My favourite Things

In today’s post Loveone’s owner Cathy shares with us some of her favourite downtime things away from the shop.


The printed word

I don’t have many vices, but I do have a weakness for magazines from the Sunday supplements to the glossy publications that grace our newsagents. I love the anticipation that comes from purchasing the mag, the thought of sitting with a cuppa leafing through the pages imaging the house I may aspire to or the body I may achieve for this summer if I really put my mind to it! Its largely aspirational but I do get a sense of feel good after reading it. My allegiance to magazines has followed me as I’ve grown up…from Twinkle as a small child through the teenage angst and my companion read, Jackie. Hands up who remembers Cathy and Claire? As I became a little more sophisticated [mostly in my head] Cosmopolitan was the preferred read…fashion and fads, lads and sex! In my 30′s it was mainly Mother and Baby mags but when the time allowed I revisited my passion for interiors and then the magazine floodgates opened, I read them all! From Elle Decoration to the very smart World of Interiors, from Country Living to Self Build and Design. This obsession has slightly eased…for financial reasons amongst others! My current favourite though is The Simple Things and I have the pleasure of selling it at Loveone.. it’s quirky and thoughtful and contains great articles and beautiful photography.




I don’t just look at the photos though…honest I do like a good read and invariably have a book or two on the go. I’m currently reading The Leopard by Jo Nesbo…Norwegian crime very on trend, but great storylines! Happy to read most subject matter and since being in a Bookclub I have broadened my horizons…and appreciation of red wine ! I hope to chat bookclubs in a later blog..

I love the smell of a paperback and bookshops, whilst I have embraced the new technology and own a kindle, I still veer toward paper, to hold the genuine item, although my suitcase is much lighter now on holiday.




I watch less TV these days but another great pleasure is the boxset! I have just finished Homeland Series 1 and loved the idea of watching as much of it as I could manage back to back. Mad Men..gifted…and Dexter…weird but compelling!






I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth but I love these tiny little sugary delights especially those from Laduree! In fact the macaroons must come from this French emporium and better still actually be there having afternoon tea! The ultimate afternoon tea amongst the distinctive pale green and gold branding and the fine china, the delicate teas and a whole menu of leaves to choose from, and then the macaroons. A whole array of pretty colours and flavours line after line behind the glass. I even have the cookbook, boxed with a gold edge too good to be used, more as ornament. This is branding at its best.







Finally my dog Travis, a 5 year old brindle whippet. A constant source of amusement, a dog that doesn’t like going for a walk, hates the rain and shivers in the cold. But my 30mph couch potato curls up like a cat on your lap and is happiest sitting on the sofa with you. He doesn’t dribble or moult ,and doesn’t eat loads…perfect until he steals your chocolate ! So we do go for walks when its dry and mild, but as a townie whose wellies have perished suits me just fine!



IMG_0154 Travis





Long Weekends

Easter and Spring is usually a time of such optimism – with bright new colours, better weather, and day trips out. However this year we may just have to wait a little longer for that spring like feel! With snow on the ground and freezing temperatures, most Easter Egg hunts will probably be held inside this year! Regardless of the weather, we  have a long weekend rapidly approaching (hurray), and for many it is the first break since Christmas. In today’s post, we thought we’d speak to Loveone’s owner Cathy and see what the long break holds for her.



Thoughts from Cathy:

In our house Easter is usually a time for spring cleaning. It’s a time for shaking off the winter by putting away the woolies and boots and mentally preparing for warmer times!

I’ll be thinking about the garden and pouring over aspirational magazines to create the dream outdoor space. I do it every year, although in reality my ideas don’t get much further than the sofa!




The house starts to smell different. The winter candles of amber and ginger that are almost finished will be replaced by the lighter scents of hyacinth and orchard. These bring with them romantic notions of warm breezes and summer days to come. Though we might need to use our imaginations a bit this year with the current weather!




It’s also about traditions with food being a big part of the Easter weekend. We’ll have hot cross buns on Good Friday which I might even have a go at making this year. I am really tempted by the delicious looking recipe in the April issue of The Simple Things  (now available at Loveone.). As a kid, my mum or gran would always make a Simnel cake – I love the marzipan but don’t like fruit cake but might even revisit that one this year.




And obviously the Easter eggs. Now the children are older the Easter egg hunt is no longer a feature of Easter Sunday but the eggs are still given and received. Then we all sit down to a family roast.  Hoping that we will soon be swapping the roasts for bbq’s and salads. Hoping that summer is just around the corner.




There’s an expectation about Easter…renewal, revitalising and almost like the new year is about to start again.



If you are looking for an unusual Spring gift then watch out for Thursday’s Blog when we offer our top suggestions.

xx p.s All Cowshed Giftsets are currently 1/2 price. Grab yourself a bargain but hurry we only have limited stock.


Tell Your Mum she’s a star

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, Loveone’s owner Cathy  talks about the meaning of the day for her.


Thoughts from Cathy:

Behind the commercial trappings of one of the main gift buying occasions of the year lies a very sincere message…Say thanks to a very special person.

For me its a day of mixed emotions, having lost my own mother to breast cancer shortly after becoming a mother myself. The day is now a mixture of being nostalgic and reflective of my own mother, but also enjoying and celebrating the day with my own children.



Even more poignant this year as Hannah, my eldest, is about to embark on her Uni career, probably heading to London in the autumn.

This landmark in her life has made me reflect on the effect my leaving home to head to college had on my mum…

picking up the pieces when I didn’t get my grades…

leaving me in my first shared house with a bunch of students I had only just met with no saucepans, a boxed of tinned food and no heating..there were tears!

the joy of bin bags of washing at the end of term..these were left outside for days as my student house smelt damp and musty

only getting 1 phone call a week…long before texting and facebook

sending me food parcels and teaching me a fail proof cheese sauce which could cover everything…mostly toast!

But mainly for always being there quietly supporting in the background…



I hope my daughter will head off safe in the knowledge that I will be there at the end of the phone…or twitter.. with persil, tissues,and tins of beans as required.

So this Mothers Day I will be looking back but going forward with very happy memories and more to come on my future journey as a mother!





Enjoy your Mothers Day 10th March


xx p.s  Thursday’s Blog will be jam packed with present suggestions for Mother’s Day. So don’t worry if you haven’t decided what to buy your Mum this year – we have plenty of unusual and unique suggestions. We can even supply a card and giftwrap. So take the stress out of shopping and call in!

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