So guys, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I spent lots of time with family and friends, ate far too much and even had a little drink! Christmas has changed so much for us over the past few years since having kids. It’s not as relaxing as it used to be and there is far less sleeping and napping which I miss, but the joy of seeing the kids putting out the mince pie, milk and carrot and opening up their presents more than makes up for that.
I also used to use the Christmas break to engage in a bit of binge blogging as I had so much free time, but that doesn’t happen anymore. We also have to decorate differently for Christmas. I used to put out lots of ornaments on low level surfaces and we used to burn a lot of candles to create a cosy atmosphere. But with small children we can’t do those things. We had an incident this year where our two year old pulled the Christmas tree down on herself and the Christmas garland was pulled down off the mantle many times, so I now have to place all our decorations out of reach. In fact, I can’t wait to get all the decorations packed away and get the flat back to normal.
One of the things I really look forward to at New Year is giving my home a bit of a refresh and it’s about this time, when the Christmas festivities are all over, that I start to look for inspiration. Obviously I follow interior trends all year round and try to keep up to date with what we can expect to see filtering through into our homes. But as the New Year starts I like to take stock of everything I have learnt last year and I think about what trends I have liked the most and if I want to bring elements of them into my own home and how I will do this. I get my inspiration from all over the place, mainly from blogs but also from Pinterest, social media, magazines, books, look books and trend guides.
A great guide that I came across recently was the Nectar Home and Living Seasonal Style Guide. This handy guide features an array of exciting trends and gorgeous visuals to help you create your dream home and garden in 2018. It takes all the hard work out of looking for inspiration and presents the major home trends for Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer is one compact and informative booklet. I’d like to walk you through two of my favourite trends that feature in the seasonal style guide.
This first trend called Jungle has been around for a little while now but shows no sign of going away any time soon. It is one of my all time favourite trends and features tropical prints, bold palettes and leafy plants to create a strong look. The style guide shows how this trend can be used in the study or home office and shows how raw materials such as wooden desks, rattan chairs and bamboo inspired accents can create the perfect study space.
One of the trends that Nectar is predicting for the dining room is the use of natural materials. Wooden furniture, metals, cork and glass can all be used to create a sophisticated, modern look with bright lights and bold colours used to add depth. This is another of my favourite trends and one which I have already embraced in my own living room where I have used natural materials combined with a botanical theme and lots of leafy plants.
As these two trends rely heavily on nature I think it’s safe to say that you can adopt these themes without having to worry that they will go out of fashion. They can be used to create a cosy and harmonious home that will help you to bring the outside inside and to feel at one with nature. The two trends can also be adopted into any style of home so they are very versatile.
There are plenty more trends to discover in the seasonal style guide from Mountains, Minimalism, Marble and Muted Tones right through to Cactus, Rustic and Escapism. There are trends for every room in the home. You can download your own copy of the seasonal style guide here.
One of the things that I learnt from looking at this seasonal style guide is that there are over 20 home and living brands where you can collect Nectar points. I’ve always known that you can get Nectar points at Sainsbury’s and BP garages but I had no idea that there were so many other places where you could top up your points. Places like Currys, Dunelm, eBay, House of Fraser and AO all allow you to collect Nectar points as you shop. And you can spend your Nectar points with Argos and numerous home and living magazine subscriptions such as Elle Decoration or Gardner’s World. I always have trouble spending my Nectar points and usually just end up spending them on food at Sainsbury’s for Christmas. However, I might now treat myself to a magazine subscription.
I know I’m rubbish at remembering to take advantage of things like Nectar points so I have now installed the handy browser extension. Now when I shop online I will be reminded of the 500+ brands who are partnered with Nectar so I don’t miss out on all those points I could be collecting. In fact, just by searching you can get up to 200 points per month.
I’m glad I discovered the Nectar Home & Living Seasonal Style Guide. Not only do I now have a better idea of the trends that we will all be following next season but I’m now going to collect more Nectar points and also spend them on something a bit more exciting.