In October, we celebrated my birthday at Elmley Nature Reserve. This was our third visit; testament to our love for this little kentish island. We have holidayed here for anniversaries, birthdays and a babymoon; in Summer, Autumn and Winter. We especially love being here in winter however; there is something special about the quieter, out of season months. The reserve in winter is harsher, beautifully stark, but the huts are warm and cosy.Read More
November is already racing by, and bringing with the onset of all things Christmas! Goodness! But, but… I am not quite ready to say goodbye to these golden Autumn days. I am sticking with the beautiful leaves and that very specifically Autumn light a little longer before I fully turn my attention to Christmas. Bonfire night has been and gone. Ours passed in a blur of sickness, but by the glow of the fire so it’s not all bad. This is also the reason for the lateness of this Sunday Supplement too! But here are a few other wonderful things to make, do and celebrate this month.Read More
When I style real homes for magazines, I spend a lot of time styling peoples surfaces. Shelves, kitchen counters, sideboards, console tables etc. It’s actually one of my preferred things to do. I clear things off, clean (yep, even those magazine houses have dust bunnies and coffee rings and unidentified sticky stuff) and then I create little scenes and groupings of pretty objects. I love my job. I mean, who wouldn’t want to faff with other peoples things…..?! (no? just me?!)
Denby recently got in touch to ask me to to share some of my surface styling secrets with you. They specifically wanted me to demonstrate my shelfie styling techniques using some of their new collections. When I am styling shelves it happens quite naturally, but when I thought about it I realised that I did tend to follow a series of rules when I worked. I decided to demonstrate my method in my kitchen, write down my process, and make a video of me doing it for you, because I am just that kind of a gal.Read More
Autumn has the honour of being both my Birthday and favourite season. I love all the seasons, truly, and believe there is a necessary place for each (a whole other blog post, right there) but Autumn for me is magical in it's sublime light and fiery spectrum of colours. As this month is when temperatures really drop, it is also a wonderful month for feasting on warming hearty food. I held a Birthday dinner party last week and managed to take some photo's of my set up the following day for a quick blog post.
A minimal Autumn Table:Read More
I was invited recently to an event held by Fiskars to learn how to make a Terrarium. I'd been eyeing Terrariums appreciatively in magazines for years now, but I’d never attempted to make one so was pretty excited to be invited. We learned how to put our Terrariums together under the expert tutelage of James Wong who was scathing of the pre-potted varieties available in most shops. Many of these, he said, would last no more than 6 weeks. So I wanted to share what I learned on the day about making terrariums and some wider tips about styling Terrariums and plants at home.Read More