What Makes You Happy?

It’s Friday! I have to admit that I’m still on a bit of a high after last night’s Blogging With Success event – I had so much fun and met lots of lovely people. I’m so pleased that people came along and enjoyed themselves. I woke up with a smile on my face today, for sure!

I have been thinking recently about the little things that can turn a meh day into a YEAH day and, even though there are lots of things that I share with you guys, I really wanted to hear your views this time! So I took to Twitter and Instagram to ask the simple question, What makes you happy? and I was blown away by the response.

Sometimes the world can overwhelm us, so choosing to find a little nugget of joy whenever you can is so important! I loved reading your answers and really want to share what everyone had to say, just in case you need a little pick-me-up today…

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What Makes You Happy?

When it rains all day, but when I leave the house the sun comes out : )  (@emma.mcr on Instagram)

Real, handwritten snail mail letters (@sheandherbrightness on Instagram)

Watching my husband build Lego whilst drinking a cup of hot chocolate (@vintage_tookie244 on Instagram)

A cup of tea when I wake up makes me happy (@msmezza on Instagram)

Sleeping in clean sheets after a hot bath (@zynpgur on Instagram)

Cuddling up on the couch with a fluffy blanket & my husband, watching Drag Race! Small things (@_ejand_ on Instagram)

Food, hugs from my husband and dog, getting a sense of achievement from something (@teacakeandmake on Instagram)

A day at home on the sofa and in pyjamas with lots of movies, snacks, tea, blankets, warmth, @pamela_graham and the dug (@jamesvsburger on Twitter)

Food, wine, friends, family and Eddie! [her sunglasses-wearing dog!] (@laurafromaura on Twitter)

My cat [having seen a further photo of the cat, I can confirm he is ADORABLE!] (@jemmasaid  on Twitter)

Travelling. Head butts from my cats. Big Skirts. Ordering dessert. A really good book (@lastyearsgirl_ on Twitter)

Happiness is being surrounded by those you love, preferably with coffee, cake and your furry friends (@ananyah  on Twitter)

Reading, watching or speaking to someone inspirational! Always gives me a pep in my step. Also: cooking/ eating (@glasgowfood on Twitter)

Being content. I’m happy when I’m not trying to be bigger, better or like someone else. Being happy being me works! (@bigcitylilnurse on Twitter)

That moment when you step off an aeroplane knowing you’ve got x amount of days to explore and enjoy a new place (@TheSundayGirl on Twitter)

The sound of the sea, fresh air in my lungs, wellies on my feet and chatting about life n’ stuff with someone I love (@HouseOfHerby on Twitter)

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When I’m in a good headspace where I can genuinely say I do not give a toss about anyone else’s opinions and I’m not comparing. Also, when my cat smooshes her face against mine because that is a pure, golden moment (@rosekeats on Twitter)

Good wine, good food and good friends & family. What more do you need? (@Glasgowfoodgeek on Twitter)

Food – seriously and genuinely, it’s the only thing that makes me properly happy! Not great, but it’s the truth! (@LPearsonSmith on Twitter)

Someone taking the time to ask me how my day was (@AforAmbs on Twitter)

Feeding people. Love having a full table of friends or family passing food, sharing stories and complaining that they’ve eating too much (@sarahmacp on Twitter)

Time with my boyfriend, friends and family – if there is cake and tea involved, even better! (@frocksfairycake on Twitter)

Making other people feel happy and cared about, whether that’s making them laugh, being supportive or a gesture of appreciation (@papercutpanic on Twitter)

A good chin wag full of hearty laughs, putting the world to rights and positive girl plans always makes me happy (@letsdostuffs on Twitter)

Stormy weather. Makes me feel so calm, and that is not something that happens often at all (@lydipop on Twitter)

When my crush pinches me when I say he’s gorgeous! [um, cutest Tweet award!] (@AngieLoveDesign on Twitter)

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Sleep (@CandelleCo on Twitter)

Cuddling up to the person you love and feeling cosy and safe in their arms. This includes cuddles from animals too (@hellorogue on Twitter)

Sunday afternoon adventures, discovering new places (@misslinnyo on Twitter)

Sunsets (@yazminaaa on Twitter)

Good food, family, friends, and of course, make up (@Saskiasumakeup on Twitter)

Being able to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. Happiness for me is warmth and comfort (@fromfiona_ on Twitter)

Making other people happy and serving others! (@HstlandHrt on Twitter)

A stodgy dessert and a good yap with my mum (@MaverickBaking on Twitter)

What an awesome list! Thank you to everyone who got involved by sharing what makes you happy – proof that social media is still a positive place, if you ask me!

