My Budget Friendly New Houseplant

ivy propagated in pot

close up of variegated ivy

With the clocks going forward to signify the start of British Summer Time (ha ha – ironic, since we’ve only just seen the snow melt away), we thought that it would be time to give the mantlepiece a refresh.  Instead of fairy lights, candles and cosiness we wanted a feeling of nature and the outside. It didn’t take much for me to decide on the fact that more greenery was needed!

As we are slowly working our way through the list of finishing touches to the office, our budget is tied up with that room and my excitement at the thought of a shopping spree at the garden centre was quickly quelled by Mr D-F waving the list of ‘office things to buy‘ in front of me.

So after a momentary harrumph, I set to work discovering a way that I could have a new plant without spending anything.

A while back, a lovely friend had given me the prettiest hyacinth in a taupe, grey container. Once the hyacinth had flowered and had begun to die back, I planted him in the garden so that I could re-use the container.

I took a cutting from an ivy plant that I bought for our winter hanging basket last year and, after checking carefully that I had chosen a section with long, healthy roots, I planted him into his new home.  As the container doesn’t have drainage holes, I filled about 2 cm of the bottom with pebbles before topping it up with container-planting compost.

After doing a short amount of research, I have discovered that ivy can make a good houseplant if given enough light (otherwise its colour tends to drain) and will continue to grow healthily if the soil is allowed to dry a little between waterings.

I’m so pleased with our new mantlepiece addition and it was all created from bits that we already had. Such a bonus! …and, I don’t have my eye on a new Calathea plant, oh no, not at all…

Have a lovely rest of the week x

 

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Bedroom Highlights Reveal

Hi! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I am really excited that our bedroom is finally finished. We’ve been living in the new Finca for over two years but it has taken us so long to get the room just how we wanted it. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still the opportunity for new throws, pretty bed linen or more houseplants but, on the whole, the room is done.

How bad was it when we moved in? Not horrendous at all. However, the three-walls of fitted furniture weren’t quite our style, the paint was a bit pink for me and the woodwork needed a bit of TLC.

Would you like to see my favourite bits? I’ll explain as we go through and I’ll link all of the featured items at the bottom of the post in case you would like to check them out online.

I have to start with this beauty. I have wanted a Juju hat for our wall for a long time and the traditional hats from Cameroon are hard to source and can be seriously expensive. During one of my Instagram browsing sessions, I discovered Bamaluz Home and was so overjoyed to see the beautiful handmade Juju hats and wall hangings that were listed in their online shop. After a chat, I ended up having a Juju hat custom made in greys and browns so that it would fit in beautifully with our bedroom’s new colour scheme.

Although still a little bare (there’s definitely room for a houseplant here) we are still really loving our chest of drawers from Ikea. Currently on the top, we keep a picture of me when I was hunting for shells on Studland beach, our favourite coffee table books and our Amazon Alexa, which I love listening to rainforest noises on before I go to sleep. We had the shutters made for the window, which create a lovely dappled light and are possibly my favourite thing about the room… although it’s so hard to pick a favourite!

The colour on the walls is Farrow and Ball’s Elephant’s Breath – I’m sure you’re not surprised as you know me to be such a grey addict!

A little close up so that you can see the difference between my sort of coffee table book and Mr D-Fs sort of books. Can you tell which one is which?

This is one of the pieces of fitted furniture that we kept (above photo). It wasn’t necessarily something that we would have chosen but after some pondering, we decided that it was really handy and I now use this drawer section as a place to keep all of my bits that I need daily.

This possibly is a slightly random picture of my bedside table, however, this cuticle cream is the best thing ever. I have to talk about it as I use it every evening and I am sure that is has made my nails much stronger and they grow so quickly. I have a little evening ritual… rainforest noises on, YouTube videos playing and I put this cream on before I read my book. So relaxing!

As promised here are the links:

Juju Hat from Bamaluz Home

Photo frame from John Lewis, similar to this one

Amazon Echo in dark wood effect

Lego book

Dogs in Vogue book

Chanel book

Baskets from Wild Home

Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream

 

Please note: some of the links above are affiliate links. 

Hallway Redecoration – The Starting Point

We’re having a major surge on the redecorating front at the Finca.  Bedrooms are now painted and looking all fresh and updated.  Skirting boards are newly whitened and shiny. It’s now the turn of the hallway and stairs.

The current Finca spans three floors and because of this, our stairwell has very tall ceilings and large spaces of wall.  We had been studying paint charts, looking at artwork and pondering which direction to go in, when the lovely people at PhotoWall got in contact.

PhotoWall Live in the Sunshine

PhotoWall are a Swedish company who produce wall murals and canvas prints using their designs (or yours, if you like).  Their products are environmentally friendly, flame retardant and do not fade in sunlight – especially handy if one day, you plan to transplant yourself to somewhere hot and sunny!

As you can see, it didn’t take me long to choose which design would suit us down to the ground!

PhotoWall Live in the Sunshine canvas

I chose a large design to work with our expanse of wall going up the stairs. Once we had hung it, the paint colours we were deliberating over became clear in our minds (more of that in a future post)! I think we needed a focus item to inspire us – and did we ever find it!

