I read so many interiors blogs, buy countless home and garden magazines and receive press release after press release about product launches and this month’s ‘must have’ piece of furniture or accessory. I love information but it can sometimes get a bit overwhelming. Headlines scream ‘New! Bigger! Better!’ and you really have to stop and think hard about whether your life and your home really does need something like that or if your brain is simply responding to a catchy title and a pretty picture.
If ever there was a time for a bumper edition of ‘my favourite finds’, it’s at Christmas, right? Even for the no-shopping-nonsense amongst us, it’s hard to resist a little trinket or two to remind us that the holidays are on the way and that it’s the month to kick back at home, turn on the twinkly lights and indulge in a glass of Bailey’s or two. Although, my personal preference is actually for Coole Swan … I’d definitely recommend trying it.
This December will be the first ever time that we’ve hosted Christmas dinner (well, in the UK … I think we did it once or twice when we lived in Switzerland but the memories are vague … too much glühwein). At the last count, there’s twelve of us in total, and you might be surprised to hear that I’m very relaxed about it all. For one good reason. I’m not doing the cooking. Nope. It’s not my responsibility. Paul’s taking full control and he has a timed-to-the-minute spreadsheet ready to go (alongside a note to buy gin and snacks in case it doesn’t quite go to plan).