Saturday, 16 November 2013

Chalet Chic

As these dark winter nights are well and truly upon us now I decided to share some of my favourite Chalet looks with you.

There is nothing better than packing your bags, ready to head out to the mountains.
What could be more relaxing than taking in the scenery of snowy mountains, breathing the crisp fresh air and at the end of the day, chilling out under a cosy blanket by a roaring fireplace.

There is something timeless about most Chalet interiors. The use of timber, sumptuous furniture, faux fur throws and cushions create the most warm and inviting surroundings to relax in and really welcome the cold winter evenings.

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Loving the weathered timber beams, flooring and walls.White comfy sofa accessorized with grey cushions and throw gives this space a contemporary twist.

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The dark tones and luxurious materials creates a certain mystery to this bedroom deco.

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How about enjoying your evening feast in this beautiful dining space.
Exposed brick walls work well matched with contemporary Eames rockers, rustic chandelier and the open log fire.

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This interior demonstrates that Chalet Chic doesn't always have to stay in the mountains.
Industrial wallpaper and neon artwork mixed with grand armchair, soft tartan and a few antlers gives this room that eclectic feel full of attitude.

My lift pass in my pocket, I hope you too will be able to enjoy a few winter days in the mountains soon.
I hope I have not only warmed you up but also inspired you to create a cosy snug to retire to after a busy day.


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Get ahead for Christmas

Strolling down London's Kings Road yesterday, admiring all the beautiful Christmas windows, it dawned on me that there is only six weeks until the 25th December.

Most of us love visitors but it might all seem a little overwhelming especially at Christmas as the expectations and emotions run high.

I figured it might be quite handy to share some ideas with you of how to get ahead of the game.


First impressions always count, so be sure to have your hallway or entrance hall in tip top order.
You might want to just de-clutter your entrance from coats and shoes and make sure you have enough hanging space for your guests belongings. Maybe add a hook or invest in a funky coat stand.
You might want to add a fresh coat of paint to walls and ceiling to brighten up the space.
Think about adding a statement chair , stool or a bench near the entrance and perhaps, hang a picture or two or a statement mirror on the wall.
You can add warmth by placing a rug or runner and finish off the ambience with Christmas decorations, scented candles and twinkly lights.

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Guest Room

Whether you have family visiting or friends staying overnight, a spare bed or a sofa bed will be a bonus.
Consider refreshing the spare room by creating a feature wall with paint, hang some gorgeous new wallpaper or add some artwork to the walls.
Invest in new bedding. Crisp white linen will work every time and keep gorgeous throws and blankets handy for extra warmth and comfort.
Set up a bedside table, add lamp, alarm clock and reading material for a homely touch.

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Living Space

De-clutter your living area and make sure you have enough comfortable seating for everyone.
Comfy, large cushions work well also for seating on the floor, if space is tight.
Add small tables for drinks and nibbles or have plenty of trays to hand.
Light plenty of candles and light the fire to add to that relaxed holiday feel.

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If the bathroom is looking tired and neglected this could be a great opportunity to sort it out.  But as time is limited, I would just advice you to tackle some minor issues that might just be enough to bring the bathroom up to scratch. 
Clean, clean and clean. Scrub all surfaces till they shine again, sort out any leaking taps and shower heads.
Ensure visitors have new fluffy towels to hand and invest in some gorgeous new bath products.
Home fragrance oils and scented candles always help.


This is the one room that I can guarantee will see a lot of visitors over the holiday season, so try and make it interesting. Try hanging some quirky wallpaper as this often works brilliantly in smaller spaces.
Alternatively think about hanging photos or pictures. Make it fun!
Remember to put out luxury soaps and hand cream, not forgetting fresh hand towels.

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All this done, it's now time to sit back, relax and wait for the guests to arrive.
Enjoy! Kx