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The perfect tea and cake with Maxwell and Williams

I love nothing more than a cup of tea. I even take a travel mug of tea with me on the school run. But it’s just not the same as drinking loose leaf tea from a tea pot in a lovely mug and with a slice of cake. What could be better?

I always think that loose leaf tea tastes so much better than that in a bag, however it’s not often that I have a pot of tea. I’m normally so busy it goes cold so I normally stick to a bag and a mug.

Tea and cake with Maxwell and Williams

Maxwell and Williams have recently launched their autumn/winter collection and were kind enough to send me a couple of gorgeous items from the collection. Including a cute little pink teapot, with a matching mug from their gorgeous Tint stoneware range and a serving platter from the Artisan collection. Perfect for having tea and cake.

The teapot in Rose has a build in loose leaf tea infuser, plus it works as a leaf strainer so you do not have to worry about having one of those as well. I love the shade of pink, it’s a pastel dusky pink shade. It is also light weight, even though it is stoneware, and very easy to take apart for cleaning and easy to load with your tea leaf of choice. Although it is not the normal vintage style china tea pot with a little lid that no doubt I would drop and break, I actually love the modern style and yet it feels traditional to be using a tea pot.

The matching snug mug also in Rose, really is snug as it sits beautifully within your hand. It the perfect mug for cuddling on a cold winters day in front of the fire. Both hands fit around curves, plus it also has that beautiful dusky pink shade that I love so much.

The Artisan serving platter is a gorgeous bespoke item. It has a lovely pink shade to it, so although it is not part of the Tint collection I actually think the items sit beautifully together. The platter has a crackle glaze finish, which looks beautiful and very unique, using the crackle glaze technique it means that each item within the Artisan collection is unique. I love it. As the platter is also not a traditional circle or oval shape, it is more of a tear drop. It means I can add cake and still have space to place the knife or add a pot of hummus if I was using it as a bread board.

I am going to make sure that I incorporate my cute little Tint tea pot and mug into my everyday life. It will be my companion while sat at my desk working from home each day. Do you use a tea pot or do you just go for a bag in a mug?

 

*Thank you Maxwell and Williams for gifting me this stunning items, they are now a firm favourite in my house.*

Brick fire places using brick slips

I love a going to a traditional pub, open fire places, exposed brick work and a warm cosy feel. Over the years having exposed brick work within your own home has changed, it become popular to plaster over everything to make it look pristine.

Now, however it is becoming popular to add brick work into your home. Not only in older properties or for warehouse styled interiors but also in a more modern family home. I now know a few people that have had large extensions completed and had one wall what looks like an internal l brick wall. When in fact it is a brick tile or brick slip that are tiled onto the wall and looks just like an external brick look. It honestly looks fabulous.

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Feature Wall – brick slips

Feature Wall UK are a company that specialise in brick tiles, brick slips and stone veneers. I love the idea of having a log burner sat within a traditional looking chimney fire place, with exposed brick work. Using Feature Wall UK’s brick slips or tiles I can have that traditional look within a more modern house as their tiles are heat resistant, just perfect for a log burner.

It means you are able to build a chimney breast within your home using plaster boards and then use the brick or even stone slips to create something that looks fabulous but is also affordable.

The brick slips are not only suitable for in doors, but they are weather proof so they are perfect for outdoors. Many people are using them to add to the render on their homes, to add a little bit of extra design.

The brick slips are not only a cost effective way to add character to your home they are so lightweight and suitable for those who DIY lovers as they are easily fitted.

I love the idea of adding a more traditional brick slip to the back of a fire place for a log burner to sit in. It is definitely going onto my list of must haves for our forever home. What do you think to adding some brick slips to your home?

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Stylish skirting boards

I have recently been thinking more and more about what I want from our forever home. I know that when we find our forever home it will be something that will need renovating. With renovating a property comes time, money and a lot of patience. It doesn’t stop me dreaming about how I would like things to be. The kitchen, bathroom, garden, living room, children’s bedrooms, paint colours.

The more I see beautiful interior styles on various website, good home magazine (yes I subscribe) and in the large department stores, the more I start to think about the details. I know we don’t have our forever home yet, I don’t even know what the layout will be like. All I do know is that it will be in village location, miles away from the nearest town, just perfect.

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Stylish skirting boards

During one of my many forever home planning’s, I started to look at skirting boards. I think I had been to a friend’s old Edwardian house, which has skirting boards that must be almost a foot high. I then started to see different styles of skirting board everywhere.

Honestly, I had no idea that there are so many styles available. Skirting World specialise in skirting boards, architrave, window board they have a few different styles to choose from, plus they deliver all over the UK.

I really like the modern styles, they are like nothing I have seen before. Although very modern isn’t quite what I will be going for, they would look fabulous in the right places.

I think my favourite would be the heritage skirting board it really has that traditional feel that I love. My home will be quite traditional in style, I like older more vintage items of furniture. My dark wood dress and bureaux are among my favourite items. So opting for something that has that more traditional feel would suit what I have pictured for our home more.

The only thing for me about pretty skirting boards is that they take that bit more cleaning. I’m not the best cleaner in the world, but I think that using the right vacuum cleaning tools, I will be able to keep my skirting boards looking pristine all of the time.

What do you look for when choosing items for your home? Do you like something modern or do you prefer something more modern?

 

*this is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*