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19.3.13

65 Zen willow


Be still

Don't be fooled, we are in the midst of chaos here, but sometimes my camera directs my eye to the things that I (and perhaps you?) really need to see.

I plonked a bundle of fresh cut willow stems in that vase a few days ago, meaning to add some daffs but managing only to forget all about it. Now I'm rather glad I left them to fly solo. And the colours epitomise the look I want for my new studio, which is edging ever closer toward completion ... that's with the emphasis on 'edging', you understand! White, grey and brown ... very knitsofacto, but I shall need an accent colour methinks. Any thoughts on that?

The walls and ceiling have been painted white - I'm still undecided about a blackboard wall and can always add one later - and three of the ubiquitous Billy bookcases, stained a deep black-brown, have been installed. I have a white table, and a rug, and so far not much else except long lists of 'things still needing to be done' and 'things still needing to be bought'.

I did wonder if buying most of the furnishings new was rather letting the side down, but exquisite vintage finds of the kind I see on other blogs are really rather hard to come by in North Wales. And with my mother still far from well - thank you so much for all the good wishes you sent her way - I just wanted to get on with the job, so I've raided my piggy bank rather than the local brocantes. I know you're hoping to see for yourselves what all the fuss is about, and images will be forthcoming, I promise, but not while the whole of the upstairs is an unsightly muddle of tools and cardboard boxes. It's a nightmare actually, I can't get at anything, and that includes my knitting needles! Roll on the weekend, when hopefully I can start stowing things away.

Linking with Lou's 'Nature in the Home' at Little Green Shed.


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65 comments :

  1. all the best for your mum Annie and for you, too!!!
    xxx Ale

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  2. I hope your mum makes a speedy recovery, Annie. I know how stressful it can be when one of your parents is unwell. Hugs...

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  3. Hope that your mother gets well soon sweet Annie! The willow stems are beautiful!! Have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  4. I hope your Mom gets well very soon. I have moved all my blogs to Thunderbird for reading convenience. I haven't been able to move yours but I'm using email to subscribe so I'm not missing you. Have a great day and hugs to you and your Mom.

    Hugs,
    Sharon

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  5. Won't the wool be the accent colour(s) in your studio? An ever changing rainbow. Like accent cushions, easy to change up when the mood or the season changes.

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  6. Good morning Annie

    A new room must be earned. I wish you good luck with the finish! Have a nice day despite the chaos. Regula

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  7. Sorry to hear of all the chaos you have been experiencing. Hope things calm down for you soon. Of course sending love and healing thoughts to your mom.

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  8. The willow branches look lovely - very calming. I look forward to seeing your finished studio too. I finally get made redundant next week (almost 3 years after they announced we were closing) and can't wait to get my hands on the dining room to make it more of a work room.

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  9. definitely need an accent colour. Teal, pink and tango and sunshine leap into my head. But that's just me. And sparkes. I might be thinking of a cushion :)

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  10. Oh, I'd go with green as accent colour, I believe. But then I always go for green :-) - although, to my surprise, I came home with some off-white yarn from a lovely trip to Bath this weekend.

    I hope your mom gets better soon! And I too am looking forward to seeing your studio, I am sure you will enjoy it.

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  11. Your pussy willow photo looks so beautiful on the Feedly app on my phone -fills the whole screen.

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  12. Beautiful colours accent with teal, best wishes for your mum i hope she gets better soon. Can't wait to see your studio. I have been working on mine for years a shed in the garden its nearing completion too.

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  13. Looking forward (probably not as much as you!) to seeing the finished room. I agree with Sassy that your wool will probably give alot of colour so you may not need an accent colour. Get well wishes to your mum. Julie x

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  14. We all need a Billy Bookcase or two, also have you seen their A3 plan chests on castors?

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  15. Annie, add my good wishes for your mum, hope she is doing ok.

    As I read and scrolled I noticed the lovely wool skein on your side-bar, and see also that several readers have suggested teal as an accent colour. Can't go wrong with that - and maybe add a smidge of....purple? cyclamen? Nothing too sickly. And as Sassy says the wool will provide a good block of colour where ever you store it. How exciting! Remind yourself of the final reward while you are up to your eyes in chaos!

