Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve Party


If you are thinking of getting together with a few friends to see in the New Year why don't you turn it into an intimate party to make it an extra special evening. Here's a little inspiration for an elegant soiree. Pick a couple of theme colours - silver and gold are a perfect choice for New Year's Eve and throw together a bit of a buffet style dessert bar to get your guests in the party mood. Serve up some stylish finger food and stock up on French champagne, sparklers, party poppers and your party will bound to be a big success!

Have a safe and happy New Year!!!

Melissah xox

Images via 12, 3, 4, 5, 6

Friday, December 30, 2011

Lavender Blues

I love this pop of lavender - it gives these rooms such a fresh summery feel and the splash of colour is really uplifting even if it's as simple as a scatter cushion or a bunch of flowers!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 23, 4, 5, 6

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Vintage Style

I love a few vintages pieces around the house to add some character and charm to a place. If it tells a story or has a sense of history then even better! If everything is brand new and perfectly matched, a house can lack soul. Simply by adding a few antiques or some quirky vintage finds a home can suddenly come to life. I've seen some amazing pieces at markets, antique shops and garage sales over the years including old fashioned wooden school desks, old singer sewing machines (like my grandma used to have) and one of my favourite finds are vintage calico dress mannequins like the ones above.

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 23, 4, 5, 6, 7

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Berry Ripe

One of the best things about summer is the fact that berries are in season, I love them all but strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are my favourites. Stunning layered on top of a pavlova and dusted in icing sugar, heavenly on their own with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, delicious when sprinkled on breakfast pancakes or cereal and perfect as a garnish! How do you like your berries?

Melissah xox

Images via 12, 3, 4, 5

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Country Cottage Blues


I love the old fashioned touch of blue to this rustic, country house. The bed with the homemade patchwork quilts look cosy and inviting and there's nothing better than hand picked flowers from the garden. The blue and white painted striped floorboards add a touch of whimsy to this cute cottage.

Melissah xox

Images via Bella Mumma

Monday, December 26, 2011

Porch Stories

I hope everyone is recovering nicely from Christmas Day relaxing on the porch or the veranda letting all that turkey and Christmas pudding digest! For most, it's a day to kick back and relax, sort out all of those Christmas presents, put some order back in the house and finish off the leftovers. I have another big family party to attend so I won't get a chance to unwind until tomorrow. Wish me luck with another big day of eating!

Melissah xox

Images via 12, 3, 4, 5

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Tidings

Wishing you all a joyful Christmas
and a wonderful New Year!!!
Thank-you following me on this fun journey! 

Melissah xox

Images via Homelife {edited by Country Style Chic}

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twas the Night Before Christmas



  Wishing everyone
where ever you are,
a safe, healthy and happy Christmas.
May all your dreams come true in 2012!

Melissah xox

Images via 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Traditional Christmas

Reveal in the warmth and exuberance of a classic country setting where santa red and mistletoe green fill the house with a sense of tradition. Smell the scent of the fresh pine needles from the Christmas tree, warm spices wafting from the kitchen and the delicious aromas of Christmas puddings bubbling on the stove top and turkey roasting in the oven. Hear the sounds of children laughing, dogs barking and if you close your eyes you may even hear the sound of the sleigh bells ringing!

Melissah xox

Images via 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Swedish Christmas Inspiration


When I browse through my favourite blogs I always fall for the Scandinavian Christmas posts - I love the picturesque snow laden scenery, the sleighs, ice skates, toboggans, snowmen and the romantic notion of Christmas in the snow! The colour palette is always fresh and simple - lots of white with grey and beige and a touch of silver for a little sparkle or a splash of red for a pop of colour. They have an innate sense of style and their houses always look so stylish, warm and inviting.


Images via 12, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7

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