Friday, 11 August 2017

I'VE BEEN NOMINATED!


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
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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

FEATURED ON YOUR HOUSE & HOME MAGAZINE



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!







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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

SUMMER TABLESCAPE




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)
Coaster
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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Thursday, 27 July 2017

I'M A GUEST OVER AT THE PARTY DELIGHTS BLOG!


You may remember my recent post about my daughters baptism party {read here}. Anyway, I bought most of our party supplies from Party Delights and I couldn't believe it when they got in touch with me and asked me to write a guest post for their blog featuring my favourite party supplies of course.

If you've been reading my blog for some time, you know how much I like to throw parties and create pretty tablescapes. Party Delights is my go-to online shop whenever I have an event coming up. They cater for kids parties, weddings, themed parties, you name it. So, I'm absolutely delighted to share our baptism party details and some useful tips over at the Party Delights Blog today!

Head over to their blog {here}!

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

NEW SUSTAINABLE FURNITURE BRAND - VÊNOOR LIVING


Buying new furniture is probably one of the most fun but also taxing things you have to do when you move into a new home. It's exciting because you finally get to create a home that represents you and your family, but it's also stressful because you want to make sure that you pick furniture that you'll love for many years. Sometimes it can be hard to choose a specific decorating style which is why I love minimalist Scandi furniture that doesn't date. In fact I say, if in doubt go minimalist and accessorise your home as your taste evolves.

I got recently introduced to a brand new furniture and lifestyle store, VĂȘnoor Living, and I literally jumped at the opportunity to work with them. Why? Because they firmly believe that beautiful furniture can be created from sustainable, social responsible origins. But not only is the furniture designed to perfection, it's affordable too. Yes, that's right. Sustainable furniture can be affordable and accessible. I got to admit, mass production and consumerism gets to me sometimes. It's a big part of the interiors world but I truly hope that brands like VĂȘnoor Living are the future. Their process involves replanting of materials sourced and providing good, honest and fair work for those involved. If you want to hear more about their commitment to sustainability, you can read about it here.

VĂȘnoor Living asked me to feature some of my favourite products on the blog and I happily accepted the challenge. Here are my top picks from their new collections. They are all pieces that I would love to have in my own home and hopefully you'll like them as much as I do.

1. ANDORA DINING TABLE (£529)

A proper dining room table is an absolute must, whether you live in a small apartment or a detached house in the country. We use ours so much that I couldn't imagine living without one. It's used for meals, entertaining, as a desk and my kids even use it for crafts. Wood is always an excellent choice because it's durable and easy to keep clean. I personally love a solid wood table with a marble top, which is why the Andora table stood out for me. I love the contrast of natural mango wood and marble stone which makes this table a real statement piece in the dining room. You can find a matching console and a coffee table in the Andora range too if you're going for a consistent look. It's funny, I would never go for a marble worktop in the kitchen but I would absolutely love a marble dining room table.




2. AYKA (£299) vs. TOFFI CHAIR (£269)

Now I'm not exactly sure what's gotten into me but I am loving walnut finish furniture at the moment. The great thing with walnut is that it works well with both contemporary and traditional decorating styles which makes it a very popular choice in homes. I love the mid-century inspired Ayka dining chair that comes with a luxurious upholstered seat. It can be tricky to find both stylish and comfortable chairs for the dining room but that's why upholstered chairs were invented in the first place. Trust me your guests and your bottom will thank you - and they look great too!




Now I had a bit of dilemma choosing between two chairs and I couldn't make up my mind.. So I decided to write about both. The Toffi chair is definitely a keeper. I adore the simple design and ash wood is always a stylish choice. This is such a classic Scandi design, it actually reminded me of my grandmothers old chair bringing back so many lovely memories. I think that's why I love Scandi furniture so much. They are build to last and the designs are absolutely timeless.



3. ARABESQUE PATTERNED RUG (£275)

I'm a real rug lover. I'm always looking for an excuse to buy a new one. I do prefer patterned rugs at the moment. There are so many gorgeous colours and patterns to choose from which makes the decision making process so much harder. The Arabesque patterned rug was one of my favourites because the pattern is so simple and elegant. I also love that it's 100% natural wool. If you have a small room, pick a rug with a large geometric pattern. Trust me, it will immediately make the room appear bigger. Just be careful not to add too many patterned accessories at once. Otherwise your room can end up looking a bit too busy, unless your going for that eclectic look of course.




4. AYKA CABINET (£439)

I love a good size storage unit, especially in the dining room. The Ayka cabinet was love at first sight. I'm obsessed with everything monochrome so obviously it was always going to appeal to me, but I'm also loving the contrast here. Black against ash wood looks striking. And what about the gold metal legs? This is 'the' cabinet and it deserves to get some press. But what's even cooler is that the Ayka Cabinet is a multi functioning storage unit, including a hidden desk, drawers and a cabinet. Handy, right? I love the sophisticated and chic design which makes it ideal for the dining room or a home office. I just want to order one now. Of course that would mean I'd have to get rid of my old cabinet or buy a bigger house, so I might just wait a little longer.

5. YANA SOFA (£729)

A good comfortable sofa is one of the most important items in the living room which is why most of us spend a big part of our decorating budget on it. Mid-century style sofas are my favourites at the moment. The Yana 2-seater sofa looks so comfy but I also love the structured appearance and the chrome metal legs. If you're not sure about the colour, just order a free fabric sample. VĂȘnoor Living offer this service free of charge and it's really easy to request one online.



