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Guest Curator: Homemaker Magazine

Sep 3, 2013

by lillybettx

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Lizzie PicLizzie Hudson is editor for home crafts magazine Homemaker. Homemaker is a new, aspirational craft magazine with a unique make-it-yourself homes focus. Packed with creative projects, interiors ideas, baking recipes and more, there’s something for everyone seeking a beautiful handmade home.

It’s about this time of year when life seems to go a little slower. The cooler air and droplets of rain signal the end of summer frolics and the start of cosy nights beside the fire.  It’s the one time in the year that I feel truly connected to the natural world. Drenched in a wash of reds, oranges and yellows, nature puts on a show and lights up with glorious colour. Beautiful. Here’s my pick of autumn treats that truly celebrate the coming season.

                                                     My Living Room:
If, like me, you love this time of year you’ll want to introduce a few pieces that reflect its beauty. A quick browse around Etsy will reap a wealth of wonderful ornaments and home décor items that epitomise the autumnal look. Bring the outdoors in, too, with a set of wooden leaf-shape candle holders and stylish vinyl wall stickers. Finish with a scattering of autumnal leaf coasters and the look is complete.

1. 3D wall butterflies by hipandclavicle  2. Autumn fall leaves coasters by sanctusstiches 3. Schumacher Betwixt Pillows by modernthread  4. Birds Sherwood forest lampshade by LittleLampRoom 5. Woodland candle holder by prettydreamer

                                                  When I’m Entertaining:

My partner and I often have friends over for a dinner party, where an evening meal will quickly turn into drinks around the dining table. I’m no Nigella but I can certainly present a meal in style! This season I’ll be looking to these accessories to grace my table top, which I’ll start by dressing in a gorgeous runner.


1. Eco-friendly cloth napkins by JAQSstudio  2. Table runner by pipdesigns 3. Felt acorn decorations by fairyfolk 4. Maple leaf dish by slashofblue  5Painted and distressed jars by theshabbychicwedding  6. Wine glass charms  by KellysMagnets 

                                                      In The Kitchen:
I confess, I’m not a grand cook but I can certainly bake. The vintage Pyrex bowl I stumbled across will come in handy when I’m whisking up my famous (if I do say so myself…) cupcakes. When I’m baking I need a steady supply of tea, which will taste a treat drank from this hand-thrown stoneware mug.


1. Retro style apron  by Boojiboo 2. Pyrex bowl  by BexSellsPyrex 3. Crochet dishcloths by CandacesCloset 4. Hand-thrown wren mugs by LittleWrenPottery 5. Mason jar chandelier by BootsNGus 6. Woodland squirrel doorstop by nextdoortoheaven
                                                     My Little Haven:
I spend a lot of time reading and relaxing in my bedroom, it’s my perfect haven to unwind. This gorgeous knitted throw in snugly Merino wool beautifully complements these block printed leaf cushions which together will instantly update the room. I’ve fallen head over heels for the woodland look.


1. Knitted throw by evelynWpolitzerKnits 2. Block printed leaf cushion by KerryCherry 3. Standing fawn print by ellaCute 4. Bunny rabbit drawer sachets by Gardenmis 5. Stanley Squirrel plush toy by saracarr 6. Hedgehog wall clock by decoylab

                                                         Just For Me:
And, of course,  I’ve found a wealth of beautiful items just for me. This gold-plated leaf bracelet is perfect for the season, whilst this cable wool scarf is ideal for keeping cosy on long evening walks. I’m looking forward to a good soak in the bath using this soothing shea butter soap in rich country apple, cinnamon and vanilla scents. Bliss!


1. Gold leaf bracelet by FrostedWillow 2. Cable wool blend scarfette by trishafern 3. Glass acorn necklace by bullseyebeads 4. Fall harvest soaps by MeganMenagerie.

Why not try your first three issues of Homemaker for £6!* You’ll also nab a free A5 hardback notebook from Bread and Jam  – worth £12.50 – available in four gorgeous colours (notebook is for the first 200 subscribers). Please visit this page.

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