Month: November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide - Mothers

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 …

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Alternative Christmas decoration

The temperature has suddenly dropped in the last few days, there’s definitely a chill in the air and it’s making me feel a little bit festive. I’m starting to think about getting the house ready for Christmas and thought I’d share some inspiration for alternative Christmas decoration. Although I’m a traditionalist when it comes to the routine of Christmas Day, I prefer a more subtle, modern approach when decorating the home. I hate clutter and colour (I’m the kind of person who turns colourful books round the wrong way on shelves…), and all things kitsch and fake (except for Christmas jumpers of course), so for Christmas I look to nature for inspiration – lots of greenery, natural materials and cosy textures. Taking notes from Scandinavia and the Nordic countries, I’m thinking minimalist Christmas trees, monochrome wrapping and handmade paper folded decorations. But it doesn’t have to be cold or lacking in personality – I’m all for creating a festive atmosphere, with thoughtful handmade touches, a bit of creativity and a handful of Danish hygge. Instead of fairy …

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Knoll Sample Sale 2015, London

There’s furniture you buy on a quick whim, then there’s the design classics that you um and ah over, invest in and keep forever and ever. I’m talking about the Eames chairs, Saarinen tables and Barcelona chairs of the world. These will never go out of fashion, they’re classics for a reason – timeless forms using pioneering processes that even today’s designers are struggling to compete with. But, not everyone (including myself…) can afford a design classic. And that’s where the interior designer and stylist’s secret comes in – sample sales – opportunities to grab a bargain, many ex-showroom displays or re-runs at up to 70% off. Knoll, famous for its Bauhaus design philosophy, is hosting its 10th sample sale this weekend. I had a sneak peek yesterday and let me tell you it’s a design lovers paradise – the whole Clerkenwell showroom has been cleared out and stocked with row upon row of designer sofas, chairs and tables. I spotted Marcel Breuer’s cane and bent tubular steel Model B32 chair, that I’ve seen all over Pinterest, and …

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Your Home Needs This #04: Eames Occasional Table LTR

It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘Your Home Needs This’ feature here, I had such good intentions of keeping it a regular series, as happens with all these things… But, a visit to the fantastic World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery last weekend reminded me to get back on track, and profile another must-have design object that is on my wishlist or in my own home. It could easily have been an Eames lounge chair or the playful plastic DAW chair, but this time my eyes settled on the Eames’s Occasional Table LTR, still in production by Vitra. Designed in 1950, the Occasional Table is petite (just 25cms high) but perfectly formed. It’s comprised of a rod base supporting a plywood tabletop, traditionally covered in black or white laminate. During the late 1940s, Charles noted ‘the fantastic things being made of wire’ and began experimenting with metal wire rods and mesh. The Eameses eventually developed a mass-production technique for simultaneously welding wire rods. It was first used for their large lounge chair and plywood chairs (the DCM and LCM) …

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Argos Transform Your Room challenge

A little while ago I was challenged by Argos, along with two other lovely interiors bloggers – Caroline of Patchwork Harmony and Jesse of Hecticophilia – to style a blank room completely from scratch. The Transform Your Room challenge was such a fun, utterly creative project and I’m so pleased to finally be able to show you the results now, not only of the finished space, but a video of the design process – my first venture into vlogging! I think it must be an interior stylist’s dream (or perhaps nightmare, I don’t know!) to get their hands on a bare room that they can do whatever they like with. At first I was a little daunted by the task, I’ve styled bits and pieces at home and corners of brand’s shops for various blogger events, but never on this scale (and with a camera in my face!). Naturally shy, I’ve previously preferred to keep two feet firmly grounded behind the lens… But, in an exciting move, I had recently started advising friends, family and new-found clients on interior projects, so this was …

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Light loft living by Chan + Eayrs

I’ve recently been considering moving from my 1930s King’s Cross flat into somewhere new. I always find myself veering towards old, period properties for their unusual details, charm and little eccentricities. For me, new builds can so often be lacking in character, with generic, homogenous features and penny-pinching space standards. Not so for young, London-based studio Chan + Eayrs, which has branded itself as both architect, interior designer and developer. It has just completed its first project in New Cross, south east London. The New Cross Lofts are dreamy, with thought put into every little detail – from the exquisite herringbone brick exterior, that references surrounding Victorian terraces, to the cast concrete benches inside. Standing on the plot of a former garage on the corner of Pagnell Street and New Cross Road, the building comprises two work studios on the ground floor and two apartments above. A lofty winter garden connects the spaces and floods the spaces with light. A soft, neutral colour palette is seamlessly brought together with lime-washed oak floors, walls painted in Rolling Fog by Little Greene and exposed …

Cosy autumn bedroom with Addition

Cosy autumn bedroom with Addition

It’s definitely that time of the year to snuggle down and prepare the home for winter – I’ve even been lighting candles during the day recently. The Danish call it Hygge, which roughly translates as cosiness but encompasses so much more – basically, creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. Not much to complain about that. So, as the temperatures drop, I’ve taken the opportunity to add a couple of cosy additions to my bedroom to make it look and feel warmer. I’ve recently discovered beautiful new online shop Addition, which provided the perfect excuse to have a little re-style with some of their products (psst… scroll down for a little giveaway too!). London-based Riti Kallas and her business partner Sri launched Addition in August. Riti, originally from Estonia, and Sri, from Singapore, have combined their two heritages from different sides of the world to curate a lovely collection of mainly Asian and Scandinavian brands. They sell everything from mid-century style patterned mugs and bowls, to Scandi-style candle holders, monochrome throws and utilitarian trays. ‘While …

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Introducing… A Splash of Colour

When it comes to interiors, I’m an absolute colour-phobe. The boldest I’ve been in my own home is with a light grey, which to be honest is practically white in some lights. I just love the clean lines and Scandinavian vibe of pure, fresh, white walls. A Splash of Colour might well be the perfect website for people like me then, who have a fear of injecting colour into their homes. Set up by Natasha Broady, A Splash of Colour is a new online store that filters a carefully curated edit of products by colour. From graphic prints and funky cushions to neon chairs and eye-catching lamps, Natasha has designed the site to give colour confidence and make us all a little bit braver. The key to brightening up a room, she suggests, is not being overwhelmed with the idea of painting a whole room one colour, but using unique, unusual pieces to add focus points of colour. The shop, only just launched, is beautifully designed and very cleverly organised, allowing you to pick and filter by colour – it’s …