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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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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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Styled: COS x HAY’s curated collection

Beautifully simple and modern clothing brand COS has been subtly working with contemporary Danish design firm HAY for years, you might have seen their minimal HAY rails used in stores to display clothing for example. But in an exciting move, the two Scandi-style brands are teaming up to present a carefully curated collection of objects, available online and spread out in all their neat and organised glory in the COS Kensington High Street store. COS heads of design Karin Gustaffson and Martin Andersson have handpicked items from the HAY range, from their distinctive, colourful trays to unusual glassware, porcelain cups and cotton quilts – ‘We made sure we selected items from across the HAY range so that there’s something for every room, occasion and price point, we like to describe it as HAY seen through the eyes of COS,’ says Andersson. Mette + Rolf Hay, the co-founders of HAY add: ‘At HAY we see ourselves in between fashion and architecture and in working with COS we feel like we have found a perfect home.’ I think this really …

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My styling for Frost + Dutch / GIVEAWAY

Thankyou, this giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Ronda who has won a Frost + Dutch print! I’m so excited to show you some styling I did for my very good friend Saskia Frost of Frost + Dutch. Saskia is one of my oldest and dearest friends, I’ve known her since I was about 7 or 8 years old. At school she was always the most creative out of all of us, doodling and coming up with beautiful sketches and charcoal drawings (which she still does). While we were all struggling with form and shadows, it just seemed to come naturally to her. We always knew she would go on to do something uber creative and share these talents with the world! After studying Fine Art at university, Saskia set up Frost + Dutch with her mother Marianne a couple of years ago – the name comes from both their surname and their nationality (Marianne is Dutch, Saskia is half Dutch). Based in my hometown of Guildford, Frost + Dutch are already quickly building up their portfolio, …

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Styling the Seasons: August

Hello and happy Friday! Welcome to my Styling the Seasons for August, once again, just in time! August for me has been busy, busy, busy, both creatively and professionally. It’s been all about work this month, but in a good way – in an exciting, buzzing, can’t-wait-to-get-going kinda feeling. Everything’s been going full speed ahead, with multiple projects piling up one on top of the other, new collaborations and long to-do lists. That’s partly why my Styling the Seasons this month shows quite a calm, quiet moment – a wish to sit down for just a moment, take stock and gather all the inspiration around me. Here’s what’s been going on: this August, I finished a long project to transform my guest room and home office, so I now have a lovely space to work, which I feel always makes a difference to productivity if you have a nice, clean desk. It somehow clears your thoughts as well. There’s also been a nomination for a blog award, a styling challenge and the making of a …

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My guest room / home office makeover BEFORE + AFTER

Finally, the results of my guest room/home office makeover are here! The project, as with many of these things, has taken a lot longer than expected – what with various coats of paint, one failed attempt at putting up a blind, summer holidays and airbnb guests, etc, etc… But that’s all part of the fun and I’m so excited to now reveal to you the before and after. So, just a bit of background on the room itself: this is the spare room in my two-bedroomed 1930s London flat, in between Bloomsbury and Kings Cross, that I share with my boyfriend. It’s south-facing, light and airy, with a large sash window. On paper and in the flesh, it really is a lovely room, well proportioned with a generous ceiling height – essentially a blank box on which you could do absolutely anything. But, when we first moved in, due to lack of inspiration for anything else, we painted the entire room white and filled it with a mix-match of Ikea furniture and inherited old items. …

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Ikea’s SINNERLIG collection by Ilse Crawford

Have you seen Ilse Crawford’s new SINNERLIG collection for Ikea? I popped over to the Tottenham store last week and boy is the collection a beauty – you’re in for a treat! Comprised of more than 30 pieces for the home, the collection includes tactile cork dining tables and stools, hand-blown glass bottles, woven baskets and stoneware vases. The pieces, in typical Ilse Crawford fashion, aim to engage with the senses and connect us to our homes. As such, all the objects are designed to have more than one function; the furniture is flexible and can easily swap and change, for example from desk or work bench by day to dining table by night. And they don’t just look good, the collection feels good too. Says Crawford: ‘They are helpful, background pieces, not showstoppers. We worked with cork, ceramic, glass, seagrass and bamboo; tactile materials that appeal to use because they feel as good as they look.’ On a Friday afternoon trip to IKEA, I couldn’t resist this bulbous, dark grey stoneware jug and a dark cork placemat/plant pot stand, which I’ve styled here with some new …

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Styling the Seasons: July

I’m just getting this Styling the Seasons in on time, right on the last day of the month… but better late than never as they say. It’s also meant, though, that it has given me time to reflect on the month and what it has meant to me. July has had its hectic moments and its calm interludes – a month of ups and downs, with sunny spells and absolute downpours. But what’s really made it different to other months is the amount of time we’ve spent outdoors – sharing al fresco picnics with friends, dining out on barbecues and escaping to the countryside, both here and in my second home, France. There’s been dog walks by the river, sunbathing in the park (and beach in Brittany), day trips to Brighton and much Pimm’s making. I’ve tried to bring little bit of that fresh country air and nature into the home for this Styling the Seasons, with some beautiful, delicate purple scabiosa (which I’ll just pretend I nonchalantly snipped from my balcony, but that was …

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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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Q&A with… Laura Thomas Linens

Scotland-based Laura Thomas is an interiors blogger and designer who runs her own bedding and homeware brand Laura Thomas Linens. The brand started in 2012 when Laura, as an expat Scot living in New Zealand, couldn’t find any good quality egyptian cotton bedding or duvet sets. Now she sells stylish bedding (including beautiful embroidered cotton) at affordable prices as well as blogging about DIY projects, decorating tips and clean, white interiors. She’s certainly a girl after my own heart – ‘Laura Thomas Linens has evolved from my love of white bed linen and going to sleep wrapped around crisp, white bed sheets,’ she says. Second to lovely white sheets, in my opinion, is a softly scented candle to light just before bedtime (it was one of my Five Steps to a Better Night’s Sleep on the blog the other week, see the post here). Laura hand makes and hand pours her own collection of scented candles, using 100% soy wax, essential and fragrance oils, and they smell divine. Inspired by her time in New Zealand and her old garden in the …