Chic Summer Dining

With summer well and truly here making the most of the long, balmy evenings with a super stylish alfresco soiree with friends is a must.

To get a classic sophisticated look follow these simple styling tips below.

Step One- Linen

Simplicity is key, vintage washed linens or anything with a french feel is a must.

Henley Linen Napkins| The White Company

Natural Stipe Table Runner| Not On The High Street

Nautical Rope Knot Napkin Rings| Marks and Spencer

Step Two- Tableware

If you have a matching dinner set, great; mix and match? Even better.

Serve food on different sized wooden boards for a rustic feel.

 

French Blue Faustine Plates | Dibor

Jamie Oliver Serving Board | Dunelm

Step Three- Lighting 

Fairy lights, lanterns and candles for when the light fades but the party is only beginning.

Rope Handle Hurricane Lanterns | Laura Ashley

Pure Pillar Candle | The White Company

White Cotton Ball String Lights | Cotton Ball Lights 

Much Love,

Judy xo

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Pale Blue Bedrooms

It must be the promise of fresh spring days in the horizon that has me drawn to the palest of blues, duck egg and chalky hues.

This calm and mellow colour is just made for the bedroom. You don’t need to live by the coast to pull it off either. Here is some inspiration to whet your appetite.

*Images via Pinterest

In my own bedroom, I tend to buy bedding in blue and most recently bought a gorgeous blue bird one out of ASDA (if you know me, you know I only have good things to say about their bedding).

I have picked a few bits and pieces to help inspire you to transform your bedroom into a fortress of calm and tranquility, enjoy.

PB Made Bed

Double Bed, Cambridge Blue// Made.com

PB Swoon Chair

Rouen Stool, Duck Egg Blue// Swoon Editions

PB Bedding LA

Bluebirds Duvet// Laura Ashley

PB Cusion HOF

Harriet Hare Stripe Cushion, Blue/Grey // House of Fraser

PB Bedside Table

Pale Blue Bonaparte Bedside Table// French Bedroom Company

PB Asda box

Dragonfly Jewellery Box// ASDA

Much Love,

Judy xo

Autumn Interiors

Have a peep at some Autumnal Interior styling ideas for your home!

Welcome to Autumn Frenchies!

‘I am so glad I live in a world were there are Octobers’– Anne of Green Gables

Autumn is by far my favourite season, I think it is the the feeling of change in the air and the cool but yet still mild weather.

What is also exciting is being able to reflect the change in the season in my home. I have discussed in previous posts about my love of bringing the outside in. Having a neutral colour palette in your homes means you can add in subtle changes with ease.

Here are some of the autumnal changes I have started to bring into my home in the past weeks, if you follow me on Instagram you will have had a sneak peek already.

Munchkin PumpkinI just love munchkin pumpkins! You do not have to spend a fortune to add seasonal elements to your home. These little fellows are 90p from Sainsbury’s vegetable aisle. I have these dotted through the kitchen and dining room. Why not try your local farmers market for more unusual ones? If you are not fond of the mess of pumpkin carving, these are a great alternative.

Garland

I just ADORE this bunting above my stove in the living room. A bargain TKMAXX find (yes it is my favourite shop, I seldom shop elsewhere these days!)

Why not try and make your own with conkers or acorns that you find on a foraging trip, its a great way to entertain kids at the weekends or half term…or yourself if you are at a loose end 🙂

Autumnal Cushion

This ‘Malini’ cushion I just couldn’t pass over! It reminds me of the group of sycamore trees that sit out the back of my house, as well as the fairy ring in the field opposite my house. I have these on my grey corner sofa to tie in with this chair. Again I keep all my other pieces neutral, too many different prints can look a bit fussy so i decided to stick to trees. The next purchase on my wish list for the living room is a grey faux fur rug…let the searching commence!

Side Board, Dining room.Adding an autumn wreath to the home is quite an American touch I feel. I purchased this from TKMAXX who have a lot of ‘Fall’ and ‘Thanks Giving’ decor in at the moment, it would be rude not to join in 🙂 These antler candle sticks I bought last year add the height and balance needed on the sideboard, as the lamps are very tall.

I changed the other nik-naks on the sideboard to grey and silver to compensate for the rusty tones of the wreath.

Floral Centrepiece & Pumpkins.Adding flowers in autumnal colours is also an effective way to bring the outside in. Instead of buying your white roses this week, try some burnt orange or yellow.

The little black starry bucket is a tea light holder that I purchased from my local garden centre.

Again note the munchkin pumpkins! Perfect in any vignette.

Autumn Bedding

Finally, don’t forget the bedroom! I have an eternal love of blue and white, but it can feel cold in the chillier months. This raspberry Toile bed set from Laura Ashley was the first thing I bought when Simon and I got engaged. If you cannot bear to part with your crisp white bed linen, how about adding a throw or scatter cushions to add that depth of colour and cosiness we all need for the chillier months.

If you fancy looking at some other autumn/winter inspiration, why not have a peep at my Pinterest board.

Have you started to think about adding Autumnal elements into your home, or can you not bear to let go of summer?

P.S have you entered my Facebook competition yet?

Much Love,

Judy xo

Camouflaging IKEA Into The Home.

There is nothing wrong with IKEA furniture, I have a few pieces throughout my home which I really love. 

The secret though is mixing it with other items and making it look expensive rather than a shrine to the flat pack purveyors! 

Take my bedroom for example, this was the first bedroom we decorated when we got married, so we were a tad low on cash. In the past year I’ve added in more pieces to dress it up. 

My bed is from Laura Ashley,  ivory in colour and rather ornate so I use it as my key bedroom piece and change up the colour with various bed linen or scatter cushions. The rest of the larger furniture in the room is from IKEA.

Soft furnishings and knick knacks are a great way of switching things up without spending a fortune!

 

These IKEA bedside tables are great as I can change my colour scheme as I please!
   
I love white, fresh items for a bedroom and this full length IKEA mirror is perfect for the space. I have my eames style chair in this corner too and i change the soft furnishings regularly. The sheep skin is also from IKEA and it gets rotated around every room!
 
This was probably one of the best IKEA purchases! This dresser is huge, and there is a side for hubs and I. I have dressed it with all my mirrored items, and my upcycled mirror i got for a steal off gumtree!
 
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I incorporated IKEA into my bedroom. The aim in the future is to get more antique style pieces moved in whilst keeping the space fresh and interesting.

Much Love,

Judy xo