A Visit to London’s Spirit of Christmas Fair 2016

Did you have a chance to visit the Spirit of Christmas Fair for 2016? It always sets me up for the Christmas season.  Even if it is always in early November which is technically before Thanksgiving, I’ve been living in London long enough to let this timing slide.  On the plus side, you do get Read Post

Mobile Coverage with EE and T-Mobile at Home and Away

using a mobile phone at night

Don’t you hate it when you hit a mobile phone blackspot?  I’ve been with this one carrier for about 10 years and they are notorious for their spotty coverage.  Similar to the girl with the curl in her hair, when it is good it’s very good and when it’s bad, it’s very bad.  I’ve been Read Post

Exploring Creativity with Hema, the Dutch Discount Design Store

Hema Dutch design store

Love Scandi design?  I’ve got a perfect find for you. Hema is a Dutch discount design store along the lines of Danish discount design store, Tiger and beloved Swedish giant’s Ikea Marketplace.  Hema has got a wide range of items from cooking utensils to arts and crafts materials.  They have a six shops in the Read Post

I HEART the Stingray Rocking Chair

The Stingray Chair by Danish designer Thomas Pedersen

I saw this chair at the Schwoerer Haus showroom and fell in love.  Having spent a full 6 days of my life at this showroom, this chair was my go-to comfort seat when picking tiles (for 5 different bathrooms no less). The Stingray Rocking Chair by designer Thomas Pederson for Fredericia is an update on Read Post

Sculptural Sterling Silver Bowls

Karina Gill Bowl

Karina Gill styles herself as a contemporary silversmith.  I met her at the Sevenoaks Craft & Design show last month and was blown away by the beauty of her silver bowls. Karina emphasises the fluidity and the geometry of the bowls.  Clearly created as pieces of art, functionality takes a back seat to the sculptural Read Post

Favourite Finds from Decorex 2014

Decorex 2014 showcased luxury interiors and design as part of the London Design Festival in September. As one would expect, the glam and glitz was on full throttle with some fabulous stands and products on display. In honour of the 300th year anniversary of the Georgians ascending the throne of Britain, the entrance to the Read Post

Five Favourite Finds at Grand Designs Live

john lewis green

Did you have a chance to visit Grand Designs Live in London last week?  I’d be curious to know what you thought of it.  I was a little underwhelmed – there was a lot of repetition of the same types of stuff and the same stalls from last year.  For example, there were at least Read Post

Behind the Scenes at Chelsea Harbour

Have you ever wondered how product designers come up with their inspiration?  At the Focus /13 show at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre I was lucky enough to get a behind the scenes tour with industry insider and stylist, Emilio Pimentel Reid. Emilio took a group of us through 8 of the showrooms at Chelsea Harbour Read Post

So Faux, So Good

I’m starting a love affair with faux flowers.  I can not believe it myself.  But, we’re not talking the plasticky, old-school artificial flowers.  The new variety faux flowers, made of silk and cotton, are as beautiful to touch as to admire. Here are some of my favourite faux flower specialists: Abigail Ahern in Islington has Read Post