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Handmade With Joy

Today I want to share a sweet space that I recently discovered on Flickr. Would you like a little “real home” inspiration? Good! Me too! After this one, I’ll share another from Sweden, but first we’re going to England. So! Let’s visit Lova and her whimsical home + sewing space, shall we? Her colorful, authentic decorating style is refreshing and natural. Lova was born in Madagascar, grew up in Paris and now lives with her partner just outside of London where she works as a Therapeutic Counselor. I can really see some French influence here, can’t you?

I’m so inspired by how she speaks of her life and so I’ll just quote her because she says it so well.

“I have made a conscious decision a while ago to truly enjoy life and be happy and as a result I made a lifestyle choice where I stay at home most of the time (doing what I love which at the present is sewing, baking bread… enjoying being a domestic goddess) while having some part time activities such as counselling and various studies (I love studying). This will surely change once I start considering having a baby, but for now I love my life.”

Handmade With Joy

Handmade With Joy

I think these few tiny glimpses of her home reflects her words so well, don’t you? Lova makes a lot of the things that you see in the photos — you can purchase them in her etsy shop. Lovely!

(images: handmade with joy)

Posted by decor8 in Home Tours on February 18, 2010

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  1. craftomania tools commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 8:10am

    Love the colors!!! and I want to have this amazing work space!
    .-= craftomania tools´s last blog ..Free give-away Campaign! Win the "Sylvan lace ring" by NuritDesign.. =-.

  2. yael commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 8:21am

    absolutely delightful Holly!!!
    .-= yael´s last blog ..Waiting girl brooch =-.

  3. Kathi @ allthingswhite commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 8:47am

    You can feel the joy in the rooms she has created!
    .-= Kathi @ allthingswhite´s last blog ..Small Vintage Ironstone Pitcher =-.

  4. flick commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 8:54am

    I love the colours… and although it’s gorgeous and stunning, you can tell it has a lovely ‘real home’ feel!
    .-= flick´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

  5. Christine commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 9:22am

    Can anyone identify the fabric about the “Create” hanging on the wall? I love it!
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Movie Binge =-.

  6. Kirsten commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 9:25am

    I’m in love with that photo of her kitchen!

  7. Sandy commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 9:27am

    i love all the pretty pretty bright colors in this post. all the homemade details are just soo lovely!

  8. Caroline commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 9:55am

    Aw, what a lovely space! I love the mantel and all the lovely objects displayed there. A very creative and beautiful home.


    .-= Caroline´s last blog ..Forest in New Form by Swedish Ninja =-.

  9. jessica commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 10:35am

    ohh this is so pretty! i love all the colors.

  10. Kate Collins commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 10:45am

    I love all the colors – it feels joyful. I also love her outlook on life! I’ve recently made life changes and I’m working towards doing what I love. She is an inspiration. May we all find joy in our every day.
    .-= Kate Collins´s last blog ..Debutante Dumpster Dives =-.

  11. Sarah Sarniak commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 10:54am

    Nice home, very pretty colors! I can’t imagine being sad in that place. :)
    .-= Sarah Sarniak´s last blog ..Major Budget Decorating =-.

  12. Laura Evans commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 11:47am

    why can’t i ever get my home to look this pretty?
    .-= Laura Evans´s last blog ..may i take your picture – recycled notecards (set of 5) =-.

  13. Stacey commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 12:45pm

    What a charming place! Homes that are full of color make me happy, and I think they reflect the happiness of the people who live in them.
    .-= Stacey´s last blog ..Ash Wednesday: The Start of Lent =-.

  14. Trisha commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 1:12pm

    Oh my goodness, I was just drooling on these photos over at Flickr and thinking ” this woman is super talented!” Good call Holly, she has great spirit and her personality shines through her decor. Just lovely, Lova!
    .-= Trisha´s last blog ..Bubbly Bubbly Bubbly!!! =-.

  15. sandra commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 2:37pm

    Love the colours and the relaxed atmosphere!
    .-= sandra´s last blog ..DIY Peacock genealogy chart =-.

  16. Morgan Bradshaw commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 5:10pm

    i completely am in love with this post! the colors are gorge!!
    .-= Morgan Bradshaw´s last blog ..Spring Flowers =-.

  17. grace wieber commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 7:15pm

    These ‘Russian Poupee’ brighten up any day in the life of any adult child !
    .-= grace wieber´s last blog ..Orange Poppy Fantasy Whimsical Flower Abstract Art Oil =-.

  18. Valerie commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 7:39pm

    I like the combo of white with so many brilliant colors. But my favorite thing is how her aesthetic really shines through – looking at the photos as a group, there’s a sense of unique personality there.
    .-= Valerie´s last blog ..Paris intrigue =-.

  19. Annie commented
    February 18th, 2010 at 9:43pm

    I echo everyone’s sentiments about all the color. The clean, white walls & mantle really make the bright colors pop. Holly, I’m loving the colorful posts you’ve been doing lately. Maybe wishful thinking for spring…
    .-= Annie´s last blog ..Thoughtful Thursday :: With Thanks =-.

  20. mj. commented
    February 19th, 2010 at 1:05am

    Thank you Holly. I think I need to channel this woman into my life and home!

  21. Penny Patten commented
    February 19th, 2010 at 1:02pm

    Love the colors, what a great space!
    .-= Penny Patten´s last blog ..Life’s Simple Pleasures =-.

  22. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor commented
    February 19th, 2010 at 5:03pm

    How beautiful! Makes me want to paint my walls white and let the decor do all the talking!
    .-= Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor´s last blog ..The Polymer Clay Bead Giveaway Contest is About to Wrap Up =-.

  23. Lova commented
    February 20th, 2010 at 2:37pm

    Thank you so much Holly and everyone for the feature and your kind words. You just made my day! To answer Christine, the fabric above the “Create” word is a japanese fabric that I just stretched over a canvas, the fabric is part of the Echino collection by Etsuko Furuya for Kokka.

  24. Tati commented
    February 22nd, 2010 at 10:18pm

    Oh Holy! Thanks for sharing this…
    Her quote is exactly what I am needing to take some decisions about my life!

    .-= Tati´s last blog ..Talking About Social Media =-.

  25. Kelly commented
    February 23rd, 2010 at 9:48pm

    All those items are so cute!!!! So colorful and cute. I will definitely check them out in her shop, thanks for sharing!
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Top 5 Posing and Directing Photography Tips =-.

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