My Last Minute (don’t panic) gifts for EVERYONE!

Flashback to yesterday … I was PANICKING!

I am usually THAT person that has everything beautifully wrapped in pretty papers and perfectly paired ribbons, placed under the tree with care and ready for Christmas by the first week in December.

Yes, I am usually THAT person that everyone does massive eye rolls at while they are loaded with coffee, armed with their shopping list and battling the crowd during midnight shopping hours.

This year, I am NOT that person!

Yesterday, I wrote out my list and cleared my calendar for the entire day to shop, I had 12 hours of uninterrupted shopping hours to get it done.
Yes, I was panicked, but I was a lady on a mission!

I started at the stores that have something for everyone, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm and I took you all with me in my Insta-stories, which is what brought me here … It seems I am not alone and the messages started flooding in –
What one is that?
What size does that come in?
Does that come in another colour?
Is that available online?
Do I still have time to order online?

Because we all know I believe sharing is caring, here I am, sharing all my last-minute gifts complete with links direct to the website for you to shop.

Let’s Go!

Starting with one of my favourite gifts for just about anyone – a lantern, pair it with a beautiful candle and tie it with a bow, no wrapping required!
I couldn’t pick just one, so here’s a few that I love, but really, they are all gorgeous.

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TOP – Shutter Lantern
1 – Nantucket Silver Coastal Lantern
2 – Maxwell Lantern
3 – Malta Lantern, Silver

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love a snugly blanket!
The Cosy Pom Pom throw was actually on my 16 year old daughters Christmas list, one of her friends has one and she was raving on about how soft it is, then she came in store with me and made me feel it … we bought it and now I’m the one raving on about how soft it is. It’s seriously softer than any blanket I have ever felt before!

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1 – Faux Fur Throw
2 – Cosy Pom Pom Throw

Christmas is entertaining season, buy one of your friends some bar tools and let them make you cocktails, it’s a win win!
I love this one finished in nickel with gorgeous leather accents.

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1 – Hudson Bar Tool Set
2 – Hudson Cocktail Shaker
3 – Hudson Ice Bucket
4 – Hudson Tray

Do you know someone who has a crown? Then I’ve found the perfect jewellery box!
The McKenna range comes in 5 sizes, there’s one to suit everyone’s  jewellery collection. It also comes in a few different colours including white, porcelain blue and blush pink.

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McKenna Jewellery Boxes

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know I love a personalised gift.
Monogram everything I say! These vintage print mugs are fun and easy to gift to just about anyone on your list.

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Vintage Print Mugs

For your funky friend or family member who has everything – I bet they don’t have a salad plate with a shark sporting a bikini? I have one of these awesome plates hung on my wall, but they are equally as fun to eat from.

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Dapper Animal Salad Plates

For the plant lover, these terrariums and planters would make a gorgeous gift paired with some fresh plants. Try some succulents or a fluffy fern.

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1 – Wood and Glass Terrarium
2 – Ceramic Turtle Planter

I didn’t forget the kiddies!

But seriously, can I have a tea party with this Kitty tea set?
It is absolutely adorable!
I’ve included a couple of options below, because honestly, how can you choose just one!

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TOP – Ceramic Kitty Tea Set
1 – Pink Ceramic Classic Tea Set
2 – Silver Tea Set

Jewellery Boxes are one of my favourite gifts to give to kids, they love to have somewhere special to hide their secret treasures. I used to find the funniest things in my kids … random buttons, shells, parts from board games and body parts from broken toys.

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1 – Crystal Laquer Jewellery Box
2 – Abigail Jewellery Box

I love wooden toys and Pottery Barn Kids has the best range around!

They have some fabulous train sets, Orly loves this one …

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Wooden Metropolis Play City Train Track Set 

This is a few of my favourite toys that my own kids had/have. They are tried and tested by my kids and they have been played with again and again, some of them for all 3 kids and they are well loved.
These are toys and games that I gift often because I know they will be favourites.

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1 – Learn To Tell Time Clock
2 – Dominoes Family Game
3 – PBK Blocks
4 – Doctor Kit

The Gotz Doll collection by Pottery Barn Kids is truly a gift your little one will cherish for years. They have a few Special Editions out for Christmas including the three below that I thought were absolutely gorgeous.
What I love about gifting a child with one of these dolls is that you pretty much have every birthday and Christmas covered for the next few years with all the fun accessories. You can add to their collection every year with everything from awesome outfits to doll size furniture and even a horse stable and pony!

