Marie Antoinette meets Mid-Century in a Parisian Apartment

Sometimes a merging of the centuries just works. This beautiful Parisian apartment full of period details has been brought up to date with a sympathetic restoration and rooms full of retroinspired wallpaper designs and mid-century furniture. It now perfectly suits the lifestyle of a young family and is full of light, colour and designer details.

The colour palette has been kept neutral in the light-filled living room while the warm herringbone floor and blue chairs sing out. Curtains have been kept plain so as not to distract the eye away from the geometric rug and the modern details in the room.

The elaborate marble fireplace and gilt mirror provide quite a contrast against the modern furnishings.

The narrow galley kitchen is not short on impact thanks to the boldly coloured tiles and modern lighting. Whilst a modest breakfast bar provides extra work space and a handy place to perch for breakfast.

In order to get light into the kitchen a window has been inserted between this room and the dining room next door. This also connects the two rooms visually so that the cook does not feel isolated when entertaining.

The colour palette in the dining room picks out the yellow, grey and black from the kitchen tiles in the adjoining room.

The highly polished wooden floors flow throughout the apartment connecting all of the spaces and the retro inspired wallpaper is also another recurring theme.

Photographs by Hugo Hébrard.

Architecture and Design by Prisca Pellerin.

Bohemian Living - NEW Origine Collection from Galerie Wallcoverings

The latest collection Origine from Galerie takes inspiration from the free-spirited nature of the 60s and 70s, bringing retro boho-chic style up to date. Cultural inspirations are taken from across the globe and feature distressed damasks, ornate mehndi patterns and ikat designs that combine to reinvent traditional global patterns. Calming textures complement the more decorative designs and provide the perfect backdrop to display any treasures collected during your travels around the world. Mix and match the beautiful wallpapers with an array of textures and patterned accessories to build up a sought-after layered look. Colours are kept soft and tonal for the collection, with vintage yellows interspersed with subtle varieties of grey and accents of fresh sage or terracotta pinks.

As one of the trends to watch for 2017, Origine brings retro nostalgia to life in the modern home. Simply add a kilim rug, lived-in leather and natural wood, along with a collection of cacti to perfect the eclectic laid-back look.

Recipe of the Week: Butternut Squash, Sage and Cheese Risotto

Hearty and comforting, the creaminess of the risotto, the earthiness of the squash and the tang of the sage make this one of our all-time favourite gluten-free meals. Perfect for those days when the weather is less than perfect and warming food is all you crave.

Serves 4

Serves 4

1. 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed (and discarded) and flesh cut into cubes of no more than 2cm
2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
3. 2 banana shallots, finely chopped
4. 1 clove garlic, crushed
5. 320g risotto rice
6. 175ml dry white wine
7. 1 litre chicken / vegetable stock
8. 1 tablespoon sage, chopped
9. 50g butter
10. 75g grated Comté (aged 8 months)
11. 25g shaved Comté (aged 24 months)

1. Turn the oven to 180℃ fan. Mix the butternut squash and 1 tablespoon of olive oil with a pinch of salt and ground black pepper in a large roasting tin and cook for 30 minutes, then turn the pieces of squash over (so they cook evenly) and roast for another 10 minutes until cooked through and deep golden brown at the edges.
2. In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over a low-medium heat and fry the shallots until soft but not golden (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic, stir for 30 seconds, then stir in the rice and turn the heat to medium. Stirring constantly, fry the rice until it is opaque around the edges (about 4 minutes), then pour in the wine and reduce it until it becomes syrupy (about 3 minutes).
3. Set a timer for 18 minutes and start adding the stock, one ladleful at a time (keep the rice covered with liquid at all times and keep it simmering).
4. When the rice is done (after 18 minutes, or it may need a couple of minutes more), turn off the heat and then stir in the butternut squash, butter and grated Comté. Check the seasoning (add more salt or pepper if needed) and leave to rest, covered, for 5 minutes before serving with the shaved Comté scattered on top.

Recipe courtesy of Comte Cheese

Twitter: @Comte_Cheese

5 Top Alternative Renovation Ideas

If you’re going to the bother of renovating your home then why not consider creating something unique? After all, who wants to be like the Jones’? These days ‘confident individuality’ is prized more than a home which is fashionably on-trend.

Another reason for ‘bespoking’ your renovation project is that it’ll prove perfect for your lifestyle and when you eventually come to sell, will no doubt add to the home’s value. What’s not to like?

