Flower garden "recap".

From the veggie garden to the walled garden and beyond... These are pictures from a while ago actually but like I said, I never got around to write a blog post so here goes! The walled garden was/still is in its "green phase" where not much is blooming yet but I love it anyway! 

My paeonies were so beautiful this year!

When we moved into the house my mother gave me two honeysuckles - one white, one pink. I planted them together and they took their own sweet time but they are really taking off now! Frankly I think this is a bit of an odd plant but the scent is definitely delicious! 

The climbing hydrangea is in her fourth year and finally thriving now! 

Let´s move beyond the walls. Love this view.

This wild rose was literally the only useful thing in the garden when we bought the house. It´s really pretty when it´s blooming. 

One of the newer flower borders, now in its second year. White old roses, blue geranium and alchemilla. The roses were not great last year but have much improved by now. Looking forward to seeing how this are develops. 

Rose bushes and the chicken coop! The ones among the fence are my favorites. They´re David Austin roses and they smell divine. 

This one is just fantastic, yes? It almost got eaten by voles last year but I managed to save it and here she goes again - this time with a vole-safe planting cage. 

They´re great for cutting too. 
Next up in the "week of many posts": Our newly painted gable and my refurbished bathroom!  


In the veggie garden. 

I have taken so many pictures lately but never had the time to prepare a blog post... but I managed to at least select and edit all pictures the other day so lots of posts coming your way in the next few days! Let´s start with the veggie garden because I know some of you are waiting for an update! It´s pretty much all good in here, everything is growing nicely except all my cauliflowers died for some unknown reason. Oh well. More space for other stuff. You win some you lose some, right?  

I need to harvest the kohlrabi and put it in the freezer...tomorrow! Also trying to grow sweet peas yet again, they were such a disaster last year, how are the Brits doing it? 

Sugar snaps, always reliable but maybe not quite as prolific this year.

My tomatoes were tiny when I finally planted them outside but they are catching up nicely. Growing three new varieties this year plus my trusty orange "Auriga". I haven´t really found "my" variety (Auriga does well in our climate but isn´t terribly tasty) yet so I have high hopes for the newbies this year!

The strawberries are still going strong except they don´t like all the rain we (finally!!) got over the past few days. I managed to prepare a bit of strawberry jam yesterday though so I am kind of ready for strawberry season to be over. 

My blackberry bush isn´t very happy this year, same goes for the currants - I´ll get maybe a handful from my 6 bushes and I´ll get zero gooseberries and blueberries this year (sob). My guess is that the late frost got to them but who knows. Raspberries are looking good though? I don´t need to understand everything.

I couldn´t find a place for my beloved scarlett runner beans in the beds this year so I simply built two giant wigwams with hazelnut branches in one corner of the garden and the set-up seems to work just fine so far! 

I am growing my pumpkins in the cold frame again since they were such a success last year. Those did like the rain, I think they doubled their size over night. Impressive. 

Technically not in the veggie garden but here´s a bonus picture of two fluffy chicken butts. 
Hope you are having a fab weekend! 


A ladies weekend. 

Last Saturday around noon, four ladies arrived at my doorstep for a day in the country: Dana, Giulia, Nicola and Susanne. All of them internet aquaintances; two of them I knew already, two of them I didn´t. Here´s the thing about virtual friends though: There´s always an instant connection in real life. The idea of this weekend was to harvest, cook and eat together - and take pictures, of course. Because that´s what ladies from the internet do, as illustrated above.

I think I can safely say that we all had a great time. I love when people enjoy the space we have created here in our little corner of the world. I know how we live is different and sadly, "different" is rarely popular with the masses. That´s one of the reasons I blog: You probably come here because you enjoy what we do and how we live. The blog gives me a sense of community that sometimes is missing in real life. And when I get to meet some of you kind people in real life? That´s even better!

Funnily enough, even though at some point I had pitched this weekend as a "photography workshop", I took the fantastic amount of 13 pictures. I enjoyed it all too much to pick up my camera. And thankfully, I had some very talented photographers by my side who took way better pictures than I ever could. Case in point: Nicola´s recap (with a new favorite pic of me - I made them take photos of me with rhubarb because I always wanted a picture of me with rhubarb. It´s probably a very Kinfolkish thing to do, but I don´t mind).

I´ll update this post with links if and when my fellow weekenders post more pictures (NO PRESSURE). Thank you again ladies for coming here, I can´t wait for our next meet-up in autumn!




Going dark in the library.

So I finally took pictures of the finished library! Aren´t you so excited? I am. I painted this room back in March. Where does time go. Anyway. Here´s a picture of this exact same space "before". It was fine, the picture wall was cute, many people loved it. But I always felt that this part of the room could look better, that the picture wall was sort of childish, etc. And I alway wanted this room to feel more cohesive. 

What you need to know about the library is that it used to be two rooms that are now open to each other. I think/hope the picture above helps to understand the layout (it´s the best I can do without a proper wide angle lense...). The previous owners combined the two rooms and I guess it sort of makes sense. They did the same in the kitchen/dining room but while these still very much read as two separate room I think the library doesn´t. For me, it´s one room with a, well, challenging layout. So in order to unify this space more I decided to use one single color for the entire room; and I decided to go with Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball - two walls in the "office" part of the room were already painted this color and I loved it. 

To go that dark was a bit of a risk since the room faces North - so while it gets a ton of light through the large windows there´s no direct sunlight except in the very early mornings. However I´ve always had that theory that darkish rooms become cozier when painted a dark color and in that particular case I think I was right. I love the new color. And what do you know, suddenly my blue chairs totally work! I was going to sew white covers for them but no need now - I think the colors work beautifully together! 

Originally I had plans to make a big picture wall with the lovely floral prints by Olga Inoue. However that didn´t work for a number of reasons so I decided to at least have a few prints on each side of the break-through. I love how they pop against the dark color!
So, all in all, super happy with the result! Like with all Farrow & Ball paints, the color changes with the light - from a true charcoal to a dark blue to almost black. However since it has bronze undertones it never feels cold. I love being in this room (which is a good thing since I work from here full-time!). To think that when we moved in, this room caused me so many headaches, and now it´s one of my favorites in the house. Funny how that goes. Have a happy weekend!


Book club: Dream Decor. 

Dream Decor is the second book by Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar fame. I have to admit that by now, I´m a bit weary of this "books by bloggers" thing, but in this case I am happy to report that it works mighty fine. I love this book! If you´re a Bright Bazaar reader then you know that Will is into all things color and I wasn´t sure what to expect with the book... would it be "too" colorful for my taste? But it isn´t. There´s color, yes, but the dosage is just right, and all the interiors in the books are indeed dreamy.

God I love this kitchen on the left. The entire house is super lovely. And the sweet bathroom on the right even made it to the cover. I actually find it a bit funny as a cover picture but with the blue stripes I think it works. There are a few things that I really like about the book: One, original content. I find nothing more annoying than an interiors book that consists of stock photos. I recently came across one where I knew about 50 % of the pictures from blogs and Pinterest already. I mean, come on. Not so with this book! All new-to-me and very unique homes.

Two, I really like that while the book does feature different styles, it still feels very cohesive, like one person with one particular taste picked all the homes. They are all a bit on the eclectic/quirky side which I love.

See what I mean? I love this loft so much! I wouldn´t necessarily want to live in it but I think it´s just so beautiful.

Last but not least, I really really love the illustrations!

Dream Decor: Styling A Cool, Creative And Comfortable Home, Wherever You Live by Will Taylor, photography by Andrew Boyd, is out now. Published by Jacqui Small (£25). More information can be found here.