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Tuesday, 14 March 2017


Since Mother's Day is just around the corner, I thought it's the perfect time to do a little round up of my favourite Mother's day gifts. We don't really do big presents on Mother's day, but it's always nice to get some beautiful flowers and a card (and I'm not going to complain if I get a pretty scented candle too!)

I know many people struggle to find something new to give every year but I don't actually mind getting the same things year after year. I'm pretty sure that most mums would be thrilled with a card and flowers. Anyway, Mother's day should be all about spending some nice quality time together as a family, am I right? However, if you really want to impress someone this year, take a look at my favourite Mother's day gift ideas below!


Leonie Bouquet from Bloom & Wild
I know this is an obvious one. I love having fresh flowers in the house, so a pretty bouquet is always a safe bet on Mother's Day. There are so many online companies delivering flowers straight to your door step these days but it's all about finding the supplier that you can count on, isn't it? I love using Bloom and Wild and Interflora. I especially find Bloom and Wild bouquets excellent value and they are always styled to perfection.

Don't forget that supermarkets have a fabulous selection of flowers to choose from as well. M&S and Sainsbury's flowers seem to last ages and I prefer to buy Fair Trade flowers which never seem to disappoint. Honestly, in my experience supermarket flowers last just as long as the ones from the florist. The key is to change the water daily and cut the stems once or twice a week (depending on the type of flowers you've got). Apparently sugar and (oddly) sprite seem to make them last longer too but I've never tried either. If you want to save money, but still buy an impressive bouquet, just buy two smaller bouquets and combine them into one with some extra foliage. It's so easy and I swear no one will ever know!


Macarons by Laduree
This is the big debate with me these days. If you would have asked me 3 years ago I would have said chocolate. But these days I am definitely more of a maca-aholic! Laduree macarons are the best I've ever tasted, but they aren't exactly the cheapest ones out there. M&S macarons are almost just as good to be honest. I just wish they would have a wider selection of flavours available.

I also love pink champagne truffles from Charbonnel et Walker. They come in a cute pink box and the luxurious white chocolate with a hint of strawberry tastes absolutely divine. Perfect for Mother's day and with a glass of bubbly!


I'm a total candle addict so scented candles are always a nice surprise. At the moment I'm loving the Figuier candle by Diptyque which I think is perfect for spring. I just adore the subtle, fresh scent of fig leaves. I would love to get the room spray too!

I do sometimes feel guilty for splashing out on luxury candles. I usually upcycle the jars and use them as mini vases so I can 'kind of' justify the purchase for myself. The truth is, luxury candles are an indulgence and I cannot say they are good value for money. We all know they are not. But I still buy them. It's so nice to light up a scented candle after the kids have gone to bed and unwind. It's almost like therapy! I buy lots of different brands though  - White Company, Rituals and British Parks Candles are all very good and much better value. I've seen many luxury candles also discounted in TK Maxx so do shop around.

Figuier Candle by Diptyque


Moms One Line a Day by Amazon
Moms One Line a Day is probably one of the best presents I have ever received. It was actually my sister who gave it to me after I had my second baby. It makes a great gift, especially for new mums, although I think most mums with young children would love it just as much. It feels like time is flying when your children are young, so it's so nice to be able to sit down by the end of the day and write a few words down. I'm sure I'll hold onto this book forever and I can't wait to read it for my girls one day.


Swarovski Crystal Tea Light Holder
Most people are very familiar with Swarovski (and immediately associate the brand with jewellery) but not that many people realise that they do some of the most stunning home accessories as well. I was gifted this Swarovski crystal tealight candle holder last Christmas and I really had no idea that Swarovski are making such beautiful tea light holders these days. The candle holder looks even more beautiful once it's lit because the crystal base reflects light around the candle. The ring is reversible and can be placed with the crystal or the silver tone coated side facing upwards. It's truly a timeless piece, don't you think?

What's the most meaningful Mother's day present you have ever given or received?

Tuesday, 7 March 2017


You know when you're done decorating a room but it feels kind of bland. There is nothing really wrong with it but you just feel like that 'wow factor' is missing. Well, that used to be the case with our hall. It was the first room I bought furniture for when we moved in 5 years ago and I just wanted to fill that empty space (big mistake!) and I settled for something that was just ok. I'm annoyed with myself that I didn't take a before picture but just to give you an idea, our old shoe storage was a black gloss hall tidy from Next. Trust me, it was everything but tidy! It was such a mess and the gloss surface scratched so easily that after a year I really wanted to replace it.

