The first of April ushered in the second quarter of the year. Three months of 2019 have already passed (whaaaaat!) in what has been for me a time of hibernation and sliiiight burn out. How have they been for you? The Spring equinox has also just passed and we are officially in Spring. I realised today that I feel so grateful that it is not winter anymore. When I was in it, I was pretty good at embracing the good parts and enjoying the quiet season, but my god am I happy to feel Spring on my skin, in my bones, in my energy levels. I feel so much more ready to take on life.Read More
Hello hello, friends. I am typing this from the kitchen table of my new house! Wah! What an incredible end of year surprise THAT was. The wood burner is warming my back, and in front of me, as well as the requisite tea and candles, is a view out of the big doors to a (damp, cold, bloody beautiful) garden. We are pinching ourselves, and despite the chaos are pretty deep in gratitude.
A few weeks ago, I relished having an excuse to sack off the box packing (Sorry Dave) to work on a couple of commissions for Betty Magazine. I've wanted to work with Charlotte for years. She is one of the nicest ladies on the internet (and also excellent on Instagram Stories, follow her!) Together we came up with a Pink and Gold theme and set up in my (old) dining room. Charlotte sourced, Dave shot it and Auden assisted, as per.Read More
Sisterhood Camp, A creative retreat for women run by Lou Archell, is but a few days away. This will be my fourth Sisterhood event, having been involved as the stylist/art director from the start and, as it always is for me, it is a privilege to simply gather with women. It is a pleasure to meet new friends, and hear their experiences and struggles. It’s a privilege to have space to be creative, and it is my greatest privilege to style and curate the beautiful spaces in which those things happen.Read More
One of my favourite things about December are the gatherings and opportunities to eat copious amounts of food with people I love. I grew up in a family that had lots of parties and dinners and as an adult it's been something I've replicated, and loved. I've also nailed simple entertaining at home over the years, after many many a misadventure, and am looking forward to entertaining simply this Christmas; a Solstice dinner, a couple of Christmas breakfasts (favourite!) and a 'fake' family Christmas dinner with my in laws.
The case for keeping things simple this Christmas...
I have taken successive steps over the last few years to simplify Christmas and this year is the best yet. No presents at all for the adults means I have more time and energy for the fun stuff like making and faffing and yes, laying pretty tables (something that happens to bring me great joy, which is good really as it's become such a big part of my job!). You don't need to cook really fancy food this Christmas to make it magical (Hello Christmas breakfast!), nor do you need formal silver wear, gazillions of courses and the 'right' wine glasses either.
I have written a feature for 91 magazine about simple Christmas entertaining which you can read here. In it, I share my tips for keeping things simple, and share some inspiration for a simple festive table too. I include a breakdown of the styling in the photo's as well as my sources for candles, linens, glass wear, crockery...the works.
I hope you enjoy it!
This Saturday I am running a workshop with Sara from Me and Orla in which I will demonstrate some festive table laying, and share my tips and inspiration to help you lay yours. There will be rustic herbal wreath making, fancy present wrapping, tons of Instagram and photography tips, a lot of mulled stuff, a delicious lunch from Abel and Cole and an amazing goody bag too. There are still places left if you fancy joining us- more info here!
P.S um, omg, thank you all for your Calendar purchases! We doubled our initial targets and will be able to give an amazing chunk of money to the I Do Community. The shop has now closed and we have been bowled over by the response. We love you all!
Yesterday I shared my rather rambling journey of how my style, and ultimately my life, have changed over the last few years, some of my misadventures, and some of the events that led us here. Today, I'm sharing my tips, utilising the mistakes I made, so you don't have too. You're welcome.
Here's some advice if you feel like you're going through a change of life/style, or if you perhaps have itchy feet and are feeling the need for change in either.Read More