Life & Style

The Low Down on Linen Bedlinen
19 July 2016
The Low Down on Linen Bedlinen

There is something about beautiful linen bedding. The texture, which is both a little rough and soft at the same time. It breathes so beautifully, so is wonderful to sleep in on sticky summer nights, but is equal parts cosy when nights are cooler. You can easily see why linen sheets were, and still are, often passed from generation to generation as an heirloom. I truly think that once you are used to sleeping in linen bedlinen, you will probably not want to sleep in anything else.

Thinking about linen bedlinen but unsure about the differences between all of the options out there?Many of our clients feel the same. With linen being the duvet du jour, everyone but everyone has now jumped on the linen bandwagon. And let's face it, not all linen is created equal. I've tried to answer the questions we get asked daily over on perfectly imperfect living. Hopefully this will reassure you when it comes to making your bedlinen decisions.

And for truly beautiful linen bedlinen, our Vida and Vida Moda linen is the answer to sweet dreams!

Perfectly Imperfect Living
9 May 2016
Perfectly Imperfect Living

Hi there Small Acorns friends, it's Amanda here. For some time now I've been working quietly on a new idea, and it is with both excitement and a little nervousness that I'd like to introduce you to Perfectly Imperfect Living - my new website and blog. All about living a perfectly imperfect flower strewn life in colour.

I believe that the best interiors are perfectly imperfect - rooms with soul and spaces brought to life with a lovingly collected mix of contemporary modern and vintage, chippy old and neat as a pin new, saved for high end pieces mixed with canny budget finds, cherished heirlooms and make do hand me downs, the restyled, the up cycled, contemporary with vintage, mixed with colour, pattern, flowers and a touch of whimsy.

There is so much beauty in imperfection – too often we strive for the perfect, the impossible; what is more important is a home with soul, that tells the story of those who live there and the things that they love. I hope you'll join me on this journey. Sign up for my perfectly imperfect decorating style and I'll send you a FREE download of my e-guide "Five Ideas To Style A Perfectly Imperfect Home", and you'll find lots more inspiring tips and ideas on the new website. For daily inspiration, check out Facebook and Instagram.

And let me know what you think! I'd truly love to hear from you. Amanda x

Bedside Table Ideas
7 March 2016
Bedside Table Ideas

It seems that if ever there is one piece of furniture that my clients are often searching for, it is a bedside table.
Where can you find a nice one? It can be something of a quest. There certainly are a number of awfully chunky, predictably ordinary (and ugly) ones around. Personally, I cannot bring myself to spend money on something that, even though it may fulfill a purpose, is at best, cheaply made and nasty.  I'd rather look at furniture or items that may never have been intended for use as a bedside table, but just happen to look great and fulfill a new role beside the bed admirably at the same time. Give me an old wooden crate any day over an ugly, dime a dozen bedside table - at least aesthetically, it's usually more pleasing!

When you are open to using atypical pieces in unexpected ways, suddenly there are hundreds of potential bedside ideas, and they don't have to break the bank either.

We look at a few atypical ideas over on the blog...

Ice Cream Sun-Daze
6 January 2015
Ice Cream Sun-Daze
An abundance of summer fruit must be one of the great joys of life. Especially deliciously sweet berries - strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries - I love them all.
And, as is the way of summer living and holidays, I love a little dessert a little too often for my own good. A firm favourite, especially with all these berries, is my tried and true version of Annabel Langbein's ice cream. Aghhh, I hear you cry, too hard, I don't have an ice cream maker. None needed - just a good beater and 3 bowls. Try it and you shall see!
This recipe is the 'fancy' version - more often, and because I have a little fad in the family who is not a pistachio fan, the key flavours are simply the lemon zest, the raspberry jam, and whatever berries are on hand. Ice cream sun-daze indeed!

Recipes for Small Gatherings
14 March 2014
Recipes for Small Gatherings
This time of year is all about gatherings. It seems easy to entertain without fuss, whip up something magical from whatever is in the fridge or cupboard, beautiful fruit from a roadside stall for dessert. It's all about the company, everyone pitches in and as the song goes, the living is easy. Beautiful, uncomplicated and inspired.

Which is why it's easy to understand why we find a beautiful book like The Kinfolk Table so inspiring.

The Kinfolk Table puts the emphasis back into the relationships that surround eating. Let the people sharing your dinner table be the foreground and superficial details such as fancy recipes and table decorations can fade into the background. One-third cookbook, one-third narrative tale and one-third international adventure, The Kinfolk Table is a collection of 85 delectable recipes spread over nearly 400 pages from creative types around the world. Filled with gorgeous photography and design that you’re used to seeing in the wonderful Kinfolk magazine, the book will inspire your next small gathering. An aesthetic that reflects a desire to go back to simpler times; to take a break from our busy lives; to build a community around a shared sensibility; and to foster the endless and energizing magic that results from sharing a meal with good friends.

Partner a gathering inspired by Kinfolk with the beautiful sensibility of a handmade Katherine Smyth bowl or plate, and you have a recipe for success. It is a joy to serve and eat anything from one of Katherine's beautiful vessels. Promise! Everything tastes better.

Purchase The Kinfolk Table here.

See all Katherine Smyth's beautiful pieces here.

Incidentally, the ongoing love affair we all have with Katherine's work means that we sometimes keep available quantities deliberately low in our webstore. If you would like to purchase more than the site says is available, or you are perhaps choosing for a wedding gift, please don't hesitate to call us on 0800 22 67 67. One of our team can literally walk you through all the beautiful pieces that are instore, and help make your selection easier.