My First Homewear Haul – Sharing a little of my home Style

My First Homewear Haul – Sharing a little of my home Style

Well, it would seem that some of you are as interiors obsessed and, lets be honest here, as nosey about peoples homes, as I am! When I asked over on an Instastories poll last month if me sharing my home wear buys is something that you would like to see, it was a 100% yes vote! This made me happy as I blooming love seeing the bits and pieces that people buy for their homes. Im happy to share my latest bits with you. Welcome to my first home wear haul, let me know what you think…

My style in my home is quite simple. I like clean, bright and airy rooms, with splashes of colour in my soft furnishings, prints on my walls, and house plants (which I usually kill, RIP Harold Cactus) etc. Most of the rooms in my home have white walls. I love nice accessories, and Im sure I don’t have to remind you about my obsession with candles! My latest bits that I bought are all accessories. The house we are in is our second “do-er-upper” and the renovations are still ongoing. We bought a two bedroom home which we have turned into a four bedroom. I have become used to living in a building site over the years! Thankfully, we are nearly there and I will share some of the transformations with you in another post.

Laura Ashley Hurricane Tea Light Holder – Laura Ashley

This, along with the next item featured in this post, my tray, are my current loves. I just love the simplicity of this little tea light holder, and I think that it looks a lot more expensive than I paid for it, (currently on sale for £11.60, from £16). They have this style hurricane in three sizes, and I would love the big version to sit on my fireplace. I bought this to sit on my pretty tray, and had imagined that it would all sit on the centre of my dining table, beautiful vase of flowers, maybe a little votive candle too. However, I put it in my bedroom with the tray to take some photos, and fell in love with it on my chest of drawers. I have also used this little hurricane in my hallway, to brighten up the alcove under my stairs. Its a cutey, and I think it will look good wherever I put it.

Laura Ashley Teal Light Hurricane

Fitzgeralds Silver and Mirror Tray – Laura Ashley

I adore this tray. I could not love it more. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen it already once…..or twice…. Its just gorgeous and exactly what I was looking for. Its oval shape means that it makes a nice feature on a good sized table, as well as looking beautiful where it currently sits, in my bedroom with a collection of my perfumes on it. I had been admiring this tray in my local Laura Ashley store for ages, so you can imagine my utter joy when it went in the sale online (linked above for you) The tray also comes in gold, and I am tempted to pick one up as my new office that is being done is white and gold. I am over the moon with this beauty.

Silver and mirrored decorative tray from Laura Ashley

The decorative edge of the Laura Ashley mirrored tray

Faux Cherry Blossom and Vase – The Range (I couldn’t find a link, but pop into your local store)

This little beauty, (pictured on the tray above) was an absolute steal! Just £3.49. I like to have little touches of the season around my home, and I thought this brings a little spring to my coffee table or bedroom. I really like faux flowers for adding a bit of colour, and this is amazing for the price. You can see more of my faux blooms in this post, Faking it, Beautiful Blooms for your Home if you would like more flower suggestions.

Candles

My candle obsession appears to have no limits. I stock pile them as I don’t ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, (get it) want to run out. Again, you all came to my aid on Instagram when I asked for candle suggestions. I fancied trying something different to my usual Jo Malone or The White Company, and had some great recommendations. There are a few on my list to try now, (thank you) and I will work my way through them. It was suggested to me that I would love the Penhaligons range of candles, and they were so blooming right! Although, Im not sure if I am entirely happy that a new, expensive habit has been ignited…..

 

candles bought

Penhaligons Portrait collection Candle – Members Only

The Penhaligons quirky little boutique shops are the cutest. They have their marketing bang on, with the feel of the shops like an old fashioned apothecary. If you have never been into one of the stores, I urge you to, they are fabulous. The candle I chose is quite a masculine scent, which is a bit different for me. Its called Members Only, and it was inspired by the after dinner antics of English gentlemen, who retired to the “smoking rooms” to enjoy a game of cards, a brandy and a cigar. The candle has scents of honey, everlasting flower, leather and tobacco. It is a heady mix of gorgeousness and I love it! So different. All of Penhaligons scents have a story behind the, which I love.

Jo Malone Candle in Basil and Neroli

This is probably, the complete opposite of my Penhaligons candle when it comes to the scent. Clean, fresh and with a hint of citrus, its a perfect scent for spring. My sons actually, very kindly bought me this one, the first time I have had it, and its gorgeous. I tend to have Incense and Embers or Lime Basil Mandarin from Jo Malone, so Im looking forward to trying this new one.

Aldi Jo Malone Dupes

I picked up a couple of these as I had heard lots about them. I am very fussy with my candles, so I will admit I didnt have high expectations. My local Aldi rarely has the candles in, so when it did have some I picked up number 2, which is Blackberry and Bay, and number 1, which is Lime, Basil, Mandarin. I didnt like the Blackberry Bay one at all, it had a faint undertone of cat wee! Sorry if your a fan of that one, (I love the Jo Malone version) but it wasnt for me. I do like the Lime, Basil, Mandarin though so for £3.99, will probably pick up again if I saw it.

Prints

I have been trying to brighten up my walls in various rooms with some prints and photos. I love supporting small businesses, so love it when I come across companies on Instagram or at events that suit my style. This gorgeous print of Bridget Bardot (my make up idol in my teens) was from an amazing artist I discovered on Instagram. The husband and wife team do lots of fabulous items, including iconic prints, painted t-shirts and art. I have linked to Gina’s Instagram account here. Bridget is currently hanging in my bedroom, but I may move her to my office when the office renovation is completed.

