A Glamorous Mud Chandelier

Dassie Mud Chandelier

You wouldn’t think mud could be glamorous would you?  I usually associate mud with muddy boots, facials, wet dogs and Peppa Pig.  Now, though, I am convinced mud could be the coolest thing in interiors. I absolutely fell in love with this natural mud chandelier at the home show, Top Drawer, last month in London. Read Post

Marsala is Not Just for Cooking

marsala moodboard

The Pantone 2015 colour of the year, Marsala, leaves me feeling pretty ‘meh’.  Then again I think it is better than Radiant Orchid, the Pantone colour of the year for 2014, that I hated. According to Pantone, Marsala will be the dominant colour in home and fashion for 2015.  Marsala is a red-brown colour which Read Post

Eco-friendly Wrapping with Re-Wrapped

wrapped gifts

I am very conscious of the amount of wrapping paper we use in our family perhaps because Christmas and the twins’ birthday occur close to each other.  In the usual experience, wrapping paper is enjoyed for a short time and then disposed with quickly. The Scoop on Wrapping Paper According to the Recyclers Handbook, half Read Post

The New Serial Killer in Shoreditch

hot chocolate with lucky charms

I took a walk down memory lane last month with the new Cereal Killer Cafe that opened in trendy Shoreditch.  Although ‘retro cool’ for many of the young 20-somethings who were at the cafe, it took me back to my childhood! When did my childhood become retro?!  Ugh. I didn’t remember many of the cereals Read Post

Home With Suitcase Susie Ceramics

Koru Suitcase Susie Ceramics

I met Suitcase Susie at Home 2015 and immediately fell in love with her homeware designs referencing global cultures.  Her new collection has three different designs which are all very different from each other because they are inspired by different parts of the world. The brave designer of Suitcase Susie, Michelle Kent, actually let customers Read Post

Ikea Emoticons for A Better Family Home

Ikea meatballs emoticon

Anyone who has been to Ikea can understand the surge of emotions that it provokes – the gasp of interest at something cool-looking, the joy that it isn’t too expensive, the frustration of making your way through the crowds to join a very long line at the register and the annoyance and rage associated with Read Post

Spring Ahead With Dar Leone

dar leone fabric

In the dark days of February, spring and summer feel so far away.   Online boutique, Dar Leone, has just the remedy to brighten up your home with these African home decor ideas.  As ever, Dar Leone’s spring/summer collection 2015 pays homage to globally-inspired patterns and crafts without being overtly ethnic. Previously, I had fallen Read Post

Tea for Life

Tea is liquid wisdom

I prefer drinking tea to coffee. Until recently, however, I have never owned a teapot. It was just easier to stick a teabag in a boiling mug of water. Until I met my English husband, I didn’t even own a teakettle. I would just nuke some hot water in the microwave. He was appalled at Read Post

Dreamy White Rooms in Bruges

White Rooms bedside table

We absolutely loved our trip to Bruges a couple of years ago.  I wish White Rooms, two guesthouses in the historic city centre, had been open when we went.  These apartments are just divine! White Rooms is a project of noted Belgian interior designer, Natalie Haegeman and her Antwerp-based company.  She has created a warm Read Post

The Diversity of the Listed Buildings Registry

Royal Pavillion

Having been sent this infographic on listed buildings in the UK, I was struck by the diversity of the architecture from traditional grand mansions to power stations and elegant greenhouses. A listed building in the United Kingdom has been placed on a special registry because they have architectural or historical merit.  Technically, they don’t even Read Post