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The daily ritual of coffee making with Stelton - the Theo range by Stelton

The daily ritual of coffee making with Stelton

I used to hate the taste of coffee, now I can’t get enough of the stuff. My morning coffee is one of my favourite moments of the day and one of the first things I do when I wake up – a few quiet minutes of calm just to myself, to slowly wake up and come to before the day really begins. During the week I’m a get-up-and-go kind of girl, the more time spent in bed the better, so a quick touch of my coffee machine is my saviour. At the weekends, the pace slows down and I can brew a large, steaming pot to treasure over a big pile of books and magazines in bed. As my coffee habits have grown and matured, so has my eye for all the paraphernalia that comes with it – amassing dozens of teacups and mugs in all shapes and sizes, French presses and milk jugs in the process. But I always ended up using the same cup day in day out. Now, instead of leaving all the best …

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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 …

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Travel: A day out in Brighton

At the weekend I escaped the city (along with a lot of other Londoners on the hour-long train it seemed!) and spent a day out in Brighton with a friend. It was a lovely sunny Saturday, the sun was shining and the sky was a brilliant blue – we walked and wandered around, ate and chatted over coffee, and poked about the vintage shops in the Lanes. Once we got off the train, we headed straight to the seafront, taking in the views of candy-striped deckchairs and breathing in the sea air. It was a typically British seaside scene – ’99 cones, the smell of fish and chips, carousels and well, ALOT of seagulls… A trip to Brighton wouldn’t be complete with a stroll along the pier, taking in a game or two, and a few pennies spent in the kitsch vintage arcade underneath the seafront arches. As it was busy and bustling, we escaped the crowds and headed to Kemp Town, a cluster of small antique shops and independent coffee shops to the east of the …

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Urban Jungle Bloggers: Coffee and Plants

This is the first time I’ve joined in with Igor’s (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith’s (JOELIX.com) Urban Jungle Bloggers series. Urban Jungle Bloggers is all about living with plants – in your home, in other interiors and in public spaces. Their aim is to highlight the beauty and benefits of houseplants and other greeneries in urban spaces. It’s also about creating a green community of like-minded individuals and bloggers to share ways of making our lives greener. This month’s theme was coffee and plants: that precious moment of joy and pleasure when you sit down, either mid-morning or at the end of the day, take time to relax and unwind, usually with a warming drink in hand (that ah tetley’s moment!). I’m both a tea and a coffee drinker, I would be lost without my espresso in the morning, but also like a weak, smoky Earl Grey in the afternoon too. At first coffee and plants may sound like an odd coupling, but certainly in my house, where you lay a cup down, there’s sure to be a plant there too. It …

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Travel: 24 hours in Amsterdam

This weekend I went on a whistle-stop trip to Amsterdam, mainly for work reasons to see the new Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum. As many of you may know, I was only in the city a couple of weeks ago for my birthday (for which I wrote a travel guide and included a handy, printable and downloadable map, you can see it here) so it felt a little bit like returning to a home away from home. Once the rain had died away and the sun came out, the city looked beautiful in the changing season, the leaves on the trees tinged with oranges and browns. I had the Saturday completely to myself, so decided to put the map away and spend the day exploring some of the things we missed last time. I went to Rembrandt’s house, Hotel Droog for lunch and a walk around the Jordaan in the afternoon. So here’s another travel guide of sorts, this time with just 24 hours to spare… First up, the new Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum, a mini-version of the main …

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Recent Instagram discoveries

There has been a lot of summer inspiration going around Instagram, from melting ice creams to colourful blooms, so I thought I would share with you a few of my faves that I discovered recently. I previously wrote about my top four favourite instagrammers in March (cannellevanille, Alice Gao, Harlow & Sage, Olivia Rae James), which you can see here. Click on each name to see their Instagram profile and happy weekend! 1. Frederikke Waerens Frederikke lives in Copenhagen and has a fab Tumblr called Avec Moi (that’s her ice cream above!). 2. Coffee With Me April lives in Perth and has a Tumblr called Begin Simply. 3. Line Dahyernst Line lives in Copenhagen, she always posts delicious scenes from meals and simple interiors. 4. Le Weekend Wanderer Sally has a great blog, also called Weekend Wanderer, where she shares tips on ways to shake up the weekend routine and to make sure we’re living Saturdays and Sundays to the fullest. She sounds like my sort of gal! 5. Food Stories Nora and Laura are …

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CRU Kafe for Nespresso coffee machines

While I am addicted to my trusty Nespresso machine, there’s nothing quite like getting a really good cup of coffee in an artisan shop (my favourite being Telescope in Paris and Continental Stores and Allpress in London). Now thanks to new company CRU you can get the same taste and experience conveniently at home, with their new eco-friendly Nespresso-compatible pod, ‘chock full of artisanal, organic and 100% Arabica bean coffee’. CRU was launched by former model Bodil Blain, who came up with the idea when she caught her Portuguese friend stuffing fresh coffee into empty Nespresso™ pods and brought it to life with her entrepreneur friends Matt and Colin and chef John. CRU only uses 100% high altitude Arabica coffee, meaning the beans have complex flavours that result from the extremes of sunny hot days and cool, brisk nights (I’m not quite sure what that exactly means, but it sounds good!). It has also partnered with specialist producers, for example an Ethiopian collective, a Peruvian cooperative and a community estate in India, resulting in natural …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I’m off to Berlin for the weekend, so expect a few posts after my return next week. In the meantime here’s my pick of things to do in London. STOP What: Monocle cafe Where: Chiltern Street, London When: Until May 20 The long-awaited Monocle cafe has finally opened in London, just around the corner from the magazine’s HQ and Monocle shop. Check out the interior, with mugs from Hasami, furniture from Truck of Osaka, lamps from Manufactum, and sample coffee from Allpress on Redchurch St and Japanese pastries by Masayuki Hara of Lanka. LOOK What: Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2013 Where: Somerset House, London When: Until April 28 The UK’s original contemporary graphic arts festival is back for an 11-day celebration of graphic art, design and illustration.  In addition to showcasing and selling original artworks and limited-edition prints from the industry’s elite and emerging talent, each day the festival is running an  eclectic mix of quirky family workshops, lively evening events and creative forums. LISTEN What: Record Store Day Where: Across the UK When: April 20 Record Store …