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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

MY FAVOURITE THINGS RIGHT NOW


Last few months have been so busy that it's hard to believe it's already October. I'm quite enjoying all the autumnal vibes at the moment though. It's hard not to be inspired, no? I just love looking at the nature and trees losing their old leaves. There is just something enchanting about fall and everything that comes with it.

However, this post is not really about autumn. Well, it kind of is, but I just thought it might be a nice idea to do a post about my favourite things at the moment. I hope you like them as much as I do!

1. SHEEPSKIN RUGS

I'm obsessed with sheepskin rugs at the moment.  Our double sheepskin rug is a few years old but it's still going strong. I'm not going to lie though, it's quite high maintenance. Sheepskin rugs are hard to keep clean if you have kids or pets. You have to brush it regularly and liquid is an absolutely nightmare to remove, but I still think they are worth it. It's probably one of the reasons why I only use the rug during the colder months . Otherwise I'm pretty sure it would be ruined by now. But, I would still get another one. Sheepskin rugs are so cosy and are a great way to add extra comfort and style to your home which is why I love them (no matter how high maintenance they are).


2. SEA GRASS

Sea grass is definitely my second biggest autumn/winter obsession. Sea grass is so versatile and perfect if you're going for that relaxed, informal look. I'm in love with this pouffe from Maisons du Monde. It's pretty small but perfect for our second living room (which is quite small and narrow).



I also got these sea grass storage boxes from Homebase which seem to be available in store only. They were amazing value at £12 so I couldn't resist buying them. I should warn you though, these sea grass boxes tend to smell quite strong. I don't actually mind the smell (you do get used to it or maybe it goes away after a while) but if you're inpatient you could try airing them outside for a while. 


3. BOOKS

I don't usually have time to read books (I do most of my reading online) but this autumn I decided to make a change. Reading really helps me to unwind and unplug so my new routine involves reading a book when I have a bit of me-time. I've been dying to read the 'The Woman I Wanted To Be' by Diane von Furstenberg so I ordered the book on Amazon few weeks ago. I haven't finished reading it yet so I can't really comment, but so far so good!


4. SILK FLOWERS

So, you must know by now how much I adore fresh cut flowers. I love having flowers in our hall, dining room and lounge. Although, lately I've felt like I'm spending way too much money on flowers so I decided to invest in some quality silk flowers in stead. Don't get me wrong, I'll still buy fresh cut flowers but probably not every 2 weeks or so (and not for all the room downstairs). Faux flowers look so real these days that you'd me mad not to give them ago.

I bought my bouquet from Ebony & Ivory Interiors and I love that I got to pick all the stems myself. I took the vase to shop with me and spend a good 30 min picking the right flowers for it. I really wanted to create quite an elegant and simple bouquet. The flowers look very real from a distance which I love. Also, I think it's a good idea to go for a mixed bouquet if you want your artificial flower arrangement to look as real as possible. Remember, artificial flowers and plants will always cost you more than real ones but they are better value long term.




5. UE BOOM

I'm still obsessed with our newish UE Boom Speaker which I bought this summer. I love the minimalist design and that it's available in so many different colours. We ended up buying it in black and white and honestly it's the coolest little speaker ever. You can interconnect the speakers to play the same music in multiple rooms which is super handy. We bought ours on Amazon but I do think it's worth shopping around (especially before Christmas). 



6. AUTUMNAL PLANTS

I'm loving vibrant autumnal plants, like amaranth at the moment. I know they are relatively short lived plants which suits me just fine, since I'm a serial plant killer after all. Although, we don't spend that much time in the garden during the winter months, I still want our garden and the decking area to feel welcoming and cosy.  Luckily these little plants from Homebase seem to do the trick.



7. PINEAPPLE WALL ART

I know pineapple accessories are more summery than autumnal, but I truly believe (and hope) that they are here to stay. When I spotted this pineapple wall decoration, I knew it would be perfect for our kitchen. I've had this tiny gap that I've tried to fill next to our fridge and I'm so pleased it's no longer empty. If I had a bigger wall, I'd be tempted to group 3 of them together to make a real statement. 


