Showing posts with label Laura Ashley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Laura Ashley. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Picnic Pleasures

Well, I learned something new again this week.........I learned that this is International Picnic Week.  Yes!  Who knew?  

Apparently, it began about 10 years ago in Britain and is now a national holiday in some countries.  So, this happens to be the week to begin summer picnicking, if you haven't already begun..........June 11 - June 19th and Saturday, June 18, is International Picnic Day.......and it is celebrated on the same day every year.

So, when did picnicking actually begin?  It's believed to have begun after the French Revolution and according to, it was most likely started when the Royal Gardens were opened to the public for the first time for the French to visit and bring along their own food.  It was popularized during the Victorian era as a way for the very wealthy to dine and socialize informally without the restrictions of formality and etiquette.  

What picnicking was like then......usually in a park or open space.

Picnicking today is a whole new production.  The British even recommend places to picnic such as the moors, or the beach, or national parks.  But, the best bet is to keep it simple and picnic wherever you could be your own backyard!











How about a tailgate picnic?



Or a boat!

And don't forget that Father's Day is this weekend!
Another excuse to picnic!!

 Cath Kidston  Picnic Basket
(My favorite!)

Cath Kidston Picnic Blanket

Emma Bridgewaater Picnic Blanket

Laura Ashley Picnic Blanket

As usual with any subject, the picnic ideas were endless!  Where to stop?  There were food ideas, beverages, places to go, games to play and endless shopping for such beautiful picnic baskets, blankets and supplies.  I ran out of time on this one!  But, in Canada and the U.S., check out Wayfair, Victorian Trading Co., Amazon, etc. for picnic supplies.

I can assure you that putting this post together was a 'picnic'!

Happy picnicking and happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Moodboard Monday - Lilac Lovelies

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between lilac and lavender? Lilac is a pale purple with a pinkish tinge, while lavender is a pale purple with a bluish tinge.
Although they are often interchanged, I'm concentrating on lilac today - the perfect time of year, too, as the lilacs should be blooming soon!  Perhaps they already are in some areas - such a beautiful and fragrant flower!  
Hope you enjoy these images and ideas!
Have a wonderful day!

Ana-Rosa Tumblr

Elie Saab

Curated Style Tumblr

Kate Cordesen

Nicky Haslam


Traditional Home

Architectural Digest


Creating Vintage Charm


Stone Gable

Brett Design

Sharon Osbourne's chaise
Lilac cushions, lavender chaise

Verandah House


Traditional Home

Laura Ashley

Colette van den Thillart

McGeehan Design

Phoebe and James Howard

Fernando Botero

Laurence Amelie