Hello lovelies, its been such fun doing this little post on 'styling the seasons' for the lovely Charlotte of Lotts and lots and Katy of Apartment apothecary 
So i've started in the month of November, and this has tied in quite nicely with my renovations of the fireplace at the far end of the living room....

From top left- Styling props. Removing the stove. Back to the bones.

      The Haven was a well loved wreck when we got the keys. Built in 1894 it had only two owners prior to us, and had been a home full of family life. It's odd, but as soon as we walked in I felt it give us a big hug, it chose us as its new owners, not the other way around. I had such a strong feeling that this is our house, it's meant for us! That my hubby got a bit worried, he prepared himself for it to fall through, and begged me not to get my hopes up. But I just knew! 'It's ok' I said, 'it's picked us, it will be fine'. Lol well I think he thought I'd gone quite mad, but here we are three years on, and just about to a level of styling it for the seasons. I studied interior design at the national design academy in order to help me understand my home better. I paint a lot! So thought nothing of starting this season with a re-paint of the fire places in downpipe by Farrow and ball to give some depth to my scheme. It is the fireplace at the end of the living room I have chosen for 'styling the seasons' as we walk past it everyday, I thought it would be a nice area to get to work on.

Adding objects to give depth, reflect light and add warmth

November to me means darkness and warmth. The nights draw in, the fires get lit and there is a warm glow. It's about textures, layering up and getting in the mood for Christmas. As its dark I like to add glitz and sparkle to the home. 
I took inspiration from an antique mirror as I just adore the gold rim on it! It's quite an opulent piece. When designing a room it works well to pick one thing you love and work things into the scheme. I painted the rim of the mirror in matching downpipe so that it sits nicely on the mantle. I wanted to add more warmth  and glitz so I picked out the contrasting gold to work with, by adding this glamorous little Aynsley coffee cup, and just placing this crackle glazed tile by Welbeck onto the mantle it really sets a striking scene.
Next thing to add.... texture. This came in the form of dried roses and hydrangeas as these are my favourite blooms.

Adding hydrangeas and petals for texture.

The dusky mauve of the hydrangeas and pink of the roses not only adds texture but softens the effect, and there is a lightness to balance the bold contrast of the gold and dark charcoal paint.
I love that this is all reflected by the large mirror. I've actually started to get really inspired for Christmas too lol.

Metal and crystal add drama and glamour.

Getting a perfect look is all to do with layering! Bringing in different tones and textures. Adding pieces in and taking away till it's just right. 

This has been such fun! There are just seven objects to my finished look (although I am forever fiddling). This to me is November. Dried flowers, dark nights and warmth.

Hope you enjoyed my #stylingtheseasons post.

Emma x



  1. How beautiful! And what an amazing story behind your house. I love the way you've taken us through the process of your styling. Such a wonderful end result and very Novemberish! Xx

    1. Thanks Katy. This was such fun! Have a fab time tomorrow xx

  2. Anonymous11/08/2014

    Stunning, beautiful <3

  3. What a beautiful fireplace and what a lovely story! I love the colour palette you have used so much x

    1. Aw thanks Kate, that's really nice of you. X


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