A Year Of Moments

A Year of Moments with Candy Pop and Lobster & Swan ~ December

1st December 2015



Happy December and welcome to the final month of A Year of Moments, an inspiring collaboration with the lovely Jeska of Lobster & Swan.

December is a magical month and so we’d love you to share your festive images with us. One of the things I enjoy about Instagram is seeing how people decorate their homes and spend their holidays, and so I’m really looking forward to the coming weeks. To join in all you need to do is upload your photograph to Instagram including the hashtag (ayearofmoments_festive) and mine and Jeska’s user names, and we will share a few favourites on Christmas Eve. Don’t forget to include lots of festive emojis!

For my image (above) I decided to share a few festive goodies on a pale pink background. The sweet plywood reindeer came from The Design Museum and I actually kept them on display all year long. I, therefore, can’t criticise anyone for putting their Christmas decorations up in November! Jeska’s sweet image (below) combines snowflakes, stars and berries to make up a cosy and delightful winter scene. I especially love the lace used to represent a blanket of fallen snow.

Thank you for the beautiful images you shared during November as always we were completely inspired and here are a few favourites. Clockwise from top left: heatheryounguk, tryingforsighs, lewesmap, nina_nixon, small_acorns, circleofpines, byvanessaleigh, oldfashionedsus and centre geoffreyandgrace.

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2015 has been a great year and working on A Year of Moments has certainly kept me on my toes! It’s lovely to look back at the twelve images which now represent a visual diary of 2015. My year of moments can be viewed below and is now available to buy as a 2016 calendar.


A Year of Moments


A Year of Moments
And finally thank you for joining in with the twelve different hashtags (new, romance, floral, old, treasure, nature, joyful, simplicity, inspire, gather, magical and festive), with well over 1000 images you made the year an utter delight. Here’s to 2016 and an abundance of creativity and joy! x

My Home Nature Indoors

6 Tips For Taking Care Of Cacti + Urban Jungle Bloggers

27th November 2015

care of cacti


A shelf of plastic cameras and cacti is certainly a joyful sight don’t you agree? So I thought I’d share my current office display for this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers which is celebrating the plant shelfie!

In October I posted a few tips for looking after succulents and this month I’m focussing on cacti. I’ve had some of my cacti plants for years and so here are a few of my tips for taking care of them.

1. Light

Cacti love light so place your plants near a window or on a window sill. As with most of us they enjoy a bit of sunshine, but not too much or they might burn!

2. Water

Cacti prefer well-drained soil so water once a month and during the winter every two months. It’s good to let the soil completely dry out between each water. I collect my cacti together and place them in a tray of water for roughly 15 minutes. Once bath time (!) is over I check the saucers are clear of any excess.

3. Feed

Fertilise cacti with houseplant food or cacti feed in the spring and summer, following the recommended amount on the bottle. This will replace nutrients in the soil and get them ready for the colder autumn and winter months.

care of cacti
care of cacti
care of cacti

4. Repot

If you notice the roots are reaching the sides of the pot or growing out of the bottom they need repotting. A sandy, gritty compost is required and I always buy the prepackaged mix produced for cacti. Don’t forget you’ll need some gloves when repotting to protect your hands.

5. Pests

It’s good to regularly examine the appearance of your cacti. I buy houseplant insecticide if required or put them in a sunny spot and monitor the soil if they’re not looking their best.

6. Display

There are many ways to display cacti, from groups in individual pots to dish gardens. Although mine are currently in white pots I think they look fabulous in terracotta. I also use a dry paint brush to remove any dust.

Cacti are inexpensive and easy to maintain and with Christmas coming they make delightful gifts. I hope you have a wonderful day!

For lovers of houseplants here are a few more nature indoors posts. Do you have any cacti?

care of cacti

Links to all items:
String pocket shelf – Central | Mountain ceramic mug – The Future Kept | Instax mini camera – Amazon | Tiny pot – Illyria Pottery | Lilac photograph – Redbubble | Cacti and white plant pots – Homebase and local garden centres | Lomography cameras – Amazon (similar here and here)


Interior Styling With Dwell + £100 Voucher Giveaway

25th November 2015



Last week I spent a rather fabulous Friday at the new Reading branch of Dwell styling and shooting three interior stories. It was a fun day and to add to the excitement a large delivery of shiny new stock arrived, bonus! I enjoy a challenge and I have to say styling and shooting in a store with customers gave me just that. Thank goodness for the friendly Dwell team who were on hand to help me set things up. Anyway here are the results, I’d love to know which is your favourite room.


For my first story, I decided to create a mostly monochrome and slightly Scandinavian dining area. I injected a little warmth with the use of gold and greenery and included a rug and lamp to draw things together. I love every item in this room, especially the shelf unit which would look great in my home.


Table | Gold chair | Black chair | Cushions (in store only) | Rug | Glasses | Vases | Lamp | Shelves | White vase (top shelf) | Tea light holder (top shelf) | Vases (bottom shelf)



Having recently created a white home office I thought it would be fun to experiment with some darker colours, so I chose a charcoal grey wall and a black gloss desk. To liven things up, I introduced some pops of colour and every copper item I could lay my hands on. I think the hot pink magazine / throw holder is an absolute delight!


Desk | Chair | Cushion | Lamp (in store only) | Bin | Magazine holder | Throws (here and here) | Pen pot | Dish | Candle | Tea light holder



For my final story, I pulled together a comfy and cosy living area. I love the muted tones and the softness of the charcoal rug against the white gloss coffee table. I couldn’t resist including the stylish black glass champagne flutes, a copy of Vogue and my leopard print shoes. The perfect place to relax after a hard day at work.


Sofa | Throw | Coffee table | Glasses | Rug | Vase | Lamp



Before leaving Dwell, I chose the porous sculptural vase and the grey chevron cushions to try at home. I think they’ve fitted in beautifully!



The lovely people at Dwell would like to give one of my readers a £100 voucher. Exciting eh? Simply enter below – the winner will be selected at random and the giveaway is open to UK residents only. Good luck!

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This post is in collaboration with Dwell. Thank you for a fun day!