So, with all this in mind, we’ve come up with some of our favourite recent renovation finds. See if you agree:

A Wonderful Wendy House

Ok, we’re being a bit facetious here but what we mean is that instead of creating an extension to your home for a guest bedroom, why not create a cute Garden House instead with its own sink, kettle, toilet and even a shower? Do this and you won’t be tempted to turn it into an outdoors office or studio (we hope). That would just be a waste. Instead, put the teenager in it (she/he will love it) or use it as a granny flat for when elderly relatives comes to stay on their annual week’s holiday. We’re convinced that having somewhere suitable for your guests to ‘switch off’ in will result in a happier visit for everyone.

A Stunning Staircase

“One way to really create an impressive effect in your home is to install a feature staircase.” Says Emmett Keane, Director of the house renovation company Unique Design and Build. We don’t mean huge sweeping stairs with lavish balconies, but rather contemporary versions such as those with floating treads, ‘runway’ LED lighting, glass balustrades or - the much-loved favourite for smaller rooms – the spiral staircase. There are so many staircase designs to choose from these days that it almost seems rude not to….

A Much-Wanted Wine Cellar

This doesn’t have to be huge and take up the entire basement of your home. Rather, in keeping with contemporary opinion your wine cellar can be bijou and inspiring. Not only that but we’re sure it will also prove a wonderful, tranquil space in which to browse and contemplate life. If you don’t fancy going into the depths for a bottle of wine but still – quite rightly – fancy the idea of your own wine cellar then you could always convert a room in your home. Give it an authentic look with a locked iron or thick wooden door and the walls inlaid with old-fashioned brick.

Create a Combination Window Seat/Bed

Yes, we do mean seating and bedding in one. Fitting in a trundle bed to a window seat is a brilliant way to save space and provide an additional sleeping arrangement in the absence of an extra guest room or when more guests than you’d anticipated turn up. And you don’t need a large bay window for your window seat either – just so long as it provides a decent view and lots of light.

Utilise the Under-stair Nook

Instead of keeping your vacuum cleaner, spare boxes and useful household ‘junk’ in that weirdly-shaped alcove under the stairs, do something smart with it instead. Insert shelving, for instance, and use it as a bookcase/display unit. Or, if you have a dog, create a little door and give him/her it as their den. So cute – and it provides a storage space for all those toys scattered around the house and which the rest of the family keep tripping over.

All images via creative commons

On Trend: Tile Effect Wallpaper

Dive straight into the Mediterranean and introduce some serious Azulejo style into the home with these tile-effect wallpaper designs by Murals Wallpaper. Featuring intricate illustrations, delicate details and bold, classic colours, these stunning faux-tile effect wallpaper murals are the easiest way to feel those summer vibes all year round

Whether you take inspiration from Portuguese or Moroccan inspired tiles, their tile effect wallpaper collection offers a range of carefully selected tiled designs that bring the best elements of Portugal and Morocco together and infuse them into stunning tile wallpaper murals.

Vibrant colours and intricate designs adorn our tile effect wallpaper murals and will instantly add a burst of energy into your home. The colours are so bold and detailed that you will question whether they aren’t in fact real mosaic tiles that are cool to touch. Or if subtle is more your thing, we also offer a number of classic tiled wall murals which use one or two colour combinations set against a white background to create standout mosaic designs that will add a unique and understated beauty to your interior

Photo Backdrops for Stunning Flatlays

How often do you scroll through Instagram or Pinterest and wish you had such interesting backdrops for your own flatlays. We know we do. All the time. Well, you might be interested to know that you can now purchase tabletop photo backdrops from Photo Boards®.

Photo Boards® are lightweight tabletop background boards in two sizes, measuring just 40cm and 60cm square. They are designed with small scene photography in mind and look just like real marble, linen, wood and stone - perfect for flatlay styling on Instagram, and which even under a close up lens look just like real textures thanks to the super high resolution and clever design.

They were first launched in November 2016, be photographer Lyndsey James after she tested a collection of mini photo backdrops with a small group of her photography students - all creative business owners learning product photography.

'As a commercial photographer for many years I have collected all sorts of interesting textures for use in close up work like jewellery and food photography. Large printed studio backdrops were never high enough quality to look real in close up photos, so I had nothing to recommend to my students other than suggesting they look around recycling and reclamation yards for interesting backgrounds.' - Lyndsey James, Founder.

Prices are reasonable too. The 60cm square boards are £30, while the 40cm boards are £18. Another advantage over sourcing your own boards from reclamation yards is that they are already the perfect size and easy to store in the office. Anyone who has tried to keep a collection of old wood and metal tidy (guilty) in the home will know what I'm talking about. And lastly, they are lighter and easier to transport around. 

