Now we are married (whoop, whoop) we have decided to spend Christmas together. This will be the first time, since we got together nearly 10 years ago! Most people find it amazing that we haven’t spent Christmas together, but until now neither of us have wanted to forego our family traditions. However I have caved and will be spending Christmas with Ed’s family in Oxfordshire, it will be great to partake in new traditions and this got me thinking about my Christmas wish-list, so I thought I would share some of the pieces I am coveting for the House this christmas. Some of the items are realistic and from my actual Christmas list, but one is more of a n’in my dreams’ gift, that I might have to drop quite a few hints to Ed about!
I am a big reader of blogs, magazines and on-line content, however I still love the feel of turning pages in a real life book and having it to keep and refer back to. There is also something about the smell of a new book, that I just adore. The first book on my list is Morning, Noon and Night: A Way of Living by Soho House. It is the follow-up to their first book Eat, Drink, Nap: Bringing the House Home and goes behind the scenes, following a typical day at the Houses; from the moment a guest wakes up to the moment they fall asleep. I loved the tips on how to make a guest feel at home from the first book, so have high hopes for this one.
The second book on my list is House of Plants by Caro Langton and Rose Ray of RoCo, who specialise in bringing spaces to life with greenery. I have mentioned before how terrible I am at keeping plants alive, so hopefully this book will assist with improving my skills and if it doesn’t it has some beautiful imagery to swoon over.
Keeping with the green fingered theme I have also been eyeing up some plant pots from Botany, another London based plant and lifestyle store, over in Hackney. The first is a larger version of the pot we already have on our mantle piece, which I picked up at The Fresh Flower Company in Dulwich and the second is a lovely textured black one, which would look great with one of the pots we picked up at Junk Deluxe at the weekend.
In an attempt to try to keep our kitchen table a bit tidier, I also have my eye on a black wire 3 tier magazine rack from Rockett St.George. It is wall mounted, so won’t clutter up the floor or provide something for the cats to chase around the floor. It should also provide plenty of space for both mine and Ed’s magazines and a newspaper or two.
My Christmas gift always contains a couple of scented candles and the ones I am coveting most this year are Terrible Twins, spa series candle no.4, which is scented with soft jasmine, warm orange and undertones of ylang ylang and patchouli, which are some of my favourite scents. The other one on my list is Ohros, eucalyptus and lavender, which isn’t very Christmassy but is lovely and fresh and will be great when spring comes around.
Now on to my ‘in my dreams’ gift… Since we finished the bedroom I have been searching for a warm, monochrome throw that is big enough to cover the whole bed on cold nights and have fallen for a gorgeous Welsh-knot garden blanket in graphite by Melin Tregwynt . It comes in a variety of sizes and although the single or double size would probably be big enough, they are still over £200, so I may just have to keep dreaming for a while.
So there are my most coveted Christmas gift for the house! I do have a few more ‘girly’ gifts on my list including a new coat, so keep an eye on my Instagram in the new year to see if any of my wishes come true.