I want to say a big WELCOME to the guys hopping over from Dear Designer with the #UKHomeBlogHop. Come inside, I’ve just opened a bumper box of Quality Street. Ooh, and regular readers are in for a right treat too because I’m taking part in a big festive-blog-get-together with 23 other top notch bloggers.  Oh – yes, it’s Chriiiiiiiistmas, baby! And – this, […]

  • Anna - The funniest post I’ve read in the hop! Absolutely love it! Your home looks beautiful regardless if you cheat and you are so talented so I here we go, we can see that 🙂8th December 2016 – 11:33 amReplyCancel

    • WeLoveHomeBlog - Thank you so much Anna. I had a major wobble and on a couple of whiskeys re-wrote the whole thing to sound like ME (taking you advice to the letter :)) Every year, I think I’ll do better around Christmas, then I book a holiday and – well just sod it! love x8th December 2016 – 12:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Carole King - I like your style Maxine. I’ve never thought of using paperclips to hang baubles on the tree but now you’ve mentioned it I’ll be doing it from now on. x8th December 2016 – 11:44 amReplyCancel

    • WeLoveHomeBlog - It’s s o clever – means you can spread your baubles through the branches rather than clustering them at the middle – and it makes getting the moff so much easier too.8th December 2016 – 12:55 pmReplyCancel

  • Candy Pop - Such a great post. Your fireplace looks stunning with all the greenery. Have a gorgeous day. x8th December 2016 – 12:16 pmReplyCancel

    • WeLoveHomeBlog - Thank you – I was so nervous about posting mine among such amazing bloggers – esp as my spelling is getting worse and worse these days.8th December 2016 – 12:55 pmReplyCancel

  • Fresh Design Blog - Love it, what fab ideas! I’ll definitely be trying out the ribbons on branches and really like your mum’s approach to wrapping.8th December 2016 – 12:31 pmReplyCancel

    • WeLoveHomeBlog - I know, it is clever isn’t it? She recycles xmas cards too which can be a bit confusing when she rubs the names out and puts yours in it’s place. But it’s al good for the environment.8th December 2016 – 12:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - The wrapping is great idea, it looks really nice as well. Loving the pom poms tieing it up8th December 2016 – 1:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Oldfashionedsusie - Love, love, love your fireplace! Useful post!8th December 2016 – 1:21 pmReplyCancel

    • WeLoveHomeBlog - Thank you so much. I came with the house but I’ve pimped it up.8th December 2016 – 5:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Antonia - Brilliant tips and tricks, I am a lazy girl at heart, so this is just my kind of thing, Maxine!8th December 2016 – 4:18 pmReplyCancel

    • WeLoveHomeBlog - Ha ha – I think there is a lazy girl in all of us x she needs to come out a bit more x8th December 2016 – 5:09 pmReplyCancel

  • Karen Clough - Haha sometimes we all need a lazy Christmas – especially if you’re designing for a living anyway! I’m the same with blogging something I admit, since I do so much website work in my day-to-day. But I tell you what, you’d never know it was a “lazy” version – your home still looks gorgeous!8th December 2016 – 5:20 pmReplyCancel

    • WeLoveHomeBlog - Thank you Karen – it really is held together with tape and blue tack8th December 2016 – 10:17 pmReplyCancel

  • Vicki - The little bow accents at the end of the branches Is a great little idea, I’m definitely stealing that one! Thanks. Also loving how you rock those slippers 🙂8th December 2016 – 9:00 pmReplyCancel

    • WeLoveHomeBlog - Ha ha – slippers are the bomb. I have a post on my new ones coming soon – you will love it.8th December 2016 – 10:17 pmReplyCancel

  • melanie - So agree about the eucalyptus! Great tips Maxine! I’m tired out of Xmas already after all the xmas blog post prep!8th December 2016 – 9:21 pmReplyCancel

    • WeLoveHomeBlog - My fireplace is little the tiny version of yours :))8th December 2016 – 10:16 pmReplyCancel

  • geraldine - Brilliant tips. Apart from what you have seen, I am yet to decorate my living room. I love the Eucalyptus idea and I’m definitely going to try that. xx9th December 2016 – 6:15 amReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely - Maxine, you are a genius!!! I’m fully onboard with draping the twinkly lights everywhere. That pretty much sums up my efforts. I leave the tree decorating to my six year. He does a far better job than me.9th December 2016 – 10:05 pmReplyCancel

    • WeLoveHomeBlog - Ha haa haaa! I’m not alone. Lazy girls rocks9th December 2016 – 10:16 pmReplyCancel

