Styling a sideboard

When going through the process of planning and decorating a space I usually keep the following four aspects in mind: the flow of the room, the proportion of the furniture in the space, the alignment of the decorative items and the aesthetic – what colours, textures, etc.

I would divide the process of styling a space as follow:

Step 1 – Proportion and usage

  • Can the furniture do/store what I need?
  • Are the pieces of furniture the right size for this space?
  • Does anything look too small or, worse, too big?

Step 2 – Aesthetic

  • What colours and textures do I like and want in the space?
  • How many decorative items do I need to source?
  • What is the main art piece I want to feature in that space?

Step 3 – Flow

  • Is the furniture in the most suitable place?
  • Does the room feel open and easily navigable?
  • Does everything feel cohesive?

Step 4 – Alignment

  • Is all the wall art aligned properly? Not too high? Not too low?
  • Are the decorative items placed so everything feels balanced and not too symmetrical?

I very often visit a space and the furniture is just too big or too dark or the sofa has been angled so it completely closes the room and makes it feel smaller. I think a lot of people consider each item individually – “Oh, I like that sofa!”, “That poster is pretty cool”, “I really need a bookshelf” – not thinking of the bigger picture.

So today I thought I would use the example of a sideboard to explain how I think of all four aspects when styling a space. This is a fairly contained area but I use the same principles for all scale projects, big or small!

Ikea sideboard and vintage maps in living-room

We needed some space to store some of our serving plates, glasses, and tableware in our open plan living-room. A sideboard was the obvious choice and I knew I wanted something contemporary, light and functional.

Our space is big, but the ceilings in that section of the room are low. We needed a sideboard that was long enough to fit everything and be noticeable, yet low enough that it wouldn’t make the ceiling height seems even lower. I also wanted a sideboard with narrow legs to bring some lightness and stay away from anything looking too chunky. So we settled for this Ikea now-discontinued sideboard (similar Ikea sideboard) which is big enough to store most things, low enough and budget-friendly!

Proportion and usage – Check!

As I mentioned above, I wanted to create a contemporary and light space, and I knew I wanted a ‘Scandinavian meet mid-century modern’ vibe. With that in mind, I went for an oak sideboard to bring in the Scandinavian warmth. I also wanted to hang a vintage France map I already had, and this item dictated the colours for this space.

Conran for M&S table lamp on Ikea sideboard

To bring the mid-century modern vibe I found this Conran for M&S lamp (old collection) which matched the colour palette of the map.

The size of the sideboard, the lamp and the map where my creative guides which dictated what other items I needed to source. I looked for a vintage UK map to mirror the France one. It created a symbolic interior moment for us, as I am French and Andrew is British. I also looked for small trinkets to dress the sideboard.

Debenhams white stag head

Sometimes in the process, an item will find you though. This was the case with the white stag head (similar). I was not looking for it, it found me, at Debenhams in Westfield London to be precise. I saw it, I needed it, I bought it, and it couldn’t have fit better into that space. Plus, there are deer in the Nordic countries right? So it was perfect for my Scandinavian vibe!

Aesthetic – Check!

Ikea sideboard and vintage maps in living-room

The flow part of the design process was pretty straightforward as the sideboard is against one of our walls in the living-room behind our sofa, and therefore completely out of the way. I still made sure that the sofa was placed so we have enough space to open the doors and easily access the shelves.

Flow  – Check!

Now for the final step, the alignment! If there is one thing I really dislike in interior design, it is too much symmetry. I actually avoid symmetry as much as I can, and if I have to do it, I will try to disrupt it a bit. This is exactly what I did with the sideboard. I had two posters, which are exactly the same size and style, so there was no getting away from symmetry there. I framed both maps in Ikea metallic frames, bringing more grey to the area but also a different texture. I hung them next to each other, aligned with the sideboard.

Conran for M&S table lamp on Ikea sideboard

To ‘break’ the wall art symmetry, I grouped objects in three vignettes on the sideboard. On the left, I have the Conran for M&S lamp with a beautiful ceramic vase a friend got me and a little bowl in the colours of the maps. In the middle, there is the stag head, and on the right one of my favourite Diptyque candles and little trinkets. So two wall art pieces plus three vignettes mean no more symmetry or pair numbers there!

