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Winter days and Christmas preparation….

What a difference a few days make: we’ve been basking in an extended autumn here until this week when suddenly my mornings look like this:

…Cold, frosty and foggy – winter has definitely arrived. Just last week we were walking the beautiful High Weald landscape trail in the sunshine….

Now all thoughts turn to Christmas – with Christmas jumper days (so easy this year – tinsel, safety pins, and a rather fab traditional knitted boy’s jumper from Sainsbury’s…. that’s about the extent of my crafting skills….)
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…cards to be written, helped along by The White Company’s delicously scented Winter candle – I might even reach the end of my address book this year….

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Flowers are a work in progress: I mix fake flowers with greenery such as yew, rosemary and other random bits of evergreen from the garden – that’s this weekend’s project. (When it comes to fake flowers: nice ones are hard to get hold of: mine are from Rigby & Mac‘s Dulwich stores; also try Abigail Ahern and Sia at Selfridges. If you’re a real flower fan, the best place to shop for all kinds of flowers, decorations and more is New Covent Garden Flower Market).

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The tree is up and decorated by the boys – and on sunny mornings, provides me with my own private, sparkly space whilst I work….

I hope your preparations for the holidays are gathering pace too! Happy Friday, and enjoy your weekends, Jx

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Silver and metal Christmas decorations; Winter morning

This beautiful frosty morning here, with clear skies and icy air, has prompted me to indulge in my fondness for silver and worn, but delicate metals.

I took these images not even first thing – around 7.45am I guess – but the light was amazing. They aren’t altered: just as nature intended.

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Two inspirational companies, Northumberland’s RE and Denmark’s House Doctor, have decorations that successfully mix this year’s key trends of vintage / industrial / recycled and still keep the look pretty enough for most interiors.

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From the top: Bells from RE, candles from House Doctor, decs from House Doctor; jewelled crosses, metal crosses and mix of decs, all from RE.