Weekend DIY Project: Colour Wash Crates Shelves

Spruce up interiors using a new twist on a classic painting technique with Rust-Oleum Colour Wash paint.

This fashionable, pearlescent paint (available in four shades) lightly tints wood, adding bright pops of colour whilst still displaying the woods natural grain. By adding beautiful translucent colour to bare or unpainted wood you can add texture, dimension and natural paint layers to your piece.

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PROJECT

We upcycled wooden wine crates to create inexpensive colour wash bathroom shelves! Fill them with your favourite toiletries and admire your handy work while soaking in the tub.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Rust-Oleum Colour Wash (750ml , £12.99) Wooden crates,
Paint brush, Pliers, Electric screwdriver,  Screws

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DIRECTIONS

1. Ensure the surfaces to be painted are clean, dry and free from grease and contaminants.

2. Using pliers, remove staples from the outer edges of the boxes. Give each wine crate a light coat of Colour Wash (we used Cloud Blue and Mint Sorbet) and leave this to dry. For a more intense colour, add a second coat.

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3. Screw the boxes together, alternating colours . .

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For stockist information and more inspiration please visit www.makeityours.co.uk

Ikea Hack - Colour Wash Chevron Drawers

Now that Spring is right around the corner, we'll bet those decorating plans you have been putting off all winter are starting to rear their beautiful heads. Today we have for you a perfect IKEA hack for the nursery or playroom using IKEA RAST drawers and a new Rust-Oleum Colour Wash paint. This fashionable, pearlescent paint (available in four shades) lightly tints wood, adding bright pops of colour whilst still displaying the natural grain of the wood. By adding beautiful translucent colour to bare or unpainted wood you can add texture and dimension.

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You Will Need:

  • Rust-Oleum Colour Wash, Cloud Blue (750ml, £12.99)
  • Rust-Oleum Colour Wash, Pearly Pink
  • Tape measure
  • Masking tape
  • IKEA RAST drawers or bare wood drawers (£25)

Directions:

1. Remove drawer handles and place to one side.

2. Measure each drawer to find the centre and mark out each chevron design with masking tape, ensuring the drawer edges are covered. Trim any extra tape to give clean edges.

3. Paint the bare wood sections, alternating pink to blue.

4. Remove all masking tape once d r y.

5. Re-mask the chevron design to leave one stripe of bare wood and one stripe of colour in each section.

6. Paint each area again in the same colours, thus giving some sections a second coat. Remove masking tape once dry.

7. Re-attach the handles and admire your brand new, bespoke drawers.

For stockist information and more inspiration please visit www.makeityours.co.uk

Travel: Introducing Alexandra Hotel In Barcelona

With the inclusion of Alexandra Hotel, the Curio Collection by Hilton has 40 hotels. It is a group of carefully selected independent hotels that, due to its distinguishing features and its savoir-faire offers an original local taste and a cosy atmosphere to its guests. 

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Gracing the heart of the city of Barcelona, between Rambla Cataluña and Paseo de Gracia, Alexandra Hotel, with its 30 years of history, knows how to capture in its continuous renovations, the local taste of the city of Barcelona thanks to its meticulous interior design and its different gastronomic proposals. A cosmopolitan hotel committed to transmit the avant-garde spirit and the style of life of the people of the city. In Alexandra Hotel we can breath Barcelona. From the breakfast proposal with local quality products such as cold cuts, and Catalan specialties like pà amb tomàquet and homemade traditional sweets, to the selection of some designer furniture. 

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Tradition and avant-garde live together in harmony in this hotel where you will be exquisitely treated and which makes his guests and visitors feel at home. Its 116 rooms, constantly renovated, show off this original local taste and the perfect symbiosis of tradition and modernity. Many of them with the prized hydraulic floor tile and modernist coffered ceilings, live together with carefully selected auteur design pieces. 

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The gastronomic proposal of Alexandra Hotel is based on the concept of meat by weight from Solomillo Restaurant, specialized in quality meats. A selection of meats sourced from different cattle breeds depending on the season, served to the liking of guests depending on how they like it cooked, served and what garnish they prefer. High quality raw materials in an atmosphere with design furniture and lighting with reeditions of iconic pieces of Spanish design make the cosy staging of Solomillo. 

