Claire Sutton

Decorating dilemmas

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Is it just me that when the repaint is required, I find it impossible to redo it in the same colour? I did that once. Hall, stairs and landing all beautifully redone in one of our houses in the SAME shade. I was utterly underwhelmed afterwards, all fresh, all fabulous, and all paid for! But it didn’t FEEL all new and exciting. The trouble is when that means curtains/ accessories may have to change Dan starts to make noises…

The current dilemma is about the bathroom (now take a deep breath and read this next bit in one go without pause).

“I do still love the lilac shade it is, but never loved the curtains I got as couldn’t find what I really wanted, so they were the classic “ they’ll do for now”. My sister-in-law recently gave me her cast-offs which are much more what I originally had in mind, but they are like limp lettuces hung at the window, so it’s a no. Maddie’s previous curtains COULD transfer but then a new colour is required on the walls, which will then be tooooo similar to the current colour of the hall, stairs and landing… I want to start again. Dan however has just said: “Let’s repaint the same and keep the original curtains as there’s nothing wrong with them….”. AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH! There isn’t anything wrong with them… BUT…” (now breathe again!)

So, paint swatches aplenty and only tomorrow to make a decision, oh and I’m not a blind or shutters kind of gal! Fabrics, furnishings, drapes… that’s my kind of heaven.

Cozee Home

Actually autumn does mean we turn our attention to inside our homes more I think, and at QVC we have already started to think about the hunkering down, candles lit, snuggling evenings ahead. Cozee Home, our much loved range, has a perfectly timed Today’s Special Value on Monday 24th. It’s a fab bedspread which has faux mink in a nice simple boxed patterning on the top side and an ultra-fluffy reverse side. It’s suitable for all beds, with more overhang on the single of course and there are six colours to choose between. We have Mauve, Teal and Purple, these rich jewel tones are the designer favourites, and softer neutrals of Silver Grey, Taupe and Rose Smoke that should subtly blend with any decor, even the gold glitter wallpaper of Maddie’s new bedroom! Now that was a wonderful redecoration! She had me at “gold glitter“ and yes she had new curtains… nah nah nah nah nah, Dan!

Snuggling down inside aside, one must not neglect the power of the outside; a brisk and breezy walk, a coffee outside whilst watching the ever changing landscape. These are so good for the soul, let alone the endorphins which I fear may choose to hibernate. We’ve gotta keep them jostling like corn kernels popping and retain our joy and happiness during this season, who’s with me?

I stumbled upon this this passage by George Eliot which sums up autumn wonderfully: “Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migration, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

Whilst I’m not a devotee of autumn (like George clearly was …) it was a beautiful read and makes me think differently about this time of year.

Claire Sutton

Something that has excited me is about the season change is the fab fashions at QVC. In social media speak I got a haul. In our speak, I had a lovely delivery of some superb clothes, everything from the Vince Camuto Panama hat, the Nick Verreos trousers, a lovely bit of Baukjen and Ghost. I wore a lilac Ghost dress on air this week with Bronx boots just to make it edgy, well as edgy as I can be! LOVED the colour (same as my hollyhocks) and the compliments I received were lovely.

Claire Sutton

But there was unfettered excitement bubbling inside as I opened my delivery of the Moda in Pelle Belista sock boot (coming soon for you!), she is off the Richter scale, call me shallow but… LOOOOOOOK, are they not delicious! Oh I so shan’t be kicking up the leaves in these babies… but! I now cannot wait to get into the boot!

Moda in Pelle boots

Oh by the way, the antibiotics are kicking in… I think, and I even managed a lovely lunch out with my gorgeous girls at a fabulous restaurant in King’s Cross. I really need to be rid of this lung infection ahead of flu season for sure, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your kind messages whilst I’ve been feeling low level rubbish for what feels like forever, it’s so uplifting to hear from you, whether it’s here, or on Instagram or Twitter so THANK YOU all.

Lots of love,

Claire

18 Comments

  1. Steven September 21, 2018 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Wow Claire love the boots! They will look even better on you xx

  2. Alison September 21, 2018 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, glad your feeling better. I love reading your blog, they are always uplifting. You have a zest for life that really shines through.

  3. Josephine Lynne Jennings September 22, 2018 at 2:41 am -  Reply

    Claire you make me smile love your blog .

  4. JUDITH CLARKSON September 22, 2018 at 3:43 am -  Reply

    Oh Claire you are such a tonic! I do hope you are feeling better.
    Best wishes. Jude

  5. Ann September 24, 2018 at 6:41 am -  Reply

    Claire I love reading your blogs you are so inspirational

    So down to earth but lovely

    Hope you feeling better soon

  6. karen somerville September 24, 2018 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    GLAD YOU ARE ON THE MEND .BOOTS ARE amazzzzzzzzzzzzing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Claire sutton September 24, 2018 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven,
    Thankyou !! Loved wearing then though admittedly vertiginous !! X

  8. Claire Sutton September 24, 2018 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Ah that’s lovely , Thankyou for that zesty comment, I do appreciate it x

  9. Claire Sutton September 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

    Smiling is GOOD ! My job here is done!! Thankyou Josephine and lovely hearing from you xx

  10. Claire Sutton September 24, 2018 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    Jude, I do think I am nearly back to usual, in fact yesterday I forgot to feel ill …so that must mean I’m better !!!!!!! If that makes sense ! Xxxx

  11. Claire Sutton September 24, 2018 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Ann,
    Thankyou , a lovely compliment from you for sure…I’ll take that and pop it in my pocket for a ploppy day !!
    Much love,
    Claire x

  12. Claire sutton September 24, 2018 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    They have been getting soooooo much love, everyone comes to my dressing room and OOOOOOOOOOs over them !!!
    High, but fabulous!
    Lots of love
    C x

  13. Steven September 25, 2018 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    I’m sure you would carry it off Claire! Take care lovely lady x

  14. Penny September 28, 2018 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire. I’ve always admired how beautiful your hair is. What’s your secret?

    • Claire Sutton October 23, 2018 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

      Hi Penny,
      Thankyou , tweak’d haircare currently , elasticizer, gentle brushing, heated babyliss rollers and my mummy’s genetics !!!
      Xxxxxxx

  15. Melanie Pryor October 6, 2018 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire I love reading your blogs and your photo of you and your family at your nieces wedding was beautiful. Can I ask where you found your gorgeous dress ?I am getting married in January and it’s exactly what I’m looking for but have searched and cannot find anything. Love watching your shows Claire best wishes Melanie x

  16. martin gorbes October 7, 2018 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Hi claire hope you are well iam well ps claire like your youngest son iam autistic and i work at local mcdonald aberdeen 23years september 1995 . i a well

  17. Claire Sutton October 10, 2018 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Melanie
    I hope you pop back and see this- it was from Needle & Thread they do wedding dresses too I believe go online and look .. huge Congratulations on your wedding xxxx

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