Category Archives: Seasonal

Gift Guide: Perfectly Luxurious Stocking Fillers From Homesense

December 13, 2017

Luxury Stocking Filler Guide from Homesense

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We are not quite at the pre-Christmas point where we start running around like headless turkeys (yet!) trying to find gifts for those that are most difficult to buy for Read More

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Christmas in the Design Soda House

December 9, 2017

Farrow Ball Dead Salmon Living Room Christmas Tree with colourful felt animals, vintage christmas look, Scandinavian design

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Have you bought your tree yet? If you weren’t a part of what felt like half the country buying one last weekend then you may well be buying yours this weekend,Read More

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Three Simple Festive Home Decor Ideas

November 27, 2017

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We’ve made it quite far through November now (in less a month and Christmas is gone!) and I’ve only posted one Christmas pieceRead More

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Getting The Christmas Table Ready with Thornback & Peel

November 6, 2017

 

Thornback and Peel Festive designs for Christmas tableware 2017, turkeys brussel sprourts, trees, stags, robins. Christmas table design ideas refined pared back blogger challenge (1)

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It’s November already, there’s a distinct chill in the air, Halloween and fireworks night are out of the way, which can only mean one thing C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S!! There see I broke the word up so we wouldn’t all shudder at it’s early appearance so soon. I know it seems early, right? Read More

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Recipes: Five Favourite Festive Cocktails

December 16, 2016

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In just over a week Christmas will be done and dusted, you will have opened your presents, heard one relatives comic story about another 20 times already, rescued other people’s presents from your wayward toddler, endured at least one awkward silence (is all of this just me?) and hopefully had a jolly good time in the process. If you’re hosting, you may be blissfully thankful to reach Boxing Day with its traditional walk (which I can never make out whether it’s tradition to blow the cobwebs away before the new year or a chance to put pacing distance between yourself and certain relatives!) either way, you may, like me, be looking forward to settling down to watch the new Agatha Christie romp the BBC are putting on with a hard earned drink in hand come the evening of Boxing Day. Whether it be Christmas party visitors, Christmas Day drinks, Boxing Day therapy or even New Years drinks, I think I’ve got you covered for cocktails! Here, below, are my 5 favourite mixers at this time of year, they are all tried and tested by me, some I’ve been doing for years (Nigella’s Pomegranate Bellini is a Christmas Day non-negotiable in the Design Soda house). None of these recipes are original, but rather a selection of ones I’ve tried and love, go forth and pour yourself a drink, they really are lovely. 

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Best Christmas cocktail recipes for party hosting

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