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La Charcutería, the other gastronomic space of Alexandra Hotel, goes for Iberian and local cold cuts and quality cheeses, with more than 25 references from more renowned cheese makers of our country. 

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The recent incorporation of Patio, the renovated outdoor space of Hotel Alexandra, allows enjoying relaxing moments outdoors in the city centre. A patio garden terrace in the Eixample neighbourhood, adapted to all seasons, where you can taste different gastronomic proposals from Alexandra Hotel. Its impeccable landscaping, with its lush vegetation, by the pool, makes this space a warm and really cosy space in the hustle and bustle of the city. 

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Alexandra Hotel, Calle Mallorca, 251, 08008 Barcelona. T + 34 934 677 166. Prices from €160.

The Sky's the Limit in This Colourful and Practical 7-Storey Townhouse

This 7-storey townhouse in leafy and desirable Highgate has recently undergone an award winning refurbishment by LLI Design. The owners liked the idea of having a contemporary house and agreed that the house lent itself to this, however they were concerned that contemporary design could be cold and impersonal. We think you'll agree this is anything but. We put a few questions to the design team.

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What was the client brief?

The brief was to create a contemporary family home, not in a stark clinical sense, but rather, in a colourful and practical way. The key to the overall success of the design was to re-think the dynamics of all the spaces and change the existing layouts to provide a design and flow that worked. The family also had a large collection of vintage travel posters that they wished to display prominently around the house.

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Which particular problems did you have to overcome?

Although the house was c. 3500 sq ft, with generous room sizes, the house was very vertical comprising of 7 floors, with each room being effectively on a half landing; with a central core staircase connecting them. Overall the rooms seemed disconnected from each other without flow or relationship between them. The staircase and hallways were poorly lit and had a gloomy feel.

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What other major changes did you make to the layout?

We brought light into the staircase, by adding extra skylights on the top floor and also adding a floor-to-ceiling window on the third floor half landing. The existing kitchen was located on the second floor which was impractical as the heart of the home. We relocated it to the first floor at rear of the property which had existing access to the terrace and garden through 2 pairs of french doors.

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Which rooms are you particularly happy with?

We positioned the kitchen island to look out over the garden and created a separate pantry. There was an existing chimney but no fireplace, so we specified a gas fire and added some casual seating in the form of a chaise longue. On the other side of the room we designed a bespoke fitted banquette and specified a contemporary oak dining table to seat 12 comfortably. 

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On the third floor, we wanted to create a welcoming, calming, formal living room. We removed the existing french windows and juliette balcony over the terrace below, and replaced them with floor to ceiling casement windows. We removed the existing fireplace and designed and installed a contemporary bespoke stone fireplace with clean confident lines. Either side of the fireplace we designed bespoke storage and display units along with a decorative log store feature. We also specified a large and very comfortable L shaped sofa and ottoman as well as some comfy armchairs with tables and lamps beside them. 

The project recently won an award in the Interior Design, London category of the United Kingdom Property Awards, in association with Bentley Motors. 

For more projects : llidesign.co.uk

London's Iconic Restaurant Bob Bob Richard Introduces 'Off -Peak' Pricing

Since opening its doors nine years ago, Bob Bob Ricard has been at the forefront of introducing value to special occasion dining, from low margins on fine wine and champagne to keenly priced caviar. Now, eager for even more people to enjoy everything his Soho institution has to offer, owner Leonid Shutov is introducing the concept of ‘off-peak’ pricing. 

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Says Leonid Shutov, “Off peak pricing is standard practice across much of society; we pay less for a luxury resort if we visit off season, we get a better deal on a business class seat if we fly off-peak. Yet restaurants charge the same on a Monday lunch as they do on a Friday dinner. 

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“When restaurants do offer special menus, these are inevitably pared-down, budget versions of their normal fare - not quite the same as having the real deal at a better price. 

“It is time top-end restaurants fully embraced ‘off-peak’ pricing, so from now on Bob Bob Ricard’s entire menu will be noticeably better value at lunch versus dinner, and at dinner on certain nights of the week, with ‘off-peak’ prices as much as 25% below those on the regular menu. 

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“This will be a permanent state of affairs, not a one-off promotion or a limited-time offer. 

