this thing called slow living


this thing called slow living | humphrey and grace

A while ago I wrote some thoughts on this thing called slow living (you can read it here). What exactly does it mean? If I’m honest I am not sure there is a specific definition as the feedback I received would suggest that it is up for interpretation. And you know what, that’s the best news! It is exactly what you want it to be, how you choose to live it.

I still can’t help but associate the term with tea, sitting and gazing, maybe I am now including a pile of blankets as cosy seems to be appropriate too…? But what I am learning is that ‘slow living’ and ‘mindful’ go hand in hand for many folk and mindful is something I always try to be. Taking a moment in the blur of the day to observe and absorb the details.

After I wrote my last post my lovely friend Emma of A Quiet Style suggested it might be interesting to find out what slow living means to others. Hopefully one day Emma will share her thoughts with us but for now I have passed the idea to Sara of Me and Orla to share her thoughts. I hope you’ll pop over for a read too. I’m also hoping that Sara will pass the slow living baton along the line and that we can gather a collection of ideas, a selection of tips and maybe a moment of pause along the way.

Whatever the result I would love to know what it means to you too…

Julia xx




things on a scaffold board


things on a scaffold board | humphrey and grace

One of the things about renovating a house is the constant trickle of stuff both arriving and leaving. Earlier this year we had scaffolding at the front of the house for some fairly urgent roof repairs and gutter replacement. It is slightly intrusive to open the bedroom curtains and see workmen just outside (actually I may have kept the curtains closed for most of it) but on one cold and frosty morning I found myself admiring the texture of the battered old scaffold boards outside my window thinking ‘hmmm, that would make a lovely backdrop for a photograph’… Read More

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a thought about instagram


juliabesidethesea | instagram | humphreyandgrace

Ok lets talk about Instagram, you may have noticed how much I love it. A small Instagram addiction is what I have and I’ll tell you why. You see I’m all about the visuals in life. I just like things that look good/pretty/interesting/appealing. That in itself encompasses so many possibilities so for now I’m going to narrow it down. Maybe later I will share what I love about other galleries and styles, maybe tips for composing an image although I’m no expert,  but first I would like to share a few thoughts on creating your gallery as a whole. Read More


a chat with an artisan | Sophie Sellu of Grain and Knot


Do you have the desire for beautiful well made products…? I have. Buy less but better? Maybe because it is something I agree with whole heartedly. Having inherited many items from my Dad and grandparents I know those that I appreciate the most are the ones that have been well made and mostly have stood the test of time (although some of the less well preserved items are equally as treasured.) Often they are handmade rather than mass produced and have the character and individuality that only hands can define.

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the making of Harriet Pink


the making of Harriet Pink | Humphrey and Grace

Ok so sewing is my favourite ‘thing’. Ever. I absolutely adore turning cloth and trimmings into something. If I had oodles of free time you would most likely find me making something or other, I don’t mind whether it is clothing, furnishings, accessories or in this case a stuffed toy. Today I am not sharing a tutorial, no instructions nor tips, just a little photo diary of a gift for my niece of a doll called Harriet Pink… Read More