13 Jun 2011

Summer entertaining

Photo: Nina Broberg Livet Hemma blog

Happy Monday all, did you do anything nice of special over the weekend?    It was a busy one for us, we had Friends visiting who stopped by  for a meal, then a family get together on Saturday. Don't you find the summer months are usually filled with family gatherings,  weddings,  graduations, BBQ's summer parties, the birth of babies etc. 
I found this  fun table setting over at Livet Hemma blog today, I really need to get some ideas for creating table settings, when we entertain its always a scramble to make sure we have enough matching knives and forks and plates etc. and I'm embarrassed to say that this weekend I  had to use kitchen roll as serviettes.... oh the shame.... I thought I had some nice paper napkins in a draw but I couldn't find them, so I folded up a piece of kitchen roll and placed the knife and folk on top, then placed that on top of the plate, and in a lame attempt to add some decoration to the table, added some sprig's of rosemary.....
Needless to say I'm now on the look out for some nice items to help create  pretty table settings for future entertaining...
If you too are looking for some inspiration then may I suggest A Beach Cottage here  for some lovely ideas, and also if you have your own fab table setting ideas, there is a competition currently  running over at Livet Hemma blog   but hurry it ends soon.

P.S watch out for some new Advertisers coming  to This Home Sweet Home, I will be introducing you to some Etsy stores sellers and other sites very soon! :)

9 Jun 2011


The IKEA FAMILY LIVE magazine is out now!  and you may recall a mention about the lovely work of Veronkia in this post, well her lovely home features in the Summer edition of the magazine too!! To take a peek go here.  If anyone could get me one and pop it in the post...well..you would just make my day, because  they are hard to come by here in the Channel Islands. :)

1 Jun 2011

Ideas to steal from Elle Decoration magazine.

I don't know about you, but when it comes to interior décor, well I have many sides to my personal taste, I love a bit of rustic, but not too rustic, perhaps a pallet board here and there, then again I'm rather liking interiors with white walls at the moment, and some times I unleash the  truly feminine  side in me and go all floral, which is why I'm rather liking the June  edition of Elle Decoration at the moment, its got a little of every thing this month, from monochrome to floral, and a bit of rustic thrown in for good measure! 

I'm currently in the middle of a make over in our living room as I type, (stopping every so often to scan the room and work on ideas in my head, magazine in hand) so I have been checking out ideas to steal from the home of fashion Stylist Sofia Ericson and her photographer husband Nils Odier, featured in Elle Decoration this month, an all black and white interior with a hint of green.

White is a great base for a room as it pretty much goes with every other colour, and can act like a blank canvas to work with, but it can feel cold especially in a room that does not get alot of sunlight.  so adding warmth with  textures and vintage wooden furniture can help soften the look, as in this lovely home pictured.


Photo credits Pia Ulin, Styling Lotta Agaton. Magazine article written by Hannah Booth.

Ideas to steal:  To soften and add warmth to a black and white room, add wooden furniture, check out charity and junk shops to find vintage and one off pieces, add texture with rugs, cushions and throws, and incorporate another colour by layering throughout the space. 

Also in this issue is the fresh  floral home of textile designer Fi Douglas, of Bluebellgray.  Blue being one of her favourite colours and in abundance throughtout her home, even the shades of blue are painted  on the stairs which I love and had I the kind of stairs that I could paint I think that might be an idea to steal. Check out Brume for words and number stickers to add to stairs.
Photo credits David Cadzow Magazine article written by Emma Love

These are just a couple of highlights and ideas  from the June issue of Elle Decoration, but the magazine is packed with so much more and well worth finding its way to your coffee table! Available now in all good supermarkets..


All images Elle Decoration.
P.S Elle Decoration UK now have a Facebook page here and a Blog is in the pipe lines to stay up to date go here

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