Diptyque Figuier candle

I also added a storage basket, found in TK Maxx, next to the sideboard, 1) to store all our cat’s stuff and 2) as I like the ‘stairs’ effect of a short and narrow item next to the long sideboard.

Alignment – Check!

Storage basket in living-room

I hope this post helps you plan and decorate your space! Keeping the big picture in mind is what creates beautiful, well-proportioned spaces!

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TV wall – Reveal

After one year and nine months, I can finally reveal our TV wall. One would think that a TV area is pretty easy to set up – TV? Check! TV stand? Check! Enough plugs for all the cables? Done!

As I mentioned in my TV wall inspiration post, I didn’t want this area of our living room to feel like an ugly after-thought, so I went down the gallery wall way to ‘camouflage’ the TV among prettier things. That is why it took so long to set up, sourcing the right wall art pieces takes time! It is all about balance, layout, orientation and numbers, but we got there!

Gallery wall and Panasonic TV

Let’s start with the main item – the TV. We went for a 50inch Panasonic TV. Even though it is big it looks a little bit ‘lighter’ thanks to the easel-like frame and the metallic colour.

The TV stand is from Ikea, and to be completely honest it was not my preferred choice, but it was the most neutral unit we could find that could fit in that space.

TV gallery wall

On the left of the TV unit, I have a tan Moroccan pouffe (or ‘pouf’ in French) which I got from Amazon. A tip if you get leather goods from Morocco, they usually stink at the beginning, so cover them with bicarbonate of soda and leave them in a plastic bag for a week. A hint of the nasty smells will still be there but it won’t stink the room.

Tan leather Moroccan pouffe

Next to it, on the TV unit, I have a copper light my parents got me for Christmas. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an English website selling it but you can find this Nara table lamp on a French site that ships worldwide. Above the lamp is a beautiful print by Elisabeth Fredriksson. I mentioned it in my interior Christmas gift guide and my sister got it for me on Juniqe (thanks, sis!).

Nara copper lamp and Juniqe print

Above the TV is where the real show is happening! From left to right and from the bottom up we have:

  • A print by Amber Textiles – it looks like Buffer (yes, this is my cat’s name) and I so we bought it!
  • A print my parents got me in Japan
  • A print of ‘A bigger splash‘ by David Hockney
  • A tea towel with cats we bought in Japan and got framed – all it takes is a little bit of imagination sometimes
  • A print by Anne Garney – an artist I met when living in Kansas City (yes, I did live in Missouri for 18 months)
  • Two flyers from the Victoria and Albert Museum that I simply framed
  • An ink drawing by my brother

TV gallery wall

The frames are either from Habitat or done by David Mitchell Picture Frames in London.

Then moving to the right, the gallery wall extends across two walls. I wasn’t too sure about that at the beginning, but I have no regrets, it was necessary to balance the area nicely and it didn’t make it more difficult to plan.

Prints by HAM and by Sri Lanka artist

On that little wall section I have:

On the right of the TV stand, I have our little indoor garden with two succulents and a vase. The terrarium is from Oliver Bonas and the vase from a Debenhams old collection.

Succulents in living room and Oliver Bonas terrarium

Finally, I have piled up all my interior books at the bottom of the unit, in a desperate attempt to hide its ugly feet and the cable mess at the back. I really like the effect it created!

Interior books

So what do you think? Was my idea of surrounding our TV with pretty things a good one or does it make it stand out even more?

TV gallery wall

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Room inspiration – TV wall

This scene took place sometime in 2016…

Andrew – “We need a new TV!”

Claire – “Why? This one works perfectly well!”

Andrew – “Yes but I want a bigger one and there is that new OLED technology which…”

I stopped listening at that point. When you are married you have to pick and choose your battles, right? So we got a new BIG TV. Which means that I was left to decorate around a giant black rectangle taking centre stage in our living-room.

The thing with TVs is that often, when decorating, people treat them as an after-thought or, at the other hand of the spectrum, make it THE statement in the room. I wanted none of that. I don’t find TV to be nice to look at when they are off, so I wanted it to merge into the aesthetic of the room, while yet keeping it noticeable and enjoyable when on. The easiest way to do it for wall art hoarder like me? A gallery wall!

