Tuesday, 11 December 2018 / London, UK

CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR

Christmas is so close, I can hardly believe it. I only recently finished decorating the house and this year it took ages with all the other projects I have going on. I've been sharing some glimpses of our festive décor in the last few weeks but I wanted to do a little house tour too to show you what decorations we have up this year.

We've never had a real Christmas tree before, so we were all so excited to get a real one this year. We bought our Nordman Fir from our (small) local Garden centre and it's probably the loveliest real tree I've seen. It's so big and bushy I love it. It was quite tricky to decorate though (the branches can't take too much weight) so I mainly used shatter proof baubles. I went for pretty much all white baubles this time and couldn't be happier with our tree. Minimalist Christmas decor seems to be my thing this Christmas again, although some rooms have more decorations (and bling!) than others obviously.

Our calvanised tree ring is from Cox & Cox and it was so hard to find a stylish tree ring online you wouldn't believe. Our dining room decorations haven't really changed from last year. Lots of wreaths and garlands and most of them are from Homebase or Sainsbury's. I even managed to decorate our bar cart which hasn't been used a lot lately I'm afraid. I think I need to throw a dinner party soon. Our landing had few  more updates this year. Since I've gone for a coastal theme, it was tricky to combine pine wreaths with a coastal look. So, I decided to use faux eucalyptus wreaths and garlands in stead. They are much more subtle but still very festive.

I'm going to keep it short and sweet and let the photos do the talking now. Enjoy!


































If you want to know where some of the new items are from, checkout my Xmas edit and Alternative Xmas tree post for more details.

Have a wonderful Christmas!


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Friday, 7 December 2018 / London, UK

THE XMAS EDIT


Since it's only few weeks until Christmas, I thought I'll share some of my favourite Christmas products and decorations with you. This may not come as a surprise, but my favourite colour this Christmas is white (with the occasional gold detailing). Of course we have other colours dotted around the house too, but I'm loving white decorations at the moment; nut crackers, baubles, candles, you name it.

Our lounge is my favourite room in the house, so it always gets decorated first. The window sill is definitely the focal point of the room and I love reshuffling accessories there. I probably update the window sill every few months or so. I try to mix candles, ornaments and photos together for a more personal look.

The Curve candle from Maiden looks like a real statement piece, right? I was introduced to this candle brand recently and these aren't just ordinary candles. Their signature curve candles are very stylish and quite unusual the way they burn. I really like the design, so I've been saving my candle and haven't fully burnt it yet. The burn time for each curve candle is app. 9 hours and after that you are left with a beautiful abstract feature. I'll post a picture on Insta stories once I've finished burning this candle, so make sure you follow me on Instagram! All I can say is that it does look absolutely beautiful when it's lit. All the candles are hand made in Dorset and they produce a lovely scent (in this case of Seville Orange).
They have some very pretty gift sets available too if your looking for gift ideas.




I have been obsessed with nut crackers for a while and they are bigger than ever at the moment. I bought my white nut cracker last year but you could buy a similar one on Amazon. House of Fraser also sell some cute mini nut crackers. My mini trees are from a local garden shop but I love this set of 2 from Cox & Cox. One of my favourite candle brands this year has been Sand & Fog and I Iove their White pine scent that you may still find in your local TK Maxx. It's not a strong pine scent though, or particularly Christmassy, but I still love it. It's a lovely winter candle with a subtle sweet scent to it and they always have the most stylish packaging too.




I have quite a few wine buckets but I've never had one made out of ice. Such a cool idea, right? I love the look of the Nice Ice Cooler and I was curious to test it out. It was so easy to use that I threw away the instructions after the first use. You fill it with water and then put it in the freezer for 24 hours. Once it's fully frozen you take it out, leave it on the kitchen counter for about 5 minutes and pour some warm water in the middle and your ice bucket is ready to use. You could get more creative with it too. Mix some berries or fruit with your ice for a more personalised ice bucket or use it as a lantern. I quite like the plain icy look but either way it's such a cool gift or ideal for entertaining (it lasts app. 5-6 hours so it's perfect for dinner parties). Coolgift.com have lots of funky Christmas gift ideas, especially if you're trying to find something a bit more unusual or even funny for secret Santa at work. 




My wooden tray from Vincent Trading is perfect for entertaining and when I'm not using it I just place it on top of our nest of tables. I have quite a few Christmas candles too and one of my most recent discoveries was the Winter candle from Mamws interiors. It's such a gorgeous Christmas scent (think of Christmas spices) and obviously I love the gold packaging too.


Oh and our personalised Christmas cards arrived this week from Papier. I used Papier last year for the first time and loved our cards so much that I decided to order very similar ones from them again this year. The design is so elegant and beautiful and if you order your cards before 18th of December (like I did) you can get 15% off with code DECKTHEHALLS.




