Time to Gucci your Garden Game

Botanical inspired prints have long been a favourite of mine, but I'm acutely aware of the danger for this trend to slip into twee territory. 

Trust Gucci then to provide me with a masterclass in modern botanicals as I flew past Harrods' window on Saturday, attempting to land my eldest son some new trainers. 

Unable to locate the elusive Office store via Google Maps, George and I were treated to a whistle stop tour of the amazing Gucci Garden window display not once, not twice, but FOUR times. Apologies are due to the many tourists, shoppers and residents around London's most iconic shopping destination, whose toes I stepped on, bags I knocked and heads I bumped as I raced along during our 20-minute shopping window, heavily distracted by Harrods' garden of cultivated couture.

Gucci Garden is designer Alessandro Michele's theme for the 2017 Cruise Collection, inspired by the enchanting Garden of Ninfa, near Rome.  Featuring vibrant florals, logos and symbols of the House, this is botanical beauty as we've never seen it before. Whilst the dreamy dresses aren't exactly something I could rock up wearing on the school run, I'm totally inspired to bring this outdoor theme indoors. My sources tell me a Gucci interiors range is set to launch in September (I KNOW!!!) but in case you can't wait for that or need to nab the look for less, here's some ideas to capture the Gucci Garden getup at home:

1) Creature discomforts

Flamingos and zebras are both animals you can imagine strolling round a Gucci Garden and of course I'm totally on board with that. But all is not rosy here, for this enchanted land has a proverbial sting in its tail. To nail the look, update your creature inspired accessories with venomous snakes, precious bees and vicious wild cats.

L to R: Garden of Eden cushion £164 Roberto Cavalli at Amara, Beautiful bird cushion £32 by May Rose Vintage on Etsy, Leopard lampshade £30 May Rose Vintage as before, Gold bumble bee cushion £35 Perch and Parrow

She is famed for her pets but now Abigail Ahern has added some pests to her latest accessories collection and basically folks, if she says ants are cool, I'm happy for a nest of 'em.  

 Gold ants £45  Abigail Ahern

Gold ants £45 Abigail Ahern

2) Walls of wonder

If Gucci has the monopoly on vibrant florals in the fashion world, Designer's Guild has it for interiors. Here are just a few of my favourite bold botanicals that are totally in sync with Alessandro Michele's fashion thinking.

L to R Amrapali Peony, Jardin des Plantes, Canopy and Cristian Lacroix wallpapers, all Designers Guild.

3) Fantastical furniture

Timorous Beasties and Blackpop UK are brands to know for fabulous fabrics that transform traditional furniture into works of art that are anything but twee. It's worth knowing that their websites also have some ready made pieces that rock the Garden of Delights theme too. Look for butterfly and hummingbird motifs to be Gucci symbol savvy.

 Random Ruskin Khaki Armchair Timorous Beasties

Random Ruskin Khaki Armchair Timorous Beasties

 Vintage sofa by  Blackpop UK

Vintage sofa by Blackpop UK

So getting back to my wild goose chase in search of trainers for my son last Saturday... there was always a fear we'd get lost, being as we're such out of towners and all, but if I can recommend getting lost anywhere, I'd definitely say do it at Harrods ever changing window displays on Brompton Road. Be quick if, like me, your garden game needs Gucci-ing (Totally a thing, trust me).

OH BUT WAIT...

If you enjoyed this post and it provided you with any interior inspiration whatsoever, I would really appreciate your vote in the Amara Interior Blog Awards, please. I'm a bit like a Humming Bird swooping around the Garden of Ninfa in blogging terms come to think of it. I can be quite difficult to spot amongst the bigger species, but I'd like to think I bring something different, and a lot of decadence to the party. Please click here if you can spare one minute to vote for the small bird in the big, enchanting garden!

Many, many thanks.

Claire xx  

 

The Candy Files: Summer Black Out

What's hot, what's not and what's what at my place. 

This week:

House Candy = Black Ache

 New noir love www.contemporist.com

New noir love www.contemporist.com

I'm currently suffering from Black Ache. Key symptoms include mild heart palpitations upon sight of achingly chic black interiors.

