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Mamas and Papas Hilston nursing rocking chair and stool.

Do you spot something new in my living room? I guess there are a couple of new things, but what I want to show you is my new rocking chair.

When I was on holiday in Canada, I came across a store selling rocking chairs. They were so comfortable to sit in. I nearly had a nap in one. Unfortunately they only shipped to the States and Canada.

However, my dampened spirits were soon lifted, when I received an email from Mamas & Papas with a preview of their new Hilston nursing rocking chair. Yes indeed, I have a nursing rocking chair in my living room. Before you jump to conclusions, the answer is no. No, I am not expecting nor have I had a baby.

You see, not only is the Mamas & Papas Hilston nursing chair comfortable, it looks so good too. So, you don’t need to be pregnant or nursing to own one.

In fact, I remember the days when I was pregnant, many many years ago, nursing chairs, although comfortable, were pretty ugly to look at.

Nowadays, sustainable design is so high on the agenda. No longer do we condone the throw away culture of yesteryears.

This Hilston nursing chair is perfect, because not only is it functional for those who are nursing, but they look super stylish too. There will therefore be no mad rush to get rid of it. Hilston nursing rocking chair My Hilston nursing rocking chair is in a silver fabric, but you can order it in a variety of colours, from pink to minty greens and more.

It is so comfortable to sit on, with its ergonomic shape designed to support.

As you can see, the chair comes with a matching foot stool too, perfect for resting those tired legs. Hilston nursing rocking chair I hope that you’ll agree that this is simply the best looking nursing rocking chair that you have seen? Furthermore, it is so comfortable to sit on too.

I shall look forward to sitting there after a busy day of work at the hospital and even rock myself to sleep.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Have a lovely day.

(All photography and styling are by me. The chair was a gift.)

A trip to Devon staying at Kentisbury Grange.

Happy September.

I’ve just returned from a wonderful break with the family in Devon.

We were kindly invited to stay at Kentisbury Grange, a luxury hotel at the edge of Exmoor National Park in North Devon. Kentisbury Grange is located in an idyllic English countryside location, within a short driving distance of some of Devon’s most beautiful beaches.

This is the hotel’s main house, with its beautiful stone walls. The main house was built in 1894 by Lancashire cotton merchant Oliver Openshaw.  Its architecture combined a mix of understated Regency and Victorian Gothic. Behind the main building was the Coach house, a renowned restaurant by top Michelin starred chef Michael Caines.

We were very fortunate to have been able to sample the food there. 

The dishes served up were both a visual feast and treat to the palette.

We ate from the set à la carte menu, and here are a few of what we loved: For starters we tried the Cured Mackerel with fennel, dill, avocado and lime.

It was delicious and almost too pretty to eat. For the main course, I had this pan fried bream with caramelised cauliflower, raisin and a split chicken jus.

I loved the contrast of textures between the fish and its crisp fried skin. This Beetroot risotto was as tasty as it was vibrant . Dessert was also a triumph, with this light and fluffy Banana soufflé and Black Forest treat. Michael Caines also offers a 6 course tasting menu for dinner at his restaurant.

This Exmoor beef fillet, watercress , ox cheek with beef red wine sauce was one of my favourites from the tasting menu.  

The beef was melt in your mouth tender and delicious.  We got to stay at one of the newly built Cottage suites at Kentisbury Grange. The bedroom had been beautifully decorated by local interior designer, Karen Grey. The style of the bedroom was contemporary, and the bathroom was luxurious, with its own walk in shower and roll top bath. There was so much to explore locally. 

On the first day, we visited Woolacombe beach. It was a beautiful sandy beach, with rolling waves that were perfect for surfing. On our second day, we stopped over at the coastal town of Lynton, where we also had some amazing fish and chips.

We later burned off those calories with a scenic creekside walk at Watersmeet.

All in all, it was a wonderful end of Summer holiday break for the whole family. 

We had a brilliant time exploring Devon, and enjoyed our stay at Kentisbury Grange.

( all my own photography. Our stay at Kentisbury grange was complimentary but all opinions here are my own).

My Victorian hallway featuring Graham & Brown’s Bloomsbury wallpaper of the year 2020.

I am really excited to reveal my newly decorated Victorian hallway using Graham & Brown’s Wallpaper of the year 2020  – The Bloomsbury Collection in Neo Mint.

As you can see the wallpaper is a beautiful statement piece.

There are 3 other colourways – Emerald ( a deep green), Stone ( a light grey) and Noir (a charcoal grey). When I first saw the wallpaper, I simply couldn’t stop staring at it.

It’s so full of joy and happiness don’t you think? Just look at those pretty, colourful flowers and butterflies.

We may be descending into Autumn, but this glorious design is bringing all those Spring vibes back indoors. I really think the colours compliment my interior space so well.

My hallway walls are painted in Graham & Brown Dee and the dado rails and skirting boards in Graham & Brown white. There are so many possibilities for the wall colour of this Victorian hallway. All you have to do is to extract the colours from the wallpaper.

Graham & Brown have actually colour matched the wallpaper to their paints.

The deeper pink of the wallpaper is colour matched to Graham & Brown Popsicle, the mint to Graham & Brown Stirling green, and the greys to Graham & Brown Stone.

The rich bottle green shade of the wallpaper  is colour matched to Graham & Brown’s Colour of the year 2020 Adeline.

My stairs are painted in Graham & Brown’s Barker Grey. The wallpaper name was inspired by the famous Bloomsbury group, taking from it that Victorian Boho aesthetic with its unconventional, eclectic and artistic style.

Graham & Brown’s paint Colour of the year 2020, Adeline, is taken from the first name of the famous writer Virginia Woolf, part of the Bloomsbury group. Victorian hallway wallpaper I wanted to restore my Victorian terrace house, in line with its era, but with my own quirky twist.

Bold floral wallpaper is very much a feature of the Victorian era.

When Graham & Brown showed me their wallpaper of the year, I knew that it would be perfect for my space.

As my hallway is narrow, I decided to wallpaper one side of the wall. Covering both sides would have probably made the space feel cramp.

The opposing wall has been painted in Graham & Brown’s Dee. Where the stairs created a visual divide, I continued the wallpapering on the opposite wall. victorian hallway style I’ve kept the doors and frames in Graham & Brown white, making the wallpaper the key focal point. I wanted the wallpaper to frame my hallway mirror, so I picked this beautiful rimless House Doctor mirror that I bought from Haygen. decorating a victorian hallway with paint and wallpaper This radiator cover has been a life saver because my existing radiator would have spoiled the look of the hallway.

I can now also place decor and scent on the cover surface to create an impact on entering. Graham & Brown wallpaper in hallway For the finishing touches, I added my favourite Pappelina rug on the floor. So, what do you think? I’d love to hear your views.

( All styling and photography of this Victorian hallway are by Geraldine Tan. Graham & Brown kindly provided the paint and wallpaper for the makeover).

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