This gallery wall was a challenge though as our TV sits in a corner of the living-room, so not only did I have to plan around a TV but also across two walls! So before to start nailing things on the wall I looked for inspiration on my trusty Pinterest, and below are my top four sources of inspirations! All have the lightness and aesthetics I wanted to achieve. Come back very soon to see the results!

TV wall inspiration
Credits: Room for Tuesday
TV wall inspiration
Credits: A Cup of Joy
TV wall inspiration
Credits: Homey Oh My
TV wall inspiration
Credits: Homepolish

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Our wedding

Something different on the blog today, as I have never shared that type of content with you but I thought that some of you may find it useful!

On the 28th of May 2016, Andrew and I got married. It was the loveliest day full of laughter, dancing, hugging, kissing, eating and drinking. I briefly mentioned it in the past on the blog, but because I wasn’t as active at the time I never shared anything about the day with you. 2018 wedding season is upon us, and a lot of couples are making key decisions for their wedding in the Spring and Summer, so I thought I could show you how I styled my wedding to give you a little bit of inspiration!

The colours we picked were grey and pink. I wanted the day to feel like a nice summer garden party and these two colours fitted well with the theme.

Hopefully, all the information below will help you plan your very special day!

Hair and makeup

It was done by Marie Nebinger at Marc Fabian in Strasbourg. We got very lucky as she privatised the salon the entire morning for us!

Marc Fabian Strasbourg

For my hair, I went for a bohemian updo, the best way to keep my curls under control yet embrace them! I also wanted flowers in my hair. The florist create pins which Marie put into place to look like a flower crown, she also made sure to leave some space for my veil.

Wedding updo

For the makeup, I wanted to look like me but better. We kept it very simple with a subtle eye makeup, rosy lips and a bit of foundation and bronzer. And I think it turned alright.

Natual wedding make up

The dress

I knew exactly what dress I wanted, the Jenny Packham Dentelle. However this dress was just too expensive for me, so I had to look for a cheaper alternative. Luckily, after hours online, I found the perfect dupe! Martina Liana was doing a very similar dress and I was able to source it via Angelica Bridal in London.

Martina Liana wedding dress

I loved the light fabric, the natural A-line waist, the delicate lace details and the touch of sparkle with the embellished belt. It was flattering, comfortable and quite unique.

Martina Liana wedding dress

I styled it with a simple veil I bought off eBay (cheap!) and rose gold shoes from Dune.

Dune rose gold shoes

The groom’s outfit

Andrew decided to wear a white tie suit which I absolutely loved! He looked very handsome!

Groom white tie outfit

He wore it with personalised initials cuff links that I got for him on Not On The High Street.

Groom white tie outfit

We almost looked like we were out of Downton Abbey, don’t you think?

Groom and ride

The venue

Our reception took place at the Chateau d’Osthoffen, 20 minutes outside of Strasbourg. The venue is gorgeous and has a marquee which can fit up to 200 people.

Chateau d'OsthoffenChateau d'Osthoffen marquee

The grounds are also beautiful offering plenty of photo opportunities!

Chateau d'Osthoffen wedding picture

The flowers

I didn’t go completely crazy with the flowers (it’s expensive!). I selected a mixture of white and pale pink flowers and worked with Une Histoire Une Fleur who understood my countryside/rustic/garden party vibe and created the most beautiful arrangements.

My bouquet was round, not huge and a little messy which I wanted

White pink bridal bouquet

In the church, we had some small arrangements at the end of each bench.

Church bench flowers

And the table centrepieces were composed of small floral arrangements in jam jars (saving money again!).

Wedding pink and grey table flowers

Table decorations

Talking about table decorations, again I was quite decisive and knew what I wanted pretty much from the start. My aunt, who couldn’t have been more helpful, sourced some wood slices to create the base for the floral arrangements. I also picked grey tablecloths rather than white which I think made all the difference.

Grey and pink wedding table decorations

On the wood slices, we placed three small bouquets in old jam jars and a few candles.

Wedding pink and grey centre piece

The theme for the tables was London’s tube and each table was named after a line, so I created signs using the TFL logo with the colours of our wedding.

Wedding table signs

The sitting plan

As I mentioned above I decided to name each table after a London tube line. This was a nice way to bring a bit of Andrew’s city to our wedding. It took me hours to design it but I was really happy with the results!

