Some good stuff

We're heading off on a little trip for a few days so I just wanted to share with you some inspirational interiors with you before I go.

One day I will have a bathroom that contains this much marble!
That bedspread
Bookcase love
Cacti, antlers and pumpkin vignette from Christina Greve
Who doesn't love flowers?!
Kitchen inspiration from Cereal Magazine
Pattern on pattern
Gorgeous tablescaping by Rebecca De Ravenel
Paler shade of blue
Love an old rug in a bathroom
See you all next week with a little round-up of my trip, have a great weekend!


How to: Decorate for Christmas (on a budget)

I have a bit of a confession to make, I don't really decorate much for Christmas....I know, its shocking, considering I love interiors, why do I not jump at the chance to change my decor? Well, we tend to spend Christmas at my parents so coming home to a house full of decorations after the festive season seems rather depressing, plus if I'm totally honest, I strugle to find decorations that I really like. I find it near impossible to stick to a theme because I'm drawn to so many different styles and then the house just ends up looking a mess!

So, I've decided that this year I'm going for a 'natural' vibe that isn't specifically for Christmas but more of a 'winter wonderland', 'cosy cabin in the woods' kind of look that won't look strange after Christmas and can last well into the New Year.

How to decorate for christmas
Here are my top tips for creating the look:

1. Get foraging - This is the biggest and most budget friendly tip, you can create such a Christmasy feel with some greenery, pinecones and driftwood collected for free! There are endless uses for pinecones, dot them around a room for a rustic feel, spray them with fake snow, spray paint them silver or gold, add them into a wreath, use them in a hurricane lantern, the list is endless!

2. Add greenery - This point ties in with the tip above, while you are out hunting for pinecones, keep your eyes peeled for any greenery, this could be anything from spruce to holly, ivy or even just twigs and branches. If you don't have access to any woodlands or country walks to forage, you can buy faux greenery from places such as The Range for very reasonable prices. As soon as you add some festive greenery to a mantel, sideboard, the centre of your table or wrapped around the bottom of your hurricane lantern, you have instant Christmas!

3. Get Creative - getting a bit crafty and having a go at some DIY's is the best way to save money over the Christmas period, plus you end up with something completely unique and a fun project to keep kids occupied over the holidays! Why not try baking some salt dough decorations or gift tags, have a go at making a garland (adding some pinecones and hanging decorations to some string or ribbon can look very effective) or a wreath, create your own arrangements and centrepieces in vases or old buckets, dry some orange segments or add some cloves to an ornage and hang with a ribbon, or really buck the trend and add some branches to a vase adorned with hanging decorations rather than a tree.

how to decorate for christmas
4. Add candles and fairy lights - This is such an easy one and may seem obvious but as soon as you add twinkling candle light or pretty fairy lights everything just seems so much cosier and more festive, again this doesn't have to be expensive as you could just dot tealights around or if you're worried about candles with children or pets, use LED battery powered candles instead.

Fig Interiors via Instagram
5. Create a focal point - This is a clever way of decorating for Christmas whilst sticking to a budget and not going crazy. If you pick one area to concentrate on, say your mantel for example, you could adorn it with greenery, pinecones, any decorations from previous years, hang stockings (if its safe to do so!) and candles for a really high impact effect. That way the eye is drawn there and it cuts out the need to scatter decorations throughout the rest of the room and even means you can get away with not having a tree as the mantel is your focal point. This is what I plan on doing in my living room as I won't have a tree. Lookout for photos of my Christmas mantel soon....which sadly won't look anything like the gorgeous mantelpiece below!

how to decorate for christmas on a budget
By following my top tips above, you can create a unique festive home for very little money and enjoy the process too! Check out my Rustic Christmas pin board for more inspiration. Happy decorating!


Happy December

Happy 1st December peeps, has anyone started their Christmas decorating yet? I've dotted a few bits around the house but I'm hoping to do my 'Christmas mantel' over the next few days so I need to allow myself plenty of time to faff!!

We are having a big weekend SALE over at The Merry Magpie with 20% off everything until Monday, just use the code CHRISTMAS at the checkout.

Happy December

We've added lots of gorgeous new gifts including the agate slice keyrings, agate coasters, papier mache boxes and colourful purses to make it as little easier to shop for those stocking fillers. So go check it out as the sale ends on Monday 5th December!


