Sweetly feasting.

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I know Christmas is over, but I just remembered I haven’t shown these to you! One weekend in December, Xin, from Pudding Pie Lane, baked up a storm and we spent all of Saturday catching up, giggling, getting far too sugar high, and playing with Christmas decorations. So much fun! If only we could do this all the time?? Sadly, I am back to work on Tuesday (I know lots of you are too, so we shall be mournful together!), and so no more feasting and lazing. Christmas season is, alas, over (although technically speaking, it’s not over until 12 days from December 25, no?)… for me at least. Until 2016.

Hang in there folks… 3 more working days until the new year.

 

Images and styling: Courage & Dash; Food: Pudding Pie Lane

We need this gorgeous online shop in the UK…!

We’d heard of Chairish before, so when they asked us to choose a chair and design a moodboard around it, we were delighted! It did take far longer than we hoped it would (sorry!), but work, life, and far too much browsing got in the way.

Chairish is a site that facilitates peer-to-peer buying and selling of vintage furniture, decor, jewellery and accessories. The best part is that Chairish only features curator-approved items and provides a safe environment to make those sale/purchases. It’s great! It’s like eBay or Preloved, only a million times better.

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We chose the blue French chair (below the colour swatches) because we love the blue colour and the curves on its frame. We also wanted to make sure that we included some bright colours since spring is definitely on its way!

Image credit clockwise from top-right:

Floral cushion (Decorpad)
Industrial pulley floor lamp (Pottery Barn)
Grey throw  (Bottle Green Homes, Not On the High Street)
Peonies Wallpaper (Rifle Paper Co.)
French vintage chair (Chairish)

Thank you for including us in your moodboard round-up, Chairish; we need you to come to the UK!

 

For more Chairish fun, visit https://www.chairish.com.

Turn down the lights, it’s time to relax…

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“‘Twas the night before Christmas…” Wait, not yet!! I got slightly confused today about which day/date it was (it’s the short hours of daylight and the multiple naps I’m having this holiday), and may have had a little panic about those last minute bits+bobs to pick up and cards to write. Thank goodness it’s only 23rd December, but I’m guessing you (esp. if you are a parent!) are already counting down to the festive hustle and bustle winding down.

To be honest, it’s too late now to fret about the undone tasks, so you might as well start relaxing. We mean it! We aren’t going to launch into a sermon about Christmas is a time for family+love, and when did it become so rampantly consumerist+commercial, etc.; Christmas is a really important time to rest and recharge before that new year sticks its head into your life (2015, we can just about see you hurtling towards us!), so rest is what we are indulging in this season.

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In that spirit, we thought we’d share one of our current favourite candle vendors – Clement & Claude (C&C). We discovered them through our beloved Closet & Botts, and really liked the amber glass jars+lids that the candles come in (also that cute fox-head logo!). By the way, why are lidded candles are so difficult to find in the UK?? Are our Google search terms just totally incorrect? And why is Illume the only place to go to for candles in cool containers?? Is there nothing in England??

Sorry, digression. We clearly feel quite strongly about the matter! Anyway, Joanna of C&C has come to our rescue with her range of hand poured (in London), 100% soy wax candles.  we’ve currently got Wild Plum going, and before that, she kindly lent us a Citrus Ginger large candle to style and take some photographs with. (Unfortunately, as we were pretty busy with work, we ended up having to take photos at night before needing to return the candle, so please pardon the dodgy lighting…)

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These candles are great for giving as gifts (they come in gorgeous kraft boxes, tied in cotton baker’s twine), or for travelling with. We can’t get over the screw-top lids of the jars – sounds silly but it means your candles stay dust free and fragrant for longer, esp. when you aren’t using them so much in the summer. Also it’s easier to travel with them, if like us, you like bringing a little something from home when on the road.

Enjoy your Christmas eve!xx

For more, visit Clement & Claude at http://www.clementandclaude.co.uk/.

 

Styling/Images by Courage & Dash

We never thought origami could be this cool!

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We love Esther Thorpe, founder and creative mind behind Origami Est.

We love her not just because she has the cutest house rabbits that make regular appearances on her Instagram feed, and not just because she turns pieces of paper into amazingly cool 3-d items, but also because at least 10% of proceeds on Origami Est go to Stop the Traffik, a charity committed to helping people find freedom from being trafficked and to raising the awareness of the truth of human trafficking. Love her too, already?
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We first discovered Esther’s work in Smug (if you haven’t been yet, you really ought to), when we were there for the shelfie breakfast with Tiff Grant-Riley. I thought the flower balls were ceramic, which shows how robust they have been folded to look.