London tube sitting plan

I used Printed.com for most of our wedding impressions.

The wedding favours

We took a controversial approach with our wedding favours, we basically had none on the tables. I just don’t really see the point of them, to be honest, most we received over the years have either been lost, broken or forgotten in a drawer (sorry friends!).

Wedding candy bar

So instead of giving our guests a favour, we had a candy bar set up where people could help themselves to whatever they’d like and I did some personalised bag so they could take the sweets with them.

Wedding candy barWedding candy bar

Sweet, good and recyclable!

The guest book

Again, with the guest book I didn’t want to do something too creative that we would never use, so we went for the good old paper guest book. The only difference was that we had a picture of each of our guests in it, and they had to find their page and sign under it, so we would know exactly who wrote what!

Wedding guest book table

Around it, I framed the wedding pictures of our parents and grandparents and we also had a Royal Mail box for cards.

Wedding guest book tableRoyal mail box wedding

The small touches

A few other things we did was a signpost with our two cities.

Wedding London Strasbourg sign post

Some paper pompoms on the ceiling of the marquee.

Wedding grey and pink paper pompoms

The car

We wanted a vintage car and opted for a Citroen Traction (very French!) which we booked with RJ Car.

Citroen TractionCitroen Traction

Our driver was lovely and helped me calm my nerves on our way to the church. He even served us a glass of champagne after the ceremony!

Bride and groom drinking champagne

The invitations

Our wedding stationery was probably one of the most difficult things to find. I disliked almost everything I could find as I wanted something simple, not boring and in keeping with our theme. We looked and looked, and when we found it there was no doubt! We both looked at each other – this was the one!

L'Art Du Papier wedding invitation

Our invites where from L’Art Du Papier in Paris. We then recycled the design to create the menu, church book, placement cards, etc.

It was a beautiful day and we had an amazing time, even when it started raining!

Rainy wedding

I really hope your big day is as special as ours!

Bride and groom laughing

All pictures were taken by the lovely Claude Masselot!

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Favourite Interior blogs

I have always had an interest in interior design, as far as I can remember, I always enjoyed looking at a space and thinking of its layout and all the pretty things that could live in it. As a child I loved going tiles/wardrobe/lamp shopping with my parents, I loved looking at shapes, touching the different textures and fantasising about what my bedroom could look like. It is also good to mention that my parents both love design and our house was always filled with ELLE Decoration and new homeware items (that’s their latest purchase which I think is pretty cool!).

In my teens, I used to spend hours drawing plans of what my future house (***cough***mansion***cough***) would look like. I also considered studying architecture, but I had other passions at the time that drove me to another direction.

Fast forward to university, and I discovered a new world of inspiration the Internet! Pinterest, interior blogs, sources of inspiration where booming and endless, and made me even more excited to get a house I could try all those new ideas in.

I started fantasising again as I entered the workplace, “one day I will able to afford a beautiful Diptyque candle for my coffee table”, “one day I will paint some walls in black“, and slowly but surely as the years went by I made those things happened. I think as I grew older I also started to develop my own interior personality and parted ways with my parents’s very contemporary tastes and aimed for something a little softer and a bit more eclectic (mid-century-modern-bohemian-Scandinavian anyone?). In the process I also became more faithful to some blogs as they really reflected what I wanted my spaces to feel and look like.

And because sharing is caring here are my top four favourite interior blogs at the moment (I say that because, who knows, in 3 years I may be really into shabby-chic?).

Homepolish

If you like a good house tour, this is the place to go! Lavish apartments in New York, cute trendy houses in LA, influencers’ offices – Homepolish’s magazine is your online source for interior envy.

Living room designed by Homepolish
Source: Homepolish

Homepolish is actually an interior design company which provides designers services for private clients and companies, but their magazine/blog is a fantastic source of inspiration. They also share advice to help people like us make the right interior decisions.

Kate La Vie

Kate has the most beautiful home. Originally a beauty blogger, Kate has been regularly sharing interior updates of her Glasgow apartment, and everything she picks and does is Pinterest-worthy.

Dressing table designed by Kate La Vie
Source: Kate La Vie

She also has the two most adorable fur-babies which makes her an even greater interior inspiration for cat owners like me!

