Home Notes for July

Garden flowers

Regular readers will know that I don’t live in a show home. Far from it. Our period terrace is rough round the edges – it has pretty corners, but it also has very grubby corners. I struggle to take photos of it in its entirety. Because of that, I’m not always the best interiors blogger. However, I do love my home and every month I like to share what we’ve been up to and what’s on my interiors radar. It’s my little bit of imperfect perfection.

Home Notes for July: the bloggers desk

This month I’ve been enjoying curating the space I work in. My clever husband read last month’s Home Notes post and bought me this Jacqueline Colley screen print for my birthday. It now sits above my desk and I love looking up at it while I work.

Home notes for July: Jacqueline Colley screen print

We’re also gradually filling our newly painted hall with new pictures. Another clever birthday present from my husband, is this framed vintage tea-towel. We’ve had it for years and have always talked about having it framed. Finally, it’s up!

Fresh Milk's Gotta Lotta Bottle tea towel

Another favourite this month is this beautifully scented candle by Arum London. I really love candles on summer evenings – lighting them feels very therapeutic. The luxurious combination of jasmine and mint is perfect for summer – even when it’s not lit it fills the room with its gorgeous scent.

Arum London Jasmine and Mint candle

My garden is blooming (as are the weeds) and there’s an abundance of lovely flowers to bring in the house. Picking them and arranging them is one of life’s simple pleasures. I love this little banner from Weald Store, which sits beautifully alongside my posies.

Home Notes for July: garden flowers

So, what am I longing for? Top of the list is a freshly painted bedroom. I’m also edging closer to buying some much-needed kitchen chairs to replace our old ones (which are permanently sticky and stained after the toddler years). These Habitat chairs are my currently at the top of my list.

Habitat dining chairs

Disclosure: Arum London kindly sent me a complimentary candle of my choice. 





  1. Anna
    July 19, 2017 / 11:40 am

    I love the framed tea towel idea!

    I first started reading your blog when I read a link to your Christmas pudding blog. I really liked seeing the pictures of your kitchen, with charming clutter around the surfaces. I also really liked your blog about your everyday meals. I find that insight into your real home really engaging and welcoming, so don’t feel it needs to be perfect. Imperfect homes are the most homely.

    • marmaladepie
      July 28, 2017 / 11:44 am

      Oh thank you Anna, that’s so good to hear! Everything online looks so perfect these days – I don’t think my house will ever look that good! x

  2. July 24, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    I really enjoy your Home Notes posts, although I don’t always get round to commenting. Your husband is very good at researching good birthday presents 🙂

    • marmaladepie
      July 28, 2017 / 11:44 am

      He’s a good one! x

  3. July 24, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    I do love a framed tea-towel!!!! We did one a couple of year’s ago — not sure where it is now come to think of it :/ Plus I’ve made a couple into cushions for Dolly!! Some are amazing aren’t they? They have the best prints 🙂 Love your home Lizzie — your is much lovelier than any show home xx #HomeEtc

  4. July 25, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Framed tea towels are the best, I have a couple waiting for frames and this has inspired me to get on with it! Beautiful bits and pieces for your home and a belated Happy Birthday X ‘#HomeEtc

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