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1 – Unicorn Sleepover Doll
2 – Lola Rockstar
3 – Natalie Princess

Are you lucky enough to be buying for a baby this Christmas?
Then you are going to go ga-ga when you see these animal chairs and rockers! They are super soft and snugly and come in a range of adorable animals, good luck choosing just one!

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TOP – Animal Chair – Bunny
1 – Fawn Nursery Rocker
2 – Arctic Hare Nursery Rocker
3 – Koala Nursery Rocker 

OK, So that was all the gorgeous gifts that I shared on my Instagram yesterday.
I hope that has answered all your questions!

Here’s a few more things I found while scrolling the websites that may have just jumped in my cart, or are currently on my wish list.

This jumped in my cart … because you can only get it at Christmas so you simply must make the most of it!
I know y’all go crazy for the Peppermint Bark and I get it, it’s pretty good …. but the TOFFEE!
The Toffee is something else and I may have just ordered 2 tins that I will be hiding and not sharing with anyone, yes I’m greedy like that!

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Williams Sonoma Handcrafted Toffee

On my wish list … because I want to feel like I’m in a fancy hotel everyday!

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Hotel Piped Trim Robe

And lastly, on my wish list … because everyone loves a good vase. I adore the organic feel of this range that is crafted by hand inn terracotta and finished with wrought iron handles.

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Marlowe Ceramics

 So here’s the low down –
The cut off for online orders to be received by Christmas is midday 21st December (Friday) for small parcel deliveries to Metro Sydney, Melbourne  and Brisbane only,
OR
You can shop in store until Christmas Eve with FREE gift wrapping.

Oh, and remember how I said I had 12 hours of kid free, uninterrupted shopping time … I got my list ticked off in just a couple of hours!
Do you think I went home to the kids?
No way, I made the most of those hours of bliss! I sat in cafes and sipped coffee, went out to lunch with my daughter and went clothes shopping, because I always need another pretty dress!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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#mypotterybarntable

As promised in my post – Why you NEED to invest in a white dinner set I am sharing some of my favourite table settings styled by you, my gorgeous readers and IG followers.
Have I told y’all lately how much I love it when you play along, I really do! Every time somebody tags me in a picture that was inspired by me I do a little happy dance.
You guys are the best!

Here we go!
The first one is by @fortheloveofmyhome
Mel has created a bright and colourful Easter setting with some PB bunny plates and her PB brass bunny. Check out the PB Easter range here.

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Next is this blue and white beauty from @ingridand3
She has added some shimmer to her table with her PB glass hurricane. You can find one similar here.

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Oh My @tabledecoratecelebrate has shared quite a few expertly styled table settings with us (you can enter as many times as you like).
This is one of my favourites, it features the Tava round chargers and Tava napkin rings, and also the Coastal Enamel Cutlery, I love this cutlery set, it’s a great price and it’s definitely on my wish list!

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Next up is the gorgeous Cheryl, AKA @che_crc
Cheryl couldn’t resist these Antique Silver Chargers, and who can blame her, they are showstoppers.

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Lyndsay from @homesweetrental showed true dedication to table styling.
She stayed up half the night hand dying eggs to match her beautiful new Majolica Snack Bowl Set, but boy it paid off, her table looks incredible!

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Annette of @love.to.style came home with a new set of Majolica Salad Plates.
She loves the vintage feel of them and they look stunning on her beautiful blue and white table. I think I might need these too!

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Nicole from @yardagedesign has created a colour clash that makes me week at the knees.
Big Love!
Nicole has layered the PB floral rim plates (sold out online, but Lyla is available and just as pretty) with some West Elm blue and white Collector’s Edition Dinnerware and finished it with a sweet little sea anemone she picked up from West Elm Brisbane’s latest pop up shop by @coastetc.

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Aren’t my readers so style savvy! I’m so impressed!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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Why you NEED to invest in a white dinner set…

Yep, I said need … not want, not should, not would … NEED!