We're sold.


Little Greene Launches A New ‘Colours of England’ Paint Chart for 2017

After much anticipation, Little Greene’s revived and revitalized colour card has been unveiled!The updated palette is extensive. It comprises 184 shades: 170 individual colours 14 of which are repeated in varying strengths as ‘Colour Scales’. The card spans over 300 years of historic interior design and includes many authentic 18th, 19th and 20th century shades, which are denoted by red icons identifying the era of their provenance. These archive colours sit harmoniously alongside contemporary shades conceived to meet the requirements of 21st century living. As a result, the card, whilst duly respectful of period architecture, is also completely in tune with modern life and today’s interior design aesthetics.

Lower Wall: Pleat 280, Above Cornicing: Aquamarine Mid 284, Far Wall: Dorchester Pink – Deep 287, Steps and Far Wall: Dorchester Pink – Deep 287, Woodwork: Scree 227.

Lower Wall: Pleat 280, Above Cornicing: Aquamarine Mid 284, Far Wall: Dorchester Pink – Deep 287, Steps and Far Wall: Dorchester Pink – Deep 287, Woodwork: Scree 227.

The colour offer has been carefully refined to reflect current trends without compromising the integrity of Little Greene’s signature palette. In the words of Ruth Mottershead, Marketing Director: “Confident colour is absolutely central to Little Greene, and the updated paint chart reinforces this! The Colours of England card has been designed to meet a growing appetite for timeless colour that’s both easy to choose and a pleasure to live with, whilst much of the neutral space is occupied by the increased ‘Colour Scales’ offer”.

Wall: Dorchester Pink- Pale 285, Detail Outer Stripe and Skirting: Dorchester Pink 213, Large Inner Stripe and Left Wall: Dorchester Pink - Deep 287, Left Bowl: Acorn 87, Right Bowl: Drizzle 217

Wall: Dorchester Pink- Pale 285, Detail Outer Stripe and Skirting: Dorchester Pink 213, Large Inner Stripe and Left Wall: Dorchester Pink - Deep 287, Left Bowl: Acorn 87, Right Bowl: Drizzle 217

The 2017 colour card contains seven new colours, some from the Little Greene archive, (‘Mid Azure Green’, ‘Grey Stone’, ‘Pale Lupin’, ‘Middle Buff’, ‘Light Gold’ and ‘Pleat’), and a new stand-alone shade ‘Mortlake Yellow’ in one of this this year’s most on-trend tones.

Outer Stripe: Air Force Blue 260, Middle Stripe: Carys 148, Inner Stripe: Light Gold 53

Outer Stripe: Air Force Blue 260, Middle Stripe: Carys 148, Inner Stripe: Light Gold 53

In addition 22 key colours will be imported from the recent Little Greene capsule collections of ‘Pink’ and ‘Blue’. Two new families of diluted colours, ‘Aquamarine’ and ‘Dorchester Pink’, augment the ‘Colour Scales’ palette.

Wall And Panelling: Mid Azure Green 96, Skirting: Royal Navy 257

Wall And Panelling: Mid Azure Green 96, Skirting: Royal Navy 257

Ruth Mottershead continues: “The neutral trend for 2017 continues away from cream and beige towards grey tones so, to complement the new collection, we have retained the ever popular separate ‘Grey’ colour card. Offering a total spectrum of greys for all applications, we firmly believe ‘Grey’ is here to stay, due to its universal appeal and very useable shades.”

Wall: Grey Stone 276, Right Wall: Light Peachblossom 3, Skirting: Scree 227, Ceiling: Wood Ash 229

Wall: Grey Stone 276, Right Wall: Light Peachblossom 3, Skirting: Scree 227, Ceiling: Wood Ash 229

The new user-friendly colour chart is subtly arranged into two sections, one featuring more muted shades, the other stronger accent tones: to test this versatility, just try folding the card and see for yourself! A further demonstration of the practicality of the colour card is its unique ‘flying chips’. These take the headache out of paint selection because, by folding the card away from the chip, the colour can be placed next to another shade or finish in the home or on the moodboard, be it paint, wallpaper, fabric, wood, tile or stone. Actually made from Little Greene’s Absolute Matt Emulsion, the

Wall: Confetti 274, Doorframe and Door: Livid 263, Inside Door Panelling: Gauze Dark 166, Above Picture Rail: Lamp Black 228

Wall: Confetti 274, Doorframe and Door: Livid 263, Inside Door Panelling: Gauze Dark 166, Above Picture Rail: Lamp Black 228

In keeping with Little Greene’s quality assurance, all shades on the ‘Colours of England’ colour card are available in the full range of paint finishes: traditional and modern, interior and exterior.

