Holidaying in the West Indies

St Kitts, Belle Mont Farm Belle Mont Farm is set in a lush tropical forest
Charter Plane, West Indies Our charter plane to take us over the Caribbean Ocean
Rebecca and the pilot, Antione Thanks Antione for a safe flight!
St Nevis, West Indies View of the sister island, St Nevis
St Kitts settings View from the main pool
Sunsets in St Kitts Fabulous Sunsets in St Kitts
Properties in the West Indies Beautiful plantation style properties
St Kitts restrooms Love the Restrooms!
Rebecca Rowles Davies Family My little family
Furniture in St Kitts Loved the furniture!
Infinity pools in the West Indies Fabulous infinity pools
Architecture in Belle Mont Resort Loved the Architecture at Belle Mont

We are feeling inspired after a wonderfully relaxing trip to St Kitts

The Grey Works have just returned from an inspirational trip to the beautiful island of St Kitts in the West Indies. We flew into Antiqua and then took a private charter plane across the Caribbean Sea to St Kitts.

Click here to download the video of our plane take off!

Belle Mont Farm Resort

On arrival we were driven up to the lush green Kittitian Hill to the rather fabulous resort called Belle Mont Farm.  I have spent a lot of time in the Caribbean,  although this was my first visit to St Kitts. What struck me initially is that because the resort is nestled amongst 400 acres of fertile, lush tropical forest it felt really cool and relaxing without what can often be a punishing level of heat. The Farm is organic and sources much of it’s produce from its own land and neighbouring suppliers.

Beautiful Interiors

Designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley the Farm and the surrounding buildings are modelled in a  Plantation Style. Think huge shutter doors, wrap around verandas and white and pale grey colour palette. It is beautifully appointed with breathtaking views  and dark slate infinity pools. No expense has been spared to create a luxury environment,  even the drapes, towels  and linens were gorgeous.

Nothing was more beautiful than watching the sun set every evening across  a pink and orange sky over the glistening ocean on the balcony of our villa. It was magical.

 

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5 reasons why you’ll love ester & erik candles

The Grey Work’s customers and team can’t get enough of these ester & erik taper candles and here are a few reasons why…

Denmark – long, dark winters. Beautiful, quality candles. The Danish are renowned for their traditional, quality candle making abilities. A candle can instantly change an atmosphere to make it feel cosy, warm and relaxing. ester & erik have created candles of the highest quality since 1987.

We discovered the ester & erik candles at the Parisian trade fair MAISON&OBJET in 2013 and have had a love affair with them ever since. The Grey Works are proud to offer a range of elegant tapered candles by ester & erik. These designer candles are handmade in Denmark and we stock them in over 50 vibrant colours.

1. They make the perfect gift

Our customers love the ester & erik candles and come back, again and again, to buy them – either for themselves or as a thoughtful gift. They also make a perfect hostess offering. CAUTION! You may become addicted!

2. They are an alternative to flowers

They make a fabulous alternative to a flower arrangement and will last much longer, unless you burn them of course. The candles also work beautifully with a flower display, which is why they are also popular with florists.

3. They come in a variety of colours…

The colour range that ester & erik offer is outstanding and they currently have over 80 in the range. The Grey Works stocks 55 at the moment and counting. The colours are TRULY beautiful and can look different dependent on the light.

…and there’s a colour for every season

As we stock so many colours, it’s only right we steer you in the right direction of what to choose first! We’ve picked a few colours that we think work best for the different seasons.

Winter: Our favourite colour for Winter has to be Deep Claret (44/2). We adore this colour for the Winter months. It is rich, moody, works beautifully with some greenery and comes into its own during the festive period.

Spring: Nothing says Spring more than a pastel. We love all the pastel colours at this time of year, but our favourite has to be Baby Pink (38). It’s light, pretty and looks beautiful with a pale grey and white scheme.

Summer: Eau-De-Nil (67) has to be our top pick for the Summer months. It’s also our best selling colour all year round. With its delicate whisper of colour, it’s sure to bring a touch of greenery into your home – it’s truly stunning.

Autumn: It’s no surprise that our favourite Autumn pick is Damson (42), a deep purple. This candle fits perfectly with Autumn – the warm, rich hue from this ester & erik candle is a treat for you and your home.

4. They’re beautifully handmade

The ester & erik brand is a family run business and the candles are hand made using a traditional timely dipping technique, whereby the cotton wick is dipped in paraffin and this process is repeated until the candle is thick enough. To finish, these candles are beautifully coloured by hand and then sold straight from the rack they have been made on.

5. The quality is fantastic

These candles will burn for approximately 11 hours and they are drip free as long as you keep them away from a draught.

These are just a few of the reasons why we are so passionate about the ester & erik candles we sell. Anyway… enough reading about them, why not try them for yourself. The Grey Works sell these candles for £6.95 per pair and they are presented in a sleek, black presentation packet – what’s not to love!

How to make your home smell amazing

Geodesis Scented Candle in Black Tea (China)
ILLUMENS Scented Candle in Reading Room
LUCIA Guest Hand Soaps

We’ve put together our top tips for making your home (and car) smell fantastic, through home fragrance, to essential oils

The winter season can really drag – it’s dark, wet and cold. Here at The Grey Works, we find the perfect way to lift the mood whilst we wait for Spring is with some home fragrance.

Smells are known to affect your mood and feelings. A bad odour can make you feel unpleasant, in the same way a beautiful smell can be so uplifting. We have put together a few suggestions for making your home (and car) smell amazing.

Fresh Air

The easiest way to freshen the air in your home is to let the outside in, so throw open a few windows. Even though it is cold out there, some fresh air and outside energy can work wonders. We also recommend burning some dried sage. This will rid your space of any negative energies and will clean the air, as well as leaving a heady aroma.

Scented Candles

Scented candles are the easiest way to fill your home with gorgeous scent. We love all our candle ranges that we have carefully chosen, this includes our Lucia, Geodesis and Illumens Times and Places Collections.

The Lucia candles we stock are from Canada and are made from Soy and are 100% organic. We recommend the new Orange and Moss fragrance as it suits this time of year so well – the smell is just divine.

Our Geodesis range comes from France and although it looks simple and understated in terms of packaging, their fragrance is anything but. The scents are immensely pure and will linger in your home for hours. Geodesis stock a huge range but we have carefully selected our favourites for you all to try.

The Illumens Times and Places collection is gorgeous and evocative of the creators memories and places. We adore these scented candles. All the fragrances have matching diffusers, which is a great way to add a constant fragrance without the need for a flame. These work perfectly in smaller spaces.

Herbs and Fruit

There are many other ways to make your home smell fabulous. Try having fresh potted herbs in the kitchen such as basil and thyme, marjoram and rosemary, all will give off a heady aroma and freshen the air.

Another one of our top tricks is to throw some throw some lemons and limes down your waste disposal system (if you have one), to create a fresh zesty smell.

Essential Oils and Fresh Flowers

A few drops of essential oil in a bowl of water resting on or near a radiator will create a lovely scent – try lavender, rose or lemon. Fresh flowers also work really well such as scented roses, lilies and Jasmine.

Make your car smell great

We have recently discovered a fabulous way to make your car smell amazing too with ‘Roadscents’ available from Victoria Health (one of our favourite websites). Availabe in two fragrances which are ‘Godsmell’ – a blend of patchouli, sandalwood and cedar and Roserage – made from red rose, jasmine and musk. Both are divine!

Just a few little ways to make your life and home more comforting whilst we watch Spring emerge.