Hi ya and happy almost Christmas!
Just a quick apology for not posting – the festivities are really catching up with me. So much to do and so little time. My promise that I will do a post as soon as I can sit down and type for longer than 2 minutes!
Hope so much you are having fun and looking forward to a lovely break.
Ohhh, I love the holidays and I am itching to start doing posts on all things Christmassy!
However, I have promised myself not to do this until we are actually in December. I just can’t wait.
So to keep me busy until then, I thought today I would look at artificial flowers.
Yes, real blooms are wonderful but don’t these little beauties last longer!
Magnolia In Square Vase – £35.00 next.co.uk
These would just go anywhere. I love their versatility
Orchid Globe – £10.00 next.co.uk
I have a real thing at the moment for mercurised looking vases and glass
Add an orchid and a Wow! really? price …. and I’m seriously happy
Red Glitter Peony Jam Jar – £8.00 next.co.uk
This is just so cute. For Christmas or all year round this is a winner
Leafy Tree Lit Imitation Tree – £50 next.co.uk
I have 2 similar (but cheaper) artificial bay trees either side of my front door
and I think they add some serious curb appeal
Orchid Spray – £50 next.co.uk
My last choice was either lilies (!) or this Orchid Spray
Isn’t this just gorgeous?
I am so sorry for the delay in this post! Life was just determined to get in the way.
So many things to do and such little time.
Therefore, in memory of my fantastic (and relaxing) break to Venice (and to regain some much needed calm) I have decided to compare some of my holiday snaps to some of my previous beautiful finds. Enjoy.
Conran Copper Wire Trim Glass Tealight Holder – £12.00
Is it me or is this blue just gorgeous? Whether in Venice or good old M&S, this is stunning
Raised Design Vase – £29.00 zarahome.com
Perhaps its the texture or maybe the colour?
This vase reminds me of the elegance of Venetian buildings
Mercurised Wine Glass – £19.99 zarahome.com
This little treasure would have been right at home amongst all these amazing objects
Pink Flower Knob (set of 2) – £5.99 zarahome.com
As we stood on this bridge, listening to a gondolier serenading a couple passing below
my husband gave me a similar flower. Lucky me, eh?!
Not as glamorous as some home furniture and accessories I admit, but boy aren’t they useful?
Holder of magazines, flowers and somewhere to rest your feet if necessary, they’re great.
I’ve visited habitat.co.uk for this post as I thought their offerings looked great.
Let me know if you agree!
Blyth – Storage Side Table – was £95 now £75
This comes in Yellow, Pink and Mushroom
– what a pop of colour
Bumble – Storage Side table – £65
Modern or retro I just can’t tell. That’s what makes this so cool
Sparkle – mirrored side table – £50
You had me at Sparkle. Love the names of these Habitat products
Smithy – white metal side table – was £50 now £40
I am very keen on tables which have wheels – they are just so practical
– this one is also affordable and attractive, so very HomestyleLily
Orrico – hammered aluminium side table – £125
I adore this. It could go anywhere in your home and look fantastic
Very, very nice
My apologies in the delay of my latest post. I was in Venice!
All those wondrous Venetian sights have made me want to surround myself with all things beautiful.
This post therefore, is dedicated to some of my most favourite finds – the things I have or wish I could have in my own home. Lily xx
Floor Standing Mirror – dunelm-mill.com/ £49.99
Every day I look at this mirror and am so glad I own it. Draped with flower-lights, its just fab
Raspberry felt flower cushion – next.co.uk £14-18
A cushion disguised as a flower …this is just …wow
Thick Wavy Vase – zarahome.com £29.99
When I posted this I said I could look at this all day and I could, happily
Kissing Couple Sculpture – johnlewis.com £20
In memory of Venice. Sigh
Resin Collectable Shell – next.co.uk £20
Have this, love this
Parlane Mosiac Glass Table Lamp – johnlewis.com £45
Have you seen Men In Black and the galaxy on “Orion’s belt”? ( A cat with a galaxy on its collar?)
This reminds me of that. Wonderfully weird
The warm glow of lamp light. Beautiful.
I looked at over head lights in a previous post so today, I have chosen table lamps to be …..well, under the spotlight.
See, what you think….
