The Weekend Edit…

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Splashing in puddles (Boots, £14.99; Coat, £16:99; Hat, £3.99) 2. Baby in red (Coat, as before; Shoes, £18, Clarks) 3. Three little ducks card, from Tante Laura…. 4. Just the morning mist… 5. Office angel (Jumper, £19.99, Gap) 6. Cobwebs and morning dew.. 7. Beautiful seasonal quinces…  

Luxury to love…

Five things that cost the earth, and are absolutely worth it… I tend to swing between wanting the best and being delighted with a bargain. And it usually has something to do with my bank account – which is no bad thing, working in luxury lifestyle does rather skew your concept of what’s ‘too expensive’….

Gorgeous gourds…

Aren’t these just so cute…? I’m loving these seasonal gourds, in all their wobbly, nubbly-shaped, colourful brilliance, they feel so autumnal and very rustic. Try a few arranged around a pumpkin or nestled in a basket….available for £1 each, Waitrose.    

Haute Halloween….

Celebrating Halloween without the scare factor…. We’re having some friends over for a little Halloween fun this year, Munchkin and her little toddler friends will potter about the village squealing and toddling, while we knock on a few doors and try not to demand too many sweets. Because they’re so little this won’t be a…

Autumn Inspired

Beautiful ways to bring the outside in this season…. Autumn is a gorgeous, cosy, colourful time of year, the seasonal fruit and veg is plentiful and the rich red, gold and orange of the trees and flowers is everywhere. To reflect this at home, the best looks are simple ones that allo the colours and shapes of…

Beautiful Blackberries…

Unmistakeable signs of the season… Yesterday afternoon, in the gorgeous, fading early autumn light we headed out for a bit of a walk. Munchkin relished the chance to have a toddle around, and we loved picking fresh wild blackberries from the hedgerow and eating them straight from our hands, our fingers all black and sticky…

From shabby to chic…

It’s impossible to move these days for painted furniture, it’s everywhere, in all its off-white, distressed glory. You can buy pieces from specialist furniture restorers or upmarket furniture shops, or you can do it yourself – mostly with the help of Annie Sloan – either going on a course or learning about it online. While…

Garden Garlands…

Picking perfect posies of your very own… One of the things I love about summer is the endless arrangements I can make from whatever is in flower in my garden at the time. There is no other season so abundant in colour and fragrance. Having fresh flowers in the house throughout the year is something…

The sweetness of sweet peas…

Nothing says real summer like sweet peas… At the moment we have them all over the house. I love having a bunch on the kitchen table, and a little vase of them in our bedroom too. That sweet, heady scent is never overpowering but always beautifully fresh, and they come in so many delicate pastel…