Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Summer in a Glass | Rose in Thorns

One of my favourite candle suppliers, Rose in Thorns, asked if I'd like to try their latest product, a soy glass candle. Because I'm of the opinion that you can never have too many beautiful scented candles, I was only too happy to oblige!

Made from natural soy wax, each candle is hand poured, topped with a wooden lid and tied with a soft, natural ribbon. You can rest easy knowing that soy wax is a natural chemical-free, biodegradable and renewable resource. And, when you've finished your candle, you can return the glass to Rose in Thorns to refill. Return four empty soy glass tumblers and receive one free.

The candle comes in two different sizes and a range of delectable fragrances  - rose, frangipani, vanilla, mandarin & mimosa, jasmine & honeysuckle, pineapple & coconut, white tea, carnation, passion, sweet lemongrass, and red raspberry. I chose pineapple & coconut, and it is, quite simply, summer in a glass! I had it burning over the weekend and it filled the house with the most delicious summery scent.

One very important tip I'd like to share... the first time you burn a candle sets the stage for the life of that candle. If you burn the candle for a short time and only have a small wax pool, the dry hard wax around the outside will almost never burn - you'll get what is called "candle tunnelling". You want the wax to melt all the way to the edge, which usually means burning your candle for at least 3 hours. I highly recommend trying these gorgeous soy glass candles, and (as we get closer and closer to the festive season) they'd make great gifts for family, friends, or your kids' teachers.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Summer Cottage in the City

When you look at this beautiful home with it's recycled ceiling beams and white painted floors, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was somewhere in Scandinavia. In fact, it's in Brooklyn, New York! I know, you never would've guessed. Owners, Lyndsay Caleo and Fitzhugh Karol, both grew up in the country, and they designed the house to be an escape from the city. Their home was the first project they worked on together after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design.

What is so impressive is the fact that much of the furniture was made by the couple using mostly salvaged materials. They built the dining room table together; the downstairs couch was made from recycled ceiling beams; the fireplace sculpture from wood scraps; Lyndsay made the mahogany shelves downstairs; Fitzhugh made the island top, the stools, the bed, the stairs, the coffee table, the desk and so much more.

Contemporary pieces have also been mixed in alongside pre-loved items like the 1920's cast iron sink, kitchen lights from an Indian ship, and the old Indian daybed. Lyndsay and Fitzhugh discovered these on their many treasure hunts on eBay, and in flea markets and farms across the Northeast.

This beautiful mix has created a very special home with plenty of soul. You can see why family and friends love to visit and stay. Lyndsay designed the loft bed above the kitchen for guests, but with so many friends wanting to stay, they also had to add a guest bedroom, the "Captain's Quarters", downstairs. The downstairs couch is also made up of two mattresses for more sleepover guests.

A base of Benjamin Moore Super White paint is layered with lots of wood, leather, marble, linen, and soft grey stone to create a beautiful oasis in one of the world' busiest cities. To see and read even more about this home, pop over to Apartment Therapy.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Light & Bright

Last year I did a blog post called "Light & Bright" with the intention of making it a regular feature. I don't know why I haven't done any since, as I love the idea behind it, but I will definitely make an effort to bring you more. I am a lover of colour, but I also appreciate a beautiful neutral space, so I have chosen different areas of the home, one example of which is 'light' and one which is 'bright' - you decide which speaks loudest to you.

As with all of my favourite neutrals, this outdoor space works so well because of the beautiful mix of textures and layers of subtle tones. The sofa looks deliciously comfy, and I love the patina of the concrete.


Now this awesome outdoor area has a very beachy, natural base, but those pops of red and gold make it a really inviting setting.


Aaah, how I love a well styled bookshelf! On the left the books' spines are all facing inwards leaving only the white pages visible. It's kept quiet and sophisticated with the brass ornaments, and only a tiny hint of colour. On the right the spines of the books are the feature and have been organised in their colour groups for maximum impact.

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A beautiful, 'grown-up' living room, the white and grey tones are warmed up by the touches of wood and brass.


Once again, my bright room has a neutral base. It's the way I like to decorate - start neutral and then layer the colour and pattern on top. That way you can add a little or a lot, depending on your taste. The rug is the 'hero', and the blue is then picked up in the decor around, and balanced by the yellow and orange tones.


I think this dining room is sooo cute - oh so sensible and classic, but then there are those gorgeous pink legs! Mostly light, but a teeny bit bright - love it!


Because the table and chairs (and the cabinetry behind) are so vibrant and eye-catching in this dining room, it's nice to keep everything around them pared back. Except for the little bit of red in the lights upstairs - that provides a visual link between the two levels.

So which are you?... a light or a bright person, or somewhere inbetween?
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