Thursday, October 27, 2016

​ Not Just a Shoe Shop In Cheltenham - Keith Scarrott

 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

​Have you ever visited a shop you could live in? I did last week in Cheltenham. I bought a gorgeous pair of flat shoes in a fabulous dress agency in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham. A snip at £29. The lady who sold me them pointed out the designer and said we should visit the shop which was just around the corner from the apartment we were staying in. Needless to say we went tout suite. 
 Keith Scarrott shoe designer
Keith Scarrott (above), shoe designer, opened his shop in 1975. He has since handed over the reins to his daughter Sophie who is equally as talented as her Dad. The shoes are to die for and shockingly inexpensive. Those high boots (below) are £125 which is amazing for such style and quality.
Back to why I could live there. Well I think these photographs speak for themselves and incidentally you can buy online.
 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

 Keith Scarrott shoe designer


 Keith Scarrott shoe designer

Monday, October 24, 2016

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
Just a small part of the Literary Festival
​I've spent the last couple of months travelling. On my way back from France I joined a friend at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. It was my first ever visit to Cheltenham and I was literally blown away (forgive the pun).
I have never seen so many stunning buildings in one relatively small space. The place is full of fabulous individul shops 2 of which I will show you this week.
Take look for yourselves. I've captioned the images.
​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
One of those beautiful terraces

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
A peek into someone's garden

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
Fabulous shops in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
A new hotel development

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
Whow wouldn't want to stay somewhere called The Lucky Onion?

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
Another one of those terraces

​ Cheltenham a Jewel in the Cotswolds
Fabulous fountain

Friday, October 21, 2016

​ Nature's Little Gifts


dark with pops of colour
​When I'm asked where I get inspiration from I always reply - by looking up. Nature has a way of showing me how to put colours together. Hey it's been doing it al lot longer than I have.
Take for instance this phenomenon that often happens when the sun shines through a darkened sky. The colours take on a whole new look. As they say in the design world - they pop.

Don't be afraid of the dark.

dark with pops of colour
​White on black gives a 3D effect

dark with pops of colour
​Black with highlights of gold becomes vibrant

dark with pops of colour
​and jewel colours sing.

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour
My favourite staircase Girl With a Pearl Earring by Chippendale and Morris at The Stencil Library

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour

dark with pops of colour

Thursday, October 20, 2016

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
A fireplace nearly as big as my cottage
​Well where do I start? This is the most beautiful Chateau I have ever visited. It's somehow got a homely feel even though it's so palatial and the guide book easily imparts its information as you take it all in.
It's bright due to all the windows and is beautifully preserved.
I could go on forever about how fabulous it is but I'll let the pictures speak for themselves with an added caption here and there.
​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
The ground floor gallery

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
The gallery is bathed in light due to 18 windows like this

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
The kitchens to die for

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
A log basket nearly my height

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Worn down with use and age

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Copper everywhere

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Copper everywhere

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Copper everywhere

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
A stunning range cooker

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Windows so high they need 3 shutters

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Stunning old floors

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Louis XIV's drawing room

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Stair details

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Vaulted staircase ceiling

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
She's called Diane as well

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
Oh the stories these floors could tell

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
A stencilled bedroom occupied by Louise of Lorraine

​ Chenonceau Chateau The Interior
These stencils are ageless

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

​ Retour a la Maison

​Firstly don't be fooled by my French title I used Google Translator.
I left the UK on 11th September, with my little French family, in blazing sunshine and returned on 17th October to falling leaves and a chill in the air.
My mission was to see as much as was possible whilst I was in France. We together and me on my own discovered some stunning places, far too many to show all in one go here on my blog. So over the next few weeks I shall share them with you in bite size pieces.
I have to start with the most amazing Chateau I visited whilst staying in the Loire Valley. There was so much to see that I even have to show you this in bite size pieces so let's start with:

​Chenonceau Chateau The Gardens

​Chenonceau Chateau The Gardens

The most stunning and interesting historic building I have ever visited!
I usually spend little time in such places as it all becomes much of a muchness after a while. This place however has style in buckets and the guide brochure was brilliantly presented showing everything in order of viewing with interesting info at each step.

​Chenonceau Chateau The Gardens

The minute you set foot in the gardens you are taken to another era. The streams that ran alongside the entrance road had duckweed on the surfaces which made them look like carpets in the most vivid green. 
​Chenonceau Chateau The Gardens

​Chenonceau Chateau The Gardens

​Chenonceau Chateau The Gardens

​Chenonceau Chateau The Gardens

​Chenonceau Chateau The Gardens

I loved that my favourite garden was called Diane's Garden. Named after Diane de Poitiers who was donated the Chateau by Henry I because she was his favourite lady being beautiful, intelligent and having a great sense of business. Nice we have the same name.