Inspiration


This time of year brings with it the promise of warmer weather, days spent outside, family lunches and pretty spring flowers. Just the thought of it fills me with hope and positivity. By March I am usually well and truly over the cold weather and dark days.

Easter marks the start of my favourite time of year, when we get to be outside, enjoying our beautiful English countryside and our lovely garden.

We have a few traditions that we like to do as a family on Easter Sunday to celebrate together.

Our Sunday always starts with Easter breakfast in bed together as a family of four. We’ve a lovely super king bed which fits us all in perfectly for morning snuggles, chats and breakfast time. Breakfast in bed is a treat we always do on special occasions, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays and Easter Sunday. We also like to have the occasional lazy Sunday if the little people in our lives are not demanding we go downstairs!

Sometimes our breakfast in bed is just tea and toast, sometimes pastries and coffee. I do always try and make Easter Breakfast a little bit special though.

A few little touches when dressing the tray can elevate a normal breakfast to a thing of beauty! Think butlers tray, gorgeous kitchen accessories, a pretty cup and saucer, flowers… and I personally LOVE the touch these jute placemats bring. For Easter you can find some gorgeous egg cups and the prettiest eggs in pastel shades to add.

Now on to the food! One of my favourite quick and easy but divine breakfast recipes is for Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Egg Breakfast Pastries. Made with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, a dash of creme fraiche, puff pastry and a good amount of black pepper they are a quick and easy recipe to follow but make an absolute delicious Easter Breakfast treat.

Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Egg Breakfast Pastries

You will need:

  • Pre rolled puff pastry cut in to equal squares of about 15cms (Determine how many squares you need on the number of people eating. They are quite filling and I don’t think you’d manage more than 2 per person!)
  • Smoked salmon slices
  • Eggs (to make up scrambled egg)
  • Creme fraiche or milk to add to scrambled eggs
  • Butter (optional for scrambled egg)
  • Black pepper and salt to season

To make your pastries:

  • Combine your eggs, milk, butter and salt and pepper together to make scrambled eggs. The amount will differ depending on how many pastries you are making but usually one egg = one pastry. Don’t worry about the scrambled egg being totally cooked as it will cook some more in the oven later too.
  • Lay out your pastry squares on a baking tray (with greaseproof paper underneath so they don’t stick) and fill the centre with scrambled egg. Add two small slices of smoked salmon and parcel up, making sure the points overlap and are stuck together in the centre.
  • You can brush the top with a glaze of egg if you’d like to but it isn’t necessary.
  • Cook until pastry is golden brown.
  • Serve with a helping of black pepper and enjoy!

Why not add your own twist?

If you wanted to add a twist to the recipe you could add some spinach too, or go for good old fashioned bacon, egg and mushrooms.

I will be making these on Easter Sunday as well as some mini easter bunny pain au chocolates for my girls! (using pre bought croissant dough, a rabbit cookie cutter and dark chocolate drops for the centre).

We will be off to church after our Easter breakfast and joining the rest of the clan for a big Easter lunch and egg hunt around the garden later in the day. I’m really hoping that snow they’ve warned us about decides to give us a break and we get some well deserved sunshine! What about you? How will you be spending your Easter Sunday? Do you have any traditions you like to do every year?

Disclaimer: I was sent some beautiful kitchen accessories by The White Company in order to create this post. Thank you to The White Company for supporting Lish Concept, we are big fans!

One of my favourite things about our house is the garden. It’s large, full of plants and a lot of work! But if you remember back to when we were house hunting, a big garden was very high up on my wish list. I just love the idea of the children having plenty of space to play outside.

With the garden not having been touched for a very long time, there are plenty of big trees and hiding places. I was reminded of this again this week when Babylish decided to hide behind a tree for a good five minutes, frightening the life out of me. Only at the point when I was nearly in tears and reaching for my phone did she step out and say ‘Here I am’ with glee!

Did you know often your fondest childhood memories are outside? Have a think back, is it true for you? For me it definitely is and I can remember every inch of my childhood garden and local parks which I adored exploring.

