Large-scale Female Portraits | Three Ways

There's no denying my interior style is feminine, to say the least! I love pattern, and colour, gold, and velvet, and I love female portraits - I've just counted and I have half a dozen around my house. Another thing I love is really large-scale artwork, it's so great for creating impact and drama in a room. So here are three beautiful examples of feminine rooms with large-scale female portraits...

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Christmas Tree | Three Ways

Who's getting ready to put their Christmas tree up this weekend? I know December 1st is the official "tree putting up" day, but that's on a Monday, so surely one day early is OK?! I have friends who have already had their tree up for a week and more - they are true Christmas-aholics. If you feel like doing things a little bit different this year I have three creative ideas...

You can still keep it quite traditional, but take your creativity up a notch. Hide the base of your tree in a lovely big basket, and use smaller baskets to house all the presents.

Flag the tree altogether and attach your decorations to the wall in the shape of a tree. This is one for the die-hard crafty, creative types.

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A simpler idea, and one I would definitely attempt is this beautiful tree made with Christmas themed photography.

What do you think?... will you go traditional or more creative this year?

Ginger Jars | Three Ways

One of the first blogs I ever started following was Anna Spiro's Absolutely Beautiful Things. If you know Anna's work, or just take a look through her gorgeous blog, you can see why I love her style - layers of colour, pattern, and interiors with depth and soul. She introduced me to ginger jars, and I fell firmly in love with them, particularly the blue and white ones. They look beautiful filled with bright flowers (especially my favourite peonies), or clustered together in a group.

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They also look fabulous as a lamp base. You can buy them as a base, or find a fabulous light specialist who can turn your ginger jar into a light.

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A third option is a ginger jar painting or print, and I'm a huge fan of the work of Carolyn Schultz.

I love them all! Beautiful colour, pattern, form, and scale. Are you a fan?