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


PRODUCT LIST



Nice Ice Cooler (gifted)

Winter candle from Mamws Interiors (gifted)


Mini nutcrackers (similar)

Mini trees (similar)

Christmas cracker from Sainsbury's (in store only)


Wooden Tray (gifted)



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Sunday, 2 December 2018 / London, UK

WAYFAIR 'BLOGGER PICKS' FOR DECEMBER

The festive season is here! You still have time to get the house Christmas ready if you haven't started already. As a member of Wayfair Home Experts community, I was recently asked to pick 6 'Blogger Picks' from their impressive collection of homewares and furnishing. Their collection is huge (Wayfair is one of the largest online retailers of decor and home furnishing after all) but luckily I have done the hard work for you and picked 6 very different products that you will hopefully love. Wayfair offer a speedy delivery too but I wouldn't leave things too late. The sooner you get the house ready for Christmas, the sooner you can kick back and relax, right!

Hope you like these picks as much as I do..



1. Chinchilla throw £25.99

Is there anything better than snuggling up on the couch with a warm blanket in front of the TV? This chinchilla throw will add texture and elegance to any room and comes in so many different colours you'll want to order them all.

2. Stag antlers doormat £17.99

Don't forget to welcome your guests this Christmas with a fancy doormat. Firsts impressions do matter and it will set the tone for the rest of your house.

3. Voluspa Crisp Champagne Diffuser £34.99

Voluspa Crisp Champagne Diffuser is ideal for the festive season. The scent is very sophisticated and elegant, but not too sweet.

4. Stainless steel mug £35.99

These stunning copper cups are ideal for serving a winter warming Moscow mule. It's a very popular cocktail for a reason and these mugs will add to the wow factor.

5. Velvet tub chair £355.99

If you're entertaining this holiday season, it might be worth buying some additional seating. Velvet is always a sophisticated choice and it's also one of the most comfortable materials out there.

6. Curve wall mirror £283.99

Invest in a large statement mirror during the dark winter months. A cleverly positioned mirror will bounce light around the room, helping you to maximise all the natural light available.


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Friday, 30 November 2018 / London, UK

ALTERNATIVE XMAS TREE WITH COX & COX




Christmas decorating is in full swing in our house. I started getting the house 'Christmas ready' about a week ago thinking I'll do it all bit by bit (hoping it will feel like less 'work') but somehow I'm still in the process of decorating a week later. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the whole decorating process but the last few months have been crazy busy. I really just want everything ready for the 1st of December now.

Anyway, there's one thing that has been missing from our ever-growing collection of Christmas decorations. Of course I'm talking about a minimalist style tree (made of wood). I love the idea of modern Christmas and an eco-friendly Christmas tree that you can use year after year. 

Luckily Cox & Cox came to rescue and sent me this beautiful Scandi tree. As much as I love real Christmas trees, there's just no way I would get 4-5 weeks out of them. I may have also developed a bit of reputation as a serial plant killer, so I'll probably forget to water it too. But I'm willing to risk it and my plan is to get a real tree for the living room and keep this minimalist Scandi tree in our lounge. I couldn't have a real tree in this spot anyway, it's too close to the radiator (heat will dry it out). I really feel a minimalist tree like this works so much better in a narrow space. Thanks to the skinny, wooden branches no light is blocked and the room appears just as light and airy as always. I just love it. I'm so pleased it's light wood (spruce), so it matches all my other wood/rustic furniture and accessories. 






As you can see I went for quite glamorous baubles this time. Most of the baubles are old but there are some new ones out there too. If I'm totally honest, I don't really like decorating the Christmas tree, mainly because I'm slightly obsessed with symmetry and most Christmas trees won't be symmetrical. Of course you won't have that problem with a wooden Scandi tree, but I would still think carefully what kind of baubles and style you're going for. I always try to pick different sizes, colours and shapes but also make sure that they have at least one thing in common, ie. colour or texture (it's almost like you're creating a vignette!) I've been rearranging the baubles for the past week or so and I don't know if I'll ever be 100%  happy with it, but I do love this tree and I think the glamorous decorations go with it incredibly well. Not so minimalistic after all I guess.. Oh and it wasn't quite as easy to build as I thought it would be. My poor husband had to come to rescue, although this could have something to do with the fact that I didn't read or follow the instructions. So please, do follow the building instructions if you buy this tree as it comes flat packed. The cool thing is it can be rebuilt every year and takes very little room to store.









I really hope you've enjoyed my alternative Xmas tree post and that it has inspired you to start decorating the house for Christmas (if you haven't started already that is!) I know there are lots of dos and don'ts when it's comes to the 'perfect' Christmas tree, but I think the most important thing is to have a bit of fun with it and make it your own. Use colours, pattern, your favourite ornaments, or you could even make your own decorations. I do think our wooden Scandi tree is ideal for our modern home. I feel that the decorations reflect my style perfectly and it really is a pleasure to look at.

