My last day in Sweden.

Breakfast in Haga, shopping, tulip season has started, meatballs as my last meal in Sweden, airport waiting time and finally back home.

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A new year has begun.
I was planning on summarising my year here but I’m still reflecting over 2017 so the review will have to wait.

We remembered what has been and raised a glass to what we hope for together with my brother and his girlfriend.
Games, bubbles, fantastic food, a late night turning in to an early morning and all of a sudden it was 2018.

It’s now ‘next year’. Next year...
I don’t have any new year resolutions as such, I’m just going try to work less and plan holidays on time.

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Last weekend I packed my weekend bag and together with my girls we hit the road with Bath set as our destination.
We had a beautiful apartment booked, with view of the Roman roof tops and located right in the centre. I highly recommend Laura’s Townhouse apartments.

After locating the apartment we went for lunch and cocktails at Hall & Woodhouse

on Old King Street whilst waiting for the rest to arrive. Delicious!

The Friday evening was spent at the Thermae Bath Spa so after checking out steam rooms, massaging showers, relaxing in the pools and enjoying dinner we went back to the apartment for a chilled evening with prosecco and birthday cupcakes.

Saturday brought fresh, cold weather so we wrapped up warm before venturing out. Shopping in Bath is great! The mixture of small boutiques, high street shops and brands makes the experience suitable for everyone. As expected we got stuck in Anthropologie for a while, such a beautiful shop. (You can see pictures in my previous post).

After a bit of shopping and lunch we headed towards the Bath Christmas market. It was busy and festive, we drank mulled wine and bought Christmas treats. We strolled through the market streets but it was so busy we didn’t last that long, but we still managed to take in the atmosphere and enjoy the festivities.

You can read more about the market here.

The evening was spent at Clayton’s Kitchen where we enjoyed delicious food, perfectly pink Cosmopolitans and plenty of bubbles.

Before heading back to Brighton we made a few small purchases at the market and grabbed lunch.

All in all, fantastic weekend with the girls.

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Walking into Anthropologie is like walking into home accessories heaven. The display, the colours, the matching and mixture of different styles is helpful when trying to imagine how you’d use the beautiful accessories in your home.

Bath is excellent for shopping and Anthropologie is only one of many fine home stores available.

I love the dusty pink and vintage blue combination at this table. The velvet fabric gave the chairs a shimmering look which made the whole set up glow together with the gold.

Making cosmopolitans in the corn blue cocktail shaker would be fantastic.

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For me finding suitable lights/ lamps/ lampshades for our home is one of the hardest part of decorating and accessorising. I love looking for all of the above but I always struggle to see them fitting in our flat. As always the hallway was extra challenging but the fantastic Randomlights lampshades have done with the hallway exactly what I wanted - brought it to life! I’ve mentioned Randomlights in previous posts but wanted to share a few more details about these fantastic lampshades.

The design creates shadows that dance on the walls and together with the newly painted feature wall the wood brings warmth to the previously sterile hallway.
The mesmerising patterns work both in a narrow space, like our hallway, or a more spacious room with a high ceiling. Depending on the size of your room and your personal preferences the shades can be found in different types of wood (ours are walnut and cherry), colours and sizes. Bespoke designs for you is also a possibility.
The wood goes well with the romantic feel I’m wanting for the flat and the mixture of dark and light colours on the walls make the shadow patterns even more interesting.
I couldn’t be happier with the result so I’m very grateful to the amazing designer who also makes the shades by hand herself and helped me chose colours and shapes to suit my needs.

The contemporary, handmade lampshades are made locally here in Brighton by a very good friend of mine and you can find all the details here.

Note that they do deliver in case you live in a different part of the world and still want a beautiful Randomlights
lampshade in your home.

Randomlights website: www.randomlights.com

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Taking a pause and enjoying the small things when they happen is sometimes taken for granted, everyday life means that we rush around, work-life balance is non-existent, we plan ahead, we travel, we experience amazing new places, we experience new people, we build things which is all fantastic (most of the time), but it means that some of the little things “disappear” on the way. At least they do for me, I want to do everything all the time. Things like breakfast in bed, a walk on the seafront, a friendly gesture, a run, comfort food, a glass of wine, singing along to your favourite songs, a hug, an unexpected smile, Friday flowers, new sheets, sunsets, someone saying “it’s going to be ok”, an afternoon to yourself, a phone call from a friend, helping someone...
I’ve had a week when these little things have kept me going, kept me smiling, kept me continuing moving forward. 

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On a Sunday, what’s better than finishing the weekend off with friends, nice food and prosecco? Having people over, cooking and treating my nearest and dearest is one of my favourite things to do and to me, the preparation is nearly as enjoyable as the main event. Organising, planning and the anticipation combined with cooking together whilst enjoying a glass of wine is. Hosting dinners, brunches or bigger gatherings are very important for me to make every day life fun, exciting and enjoyable, and it always leads to the perfect mixture of laughter and interesting conversations.

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Our weekend in Gothenburg was brilliant!
We spent our days strolling around, admiring the Christmas lights, eating loads, laughing loads, shopping, lunching, dining, seeing friends and drinking coffee.
It’s strange, when I go to Sweden I feel like I’m both at home and away at the same time. I feel like a visitor but also like I belong there. It was a beautiful weekend, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the air was fresh and clear.
We spent most of the time outside, enjoyed the weather, visited Slottsskogen and strolled through the small streets in Haga. I love showing Sweden to my friends, and it makes me so happy when they enjoy their time there.

I’ll live on this visit until we next go at Christmas.

Gothenburg is such a great place to show to friends, it’s so easy to love and it’s big enough to fill the weekend with a variation of things but small enough to get around easily. If we decide to move back to Sweden, Gothenburg would definitely be the place I’d like to call home.

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