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We Wish You a Merry Kitschmas!

Posted on December 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

So Christmas is finally upon us! I’ve put together a nice little tabletop scene today so I can show you some of my favourite fun and colourful Christmassy decorations and festive bits and bobs.

If you know me, you’ll know I love anything fun, colourful, silly and kitsch, and I love that more and more fun Christmas decorations pop up every year. Read on to find out where all my festive goodies came from…

Ok so to start with, my Champagne Sequinned Tablecloth was very reasonably priced at £13.99 from Amazon – apparently it was reduced from £188 which I find pretty unbelievable! Anyway, I’ve actually picked up quite a few Christmas decorations from Amazon this year, and managed to snag some great bargains. Another one is the Iridescent Metallic Shimmer Curtain (showing hanging in the background) – this was only £3.99 from Amazon and well worth it to add a bit of colour and flair to a wall or doorway.

I’m also in love with this luxury Flower Lady Candle which I’ve recently received from Chase & Wonder. It very much reminds me of my favourite candle brand, Fornasetti, with its pretty face design. The Flower Lady Candle, however is very reasonably priced at £28.00, and has a lovely scent of fresh flowers including notes of red rose petals, cassis, wild berries and galbanum.

I absolutely adore festive floral arrangements, and the selection of Christmas stems, artificial flowers, garlands and wreaths available at Amara this year are just stunning. Wether you’re looking for a more traditional look, or tend to lean toward the eclectic, there’s plenty of choice, and you know that Amara will never let you down in terms of quality.

I have a beautiful Metallic Maple Leaf Stem in champagne silver and a gorgeous Blue Poinsettia – both are pretty large and are perfect for making a grand floral statement!

While I’m talking about Amara, the gorgeous blue and pink gradient Candlestick in the background also came from them –  it’s just so fun and unusual, and of course not forgetting the absolutely bonkers Glittery Cactus – what could be more festive!? 😀

Another great place for decorations is H&M – have you seen their home section? They have loads of home accessories at reasonable prices. I recently picked up this cute little Rabbit Candlestick (you can just see this in front of the cactus) as well as a couple of cute silver and gold Star Tree Decorations.

I also have this fantastic Geo Glass (£14.99 at Root7) – taking inspiration from modern terrariums with a unique angular shape, this gorgeous drinking glass is made from thick hand blown glass, and can also be used to beautifully display your favourite mini plants!

When it comes to kitsch Christmas decorations, Paperchase is definitely where it’s at. If you love anything fun and colourful and just a bit mad you NEED to get on their site. They currently have a 3 for 2 offer on selected Christmas Ornaments, as well as quite a few other offers on. Go on and take a look – trust me you won’t be disappointed!

Also, don’t forget your local supermarket! I think they’re really upping their game this year in terms of Christmas decor. I picked this Glittery Reindeer up from my local Morrisons for only a couple of pounds, and they also had lots of other fun decorations on offer other than the bog standard tinsel and baubles, which was great to see.

And last but not least – I’ve actually been both busy and unwell of late, and I completely forgot I had this gorgeous giant advent calendar rom Niederegger to tuck into, which takes you right through to the 1st January with an assortment of 40 mini marzipan bites, pralines and truffles! If you haven’t heard of Niederegger, they’re a world famous German brand since 1806 who sell luxury marzipan based confectionary and have a famous café in the city of Lubeck. If you’re a fan of marzipan you should check out some of their other offerings at Chocolates Direct and various stockists nationwide.

So what do you think? Do you love fun crazy decor like me, or are you more traditional? I’d love to hear what your Christmas Decor style is, and where you pick your decorations up from?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Interiors: Gucci Launches New Homeware Line – Gucci Décor

Posted on August 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

Though my wallet doesn’t allow it, I’m still a massive fan of high end fashion, especially accessories such as shoes and bags which I can’t get enough of when window shopping – if only I had the money my wardrobe would be full of so many wonderful brands! One of the designers that has caught my eye recently is Gucci, their latest collections are just so amazingly colourful, fun and eclectic, with endless amounts of contrasting prints and colours. The phrase ‘more is more’ definitely applies here.

So when I heard Gucci were unveiling their debut homeware line, Gucci Decor, I couldn’t wait to see what they’d come up with. Described as “an eclectic collection of items with which customers can dress their own spaces.” this collection is everything I’d imagined and more!

I was excited to find out that the designs are inspired by Gucci’s current fashion collections – there’s clashing colours, bold prints, and animal head motifs a-plenty. Gucci Decor’s initial launch includes a wide range of home accessories – there are practical and functional items such as chairs, tables and screens, as well as smaller home accessories including candles, cushions and trays.

As I’m sure you can imagine, these products won’t come cheap – starting from the bottom end of the scale, a candle will cost £150, up to an eye-watering £23,000 for a printed silk screen, gulp! In all seriousness though, I think these prices are pretty much to be expected, as with any high fashion house that offers home decor, you’re paying for the design, quality of materials and of course the name.

Gucci have also created four new scents for their candles and incense products –

  • Inventum – a delicate note of ancient damask rose, blended with voluptuous and distinctive Taif rose.
  • Fumus – the dark and intense scent of birch, mingled with orange leaves and beeswax.
  • Herbosum – the fresh, intense scents of tomato leaves and aromatic plants, mixed with the fragrance of long grass peppered with basil and lemongrass.
  • Esotericum – the bitter aroma of Seville oranges, intricately intertwined with notes of jasmine, leather and salt.

I’m really into scents with orange notes at the moment, so I’m loving the sound of Fumus and Esotericum especially. Hopefully I’ll get to give these a sniff when the range has launched in store.

