Our first nine months with baby Sofia

Nine months ago I gave birth to the most beautiful little girl. Labour was pretty crazy and I ended up giving birth in triage. It's been an amazing nine months with Sofia and the highlight of our day is waking up to her smile every morning. Life hasn't changed much. I think when you have your second child they end up adapting themselves around your life rather than the other way round. We're very lucky that she's a very content baby and that I've been able to still blog and attend events.

After her birth my partner took two weeks paternity leave which helped immensely. I think the first month is important to form some sort of routine, where you bond with your baby and rest when you can. It's important that the parents take care of themselves, freshen up when baby is sleeping and eat without skipping meals. I feel that if you're okay then your baby will be okay. Babies have a very close connection with their parents, especially their mothers. They sense anxiety, stress and restlessness, this is why it's important to take care of yourselves when you're bringing up a baby.

Sleep patterns are quite unpredictable as she can sleep through the night one day and keep us awake three days in a row for the rest of the week. The best way we have managed this is by being okay with it and not stressing out. We usually wake up to her gurgles and bubble blowing at 4am and we actually start laughing rather than worrying that we're not getting enough sleep.

I began weening Sofia at six months. Until six months she was solely breastfed. I found breastfeeding much easier the second time round. I did struggle with my first and although I breast fed him also, it was very uncomfortable for me. At the moment, I'm giving Sofia three meals a day; for breakfast, Aptamil multigrain cereal, and for lunch and dinner I'm using Nutribaby Food Steamer and Blender by Babymoov to steam lots of delicious fruit and vegetables. It's quite a spacious steamer and I usually steam a little more for all of us to eat.

Sofia's nine months now and we've just come back from her first holiday which was amazing. My sons on school holidays at the moment so I'm enjoying both of their companies whilst balancing work and home-life until he goes back to school.

I hope you're all enjoying your summer.

Kisses, Natalia Jane xo

These photos were taken in the Isle Of Wight by my lovely partner, Gareth.
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How to choose the right sofa

There are many sources that people go to for inspiration when wanting to choose the right sofa, from magazines and shops to online. Choosing the right style, shape and colour can be overwhelming and can actually take up a lot more time than you think.

Below are a few tips which can help you save time before deciding on the sofa you want to get.

Firstly, consider the size of your room. You will need to decide whether you want a big sofa or a small sofa depending on the size of the room. If you're working with a small space consider the design of the sofa, it should compliment the rest of the room. Many people choose to have a focal point in their room and opt for a piece of art to achieve this. However, a sofa makes a fabulous focal point in a room and the beauty about this is that it can be styled to your personal taste. The colour, pattern, fabric and soft accessories can be personalised to suit you, your home and your character.

Sofas come in different shapes and sizes, the L-shape sofa proves to be a favourite for many. The Buzz sofa from Sofas & Stuff is a perfect example of a versatile design that stylishly fits a space that can be rearranged to suit each season. Buzz can be restyled into a sofa with an armchair, a snuggler or it can be extended.

Think about the colour and fabric of your sofa. If you have pets or young children, opting for a light coloured sofa may not be the best choice. Leather sofas, particularly darker coloured ones, are timeless and generally wear well. They are also easy to clean. Another great thing to think about is the style of your home, ideally there should be a flow of style between each room and they should compliment each other.

Your sofa should be a well thought of investment because it's a piece of furniture that you will be making great use of both physically and visually. 

Sofas & Stuff have a new software on their website that lets you create your own sofa! Take a look at SOFA INSPIRATION HERE!

Sofas & Stuff have a vast and beautiful selection of sofas that will always stay in style. Below are some more fabulous examples.

Leconfield Large sofa in Valese Fir - (Scatters in Harlequin Amazilia Paradise) by Sofas & Stuff.