Lucky for you, I have found the perfect white tableware …

Introducing Leila from Pottery Barn.
Isn’t she lovely! I love her fluted edge and rustic beading. She is hand glazed which gives her a lovely handmade feel. This set is perfect for everyday use, but also charming enough for more festive or formal occasions.

Leila Dinnerware | Pottery Barn
Leila Dinnerware | Pottery Barn

A white dinner set is an absolute necessity, everyone should have one.

I feel pretty strongly about this, and I’m not only going to tell you why, I’m going to show you why. Pottery Barn have given me all the fabulous bits and pieces to style up a few different table settings to show y’all.

But firstly, here’s one of the best reasons to go white …
Food looks better on a white background, yep, it just does. So, if you’re a fabulous chef, then let your food shine on a white dinner plate. Or, if like me, you’re not the best cook, a clean white plate makes your food look so much better. #winning

White goes with everything. You can mix it with any table linen that takes your fancy, or you can layer it with accent plates, your Nanna’s vintage pieces or those super expensive plates that your still collecting, but only have 4.

It is suitable for every occasion, let me show you ….

For a dinner party.

I started with a beautiful crisp white tablecloth, then layered it with lashings of antique silver accessories, sparkling glassware and a shimmering candle votive. Finish with fresh white flowers.

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Leila dinnerware.
Leila serving bowl.
Antique silver cutlery.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Classic Belgian flax linen hemstitch napkin, set 4.
Antique silver charger.
Family and friends antique silver napkin ring.
Antique silver drink coasters, set 4.
Cafe glassware.
Alice floral cut vase.
Mercury glass votive cups.

For a casual lunch.

Leila goes casual with the addition of a fun accent plate and a rattan charger. Keep the styling simple with some fresh flowers or greenery from your garden.

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Leila dinnerware.
Leila serving bowl.
Cambria dinnerware – turquoise blue
Spring blossom salad plate.
Antique silver cutlery.
Classic belgian flax linen hemstitch napkins, set 4.
Tava round charger.
Moroccan tumblers.
Tortoiseshell glass votive (used as a vase).

For a Sunday breakfast.

We all know how much I love blue and white, and this confirms why. The Shibori table throw is the superstar here, isn’t is amazing! Here I have paired Leila with her friend Elsie, they are a match made in heaven, and perfect for casual dining.

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Leila dinnerware.
Elsie dinnerware.
Antique silver cutlery.
Antique silver drink coasters.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Shibori print table throw.
Classic belgian flax linen hemstitch napkin, set 4.
Tava round charger.
Alice floral cut vase.

A summer soiree.

Bring the outside in with flowers, fresh colours and garden creatures, seriously, how sweet is this frog jug! The coloured glassware glimmers in the sunlight, and the floral table runner screams summer in the most beautiful way.

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Leila dinnerware.
Floral rim dinner plate, set 4.
Antique silver cutlery.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Lyla butterfly runner.
Classic belgian flax linen hemstitch napkins, set 4.
Antique silver charger.
Moroccan tumblers.
Alice floral cut vase.

For a birthday party.

Leila will play nicely with any colour of the rainbow, perfect for themed birthday parties or celebrations. Here she is looking fun and festive with some turquoise plates and pops of pink.

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Leila dinnerware.
Cambria dinnerware – turquoise blue.
Antique silver cutlery.
Cafe glassware.
PB basic jug.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Tava round charger.

For a festive occasion. Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving or whatever you like to celebrate.

For my Easter table I have used Leila dinnerware as serving bowls. That’s the fabulous thing about Leila, she is happy to help out in any situation, and always looks great doing it!

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Leila dinnerware.
Floral rim dinner plate, set 4.
Antique silver cutlery.
Caterer’s tablecloth.
Lyla butterfly runner.
Alice floral cut vase.

Isn’t Leila a versatile gal! She can be classy or casual, stylish or sassy and fun or fabulous.
Have I convinced you yet?
You really do NEED to invest in a white dinner set!

I’d love you to show me how you style your Pottery Barn tableware, use the hashtag #mypotterybarntable on Instagram.
I’ll share my favourites on Instagram, Facebook and here on my blog.

Get snapping friends!

