19 December 2016


Last week, we had a very exciting day here when advertising agency Mccann Erikson

For those of you who are not familiar with a mannequin challenge, it's a viral video
craze that is sweeping the world featuring people freezing for the camera imitating mannequins whilst music plays in the background.

This is the result....


12 December 2016


Pantone have recently announced their 'Colour of the Year 2017'. 
It's called 'Greenery' (Pantone 15-0343).  

'A refreshing and revitalizing shade - symbolic of new beginnings - 
a fresh and zesty yellow-green that evokes the first days of spring.' 

I understand the sentiment behind this colour but large amounts of Pantone's 'Greenery' is not a colour for our house. The photo above has just enough green for my liking. In fact the recycled shelves, bottles and leaves look great 'but' and there's a big 'but' and that is - the photo is mainly filled with white with a little emphasis on green.

So this is the thing (well as I see it anyway)....this new colour for 2017, 
in order for us to embrace it, can only be used as a hi-light - mainly in the form of house plants then teamed with a lots and lots of white, which is the best colour in the world.
Funny as it is, I think we've got the balance correct in the spare room already!!

2 December 2016


With Christmas only 23 days away, 
it's got me thinking about our first Christmas at The Manor House.

We were deep in the middle of having the dining room renovated.
Finishing off the room, was getting less and less likely as Christmas drew closer. 
Our builders worked frantically to finish but unfortunately there just wasn't enough time to complete it.

 In a mad panic and knowing we were having lots of family to stay, 
what could we do to 'spice up' the dining room for the festive time?

Richard had the bright idea to get Alfie and Jemima 
to paint the walls with all the family members coming to stay.  

These were the results...

We had a fantastic family time, lots of food and games, laughter and happiness.  
It was a lovely Christmas.
The room felt cozy and warm and the paintings added a unique fun element.
It was a sad moment painting over the 'art' when the room eventually got finished but I'm glad we have these photos to remember what they looked like.

Our dining room looked very different last year at Christmas and with a few more members added to the family (Scarlett 6, Albie 3 and Boo 2), we managed to all sit down around the table and have another happy meal together.  This time, my super talented photographer sister,  Charlotte took this image to capture the magical moment.