The Heart Home Garden Shop

Fingers crossed we'll all be spending much more time in the garden over the next few months. So we've curated a collection of garden furniture and accessories to help you make sure your outside space is as stylish and comfortable as it can be. 

And don't forget, if you don't find what you're looking for below, there's much more in the Heart Home shop. Just hit the button above.

Nina Kullberg Limited Edition Artist Collaboration

Nina Kullberg is delighted to announce the launch of two limited edition cushions as part of an exciting collaboration with artist, Hormazd Narielwalla.

Narielwalla is a London-based British Indian artist who creates unique paper collages out of bespoke Savile Row, antique and contemporary tailoring patterns. Freed from their function as templates for clothing, the patterns transform into exciting, vibrant abstract compositions of the human form.

Nina has been an admirer of Narielwalla’s work for sometime now, when she spotted his Love Gardens sculptures at the Saatchi Gallery for the Crafts Council fair for the contemporary object Collect 13. Their rapport grew from this initial meeting to become an ongoing business relationship and friendship, culminating in this collaboration.

Based on an original collage artwork by Narielwalla titled Jazz, the cushions combine soft sophistication with strong, abstract lines. Named New York and Chicago, the cushions (£69) are available in two colourways, Blue Night and Bistro Green, chosen by Nina to complement the colour palate of her signature cushion collection, and reflecting the compositions of Narielwalla’s original collage.

New York and Chicago launch on the 4th May 2017 to coincide with the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts, where Hormazd Narielwalla’s unseen lithographs will be launched by Paupers Press following his award at last year’s International Print Biennale, Newcastle.

Introducing Woodchip and Magnolia Wallpapers

Woodchip and Magnolia is a new design studio featuring a collection of wallpapers, murals and wall panels. Digital wallpaper with soul in fact, designed with love by Nina Marika Tarnowski, and every one reflects her love for wallpaper and for all things eclectic, organic and with a story to tell.

Here at Heart Home we have known Nina for many years. She supported Heart Home mag when it first launched and she has always been a favourite designer or ours during her long career at Graham and Brown.

Nina's story: 

A confirmed wallpaper addict, Nina has been obsessed with pattern and colour for as long as she can remember she once told her teacher at five she wanted to be a designer. After graduating from Leeds College of Art in 1997, she worked her way up from a graduate placement to Design Manager. Worked as a freelance and in-house designer back in the day just before computer aided design exploded onto the scene. When every single colour-way was hand painted and every layout was hand drawn in full repeat. An eighteen-year career at Graham and Brown cemented Nina’s love of design, interiors and supporting emerging British talent.

In 2010, after the birth of her second child, Nina took a year off on maternity leave started to blog and get social media savvy. In doing so, she discovered a whole new world of creativity. She fell in love with the principles of slow living and dusted down her camera and started to draw and paint again. Jump forward to March 2016 she jumped ship from Graham & Brown to allow for new creative adventures and has been on a roller-coaster of creative bliss ever since and most importantly being able to do the school run each day.

For Nina design is the process of experimenting, or rediscovering bringing traditional design skills to a digital era with few quirky twists along the way.

Woodchip and Magnolia. Check it out!

Tips for Increasing the Value of Your Home

Simply living in a house over time isn't a guarantee that its value will grow over. In order to ensure that you are turning a profit when the residence is eventually sold, you need to be pro-active. Instead of staying out, finding ways to improve the value of a household can eventually allow you to cash in on the real estate market.

There are a number of ways in which you can improve the quality of your home over time. The following six tips can help better your house's real estate value.

1) Bring in a Home Inspector Regularly

Hiring a certified home inspector for a regular check on how the house is holding up is actually very reasonable. Everyone usually gets regular check-ups from doctors and dentists, so having house get a regular check-up of sorts makes sense.

An inspector can check out certain areas away from your field of vision. They can spot deterioration in the roofs or outdated home appliances. They can discover problems that could soon emerge such as a water leak that can save you money from repairs down the road.

2) Watch the Latest Home Trends

Every year, it seems there is a new seasonal trend for a certain part of the house. Check online to see what are some of the latest decoration trends that are popular these days. Peruse a list such as kitchen trends for this year in order to get an idea how to re-decorate according to the latest indoor fashion.

