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Galvanise Your Garden

I can’t think of an interior stylist on the planet who won’t have a galvanised vintage dolly tub with an olive tree plonked somewhere in their outdoor space. These pots are a stylists best friend.

I am in the fan club myself for a few reasons: they’re an interesting alternative to terracotta that would be the usual go-to for garden pot plants and they weather beautifully.

The vintage dolly tubs are like gold dust. So if you’re at an antiques market and miraculously see one without a sold sticker on BUY IT. I’ve found 2 on Etsy if you’d rather not leave your sofa.

If, like me, you’re in the ‘grey is great gang’ and can never get enough of the shade then consider galvanising the rest of your garden with metal tabletops, chairs and outdoor lighting.

My stash of watering cans in the sun in the garden. If you’re in the market for a vintage galvanized watering can I found three in this etsy shop.

 Garden Trading Swan Neck Light . Vintage Galvanised Dolly Tub and also here.  These and these are probably the best I’ve found as far as a new get the vintage look version goes. Cox & Cox 3 Aged Zinc Planters . Metal Chair . Galvanised table (not strictly for outside but I like to put mine in the garden).

 

 


Camping Chairs But No As You Know Them

*WARNING PRACTICAL CHAIR ALERT*

Ok so I’ll be honest the word ‘practical’ rarely comes out of my mouth. I don’t own a waterproof jacket, I’m not known for my sensible footwear, basically for me the phrase just conjures up an item that will look minging.

Last year I went camping for the first time since I was in the Girl Guides and I actually loved it.  I brought the most excellent tent (and no it wasn’t a canvas bell tent). A slight problem however, was the camping chair situation which I felt style wise definitely had room for improvment. Clearly the guys at AM.PM felt the same when they produced these foldable numbers. A take on the iconic butterfly chair but with machine washable covers and a fraction of the price.

You get £50 off when you spend £100 at La Redoute right now with the code HOME  — the chair is are priced at £101, so you’ll get it for £51.  I did two separate orders to see if the code worked twice and what do you know it did!  Yes.  Two chairs for £102. I think that’s what’s referred to as a no brainer.

AM.PM Canvas Folding Chair .


How To Style Flowers On A Mantlepiece

One of the major plus sides of my job is that at the end of a shoot I often get to bring half the contents of a florists shop home with me (actually half of the flower market in Vauxhall which I will have visited at some ungodly hour that morning).  Sometimes, I’m tired so they just go in a big zinc bucket and sit in the kitchen, but yesterday morning I decided to channel my inner Constance Spry and have a bit of play.

I thought I’d show you how I decided to style them. The idea here is to demonstrate that you don’t always have to plonk everything in a big vase. You can go all out with a mantlepiece and if someone comes over to ask who got married, so be it.

Here are my tips to nailing the composition

1.) You don’t have to buy lots of flowers to create a really beautiful effect. A collection of single stems can be just as dramatic.

2.) Consider hacking off the odd tree branch or shrub.  Don’t just stick to flower stems.

3.) Use a whole mishmash of vases.  Play with different shapes.

4.) You don’t always need to stick to a vase.  Use a bottle or a water carafe.

5.) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, always have an odd number.

If you want to ‘try this at home’, here’s a selection of vases I’ve put together.



Shop similar vases: Cox & Cox Recycled Glass Vase . House Doctor Set of 3 Grey Handblown Vases . House Doctor Large Bottle Neck Vase . Vintage Hungarian Handblown Bottle Vase 3 sizes available . Garden Trading Recycled Glass Bottle

 


miniFORD Swimwear For Kids

Each year around this time I become completely fixated upon finding the perfect swimwear for each of the children. Don’t ask me why it’s this particular item of clothing. Especially as we don’t exactly live in the hottest of climates…

And yet still I get them a new swimming costume every year. I make it my mission to quite literally leave no stone unturned in my quest.

So, I’ve put together a definitive guide for you. For little girls it’s all about the ruffles for as long as possible as far as I’m concerned. The more frills the better. I usually go for one pair of frilly knickers and one swim suit.

Aurelie is now 10 and last year was the first year I let her wear a bikini. With a pre-teen girl I think it’s all about them still looking like young girls. The last thing you want is them looking sexy.  I go for a bandeau with ruffles and steer well clear of anything that looks like a bra.

Boys, oh the boys. SOOOO tricky. So often SO wrong with the most garish colour combos. Instead, I think gingham and stripes always looks cute on a little boy as do those insanely cute mariniers from Petit Bateau.

Teen boys need something a bit cooler and let’s face it an Andy Pandy stripe doesn’t really feel like that no matter how much you’d like it to. Think surf dude but in nice colours.


For Little Girls

Trotters Betsy Ruched Swimsuit . Emile et Ida Liberty Ruffled Swim Knickers . Next Blue Gingham Frill Swimsuit  . White Co Floral Swimsuit . Next Stripe Frill Swimsuit in pink and blue

For Older Girls

Boden Pretty Ruffle Bikini . Simple Kids Floral Bikini . Mango Striped Bikini . Petit Bateau Floral Print Two-Piece Swimsuit . Massimo Dutti Striped Bikini

For Little Boys

Tom & Teddy Swimming Trunks . Alice a Paris Pablo Swimsuit .Petit Bateau Milleraies Striped Swimsuit . Marks & Spencer Striped Swim Shorts . Boden Baby Bathers

 

For Older Boys

Next Pink Palm Printed Shorts . Jott Contrasting Belt Cord Swim Shorts . J Crew Boys Short-Sleeve Rash Vest . J Crew Boys Snap Front Board Shorts . Zara Surf Label Swim Shorts


Habitat's New Collection IS AMAZING

Habitat. Fair to say they’ve had a bit of a bumpy ride over the last few years. I must say unless I’m in the market for a picture frame it’s not been at the top of my list of go-to destinations for a while. Well, thanks to a tip off from a friend with serious interior credentials, that has just changed. Habitat have had a huge drop in the ‘New In’ section on their site with 604 products to be precise, and luckily for you I have meticulously tralled through each and every one to bring you my top selections. Oh happy days when I realised there’s a fat 25% discount code running until the 1st of May.  On your marks, get set…

DISCOUNT CODE: HAB25 (ends 1st May)

This comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Perfect, chic and understated.  Top of my list.
. Coffee Table .

Sod the outdoor bit and get it in your sitting room now as a side table. Remember that something has to be a bit off in every room tip? Hi there chic interior person.
. Side Table .

Black and brass together make for the best combo. Two sizes? Yes please!
. Storage Trunk .

 Garden furniture can be a bit of a hornets nest.  This has all those Jardin du Luxembourg vibes at a wallet friendly price.
. Garden Chair .

 I’m having a thing about weird objects at the moment OK. Come with me on this one.
. Black Jug .

 Instantly turn your home into a Hamptons beach house with the edition of a pillowcase or two ;-).
. Pillow .

Yves Klein Blue matt ceramics. OMG.
Blue Mug . Store Jar . Espresso Cup in Blue . Espresso Cup in Black