One of the things that impressed me most about PhotoWall’s system was how it arrived with a frame in sections and the canvas rolled up carefully.  It was so easy to construct the frame and secure the canvas onto it and once constructed, there was even a handy wall bracket to mount it onto the wall.

PhotoWall Frame

We are thrilled with our wonderful print and would like to thank PhotoWall for getting in touch! I love it!

I would highly recommend a visit to the PhotoWall website – especially if you are still looking for the perfect Christmas present.

Speak soon x

The Best of Dorset Country Style

The weather is getting wetter, darker and a bit drearier. You need to be prepared for every climate eventuality – how to manage this with style has escaped me thus far. Let me give you some back story…

So, I often meet up with friends for dog walks and general tomfoolery around the countryside. I see them from a distance at the meeting spot, wearing an array of beautiful leather boots, chic coats and trim trousers. As I glance down at my muddy raincoat and slightly chewed welly boots, I remind myself that I dress for warmth. For the weather. For practicality. However, somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind I know that my dishevelled appearance is not making me feel great.  My friends are all able to do something else straightaway after their dog walk; either visiting friends or popping into town, whereas I have to scuttle home to put on my ‘non-dog walking clothes’ before I do anything.

This my friends. Is about to change.

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… photo by Matthew Henry …

I have longed for a pair of all weather leather boots for such a long time, so much so, that I pounce upon everyone who I see wearing a pair (sorry if this happened to you and you had to beat me away with your umbrella in fright)! I usually hear the same story “Oh these, I got these at such a good price – 700 pounds – what a steal!”  OK, my friends, you know I am exaggerating slightly (it makes for a good tale) but you are also probably aware that this sort of footwear doesn’t always come at a reasonable price and therefore, is far out of my reach.

Until now.

brakeburn zip boots

Brakeburn tall zip boots

I was contacted at the lovely people at Brakeburn (who are based locally in Poole) to see if I wanted to try out some of their incredible products.

Brakeburn, a contemporary British brand with an active outdoor lifestyle.

This is a brand perfectly suited for anyone who loves excellent quality clothing and footwear, especially aimed at those of us who enjoy shopping in Crew, Joules, Fat Face and White Stuff.

…and with well-priced items and a substantial 20% off first orders, what’s not to love?

I jumped at the opportunity with gusto! In my head the conversation went something like this: “Yes please, you see I have been dreaming of this perfect pair of boots for such a long time. They need to have sturdy soles for dog walking and be pretty waterproof. If they could look good in town too, that would be a bonus.”

Brakeburn’s Tall Zip Boots fitted the bill exactly!

brakeburn zip boots

Look how cool and trendy I am now. Ha!

brakeburn zip boots

Just one more look at them… aren’t they the best?

I also talked to the Brakeburn crew about a coat. One that would take over the role of my muddy waterproof and would keep me cosy as the weather turned colder.

Cue their Long Insulated Coat… and it’s on SALE right now!!!

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It is long, warm and cosy with pretty details such as the Brakeburn logo on the arm and a great ribbon trim inside.

brakeburn jacket detail

I seriously urge you to check out their website here  – especially as I’ve just discovered that so many of their lovely items are on sale!

You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

… and please let me know what you choose!

x

Five Easy Ways To Embrace ‘Hygge’ In Your Home

Good morning! I posted this over on the WILD HOME page last week and thought that it might be of interest to you here too… As well as this post, I have some lovely Autumn posts coming soon and am on the look out for great events, recipes and Autumnal walks to try (and then write about). Please let me know in the comments below if you have any suggestions. x

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Photograph by Matthew Henry

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it’s hard not to notice the nights drawing in, the chillier mornings and the leaves beginning to turn into a myriad of colours.

Unless you are planning a jaunt down to the tropics, the time is coming to pack away the flip flops and beach chairs (just for now!)  and look to ways to add layers to outerwear and find inspiration for creating cosy, welcoming inside spaces.

‘Hygge’ the Danish word for living well and enjoying life’s simple pleasures really has begun to resonate well with me. For such a long time, I used to mourn the end of summer with the freedom it provides and dread the cold that winter would bring. By adapting my way of thinking to embrace the concept of Hygge, I have actually begun to thaw my heart out to the idea of the winter months!

Here are 5 easy ways to bring joy to the colder season:

1. Start a new craft project

basket and yarn

Beginning a new hobby that involves playing with textures and colours will have you looking forward to the evenings and weekend afternoons. There’s nothing quite as lovely as curling up next to the fire with a film, a mug of hot chocolate and your latest project. Knitting, crochet and felting are especially good as you can make useful items with the most beautiful wools and yarns.

2. Decorate with candles or fairy lights

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Creating light in different ways is a sure way to banish any winter blues. Look for interesting string lights with holes that will create shapes and textures with the light.  Candles and tea lights are a winter essential and for those of you who are worried about naked flames, there are many battery alternatives to candles to choose from.

3. Share a meal with family or friends

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Leisurely meals with good food and good conversation are the perfect tonic to any dreary or cold days. You could try a ‘pot luck’ dinner – where guests bring a surprise addition to a course!

