Year: 2015

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Top posts of 2015: a round-up

I’m signing off for Christmas but thought before I pop off, I’d share some of mine, and your, favourite posts from 2015. And what an exciting year it’s been, from a guest room/home office makeover on a shoestring budget, through a styling challenge caught on video, to Scandinavian travels and the perfect night’s sleep. Hopefully there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy over the holidays until I’m back, whether you’re an old or new reader… 1. My guest room/home office makeover Transforming our uninspiring home office-cum-guest room into a lovely calm, cohesive space with a super-tight budget. It’s amazing what a lick of fresh paint and a bit of de-cluttering can do to get a space in shape.   2. Ikea’s SINNERLIG collection by Ilse Crawford Comprised of more than 30 pieces for the home, Ilse Crawford’s collection for Ikea was a real winner. Aiming to engage with the senses and connect us to our homes, it included tactile cork dining tables, hand-blown glass bottles, woven baskets and stoneware vases 3. My favourite Breton striped top I couldn’t do a round-up …

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I wish I lived here: monochrome living

Gearing up for Christmas and everything’s gone a bit manic, I know I can’t wait for the holidays to begin. In the meantime, in a quick little post, I’m finding peace and tranquility in this beautiful monochrome apartment in the trendy district of Sodermalm in Stockholm. I love the simple, neutral colour palette that comes alive with pops of deep, dark black and dashes of pattern. It’s kept warm with wooden floors, unusual wooden furniture, sculptural branches and plants. The old architecture student in me is loving that graph paper wallpaper, and aren’t those spotty plates to die for, very Jackson Pollock? Here I’ve picked some lovely things from my shop to help you get the sleek monochrome look:   Images: Fantastic Frank

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Christmas Gift Guide 2015: there’s still time!

If like me, you haven’t done all your Christmas shopping and are starting to panic buy (late night online browsing, scrolling and scrolling but not quite finding the thing you want?!) then worry not, I have some last minute buys that you can still get delivered in time for the big day. I’ve got the design lovers covered – for that design savvy someone who loves nothing better than a touch of monochrome and a dash of clean Scandi lines. Below, I’m lusting after these geometric LileSADI cushions myself. But, I’ve also rounded up some quirkier bits and bobs for those really hard to buy for friends and family, that have everything they could possibly want already – whether it’s a brass hanging planter, moroccan tea glasses or even a dustpan and brush (you read correctly, it might possibly be the most beautifully designed dustpan and brush!). There really is something here for everyone… Simply click on each product to view details and add to your cart right here on my blog. Delivery costs are as stated on …

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Dark minimalist kitchen inspiration

We recently had a website come round for a home tour; while I love our light, south-facing living room and bedrooms, it made me realise just how dark and small my kitchen is. It’s a galley kitchen, at the back of the property, with hardly any access to natural daylight – Oh how I would love to have a complete kitchen makeover. I’ve been mulling over my dream design. In an ideal (completely fantasy) world, I’d have a large open-plan living space with floor to ceiling windows and a super modern dark kitchen. I really love the trend for dark walls at the moment, but thought it could equally transfer to kitchen units. Having dark units contrasts beautifully with clean, pure white walls, shiny stainless steel and natural wooden details. They just look so sleek and streamlined, especially when there are no door handles, or minimalist, discreet ones at that. Here I’ve gathered some wonderful dark minimalist kitchen ideas I would love to pinch for myself, so have a gander and enjoy!

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12 styled days of Christmas

It’s definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… I’ve been part of a very exciting little project that I’m very happy to finally reveal the results of! Super lovely blogger pal Teri of The Lovely Drawer and West Elm invited 11 uber-talented bloggers (12 including Teri) to get into the festive spirit and each style up our own Christmas table tops. Each beautifully snapped and styled table is being posted throughout the first 12 days of Christmas over on The Lovely Drawer as well as West Elm’s blog Front + Main to give you a sneak peek into how we all do Christmas and share some ideas on how to celebrate this festive season. And I’m day 6! You can see some of the others, so far, here and follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #kindredspirits. For my table styling I went for a bit of a forest theme, with lots of soft, muted colours, foraged greenery and natural materials. When we celebrate the festive season it’s quite a relaxed, informal affair, it’s really just about gathering with loved ones, enjoying good food, good …

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Christmas Gift Guide 2015: For Him

