Aerende // Style with Meaning

I have a passion for beautiful well made homewares, simple hand crafted items that not only are useful but beautifully tactile and are a hard working addition to my home.  Over the past year or so I have been consolidating our possessions to create a well rounded selection that not only pleases us but makes us feel good about how they were made and where they came from.

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I happened to make friends with Emily Mathieson, a former travel editor for The Guardian, Condé Nast Traveller and Red and also the founder of Aerende (a-ren-day) through instagram.  A visual place where like minded folk can connect and support each other on a daily basis.   It has been a privilege to watch this young online store grow and flourish as it should, selling beautiful products for your home all made in the UK by people facing social challenges.  It is a special place where you will find a well curated range of carefully crafted products created by makers who are unable to access or maintain conventional employment.

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One of the reasons behind Emily taking this journey was through the lack of high-quality options in the ethical interiors sector.  Starting her on a journey to create a model for considerate, socially valuable shopping that does not compromise on quality or style.

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Aerende is an old English word meaning care and was chosen to reflect our commitment to heritage skills and British-made items.  Emily believes in the power of consumers to affect social change as do I.  The tag of ‘life-improving homewares’ reflects the commitment to sourcing unique, limited-edition products that not only will bring joy, beauty and utility to Aerende customers but a sense of purpose, pride and revenue to the talented makers, via the charities and social enterprises that support them.

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I think you all know by now my love of ceramics and the selection that Aerende supply are simply beautiful.  They are made in a pottery called The Grange in Gloucestershire through the national charity Camphill Village Trust who help people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other special needs to live meaningful lives in supported communities.

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Everything you see and purchase from the soy candles through to the natural wool blankets are made by someone facing social challenges.  Linens hand finished by women refugees who have survived trafficking, soy wax candles made in Wales by people with learning difficulties,  hand carved wooden spoons by adults with mental health issues.

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I think in the current climate that we are currently living in we all  need to make small changes, ones that will make a difference and by supporting a business like Aerende is a very good place to start.  To show solidarity, support and unite, banishing stigma and prejudice with every purchase.  Not only are we helping a cause that I am deeply passionate about we are coming together as a people to create happiness and strength with those who need it most.   The homewares in this wonderful store will make your home that little bit more unique and special.

Another couple of great articles featuring Emily and Aerende are here and here, the more we shout, the louder we get, the more chance we have of getting heard.

  • With thanks to Aerende for which this post would not be possible

 

 

 

 

A Mid Century Modern Collection

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I like the way my living room flows at the moment but this could change in the future as I’ve been seduced by the new mid century modern collection from Rose & Grey.  Elegance is definitely a word you would use to describe this very well curated set of furniture.

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The pared back designs are far from being a new concept, on the contrary, they are a timeless classic based on a mid century Polish design by Jozef Chierowski in 1962.  This new up to date version was discovered at a trade fair last year and are still manufactured in Poland by 366 Concept who have stayed true to the original designs but made them more feasible for our lives today.  Rose & Grey knew instantly that they had to stock them and are currently one of only 2 stockists in the UK.

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These versatile pieces of furniture are chameleon like and adapt into many interior schemes whether you go for the full ensemble of the two seater, chairs and coffee table or an individual piece which will blend seamlessly with your existing furniture.

The two different designs blend together well so can be mixed and matched with ease.  The Jozef Chierowski 366 range is available as a two seater, easy chair and rocking chair.  The H .Lis Fox design comes as an easy chair, a rocking chair and a foot stool.  Both ranges have a selection of coffee tables to compliment their style.

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These beautiful pieces of furniture are all new and made to order within a 4 -6 week time frame in a stunning selection of fabrics from denim, velvet or my favourite wool in a myriad of colours.  For those wanting to make a splash there is a choice of bright chilli pepper red and sky blue but for the  more discerning are the more muted tones of classic grey and black wool.  Another way to make a splash is to mix and match the colour ways creating an interesting focal point in your room.

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The sleek wooden frames give the pieces elegance, rather than their bulky fabric cousins. The design lets light flow around the room; you are able to  see underneath each piece revealing the floor, which creates the sense of more space.

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I most certainly have my eye on the H. Lis Fox rocking chair in grey black wool, it would work in my living room rather well and I also know it would be fought over to who was going to sit in it first!

