• Find your winter bedding style and switch up your look this season

    by  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 • 1 Comment

    As autumn drifts into winter, there’s no place any of us would rather be than snuggled up in bed! Sometimes readying your bedroom for the new season is as simple as piling on a new throw; other years, it feels like a complete overhaul is in order. So whether you want to completely rework your look or just add a few cosy touches, read on to determine your own winter style and where to shop the look..

    MurmurYour winter style: Contemporary Cool

    Perfect if: You’re not a fan of pattern

    Where to buy: Murmur. Look out for its 100% cotton bedding in subtle steely tones. Bring neutral shades to life by teaming them with soft greys and masculine navy, for style that’s understated but still cosy – the ultimate in super-simple luxury.

    Dash bedding, £85 for a double duvet cover; sail throw, £120; housewife pillowcase in navy, £25; bud cushion in grey, £55; all Murmur range, Bedeck


    Your winter style: Gothic Glamour

    Perfect if: You’re looking for subtle drama

    Where to buy: Marks & Spencer. Winter florals and new gothic are two trends that have been gathering speed for the last few months, and this pretty painterly bedding is the perfect fusion of the two. Keep it soft by teaming it with white, pale pink and grey tones.

    Olivia double bedding set, £59, Marks & Spencer


    Your winter style: Country Luxe

    Perfect if: You’re craving a cosy retreat

    Where to buy: Tielle. For some, nothing beats crisp white bedding at the end of a long chilly day. Amp up the luxury for winter by heaping on faux-fur throws and super-soft cushions, to add a luxurious touch to a simple country look. See you in spring!

    200 thread-count bedding, from £5 for a housewife pillowcase; Alaskan fox faux fur throw, £150, Tielle


    Your winter style: Bold Botanical

    Perfect if: You get the winter blues

    Where to buy: Zara Home. Escape the drudgery of winter with cheerful botanical prints – opt for vibrant green, coral and fuchsia shades, then keep it crisp with a backdrop of simple white.

    Exotic flowers bedlinen, from £29.99 for a pillowcase, Zara Home


    Your winter style: Grown-up Girly

    Perfect if: You like vintage prints but crave modern style

    Where to buy: H&M. Bring traditional frilly bedding up to date by pairing it with steely greys. Clash soft weaves with cool metallics to keep all the cosiness of a country scheme, without an inch of kitsch in sight.

    Duvet set, £24.99, H&M


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    Talking point tables

    by  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Whilst the permanent dark veil and lack of light can be pretty draining, I take it as the perfect excuse for winter hibernation which mostly consists of carbing-up and comfort food! Sunday’s dinner becomes the main event of the weekend and of course the season for over indulging, dinner parties and Christmas dinner is almost here, time to gather round the table to eat and be merry!

    Room for one more…certainly!


    Arundel dining table, £1,175; Arundel oak bench £650; Neptune

    This is the kind of table I dream of, it’s a picture of a big host of family and friends dropping by unannounced, huge sharing dishes, rosy cheeks and a few bottles of red sloshing around the table! At 3 metres long, you can definitely squeeze plenty in for dinner and the sturdy oak top and frame would be in it for the long haul. I love the pendant lamps above the table to make this the real focus and heart of the home.


    Modern country



    Farringdon extending dining table, £980, Farringdon dining chairs, £520 per pair, J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams

    The new Farringdon furniture collection from J by Jasper Conran launched in October at Debenhams. This smart-casual set has plenty of attention to detail. The focus on traditional joinery gives the table a classic base but the tapered legs add a contemporary spin. With a soft, putty finish it’s made for a neutral or grey room and partners perfectly with the obligatory metro tile and grey grout. The oak, woven seat chairs could be mistaken for covetable heirloom pieces.


    Do it your way


    Six seater table with Dolly legs and Bully nose table top edge, leg colour in Railings from £635, Little Snug

    Create a bespoke table with new company Little Snug. Choose between round or rectangular and the leggy display (not the Daily Mail type) means you can pick your perfect shape. There’s a classic but simple palette of chalky colours, Railings (pictured above) is floating my boat.


    Social circle


    Tully dining table, £495 and Geronimo dining chairs, £290 for a pair, Loaf

    This circular beauty has more than a hint of industrial style with the washed mango top and bronzed base. Create an informal dining experience in a bay window or kitchen diner. Start the weekend with a lazy, family breakfast and end the day huddled round this gossip-friendly shape.


    We wood


    Skogsta dining table, £350; small bench £25 large bench, £40, stool £15, Ikea 

    The new Skogsta collection from Ikea has an exposed acacia wood finish, the beautiful grain on show is highlighted by the simple, no fuss shape of the table and seating. Mix and match your seating to accommodate extra guests with dining chairs, small and large bench, and stool.