“The entire à la carte menu will be offered as ‘off-peak’ (circa 25% off the regular food menu prices) and ‘mid-peak’ (circa 15% off). Diners will simply be handed menus listing applicable prices; they will not need to concern themselves with unseemly calculations. The Bob Bob Ricard website will provide details of menu pricing applicable at any given time.” 

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Bob Bob Ricard’s menu, overseen by the legendary Chef Eric Chavot, will not change, it will simply be priced more affordably at off-peak times and days. So, off-peak diners will be able to indulge in hugely popular signature dishes such as Beef Wellington, Lobster Mac & Cheese or the Strawberries & Cream Soufflé, but what they pay will be more reflective of the time of day or the day of the week. 

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LUNCH/DINNER 

Lunch: Monday Off-Peak,  Tuesday Off-Peak, Wednesday Off-Peak, Thursday Off-Peak, Friday Mid-Peak, Saturday Mid-Peak, Sunday Mid-Peak.

Dinner: Monday Off-Peak, Tuesday Mid-Peak, Wednesday Regular, Thursday Regular, Friday Regular, Saturday Regular, Sunday Mid-Peak.

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For bookings contact  Bob Bob Ricard

The Time is Right for a New Kitchen

Nova White

Nova White

Despite the expenses of Christmas, how many of us can say we don't look forward to the January sales? Especially when we are planning some serious home renovations. Like a new kitchen! 

After all a kitchen isn’t just a place to cook, it's a place where memories are made year after year. Now that open-plan living is a reality for so many families the kitchen is very much the hub of the home where cooking, eating, playing, working and relaxing all take place. And because it's such a hard working room where even guests will mingle, it's also important to make it as stylish as possible.

Luna Matt Grey

Luna Matt Grey

We've been giving the Magnet January sale a good once over and we've chosen a couple of kitchens that we think fit the bill for practicality and good looks. Both are sleek, stylish, and minimal. All the better for adding your own personality with wall colours, flooring, tiles and accessories.

Nova Matt Grey

Nova Matt Grey

The Nova kitchen range boasts simple yet stylish designs that stand out in any space. Available in high gloss Cashmere, White, Cream or Matt Grey, the collection makes it easy to bring a sophisticated kitchen style into your home on a budget.

Or take a look at the Luna kitchen range, a stunning collection with high gloss styles in Cashmere, Cream or White and a Matt Grey. The sleek handle-less cabinets give a streamlined and modern feel. 

Sale ends 20th January.

For prices and terms and conditions of the January sale pop into your nearest showroom or visit the website at www.magnet.co.uk

This post was written in collaboration with Magnet Kitchens but all views are our own.

 

How To Get The Country Look Using Tiles

With rustic looks coming more and more in to fashion, you may be wondering how you too can get this charming country look in your home. Luckily, it’s very easy with the use of tiles. When thinking of getting this look, you’d be mistaken in thinking that the first place you should start is with the accessories. Before you think about these extras, you need to first start with the foundation of the design, which is where tiles come in to play. 

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Wood Effect

There’s no denying that wood is your shortcut to getting a country aesthetic. While wood looks gorgeous, it often requires more maintenance than tiles for example. Tiles are safe for use with underfloor heating, are easy to clean and less easily damaged. This give tiles a distinct advantage over natural wood when it comes to your flooring. Some wood floors aren’t safe for use in rooms with fluctuating temperature, like conservatories. With wood effect tiles however, you won’t experience the troubles of expanding and contracting floors, giving you the chance to roll out that country look across your whole home.

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Slate

You can’t get much more rustic than a slate tile. It’s earthy look and texture adds a stunning depth to a room. This, paired with weathered wood furniture and leather seats, creates a harmonious blend of old and new. The way in which they are made means natural slate, or even slate effect tiles, have a blend of browns and greys that bring in that nature inspired look that is crucial to any country aesthetic. Slate floor tiles are great for busy or high traffic rooms like kitchens or hallways since they are incredibly durable and very hard to damage. Similarly, their naturally uneven, textured surface will stop you from worrying about scratches or surface damages since they will just blend in with the existing texture. 

