This week has been super busy and most of the members of my household have some kind of lurgy. So far I have managed to avoid it and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can keep it at bay for Christmas. Lots of hot drinks of lemon and honey have been consumed as well as winter warming foods - soups, stews and pies.
I've been busy on my days off work, Christmas shopping, household chores and also doing a little painting in the living room. Our blue wall has gone. Although I loved it, I always felt that it was too much in a such a small space. I needed a colour to make the room feel bigger - to let the light in more (we only get the sun in the morning, so the room gets dark quickly in the afternoon). After trying many, many samples, I finally settled on Farrow and Ball's Strong White. I'd seen it used in pictures from the gorgeous Folklore shop visit on Remodelista and was drawn to it immediately. It's the most beautiful shade of off-white, makes the room feel spacious and also warm. I'd never used the F & B emulsion before, only the interior and exterior eggshell but the emulsion is the best ever - the walls feel velvety smooth. I've only done the one wall at the moment, so I've a long way to go. That's my job over the Christmas holidays! I've also painted a little feather with some of my leftover copper spray paint. Just half a feather as I rather like the contrast with the black.
As part of my 'avoid illness at all costs' plan, I've been making soups to take to the Market Garden. It's been so cold this week and we've had to contend with some horrible wet and windy days. So this Roasted Carrot, Sweet Potato and Fennel Seed Soup has been brilliant at warming me up at lunchtime. I got the recipe from my favourite vegetarian food blogger My Darling Lemon Thyme, although I slightly adapted it as I used red onion rather than garlic (I don't like the stuff!). It's absolutely delicious and definitely one I'll do regularly over the winter months. Lots of people have asked about my jumper in this picture - well, it's from H&M and it is super warm and washes brilliantly well. My absolute best buy for clothing this winter.
An early Christmas present - to myself! We always get some money to spend from my mother in law. I'm determined to buy as many local and made in the UK presents this year and these were top of my wishlist. Pretty enough to be stockings on the fireplace, these are blanket socks. I'm wearing them every night in bed and they are keeping my feet super toasty and pretty. From the beautiful Fforest General Stores, designed and made in Wales. But I'm totally lusting after this - isn't it stunning? I love those Welsh tapestry designs.
Finally, the blue is still in the house as it was originally the colour I painted the wall behind Harry's desk. I've made a few changes to that area recently to try and make it a better place for him to work at. Now that he's in High School, the homework has piled up and he needs a clear and organised space. So I bought him the Ikea Alex unit to be able to tidy some things away and removed one of the vintage Habitat trestle legs. I also swapped the vintage school chair (as it's a bit cold with the metal back and wooden seat) for our replica Eames DAW chair and gave it some warmth from a faux sheepskin. Much cozier and also (hopefully) tidier.
Thanks for reading. Hope you all have a great week and I'll be back soon. x
(All pictures via my Instagram).