    Timeless design


    Originals Plank dining table, £756, Originals Stacking chair, £252; both Ercol range, Furniture Village

    This neat and petite timeless collection by Ercol, can work with anything from a modern country style, a mid-century moment, or a pared back Scandi kitchen. It’ll be THE brunch destination, so stock up on eggs!


    Urban bistrotheque



    Zinc dining table, £650, dining chair, £220 each, French Connection

    Create your own New York style dining space. The zinc table top, complete with small brass studs will stylishly dent and mark over time; the dark wooden legs and dining chairs add a smart, masculine style that will give your dining room the look of the trendiest spot in town, you can almost hear the clatter of plates and chat whilst the smell of the espresso wafts over from the stove.



    Rough luxe


    Hyatt Radcliffe dining table, £749; Hyatt Radcliffe bench, £349; Hyatt cafe chair, £99; all Barker & Stonehouse

    This look is industrial to the max but works as the perfect contrast to a sleek, contemporary space. Mix with raw materials such as concrete, metal and marble. Go for greenery with plenty of house plants on the table to soften the look and inject some colour.


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    Lets get the party started….

    by  • Saturday, November 7, 2015 • 0 Comments

    So I’m currently planning a party, the biggest of my life. Well I say party, I really mean wedding. Which is essentially a party. A party of love! Ok so it’s my wedding day, but I’m approaching it a bit like a party because the bit I am most excited about (aside from marrying my one true love, obvs) is the decorations! We all know a party ain’t a party without an array of spectacular decorations and the all important finishing touches. So as I spend my days, ahem, I mean lunch-breaks, scouring the net for garlands, pom poms, gift bags, twine and a whole manner of makes, I thought I’d share with you all my top 6 websites for getting your mitts on the best party paraphernalia to ensure your shindig is the best dressed in town!


    Check out Papermash and explore their wonderful collection of stamps, strings, twines and washi tapes plus their stock of loveliness from my fav American stationery and gift company, Rifle Paper Co.  I love the idea of hand-stamping my guests place cards and I’ll certainly be stocking up on tassels and glittery tapes to decorate the room. 1. Lower case alphabet stamps, £18.50. 2. Pink and gold tassel kit, £12. 3. Giant safety pin, £25 and tapes, from a selection, all Papermash.


    With over 10 years of experience in the party and wedding industry, Ginger Ray have all the decorations you need to jazz up a kids birthday party or wedding reception. If you want to keep up to date with all the Instagram snaps your guests are taking on your big day (er yes I do!), then make sure you display your personal hashtag with their fab signs. 1. ‘If you Instagram’ Table Tent Signs, £3.99 for 5. 2. Hessian Burlap Cards Bunting, £6.99. 3. Robot and Spaceship bunting, £5.99 all Ginger Ray. 


    An online party paraphernalia emporium, Pea Green Boat is full of original and stylish decorations such as their colourful paper circle garlands and I just love their range of cake toppers and table numbers. 1. Small circle paper garlands, £2.50 each; Gold balloons, £1.75 each. 2. Large circle paper garlands, £3 each. 3. & 4. Cherry wood script numbers, £7.25 each, all Pea Green Boat.


    The folks at Pearl & Earl believe that the secret to happy living is ‘creating little moments of joy’ to add to our lives and that pretty much sums up their array of gorgeous, colourful products. If you’re looking for paper straws, this is THE place to get them and I’ll be stocking up on them to pop in my Gin Cocktail reception drinks. 1. Big balloons with hand-made tassel tails, £40 each. 2. Handmade crepe paper roses, £40 for medium and £70 for large. 3. Paper straws, from £3 per pack all Pearl & Earl.


    You’re likely to have seen some of Talking Tables gorgeous products sold elsewhere, but if you want to check out the entire range (believe me, you do!) then head to their website and be prepared to be inspired! The original paper party decoration people, their ever-evolving collections never fail to impress and in terms of favour ideas, they have it covered! 1. Blossom & Brogues jars, £7 for 8 & Blossom & Brogues chalk paper stickers, £3.50 for 18. 2. Truly Scrumptious paper lanterns, £8.50 for 3. 3. Party Illuminations signs, from £16.50 each all Talking Tables.


    Want your party to be the prettiest in town? Then head over to Peach Blossom where you’ll find all the lovely decorations you need to create a stylish, colour-coordinated celebration. The hanging honey-comb paper decs and fun and frilly, fringe festooning have been catching my eye and I can just see them all hung from the wooden beams at my reception. 1. Bakers Twine, £4 for 10 m. 2. Personalised favour stickers, £8 for 30; Gold striped paper bags, £4 for 10. 3. Fringe festooning, £8.75 for 7.5 m. 4. Pink milk glass cake stand, £88; paper fans, from £5 each; honeycomb balls, from £4 each all Peach Blossom. 


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