I’ll be back here on Monday morning with details of a fun giveaway to kick-start your week – so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend…

 

 

 

Images: things that have been making me happy lately – hot off the presses of my Instagram

Celebrating Bosley’s First Year!

Bosley's First Year

This weekend is a special one because it marks Bosley’s first year of living with us (AKA his ‘gotcha day’)! It’s hard for me to believe that this time last year we were bringing him home because it kind of feels like he’s always been here.

I was looking through pictures of Bosley earlier and can’t believe how tiny he used to be! I used to be able to scoop him up in one hand and he was able to climb inside my handbags and hide. These days, it’s quite a different story. But he is still as curious as ever and he still tries to climb inside things, even if his big butt hangs out the back! Bosley also has an incredible RKF (resting kit face!) as, despite his grumpy expression, he is very affectionate and friendly. We even joke that he is part dog!

Bosley's First Year

A little while back, I wrote about how having a kitten has been a big learning curve in our house, and I’m still learning new things about Bosley as he gets bigger. Like how much he loves our daily routines (no matter how small they might be!) and how intuitive he is. Also, he makes us laugh constantly – the other day he reacted to a particularly dramatic part of a corny film and it (further) convinced me that he understands English purrfectly…

Earlier this week was International Cat Day which meant that, as well as my feed being filled with even more cute felines than usual, I had yet another excuse to post a picture and celebrate Bosley’s first year on Twitter and Instagram! The gang at RSPCA have even included him in their #MoreThanCat online gallery of kitties – you can check it out here.

Bosley's First Year

It’s amazing how quickly a little animal can become such a big part of your life and, in a short year, Bosley has become a major part of ours. I can’t wait to see what the next twelve months (and all the months and years after that!) bring.

Tell me all about your furry friends! Do you celebrate any pet birthdays/ anniversaries too?

 

Local Lovin’: Habiib

Habiib3 My Local Lovin’ series is a spotlight on designers / stores / creators of marvellous things (and anything else that catches my eye) – all based in Scotland. I believe that we should be supporting the amazing home-grown talent that we have so I decided to start Local Lovin’ as a regular feature. If you have an awesome project or create something that you think I might love please let me know! See my Contact page for details of how to get in touch…

Today, I’d love to introduce you guys to habiib, a Glasgow-based company who sell a curated collection of unique, mid-century and vintage furniture. Sourcing pieces in the UK and Europe, habiib make it easy to style beautiful, original furniture in a modern interior by sharing tips and tricks and keeping prices accessible. Shopping for vintage can often be tricky, but what habiib really aim to do is take the stress out of this process by only sourcing and selling pieces that get team habiib (that’s Laura and Ross!) all a-flutter and eager to share.

Less than a week ago, habiib opened their online store, which is bursting with clean lines, bold colours and retro shapes. With so much to celebrate, I grabbed the company’s own #girlboss Laura B Hewitt for a blether…

I’m so excited that habiib has launched online – can you tell me a bit about how you guys got started and what inspires you?

Me too! The reaction to it has been fantastic which is really exciting! I’m so happy that people like what we are putting out there. Habiib was started just under 6 months ago but I suppose it’s been a twinkle in my eye for a couple of years in one form or another. As you know, I co-founded Glad Rags Thrift a few years ago with The Glad Café, which I loved. It was such a great experience and reignited my passion for retail and gave me a chance to express my creative side.

When I moved into a new home last year it was really important that I made it feel like ‘me’. I wanted to put my personal stamp on it but also had a pretty tight budget to work with so started to gradually source vintage and second-hand furniture that I loved. It was time consuming and took a lot of effort, but it felt great to be building a home that wasn’t straight out of Ikea. The response from family and friends, as well as a good shove from my other half, led me to start Habiib focusing on mid-century and vintage interiors.

When it comes to interiors, everything is an inspiration! Without trying to sound like too much of a w*nker, it’s a pretty organic process. With habiib, we don’t want to copy what other vintage shops or antique dealers are doing, and we don’t want to follow trends. So we just try to find furniture that we love and that we think others will be into too.

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I love how passionate you are about the pieces that you stock – what is your process for curating such gorgeous furniture?