3) Check out a Showroom

Go to a showroom or check one out online to see what sort of style and look is available. Perhaps looking at an online site belonging to a design group such as Twyford can give you ideas as to how to re-decorate. These showrooms or online views usually show the latest available appliances or looks on the market, but at a full-on complete room look.

4) Do One Room at a Time

One issue that get homeowners into some difficulty is that they try to do everything at once. Instead, a more piecemeal approach in which one room gets improved for remodeled at a time is much more preferable. Each room can be done at its own separate pace and its own look.

Perhaps you want an overall theme to the house. That is fine, but grand-scale re-decorating can lead to mix-ups and other problems. Going one room at a time makes the process much more manageable.

5) The Kitchen and Bathroom Are Key

Some people try to make the bedroom or a living room stylish. However, a modern and clean look within the kitchen and bathroom tells others that you pay attention to how well your house is kept. These are the areas in which you must use. An organized kitchen makes cooking chores easier. A clean bathroom that gets updated is an indication that cleaning and shower needs won't be affected by potential leaks or water issues.

6) Add Green to the Outside

Beautifying the lawn or the backyard always makes a home look nicer. Planting a tree can eventually create shade that can even lower energy bill costs. Also, a developed landscape is always more desirable than a barren lawn. It also can help with the curb appeal.

Following these tips at a gradual pace can help you raise your home value over time. Paying attention to trends as well as your home's well-being can be crucial in eventually flipping a house for a tidy profit in your future.

New Luxe Designs By Jonathan Adler

Dynamic forms, luxe finishes, hedonistic objets, turned-up texture and don’t-miss details combine to create Jonathan Adler’s signature Modern American Glamour. From the furniture to the finishing touches, everything you need to project Park Avenue panache with a dash of Soho attitude. The decorator’s secret weapon, day beds and tete-a-tete sofas are true conversation-starters, adding unexpected polish and pizzazz floating in the middle of a room. Ramp up the luxe factor with decadent finishes, including lacquered goatskin, ebonized wood and Carrara marble, then accessorize with abandon. From handmade porcelain vases to heavily beaded cushions and lucite sculptures in a wicked rainbow of hues, the devil is in the detail.

“It’s about standing apart, banishing the banal and embracing the memorable. When you’re about to kick the bucket you don’t want to look back at your life and see an endless haze of beige,” explains Adler. 

Recipe of the Week - Franco-Welsh Rarebit

In celebration of the fact that Wednesday 12th April is ‘Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day’ (who knew?), a wonderfully rich and boozy version of our favourite comfort food. 

Serves 4


•    150g Comté (aged 18 months), grated

•    80ml Guinness

•    80ml double cream

•    2 medium sized free range egg yolks

•    2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

•    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

•    4 thick slices white bread


  1. Put the grated Comté into a medium bowl.
  2. Simmer the Guinness in a saucepan until it has reduced by half, then add the cream and reduce again by half until it is really thick. Pour this over the Comté and add the mustard, Worcestershire sauce and egg yolks with a twist of black pepper (the mixture is salty enough so you do not need to add salt).
  3. Heat the grill to medium and toast the bread on both sides.
  4. Spread the cheese mixture evenly in a layer about 1cm thick over one side of each slice of toast (right up to the edges to avoid the bread burning), then place on a baking tray about 10cm beneath the grill for about 4 to 5 minutes until the topping is bubbling and nicely browned.

Recipe courtesy of Comte Cheese

Twitter: @Comte_Cheese

Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Your Home’s Entrance and Front Door

Feng Shui, a philosophical system of the Chinese origin is a system that harmonizes the energies around us and brings good fortune The front door of the home holds eat significance in Feng Shui, and as per this Chinese science its vital to ensure that your front door looks not only appealing and modish, but is also festooned with certain elements to bring positive energy into the home.

This post shares some easy and practical Feng Shui tips for the front door which will not only enhance its appeal, but also make it a doorway for bringing unlimited opportunities into your home.

Clear the Clutter

It's important to make your home’s entrance look neat, tidy and clutter free. Clear all the clutter from your front porch, outside your front door, yard and pathway to allow positive energy to flow into your home.

Re-Paint Your Front Door

If the paint on your front door is coming out, or it's been a while that you hav painted it, then consider re-painting it. As per Feng Shui, the front door must look inviting and thus, it's imperative that its well-painted. You can choose from an array of colours, likered which, according to Feng Shui is the colour of abundance and prosperity, or green, which symbolizes money and nature or any other colours. Ensure that the colour you choose is in accordance with your home’s overall décor.