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“I have always been obsessed with paperfolding,” Esther tells us. “A couple of years ago, I decided to start folding bigger ornaments to give as gifts for friends.

“I was getting rather addicted – it doesn’t take much for me to get excited about something! So I decided to write a little blog about what I had been making. To my amazement, people started asking if I could make them to sell!”

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“At the time, I was teaching full time, and so I didn’t feel the need to make money from my mini business venture. I have been passionate about supporting STOP THE TRAFFIK for a long time, and it felt right to commit to giving to them through my origami.

“I made me realise how few people know about modern day slavery, so I would try to use Origami-Est as a way of telling people about human trafficking.” What a good idea, Esther!

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We’ve been watching, via Instagram, with amazement at how popular Esther’s origami Christmas collection has been, with particular models and prints flying out of her hands as soon as they are made.

Esther shares with us some of her Christmas traditions: “A few years ago, I folded 24 little origami candy boxes together, to be used as an advent calendar. Every year, we fill the boxes with chocolates and a narrative of the Christmas story.

“The boxes are then stacked on the mantel piece, and as each box is opened, they are hung to make a garland.”

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Esther has also held origami workshops at the Pop Up Cafe in Kent, and at Smug in Islington. She also takes commissions and wholesale orders. Visit her website for more information, and to get yourself some Christmas hangings if you haven’t completed the decorations yet (don’t panic)! We have a feeling the ancients who invented origami would be pretty impressed to see her modern twist on the art.

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http://origamiest.co.uk/

 

Images via Esther Thorpe

Still Looking? Festive Gold+Bombay Duck Giveaway!

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We are having a massive thing for glossy metallics at the moment – it’s most certainly been brought on by tinsel and glitter and sequins that are traditional for this time of year, but for some reason, we can’t seem to get enough! Can you gold foil everything? WE WANT TO.

So… now that you know we are obsessed with shiny things, take a look at the latest Bombay Duck collection, which we absolutely adore. We spotted them at Top Drawer London this year, and could not help but wander over (multiple times) to pick up various bits of crockery and homewares.

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Bombay Duck was founded by two sisters, Laura and Steph, who love shopping and travelling. The brand is well known for its vivacious colours and bold print, inspired by time spent by both of them in the Far East. Bombay Ducks’ style has changed since we first discovered it – the new designs work for both lovers of pattern as well as of block colours. However, our favourite thing about the business, is that it started as a sisterly dream and has now grown into a large, global lifestyle name.

The site has everything you could possibly need to kit out your home (esp. your rented home!) with – from soft furnishings to kitchenware to picture frames, there is something for every home. And most definitely something for everyone, especially if like us you are not done with your Christmas shopping yet, eek!

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Doesn’t the tea set above look so chic?

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To celebrate the season, and since it is nearly Christmas after all, we are giving away a Besotted mug from the new Bombay Duck collection. Simply follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and get more chances to win: click here
for details!
Competition closes on Dec. 21, 2014, and we will select a winner at random.

Visit Bombay Duck for more homely goodness and inspiration:
https://www.bombayduck.com

 

Images via Bombay Duck

Real Studios: Inspiration from Holly Booth Photography’s quirky studio

Most of you probably already know the wonderful Holly Booth – one part stylist, one part photographer, one part quite lovely and talented. If you are a small creative business you need to get Holly on speed dial!

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Holly is a commercial photographer, who pretty much specialises in product shots for businesses. Her style is distinctive, which was what led us to want to see her studio. Holly started her photography business in 2010, and has since been featured in various magazines, including Mollie Makes.

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Beautiful Derby is the setting for the studio, and is where Holly lives, with her fiancé, Pete, their French bulldog boy, Remi and a tiny, mischievous housecat called Juno. She’s a self-professed fan of documentaries, exploring antique shops in search of treasure (we do too!) and “pretty much anything to do with David Bowie.” Haha! Doesn’t she sound delightful?

We have been kindly allowed to snoop around Holly Booth Photography’s studio, and we really liked spotting quirky items (like the Japanese lucky cat!) that show off Holly’s style and vintage love – inspiring interiors with a dose of fun. Enjoy!

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Thanks for having us!

For more Holly Booth Photography inspiration and information about services, visit http://www.hollybooth.com.

Images: Holly Booth