From celebrating birthdays and new furry family additions to testing mattresses and getting a sneak peek at Christmas (really!), our founder is having a busy Summer.
1. Celebrating a family birthday
“My eldest daughter, Ella, has just finished her exams and turned 18. To celebrate, we had a party at home – the theme was alter egos. Ella went as Cameron Diaz in Charlie’s Angels, and my husband Nick and I chose Danny and Sandy from Grease. It was such a fun event and, of course, I loved decorating the table with a Summery feel. As an alternative to flowers, I filled trugs with fresh rosemary, lavender and mint. They looked wonderfully Summery yet rustic, and I have now got them dotted around the kitchen and hallway, as they last for a very long time. I used aluminum trugs, but these enamel ones would also work really well. Another tried and tested decoration I used was to fill empty large candle vessels (large and small) with tea lights and place them along the tables. Once you’ve used up a candle, simply soak it in warm water and washing up liquid, then gently buff off the writing on the front with a scourer and you have a lovely clear candle holder or vase – a great way to get even more out of your candles!”
Chrissie tied helium-filled white balloons to lanterns from our Summer collection (sadly sold out); then laid the table with herb trigs and tied the napkins with string and a sprig of rosemary
A T-Bird finds his Pink Lady…
2. Getting my wardrobe new-season ready
“We’ve just had a delivery in store and online of our new collection of clothing – which is a fantastic selection of wear now and wear later pieces. This collarless coat in ivory is a wonderful choice for Summer weddings or parties. It’s set to become a firm favourite in my wardrobe. I’ve also been living in my white boyfriend Brompton Jeans. I love how they’ll bridge the gap between Summer and Autumn perfectly. They have a lovely relaxed feel with a forgiving cut! I like them dressed up with heels for evening or worn with flip-flops and plimsolls for a casual look.”
3. Welcoming a new member of the family
“The latest addition to our household is Pepper – here she is two days after she arrived at the beginning of the Summer holidays. She is tiny, adorable, chewing like mad, but we are all completely in love with her. She settled in very quickly with our other dogs, Tinker, Coco and Mouse – and made a new friend with Onno!”
Pepper the Jack Russell has been settling in with Chrissie and the family (including Onno)
4. Testing new mattresses
“As sleep experts, we pride ourselves on bringing our customers lots of choice, so they can be assured of a fantastic night’s sleep. This month I have been testing several new mattresses, some new qualities of bed linen, new scented candle samples and trying on lots of new clothing ideas. We are absolutely obsessive about rigorous testing and we always try to utilise the latest developments to provide extra comfort. My landing is currently filled with mattresses which I have been sleeping on for 10 days each; I have yet to find a mattress that beats our current range, but as soon as we do we will let you know!
PS I have switched this month to sleeping under our fantastic 4-tog silk duvet, it has been blissfully comfortable and kept us just at the right temperature during our mini heatwave.”
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5. Kicking off Chrismas in July
“The recent heatwave hasn’t stopped us previewing our forthcoming Christmas collection to the press. This timing may seem like madness to you, but Summer is when publications start planning their Christmas content and gift guides. This year’s press show had a fantastic turnout, and I want to say a very big thank you to the team for making it all look so magical. This year, there really is more choice than ever, and I can’t wait to share all the beautiful new pieces with you later in the year. In the meantime, take a look behind-the-scenes at the Christmas press show here.”
Have a great Summer and don’t forget to share your special Summer moments using #mywhiteco