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Smart home technology: GROHE Sense protects against water damage - smart leak detector

Smart home technology: GROHE Sense protects against water damage

As a homeowner for the past ten years, the amount of water leaks I’ve encountered has almost become a regular occurrence. When I lived in a block of flats in King’s Cross we had so many problems – leaks from the shower to the flat below, leaks into our flat from upstairs’ washing machine. We even had to have all the wood flooring replaced once – we only noticed the shower was leaking underneath the boards when they started to buckle and warp. In our new house recently, I noticed an ominous damp patch forming on the bedroom ceiling – water had been slowly coming in through cracks in the chimney. Often you only notice these things when water is pouring in or the harm has already been done. But what if you could detect water in your home before it caused any long-term damage? Innovative German brand GROHE has just launched GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard, a very clever water security system for the smart home. GROHE Sense is an app-controlled water sensor that monitors humidity and …

Jackson & Levine for Habitat - simple dining - imagery Kristin Perers for www.habitat.co.uk

The new Jackson & Levine collection for Habitat

Stylish supper club duo Jackson & Levine have launched their debut homeware collection for Habitat. Featuring handwoven table linens, easy-to-wear aprons and striped napkins, the pieces are designed for simple, informal dining. Perfect for intimate suppers for two, laid-back Friday nights with friends and thrown-together gatherings in the garden this summer. If you’re not familiar with Jackson & Levine – broadcasters Laura Jackson and Alice Levine – they host a London-based supper club. The girls first met at a jumble sale and bonded over a shared love of food. The supper club started life out in Laura’s warehouse flat in east London in 2012, inviting as many people as they had chairs, and has since grown to become a successful food and lifestyle business, with tickets for intimate dinners selling out in seconds. At these highly sought after events, popping up in places like a canal-side ceramics factory or a hidden art gallery, they serve up simple, seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients. They’re curated to be fairly informal affairs, much like an informal dinner party with …

Pure Linen bedding white, grey, blush

Pure flax bedding by Telu Linen Co.

There is nothing better than a bed freshly made with linen sheets – the soft texture and relaxed, naturally crumpled fabric looking oh so inviting. But where to buy it? Telu Linen Co. is a new luxury textile company selling pure flax bedding and wool throws – without the luxury price tag – that has just launched on Kickstarter. The family business was founded by Cornel and Michelle Driessen, who found inspiration for the name Telu from their children’s names, Tehila and Lukas. Telu Linen Co. shortens the supply train, dealing directly with manufacturers in Free Trade Partners countries and passing savings on to customers. So you get the luxurious experience of linen, without the hefty mark-up. Telu Linen Co.’s products are created from 100% pure linen made from raw flax. It’s a naturally strong fibre that’s breathable and temperature regulating, perfect for the warmer evenings, but equally ideal in winter. The duvets come in a lovely soft blush (is it millennial pink now?!), grey and pure white. Don’t these images make you want to dive right in to their crumpled folds? …

Simple stoneware by Mleko Living

Simple stoneware by Mleko Living

I do love simple, hand-crafted ceramics, and today you’re in for a treat. I want to introduce you to Mleko Living, a Kraków-based design studio with a mission to simplify and improve our everyday lives. The studio was founded in 2017 by Katarzyna Goluszka and Michal Zaluski after they developed a mutual interest in architecture, aesthetics and design while living in different European cities. They have just launched a lovely, new collection of stoneware products for daily use titled Canvas. The lookbook you can see below is beautifully fresh and simple, highlighting the beauty of the material and clean design. Natural and relaxed, the images show the pieces in use, with gently creased linen, ringed coffee stains and delicate greenery. Very spring-like – it really is like a breath of fresh air! They say, ‘The objects act as a plain canvas, which we paint upon. The pieces bring ease and harmony into our everyday life and leave us room for assigning meaning and value.’ The collection is handmade in a family-run ceramic factory in southern Poland and comprises a bowl, flowerpot, vase, carafe and mug. …

John Pawson's Life House for Living Architecture - a holiday home designed for moments of calm and reflection

Travel: John Pawson’s Life House for Living Architecture

Back at the beginning of August, we escaped for three nights of peace and relaxation to the Life House – a simple, contemporary holiday home designed by the architect John Pawson for Living Architecture. It was unlike anywhere I had stayed before, a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, from which to rest, reinvigorate and restore, all in the stunning, picturesque setting of the Welsh countryside. Set up to promote modern architecture, Living Architecture commissions some of the best architects to design houses in some of the most beautiful locations in Britain, a winning formula right? You might have seen Grayson Perry and FAT’s jolly A House for Essex, or the precariously cantilevered Balancing Barn in Suffolk by MVRDV, or wondered what that peculiar looking boat is doing perched on top of the Southbank Centre. They’re all available to rent, making the perfect getaway whether you have an interest in architecture and an appreciation for meticulous design, would like to experience what it’s like to live, eat and sleep in a space designed by a top architectural practice …