Studio McGee

Not only is Shea McGee a very talented interior designer, but her career is a real inspiration. She built her company in few years and is an Instagram phenomenon. If you want home and career inspiration, look no further!

Sideboard designed by Studio McGee
Source: Studio McGee

Her company’s blog is a great source of interior tips, and make sure to visit their Youtube channel too for even more guides to make your coffee table super Instagramable!

The Socialite Family

Don’t be fooled by the English name this is actually a French blog! But even if you don’t understand French you will understand the pictures and, trust me, they are worth looking at!

Chair designed by The Socialite Family
Source: The Socialite Family

The objective of Constance Gennari, the founder of The Socialite Family, was to share the real homes of modern and trendy families living in Paris, London, Milan and many other places.

Here you go, four very different digital universes, all very inspiring! Now I will go grab a paint brush because I have a bit of decorating to do!

My second favourite blogs post on all things beauty is here!

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Room inspiration – Home office

A change in my career means that I will in the new year use our home office a lot more. At the moment it is a bit of a pit, or in nicer words, a ‘storage room’.

For this room, which is a single bedroom, I want to be bold. Small rooms do that to me! I always had something for navy blue walls and therefore thought that the office would be a good place to try it. What is the worse that can happen? I  will just have to repaint it all.

The space being compact I have to keep it simple with the furniture, I know we need bookshelves, a bit of storage and a desk area.  Limiting the furniture items means that the space will feel bigger. That also means that it can easily be turned back into a single bedroom if we ever need it.

For the style, I want to keep it simple and modern as the walls will be the statement. To create a nice contrast and bring a bit of light in the room most of the furniture will be white.

Finally, in order not to make it too bicolour with the navy and white, I will introduce pops of colours with art work and the bookshelves styling.

Below are the pictures from Pinterest I used as inspiration and, hopefully early in the new year, I will be able to give you a little tour!

Beautiful spaces make for creative ideas right? Now let’s hope that works!

Home office navy blue inspiration
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Home office navy blue inspiration
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Home office navy blue inspiration
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Home office navy blue inspiration
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Christmas 2017 – House tour

It is time to deck the halls!

I shared with you a few weeks back my inspiration for Christmas home decoration. A mixture of traditional, rustic and Scandinavian was my objective, so I thought I would give you peak so you can see what I have done to give our home a little Christmas hygge.

I did a little Christmas house tour video and keep scrolling to find all the details of my Christmas decorations.

I concentrated most effort in our living space as it is all open plan, starting with this Christmas banner from Next above our sofa. I love the colours and the traditional touches of tartan.

Next Christmas banner

In our kitchen area, I make sure to have a seasonal floral arrangement on our island through the whole of December. I am also obsessed with the M&S Christmas candle, the scent of cinnamon, spices and mandarin is just so Christmassy. I also have a festive cookie jar on display, in case of emergency cravings.

Kitchen Christmas decoration

A tradition I discovered when moving to the UK and that I absolutely love, is the Christmas card exchange! I love the fact that all your close ones give you cards and at the same time provide another great source of Christmas decorations. I line up the cards I receive in our living-room and love the festive vibe they give to our bookshelf. I love getting my cards from Paperchase or TK Maxx, they always have a tasteful selection!

Christmas cardsChristmas cards

On our sideboard, I have our advent calendar on display. This year we recycled the Liberty advent calendar Andrew got me last year and we filled it with little sweet treats for each other!

Liberty advent calendar

I also used one of the extra fairy light garlands I have to make a light feature out of our Ikea sideboard. For Christmas lights, I always go for ‘warm white’ as it gives a soft, cosy glow to the room. I once made the mistake to get the cool white lights and felt like I was living in a nightclub or laboratory for a month. And in case you are wondering, I got that white deer head years ago from Debenhams.

Ikea sideboard warm white Christmas lights

Finally, the most important Christmas decor item, the tree!

Let’s start from the bottom, to hide our Christmas tree stand I simply wrap all the gifts I have already and gather them around the tree. I personally much prefer this to some of the stand covers you can find.

Christmas giftsChristmas gifts

I get all my gift wrapping paper from M&S and Paperchase, my favourite this year is the Paddington bear paper!

