Office Style: Choosing The Perfect Chair

I recently posted about my office makeover, which felt like a mammoth task – only because it’s also taken place at the same time as a lot of other house decorating and renovation. So far in the past 12 months we’ve built a summer house, had a new boiler installed, had our kitchen redone, and also completely redecorated the office, which doesn’t sound like much… Except, honestly, it’s been pretty hellish.

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The entire house has been an absolute tip for months, and there’s still no real end in sight – I’m currently the proud owner of a front room oven, though, and not many people can boast that kind of feature, so it’s not all bad… (Except the oven isn’t plugged in, and it’s ugly as hell…)

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Anyway, I promised you a big reveal of my office – and don’t worry, because that’s coming! But first of all, the reason it’s taken me so long to post this is because I’ve been patiently waiting for the delivery of my final item – the finishing touch… my perfect office chair!

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Finding the perfect office chair has been a bit of a mammoth task. I knew it had to be white, or at least, an interesting colour, and an interesting shape. There are millions of office chairs out there, but there are only a handful that are beautiful as well as comfortable, and I was pretty sick of my bog-standard black fabric and plastic chair that was probably liberated from someone’s office years ago.

I spent ages searching IKEA, Argos, eBay, Dwell, Made, and the rest, looking for a sensible chair that was sturdy, good looking, and not like a clone of every other chair out there. Then I stumbled across Wayfair and I was suddenly spoilt for choice.

Wayfair makes it so much easier to find things you actually want online, whether you have a huge budget or more modest means (*ahem*). The website acts like a giant search engine of dozens of furniture shops, so you’re not jumping in and out of different websites just to search through a tiny category of one or two items from each brand. I’ll talk about them more in another post, but basically, it’s my first port of call now whenever I’m looking for something for the house!

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Wayfair turned my problem of not being able to find any suitable office chairs into one of finding too many all at once – talk about spoilt for choice! Because the site pulls in items from a large number of retailers, there were scores of decent looking chairs, and in a price range that definitely suited my budget.

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Once you finally have a decent selection, narrowing down your options becomes a case of working out which chair is going to provide the most support and comfort for extended periods of time. I loved this Felix Mid-Back chair by Kokoon, but it’s obviously not the kind of chair that’s going to offer long term lumbar support – it’s more of a funky occasional piece. On the top left, the Trento High-Back Executive Chair by Enduro was more my kind of style, and I love the fact it had arms, so I started to narrow down my search a little more… The Gladsaxe Mid-Back by Home & Haus and the Advocate High Back by Dynamic were both definitely along the right lines, with gorgeous lines, arm support, and plenty of padding. All-Home-Mid-Back-Leather-Desk-Chair.jpg

Then, I finally found what I was looking for all along – a comfortable, stylish, supportive and padded chair with some interesting detailing (love the chevron detailing on this!) and elegant, chrome hardware. This item is called the Mid-Back Leather Desk Chair by All Home, and I just love its thin rollerball legs, and the sweeping curved arms. Priced at £115.99 with free delivery (all items on Wayfair are delivered free), I knew it would be the perfect addition to my office – the finishing touch!

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What do you think? The perfect fit! I work from home full time and I can attest to the fact that this chair is comfy and supportive, as well as fitting into my overall decor – which, let’s face it, is the main thing…

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I’ll be uploading another post about Wayfair later this month, as well as my final office makeover post, which will have all the style details and retailers I used when decorating everything. Until then, let me know what your ideal office chair would look like in the comments!

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Thank you to Wayfair for providing this gorgeous office chair for my post!

My Top Ten Things To See And Do At Exbury Gardens

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The New Forest is one of my favourite places on earth, and Exbury Gardens is one of the jewels in its crown. Situated on the banks of the Beaulieu River, and part of the breathtaking Exbury Estate, the gardens are open to the public from March until November. Whether you’re a local or you’re visiting the area on holiday, I’d definitely recommend you stop by to see one of the most spectacular collections of its type in the country.