Hayley x

* Everything pictured here is from Pottery Barn’s current range. If I haven’t provided a link to a product that you like, it’s probably sold out online, but may still be available in store. So here’s what you need to do – put your running shoes on and get yourself down to your local Pottery Barn, then cross your fingers they still have one left in store. If they don’t, never fear, I’m sure you’ll find something equally as gorgeous.

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Easter : dine, decorate and delight!

Decorating for Easter is totally a thing these days. I don’t remember my Mum, or any of her Home Beautiful magazines having Easter decorations back in the eighties and nineties, but now it’s 2016 and we decorate for Easter.
I hope your all on board with this, because there is so many gorgeous things available for Easter these days! I’ve rounded up some delightful Easter goodies for you to decorate your table and your home. I’ve also found some perfect presents for everyone on your gift list.

Let’s start with decorating around your home.

White Sisal Bunny | Pottery Barn Kids
White Sisal Bunny | Pottery Barn Kids
Bunny Planter | Lark Store
Bunny Planter | Lark Store
Easter Moss Rabbits | Bed Bath N' Table
Easter Moss Rabbits | Bed Bath N’ Table
Hop Hop Hop garland | Pottery Barn Kids
Hop Hop Hop garland | Pottery Barn Kids
Wooden Bunny with Dip Colour
Wooden Bunny with Dip Colour | Bed Bath N’ Table

The Easter table – Do you have a special meal with your loved ones to celebrate? It’s lovely to make an effort when setting the table, it elevates your meal to a special experience for everyone.

This gorgeous bowl looks delightful filled with Easter Eggs or flowers for a cute centrepiece.

Easter Rabbit Bowl | Bed Bath and Table
Easter Rabbit Bowl | Bed Bath N’ Table

The Spring Garden plates from Williams-Sonoma are divine, I like that they don’t scream Easter, and I think they would also be perfect for a tea party or spring soiree.

Garden Party Linens and Spring Garden plates/bowl | Williams-Sonoma
Garden Party Linens and Spring Garden plates/bowl | Williams-Sonoma

Eggs are pretty much mandatory for Easter breakfast, these egg cups are super sweet.

Easter Bunny Egg Cup | Bed Bath N'Table
Easter Bunny Egg Cup | Bed Bath N’ Table

I adore the Damask Easter Bunny range from Williams Sonoma, with soft blues and the sweetest little bunnies, I know it will be a hit with both the adults and the children.

Damask Easter Bunny Range | Williams-Sonoma
Damask Easter Bunny Range | Williams-Sonoma

Speaking of children, do you set a separate table for the kids? The Peter Rabbit range from pottery Barn Kids is absolutely adorable, the selection is available in ceramic or melamine which is perfect for the little ones.

Peter Rabbit range | Pottery Barn Kids.
Peter Rabbit range | Pottery Barn Kids.

Easter pressies for kids are so much fun. Here’s a few that I think are perfect.

Starting with a basket for the Easter Egg hunt, Pottery Barn Kids have the best range I’ve found, and I love that you can have them monogrammed with your kiddies names.

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Boys Easter baskets | Pottery Barn Kids
Girls Easter baskets | Pottery Barn Kids
Girls Easter baskets | Pottery Barn Kids

I don’t know what your present buying policy is for Easter. We don’t buy piles of toys or gifts, but I do like to include a little Easter related present. I found so many gorgeous things at Seed this year, here’s a few I love …

A cuddly bunny, perfect for babies first Easter!

Jellycat Bashful Bunnies | Seed
Jellycat Bashful Bunnies | Seed

This soft bunny purse is seriously adorable, I wonder if I could wear this …

Hopping Bunny purse | Seed
Hopping Bunny purse | Seed

Cheap and Cheerful, these brightly coloured pull back bunnies are a sweet gift for any toddlers.

Pull Back Bunny | Seed
Pull Back Bunny | Seed

For your little fashionista! I love this cape, and its great timing since we are heading into winter here in Australia.

Plush Bunny cape | Seed
Plush Bunny cape | Seed

These are my favs and I’m hoping to nab a pair for my little man, just so cute!

Bunny Gloves | Seed
Bunny Gloves | Seed

Did you find something? Are you inspired to decorate? I’d love to see, show me all your Easter goodies!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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