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Next Shipping Forecast canvas

If you've seen any posts about our house before, you'll know that a nautical/maritime theme runs throughout, as it does, indeed, in our lives.
I've mentioned briefly on here before, but Tom and I met on board a sailing boat as part of a training event at work.  I volunteered myself for the 'sailing challenge' as my friend at work said we should do it together, but just before the event she fell ill and was unable to go.  The thought of doing it on my own (three days on a boat with people I, for the most part, didn't know) petrified me and I nearly dropped out but in the end I decided to go ahead with it as it was a totally new experience for me.  I also thought it would give me some useful knowledge for the workplace - I work in the maritime sector but up until then had never set foot on a yacht or anything smaller than a ferry.  It was a really challenging experience for me - crammed on a yacht for several days, learning how to sail, being out at sea and meeting lots of new people (our organisation has offices and stations all around the coast).  Tom hadn't elected to take part but when my friend was unable to go we were a First Mate down and he stepped in at the last minute to replace her.  We'd never met before but clicked from the moment we met, and the rest, as they say, is history.  Because we met whilst sailing (and work for the same maritime organisation), the sea has always been really symbolic to us, which is why we've filled our house with nautical trinkets and references.  We used to work at two different locations an hour and a half apart but we moved to our Training Centre and now work and live together.

Of course then, I fell for this print of the Shipping Forecast sea areas by Next on first sight.  We would listen to the shipping forecast whilst out on the yacht and I think there's something really poetic and soothing about it.  I knew it would make a wonderful addition to our home, and so when Next kindly asked if I'd like to feature one of their items on my blog I immediately knew what to choose.  We had a new front door fitted this week (at a cost which makes me feel slightly sick!) and so the hallway is much more presentable and certainly brightened up by this beautiful canvas.


The canvas* is available from Next for £60.

I am a huge fan of Next homeware and their current range is absolutely gorgeous.  I've already bought a few treats over the last few weeks, including this 'salvage yard' clock, which doesn't appear to be on their website..

And the daisy print jug and candle holder pictured below - bought from a nearby Next Home store but again not online.

I'm over the moon with my new canvas and will definitely be visiting Next again soon for some homeware treats.  Next on the home agenda is to paint our hallway and then completely redo our conservatory, which is a mammoth task but my parents have kindly offered to help.

Are you a fan of Next homeware?

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19 comments


  1. I really adore that canvas. If it wasn't dear I'd snap it up. I find the shipping forecast oddly intriguing too, condisering I have nothing to do with sailing or the sea! But I love the different names. Also love the story of how you and your boy met. When things are meant to be they seem to come together!

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  2. Love the canvas, I didn't realise that there was such a sweet meaning behind your nautical love, awwwrr

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  3. Such a lovely story of how you met! And I love how the sea spills over into your every day life and home too, as well as symbolising how you met and where you work - true water babies! Really love that canvas, I would worry buying something black that it would make the room look dark but it doesn't at all. Your brand spanking new door looks pretty swish too. xxx

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  4. Oh I love love love what you picked out! Next homeware is undeniably beautiful, a little out of our price range at the moment but will definitely be saving up for a few lovely pieces! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  5. Your story is so cute! I'd love to have a "common theme" just like this with my boyfriend :)

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  6. Is it bad that the main reason I love this is because it has the Humber on it which equals home to me?

    If Neil and I met in our first year at uni - I dread to think how you could symbolise that as a theme in a house. Although he does try by avoiding doing the washing up as much as possible.

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  7. I'm also putting my hand up for the Humber love here!

    This is such a great story, and I love how you've managed to weave your story into your home. The canvas looks just perfect there - like it was meant to be ... aww.

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  8. Oh my goodness I LOVE that canvas and clock, so rustic. I love nautical stuff too, and I love that you and Tom met on a boat, so perfect.

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  9. I absolutely love it. It fits in perfectly too xx

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  10. what a lovely story <3 love the canvas, I'd never thought to check out Next for homewares, might do so soon ! xx

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  11. I have to stop myself from going into Next Home as I can spend so much money there! My house is full of Next bits and bobs! As you can imagine, Jon and I would love that canvas too. The sea is symbolic to us too :) xx

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  12. Love the Next Homeware range. I too met my husband when I cancelled one holiday and went on a different one with another friend - fate and all that!! I know what you mean about the door - we are waiting to have a similar one to yours fitted. We could have had a week's holiday abroad for what it cost!

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  13. Ooh, very nice. I like typography prints- so much more interesting than looking at a picture! (Yes, I am the type to read the back of the cereal packet during breakfast!) I particularly like this one because the words "Forties" and "Tyne" jumped out at me - both things that are very close to me heart! x

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  14. Wow, what a perfect thing for your home!!! I love next homeware! Before I moved out (at least a year!) I went mad on hundreds of pastel items and I always seem to love at least one of their collections! xxx

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  15. They have some amazing themed ideas in next! Love what you have done! Erin

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  16. Such a sweet story about how you both met, and how lovely that you can have a theme to remind yourself of that in your home! I'm such a sucker for Next homeware, I don't even have my own house but I can dream up all the lovely things that would go in it from there!

    louisejoyb x

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  17. Such a gorgeous story! I love Next home stuff, even if my bank balance isn't so keen! Lovely post.

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  18. That's such a sweet story! Me and my fella met at a dodgy house party! Love the canvas too xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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