As the leaves start to burst into the colour of flames and the nip of the chill air forces me into jumpers, all I want to do is nest. For home ware inspiration I've been looking North to Scandinavia - and also to Pinterest. Interiors filled with a mix of monochrome furnishings and natural materials have won my heart.
I've been drawn to furniture with the clean lines and minimalism of mid century design. This G Plan sofa from John Lewis would be the focus of any room. Soften up the look with chunky textiles and some bold geometric patterns. This cushion cover from H&M is perfect. Moss stitch knits give great texture and I'm keen to get my knitting needles out but for now this grey blanket also from H&M is a great addition.
I love the industrial feel of this Next tripod lamp. I've seen a few that I really like but this one just has a bit of attitude that I couldn't resist adding to my wish list! Next also have a great range of geometric vases in different shapes and textures. I can imagine this large cream vase being great on its own or filled with fresh flowers.
IKEA is the obvious choice for Scandi interiors and this woven water hyacinth plant pot adds warmth with natural materials to the monochrome palette I've been coveting. I think it would look fantastic with a giant sculptural plant in.
Lastly, it wouldn't be a home wish list without a candle. Orla Kiely's designs are ideal for the overall look I want to create - I love the jar of her Earl Grey candle.
What Autumn home trends are you loving at the moment?
Sunday, 20 September 2015
Itsu is one of those much coveted eateries that I thought was reserved only for those living in London. Their Reading branch opened at the end of August and I couldn't be happier. I've been really exited see their Eat Beautiful ethos put into practice. The new Reading Itsu store is located on the corner of Broad Street and Queen Victoria Street. The interior is in-keeping with the existing 50+ stores. It's bright and clean with elements of traditional Japanese buildings. The chain is owned by Julian Metcalfe, the founder of Pret. There is a similar importance about the freshness and nutritional value of the food on offer. You can expect to find salads, sushi and bento boxes that pack the protein without the calories or saturated fat. There's a great selection of healthy snacks too. It's also perfect for those of us who want to cut down on the wheat and dairy that we eat. Itsu's beauty smoothies are packed full of goodness and look so beautiful on their shelf. I like that you can see exactly what's going into your drink before you take it to the counter to be blended with ice. I went for the dairy free fruit superseed beauty smoothie, a heavenly mix of coconut milk, dates, apple, strawberries, pineapple, banana and seeds. For food, we both decided to have one of the 'on a bed' bento boxes - different toppings on a bed of seasoned sushi rice. I chose the Salmon and Tuna Tartare and Mum went for Tangy Tuna. Mum's was rather heavy on the ginger, which I'm not a fan of, but I was assured that it was delicious. Mine was equally as tasty. Sashimi grade salmon and tuna, topped with chives and a side of teriyaki sauce is definitely a new favourite for me! It's really refreshing to finally find somewhere that offers lunch which fills you without feeling full. Everything was delicious and tasted incredibly light and fresh. Its great knowing that you can eat out and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I'll definitely be back for another of those beauty smoothies and I'm dying to try the Eggs Benedict from their new breakfast menu!
I was kindly provided with a voucher for Itsu for this post.
Thursday, 10 September 2015
ONE Naps are essential, and also special and lovely and glorious things. There's nothing better than crawling back under the duvet after a 9am lecture. TWO It's completely acceptable to buy every pack of novelty sticky notes you see. The same goes for cute pens, stickers and notebooks. THREE If you're walking or getting the bus to the supermarket, NEVER use a trolley when you're there. Carrying home 13 bags of value vodka and frozen potato shapes is not fun. FOUR Regardless of whether you think they're disgusting or not, that Pot Noodle that you found in your Fresher's goodie bag will be eaten at the end of term when you've run out of money. Don't throw it away. FIVE Setting an alarm on your phone so that you reach the nearest supermarket in time for them to reduce their bakery items is just common sense. SIX You come to realise that your selection of dressing up outfits is more impressive than that of the average four year old. Hairbands with ears attached are now your most worn accessory.