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Pattern

When it comes to your kitchen, a great way of brining in that homely atmosphere is with patterned tiles. We don’t mean geometric and funky designs, but more traditional patterns. Whether that be a plaid or farmhouse design, the key is to keep it old fashioned. You can get that modern blend with the accessories, which we will touch on later. Your tiles are the foundations for your whole look, so focus on getting these right first. Patterned tile splashbacks in kitchens or bathrooms give that charm and familiarity to a room so are an ideal go-to for a farmhouse design. 

Wood Effect Tiles

Wood Effect Tiles

Plain

You can’t go far wrong with a plain tile. The blank canvas that allows you build strong designs through other elements, the plain tile is a staple piece to any home. The main advantage of opting for a plain tile is that when it comes to selling on or redecorating your property, you won’t have to retile since the plain design adapts to every look. If you choose a plain tile, you can look more to the accessories to get the look, which might be more your thing. 

Accessories

Once you’ve installed your tiles its time to think about those added extras we mentioned earlier. In your kitchen, think copper pots and pans, vintage inspired appliance and furniture with a well-loved look about it. Match these with dark or mid wood fixtures, candles and fresh flowers for that true country finish.  

Egg-Tastic Designs From Artafloor

Did You Know? Fried Eggs Are Fashionable It may not surprise you that sunny side up design is going to be trendy this year - it’s been popping up everywhere in the form of statement fashion and unusual artworks. Artist Christopher Chiappa even unveiled an art installation last year of a room covered in 7,000 eggs!

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You can cook up some egg-cellent fresh interiors for yourself, too, with Atrafloor's latest design Sunny - the quirky and versatile fried egg flooring.

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Show off your taste in tasty modern design by incorporating a pop of canary yellow into your interiors with the out-there egg trend. And the background of Sunny can even be changed by the Atrafloor design team to match your dream colour-scheme.

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Atrafloor pattern designs: https://www.atrafloor.com/vinyl-flooring/pattern-vinyl-flooring/ All flooring is made-to-order and priced at £59.00 per square metre.

The Perfect Collection for Creating a Stylish Country Home Interior

We've fallen head over heels for this affordable new Hemmingway range from MY Furniture. The country home look is never going to go out of style, but sometimes it can be a bit too twee for some peoples tastes. Not this range. It's constructed from reclaimed solid fir wood with a subtle lime washed finish, and zinc effect lacquered steel table tops with rivets round the sides. The effect is of a solid piece of furniture that has stood the test of time and already been passed down the generations. 

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Hemmingway coffee table, £309.99. We love a coffee table with drawers. Where else can you put magazines, remote controls, tablets and chargers that's so handy?

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Hemmingway side table, £149.99. The zinc top has its own unique patina and character.

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Hemmingway Console Table, £339. The two drawers are ideal for storing wallets, keys, phones, pet leads, gloves and hats, while the slatted shelf is great for boots and shoes.

Available from My Furniture

Traditional With An Industrial Twist With Harvey Jones

The Original kitchen from Harvey Jones is all about detailing, offering traditional beading and an ornate cornice. This kitchen is a modern interpretation of a traditional design, incorporating exposed brickwork ,industrial style recycled shelving and deepest green cabinetry. Adding touches of modern luxury with copper handles and a matching La Cornue range cooker and cookerhood, the kitchen combines classical and contemporary.

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The L-shaped layout makes efficient use of the space, housing all kitchen amenities. The island is a multi functional hub with additional cabinetry, an in built bin, butcher’s block and family dining/seating area.

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The contemporary scheme is finished off with a Belfast sink, copper pendant lighting, mosaic tile flooring and a injection of colour from the orange Meneghini La Ghiacciaia fridge/freezer. The overall design is a stunning marriage of delicate detailing and modern, industrial styling.

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Basa with a Korean BBQ Sauce and a Spicy Quinoa Salad

If you're looking for something tasty and low calorie to add to your January menus, we have just the thing....

