Hit Refresh For The New Year

Urgh, it's January again. The diet is on. The booze is shut away under lock and key. The trainers have been dug out and dusted down. It's all about healthy living and restraint.

It's not just my body that needs cleansing after Christmas though. Looking around the house, the clutter seems to have reached new heights. There may have been the intentions to give meaningful, necessary presents to each other but Santa (and many other relatives) didn't get that memo. Piles of plastic toys are spilling out of the toy box and cupboards. Wardrobes are bursting at the seams with clothes, shoes and bags, yet I never seem to have the right thing to wear. There seems to be stuff stuffed everywhere.

So, I'm starting this year right and I'm having a major reorganisation, installing practical storage solutions and having a good old clear out. I know it will provide a wonderful feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. I seem to do this every January and then one thing leads to another and I'll want to completely redecorate and refurnish. Then I remember that it's January, the month of restraint and frugality after the decadence of December.

The answer is a compromise. I'll leave the colour charts and wallpaper samples in the drawer for now. The sofas will have to make do with a spruce up rather than being replaced. But I think I can stretch to a few new pictures. Simply swapping around the framed photos and adding some fresh new prints to our collection will make a difference - the interior update that I'm looking for.

Looking for interior design inspiration? Take a look at the Art of Adventure collections (https://artofadventure.co.uk/)

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Makers Market added to our Christmas list

We have just had confirmation that we will be at the following Christmas market In Leigh-on-Sea:

When: Saturday 15th December, 11am – 3pm

What: Makers Market

Where: Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea

More info: @LeighGeneralStore

Christmas Lists At The Ready

The sound of sleigh bells is growing closer. Any moment now, lights will be going up on trees and children will be hanging up their stockings with heady excitement. Yes, that’s right, Christmas is coming.

We’re going to be joining other talented, local artisans at a number of Christmas markets over the next few weeks. Here are a few dates for your diaries:


When: Saturday 3rd November, 11am – 4pm

What: Midwinter Artisan Market

Where: Fisherman’s Chapel, New Road, Old Leigh

Website: http://fishermenschapel.org.uk/midwinter-artisan-market/


When: Saturday 11th November, 12 – 4pm

What: Leigh Pop-Up Christmas Designer Craft Market

Where: Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea

Website: http://www.leighcommunitycentre.com/events/271/Leigh-Pop-Up-Christmas-Designer-Craft-Market


When: Saturday 1st December, 11am – 4pm

What: Christmas Fayre

Where: Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea

Website: http://www.leighcommunitycentre.com/events/357/Christmas-Fayre


When: Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December, 10am – 3pm

What: Christmas Gift Fair

Where: RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford

Website: https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall/viewevent?EFID=849&ESRC=CMS


When: Saturday 15th December, 11am – 3pm

What: Makers Market

Where: Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea

More info: @LeighGeneralStore


We look forward to seeing you. Shop local this Christmas and support small businesses.

Size Does Matter

Ahoy there Thames Estuary lovers! You asked and we listened.

Our popular Thames Estuary location prints are now available in a new, smaller size (A4). That means you now have the choice of six different sizes, from the large A1 down to the new, small A4 version.

The A4 print works particularly well as part of a group of pictures. Choose four in identical frames and position them in a block format on your wall for a striking display.

Take a look at the range of Thames Estuary pictures available, from Thorpe Bay to Leigh-on-Sea via Southend, Westcliff and Chalkwell.

View pictures (https://artofadventure.co.uk/collections/2-united-kingdom)


In The Pink


October is the month when our surroundings change colour. Leaves on the trees turn shades of red, orange and brown. The grass scorched by the summer sun becomes greener again. Evening skies are no longer a hazy blue but darker and darker.

Then comes the bursts of pink. Look around the shops and you'll see a veritable array of pink products and decorations to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

We want to do our bit too. If you buy one of our pink pictures this month (choose from the striking flamingo or the fun Fiat 500), we will donate 10% to Breast Cancer Care who do such wonderful work.

This October, please go pink to help people with breast cancer now and in years to come.

New Leigh-on-Sea studio location

We are pleased to announce we now operate from Leigh-on-Sea, just off the Broadway. Check-out our cool work space.


Southend Airport Supporting Local Artists

We are delighted that a selection of our pictures are adorning the walls of the Skylife Lounge at London Southend Airport.

Featured are the 70 x 50cm prints in white frames of local Thames Estuary locations and London landmark series.

Take a look if your jetting off on you're summer holidays or just returning.