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Hello and welcome to my blog. If you like flowers and gardens, housey stuff, food and banter, then this is the place for you. I am a decorative artist, florist and maker of things. I sell painted furniture, plants and crafts, through a local retail shop, in my native Ireland, and wedding flowers from home. I am married to a lovely patient man and have a smashing little girl. I blog for the fun of it. Thank you for listening.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

A little Comfort for Autumn Days.

Having spent a lot of time working on my garden and the outside of my home recently, as the nights draw in my thoughts are now turning to the inside.

Comforting, cosy casual creations are at the forefront of my mind. I need to do some nest-building before the winter comes. Do any of you feel this way?

For a long time now I have been wanting to replace the rather shabby stair carpet with a runner. I managed to track down a roll of wonderful vintage linen, woven in a herringbone design with a single stripe down the middle. I am in the process of painting the stairs and will post some photos of it soon. Here are a couple of inspiration photos that have been keeping me motivated.

 And a little more loveliness for the home...........................................................................................................................................................

Isn't this a lovely spot to sit and read to your child, or even yourself?

I hope you enjoyed my gathered images of  comfort? All the images were found here.


  1. Beautiful decorations these ones you have selected!!!this is also my style!!! have a lovely day!!!a big kiss

  2. How wonderful! I love it all! The wreath with an Autumnal feel is just gorgeous!
    I can't wait to see all the wonderful ideas you will share at Christmas time!

    I love being back in UK. I, too, after a very long hot Summer in Italy, feel ready to embrace the new season!

    I love all the berries, the rose hips, the colours of the countryside as the weather turns colder... beautiful!

    I still have roses in my garden!



  3. Hello Linda:
    Your autumn wreath is so very pretty. We love the way that you have combined the textures and colours to give the effect of a burning autumn sun....such a welcome this would give to any home.

    When we lived in Herefordshire, Roger Oates's studio was only a short distance from our house. We do admire his designs for stair runners as they are restrained and elegant in pattern, often combine the most beautiful earthy tones and are made from robust and natural fabrics. Your inspirational pictures remind us very much of his style which we suspect is close to yours. W look forward to seeing the final result!!

  4. Love the photos.. favourite the reading spot and the snuggly corner by the fireplace, where you could wrap yourself in a warm soft snuggly throw, and read, or daydream. Though I would prefer a view of the fire, very helpful in meditation I find.

  5. Hi Colores, so happy you like the images. Love Linda x

  6. Hi Anna, I am completely with you on the berries, hips and haws, It's wonderful! Love Linda x

  7. Dear Jane and Lance, I am sorry to say it but I didn't make the lovely wreath. I love Roger Oates's stair runners, they are the best, but a little out of my price range. I just hope that my vintage one can withstand the ravages of the OKane household, and me constantly hauling furniture up and down stairs! Love Linda x

  8. Maggie, you are right, that cosy book corner needs a fire and then you could have a proper snooze! Love Linda x

  9. You find the best pictures, Linda. I want to learn how to pin. How wonderful you have been working in your garden and planning improvements inside. You have inspired me today. Hope you are having a wonderful day.

  10. Hi Linda. I've missed you!! I'm now following some of your boards on Pinterest. I'm really getting into it now! Yes, as autumn arrives, our thoughts do start to think of cosy homes, with a log fire and scented candles. Summer hasn't been much to speak about this year, so I'm now looking forward to Autumn! Wonderful images you have found for us today. Hope all is well with you and your little family. x Like the new header photo by the way.

  11. Hi Linda,
    Love your gathering of comfort pictures...getting me right in the mood for Autumn.
    Julie x
    Tried to send you an email but it bounced back...yes the ticking is for sale....do you want to email me for details?

  12. Hi Linda
    Thank you for your lovely comments, I always love to hear from you :)
    The images you put together are all wonderful, and very much in the style I aim to achieve in my own home (not always successfully!).
    I painted my stairs in a farrow and ball off white, and purchased a stair runner from fired earth. I was really happy with the result.
    Looking forward to seeing your own stairs when they are finished. Hope you have a great weekend.
    Hugs, Abby xx

  13. You've chosen some spiffing pictures - marvellous eye candy. Love love love that cable knit coat. And that huge wicker trunk.

  14. I'm obsessing about stripey stair carpet at the moment. If the vintage one doesn't work out, you might like to know that they can make any carpet into a runner, so take that Roger Oates! C.x

  15. Hello Linda

    It is hard to accept that autumn is arriving: what happened to summer this year?

    Your comforting pictures are a reminder of everything positive about this time of the year and, right now, the sun is shining here - it is a golden day.


  16. Bonnie, I am so delighted to have inspired you today. You must learn to pin, it is great fun. Love Linda x

  17. Thisisme, welcome home! Thankyou for following me on Pinterest.Glad you enjoyed the pics. Love Linda x

  18. The Cloth Shed, glad you enjoyed the pics. Yes, I will e-mail you. Love Linda x

  19. My Spotty Pony,Isn't it wonderful that there is so much inspiration available to us on the net. Your staircase sounds lovely. Love Linda x

  20. Wendz, so glad you liked the pics. I know that coat is gorgeous.Love Linda x

  21. No Knitted Knickers, you and I are both obsessed then! Thanks for the tip, will bear that in mind.Love Linda x

  22. Anna, so glad the sun is shining for you. I don't know what happened to summer. I've started to realize that when the short spell of good weather comes in early summer, to grab it with both hands, as that is probably it! I do love autumn though and am looking forward to lighting the fire for the first time. Love Linda x

  23. I do get that feeling of nesting around this time, all the woolen quilts are brought out and I stock up on candels :) .. your stair runner sounds really lovely Linda, what a great find, look forward to seeing it all finished.. and loving all the loveliness! :) x

  24. I loved your autumn collection of cosy and comforting things, Linda! The pictures are very inspiring and I might have to go back and take a closer look at some of them. I especially loved the cards of tape and ribbon, as well as the cosy corner and the lovely autumn wreath. I hope you get your stripy stair carpet soon. Have a happy weekend.
    Helen x

  25. Helen, so glad that you are feeling inspired. The cards with the roses on are from Etsy, I will get you the details. I have the runner, and have painted the stairs, just need to get some gripper rods. Love Linda x

  26. Such fabulous Autumn inspiration...lovely
    Lynn xx

  27. I love the images
    they are beautiful.

    I am looking forward to Autumn
    fires lit, candles, knitted gloves and scarves,
    berries, cones and chestnuts!

    I enjoyed your post it was great.

  28. Sea Angels, so glad you enjoyed the images. Thankyou to you for the wonderful inspiration you give. Love Linda x

  29. Raindrops and Daisies, thankyou for your lovely comments. I look forward to all those lovely things too. Happy Autumn! Love Linda x

  30. Good evening just calling by to catch up on your recent posts, some great inspirational photos here Linda. I was interested to see your gates as we have just designed some in a combination of wood and metal, one of the last tasks for our renovation. We are not thinking of Autumn here yet though with temp of 30C again today.

  31. Hi Lindylou, thanks for dropping in. I can't believe the temperatures you're getting, send some of that sunshine over here please. I just love having the gates, they give us more space and privacy.Love Linda x

  32. Ooh, such cozy deliciousness! I smell hot cocoa with marshmallows :)

  33. So many beautiful, comforting ideas!

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment & hug over at my little blog, Linda.



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