You could spend all day at Exbury and not see everything (believe me, as this is from personal experience!), so I decided to put together a list of my top ten things to see and do there, so you don’t miss out on some of my favourite parts of our visit! (Please note, the gardens are ever changing, and different varieties will bloom in different months of the year.)

1. Take The Train

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Hunter 486 at The Arch

Nestled in a quiet residential area just off the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street lies The Arch, a 82 room, five star hotel situated in a Grade 2 listed building. When Madonna lives over the road, you know you’re in good company! Seven town houses have been combined to create this gorgeous boutique hotel with a chilled out vibe, incredible art, and a child- and dog-friendly policy. You can’t ask better than that! (I’m holding out for a reservation…)

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Itsu Gyozas: A Taste of Japan At Home

I’m a massive fan of gyozas, so much so that I own three gyozas presses, have written my own published recipes for them, and have spent an excruciating five minutes in a ramen joint in Tokyo trying to work out how to pronounce the word properly so I could order some from the waitress (disclaimer: I still don’t know. But I just pointed in the end!).

Although gyozas aren’t exactly the mysterious food item for UK consumers that they used to be ten years ago, you’d still be hard-pressed to find any ready-made in supermarkets outside of Asian speciality stores. That’s why I was so excited when I found out that Itsu were launching their own cook at home gyozas, ready frozen and available in Tesco and Waitrose in three flavours:  Vegetable Fusion, King Prawn and Sesame Tuna. The packets cost £3.50 per pack and contain 20 dumplings, and dipping sauce.

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Top Tipples: Pinkster Gin

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It’s rapidly heading into gin and tonic season (she says, as though gin and tonic wasn’t an all-year-round drink…), so I’ve been doing my research to discover the best gins, the best tonics, and some great gin-based cocktail recipes, all so I can share them with you. Now, isn’t that generous of me?! Continue reading

April’s End: Round-up

April has been an insanely busy month for me, with a massive birthday celebration at Centre Parcs for a friend, plus a holiday to Manchester, a visit to London with my parents, and ongoing kitchen renovation. It’s been stressful but fun!

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Drinks at Thai Silk? Yes Please!

Bars have an unfortunate habit of being fairly samey – same old cocktails, same old theme, same old bar snacks. Thai Silk, on the other hand, offers a unique experience – a bar attached to the restaurant of the same name, which offers a range of gorgeous drinks, plus some fab Asian light bites too!

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Be The Hostess With The Mostest: Easter Desserts and Wine Pairings

Easter is fast approaching, and if you want a couple of great chocolate recipes to wow for dessert on Easter Sunday, you’ve come to the right place! Bordeaux Wines got in touch with me with some fab recipes from chocolatier Laurent Favre-Mot, and wine pairings to match, to make you look like an effortless, chocolate-bestowing goddess this weekend. I’ve tried them both, and they are divine!

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FFF’s Fashion Stories: March On!

March is a weird month – it’s still freezing, but the sun is shining… from inside it looks warm enough to frolick coatless in the grass, but when you finally get outside you realise you might just need to add a scarf as well…

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My dieting and workout regime is continuing well – I’ve currently lost a stone and a half, despite all my restaurant reviews… To keep myself motivated I’ve been creating fashion flatlays with some of my old clothes, because I know it’s just a matter of time before they fit me again. This is an old ASOS dress (seen on me here), paired with my beloved Chloe Drew, and a new pair of shoes from ASOS. These were purchased as a pretty good replikate for the Duchess of Cambridge’s Gianvito Rossi Suede d’Orsay Pumps. As of writing, the Penalty pumps are still available in most sizes, for the bargain price of £32!

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Wahaca Arrives In Southampton

Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to the press launch of Wahaca in Southampton. Sometimes I need to pinch myself – I really am so grateful to every restaurant kind enough to throw open their doors for me to share their delights with you all!
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