Bert & May x Anthropologie ... If Carlsberg did Collabs

If, like me, you suffer from Interiors FOMO please do not miss out on Bert & May’s ten week pop up store at London’s Kings Road Anthropologie store.

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Sometimes I play this game where I have to pick just one shop in the world and that is the only place I can ever buy things from for the rest of my life. The winner is always Anthropologie.

I love Anthropologie’s bohemian vibe and artistic license. I’m inspired by its layering and colour clashing. I love the way it makes the ordinary extraordinary. And I always leave the store feeling absolutely sure that I’m ready to ditch skinny jeans for ever and live out my days in jewel coloured maxi dresses and sparkly cowboy boots.

This week marks the anniversary of another of my brand love affairs. I fell hook, line and sinker for Bert and May at the launch of their awe inspiring Bert’s Box during London Design Week back in 2015. Click here for the blog post to prove it. At that time I would have happily sold up, uprooted the family and moved into a Bert’s Box, complete with copper clad kitchen and rustic-luxe bathroom.

In fact, it was here that I first glimpsed a utopian future in which Bert and May ruled the land, fervently demolishing soul-less housing estates in favour of Bert’s Borough, where everyone lives a super stylish eco-existence in a fully furnished Bert’s Box.

So imagine my excitement when I discovered Bert and May has actually hooked up with Wonder-store Anthropologie and is currently enjoying a steamy 10 week love affair that we can all be a part of.

What a Bert and May x Anthropologie future might look like

What a Bert and May x Anthropologie future might look like

It’s the collaboration interior dreams and utopian futures are made of. For the next ten weeks at least we can live the Bert and May x Anthropologie dream on Kings Road in London. We can delight in Bert and May’s curated collection of tiles, basins, antique finds and curiosities styled the Anthropologie way.

Now what usually happens when two beautiful beings get married is that they have beautiful babies. This love story is no exception. Welcome Octogan and Pink Pradena to the world of walls and flooring! These two tiles are brand new to Bert and May’s portfolio, inspired by Anthropologie’s soft and delicate colour palette.

The brand new  Octogan  tile by Bert and May

The brand new Octogan tile by Bert and May

New hexaganol pink  Pradena  tile by Bert and May

New hexaganol pink Pradena tile by Bert and May

I’ve gone gaga over them (of course I have) and am saving hard for Bert’s Basement - my very own office-come-design-studio in my newly converted cellar. But Ssshhhhh, no more on that little saucy secret, you’ve had quite enough excitement for one day.

Happy London Design Week to everyone who is taking part or just soaking up the inspiration. Please let me know what you’re up to and who you’ve discovered in the comments section. Is there any House Candy Im in fear of missing out on? Please, please DO let me know!

Claire x

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




That time I was a mannequin in the new Anthropolgie store

I'm Kim Katrall - the Bloomingdales mannequin in the 1987 movie of the same name - and I'm rubbing my eyes having magically come to life in the bedding department of um, Anthropologie, Leeds. 

Zonda bedding £48 - £168  Anthropologie

Zonda bedding £48 - £168 Anthropologie

If you've seen the film, the chances are you've had the dream too? It's the one where you (the shop dummy) magically turn into human form when the shop closes at night. You have until morning to play house in those impossibly good store-styled room sets. In the case of Anthropologie, this includes my dream boho-glam eclectic living space, my ultimate Christmas table setting and a dressing room to die for. 

There are no shop assistants to tell you off for wrapping yourself up in the hand embroidered Indian bed spreads. No customers groaning when you take 10 items into the changing room. It's just you, the shop and your warped imagination.

Just me? Well look, I've waited nearly 30 years for this dream, I'm not stopping now. Here's what happens when I visit Anthropologie Leeds and go to sleep hugging my new velvet swan print lampshades:

1) Dressing up. 

There is no better shop than Anthropologie to live out my modern day flapper girl fantasies.

1920s inspired Melia evening dress £148  Anthropologie

1920s inspired Melia evening dress £148 Anthropologie

I try on at least 20 evening gowns, channeling Lady Mary meets Lady Gaga and settle on this black number with pleated lace detail. I drape 7 chunky necklaces around my neck all at once and pose in ALL of the feathered headbands. I document it all on Stories.

2) I celebrate Christmas

The Christmas table with ALL the Anthropologie trimmings

The Christmas table with ALL the Anthropologie trimmings

No actual food required at this table, washing up messes with my perfect mannequin nails. I clink gilded rim goblets with my glamorous (invisible) friends. We pull a few super swanky crackers and hand out pressies that look far too good to unwrap. Although I feel one of them and think it might be a brass fox bottle opener, so I peak.. and it is! JOY. 

Brass fox bottle opener £14  Anthropologie

Brass fox bottle opener £14 Anthropologie

3) Doodle 

Stationery goals people! I'm salivating whilst stroking leather bound journals that hold the secret to happiness.

Happiness planner £28  Anthropologie

Happiness planner £28 Anthropologie

I'm caressing pencil cases more beautiful than any handbag I've ever owned. I am pouring over calligraphy pens and sign writing manuals. I am hoping that in my next dream I turn into a double nib Le Stylo felt tip pen in pastel. I stir uncomfortably, but I'm so not ready to wake up.

Pastel pens £6  Anthropologie

Pastel pens £6 Anthropologie

4) Cushion fluffing

Have you seen that Anthropologie sofa situation on the top floor?

Anthropologie homewares, Victoria Gate Leeds.

Anthropologie homewares, Victoria Gate Leeds.

I need some time to work out why the green and grey patterned Dhurrie sofa goes with brightly coloured ikat print chairs, pink mongolian fur cushions and papier mache wall mounted zebra heads? This shizz can only work in dreams, right? And only in Anthropologie dreams for that matter.

Damn, the anxiety of it wakes me and I am back at home, in bed, still hugging my lampshades.

I'm slightly shaken but I'm OK. No one is hurt, I haven't stolen anything and I know exactly which dress I want for the Christmas party. Only the best dreams give you clarity, right?

You can try my Mannequin fantasy out if you wish, but I'd probably recommend a visit to the new Anthropologie store in Victoria Gate Leeds instead. Here you will find a fantastical lifestyle dream world all of your own. My tip? just be careful how much of it you bring home.

The velvet swan patterned lampshades that may well have made me lose my marbles. £74  Anthropologie

The velvet swan patterned lampshades that may well have made me lose my marbles. £74 Anthropologie

Happy half term all. I'm over at the seaside again doing scary cliff top walks and chips with too much salt and vinegar. It's making me realise that when you love house candy as much as me, (enough to send you slightly bonkers even), it's very, VERY good for you to get away from it all and realise that cushions and lampshades and stuff... they're not the dream; they just decorate the dream. Those dudes at Anthropologie get that too. They sell this book that may just help to cleanse my sinful shopaholic soul.

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Have you been to the new Victoria Gate shopping centre yet? Leeds just gets better doesn't it? Let me know what you think below.

Claire x