Lately: Settling

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Oh September. You were probably the most life changing, overwhelming and surreal month I’ve ever known, so I’m looking forward to quiet moments in the months ahead to get my head around things!

So, what’s been happening lately? Finding great film posters at the Picture House’s open day. I love this Frances Ha one and can’t wait to frame it. Have you seen the film?


Having an open fire or stove has always been a dream of ours so we had the chimney sweep pop round to make sure all was tippety-top. We’ve had a couple of awesome fires but there might be a problem with the chimney below in the cellar – the joys of being a homeowner! In the meantime, these lilies are taking pride of place in the fireplace till they fix it.

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Setting the basics up in the house took longer than I thought but it’s nice to pull things out of boxes to discover your favourite homewares.

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Which include these Sea Salt lights c/o Cable and Cotton. The blue, black and cream work really well in the lounge complimenting the art on the walls and our teal telephone. I like them just dropping down the wall too, and at just £22.95 for a set of 20, they make an awesome gift. Anyone thinking of Christmas yet?

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I’m beginning to get organised in my freelance work and with blogging but I’ve been pretty poorly for the last few weeks and a little run down with other worries too. Waking up in our lovely house puts it all into perspective and I’m reminding myself to take one day at a time…always smell the roses!

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Can a person love a shelf? Well I do. I’ll get a better picture of it but needless to say it is full of all my favourite things; tea, coffee, dutch waffles, pasta, jam and candy striped straws.

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The only room that needs a little attention, but is my favourite, is the attic bedroom. We’re painting it this weekend and have a new bed coming soon! At some stage we’re getting a carpenter in to sort out storage for under the eaves but that might be a while yet. I’d like a bookcase that opens into another room but I think that’s asking too much…

Julia Ogden Art

A house warming gift to ourselves from artist and good friend, Julia Ogden. I love her seascapes! I especially love this one as it reminds me of the characters from A Very Long Engagement, Mathilde and Manech.

Habitat Rug

Finally finding the time to look at details and the simple things. I love our multi-colour rug.

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And our blue back door and a cake stand from my sister, that I’m using as a fruit stand. Think healthy Lisa!

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Appreciating light shining through my favourite window in the house. I can’t believe we have a landing!

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Finding my old casio watch whilst rummaging through boxes. And also having charity shop luck with this plaid shirt, and a few other bits. I’ll leave that for another post though.

20140921_092520Our bed frame broke the other night so we’ve been sleeping on the mattress directly on the floor the past couple of days, classy people we are! To be honest, I’ve not noticed any difference and would happily sleep all day long on it if I could. Ah sleep.

What have you been up to lately?

Disclosure: Lights sent by Cable and Cotton for review purposes

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Bookmarked: Dot & Fox Print Shop


Life is a Bed of Roses Pink A1 Poster Print (£30)

I saw this wonderful brand hopping across my social media sites on its launch day yesterday – it is called Dot & Fox Print Shop, and I darn well love it. I will be saving some pennies to have one of these nature-inspired photographs on our white washed walls very soon.

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Skull Limited Edition Print 12 x 12 inch (£40) | Life is a Bed of Roses Black and White A1 Poster Print (£30)

Dot & Fox print

Life is a bed of Roses A1 poster print (£30) | Oh My Days Triple Exposure A3 Print (£40)

dot_and_fox_shop_images_WEB_SIZE-1Best of Britain Mini Series (£20)

Le sigh.

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5 Positive Things To Do This Week #102

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  • Treat yourself to a new hand cream to ward off dry skin over the cooler months.
  • Send post cards to friends and family to cheer up their day.
  • Start thinking about Christmas – only three months away (and that’s including December!).
  • Book a flu jab
  • Enjoy your day! There is no point wasting time waiting for better ones ahead.

Brew up and see my previous 5 Positive Things To Do posts here.

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Make A Home Video With VoucherCodes

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A few weeks ago, the wonderful folk over at VoucherCodes challenged myself and 4 other bloggers to style a student room at Unite Students in London. We had a budget of £100 and a whole heap of ideas to make a student room feel more like home. To put me out of my comfort zone they also filmed us creating the rooms…I apologise for my rambling, I was a poorly lass that day!

I wanted my room to be vibrant and cheery so I choose to include a contemporary and classic monochrome duvet from Wilko, colourful cushions from Homebase and cosy lighting from Cable and Cotton. Accessories and plants brought the room together to make it a happy, positive and inviting space to work and entertain in!

You can view all the rooms, products and prices (and awesome bloggers) in the video below – enjoy!

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Make a home project with voucher codes

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15318968315_ec455f9d2f_bAll images courtesy of VoucherCodes

 For more information on the project, why not check out the Most Wanted blog? How would you decorate a student room?

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Weekend Reads From The Most Wanted Blog

Fancy catching up on my Home and Garden posts I’ve written for the VoucherCodes Most Wanted blog? I’ve only written a handful of blog posts this month, what with the big move and having no broadband but I’m now beginning to settle a little and have a notebook of ideas going forward…and for this old blog too of course!

If you fancy interior inspiration (as well as fashion, food and beauty) pour yourself a brew and enjoy the Most Wanted blog. You can view all my posts here or click on the individual images below!

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Interior design books


Look out for more student/university inspiration tomorrow…in video form. Eep!

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Giveaway: Victoria & Abigail £25 Voucher

Victoria and Abigail Giveaway

My mind is well and truly focused on homewares at the moment having moved into our new home so it was a happy day when I was introduced to Victoria & Abigail. Focusing on small independent designers from around the world, the store is filled with beautifully handcrafted homewares, accessories and stationery to tempt us all.

I’ve fallen for the vibrant, stylish and modern selection of products and I’m hoping you will too, as they have kindly offered readers of Mathilde heart Manech the chance to win a £25 voucher to spend online.

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Some of my favourite pieces include the Geometric Fruit Bowl, Wooden Bird House and The Rider Backpack. What’s yours?

To be in with a chance of winning a Victoria & Abigail £25 voucher to spend on handmade finery, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below and a winner will be drawn at random within two days of the competition closing.

Terms and Conditions: UK entries and over 18s only. No cash alternative. Winners will be notified by email within two days of the competition closing date.
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 Good Luck!

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