18 April 2014

Visit // Charleston Farmhouse

Charleston farmhouse in spring chambray and curls looking over the water chambray and curls garden gates chambray and curls chambray and curls springtime flowers chambray and curls Charleston Farmhouse in Spring When Lola came to stay, I felt it was my duty to show her as many of the local delights as possible. With the sun shining so brightly last weekend, it was the perfect day for visiting Charleston Farmhouse. Our local area has a lot of links with the Bloomsbury group - a bohemian set of writers and artists including Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. Snippets of their work and lives can be found across East Sussex but Charleston Farmhouse was the country home they withdrew to, painting, decorating and living in for decades.
After Duncan Grant died the house was left empty, with the paint peeling and all the remnants of their lives gathering dust until it was restored by a trust. It is now reset to the 1950s, with the paintings and furniture renovated, and the gardens replanted and maintained. You can't take photos inside but trust me, it is beautiful. It is full of colour and light, with pretty much every surface embellished with patterns painted on by the varied artists of the group. It is a place where creativity and aesthetics were placed at the forefront of life, and every corner seems to reveal another experiment. I have been a number of times and never fail to find another new detail to fall in love with.
It isn't just the house which reflects the creativity of the owners.The gardens around the house were also designed by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and to see them in springtime is just glorious. It is currently a riot of colour with the daffodils and tulips everywhere, little spots to sit in the sunshine, alleys and nooks to explore, and sculptures hidden among the trees. It truly is a wonderful, inspiring spot to visit and soak in for a few hours.

If you fancy a visit yourself, all the info is here: Charleston Farmhouse

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14 April 2014

Life // Catching up

chambray and curls Lola and Laura together chambray and curls amongst the ribbons chambray and curls face mask selfies chambray and curls days out chambray and curls chambray and curls at the pavillion chambray and curls friends laughing together chambray and curls checking back Another little set of adventures with this girl. It is brilliant how many smiles and laughs and thoughts can be shared over a few days and I never cease to be amazed at how much a couple of girls can find to talk about! Catching up with a great friend is good for the soul, don't you think?
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13 April 2014

This Week // #9

chambray and curls springtime looking over the pond
{photo from earlier today}

Doing: a lot of catching up with one of my greatest friends Lola (who also blogs at Pastime Bliss). She came all the way down from Manchester to stay for a long weekend and it has been the best. I've been showing her all the delights that the area has to offer. We spent Friday in Brighton, taking Lola on a whistlestop tour of all the sights and best places to eat and shop. Saturday was dedicated to hardcore charity shop trawling for a bit of a spring wardrobe refresh, before coming home and sitting in pyjamas to watch Mamma Mia with facemasks and painting our nails. Then today we took advantage of the glorious weather and headed to Charleston Farmhouse, to soak up the countryside and the beauty in the house and gardens. I've just taken her back to the train station and I'm a little sad that the weekend flew by quite so fast. Friends are the best.
Loving: This spring sunshine letting me have my first cup of tea outside at the table, and the fact that our cherry tree has burst into the most glorious display of blossom. I cannot help but smile every time I look out the windows and see the flurry of soft pink petals everywhere.
Wearing: Loose shirts and light jeans. It is still way  too cold for me to hack bare legs, so whilst the skirts and dresses hang in my wardrobe, I'm enjoying not having to bundle up like crazy.
Daydreaming: of nothing much! It has been such a gorgeous week that I have just been soaking it all up. Life is good.

Links of the week:
Bee and Lyzi have been inspiring me to get doodling again, with Bee wrecking her journal and Lyzi creating creative prompts for the month. I'm trying to do some sketching and playing about every couple of days. It is nice to make and experiment without pressure to produce anything 'good'.
I smiled to see this little guide to Eastbourne on Cat's blog. Small seaside towns are always treasure troves for pretty bits and pieces.
Miista are a shoe brand I regularly perve over online, and I really like this little article about their production process. I love seeing and knowing how things get made. It always leaves me in awe at the skills people have in manufacturing.

Catch up with Chambray and Curls:
// MySalonLooks Launch // An Ethical Fashion Pledge //