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A Thrifty Mrs

Oh now that is sooooo pretty! I am jealous.
Well done!


Hello Vanessa, what a beautiful bedroom so cosy and peaceful. Love the piles of books by the bed and those exquisite little deer.
The quilts look wonderful on the blue walls. The colour really enhances them. Karenx

kitschen pink

Just wonderful and I have serious quilt envy now! Only trouble is that I don't think I'd ever get out of bed if I woke up in such a wonderful room! t.x

The Antidote

Love the virtual tour. Those quilts have a lush scandinavian look to them.
We really do have similar tastes, if you look carefully in my post today there is a peak of my PJ's! And I bet they are from the same place x

Beth P

It's lovely, Vanessa. The reds and blues are wonderful and all those very special. Job well done. Now get that cup of tea and sit in your chair and enjoy it.


ooh sweet dreams in that lovely room. gorgeous. xx


What I love about blogging is that you can read someone's you know, and they can have a link to someone you don't know. So, you are inquisitive, you mosey along and have a look-see at this new. previously unheard of blog and either quite like it, or are amazed by it, by the beauty of the words, the pictures, a combination of both when you hit the jackpot. And this is a jackpot. I will add you to my favourites to follow, I just love your blog! The studio is.. well, gorgeous of course, but you know that. The bedroom is nice, I admire it for the space and that comfy chair and the shutters... oh for shutters. But if you are lucky you will find a charming little Victorian tiled fireplace behind that boarding up.... we did... a treasure and such a difference a fireplace makes to a bedroom.


That is beautiful. It must be wonderful to have an armchair in your bedroom and I just love the wardrobe. Its nearly 11, I bet you are already tucked up, night night.

jacoline (lien)

What a fantastic bedroom, they will give you a lot of sweet dreams. It's beautiful. Thanks for showing us!!!

Helen Charlton

Cup of tea !! Good idea, might be time to put your feet up for a while after all that decorating. It looks wonderful . . . I love the dressmakers dummy, gorgeous!!


Beutiful quilts. I love the colour scheme.


what a gorgeous room. It looks lovely - cosy and inviting and just wonderful. Those quilts are amazing - all the work and effort that has gone into them - and fascinating to think of how and when they might have been used before.

Glad you had the weekend you wanted - sounds perfect. Bet you can't wait to go to bed now!

graceful mice and gentle moons

Stunning! absolutely stunning!
I love it, love it, love it!
including the fab jim-jams x

Larkin Walken

I just love the Deer Family! I'm going to go see if I can find one of them, or all of them, on eBay. Am hoping they're not TOO expensive!

(Btw, LOVED your atmospheric "misty" photos that you posted on your blog a year ago or so,... that's how I found you... was doing a search on "church in mist."

--Larkin in California


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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon