Friday, 9 December 2016

Book Review: The Garden Source by Andrea Jones

I first came across The Garden Source by Andrea Jones in a local bookshop and I seriously struggled to put it down! 


This book is a little different from anything else I've seen (and much the better for it!) so let me try to explain...


The Garden Source (published by eightbooks) is divided into four sections, which is each further subdived:

Connect: Lawns, Gates, Steps, Sightlines...
Divide: Walls, Seating, Pots, Trees...
Space: Rural, Small, Walled, Vegetable...
Style: Country, Formal, Contemporary, Rose....

The Garden Source: Inspirational Design Ideas for Gardens and Landscapes: Andrea Jones, James van Sweden: 9780847837595: Amazon.com: Books:

Each of the sections is basically gorgeous photos after gorgeous photo but by curating them in this way it's so easy to find bountiful inspiration and to search very specifically.

The Garden Source: Inspirational Design Ideas for Gardens and Landscapes: Andrea Jones, James van Sweden: 9780847837595: Amazon.com: Books:

It's a little like the Pinterest board of all the best gardens in the world, with each image carefully described, all collected in one stunning place, and in glorious book form!

The Garden Source: Inspirational Design Ideas for Gardens and Landscapes: Andrea Jones, James van Sweden: 9780847837595: Amazon.com: Books:

Andrea Jones is one of the world's foremost garden photographers and seen thousands of different gardens to be able to draw ideas from. The Garden Source is a wonderful sneak peek into the crevices of her beautifully organised archives.


The Garden Source is currently taking pride of place on my pile of bedside books, and I know it'll be one of my go-to book for years to come.


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The Best Modern Country Christmas Hallways Ideas!

And now for the best of all!! I've given you 


and, you are so welcome, my little mince pies, I've saved the best till last...
Yes, I love Country, and yes, I'm all for a bit of Scandi love but you know I'm always a sucker for anything Modern Country decoration so don't tell me you didn't know it was coming!

Here are my Top Ten Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas!!

Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas
Wind gorgeous (and free!) ivy lengths in and out of your hallway banisters for a perfect Christmas garland

Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas
Take your existing hallway decorations as inspiration for your Christmas theme

Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas
You can NEVER go wrong with too many Christmas lights cascading down your hall

Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas
For those with less room in their hallways, hang your Christmas stockings all in a row...

Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas
A cluster of lanterns looks cosy and welcoming

Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas
At Christmastime, get rid of other clutter in your hallways, to give you maximum decorating space

Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas
Add don't forget there's more space on your front door!

Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas
If you've gone for a floral wreath, coordinating bunches of flowers will add an extra special Christmas vibe

Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas
A full-on Christmas tree in your hallway?! Go for it, my friends!!

Modern Country Christmas Hallway Ideas
And if you can't go out, then you can always go up!!

And there you go: ten, utterly scrumptious Modern Country Christmas hallways. Now, fly, fly, my lovelies, and put some of that Christmas magic into your own hallways...


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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Ten Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

Aaaah, Country Christmas hallways, I LOVE YOU! The decorations are going up in our home. Day by day, every room is getting more and more Christmassy. Bliss!! Now, I've had lots of questions over the years about how best to decorate your hall at this festive time of year. 

So here are a super-fantastic 
Ten Country Christmas Hallway Decoration ideas....

Ten Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

Ten Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

Ten Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

Ten Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

Ten Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

Ten Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

Ten Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

Ten Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

Ten Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

Ten Country Christmas Hallway Ideas

What are you waiting for? Get into your Country style hallway and make it Christmassy!! 


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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Top Ten Nordic / Scandinavian Christmas Hallway Ideas

It's the first day of December! Christmas is coming!!
So I thought we'd kick off this most joyful of seasons with some gorgeous Scandinavian-inspired Christmas hallways.

Don't you love to walk into a lovely festive hallway, to be greeted by Christmas sights and sounds and smells from the moment the front door is opened, and these, my Top Ten Christmas Nordic Hallways do just that....

Top Ten Nordic / Scandinavian Christmas Hallway Ideas

Top Ten Nordic / Scandinavian Christmas Hallway Ideas

Top Ten Nordic / Scandinavian Christmas Hallway Ideas

Top Ten Nordic / Scandinavian Christmas Hallway Ideas

Top Ten Nordic / Scandinavian Christmas Hallway Ideas

Top Ten Nordic / Scandinavian Christmas Hallway Ideas

Top Ten Nordic / Scandinavian Christmas Hallway Ideas

Top Ten Nordic / Scandinavian Christmas Hallway Ideas

Top Ten Nordic / Scandinavian Christmas Hallway Ideas

Top Ten Nordic / Scandinavian Christmas Hallway Ideas

Is this Scandinavian Christmas look your hallway cup of tea (or should that be mulled wine?!)?
Or do you like your Christmas hallways with a little more colours?

Then you'll love what I'm about to share...


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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Book Review: Tanya Bakes by YouTuber Tanya Burr

It's that time of year when, not only am I buying, buying, buying for friends and family's Christmas presents but I'm also, rather sneakily, adding ideas to my own wish list, leaving a trails of hints which get more and more obvious as time goes by! 


So when I came across Tanya Bakes (by super-YouTuber Tanya Burr) it made me think that I should share it with you in time for you to add it to your Christmas list!


Tanya Bakes, as you can imagine, is choc-full (pardon the pun!) of gorgeous photography, perfect staging and clever words but is it worth the cover price? On a word, yes!! Every page exudes warmth, gentle humour and that zeitgeisty word hygge (the Danish word for the ritual of enjoying simple pleasures).


The book is spilt into 8 chapters, Cookies and Biscuits, Muffins, Cupcakes & Tray bakes, Cakes & Loaves, Puddings, Pastry, Bread, Brunch and Special Occasions.

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And, oh my goodness, this book contains recipe after recipe that you will want to dive straight into the moment you turn each crisp, glossy page. With names like the Ultimate Celebration Cake, Chocolate Orange Cheesecake, Kate's Mum's Lemon Slices and Salted Caramel Brownies, your only problem will be which to tackle first.

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Tanya's little preambles will boost your confidence no end, making you feel as though you too can conquer the world! She has a knack of spanning the bridge between celebrity and ordinary girl-next door.

{It should definitely be mentioned that there are mistakes in this book but Penguin here are at pains to say that these aren't a reflection on Tanya and offer to replace any copies that contain errors.}

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