As an all-white fanatic, unable to fully convert to the popular dark side, this situation has come as a curve ball. I'm even considering a black kitchen. *Feels faint and requires lie down*  

 Black done the Parisian way in this chic apartment featured on French by Design Blog.

Black done the Parisian way in this chic apartment featured on French by Design Blog.

 Black kitchen. Image from www.cocolapinedesign.com

Black kitchen. Image from www.cocolapinedesign.com

When did black become so, well, white? So French, so feminine, so darn summery? It's happened with fashion too. 

Black is officially summer appropriate as demonstrated this week by Natalie Portman who has clearly read the memo.

 Natalie Portman pictured for Telegraph Fashion at the premiere of her latest film Planetarium in Japan.

Natalie Portman pictured for Telegraph Fashion at the premiere of her latest film Planetarium in Japan.

An all black dress, with long sleeves... in the height of summer? It shouldn't work, but it DOES. This frock would look equally appropriate in October and yet the parasol says hot. And that's the thing that black can do better than white, which convinces me to take the plunge and invest in a black kitchen. It's the colour that simply can't be last season, the colour that never dates, that is eternally chic, forever French and the easiest colour to seasonally accessorise. New Noir? I'm IN.

 

Fine and Candy = Black Brows

I've been Microbladed and my brows are BLACK. In fact they're actually going through the scabby phase over the black brows which is even more scary, should you be considering the same.

The good news is, this phase doesn't last long and once it's over, (just a couple of days I promise) I'll be left with the ideal brush stroke brows, faded to a match-perfect natural shade that I've wanted all my grown up life.

Microblading is described as a permanent make up treatment (it lasts 18 months) which means it is essential that you find an expert therapist who knows their Caras from their Kendals.

I went to The Beauty Works in Mirfield, West Yorkshire where Jo insists on a lengthy colour and shape consultation prior to the actual appointment.  If you've battled with non-descript brow shape all your life and require some sexy definition (but you too are scared of the word tattoo) Microblading is the way to go. Go google!

 

Candy Pandy = Black Sheep

Oh Instafam, I love you, I do. But sometimes I feel like the black sheep of the flock - the one following the wrong bloody hashtag!

I mean, by the time I've figured our who to tag, who to follow and what theme we're on this week, the kids have missed their tea and I've missed the deadline. I'm the saddo still stressing over enviable entrance halls when everyone has moved on to fab fireplaces. Any chance I can pay someone to tip me off? There must be a black market for this sort of thing? Please message me if you know someone, who knows someone in the know! #help #hastaghell #latetotheparty

Happy weekend all, thanks for bearing with me through shockingly bad wi-fi issues here at the seaside. Normal service is due to resume next week with some exciting deliveries at House Candy HQ. Watch this space!

 Claire x

Boys Room Basics: The 4S formula that can't fail

We mothers of sons (MOS) are a formidable lot. We're allowed to be scathing about the mess and the mayhem we have to deal with on a daily basis, but just don't you diss our little Prince, okay? (insert Lioness emoji)

As mother of two Princes, I feel totally qualified to offer advice on interiors that bridge the sometimes cavernous style gap between mother and son. So imagine my delight when a couple of weeks ago I received a lovely email from a fellow MOS asking for my advice on this very subject. Well, specifically on the subject of bigger boy's rooms, since when they reach double figures they start having their own pesky interior design opinions don't they? And the problem is, they have a nasty habit of being different from ours.

I was therefore prompted to write a quick blog post to cover off everything I've learnt so far in my parenting/decorating journey. My aim is to give all my MOS sisters out there a quick reference guide for when they're dragging a reluctant tween or teenager round Ikea and could really do with keeping moaning down to a minimum. 

We're fresh from exam week here at House Candy HQ, which has inspired an unusually mathematical approach to this particular blog post, but I'm hoping you'll thank me for it's simplicity. I'm calling it the 4x(S) = Sorted technique. Don't panic it's not rocket science (it's not even interiors science) but it works and It goes like this:

 Start a revolution from his bed. Oasis print £6 + shipping by JoeOliver Design from  Etsy

Start a revolution from his bed. Oasis print £6 + shipping by JoeOliver Design from Etsy

S = STORAGE

The good news is, the clutter that comes with little boys reduces in adverse proportion to their height. The bad news is, the clutter gets uglier and smellier.

