Using cushions is one of the quickest, easiest & cost effective ways to to add seasonal touches and texture to a space. Eye-catching cushions in different shapes and sizes also help to create luscious style spots around the home.
I keep a stash of cushion covers in our linen cupboard and tend to change them rather often to instantly change the look & feel of our sofa, bed and chairs. And the best thing: It takes all of 5 minutes!
Blankets – Throws – Covers Name them however you want to: Blankets are a must-have for cold winters. Practical and versatile, they change the look & feel of a space in an instant.
I talk about candles quite often over on my social media accounts – I confess: I’m addicted to them! Not a meal, however simple, passes without candles on the table; candles burn when we watch the latest TV series or read books & magazines in the evening.
Nothing beats the warm light of a real candle, especially in winter.
I shared pictures of the granola I made over on my Instagram and Facebook stories at the weekend and received a number of messages asking for the recipe. So here you go!
Ingredients: – 3 tbsp sunflower oil – 150ml date molasses (substitute: maple syrup) – 2 tbsp honey – 3/4 tsp vanilla extract – 350g jumbo rolled oats – 1 large pinch sea salt – 25g sunflower seeds – 25g pumpkin seeds – 35g pistachios, roughly chopped – 35g flaked almonds – 50g mixed, dried fruit, roughly chopped, such as sour cherries, raisins, apricots, mulberries and figs
Off you go: – Pre-heat the oven 170 degrees Celsius. – Add the sunflower oil, date molasses, honey and vanilla extract to a small bowl and mix very well. – Mix all dry ingredients, expect the almond flakes and dried fruit, in a large bowl, add the sticky mixture and stir well to coat everything. – Spread mixture onto a large baking tray, pat down with a wooden spoon and bake for 12 min. – Gently stir in the almond flakes and bake for another 10-15 min until the granola is evenly toasted. Don’t let it burn! – Leave to cool on the tray before stirring in the dried fruit. – Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
*Recipe from “The Saffron Tales | Recipes from the Persian Kitchen” by Yasmin Khan
EXCITED ABOUT The arrival of some fab new home decor items!
These beautiful trays and a range of other treasures will get here soon – can’t wait to share them with you! Want to know when they arrive? Sign up here!
CELEBRATING 5 years in Japan
Happy Japaniversary to me! Who would have thought Mr M & I will still be here 5 years after we set foot onto Japanese soil on a cold 2017 January night…
COCOONING At home
With the excitement of Christmas gone, the temperatures dropping and Covid numbers rising, it’s time to retreat back into the home cocoon, snuggle up with a good book, cook comfort food and drink mulled wine.
“From internationally acclaimed author Anne Enright comes a shattering novel set in a small town on Ireland’s Atlantic coast. The Green Road is a tale of family and fracture, compassion and selfishness—a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we strive to fill them.”
A LOT has changed in the world of Instagram since Victoria from Bikudesigns and I facilitated a number of ‘Instabasics – Instagram for small business’ classes back in 2019.
We revamped to course content to reflect those changes, new features and strategy approaches – if you are a small business owner based in and around Tokyo and would like to level up your Instagram game in 2022, this class might be for you!
Dates: 1 February 2022 – SOLD OUT 3 February 2022 – SOLD OUT Tuesday, 8 March 2022 | 9am – 3pm – SPOTS AVAILABLE Friday, 11 March 2022 | 9am – 3pm – SPOTS AVAILABLE
Another extraordinary year is coming to an end. A year that most of us had hoped would be different & somewhat better than the year before. Yet, the world is still in turmoil and I can’t help but wonder what we will reflect upon in 12 months from now.
I’m hoping you’ll have the opportunity to reflect, relax and recharge this holiday season which is, for many of us, again very different to what we are used to.
My sincere thanks to all of you for your support during this year. May it be through being loyal customers, lovely friends, new customers, being active on my social media channels or quite simply liking the content of my regular letters. I really appreciate it.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a healthy start into 2022, Alex x