An Autumn homestyle wishlist

I am currently living it what seems to be a building site. My nerves are frayed, my temper is short and I could literally cry at when trying to get the work done and dealing with moving furniture, dust and plaster, and playing tea lady to workmen who never refuse a cup of tea. The one thing that is currently keeping me going is the idea of what the house will look like once it is finishes…that, and creating wishlists and moodboards on Pinterest.

Autumn brings a whole host of new styles and trends that are not limited to clothing. Homewares always seem to have a fresh edge in Autumn, as people start getting their homes ready for Christmas. House of Fraser, in particular, have a fabulous homewares range that includes ceramics from Biba, prints and wall art from Linea and a really great selection of candles including Hotel Collection and Jo Malone. I have put together an Autumn style mood board which contains some of the pieces that have caught my eye.

Autumn House of Fraser

All pieces from House of Fraser, click here to view.

I love that the pieces I have selected utilise rich Autumn colours, with brown and rust running through. The pieces are eclectic, with animal print of Biba ( an Art Deco/1930s throwback) contrasted with the rustic vintage charm of the Linea wall print of a long ago London. I love to scatter different types of cushions of mixed prints for that slightly shabby chic feel, so these would work well together. The candles are little bits of luxury that add a look and a scent to make a room feel both fresh and homely.

I_185841343_00_20130927A table lamp is a must have to add atmosphere to any room and I have a current obsession with anything Tiffany. I like the fact that this particular model (above) is actually quite stark and restrained when compared to the heavily ornate floral Tiffany lamps that you often see.

Are you doing any home improvements this season?

 

 

 

Revamp your living room with John Lewis

If you’ve ever looked around your living room and longed to see something different, then you will know exactly where this post is coming from. My son Joe is now five, and it is safe to say that in his five years he has done his utmost to wreck the house. From crayon on the laminate floor, to endless drinks spilled on the sofa and cushions, children have absolutely no understanding of just how much you love your sofa, or why you treasured that vase, or why carpets and biscuits just don’t mix.

But completely redecorating a room does not come cheap, and whilst your kids are still under the age of eight (or, as in Joe’s case, as clumsy as it is humanly possible to be), it may be easier to revamp rather than to try to change everything. And that is where accessories come in.

Candles, cushions, beautiful glassware and gorgeous picture frames can all change the look and ambiance of a room. They are a great and easy way of changing your colour scheme, and can either be cheap fixes, or the way to add a little luxury to your home. This season John Lewis have some amazing home furnishings and accessories, with some very special commissioned pieces that are part of the 150 year anniversary celebrations. Here are some of my favourite home accessories that are currently on offer on the John Lewis website.

Cushions

There are two cushion collections I am currently obsessed with. The first is the 150 years range, in particular the Oxford Street store cushion in citrine. The second collection I love is the Coastal collection, which would look just great in a white and pale blue living room with white painted floorboards.

John Lewis Oxford Street Cushion, Citrine £20 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Oxford Street Cushion, Citrine £20 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Loewy Lady Cushion £35 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Loewy Lady Cushion £35 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Beach Scene Cushion John Lewis £30 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Beach Scene Cushion
John Lewis £30 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Harbour Cushion John Lewis£25 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Harbour Cushion
John Lewis £25 click to visit John Lewis

Frames

Decorative frames both look attractive, and share treasured memories. No room is complete without at least a couple of family photographs.

John Lewis Leaf Photo Frame, 5 x 7" (13 x 18cm) £15 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Leaf Photo Frame, 5 x 7″ (13 x 18cm) £15 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Shiny Silver Vertical Double Frame £11-£20 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Shiny Silver Vertical Double Frame £11-£20 click to visit John Lewis

Vases

Whether you are using them for fresh flowers, or just as a showpiece, a vase can make a real statement.

Dartington Echo Rectangular Vase, Assorted, Black £40 click to visit John Lewis

Dartington Echo Rectangular Vase, Assorted, Black £40 click to visit John Lewis

Orla Kiely Acorn Ceramic Vase, Cream/Yellow, Small £22 click to visit John Lewis

Orla Kiely Acorn Ceramic Vase, Cream/Yellow, Small £22 click to visit John Lewis

House by John Lewis Vase, H13cm, Blue, Blue £10 click to visit John Lewis

House by John Lewis Vase, H13cm, Blue, Blue £10 click to visit John Lewis

Diffusers and Candles

Heathcote & Ivory Morris & Co. Reeds and Oil Diffuser, 150ml £24 click to visit John Lewis

Heathcote & Ivory Morris & Co. Reeds and Oil Diffuser, 150ml £24 click to visit John Lewis

Stoneglow Diffuser, Ginger And White Lily, 100ml £18 click to visit John Lewis

Stoneglow Diffuser, Ginger And White Lily, 100ml £18 click to visit John Lewis

Jo Malone Silk Blossom Limited Edition Scented Candle, 200g £42 click to visit John Lewis

Jo Malone Silk Blossom Limited Edition Scented Candle, 200g £42 click to visit John Lewis

Urban Apothecary White Tea Teacup Scented Candle £35 click to visit John Lewis

Urban Apothecary White Tea Teacup Scented Candle £35 click to visit John Lewis