Made Unboxed

Sunday, 10 August 2014



I'm currently sharing my home (and my new rug!) on Made.com's new Unboxed website - an online community where customers can share pictures of products they've bought in their actual homes. The site was launched after Made did some research and found that lots of us want interior inspiration from real homes (in addition to the styled homes we see on sites like Pinterest), so the Unboxed site is full of genuine UK homes and clever ideas. Take a look!

Image: Rita Platts | MADE x UNBOXED

Watch this space

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Watch this space | Living Longingly

Sorry for the long silence! I've been quietly working hard on something new and exciting for Living Longingly and will be back later this summer to reveal all. See you soon...

Hand lettering on Baileys packaging

Monday, 11 March 2013

Hand lettering on packaging | livinglongingly.com

Hand lettering on packaging | livinglongingly.com

I'm a big fan of hand lettering and good packaging, so you can probably guess why I snapped up this mown grass-scented candle from Baileys by Mail. Have yet to try the actual candle itself...

Images: Helen | Living Longingly

Vintage packaging

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Vintage packaging | livinglongingly.com

A few months ago, I found some old (very old!) tea and soap in my gran's cupboards. Unopened. Almost mint condition. 12 1/2p for some of the Queen's tea! I love the lettering and package design... the contents were still intact, but I don't think I'll be having a cuppa with leaves that old!

Vintage packaging | livinglongingly.com

Vintage packaging | livinglongingly.com

Images: Helen | Living Longingly

A simple idea for gift wrap

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Thank you presents | livinglongingly.com

Eek! As of today, it's only one month until Christmas! Have you started thinking about gifts yet? I used to be a last minute shopper, but I'm proud to admit that I've been slightly more organised this year; I've made a list of ideas and even bought a few presents already (and since I'm a 'one for me, one for you' kind of girl, everyone's a winner). Now that it's time to start thinking about presentation, I wanted to share one of my favourite simple gift wrap ideas.

Rifle Paper Co | livinglongingly.com

When I travelled to San Francisco a couple of months ago, a close friend of mine who works for the airline we flew with was kind enough to arrange a discount on the cost of our flights and even an upgrade. Obviously, a thank you gift was in order! I picked up some goodies in San Fran, including some beautiful notebooks from Rifle Paper Co. and some Tcho chocolate.

And here's that gift wrap tip - small, flat gifts like these are perfect for stashing in patterned kraft paper bags and sealing with pretty washi tape. I originally came across this wrapping idea on Pinterest and it's now my go-to wrapping method for books and stationery - it's so quick and easy! These spotty paper bags came from Peach Blossom and I found the washi tape on Etsy.

Simple gift wrap | livinglongingly.com

Don't you think it looks pretty? I'm sure I'll be using this idea again at Christmas - I've bought some festive washi tape already!

PS. I've shared a few more gift wrap ideas in the current issue of live from IKEA FAMILY magazine. If you happen to get it through your door, make sure you check it out! If not, you'll find it on ikeafamilylive.com soon.

Images: Helen | Living Longingly

Introducing Tinto

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Happiness is a warm puppy | livinglongingly.com

Remember when I mentioned Tinto, the 8-week-old springer spaniel puppy that I spent last week with? Well, here he is!

I love dogs. For the last few years I've been desperate to invite one to come and live with me in London, but unfortunately it doesn't seem practical in my tiny, mostly open-plan flat. These sort of plans will have to wait until we have a kitchen door and a garden. But in the meantime there's Tinto, my mum's new puppy, who I'll be visiting in Scotland frequently.

He's pretty much the best thing ever. He's got that irresistible soft, loose puppy fur and loves to curl up on a warm lap (which reminded me of the Peanuts quote, 'happiness is a warm puppy'!). Returning to London after spending a week with him wasn't easy. Luckily, it's less than five weeks until I'll be back for Christmas... which means 10 whole days of Tinto-time!

PS. I edited this image with Afterglow on my iPhone - have you discovered this app yet? It adds filters like Instagram, but you can toggle individual factors separately - like contrast, brightness, or fade. It also allows you to add custom frames, light leak or bokeh effects. I love it!

Image: Helen | Living Longingly

Scenes from Scotland

Monday, 19 November 2012

Scenes from Scotland | livinglongingly.com

Phew, this year is just flying by! I've just returned from another week-long holiday to Scotland, where I finally found the time to prepare a few blog posts.

I grew up in a small, rural village on the west coast of Scotland. While I was growing up I never appreciated the beauty of the surrounding countryside, but these days I love my trips north - they give me the chance to relax, catch up with family and spend time doing things I haven't had time for in London. During previous trips that's meant baking or reading, but this time it was landscape photography.

Photography is still a new interest for me. I got my DSLR (a Nikon D3100) just over a year ago and so far I've mainly focussed on still-life and product photography. However, a recent growing obsession with Instagram has got me interested in landscapes, and iPhone snappers like @halfgirl and @jaredchambers have helped me see the potential in the countryside.

I took these pictures during a long walk up the hill which looks over our village. The climb wasn't easy for a London girl (and I dropped my favourite snood in the mud!) but the view from the top was worth it. These pictures are from my Nikon, but I shared some more iPhone pictures on Instagram (follow me!).

Having said all of that, the best thing about the whole week was spending time with an 8-week-old springer spaniel puppy called Tinto - the latest addition to our family! Needless to say, I have plenty of pictures of him too. More in my next post...

Scenes from Scotland | livinglongingly.com

Images: Helen | Living Longingly

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