Monday Catch-Up #72

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The holiday countdown is well and truly on!! This is my last weekly catch up before we go away and my goodness have we packed a lot in. Not content with going out on Monday after work, I went out on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday too. Safe to say it’s been totally exhausting but I’m one for seizing the day. Life is short and I’m only interested in living it like a crazy person.

So much made me happy last week but there’s too much to pack into one post so I’ll try and keep it to just the very best bits…

Frosty Mornings & Old Friends

What a stunning week it’s been albeit SO cold. Cold enough to take my breath away and dashing to the station in the mornings as fast as I can. Between our home and Grove Park lies Chinbrook Meadows which is such a gorgeous oasis and no matter the time of year is always so peaceful.

And on Tuesday evening I did my best to ignore the cold, wrapping up in my best wool jumper dress and ankle boots to meet up with two of my best friends. It’s been years since the three of us were together without partners and families and it was so lovely to reunite for old times’ sake at The Chandos close to Trafalgar Square where we propped up the bar until kicking out time. I’ve known Dan & Adam since 2002 and affectionately refer to them as my ‘male hens’ since they insisted on throwing me an incredible hen weekend back in 2007. Such happy memories.

Frosty Morning

Returning To Kensington

On Wednesday I suffered a severe case of impostor syndrome finding myself at the International Interior Design Awards at the recently re-opened Design Museum on High Street Kensington. Aside from at times pinching myself and wondering how I came to be there, it felt very strange to be back. When I first moved to London in 2002 I lived in Earls Court, about a 10 minute walk from High St Ken. And West London ended up being my home for 8 years with Pete joining me in 2006 when we moved in together and made our home there.

I absolutely adored my time as a West End girl and have so many happy memories and would never swap it but as much nostalgia as I felt, Kensington felt very tired and old hat. It was a stark contrast to the southeast London that I’ve come to adore, full of opportunities and artists, markets and reinvention. Even if money were no object I can’t honestly say I’d go back now.

Design Museum Kensington

Finishing The Front Of Our Home Makeover

This picture went up on Sunday morning on Instagram and got such an overwhelming response I was so moved. We’re delighted with how our home looks now and a full before and after is coming up in Wednesday’s post.

A 1930s Home Makeover

London At Night

Pete came with me to a little blogging adventure on Thursday evening, for a spot of late night shopping at the Oxo Tower Wharf on the South Bank. Afterwards we stopped at Le Pain Quotidien for dinner and this shot I captured with all the lights just made my heart sing.

London South Bank

Admiring Independents

Monday was a frustrating day at work, waiting and waiting and waiting for UPS to deliver my new work laptop and by 6.30 still nothing. I’d made plans to go and visit startup business Idioma Cuemars at their Shoreditch shop but really just wanted to go home. Thankfully common sense prevailed and I made my way to the gorgeous collaborative shop, a consort of three friends and I’m so glad I went. Inspiring, stylish, creative and more will follow on the blog later this week. You can see what their shop looks like at the top of this post.

So next week there won’t be a catch-up as we’ll be away in New York but please do follow our adventures over on Instagram where from Thursday to Monday there will probably be rather a lot of spam…

I hope you’ve had a lovely week X

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  1. December 5, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Your house is looking so lovely! Very smart and welcoming. Hope you have a great time in New York! x

    • Lins
      December 6, 2016 / 10:22 am

      Thank you Lizzie, sometimes it feels so hard to see the wood for the trees :/ But looking forward to a break over the next few days! Xx

  2. December 6, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    The house looks so fab – all your hard work has really paid off! Glad you’re having a brilliantly sociable festive season so far, it’s definitely what it’s all about if you’ve got the stamina! x

    • Lins
      January 1, 2017 / 10:14 pm

      Isn’t it just? I tell you though, I think I’m very ready for a detox! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas in your new home Xx

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