Sustainable furniture can cost a small fortune but it doesn't have to. VĂȘnoor Living offers beautiful and affordable furniture that you will love for many years. Whether it's Scandi, mid century or industrial style furniture you're after, they have it all. I'm really impressed with their designs and, more importantly, with their vision and how each piece of furniture has a story. Writing this post has made me rethink my own buying habits too which is definitely a good thing. If you want to take a peek at the new collections, head over to their website{here}.

Are you a fan of sustainable living brands? Leave a comment or let me know on twitter!

*Thank you VĂȘnoor Living for sponsoring this post.

*Images credited: VĂȘnoor Living.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

LIME WOOD HOTEL





The holiday season is about to kick off in the UK but we've already managed to travel quite a bit this summer. We stayed in the picturesque Lime Wood hotel in New Forest last month which has been on my wish list for quite some time. I tend to prefer shorter weekend trips with the family at the moment. I find weekend trips easier with children and of course it's always a nice excuse to escape the city for a few days. It's quite difficult to get a booking in the Lime Wood though (they only have 32 rooms) so my advice would be to stay mid week if you can.

Obviously I love the location of the hotel but the hotel interiors were a massive selling point for me too. Believe me, you'll feel spoiled the minute you arrive at the hotel. Everything about this hotel is first class; the location, interiors, service, food, I could go on. What's even nicer is that it's very  child/baby friendly. It's so rare to find a luxury hotel these days where you feel at ease with young children but we absolutely fitted in perfectly with our 4 year old and a toddler. There's so much for kids to do as well so you don't have to worry about them getting bored anytime soon. We even used their baby sitting service (there was an additional charge) so we could have dinner in the restaurant. It turned out to be a great decision as the food was absolutely delicious.

So let's talk about the interiors since they were the main reason why I picked the hotel in the first place. Lime Wood was originally a medieval hunting lodge way back in the 13th century, but the hotel has gone through a massive makeover since then. It's the elegant interiors that attracted me to the hotel initially and the high end interior choices give it a very luxurious, yet comfortable, feel. I find that it's often all in the details. Well, I guess especially in this case because all the little details and chic accessories made the hotel feel very glamorous. I especially loved the wooden floors, bespoke wood furniture, quirky cloakroom, mirrors, lighting, gold accessories, flowers, pastel colours etc. I could go on and on but I guess you get the point. Everything was fabulous. I ended up taking loads of photos during my stay because I felt so inspired the entire time. I hope you will be too once you're finished reading this post.









The open plan bar/bistro area was probably my favourite spot in the entire hotel. The interiors were stunning and the space was filled with huge amounts of natural light. The see-through high ceilings made the space appear even bigger than it was. I loved the neutral interiors with a pop of colour which a lot of high-end boutique hotels seem to go for these days. Aren't those peach chairs divine? They were so comfortable too. I could have easily spend hours just sitting there and taking it all in. I also loved that they had mixed traditional furniture with some contemporary accessories. Everything was so well put together but it didn't feel too staged.






The neutral hallway upstairs was another great example of timeless elegance. I loved that it was pretty much all white, which let's face it can be risky, but the contemporary wall art at the end of the hall gave it a bit of oomph. So if you are thinking about having an all white hall or a bedroom, remember to have few accent pieces there to make sure the outcome doesn't turn out too clinical. I also loved the gold curtain holdbacks - it's such a subtle way to add a bit of glamour to the mix while keeping everything else so minimal. Also, remember you can never have too much lighting in narrow hallways either.





I'm still obsessed with bar carts and luckily it seems, at least for now, that they are here to stay. I guess the Lime Wood Hotel agrees with me since I spotted at least 4 beautifully styled bar carts there during my stay. You really cannot go wrong with a gold bar cart. They add instant luxe to any room and they are incredibly practical too. When I'm not entertaining, I like to use ours as a side table. Our bar cart is usually in our dining room but during the summer I like to wheel it onto the decking as well. I'm getting so much use out of it at the moment I cannot believe I didn't buy one sooner.



How cute is this leather side table? So casual and chic - I just love it!



We stayed in one of their Pavillion suites which was separate from the main house.  I expected our room to be a regular size suite but it was more like a house of our own to be honest. We were over two floors and had two bedrooms, two lounge areas, 2 bathrooms, four poster bed and a roll top bath over looking the forest. We even got our own little private garden. It was pretty spectacular but we didn't really need this much room as the kids are still quite young. However, everyone seemed to love the extra space so I do recommend the forest suites if you are looking for some privacy and serious pampering. Also, my daughter said it was the best hotel room she has ever stayed in but I'm pretty sure it was mainly thanks to the bunk bed she got to sleep in first time in her life.
















We had even more room upstairs and a huge stand alone bath. The walls were painted in bright lime colour, and although I would normally prefer white walls, they were the perfect choice. I loved our room so much that I just wanted to hang out there which meant I almost missed my spa appointment. You'll have lots to do in the rooms. There are magazines, board games, an ipad, cocktail making station etc. I don't think I've ever seen such a well equipped hotel room before. They had really thought of everything. It kind of felt like I was staying in somebody's house, not in a hotel, which definitely made our stay even more relaxing.







What can I say, our mini break exceeded my expectations and I felt that there was something for everyone. The beautiful landscaped grounds and the spa were breathtaking and I loved having long walks in the woods with the kids. We all loved our spacious accommodation too. I wish we could have stayed longer because I felt there were so many things we didn't get a chance to do. I felt so relaxed and inspired after our stay that I'm currently trying to find a good excuse to head back there before to end of the year.

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Do you have a dream hotel you'd like to visit? Leave a comment or let me know on twitter!

For more information, visit www.limewoodhotel.co.uk
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