Where once there were train tracks to store, lego to contain, superheroes to control; now there are trainers to snapchat, caps to collect and school books to randomly scatter over bedroom floors. All of this needs managing and my go-to storage solutions are as follows:

1) Lockers

 Lockers Image from Aundraskinner Interiors. 

Lockers Image from Aundraskinner Interiors. 

I like the industrial look for boy's rooms. Nothing too shiny or too white because it's guaranteed not to stay that way for very long. Danny Zuko may be to blame, but for me American high school style lockers are the perfect way to trick your son into keeping his school books tidy. This full height set from Maison Du Monde is perfect.

 Metal locker storage £459  Maison Du Monde

Metal locker storage £459 Maison Du Monde

2) Shelves

I'm not sure boys ever grow out of their love of trophies do they? It's therefore worth investing in some cool shelves to put them on. Trophies are dust gatherers, for sure. They are also a b***ard when you accidentally knock one over and it falls on your big toe. My advice (if you can't keep them out of sight), is to keep them way out of reach on rustic style shelves. I haven't personally tried this old crate/shelf solution, but if I were a more able DIY-er, I totally would.  

 Shelves made from vintage crates or drawers. Image from Interieur.fr

Shelves made from vintage crates or drawers. Image from Interieur.fr

3) Solid Drawers

I have a problem with flat pack furniture. No matter how well it's put together the force with which my boys pull on handles (no pun intended) means that the front of the drawer will eventually come off. That's why I'd much rather buy an old, solid set of vintage drawers than a cheap modern flat pack kit. 

That said, sometimes, old drawers can be hassle too. The drawers need to run smoothly otherwise they will forever be hanging out. They also need to be a modern size and shape to fit with most bedrooms and sometimes, to get exactly what you want, you have to splash the cash. I love Loaf's bedroom furniture for it's combo of vintage style and practicality that both mother and son can get on board with. 

 Lumber Chest £645  Loaf

Lumber Chest £645 Loaf

This is the Lumber drawer unit which I teamed with Loaf's Lourdes wardrobe in my son George's room for a more relaxed, less super-styled look which suits him perfectly.

4) Under bed storage boxes

 Vardo under bed storage £25  Ikea

Vardo under bed storage £25 Ikea

Their hot dogs do nothing for me, but I have yet to leave Ikea without that sense of fulfilment that comes with loading one of their many storage boxes into my boot. These zipp-able, boxes on wheels are perfect for the mates' sleepover bedding, spare shoes, winter woolies etc that can be kept nicely out of sight, through closed season.

  S = STUDIES

Trust me, adore him as you do, you'll want your little Prince out of the way when he is doing his homework. All that huffing and puffing is draining, and when you finally snap and spill your late afternoon vodka on his French written exam you'll hate yourself for it. (Don't judge okay, I've been a stay at home mum a LONG time)

A decent desk and chair is a must for a teen room. I picked up a vintage leather swivel chair for £8 at my first every auction and I still can't believe my luck. I  teamed it with the cheapest (and chicest) white Ikea trestle, proving that you don't have to spend a fortune to get a hip, eclectic vibe going on.

If you've got a reasonable budget however, Made.com is the place to go for modern, stylish desks that will suit pupil and pocket. Try these for size:

 

S = SLEEP

When it comes to bedding, go plain, go non-iron, go frequent wash friendly. I've got a grey cotton jersey set in both boy's rooms and they absolutely love it for the comfort factor, although I do get concerned about the sweat situation in summer. Another look I love and one which works brilliantly well in older boy's rooms is washed linen. Don't try ironing it, that dishelved look is what we're aiming for here  - and in fact what we're likely to be embracing for the forseeable future. 

 Washed linen duvet set £79.99  H&M Home

Washed linen duvet set £79.99 H&M Home

A couple of cushions is still a nice way to dress the beds and here's a nice idea to make them personal to the child.

These two bad boys were made from my husband's vintage football jumpers, which is a super nifty way to ensure that:

a) You can acknowledge the football thing without totally compromising on taste

b) You can be sure your husband never, EVER wears a St George cross football jumper again.

