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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Friday, 22 September 2017

KIDS HALLOWEEN BIRTHDAY PARTY






Happy Friday! I'm thrilled to be featured on the Party Delights Blog today. I did a little Halloween kids birthday party photo shoot with my girls last week and you can see all the photos over at their Blog. I'm also sharing some Halloween party tips, cutest decorations and the most adorable witches outfits ever on their blog.

Head over to the Party Delights Blog here!

* This post is sponsored by Party Delights.
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Thursday, 14 September 2017

#SUMMEROFSURPRISE WITH NOTHS


Two weeks ago I received a nice little surprise from one of my favourite online retailers, Not On the High Street. NOTHS are currently running a #summerofsurprise campaign which means they've been surprising people with unique and thoughtful presents - just because!

NOTHS isn't your average online shop. They partner with small, creative businesses to bring you personalised gifts which you will not find in your ordinary shop. Their product offering is huge (from interiors to experiences) and they've also got a wide range of personalised gifts to choose from. You may remember my old chalkboard post. Well, I bought the chalk board from NOTHS 3 years ago and it's still going strong. I love that it's personalised. I use it all the time and I still admire it everyday I walk past.

So, you can imagine how lovely it was to arrive back home when there was a little unexpected delivery waiting for me. Somehow NOTHS knew about my obsession with gold/brass accessories (who doesn't, right?) and how much my two gorgeous little girls mean to me. NOTHS kindly sent me a brass photo print of my daughters with the caption 'Ella & Cara - Double Trouble'. The photo is directly printed onto the metal and I adore the personalised message. I'm so impressed that they took the time to find the perfect photo for this gorgeous metal frame and that that they did their research to find out my nickname for these two. Also, how cute is that black personalised gift box?




I even found the perfect spot for the print on our window sill and I love how well it goes with the gold and silver accessories. I adore this picture by the way. It's one that I haven't managed to frame yet, so I'm really pleased that someone else beat me to it.



Thank you NOTHS for this sweet present. I love the photo and the caption makes it extra special. Thank you so much!

*This post was in collaboration with Not On The Highstreet.
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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

NURSERY MAKE-OVER


It's sometimes hard to believe we've been living in this house for almost 6 years now when it often feels like I'm only half way through decorating it. I haven't shared any photos of the nursery before because it's nowhere near being finished. But, I've realised it might take us years to finish some rooms and that it's ok to share the updates that aren't quite complete yet. I also keep changing my mind along the way, which doesn't help, but I'm pretty happy how this room has turned out for now.

This is the smallest bedroom upstairs, so we knew from day one that it would be the nursery. It wasn't pretty when we bought the house. Everything looked so old fashioned and dark. The walls were covered in green wall paper (and not the kind of trendy green you're seeing all over interior magazines at the moment) and there was a bizarre broken light hanging off the ceiling. I really hated it. At the time I wasn't sure if anything could be done, but it's astonishing what you can do with a bit of paint, new furniture and a new carpet.

I really think it's the new accessories that have made a big difference though. Let's face it, beige can be a bit boring so I really wanted to mix it up with some colour and contemporary accessories. I wanted to keep the décor neutral because I thought a calming nursery equals a calm baby. I also think it's important for the mum to have a beautifully decorated nursery as you'll be spending a lot more time there than you think.

Brace yourself for the before photo!


And after!


So it's definitely an improvement, right? This room used to be so dark and what on earth was going on with those curtains? The biggest pain was removing the old wallpaper. The previous owners had cut some corners and had decided to wallpaper over an old wall paper. In fact, we found three layers of wall paper on top of it. Seriously, three! Annoyingly the wall was badly damaged underneath, so ideally it should have been replastered.  Since we wanted to do it all ourselves straight away (a task that we are quite happy to outsource these days by the way), we just skimmed the walls, used some wall filler on the visible holes and cracks and repainted it with Dulux Natural Hessian (which is a warm, beige colour that we have used in all the bedrooms upstairs). Then we got a new carpet from Carpet Right which really brightened up the room. We also installed dimmers and spotlights on the ceiling which was one of the best decisions ever.