  • With thanks to Rose & Grey for providing the promotional images for this post

 

Monochrome Wonders

I do love a good rug, large and pleasing to the eye bringing everything in the room together making it all gel, I think that a room can look a bit lost without one.  It also has to be soft under your feet, one that you can sink your toes into and relax after a long day.

If I were to be asked to choose one rug to own for the rest of my days I definitely know which one would win.  The Beni Ourain rug has my heart, the beautiful hand made monochrome hatch designs are perfect and timeless. The very nature of the black and white design seamlessly blend with a myriad of styled interiors, minimal and contemporary through to maximalist colourful eclectic spaces.

I’ve had the great pleasure of being able to sample one of these stunning rugs as an introducion to Tate & Darby who officially launch their on line store this Summer but are open for business if anything catches your eye.

Henny Tate and Kirsty Darby are passionate about rugs, well not any old rug but ones that they source from Morocco.  They fell in love with the brightly coloured versions of the usually more muted Beni Ourain rugs on a trip to Marrakech.  They brought a few home to sell at a pop up shop they had organised, the rugs sold so well that they went back for more and so the idea for the Tate & Darby was born.

They both have backgrounds in design and the decorative arts and have found that buying and designing rugs satisfies that creative urge and fits around their busy family lives very well.

All of the Tate & Darby Beni Ourain rugs are hand made in 100% wool by womens co-operatives in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  Each rug tells a story by the person who made it,  they are perhaps the most beautiful, comfortable and practical rugs around, Henny and Kirsty still marvel at the work that goes into them. Every effort is made to keep their business as sustainable as possible, they don’t want to leave a footprint but do want to encourage a hand print.

Henny and Kirsty believe that a rug has a way of transforming a space, creating atmosphere and by reworking traditional designs into contemporary styles make them all the more accessible for our homes. Tate & Darby offer a bespoke service too, if you can’t quite find the right look they are more than happy to help and of course they love to chat rugs!

One of the things I love about these artisan rugs is their versatility, most of us think of the Beni Ourain being that of a black and white weave but the bright neon colour ways that Tate & Darby offer are so very different and extremely versatile. I know there’s a certain young lady in my house that would kill for a neon pink version in her bedroom!

So now you don’t have to book a flight, hotel and go to Morocco to barter for that sought after rug as Tate & Darby have done all the hard work for you.

  •  With thanks to Tate & Darby for the loan of this stunning rug for the purpose of this post

 

 

Wood & Time = JORD

I haven’t worn a watch in a long time and to be honest with you I don’t really know why.  I think it’s maybe due to being at home most of the time with clocks all around and of course these days permanently near my mobile phone.   These reasons why are rather weak and I have just got used to not having one but this is now going to change.  Let me introduce you to Frankie, the most beautifully crafted, tactile, textured time piece I have ever seen.  It’s not only a watch but a piece of nature that you can wear, an added part of my collection that I will wear and wear, not only because it tells the time but for it’s aesthetic rustic beauty.  I think I would be rather lost without it now.

Within our busy lives we don’t often take the time to stop and enjoy the little things, I think you are all aware by now of my love of the seasons, paring back and taking things slower trying to create peaceful moments in my life.  Having things around me that are not only pleasing but useful, not mass produced and wasteful.  Owning one of these exceptional wood watches from JORD fits perfectly with the way I want to live.

“The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.”

Simple words that make so much sense to me, so it is a joy to be able to pair Frankie with my chunky winter knits that make me feel cosy and warm, the deep graining of the zebrawood and its navy blue minimalist face work so well with my capsule wardrobe of greys and black.  A timeless classic not a passing phase.

So if you too would like to own such a watch that is not only sustainable, efficient and damn right good looking JORD are offering you a unique giveaway, all you need to do to enter is click here.   One person will win a $100 gift code to use on the JORD site but everyone will receive a consolation code worth $25.00.  (This giveaway will close on the 19th Feb 2017 at 11:59pm both codes will expire on the 30th April 2017).

Worth an entry don’t you think?

  •  With thanks to JORD for gifting the Frankie watch without which this post would not be possible

Soak & Sleep

There is nothing nicer than getting into a freshly made bed, the only thing that can top this is if it’s brand spanking new bedding.  Soft to the touch, cocooning, dream inducing slumber under relaxed cotton.   I think I like being in my bed longer than most, I can’t wait for weekends to arrive so that coffee and books are devoured there, all cosy and comfy wrapped in layers of duvet, pillows and blankets.