So for a while now I've been keeping an eye out for the perfect console table. I wasn't sure what style I should go for until I saw this marble console table from Swoon Editions. I love marble and the minimalist design convinced me to go for it (I also got £20 off my first order which was pretty nice!) I ordered the table online, so I was a little nervous what it was going to look like. Luckily it was even more beautiful in real life! I'm so impressed with the quality and the craftsmanship. It's real marble which just looks so luxurious and I can't help touching it as I walk past. If you're not familiar with Swoon Editions already, go and have a look at the website. They have so many amazing items at affordable prices which means I'll be probably (ok, definitely) shopping with them again. Remember though, they are all limited edition pieces, so if you really love something don't leave it too late or chances are it will be gone!

The Cassius console table has definitely transformed our hall, but you do need to accessorise it, or it can look a bit bare and out of place. I did a piece for Laura Ashley few months ago (read it here) and I really loved how the elegant Laura Ashley accessories gave our new table a timeless, chic look. The West Elm Storage Baskets are ideal for a hall and we use them mainly to store our shoes. You could easily fit in 10 pairs in each basket but I try not to overfill them. I picked up the Artificial Buxus from Homebase and decided to place it in the large vase. Don't you just love using artificial plants indoors? I wouldn't over do it but there's no harm in having one or two dotted around the house, right?

One thing I hate about halls is that it's pretty hard to make them look tidy and organised all the time. Often space is also limited which doesn't give you too many options, does it? That's probably why I decided to go for a coat stand. It's from Next (discontinued) and although it does the job, I find that coat stands aren't that practical. You need to make sure that you place coats on the rack evenly or it will become very unstable. Plus it won't look good if it's covered under a pile of coats! But having said that, we've had it for 5 years and I'm not planning to replace it anytime soon. Perhaps it was the perfect solution for our smallish hall after all.

I have this thing with doormats. I've been obsessed with them as long as I can remember. I also think that hall is one of the most important rooms in the house, because whether you like it or not, people will judge you based on what your hall looks like. And often it's the only room they will get to see! I ordered our door mat from You can use one of their templates, but the design options are quite limited so I designed my mat in Inkscape (any graphics software will do).  You can even get one of their designers to create a design for you (at an extra cost). It's a bit cheesy but I love it!

The man cave door sign is the latest addition to our hall. I got it for my husband for Valentine's and although I looked at quite a few different hanging door signs, I thought a simple black framed print will suit the space best. The print came without a frame so I had it framed in our local framing shop. They did a great job and we used Command Strips to hang it up so there would be no damage to the door. Most importantly my husband loves it, almost as much as he loves his man cave (and the fact that he has a room to escape to from 3 lively women).

So that's it for our hall mini make-over. We will be doing a proper make-over (remove old wall paper, paint the walls, new door etc) in the next few years, but I'm so glad that my hall refresh turned out the way it did. Obviously I cannot wait to get rid of the old wall paper (got to love these old 1930s houses - what were people thinking?) but once we remove the wall paper in the hall, we have to do the entire landing and the upstairs as well - so it's quite a big job. Also, our youngest daughter still needs safety gates which are drilled onto the wall, so in many ways, it's sensible to leave this project last. But for now, I'm happy with our hall, with the new furniture and the pretty accessories.

I'd love to know what you think? Do you think first impressions matter?

* Some of the items in the post have been gifted to me.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


I'm so excited to share these news with you! I'm going to be working with Wayfair in 2017 as one of their Home Experts (yay!) I'm a massive fan of Wayfair. I mean they have everything you could possibly want for your house. I could spend endless hours browsing through their online shop. It's as addictive as pinterest which can only be a good thing, right?  Honestly, I couldn't think of a better brand to work with. And, it's an added bonus that I will get to work with some amazingly talented bloggers and hopefully make some new friends too.

I was honoured when the lovely people at Wayfair asked me last month to be in their Blogger Spotlight feature. I don't really talk about myself that much on the blog, so I guess this is a chance for you to get to know me a little better and find out why I started blogging in the first place.

Head over to the Wayfair website to read the full interview!
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