Christmas wrapping paper M&S and Paperchase

The colours for the tree this year, as in most years, are red, white and grey. I like the simplicity and think a tree should be playful and fit to be part of the family life, not a precious piece of decoration no one can touch.

Christmas tree

Most of the baubles I have are from either M&S (again, I know but they often do a 3 for 2 deal so it is hard to resist), Paperchase (yes, I love that shop) and Ikea (unbreakable decorations!). Below are a few of my favourites.

This little porcelain gnome from M&S.

M&S porcelain gnome Christmas tree decoration

These giant baubles from M&S as well.

M&S Christmas baubles

Those little fabric gingerbread men from Flying Tiger (best shop for secret Santa gifts!).

Flying Tiger gingerbread men Christmas decoration

And these villages baubles from B&Q.

B&Q Christmas bauble

My favourite moment of the day in December is when I come home and after a long day at work and commuting, I finally turn on the Christmas tree light. Deep inside, my 7-years old self is jumping with joy.

Christmas tree lights

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Best Diptyque candles

When I started my first real grown-up job, I was excited to finally be able to invest in house things that weren’t all coming from a family-friendly Swedish shop.

Diptyque candles were of course high on my list. A staple in any tasteful French interior, I had to have one! Of course I soon realised that there were bills to pay and my retirement to start saving for (fun!). So the idea of spending what could buy me lunch for a week on a candle felt slightly irresponsible. What if I didn’t like the smell? Too strong, too sweet, too… weird? I really didn’t want to end up with an expensive and very dusty piece of wax sitting on my coffee table…

But we only live once so I bought my first Diptyque candle anyway! It was such a special moment and the beginning of an expensive addiction! I was a young professional woman, buying my little piece of melting French luxury for my tiny London flat.

Do Diptyque candles really worth the hype though? I personally think they do. The Diptyque candles last FOREVER, so it offers decent value for money. The small ones last approximately 20 hours and the big ones 60 hours, which means 12 Sunday’s afternoons of fancy scent. They are also beautiful to look at and would complement any interior. Finally, they make for great pen or brush holders after use, or even planters!

What about the scents? What should you order?

I haven’t tried all their candles but I listed below my favourites so if you ever decide to invest you know what to get!

For a refreshing and delicate atmosphere – Figuier

The perfect Diptyque ‘starter’ candle. Inspired by the smell of fig leaves, it is subtle and fresh. This is the perfect every day candle that will make your place smell like you are living in the countryside even if you are in the centre of London.

Diptyque candle Figuier

For a cosy winter – Feu de bois

Feu de Bois or ‘Wood fire’ is a classic for winter. You don’t have a fire-place? This candle will make you feel like you have one! I have one burning in my living-room every weekend from the 1st of October to the 31st of March.

Diptyque candle Feu de bois

For a Chrismassy feel –  Opopanax

This is my favourite Diptyque candle to burn around the end of the year. It gives a warm comforting feeling to the room. It is supposed to smells of balsam but I would describe the scent as a combination of myrrh, amber and a little something sweet.

Diptyque candle Opopanax

For a fresh and clean feel – Verveine

Verveine is the perfect scented candle to make your house smells like it has just been cleaned minus the ‘public toilet’ scent. Not artificial citrus scent here! Just a subtle lingering fresh and herbal scent with a hint of lemonade.

Diptyque candle Verveine

For a fruity scent – Baie

Another great Diptyque ‘starter’ candle. As its name indicates, I thought it would only smells like blackcurrant and raspberry and therefore never bought it as it is not my kind of scent. That was until one of my best friends got it for me and it was a revelation! Yes it does smell of blackcurrants, but behind hide sophisticated hints of ambergris and roses. Definitely a feminine candle.

Diptyque candle Baies

For a little flowery vibe – Freesia

This is my go-to house warming gift! I am not a big fan of very sweet or flowery smells but Freesia has the perfect balance between both. It is perfectly understated, and behind what at first seems to be only flowers you will discover layers of pepper and bergamot! The perfect summer candle!

Diptyque candle Freesia

Now, I just hope you guys won’t develop my level of addiction!

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Christmas 2017 – Gift guide for Interior Design fans

It is the season of giving and of gift guides!