S = SHIZZ

No, I haven't quite run out of S words, in fact this final one is probably the most important on my lad's room check list.  You see, Shizz (cap S) is what gives a room individuality and as our kids grow up with intense social media pressure to look and act a certain way, it's the MOS duty to totally celebrate their individuality.  

It was a special moment three weeks ago when my son came to me with his birthday money and a screen shot of an art print he'd sourced on Etsy. Whatever he'd have gone for, I would have tried to embrace, in the hope that his involvement with creating his personal space might eventually encourage him to keep it tidy.* Anyway, the fact that George chose a cartoon style image of the Gallagher brothers in their 90s heydey, well let's just say I may have shed a proud tear or two.

  Liam and Noel print  £6 + shipping Joe Oliver design on Etsy

Liam and Noel print £6 + shipping Joe Oliver design on Etsy

If you've seen my Instagram feed recently you'll know that I've also treated myself to an Oasis inspired artwork, this super cool Patti Robbin's Don't Look back in Anger print.  

What was once the theme tune to my student days, has since became the antidote anthem to the Manchester terror attack and 100% sales of this print, available from www.nickiekelly.com goes to support the victims. It's therefore the most supersonic artwork money can buy and - I'm biting my tongue but I just can't stop it - your son's love for you will surely Live Forever if you click here to order yours. Sorry Liam, I'm cooler than that, honest.

George's collection of baseball caps, most of which he doesn't wear but can't possibly part with causes me beef. But hey, I've decided to roll with it (really?) and have installed a long row of hooks for him to display them on, similar to the one below which is shown alongside another brilliant storage/artform solution for trainers. 

Of course your son/s will have their own particular Shizz and thinking of a tasteful way to control it, let alone a solution beginning with the letter S may be sending your stress levels soaring. If that's the case, drop me a line and I'll do my best to help. See, we may be neurotic and slightly aggressive, in a don't-mess-with-my-cubs kind of way, but we MOS sisters understand one another, right? That's why I'm totally here for you, to lend a compassionate ear and a supersized bottle of Fabreeze. 

Yours in sisterhood,

Claire X

*This theory has yet to be proven

 

Share a shot of your home to win £1,000

Anglian Homes is giving you the chance to bag yourself £1,000 in an online interior styling competition, which in my book is the perfect excuse to faff around at home taking pictures.  

To enter, all you have to do is take a photo of somewhere in your home that you have styled yourself and post it to their website, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook feed using the hashtag #STLEDBYME  

It could be a piece of up-cycled furniture that you particularly proud of, a whole new kitchen update that you have undertaken or just a cute vignette from your home that demonstrates your unique styling prowess.

Here's my first entry (and you can expect a lot more since there's no limit to entries right up until 18th June). This is a vintage display cabinet that is now home to my favourite shoe collection. I had some mirrored glass fixed onto the back to give it some extra glamour and used a couple of my tried and tested styling props to make it insta-worthy.

If you need a helping hand, try these top tips for styling up a sideboard or cabinet:

1) Use a colour pop to attract attention (this yellow bag is a winner)

2) Prop pictures or mirrors up against the wall rather than having a big space between the furniture and a wall hanging.

3) Get the right mix of old and new so it doesn't look too dated, twee or catalogue perfect.

4) If in doubt, add a plant.

5) Employ the old book stacking trick to get varying heights going on. 

Don't forget to addd your location to your post because there is also a regional prize of £500 up for grabs which would come in really handy for the ultimate weapon in your styling armour ...

 Leopard print sandals  Gianvito Rossi from Net-A-Porter

Leopard print sandals Gianvito Rossi from Net-A-Porter

Click here for more details of the competition.

Happy styling!

Claire

 

The Candy Files - Slogan or Slo-gone?

What's hot, what's not and what's what at my place. This week:

House Candy = Pillow Talk

 Cushion £14.20  www.redbubble.com

Cushion £14.20 www.redbubble.com

Let's be frank, overtly smug messaging on homewares can grate a little, but overall, I'm a fan.

In fact, my latest attempt to wear my heart on my cushion has transformed my very grown up sofa situ into something a little more light hearted. 

