Down by the waterside...

winter styleWinter is coming... Actually I think its already here, and although I hate the freezing temperatures it does give me an excuse to crack out this awesome fur coat. I don't understand the need to wear real fur when some fake furs can look this good! It has the look of a gilet but actually has heavy knit sleeves. I think the ratio of neat slim sleeves and the slightly longer length stops the fur looking too chunky and stops it making me look a few sizes bigger than I am, which can happen with fur coats.
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Jumper: Mado
Suede Leggings: Tesco
Boots: Next
Lipstick: Mac- flat out fabulous

This weekend I am excited to get my Christmas 'on', decorating my house for the first time! Making some Christmas crafts and maybe some gingerbread men just to help put me fully in the spirit! I still have a whole load of shopping and presents to buy but Im slowly ticking things off the list! What do you guys do to put yourselves in the Christmas mood?

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My Hallway Makeover...

hallway home decor The hallway was one of the first areas of our house that Dave wanted to address when we moved in. I wasn't really that fussed although I knew it wasn't painted to our taste and definitely needed changing. My main concern was the bedroom and the kitchen but Dave made a good point, its the first part of your home that people see, the first impression. So a few weekends ago we set to work.

my hallway makeover Here is a little before shot, eventually we would maybe like to paint the wooden stairs white and replace all the doors with more modern ones but that will not be for a while yet. The walls were painted a gold/mustard shade and with a textured paint. We decided just to paint over the sandy texture instead of having the walls skimmed.
We picked a pale blue/mint shade called Mint Macaroon by Dulux and two coats actually completely covered the textured paint and brightened the area so much! We picked fabric for curtains in a blue and grey pattern and my lovely mum whipped them up for the window upstairs and full length ones for our doorway downstairs. hall revamp We added our industrial console table, some little home decor trinkets and this awesome statement mirror and our hall is pretty much complete. At the minute we have kept the carpet as its neutral and in good condition but some day I think we would change it for a darker thicker tread carpet.

home lifestyle blog styling a console table home diy blog how to decorate a hallway And voila our little landing/hallway Im really pleased with how it looks! We still need lampshades upstairs, to put our curtains up downstairs & still need a few photos on the wall but Ill be sure to share photos here as soon we have that done too!

Console Table c/o Steel Magnolias
Mirror: Stockholm Mirror Ikea
Vase c/o Next
Wire Lamp: BHS
Squireel Clock: Next
Chalkboard Globe c/o George Home
Plant in pot: M&S
Silver bear in car moneybox: from Daves childhood
Toolbox: Orla Kiely

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Autumn Favourites...

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It may feel like Winter outside but according to google its still Autumn until the 21st December which is the day of the Winter Solstice. I love this time of year apart from the dark days and wet weather- but its Northern Ireland so its wet nearly all year round anyway.

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Books + Blankets by the fire / Pumpkins / Cinnamon / Cosy scarves / Slipper socks / Pretty coloured trees/ Candle light / Spiced teas / Hot apple cider  / Chimney smoke + Bonfires / Tweed, knitwear, fur, suede.

Top: Essie Chinchilly / Seventeen Long Island / No7 Thunderstorm / Below:  Essie Penny Talk / Barry M Bright Purple / Barry M Raspberry.

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Spiced Apple / Sweet Rhubarb / Blackberry & Elder-flower. c/o Taylors

autumn home decorJust a few of my favourite things, without breaking out into song from the Sound of Music...
What do you love about this time of year?

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Tie in a knot...

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This time of year always whizzes by, in September I start thinking about Halloween & all the things Im going to do, make, photograph. Then before I know it its the 29th & its a mad panic to get stuff done! Does anyone else find this happens to them too? This year Dave & I did manage to cover the outside of our house with pumpkins, decorate the inside & throw our first house party in our new home. We even had trick or treaters which I was so frickin excited about! Growing up in the countryside meant we NEVER had trick or treaters!

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Another thing I had wanted to do this Halloween was dress up and style a spooky shoot for my blog but unfortunately that was one thing that didnt happen. If only I could pause time?! Im hoping to get better with time management and get a Christmasy inspired shoot organised! Im already super excited to decorate my house for Christmas and maybe doing some festive crafts and baking! Bring on December!

wiwt ootd autumn outfitMac: Cristina Gavioli
Top: Asos
Neckerchief:  Asos
Jeans: Topshop
Boots c/o Debenhams
Bag c/o Nica

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