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  16. I do like your colour choices Annie. I know what you mean about climbing over boxes though we are still doing that too!!
    Hope your Mum feels much better soon.
    V xxx

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  17. Looking forward to seeing the ta-daaaaa photos!
    And sending get well wishes your mum's way.....
    Carly
    x

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  18. I had an awful problem with comments on my blog. Tried twice to install the usual box but didn't want the job of having to look at each message and delete or keep. Too many people with nothing better to do than spoil blogs.
    I hope your anxieties about your Mum are almost over.
    And, about an accent colour: would a mouthwatering lime-ish green appeal? Not too harsh?

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  19. I bought some pussy willow stems a month or so ago and they're still looking good on the windowsill.
    Ikea's fine - our house has loads of the stuff - and you can always personalise things with art and accessories. An accent colour... I'd stick with a natural theme and go for maybe blue (duck egg? Navy?) or green(mossy green or perhaps something a bit zingier if that's your thing).
    I'm sure you have impeccable taste. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do.
    Sarah.

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  20. Exciting to be making your studio! Heather x

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  21. Just love hearing any decorating news and it's so true that when dear ones are not well it's definitely best to keep busy ...
    take care, Annie
    Barbara x

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  22. Will be lovely to see what you do decide to go with for your studio ... and I really ought to have some sprouting willow here, but I don't!

    Best wishes to your mum.

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  23. Well I adore the pale grey-blues and duck egg colours, so that'd be my choice. Can't wait to see what you go for though and your pics when it's all ready. Exciting to be at the 'putting things in' stage!

    Just on a little technical note, your little Feedly/Bloglovin'/Email links didn't show up in my Feedly. I don't know why not as they didn't with my post either. I had link text next to mine which it did show, just not the icon. I wonder if they don't show images unless they are a certain size or something? Anyway, no biggie for me, as you know, I'm a devout follower already but just thought I'd mention so's you know!

    S x

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  24. The "During" part, of a new project, is messy. But the "Done" part, will be worth it. :-)

    As to all our blogging, we have to do, what we have to do.

    "Auntie"

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  25. Oh it seems to take so long to get sorted out doesn't it, but keep at it Annie. It will be worth it in the end. In my last workroom, which was off white with wood floors, I had part of my fabric stash in a pile on the floor. It was all the colour that was needed.

    Sorry to hear your Mum is still unwell. Best wishes.

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  26. Your bookcases will be just fine .... Think of all the lovely things you'll have in them and they will quickly fade into the background as support crew in your amazing production :)

    Hope your Mom mends quickly - what a weight that must be on you ......

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  27. Yes! Mr anonymous is a nasty potty mouth. I am keeping verification on for now. Now how on earth did you do that footer. I'm off to google and find out :)

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  28. Annie, your zen willow is sublime. Just seeing it brings a bit of serenity.

    As for color accents for your beautifully neutral studio space, I would agree with a prior comment that your wool will add beautiful color. Another idea is to have a changing seasonal jug of flowers for a little natural color.

    Continued best wishes to you and your mom.

    xo

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  29. I think it is very important to have a space with soothing neutral colours - to calm the eyes and spirit. But it is nice to have a pop of colour too - if I had my own crafting space (some day!) I would like to be able to switch my highlight colour depending on mood or season. I would probably have some wall hangings I cycled through - then I could keep collecting to my hearts content!

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  30. Sorry your mum is ill. I hope she is on the mend soon. Lots going on with you. Take care of yourself too.

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  31. Sounds like you have enough on your plate at the moment, if you've got the basics of your studio done then just add the rest as and when. I always find the search just as enjoyable as the find! :) x

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  32. Don't talk to me about chaos! We've a few DIY goings-on here too and the disarray is driving me bonkers!

    How about a warm mustard yellow as an accent colour?

    Do hope your mother feels better very soon, Annie.

    Heather x

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  33. Your studio is going to be amazing, new bookcases and all. Yo can decorate here and there with antiques and vintage. It is your space, do what you need to do for you.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  34. I've been thinking about studio spaces alot lately, in the hopes that I can create my own soon. I cannot wait to see photographs of your new space ... it sounds so close to what I imagine I would want, trim and all!

