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7 lovely things for the weekend

It’s been a busy week here at Ella’s Place – I’ve been sending my Christmas stationery sets to the printers (more of that in good time) and drawing and painting for an upcoming book project (more of that later, too) as well as editing magazines. In the thick of it it’s lovely when little things fall in front of you that inspire you, take you to a different place or simply make you smile. Here are seven things that did just that this week.

Heleniums – 7 lovely things for the weekend at https://ellasplace.co.ukDr B took this photo of the little clump of heleniums and blue agastache growing in our garden. Such colours!
Lorien Stern via Anthologymag.com – 7 lovely things for the weekend at https://ellasplace.co.ukI really like the playfulness of Lorien Stern’s ceramics. You can see more of them at anthologymag.com.
Hello House via Design Milk – 7 lovely things for the weekend at https://ellasplace.co.ukWhat fun! The Hello House is a new facade on a Victorian house in Melbourne, Australia. It certainly beats a doormat saying ‘welcome’. See more at Design Milk.
Mlle Hipolyte paper jungle wall deco vis Fubiz – 7 lovely things for the weekend at https://ellasplace.co.ukMlle Hipolyte’s paper fresco in relief called Tropical Jungle is amazing. It features exotic birds and a black panther – and it’s really on trend for the coming year. See more at Fubiz.net.
Tori Murphy cushions – 7 lovely things for the weekend at https://ellasplace.co.ukTori Murphy‘s homewares, all woven and made in Nottingham, are lovely – but I particularly like this shot of cushions all piled in a corner. It’s got more impact than seeing one cushion on a chair – and of course it makes you want to dive right in.
O is for Owl LO RESThis folky little owl is actually a musical instrument. He seems to have found his way into the middle of this wooden O. O for owl.
Vietnamese thatched hideaway via Dezeen – 7 lovely things for the weekend at https://ellasplace.co.ukIt’s been such a busy week I’ve been dreaming of escapes – this thatched and bamboo hideaway in Vietnam looks just the thing. Via Dezeen. Have a great weekend!

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Easy garden furniture refurb with Americana Decor

Simple garden furniture update decoration at https://ellasplace.co.uk with DecoArt Americana Decor

Last Sunday I got to spend time in our little garden while doing some quick garden furniture maintenance. As you can see above, the folding chairs we’ve had for well over a decade have taken the force of some dismal British winters – and summers, for that matter – first on our London balcony and then here in Wivenhoe. Of course we should have moved them indoors when it rained – but when it rained it was rainy, so we didn’t venture outside. In winter we’d forget about them. Surely we’re not the only ones!

I recently got hold of some really rather lovely Chalky Finish paint from Americana Decor. It’s a matte chalk paint that doesn’t need priming or wood to be sanded down before using – perfect to upgrade an old piece of furniture when you’re short on time (or perhaps just a little lazy). To protect the surface the quick-drying paint is finished with a choice of waxes and varnishes. It really was so simple to apply.

Simple garden furniture update decoration at https://ellasplace.co.uk with DecoArt Americana Decor Simple garden furniture update decoration at https://ellasplace.co.uk with DecoArt Americana DecorSimple garden furniture update decoration at https://ellasplace.co.uk with DecoArt Americana DecorSimple garden furniture update decoration at https://ellasplace.co.uk with DecoArt Americana DecorSimple garden furniture update decoration at https://ellasplace.co.uk with DecoArt Americana DecorThe chair was finished in less than a couple of hours– which left me free to enjoy the late-afternoon sunshine.