Prints for my walls

I also got this bespoke framed map from a company I met at a bloggers event, (and they have very kindly offered one of my readers the chance to win their own, details below). Bombus are a Kent based company that specialise in handmade map and location gifts, including *framed heart shaped ones like I have, storage boxes, cards, bookends, wooden letters, all manor of fabulous gifts! Bombus have very kindly offered any of my readers 15% off any order using my discount code Kerrylifeandloves at the checkout if you decide they have something you like. Travel is something that my husband and I are both passionate about, so I love these items and am looking to add to the one I already have. My framed map is of a place in Sydney, Australia called Coogee Beach. Its where my husband and I lived for over a year, and was our first home together. This is going to hang in my office, and I am planning to put a few framed favourite photos of some of our family travels around it.

The third print, a Coco Channel quote, was a TK Maxx find. I love it because its white, with gold lettering and will fit beautifully in my office. I already have a handbag and shoe wall, but its being redesigned to hold more and look prettier. This print is the perfect quote for that area, so I see it hanging around there. it reads, The Best Things In Life Are Free, The Second Best Are Very Expensive. Preach it Coco!

 

Well, thats it. My first home wear haul! What was your favourite item that I bought? Have you been buying home wear items lately?  Do you buy seasonal pieces for your home? Do you have a favourite candle brand? Can you recommend any fab interiors blogs to me? Tell me all the details. I am home wear obsessed at the moment!

 

 

 

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21 Comments

  1. May 20, 2018 / 8:02 am

    Loved reading this! Your style is pretty much opposite of mine, I prefer old and worn furniture, a very rustic and dark style. But I do love reading about what others like! Some of those very bright homes can look a bit dull but I think you put enough color into it with different chromes and grays and whatnot so it works out well x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      Author
      May 20, 2018 / 8:58 am

      I love your sort of style too Lise, I adore old furniture, and lots of old books. If my house was bigger I would definitely have a few rooms in that style. Yes I love putting splashes of bright colour in with my home. Im actually on the look out for yellow cushions at the moment to bring in some summer! Thanks for stopping by lovely xx

      • May 20, 2018 / 10:12 am

        That’s awesome! And adding yellow sounds like a great idea, I love baby blue for the summer, reminds me of the sky x

  2. Jean
    May 20, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Loved reading this new interiors post Kerry, who doesn’t love to see other people’s finds for the home. LOVE your Laura Ashley tray, I might be tempted to buy. I am looking forward to reading more of your interiors posts

    • kerrylifeandloves
      Author
      May 20, 2018 / 8:59 am

      Ahh thank you, the tray is probably one of my favourite recent buys. Id love another to go on the coffee table…. that I dont yet have haha! Im glad you liked this first home post, I hope to do a few more xx

  3. May 20, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    You have such a classy taste Kerry, I absolutely love it. You have a really good eye for homewear, can only imagine how beautiful the rest of the house must be. That tray is absolutely beautiful xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      Author
      May 20, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      Ohhh well thats very kind of you Grace! Wow, thank you. Despite how it may sometimes look, im not one to be out spending constantly, so I like to buy stuff that will last and can be used loads. I have been renovating my bedroom, so I will share the progress on that next. I love interiors. Thank you for reading lovely xxx

      • May 20, 2018 / 8:16 pm

        Oooh, can’t wait to see how you get on with it. Love a little nose at peoples house interiors!xxx

        • kerrylifeandloves
          Author
          May 20, 2018 / 8:27 pm

          me too! I love getting ideas from others. xxx

  4. May 20, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    Very tempted to look t the tray! I’m doing my spare room Grey and Gold. I think? I keep changing my mind! The candle holder is lovely but the tray just makes me want to buy! xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      Author
      May 20, 2018 / 2:47 pm

      The tray is honestly my favourite item! They do it in gold also and Im so tempted by it for my office, which Im doing white and gold. Its such a great, multi purpose item, and on sale………lol

  5. Janis
    May 20, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Loved this post and the tray is a definite winner! Great photography too, I like how you displayed everything. Looking forward to reading more homewear posts.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      Author
      May 20, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you so much Janis, your to kind! I really liked doing an interiors one, so I will definitely do some more. The tray is such a beauty isn’t it! Thank you fir reading xxx

  6. May 21, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Oooo that mirror tray is beautiful! That could so make a good nail varnish holder…

    • kerrylifeandloves
      Author
      May 21, 2018 / 7:14 pm

      Yes i totally agree! I have a collection of perfumes and the matching body lotions on it at the moment. I seem to change it weekly! Glad you like it xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      Author
      May 25, 2018 / 4:46 pm

      Ahhh thank you so much! I am the same and only buy in Laura Ashley when they have their sale haha! Id love an old property that suits a real vintage look. Thank you for visiting and reading xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      Author
      May 29, 2018 / 1:55 pm

      You can, I will pop across and follow x

  7. Jenna
    May 30, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    Great haul – I am also a big fan of airy open rooms, and I hope to decorate my first apartment that way in the next couple of years 🙂
    -Jenna <3
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  8. May 30, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Kerry!!! I think you have missed your calling!! Those frames are insane, I want them all, defo favourite pick for me!! xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      Author
      May 31, 2018 / 7:47 am

      Ahhhh I often feel I missed my calling, but as a world dominating singing Diva like Beyonce hahahaha! Thank you so much, Im pleased you like them! Thanks for stopping by xxxx

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