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12 styled days of Christmas

Last minute Christmas gift ideas

I don’t know about you but I’m finding this part of the year especially manic, wrapping up blog posts and work, not to mention wrapping up presents! I’ve done a bit of Christmas shopping here and there but I still have a list of presents to buy for my loved ones. I always try not to, but I think I may be running around like a headless chicken trying to pick up last minute bits on Christmas Eve… But, if you’re like me and still have a few people to buy for, and maybe you haven’t been able to think of what to get them yet, I’ve created this little guide for last minute Christmas gifts. All the items here, handpicked from my favourite independent British shops, have their last deliveries on the 22nd December, so you can relax and know your gifts will be with you before the big day, phew! You can purchase these items right here on my blog, just click on each product for more information, add to cart and you’ll …

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Christmas gift guide for a homebody

I’m back with my second gift guide for Christmas (here was my first gift guide for design lovers if you didn’t catch it) – this time for those who like nothing better than to cosy up at home and nest to their heart’s content. It’s one of my absolute favourite pastimes – to throw a warm blanket across the sofa, light some softly scented candles, dig out a book or two and enjoy the simple pleasure of a steaming cup of tea. Ah, bliss! If you’re anything like me then, you’ll love these carefully handpicked homely products. There’s beautiful, handmade ceramics and coffee cups, cookbooks with hearty recipes and simple ideas to rustle up a meal, plus the odd gift set for those really hard to buy for… You can purchase these items right here on my blog, just click on each product for more information, add to cart and you’ll be led to the checkout. My shop is powered by Showroom, who do all the hard work and nitty gritty, so you can be …

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Christmas gift guide for design lovers

It may just be the beginning of December, but I’m feeling decidedly festive already. I’m itching to get the Christmas decorations out and make the house sparkle and glow, but there’s so much to do like painting and decorating for the renovation project first. Which leaves me to write up my Christmas shopping list and get ahead with some online purchasing for my loved ones. I love buying and gifting presents, especially if they’re the more unusual finds that that person may not have come across before. So, I’ve gathered together a selection of choice design pieces and minimal products for the design lovers out there. Hand-picked from some of my favourite independent shops and Scandi brands, there’s iconic design classics such as Alvar Aalto’s vase for Iittala and by Lassen’s Kubus candleholder, as well as beautiful handmade pieces from the likes of Another Country, Cooee and Mon Pote. And making it super simple, you can purchase them all right here from my blog… I hope you might have found a present or two for …

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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 …

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Christmas Gift Guide 2015: For Her

December is almost upon us so I’m sharing the first of my Christmas gift guides here on the blog. Over the next two weeks I’ll be picking out lots of lovely things from my favourite independent retailers, makers and artisans, from The Future Kept and Lo + Behold to Thornback & Peel and  House of Rym. If you’re looking for something a little bit different for that special someone, and want to bypass the dreaded high street, endless queues and hustle and bustle, then look no further. There’ll be cosy throws and cashmere socks for mum, British-made merino wool scarfs for dad, hanging planters and homely delights for best friends and sisters, as well as hip flasks and handmade pen knifes for the outdoorsy types and monochrome accessories for the design lovers out there. Sit back, grab a cup of tea, relax and feel super smug that you’ve got it all done before the rush of Christmas eve… 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 …

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Alternative Christmas decoration

The temperature has suddenly dropped in the last few days, there’s definitely a chill in the air and it’s making me feel a little bit festive. I’m starting to think about getting the house ready for Christmas and thought I’d share some inspiration for alternative Christmas decoration. Although I’m a traditionalist when it comes to the routine of Christmas Day, I prefer a more subtle, modern approach when decorating the home. I hate clutter and colour (I’m the kind of person who turns colourful books round the wrong way on shelves…), and all things kitsch and fake (except for Christmas jumpers of course), so for Christmas I look to nature for inspiration – lots of greenery, natural materials and cosy textures. Taking notes from Scandinavia and the Nordic countries, I’m thinking minimalist Christmas trees, monochrome wrapping and handmade paper folded decorations. But it doesn’t have to be cold or lacking in personality – I’m all for creating a festive atmosphere, with thoughtful handmade touches, a bit of creativity and a handful of Danish hygge. Instead of fairy …

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Styling the Seasons: December

Yay, it’s the December Styling the Seasons, I’m a bit excited about this one, because guess what, it’s nearly Christmas! (I’m listening to Classic FM as I write this, with Christmas carols playing in the background and I’m still in my pyjamas…). I mean what else could I style up this month except for a Christmas tree, albeit a rather untraditional affair. There’s no tacky tinsel, red baubles or twinkly fairy lights here! This soft, woolly tree is from Habitat last year but they have a similar one online at the moment in copper. I decided to style it with a similar colour palette to my living room: duck egg blues, soft greys and clean white to get that Scandinavian feel. December started off really well, I was extremely lucky and won a super-duper hamper from Toast in an Instagram competition (eeeeeekk!) I never win anything! So, the beautifully patterned crackers are from there – can’t wait to crack them open come Christmas day – as are the brass tree decorations, which I probably would never have been able to afford (£24 …