I like creating different moods in our bedroom too especially at this time of year.  Mixing it up a little, pairing darker colours and layers to suit these cold winters days.  The light is diffused as our room faces east, we get the morning sun but in the afternoon is takes on a cooler hue so darker bedding makes it feel more snug than bright white at this time of the year.

Of late I have become a linen convert,  I simply like the laid back texture of it, the warmth it brings when cold and the cooling nature of it’s natural fibres when it is warm.  So when Soak & Sleep asked me to try their new range of relaxed cotton bedding I was intrigued to see if this bedding feels and looks like it’s sophisticated cousin linen.

Well I am not disappointed, this pre washed cotton takes on a super soft and relaxed feel just like linen, it’s pure crumpled heaven and I love it.  To give it that contemporary edge I have used contrasting colours of a dark grey duvet cover adding midnight blue for the fitted sheet and two of the pillows giving the bedding more depth.  The range also comes in lilac heather a beautiful rich colour that works perfectly with both the grey and blue.

Another bonus is that it washes very well and looks better for not being ironed, perfect if you want that slightly crumpled look that works so well when layered up with blankets and throws, embrace the imperfections and relax in this exquisite bedding.

I’m going to be hard pressed to take it off now, weekends are going to be even more cosy than before, I think I might need to get another set to compensate, I am totally converted and the price for a set is very amenable indeed, thank you Soak & Sleep.

 

Winter Hues

It’s mid January, not a month I particularly cherish once the Christmas holiday glow subsides I find it hard to get motivated but I’m also not one to start mentioning Spring right now either.  I want to find peace with the darkest days of Winter before looking toward the light and warmth that Spring brings.

I try and find ways to embrace the grey skies and bleak corners, making moments of magic and enjoyment when I can.  Warming food that nurtures and drinks that warm your belly.  Setting the table for evening meals with lovely cutlery and special ceramics to beat the Winter blues.  Layer the sofa and your bed with throws, blankets, sheepskins to keep you warm and cosy.  Fill your wardrobe with tactile knits and scarves, chunky socks and boots to keep you as snug as your home.

Match your interior palette with that of nature, subtle hues of greys, deep blues and off whites making for a perfect winter home.   Immerse yourself in good books, interior books being my weakness, make plans for the coming months through the dark evenings.   Most importantly use this time to sleep, I find it the most therapeutic thing to do, I go to bed early in the Winter a slight hibernation of sorts as if I’m recharging, catching up, letting myself just be.

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The Simple Tap

January is a bit of a dark winter month, a little bit far away from spring to really start feeling the change of season.  The benefit that January has is being able to plan, as the evenings are dark there is nothing nicer than setting your goals for the year be it personal ones or impending home improvements.

Being able to happily make mood boards of how you want your new space to look, creating pull out lists of beautiful materials, fixtures and fittings.  Then finding the equivalent high end design at the fraction of the cost is even more exhilarating.

I’m not in need of renovating my kitchen at home at the moment as it works well, its functional and serves our needs.  The design fits our home but if I were to have the urge to change and replace I think it would definitely err towards sleek and minimal, clean lines and everything in it’s place.   With this kind of design you need to really consider the position of your sink and kitchen taps.   Symmetry, unfussy and modern,  nothing too ostentatious or country cottage, simple designs that look like a piece of well considered furniture.

Brushed steel, chrome, matt black, copper, slubby gold all of these finishes would work perfectly in a pared back scheme. Where sleek cabinetry blends into the background by using a subtle colour palette, letting the taps take centre stage.

Practicality is always a good thing, having a swish tap that looks good but doesn’t work so well is a bit of a disaster.  Choosing a tap that has a pull out spray head that is hidden when not in use is a perfect example such as these Hansgrohe taps.  Single lever mixer taps work beautifully, the design of Grohe taps are elegant with no fuss. A perfect extravagance would to maybe invest in a  boiling water tap so there is no need to have a kettle on display for instance.

If you like the streamlined look and are planning on a kitchen makeover take a look at my pinterest page dedicated to well designed spaces.

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  • This post was written in collaboration with Superbath

 

Coffee on the Go

I think you are all aware that I do love a good cup of coffee, my day always starts with a slow cup savouring the moment before the day starts be it a busy work one or a hunker down at home kind.

