Handmade With Joy

February 18, 2010

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?

Handmade With Joy

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)


  • Reply craftomania tools February 18, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Love the colors!!! and I want to have this amazing work space!
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  • Reply yael February 18, 2010 at 8:21 am

    absolutely delightful Holly!!!
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  • Reply Kathi @ allthingswhite February 18, 2010 at 8:47 am

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

  • Reply flick February 18, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I love the colours… and although it’s gorgeous and stunning, you can tell it has a lovely ‘real home’ feel!
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  • Reply Christine February 18, 2010 at 9:22 am

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

  • Reply Kirsten February 18, 2010 at 9:25 am

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

  • Reply Sandy February 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

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

  • Reply Caroline February 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

    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 =-.

  • Reply jessica February 18, 2010 at 10:35 am

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

  • Reply Kate Collins February 18, 2010 at 10:45 am

    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 =-.

  • Reply Sarah Sarniak February 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

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

  • Reply Laura Evans February 18, 2010 at 11:47 am

    why can’t i ever get my home to look this pretty?
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  • Reply Stacey February 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Trisha February 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    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!!! =-.

  • Reply sandra February 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Love the colours and the relaxed atmosphere!
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  • Reply Morgan Bradshaw February 18, 2010 at 5:10 pm

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

  • Reply grace wieber February 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Valerie February 18, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Annie February 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply mj. February 19, 2010 at 1:05 am

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

  • Reply Penny Patten February 19, 2010 at 1:02 pm

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

  • Reply Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor February 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Lova February 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    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.

  • Reply Tati February 22, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Kelly February 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    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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