Supplier Spotlight – Betsy Blair Home

Supplier Spotlight – Betsy Blair Home, Shabby Chic Heaven!

Our Supplier Spotlight – Betsy Blair Home is an online boutique that sells the most beautiful shabby chic products for your home. Our recent post, Interior Inspiration – Quintessentially English Home showcased the beautiful home of Pauline Fox, the owner and designer of these beautiful products. The name “Betsy Blair” stems from Pauline’s middle and maiden names and the store is a result of her Interior Design qualifications, coupled with a lifelong passion for home decor and design.

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We have listed a few of our favourite items from the shop! Please note, some of the items may look different as the products are handmade by Pauline herself. Therefore, why not get your products personalised or better yet, to match your home and colour scheme?

So there you have it, our December Interior Supplier Spotlight – Betsy Blair Home.

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Fusion Winter Wedding Inspiration

Guest Post for Ananya Cards on Fusion Winter Wedding

Inspiration And Tips For A Fusion Winter Wedding -

I had the pleasure of writing a guest Post for Ananya Cards on Inspiration And Tips For A Fusion Winter Wedding.

“Planning a fusion or multicultural wedding, while offering amazing possibilities to create a unique and memorable blend of two different traditions, can also be a daunting task, and requires in-depth knowledge and expertise to pull it off successfully.
Ananya is delighted to have London wedding planner and designer Ishari De Silva share some important tips and facts to consider when planning a fusion winter wedding. Specialising in both couture as well as fusion weddings, Ishari and her team draw on the latest wedding trends and cutting-edge design for couples on a range of budgets to create an exquisite wedding….”
-  Ananya Cards

Read the full Fusion Winter Wedding article and see the full mood board here.

It was an absolute pleasure to writing this article! I hope you all enjoy it and find the inspiration useful.
For any design questions please leave me a message at Ishari De Silva Weddings – Ask Ishari

Happy wedding planning!

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Eyebrows

Fuller Beautiful Eyebrows

I often get compliments on my Eyebrows and always get asked where I get them done and what I use to fill them in..

I can’t stress how important it is to keep your eyebrows well groomed! Some women think getting their eyebrows done is a treat, a luxury and I firmly disagree. It is a necessity, eyebrows frame your face and keeping them groomed is like a mini facelift. Getting your eyebrows threaded, plucked or waxed by a professional every few weeks is as important as any other beauty treatments you may have on a regular basis. Especially brides, unkept eyebrows on one of the most important days of your life is a hugE NO! Any make up artist or beautician would agree…

Since I was little I have always had very thick, naturally arched Eyebrows and I probably started plucking them around 12/13 years. I used to watch my mum pluck her brows and always wanted to do mine so when I started plucking my own brows I wasn’t so bad at it!

At the age of about 17 I started getting my Eyebrows threaded and at the time thin eyebrows were in vogue as I would say, so they were quite thin… YES I PAID SOMEONE TO OVER THREAD MY EYEBROWS BACK THEN!!!!!

When Malika at Westfield – Shepherds Bush opened, it was literary my saviour. Sajal is my go to eyebrow lady at Malika she is also one of the managers and trains the other beauticians. They measure and make sure your eyebrows are the right shape to your face and guide you through growing them out to make them thicker and fuller. To fill them in I use E.l.f – Eyebrow Kit or L’Oreal Brow Artist. However, my next purchase and the all time best products for eyebrows many celebrities swear by are Anastasia Beverly Hills. You can purchase them online at Beauty Bay or Cult Beauty.

Read more about Threading.

Iconic Celebrity Eyebrows!

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Winter Style

Winter Style – Smart, casual everyday look!

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This weekend was about tying up loose ends, Saturday I relaxed at home and Sunday we did a quick shop followed by a late lunch and drinks! As for my Winter Style look, you will realise that I have so many blouses in so many different colours and I tend to live in them, same goes for blazers/coats.

Winter Style Look:

(Pretty much all High-street apart from the Bag and Watch)
Dark Green Blouse: Zara (Not the best, that was after 2hrs of sitting and the blouse was wrinkled)
Jeans : Hollister
Over the Knee Boots: River Island (old)
Coat: H&M
Handbag (teal not blue): Miu Miu
Watch: Hublot (as seen below)

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“Luxury is in the detail”

 

What we did:

Late Lunch and cocktails at Cabana – Brazilian Restaurant

Last of Xmas Shopping: Westfield – Shepherds Bush (we kind of live next door!)

Bubbles and Dessert at: L’Orchidee

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Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse… Made with just Chocolate and water!

I couldn’t believe it when I saw this recipe by celebrity chef Jun Tanaka. Firstly, I have never known Chocolate Mousse to be made with just water, but it works! Secondly, it only takes 5MINS… That’s my kind of cooking. Perfect for the busy ladies and those who enjoy quick and easy recipes that taste just fabulous!

This recipe is perfect for people that follow a dairy free diet as yoghurt topping for the chocolate mousse can be swapped for coconut milk or soy milk yoghurt.

