28 November 2014

FESTIVE FUN AT THE IDEAL HOME SHOW CHRISTMAS

By now you might have guessed that we are super stoked for Christmas – *shhh our tree is arriving today – so when I was offered the chance to attend The Ideal Home Show at Christmas I knew it was going to be fun. Think Interiors meets Christmas meets fake snow and you have a good idea of what it's all about. I headed up to London with F and Fritha for a fun day out and it didn't disappoint.

F could hardly contain his excitement as we approached the entrance to Earls Court, with its Christmas trees, snow machine and Santa in a sleigh – although I was trying to explain that this was Santa's helper stepping in for the day, what with the Lapland trip coming up and all!
Inside we found plenty of Christmas stalls selling their festive wares, carol singers and the smell of cinnamon and mince pies filled the air. After spending ten minutes trying to prise F away from the Ice Skating rink situated in the middle of the show and the stage where Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen was dressing Christmas trees, we managed to have look around and get inspiration from the Christmas Interiors.

I loved their room sets especially the scandinavian theme Lumiere by Mathilde Kubisiask Design with this Kubus candlestick holder which I've had my eye on for a while now as well as this chair *swoon*. As much as I'm a fan of scandinavian interiors I was also drawn to these darker rooms sets which had a touch of luxury to them, and I'm still on a look out for a bar trolley of my own!

What would be your ideal Christmas decor?

*I was sent complimentary tickets to attend The Ideal Home Show Christmas by their sponsor Go Compare.com



27 November 2014

STYLING THE SEASONS // NOVEMBER


When I think of November I think of dark nights closing in, that in-between month which slowly prepares us for the festive season and although I am a huge lover of light spaces, cool greys and minimal design, sometimes you just need warm earthy tones to snuggle down to.

We have two grand fireplaces in the flat, the bedroom with its grey marble is my favourite and the lounge with its mottled pinks and browns not so much, but this month it has come into its own. So to celebrate these spaces, I have dressed both to see which I would prefer.
To my surprise the lounge fireplace won over my heart, I have filled my wire basket with furs and throws, used a hurricane lamp with fairy lights to create warmth in the hearth and winter blooms to add height, oh and my favourite star candle holder from Butlers

To get involved all you need to do is share your photographs of your styled surface on any day this month – use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or your blog, if you have one. Please tag Katy and Charlotte and use the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons. You can also search the hashtag for styling inspiration from the other wonderful bloggers and creatives who are taking part. 

You can check out my October post here. I can't wait to take a peek at your December styling.

CRUSHIN' ON CLARKS SPRING/SUMMER 2015 RANGE

We've always been a firm fan of Clarks in this house, I remember my own parents taking me to have my feet measured as a child and it seems the brand has made an impression on me. It was the first place I trusted to measure and fit F's super cute wriggly toes and foot,  and after buying my most comfiest peep toe heels from Clarks last year I've been won over by their women's range too.

We were in London so we decided to stop by Clarks SS15 press show to see what delights spring had in store and I'm so pleased we did. Across the range the design is set to impress, with playful bright patterns and colours, not to mention these Clarks original Desert Boots in silver *swoon* F was quite taken with them and no doubt these will be his favourite's come spring.
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26 November 2014

PLAYING WITH PATTERN

As much as I love snapping away and editing photographs it's great to get back to pencils and paints and have some fun getting creative. I love printing and have tried my hand at lino printing, screen printing and even the good old fashioned potato print – which F loves to get involved with as it's super easy to do.

So I thought I would have a go at creating a playful design for Direct Blinds 'The next Banksy' competition. I really loved the printed simple leaf motif I used in this post and thought I would recreate it on a mottled baby pink background using watercolour paints, and photoshop to repeat the pattern. I could totally imagine this complimenting a parisian kitchen or scandi-style bedroom with hints of pastels.



If you love patterns then checkout my Pinterest board for some inspiration.









24 November 2014

A CHRISTMAS WREATH WORKSHOP WITH LAURA ASHLEY

Even though it's still November, Christmas is so close that I can almost smell the pine needles and warmed mince pies, and I'm embracing every minute of it. I normally wait until December before I get festive but F has written his letter to Santa – which I'm trying to decipher – and his enthusiasm for all things sparkly is definitely infectious.

So I was super excited when the lovely peeps over at Laura Ashley asked whether I would like to host  a Customise Christmas Wreath workshop with some of my lovely blogging pals; Fritha,  Jessica,  Lottie, AdeleLaura and Laura for some Christmas fun, coffee and a catch up. Perfect!
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WIN A SET OF 12 LUXURY CHRISTMAS DECORATION FROM OCCA-HOME

As I'm feeling super festive and have already eaten stocked up on mince pies, I thought it would be great to spread some Christmas cheer by teaming up with the UK's premier online interior store Occa-Home to give you a chance to win this beautiful pack of luxury decorations to bring a bit of sparkle to your home.



Each of these beautiful glass Christmas baubles are individually made using a traditional mouth-blown technique with glass covered in tin to give them their stunning silver appearance, which will look perfect on your Christmas tree, in a window or hanging from a chandelier.

I can't wait to start decorating our home in time for the festive season and I've already started pinning lots of ideas here. For your chance to win a set of these luxury decorations which retail at £70 all you have to do is enter any/all of the options below for your chance to win. Good luck. x 

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23 November 2014

46/52 • 47/52

"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014."

47/52 F: A whole lot of love for the Paddington Bear Statue in London.
46/52 F: A quick pit stop and chat on the way home from pre-school.

Another week has flown by and once again I'm playing catch up with The 52 Project. I love both of these pics, and even though they're very different in composition and colour, they both show F's cheeky playful side which has kept me company during the past few solo parenting weeks.

Tomorrow I'm flying to Dublin for the very exciting Lovin Dublin event, and although I'm thrilled to be visiting the Emerald Isle, I'm starting to get very nervous about the flight! Fingers crossed it will be smooth and if you're interested in seeing what I'm up to then you can follow me on twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #wildgrizzlytravels and come along for the ride!

Linking in with  The 52 Project.