27 November 2015


Scandinavian Christmas #notjusttinsel Not on the high street
Scandinavian Christmas #notjusttinsel Not on the high street
It's official! I'm full of festive cheer, it's hard not to be when you have a kiddo referring to it six times a day. Each year we take care in unpacking the baubles and trinkets, ready to create a cosy haven at home, this month however, I've decided to create a different look, one of cool greys, touches of gold and the cosiness of home.This year I'm celebrating a Scandinavian Christmas with style. 

It's easy to get exhausted just thinking of everything December brings with packed crowds, heaving shops and endless choices. So when Not on the High Street asked me to take part in their #NotJustTinsel styling Christmas Campaign I was thrilled *hello dream collboration* to channel my inner Christmas calm by designing a Pinterest board inspired by their seasonal products, and to see if I could recreate my Scandinavian Christmas at home.

From stylish mantles, creative gift wrap, cosy kitchen moments to the main event, Not On The High Street has everything you need to bring Hygge into the home.

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I love styling my mantle to suit the season, especially when creating a Scandinavian inspired space. Forget the tinsel, instead try this beautiful Courage Dear Heart print with these stunning outdoor LED light garland that offers a striking alternative to fairy lights. The metallic print works perfectly with this delicate Gold Leaf Dish, keeping all my jewellery safe in style and if you want to add a bit of green or a touch of red to your display, this Clear Glass Carboy Vase is perfect and makes a great table centre piece too.

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While thinking of ways to style my mantle, I headed out and stocked up on some Christmas treats and used this chic scandi grey shopper to keep the plastic at bay. Also I love this super quick plum pastry recipe – post on that soon – tasty and easy to make, served on this Hexagonal Chop & Serve board and pink geometric tea towel it's great for sharing with friends.

Scandinavian Christmas #notjusttinsel Not on the high streetIf you want to avoid the garish wrap under the tree, then why not swap them with the soft greys and natural tones loved by our Swedish neighbours, to create a pretty parcel to pass from under the tree or swap over dinner with friends. You can use these hand carved stamps to design your own Christmas paper. This traditional wrapping set is a great way to take the stress out of getting present ready.

scandinavian christmas #notjusttinsel not on the highs street wrapping paperSitting around the table with friends and family is the best way to spend the holidays and I love entertaining! I really wanted to create a Scandinavian Christmas at home and what better way then to make a beautiful table using the soft greys, gold and beautiful ceramics. These cute festive cookies make great place settings and are tasty too.  

scandinavian christmas #notjusttinsel not on the highs street
scandinavian christmas #notjusttinsel not on the highs street scandinavian christmas #notjusttinsel not on the highs street Scandinavian Christmas #notjusttinsel Not on the high street
scandinavian christmas #notjusttinsel not on the highs street
I love all the elements that make this table work: the candles, the ceramics, the greys, the geometric prints and wooden touches. You can shop the look here: Glass and Copper Carafe, Scandi Block House Candle Holder, Ori Folded Ceramic Vase, Personalised Ceramic Plate, Gold Plated Cutlery Set, Hexagon Shaped Brass Candle Holder, Spatter Ceramic Plate, Gold Star Tray.
Scandinavian Christmas #notjusttinsel Not on the high street
Scandinavian Christmas #notjusttinsel Not on the high street
As well as pulling together my dream Scandinavian Christmas at home, I've also created a Pinterest board full of further inspiration. I love the cool tones and I can't wait to get my DIY on and try my hand at a star garland for December. 

Do you love decorating the house for Christmas? What's your favourite style?

*This post is written in collaboration with Not On The High Street. All words, images and thoughts are my own.

25 November 2015


friendsgiving dinner in style
Ok so technically I'm not American and I don't celebrate Thanks Giving, but I am always up for a good party and after recently seeing the phrase Friendsgiving being thrown around the Internet, I thought it would be fun to put together a little interior inspiration to host a dream dinner party.

Yep just think of it, a beautifully laid table, cocktails flowing, dreamy lighting and maybe a celebrity or two thrown in for good measure, oh I can imagine it now. I love the idea of adopting the this national holiday, not for its traditional sense but for a time to come together with friends and appreciate all the love around the table *cue the violins*.

I love the idea of a loft apartment with beautiful high ceilings and grey herringbones floors over looking the rooftops of Paris. Perfect place for a soiree.
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I think a dark moody interior would look stylish with touches of gold, perfect for an intimate dinner party. I love these gold menus as a personal touch.

friendsgiving dinner in style  #comedinewithFV

Bringing in muted flowers and botanical greens would add a touch of warmth to a dinner party like this. Think grey candles, gold finishes, glitter – obviously – and splashes of colour in the cocktails and canap├ęs served.

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I do love a bit of Ercol so this dining table would work well, especially if teamed with long stools or perhaps some metallic chairs to compliment the design.

friendsgiving dinner in style  #comedinewithFV

Who would be on the guest list? Well it would be a tough time choosing celebrities to grace a table filled with friends, but I've narrowed in down to David Bowie due to his sheer amazingness, David Lynch as it would be incredible to meet a man with such creativity – hello Twin Peaks!! – and style icon Jane Birkin, who would have some delicious stories to to tell over cocktails.

friendsgiving dinner in style  #comedinewithFV
What do you think? Would you host a Friendsgiving party? Do your prefer a moody winter interior or a light and spacious dining experience? You can check out my Friendsgiving Pinterest Board for more inspiration.

Furniture Village are currently running a #ComeDinewithFV campaign where you can design a Pinterest board of your dream dinner party, complete with celebrity guests, to be in with a chance to win the Emily dining table and crossback chairs worth over £1600.

*This is a collaborative post.


Monsoon spring summer 2016 press day

Last week I was excited to head to London for a full fun packed day visiting press shows and a fab Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea at the OXO tower with the lovely peeps from Pinterest. With a whole day of busy ahead, I navigated the bustling streets to visit the Monsoon and Accessorize Spring Summer 2016 press day, highlighting the trends for next years warmer seasons.

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Held at the Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery, the the space was dressed with lush botanical greens, huge photo boards, cool paper cut-outs and pops of neon and gold metallic foil. The range sees lots of boho inspired embroidered pieces, soft denims, structured skirts and stunning evening wear, while continuing with the popular khaki and neon trend that graced the runway in 2015.

How swoon worthy are these two denim looks, casual, chic and perfect for spring.
Monsoon spring summer 2016 press dayAlthough I don't tend to wear brown and earthy tones, I really love the simplicity of this look, combining the Kelly Military Shirt and Solange Suede skirt for a sophisticated yet casual style. I've  teamed this up with these beautiful stacking ring set and semi-precious cluster pendant which will hit the high street in December.

Monsoon spring summer 2016 press day

Monsoon is known for its glamour and it didn't disappoint with these stunning flowing dresses and structured skirts in beautiful candy colours and contrasting monochrome style, which will be in stores late spring. I really love the pink Tilly Striped Skirt and beautiful flowing Ayanna Dress, I can imagine wandering along the Italian lakes, eating gelato and attending glittering parties abroad with these beauties *swoon*.
Monsoon spring summer 2016 press day

As well as checking out the fab range from Accessorize, I got the chance to have my own leather clutch monogrammed with beautiful gold foil initials by the lovely people at Monsoon. I can't wait to take out for party season! 

Monsoon spring summer 2016 press day

I can't wait to see some of these looks hitting the stores in 2016 and if you're looking a little black dress for your Christmas party, Monsoon have a fab range online now. How gorgeous is this black Carla Tunic Dress

*Thanks to Monsoon & Accessorize for a lovely morning with beautiful clothes. 

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