During the Christmas break we took it easy, lots of sleep, taking time to connect again after a hectic few weeks leading up to the holidays.  We didn’t stay asleep all the time, we enjoyed being outside but on our own terms and timescale in the fresh air.  Long walks in the woods and by the sea were high on our list of family time.

What added to these trips outdoors was taking my coffee with me thanks to 24Bottles.  This beautifully designed sleek insulated bottle is genius not only does it look good, it works amazingly well.  This stainless steel double-walled Thermo Bottle will keep your drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 which is pretty cool don’t you think?  It’s also light weight and compact so doesn’t feel like a chore carrying it around.  So no more lugging large flasks around that leak in your handbag!

The beauty of these ingenious bottles is that they are environmentally friendly too, 24Bottles is the Italian design brand born in 2013, their mission was to unburden the planet from disposable plastic bottles, providing a collection of carefully designed, high-quality, easy-to-carry, sustainable stainless steel solutions for your daily hydration on the go.

They believe that good design can change things for the better and can help people improve their health and quality of life as well as their look, in an environmentally friendly way.

All huge ticks in my book, no more will I need to buy bottles of water to take on work journeys or when I exercise and these well designed bottles look rather stylish too don’t you think?

New Year Wishes

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For now though I shall immerse myself in the last day of fairy lights and tinsel, champagne and naughty treats.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year may it be all that your heart wishes it to be.

It’s Here

The winter solstice has just passed, time to embrace these darker days, enjoy the quiet moments that they bring and to reflect on the year that has passed. Slow mornings spent curled under the duvet just a little bit longer, coffee in hand.  Preparing treats and planning for the big feast on Christmas Day.  Lingering longer at the table lit by candle light, all these precious simple things fill me with joy.

Now it’s time for me to wish you all a Merry Christmas I hope that your’s will be filled with the simplicity and thoughtfulness that this wondrous season brings.

White Luxury

I was recently set a challenge by Sainsbury’s to live with some of their everyday luxury products and review my findings.  To me it was perfect timing what with Christmas approaching fast, to renew and refresh my guest bedroom essentials for welcoming guests over the festive season and to be organised for the odd impromptu visits that sometimes occur.

Creating a home away from home environment when we have guests to stay is a priority and a pleasure.  Fresh cotton sheets that match, plump duvet and pillows and a set of fluffy towels.  There is nothing worse than an unloved space to stay in, a little bit of time and effort makes all the difference.

To create that perfect nights sleep Sainsbury’s duvet and pillows are luxurious with pure cotton covers filled with goose feather and down fillers, both soft and light, making your night’s sleep warm and cosy.

I love nothing more than pure white bedding, it makes a guest room inviting, especially if you layer well with cushions and throws, giving the room that indulgent feel.  The Everyday Luxury collection most certainly falls into this category, made from the finest quality Egyptian cotton with a high thread count which becomes softer and more luxurious after every wash.   It is most certainly soft and comfortable and with the addition of a textured white throw placed at the end of the bed for when you get a little chilly makes for the most heavenly setting.

Classic white fluffy towels are a must for your guest, make sure you have a range from large bath towel down to a hand towel.   These towels from the home collection are made from fine Eygptian cotton hygro.  Hygro is a marvellous technology that ensures the towels are thicker and softer than normal without being bulky or heavy.  I can honestly say they are the fluffiest, softest towels I have ever owned, there is nothing nicer than snuggling up in a soft towel after a relaxing soak in the tub.

The finishing touches to any guest room is to make the space look inviting and homely.  Placing fresh flowers and reading material on the bedside.  A beautiful scented candle if your guest want to retire early to read a while in the glow of candle light.  Arrange some hangers so clothes can be stored neatly.  Leave a fresh jug of water and tumblers and a dedicated space for toiletries.

All these details make for a pleasant stay and I can whole heartedly say that the Sainsbury’s Everyday Luxury range will do the job excellently.  Good quality, high end products at better than high street prices is quite remarkable.

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With thanks to Sainsbury’s for providing the items reviewed in this post #SainsburysHome

 

 

Kind for Dogs

I know before you all say ‘but you don’t have a dog’ there is logic behind my madness.   I know it is true I don’t own a dog but I do know many friends that do and I am exceedingly passionate about good design.  That’s were Kind for Dogs comes in, this new Finnish Lifestyle Brand offer the best of both worlds, whether your family has a dog or not. The simple Nordic style is prevalent in their designs all in a muted colour palette of linens, leather and ceramics not a naff gawdy dog print in sight.

