Christmas Joy

I’m not going to write gift guides or how to decorate your home this festive season.  What I am going to do however is wish you all a very Merry Christmas what ever way you decorate or what ever you buy I’m sure you will have a wonderful time no matter what.

I am looking forward to slowing down, spending precious time with my loved ones and having a thoroughly decadent few days.

Happy Holidays let the festivities begin

Jx

(Images via Pinterest)

A Simple Christmas with Rowen & Wren

It is universally known that I adore Christmas, I don’t peak too early but I do like adding little bits and bobs here and there throughout the month of December, more of a celebration of Winter than the festival itself.  I decided a few years ago to go simple, pare back the baubles and let fairy lights and nature be the stars of the show, along with a few hand made, natural decorations that quietly shine without being too ostentatious.

One of my go to places to source those extra beautiful items are Rowen & Wren, their capsule Christmas collection is just that, hand selected pieces that bring the festive season together in harmony, from champagne flutes to  their antiqued brass Christmas tree stand, a delicious array of candle holders, stunning folk wrapping paper and brass bell garlands.  You will find everything you need to create that home spun simplicity with ease, from table to tree and everything in between.

My tree will be looking resplendent in their tree stand again this year, an investment piece that will be used for many years to come, with recycled glass baubles taking pride of place on the tree’s branches exuding hand made charm.  The table will be set using elder wood slice place mats to add that rustic feel to my table, making my black plates and cutlery stand out amongst the many candles and pine foliage.

I’m even simplifying my wreaths this year, I’m going to use the Benni brass wreath rings, Scandinavian in style with added touches of greenery bound around to create a subtle but effective look to my front door.  On the plus side once the festivities are over I will be able to remove the foliage to compost and use the rings over and over again.

Once all the decorations are in place, the wreath on the door and the lights are all twinkling, I’ll be able to curl up on my sofa after a lovely soak and keep my feet warm wearing the softest alpaca socks by Tom Lane.  There is nothing nicer than lounging around over the holidays in a dressing gown and socks, book and mug of hot chocolate not too far away.  I can feel my shoulders dropping at the thought of it and my feet will thank me for it too.

I know its a couple of weeks away but I simply can’t wait, I’m desperately looking forward to Christmas this year and I hope that, with a little help from Rowen & Wren: a 10% discount code TEAWITHRUBY to use at the checkout valid for a month, so will you.

Jx

  • With thanks to Rowen & Wren for gifting the products for the purpose of the post

Sideboard Sparkle with Out There Interiors

I do love a bit of bling at this time of year, no need to go over the top but a few subtle touches makes all the difference.  I know it is a bit of a diversion from my usual monochrome paired back hues but it is Christmas after all and who can resist a white ceramic pineapple!

Let me introduce you to Out There Interiors, the place to go to get the Christmas look that you are after, be it colour coordinated accessories, retro glam or Nordic chic this on line store has it all.  Their easy to use site guides you to everything you need without the fuss.  You can find that perfect drinks cabinet and ultra stylish champagne glasses to the softest lambskin throws and luxurious cushions to create a cosy corner for these chilly winter days.

I thought I’d add a bit of glamour to my sideboard this year, a few little touches to create a subtle vignette of cool.  Whites with a hint of brass makes quite a statement on my white sideboard and dark blue walls.  The wonderful Too Glam to Give a Damn sign sums me up perfectly and one can never have too many candle holders, these perfect wire conical ones will look fabulous on my Christmas dining table on the big day.  I like creating different heights when it comes to grouping candles so these are an added bonus to my ever growing collection.  Nothing beats candle light at this time of year, creating all the magical sparkle within it’s flames.

It’s definitely not too late to get those last minute interior accessories to make your home even more homely and inviting than it already is, like I said at the beginning of the post who can resist a white ceramic pineapple!

Jx

Styling the Seasons ~ October

October has had a bit of an identity crisis in my house.  The week I planned to take my styling the season images coincided with Christmas and a break to somewhere where the sun shines all the time. So I decided to combine all three things into my post.

The beautiful green gourd is to represent the real season of Autumn, the suitcase for my trip abroad, foliage and decorations represent a natural Christmas for a shoot that took place in my home this week.  

It was rather strange taking down Autumn displays to replace them with an abundance of wintery foliage and seasonal makes for a photo shoot.  My living room slowly turned into a beautiful grotto.  One of my favourite decorations that I used where the stunning origami stars by Origami Est I can’t wait to get them back out in a few weeks time when Christmas really happens.  Then in a flash I was dismantling it all again and putting the mini pumpkins back.

Onto the suitcase, yes I’m on my travels again at the weekend, flying out to Dubai for a family birthday, yes I know totally craziness, a place I never ever thought I would visit but one couldn’t say no.  An experience to add to those little life adventures that we weave.

So this wonderfully busy week in an super busy October got a little mashed together and definitely kept me on my toes.   Coffee has kept me going and it tastes even better in my mountain ceramic mug from The Future Kept a little treat to myself for no reason what so ever other than I’ve hankered after one for an age.

Right off to pack my suitcase (am I the only one who really doesn’t enjoy this part?)

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