This Christmas we move into a new season as we’re no longer celebrating as two but as three. Little Maggie is barely three months old and lacking much clue of what’s going on, still far more interested in the milk bar but we obviously wanted to make it a special year and start new traditions together. I can’t think of many people who don’t love the evening the decorations go up in their home, over a mince pie and a bit of Micheal Buble for good measure, maybe a tacky Christmas film in the background too. We wanted to create our own little, festive haven in our living room where we could cosy up together under blankets with spiced teas and the seasonal aromas of flickering candles or welcome people in to laugh over pretty drinks and sweet treats. As much as I love Christmas trees, I wanted to create a Winter wonderland without one and that meant without all the faff of falling over branches to thread the fairy lights and without the endless pain of pine needles in a patchy green rug on the floor! We kept things simple and effortless, which was a good thing as we left it all pretty late this year and who has the time to do anything that’s not effortless, with a three month old?
All photos by Sophie Carefull
Take a group of eager bloggers in one very dreamy location in Somerset, thrown together with a number of highly instagrammable independent brands and, hey presto!…you have weekend:IN. This year was to celebrate ‘A Summer of Colour’ and get me, I even wore colour for the occasion. If you know me at all, you’ll know that that’s a scarce rarity!
We’re in the interim where we’re waiting for Spring in complete desperation and yet we’re not quite there yet. Last weekend’s snowfall and sub-zero temperatures was a brutal reminder of that! I don’t know about you but on these chilly days when the evenings still draw in early, I lack the motivation to leave the house. I have to force myself to get out in the ‘oh so fresssh’ air, which is particularly hard in the evening. I’ve somewhat turned into a grandma awaiting the Summer evenings to return before I regain my enthusiasm. I guess you could say I’ve been in hibernation mode and so I thought it fitting to put together a post dedicated to ‘staying in’. Haven’t you heard it’s the new going out??
I’ve collected some essentials to make staying in pretty darn exciting and I’m sharing them with you lovely lot.