The Big Spring List

It’s that time again, when I start to enjoy Spring and getting the most out of the season. Spring has to be my absolute favourite time of year, not least because it’s my birthday! Every year I make a list of experiences and goals to make sure I enjoy the longer days, better light and everything springing to life around me.

I’d love to hear what you have planned in the coming months and what you do to celebrate the arrival of spring?

Here are the things I’ll be ticking off my list this year…

    • Curate a wall of art to finish my dining room in soothing and of-­‐the-­‐moment greens and blues.
    • Set some time aside to design our garden and outdoor space, including the deck that is yet to be installed.

    • Instead of using Spring flowers, for a change I’m going to use brightly coloured fruits to provide splashes of colour around the house in glass vases and crisp white ceramic dishes.
    • I’ll be trying to make my diet healthier with creative salads (particularly as the kitchen will be out of action!) Plan a trip to the Lake District to get some fresh air and enjoy the daffodils in Wordsworth country
    • Florals are so big in interiors this year that I’ll be looking for other ways to incorporate them, perhaps with prints or floral fabrics.

    • Play around with new manicure ideas for spring colour and fun even when the weather’s not so bright outside ;)
    • Make the most of time with Pete as a couple, before the baby arrives, with plenty of date nights.

  • Lastly, I need to turn my attention to the nursery and start getting it all sorted. I’m planning a colour filled room with restful corners and details to balance out the brights.

So readers, what are your plans? Do share your own spring list in the comments box!


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Friday Fun…

For the end of the week and in anticipation of the spring weather we have been promised for the weekend, I thought I’d share this little find. Yesterday I spotted these gorgeous desktop and mobile wallpapers by Elise Pescheret over on DesignLoveFest. I’ve seen her work before on Pinterest and I’m going to be dressing my tech immediately with these beautiful pieces of art. Perfect fore spring pretty and a friday pick me up.

Enjoy readers!


V-day Fun…

Is it me or is Valentines day on steroids this year?

I happened to go shopping this weekend and everywhere I turned it seems the Valentines day factory had come to town. Not just chocolates and flowers and gifts but Valentines outfits and foods and everything.

I know lots of people hate it, and I must admit, Pete and I don’t really celebrate, settling for a card and usually a night in with some good food and wine, but I like Valentines day. I like the idea of spending time with the one you love and more than that I like the idea of little gestures and sweet surprises that make people smile, friend or stranger. (Last year I filled our living room with heart shaped balloons.)

So as is tradition I’ve rounded up a few V-day ideas that caught my eye. Most of them are food related admittedly and I might well make some valentines biscuits for work. Why not spread the love?

Lots of heart shaped love,

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#JanuaryJoy: Make a Calendar

One of the things I am terrible at doing is printing my photos. I’m pretty sure last year I intended to print some and when I got my new job I decided to print some for my walls, needless to say I haven’t done either of them. One thing I did do however was make a calendar and I reckon it’s one of the quickest and easiest things you can do to make use of your pictures and get enjoyment out of them every single day. It’s a start right?

Last year, I used Keepsy – not a cheap way to do it I hasten to add but at the time the only way I could find to make a calendar with my Instagram snaps. For each month I chose images format he previous year in the same month. It was so much fun looking back at where we had been this time last year and of course there were special images of people and things that represented that time, like my 30th birthday and our anniversary.

This year, I have decided to make a few different calendars – I have one in the kitchen, one in the study and one at work. I’ll be making the main one for the Kitchen using a medium calendar template from Photobox for the A4 wall calendar but I also saw this fab download that I had to share from Going Home to Roost. Just click though to download the template to make your own using the template pictured below.

Image via Going Home to Roost

I prefer to have lots of boxes below my pictures to add all our activities into, but a template like this is a simple and budget friendly way to make a calendar that is more for reference and checking dates (like I do at work.)

So, before you commit your photos to another year on your hard drive and never look at them again, give them an airing on your wall for a change and make a calendar!


PS Did you see Friday’s post? Win a £50 Hush voucher by entering our giveaway. Ends tonight!

#JanuaryJoy: Plan a Girls night in [GIVEAWAY!]


So tell me, when did you last have a girls night in with your bestie?

When Jess and I lived together and then sometimes in the years after we used to have regular nights in. We would open a bottle of wine, give ourselves a manicure or facial and sit in our PJ’s watching chick flicks. It’s the sort of thing you don’t do as you get older, instead you end up sitting on the sofa with your man and in my book, that’s a travesty. A couple of weeks back Jess and I decided it was high time we did it again some time and it seemed like a perfect way to kick off the year.

So when the nice people at Hush offered to do a giveaway, it seemed like the perfect time to put together some of my must have essentials for the perfect girls night in.

Pyjamas // Slipper boots // Jo Malone Candle // Glitter polish, files and Nail caviar // Sanctuary Face Mask // Eve Lom Rescue Mask // Dirty Dancing // Bridesmaids // Cosy socks

As it’s January and no doubt everyone is feeling a little bit glum, how about a little treat? Hush are giving away a £50 voucher to one of you lucky readers. All you need to do is leave a comment saying what you would do on your perfect girls night in and I’ll randomly select a winner on Sunday evening.

And do plan that girls night readers… remember how fun it used to be?


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Here comes #JanuaryJoy!

It’s that time again readers! Time to reveal #JanuaryJoy 2014! I’m super excited to get going and make January a lot more joyful than dreary December was!

