As a shopper I love any excuse to buy things and homeware is one of my favourite things to shop for. I think that anything for the home makes an excellent present as they’re very practical gifts and often things that people wouldn’t buy for themselves. The entertaining pieces that others have brought for me now hold many happy memories not only of the person who gave them to me but of all the parties and social gatherings that the items has been used at.
Here are some ideas of gifts for the home, they would also make great hostess gifts for any Christmas parties that you are attending:

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Clockwise from top left:
Know Your Knives Cutting Board $15

Gray Malin Beaches Book $40

CB2 3-piece marble cheese server set $44.85 reduced to $39.95

Thirsty Camel Cocktail Napkins (set of four) $36

H&M Metal Bookend $14.99 reduced to $7.99

Grilled Cheese Kitchen Book $19.95

Anthropologie Gilded Greetings Cheese Board $58

Anthropologie Wildflower Study Pot Holder $16

H&M Pineapple Trivet $12.99

Stackable Mason Jar Measuring Cups $14.95

Strawberry Windowsill Growbox $54

Cheese & Crackers Serving Board $48

Crate & Barrel Metallic Dots Stemless Champagne Flute $4.95

Crate & Barrel Vinturi Red Wine Aerator $39.95 reduced to $29.95

Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses- Set of 4 $28

Anthropologie Wildflower Study Napkin $12

Pineapple Embossing rolling pin $33

Anthropologie Delphina Spoon Rest $16

Anthropologie Pineapple Measuring Cups $48

Zara Digital Print Tea Towel (set of two) $14.90

Growing up I used to view desks as something incredibly exciting and grown up, over the years they have slightly lost their appeal but as a lover of stationery and organisation a deskspace still holds a certain appeal to me. I am in the process of adding a few extra details to my desktop, so I have been compiling a checklist of items to ensure that my desk is both a functional and appealing place to be.

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Clockwise from top left:
Acrylic Desktop Holder $15
Calendar Desk Pad $12
Pineapple Mouse Mat $11.99
Flamingo Mouse Mat $11.99
Mid-Century Table Lamp $159
Deco Triangle Cushion $37.50
Spots Cushion $37.50
Flamingo Print $400 reduced to $189
Acrylic Desk Tray $38
To-Do Notepad $9
Rapido Notepad $9

wallgallery6Living so far from home I like the apartment to feel homely and for me having artwork on the wall is the easiest way to achieve this. There are a few empty wall spaces that I am working on filling but I have finally completed the space above my desk.
Here are the steps I took to create my wall gallery:

frames1. Pick Your Prints
I like to use a variety of sizes and a mix of landscape and portrait prints.

wallgallerypics2. Lay out the order on the floor
Take a photo of the arrangement to ensure you remember the order when you come to hang them on the wall.

paperframes3. Cut paper templates the size of each frame
By using paper you can play around with the layout before making holes in the wall.

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4. Use the paper templates to decide the spacing of each frame
Once you are happy with the placement of each paper frame measure where the wire hangs on the print and mark the paper with a pen. Hammer a nail through the paper to ensure accurate placement and then take down the paper.

wallgallery3 5. Hang Your Frames
Hang your artwork on the nails in the order chosen in steps 2 and 3. Your wall gallery is now complete!

greensquashThanksgiving turned out to be exactly as I hoped; a fun and relaxing day spent celebrating with friends. Our guests each brought dishes traditional to their family so it great to try new dishes and collect some new recipes. As I don’t eat very much meat The American took care of the turkey (which received a plethora of compliments) and all the trimmings while I was in charge of decor and the vegetable dishes. This year I opted for a rustic theme and you can see previous year’s red and gold theme past here.tabledecoriamsquashthanksgivingnapkincandlespumpkinnapkinvegroastedveg