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Prep time › 5 mins | Cook time › 10 mins | Serves › 4

INGREDIENTS

125g 70% dark chocolate
100ml water
Toasted hazelnuts
50g Greek yoghurt with a spoon of sugar

METHOD

Take a knife and shave a few pieces of chocolate then chop the rest.

Pour the water in a pan and bring to a simmer. Take off the heat, add the chocolate, stir until melted.

Pour into a bowl placed on top of another bowl filled with ice. Whisk until it starts to thicken.

Spoon into cappuccino cups , top with a teaspoon of yoghurt, then the hazelnuts and finish with chocolate shavings.

For more Chocolate Recipes and a recipe to make your own chocolate for this Chocolate Mousse recipe check out Homemade Chocolate and Chocolate Recipes.

Enjoy!

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Quintessentially English Home

Today on Interior Inspiration we will be looking at the beautiful Quintessentially English Home of Pauline Fox, the owner of Betsy Blair Home.

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Tell us about where you get your inspiration from?

I’ve long been inspired by cosy, traditional, quintessentially English homes. Think ‘Rosehill Cottage’ from the movie ‘The Holiday’. My personal style is uncluttered; I like to have a place for everything and everything in its place (not that the boys in the family take any notice!). With that in mind, I tend to source furniture not just for its aesthetic appeal but for storage possibilities too.

Laura Ashley heavily influence my design choices and my current fabric crushes can be found in the designs of Cabbages and Roses, Kate Forman, Ernest and Matilda and Sarah Hardaker. Fabric has often been my starting point when creating a room design.

Rachel Ashwell, the creator of Sabby Chic, was my next big influence. I was able to create a similar relaxed, time worn look, in a style which also suited my budget. Weather-boarded, Hamptons style homes are also a big favourite. I love the neutral backdrops and mix of materials particular to the style, featuring comfortable soft furnishings in mellow shades of pale blue and beige, complimented by the mixed use of wood and painted furniture.

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Where do you like to shop for your home?

I have usually had to work with a small budget and have often carefully selected furniture and vintage items from charity shops, online auction sites etc, which I paint and up-cycle.

My living room seating is a mix of old favourite Laura Ashley and Tetrad, all lucky sale finds. I have benefited often from Laura Ashley’s excellent offers, anything from wallpaper and paint to large furniture items and the quality of their bed linen is excellent. I often buy soft furnishings and accessories from Ikea and Homesense (sister company of TK MAXX). Predominantly, I use Farrow and Ball paints and Little Green Paint Company for furniture re-vamps and shop locally for both.

Finally, of course I love to buy from independent retailers. A perhaps unexpected source of shopping for the home is Instagram, I have discovered so many wonderfully talented retailers, many of them independent, who are creating the most wonderful, often unique items with love, care and fabulous attention to detail.

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If you could move your house to anywhere in the world where would it be?

I have to confess I’m not one of those wonderful globetrotter types, I’m a real home body, so have not seen much of this wonderful world! However, when I have ventured further afield, destination highlights for me were Boston and Manhattan in the US. I didn’t make it to the Hamptons whilst in the States so would love to visit one day.

I spent many weekends this summer looking at Universities with my youngest, travelling up hill and down dale. I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of our countryside, architecture and history. York and Lancaster were both beautiful, Bath has always been a favourite, but it was Warwick and Leamington Spa that took my breath away.

That said, my ideal location for my home, would be the Cotswolds. It has everything I love in terms of landscape and architecture, it’s quintessentially English and is understandably designated as an area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Your favourite room?

My favourite room is our living room.  The entire house needed a lot of decorative work when we purchased it 14 years ago. In the living room, we re-instated a reproduction Victorian fireplace and surround and also removed and replaced the very ugly brown wooden window frames. Fortunately the original wooden sash windows were still in place throughout the rest of the house.

The room has recently been re-decorated, with the aim of achieving an updated take on a traditional style. Featuring a calming, neutral palette of off-whites and pale, but warm greys, to enhance the light and create a far brighter space. However, I was also keen to maintain a cosy, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, so introduced soft furnishings and accessories in varying texture such as wool and faux fur and used subtle, faded floral fabrics.

The area once designated as a study area has now been re-purposed as a dining-come-sewing space. I sourced second hand furniture which I painted, along with every other piece of existing furniture, and re-purposed to store my work materials from view when not in use.

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Any advise for people that want to use your home as inspiration to create their own little slice of heaven?

My advice would be to find a style that suits your way of life, helps you relax and most importantly, makes you feel happy to come home. Research well, I’ve spent many a spare moment searching Pinterest, Google images, Instagram to find inspiration.

Also, shop carefully, remember that spending heaps isn’t imperative to achieving the home style you want. Any interior style, whether it be traditional or contemporary, needn’t be prohibited by a small budget. If you can’t find exactly what you want, have a go at making it, painting it etc. You will experience a great sense of satisfaction from creating something with your own hands. You may even, like me, find yourself with your own little business at the end of it!

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More Images of this gorgeous quintessentially english home…

The Garden

 

The Bedrooms

 

The Living Room

 

The Kitchen and Dining Area

 

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