A Champagne Christmas

Monday, December 09, 2019

This post contains gifted items. All photos and opinions are completely my own.

This year I wanted to go for a totally different colour scheme and theme for our Christmas tree and decorations. I was inspired by some Nkuku ornaments (gifted by Amara in 2016 - one pictured fifth from bottom) I already had that have a beautiful antique glass effect to create a scheme that was a bit more classy and elegant but still a little rustic.

I made a Pinterest board (of course I did) and Pinned as many baubles and decorations as possible that matched the image of what I had in my head. My mum and I have been buying the odd bauble or pack of here and there since mid-November and we managed to assemble this...

I have lost track of where each specific bauble is from, but we shopped at The Range, Marks and Spencer, WilkoTK Maxx, Matalan, H&M, Sainsbury's and Søstrene Grene. Phew.

Plenty of champagne, gold, silver and wood. I think this colour scheme works better in our living room - we have neutral wallpaper, a white fireplace and warm wood furniture, so the tree doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. I know many people want theirs to stand out but I like that ours doesn't look overly "Christmassy". The colours don't overwhelm the room (or us).

I've done a complete 180 on the traditional red and green Christmas decorations. We still have the ones we've used for the last three years but we've retired them for the foreseeable future. Maybe they'll grow on me in a few Christmases time, who knows.

Interior styling by Simone Haag

Sunday, December 01, 2019

I came across the work of Australian interior stylist and designer Simone Haag while researching for my first assignment. I first saw the Fitzroy North project and instantly fell in love with the open living/diner painted in a gorgeous smokey grey. The more of her work I discovered the more I became obsessed.

Simone has a spectacular ability to mix different shapes, styles and textures to create inviting spaces with depth and character, something I aspire to do with my own projects in the future. Another designer I admire for this is Kelly Wearstler, who can make a mere chair look like a breathtaking piece of art.

© Simone Haag.

Christmas gifting with Friction Free Shaving

Friday, November 29, 2019

This post contains gifted items. All photos and opinions are completely my own.

Friction Free Shaving have recently released two fab gift sets for Christmas - ideal for those in your life who could do with some major pampering this winter. ❄️

The box I was kindly sent is the Full Gift Set (was £27, now £25); this includes either the Rose or Lily razor (I chose Lily because I love a bit of turquoise), a clamshell protector (I recently used mine to travel with, absolutely brill), shower hook, travel pouch, four German engineered razor refills, and three wonderful skincare products I highly recommend for a wicked shave: a gently exfoliating Pre Shave Scrub, a moisturising Shave Cream, and a luxuriously rich Post Shave Balm.

The Small Gift Set (was £18, now £16) includes the razor (either Lily or Rose), shower hook, travel pouch, clamshell protector, razor refills, and a tube of Shave Cream (honestly the best stuff I've ever used to shave with).

Plus, each box comes with a free handle engraving! I have a Rose handle with my name on it that I use regularly and love. Gives it a lovely personalised touch.

I have been using the FFS handle, blades and shave cream since April and love the quality so much, I'd happily harp on about them forever.

Either one of these amazing gift sets would go down a treat this Christmas.

Contemporary mid-century

Sunday, November 24, 2019

1. West Elm Foundry wide bookcase in dark walnut from John Lewis, £719.20 | 2. Amber glass vase by Elm., £22.00 | 3. Viewforth by Craig & Rose, £37.00 for 2.5L | 4. Navy Scott 4 seater corner sofa from, £1,799.00 | 5. Telescope LED polished chrome single ceiling light from Lighting Superstore, £31.68 | 6. Harlequin Amborella wallpaper from Style Library | 7. Orange Storm framed art print by Stuart Roy, £120.00 | 8. By On Feist round cushion from Nordic Nest, £35.00 | 9. Retro chic coffee table from Trade Furniture Company, £199.95 | 10. Magnesium washed cotton linen curtains from Loaf | 11. Diptyque Tubéreuse Rouge scented candle from John Lewis, £62.00 | 12. Laila yellow rug by Benuta, £59.95 | 13. Wickham industrial wooden armchair from Cult Furniture, £259.00 | 14. Merge Kelim cushion by Elm., £59.00 | 15. Telescope LED polished chrome cylinder floor lamp from Lighting Superstore, £66.24

I took a break from my interior design degree to do some... more interior design stuff?

