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My top 9 favourite Instagrammers to follow

In need of some inspiration at the start of the new year? I’ve gathered together nine of my favourite Instagrammers whose beautiful composed and styled images I’ve been lusting over for some time. From mouthwatering bakes and recipes, through pretty street corners, to bunches of bright blooms, this lot have creativity and style in abundance. Simply click on each image to be lead to their profile! @littlelottieloves Why: her super-cute captions and lovely British style What: yummy cakes, Swedish fika, the best coffee shops in London, and pretty streets @maevdkrogt Why: for the charm of Amsterdam What: charmingly crooked Amsterdam doorways, coffee haunts, brunch spots and perfectly propped up bicycles @jasminetartine Why: for that little Parisian je ne sais quoi and her inspiring quotes What: croissants, bustling Parisian cafes, views over the Seine, and windowsills of flowers @stylonylon Why: her laid-back but super-cool style and top Olympus Pen tips What: outfit posts, covetable wears, chunky knits, coffee and east London haunts @abbie_melle Why: her beautiful compositions and lightness of touch What: wild, foraged blooms, the pinkest roses, sweet delights and homely table …

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Top posts of 2015: a round-up

I’m signing off for Christmas but thought before I pop off, I’d share some of mine, and your, favourite posts from 2015. And what an exciting year it’s been, from a guest room/home office makeover on a shoestring budget, through a styling challenge caught on video, to Scandinavian travels and the perfect night’s sleep. Hopefully there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy over the holidays until I’m back, whether you’re an old or new reader… 1. My guest room/home office makeover Transforming our uninspiring home office-cum-guest room into a lovely calm, cohesive space with a super-tight budget. It’s amazing what a lick of fresh paint and a bit of de-cluttering can do to get a space in shape.   2. Ikea’s SINNERLIG collection by Ilse Crawford Comprised of more than 30 pieces for the home, Ilse Crawford’s collection for Ikea was a real winner. Aiming to engage with the senses and connect us to our homes, it included tactile cork dining tables, hand-blown glass bottles, woven baskets and stoneware vases 3. My favourite Breton striped top I couldn’t do a round-up …

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Christmas Gift Guide 2015: there’s still time!

If like me, you haven’t done all your Christmas shopping and are starting to panic buy (late night online browsing, scrolling and scrolling but not quite finding the thing you want?!) then worry not, I have some last minute buys that you can still get delivered in time for the big day. I’ve got the design lovers covered – for that design savvy someone who loves nothing better than a touch of monochrome and a dash of clean Scandi lines. Below, I’m lusting after these geometric LileSADI cushions myself. But, I’ve also rounded up some quirkier bits and bobs for those really hard to buy for friends and family, that have everything they could possibly want already – whether it’s a brass hanging planter, moroccan tea glasses or even a dustpan and brush (you read correctly, it might possibly be the most beautifully designed dustpan and brush!). There really is something here for everyone… Simply click on each product to view details and add to your cart right here on my blog. Delivery costs are as stated on …

12 styled days of Christmas

12 styled days of Christmas

It’s definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… I’ve been part of a very exciting little project that I’m very happy to finally reveal the results of! Super lovely blogger pal Teri of The Lovely Drawer and West Elm invited 11 uber-talented bloggers (12 including Teri) to get into the festive spirit and each style up our own Christmas table tops. Each beautifully snapped and styled table is being posted throughout the first 12 days of Christmas over on The Lovely Drawer as well as West Elm’s blog Front + Main to give you a sneak peek into how we all do Christmas and share some ideas on how to celebrate this festive season. And I’m day 6! You can see some of the others, so far, here and follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #kindredspirits. For my table styling I went for a bit of a forest theme, with lots of soft, muted colours, foraged greenery and natural materials. When we celebrate the festive season it’s quite a relaxed, informal affair, it’s really just about gathering with loved ones, enjoying good food, good …

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Christmas Gift Guide 2015: For Him

Welcome to part two of my Christmas gift guides, this time it’s the turn of the boys. (You can check out my gift guide for her from earlier in the week here). I’ve handpicked items from my favourite sellers, makers and artisans for both fathers and the outdoorsy types, but really these could be for anyone; brothers, friends, uncles and cousins. There’s things for the wannabe Head Chef, Merino lambswool scarves for staying warm this winter, and everything you might need for the more adventurous out there. Simply click on each product to view details and add to your cart right here on my blog. Delivery costs are as stated on check-out and all orders are sent to you directly by the seller. Happy shopping! Forget novelty socks or just another silk tie, treat him to something he’ll love, whether its a teak chopping board or a handcrafted mug for his morning coffee Be prepared for both everyday and wild adventures with cyclist soap, hip flasks and more!   Stay tuned next week for another …