Festoon the Door With Modish Furniture

The front door must look very inviting and attractive, so that it can attract the positive energy opportunities, wealth and prosperity. You can choose trendy fitting door furniture or stylish front door handles from Stronghold Direct to enhance the overall appeal of your front door. These chic handles will give a great uplift to your home’s entrance. If required, they can provide you a guide for fitting door furniture, so that you can find out which type of door furniture would be best suited for your home and office, and how you can use it.

Image via @ariannasdaily

Image via @ariannasdaily

Use Plants to Beautify Your Home’s Entrance

Place a healthy, tall plant on either side of the front door, but ensure that it does not block the entrance. It should be placed on the side in a way that beautifies the entire area while bringing positive energy into the home.

Place A Statue Near to Your Front Door

Placing a statue near to the front door or around the entry way of your home brings stability to your home, and gives it protection. You can choose any statue depending on your preference and the home’s overall décor. It can be a friendly animal statue, a ceramic angel or some religious artefact like stone Buddha.

Install A Water Fountain

In Feng Shui, water is considered as the symbol of wealth. Thus, when you install a small fountain with flowing water near to your home’s entrance, it brings positive energy and prosperity to your home. 

Lights and Welcome Mat

Beautify the entrance of your home with a colourful, stylish and trendy welcome mat, so that every time someone steps over it, they find it appealing. Also, hand bright white lights around your home’s front porch to make it look attractive to the opportunities. The lights will not only invite endless opportunities, but will also make your home safe.

Image via @ariannasdaily

Image via @ariannasdaily

Wallpapers That Make You Go Cacti Crazy

Push aside the floral prints, and get on board with these pretty, pricklier friends - Cacti. Cactus-everything is officially one of the hottest Spring trends of 2017, and the new Cactus Collection by Murals Wallpaper injects some of that Southwest-chic right onto your walls. Perfect for a kids room, or even for those big kids looking to add something quirky and fun to their home decor - these bold Cacti wallpaper murals keep you on trend, and on point. 

Available in watercolour, graphic or naive styles, there's a Cactus design for every taste. 

Garden Project - Upcycled Tin Can Display

Extracted from Urban Flowers by Carolyn Dunster, published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group.

An inexpensive way to display plants, tin cans provide good homes for annuals, which do not have large roots systems.

The stars of this project are the annual lime green tobaccco plants (Nicotiana), which I grew from seed in early spring and combined with cosmos and coneflowers to produce this pretty yet inexpensive display in upcycled tin cans.

The lime green hue of this variety of tobacco plant is quite stunning. It looks great in a display all by itself but to highlight its beauty I have displayed it with a tin of pale yellow cosmos and lime green coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea ‘Green Jewel’), together with cut sprigs of Bupleurum, to complete the lime zest picture.

You will need:
tobacco plant seeds
seed tray
seed compost
a variety of large fruit or vegetable cans
hammer and nail
multi-purpose compost
cosmos and coneflower seedlings(optional)
small watering can

  1. Look out for large tin cans – catering sizes are ideal and you may be able to pick them up free from a local café or restaurant. Make drainage holes in the bottom of each tin with a hammer and nail.

  2. Fill a large can almost to the top with multi-purpose compost. Gently transplant four or five seedlings into the can using a teaspoon to scoop out the roots. To avoid any damage, handle the seedlings with care.

  3. As the seedlings become established, take out all but the strongest healthiest plant to give it space to flourish and flower. If the others are growing well too, pop them in their own tin can filled with compost.

  4. It took five months from sowing to flowering, so patience is the name of the game. Water the tins every day or two, and remove faded looms to encourage more to form. You can also harvest the seed in autumn.

Visit Carolyn Dunster's website Urban Flowers.

Photographs by Jason Ingram

Urban Flowers by Carolyn Dunster.

£20. Out Today

Published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group.

Bethan Gray To Launch Her First Wallpaper Collection In Milan

Bethan Gray, is delighted to announce she will be launching her first wallpaper collection in collaboration with NLXL, the pioneers of digital wallpaper.

The collection will launch during this year’s Salone del Mobile (April 4th – 9th 2017)  at Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16, 20123 Milano, Italy

Bethan has taken inspiration from the traditional forts of Oman for her Nizwa Wallpaper. The design features the technique of marquetry, which was used as far back as the 16th century. It reflects the rounded architectural composition of the forts’ castellations, whilst the detailed mother of pearl patterning creates a stunning iridescence. This variation in shade resembles the effect of the sun on the different elevations of the forts.