Travel Guide: A design-packed weekend in Copenhagen

Travel Guide: A design-packed weekend in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is certainly one of the most stylish of the Scandinavian cities but it’s not bragging about it or singing it’s own praises. It’s a relaxed, down-to-earth place, with effortlessly well-dressed Danes casually cycling past, bustling cafes spilling out onto the tranquil waterfronts and smart design shops waiting to be explored. Copenhagen ranks high in surveys of quality of life, and it’s not hard to see why the Danes have it so good – that magic formula of good city planning, lively culture, tasty cuisine and a strong emphasis on community. It may have been because it was the summer when I visited in August, but people weren’t rushing about like in London; everyone seemed to be in a calm, quietly content mood, slowly going about their business. The sun was shining and Copenhagen was soaking it up. Copenhagen is a city built on decades of design heritage and culture – from mid-century icons such as Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen paving the way, to young contemporary designers like Muuto and Ferm Living making their mark on the city, and indeed the design world, today. …

#thesimpleeveryday

New Instagram hashtag – #thesimpleeveryday

I’ve been wanting to start a new hashtag on Instagram for ages, but could never think of the right one. But, then you know when you have those brilliant ideas in the shower? Well, I’ve come up with one which I think everyone can relate to. Let me introduce you to #thesimpleeveryday. It’s what I’ve been striving for and moving further towards both on my blog and on Instagram (find me here) – finding a way to uplift and celebrate the everyday. #thesimpleeveryday is all about seeking a moment of calm in the mundane of the everyday – to take a moment out of our busy schedules to simply slow down and appreciate the little things, whether it’s a quiet coffee in the morning (one of my favourite times of the day), or the light streaming through the window in the evening, reading the papers on a Sunday morning or appreciating a fresh vase of blooms that make you smile. It might be a beautiful, minimal design object sitting on a nice clean shelf, fresh crisp …

Soak&Sleep - Cranbrook plain wood bed from £525, 600TC Egyptian Cotton bed linen from £20.90

Soak&Sleep A/W 2016 collection

Last week I got a sneak peek of Soak&Sleep’s new Autumn/Winter 2016 collection. With the slogan ‘Rediscover Every Night’, their aim is to provide all the ingredients for the ultimate good night’s sleep, each night, every night. From the softest French linen and the most luxurious Egyptian cotton to the fluffiest towels and the sweetest smelling candles to drift you off into relaxation, Soak&Sleep believe that going to bed shouldn’t just be a habit or a necessity at the end of the day, but something to look forward to and be celebrated. I’m all for uplifting those everyday moments, and if it means I can sneak in a little nap in the middle of the day and not feel guilty, I’m in! Soak&Sleep have curated a new collection that aims to suit all manner of tastes and needs, whether you want to bring a touch of hotel elegance at home or simply want to update your bedroom with a new throw or blanket. A good night’s sleep isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula, and nor does everyone …

Nina+Co Breakfast Collection

Q&A with ceramic and interior designer Nina+Co

I’ve been developing quite a thing for ceramics recently. I could now easily serve tea or coffee to near on 40 people with the amount of cups and vessels we have in our kitchen (my boyfriend would call it clutter I’m sure…). But I just added again to the collection, with some beautiful new favourites – a pair of espresso cups by London and Amsterdam-based design studio Nina+Co. With a background in interior design, Nina Woodcroft founded Nina+Co in 2014. Focusing on sustainability and natural materials, Nina+Co believe in the duty of designers to reduce environmental impact and promote the notion of wellbeing. As well as currently designing a cafe for homelessness charity Centrepoint in Soho and a bakery which offers opportunities for vulnerable women in East London, Nina also creates small-scale batch produced ceramics, as seen here. Her debut tableware collection, The Breakfast Collection, made in collaboration with London-based consultancy The Ceramicists, comprises a plate, bowl, mug, butter dish and these little espresso cups that handily double up as egg cups. They’re all made of responsibly sourced materials and batch-produced to …

beating the january blues

home + happiness: 7 tips for beating the January blues

I’ve never been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) but there’s some elements of the disorder, sometimes known as “winter depression”, that clouds my winter months. A slightly low mood, wanting to stay in bed longer, craving stodgy comfort food and longing for the sunnier Spring months – I think it’s something we all suffer from to an extent in cold, dark January. It’s my least favourite month of them all. So I’ve gathered all my tried-and-tested tips and tricks for beating the January blues – to help us all get through the grey days and dark evenings. 1. Mind over matter Mindfulness is all about slowing down, re-focusing and de-stressing. At first it may seem like a bit of a fad, or some hippy concept, but by simply concentrating on your breathing and being aware of what’s going on around you, you can let go of those little everyday stresses. It might be that you take 10-15 minutes to do some meditation (I love the headspace app, it has different packs focusing on everything from self-esteem to relationships, creativity and generosity) or …