Last year I wrote a post about festoon lighting and listed some sources available at the time. You can still read that post here and see for yourself if they are still available, but the trend is going nowhere and thankfully the strings of globe lights with a soft glow perfect for pretty outdoor illumination are getting more widely available. I’ve spotted 3 in the last couple of weeks and thought I’d share them in case anyone is still looking for them. Do let me know if you have spotted any too! (The B&Q set looks like great value.)
So, pay day has either been, or is coming (and can’t come quick enough!) and after a long, dark, grim month I think it’s time to treat yourself. However, I know from reading your comments here, talking about budgets and houses, that the majority of people reading really aren’t in a position to treat themselves. When I was turning over the concept of a treat in my mind, I first of all thought of the age old bag v shoes dilemma every woman is supposed to have. And then I thought, I wonder how many of use would choose to splurge on something for the house instead if you unexpectedly had some money left over, or wanted to mark a big achievement. I know a year or two ago I’d have been straight to the front of the handbag department queue, but give me a bit of spare cash now and I’ll be looking for something for the house without a doubt.
But then when I really think of a treat, I don’t necessarily think of expensive things, it’s the little things and the money can’t buy experience that I really long for. Time to myself with Pete, uninterrupted time in each others company. A long bath with a large glass of ice cold wine and a stack of magazines. A long luxurious lie in followed by breakfast in bed and those magazines again. Blue skies and sunshine warming my skin. Freshly painted nails. A spa facial with a friend…
So, today I have 2 questions for you…
1. For a monetary treat… Shoes, bag or home stuff?
2. For your actual treat as January comes to an end, what do you really want most?
PS. I very almost wrote a fashion post today… Lots of that to come in February 🙂
This morning it’s the big kahuna. Gifts for men. I think it’s safe to say that every man in the history of the universe suddenly turns into a nightmare to buy for from the age of 15. They either buy what they want as soon as they want it, leaving you nothing to spoil him with, or they simply ‘don’t want anything at all’ leaving you in a quandary.
Here are a few ideas, from stocking fillers to larger presents that will hopefully at least inspire you if not solve your problems…
Add some Saville Row chic to his sartorial selection; Happy Socks, ASOS
Just recently, I’ve been thinking about switching our usual sofa cushions for some more seasonally appropriate textiles. There are so many graphic prints and luxurious textures around to nod to the colder weather approaching that it’s really hard not to be tempted, so I thought I’d do a little round up of my favourites.
In an effort to stay stylish and keep away from a Christmas theme, I’ve stayed away from reds, choosing natural tones, rustic knits and plush velvets or fur and a bit of the seasons interiors colour, moody blues.
Reindeer, Fox and Grey/White Argyle knit, Marks and Spencer.
Just a short interlude to let you all know about a competition that I think is well worth entering.
Lee Broom won Designer of the Year at the 2011 British Design Awards. Already a favourite at Heals (who have previously worked with him in their Heals ReDiscovers collection, on the exclusive to Heals Architrave series) they’ve teamed up with Lee in celebration to offer one person the opportunity to win a Lee Broom decanter light from his collection.
Each light is sourced from vintage suppliers and antiques markets and transformed from the original lead crystal decanter into a repurposed light.
I think they’re gorgeous and the competition is only open for another 3 days so head on over to the Heals blog for more information and sign up to the Heals newsletter (at the bottom of the page on the left side) to be in with a chance to win!