I felt like putting another room together - I settled on a paint colour and wallpaper and went from there. I was beginning to lean towards another industrial green look at first but stopped myself and opted for some navy with pops of mustard instead. Obviously included a few mid-century pieces because I am obsessed, but I'm also obsessed with the shiny chrome lighting in this room that's giving me Hollywood movie set vibes. The parquet flooring with the border really completes it.

I love the masculine feel of this space. Was really fun to put together and distracted me from work for at least 90 minutes.

Summative assignments & Morphe stores

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Last week I started my degree, which explains the lack of blog posts. I have around 2 months before my first module is due so it's not as if I don't have time to do anything else, it's just that I've been really enjoying working on it. Today I'm going to take a break and meet with my work buds in town because yesterday I think I melted my brain (and my back, crouching over my desk drawing and writing all day for my summative assignments).

I'm 99% sure I've completed my formative assignments so I'm not doing bad to say I only officially started on the 15th. If you want to see my sketches, mood boards and other coursework bits, follow me on Instagram. I update my stories a lot with what I'm working on.

Last Saturday I visited my best friend in Nottingham and did a bit of shopping. It was the first day of the Christmas market and Winter Wonderland event so you can imagine how busy it was. We went mostly to buy up the entirety of Søstrene Grene because they have their new Christmas range in, but on our way there we got distracted by a big ol' Morphe store.

Morphe made their way over to the UK last year, opening in London and Birmingham, but now they're popping up all over. I'm going to Newcastle next week and knew they had one there, but I had no clue about the one in Nottingham so we had a wander in...

It's such a crazy store, they have music blasting at 800 decibels and everyone is dolled up to the nines. I felt so out of place, but I wanted to buy something anyway. I've been eyeing up the Morphe x Jeffree Star JS22 brush online for a few days and thought I'd see if they had any in stock - turns out I bagged the last one. I also wanted a lip gloss, so I opted for the very safe and versatile shade Frolic (it looks extremely pink and glittery on the website but it's a little more muted than that in real life). I originally wanted Pixie but I think they were all out.

I also couldn't believe they had Shane Dawson x Jeffree Star make-up left - they only had a couple of liquid lipsticks but none of them were my cup of tea. I can appreciate the colour of Shane though, so unusual.

Hope everyone has a brill week.

Autumn/winter inspired paint & paper combinations

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Lovely quotes / 24

Monday, November 11, 2019

Photo by Alexis Chloe on Unsplash

“You have the sun in you, and the softness, and the clarity.”
— Anaïs Nin, The Four-Chambered Heart

“The mist of dusk, before the evening rain,”
— Edna St. Vincent Millay, To S. V. B

“Rain on roof outside window, gray light, deep covers and warm blankets. Rain and nip of autumn in air; nostalgia, itch to work better and bigger. That crisp edge of autumn.”
— Sylvia Plath

“…the pale gold light of a November sky.”
— Albert Camus, The Plague

“But then the winter happens, like a secret.”
— Sean O’Brien, At the Solstice

Photo by Alexis Chloe on Unsplash

“‪The Wheel ever turns. The birds ever sing. Each newborn season beckons us to join a timeless dance. The world keeps a-turning. The sun ever shines. Nature pipes an ancient tune as we walk a harmonious path.”
— Freya Turrill, Freya’s Cottage: A Country Diary

“All colors will agree in the dark.”
— Francis Bacon

“Things which matter the most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“November comes 
And November goes, 
With the last red berries 
And the first white snows. 

With night coming early, 
And dawn coming late, 
And ice in the bucket 
And frost by the gate. 

The fires burn 
And the kettles sing, 
And earth sinks to rest 
Until next spring.”
— Clyde Watson
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