Last week, I enjoyed Christmas lunch in Silo – one of Brighton’s most original restaurants. Silo’s aim is to revolutionise the restaurant industry with a zero-waste, ethical, low food-miles menu. My partner in crime for this meal was my foodie-loving Dad.  As expected, their four-course menu avoids the bog-standard turkey meal instead cooking up what my […]

  • Karen Clough - haha that slogan is INSPIRED! “Trash is for tossers”

    I love that you took your dad and he wrote a mini review for you. So cute! x9th December 2016 – 1:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Candy Pop - This place looks fab, I’ll definitely add it to my list for my next visit! Have a great weekend. x9th December 2016 – 1:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Fresh Design Blog - Glad you and your dad enjoyed it…I’m feeling decidedly hungry now! The vegetarian dishes certainly look and sound imaginative.9th December 2016 – 1:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Karen - Making Spaces - Ooh this looks so good. Loving their ethos. We need more of this. Such good value too!
    #trashisfortossers Brilliant!9th December 2016 – 5:29 pmReplyCancel

As an interior stylist, my working day is frequently spent seeking out fab companies that make or sell amazing things for the home (I love my job!). My latest discovery is Woodpecker – who make beautiful sustainable wood flooring. Oh, and their photography is pretty damm dreamy too. Here’s my favs picks from their range, plus […]

  • Kate - Oh how nice to find a brand with such a great approach to laminate! These images do indeed look dreamy Maxine x5th December 2016 – 6:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Candy Pop - Wonderful flooring. I love the finish in the second photo – dreamy! x5th December 2016 – 7:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Fresh Design Blog - Any company with an ethical approach get a big thumbs up from me! I can’t believe that Wembury Nordic oak is laminate though, it looks fab.6th December 2016 – 4:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Geraldine - Love that Parquet floor. Will bookmark this brand and definitely one to explore if I redo my floors. x6th December 2016 – 5:07 pmReplyCancel

SOMEONE PINCH ME NOW! This is no lie but the past 12 months my career as an Interior Stylist has been off like a rocket into (styling) space. I’ve been working with some amazing clients styling some seriously cool projects. I hope you don’t mind this post being a little bit me! me! me! (soz) I’d like to […]

  • Old Fashioned Susie - Wow, what a great year you’ve had! Here’s to a great 2017 xx1st December 2016 – 12:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Karen - Making Spaces - What a fab year. Very well deserved too!x1st December 2016 – 1:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Kate - It’s so good to look back on the year and reflect, and my what a year you’ve had! Super well done hun and here’s to an equally fantastic 2017 as well xx1st December 2016 – 2:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Lucy - Wow, what an amazing year you’ve had. Here’s to an equally as successful 2017 for you! X1st December 2016 – 4:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Duran - Wow! What an amazing year you’ve had!! Here’s to smashing 2017 😉 xxx3rd December 2016 – 12:26 pmReplyCancel

  • Anna - Amazing babes! So so proud of you! You work so hard to achieve that 🙂 All your stylings are beautiful! I hope 2017 will bring you even better projects! Can’t wait to see the IKEA & Matalan shoot 🙂3rd December 2016 – 1:12 pmReplyCancel

    • WeLoveHomeBlog - Thank you so much Anna. It was so good to share part of it with you x3rd December 2016 – 1:13 pmReplyCancel

This is my second posts with lighting design expert Sally Storey from John Cullen lighting. She is on hand to solve all my lighting dilemmas. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home to light properly. Here’s 12 expert tips on how to update your kitchen lighting making it just perfect.

  • Cate - Some fab tips, I’m just doing the lighting in my kitchen and will take note! X28th November 2016 – 1:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Duran - So many good tips! I keep thinking about getting lights for under my shelving units so will definitely consider looking into those LED strip lights. There’s no way I’d light up my flooring though – I have a hard enough time keeping up my dog’s shedding, I have a feeling all it would do is highlight when I haven’t hoovered! Ha! xx28th November 2016 – 5:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Karen - Making Spaces - I so wished we’d gone for dimmers in our kitchen. I’m also planning on adding lighting to the garden too (when we have it redone next year). Great tips here!28th November 2016 – 6:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Tracey - I really like the LED lights, I’d never seen those before28th November 2016 – 9:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Jen - Great tips, my kitchen lighting is awful and really needs an overhaul!29th November 2016 – 11:05 amReplyCancel

  • Geraldine - Fabulous tips. I now know where to look when I do my lighting x29th November 2016 – 1:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Fresh Design Blog - Great tips, especially the one about adding layers of lighting, so important in a kitchen.30th November 2016 – 3:04 pmReplyCancel

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