A new chapter for Growing Spaces

The summer break is over, and as the twins head off to start school I’m ready to put my creative hat back on and get back to blogging. But there’s been something I’ve been mulling over for a while, and I’ve finally come to a decision. I’ve been writing over at Young & Younger about our family life since 2009, and about interiors here since 2011, and it’s time to admit that I can’t do both. I don’t have enough time to keep up with two blogs, and I think both suffer as a result. And so I’ve chosen to…

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#1day12pics September 2014

This is my second stab at Michelle and Emma‘s #1day12pics  collaboration – a picture each hour, all day. We didn’t have anything special planned for this weekend, but I thought that trying to look at a normal Sunday at home with a more creative eye would be a good challenge. I shared my iPhone pics throughout the day on Instagram. Michelle cleverly themes her pics for the day, but the best I could manage was a colour theme running through mine. 8am: Peppermint tea in bed | 9am: Sending OH (who’s been on night shifts) off to bed | 10am:…

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The blues of the Auvergne

I’m finding it a challenge to adjust to being home after our Europe road trip. I miss the freedom of being on the road, and being out in the open air camping. We’re slowly finding our groove, and working out ways to incorporate some of the bits from our holiday into our everyday life at home. Some of these are lifestyle-based (less TV, more eating outside in the garden etc), but some of them are aesthetic too. The last stop on our trip was the Allier department of the Auvergne region in France, where I was seduced by the beautiful spectrum of blues…

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Over on Young & Younger today…

You may, or may not, know that I have another blog, Young & Younger, which pre-dates this one, having been started back in 2009 after the birth of my twins. It’s my place where I chat about parenting and family – milestones, parenting issues, craft ideas etc. Sometimes I do wonder if I should merge the two blogs, but for the time being they’re separate. Anyway, for those of you who’ve been following our Europe road trip, I’ll save the gorgeous pics and general travel advice for this blog, but more practical stuff about travelling with young kids will be…

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Lunch stop in Gandria

Before we left the UK I saw a photograph of a gorgeous-looking village in Ticino, Switzerland called Gandria on Pinterest (where else?). When we looked at our driving route from Locarno to Lake Como and realised that we would drive right past Gandria, it seemed just the place to stop off for a break on our journey. We weren’t disappointed. We parked up and followed the narrow, winding pathways down to the tiny harbour where there was a perfectly-placed bench to eat our picnic and watch the ferries on the sparkling Lake Lugano go past. The village was quiet and…

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