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New Sabi Leaves print series by Norm Architects

For a while now I’ve been looking for beautiful, minimal art prints to fill my bare walls and I think I might have found just the right thing. This new ‘Sabi Leaves’ series by Copenhagen-based practice Norm Architects for Paper Collective focuses in on the delicate detail of gently decaying leaves. Inspired by the beauty that can be found in nature’s little imperfections, the four prints highlight the leaf’s complex structure and it’s network of veined lines in minute detail. Rendered in a soft grey colour, the fragile leaves give the prints a sense of calm and tranquility. If it looks a little like zooming down a microscope, that’s because they were shot with the impressive, new XF 100 Phase One Camera, using a glass sheets to highlight the incredible amount of detail. Although they were captured on a solid surface, they suggest movement and grace, a moment captured in time before the leaf crumples and disintegrates. Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, partner at Norm Architects, explains the thoughts behind the prints series by rewording a paragraph from the book Wabi Sabi for …

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#thesimpleeveryday round-up – October 2016

I’m very excited to say that I’m off to Australia for three weeks for a much-needed holiday and dose of vitamin D! There’ll still be a few posts going live on here while I’m away, but I thought I’d leave you with some of my favourite picks from #thesimpleeveryday hashtag on Instagram. The hashtag has now been going for two months (you can see my favourites from September here) and we’re nearly up to 500 images! I love checking the feed each day, being surprised and inspired by the delights it holds. I’ve discovered new accounts I didn’t follow before, gained new perspectives of everyday moments and got to see a little of the world through other people’s very imaginative eyes. This month, as the days have been getting colder and the evenings darker, there’s definitely been an autumnal feed to the images. Just looking at them makes me want to curl up on a cosy sheepskin rug, put the candles on and sip a steaming mug of hot coffee, gazing out at the wind …

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#thesimpleeveryday a round-up – September 2016

It’s been a month now since I started #thesimpleeveryday hashtag on Instagram, I’ve loved seeing you share your everyday calm, minimal moments, so I thought I’d do a little round-up of my favourite images that have been shared so far. As a reminder, #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. It’s finding a way to uplift our daily lives, whether it’s focusing more intently on everyday rituals, savouring a little quiet time to ourselves in a busy day, or simply being more aware of the spaces we’re inhabiting. Really, it’s about simply celebrating the everyday but also to trying to find simplicity every day. I’ve certainly found it’s helped me focus everyday, to clear some of the clutter in my brain and be more conscious of what I buy, where I go and what I do. For example, it’s trying not to flick through my phone when I’m having a cup of coffee but actually …

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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 …

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My top 9 favourite Instagrammers to follow

In need of some inspiration at the start of the new year? I’ve gathered together nine of my favourite Instagrammers whose beautiful composed and styled images I’ve been lusting over for some time. From mouthwatering bakes and recipes, through pretty street corners, to bunches of bright blooms, this lot have creativity and style in abundance. Simply click on each image to be lead to their profile! @littlelottieloves Why: her super-cute captions and lovely British style What: yummy cakes, Swedish fika, the best coffee shops in London, and pretty streets @maevdkrogt Why: for the charm of Amsterdam What: charmingly crooked Amsterdam doorways, coffee haunts, brunch spots and perfectly propped up bicycles @jasminetartine Why: for that little Parisian je ne sais quoi and her inspiring quotes What: croissants, bustling Parisian cafes, views over the Seine, and windowsills of flowers @stylonylon Why: her laid-back but super-cool style and top Olympus Pen tips What: outfit posts, covetable wears, chunky knits, coffee and east London haunts @abbie_melle Why: her beautiful compositions and lightness of touch What: wild, foraged blooms, the pinkest roses, sweet delights and homely table …

Five tips for taking better iPhone photos

Five tips for taking better iPhone photos

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and lately I’ve found myself sharing more and more on Instagram than any other social media network (find me @catesthill…) – sometimes an image just seems to say enough. It can portray emotion and feeling, it can capture a moment in time and can really inspire your creativity. I certainly don’t know what I did before mobile phones had cameras, how would I have snapped that pretty flower, that shadow falling nicely on that building or a coffee that I’m sure the whole world wants to see?! And although a lot of the photos on my blog are taken with a digital SLR (Nikon D40X), mobile phone cameras are so good nowadays that you can create lovely, clear images on-the-go. The other week mobile network Three kindly invited me on a #PicPerfectWithThree mobile photography masterclass to learn how to make the most of my smartphone camera. On the day we were lent an iPhone 6 to try out and received some top tips for taking better photos from the lovely photographer …

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Snapshots of Paris

This week, as many of you will know if you follow me on Instagram, I hopped over the channel to Paris for the quickest of stopovers. I was there for work to see the new Le Corbusier exhibition, Measures of a Man, at the Pompidou, that celebrates the 50th anniversary since the great architects death. Between that and dashing to two other smaller exhibitions, also on Corbusier (well worth seeing), I managed to weave my way around the city, stopping every now and then to take a snap or two. Starting from the top floors of the Pompidou, with their views over the jagged rooftops, I made my way down to Saint Germain des Pres before heading back to the Marais later to have a well-earned tea and slice of cake at my favourite concept shop and cafe, Merci. It was strange being in the city without my Parisian boy, who usually leads me around and feeds me metro tickets – every now and then I’d stop at a corner and say ‘oh I’ve been here …

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New reads: Openhouse magazine

I recently discovered the magazine Openhouse and I have to tell you all about it. Set up by Barcelona-based Andrew Trotter and Mari Luz Vidal, Openhouse is a twice-yearly publication that features bright, creative people from all around the world who have decided to open their homes or their private spaces to the public for all kinds of different activities, from gastronomy to art and design. I always like peering into people’s homes, whether on Pinterest or in my ‘I wish I lived here’ posts, but these are not just nicely designed houses, these are real, intimate homes or spaces, brimming with creativity, generosity and a cheery communal spirit. People taking part also share their secret loved places in their towns or some of their favourite recipes. In the first issue, for example, they visited GnamBox in Milan, who invite people into their home to cook their favourite dishes, and met fashion brand Bless, who have their Berlin shop in a home where Mira Schroder welcomes in customers once a week. Or there was Tony Hornecker, who opens …

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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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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this Easter weekend

Here’s my pick of three things to do this Easter weekend, from the fab Matisse exhibition at the Tate Modern to Richard Mosse’s amazing photographs, and a helping of food and drink courtesy of Fairground in east London. STOP What: Matisse Cut-Outs Where: Tate Modern, London When: Until September 7 In my opinion, this is THE exhibition of the summer, I haven’t seen it yet, but I can’t wait. This landmark show explores the final chapter of Matisse’s career in which he began ‘carving into colour’ and created his series of spectacular cut-outs, such as The Snail (which is apparently still the most popular piece of art in Tate Modern). The exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of the artist’s works in one place and discover Matisse’s final artistic triumph. Image above: Henri Matisse, The Sheaf 1953. Collection University of California, Los Angeles. Hammer Museum © Succession Henri Matisse / DACS 2013 LOOK What: Richard Mosse- The Enclave Where: The Vinyl Factory Space, London When: Until April 26 The Vinyl Factory Space presents …