Easter Dining - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Easter is one of our favourite times of the year for getting the family together. A long bank holiday weekend and some (hopefully) spring-like weather is the perfect excuse to send out the invitations and enjoy some home cooking with our nearest and dearest. It's also the perfect time to make a fuss of celebratory meals, dust off the best china, and decorate the table. 

We've visited the high street for some inspiration on how to make breakfast, lunch and dinner just that bit more special.


Denby Natural Canvas Range Medium jug, Teacup, Small jug , Cafetiere, Dinner plate, Cereal bowl, Small rectangular plate, Open sugar bowl. All Debenhams.

Denby Natural Canvas Range Medium jug, Teacup, Small jug , Cafetiere, Dinner plate, Cereal bowl, Small rectangular plate, Open sugar bowl. All Debenhams.

Keep it simple and relaxed with white china, white napkins and a glass vase filled with white tulips. Nothing says spring like these pretty nodding heads, and you want to save your strength for the Easter egg hunt later.

All from Debenhams.


All from Homesense.

All from Homesense.

Lunch is the meal where you can really go to town. Create a little nest under a glass cloche and fill it with mini eggs. Get out the linen, tie the napkins with ribbon and a sprig of blossom from the garden, and accessorise the table with bunnies, chicks and flowers.

All from TK Maxx.


12 piece Lombard dinner set £49.50, Embroidered Work Runner £29.50. All from Marks and Spencer.

12 piece Lombard dinner set £49.50, Embroidered Work Runner £29.50. All from Marks and Spencer.

Dinner is a time for the grown-ups and a more sophisticated table style. We love this monochrome look from Marks and Spencer with it's tribal inspired runner. Add a touch of gold, some tropical leaves, and pour the wine. Please.

Jaime Beriestain Studio Apartment In Barcelona

One of Jaime Beriestain's latest project is the complete transformation of this gorgeous third floor flat in Sant Gervasi, Barcelona. Comprising of 360m2, the flat got a complete overhaul as its original state was from the 1980´s. 

Concept: Haussmann, Axis of Symmetry

The initial concept of Jaime Beriestain was to create a nobel flat at a Parisien Haussmann style. A flat built to live, following the traditional codes, with clearly differentiated zones: the socializing zone (the líving room, the dinning room, the terrace) and also the private zones (bedrooms, bathrooms, etc), with a service entrance added. In order to introduce this style, 20cm high sockets were created, moldings on walls and ceilings, capitals on door frames and double doors opening. 

The entrance hall has been the starting point for creating floor shafts and getting a symmetry. The new layout allows to have a neat flat, taking advantage of each volume and allows a pleasant tour throughout the whole apartment. 

The main axis that divides the floor allows a double exposure. Instead of hiding the distribution corridors, they have been given more importance and space. The corridors were decorated with Art pieces and they have unusual volumes. The different doors create divisions, allowing to segment the flat and to have more privacy. 

“The result is a timeless, sophisticated and warm flat that we could imagine in Paris or London” says Jaime Beriestain. 


White Venato marble for the bathrooms to give was used to give a “timeless” touch.  "I have chosen every marble in the Taller D'En Pich to get the best streaks and colors for the works on this flat" explains Jaime Beriestain. 

Obsessed with the details, Jaime Beriestain ordered the structure of the sink (of his own design) to be specially bathed in 18 karat gold so that it had exactly the same color as the faucet. The sink itself was created in one piece of marble, sculpted with numerical control. 

The sliding bathroom doors have a different finishing on each side. On the outside, it recomposes the general finishing of the flat while the interior face has the same finishing as the bathroom. This creates the illusion of an infinite line of mirrors, when the doors are closed facing on an axis. 

The pavement has been worked on marble mixed with Bisazza gold mosaic, with a certain complexity of installation by circular cuts. 

Main Bedroom

Colour palette that was used was "duck egg" (green, white, blue greys) to bring a sense of calmness and warmth. 

Girl's Bedroom

Here feminine colours were used to create a  soft and sweet ambience, comparing it to "a box of macarons" says Jaime Beriestain. 


Jaime Beriestain has focussed on a kitchen that has an exclusive and sophisticated finishing like the rest of the flat. The island in the center is out of scale and oversized to create a meeting place that Beriestain has conceptualized as a Family Room to spend time both in family and among friends. The overall is made of the resistant Portobello granite, adapted to the use of a kitchen. 