Serves 2

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 basa fillets
100 grams of quinoa
400ml of boiling water
Yellow pepper, sliced
Green pepper, sliced
Half a chilli, finely sliced, deseeded  
Pomegranate seeds
Lemon juice for drizzling  
Parsley, to sprinkle

For the Korean BBQ Sauce:

1 cup light soy sauce
Teaspoon of water
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
255g cup brown sugar
2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
Tablespoon of rice wine vinegar
Small thumb of ginger
½ tablespoon of sesame oil
Salt and pepper to season

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and cook your basa fillets for 15 minutes, or until fully heated.
  2. Rinse the quinoa and then add it to a medium saucepan, along with the water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer. 
  3. Remove from the heat after approximately 15 minutes or until all of the water has been absorbed. Let the quinoa rest for 5 minutes, then fluff.
  4. In a large serving bowl, add you green and red peppers, sliced chilli, pomegranate seeds and a drizzle of lemon juice. Add your quinoa once cooled and mix well. 
  5. Serve out the quinoa salad and then place the basa fillets on top, adding a sprinkling of parsley. 

To make the sauce:

  1. Combine the light soy sauce, sugar, garlic, rice wine vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, and seasoning together in a pan. Mix and then bring to boil.
  2. Whisk your cornstarch and water in a measuring jug, until the cornstarch dissolves and then add to the boiling pan, reducing the heat.
  3. Cook until the sauce is a thick consistency, for around 4/5 minutes.

TOP TIP: For fuss free fish and sauce, straight from the freezer, try The Saucy Fish Co.’s new Basa with Asian BBQ Sauce. At just 124 calories per serving, it’s the perfect dinnertime treat for a healthy January. Available in Tesco nationwide.

Interior Design Inspired by Fortune Telling for The New Year

Getting your fortune told for the new year ahead is a cultural tradition around the world, and Atrafloor have been inspired particularly by the practice of Palmistry (or palm reading), to create a modern design based on the four major lines that can be found on every person’s palm.

This harmonious design by Atrafloor (shown below) incorporates the Life Line, Heart Line, Fate Line and Head Line - the most important and revealing lines when it comes to palm reading. 

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The patterns of the palm have been deconstructed and used to craft this geometric, grown up Memphis-style motif that also features a luxe, coloured marble texture - a key interior design trend foretold for 2018.

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In Palmistry, a palm reader tells a person about their health, intelligence, relationships, ancestry and what lies in wait in their future by interpreting the most prominent lines on the palm.

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Mindfulness and good vibes are a significant theme for the new year ahead, and the serene palette, balance of the palm line motif and sleek simplicity of this design are inspired by the reminder that fortune telling brings each year - that it's important to be mindful of the direction we're headed in and to actively learn more about ourselves.

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See if you can spot each of the four palm lines in the Atrafloor design, that is fittingly named Palmistry.

All flooring is made-to-order and priced at £59.00 per square metre.

Update Your Workspace in New Spring Colours for the New Year

There's something about opening a new notebook or diary on the first day of the New Year. So many empty pages to fill, and so many resolutions and plans to document. Here at Heart Home we feel energised and full of renewed vigor. But we don't stop there! A fresh start also means a brand new look for the workspace, and in anticipation of spring we would love to bring in a pretty new pastel colour scheme. Who wouldn't feel ready for work surrounded by so much joy?

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Wild Wood Pink Lemonade Paper Lamp Shade, £34.95, Trendy Cookshop. Task Lamp in Swedish Green, £72, Amara. Wild & Wolf Wild Wood Arctic White Wall Clock, £18 (was £29.95), Hurn and Hurn.

You Might Also Like

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  1. Giant Chrome Safety Pin, £20, Papermash.
  2. Table Lamp Green and Copper, £69.99, Dowsing and Reynolds.
  3. Set of 6 Copper Foldback Clips, £7, (now £5) Papermash.
  4. Mi Goals Get Shit Done Notebook, £5, Printer and Tailor.
  5. Stack Wooden Desk, £895 (was £945), Alexander & Pearl.
  6. Personalised Notebook, £6.99, Getting Personal.
  7. Ellington Office Chair, £159, Cult Furniture.
  8. 746 Phone, £33.30 (was £37), Red Candy.
  9. 3D Printed Pots by BatchWorks, £5, Etsy.

Retro Dining with Kate Spade!

New year, new beginnings so time to start mixing up your new tableware and accessories in the home. January and February can always be a bot of drag, so by sprucing up your home accessories, the transition to Winter can be made more pleasurable.

Serve guests in style with the latest tableware collection from kate spade new york. Featuring charming designs and retro diner inspired motifs, the range will make a chic addition to any dining setting.  