A little bit of background in case you’re new to January Joy…

The numbers in the image above correspond to dates. As per usual here at FF, there will be no weekend tasks. You don’t have to sign up to do everything and you don’t have to do them in order. Dip in and out as you like.

If you would like to follow along with January Joy feel free to spread the word on your own blog (and use the image above,) or tweet about it using the tag #JanuaryJoy. You can even post it (and hashtag) on Instagram!

So let’s get excited about 2014! See you tomorrow!


Last years January Joy

Christmas Gift Guide #5: The Mini Me’s

Today I’m moving onto the mini-me’s. It can be hard to buy for the little ones and that old cliche about the cardboard box being more interesting than the present really does ring true. I also find that toys veer far too much down the plastic-fantastic route and try my best to steer well clear of those, preferring instead to buy choices I know the parents of any little one will love just as much as the little one themselves, if not more.

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What do you think readers, do you have little ones to buy for? What are your top tips and finds this year?
Michelle xx

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Christmas Gift Guide #4: The Stylish Homemaker

For those of you who are last minute shopping, we have a slew of gift guides this week for you and a couple of festive treats from my contributors. Hold onto your Santa hats!

Although I love the festive feeling of towns all dressed up in their twinkly lights, I must admit I have a real aversion to shopping when it’s incredibly busy. Brings me out in a cold sweat. So I tend to do the bulk of my shopping online from the comfort of my own home.

And with a really varied range of people to buy for this year my finds are quite an eclectic mix, so I’ve split them into a few gift guides which Rebecca is kindly sharing with you readers throughout the week.

First up is the stylish homemaker… we all have a friend who loves her home and gets excited about paint and wallpaper samples, well these are the perfect gifts for her (or him!). This one was pretty easy for me to put together as it’s basically everything I already want.

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  • 1. Magazine buying always feels like such an indulgent luxury so what could be better than having this drop through your letterbox every month? A subscription actually works out much more cost-effective too. Living etc Magazine Subscription Gift Pack (12 issues)
  • 2. I love the intricate design of this Morse-Code Love Blanket by HollyBerry (how can you not buy one for Christmas with that name?)
  • 3. If you’re going to give scented candles then why not make sure they’re the best… Tom Dixon Scented Candle Gift Set I can see these making great desk pots once the candle has burned away
  • 4. The neon trend shows no signs of slowing down and these are a quirky little gift that won’t break the bank but will definitely impress Seletti – Neon Art Neon Letters Numbers and Shapes
  • 5. It may be practical but oh how pretty is it? Seletti Cutting Board
  • 6. This has long been on my list and I’m hoping will be under my own tree this Christmas Decorating with Style Abigail Ahern
  • 7. This may seem like an off choice of present but seriously I would love it if someone bought me these, they’re hard to track down and it’s one of those items I covet and never get round to buying Heals Plumen Bulbs. A stocking filler perhaps?
  • 8. Sipsmith Damson Vodka 50cl and 9. Kosta Boda Tumblers Of course these have to be given together, perhaps with a little handwritten recipe for a delicious Damson Vodka cocktail
  • 10. Ceramic Letter Hook another unexpected stocking filler that’s cute and original
  • 11. We Love Karou Mug sipping a morning coffee in these is guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face
  • 12. And of course they could only sit atop these Artek Siena Coasters. Gorgeous!


Michelle xx

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A Christmas palette of Inspiration

In preparation for Christmas, I’ve found myself drawn to simple, natural decor in a restrained palette of chalkboard black, snow white, cranberry red and of course a touch of Christmas sparkle.

Today I thought I’d round up a selection of finds ranging from decor inspiration and DIY’s to foodie treats. I hope you spy something you like…


CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE #3: Stocking fillers

In my family, it’s customary to have a main christmas or birthday present, and also some small presents too, which is lovely to receive but tricky to accomplish sometimes. It’s hard to find stocking fillers that are both ‘wanted’ and also within budget as they can easily add up. I’ve rounded up a selection of my favourites here for girls and guys (although of course some you might disagree with me – cheese lovers I’m looking at you! ;) )

Earrings £6 Accessorize // Burt Bees Lip Balm, John Lewis £3.14 // Tangle Teezer £10.99 John Lewis // Glitter Tape, £3.50/roll Paper Mash // Bespoke pencil set £25 Abigail Warner at // Meringue Girls Cookbook Amazon £10.20
Happy Socks £8, ASOS // iPhone initial case – Paperchase £12 // Stag and Owl Wine stoppers, Paperchase £8 // Ravioli cutter, Tesco £5.99 // Alex Ferguson My Autobiography, Amazon £12 // Wensleydale with Fig and Orange truckle £1 ASDA

For the girls…

  • Pretty studs for every day
  • A sweet lip balm
  • For girls of all ages, a hair brush guaranteed to get through those knotty ends
  • Sparkly tape for all manner of gift wrapping and crafty plans
  • Personalised pencils for the smartest girl at school (or in the office)
  • For the domestic goddess, or sweet toothed, the cookbook of the moment.
For the boys…
  • Christmas cheese for festive nibbles
  • The most talked about autobiography (and book?) this year, a must for any football fan.
  • For the foodie, a ravioli press to make his own filled pasta parcels
  • Happy socks, because black socks are boring.
  • An initialled Phone cover
  • For a litte bit of gentlemanly style, a stag wine stopper.

I know I always find picking out budget stocking fillers tricky without resorting to the same old same old and without spending a fortune, so I’d love to hear if you have any great ideas?