Design inspiration can come from the most mundane and unusual sources.

Yellow door

Whilst sitting at my desk this week my attention was drawn to this yellow door which I could see from my office window. The reason  my interest was piqued was due to the fact that it was being painted. Once the renovation was complete the sunshine yellow suddenly jumped out from the red brick building.

Having recently completed the redecoration of my kitchen I had been pondering the problem of table settings; in particular “place mats”. The ones that I had been using, although infinitely practical, no longer looked the part.

Funnily enough, as a temporary measure, I had replaced them with some black rubber mats which looked far more contemporary, and were actually commented on by a friend.

Contemporary place setting.

Unfortunately, they did not make the grade due to the nature of their construction, which, I soon realised, allowed crumbs to seep through onto the wooden surface beneath.

By now I’m sure you’re wondering why I am talking about place mats in the same breath as a door!

The answer is that I have some “sunshine” yellow place mats which I thought might be the answer to my dilemma. Not only will they add a splash of colour to the décor but they will also compliment the Emma Bridgewater tea set that I use on a daily basis. As an added bonus I found some matching napkins.

Reclaimed lighting

To celebrate my lovely new kitchen, which, by the way had been enhanced even further with the installation of these stunning reclaimed pendant lamps, I unwrapped my Bettys Tea Shop birthday gift and enjoyed a splendid cream tea.

Bettys Cream Tea

Note to self:

Keep eyes open at all times, as inspiration is all around, and can be found in the most weird and wonderful places, often when least expected.