Category Archives: Lifestyle

New finds | February 2018

February 1, 2018

New twists on the classic Lyngby vase | New finds - February 2018 | These Four Walls blog

It’s time for another round-up of new designs and product launches that have grabbed my attention over recent weeks. For 2018 I’ve decided to shake things up a bit and include not just furniture and home accessories, but also other things that catch my eye – everything from skincare and books to new hotel, shop and restaurant openings.

So, here are my top finds this month…

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Reader survey + Hobo Soy Candles giveaway

January 5, 2018

Reader survey + Hobo Soy Candles giveaway | These Four Walls blog

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and now feel relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on 2018.

After a two-week break from my laptop, I’m back in the swing of things and brimming with ideas for how to take These Four Walls forward over the next 12 months and beyond. I first created this little corner of the internet back in July 2014, and I could never have imagined that three and a half years later I’d have left my day job to focus full-time on blogging and other freelance projects. It really is a dream come true, and although the last few months have been a steep learning curve, I’m loving every second.

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Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2017

Christmas | These Four Walls blog

Just a very short post today to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I’m taking a break over the festive period to relax with family and friends after what turned out to be a momentous 2017 – I got married in May, left my job to blog full-time in August, and travelled to Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Italy and beyond. I’ll be back in early January with more design and travel inspiration, as well as a few exciting projects. In the meantime, thanks so much for reading These Four Walls over the past 12 months, and for all your comments and encouragement both here and on social media.

See you in 2018!

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The final festive touches

December 15, 2017

A few final festive touches | These Four Walls blog

December seems to be flying by, and I can’t believe Christmas is now just over a week away. Although I put most of our decorations up a while ago (blogging means doing it a lot earlier than I used to!), a few additional festive touches have crept in over the past couple of days.

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Simple Christmas table styling

December 13, 2017

Simple Christmas table styling | These Four Walls blog

I’ve always loved dressing the table for Christmas. It was my job as a child, and I’d spend much of Christmas morning in my parents’ garden with a pair of scissors, decimating their holly bushes in a bid to find the prettiest sprigs. It’s a task I take very seriously to this day, and even though we’re not hosting Christmas this year, I still want to create a festive atmosphere for December meals with family and friends.

As with the rest of our decorations, I’ve kept our Christmas table simple and elegant, with a grey, white and green colour palette, flickering candlelight and lots of natural foliage.

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Recipe | Sprout, bacon & chestnut risotto

December 8, 2017

Recipe | Sprout, bacon & chestnut risotto | These Four Walls blog

Brussels sprouts: you either love ’em or hate ’em. I normally sit on the ‘hate’ side of the fence, but I still find myself forcing a few down every Christmas just because it’s tradition (well, in the UK at least). I’m always looking for ways to make them more appealing, but I haven’t found any sprout recipes I like – until now. This festive risotto from Kym Grimshaw of always-inspiring food blog On The Plate pairs them with smokey bacon and sweet, woody chestnuts – a wonderful combination. It makes a great December supper or even an alternative Christmas Day dinner if you fancy doing something different this year, and it really is delicious.

So, even if you can’t stand the thought of sprouts, please do give it a go – it won me over, and that’s no mean feat!

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Simple but stylish Christmas gift wrapping with The White Company

December 6, 2017

Simple but stylish Christmas gift wrapping with The White Company | These Four Walls blog

Wrapping gifts is one of my favourite Christmas rituals. Each year I set aside a whole afternoon and evening, put on some seasonal tunes, help myself to a tipple and a mince pie, and lose myself in a mountain of paper, ribbon, twine and tags. It always helps me get into the festive mood, and I love making presents that little bit more meaningful by putting time and effort into the way they look.

I always shy away from bright wrapping paper and opt for something more minimal instead. For the past few years I’ve used plain Kraft paper, but this year I wanted to add a bit of pattern into the mix. Few places seem to stock patterned wrapping paper that isn’t garish or overpowering, but The White Company’s range is perfect – understated and elegant, with just the right amount of sparkle.

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How to make a minimalist Christmas wreath

December 5, 2017

How to make a minimalist Christmas wreath | These Four Walls blog

Nothing says Christmas like a wreath brimming with fresh, fragrant greenery, but you don’t have to opt for the traditional look. If you prefer Scandinavian-style simplicity then this minimalist version is for you. It’s quick and easy to make, and it looks beautiful hung in a window, on a door or above a fireplace; you could even cluster several together to create a striking display. And for a particularly festive look, just add a flickering candle.

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Christmas styling with Rose & Grey | Part 2 – natural greenery

December 1, 2017

Christmas styling with Rose & Grey | Part 2 - natural greenery | These Four Walls blog

It’s the first day of December, which I reckon means it’s officially OK to start dressing your home for Christmas, and today I’m sharing the second part of my festive styling with Rose & Grey. Yesterday’s scheme was a minimalist alternative to conventional decorations; this time I’m taking a slightly more traditional approach with lots of natural greenery and a full tree, while still keeping everything pared-back and fuss-free.

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A cosy breakfast in bed with Sainsbury’s Home

November 29, 2017

A cosy winter morning with Sainsbury’s Home | These Four Walls blog

Like many people who work from home, I’m guilty of not knowing when to stop. With no set hours or daily commute to worry about, I tend to tap away at my computer long into the evening, only shutting down if I’m going out (or if my husband decides enough is enough and pulls the plug!). One thing I’m strict about, though, is not working at weekends unless it’s completely unavoidable. For me, Saturday and Sunday downtime is precious – the chance to slow down, clear my mind and look at something other than a screen.

One of my favourite weekend rituals is a long, lazy breakfast in bed, and at this time of year I like to ramp up the hygge factor with lots of snuggly textures and soft colours. So, when Sainsbury’s Home asked if I’d like to try out a few pieces from its new ‘Nordic Skies’ collection, which was designed with cosiness squarely in mind, I of course said yes.

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