Currently Loving: Colourful Accessories

Now we are fully in the midst of Winter I seem to be drawn to fun, brightly coloured and patterned accessories in a bid to brighten things up a little, maybe I'm missing the Summer and craving a holiday - yes I know I had one in September but you can never have too many holidays right?

Here's a roundup of some of my current favourite accessories.

Fluffy Pom Pom Key Ring - Graham and Green
Our Agate Slice Key Rings - The Merry Magpie
Our Embroidered Purse - The Merry Magpie

Tassel charms and Tassel Pin Brooches - CRAVEbyCRV
Fold-Over Clutch Bag - Hennyseashell
Iron-On Patch - hand over your fairy cakes

Evil Eye Purse - Inka Prints
Cactus Character Headphones - Accessorize
Travel Wallet by Happy Jackson - Temptation Gifts
Pom Pom Mirror Key Ring - Graham and Green
All of the above accessories would also make perfect stocking fillers....you're welcome! For more quirky accessories at reasonable prices, take a look at etsy, folksy and asos.


Tour an artists Home

Tour An Artists Home

So, as promised in my last post, here are some gorgeous interior shots of William McLure's home. I have mentioned his home in previous posts but he's re-decorated which is to all our benefits as we get to check out his home tour (and his cute dog) on One Kings Lane.

Tour an artists home
The tall table lamp, pale furniture amd flowers are a lovely contrast against the dark walls.
Tour an artists home
Coffee Table inspiration...that coral though!
Tour an artists home
More gorgeous pieces of coral....and a cute dog!
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The artwork propped against the windows adds a casual touch
Tour an artists home
The blue of the cupboard really pops against the all white hallway
Tour an artists home
Love a four poster bed!
Tour an artists home
The tortoiseshell is a clever way of hiding the gas heater
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These collected pieces add real personality
Tour an artists home
That chair!
I just love his eclectic style, mixing antique furniture with collected items, unusual pieces and loads of artwork. Go check out the full tour for more images and some handy interior design tips!


Catching Up and a New Website

Firstly, I wanted to say a big 'sorry' for not posting over the last couple of weeks, it's been really hectic business wise, we have finally re-launched our website and have started renting a small space in a local shop too so it's been a little full on!

Catching up and a new website

So, after 6 months of planning, debating, hoarding and a lot of blood, sweat and tears (literally), our new website is now LIVE! I can't believe how long it has taken but I'm so happy it's finally finished.

We have decided to start slowly, with a small inventory that consists of vintage (and new) finds, textiles and tableware, and plan to update the website with new stock regularly. I also have some exciting plans for the website in the new year so stay tuned for that!

Here are some of our favourites for now:

Catching up and a new website
Home Decor Finds
Catching up and a new website
Tableware & Textiles
Our ethos behind The Merry Magpie is to mix timeless classics with global textiles, whimsical accessories and vintage finds to create an interesting mix for your home. I think this reflects my own personal style, I am always drawn to timeless pieces of furniture with simple lines but then add interest with colourful accessories and soft furnishings.

We will still be selling our vintage items and rugs through our etsy shop with the view that the website will showcase a more curated collection of finds.

We really hope you like the new and improved Merry Magpie online shop and would really love to hear your input, are there any vintage pieces you're looking for? What would you like to see more of? Do you prefer smaller, more regular updates or larger updates every few months? If you'd like to leave a comment, you're feedback would be much appreciated!

I'll see you in a few days with some pretty interior images!!


Yummy Pumpkin Curry

As we have an abundance of pumpkins at this time of year, I thought I'd share this easy and delicious pumpkin curry recipe.

Pumpkin Curry

We made this for the first time last year and I'm planning on making it again later on this week.

The great thing about this recipe is its versatility, this appeals to me as I'm not one for carefully following recipes, I prefer to tweak them to my taste. So instead of pureeing the pumpkin, for example, you could just chop it into cubes, you could eat the curry as it comes, or pour over beef, chicken, tofu or vegetables or add a tin of chickpeas as we did last year - if you like chickpeas I would recommend adding them as they go so well with pumpkin, plus they're good for you!

Pumpkin Curry Recipe

Get the full recipe here and enjoy this warm and comforting bowl of yumminess!