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Friday, 11 August 2017


Happy Friday! I'm super excited that my blog has been nominated again for an Amara Interior Blog Award in the Best Design Inspiration category this year. You may remember that I was nominated last year for the first time ever and honestly I couldn't believe it. I have been following some of the other bloggers for years now (and believe me, most of them are super talented and have been doing this a lot longer than I have) so it felt amazing to be part of the IBA's and get some recognition for the hard work I've been doing for the past 3.5 years now.

As I was saying, I've been nominated in the Best Design Blog category (read more about it here), which happens to be the toughest category to win due to sheer volume of blogs, so if you enjoy my blog at all and would like to make me the happiest person on the planet, please vote for me here! Voting is open until the 15th of September so there's still plenty of time to vote for me or for any of your favourite blogs/bloggers out there.

By the way, one of the reasons why I love the IBA's is that every year you get to discover new blogs and interior designers. My favourite is the newcomers category so do check out all the new blogs that have recently hit the interiors scene. Remember you can only vote once per blog!

Thank you so much for all your support! I really do appreciate it x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


Can you believe it's August already? Last month was a pretty busy month for us and it certainly didn't help that children are off school at the moment. Let me tell you, our garden has been an absolute godsend in the last few weeks now that the schools are closed in the UK. We spend so much time there as a family and I feel that it's the only room/space in the house where you can still hear your own thoughts amongst all the noise.

I was honoured to be asked to write a guest post for a brand new online magazine, Your House & Home, which officially launched 1st of August. You can find my guest post {How to make your outdoor space feel like another room in the house} on their brand new website, along with some handy tips and latest decorating advice. Pour yourself a large coffee (or a tea!) and enjoy!

Head over to their website here!


Tuesday, 1 August 2017


We had some friends over recently, so I had  the perfect excuse to create a summery tablescape for 4. I love entertaining and I do think the best part of it is the build up to the day. I always plan the food, wine and table setting well in advance so that everything runs smoothly on the day. We had a really lovely casual evening with some nibbles, food and drinks and we ended up spending a good part of the night in the garden sipping wine and chatting. I really wish this summer would never end.

I tend to go for light and airy tablescapes during the summer months. I love light coloured table cloths and I don't even own a colourful one. I much prefer accessorising the dinner table with some gold accessories and introducing colour in smaller doses. The light grey table cloth is from H&M Home and it's such a great value. It's 100% cotton so the ironing part is a bit of work but I love how big it is. It's always better to go for a bigger size by the way. Obviously, you should measure your table first but I find that after the first wash cotton tends to shrink so I always go for a generous size if possible.

I wanted to add some gold accents to the dinner table to give it a bit more glamorous look. Brass and gold are absolutely timeless and I can't imagine getting bored of them anytime soon. I also like to mix metallics, especially gold, bras and silver. These days these are no rules, so feel free to experiment. I picked up the gold leaf napkins also from H&M Home and I love how they introduce a bit of pattern to the table setting. 

White roses are always an elegant choice, so I decided to add some of our home grown roses to the tablescape. I used a large brass lantern from Next as a mini vase, which did the job perfectly. In case you're wondering, I did place a shot glass inside the lantern so the roses would be in clean, fresh water. I don't get many days out of home grown roses though, but I do love using some single roses for table settings occasionally.

I'm definitely a bit of a  foodie, although I'd say all my recipes are super easy. Blinis, also known as Russian pancakes, are my favourite starter. They are so easy to make and really brighten up the table setting. Blinis taste divine with a glass of bubbly, so I totally recommend them if you're planning to throw a dinner party. I also love using the 3-tier cake stand when entertaining. It saves so much space on the table and looks pretty impressive too. I wanted to pick a summery looking bottle of bubbly for this tablescape and let's face it, Veuve Cliquet never disappoints. The yellow label brings just the right amount of colour to the table setting.

Our silver plated tray has been also getting a lot of use lately. I actually picked it up from our local charity shop few years ago. It was brand new, so I couldn't believe my luck. Now I probably own about 10 trays but you can never have too many trays, can you?

Product List

Table Cloth - H&M Home
Napkins discontinued (but I love these)
Napkin holder discontinued(similar here)
Palatial Tableware - Sainsburys (gifted)
Iittala Essence Sweet Wine Glass
3-tier Cake Stand
Vera Wang Wine Coaster
Lantern discontinued (similar here)
Placemats discontinued (similar here)
Brushed Gold Cutlery Set (Gifted)
Silver tray (similar here)

 If you're planning the perfect summer get together, don't forget to check out the The Glossy Guide to Summer Entertaining!
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