Christmas is one month away…just saying. Could it be time to start thinking about gifts? I’m going to go with YES! I unashamedly love this time of year and treating those you love and preparing for time off, time away from the computer, time to spend with friends and family. Just thinking about it makes me feel all cosy and comforted. I’m starting the first of a series of gift guides with the cosy theme and some lovely gifts – whether big or small – for those that love to spend time at home and settle into winter not to be seen again until Spring (I can kind of relate to that!). So, here are my picks for the homebody who loves to feel warm and comfortable and to make their home feel the same way…
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At the very end of last year, just before the Christmas decorations came out, photographer Cathy Pyle came over to shoot my flat one last time before I complete our living room and kitchen makeovers. It was a very dark and gloomy day so Cathy did a great job of capturing the little light that there was and even though the flat is in a state of flux as I have recently cleared out loads of stuff from the living room so it looks a little bare, she managed to pick out some lovely details and I’m so pleased that the photographs feature on Apartment Therapy today.
Here are a few of my favourite shots from the home tour…
When we ripped up our carpets last year that had been destroyed by Otto as a puppy (I lost count of the number of times I found myself on my knees scrubbing that carpet clean) I was really excited about choosing a rug once we had painted the floor. I have always been really keen on unique one-off rugs and I trawled through the internet looking for something a bit different that would soften the edges of a hard, stark floor. Ever since I have always had one eye on picking up more unique pieces to add to the eclectic style we have in our flat. Liking a lot of white, as I do, it is also a really good way of adding a few bursts of colours and/or texture to a room.
I know it can be tough to find the time to wade through sites looking for one-off homewares and I remember at the time I bought my rug, which I got shipped from Turkey, lots of people asked me where they could buy one from. Therefore, I have put together a little collection of some of my favourite pieces from some great shops that have done all the hard work for you and sourced these beautiful pieces from around the world…
You know I love a basket or three and I picked up one of the Ghanaian baskets in Brixton market the other day and it’s perfect for winter blankets or magazines next to the sofa. The gorgeous pouf from Maud Interiors is not only a handy extra seat or ottoman but there is something so warm and welcoming about the colours and pattern of kilim textiles (and they hide sneaky red wine spillages a treat!). I have been lusting after a Moroccan pom pom blankets for too long and I think it could be a real showstopper in any room. Add to that the Moroccan leather slippers (perfect gift for any man this Xmas) and the delicious kantha gown made from recycled Indian saris, what more could you need? Well, maybe that beautiful vintage Beni Ourain rug – swoon!
I hope you like some of my choices. Do explore the shops I have picked out because they all have some really beautiful, unique pieces that you won’t see anywhere else. Don’t be afraid to mix and match in your home – I wrote a post last year about combining different styles so take a look for a bit of inspiration and guidance.
Today’s post is all about my desire for more! These are *some* of the items on my wish list at the moment (I always have a wish list, it’s not just a Christmas thing) and I’ve got my fingers crossed that at least one of them ends up under my tree this year. Does anyone else email their Pinterest ‘Things I want for the home’ board to their partner at Christmas and birthdays? Please say it’s not just me!
Obviously, the thing these items have in common, apart from those sweet rings and the beautiful bag, is that they are all home accessories. Basically, that’s all I ever want to receive – lots of beautiful things for my home. I NEED that rug for my hallway (watch out for the before and after shots in the new year – it’s been a long time coming), I’m desperate for dusty rose coloured linen, which would look so beautiful with that Moroccan pom pom blanket, and those towels! I LOVE those towels. Writing this has cast me back to being a young teenager after I had painted my bathroom in my family home. I remember asking my Grandmother for a set of new towels and bathmat to finish off my bathroom makeover; what a strange thing for a teenager to ask for, but how I loved them!
So, there’s a little insight into my obsession with filling my home with all the beautiful things. What’s on your Christmas list?
Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Occa-Home but all the views and opinions are my own.