Posted in Glossary

No deal Brexit

Failure to reach an agreement by 31 December would result in a no-deal Brexit. Prices could go up for the goods the UK buys and sells from and to the EU. That’s because the UK and EU would trade on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms – the basic rules for countries without trade deals.

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Posted in hotels

The Hoxton, Amsterdam

The Hoxton, Amsterdam

The HoxtonAmsterdam, made up of 5 canal houses, offers accommodation in Amsterdam and features free WiFi and a restaurant.

The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Some rooms feature a seating area where you can relax. You will find a kettle in the room. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hair dryer. A TV is available.

There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Also made available is the on-site bar.

Royal Palace Amsterdam is 450 yards from The Hoxton, Amsterdam, while Anne Frank House is 450 yards away. The nearest airport is Schiphol Airport, 6.8 miles from The Hoxton, Amsterdam.

Herengracht 255, 1016 BJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

+31 (0) 20 888 5555

hello.amsterdam@thehox.com

Posted in Decor, homes, interior

Wall paper with Personalities

Are you searching for great mural-inspired wallpaper? I am blown away by the selection of wallpapers I came across at John Lewis store. They will be great for Murals, generally applied to just one feature wall, or applying it to all walls in your room. I think there is a lot to select from in-store. Here are a few I selected just for you

  • MINDTHEGAP Oceania Wall Mural, WP20304
  • John Lewis & Partners Passaro Wallpaper, Blue
  • Osborne & Little 50th Anniversary Portovenere Wallpaper, W7213-01
  • Cole & Son Pavo Parade Wallpaper, colour 116/8028
  • Cole & Son Boscobel Oak Wallpaper, 116/10036
Posted in Decor, homes, interior

Apres Ski 20″ Pillows by Crate & Barrel

Channeling 1960s ski sweaters, black, ivory, white and copper or red bands swoop a graphic chevron on our retro-inspired pillows. Rendered in an allover pattern of continuous interlocking stitches, the embroidered designs brighten the winter home with bold geometry and après-ski style. The pillows reverse to solid ivory cotton velvet and feature crisp, knife-edge tailoring. Our decorative pillows include your choice of a plush feather-down or lofty down-alternative insert.

www.crateandbarrel.com

Posted in Arts

Ames Jipi Christmas Baubles from GOODEE

Still decorating? Looking for something . I really love these handcrafted ornaments, they are by Colombian artisans, made from the leaves of the Jipijapa palm tree.

Each ornament is unique and comes in different colours combinations. 

Ames is a Colombia brand, Founded by Ana María Calderon Kayser, a native Colombian “from a young age appreciated the craftsmanship and quality of handmade products, Ames offers an extensive collection of furniture and home accessories and textiles designed to bring functionality and fun to every day.”


Working with local Colombian artisans, each product is lovingly made by hand, ensuring unparalleled care, quality and style.

Posted in travel

Train Journeys

My dream is to someday travel on The Orient Express

Here are some facts about this amazing train service that ran from 1883 to 2009, and its name became associated with glamour, luxury, intrigue, and even murder!

Orient Express

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The Oriental Express poster advertising the winter 1888–1889 and timetable.

The Orient Express was a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883 by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL).

The route and rolling stock of the Orient Express changed many times. Several routes in the past concurrently used the Orient Express name, or slight variations. Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name became synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most prominently associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Constantinople(Istanbul), the original endpoints of the timetabled service. The Orient Express was a showcase of luxury and comfort at a time when travelling was still rough and dangerous

The VSOE makes regular luxury train journeys across Europe, offering gourmet meals, private overnight cabins, and attentive staff within its wonderfully restored historical train carriages. The signature trip is the 36-hour luxury train journey from London to Venice.

Image sources From Wikipedia, instagram and Pinterest.

Posted in Glossary

US Election Terms

Bellwether state:

A state that historically tends to vote for the winning candidate, perhaps because it is, demographically, a microcosm of the country as a whole. A good example is Ohio, which has not backed a losing presidential candidate since 1960.

The term derives from the name for a sheep which shepherds would fit with a bell. By listening out for this sheep, the bellwether, shepherds were able to locate the position of the entire flock.

Posted in accessories

Some of my favourite Christmas Tree decorations 2020

There are so many fabulous options out there at every price point so many to close from but here are a few I selected.