Monday, 21 November 2011

Creating A Country Christmas

Now that we are approaching December it's that time of the year when I start to think about and plan Christmas. Each year I tend to follow the same decorating scheme when it comes to trimming the house at Christmas time, but like mixing childhood memories with newer traditions I always try to put a new slant to to my decorating scheme.
For me country style and Christmas go hand in hand - there is something about open fires and hedgerow greenery that naturally suggest a classic country style. As in Christmas's past I like to fill my home with lots of natural decorations - hedgerow greenery, berries and fir cones make up the bulk of my festive decorations.

This year I will be adding a few new touches to my decorating scheme. On my fire mantle along side the greenery I shall be adding a row of these decorative glass cloches filled with pine cones.

Glass Cloche From Homes & Dreams
And in my fireplace I shall be grouping these Paper Lanterns to add a festive glow when the fire isn't lit.

Paper Lanterns From Homes & Dreams
I have also been searching the internet for country Christmas inspiration and have found these beautiful festive images which I thought that I'd share with you.........

Photo: Country Living (by Laura Moss)
 I hope that you too feel inspired and are looking forward to creating a country Christmas!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


Pinterest LogoFor a while now I have been ever so slightly addicted to the phenomena that is Pinterest. For those of you who have not yet been lured by its promise then let me explain what it is.

Pinterest is a website that acts like a virtual pinboard, or as it says on its website,

'Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.'

The main reason I use Pinterest is for creating mood boards but people use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes and share their favorite recipes . Gone are the days of bookmarking dozens of web pages and images only to forget why I'd done so a few days later!

This love affair with Pinterest is in its early stages, but already I have a growing collection of boards.


But Pinterest is not only a virtual scrapbook, you can also see what other people are pinning and if you like their style you can follow them.

Here’s how it works: Users are able to create boards about anything and fill them with photos that they come across from around the web. They can then follow other lists and users, see what they have been pinning and “repin” specific items to their boards.

Why not take a look at what we have been pinning and if your not already -  prepare to become addicted!

Happy Pinning!