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Lovely Pinterest

October 5, 2012

I must apologise for my lack of blog commitment of late. Who knew a little baby could take up quite so much time. However, here I am, ready to write another entry. So, here it goes…

Mr lovelybyhanna and I recently purchased an iPad as a reward to ourselves over the sleepless nights and the huge task of being first time parents. Well done us. During said sleepless nights (spent feeding mini lovelybyhanna), I would spend what seemed like hours searching the internet on my trusted little iPhone for things to keep me awake and part of what drove our decision to upgrade to the iPad was my frustration with the little screen and inability to drool over gorgeous things on noths!

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Searching through the app store one day, I came across Pinterest. Now I’d heard about this before but had never got round to signing up. But now I have and Oh my, do I love it?! It’s basically a way of bookmarking different things that take your fancy from the world wide web. I’ve found some fabulous things already: a baby bib which reads “these fools put my cape on backwards”, an amazing recipe for hand scrub (excellent Christmas gift idea!) and a delicious recipe for the easiest peanut butter cookies known to man. I insist you sign up and get pinning. I’m actually addicted.

Love, lovelybyhanna xxx

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Lovely Park House

April 22, 2012

Nearly a year ago, Mr lovelybyhanna and I got married. It was undoubtedly the best day of our lives so far and so many things made it extra special. One of those things was Park House Hotel in Bepton, Midhurst.

After much searching, we decided on staying here as our wedding venue was just down the road. Naturally, we wanted to suss out the place beforehand so we booked ourselves in for the Park House afternoon tea – you can tell a lot from this I assured my other half and he was happy to oblige. We were not disappointed. We were seated in the relaxed and informal lounge area and were treated to a whole host of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and tea and as we waddled back to the car, we knew Park House Hotel would be a great place to spend the night before and night of the wedding.

So, on Thursday 5th May, we made our way, along with 20 or so of our family and friends to Midhurst to start the wedding celebrations. As soon as we arrived, we made full use of all the facilities and played Croquet, used the Spa, had manicures and helped ourselves to the honesty bar in the main house. We had hired out all three of the on site cottages and so after a delicious meal in the barn at the hotel (which they let us use at no extra cost due to the sheer number of us) we all retreated back to our respective abodes. I loved getting ready here the morning of the wedding and loved it in the evening too where my husband and I ordered room service which we consumed, along with a glass of bubbly, in the massive en-suite bath.

We loved it so much we’ve booked to go back for our first wedding anniversary. So if you’re looking for a nice, relaxed country hotel – you should look no further. Park House Hotel is a brilliant find!

Love, lovelybyhanna xxx

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Lovely Websites!

February 25, 2012

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I love the web. As well as being a font of all knowledge, it’s also a place where you can find unique, gorgeous and fabulous things and ideas. I love it and I love finding a new website to add to my favourites. A bit sad yes but if you’re reading this, the chances are you love the internet too.

Today I came across another gorgeous website whilst reading the April edition of Ideal Home magazine. What caught my eye was some lovely stickers. Now I’m a big fan of stickers having made my own (well Mr lovelybyhanna actually executed the designs) for my wedding last year so these really stood out. The idea behind them is to get organised in the kitchen – something I’m always saying I should do – and they’re so pretty, I can imagine having dozens of gorgeous jars adorned with these labels.

Pantry Labels courtesy of Quick Brown Fox of Dulwich
The website for these stickers is definitely worth a look and it turns out Quick Brown Fox of Dulwich also do loads of lovely baby stuff – something else I’m obviously very interested in seeing as though Mini lovelybyhanna is due in 20 weeks! There is some gorgeous bedding for little ones and more wall stickers which are a fab way of decorating a nursery – difficult however when you don’t know what flavour your little bundle of joy is yet. As soon as we know however, we’ll no doubt be back to order some…
I’ll no doubt be blogging about decorating the nursery soon so watch this space…
Love, lovelybyhanna xxx
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Bathe-Watch (episode 2)

January 18, 2012

Enough with the suspense – this is what we’re going with in the new Bathroom!

I love a bit of Cath Kidston as much as the next person so we decided to go for the Cath Kidston floor tiles in the spot stone style. We thought this was nice and neutral and would tie in with the white suite and white walls (we need to give a sense of space!).

I love spots!

