Morning lovelies,

 I've been getting in the mood for Christmas this weekend as I've taken my mum and sister away to a Suffolk cottage and spent yesterday at a Christmas fair. Last Sunday saw some beautiful SHELFIES and I'm getting excited as I know that probably from this weekend the #shelfiesundaycomp is going to start to get festive. As if you lot need an excuse for fairy lights lol (love them)! I can't wait to see everyones Christmas snaps.
I'm going to dress my fireplaces next weekend, don't forget these count as shelfies too! Anything you can pop something onto is classed as a shelf!

Anyway getting down to it as I know you're wanting to know last weeks favourite. I just loved this clean, bright, pastel shelfie by 'Capture by Lucy'.


 Lucy, I never get tired of pretty stepladders no matter how many times I climb them or paint them lol
I just love using them as shelves, and I love the gorgeous blooms in this shot. Thank you for entering your gorgeous shelfie pic.

I also really loved these...

By crochet_handmaid_rainbow, lolabiglione, jlavs2, kindredvintage. Thank you lovely ladies for joining in with the fun and sharing your fab shelfies.

A big thank you to all who play along with #shelfiesundaycomp, it's a nice fun way to spend ten minutes of a Sunday, and I love seeing all of your pretty shelfies rolling in on IG.

The #shelfiesundaycomp is a weekly bit of fun played on Instagram on a Sunday. Anyone with a public account can join in. Simply style a little (or big) shelf, it can be a ledge of any kind. Take a pic and post to IG tagging @thevintagegoodlife and using the hashtag #shelfiesundaycomp Enjoy the rest of your day!

                                                             Emma x




Hello lovelies,

Sorry we are running behind in last weeks #shelfiesundaycomp it just goes crazy this time of yr...
Last wk saw so many really beautiful shelfies, it gets harder and harder to choose. I really love it when Sunday comes around and everyone gets snapping around their lovely homes and joining in with the fun.
My sister chose her favourite last week, and the favourite shelfie goes to....


 Our_cottage_farmhouse. We both just loved the gentle contrast of the carefully placed pastel objects against the painted white of the panels. So simple and so pretty. 

We also really loved these...


By kelleydigioia, julielopes10, afancifultwist and crochet_handmaid_rainbow.

Please go and look up these lovelies on IG, and don't forget to share your shelfies!

The #shelfiesundaycomp is a weekly Sunday bit of fun over on Instagram. Anyone can join in, and the winner is announced later that week. Simply upload your creative shelfie, use the #shelfiesundaycomp hashtag and tag @thevintagegoodlife

                                                            Have fun!
                                                               Emma x









 Hello lovelies, 

It's all gone a bit dark hasn't it?... I don't mind a bit of dark and moody now and then as I'm a big fan of contrast and like a few dramatic shots. However... There was good clean light this morning, and I had a spare ten minutes so I thought I'd make the most of it. 

                                                  Hope you all have a good week.

                                                                    Emma x






Hello lovelies, its been such fun doing this little post on 'styling the seasons' for the lovely Charlotte of Lotts and lots and Katy of Apartment apothecary 
So i've started in the month of November, and this has tied in quite nicely with my renovations of the fireplace at the far end of the living room....

From top left- Styling props. Removing the stove. Back to the bones.

      The Haven was a well loved wreck when we got the keys. Built in 1894 it had only two owners prior to us, and had been a home full of family life. It's odd, but as soon as we walked in I felt it give us a big hug, it chose us as its new owners, not the other way around. I had such a strong feeling that this is our house, it's meant for us! That my hubby got a bit worried, he prepared himself for it to fall through, and begged me not to get my hopes up. But I just knew! 'It's ok' I said, 'it's picked us, it will be fine'. Lol well I think he thought I'd gone quite mad, but here we are three years on, and just about to a level of styling it for the seasons. I studied interior design at the national design academy in order to help me understand my home better. I paint a lot! So thought nothing of starting this season with a re-paint of the fire places in downpipe by Farrow and ball to give some depth to my scheme. It is the fireplace at the end of the living room I have chosen for 'styling the seasons' as we walk past it everyday, I thought it would be a nice area to get to work on.

Adding objects to give depth, reflect light and add warmth

November to me means darkness and warmth. The nights draw in, the fires get lit and there is a warm glow. It's about textures, layering up and getting in the mood for Christmas. As its dark I like to add glitz and sparkle to the home. 
I took inspiration from an antique mirror as I just adore the gold rim on it! It's quite an opulent piece. When designing a room it works well to pick one thing you love and work things into the scheme. I painted the rim of the mirror in matching downpipe so that it sits nicely on the mantle. I wanted to add more warmth  and glitz so I picked out the contrasting gold to work with, by adding this glamorous little Aynsley coffee cup, and just placing this crackle glazed tile by Welbeck onto the mantle it really sets a striking scene.
Next thing to add.... texture. This came in the form of dried roses and hydrangeas as these are my favourite blooms.

Adding hydrangeas and petals for texture.

The dusky mauve of the hydrangeas and pink of the roses not only adds texture but softens the effect, and there is a lightness to balance the bold contrast of the gold and dark charcoal paint.
I love that this is all reflected by the large mirror. I've actually started to get really inspired for Christmas too lol.

Metal and crystal add drama and glamour.

Getting a perfect look is all to do with layering! Bringing in different tones and textures. Adding pieces in and taking away till it's just right. 

This has been such fun! There are just seven objects to my finished look (although I am forever fiddling). This to me is November. Dried flowers, dark nights and warmth.

Hope you enjoyed my #stylingtheseasons post.

Emma x





Just a simple little post today.
Just these contrasting beautiful blooms.

Emma x


#shelfiesundaycomp winner

Hello lovelies.

I love all of the pretty shelfies entered every Sunday, and it is so hard to choose.
This week, this shelfie really stood out.

And I'm pleased to announce this weeks winner...

I love how interesting this shelfie looks.

If you would like to send your address to emmaconnolly78@icloud
I will pop a little prize out to you.

Thank you everyone that entered your lovely pics,
and good luck next Sunday!

Emma x





 Hello lovelies, I wanted to do a little post dedicated to what I think is one of the most beautiful, and versatile blooms- The Hydrangea. Once considered old fashioned, this big bloom has made a big come back.



I just adore the ever changing colours and the delicate petals, great pompom heads held up with super strong stems. Happily blooming all the way into November. 


Sometime in September, the children and I pick petals for pressing, these are later used in our Christmas crafts.


I bought these big blooms for drying as the stems were long and the flowers in really good shape. 
At £3.50 ea it worked out cheaper than buying fake! I got these blooms at the beginning of September and they are nearly dry. Usually I just let the water evaporate, but this time I've done it differently and it's given me fuller blooms that are dry but still look alive. Want to know how?.... 

I kept topping up the water! The stem will start to seal over very slowly (it will go black at the bottom). But not starving completely means it very slowly takes what it needs till it has naturally decided enough is enough an it's time I died back. A bit like when it's on the plant, but as it's not open to the elements it stays pretty. Try it and see how you get on.

                                                                 Emma x

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