Creating a natural play area

The back part of the garden was a jungle like wilderness on arrival. We’ve cleared it and are planning on making an area for the girls to play to their hearts content. We’ve membraned the area to stop the weeds and put down chip bark as a soft surface for them to play. Like lots of families we have a climbing frame and trampoline already but I also fancied being a little creative. I love the idea of creating something magical and natural for them.

I’m not going to lie I’m totally rubbish at gardening and don’t have the first clue about flower varieties or the plant nutrients needed to have an amazing garden! But I am good at being creative and using my imagination (well that and Pinterest) and the idea of a natural type play area that encourages imagination and free play sounds wonderful to me.

I’d really like to create a space that blends in with the surroundings taking inspiration from nature. I want them to be able to run wild, having secluded areas to relax, places to be whatever they want to be! Pinterest is my go to for inspiration for projects like this. I thought I’d share my Pinterest board with you because I think I’ve found some real gems!

Truth me told we’ve been working so hard on the inside of the house that we are both feeling a little jaded. Living in a house you need to renovate while working and having small children is a slow process. Sometimes people ask me if it’s worth it, if I’d still chose to do it all again.

The honest answer is yes, I love this house and our garden. Even on the worst days, all I have to do is take a look outside. I’ll see the girls racing around giggling in the sunshine and that’s it. I fall in love all over again.

When it comes to window dressing, roller blinds are practical and functional. We’ve two black out roller blinds in our children’s bedrooms which work really well to make their rooms dark. We all know a dark room equals a good nights sleep and the possibility of mummy getting a teeny lie in (who am I kidding).

Our blinds come from Order Blinds because let’s face it, what with renovating the entire house, we have enough DIY to do. Ordering them ready made means it saves us the trouble of cutting the blind to size. Installation is a breeze, as the blind arrives the correct size and all we need to do is attach it.

So you’ve attached your blind in no time, it’s functional, no fuss but how about adding a touch of personality to your roller blind? I always like to add little unique touch in my house so I’ve thought up 5 fun ways to customise a plain blind including the two we’ve used in my girls rooms. We went for Pom Poms in the baby room and some cool decals in my eldest girls room, I think they just add a bit of extra fun and attention to detail which is what I’m all about!

5 fun ways to customise a plain blind

Add Pom poms

I mean who doesn’t love pom poms right? Cute little balls of fluffy fun. All you need to do is buy a pom pom trim, cut to size and attach to the bottom edge of the blind with a hot glue gun. Et voila! Your blind is no longer boring but cute and fun!

Image: VT Wonen

Sharpie

The humble Sharpie has been known to decorate many a plain old thing. We’ve had sharpie mugs and trainers but what about adding some illustration, geometric shapes or even words to your blind. The possibilities are endless!

Lino print

Not sure about drawing freehand on to your blind? No worries. Create a stamp out of Lino (which can be purchased from your local art store) draw on your design, remembering to keep the part you want to print on raised when you cut away the Lino. I’m thinking some cute Lino cut stars would work great and not be too difficult.

Alternatively if you aren’t feeling that creative but still want a unique blind you could think about ordering a Lino cut like this one from Etsy. Just make sure you use fabric paint so it sticks to the vinyl fabric.

Image: Lynnwood Interiors

Add a beaded edge

Using a similar idea to the pom pom trim you can use a beaded trim to create a very different look. You could add a touch of glamour with sparkle or a boho twist with crystals.

Image: Brave new home

Use decals

We all know wall decals can jazz up a plain wall but how about experimenting with decals on your roller blind? Our blinds are a sort of stiff coated vinyl type fabric to which a decal adheres very well. There are so many amazing designs for decals on the market you could have some real fun with this!

So there you have it, 5 really simple ways to cheer up a plain roller blind. In truth there are probably many more than 5 ways so get creative. Just remember whatever you add to the blind, you’ve still got to be able to roll it up!!

A big thank you to Order Blinds for supplying us with our blind. It’s lovely quality, arrived quickly and we are very happy with it!

Collaborative post disclaimer: We collaborated with Order Blinds and received a blind, free of charge so we could test the service and product.

 

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