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  35. Hi Annie...I'm looking forward to seeing some pics of your new space. Accent colours...maybe a bit of teal would suit, I've seen a few accents here in that colour!

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  36. Your willow looks so beautiful, my mum always liked picking willow at this time of the year. Hope you Mum is making a good recovery.
    I would use fallow and ball blues or greens as a accent colour if I had a craft room like yours!
    Sarah x

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  37. I love your little willows Annie ... and just wanted to wish your mum well ... Bee xx

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  38. Hmm visit sick Mum or hunt out vintage barains.....obviously Mum wins out everytime so enjoy your lovely new purchases and serene studio Annie; I hope your Mum is recovering well. Good luck with the comment rules, I've not yet run into Mr Anonymous on my blog - phew - I'm assuming it's not some bizarre internet measure of success?

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  39. Right now mustard is my all time favourite accent colour Annie, but I know you will make the right decision for you. Your eye for colour and details a true talent and I know your pics of your studio will not disappoint! Our house is furnished with old and new(ish) and that's what makes it kind of unique, as long as you are happy we will be happy :o) Its going to be so exciting having a space of your very own. Hope there is access to your needles soon x
    ps. Wasn't the outcome of the red nose day dolls a fabulous success! You and all the other contributors must be so chuffed x

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  40. Lots of people thinking the same as me, teal immediately sprang to mind, greens look good against natural wood....I definitely think blue/green even if it was a paler version of it. I got bored of waiting for my craft room, so ended up swapping for a Room that wasn't needing to be plastered, moved all the stuff out of there....we have a piano in our hall.....and moved all my stuff in...I am loving my new space, looking forward to a sneaky peak at yours when it's done.x

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  41. Loving that willow very serene and beautiful.

    Oh its sounds very exciting that your studio is nearing completion. Ah yes DIY, well we are in the midst of our own. Our kitchen. The house is in chaos. I love an interior transformation but really wish the mess wouldn't be so everywhere! It will be worth it though when its done!

    Happy stash sorting.


    P x

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  42. What a gorgeous photograph. Such perfect, calm and muted colours. Ain't nature marvellous? Your studio sounds like it will be great. Hopped on over from Lou's linky so going to have a nose around now!

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  43. Beautiful picture Annie :-) Glad your studio is making progress - hope you can get to those knitting needles soon! Best wishes for your Mum, xox

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  44. Oh Annie!! Beautiful willow. I love the colours of your blog. I am sorry it's my first time here, but not the last. Thank you for joining in my link up. Willow reminds my of my childhood cat, she was grey and when we had her as a kitten her paws were soft us Pussy Willow, so that was her name! x

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  45. Gosh - the build up to 'room reveal' is gathering apace nicely! Willow, catkins, daffodils, anemones - all very special appearances I think. Your photographs are achingly beautiful - how lovely to be amidst such creativity. Today I am amidst marking essays.....
    I have Billy bookcases in my 'sewing room' (grand term!) and they do the job just fine!
    Pull that wrap a little tighter around your shoulders as that wind is back with a vengeance!
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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  46. I just fell in love with your blog! hurrah for you joining in on Lou's wonderful wednesday linky! xo

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  47. How about an accent for each season in a colour that speaks to you of each? It could be a vase that you put something in? Or a more permanent object that changes? I hope your mother returns to good health soon.

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  48. Such a beautiful photo of the Willow, gorgeous colours! I have been noticing lots of weird anonymous comments lately, but didn't realise that's why! Your post footer is a great idea, am now following with Bloglovin! x

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  49. Oh, a pussy willow. Sob. It is still winter here with a ferocity that is surprising.

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  50. Your studio is going to be so lovely, Annie. With that basic palette, what about green as your accent colour - probably a clear, sharp shade? With your love and eye for nature, as witnessed by those exquisite willow stems, I think it would work well.

    Sorry to hear your spam has sunk to being offensive and can understand why you've had to take action against it. If the same happened on my blog, I'd feel forced to follow suit.

    I've moved reader to Feedly and am happy so far. Only time will tell whether it will cope when Google Reader disappears but the signs so far are good.