4. Bake!

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Nothing shouts cosy more than walking into a room enveloped with the smell of baking. Just imagining cake, fresh out of the oven, makes my mouth water! There’s also something very therapeutic in the act of spending time in the kitchen, especially when you get to eat and enjoy the outcome!

5. Get Cosy

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Create stacks of blankets, throws and spare cosy slippers for your family and friends to use when they come round to see you, especially if your home is prone to chills. No one wants a shivering guest! There’s nothing more rewarding, after a long walk in the frosty air, than being able to come back home, wrap yourself in a blanket and enjoy hot tea and toast!

Please leave me a comment with any of your hygge or Autumnal suggestions! See you soon. x

A Wild Update

Hello my friends. I know many of you know what I’ve been beetling away at over the last few months but I thought it was about time I spilled the beans on here.

We’ve started a new business – eek! Although started doesn’t feel like the correct word, I suppose we’ve made a natural extension to hundreds of already existing businesses.

W I L D  H O M E

is our name and we sell beautifully handmade fashion and lifestyle products. They are as ethically sourced as possible and all of our packaging is either 100% biodegradable or recyclable – even our packing tape!

Cowry Machakos Baskets Vanilla

… Cowry Machakos Baskets …

We work with small groups of artisans from around the world (currently our teams are based mainly in Kenya) and we provide a shop front for them to sell their products and therefore help to grow their businesses. We ensure that fair prices are paid to our craftsmen and women, which reflect their incredible skills.Hewa sandals

… Hewa handmade leather beaded sandals …

We first began selling sandals back in June. The first box of 10  pairs we received were sold within 20 minutes! We knew how beautiful they were but were thrilled that people loved them as much as we do.  Our customers love that each sandal has a velvet lining on the strap – meaning that they are so comfortable and will protect your feet on all of your travels.

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… chunky Rafiki bracelet …

We sell all of our products from our online shop Wild Home and are trying to travel the UK as much as possible, exhibiting at fairs, shows and festivals – if anyone has any links or suggestions to any great venues or events, please let us know!

There is nothing quite as thrilling as exhibiting amongst like-minded creative businesses, chatting to people all day long and hearing their feedback about our products. In the short time that we have been doing this, we have already met so many fantastic people.  While we were exhibiting at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury show back in August, we met a lady from Kenya who almost managed to sign us up to horseback safaris that her son runs! Perhaps that’s one for next year?!kushika clutch bag from Wild Home

… Kushika Clutch Bag …

We are very, very grateful for all of the support and encouragement that we have received – it’s been a bit overwhelming actually. It has really solidified how much we love what we do and how ideally, this is our mission for the future. We are looking to develop further links with artisans in many different countries so that we can bring the most unique and the highest quality products to you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this! If you would like to see more of our story – please check out our page here.  I’ll also put all the Wild Home social links at the end! x

… fine woven mini baskets …

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The Great Greys – It’s Time To Choose A New Paint

Why is it that when the sun comes out, I get a desire to paint? It’s possibly because all of the beautiful light shows up colours for what they really are, and if you saw my Instagram post yesterday, you will have noticed that I had got to the point where the magnolia in the guest room was just too painful for me to withstand a moment longer. So it’s time to wave bye-bye to a colour that inspires me the least.

So what to choose? Probably one of the colours that I find the most inspirational. Those colours that create such an incredible backdrop for your rooms that you can accessorise in any way that you like. It’s like the perfect base.

Before we delve into these beautiful colours, I would like you to know that I am in no way promoting these colours for any other reason other than that they are my favourites at the moment. I have tried other paint brands, but currently these colours react to light in a way in which I haven’t found in other paint brands.

FB skimming stone

… Farrow and Ball’s Skimming Stone – No. 241 …

I currently have Skimming Stone in the office and it looks AMAZING against white. It’s a warm, pebble grey that works so well with taupes and neutrals. Such a calm colour and in no way a risky ‘Will I like it?’ kind of shade. I’ve had this colour up for about a year and a half now and I still notice and love it every day.

 FB ammonite

… Farrow and Ball’s Ammonite – No. 274 …

Ammonite is a cool, blue grey. Still very much a grey neutral but it has a colder feel. I currently have this colour in the kitchen and it works brilliantly alongside deeper greys, whites and mustards. It reflects light extremely well and gives a sense of spaciousness – especially perfect if you want a bit of a colour but are worried that it might make your room feel smaller; this won’t.

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… Farrow and Ball’s Elephants Breath – No. 229 …

Elephants Breath is a deeper version of Skimming Stone. A rich, grey with a very slight pink undertone. It can look very grey towards the evening but a bit more blush in brighter light. It is a majorly delicious colour.

We chose this for our bedroom because I wanted a deeper, cosier colour that would still work wonderfully with the white sloped ceilings that we have. I apologise for the quality of these photos but I didn’t want to edit them away from the true colour. I felt that that wouldn’t be particularly helpful if you were using these to help you to choose too.

So, by talking this through with you, I think I have made a choice! Which one would you choose?

Links:

Farrow and Ball’s Skimming Stone

Farrow and Ball’s Ammonite

Farrow and Ball’s Elephants Breath