Shopping a minimalist kids Christmas

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My kids first, second and third most wished for gifts are Lego, Lego and more Lego. I swear it's that or nothing this year. But a mom can dream and so here are my most wished for kids gifts. No batteries or garish colours. Just add imagination...

Galaxy globe mobile, puzzlehead brainteaser, quote wall decoration, peach swinger and ladders game.
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Terracotta greys






After endless weeks of indecision, heated conversations (not really) about going too dark and despite initially purchasing a lighter colour, I finally painted the fireplace wall in the extra matte marble colour I envisioned from the get-go.

And wouldn't you know that the terracotta storage pots from Menu that I picked up for an unbelievable steal finally arrived that same weekend? I love the the way the terracotta pops against the greys and the subsequent play of shadows.
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The brass calendar




I've been searching for a calendar for ages. Something functional to hold all the family's appointments that I never seem to remember but at the same time good-looking to prevent me stashing it out of sight after a week..

Needless to say, I pretty much starting salivating the moment I saw this brass mounted calendar with thumbscrews by Dry Things. It doesn't get much more minimalist than this. A brass sheet, simple black and white typography numbers and screws. This calendar and the square log are number one on my wish list and firmly cement my new-found love of both the Dry Things studio love and brass!
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Baked caramel speculaas popcorn

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Baked caramel speculaas popcorn

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Baked caramel speculaas popcorn

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Baked caramel speculaas popcorn

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Baked caramel speculaas popcorn

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Baked caramel speculaas popcorn

Movie night has become a family ritual and one I look forward to as I'm a total popcorn freak and so are the kids! I love a bowl of sweet, buttery goodness. I, however, hate the residual stickiness on said kiddie fingers that magically seem to get onto everything...

So I went with a big batch of caramel baked popcorn. No sticky, no scrubbing, no fuss. But not just any old caramel but one with the spices that scream autumn to me. Or as my guy says, they taste like speculaas. The spice mix is one I love this time of year; vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger. These are cooked right along with the caramel from the start and totally blend and mellow. Toss the popcorn, an hour's bake on low, the remote, a blanket and you're ready for movie night. 1, 2, 3...lights!
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Hopscotch

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Hopscotch

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Hopscotch

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Hopscotch

I’m obsessed with scented candles. Candles that smell like the holidays to be exact. Unique scents, nothing too sweet or cloying in beautiful albeit it minimalist style packaging. Sorry, no pumpkin spice and no red. 

I have several different brands that I intend to burn through this holiday season (pun intended). Starting with Hopscotch in the scents cedar + pine and spiced apple. These make even rainy November days the perfect time to sit before the fire and enjoy!
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Winter is coming


It's cold, baby! On the ride to school we were discussing what three degrees means. For me, it means snuggle up and bunker down time. My furry slippers only leave my feet to shower and you risk sitting on someone as we are all permanently hidden under a blanket on the sofa. All jokes aside, it also means cozying up our home. I burn candles every night, added more and especially softer cushions and am in the process of making home holiday ready. For me, it's all about winter warmth..

Scented candle from Brooklyn candle studio,stoneware holders from Marimekko, birch candles from Arhaus, velvet cushion from H&M, reflection tealight holder from Piet Moodshop and chunky knit blanket from The Flying Lambau.
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