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MÛR lifestyle lookbook

MÛR lifestyle lookbook

MÛR lifestyle is a Winnipeg-based lifestyle brand founded by husband and wife Danielle and Joël Cyr. I’ve been following them for a while on Instagram now, liking pretty much every photo they post, so I was delighted when they released their first-ever lookbook full of the most beautifully styled images you can imagine. Styled and shot in their own home, Danielle and Joël have a lovely, relaxed style – think clean white walls, nature textures, soft, muted tones and simple, functional objects. Their philosophy is something that I strive for in my own home; as they say: ‘Our philosophy is quite simple. We love beautiful and functional pieces that carry a timeless aesthetic. But more importantly we want to encourage people to move away from the “disposable culture” that is so prevalent and adopt a more mindful approach to buying.’ MÛR is French for ripe, it means ‘something that is developed to the point of readiness, fully matured like a pear that is ready to be picked and savoured.’ Their beautifully curated shop features carefully chosen pieces from small-scale manufacturers, artisans and designers who also subscribe …

Easy stylish Spring entertaining

Easy spring entertaining

Hurrah, the clocks have gone forward and we have an extra hour of sunlight! As soon as the sun comes out and the light evenings last a little longer, I always feel like it’s time to crack out a cold drink and gather some friends and loved-ones together. So, today I’m showing you how to style a lovely relaxed table for some Spring entertaining, using some smart Scandi accessories from Danish brand Lene Bjerre, available at Houseology. With an other half who is French, I’ve well and truly adopted the tradition of apéro, that time around 7pm when you can sit back, forget about work, open a bottle and enjoy some great food with great company. Taking inspiration then from the French, mixed in with some tapas-style dining from the Spanish, this look is really informal and laid-back. It’s more about bringing items to the table spontaneously in the moment, rather than neat, straight place settings that have a formal atmosphere. It’s about gathering over a platter of yumminess, everyone digging in and helping themselves, drinks in hand …

Paris Je t'aime

Paris Je t’aime

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been to Paris, the city of Love – with a French other half, it feels like a home away from home. I always love coming back and there’s always new places to discover. Wandering along the Seine, sipping coffee outside a quaint cafe, gazing up at the shuttered windows and coming across pretty quiet corners – Paris is just perfect for a weekend, whether you’re exploring it by yourself or have someone’s hand to hold along the way. Last weekend we hopped on the Eurostar (literally hopped, we live in King’s Cross…) and explored the city like locals. Avoiding the tourist trail and bustling museums, we instead wandered from coffee shop to coffee shop, meeting friends and family en route. The whole weekend revolved around food and drink, from hot chocolate and crepes to a glass of vin (or several…) and oysters – we returned full to the brim and with huge smiles on our faces. Here are some picture postcards from the weekend, along with a couple …

healthy eating: overnight oats and chia seeds recipe

At the start of the New Year, after feeling a bit sluggish over Christmas with all those mince pies and roast dinners, I decided to have a bit of a health-kick and go dairy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free. I was inspired by some of my favourite food bloggers, Deliciously Ella, Madeleine Shaw and Tess Ward, who all advocate clean eating and cooking simple, wholesome meals with fresh ingredients from scratch. Their way of eating isn’t about counting calories or being overly restrictive, but eating well to energise and restore the mind and body. I was already dairy-free and had already been advised a low GI diet due to insulin resistance, so it was a no-brainer, I just needed a New Year push to get going… Now, I’ve swapped chocolate bars for raw cacao, starchy white rice and pasta for whole grains, crisps for nuts, and have even invested in NutriBullet for a daily smoothie. This January, Robert Welch is launching its #eatwell campaign, encouraging us all to make a few small positive changes: to enjoy eating well, preparing fresh food and taking …

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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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The 200 Club with Bespoke Offers x Bompas and Parr

I haven’t written about things to do in London for what seems like ages, I used to create ‘Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week’ posts each Friday, but as with many of these things, it seemed to fall by the wayside. But… stop, look and listen to this for the moment, because it is one not to be missed… Are you a foodie, who like me, likes nothing more than good food and good company? A little bit adventurous and willing to try something new? Then forget your boring Saturday night takeaway, cosy dinners for two and the ordinary restaurants in London that everyone has been to (and that everyone has instagrammed). If you’re looking for something a little bit different, then you might be interested in The 200 Club – an experiential, one-off event dreamt up by gastronomic geniuses Bompas & Parr and Barclays Bespoke Offers, a website that curates hundreds of money-saving offers. Bompas & Parr, set up by Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, are known for their fantastical architectural …