For the tiles, we’re going for the subway look – controversial I know but we think it looks fab. However, the biggest dilemma is what grout to use – I would love to know what you think here. I love the grey grout look but I should admit I’m scared of trying it out – what if it looks rubbish and dirty? Will I be spending hundreds of pounds on Tipp-Ex pens to freshen it up again? White grout would look lovely too and very fresh but I’m concerned with all the white, it might look just that bit bland or dare I say it clinical? I’m a big lover of white, really I am, but I’d love to create something that bit different.

Grey grout? What do you think?

For the cabinet, I’m loving the look of this one from Graham and Green – I would have preferred the larger size but my Husband told me we ran the risk of knocking ourselves out every time we use the toilet if we opt for this size. Once or twice I could tolerate but my brain is already turning to mush so I think perhaps I should listen to him and downsize. But I’m envisaging lots of pretty toiletries, glass bottles and pretty candles adorning this so I think it will look just as good.

Graham & Green Bathroom Cabinet

So there you have it – for now anyway – I will of course update you with images as we go along and let you know what I decided re: grout gate. I need to get a wriggle on – I’m desperate for a shower!

Love, lovelybyhanna xxx

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Bathe-Watch (episode 1)

January 17, 2012

OK, so now I’ve done all the introductions, here is my first proper blog entry. It’s about Bathrooms!

For the last 2 months, we have been in the midst of bathroom hell. It all started back in November when I was just 6 weeks pregnant and whilst away for my day job, my husband ripped everything out of our current bathroom in preparation for a new boiler being fitted. I knew it was happening but it happened to coincide with my first rumblings of morning sickness and needing the toilet much more frequently and having to traipse downstairs in the middle of the night to go to the loo proved to be a bit of an inconvenience. Little did I know that come January I would still be making that same trip as the toilet and sink still hadn’t been plumbed in. Don’t panic – we have a functioning bath (no shower just yet mind you) so it’s not all bad.

But now the plastering is beginning to dry and the brand new toilet, sink and beautiful taps are waiting to be put in their rightful place, I find myself getting very excited about the decoration and other accessories. I love this part – my Husband does too and is very forgiving when I suggest floral patterns and girly vintage chic – he does all the hard work and I come in at the end and do all the fluffy stuff. He really is very good.

So…what have we done? Well, our old bathroom was a bit of a disaster.

The old bathroom (with water tank behind the sink)

The layout was very impractical due to the location of the old water tank (I’m not sure that’s its technical name) but now that’s been removed, we can move things around to make it both practical for when the little one arrives but also relatively luxurious (even though it’s still tiny) so we can enjoy it for years to come. Because of the lack of space, we decided on a micro bath (again not the technical name) but rather than get rid of it completely and opt for a wet room, we have decided on having a slightly shorter bath but with fancy taps to keep me happy. We’ve also gone for a Victorian style shower with a massive head – I’m most excited about using this when it’s all rigged up. The sink and toilet are all Victorian in style (again with fancy taps and knobs in keeping with the Victorian theme – we live in a Victorian terrace before you start thinking I’m obsessed).

But the really exciting bits, for me anyway, are things like the flooring, tiles, grout (!!!), cabinets, mirrors, glass bottles, candles, towels and soaps. Yes. Sad isn’t it?!

I’ll keep you in suspense as to what we’re actually going to do (well I won’t leave it long – a day or so at the most) – dinner beckons!

Love, lovelybyhanna xxx

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Welcome to lovelybyhanna!

October 5, 2011

Wow! I have my own blog! Welcome to lovelybyhanna – a blog where I hope to talk about all the things I love (mostly home decorating, all things wedding, all things babies and generally lovely things).

At the moment, I’m not sure of any sort of structure so it’s most likely going to be a real mish-mash but hopefully, if you stick with me, I’ll get to show you all the things I love and hopefully you’ll introduce me to some new things that I haven’t seen online before (apparently, my Husband and friends think this is impossible – they’re convinced I’ve read the whole internet but I know I’ve only covered a tiny part of it).

So, a bit about me – if you haven’t already guessed, my name is Hanna. I live in Hampshire in the South of Sunny England and I have to say, I think my life is pretty perfect at the moment. I have a wonderful Husband (as of May last year), a gorgeous little cat, a gorgeous home (which needs a lot of work but it’s the one place I dream of being when I’m not there), a brilliant family and a fantastic bunch of friends. Oh yes…and a little baby on the way too. I don’t ask for much in life but I’m pretty happy with my lot at the moment. Sounds smug doesn’t it? I don’t mean it to – I just feel very lucky that’s all.

So, for now, I’m off to think about my first proper post but check back soon and let me know what you think!

Love, lovelybyhanna xxx