Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Here in the UK, Mother's Day is coming up fast again - this Sunday! I wanted to share with you the lovely gifts I'll be giving my Mum this year. Debenhams have kindly gifted these to me to pass along to my Mum (the ultimate cheat presents!), so I wanted to show you what I picked out.

First up, this lovely lightweight dressing gown* from the J by Jasper Conran brand . The fabric is that super soft stretchy kind that feels quite luxurious, and I imagine this will be nice for my Mum to have in the summer evenings.

I went for a decor piece next as my parents are currently redecorating their lounge. This vase* from the RJR.John.Rocher range is pretty bold with its shape and texture, but with the subtle pinks and greens they're decorating with, I think this will look gorgeous.

Finally I picked two classic Mum presents - A diffuser* in a fig scent and a Lily-perfumed candle*, again from the RJR.John.Rocher range. Both products are housed in this silver punched design and feel really well-made. These are the kind of things that someone wouldn't usually buy for themselves but are just lovely to receive as gifts.

Good luck with your last minute Mother's Day preparations!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Cosy Reading Corner Decor

Over the last few months, we’ve been decorating our house with new furniture and bits and pieces that make it a home. Whilst I am a big IKEA lover and had to get the classic blogger ALEX drawers and MALM desk, it’s always nice to have some more unique pieces that not everyone has.

Uncommon Goods is one of those sites I could spend hours browsing (and far too much money!) on. They stock hundreds of unique and handcrafted products created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. They’re based in Brooklyn, New York, but ship out to the UK and almost everywhere else. The company believe that it’s their responsibility to use the business to impact the world in a positive way, and give one dollar of every purchase to one of their not-for-profit organisations as part of their “Better to Give” program. Since it started 15 years ago, they’ve donated over a million dollars to charities around the world.

With such a beautiful range of pieces and such great principles, Uncommon Goods is the kind of company I’m more than happy to endorse. They kindly sent me a lovely little set of shelves to finish off our little reading corner we’ve been putting together in our new lounge.

The teak shelves* are quite Scandinavian and minimalist in style, and only hold a handful of books, but I think they really pull everything together, and look great with just a few little things on there. They were pretty easy to put together (according to the hubby!) and I think these would work in pretty much any room. You can have a browse of their homeware bits and pieces here.

Our snuggle chair (which fits two people, and swivels!) was from Debenhams (in the sale because boy, these things are expensive), and our little side table was from Swoon Editions (another of my new favourite stores for furniture). I picked up the little copper pot from a garden centre, and a cactus to plant into it. I couldn't resist laying out our wedding album too!

Uncommon Goods also sent me a candle*, to fuel my ongoing obsession. This one is one of a range of soy candles inspired by traveling farmers markets. I went for the fresh scent of melon, which is quite unusual to find in a candle.

Have a little browse on Uncommon Goods for gift ideas here, or some unique art pieces here.