May, with all its promise of the sunny days ahead, is always my favourite month of the year. Despite today's (hopefully temporary) relapse to colder, wetter weather, the garden is growing more abundant by the day and and summer holidays are just around the corner.
Here's a quick round up of some of the things I've been doing, enjoying and wearing this month.
I've been enjoying the new home and linen mists from Molton Brown. There are four to choose from - Orange and Bergamot, Pink Pepperpod, Ylang-Ylang and, my own personal favourite, Gingerlily, an exotic, summery and alluring scent with top notes of cardamon, ginger and clove. It's the perfect finishing touch for freshly laundered linens and makes a lovely bathtime or bedtime treat layered with candles and aroma reeds in the same fragrance.
in my wardrobe...
I picked up a couple of new summer pieces from Whistles. I buy one or two things from them most seasons but I think their summer collection this year is particularly strong.
I received lots of nice comments when I wore these navy cotton culottes recently and posted a rare selfie on Instagram. Lightweight and flattering they are super comfortable and I have a feeling I'm going to be living in them this summer! And whilst I don't usually do 'lacy' or 'pretty' I couldn't resist this white broiderie anglaise top to go with them. The trousers are quite high waisted so this short cropped shape works perfectly.
Out and About...
Graham and I spent an interesting and enjoyable morning at the ercol headquarters in Princes Risborough a few weeks ago learning about steam bending and other furniture production techniques on a behind the scenes tour of the factory. There was also the chance to see the new designs ercol launched in Milan earlier this year as well as familiar classics like their studio couch (above) in new colourways.
Also this month we headed up north to the Forest of Bowland and stayed at The Inn at Whitewell. We loved discovering this beautiful but often overlooked little corner of the UK. My review of the inn is here.
On my bedside table...
This month I've been delving into Oak Journal. Somewhere between a book and a magazine, it's full of achingly beautiful Nordic design and interiors, along with interesting interviews and lifestyle stories. Volume 5 is out now and available here.
bed linen - Soak & Sleep*
mug | Jono Smart
linen mist & diffuser | Molton Brown*
culottes | Whistles
top | Whistles
studio couch & coffee table | ercol
pillowsham | Christy*
tray | Caro
journal | Oak*
* gift or sample