Fowey Sofa in Romo Linara Primrose and chair

Petworth Small Sofa in Linwood Pronto Pink Gin 

Alwinton Large Sofa in Rosehip Rose

Ashdown Medium Sofa in Taransay Wall

{images via: Sofas & Stuff }

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Bover Lounge : Seoul - Korea

When it comes to interior design, dessert bars and lounges always impress. Bover Lounge, located on the 1st floor of State Tower Namsan in Myeongdong district, the centre of Seoul, has one of the most beautifully decorated interiors I've seen. It's a very trendy and popular brunch spot and has the most amazing cakes by Glamorous Penguin
The gold accents work beautifully with the marble furnishings and the overall ambience brilliantly compliments the wonderful food and cakes. It's one of the prettiest and well designed interiors I've seen.

{images via: Bover Lounge}

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Last month I made a trip down to Olympia, London to the House Fair. I'd say it's one of the most stunning and well presented exhibitions i've had the pleasure of going to. There was a glorious amount of design inspiration at the fair and I definitely came back with ideas for future design projects. Across the following weeks I will be blogging about the brands which stood out for me, in terms of quality, sustainability and use.

Below are some great examples of fabulous brands that were exhibiting at the house fair and a little information about them.

I hope you enjoy this interior inspiration.

Have a lovely week. Natalia Jane xo

Renowned for large and extending dining tables and stylish, comfy sofas, Adventures in Furniture specialise in contemporary designs that are crafted using solid materials and traditional techniques. All their furniture is handmade in Europe to endure and enjoy.

Amy Kent
Established in 2005 Amy Kent is a beautiful collection of hand knotted rugs.
designs are inspired by every day shapes
from trees, leaves and flowers to
architectural features and patterns. They are all simple designs that are both classic
and contemporary, suiting traditional and modern interiors alike. All the rugs are
to order and can be individually customised
any size can be specified and
have an extensive range of colours to choose from
Established  in  2005  Amy  Kent  is  a  beautiful  collection  of  hand  knotted  rugs.The designs  are  inspired  by  every  day  shapes - from  trees,  leaves  and  flowers  to architectural  features  and  patterns.  They  are  all  simple  designs  that  are both  classic and  contemporary,  suiting  traditional  and  modern  interiors  alike.  All  the  rugs  are made to  order  and  can  be  individually  customised - any  size  can  be  specified  and they have an extensive range of colours to choose from.

David Thornber Handmade Furniture is about personal, beautifully crafted, forever loved furniture. They specialise in creating beautiful bespoke furniture. 

'Personalised, handmade, forever loved furniture'. - David Thornber

Reed Harris have a stunning collection of wall tiles and floor tiles, which are all suitable for kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces. 

The Stone & Ceramic Warehouse
The Stone & Ceramic Warehouse
have built up an enviable reputation as a leading
importer, distributor and retailer of sophisticated natural and ce
ramic wall and floor
y sell
a massive
range of products
over 1,000 and counting
and find out more about why they are
the leaders in their industry.
The Stone & Ceramic Warehouse have built up an enviable reputation as a leading importer,  distributor and retailer of sophisticated natural and ceramic wall and floor coverings. They sell a  massive range of products, over 1,000 and counting. Come and find out more about why they are the leaders in their industry.

{images courtesy of Decorum Media}
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Timothy Whealon - Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Kips Bay Decorator Show House whilst in New York during New York Design Week with Modenus and Blog Tour. This year the design and inspiration is just as fantastic and fresh. Below is Timothy Whealon's take, on a part of the Kips Bay Show House for 2016. Timothy who is an interior designer who specialises in high-end interiors, beautifully embraced the geometric pattern within his design. The almost pastel prints work superbly amongst the light walls and gold furniture. Timothy Whealon incorporates a foundation of classicism into his designs with a fresh perspective which makes them timeless and contemporary. He creatively mixes items from different periods and cultures making each interior unique. Custom pieces are also often incorporated into his designs and his work is enhanced by his knowledge of the international art and antiques market and also by his team of skilled artists and craftsmen. 

Geometric prints in both fashion and interiors will be seen everywhere from the catwalk to the high street. This is definitely a trend to look out for in 2017.

{Photo Credit: Phillip Ennis}

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