Month: October 2015

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Affordable art from Evermade.com

It can be hard to find beautiful artwork for your walls without completely breaking the bank. There’s either cheap and cheerful posters or limited edition prints signed by artists, but not much in the middle. Evermade.com is an online shop that collaborates with new and up-coming artists to create an ever expanding collection of carefully curated items. There’s something for everyone, whether you like super-detailed scenic photographs or intricate hand drawn maps, many from as little as £35.00 unframed. I’ve long been promoting the display of art without frames (see my styling for Frost + Dutch here), and have the theory that if in doubt use washi tape! Sometimes you don’t know where to put the nail, sometimes you don’t know which frame to commit to, or sometimes it’s nice just to test out a print, see if you like it and can find the perfect place for it in your home. I have lots of postcards washi-taped to the wall in my home, I love to be able to switch them around every now and then and create …

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Introducing… BON ceramics

No longer do people have an odd-bod collection of novelty mugs; increasingly I’ve seen people instagramming their favourite ceramic mug or espresso cup, willing to pay just a little bit more for something to make that everyday experience special. But where do you buy that beautiful, unusual piece that no one else has? Let me introduce to you a brand new online store offering a selection of ceramic objects by some of the world’s best designers. BON ceramics was founded in Berlin in 2015 as a reaction to the new generation of young ceramic designers that were emerging and popping up from every different corner of the world. Says BON: ‘Redefining the formerly folksy medium, they present a modern adaptation of the traditional craftsmanship, creating contemporary objects of timeless quality and beauty. ‘Presenting the best of these new talents under one roof and making these unique items available, BON aims to establish itself as a representative of the modern ceramic arts, shining an overdue light on the medium and its artisans.’ The carefully curated online store aims to make these unique …

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My favourite Breton striped top

Thank you all for entering, this giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to the winner Abi Dare! As some of you will know, I’m more than a little obsessed with a Breton striped top. In my profile picture on the blog I’m wearing stripes, in my Instagram photos I’m wearing stripes and in my drawers there’s stripes, stripes, stripes of all shapes, sizes and colours. As a bit of a Francophile myself, I just can’t get enough of them. They’re synonymous with the care-free insouciance, confidence and natural charm of Parisian style – that little bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’ that the French exude so well. That feline flick of eyeliner, that crisp white shirt, that smart blazer and jeans, that scarf tied just right, and that Breton striped top with the sleeves rolled up. The Breton striped top was first introduced in 1858 as the uniform for French sailers in Brittany. It had 21 navy stripes for each of Napoleon’s victories, with white stripes twice as large as the blue ones. The design was meant to make them easier to …

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I wish I lived here: 3 beautiful Scandi kitchens

My own kitchen in my flat is dark and small, with windows looking onto the communal hallway and shiny white units that have been there for years. There’s nothing really wrong with the kitchen itself, the Ikea units have lasted remarkably well, and there’s elements I like, but I never photograph it for my blog because it’s just not very photogenic and the natural lighting is terrible. Oh how I would love to replace the steel splash back with some new ceramic tiles, perhaps change the handles or simply clear out some of the clutter. While browsing Swedish website Entrance, always a good source of home interior inspiration, I found myself honing in on these three beautiful Scandi kitchens. Usually for a ‘I wish I lived here’ post I focus on one complete home tour, showing all the spaces from bedroom to living room. But here I simply couldn’t decide which one of these to feature so decided to feature them all! From pastel painted units and rustic tables, through exposed brick walls and metro tiles to clean …

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Styling the Seasons: October 2015

This post didn’t get off to the greatest of starts. I wanted to feature a recipe for my October Styling the Seasons, to symbolise the change in seasons, the slightly colder weather and the desire to stay cosy and warm inside and bake. However my cookery skills had other plans… I had great plans for a beautiful fig loaf cake, with a jammy compote in the centre. It was all going so well until I got it out of the oven and it, well, sort of collapsed, with a burnt top and a wet middle. Suffice to say it was a DISASTER and no one wants to see that… I will not be getting star baker anytime soon. Running out of inspiration, and eggs, I decided to resort to my fail-safe recipe that I just love to cook over and over again – French Madeleines! You can always rely on your favourites right? That’s why they’re classics. Madeleines are surprisingly easy to make, super quick in to cook and taste buttery and delicious straight out the …

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Travel Guide: two days in Nice

