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Sometimes the window sill can go a little neglected, sure we adorn the window with a lovely pair of curtains or a suitable blind, but then what? In my house, window sills are often the place where things get put because we haven’t decided a location for them yet; a passport that needs to be put in a safe place, a mirror that needs to be hung, or more often than not a plant on its last legs that we’re hoping a few more rays of sunshine might save, these are all the things that are currently on my window sills at home. Actually, a window sill is the ideal place to get a little creative, it is in itself the perfect canvas to display beautiful objects, it’s a framed area that can avoid the hustle and bustle of daily life and just be there to help create more interesting surroundings.

For starters, you may want to consider the colour of your window frames and sills. We often keep our windows a simple white, or off-white colour but you can always get a little creative. You often see a lot of exterior window frames painted in jazzy colours, particularly if you stroll through the quieter streets of Cambridge, many of the sweet terraced houses are given their own sense of individuality with a bold door and window colour. This can be taken inside as well, after all you spend more time on the inside of your home rather than the outside. Whether you want to go bright or dark, painting your frames a colour that contrasts or stands out against you walls will really make your windows feel like a conscious design factor.

‘Painted window frames’ taken from Pinterest

I love this bright yellow frame found on Pinterest, it adds a bit of life to the interior, and no matter how lousy the weather is outside, it’ll always look a little brighter when looking out this window, and if your view is less than desirable, a brightly painted frame will cheer it up in no time. I also love this electric blue number, again found on Pinterest. The blue has been perfectly match to the blue in the tiling, and given an extra boost by a few blue accessories, really completing the look.

‘Painted window frame’ taken from Pinterest

Another idea you might want to think about is an alternative to the typical curtains or blinds, using shutters as an alternative, or as an addition can give you windows are extra bit of style and character. You may want to put some up in your kitchen, perhaps café style for an extra bit of privacy, or just like below, use in a bedroom to create a diverse look. Here, the bed frame and décor are distinctly romantic and gothic in their style, but using some shutters instead of heavy drapery whole room looks dramatic without being over the top, and is given a clean cut without being too clinical. All together the look runs seamlessly, while also working with every day, modern life.

‘Tier on tier’ from The New England Shutter Company

Once you have the foundations of your windows sorted, you can start to think about how you want to embellish them. Depending on your tastes, you can really play around with the way you dress your window sills. Unlike other surfaces, which may constantly need to be arranged or moved in order to make way for other things that come up in day-to-day life, a window sill arrangement can be somewhat left in a permanent state. Other than opening a window, or some gentle dusting, window sills often get left alone, so you can make a wonderful arrangement to suit your home and your tastes.  An easy way to start the process is with a few simple decorative pieces, such as candles. If you like your contemporary interiors, these ombre candle holders from Bonnie & Bell would make a nice, simple addition to a window sill. Once lit they’ll make for good atmospheric lighting, and will continue to look the part even when they’re not in use, you could opt for a row of one colour or mix and match with a selection of the four different choices.

‘Cement Glass Ombre Candle Holder’ from Bonnie & Bell

Another interesting candle set, this time from Holly’s House, are these candle mouldings that incorporate the shape of the candle holder for a really interesting effect. The candles come in either coral, lilac or grey, which again could be combined for a colourful look, or you can use one of the colours to create an attractive accent in a room.

‘Tallow Candle Holder’ from Holly’s House

A great way to decorate your window sill is with a beautiful bouquet flowers, but first you’ll need something to put them in. Picking out some vases that have a permanent place in the home, whether they are full of flowers of not, is a good idea as it will help to create a coherent look in a room and you won’t end up buying a piece that doesn’t fit or work in your house. While clear glass vases will look elegant placed on a table, by the window sill you may find them getting a little lost in all of the surrounding window’s glass. Choosing something with a little colour to it will give your windows some life and character, and will keep the whole area looking fluid and collected. This purple glass vase from Out There Interiors will look wonderfully with the sunlight glistening through it. Equally, this Olivia vase from LSA International will do the exact same. Both are great options and can accommodate different ranges and types of flowers and plants.

‘Ring Bottle or Vase in Purple’ from Out There Interiors

‘Olivia Vase’ from LSA International

If real plants aren’t you thing, finding some faux greenery will look wonderful in your windows, and allow you to live a life where you aren’t worrying about the amount of sunlight or water your plant should be getting. They’ll especially perk up your windows if you don’t the nicest of views. I think these little trees are quite sweet, their rough stone container gives them a bit of an edge that contrasts nicely with the well pruned tree itself.

