Aerin X Williams Sonoma

You guys really love this range!
I get it, I am totally obsessed too!

The new Aerin and Williams Sonoma collection has landed in Australia and it is all kinds of incredible. Inspired by summers at her family’s Hamptons home, Aerin has created another stunning collection.

I unboxed it on my Instagram story a few days ago and I have had so many people ask me about it. I even had a lady stop me in my local supermarket and ask if it is dishwasher safe, ha!

I have the Ardsley range, an amazing blue and green floral design with various patterns to mix and match. It looks fabulous layered together or paired with plain colours.

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AERIN Ardsley | Williams Sonoma

I thought I’d do a quick post here and answer some of your questions so everyone can see (and I can stop repeating myself). Let’s go …

Is it dishwasher safe? – Yes!

Can I use it in the microwave? – Yes!

Did you use a filter on your stories to make the colours more vibrant? – No, the colours are true.

Is the base colour pure white or off white? – I would say off white, but not a yellow or creamy white. It should mix well with most white dinner sets if you like to mix and match.

Will the green work well with my cabbage ware? Yes, it is the perfect green!

Can I mix and match it with the first Aerin collection? Most definitely! I think this collection is one that can be mixed with lots of different design, the more layers the better!

Are the napkins embroidered? This collection has a few different napkins available including a block-printed Floral Print cotton option, the Ardsley linen-cotton blend option and an Embroidered Floral Set. The first two are not embroidered, the last set is. I have just ordered them, so stay tuned on Instagram and I’ll show you when they arrive.

If you could only buy one piece what would it be? For me, I think the Champagne Bucket is the most versatile piece. I will use mine for champagne (of course), fresh flowers, plants or just sitting on my table. If you have a bar cart, the champagne bucket is essential!

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I hope that helps, if you have any more questions please DM me on Instagram or comment on this post.
I’ll leave you with a few happy snaps of dinner at our house this week …

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If you want to shop the Aerin range you can find it here.
Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Creating a beautiful Easter table.

I love to set a beautiful table for Easter!
Actually, the Easter table is my favourite table setting all year. It’s much more relaxed than Christmas, the weather is lovely and you get to eat chocolate for breakfast, what’s not to love?
We usually have a family breakfast followed by an Easter egg hunt with the kids and their cousins, which runs onto lunch, then afternoon nibbles and drinks with friends. It’s so nice to set a gorgeous table to take you through the day.

I have to admit I am a bit of a sucker for a festive dinner set and when I saw this one from Villeroy & Boch I knew I had to have it.
It is the Spring Awakening collection, I fell in love with the scalloped edges and pretty floral display, we all know how much I love flowers.
I really love that because it isn’t all bunny rabbits and easter eggs it can be used it for multiple occasions throughout the year, Mother’s Day morning tea is next on the agenda.
It is festive, but versatile, while still captivating the Easter spirit.

I did a little trial run and took some photos for y’all to see what my table will look like on Easter morning, it was also a good excuse to have an Easter egg binge a few weeks early.

 I started with a crisp white tablecloth and layered it with a square of green gingham. I chose the shade of green from the dinner set, which is the hero of the table, and bought a couple of metres from my local fabric supplier. Don’t underestimate the power of a great tablecloth to pull everything together!

Decorating my table and taking pride in all the elements is important to me. I always like to include fresh flowers and I usually buy whatever is in season. Today I used pale pink roses with lilac irises, they look amazing together and really bring out the colours of the dinner set.

I also like to add a couple of elements that indicate what we are celebrating, for this Easter table I chose these dainty little bunnies, they are seriously sweet!

I also included these custom made biscuits, they are such a treat and they look incredible sitting on this beautiful footed cake stand.

I wanted to create interest at eye level as well as on the table. I decided to hang a few ceramic eggs with pretty ribbon from my pendant light that hangs over the dining table. I love the way they gently sway in the breeze bringing movement and life to the table. I also hung my sweet little vase from the pendant. Who says it has to sit on the table? I filled it with a few pink roses and it looks gorgeous swaying with the ceramic eggs.

When I buy a dinner set I like to get all the pieces, even if you don’t think you’ll use them for the meal your planning, you never know what you’ll need in the future. The extra pieces look great stacked on the table or layered underneath other plates to create height and interest.

Don’t be scared to use your dinnerware for things it may not have been intended for, I used the adorable little egg cups for a few chocolate sweets rather than boiled eggs. Don’t they look cute with the little ‘flake’ birds nest and baby candy eggs.

Do you set your table for Easter?
I hope I’ve inspired you to this year!
I’d love to see it, send me an e-mail or tag me on social media.

Happy Easter!

Hayley x

#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

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.