Advent calendar: DEC 1

December 1, 2010

It’s cold, it’s snowing and it’s the first day of Advent. Time to don the fingerless gloves then, brave the cold and heave open the first virtual door on the HomeShoppingSpy virtual Advent calendar… …and what have we here? Why, it’s the pretty Alphabet teacups from Leaf. What a lovely start to the festive season. Perfect for spelling out festive messages and words such as “NOEL”, “JOY”, “XMAS” and, for the more adventurous: “THANKS AWFULLY BUT I ACTUALLY PREFER COFFEE TO TEA, SO SORRY TO BE DIFFICULT.” – Ellie

Christmas is coming

November 24, 2009

I can’t ignore it any longer. The lights are twinkling away on Oxford Street, the carols are playing in the shops, and I overheard a woman on Saturday saying she only had one more present to buy, which sent me into a mad panic. Advent starts next week – SO, it’s time to bite the bullet and get festive…

Our gorgeous December issue front cover is just the picture to get us in the mood. Highlights include: walls painted in the lovely Potter’s Wheel matt emulsion, Dulux; Glass dome bell jar, Dee Puddy; White bird bottles, Polly George; Large 3d star, Heal’s; Porcelain church tealight holder, Dotcomgiftshop; White Christmas trees, M&S; and white metal tree centrepiece, Velvet Brown. I love the Potter’s Wheel grey walls in this shot, and it’s made my current obsession with dark grey even worse. As has this December shot:

The wooden stars in this pic are from RE and the cool twiggy tree is from John Lewis. Check out stylist Milly Goodwin’s lovely flat, and you’ll see my dream combo of dark grey walls and brightly coloured accessories – just got to persuade the OH that it’s the way forward! Colours that have made it through to the shortlist for our living room include: Farrow and Ball’s Downpipe, The Little Greene Paint Co’s Dark Lead, and Fired Earth’s Mercury. OH says, like the front door swatches, they all look the same. He might have a point. – Ellie