Mums: Why we love them and what to get them

Mother's Day is the day you get to show your mum how grateful you are for everything she's done for you.  Write a card, tell her in person or buy her a gift to let her know how much she's appreciated - here's a few ideas......

Homemade Hydrangea Pompom

These are pretty easy to make if you can get your hands on some dried hydrangeas.  I've found a website in the UK that sells them and has them in stock - http://hopshop.co.uk/shop/dried-flowers.  You'll need a ball of 'oasis' (available everywhere online) and a long piece of invisible nylon thread.  Start by tying the thread (with plenty of length left to hang it) around the ball of oasis and then simply cut florets from the hydrangea head and poke them in.  Keep them quite close together to avoid seeing the oasis underneath and voila, a beautiful gift that you made with your own bare hands.  Here's mine hanging on the study door.

 

Potted plant with a beautiful ribbon

A plant is all very easy to get but it would be more thoughtful if you provided it in a stylish pot and finished it off with a beautiful ribbon.  I've bought a succulent from the garden centre and popped it in one of our White Ceramic Pots

 

Before we go to the last couple of gift ideas, I thought I'd share my thoughts about mums, what they do and why they should be celebrated:

1. Let's face it, being a mother is a bit of a thankless task (certainly feels like that sometimes) but they carry on regardless guiding, nurturing, protecting and caring for their children. 

2. Mums have the ability to make everything alright.  Even when you've had the worst day of your life, if she's there to talk to, wipe your tears, tell you it's all going to be fine and produce a couple of chocolate biscuits, everything seems right with the world again when you're a child.

3. Mums are often the glue that holds families together plus they help us learn, grow and become productive adults (mostly).

4. They are generous, kind, honest and completely selfless when it comes to their children and while, in the end, mums believe the greatest reward for all they have done is seeing their children turn into happy successful adults, I think that a little acknowledgment of love and appreciation from us goes a long way..........

Chocolates (in an incredible bowl)

On the same theme as the plant, it would be simple to go to the shops and purchase a decent box of chocolates but if you bought something individually wrapped like these Lindor Lindt chocolates (highly recommended by the way) and put them in a gorgeous dish like one of our Net Bowls, your mum would also have something to keep.  Buy some cellophane wrap to put around the whole thing to stop the chocolates from escaping / you eating them all before Mother's Day.

 

A vase full of fresh flowers

Lastly, simply buy a bunch of something gorgeous from the supermarket but because it's your mum it would be much more preferable to present them in a real vase that she can keep forever to be constantly reminded of her wonderfully generous and appreciative son or daughter.  We have plenty (of course) at Andrassy Living to choose from.  This one is the Dot Vase.

 

To end on, I have a couple of tips on how to keep fresh flowers at their best which I've picked up along the way.  Firstly make sure the vase is completely clean then trim the ends on a slant and cut a small split at the bottom too and re-trim after a few days if they're still doing well.  Remove any leaves that are going to sit under the water as they create dirty water and lastly, make sure you use a fabulous vase.

So, whether you're a mum yourself, whether you'll be celebrating with your own mum, grandmother or just having a knees-up for the sake of it, we hope you have a very happy Mother's Day.

Sophie.

Maison et Objet Trade Show - the home of home accessories

I went on  my bi-annual trip to Paris last weekend for the Maison et Objet trade show, a mecca for all things interiors.  They have over 3000 exhibitors showing their wares to the likes of me plus loads of lectures, demonstrations and installations to inspire and delight.  I've included lots of pics of products I found and little else - a nice easy-reading blog for this week (well actually, a nice 'virtually no reading' blog for this week).

I got to Paris in one piece (I don't much care for flying) and my onward journey with the taxi driver from hell was thankfully short - once I'd told him my destination and he'd exclaimed that he was the unluckiest taxi driver in Paris (apparently he was hoping for a longer journey), he proceeded to drive the entire way in second gear whilst cursing in French.  Anyway, once I'd arrived, all was well in the world again and I embarked on my marathon trip around Hall 5a (there are 8 halls in all and I only managed 2 of them in a day).

First stop, House Doctor.  Gorgeous Danish brand that tends to concentrate on subdued colours with hues of green and grey.  I especially love these little bud bases - the green one is my favourite.

They believe that "a home is created over a lifetime of stories, memories, tales of who you were, who you are and who you wish to become" and if that's the case, I'm getting these cushions - I wish to become, stylish, unique and good value.

After I'd added several items to my shopping list at House Doctor I headed to my much beloved TineK Home where I found a haven of stylish textiles, gorgeous lamps, rugs and decorative details, all in calming greys, greens and lilacs.  I especially love the way they style everything at TineK - doesn't this look beautiful?

 

I also spied our Glass Vase Lantern with a very appealing little collection of grape hyacinths growing in it.  Definitely going to do this at home.

Then onto Broste - I loved their lanterns and candles the best.......

 

Oh, and these rather fabulous dotty vases and t-light holders ....

Day Home were showing their Autumn/Winter 2015 collection at the show (they match their seasons to the fashion brand's seasons) which included beautiful cushions as always, some lovely home scents (candles and atomisers) and some unusual decorative items such as this - I never know what they're called.  Anyone?

   

I also stopped at the Senteurs de France stand as their packaging hit me as I walked past.  These beautiful boxes house the well-known Savon de Marseille square soaps and this is their new toile de jouy design - what do you think?

  

Anyway, it was a hugely successful day filled with interiors, interiors and more interiors (my perfect day) but by this stage I was flagging rather and looking forward to a glass of red in front of the fire at home so I said my goodbyes and headed for the airport.  Not before I'd stopped at Laduree for macarons though - I started buying them the first time I came to Paris and now I can't get away with arriving home without them - should have stuck with the Toblerone.

Sophie.