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A Slow and Simple Christmas - Blog Round-up

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A Slow and Simple Christmas - Blog Round-up

I'm delighted to see a strong theme emerging in current posts from bloggers I follow. That is the concept of a slow and simple Christmas. All sorts of thoughtful posts are popping up with considered advice on how to approach the festive season in a quieter, more minimal, or more sustainable way.  This idea speaks to me very personally. I have never been a huge fan of Christmas, and whilst of course I love my family, it's never been a time of year I particularly look forward to. I suppose (and this sounds ridiculous now), I had never considered it...

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On Simple Pleasures, or, An Ode to a Bath Mat

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On Simple Pleasures, or, An Ode to a Bath Mat

Yes, that's right, this blog post is entitled, with no hint of irony (ok, maybe a tiny hint of irony), An Ode to a Bath Mat. I'm here today to talk about simple pleasures. Small moments of aesthetic, physical or even intellectual joy that occur in the every day. They are there, but you have to take the time to notice and appreciate them. I suppose I'm talking about mindfulness really, but like so many buzzwords, as soon as they hit the zeitgeist, I always feel like a bit of a tool saying them.  The concept I am talking about...

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Five Minutes With... Jack Laverick

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Five Minutes With... Jack Laverick

Hello and welcome to "Five Minutes With...", our favourite blog feature. Each month, we'll be having a brief chat with one of our marvellous suppliers... about life, the universe, and everything. By which I mean interiors and travel, obvs. We work with a huge range of clever and creative maker-types, who craft all sorts of beautiful products, from ceramics, candles and chocolate, through prints, pencils and planters, to soap, sculptures and... some other great things. Join us for a glimpse behind the curtain and see what makes them tick.  This month, we'll be talking to Jack Laverick, the talented young ceramicist behind Jack...

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Spotted: Hayley McCrirrick

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Spotted: Hayley McCrirrick

I don’t know about you, but I spend a fairly unhealthy amount of time on Instagram these days. Obviously a lot of this is professional interest for me: connecting with customers, following design trends etc., plenty of swooning over people’s home renovations and interior styling, and so on... As with Pinterest, I enjoy scouring Instagram for future treasures for my home. We’re hoping to move next year, relocating our family to the Norfolk coast and I have visions of a self-build project on Grand Designs scale. This is well beyond our reach right now, but a girl can dream, right?...

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Brilliant Blogs - Hearth and Nook

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Brilliant Blogs - Hearth and Nook

Welcome to our latest "Brilliant Blogs" post. Where we write a blog post about other blogs that we think are brilliant. Meta.  This month, we're taking a look at Hearth and Nook, a beautiful little blog by Laura Willers. Laura is an interiors and lifestyle writer, blogger and consultant based in East of England, so not too far from WBG Towers. At the heart of Hearth and Nook are the twin ideals of slow living and minimalism. Laura's posts are honest and personal, and we've really enjoyed joining her on a journey in pursuit of a simpler and more authentic...

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