Kate Spade New York Any Way You Slice It Pizza Plates - Set of 4

Kate Spade New York Any Way You Slice It Pizza Plates - Set of 4

Kate Spade New York Order's Up Appetizer Plates - Set of 4

Kate Spade New York Order's Up Appetizer Plates - Set of 4

Kate Spade New York Deco Dot Kettle

Kate Spade New York Deco Dot Kettle

Kate Spade New York Order's Up Glass Tumblers - Set of 4

Kate Spade New York Order's Up Glass Tumblers - Set of 4

All available from Amara.

Set Your Horizons on Cornwall for a Cottage Holiday in 2018

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How many of you are planning a holiday now that the festive season is over? No doubt most of you are at least thinking about it. We know we are. With three more months of wet winter weather ahead it's the one thing that keeps us going. 

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Chandlers, Fowey

Just think of it. Warm, sultry days with the taste of salt on the tongue and sand in the toes. Rising in the morning to the sight of the sun glistening off the sea, and a long day ahead of building sandcastles, exploring the countryside, and just watching the world go by. Followed by seafood suppers, wine on the patio and a cosy country cottage to retreat to. Our idea of bliss.

Clifftop Cottage, Porthleven

Clifftop Cottage, Porthleven

And if you can't wait for summer, a cottage by the sea also makes a welcome short break any time of the year. Bracing sea walks, pub lunches and crackling log fires could be yours. Better still you can even take the dog to some of the cottages on the Cornish Horizons site. And you know how much the pooch likes the sea!

The Chapel, West Coast

The Chapel, West Coast

Cornish Horizons is based in Padstow, Fowey, Looe and St Ives with over 500 cottages throughout the county. It's part of a family of brands, which make up The Original Cottage Company, which started at the dining table of Richard and Lesley Ellis in the early 1990s and has grown to become the largest family-owned independent holiday cottage company in the country. So you can be sure that the staff there share a wealth of local knowledge and are familiar with the holiday homes that they represent.

The Padstow Cottage

The Padstow Cottage

Honestly, browsing the site had us enthralled for hours. All of the cottages featured here have sea or estuary views but you can also search by location. Some are at the luxury end of the market, but all of them are full of character and you're sure to find something that appeals to you.

Grandad's Net Loft, Porthleven

Grandad's Net Loft, Porthleven

Cornish Horizons, 19 New Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8EA. 

Tel: 01841 533331

 

Top 5 Tips for a Great Night’s Sleep

If you have difficulty sleeping, or sometimes find it hard to switch off after a long day – then there maybe a few easy bed and lifestyle alterations you can make to get a great night’s sleep.

Sleeping is more than just getting into bed and closing your eyes, it’s time for your body and brain to recover, and process the days events. In order for your brain to do this, it needs to be in the mindset of sleep.

In the article, we will discuss 5 top tips to help you get a great night’s sleep.

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Get Into a Routine

Creating a routine, i.e. going to bed at a similar time and getting up at a similar time is vitally important for improving your sleep quality. A routine allows you to set aside the recommended seven to eight hours a night for sleep, and helps regulate your body’s internal clock for optimised sleep quality.

Choose a bedtime when you usually feel tired, so you don’t toss and turn, and set an alarm for eight hours later. If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally before the alarm feeling highly refreshed. If you need the alarm every day, try going to bed slightly earlier.

To really improve the quality of your sleep, try not to sleep in on the weekends and wake up at a similar time to during the week!

Switch Off Smartphone And TV

Research has shown that blue light, emitted from our smartphones, computers and TV screens can interfere with the production of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is an important chemical in the sleep-wake cycle, which helps your body regulate when you are tired.

Falling asleep to the TV or scrolling through Facebook before bed can seriously impact your night’s sleep, leaving you feeling restless and awake. Try turning all electrical items with a screen off, at least one hour before and notice the difference to your sleep it makes!

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Avoid Stimulants Before Bed

Stimulants, such as alcohol, nicotine and even coffee, can seriously impact falling asleep and overall sleep quality. As the name suggests, stimulants raise the levels of activity in your brain, preventing a deep and relaxed sleep.

Try avoiding all stimulants at least two to three hours before bed, to allow your body to naturally relax before its time to sleep.