Have fun decorating! 


*This is a collaborative post with Cox & Cox. 

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 / London, UK

NEW FAVOURITE TRAY



I'm a huge fan of trays. I think I've got 10+ trays at the moment, although you can never have too many trays in your home, right?  There's no denying that they are practical. Whether it's to serve breakfast in bed or entertaining dinner guests, trays come in super handy. Of course I try to pick the prettiest ones available too to suit every occasion.  

I also love working with small/medium sized businesses, especially if I think my blog readers will love their products. Which is exactly why I'm so excited to introduce you to Vincent Trading. Vincent Trading create handcrafted, reclaimed, sustainably sourced, ethical and eco-friendly products for your home. I love that their aim is to create timeless products; ignoring the fast fashion and saving a few more trees along the way. It's also incredibly adorable that the brand was born in 2016 by husband and wife, Mike and Emma. I've been following their story on Instagram for the last few months and I can honestly say they are very hard working and such lovely people. Their passion for hand crafted wooden furniture is beyond impressive and I really respect that.

I'm so pleased they also wanted me to review one of their products, especially since I've been eyeing up their signature wooden serving tray for a while now. I just love the wooden finish and knew straight away that it would suit our Scandi interior scheme perfectly. Each tray is made from reclaimed pallets. The pallet is taken apart, cleaned, sanded and constructed to this beautiful creation, before finished with a food safe wax oil. Since each tray is hand made, you can also request a custom size and other bespoke options. How cool is that!


What can I say, I love my new tray and it's one of the most versatile trays I own. You could literally style it in hundreds of different ways. I adore the rustic look and the clever metal handles. The quality feels amazing and it's much sturdier than some of the other trays I have. I also love that's it's been hand-made in Devon and the story behind it. All the furniture is made by Mike (who has previously worked as a high end carpenter and joiner). His lovely wife Emma comes up with the designs and ideas. They really do sound like a match made in (wooden furniture) heaven, don't they?

You can view their new collection here. I'd love to know which piece is your favourite?

* This is a collaborative post with Vincent Trading.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 / London, UK

COSY NIGHT IN WITH HAMPER LOUNGE

We are now more than half way through November which means the cold weather will be with us before you know it (it has already been so cold some nights we've had to put away all our outdoor furniture). I don't know about you, but a cosy night in is starting to sound a lot better to me than heading out to town. There's nothing better than being snuggled up on the couch with a hot chocolate and some treats, is there?

Luckily Hamper Lounge have just what you need for those cold winter nights at home. The 'Cosy Night In' Hamper is ideal for those lazy evenings when you just want to stay indoors and hibernate. Imagine a luxury hot chocolate in your hand or a glass of very fancy red wine with some delicious biscuits or gin & tonic flavoured Chocolate (which is seriously good, by the way!) Combine that with Netflix and you've got yourself the perfect night in. I know hampers aren't exactly a new invention, but believe me stylish ones are hard to find. Most hampers I've seen seem quite limited (in terms of the products they offer) and they are not filled with high quality items. Well, Hamper Lounge have just proved that stylish hampers do exist and you can even design your own if you like. 

Hamper Lounge sent me this stunning Cosy Night In hamper to be tried and tested. It's a tough job to eat chocolate and drink fine wine, but someone's got to do it right? In all seriousness, I haven't gotten through the entire hamper yet (it's pretty big and will last you weeks, or maybe days if you're chocoholic like me). The chocolate and the cookies didn't last long and I cannot wait to try the port soon with some gingerbread men and blue cheese. By the way, they have lots of gourmet food hampers available too if you like cheese and wine. The best part is that the hampers start from as little as £22 so there is something for everyone. 

Here's what's inside the 'Cosy Night In' hamper. Remember you can design your own too! 

- Plain Drinking Chocolate By Coco Chocolatier

- Gin & Tonic Dark Chocolate by Coco Chocolatier

- Chocolates by House of Dorchester


- Biscuits by Cartwright & Butler

- A bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape (75 cl)

- Sloe Port by Raisthorpe Manor Fine Foods


- A scented candle by the Harrogate Candle Company (20 ml) (you can choose your scent)













I do think this is the perfect hamper to indulge in in the run up to Christmas. It would also make a great Christmas present for the person that has everything. We all know one or two  'hard to buy people' but I can't imagine anyone not being excited about this hamper. Who doesn't need more chocolate, biscuits and fine wine in their lives? This hamper feels very luxurious thanks to the packaging too and the fact that it's fully customisable makes it really stand out from the crowd.

What's inside your ultimate hamper? Chocolate, cheese, wine or maybe bath products? Leave a comment or let me know on Instagram.

PS. Hamper Lounge are kindly offering a discount for my blog readers. You can get 10% off all hampers by using discount code FD10 at the check out.

* This is a collaborative post with Hamper Lounge.


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