 Good Vibes cushion £35  www.urbanoutfitters.com

Good Vibes cushion £35 www.urbanoutfitters.com

"Good Vibes" -  So chilled, so roll-with-it, so Urban Outfitters as it happens; a brand which I've never known to be anything other than thoroughly on-trend. So it stunned me slightly to find that this month Elle Decoration declared the war with words officially over via its style barometer. 

Good Vibes are not the only vibes I've been flaunting around my gaff either. I've also been keen to remind my beloved fellow housemates to:

Love...

Honour...

and Obey...

So does Elle Decoration spell silence for the sofas? Should we wave bye-bye to wisdom on our walls? And heaven forbid no more subliminal notes in neon? I for one will fight for freedom of interior speech with my last breath. And maybe with one last cushion:

 Cushion £14  www.redbubble.com

Cushion £14 www.redbubble.com

Fine & Candy = Fashion Statement 

 Good Mood T Shirt Zadig et Voltaire

Good Mood T Shirt Zadig et Voltaire

This week I did my first #OOTD on Instagram and this t-shirt is to blame. Yep, not content with sharing my considered opinion in blog form, here I am preaching to the world via the bourgeoise medium of designer t-shirt. So troll me! You're right after all, it's only one snooty step away from declaring the end of the world is nigh via a sandwich board outside HSBC, but y'know... all in the name of fashion...

Candy Pandy = Tongue on Cheek

 Peachy tattoo via http://www.pinterest.com/slufoot/

Peachy tattoo via http://www.pinterest.com/slufoot/

Don't get me wrong, I totally would if I could. Fact is, the dimples may detract from the sentiment and I hate for a pertinent message to um, sag. Don't you? 

Keep spreading the word people. Whatever medium you choose, say it loud, say it proud and (for max respect), say it stylishly. Please share this post if you too are a bit gobby in your gaff. 

Claire xx

The hot pink chair you can't wait 'til its warm for

"Oh Henry isn't it horrid when you're hot and in a hurry and you have to hold your hat on with your hand."
 Henry Holland's second interiors range for Habitat is pure bounce-on-the-bed happiness

Henry Holland's second interiors range for Habitat is pure bounce-on-the-bed happiness

You better get practicing your aitches because there's a hot new homewares range to get your hands on thanks to Henry Holland's latest hook up with Habitat.

If the ads for the latest House of Holland x Habitat collection are anything to go by, Henry is the burst of vibrant energy we all need in our lives on a wet and windy Monday. Thankfully he seems to have translated his sense of fun and adventure into a bright, summer homewares collection that has the power to instantly lift your interior mood, whatever the weather.

Funky florals fire up the tempo of kitsch black and white gingham in a banging range inspired by the colourful world of Romany travellers.  

Beautiful bedding will instantly update a room in the same way that a high street fashion splurge can have you feeling fresh and young again. There's a matching rug that can't fail to fire up any failing floor situation and who doesn't love a statement cushion for a cheap and cheery transformation? But there's one piece from the collection that I think is less of a seasonal pick-me-up and more of a future classic. 

Henry has waved his happy wand over Habitat's Misty armchair and it is now available in limited edition hot pink velvet with contrast navy blue piping.

Misty's splayed black legs and curvaceous seat give it mid century class, whilst the navy piping curbs just enough of the hot pink girliness to give it rock star edge.

As you will know from my Instagram feed (and click HERE if you don't) I'm a huge fan of bright neon colour pops however traditional the contrast may be. Brights are a basic for me. I need them to supercharge the atmosphere with fun and happiness and if I'm bored with how a room looks, the first thing I do is add a Splat or a Zing or a Let's-'Ave-It of bright banging colour. If I'm in need of a super quick fix, a bunch of neon pink roses usually does the trick, but for long term perkiness, this eye poppingly perfect statement chair is hard to beat.

You can try before you buy by visiting the ingenious Henry Holland x Habitat suite at The Hoxton which is decked out in full on triple H happy vibes. But HURRY, it's only on until the end of March, which means there really is only one word to finish off this post.

HELP!

