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What To Buy For Girls This Christmas
Here’s my edit for your girls this year. I’ve had my eye on all of these for a while. I have high hopes that these lists will tick the boxes of style conscious mums and their daughters alike.
There are no Shopkins, Trolls, Barbie, Disney Princess blah blah plastic fantastic specials here. I will leave you to choose those beauties based on your daughters personal taste.
I’ve learnt to accept Barbie will have a place at my table.
And most welcome she is too.
As long as there is a smattering (profusion) of beautiful things I don’t mind. ‘It’s all in the mix’ after all 😉
- Roxie Reindeer
- Liberty Pattern Paper Balls
- Nathalie Leet Paint Box
- Vintage Style 1950’s Cream Wicker Doll’s Pram
- Pink Fairy In A Jar Light
- Glitter Ruffle Skirt
…And the stocking fillers…
- Acrylic Unicorn Necklace
- Rockahula Glitter Christmas Tree Hair Clips
- Rabbit Night Light
- Greenberry Kids Snake Knee Socks
- Tulle Fairy Wand
- Personalised Pencils
Ceramics, Ceramics, Ceramics!
This post falls under my ‘current obsessions’ but frankly that doesn’t go quite far enough to describe how I feel about ceramics. If bowls were pop stars, I’d be the lady lurking in the bushes for an autograph, following the band across Europe shaking with hysteria at their very mention. Erm, anyway.
A lot of my work takes me to prop houses in industrial estates all over London which are bursting at the seams with beautiful ceramics, and my job requires that I have an eye for great tableware. But just styling it up isn’t enough. I am channelling my obsession (taking time off trawlling through Instagram looking at more videos of pots being thrown on the wheel) and listing my favourite makers right now.
By admission, this is a London heavy list. And if you are in the capital over the next coming weeks, a group of artists have launched a pop up shop called Ceramics 274 on Hackney Road which will be open Thurs – Sun & Weds eves in December. Then there’s Turning Earth, a ceramics studio in Hoxton who are having a Christmas sale on 3rd/4th December.
It’s such a simple pleasure to eat and drink from beautiful ceramics pieces. Here’s who I want to invest in for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In the meantime, I’ll keep practicing at my weekly class. Snoop my Instagram for my progress so far.
Above image from the incredible Clam Lab.
When I was younger my best friend’s house always smelled of toast.
I have fond memories of waiting for her in her hallway with the smell wafting through the air. It’s funny how a everyone’s home has a totally different and unique smell and that today is the point of this post, recognising the power of scent to trasnform our homes.
From the living room to the bathroom, scents can mark your space as your own.
They change the atmosphere and for me, lift my mood immediately. Since smells can trigger fond memories, can remind you of certain moments in time and unlock things you had forgotten, think about the scent you want to create all around your living space. And it doesn’t need to be toast.
Diptyque’s Baies candle, well known but a classic, is my absolute favourite to burn all through the day (a little extravagant but needs must with the dark nights we are currently facing). The packaging is perfect and the glass makes a useful pot to store stuff in when it’s burnt down. But, there are other, lesser-known treats to be found. I’ve picked out the scents that I love to have around my home.
PS. I was recently tipped off by a friend about the most incredible room fragrance. It’s a pot pourri made by the Domincan friars of Santa Maria Novella. It’s all a bit on the down low (secret recipe hand collected in the Florentine Hills). Anyway, it is 100% natural and smells AMAZING. Particularly good for an instant Christmas-is-coming hit. It’s really hard to track down online but you can visit one of their two shops in London.
Top image: The Future Kept
- Daylesford Diffuser, Vine Tomato
- True Grace Geranium Classic Candle
- Diptyque Baies Scented Candle
- Astier de Villate Villa Medici Incense Sticks
- Mad et Len Figue Noire Scented Candle
- Cire Trudon Abd El Kader Scented Candle
Six of the Best Advent Calendars
A short and sweet post about Advent Calendars today. Don’t leave it too late and end up with a smash and grab Trolls/Frozen/Darth Vader special from the supermarket (what’s wrong with that you cry? pfffft).
I’ve rounded up some alternatives.
That said I’m well aware that most children are desperate for the aforementioned supermarket dodge. So this year I’ve brought the The Real Advent Calendar for all my Godchildren. The Christmas story, fair-trade chocolates, and a story/ activity book = major Godparent brownie points hopefully from parents and children alike.
Whatever you do, get on with it. I had ear marked two calendars for this post which were both sold out when I checked them over the weekend.
Five Bathrooms To Inspire Your Own
It’s seriously cold and dark and surprise surprise, there are predictions that a big apocalyptic freeze is apparently coming for the UK this winter. Woe! Though there are small glimmers of hope burried beneath the predicted snow to get us through the new ice age, and taking a bath is one of them.
Some people don’t like the bath (WHO are you and are you mad!?) but enjoying it is all about creating a good atmosphere in my opinion.
The checklist for just this is:
Get a bath rack — essential for propping up your book and G&T.
Burn candles all around the room.
Overdo the bath foam / scented oil.
Listen to Radio 4 (or have your laptop on a chair and watch Netflix as a friend of mine recently admitted to doing. I’m so doing that this weekend).
At some point if you’re lucky, you’ll have the chance to not just accessorise and atmosphere-ise (new word alert) but transform your bathroom itself. This little room can change the feel of your home and make your daily routine a pleasure, even if you get up in the pitch black at 7am. There’s a wealth of inspiration out there and sometimes the choices feel ridiculously overwhelming.
I’ve picked out the five bathrooms that inspired my own renovations, from black baths to the style of the taps. And of course, here’s where to buy some of the key details.
My bathroom at home in London.
Interior Designer Rose Uniake’s bathroom. Obviously being blessed with a gigantic room helps. But that marble bath and lounge area!? Amazing.
J.Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons bathroom. I loved her black bath and rustic parquet flooring.
I styled this image when I was obsessing over sea blue colours. My favourite bit is the black encaustic tile skirting.
Oil paintings in a bathroom? Yes please! Especially when styled so beautifully with grey encaustic tiles and a Norman Cherner armchair.
Get the Look:
- Robbie Honey Casa Blanca candle
- Habibi zellige tiles
- Period House Store heated copper towel rack
- Studio Ore taps
- Ruark DAB Bluetooth Digital radio
- Original BTC wall lights