Maarit the founder of Kind describes the ethos and values behind this very unique lifestyle brand perfectly below;

“Any dog lover will know that dogs are an important part of the family. However, we’ve noticed that when it comes to interior décor, man’s best friend is often forgotten. This thinking gave birth to an idea of new Finnish lifestyle brand for dog owners and dogs. 

Today at Kind, we aim to bring sustainable Nordic style to your home, always with your pet’s comfort in mind. Our collection consists of functional yet stylish dog accessories and home decor. Our product design is clean and Nordic, so that any style-conscious dog owner can enjoy it.

From the start, it was important that Kind’s products should stand the test of time, and not become scruffy in use. This principle still guides every decision in the design process. Our collection combines the needs of your dog with clean Nordic design. Our harmonious colour palette is inspired by nature, making our dog beds so beautiful that they will fit right in with your interior décor. No more hiding your dog’s things in the laundry room.

 

At Kind, we aim to make products that are functional and simplistically beautiful. Dogs remind us of how important it is to stay in touch with nature, so we use many high-quality natural materials, like linen, cotton, and vegetable tanned leather.

 

 This high quality design lead store is a joy, set out in clear categories , At Home, Going Out and For the Owner.  Each one with specific items for that exact purpose.  Practical dog beds that blend seamlessly into your interior and the most beautiful ceramic dog bowls that if you weren’t using for your dog’s meals wouldn’t look out of place on your own table.  Handmade leather dog collars and leads that age beautifully with time and wear. Then finally there is their home wares category, yes you can use the linen waffle towels for cleaning your dog after long walk but they work equally well as useful towels in your home.  Also minimalist linen pillow covers bringing the whole clean lined Nordic style together, creating a stylish interior for your home whether you own a dog or not.

Kind for dogs generously sent me some of their linen products to try in my own home and they work very well indeed, of course how could I not like linen waffle towels and linen pillow covers.  They are an essential part of my home interiors and work seamlessly with my decor.

So I urge you to go and take a look, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, I was thinking maybe a Christmas gift for the dog lover in your family, if you make a purchase you can receive a 10% discount with your order using the code KIND16.

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  •  With many thanks to Kind for Dogs for gifting the items in this post

Warm & Bright

This is an image I never thought I would be taking, one of a fire sitting on my hearth but lo and behold here one is.  We live in a smoke free zone in a 1980’s build, when we moved in 13 years ago we inherited with a grotty electric fire that we never used and covered up.  The fire surround is still not to my liking but I having just replaced the horrid tiles that were there before, the surround will have to stay a little longer until we decide what to do.  We are thinking a big solid oak beam would look good as I can’t live without a mantle, where on earth would I put all my candles!

This ingenious fire is  free standing and runs using bioethanol by imaginfires, I am so impressed with the whole ethos behind these clever fires and they look pretty good too.

Here comes the clever stuff, you don’t need a flue or chimney to use a bioethanol fire as they don’t emit any smoke, making them environmentally friendly, clean and can be used in smoke controlled zones.  The fuel burns with a 98% efficiency rate meaning you get no nasty residue to clean.   The biofires give off real heat, no artificial flames, you can also adjust the flame size and heat output if your room gets too toasty.  No gas or electricity sources needed either just the bioethanol fuel.

So bioethanol, what is it?  This fuel is a renewable energy source produced by a sugar fermentation process.  The sugar comes from renewable crops such as corn, maize and wheat which create a much lower carbon footprint than fossil fuels.

For someone who thought moving house would be the only way to get a fire this simple stylish fire has made me very happy.  To be able to light it with no mess just as easy as lighting a candle and have it warm the room with it’s flickering flames has been magical.  Even better it has arrived in perfect time as the nights are drawing in and the evenings getting colder.  It has made our living room so cosy that we find it hard leaving the sofa!

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With thanks to imaginfires for providing the Bredon Fire without whom this post would not be possible.

 

Monochrome & Geometric

Some things I know I will never tire of, beautiful tiles, especially ones that are geometric and monochrome.  The trend continues and I don’t think it will fade any time soon, they are a classic and will add an air of luxury in any space big or small.  I am always drawn to the pared back muted tones of black and white and all the subtly beautiful hues of grey in between.  From the clothes that hang in my wardrobe to the décor in my home this colour palette is most definitely the one for me.

