Category Archives: Christmas

Classic Stories for Christmas: A List

December 21, 2013

Classic Novels and Stories for Christmas - Mitford, Capote, Christie, Maugham, Fitzgerald, M.R James, Wilkie Collins, Susan Hill


I have a bit of a tradition reading classic Christmas stories over the holiday break and huddling around a traditional ghost story in the run up to Christmas and new year. Here are a list of festive stories that I recommend.Read More


Christmas Confectionery

December 18, 2013


One of the best things about this time of year is the excuse it gives to make confectionary. There’s  almost nothing more calming during this hectic time than standing and stirring a spoon for 15 minutes waiting for the sugar thermometer to hit the soft ball stage. I have two staples which I’ve made for the last few years. One is super easy and the other is super yummy and I thought I’d share them Read More


Christmas Candy Cane Stripes

December 17, 2013

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I love the combination of red and white, just as with yellow, red is a colour that looks so fresh against white, its almost alive its so vivid. And so I have become a little obsessed this Christmas with peppermint candy canes and anything candy striped. I love this candy cane candle holder arrangement, its an idea that I nicked from the Ocado Christmas magazine, there is something so carnivalesque and circus about candy stripes, so cheerful and so fun.Read More


The Edit

December 12, 2013


My favourite things at the moment: Thornback & Peel festive tea towels, Jacques Etagere bookcases, Ikea hacks, Christmas songs, Liberty of London, Sophie Allport textiles.Read More


Through The aperture

December 9, 2013


Viewed through the aperture: Christmas in London, Elegant porch, concession to kitsch, apartment wreath and lush posy’s.Read More


Deck The Halls With Boughs of Holly – My Decorations Wishlist.

December 2, 2013

Winter Wonderland Deer, pine cones & Birch star Decoration

Similar to a small child, Christmas makes me feel giddy and excited. It is such a sensory overload, the sights and smells are a true sensualists dream.

My first acknowledgment of this is my excited perusal and horde planning of decorations for the home. And as advent has officially started I have already begun to hang the first of my Christmas decorations.

Here are my favourites of the year, from bright and shiny to white and understated, like all other areas of home decor I love eclecticism in my Christmas touches.Read More


Treasuries in Miniature – Snow Dome Decorations

November 18, 2013

Snow Globe decoration Anthropologie 1 Sometimes, something which you’ve been thinking of suddenly pops up everywhere you look! Either you have unconsciously tapped into a zeitgeist subliminally absorbing a trend, or you are noticing objects because of a connection already articulated in recent memory. Now I’m sure there is a very cynical marketing answer to this, but at the beginning of Autumn I found myself rueing a wonderful collection of snow globes I threw away several years ago.Read More


Chasing the Winter Blues away at Liberty

October 14, 2013

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With the weather getting dark and icy and with the yearly arrival of minor ailments and hibernational moods, I decided it was time to take myself on one of my twice yearly sojourns to Liberty to get lost in their cathedral of consumption for a couple of hours. Like many girls of my generation, Liberty is a byword for the beautiful, it is one of those stores that across its four floors still maintains the feel of intimacy in small wood panelled spaces that feel like treasure troves to the particular, whilst collectively encompassing its original conception as a nineteenth century bazaar built on a grand scale, a true example of Zola’s Ladies Paradise.Read More