Category Archives: Show & Tell

A winters Tale #DifferenceMakesUs

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Gather up the season into your favourite basket, red and green, berries and fir, soft leafy twigs and all the things that smell as fresh as a winters morning. Sit a while and twist what you have into a simple wreath to hang on your door. This is one of the ways I love to welcome the festive season ahead.

A couple of weeks ago I got together with my sister to make our Christmas wreath, eat chocolate and listen to Christmas music – it has become a lovely little tradition over the last few years and one I look forward to with great joy. Do you like to make your own Christmas wreath?

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I also wanted to share my new dress with you, it is the most perfect shade of pink, gorgeously floaty and I love it so. Etsy, an online marketplace, asked if I would like to join them with their #DifferenceMakesUs campaign, celebrating our own individual style. I jumped at the chance and went straight to one of my favourite Etsy sellers, Son De Flor, to purchase this dress that I have lusted after for a long long time.

I love this smock dress, handmade from beautiful linen with its loose fit and timeless style. And, I also love what it represents too:

“Son de Flor is about slowing down. Coming back home. Sharing laughs around the dining table. It’s about feeling comfortable in our own skin. About not needing to be better nor faster. Son de Flor is about You, not fashion, not even style. It’s about a modest dress outstanding in the crowd with no need for explanation. No chase of the seasons, no new nor old trends. Time-less. Feminine. Charming. Subtle.” Son De Flor.

Doesn’t that sound perfect? Do pop over here to see their collection of beautiful dresses, you may also like to read their blog too.

Love Laura x

Our stay at The Welsh House

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Bryn Eglur, an idyllic self-catering cottage tucked away in a quiet corner of Carmarthenshire, away from all the hustle and bustle of modern day living. With no wifi or phone signal, it is a real chance disconnect from technology, reconnect with yourself and enjoy the simplistic pleasures that come with spending time in the countryside.

We arrived late in the afternoon to be greeted by owner and creator, Dorian Bowen, who showed us around and made us feel right at home. Dorian stayed a little while, and over coffee we chatted about his passion for creating his beautiful holiday cottages and how he has sympathetically restored Bryn Eglur, translating his vision into a tangible space which has been enjoyed by all who have stayed there, you only have to read the pages of visitors book to know he has captured the magic within the walls of such an old place. We also chatted about the beautiful garden that surrounds the cottage his love of painting, our shared passion for Instagram and capturing the ever-changing beauty of the seasons (you can follow his account here)wemadethishome_thewelshhouse2

the-welsh-house2wemadethishome_thewelshhouse4After Dorian left, we unpacked our things and began to explore our home from home. The kitchen/dining room is the heart of the cottage, warmed by a cherry red Rayburn. Two barn doors connect the room with the garden on both sides and light streams in through the sash windows making the room feel light and airy. I loved how the autumn sunshine cast dappled light across the large dining table.wemadethishome_thewelshhouse25

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The bedroom upstairs was my favourite room in the cottage, it is calm and relaxing and makes the perfect space to hunker down at the end of the day with a good book. Lime-washed walls and white linen gave the room a feeling of simplicity, whilst the old wooden beams, oak flooring and woolen blankets added warmth and texture making it feel every bit cozy. Faded roses gathered from the garden, sat in simple glass vessels on the windowsills, the autumn sun glowing through their pale petals was a sight of pure beauty. At the end of the room a doorway amongst the rustic wood paneling, reveals a secret room complete with a cabin bed made from old reclaimed timber, a perfect hideaway for little ones or adults alike.wemadethishome_thewelshhouse15

wemadethishome_thewelshhouse20the-welsh-house5img_5586wemadethishome_thewelshhouse17The next morning we woke just before the sun rose. Pulling on our wellies and jumpers over our pyjamas we headed out to watch it rise, turning the white stone walls of the old cottage pink for a moment. Arthur was in his element running around, free-spirited and crunching through the fallen leaves. The garden is as magical as the cottage, a little stream babbles alongside ancient trees covered in moss and tiny ferns, ivy trailing from the branches above. We collected leaves, gathered flowers and made a simplistic autumn wreath. Later that day we explored the local area and stopped for a paddle in the sea at Temby and enjoyed fish and chips on the beach.

A weekend getaway here at The Welsh House is highly recommended if you are looking for somewhere to relax and unwind.

Many thanks to Dorian for our wonderful stay at Bryn Eglur.

Homemade Botanical Sugar Scrub Featuring Hammam & Home

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wemadethishome_botanicalsugarscrub5wemadethishome_botanicalsugarscrub6Summer seems to have slipped away over the past week, there is definitely a sense of autumn in the air, it’s my favourite time of the year. You may have heard me mention a few times here on the blog that our garden has given us so much pleasure this season, we have grown and gathered so many beautiful flowers, keeping all corners of our home feeling warm and well loved. We have also pressed and dried many petals too as a lasting memory of what we have found and grown. The roses, in particular, have been my favourite this year and I managed to dry a whole dish full of beautifully scented pink and yellow petals.

I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with them at first, but then I had an idea to mix up a potion, just like something I remember from my childhood days, although perhaps – and hopefully you would agree – a little more sophisticated!!!! My skin has been looking quite dull and in need of a ‘pick-me-up’, so I thought a botanical sugar scrub would be the perfect dry skin remedy and a perfect opportunity to use up our dried rose petals. I have combined them with three simple ingredients: essential oils, sugar and coconut oil, all of which are natural and kind to the skin. The result is a lovely pure scrub which leaves my skin feeling beautifully soft and I am really excited to share it with you. I find making time to create things for our home gives me a real sense of joy, especially when it promotes well-being and self-care. Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 5-10 drops of essential oil
    (I have used lavender oil here but next time I think I will experiment with a combination)
  • 2 tablespoons of dried rose petals
  • 1 tablespoon of dried lavender

The method is as simple as adding all the ingredients into a clean jar and mixing together until fully combined and looking pretty. Rub into damp skin and feel relaxed as the petals wash away leaving your skin feeling silky soft.

Thank you to Hammam & Home who sent the beautiful towels featured in this post, I love them. The Hammam towels are a beautiful contemporary design, made from 100% Aegean cotton and are hand loomed by skilled artisans, in Aegean region of Turkey, using ancient techniques passed down through family generations. The long cotton fibres and the way in which they have been flat-woven ensures that they become more absorbent and softer the more you use and wash them, making them feel super luxurious.
Note: Do ensure you use pure essential oils rather than synthetic ones and do a patch test to make sure you are not sensitive to them before using.

An exciting blogging Announcement

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I am delighted to let you know that this little blog has been nominated for an AMARA interior blog award under the craft and DIY category. I honestly can’t stop smiling, it is an honour to be nominated amongst a group of talented bloggers who’s work I really admire.

Keeping this little journal about our home, the seasons and family life is one of my passions, it is a joy to create and to sit down and write. Thank you so much for popping over here to read from time to time. I would be most honoured if you would like to vote for me – you can do that by clicking here to head over to the voting page, it only takes a moment and I may just get through to the final round!

Thank you so much.
Love Laura x