 Be free to roam the  Henry Holland x Habitat suite  at London's Hoxton Hotel

Be free to roam the Henry Holland x Habitat suite at London's Hoxton Hotel

What do you think of the Henry Holland x Habitat range? I'd be so happy to hear from you HERE ;-)

Claire x

Perk up your poky hall with £31 pounds

I'm in limbo. I hate my poky entrance hallway (again) and yet I've been told it's likely to be next year until the builders can fit me in for my big renovation plan. I need a cheap solution to perk things up and see me through just one more summer.

It's a big ask for a small carpet and yet I've convinced myself that a super colourful hall runner is the answer to my prayers. 

 Pink to make the hall wink. Image from RugPal.com

Pink to make the hall wink. Image from RugPal.com

As this is a temporary measure, I'm on a particularly tight budget. In fact, it needs to cost less than the pair of blush pink leather brogues I've been eyeing up to bridge that other annoying time lapse until the warmer weather arrives. 

 Knox nude flatform brogues £110  Kurt Geiger

Knox nude flatform brogues £110 Kurt Geiger

I know, I know and thank you for your concern. It's a sad day when a woman must forfeit her footwear for her floor. But sometimes we homeowners have to take one for the team, don't we? Unless of course, we can find exactly what we are looking for, for such an bargainous sum that there are still plenty of pennies left in the shoe fund. Now that would be clever.

Oh Hello Petal

 Stina runner. £31.50  Urban Outfitters

Stina runner. £31.50 Urban Outfitters

This Stina floral runner is a measley £31.50 now that Urban Outfitters have been kind enough to slash the price. Faded out florals give it a lovely vintagey look that is so feminine it might just detract from the aroma of sweaty trainers wafting from the shoe cupboard. It is lightweight and cotton which means I'll chance it on a cool wash once in a while and ... wait a second... blow me if it doesn't go perfectly with those blush pink brogues. 'Cos we all match our shoes to our hall runners, right?

In my book there's nothing like a dash of pink to pretty things up a little. Call back soon to see if it does the trick.

Happy Monday all. If I can help perk up your week and address any niggly interior woes, please drop me a line in the comments section. I would love to hear from you.

Claire xx

 

 

Choose Love, Choose Life, Choose My Favourite T-Shirt

I keep getting asked where my t-shirt is from and at my age, any kind of fashion compliment is worthy of a blog post. The praise is specifically aimed at this Choose Love t-shirt, which Katherine Hamnett updated for the charity Help Refugees.

 Paloma Faith wearing Choose Love for  Help Refugees

Paloma Faith wearing Choose Love for Help Refugees

My t-shirt was bought back in summer when George Michael was alive and well and nobody knew that the image below of him in his 80s version (the one my teenage self coveted) would soon become such a fitting tribute.

 George Michael in his original Katherine Hamnett slogan T-shirt

George Michael in his original Katherine Hamnett slogan T-shirt

Now, every time I wear it, I am reminded of this photo and the legend that is George Michael, or Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou to use his real name.

Firstly, I can't help but be reminded of how well Greek skin, goes with white t-shirts compared to my white, freckly Yorkshire tones... Perhaps I should have gone for black?  

But I'm also reminded of thousands of refugees, also with names I can't pronounce. Men, women and children caught up in a global crisis through no fault of their own, who so desperately need us all to choose love so that they can choose life. 

£19 is a great price for a good quality basic white t-shirt that goes with absolutely everything. But I think you will agree that it's a brilliant price for an item of clothing that will not only spark a compliment from someone younger and cooler than yourself, but will also spark hope for refugees.

Choose Life, Choose Love, Choose a t-shirt. It all seems very straight forward to me.

Click here to choose Katherine Hamnett's design or go for Bella Freud's Refugenes version for equal feel good factor/fashion kudos.

 

Happy weekend all. It's peak time for resolutions to hit the wall so stay strong won't you? Fact: A new sweater always helps.

Love Claire xx 

 Here I am again should you want to pass compliment on any other items of clothing?!! Boots are by Jigsaw and the skirt is vintage  darling . 

Here I am again should you want to pass compliment on any other items of clothing?!! Boots are by Jigsaw and the skirt is vintage darling

 

 

How I'm (not) handling Hygge

I'm struggling with this Hygge thing. 

