The Notebook

Modern day 90's interior trends

Interior trends ebb and flow through different eras and styles, and over the last few years, fashions and homes have gently shifted towards a look that is definitively 90's. One particularly notable aspect of this is the freedom of style, and the blending of old and new.

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Banishing the January blues

For many winter is a time when the gloom creeps in, and the seemingly eternal sunshine of summer feels a world away. By using this month to gather our thoughts, plans can be made. The year stretches out ahead, giving us plenty of time and allowing a pace where there is no need to rush. Read on for my 8 top tips to banish the January blues.

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Breakfast by candlelight

For me, the joy of lighting candles on a winter morning is a simple yet powerful way to enrich daily life. As we navigate the new year, consider embracing the ritual of breakfast by candlelight with the gentle flicker of a tapered candle or the inviting fragrance of scented candles.

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A castle for all seasons

Scotland inspires many of our scents, from the honeyed aroma of wild heather to the rich evergreen forests. Last summer I took a trip across the Scottish Highlands and stumbled across the name Kilmartin. Read on as Stef and Simon kindly share a little more about their incredible 500 year old Kilmartin Castle on the beautiful west coast of Scotland.

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An elegant winter beauty

Last month I was fortunate to find Camellia oleiflora blooming and still scenting the air even in the December frost. The Camellia is a beautiful elegant winter flower that inspired our Notes of December candle, marrying this delightful sweet floral note with vibrant evergreens. A perfect scent for any home throughout the year.

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Laura Pashby’s Fireside Reads

We are delighted to welcome author and photographer Laura Pashby to the Loriest Notebook! I adore Laura’s book ‘Little Stories of Your Life’, and with November being the perfect month to take a quiet moment with a good book and Notes of November candle scenting the space, we asked Laura for three of her favourite reads to devour by the fire.

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The Folklore of Juniper

When it came to creating Notes of October, a jolt of juniper was a must. Its freshness is the perfect balance to the earthy notes of a woodland walk and the sweetness of freshly harvested apples. But, aside from its unique scent, it has an incredible folklore and history.

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A Woodland Walk: Notes on…. The Pennines

The Middle Black Clough Waterfall... Where a stunning cascade of water tumbles from the moors above. Ferns reach out from the steep gorge walls, moss covers the layers of rock behind and beside the waterfall, and trees lean from above giving this sheltered spot a truly magical find.

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Meet Anna: the founder of Loriest & Co

I hope that lighting a Loriest & Co candle is like folding down the corner of a page in a book or placing a bookmark in a chapter so meaningful that it will certainly be re-read... by releasing the scent of that time, stories can unfold again and again.

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From the allotment: Blackberry jam

Anna’s step-dad has been perfecting his allotment blackberry jam recipe for years. Simple and tasty, with a secret twist, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the aroma of autumn.

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Autumn harvest: A Kent hop farm

Varieties include intense apricot from Ernest, oranges from Bullion and the classic English flavours of Fuggle, Golding’s and Challenger amongst others... an old farmers tale is that if you put hops under your pillow it will result in a good nights sleep!

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