You may remember I did a post on my craft room last year and
how I transformed a sad little desk into my crafting mecca. This room has a
little secret in that when I'm not sewing, gluing and sticking, it transforms
into a cosy little guest room.
Recently I gave it a new lease of life and fresh feel with
the help of some bedding and bits from Wayfair. They set me a challenge on how
to “Bring the Outdoors In”and I
couldn't think of a more perfect room to do it with, especially with spring
well and truly being here.
I picked up this brilliant futon in a second hand furniture
shop at a steal of £40. Kitted out with a brand new mattress, it’s the perfect
mix of practical and handy for space saving and bed space for guests. I opted
for some new cream bedding to keep the space bright and open, giving the
illusion of space to a small room which works a treat and keeps it fresh.
As it’s still a touch chilly, a nice throw blanket is always
a comfort for guests to wrap around themselves and snuggle down under. The duck
egg blue compliments the existing colour palette of the craft room and brings a
fresh spring feel to the bedding. It
also doubles up as the perfect blanket for me to get under and read/ nap on the
To finish it all off you need a few decorative pieces so I
like to put together a few things that make any guest feel welcome. A neatly
folded set of towels with some toiletries and candles are always much
appreciated as well as the wifi code – who doesn’t
want need that!? My crafting desk and chair also double up as a
great dressing table area for people who stay.
To again bring the spring and
outdoors inside, I picked up these amazing tulips from Wayfair which are
genuine fake – perfect for when
you’re out of fresh blooms and my god do they look genuine. I am seriously impressed
with the quality! To finish it all off, my craft suitcase doubles up as a
make-shift bedside table. A touch of lace over the top, some handy pen and
paper and you’re good to go!
I love that this room is dual purpose, ensuring it gets full
usage and isn’t just a spare room that’s closed off until the next guests
arrive. I absolutely love it and would urge any fellow crafters, bloggers and
vloggers who are lusting after a desk area of their own to do the same!
For some more inspiration, check out my “Craft/ Guest Room
Inspiration” board over on Pinterest:
Tucked away along the Harbour in Southwold, there's a gem of an eatery known as Southwold Smokehouse. It was recommended to us and we were told to book in advance. I'm so pleased we did as we would never have stumbled upon it otherwise and I can see why you had to book as the place was packed!
Inside the wood panelled building, were mason jar lights, daffodils, glassware and copper accents that set off the fisherman feel of the place - nothing too overboard, everything was stylishly purposeful. The hustle and bustle of activity showed just how popular this place is and the smell of fresh sea food filled our nostrils and made our tummies rumble!
When the menus came out there was no competition - it just had to be lobster for lunch. Having never eaten it and knowing it was a real treat, I was excited to try and the smoke house didn't disappoint.
It. Tasted. INCREDIBLE. If our appreciative mmms and nodding heads weren't reassurance enough on how delicious the lobster was then I'm sure our empty plates were proof enough! I must admit I felt a little bit like a barbarian eating it, trying to get into all the nooks and crannies of the claws and the caucus with my fingers! The lemon and garlic butter sauce that came with it just added to the taste of meaty lobster meat! To top it off the thick cut chips were the definition of what seaside chips should taste like. Their crispy fried outsides with a soft fluffy potato middle were heavenly and were made swift work of with the garlic mayonnaise! Just thinking back to this meal now is making me hungry as I write. And in true me style it was all washed down with a crisp glass (or two) of white wine which went perfectly with this dish.
I cannot tell you how pleased I was that we went here and was definitely a highlight to our weekend away. The half lobster was also pretty darn reasonable at £25.00 too, so happy days! If you're in the Southwold area, I urge you to eat here. It's sensational and the atmosphere is also fantastic.
I'm off to cry now as I'm healthy eating and now all I want is lobster and thick cut chips. Help me!
Are you into seafood or have you been to Southwold?
One Friday we ventured to the close by county of Suffolk for a little weekend retreat at the wonderful Dove Cottage.
We were welcomed by beautiful fresh blooms, home made cakes and wine. The cottage itself was cosy yet modern and split over two levels with the spacious living area upstairs, bringing in lots of beautiful sunlight.
Soon we were settling down by the cosy log fire with our friends and doggies, catching up and putting the world to rights in our home from home. We felt so welcome and relaxed in this converted stables cottage and I think the dogs did too. One of the great features was the fact it was dog friendly and at no additional cost. It made the perfect base for a weekend of long walks and hearty food.
With only being 8 miles away from Southwold, it would have been a crime not to visit after being told its a quaint and very pretty seaside town. I fell in love with the beach huts and the dogs fell in love with the salty sea and sand!
And of course no seaside visit is complete without a hearty portion of fish and chips! I would highly recommend visiting Southwold, it's a quaint seaside town and has plenty of pubs for grub and to wet your whistle! I'll be doing another post soon on a particularly place to go for food here very soon.
All in all our weekend retreat was a success and I still miss the cottage now. I can see me going back there and maybe even for a Christmas break - who knows.
To see more of what we did over the weekend and more of Dove Cottage, check out the vlog!