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Christmas decorating, starting in the lounge...




So I've started to decorate the lounge, just a little.  Our lounge is pretty small so we can't have a tree in there or anything that over powers the space.  There will be no room to sit otherwise.

I recently discovered the Country Living shop.  I have been a fan of the magazine for years and knew about the shop, but it was only when I was searching for mirrored keep sake boxes that I really had a good look through.  I wanted a mirrored box to use for my nature finds in other rooms.

Such wonderful items!  The shops has everything that you will need for Christmas, gifts, decor and inspiration.  I love this lamp... in fact all in the modern rustic section.

So, I've started a little.  And I'm liking it.  Still not finished.  I need to add some greenery above the mirror and collect some more logs for the fire.  Nearly there though.

Decoration details:
A handmade hydrangea wreath. Beeswax candle from The Foodie Bugle shop. Candle stick, thrifted. The wooden dove from Country living shop, clear glass bauble from Ines Cole. gold L decoration from Anthropolgie, green glass bauble from my mum.

I was gifted items from Country Living shop, all words and opinions are always my own.

Nature in the Home - weekly pick...

Image by Little Buckles
Hey there!
Nature in the home has really stepped up a gear this week as we are all gathering greenery into the home.  So many beautiful wreaths, stars, pine cones and of course trees!

My favourite image of this week was this one of little Bella.  Such a beautiful shot, fabulous colours and that simple arrangement of holly sprigs in that white vase... I fell  in love.  In fact I loved this so much, I showed Dan immediately. (I always show Dan, Andrea's photos, as I want to live in France!!).

If you head over to my facebook page you will find my 'nature geek' image too.

I'm going to have a little break over the Christmas period, but please do keep tagging your found, foraged, grown and gathered items of Nature with #natureinthehome as we all love to see them.  I shall be back in the New Year!

This weeks top 8:


Home Inspiration - a new sofa...

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I need a new sofa.  Mine is progressively becoming a dirty, saggy, messy heap in the corner of our lounge.  I have my eyes on a button back sofa, with beautiful lines, curves and legs.  This one, this one!  I want this one.  Just putting this out there.... a message to the universe. 

Swallows and Amazons at the Bristol Old Vic - review...




Last Thursday evening we took the boys to see Swallows and Amazons at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre.  Each year we love to see a Christmas production, and this was the first time we had taken the boys to see something in the main theatre at the old vic.

Wow, what can I say?  Swallows and Amazons is truly an epic adventure.  The set, was initially sparsely decorated with a few boxes and a small orchestra set up.  As the story was told, it transformed to sailing the high seas, to island camps and pirate shanty's.

Completely absorbed in the well know story by Arthur Ransome,  I kept looking over to Charlie and Rufus to see their reaction.  Rufus sitting far forward into his seat as if to jump up and join in.  He whispered, "Mummy, that lady is from 'Grampa in my Pocket on the TV'".  Charlie asked if I could make him a feather headdress like the Amazon's and said he'd join their crew.

Swallow and Amazons is perfect, the much loved story has been adapted in such a way that old and young alike will love it.   

The dream sequence is just magical.  Oh and don't forget to attack!

I urge you to go this Christmas.  For more information and tickets pop over to the The Bristol Old Vic website.

Images by Simon Annand.
We were gifted tickets for the purpose of this review.

The perfect way to wrap...

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So have you started the mammoth task of wrapping all of the presents yet?  I certainly haven't.  It is something I look forward to each year, to sit in front of the fire with a glass of something festive and set about wrapping up the delights.

Stocking gifts are always wrapped in jazzy, brightly coloured paper.  The kind that an 'elf' would choose.

But for my friends and family I like to indulge my inner perfectionist and make pretty parcels.  I love this image above, that purple paper with dried hydrangea flowers - what a beautiful way to give.

So, how are you wrapping yours?

More inspiration can be found over on my pin board: