Inspiration 29 December 2015

Hanging on to that Holiday.

I love this time of year...

I love this time of year, as the shadows grow longer and the evenings get chillier. We can start to light fires and bring out the jumpers - unless we've had a really rubbish summer, in which case we'll have been doing this since early July!

It's always good to have a little reminder of the summer though, to keep you going until next year.

We always end up with a boot load of stones, pebbles and shells we've collected on holiday and it's nice to think of simple ways to place them around the house and garden. 

Shells and pebbles can work in any room, not just the bathroom. Mix them up with other things you love to make a quirky display on a mantle piece or bed side table.

A pebble can work just as well against a colourful backdrop, bringing out the shape of the stone. The postcard is a painting by David Hockney who lives in Bridlington on the North Yorkshire coast, not far from where we found the stone.

They make great paperweights too, and prompt happy memories when you're having to do dull things like your tax return!

Larger stones make impressive door stops. This one came from a stream in the Lake District, although from an eco point of view taking stones from rivers shouldn't become a habit.

Used outdoors, pebbles, stones and shells draw the eye, creating a point of interest. They work just as well stacked like a mini installation or in a simple pile on the wall.

This year we went to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Yorkshire coast, a blisteringly beautiful place full of tiny cottages climbing higgledy-piggledy up the cliffside and a beach that runs for miles. We built these stone towers at a beach in Pembrokeshire. The pebbles were great to skim with too!