Wind Down And Clear Your Head

Before you head hits the pillow, it’s important to allow time to winddown and clear your head of the days events. This could involve a spot of meditation, a talk with your partner before lights out, or even reading a chapter of a book.

Allowing time to relax and winddown helps ready your mind and body for a peaceful night’s sleep.

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Fall Asleep in the Perfect Bed

If you have a bed that you love and can’t wait to fall asleep in, then chances are you’re getting a great night’s sleep. Looking forward to going to bed can subconsciously ready your mind for sleep.

If your mattress is looking a little bit worse for wear, but you don’t want to invest in a new one – a supreme mattress topper can transform your old mattress. Their deep skirt fit engulfs old mattresses, transforming them into a like-new feel. They are extremely comfy and can help contribute to a great night’s sleep!

Last Minute Inspiration for the Christmas Table

Let's talk about the Christmas table. Is it something you plan and prepare for? Taking the trouble to write place name cards and creating a spectacular centerpiece. Or is it a last minute scrabble to get the table laid before the food goes cold? In truth for most of us it's a mixture of both. The best laid plans can sometimes go awry in the hustle and bustle of Christmas morning. So here's some inspiration from our favourite high street stores to get things back on track.

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White and Frosty

Marks and Spencer have created this informal setting using plain white porcelain and glittery silver baubles. It's very Scandinavian with a no frills approach (well apart from that garland hanging above the table which we wouldn't advise attempting after a glass or two of Prosecco!)

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Elegant and Traditional

By contrast House of Fraser have pulled out all the stops. You'll need your best china and table linen to create this look. A simple vase of eucalyptus leaves and some plain crackers look very sophisticated in this setting and it will all look even better after dark when the candles will flicker away.

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Pastel Perfection

Not the usual colour scheme for Christmas day but oh, so pretty. Follow Debenhams lead and decorate the chair backs with some sprigs of foliage and the baubles you couldn't fit onto the tree.

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Grown Up Glamour

A liberal sprinkling of gold and a combination of royal blue and green gives this table from Dunelm an Art Deco feel. One that the grown-ups will appreciate.

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London's Healthiest Spots for 2018

With 2017 quickly coming to an end and festive parties in full swing, it’s not too surprising that we’ll be eating too many mince pies and having too many glasses of fizz. So, it’s time to write up those dreaded new year’s resolutions, and start the new year right! I’m pleased to introduce to you London’s healthiest spots for 2018…

Darcie & May Green from the Daisy Green Collection

Darcie & May Green, the two eye popping canal boats have recently barged into Paddington Central. Designed by legendary British pop artist Sir Peter Blake in collaboration with Prue Freeman, the fabulous founder of the Daisy Green collection, Darcie & May serve everything from scrumptious brunches through to innovative cocktails. They offer a generous menu with plenty of options for their vegan customers including the jackfruit curry with turmeric rice, coconut sambal, house pickles and flatbread (pictured above).

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©Leyla Kazim

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Yeotown Kitchen

London’s first mindfulness café, serves up deliciously nutritious food and detoxifying freshly pressed juices in a unique meditation station. In a serene environment, guests are invited to sip green juice, settle into a meditation pod, select a 5 to 7-minute guided mindfulness meditation, and emerge feeling refreshed and de-stressed. Yeotown Kitchen is an extension of the Devon-based wellness retreat Yeotown, co-founded by husband and wife team Mercedes Sieff, one of the UK’s leading vinyasa flow yoga teachers and positive psychology coach, and Simon Sieff, avid surfer and yogi.

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Redemption Bar

With locations in Notting Hill and Shoreditch, Redemption Bar is London’s only vegan, sugar-free, wheat-free and alcohol-free restaurant, and serves up delicious eats and mocktails in a gorgeous setting. Voted one of the best vegan restaurants in London, the ethos of the Redemption Bar is firmly rooted in caring for the planet while delighting even the most sceptical meat lovers.

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©Claire Menary

Mindful Chef

Give yourself a boost this January with Mindful Chef. Say goodbye to the stodgy carbs and join 600,000 other diners in eating and living the Mindful Chef way. From £4.50 per meal, Mindful Chef deliver everything you need to make delicious, low-carb evening meals. Each imaginative recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and made using locally sourced, fresh produce.

