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This is my bookshelf, my beautiful colour coded bookshelf, the shelf above has the blue and green spined books and the one below the black and white. On this bookshelf are some useful sewing books, some useful fashion reference books, my lovely Couturier catalogues as previously discussed here and a couple of international editions of our book. There is also one book on the bookcase that I have had for almost a year but have only had the briefest of flicks through. It’s the lovely big fat one called Design*Sponge At Home full of inspiring interiors, home makeovers and general lovliness. It’s written by Grace Bonney and is based on her awesome blog Design*Sponge

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I bought it when I was in the midst of moving house and was looking forward to using it as my bible when redecorating The New House. Sadly The New House never materialised (though I live in hope that one does turn up soon)and as I’d made a pact to myself not to open the book till I was in said (or any) New House the book has remained shut…

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Last Friday I visited a house that totally deserved to be within the covers of this book and is now my number one inspiration for The New New House. Owned by my friend Megan the house is full of quirky little knick-knacks, bold colour choices and eclectic bits of furniture that all work together to create a warm, welcoming, sophisticated home. That I really really want. Whilst poking around Megan’s blog the-colonies.com I found out she also has an Etsy shop selling stuff. Good stuff. Stuff that I am totally going to buy when I finally get The New House. (I wonder if she’ll sell me the elephant puppet? Love him.)

For Megan’s shop click here

To get your own copy of Design*Sponge At Home or for more inspiration pop on over to here

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Today’s post is bought to you by the letter U.

U Facts

1. This letter U is 25 cm high
2. It’s made of plaster or maybe some sort of balsa wood.
3. I bought it from Hobbycraft. When I got it it was a plain and simple white letter and a lil bit boring. I transformed it by cutting inch wide strips of paper (the one I used was from Paperchase and was a kinda half tissue paper half paper paper, so pliable but strong) and dunking them in a pot of wallpaper paste, removing the excess paste with my hands and wrapping the U with them and leaving to dry.
4. It used to live in my kitchen helping spell the word cherub (now it’s packed away in the shed waiting for The Move).

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5. It’s in bog standard Times, yawn.
6. Good words that begin with U: ummmmmmm, umami, unbelievable