For a start, here's a word (a funny one) that shares lots of letters with the word Hygeine and yet none of the sentiment. All that cocooning oneself in faux fur, fire on full blast, whilst slurping endless cups of hot chocolate. Isn't it a bit, um, sweaty?

 My hotbed of hygge

My hotbed of hygge

I hygge dabbled last Saturday. I bought the boys furry bear shaped onesies, lit ALL of the candles and answered the door to the pizza delivery guy wearing my PJ's, dressing gown and fur lined slipper boots at 7.30pm. I experienced my first hot flush.

I don't want winter to feel like the menopause. Turns out I'm not overly keen on hibernation mode, especially since I bought a 70s inspired wide brimmed felt hat and realised November was the perfect month to do that Brigitte-Bardot/Paris in the fall look.

Way more me.

 'Cos BB knows how to work winter

'Cos BB knows how to work winter

No, I like a bit of glamour to my winter. It's going to be a long, depressing season if we spend it mostly huddled together in front of the telly fighting over the last Caramel Keg. 

So my winter room update is still cosy, but it's also sparkly and a bit pink in places. In our house we'll be warm, but won't develop heat rash. We'll be zen, but not overly zonked. With the exception of Christmas Day night when we're so tired we will fall asleep dribbling Terry's chocolate orange down our new jumpers.

I've realised that for me to embrace this hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) concept, it needs a top layer of vintage glamour adding to it. I'm good with the furs, obvs; all winter looks need furs, but I need a bit more old fashioned twinkle than lots of the skandi looks we are seeing on the gram. I'm starting with a mirrored wall that can be gradually added to as I get more involved.

 My winter room update featuring star mirror £80 by  Cox and Cox

My winter room update featuring star mirror £80 by Cox and Cox

The curtains are closed for so much longer these days and a wall of mirrors above the sofa helps me feel a bit less claustrophobic. Mirrors bounce light about the place, but its the contrast of the shiny reflective glass against the fluffier textures that gives this a lovely lick of glamour. 

I like to have a cluster of smaller mirrors rather than just one big one and it's great to find a mix of shapes to add interest too. I get a lot of bevel edged and gilt framed mirrors from junk shops and markets but I think it looks way cooler to throw in one or two modern shapes too. This brass star mirror from Cox and Cox is a game changer.

 Brass star mirror £80  Cox and Cox

Brass star mirror £80 Cox and Cox

It looks fab propped up on the original period fireplace in my guest room but I couldn't see it enough up there in the attic, so for now it's here in the front room for a bit of glamorous star gazing.  

Cox and Cox are great at vintage style accents. In fact if you're not one for rummaging round second hand markets, they've created this 3 mirror collection that will give you a similar vintage effect to mine.

 3 scollop edge mirror cluster £175  Cox and Cox

3 scollop edge mirror cluster £175 Cox and Cox

Then there's the candles. Hygge fans must get through a lot of candles over the course of the season, which begs the question, how long is one supposed to hygge anyway? 

The big white church candles are great but they flicker more than twinkle. Tea lights grouped together in vintage cut glass beakers on the other hand feel fancy enough to make a Saturday night in appealing. These gold rimmed babes were my favourite find from this week's junk shop rummage and will be perfect for a glamorously lit Christmas table too. My tip? use black tea lights which cast a pinky glow when lit.

And then there's the furs.

 Chroma Faux Fur cushion £45  Anthropologie  

Chroma Faux Fur cushion £45 Anthropologie 

I'm doing a nod to nordic and a wink to pink with this beautiful Anthropologie number. It feels more like a kitsch stole slung carelessly around the shoulders of a cheeky cocktail dress than a middle aged mum in a onesie. I just think that's a better place to aim, don't you?

And while we're on the subject of a suitably glamorous way to lounge, there's this:

 Silk velvet kimono £285  Toast

Silk velvet kimono £285 Toast

Give me a blush silk velvet kimono to lol about in and and I'll Hygge all you like.

Let me know your thoughts on this Hygge business. It's HUGE. What am I missing? Are you layering up like a good 'un or so totally over the hygge hype? Get in touch below, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Claire xx