‘Angel Vine Pleached Tree’ from Oka

And if you really can’t handle plants, real or faux, these ceramic cactus and succulent pairing might just do the trick, particularly if you like to add a bit of quirk and humour to your interiors. Collect a few and dot them around your window sill in between other items, or even to bookcase real plants!

‘Bloomingville Deco Cactus and Shining Succulent’ from Out There Interiors

A window can be a great place to hang something of importance to your, or just something you think is beautiful. These glass frames from Not on the High Street are an interesting way to frame items without blocking out the light. Filled them with an interesting print, or postcards like below, or something different altogether; I bought a glass frame from my mum, who filled it with pretty feathers she’d collected on walks, which worked rather effectively. If you have window that stares out onto a blank wall, this might be a good way to give yourself something interesting to look at as you pass by, but if you want to keep the view, you may want to opt for one of the smaller versions.

‘Glass Hanging Frame’ from Not on the High Street

There are hundreds of ways to get creative with your window sill, soon you’ll be looking less at the view and more are the wonderful way you’ve decorative your frames!

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September has arrived and we’re now into the autumn season and whilst the weather in Cambridge has been less then desirable, at Angel + Blume we’re optimistic in the hope that we’ll be treated to a radiate Indian summer in the next few months (fingers crossed!) Following the Boy Scouts code to always ‘be prepared’ we’ve assembled a list of some beautiful accessories and furniture that are perfect for the changing seasons and the arrival of autumn.

As ever Graham and Green have some wonderful products in their collection at the moment and they’re just the thing we’re looking for.

These metallic tealight holders will reflect the flickering light from the candle flames and create a warm, cosy feeling. They’re perfect for using outside on the last few nights of summer and will be equally as good when brought inside.

Pay tribute to the summer with this striking Peacock chair from Graham and Green. It would work both indoors and outdoors and makes for a great statement piece wherever you decide to put it.

Or if you fancy something a little more retro in style try this vintage bamboo Rocker chair from Rockett St George. The addition of some Matthew Williamson fabric turns the chair from Granny chic to just plain chic!

If your focus is something on the ground level take a look at some of these rugs and floor cushions. This gold Chevron cowhide rug will bring a little bit of sparkle to your home when the clouds are grey. The sporadic splatters and stripes of gold gives the rug a glamorous touch without being tacky and will make the room look shiny and new without adding anything else.

These Moroccan tile mats from Graham and Green are the perfect combination of style and functionality. They’re ideal both indoors and outdoors and add a bit of style to an otherwise ordinary house product and will easily jazz up a neutral room.

Or something a little softer perhaps? Try these gorgeous floor cushions also from Graham and Green.

They’re perfect for taking outside and enjoying some sun and returning back inside and settling down in front of the fire for when the nights get a little cooler.

If you’re not ready to embrace the oncoming autumn months and want to celebrate the summer in your interior decoration then have a look at some of these home accessories. This sunflower style wall clock makes both a stylish addition to any home as well as creating a warm, nostalgic memory for the summer months.

Continue to feed your cravings of summer and make your house the home to something belonging in the scorching desert, this fantastically fun faux cactus. It’ll add intrigue to your home and be a fun, playful reminder of the sun and warm weather during the winter months, and it has the plus of having none of the prickly needles the real ones have!

Another accessory I love are these beautiful yet simple placemats.

They’re a simple added touch to a table that’ll brighten up your home as the autumn sets in, and are a contemporary take on the blue and white oriental style porcelain that was popular during the 17th century and onwards in Europe.

So however the weather decides to behave in the next coming weeks, you’ll be prepared to enjoy it no matter what with these wonderful home accessories.

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I took a trip to Whittlesford today to visit the delicious Oxbow and Peach shop and although I had an inkling of what I would find having already discovered this wonderful company at an interiors fair, I had no idea what a lovely treasure trove it would be. They specialise in finding one off vintage pieces and they clearly have a very good eye because all their stock is unusual and charming. They are only open on Fridays and Saturdays so plan your visit carefully in order to avoid disappointment!

