Thursday, 12 April 2012


At the beginning of a new day, and especially at the end of a long one, this small bedroom under the eaves is my sanctuary

with its sloping ceilings, inheirited pale pink walls and red border I slowly add more pretty things, like this ornate vintage mirror

and it becomes more and more a place where I can find peace and calm

amidst the pretty things that I have gathered over the years and more recently

that reflect what I like

who I am

my tastes not anybody elses, 
like these pretty pale pink knobs on the old dressing table I rescued and painted

( Mr G has his own room thankfully as he snores loud enough to wake the dead ;0  )

so I can be as feminine as I want

with tattered but beautiful
 antique lace

and dusky pink walls

and vintage floral linen curtains

and ornate mirrors

and lots of cushions (Mr G just HATES cushions!!!!)

and I have just re-discovered today some squares for a pretty crochet cushion that I started for this room months ago

that I have worked on today for a while

a round here

and a round there

on and off

throughout the day

only 4 more squares to go now

9 should be enough

I find these colours so gentle and undemanding

off to do a bit more before bed

my sanctuary


  1. Bet Mr P snores louder than Mr G ! That must mean that I too can have my own gorgeous room with a beautiful quilt like yours! In my dreams anyway! xCathy

  2. No No Mr M snores MUCH louder, the house shakes.
    Gill, you take wonderful photographs.

  3. Every girl needs her own sactuary. Enjoy!! :)
    Anne xx

  4. I want a sanctuary! Yours is absolutely lovely.

  5. Looks like a wonderful sanctuary! I'd like one for myself!

  6. Lovely post - calming and serene. It is great to have a bit of space to call your own. Enjoy!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  7. What a gorgeous room! How lovely not to have it peppered with ugly man things!! ;-)

    I love all your pretty bits of china and the mirror is beautiful. Gorgeous little crochet squares too.


  8. So lovely,I would feel very relaxed and at home in your sanctuary!
    Long suffering Mr Boo has to live with pastels and floral-ness in our bedroom,but he doesn't complain bless him.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend. :0)

  9. Gill, that looks so pretty and peaceful. Not to mention tidy! Lovely colours. Your crochet will look perfect in there :)
    Jane x

  10. What a gorgeous room, it really is a sanctuary. Your photos are beautiful, and the whole post is delightful and so calming!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
    Helen x

  11. My husband hates cushions too...he can't see the point of them, he says. I have heaps of cushions and like to pile them up and sit in bed and read, ensconced in my cushiony nest. :)

    Lovely room you have there Gill - a pretty place to sleep.

  12. Hi Gill, those crochet squares are beautiful I just love the delicate muted colours .. look forward to seeing the finished cushion.

    I can only dream of a sanctuary, how lucky you are!

    Have a lovely weekend.
    Fleur xx

  13. I love your room! I want to curl up and disappear with a good book and a cup of tea for at least a week at a time in there! No horrible smelly man things like running kits and trainers, and yes my hubby seems to have an aversion to cushions and frills too. Looks like I'll have to wait for the kids to leave home before I can have my own sanctury. X

  14. Ohhhhh, so lovely! Perfectly feminine. Well done, claiming your own space and girling it up! :)

  15. Oh Gill, I love your sanctuary. Amazingly, I've just painted my spare room in pink and painted the old fitted wardrobes white. It didn't occur to me that this too could be my own sanctuary. Thank you for sharing, what a brilliant idea. Lesley x

  16. How great to have a sanctuary and yours is so calming.

  17. A sanctuary indeed....a lovely creative feminine space!

  18. Hi, Gill! So lovely room you`ve got there :o) Love your crochet.
    Have a happy week, Dear Friend
    Lot of love

  19. I want a sanctuary! How gorgeous is your room Gill :o) It looks fabulous!

    Did you make your bed quilt yourself?

    Such prettiness!

    Happy weekend my dear.

  20. Hello Gill, I missed this post, and when you showed your pretty bedcover and mentioned the word 'sanctuary' I had to take a look. It is so pretty and tranquil and feminine, I am sure you just love being in there. Unfortunately in my house, I am the one who snores, and am banished to the spare room, but I am working on making it my 'sanctuary'. I love your new look blog. Happy weekend! Love Linda x

  21. One day, I would love to have my own craft room where I can decorate it as feminine as I liked with no complaints! I'm very jealous of your gorgeous room.
    Best wishes.

  22. I have forgotten about how I used to have my bedroom decorated with Victorian and shabby chic deliciously cozy things...I am now surrounded by things necessary to assist a chronically ill person with activities of daily living...and they are cold. Like a doctor's office or hospital room. Your beautiful sanctuary reminded me of how it used to look. Thank you! I am going to begin to soften up the room I spend most of my days in now! Seeing your sanctuary made me feel warm in my soul and that is good medicine! Again, thank you for reminding me that I can create a sanctuary instead of a cold, medicinal, medical gadgeted, 'functiona'. area one is confined to. I am going to recreate my space. :-)


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