Nice is, well, very nice. I headed there for work a couple of weeks back and couldn’t resist extending the trip over the weekend for that last little bit of sunshine before the darker evenings and misty mornings kicked in. With its long, sweeping pebbly beach, stretching along the Promenade des Anglais to the picturesque Old Town (known locally as Le Vieux Nice), it’s the perfect getaway for a mixture of culture and relaxation. I often get a little restless on beach holidays, keen to get up and go explore, wander around art galleries, sample the local cuisine or simply walk around aimlessly soaking up the atmosphere. Nice is definitely a place for art and design lovers, not only does it have some of the best contemporary art galleries and collections outside Paris, there’s a host of cultural gems outside the city centre just waiting to be discovered. You can see Matisse’s chapel in Vence, Jean Cocteau’s murals at Villa Santo Sospir in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, or Eileen Gray’s modernist masterpiece E-1027 and Le Corbusier’s Le Cabanon Retreat around the coast …

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Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plants and Flowers

‘Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. […] There were flowers: delphiniums, sweet peas, bunches of lilac; and carnations, masses of carnations. There were roses; there were irises. Ah yes – so she breathed in the earthy garden sweet smell […] the delicious scent, the exquisite coolness. And then, opening her eyes, how fresh like frilled linen clean from a laundry laid in wicker trays the roses looked; and dark and prim the red carnations, holding their heads up; and all the sweet peas spreading in their bowls, tinged violet, snow white, pale – as if it were the evening and girls in muslin frocks came out to pick sweet peas and roses after the superb summer’s day, with its almost blue-black sky, its delphiniums, its carnations, its arum lilies was over…’ from Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf I’m just a little bit (read – ALOT) excited about this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers theme, it’s plants and flowers! While I love to have succulents and cactuses dotted around the house, and try but fail …

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Beynon: modular crafted furniture

Beynon is another fab find from London Design Festival’s show designjunction in September. Founded by graphic designer Richard Davies and industrial-design specialist Keinton Butler, Beynon creates adaptable, heirloom-quality, modular furniture systems that can be expanded and reconfigured over time. The lovely, almost retro pieces are inspired by the modular furniture systems of the 1950s – open, solid and accessible systems designed for compact living and built to last. The Beynon Core range is centred upon a simple wooden unit that can be combined, stacked and interlocked to create almost any piece of furniture; a table, chest of drawers, shelving unit or sideboard maybe. The units come in three sizes that can be vertically stacked or connected side by side. Accessories such as drawers, doors and shelves, as well as solid brass handles and cross brackets can then be added as needed. The system uses a simple, tool-free connection system that cleverly only needs a turn of a coin – perfect for when you’ve moved house and mislaid the toolbox! The range comes in solid oak and oak veneer but Beynon will …

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White to Bright Style Challenge: dark walls

When Chairish – a curator-approved, online marketplace for vintage furniture – emailed me and challenged me to step away from the basic neutrals and imagine a bold colour scheme for a room, I was a little hesitant – confession, I’m an absolute colour-phobe! Every wall in my flat is painted white, and if it isn’t white then it’s light grey, which to be honest, looks white most of the time… I’m really not very brave when it comes to colour, I play it very, very safe and this was just what I needed to shake me out of my self-induced rut. So, in a bid to go from ‘White to Bright’, I went into the complete opposite direction to light colours: the deep, moody, dark indigo blues and blacks. Maybe it’s because the weather’s starting to get a bit chillier and I feel the need to hunker down, candles burning, with a cosy blanket and a good book – a dose of Hygge the Dane’s would call it. It’s a tricky one to get right, but dark walls can really work, without …

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Travel: St Ives

‘It still makes me feel warm; as if everything were ripe; humming; sunny… The gardens gave off a murmur of bees… The buzz, the croon, the smell… it was rapture.’ Virginia Woolf I’ve been sharing a couple of my stops from my recent trip to Cornwall and the South West in the past few weeks, and this is the final one, the beautiful town of St Ives. The seaside town, just north of Penzance, arcs around a sweeping harbour – fishing boats bob up and down as the tide drifts in and out, children build sandcastles on its strip of golden sand, while cobbled streets lead to picture postcard cottages behind. The stretch of sea is remarkably crystal clear and bright blue, while the smell of sea salt and fish and chips, freshly wrapped in newspaper, lingers in the air. St Ives is a town steeped in art and culture; it attracted artists Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth in the Thirties, while writer Virginia Woolf holidayed in the town as a child, until her mother died when she was …