An autumn homeware wishlist

UK high street homewares round-up for AW15

Time for a break from the Italy travel posts for more seasonally-appropriate content! Our little home is slowly coming together (though the bathroom still isn’t quite finished, 4 months later) and while we’ll obviously never be ‘done’ it’s nice to keep an in-progress record so I’m going to take some photos and might share a tour soon :)

Our living room is basically how we’d like it to be (for now) so the hallway and kitchen are next on the agenda. Our bathroom renovation was such a palaver we need a break from contractors for a while, but the kitchen is almost good to go and we have plans to spruce up our hallway (which we’re doing ourselves). I’ll share those updates once we’re done but for now here are the finishing touch-type bits I’ve got my eye on.

Habitat hand-tufted rug | Cake servers in gold + silverPrice’s candle snufferThe White Company “Winter” candle | BHS house table lamp | BHS basket weave throwWest Elm geometric cushionsLinea oak napkin rings (x 4) | M&S colour-dipped vase | ‘Eat cake for breakfast’ printM&S hand trinket dish | Areaware metallic piggy bank

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Italy’s Amalfi Coast: Positano & Sorrento

Positano, Italy: photo diary + travel tips

24 hours in Positano

I can’t be the only one whose travel plans are hugely influenced by Pinterest these days? More than one of the pit stops on our Italian trip was based on things I’d pinned: first up, Positano.

We arrived on the catamaran from Capri in the late-afternoon. Stepping off the boat, the view of the town creeping up the hillside is as picture-perfect as you’d expect. We checked-in to our hotel, dropped of our backpack and after a quick freshen-up we headed out to explore.

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Once again we ended up detouring and accidentally hiking up the biggest hill in town (“What’s up here?” “Dunno, let’s have a quick look…”) but we were rewarded with some Fiat 500-spotting and a brilliant view over the bay. Of course, when we found our way back to town a couple of hours later we justified a couple of cocktails followed by dinner at Casa Mele, which was fabulous (their steak!!).

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The next morning we woke up to incredible humidity and a thick mist coating the tops of the hills. After breakfast on the terrace we had a last poke around before hopping on a bus to Sorrento; we were heading back to Naples that day, and while could have got a direct train we decided we may as well see one more place on the way. Ciao Positano!

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Pit stop in Sorrento

After a quick bus ride from Positano we alighted at Sorrento train station & made our way to the Old Town, picking up gelato on the way. I’ll be honest: Sorrento was disappointing so we only stayed for a couple of hours, just enough time to grab some lunch. I was worried I was getting ‘prettiness fatigue’, becoming unconsciously used to Italy’s gorgeousness, but I just don’t think it was for us.

Catch up on our journey so far – I’ll be back with more from Naples!

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Exploring Capri in 24 hours

Entering the Grande Harbour by boat, Capri, Italy

After starting our Italian trip in Rome we moved on to Naples – on this occasion purely so we could get to Capri; we explored Napoli properly a couple of days later & pretty much fell in love, so I’ll combine our experience of this city into a bigger post where I can give it the attention it deserves! So, Capri!

Arriving in Capri & where to stay

From Naples we caught a catamaran to Capri’s Grand Harbour. Boats between the 2 ports are frequent & there are slow & faster options, depending how much you want to spend (& how much time you want to spend on the choppy sea!). From the marina it was a short walk to the nice-enough Fortino B&B, where we were staying for the night.

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What to see & do in Capri

There are 2 towns on the island, Capri & Anacapri. With hindsight Anacapri probably would’ve been a better option for us: it has easy access to hiking trails & is less busy (plus accommodation is apparently cheaper!). It wasn’t a shock that Capri was busy, but we were surprised at how crowded it was for mid-September.

Day 1: Exploring & hiking!

We spent about 24 hours on the island, arriving & leaving just after lunchtime. On our first afternoon we walked up to & around Capri town, before hiking for a couple of hours to the Natural Arch. This was actually an accident (the signs weren’t too clear in terms of how long it should take) but the amazing views made it worth it, even in the heat.

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Day 2: Boat trip!

On our second day we went on a boat ride around the island. We’d hoped to go into the Blue Grotto but there was a 2 hour wait to transfer to the little row boats that can take you into the cave & unfortunately we didn’t have time. Tip: go on an early boat tour so you reach the Blue Grotto in time to get in without too much delay!

Feel free to ask questions about Capri or travelling around Italy :) Up next, Positano & Sorrento!

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