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Healthy eating with The Vurger Co

The Vurger Co offers a mouth-watering 100% plant-based menu packed full of your 5-a-day without missing out on any of the flavour and indulgence. Serving up vurger delights including The Vurger Co’s Auburger, made from aubergines, chickpeas, red onion and vegan cheese, The Vurger Co is definitely a must visit for those wanting to pack in their vegetables whilst not cutting out any of the burger satisfaction.  

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LIMA Fitzrovia

The menu at Michelin-starred restaurant LIMA Fitzrovia integrates both traditional and contemporary Peruvian cuisine, representing the gastronomic expansion that has taken place in Peru in recent years. Whilst LIMA aims to source much of its produce from within the UK, the restaurant also brings carefully selected and hitherto unheard-of ingredients from small producers in Peru. Many dishes feature exotic and nutrient-rich ‘superfoods’ from the Andes, such as quinoa, yuca root, bee pollen, chia seeds, and cacao. 

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Macellaio RC

A hearty steak might not seem like the obvious healthy choice this January, but at Macellaio RC they use the highest quality Fassona Beef, a renowned breed carefully selected for its naturally hypertrophic muscle growth among the cows. Even leaner than chicken, the meat is extraordinarily low in fat and cholesterol, whilst also remaining extremely tender.  Cooked simply, seasoned with rock salt and olive oil from Tuscany, this is the perfect healthy protein fix to kick off the new year. Macellaio RC has sites in South Kensington, Exmouth Market, Union Street and Northcote Road.

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Let's Party Like It's 1999 this New Year

Be the hostess with the mostess this New Year's Eve with this glittery range from Talking Tables. It's full of eye-catching paper partyware, confetti cannons, glamorous table bombs, shiny backdrops and disco balls! Because let's face it, once the festivities are over who wants to face a mountain of washing up?

Talking Tables Glitterati range - Disco Ball Lights, Disco Ball Stirrers, Foil Curtain, Mini Party Hats

Talking Tables Glitterati range - Disco Ball Lights, Disco Ball Stirrers, Foil Curtain, Mini Party Hats

Glitterati Disco Ball And Canape Plates, Giant Disco Ball Decoration, Party Popper Lifestyle

Glitterati Disco Ball And Canape Plates, Giant Disco Ball Decoration, Party Popper Lifestyle

Glitterati Photoboot Kit

Glitterati Photoboot Kit

Talking Tables was founded by Claire Harris who spotted a gap in the market for design-led, stylish party accessories to decorate with. The typical products on the market at the time were dull, miss-matched and often just designed for children so she decided to create her own.

And the company name came about because Claire wanted to get the table talking. 

We think it'll do more than that!

Prices from £3.49

January Workshops At Forest - An Alternative Christmas Gift!

Forest are pleased to announce that they have a great line up for you in the new year too! The ideal Christmas gift for the maker in your life, or a treat for yourself if you want to learn something new this January.

Forest hold regular flower arranging classes, suitable for all and a great opportunity to get creative and learn the tricks of the trade.

Flower workshops cost £90 per head, aside from floral crown classes which are £25, and include light refreshments and all your flowers to take home. Classes start 7:30pm and last approx 2 hours. They are suitable for all levels, including beginners.

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Macrame Plant Hangers - Join Brooke at Forest Deptford to learn how to make your own macrame plant hanger. Brooke will show you how to create a hanger out of cotton rope tied into simple square knots and half square knots. Ideal for styling your plants at home or as gifts for friends and family. All materials are included.

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Floral Painting & Collage - Join surface pattern designer Charlotte Beevor for a creative and relaxing evening where you will make a series of abstract floral artworks/collages inspired by the plants at Forest.  At the end of the workshop you will choose your favourite piece, and Charlotte will create a blank greeting card out of it that which you will receive at a later date to be framed in your home or to give as gift!

Candle Making - join milkwood candles to explore the world of natural scent, making your bespoke blend and hand pouring your own candle to take home. The ticket price also includes a drink, specially designed to compliment the scents created in the workshop.

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The classes are held at: Forest, Arch 133 Deptford Market Yard, Deptford, SE8 4NS

For more info on the classes click here!