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for inspiration on other blogs and Youtube to find THE most thoughtful gift for my dearest ones (no pressure!). Following my gift guide for travelers, today I put together a gift guide for people like me who are obsessed love interior design.

I like anything design related, and nothing makes me more happy than receiving a book or a new decorative item for my house. Note that the selection below is to my contemporary/mid-century modern taste, I even actually own a few of the items listed and love them very much!

Christmas 2017 Interior gift guide

1. Juniqe Wall Art

I love Juniqe website, it has so many prints on offer you can spend hours just scrolling through them like you would wander in a museum. The great things with Juniqe is that it makes wall art very affordable too! All you have to do is to choose the print, the size and the (optional) frame. I have my eyes on this print ‘Waves’ by Elisabeth Fredriksson, maybe a little Christmas treat to myself!

2. Home for Now by Joanna Thornhill

A great book for both home owners and tenants! If you know someone moving soon or in the process of decorating their home, make sure to get them this book as a Christmas gift or a house-warming present! I have even more options of interior design books here if you are a bit of a bookworm.

3. Oliver Bonas Velvet Hot Water Bottle

I am ALWAYS cold! So much so that my husband call me ‘the lizard’ as I only warm up in the sun or by the heater. That is why I would love to have this velvet water bottle from Oliver Bonas, it is functional AND stylish!

4. House Doctor Tube Vase

All interior design aficionados love to get a little designer piece every now and then. These vases by House Doctor are very pretty and not too expensive, I have both the blue and pink version on display in my living-room and they make the perfect pair!

5. Oliver Bonas Terrarium

You know someone who likes interior design and has green fingers, then this terrarium is for them! I have it in my living-room and it is home to a tall succulent. Plus the black version is on sale at the moment so hurry!

6. West Elm Marble Coasters

Coasters are like Marmite some people love them some people hate them. I used to not really care for coasters, that is until I saw those at West Elm. Marble and geometrical? I was sold!

7. Zara Home Geometric Vase

I absolutely love geometrical interior items! I talked about my quest for an hexagonal mirror before and I a few geometric items in my kitchen. This vase from Zara Home is therefore right up my street and the white colour means it will fit in most interiors.

8. Alessi Pet Jar

This jar is where practicality meets design! A great way to store your four legged friend’s treats, and you can use your pet as an excuse to get it!

9. Habitat Honeycomb Wine Rack

I actually am getting my sister this Habitat wine rack for Christmas! It is practical, compact and in the colour of the moment – brass. Perfect for anyone living in a small space.

10. Diptyque Candles

Diptyque candles are a real treat and my go-to gift for house warming. They are beautiful to look at, smell divine and can be recycled into the most exquisite make-up brush holders or plant pots. I may do a post on which scents are my favourite, but whenever in doubt Figuier and Baies are safe bets.

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Christmas 2017 – Decoration inspiration

I cannot believe I am actually writing the first Christmas blog post of 2017! It is still a little bit early, and I don’t know about you, but I usually don’t do much Christmas related stuff until the 1st of December. The only thing I have done so far (apart from writing this blog) is thinking about the Christmas house decoration I want to get in December.

I am not one to get too crazy with Christmas house decoration to be honest. I like my Christmas theme simple and traditional. You won’t find any blue or purple baubles on my tree.

For the Christmas colour theme, I LOVE the traditional red, green and white. For the metallics, I usually go for silver as our house is very modern and it fits well with my other favourite Christmas decoration colour – grey!

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For the textures, I love organic materials such as wood, paper and raw fabrics. I always go for modern and simple decoration and very rarely pick shiny baubles.

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The lights are also important, and for Christmas I always pick ‘warm white’ light fixtures. I like the natural and almost candle-like glow it gives.

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Finally for the theme, I love the simple and rustic Scandinavian vibe which fits well with my choice of colours and textures. But it wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t adding a few little references to our life, some funnier than others. For instance, I have a few Christmas decorations with a London theme. We also always hang a bauble Andrew got for me, broke just after buying it, yet still gave to me the first year we got together.

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My favourite tradition of all with our Christmas decoration though, is that we decorate the house on a weekend’s evening. We open a nice bottle of wine, play some Christmas tunes, reminisce about the story behind each decoration, and have a little giggle. That’s what I like the most about the Christmas decorations, they give an excuse for family to regroup and spend quality time together.

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