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Blogging break

Hi all

I am taking a little bit of a break from blogging which is why you haven't been seeing too much of me on here lately.

I am still a total Insta ho so please do follow me over on @BlommaLondon

For any brand collaborations, you can still get me on BlommaLondonBlog@ Gmail.com

Thanks all

Heather x

Blomma's Christmas Gift Guide

It's Chriiiiiiissstmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassss!

With just two weeks to go, you are probably starting to feel a little freaked about getting your final bits of Christmas shopping done in time for the big day. I know I am. So as a little starter for 10, here are some ideas from me in two categories: beauty and home...

Beauty


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Bobbi Brown Lip and Cheek Pot Rouge
£18 from John Lewis
This is a lovely addition to any make-up collection. The Rose colour is universally flattering and who wouldnt enjoy unwrapping the iconic black and white packaging?

Murdoch Sea Salt Styling Spray
£20 from Murdoch
My must have hair product for that tousled, easy beach hair look. This is great for boys and girls and the smell is AMAZING.

Aesop Reverence Hand Wash
£27 at Aesop
This iconic hand soap which will always go down well. I like the Reverence option as it has tiny bits of pummel inside to act as a gentle exfoliator.

Aesop Post Poo Drops
£20 at Aesop
The perfect balance of quirky fun and lovely luxury. With zingy notes of lemon and mardarin, it almost too good to pour down the toilet.

CO Bigelow Rose Lip Salve
£8.50 at Liberty
A great addition to any stocking, this lip salve is the most nourishing one I have tried and the packaging is delightfully traditional

Byredo Hand Cream
£42 at Space NK
An Instagram favourite, the packing is lust worthy enough but the insides are worth the price tag. Amazing scents and truly great moisturising.

This Works Pillow Spray
£22 at Feel Unique 
What better gift is there than a great night sleep? This pillow pray has a heady scent of lavender which will lull you into a deep sleep every time

NARS Bronzing Powder
£28 at Selfridges
A universal make-up gift which suits most skin tones to give a lovely glow - particularly needed during the depths of winter. One of the very few bronzing powders not to include glittery particles so it's a great every day item.


Home



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Blomma London: Bedroom Reveal

Finally I am ready to share my finished bedroom! It's been about a year since it was stripped, re-plastered, sanded and fitted with new windows, electrics and heating but it's taken until now before I was really happy with the final product.

The room is now probably my favourite in the house as it has the most light and most of the things in it are actually items we are chosen or collected on our travels, rather than things that we have inherited or bought because they were all we could afford. Its become a bit of a mish mash of styles but I absolutely love it and it now finally feels like all the hard work was worth it. Phew.

Would love to know what you think!

H x


Linen bed linen £79.99 at H&M and cushion from West Elm. Similar here


Rug, £150 from Ikea and sheepskin hot water bottle from Cox & Cox



Wooden shutters from Hilary's


Wall light, £18 at Ikea, walls painted in Farrow and Ball Dimpse



Danish wall hanging £129 at Ferm Living 

Pax wardrobes from Ikea


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Wednesday Wishlist: November

Good afternoon all - hope Hump Day is going well for you. For a bit of distraction, here are my top picks for the home this week. Full of inspiration from my recent trip to Copenhagen (travel guide here if you missed it) and to address the fact that today suddenly feels very chilly; a mix of textures and Scandi minimalism to twitch at your purse strings (or at least mine!)...



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Hanging wall art - £198 from Holly's House
This Works lavender pillow spray (I am OBSESSED with this) - £16 at Boots
Wall mirror with shelf - £125 at Hay Design at Clippings
Floor lamp - £260 at Graham and Green 
Velvet bedspread - £79 at H&M 
Storage cabinet - £379 at Swoon Editions (I have just bought this for my lounge. Perfect size for an alcove!)
Pom pom cushion - £20 at Debenhams


H x

Blomma Guide to: Copenhagen

After returning from a few days in Copenhagen, I wanted to share a quick whistle-stop guide with you guys with some of my favourite things to do in the city, along with where to stay and where to eat. It was my first time in Copenhagen (unbelievably seeing as I love all things Scandi right now as you know) and I fell totally in love with the place. The pace of life, the amazing food and of course the beautiful interiors. The Danes basically just know what they are doing in life and I am totally down.




Where to stay

We stayed in Hotel SP34 which is in the Meat Packing district of the city which is full of great cafes, shops and restaurants so a great base for a trip. A beautiful boutique hotel packed with Danish interior design with breakfasts to die for. They also offer a wine hour every evening where you can enjoy free glasses of wine and port between 5pm - 6pm. A small touch but one greatly appreciated in a city known for it's high cost of living.

The bedrooms are the size you would expect for a city centre crash pad, but are meticulously designed with beautiful design touches

The lobby where you can enjoy 'wine hour' each day

Where to eat

As we were in Copenhagen for Peter's 30th birthday I wanted to organise a nice meal one evening, and with NOMA out of our prize range, I settled on HOST, meaning 'Harvest', which was recommended to me by a few people.

