Month: March 2016

Better Sleep with a Leesa mattress

Better Sleep with a Leesa mattress

I’ve written about my quest for a good night’s sleep before but I’ve always focused on the routine of bedtime – meditation techniques, relaxing scents and calming baths, I’ve tried it all – not the actual apparatus. With deadlines, juggling too many things at once and being constantly switched on, I’ve become used to the occasional, horrible sleepless night with a mind endlessly whirring. So, in search of the perfect night’s sleep, I’m willing to give anything a go, and where better to start than with what you sleep on. If you get the foundations right, the rest will follow right? That’s where Leesa, a US mattress brand recently expanded to the UK, steps in. On a mission to help people sleep better, Leesa creates foam mattresses that can be bought online and delivered straight to your door in one compact box, without you having to move a muscle (except maybe a few clicks of a button). Set up by David Wolfe after years of trouble sleeping and awkward experiences in mattress showrooms, Leesa offers a very different kind of …

Everyday - House Doctor

Everyday – House Doctor 2016

Just a quick one from me before I head off for the Easter weekend. I’m loving the cool, calming tones of this ‘Everyday 2016’ lookbook by Danish brand House Doctor, perfect for the start of Spring. The images capture new beginnings, informal vignettes and simple, everyday moments at home. It’s about bringing the outside in and taking inspiration from natural elements, light and airy materials and unpolished textures. They say: ‘This season is about surrounding yourself with what you love. Grouping together your favourite items, old and new – to create a space that makes you feel at home. And at ease. Indoors or outdoors.’ And I couldn’t agree more. I’ll say no more and leave you to enjoy the beautiful images… Hope you all have a wonderful looong weekend, and see you back here next Tuesday!

Kettler outdoor furniture - LaMode 2 seater lounge

Update your outside space for Spring + giveaway

Thank you, this competition is now closed. Congratulations Jan! It’s officially Spring and now that we have lighter evenings, I’m yearning for warmer weather and long, lazy days spent outside in the sunshine. Everyone’s outside spaces take a bit of a battering over the cold, winter months, but just because they’re outdoors, exposed to the elements, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve the same stylish treatment as indoors. I’ve teamed up with German brand Kettler to show you how to make the most of your outdoor space, no matter how big or small, whether you’re in the thick of the country or the tight confines of the city. At the moment we have a little sun trap of a balcony, with just enough room for one person, but soon (fingers crossed) we’ll have a garden when we move house. I am so excited to have a garden after eight years of bbqing and picnicing in packed London parks. It will be a space to relax after a long day, gather friends and loved ones, and exercise my green fingers …

Home is better with U, making a house a home with Urbanara

Home is better with U, with Urbanara

What makes a house a home? I’ve often found myself wondering over this question during the course of writing my blog. For me, an interior is more than just a statement or pretty display frozen in time, they’re places that should be designed around how we live not just how we want it to look. In my mind, to make a house a home you need to concentrate on how a space feels to be in. A home is a space full of life in all its mess, full of things that tell your story and people to share it with. I recently saw an exhibition on the American designer Alexander Girard at the Vitra Design Museum in Basel, he designed interiors as stage sets for everyday living; he saw them as constantly changing works in progress that could adapt and grow over time. Unusually for a designer, he would keep in touch with clients for 10, 20, 30 years after a project, advising them on small changes and even helping to swap round the colour of the cushions every season. …

white bathroom

I’m dreaming of… a new bathroom

I often think that the bathroom can be one of the most neglected spaces in a home. Left to one side, it can be a place to whirl through in the morning routine or shut the door on at night; a space often with the least natural light, at the back of a house or squeezed into the smallest corner, which gets damp and stuffy without the love and care taken for its more glamorous neighbours next door, the living room or bedroom. We’ve just put our humble abode on the market (you can see it here) and I must say I’m a bit embarrassed about the bathroom. It’s boring and ugly, certainly not a space you would want to linger in and have a long bath. We decorated on the cheap; it’s functional but you only spend as much time as you need to there. But, how I’d love to have a lovely bathroom where I could pamper and relax in. So, as we look for a new home, I’ve been day-dreaming about my perfect bathroom, …

I wish I lived here

I wish I lived here: playing with neutrals in a small space

Oh my I am just drinking in all the details of this little home, I am so in love with it’s soft, calming palette of neutral colours. Two words – yes please! It’s the home of Stockholm-based stylist Josefin Håågs, who blogs at the brilliant and inspiring 20 kvadrat (do check it out). Here, what the space lacks in size, it makes up for in quiet, unassuming style, monochrome colour blocking and cosy, soft textures. From the gallery wall of black and white photographs to the dark greys of the linen bedding and the vintage wooden accents, it’s a calm, cohesive space with perfectly styled surfaces that never feels cluttered. The white walls make it look light and spacious, while the framed prints unite the different functions of the space. Have a look and I’ll tell you some clever tips and tricks you can nick from this space-saving home…   I think it really shows just what you can do with a small space; after all this is essentially one 20 sq m room with a hallway and bathroom. So here’s what you …

Finding the perfect rug

Finding the perfect rug

I’ve talked about my new found love of dark colours and moving away from my safe space of white walls (here and here) but we’re moving house soon, so as much as I’d like to get my hands on a new decorating project, I’ll just have to wait. That hasn’t stopped me putting a little TLC into our home and ‘nesting’ as I like to call it; creating a warm, cosy space until we find a new place to live and I can get out the paint brushes. I’m also making small, little changes to tidy up our home and make it more inviting to potential buyers. So welcome to my new addition, this dreamy, deep, dark grey and navy blue rug by Esprit from Modern Rugs. It’s my nod to the trend at the moment for dark walls and moody colours. It somehow grounds the sofa area, picking up on the dark shades of the cushions and the dusky blue of the art print, to create a cosy nook of thick textures. From the soft linen of the …

The Sample Sale London

An interiors sample sale in London

Sometimes you might have a vision for a room, of lovely designer furniture and sleek lighting, but your budget might not quite have the same idea in mind. I have always believed that budget shouldn’t be a boundary to a beautiful home and that with a bit of savvy shopping and ingenuity you can create a lovely home worthy of some of the best interior design mags. This is where the sample sale steps in, and not just any sample sale, but a multi-brand sample sale with a selection of contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories, many as much as 70% off. Curated by the team behind interior design exhibition designjunction, it’s happening this weekend at Victoria House in central London. Across the three days there will be a range of products at discounted prices with selected daily Star Buys from each brand on a first-come first-served basis. As well as brands such as Tom Dixon, Moroso and Ligne Roset, here are some pieces to look out for: What: The Sample Sale Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1 When: …

I wish I lived here

I wish I lived here: a cosy, moody home in Gothenburg

Today’s ‘I wish I lived here’ is a dreamy monochrome home with dark wooden accents, soft grey touches and greenery galore. It’s cosy and moody, perfect for snuggling under a warm blanket with a cup of coffee. So let me tell you why I would like to live here. First of all, that kitchen, with its smooth marble top and sleek black shelf, isn’t it a beauty? I love it’s minimal look and am totally digging open shelving in kitchens at the moment (see my kitchen board on Pinterest). I think it looks so much smarter, opens a space up, plus you can display all your favourite possessions, pretty tea caddies and pots of herbs, freeing up the worktop for a clean, clutter-free space. I was talking about bar carts earlier in the week (see the post here), and here’s a perfect example of a metallic version used for open kitchen storage and coffee making. It also has hooks on the side for hanging tea towels and pots and pans.    Who’d have thought of putting …