So when I came across these stunning tiles by Laura Ashley my heart skipped a beat.  The Heritage Collection is a collaboration with British Ceramics and they are simply perfect.   The ceramic feature floor tiles come in two unique patterns and colour ways, Wicker and Mr Jones, charcoal and dove grey in both.  This sophisticated geometric style would bring such a distinctive look to any room you chose to use them in be it a kitchen or bathroom floor.  Or if you are like me and don’t have the space to do a full tile refit with large tiles but can’t resist owning one or two because of their striking pattern you’ll come up with inventive ways to give these tiles a new purpose in your home.

Using a tile other than its purpose is fun and resourceful.  These large square tiles look amazing used as boards on your dining table, placing one or two (if you have a large table) down the centre as serving boards, or they would make the most stylish cheese platter.  They would look equally as effective as the centre piece to a well styled table setting filled with candles and greenery.   Place one by the side of your cooker to hold all the necessary utensils and condiments you need when cooking a meal.  You could also have a tile as a feature on your footstool or coffee table in the lounge, a perfect place to put your hot drinks or glasses of champagne and nibbles when having a party.  Of course, they work very well in a bathroom, as tiles on the floor or maybe placed as a splashback or a stylish way to display your favourite bathroom essentials.

If you are lucky enough to have to space to use them en mass in a room scheme let the monochrome patterns on these tiles speak for themselves, they don’t need fussy surroundings, by keeping other elements simple you will be rewarded with a very classic look.  Keeping the fabric and paint choices within the spectrum using linen fabrics and matt grey paints, mixing and matching to create different vignettes with each tile.   Laura Ashley’s choice of fabric and paint is always excellent, the ones I have matched the tiles with here are, Bacall charcoal and Dalton pale natural fabric, Dove Grey and Steel water based matt paint which bring the tonal variations of grey together cohesively.

An easy way to make sure you are going in the right direction is to look outside to nature.  The tonal elements between a stormy sky, sea and rock for instance or the patina of metal and weathered wood.

On that note I think it’s fair to say that my love affair with all things monochrome, geometric and ceramic will never fade.

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With thanks to Laura Ashley for providing the materials for this post.

 

The Perfect Night In

As Winter approaches I like nothing better than staying in, no plans made, nowhere to go and I couldn’t be happier.   Don’t get me wrong I do love getting glammed up every now and again, high heels on, glass of fizz in hand, creeping back in in the small hours. Then sometimes after a busy week you long to recharge, shut the laptop, turn off the phone and just savour those precious moments at home.

I don’t need to give you hints or tips as to how to do it, I think we all  have our favourite ways of unwinding and making the most of our down but these are a few of the things that I find irresistible to me.  When I get the chance to do more than one of these rituals together then I have succeeded in creating the perfect night in.

As the day draws in I like nothing better than to light many candles.  The warm glow creates the perfect atmosphere to start relaxing.  Light the fire, put the kettle on and curl up in your favourite chair with those books you’ve been meaning to read for a while and haven’t quite got around to yet.  I also like indulging  and losing myself in a good film, wrapped up in blankets on the sofa, movie night is another way to escape, to drift off into another world for a while you simply can’t beat it.

Whilst you are in no rush there is nothing nicer than to draw a warm scent filled bath, to soak away those knots, breathe deeper and slower while immersed in the warm water.   Fill the room with candle light, maybe enjoy a good glass of wine and stay there until your fingers get all wrinkly.

Something that my husband and I like to do is cook, through the week evening meals can be quick and rushed as we all do our daily tasks, homework to be completed, clubs to go to, meetings to attend.  On one of those rare evenings that it is just the two of us, there is nothing more satisfying than to make a meal together, taking our time preparing, laying a table, talking about the day, creating new plans without any time constraints.

Then my all time favourite of all favourites for a perfect night in is to get into bed ridiculously early.  Comfy and cosy, fresh bedlinen, books and magazines at the ready, blankets to snuggle up in and a warming cup of tea.  Truly it doesn’t get any better than the cocooning sanctuary that is the duvet.  To be able to fall asleep when relaxed and rested, enjoying a good nights sleep and to wake refreshed and renewed, there is nothing that can top that, not in my book.

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This post was inspired by National Sleep Comfort Month and the online mattress company Leesa