What are your favourite things right now?
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

OUTDOOR HALLOWEEN DECORATING IDEAS


Happy October! You guessed it. Halloween is just around the corner, so I thought I'd share my most recent collaboration with the wonderful Party Delights Blog with you. Party Delights recently  challenged me to transform the exterior of our house to Halloween mode. Don't worry, it's not as difficult as it sounds. All you need is lots of cobwebs, balloons, tombstones and pretty pumpkins.

Read the guest post here!

*Thank you Party Delights for sponsoring this post.
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Thursday, 28 September 2017

SWITCHING TO AUTUMN MODE


Well autumn is here, whether you like it or not, and although I'm usually more of a summer person, there are few things about autumn and winter that I noticed I have been missing lately. I find myself spending a lot more time indoors during the colder months which is why it's so important for me to stay warm and cosy. Autumn for me is all about pale colours, natural materials and thicker textiles. You don't need to go on a massive shopping spree to switch into autumn mode either. You'd be surprised what a difference a new comfy throw, cushion covers and a scented candle will make.

This month Wayfair challenged me (and 9 other bloggers) to style our home with some autumnal colours. Being a Finn and all, I tend to go for light fabrics during the winter months. Keeping the colour palette light helps me to maximise the natural light when the days get shorter as white and pale colours reflect the light around the room. So, I decided to keep everything quite neutral and calm, although I do love accessorising with autumnal colours such as pale yellows and warm metallics.

I don't think you can ever have too many throws in the house. We use them all the time and my children are quite messy which means they get washed quite a bit. During winter I prefer thick, knitted throws which are warm and add instant texture to the room. I'm so impressed with this light grey pom pom blanket. It's huge (I mean it would easily cover our entire sofa) and quite heavy which is good if you're looking for a throw to keep you warm and cosy.


I also like to update my cushions for each season. New cushion covers are a quick and inexpensive way to refresh your existing décor without breaking the bank. I couldn't resist these adorable pom pom cushion covers. They really are cutest pom pom cushion covers I've ever seen. They go perfectly with our new pom pom throw and I just love the design. I also ordered these cushions pads to go with my new cushions covers but if you have old ones that fit even better! I was a little worried my 2 yo daughter would try to remove the small woollen balls but so far so good.



I'm seriously obsessed with trays these days. I use them daily and they're ideal when you're sitting on the sofa but you don't have a coffee table nearby. I'm also a big fan of natural materials, like bamboo, which is why I fell in love with this bamboo serving tray. Natural materials are less processed and better for you and the environment, so what's not to love?


I'm also obsessed with coasters in case you haven't noticed. I'm a bit like Monica from friends when it comes to coasters. I dread having water rings on porous surfaces, so I literally use coasters all the time which drives my husband mad sometimes. These hammered copper coasters are top quality and look beautiful on the light wood tray. Honestly, I'm so in love with my new bamboo tray that I'll be babying it for a while, I think.



I love having fresh flowers in the house. I knew this geometric vase dip-dyed vase would be the perfect addition to our lounge the minute I saw it. It's quite small so it's ideal for single roses or branches. But, I must admit, I'm loving the dip dyed effect. It's very subtle, but chic. It really is the perfect vase to go with the all the neutral accessories. 


You probably know this by now, but I'm also a total candle addict. Scented candles always seem to cheer me up no matter how bad my day has been which is why I tend to fill our house with them. The Bordeaux Fig & Vetiver candle is ideal for our small(ish) living room. Ok, I'm not going to lie, the funny quote (There's nothing better than a friend, unless it a friend with wine) caught my eye initially, but I've always loved fig which is why I knew this scent would be one of my favourites. It does smell heavenly. You can smell the scent even before you light the candle which is very promising. However, the scent is definitely not too overpowering. I'd say this candle is ideal for a small or medium sized room but it might get lost in a large open-plan space. It's subtle but you'll definitely notice it. I can't handle strong scents these days so I tend go for scented candles that release subtle fragrances as they gently burn.



I hope I've inspired you to get ready for autumn. Remember it doesn't have to cost the earth to switch to Autumn mode. Just buy yourself a new warm blanket and some scented candles, and anything that will make you feel extra cosy during these colder months. You won't want to leave your house once you're finished decorating it, I promise.


*This post was sponsored by Wayfair. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as usual.
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