HOLIDAYS ARE COMING … HOLIDAYS ARE COMING

I’m really excited to show you a little project I’ve been working on in collaboration with Laura Ashley. We really love Christmas in our household and we always like to me an effort with decorating our home for the festive season. So when Laura Ashley got in touch asking me to get involved with their Christmas campaign, I jumped at the chance and knew exactly what part of our home needed that extra attention this year.

Decorating the table for Christmas dinner is as important as decorating your house, but I for one have always left decorating the dining table until the very last minute, with very little thought. Typically, in years past, the table has been quickly set on Christmas Eve, and consisted of our best china and some crackers thrown in for good measure.

Now, all things considered, gathering together at the dining table to share our Christmas Dinner is one of the most important parts of our Christmas, so why did decorating the dining table seem so unimportant? Well it’s unimportant no longer! To go from one extreme to the other, this year our Christmas table is already set, and I’m looking forward to share our family meal times drowned in festivities. 

My aim with our tablescape has been to create a calming ambiance, to help everyone relax and unwind following the excitement and craziness that comes with three little ones on Christmas morning. The candles and lighting are the key to achieve this. 

I’m always drawn to timeless, traditional colour schemes, especially at Christmas time. I love the reds, greens, golds of a traditional Christmas and I was instantly drawn to the Gold Damask range of tableware at Laura Ashley. I used the Gold Geometric Charger as placemats, popped a cracker on top of each place setting, and wrapped the cutlery in coordinating napkins. The gold tones of the accessories and ornaments work well together, and the Gold Damask Jacquard Runner completes the look perfectly.

The dried hydrangeas have been a centre feature on our dining table since beginning of Autumn, and they’ve dried the perfect colours to stay around for Christmas. I added some artificial snow to the vase to complete the look.

A Christmas tablescape must have is candles. The more the merrier! Find some Christmas inspired candles and you’ve cracked it. The large Christmas tree candles particularly stood out for me, along with the matching miniature tree tea lights. I love the Laura Ashley glass candlesticks and I picked up these advent candles in my local Lakeland to make them extra festive. 

I love lanterns all year round, but they really come into their own at Christmas time, and filling them with string lights, baubles, artificial snow and other decorations instantly makes them Christmassy. 

[This post is in collaboration with Laura Ashley, but as you most probably already know, our home is filled with Laura Ashley goodies and my love for the brand is real!]

BRINGING THE INDOORS, OUT

Anyone else have dreams of al fresco dining all summer? C’mon British summertime, bring back that glorious sunshine and let us enjoy the last of the summer evenings in style. Let us fling open the doors and bring the inside out.

Since we built our home 3 years ago, the garden has been an on-going project, and it’s so satisfying to see it all coming together. This summer seen the construction of the pergola, and it quickly transformed the patio and created an extension to our open plan kitchen.  We invested in some long lasting, weather proof garden furniture and the area has become an extended dining room, bringing home-like vibes outdoors. Our Rebo In-Ground Trampoline was installed and in between the showers, the children have played non-stop on it all summer. Finally, we replaced the lawn with artificial grass, and the big “jobs” were all complete!

Bringing the indoors, out:

I aimed to create a space where family and friends would be drawn to. A space that will be useful for our day to day family life, all year round. Our large bifold doors instantly open up the kitchen into the garden, and this makes the whole indoor/outdoor idea so achievable. The outdoor area is so accessible, and the doors are always open at every opportunity. The children come in and out as they please, and the space outdoors is now safe and secure for them.

Creating a stylish outdoor space was key for me, and being the Laura Ashley addict that I am, I browsed through their AW17 catalogue and was inundated with items suitable to add the homely touches to our patio area. I added in some accent scatter cushions, a throw, a basket of hydrangeas and some lanterns and the outdoor space instantly became so enticing. I love adding the little details to any project, and I opted for a vibe that will see us through to Autumn. The area includes some floral, fresh, pastel, Summer accents, while the darker purple shades incorporate a warm, cosy feel ready for the cooler days.

(Brass Finish Tealight LanternLarge Brass Effect LanternLemington ThrowWisteria Printed Duck Egg CushionLittle Vines Printed Hedgerow CushionLarge Round Wicker Basket)

(Kubu Oval Storage Basket)

Now, if the weather ever decides to play ball, we could have more moments like this – I have no idea who she takes after 😉

To add the finishing touch to our outdoor space, it needed lighting. I bought some battery operated festoon lights from Festive Lights and fixed these to the pergola. The lanterns are undoubtedly my favourite part of the outdoor area, and Laura Ashley have a vast amount to choose from. Along with the light fixtures and festoon lights, the lanterns create an inviting glow in the evenings, and this is when I feel the area really comes into its own.

Creating a stylish outdoor space opens up your living arrangements, and it’s a great place to unwind, to enjoy some family time and even some peace and quiet to yourself from time to time.

This post is in collaboration with Laura Ashley – my very favourite UK home interior brand 🙂

A SNEAK PEAK THROUGH OUR FRONT DOORS (in collaboration with Laura Ashley)

As my first house and home post, I feel really nervous writing this, so please bear with me.

Since we built and moved into our home three years ago, life has been pretty hectic and finishing our interior has been a never ending task! Always at the bottom of my daily to do list, it’s still not finished but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Our hallway has always been my biggest bugbear. The big open space left me lacking vision, but last month I finally got round to ordering some pieces of furniture from Laura Ashley, and at last it all started to take shape. I’ve always been a massive fan of Laura Ashley for their timeless, yet modern touch, and I wasn’t disappointed by the choice available. In fact, the only problem was too much choice! For more information on the individual pieces of furniture see the Laura Ashley Blog where I have shared all the details.

Adding the accessories to a room is always my favourite part, and although most things featured are indeed from Laura Ashley, I also found some lovely bits and bobs trawling through Instagram. The chunky knit throw on the sofa is from @chun-kees and it’s so soft and comfy.

I couldn’t have a “finished” room without a mini photo wall, it really wouldn’t me my style not to have a space to hang even more pictures of my little tribe. I also included some prints by the lovely @sweetheartfoils to coordinate with the room decor.

I hope you enjoyed the little insight to our home … will hopefully pluck up the courage to share more soon 🙂