There is the choice of either a five or eight course tasting menu which is very reasonably priced per head for the quality and attention to detail. We had the eight course and enjoyed beef tartare, scallops, pork belly, beef tenderloin and stout ice cream along with a few surprises in between. The atmosphere is lovely and epitomises Hygge whilst the service is relaxed and unpretentious.

Beautiful atmosphere at HOST

Scallops served with an apple garnish and yeast soup on the side

Where to shop

The shopping is amazing in Copenhagen as you might imagine. One place that I would recommend you stop at though is Hay House, especially if you love interior design. The Hay range of homeware and furniture is typically Danish and the whole range is showcased in this town house in the centre of Copenhagen. With beautiful parquet floors, wood panelling and huge sash windows, the 'house' is as beautiful as the products which furnish it. Definitely worth a look round for inspiration and to escape from the cold for a few moments.

The beautiful accessories for sale in the shop

The kitchen inspiration in the shop is pure Scandi heaven

The bedroom to showcase the lovely range of quilts and accessories

Tea towels never looked so good

What to do

Copenhagen is a lovely place to just wander, but one place I would recommend swinging by is the Botanical Gardens, especially in Autumn. The colours on the leaves, the range of plants and the wildlife we saw whilst there were truly amazing. The old Palm House grows the most amazing tropical plants which you can explore out of the cold.

Peter enjoying the view

Such a varied amount of plants or 'Blomma' on display at the gardens

The Palm House is an amazing piece of architecture nestled amongst the leaves

Tropical plants like no others I have seen grow in the Palm House
 Another fun place to stop by is the Mikkeller bar. With 20 unusual beers on tap, this bar is the most relaxing and civilised place to enjoy a refreshing beer I have ever been to. With it's Scandi interior, and soft candle light (all day) it is definitely worth a visit. I enjoyed some stout alongside homemade beef jerky, mustard and strong Danish cheese.

The Mikkeller bar interior

So there you have it - a quick round up o a few o my favourite things to do in Copenhagen if you are planning a weekend there any time soon. I am hoping to go back in the not too distant future so if you have any other recommendations please let me know!

H x

Sleep time with Sealy

This evening I am sat snuggled on my sofa wearing my favourite White Company pyjamas, a wool blanket draped across my shoulders and enough candles to light a church burning in my lounge. It might be because I am getting carried away reading the Little Book of Hygge or maybe because today was the first time I have worn a scarf for six months, but I am feeling well and truly Autumnal. Part of enjoying Autumn is nesting down at home and getting ready for the winter months.

My favourite spot to be cosy is in a freshly made bed - nothing beats it. But something I am very guilty of (and I think there are a lot of us out there) is leaving quite a long time between updating my pillows and duvets. They are on of those things that no one really wants to spend money on and they often stay pretty low down the priority list but apparently you should change your pillows every two years. In which case I am very overdue...


So when I was approached by Sealy, I jumped at the chance to review their new range of pillows.

When I first tried them out, they were a lot fuller than I am used to (probably because my old pillows had seen better days!) and the first night's sleep I was a bit unsure whether they were for me. However a few days later I was totally convinced.

The new ‘Select’ range uses a hypoallergenic synthetic fibre which replicates silk so it has a super-fine filling to give softness and springiness. They are also very plump and seem to hold their shape really well which looks really quite luxurious. I normally wake up with my pillow squashed up against my headboard, with the pillowcase half hanging off, but that hasn't happened at all with these.

What I really love about them though, aside from them feeling really soft and supportive from a sleep perspective, is that they look great on the bed. They have a really generous amount of filling which ensures the pillow cases are really adequately filled so you get that really sumptuous look which you usually just see on styled shoots.

The pillows start at £33.99 and can be found at House of Fraser.

H x



Sealy provided me with these pillows to review, but as ever, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Home picks for Autumn

I am writing this as rain batters at the window and this week's heatwave seems to have finally dissipated. For that reason I think it's probably time to start thinking about Autumn and getting your home ready with some cosy accessories and warm colours.

As you know, I normally choose soft pastel colours and muted schemes, but that was before I spotted a burnt orange, velvet chaise lounge as part of Habitat's new collection. I am so in love with it. Wouldn't it just be perfect at the end of my bed!? That's what I am trying to convince Peter of anyway...

So here here are a few picks for an Autumnal scheme I am dreaming of right now... warm lighting, rich colours and gold accents. Mmm


Clockwise from top right...

Neon 'love' light - Rocket St George, £275
Gold frame - Desenio, £17.50
Gold picture bulldog clip - Desenio, £1.49
Native American scented candle - Holly's House, £39.50
Isabel velvet sofa (AKA the DREAM) - Habitat, £995
Mila chandelier - Marks and Spencer, £299

H x