Because we have a rather long sofa, I’ve noticed while we have had a stream of ‘new house viewing’ guests over in recent weeks that they can be lacking in somewhere to put a cup of tea. Rather than me having a heart attack over whether they’re going to kick over the tea at their feet onto the new carpet, I realised I’m in need of a nest of tables.
I always used to think that table nests were terribly old fashioned but there is so much vintage and retro influence in interiors at the moment that they feel very current and there are also lots of modern styles around.
My preference is towards the glamour of gilded and mirrored styles or this round set from Content by Conran at John Lewis, which have been on my wishlist for a long time. The bonus has to be that you can style up your top table with a lamp and books etc and not have to move anything when you pull out one of the tables beneath for guests.
Although we haven’t put our Christmas decorations up yet, (have you?) I have succumbed to putting the wreath on our front door. There’s simply nothing like a festive welcome, and I love how it adds Christmas cheer to the whole street. For the last couple of years we have had a Twig and frosted berry wreath which has sadly seen better days so our front door is sporting a different design this year. As part of #ShareAdvent (I’m a little late on this one I think,) one of the ideas was to make your own wreath. I’d love to hear if you have done and I’ve rounded up a selection of ideas for you here if you fancy trying some DIY.
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.
This morning for the fourth Florence’s Gift Guide, I’m tackling one of my favourite things to buy – kitchen goodies! Everyone knows someone who considers themselves a whizz in the kitchen and often, the kitchen is where people feel they can’t really splash out or spend money on frivolous finishing touches. I often see gorgeous items that I really want to buy for people so this was an easy one for me
I bought this for my sister last year and think it looks super smart on a kitchen worktop or table displaying your latest creations! Laura Ashley Cake stand with dome.
Do you know someone who collects Le Creuset but can’t afford to add to their collection? These are super cute and affordable at £20 – Le Creuset Preserve Jar – John Lewis
Perfect for a new couple or first married Christmas gift… White Heart serving bowl – The White Company
I love drinking bubbles and often take them to friends houses to celebrate little achievements or milestones, but not everyone has lovely champagne flutes. Marks and Spencers has several fabulous rages of glassware at the moment – well worth a look even for your own home! Champagne Flutes – M&S
For those who want to splash out there’s nothing better than the Candy Apple Red KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer – John Lewis
Warm somebody up with this tactile cable knit textured tea set – Cable Knit tea set – BHS
Because everyone needs one ad this is scandi-style at it best: Red Biscuit tin – M&S
Also available in white, I love the witty take on this ceramic Silver Milk Carton – NOTHS.com
Have you found anything here to help with your Christmas get shopping? Or is there something I have missed? Come back at 11 for the next gift guide – for home lovers, or check out the past gift guides for men, Etsy Gifts, and the girls.