It’s less than a month til Christmas! Let me just say that again so that it really sinks in, really, where did that come from?! I’ve been happily dancing through November and suddenly it’s almost over and so Advent begins.Expect a few Christmas related posts on the blog over the next 10 days, starting with some simple Christmas Card designs I’ve made. I love homemade cards at Christmas, and I love it when I receive a hand drawn scene, there’s something quite old school about receiving something on paper that somebody has put thought into, but I really can’t draw, that’s not faux modesty but a true and much maligned statement of fact. I would love to be able to, if something needs putting together visually I’m your girl but if you need a drawing of it I’m woefully not, when I find the time it’s something I’d love to learn but it’s something that defeats me at present. However, despite total lack of ability I do like to make homemade Christmas cards when I’m able to find a minute. And this year I’ve managed to come up with three super simple designs that not only don’t steal all the time I really haven’t got (you could make all three in an evening, really not much longer than it takes to write the messages) but also I think pack a punch way beyond my childlike ability to draw.
It’s staring to get really cold around here, hats and scarfs are necessary, the heating is ramped up, a few Christmas traditions have already been started, and I think this may be the perfect moment/excuse to go window shopping for blankets! I’m off to the preview of Craft Central as a part of the winter Made in Clerkenwell this week and I’m sure to come back with memories of several stunning weaves I can’t stop thinking about, so in anticipation of this I thought I’d narrow down a few of my current favourites. I am pretty hopelessly incapable of not falling in love with just about any well designed patterned knit. This can be a costly downfall as I’m forever loosing my heart to some designer pattern or other that I can’t afford, I swear I’m still dreaming about this Arne Jacobsen one I saw 6 months ago. My idea of heaven may well contain copious amounts of woven patterned wool, both my wardrobe and my home are prided on a fabulous selection of it during winter. This rundown is now a yearly tradition on the blog and as you can see from the pictures, I’ve amassed quite a few in the Design Soda home along the way.
So, as you have undoubtably noticed, 2016 has definitely been the year that houseplants made a comeback in the fashion stakes. Every top fashion store worth it’s weight has a fiddle leaf tree or some variation of this in its fit, design bloggers have them all over their homes and Instagram feeds, Anthropologie has been leading the way with its indoor living walls for years, and if you don’t own a cactus in your home you are probably old enough to remember the last big houseplant trend in the late seventies/early eighties. Read More
It’s two weeks til the start of advent and I have started thinking about how christmas is going to look in the home with more intent. I am also entirely ready for mince pies and advocaat (but that’s a whole different post). I tend to allow total freedom with Christmas decorations, no themes for me, just a smorgasbord of things I love with a little nod to the nostalgic and kitsch.
Today on the blog we are taking a sneak peak at the insanely beautiful new pattern collection by Lizzie for Smug which is launching over the coming weeks. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this to you before, but I will reiterate it now as a confession at the start of this piece, I am the hugest girl fan of Lizzie Evans!Read More
The clocks have gone back and today is Halloween, my goodness where has all the time gone? We’ve had the odd day with a crispness in the air and a whole lot of mellow fruitfulness (some of the flowers that keep going in the garden continue to amaze me) but next weekend will be bonfire night (and our sons second birthday) and after that, as far as I’m concerned, gloves are off in relation to Christmas! Read More
Some kids at school are studious, some are disengaged and maybe rebellious. Until I suddenly got interested in academia at 15 (when I became a part of a tribe devoted to a slightly intellectual teenage band) I was pretty disengaged at school. As such I was all about the stationaryRead More
It is my dream to have something stylish in our study that will house all of my blogging junk neatly away and look effortlessly stylish whilst playing host to the teenage tidying effort of just stuffing everything into cupboards. Read More
Having emerged from the other side of a dreadful winter flu that struck the house down last week (thank goodness these germs don’t stick around long) I’ve started with the autumnal clean and clear. I love editing and organising for the first twenty seconds and the final result, but get so bored and regretful in the middle, is that just me? I’ve also started compiling my Christmas wish list (I know, but the early bird directs the other half to the best worms or something!) some of which are only affordable in my dreams but look out for Fridays Design Crush post as I’ve found a cabinet that is truly dream worthy. Today’s post however, is about happiness already attained, namely our hallway makeover which is now at the half way point. We have spruced it up from the mushroom coloured blandness we inherited into a bright, fun and inviting space on little budget past paint and trinkets. The next part will be finding a new front door and finally pulling down the ugly porch which bugs me no end, but today is all about the positives!