The Scandi style cot, from Mamas & Papas, converts into a toddler bed and although it has been discontinued, you can find a similar one here. I also got a matching changing table from the same range (similar one here)  that converts into a dresser for long lasting use. I always think about longevity when buying kids furniture. You don't want to be buying new furniture every few years and they grow out of them very quickly.



I wanted to create a mini gallery wall underneath the wooden shelving, so when I spotted the Matalan 7 piece gallery wall kit in our local store I knew it was perfect. I love all the individual prints but you can replace them with your own photos of course. Gallery wall kits are a really cost effective way to create a gallery wall in your home. It also saves you the time having to go and buy loads of frames. I simply don't have the time for that these days. I used medium command strips to hang all the prints which was super quick too.



Faux flowers and plants are also ideal for nurseries and kids room. Half of the accessories you'll see in this post are not technically nursery accessories. I like to mix some contemporary pieces with kiddie items so that the décor doesn't date as quickly.




I also wanted to make sure we have enough storage space as our house seems to be flooded with kids toys these days. All the toys are kept in the cupboard or in storage boxes. Laundry baskets are just as good by the way. I actually prefer them because they tend to be tall. I got all of our storage baskets from TK Maxx who always seem to have a great selection to choose from.



The large Mr Men/Little Miss wall art is from John Lewis (discontinued)  and although I wouldn't normally recommend placing heavy wall art directly above a bed (in case it falls down) with proper reinforcements you'll be fine. It's always easier to stick to canvas wall art if you're worried, or find out here how to hang a heavy picture on the wall.


The personalised wooden letter door sign is from ebay.


Nursery decorating tips

1. Plan carefully where all the furniture is going to go. I love using Floor Planner which is a quick and free way to create a floor plan online.

2. Don't forget about safety. Buy quality furniture from reputable sellers and make sure your furniture isn't too close to the radiator (especially the cot).

3. Stick to neutral colours to create a calming atmosphere.

4. Pick a carpet with medium pile that doesn't show dirt and is easy to clean.

5. Invest in blackout blinds (or get cheap ones from ebay like we did).

6. Install dimmers (Trust me, they are a life saver with newborns and babies).

7. Mix children accessories with contemporary pieces to create a look that doesn't date as quickly.

8. Introduce a pop of colour (only one or two, not too many) to add more impact.

9. Use command strips and hooks to hang small wall art.

10. Have some personalised items on display to give the room true character.

11. Keep it simple and minimalist. Children will have so many toys that it's best to avoid extra clutter which is why it's always good to make sure you have enough storage boxes available.


Although, I'm really happy how the room has turned out, I'm pretty sure it's not finished yet. I'd love to create a (removable) wall paper feature wall in the nursery one day, but I might just wait until my daughter is a little older.

Would you go for a calm, neutral nursery, or something a bit more bold to make a real statement? Leave a comment below or let me know on Instagram!

Product List
1. Cot Bed - Mamas & Papas (similar here)
2. Changer/Dresser - Mamas & Papas (similar here)
3. 7 Piece Wall Gallery Kit - Matalan (gifted, available in store)
4. Wooden rabbit LED light - Matalan (gifted)
5. Abstract Art Canvas - Sainsbury SS17 collection (in store)
6. Hanging Glass Art - Sainsbury's SS17 collection (in store)
7. Hanging Rope decoration - Matalan (gifted)
8. Storage Box - TK Maxx (similar here)
9. Faux eucalyptus - Matalan (gifted)
10. Wooden Bird - Sainsbury's SS17 collection (available in store)
11. Door sign - Ebay (similar here)
12. Command strips - Medium size
13. Mr Men Wall Art - John Lewis (smaller print available here)
14. Wooden Shelf - Mamas & Papas (similar here)
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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

MY HALLOWEEN FEATURE ON THE PARTY DELIGHTS BLOG


Happy September! Halloween is just around the corner which means now is the perfect time to start planning your Halloween decor and entertaining ideas. I love throwing stylish dinner parties and Halloween is certainly no exception.

I'm thrilled to be a contributor for the Party Delight Blog (UK's biggest online party supplier!) and this month I created a glamorous dinner party tablescape for their Blog that your adult guests will appreciate. I wanted to incorporate lots of rose gold and dramatic accessories in this piece,  so if you need some Halloween dinner party inspo, head over to their blog here!














* This post is in collaboration with Party Delights.
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