The House party: Staycation


Hasn’t this come around quickly; another week in May done and dusted.

Last week felt extremely short for me as my husband and I took a trip to Elmly Nature Reserve mid-week. We had such a good time; it might be one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been.

Staycations don’t get enough attention, I don’t think; there is something wonderful about only travelling an hour for a holiday – it really takes the stress out of all the planning, packing and traveling.

Elmly Nature reserve the Roost

Of course, the Maldives would be nice, but if you want a mini-break then there is nothing wrong with looking closer to home.

You know me by now so, of course, other than making use of the outside bath, I read a great book while I was there: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – Amazon from £5.99

This. book. moved. me.

I was in floods of tears reading the last couple of chapters; it is an incredible book – up there with one of the best books I’ve ever read. I won’t go into too much detail as I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s the autobiography of neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi as he battles with cancer.

Speaking of stories, are there any Bridgerton fans in the house? Are you as ecstatic as me about the new series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story; I’ve seen the first episode so far and it’s pretty excellent.


Wooden kitchens seem to be popping up and I’m very inspired by them; Shaun McGregor’s kitchen caught my eye this week and I love it so much – I wonder if we’ll be seeing more of this kind of thing in the future? I hope so.

My current obsession with wallpaper has been exacerbated with this image from Poodle and Blonde; the caption mentions a holiday at home which is exactly what this is giving.

Weekly edit

pink mushroom metal lamp

Mushroom lamp – Etsy £39.99

tall striped vase

Coloured striped vase – Etsy £44

cat vase gift

Cute cat ceramic vase – Etsy £27.60

ceramic paper bag vase white

Handmade ceramic paper bag vase – £21.52

desk storage and tidy red

Desk organiser, S-Tidy – The Conran Shop £39

terracotta candle holder

Stack candlestick in terracotta – The Conran Shop £28

blue modern chair

Panton chair – The Conran Shop £325

rattan and braiding chair

Set of 2 musette rattan and braiding chairs – La Redoute £375

bubble lamp base anna and nina blue and green

Anna and Nina ultramarine bubble mango-wood lamp – Selfridges £80

recycled plastic chair pink

Ecobirdy recycled plastic chair – Selfridges £190

ceramic bowl tray cream

Stoneware tray – H&M £24.99

beige coat hook

Metal hook – H&M £8.99

standing garden lantern candle holder

Outdoor candle lantern – H&M £14.99

strawberry pink picnic blanket

Picnic blanket – H&M £14.99

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See you in the next one,

L x

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