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I know you don’t want to hear it but there are just six weeks to go until Christmas. I too have been in denial but the arrival of the Rockett St George Christmas catalogue has finally stirred my festive spirit. It is a lovely collection of things we don’t need but really want and I have picked some of my favourites for you below – three of which I have already placed an order for. So that’s my Christmas shopping underway then.angel wings

Of course we want these for the Angel and Blume tree!2 snow doll candles - stargazer and wishmakerTwo snow doll candles – Stargazer and Wish Maker

silver glass christmas trees

Glass Christmas Trees – sold separately but they look great as a trioKasbah Morrocan Led fairy lights

Moroccan inspired fairy lightsquare stickers

Christmas Stickers which look great on plain brown paper

gold candle wall sconce

Fabulous gold wall sconce – this is not going to be taken down after Christmas!

christmas tree tea light holder

Lovely tea light holderchristmas cards

I bought these fab cards but what I really want is the gorgeous box they come in!gold wreath

Lovely metallic Christmas wreath

Nut crackerA must have Christmas item

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I know it is a tad on the early side to be thinking of Christmas but when I saw these gorgeous, understated decorations on the Cox and Cox website, I just couldn’t resist a little bit of festive musing. These delightful earthy ornaments will give you a natural minimal look for a very stylish Christmas.

Pine Cone Candles £8.50

6 Wooden Stars £10.50

Birch Heart £10.50

Midwinter Street Gift Tags £5.50

Fluted Paper Light Garland £45

Deer Window Stickers £5.50

Magical Paper Tree £40

12 Felt Snowflake Decorations £7.50

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There is a chill in the air this week and as a self confessed fan of Autumn, I think this is the perfect excuse to make your home a warm and cosy place to be. There are lots of gorgeous home accessories that are perfect for the winter months and will add a dash of style we well as comfort so as the summer days fade, light the fire and embrace the change in the seasons.

This blog first appeared on the Cambridge Evening News website 

 

 This gorgeous throw is perfect for the watching TV under or as an extra blanket for the bed.

Rockett St George Chunky Aran Knit Throw £49 135cm x 135cm

 Stylish and practical, this zinc log basket will enhance any hearth and ensure you have enough logs to last, well, all evening!

Cox and Cox Zinc Log Basket £50

 

I just love this fur trimmed cushion with the seasonal ski scene. If it is put away for the summer months, it will be sure to raise a smile when it is brought out again for winter.

Pierre Frey Tyrol cushion £280

 Sink into soft sheepskin with this inviting bean bag from The White Company. Designed to mould to your shape, it is also easy to move so you can get even closer to the fire!

The White Company sheepskin bean bag £950

 

 A fantastic alternative to regular firelighters, these natural pinecones are scented with cinnamon and spices so will smell lovely as well as getting your fire blazing.

Not on the High Street from Hunter Gatherer

£13 for 12

 

 Bringing light into your home is even more important as the nights draw in and candle light is always a lovely option. I love these little alphabet votives as they allow you to get creative with your messages.

 Not on the High Street from The Letteroom £6 each

 

A rug is a great accessory, whatever time of year it is but I think this wonderful Goat skin rug from The Rug Company is particularly inviting when the weather is chilly.

 The Rug Company Como rug £420 per m2

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The way that your home smells is just as important as the way that it looks and familiar smells stir our emotions and conjure up memories of the past. Home fragrances are now as readily available as perfumes and aftershaves and picking your favourite will give your home it’s very own scent identity.

 This blog first appeared on the Cambridge Evening News website

St Eval Limited Edition Sea Salt Tin

 

I recently bought the sea salt version of these delightful little candles fromProvidence on Bridge Street in Cambridge. It now resides in our office loo and each time I open the door I get a delicate waft of scent of the sea. I am seriously thinking of stock piling them because the smell is so gorgeous.

Designers Guild Magnolia Candle

As you would expect from Designers Guild, these candles look as beautiful as they smell. We have one of the Magnolia scented candles which smells divine and has delicate magnolia flowers drawn over the glass candle holder in shades of hot pink, bright yellow, white and black – it really is too good to burn!

Baileys by post scented candles

You can’t beat Baileys by Mail for beautiful things for your home and their scented candles are no exception. Your only problem will be picking between them – fig, jasmine, orange blossom, thyme and my own favourite, mown grass.

Jo Malone room diffuser

 

Some of the most stylish scents around are from Jo Malone and her home fragrances are a real winner. I am particularly partial to the Lime Basil and Mandarin although trying each one to find your favourite is half the fun. The room diffuser also looks beautiful so there is no shame in having these on your mantelpiece.

Cologne and Cotton room sprays

 

The Geodesis range of candles and room sprays are designed to associate their scents with regions of the world – there are thirteen to choose from ranging from the scents of France (Mimosa) and Greece (Fig) to Clove tree (Zanibar) and Tiare (Polynesia) – they not only make your house smell lovely, they also get you thinking about your next holiday!

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