Parlane Mosiac Glass Table Lamp – £45 johnlewis.com
Isn’t this interesting? Your very own tiny planet on a side table
Twist Table Lamp- £30 next.co.uk
The texture and twists make this just fab
Tabitha Distressed Mirror Lamp – £85 johnlewis.com
Bedroom, living room or just anywhere? Versatile, classy and stunning
Liv Table Lamp – £40 johnlewis.com
Understated, simple but so useable – this is the workhorse of the lamp world
Mathmos Astro Lava Lamp – £65 johnlewis.com
Lava lamps are the equivalent of Marmite
You either love them or hate them …and I just love them!
If accessories like jewellery, belts and scarves can make clothes look amazing, the right accessories in a room can do the same.
I tend to like the objects around my home to be quite large, unusual and with lots of texture.
One of my favourite pieces, (see Resin Shell below) is actually a bathroom ornament but I give it pride of place in my living room because I think its beautiful.
Resin Collectable Shell – £20 next.co.uk
Mango Wood Lady Bust – £30 johnlewis.com
Love the texture and poise of this piece – you can almost imagine her pirouetting on stage
Kissing couple sculpture – £20 johnlewis.com
I’m not a very slushy person but the way they are holding hands and the slight touch of toes is just so romantic
Frith Sculpture: Muffin Washing by Paul Jenkins – £32.50 johnlewis.com
I ADORE cats. You can almost hear this gorgeous feline purring
Vitra Eames House Bird – £133 johnlewis.com
This is what I would buy if I had more money to spend! Separated from Muffin, obviously
Yes, you read right and no puns please.
Hubby and I are currently painting and improving some wardrobe doors and need some new knobs. Therefore, this post is a bit of research for us and for you guys I hope, an illustration of how a little change can make a big difference in adding style to a room.
My favourites so far have mostly been from Zara home zarahome.com so here are just a few:
Pink flower knob (set of 2) – £5.99
This is sooooo pretty but my husband, he say no! It’s just far to girly for him. Sigh
Hand painted knob (set of 2) – £4.99
This is more like it. Pretty without being too feminine. Definitely on the maybe list
Glass and metal knob (set of 2) – £9.99
Wow. I love the intricacy of this design
Engraved metal knob (set of 2) – £9.99
Probably the one I will choose. I think this could be used in so many settings
What do you think?
Glass ball knob (set of 2) – £9.99
My favourite until I started to do my research! I love the fact this would add some glamour
Yawn, it’s that time of day again: Breakfast time. WELL WAKE UP PEOPLE! With fabulous crockery your day can begin and end with a zing.
Today, I have chosen two sites to bring you treasures from: M&S and Next home, because….. well, this is where I buy my crockery from and both places meet my mantra of: affordable, practical (ish) and gorgeous. See what you think…….
12 piece Lily dinner set available in grey or white – £45 next.co.uk
This set in either colour is lovely. However, grey with plum accessories just pips it for me
Also, nice name
12 piece platinum Glimmer dinner set – £45 next.co.uk
This picture unfortunately does not do this set justice
The flecks of platinum are seriously classy
12 piece Camden blue dinner set – £32 next.co.uk
Retro vibe, anyone?
12 piece Spring meadow dinner set – £95 marksandspencer.com
This is so, so, so pretty!
12 piece Nomad dining set -£60 marksandspencer.com
Nomad – is it just me or is this the coolest name for an dinner set, ever?
12 piece Truro striped dinner set – £60 marksandspencer.com
Nostalgia on a plate for me – growing up we had a similar set
Not all things are equal in a home.
We often concentrate on the more glamorous elements of home décor but what about the “old faithfuls” – I’m thinking door mats and rugs?
Practical does not have to be boring so let’s take a closer look at things that go underfoot.
All doormats and rugs from one of my favourite “home” shops: next.co.uk
Rope Doormat – £12
Love the design of this. Almost too good to wipe your feet on
Heart Embossed Doormat – £10
Leave your visitors in no doubt that you love your home
Grey Cosy Rug – £30 – £170
Love this. As I have just bought one of these rugs for my own living room it would be rude not to include it
It’s just great. Toe sinkingly soft.
Vibrant Ombre Rug – £90-£220
Autumn in a rug
Ornate Damask Rug – £80-£225
I normally prefer plain rugs as they fit in easier if you redecorate a room
However, this has possibilities – it could fit it a contemporary or even a traditional room so, it gets my vote