So what do you think? Will you be treating yourself to anything from the Gucci Decor collection? At the moment I’ll just be lusting after the candles and cushions 🙂

The Gucci Decor collection will be available from September online and in selected stores.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Home & Interiors: Sara Miller London Candles

Posted on May 24, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had any new candles on the blog – I think this is actually the second time this year which is pretty slow going for me! This is also my first introduction to Sara Miller London, a luxury home accessory and gift brand offering sophisticated and elegant designs across a range of products. There’s quite a nice selection available on the site, including greeting cards, gift packaging, home fragrance, tableware, stationery and kitchen textiles.

Enter the enchanting world of Sara Miller London. A luxury brand with a stunning collection of designs which celebrate a love of print, pattern and colour. Sara’s design work has always been influenced by her passion for travel and a love for experiencing different cultures. From the intricate decorative henna work in Jaipur to the sensational Sakura cherry blossom in Japan, Sara loves exploring it all and bringing a piece of this inspiration back to her London studio, where she uses her unique creativity to produce truly beautiful, sophisticated and elegant designs.

I have two candles from the range of eight that are available – the Fig, Vanilla & Cacao Candle has an elegant deep blue frosted glass container with a gold lining specifically added to reflect the light and give a lovely, relaxing glow. It also has the Sara Miller London logo and dainty flower details printed around the container in gold. The fragrance is quite green and fresh, opening with a distinctive note of crisp Fig, leading to a hint of bitter Cacao, which is rounded off nicely with a warm base of Vanilla.

The other candle I have is the Sandalwood, Oud & Cardamom Candle. This has the same design as the above candle (all eight have the same printing) but this is on a light grey frosted glass container. Visually I prefer the Fig, Vanilla & Cacao Candle just because the gold on navy blue container stands out really nicely and looks more appealing to me, but in terms of scent, the Sandalwood, Oud & Cardamom Candle is definitely my favourite. This fragrance opens with fresh and bright notes of Cardamom and sparkling Lemon, leading to a heart of Orange Blossom and a base of deep and rich Sandalwood and Oud. This smells like a high end heady evening fragrance to me – I love it!

I should also mention that Sara Miller London Candles are all hand poured in the UK, and made from only the finest ingredients and purest fragrances, including 100% pure soy wax which gives approximately 60 hours burn time. The candles are packaged well and are presented in high quality boxes, and mine also came in a lovely decorative outer box, which you can see in the background of my photos. This is from the Sara Miller London gift packaging range, which includes lovely bright patterned gift boxes and bags, as well as tissues and tags. If you’re a fan of giving spectacularly high-end packaged gifts, I definitely recommend you check these out.

Sara Miller London Candles are £25.00 each and available now at SaraMiller.London

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Home & Interiors: My Conservatory Makeover (Part 1)

Posted on May 4, 2017

Hi Guys!

Welcome to my first ‘Home and Interiors’ post on TSNC!

When we moved house six months ago now (really, where has the time gone?) one of the main things that attracted me to our new house was the awesome conservatory. It’s bigger than the sitting room and is almost the full width of the house at the back. I envisioned this as my blogging haven, my workspace with sunlight coming in every direction, hopefully helping me to create some fantastic photos…

When we moved in, the conservatory had a horrible old brown carpet that had been there God knows how many years, but was otherwise open and airy, which is exactly what I wanted for my workspace. Clever me forgot to take ‘before’ photos, but I I found a picture online of what the conservatory originally looked like (above). It wasn’t that bad really, just not my style at all. There was lots of brown going on – brown carpet, brown wooden doors, brown windowsill and skirting boards, and it just had quite an old style and feel to it – which just wasn’t me at all.

I knew I wanted a white or near white, clean looking marble finish floor. But could I find marble look vinyl or laminate? No I could not. Apparently it’s not a thing – but I thought it would be really popular. I’d have liked vinyl or laminate just to keep the costs down, but as there was nothing even remotely like what I wanted available, I had to go for marble-look tiles instead.

Like I said, I wanted a light colour in a neutral or cool tone – too dark wouldn’t be right for the overall look I wanted, and too bright white and you’d literally need to wear sunglasses in there. After looking online for a long time, I finally found some tiles I liked! I ordered a couple of different samples from Walls and Floors, and after mulling them over, I ended up going with the Arabescato Veined White Marble Effect Matt Tiles.

As the space is pretty big, the tiles ended up costing £500- and that’s including a Black Friday discount! I waited until the weather got better to arrange the tiler to come over and lay them – and it took him four long days. Apparently they were a bit of a pain because the floor wasnt level, so he had to rectify this while he was laying them. I was SO HAPPY with the outcome I can’t even tell you. It’s exactly like I imagined it would look.

Next, I had to decide on what colour to paint the walls. I’m incredibly indecisive so this process actually took a few weeks. I went with a light peach colour which I had colour matched locally. I thought would complement the tiles well, and keep the look of the room feeling bright and clean.

We then primed and painted all the doors, windowsils and skirting boards so they were white, filled in the hairline cracks in the walls (you can see there were a lot of them) and finally painted the room…

And this is the finished product! (please ignore the dying plant, I was hoping to revive it!) I’m beyond happy with how well it all turned out!

The idea is that this half of the room (above) will be my work space. I also have a large chest of drawers and a few other bits and pieces in the room now too. And the opposite end, will be a play area for Freddy.

I’m hoping to come back with a Conservatory Makeover Part 2 very soon, as I want to add some more bits to Freddy’s area like a small table and a sofa, as well as some decorative items and wall art. I’m also looking to have curtain rails or blinds installed and hopefully some sort of sun protection on the glass ceiling to give the room some shade. So there’s still work to do, but the basis is completed now which is the main thing!

I hope you enjoyed my post – keep your eye out for more home and interior makeovers and features coming up soon! xxx