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  51. Hello Annie...Your new studio sounds fabulous (I love the Billy bookcases too)...Whenever I think of you, it's beautiful neutral colours!...So pleased that you're going to have your new space,
    Susan x
    P.S Love the pic!

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  52. I do love the sound of your new studio Annie, it sounds like exactly the right sort of space to be relaxing and conducive to creative thoughts. All of the disarray and chaos will be worth it when you are happily sat in your lovely new space. The willow image is beautiful and so very you Annie x

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  53. Hello, I found you via Little Green Shed! I do love a bit of willow, and it does take flying solo rather well.
    As for accent colours, there is only one accent colour, and that is Green!!!
    Georgie X

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  54. I love pussy willows! I don't think we can grow them here because of the heat, but somebody gave me a branch once and I couldn't stop petting it.
    As for accent colours, I would suggest a soft robin's egg blue. It would go well with the greys and browns. But I'm sure that whatever you choose will be absolutely lovely.

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  55. I think you may have guessed that I too need that Zen Willow - I've popped by several times just to contemplate it and it has done wonders for my nerves and state of mind. I'm calm enough now to comment and to say I hope your 'move' goes nice and smoothly. I've had a busy day today but have shifted a lot of stuff and I still have tomorrow before hubby gets back and catches me dumping some of his unnecessary hoardings. We're still a very long way from minimalist but Zen Willow makes a nice space in my head.
    Axxx

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  56. Love the zen willow. I do wonder, what did one do before 'billiy's'?!

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  57. I'm late to the party but I too would put my hand up for greens - it's my favourite colour :-) And there are so many different shades of it that would go nice with your usual knitso colours. Ikea is great for storage and there's a reason it's so popular :-) Hope you have a lovely weekend x

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  58. That teal yarn caught my eye too ... but I was also envisioning green - something saturated and of medium to strong intensity. Apple green? Leaf green?

    The nice thing about colourful accents is that you can so easily change them out. A vase, a cushion cover or two....

    Hope your mum continues well. I can sympathise with the spam issue - only very diligent monitoring is keeping my comment section clean. I know a blog with a simple little checkbox widget, under the comment box, that says "confirm you are not a spammer" - am thinking of asking her where she got it!

    Can't wait to see your new studio. :)

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  59. Sometimes there is time for hunting out and sometimes there is just Ikea. No real problem with either - just enjoy creating your space. Hope all is well very soon. Maybe a little Spring weather would help? And some flowers in the garden? I just wish.......
    P xx

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  60. Love your picture. My daughter who is 23 put some pussy willows into a little jar when she was about 8 and they still look the same. I would have thought they would have disintegrated or something, but no! Anyway - that's what I think of when I see your lovely picture. xCathy

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  61. I am with those who suggest blue/green but I am sure your studio will be an inspiring place. Have you visited Dodds auction rooms in Mold? A mixture of stuff but always something interesting and generally cheap! Hope things settle down for you and your mum. After a frantic period with my own family and ill health I am beginning to hope we might have another go at arranging that meet up! Maybe after Easter some time?

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  62. Such a calming picture, Annie! I'm sure my blood pressure has gone down simply by looking at it. The white, grey and brown are spare yet beautiful.

    I'd go for raspberry pink or daffodil yellow for your accent colour - just pops of it here and there, nothing permanent or fixed.

    I always admire other's vintage furniture but the reality of taking two small ones around reclamation yards and car boot sales means that I head to Ikea every time. I'm a huge fan of their Billy bookcases - they are very good value for money.

    Gillian x

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  63. Hi Annie,

    I love the sweet pussy willow photo and a sure sign that Spring is on its way.
    Look forward to seeing your new studio and know all the hard work is going to pay off.
    I have been painting our lounge white and it looks so pristine and makes the room look so much bigger and brighter.
    Sending your Mum, get well wishes.

    Enjoy the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  64. following you everywhere now! lol...where did you get those buttons from at the bottom of the post, they are exactly what I want to add but cant find anything like it anywhere? xxxxx

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  65. pale minty green? maybe a blush pink?? those neutrals will be gorgeous with any accent! hope mum is doing better soon.....i know how stressful that can be.

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