T I M E   F O R   A   G A R D E N   P A R T Y ?

Now, Jason and I are hardly your typical festival goers.

We’re too fond of home comforts- of the snuggliness of our own lovely bed and crisp, line-dried sheets, of familiarity and routine, of the dogs who fall asleep by our feet each evening, and of, let’s face it, the glory that is hot running water ;)

And, let’s face it, we’re just not that cool either!

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But, the lovely relaxed atmosphere of some of the more family-friendly festivals I’ve seen pop up over the past few years does totally appeal to me!

The ones where children and adults alike enjoy music and great food and refreshing summer drinks from sunrise to sunset, and the whole affair has a garden party kind of vibe, as opposed to being all about mud and tent-burning and the like! ;)

And so, when just recently DFS got in touch and challenged me to give my garden a mini ‘festival chic’ makeover using some of their gorgeous furniture, my immediate response was a big fat YES!

I loved the idea of trying to capture a little of the summer festival spirit, and bringing it home to my very own garden!

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The set we picked out for our garden makeover ‘look’ is called the Napa, and is made up of four woven rattan armchairs and a glass-topped table, comfy grey seat cushions, and a parasol to boot.

The chairs are insanely comfortable (especially when accessorised with a few colourful cushions to complete the look) and the table is the absolute perfect size for our pretty tiny garden and deck space!


I love that right now the decking is looking so lush and vibrant, flanked on all sides by flowering plants and our hanging basket and wall planters.

The tomatoes are nearing the end of their life (I’ve been picking regular handfuls of ripe beauties for a weeks now, and eating them in salads and on toast in the mornings!) but our strawberry plants are just beginning to spring into action!

I’m a little concerned about the little nibble marks that have been appearing on the strawberry plant leaves, but I can never seem to spot any slugs or caterpillars when I go out looking for them. Keeping my fingers crossed Jason and I get to enjoy the fruit before the bugs do!

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Once Jason and I had finished bedecking the lovely parasol with a set of the festoon lighting we’d bought for our wedding last year, we put some music on (still obsessed with Bear’s Den, and also the Spotify Weekly Discovery playlist!) and then sat back with a tall jug of watermelon and apple juice pepped up with some frozen berries and mint.

Candles were lit, Teddy and Elsie pottered in and out of the house proudly showing off the rawhide treats I’d given them to keep them from getting under our feet whilst we set up the garden, and eventually we all settled down outside on the deck, and whiled away the evening whilst the sun went down.

So what’s that- music? Check! Fancy drinks? Check! A beautiful and cosy outdoor space to enjoy? Check!

All the ingredients for a ‘festival chic’ vibe at home, don’t you think? :)

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Thank you to DFS for sponsoring this post.

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Jason and I have never been all that great at sorting out the finishing touches, round our house.

We love to start a project, oh my goodness do we! But those last few bits and pieces, like putting up artwork and finding new handles for our wardrobe doors (not kidding, we only just did this after a year of being handle-less!) and putting photos into frames and replacing the cushions in the living room? Well, we’re not so great at all that!

Until, that was, my nesting urges kicked in! Now I’m blitzing this house like it’s an episode of Changing Rooms (remember that, British children of the 80s and 90s?!) and have been ticking things off the ‘Household’ to-do list in my Evernote app like I’m on some kind of mission. Which, I suppose, I am.

Right now I’m in the middle of updating our living room (it was the first room we ever did in the house, so was in need of a soft furnishings refresh), and also have been finishing up jobs in every other room of the house.

I’ll be sharing a post with all the changes I’ve made in a few weeks time (though the nursery will be deserving its own post, I think!), but today thought I’d share a little inspiration board I’m working from at the moment!

Links for all the products featured are below…

Braided storage basket
‘Milk’ print
Pink textured cushion
Grey edged cushion
Black chalkboard planter
Wood & grey cube shelf
Turquoise teacup

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D R E S S E D   U P   ,   D R E S S E D   D O W N .

There’s a lot to be said for being cosy.

For sleeves that come down below the wrists, and jeans that hold you in all the right places but are made from the softest denim.

For a day spent at home wearing an outfit that’s so simple and relaxed that it’s as comfortable as your favourite PJs, and yet is *just* pulled together enough that you don’t rush to change at the arrival of unexpected visitors, or before nipping to the shops for a pint of milk.
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Now that Miss Elsie’s finally stopped chewing and clawing at everything she can reach, I’ve finally been able to dig out the knitwear I put away when she was in her early puppy days.

And after 6 weeks of living in scruffy T shirts and Jason’s oldest sweatshirts (why do you think there’s been such a lack of outfit posts around these parts lately?;), it’s kind of a relief!

This oversized caramel number is a new addition to my wardrobe, and the latest in my collection of cosy, camel/brown/taupe jumpers.

But you know what they say- the classics are classics for a reason!

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It’s exactly the sort of relaxed outfit I love most- effortless, timeless, and best served with second day hair and a side of coffee.

What could be better?

Jumper || Jeans || Bracelet

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L O V E   I S   I N   T H E   A I R

There’s nothing like music for making a moment complete, is there?

I grew up in a family where music is considered to be as important and essential as food, and the songs and albums my Mum brought me up listening to have become defining markers in my childhood.

Now that I’m older, music forms the backdrop to my time spent in the kitchen, mainly. There are few things I love more than pottering around in the kitchen, assembling a cake or rubbing butter into flour to make a batch of pastry, with the radio mumbling along quietly in the background.

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After having made do with using various radio station apps downloaded to my phone for such a long time, you can’t imagine how happy I was to receive an offer of this heart-covered beauty of a radio from VQ!

It’s a special one designed by Emma Bridgewater for Valentine’s Day, and not only comes complete with auto-tuning digital radio stations, but also hooks up to your phone via Bluetooth too!

Isn’t the miniature retro shape so sweet? I’ve been completely obsessed ever since it arrived, and just love how comforting the sound of background music or the voice of a radio presenter is during the daytime.

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As part of their #MyLoveSong campaign, VQ asked me to put together a playlist featuring ten of my all-time favourite love songs for Valentine’s Day!

The task was both a pleasure and a cinch- I mean, what better way to spend an hour or so than listening through Otis Redding’s back catalogues on Spotify!?

The songs I chose all have special meaning to Jason and I. Most are favourites that we’ve played over and over whilst cooking together in the early evenings, or washing up dishes late at night, and one, of course, just had to be the song we danced to as our first dance as a married couple back in July.

We always like to keep our Valentine’s Day pretty low key- you know Jason and I, never happier than when at home! But you can bet that the cosy meal we’ll eat together will be accompanied by the music of Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross…

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VQ are offering the chance for one lucky reader to win their own VQ Retro Mini Pink Hearts radio, and to do so all you need to do is vote for my playlist by sharing it on Twitter, and use the hashtag #MyLoveSong!

Good luck, and happy Valentine’s Day, lovebirds!

~ This post was sponsored by VQ. ~

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