgian building that was once 3 townhouses, it may look beautiful from the outside, but on the inside is where the headache happens!
In the last year or two I’ve found myself becoming a ‘Mini Me’ version of my lovely Mumma…. I’m OBSESSED with homeware, interiors, furniture, antiques.. you name it, I love it and I want it! No longer do I find myself eyeing up the £50 Topshop playsuit, but instead I want to spend that money on the beautiful footstool I saw in Zara Home. If this is what adult life is all about, I’m quite enjoying it!
A home is a space, no matter how big or small that is yours! Yours to fill with your most precious possessions, yours to express yourself with in whatever way you choose. Your home is a reflection of you. And that’s what I love so much. A home has a personality that mirrors your own! It’s a living, breathing thing even if it’s just brick and mortar!
I’ve been fortunate throughout my life that in my small but lovely family, each home is different but beautiful..
- My home: by the sea in the beautiful little community of Thorpe Bay in Essex. Here you’ll find the sea just a mile away from most homes, beautiful houses and gardens and the community worthy of its own ‘Made in Thorpe Bay’ style series! It’s the location that has always brought that seaside element to my home, shells collected from when we were kids, scallop shells as tealight candle holders after a meal eaten down the old town (we love our seafood). My Mumma has a love for a cosy winter so in contrast you’ll find stag horns, sofas full of beautiful print cushions and a roaring fire inviting you in, asking you to never leave!
- My Uncle and Aunties – Situated in the beautiful town of Leigh-on-sea my Uncle and Auntie’s home is one of the most fascinating and inspiring homes I’ve ever been to. My uncle has always been into antiques-it’s his living. He has his own shop named ‘Time Capsule’ on the bustling Leigh Broadway (which will no doubt feature at some point in my blogs). His love for antiques mean that there is ALWAYS something new and fascinating to look at. Everything has a history and a story behind it, yet here it is in the Palmer household. This house is the definition of mixing ‘the old with the new’. It has a very modern take on it throughout the house, from the furniture, to the beautiful bathrooms. This house oozes so much character.
- My Nannas – in a beautiful corner plot of Essex, this home was actually designed and built by my Nanna. It’s full of antiques she has collected, trinkets, no joke- 6 wardrobes full of vintage pieces (she was an absolute babe back in the day), and of course – my beautiful dolls house. A gift from my darling grandad when I was 12. This house brings back so many memories.
So I feel all of these homes, memories, people and characters have inspired my love for beautiful homes, gardens and interiors. How do I express this even though I still live at home? I try my bloody hardest! I buy gifts for my Mum for the family home, I designed the style and decoration of my bedroom, and my darling boyfriend has well and truly allowed me to leave my stamp on his once ‘lad pad’… a home that will have a feature of its own on this blog as we build his house into our home together!
I’m not sure where my blog will take me, what direction it’s going in or if anyone will even be interested to read me blabbering on about a candelabra, the fabric of a cushion or the colour of a painted porch, but it’s worth a shot! I’ll be capturing moments, expressing ideas and thoughts and hopefully as the time goes on, have my own home & project I can start on!
Enjoy! Here goes nothing!!!