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It’s that time of year, and don’t you try and make an attempt to evade it now. Christmas IS coming, and I WILL be prepared!
So, a few weeks ago, I heard about an “open HQ” event which spanned across the weekend just passed, for the online home décor and goods store, Catesby’s.
Catesby’s was originally a physical store in Cambridge, and before that, Norfolk, however owners Neil and Jonathon have since decided to focus on selling their gorgeous wares online only from their idyllic home, ‘Yew Tree House’, in picturesque Rutland.
“The original idea for Catesbys came whilst living and working in Paris. There, we discovered l’art de vivre, or the art of living, that French flair for making life effortlessly chic.”
This was the first weekend that both Neil and Jonathon had opened to the public for Christmas, so this was a big deal for them, regardless of how easy they made it look.
Such warm and welcoming hosts. No matter who came through the door into this festive, homely wonderland, everyone took a sharp gasps as the true sights of a cosy Christmas were immediately upon them as they set foot in the door.
With carols playing throughout, Neil and Jonathon on hand to serve beverages (Prosecco included!!), and little Bertie the miniature Frenchie to woo the guests, there were goodies galore to admire and take home, should any take your fancy.
"We believe the things that surround you should become part of your story. We look forward to writing the next chapter together."
The wonderful thing about this "open house event", is that Neil and Jonathon had not only provided guests with a means to indulge in their ideal decs for the tree and beyond, but they had also created the perfect stage on which to set imagination and inspiration for decorative planning.
Almost everything in each room, from the lounge, to the kitchen, to the dining room, was purchasable, but they were also "in situ" to give you an idea how you might like to place and enjoy such wonders in your own home.
I adore that idea!
SHOP MY OUTFIT
Twinkles of gold, bursts of red, scents of designer candles and room sprays, as well as decanters, ice buckets, and wine glasses for anticipated celebration. Everything just made you want to settle down and begin the Christmas holidays already!
The quality of all of the goods on offer was phenomenal, and all held a very luxurious, elegant, and effortlessly chic tone to their selection. I also got a sense of a nod to the appreciation of discovery and travel, with the selection Astier de Villatte offerings. Perfection! Such an eclectic yet complimentary mix.
I'm going to go into greater detail regarding the haul of Christmas decs I've managed to collect over the month, and Catesby's WILL feature heavily within that post, however a few to mention beforehand would be my gorgeous pair of very golden, very regal birds here for the tree, along with my deliciously scented "Inspiritus" candle by the St Eval Candle Company. Luxury candles from Cornwall! A perfect blend of festive spices wafting through the house.
As I mentioned, not only do Neil and Jonathon have exceptionally good taste in products, but they clearly have exceptional skills when it comes to interior aesthetics and creating the perfect home environment for lovers of comfortable chic.
I must share more of "Home HQ" with you, so you can get as much appreciation for its flair as possible! Photographs give you a good idea of it all, but my gosh, I feel so lucky that we got to experience the delights in person.
Catesby's are not just for Christmas, they're for LIFE-STYLE! If you love the incredible vibe that this magical store has to offer, you simply must discover more for yourself.
Not only is everything simply beautiful, but the ethos and love behind the brand with Neil and Jonathon is just incredible. Such wonderful kind, good natured, and passionate gentlemen who clearly adore what they do. Our home will be a "Catesby Original" over time, for sure. So much collecting to do!
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