Welcome to part two of my Christmas gift guides, this time it’s the turn of the boys. (You can check out my gift guide for her from earlier in the week here). I’ve handpicked items from my favourite sellers, makers and artisans for both fathers and the outdoorsy types, but really these could be for anyone; brothers, friends, uncles and cousins. There’s things for the wannabe Head Chef, Merino lambswool scarves for staying warm this winter, and everything you might need for the more adventurous out there. Simply click on each product to view details and add to your cart right here on my blog. Delivery costs are as stated on check-out and all orders are sent to you directly by the seller. Happy shopping! Forget novelty socks or just another silk tie, treat him to something he’ll love, whether its a teak chopping board or a handcrafted mug for his morning coffee Be prepared for both everyday and wild adventures with cyclist soap, hip flasks and more!   Stay tuned next week for another …

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Christmas table decorations

It’s the beginning of December so I feel like I can well and truly get in the festive spirit. This week I’ll be unpacking the decorations box, hanging up my wreath on the front door and maybe, just maybe, having my first mince pie of the season. Yesterday I shared with you my first Christmas gift guide, but today I’m thinking even further ahead to the Christmas table with a little help from Pink Lady® Apples. I’m all for keeping the Christmas table natural and relaxed, with big bunches of seasonal flowers, lots of greenery and romantic candlelight. On the day I’ll be gathering plain white flowers or stems of fragrant eucalyptus in a vase, or perhaps creating a centrepiece around some chunky pillar candles. But what about each place setting? Instead of a plopping down the cutlery and folding a paper napkin, here you can create a little moment of delight for each guest or loved one, whether its a cluster of foliage wrapped around a napkin or a handwritten name tag. I’ve been …

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Christmas Gift Guide 2015: For Her

December is almost upon us so I’m sharing the first of my Christmas gift guides here on the blog. Over the next two weeks I’ll be picking out lots of lovely things from my favourite independent retailers, makers and artisans, from The Future Kept and Lo + Behold to Thornback & Peel and  House of Rym. If you’re looking for something a little bit different for that special someone, and want to bypass the dreaded high street, endless queues and hustle and bustle, then look no further. There’ll be cosy throws and cashmere socks for mum, British-made merino wool scarfs for dad, hanging planters and homely delights for best friends and sisters, as well as hip flasks and handmade pen knifes for the outdoorsy types and monochrome accessories for the design lovers out there. Sit back, grab a cup of tea, relax and feel super smug that you’ve got it all done before the rush of Christmas eve… Simply click on each product to view details and add to your cart right here on my blog. Delivery costs are as stated on check-out …

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Winter essentials

As much as I hate the darker evenings and grey skies at this time of year, I love cosying up in lots of layers and seeking the ultimate comfort in chunky knits, cashmere bed socks, warm blankets and cups of tea. I love that feeling when you put on last year’s winter coat, dig your hands into the pockets, find old receipts and momentoes, and wrap the warmth around you. Or when you come home from being cold outside, light all the candles and settle down for a night on the couch. There’s no better word for it than the Danish’s hygge. In fact, I’m often in danger of being a bit too comfy, and going around in my sloppiest jeans and baggiest jumper (can I not just use my duvet as a coat?!). It’s hard finding those winter wardrobe pieces that are warm and cosy, but stylish and glamorous at the same time, not to mention the winter skin and dry sandpapery hands (not nice). So, without further ado, here are some of the essentials that are …

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Introducing Shedquarters to the catesthill.com shop

I’ve written about British online store Shedquarters on the blog before (see the interview here). It was started by Hayley Pryke and Ross Frame in 2014 out of a converted shed in Cambridge, hence the name. They sell a handpicked collection of contemporary goods, each item carefully chosen for its considered design and craftsmanship. Says Shedquarters: ‘We source items from independent designers and makers as well as established brands to create a collection of goods that we hope will be part of your home for years to come. We search for well-crafted and thoughtful designs, which are built to last and become part of your lifestyle. Whether it’s a coffee cup for your morning ritual or a comforting blanket for a relaxing evening.’ But you want to know the best bit? You can now shop Shedquarters beautiful pieces directly on my own shop, powered and secured by Showroom. There’s handcrafted porcelain cups, Fine Little Day accessories, graphic stationery and cosy geometric blankets. I’m really in love with their simple, Scandi-style ceramics, including this Nobel Cup snapped here. Each Nobel Cup is …