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Christmas table decorations

It’s the beginning of December so I feel like I can well and truly get in the festive spirit. This week I’ll be unpacking the decorations box, hanging up my wreath on the front door and maybe, just maybe, having my first mince pie of the season. Yesterday I shared with you my first Christmas gift guide, but today I’m thinking even further ahead to the Christmas table with a little help from Pink Lady® Apples. I’m all for keeping the Christmas table natural and relaxed, with big bunches of seasonal flowers, lots of greenery and romantic candlelight. On the day I’ll be gathering plain white flowers or stems of fragrant eucalyptus in a vase, or perhaps creating a centrepiece around some chunky pillar candles. But what about each place setting? Instead of a plopping down the cutlery and folding a paper napkin, here you can create a little moment of delight for each guest or loved one, whether its a cluster of foliage wrapped around a napkin or a handwritten name tag. I’ve been …

Winter warmers

Winter essentials

As much as I hate the darker evenings and grey skies at this time of year, I love cosying up in lots of layers and seeking the ultimate comfort in chunky knits, cashmere bed socks, warm blankets and cups of tea. I love that feeling when you put on last year’s winter coat, dig your hands into the pockets, find old receipts and momentoes, and wrap the warmth around you. Or when you come home from being cold outside, light all the candles and settle down for a night on the couch. There’s no better word for it than the Danish’s hygge. In fact, I’m often in danger of being a bit too comfy, and going around in my sloppiest jeans and baggiest jumper (can I not just use my duvet as a coat?!). It’s hard finding those winter wardrobe pieces that are warm and cosy, but stylish and glamorous at the same time, not to mention the winter skin and dry sandpapery hands (not nice). So, without further ado, here are some of the essentials that are …

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Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plants and Flowers

‘Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. […] There were flowers: delphiniums, sweet peas, bunches of lilac; and carnations, masses of carnations. There were roses; there were irises. Ah yes – so she breathed in the earthy garden sweet smell […] the delicious scent, the exquisite coolness. And then, opening her eyes, how fresh like frilled linen clean from a laundry laid in wicker trays the roses looked; and dark and prim the red carnations, holding their heads up; and all the sweet peas spreading in their bowls, tinged violet, snow white, pale – as if it were the evening and girls in muslin frocks came out to pick sweet peas and roses after the superb summer’s day, with its almost blue-black sky, its delphiniums, its carnations, its arum lilies was over…’ from Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf I’m just a little bit (read – ALOT) excited about this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers theme, it’s plants and flowers! While I love to have succulents and cactuses dotted around the house, and try but fail …

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Travel: St Mawes

St Mawes, lovely St Mawes, where I escaped to for a few late summer days in early September. The small, historic old fishing village curls around the Roseland Peninsula, just around the shoreline of Falmouth on the south coast of Cornwall. Picture-perfect white houses line the harbour at the mouth of the Percuil River, with rolling hills in the distance and the sea beyond. This is a place to take your time and relax, away from the hustle and bustle of bigger Cornish towns: stroll along the harbour and people watch, take a small ferryboat to the remote St Anthony headland opposite and visit the church and lighthouse, dip your toes in the water at its pebbly beaches, or simply take in a Cornish cream tea in the sunshine.   We stayed at The St Mawes Hotel on the waterfront in the centre of the village. With doors flung open onto the street, French cafe-style chairs to sit outside on and the aroma of fresh coffee, the place is immediately inviting. There’s also a slim balcony on the level …

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My styling for Frost + Dutch / GIVEAWAY

Thankyou, this giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Ronda who has won a Frost + Dutch print! I’m so excited to show you some styling I did for my very good friend Saskia Frost of Frost + Dutch. Saskia is one of my oldest and dearest friends, I’ve known her since I was about 7 or 8 years old. At school she was always the most creative out of all of us, doodling and coming up with beautiful sketches and charcoal drawings (which she still does). While we were all struggling with form and shadows, it just seemed to come naturally to her. We always knew she would go on to do something uber creative and share these talents with the world! After studying Fine Art at university, Saskia set up Frost + Dutch with her mother Marianne a couple of years ago – the name comes from both their surname and their nationality (Marianne is Dutch, Saskia is half Dutch). Based in my hometown of Guildford, Frost + Dutch are already quickly building up their portfolio, …