bluevell vines

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If you love a fruity little number and you’re on the hunt for a special sparkler to pair with that Christmas day smoked salmon or turkey, read on. Bluebell sparkling wines are made using the same method used to produce champers, so they’re pretty special. What’s more, you’ll be supporting home-grown talent when you raise that glass for a toast. Read more »

Juliet Travers wallpaper

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As a wildlife and nature lover, I’ve always absolutely adored Juliet Travers work and cannot speak more highly of her designs. They are simply stunning – in fact, my Mum actually had some beautiful curtains made from her fabric last year and everyone always comments on them! The company is also fabulously British with the wallpapers and fabrics made in England. Since we last spoke to Juliet about her Safari collection, she’s launched her latest Albion collection that’s inspired by British wildlife, so she’s the perfect guest to have on the blog for our ‘Best of British’ collection. Over to Juliet. (Tip: scroll to the bottom for a code to get 25% off her Safari cushions – great Christmas gifts!). Read more »

anthropologie cushion

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We’ve trawled the sales to bring you a selection of gorgeous gift ideas that make the most of the discounts.There’s beautiful espresso mugs for coffee lovers, silky soft throws, delicious scented candles, and pretty jewelery boxes and photo frames. If that’s not enough, browse our full collection of gifts for him and her here (a discount will apply to many of these until Monday).

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If you’re a champagne lover, this is for you. Hambledon’s grapes are grown on the same chalk that you’ll find in the Champagne region in France, resulting in delectable sparkling wines that are basically champagne in all but the name. So why not wow your guests this Christmas by buying local bubbles and backing British? Over to Hambledon.

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OKA Christmas ideas

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I had a gorgeous morning at the OKA showrooms in London yesterday, and I was so inspired by some of their beautiful festive sets I thought I’d share a couple of videos alongside a few of my favourite picks for gifts and for creating a warm, wintry home. They’re expected to offer a site-wide discount this weekend, so now is a great time to plan your buys.

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A smooth-running Christmas is all about preparation and organisation. This means….lists! Print them out, stick them on all the wall and work your way down. Before the big Black Friday (27th November) extravaganza, let’s work out what we have, what we don’t have and what we need. That way we know what we’re targeting in the sales and can get the most out of those discounts coming our way.

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lexington

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With Thanksgiving creeping closer we picked the brains of Kristina, the founder of Lexington, for some ideas on how to create magical festive spaces. She tells us how to use colours and layers, foliage and candles to weave charm and character into our homes for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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artisanti home decr

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I’m not a great lover of investing too much money in trinkets that come out just once-a-year. Instead, I prefer to invest in classic items that evoke a stylish and seasonal ambiance throughout the Winter and dot a few token festive pieces in-between.

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Mindfulness is becoming something of a buzz-word these days. We’re encouraged to be mindful of what we eat, mindful of our bodies, mindful of our mental state. It’s a trend I’m a huge fan of. The rise in mobile devices and mass-made produce is playing havoc with our wellbeing, and I strongly believe in the importance of looking inwards and adjusting our behaviour to enhance our mood.

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pumpkins lights

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So we’ve finally been fully infiltrated by all things American. As if the food, television series and slang and were not enough, festivals and holidays from the other side of the pond are now being celebrated with just as much verve and vigour here, as they are over there.

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Shot 1 is the master
Shot 2 is a light off version
Shot 3 is a plate to remove the insitu light from the reflection.

Remove camer reflection, dust on glass.

Remove the mark on the right side of the surface infront of the candle

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Through October, I’m going to be running a series of blogs every Monday that discuss how to spice up your home for the festive season. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than that mad ol’ rush as more and more weekends start being blocked out of the calendar, so let’s get organised and start now.

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