Haha, I’m too passionate! I always just want to keep what we find and I’ve been known to get quite emotional about some of our pieces.

I guess the number one rule is that we only ever pick items for habiib that we would have in our own home. We look for unique pieces of furniture that are of high quality and in good condition. We sell products that are as close to their original condition as possible so when sourcing furniture, we look for things that we can clean up and restore rather than go down an ‘up-cycling’ route.

We spend a lot of time and effort on sourcing the right products and take regular road trips across the UK to hunt out the best finds. I think a massive part of the sourcing experience is that Ross and I both really enjoy the process – it’s really exciting when you come across something special and you get to meet so many interesting people on the way.

Do you have / have you had any favourites so far?

I have a new favourite every time I source something! I could probably name everything and give a full explanation for why it’s my favourite!

I was in love with a pair of gold armchairs that I really wanted to keep but at the time I had three armchairs of my own so really didn’t need another two. I cheated a little and kept the matching sofa. I love walking into my living room and seeing it sitting there looking all beautiful. With all the grey days we’ve had recently in Glasgow, it’s my personal ray of sunshine! haha.

I guess the sideboards are my favourite items though – especially the G Plan high sideboard. I make a claim against every one I collect! I think my current favourites are the G Plan Tola ones we have for sale at the moment. They are sophisticated and sexy made from dark teak, with sleek, straight lines and brass handles and feet. Plus those concertina doors are really satisfying to open. I’m currently restoring a Guy Rogers Day Bed that may take the number one spot when it’s finished…

Ross’ favourite would definitely be the G Plan Fresco Desk. It has a floating desktop and secret drawer. Like the whole Fresco range, the grain in the teak really stands out and it has quite neat proportions so it fits well in any room. I keep promising we will keep one for him soon! It looks fantastic with his G Plan 6250 Wingback Armchair and matching 6251 footstool so it would be a shame not to.

In terms of customers’ favourites, it’s got to be the pink armchairs by NH Chapman of Newcastle! And I don’t blame them, they’re incredible!

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Incredible is right – those pink chairs have me swooning! What can customers expect from a visit to habiib?

A small, but perfectly formed collection of mid-century and modern vintage interiors. So really anything from 1930s to 1970s with maybe a little more emphasis on the 1970s since that’s what I am into personally.

We’re really into block colours, clean lines and a minimalist feel. That’s what we love about so much mid-century modern furniture. It was creatively designed to be functional and beautiful. High quality, durable materials were also used which means that furniture made 50 or 60 years ago can be found in almost new condition and will last another 50 years.

In terms of customer experience from habiib, the goal is to present unique, beautiful furniture in an accessible way for customers – both in price and shopping experience. We also want to show how easily vintage and retro furniture can work in modern homes, offices or studios which is where our blog comes in as well as our Instagram pages. We’ll be sharing advice on how to care for modern vintage furniture and how to incorporate it into your own space, and our photoshoots give styling ideas and tips.

We have a passion and appreciation for the products we sell and I really hope that comes across to everyone who visits our website or follows us on social media.

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Are there any other local businesses that you admire? Share the love and tell us who we should go check out!
One of my favourites has to be Botanica Home. Kirsty is constantly striving to create something new and master what she does. Plus she shares her talent and expertise by holding workshops and teaching others which is so inspiring.

Actually, keep an eye on our social media for an announcement coming soon as we are planning an event that will see our forces combine with our favourite independent businesses! It’s top secret at the moment but all will be revealed soon.

Ah, I love an exclusive!! And finally, what’s your plans for the coming months?

Well we’ve just launched the website which is an exciting milestone to reach. The focus for the coming months will be to raise our profile across the UK and get more people to know about us. Our customers and followers have been really supportive so we will be running a giveaway as a way to say thanks. That will launch in a couple of weeks.

I’ve so many ideas that I have to force myself to slow down a little. It’s all been a bit crazy. To give you some hints though on what’s next for habiib, we are already collaborating with a local product designer to bring something really special to the table, have plans for another fashion shoot with a London based designer and obviously the event which should take place late Spring.

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With an army of interiors addicts already flocking to habiib, and an Instagram feed to die for, I can’t wait to see what the coming months hold for this awesome new company. As a huge fan of mid-century modern style, I’ll be keeping an eye on their blog for more dreamy photos and maybe even the perfect side table…

With love, atomic legs and sleek velvet…

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Photography credit: Photo 1 by Tony Webster, all other images by habiib