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Adelle’s Christmas haul

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

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Adelle's Christmas haul

Justin bought me lovely presents again this year, so I thought I’d sing his praises and share a few pics of my Christmas haul.

Vintage industrial iron letter A

My presents were marked with this huge lovely old letter A – just in case I couldn’t find the large pile of gifts when I awoke on Christmas morning!

Tweed jacket

The first thing I opened was this gorgeous coat in Burren tweed. It’s made by Jack Murphy and has a modern country look. It’s perfect for all kinds of occasion – walking the dog on a sunny, crisp winters morning; browsing the shops in one of our Yorkshire market towns – or a day at the races all spring to mind!

Tweed jacket detail

As Justin knows, the shade of purple in this tweed is just about my favourite colour. He also bought me some cosy, fleecy pyjamas which carried on the theme. The purple ones have a sweet little heart design and the grey ones have festive snowflakes!

Pyjamas detail

Justin usually buys me a piece of jewellery at Christmas. This year he chose something from Element in Hebden Bridge. The stone is polished flint with a silver mount. I love the simple Scandinavian style and the fact that something beautiful has been created from such a humble material.

Polished flint ring from Element in Hebden Bridge

Next came some vintage fashion! Justin spends a lot of his time trawling for vintage loveliness, so I do quite well for handbags and the like. These two pieces date from the 1970s – a lovely pale blue, soft leather handbag and a roomy vanity case in yellow ochre.

Vintage handbag and vanity case

And what about this gorgeous little man! Well, he’s not so little – standing 16 inches tall. The robin’s breast is covered in Wiltshire Berry R Tana Lawn patterned fabric from the Liberty Art Fabrics Collection. I’d mentioned how gorgeous I thought he was when I was sourcing gift ideas for our blog. Then lo & behold – this wonderful splash of colour emerged from a simple brown paper package. He’s making me smile just looking at this photograph!

Large Liberty print robin figure and pair of bird books by Matt Sewell

There were more charming birds in the form of this little books. They’re produced by a favourite illustrator of ours, Matt Sewell. They’re entitled Our Garden Birds and Our Woodland Birds, so they’ll cover many of the birds I’ll see on our walks.

Pair of bird books by Matt Sewell

And Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a chocolatey treat! He bought me some luxury chocolate spread – perfect for the morning croissants.

Tin of fine chocolate spread

I think this girl done good!

Let it snow!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

vintage illustration of skiers while it's snowing | @hisforhome

A very merry Christmas to all our friends, readers and loyal customers!

Adelle & Justin's signatures

Fudge's paw print signature

Gifts for… The last minute

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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Selection of last minute gifts for Christmas

It’s the 22nd of December and you’ve suddenly realised that there’s a gaping hole in your Christmas present list. What do you do? Where can you go for those last minute gifts… you know, ones that don’t look as though they’re last minute gifts?

Don’t panic, we’ve got a few recommendations. Some of these are ‘virtual’ gifts such as the charity support and activity days. You can simply email your gift to the recipient on Christmas day. The others such as the chocolates and the flowers can be ordered as late as the afternoon of the 23rd for delivery before Christmas Day.

  1. Tasting for two choice voucher: £30, Buyagift
  2. Adopt the snow pack: from £10 per month, WWF
  3. Contribute towards building 3 maternity wards in a rural hospital in Kenya: £20, Present Aid
  4. The Christmas luxe: £32, Hotel Chocolat
  5. Christmas rose gift bag with truffles: £20, Moonpig
  6. 2 for 1 pamper day at Bannatyne’s Health Club: £79, Prezzybox
  7. One night glamping break collection: £59, Virgin Experience Days

Dressing your windows for Christmas

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

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Outdoor Christmas decorationsImage credit: Crazy Frankenstein

The way we dress our homes for the holiday season is a big part of the Yuletide fun.

Showing others that you’re taking part in the celebrations is a great way of joining in with the festive spirit – one of the most creative ways you can do this is by dressing your windows for Christmas.

Metallic baubles hanging in a windowImage credit: Harpers Bazaar

Where to start

Whether yours is one of the many luxury new homes around the country or an older period property, there’s nothing more off-putting than dirty or grimy windows at any time of the year. So, the best place to start is to make sure your windows are sparkling clean inside and out.

The next thing is to decide if you want to decorate just the insides or make the most of the outside of your windows as well. Obviously this will come down to practicalities as in many cases it might be difficult to get to outside windows that aren’t on the ground floor.

Fir tree snowflake Christmas window decorationImage credit: Britt Willoughby Dyer

Materials

If you can put decorations outside it’s a good idea to let nature help you. You can use holly or other similar classic natural winter greenery which you know can withstand the outdoor conditions.

If you plan to use lights or other electrical equipment outside it is essential to check that they are suited to the purpose and will pose no threat or danger in wet or windy conditions.

Colourful Christmas stockings and decorations hanging in a windowImage credit: Impressionen

Indoors

Whatever the size of your windows, let your imagination run wild!

There are many ways you can decorate the inside of your windows – have some fun with it.

If you have a property with old fashioned windows such as sash windows – you can make them look great with just a little fake snow and glitter. Carefully applied in the right way this can result in a really authentic, classic Dickensian Christmas card look.

More modern windows with large panes of glass can provide a blank canvas for a whole range of ideas. Spraying glitter materials through stencils or other cut-outs can work just as well as using elaborate and potentially expensive lighting set-ups.

Christmas tree in a corner in front of windowsImage credit: Better Homes and Gardens

Tree

One thing that can’t be beaten for maximum effect is simply placing your Christmas tree in front of the window. This not only means you can leave curtains or blinds open to show your neighbours how lovely your tree is, but it also gives you some privacy too.

Christmas is a time of fun and festivity – so get involved this year!

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Gifts for… the Home

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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selection of Christmas gifts for the home

We’re all busy buying presents for each other at this time of year. Spare a thought for your home – it has feelings too! :-)

  1. Red Liberty print felt stocking: £39.95, Liberty
  2. FÉE DES NEIGES duvet cover: £35-£75, La Redoute
  3. Macedonia coasters: £8 each, Anthropologie
  4. Stem Jacquard clementine towels: £4-£38, Orla Kiely
  5. Marimekko Kukkuluuruu tin: £15, John Lewis
  6. Country Living – Modern Rustic: £9.99, Hearst Magazines
  7. Zigzag tiles long matchbox: £10, The Conran Shop
  8. Bugatti Vera kettle in orange: £189, Amara
  9. Three white & copper leaf tea light holders: £20, Cox & Cox
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