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Two iced tea recipes to cool down with this summer + GIVEAWAY

Thankyou for all your entries, this giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Sophie Ford! With this warmer weather (ok, a little hit and miss here in the UK…) I’ve been looking for ways to cool down without eating a tub of ice cream or gallons of iced coffee… I normally love a good ol’ cuppa, but come 4 o’clock I’m craving something ice cold, my solution? Beautiful, sweet iced tea that’s refreshing and healthy for you – win, win! I’ve teamed up with JING tea, a London-based company that imports the finest and rarest teas from Asia, and sells simple but elegant, hand-blown glass tea ware. Launched in 2004, JING sources leaves from China, Taiwan, Japan, India and Sri Lanka, and is now enjoyed in over 50 Michelin-starred restaurants (if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me!). They invited me to try two of their teas – Jasmine Silver Needle and Jade Sword Green Tea – to concoct two cold infusions. I had been looking for iced tea recipes for ages, but as with most of …

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Styling a relaxed summer dining table

Summer has finally descended on London and back from a weekend in Brittany, I’m feeling refreshed and relaxed. Now that the sun has finally reared its head, long balmy evenings and (almost) cloudless weekends call for gathering friends and family for al fresco picnics, relaxed dinners and outdoor barbecues. Around this time of year, I like to forgo formal dining settings and complicated meals involving hours slaving over a hot stove – I’d rather be outside or at the table. In the summer, I take my cue from our neighbours across the channel, France, Italy and Spain, and prefer a tapas-style form of summer entertaining – it’s quick to prepare, easy to eat and best of all, delicious. So when Laura Ashley suggested styling a summer dining table, it was perfect timing (plus, with posts like these you get to eat the props, win, win!). I wanted to create a relaxed, French vibe so chose this coastal-inspired, blue and white checked tablecloth – it has a lovely Gallic charm, with it I picture little French brasseries in Provence or Italian trattorias on the …

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Urban Jungle Bloggers: Easter

The theme this month for Urban Jungle Bloggers – the monthly series hosted by two bloggers, Igor Happy Interior Blog and Judith JOELIX.com, that aims to bring some greenery into our homes  – is Easter. As Spring is definitely in the air, I wanted to style an Easter table dotted with some of the lovely, scented blooms that have been blossoming on my small urban balcony. I’m not very religious but Easter for me is a time for new life and fresh beginnings. It’s been so satisfying to see hyacinth, crocus and daffodil bulbs transform from tiny green peaks to beautiful flowers; it also seemed a shame to keep them on the balcony, where their scent can’t be appreciated and where I hardly get to enjoy them after long work days. As they’ve been slowly springing up, I’ve been snipping stems or taking whole bulbs out of their tubs to scatter around the house in glass jars or bottles (although keeping them attached to their bulb does make them last longer) – it’s lovely having a hint of Spring in the house, even when the skies …

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How to make your home festive and cosy this Christmas

I was a bit early on the gift guides, but now it’s the beginning of December, it’s well and truly time for some Christmas inspiration! Now, some of your may be thinking ‘no, not yet, I’m not ready!’… but I’ve teamed up with British homeware brand Loaf to create a Pinterest board packed with cosy and festive ideas for the home. There are easy peasy DIY’s, from gold leaf encrusted pine cone garlands to fresh green wreaths, ideas for the table-top come Christmas day, as well as ways to make the house look and smell great for guests, and of course, yourselves. So put the kettle on, munch on a mince pie if you have one to hand, and get in the mood for Christmas… See our Christmas at Home Pinterest board here. Wreath above by Amy Merrick Loaf Bagsie love seat, with room enough for two, or one, if you’re feeling selfish. Loaf’s cosy suede slippers Photo by Dennis Brandsma | Styling Fietje Bruijn, Christmas wall inspiration. Go the alternative route and hang decorations on the wall instead of …