The wall cladding of the water area is made of handcraft tiles in different white tones to add character, and at the same time, respecting the traditional codes of a kitchen. 

The wooden panels and the reinterpretation of the traditional French cabochon of the ground recreates this inspiration of Parisian Haussmann flat, with a touch of modernity. The decorative beams give a familiar and welcoming touch. The custom furniture is made of Canadian pine. 

Living Room

There are two areas in the same space and a large carpet to join the two areas and give continuity to the living room. Jaime Beriestain, very concerned about the proportions and the control of the colours, has designed special measurements furniture for this immense room where it loses its proportions. 

With his exclusive designs, Jaime Beriestain has managed to respect the colors he imagined precisely in his initial concept. In the living room the range of colours is tone over tone of shades of grey. 

The Reading Corner

A large L-shaped sofa has been placed here to privilege family moments, and two renowned pieces of design, Jeanneret armchairs of the Miquel Alzueta Gallery add history to this corner.  

Dining Room

The table is a design by Jaime Beriestain. The veins of the walnut wood have been worked to create a sense of movement and modernity. The base is ribbed travertine, with the pores sealed in gold leaf.  The proportion of the table was specially corrected to adapt it to the peculiar height of the Knoll of Platner´s chairs, the hanging lamp type Sputnik, works as a sculpture and fills in the volume. 

On top of the table, we find a sculpture in green shades of Blue Earth that, thanks to its sinuous shapes brings warmth and sophistication to the space. In turn, it has a double function: to be decorative or to create an original centerpiece for dinners with friends 


It is comfortable and trendy. It is designed for family gatherings in spring and summer. It is a continuity of the dining room where diners can extend meals or dinners. 

Entrance Hall

The hall is the introduction to all the concepts of the interior design developed on the whole flat: symmetry, Art relevance, proportions control, circulation axes, Haussmann style. 

"I chose the appliques because they were sculptural and off-scale," says Jaime Beriestain. 

Tiny House - A 1940's Cottage

Extract from ‘Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes’ by Antonia Edwards, published by Prestel.

Tiny House by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design.

Tall, high-efficiency windows come right down to sofa level, letting in maximum light.

Tall, high-efficiency windows come right down to sofa level, letting in maximum light.

Jessica Helgerson is a Portland-based designer of residential and commercial interiors. With a long-standing interest in green building and sustainability, she has sat on a number of boards devoted to environmental preservation. In 2008, Helgerson and her husband bought a 540-square-foot cottage on five acres of farmland on Sauvie Island, an agricultural landmass on the Columbia River just north of Portland. The cottage was first built in the early 1940's as part of Vanport Village, a development constructed to house shipyard workers from Vancouver in Washington and Portland. When Vanport Village flooded in 1948, the small structure floated down the river to Sauvie Island, where it became the goose check station (a place where hunters would showcase the geese they had shot). Years later, it was remodeled and became a rental property.

One addition to the 1940s Tiny House was a green roof, which was planted with moss and ferns gathered from the Columbia River gorge.

One addition to the 1940s Tiny House was a green roof, which was planted with moss and ferns gathered from the Columbia River gorge.

Helgerson’s redesign was the fourth time the house had been renovated. As with most of her projects, her goal was to ensure the fundamental design and materials were classic and long-lasting, as well as being appropriate for the build- ing and its period. Rather then extending the property, they chose to work with its existing size. Retaining only the exterior walls, the windows, doors, roof and interior were replaced almost entirely with reclaimed materials, a decision based on a combination of what looked right for the property and what was immedi- ately on hand. ‘Mostly we were trying to do something beautiful and economical that felt right for the place,’ says Helgerson. ‘We love to work on old buildings because it really makes us respond in fresh ways to the existing conditions. I think when designing only new buildings, it’s easy to get formulaic. I hate to see great old buildings get torn down and replaced with ugly new ones. It seems so sad, and a waste.’

The walls were insulated, then faced in reclaimed wood siding from a barn that had been deconstructed onsite.

The walls were insulated, then faced in reclaimed wood siding from a barn that had been deconstructed onsite.

Given its small footprint, Helgerson redesigned the interior of Tiny House for maximum efficiency, creating one open-plan room that comprises the dining room, living room and kitchen. This room also contains built-in sofas that double as twin beds for guests, and hidden storage underneath provides an ideal place for children’s toys. The ceiling of the main living area was opened up to give a feeling of space, but lowered over the bathroom and bedroom to make a lofted sleeping area for adults accessed via a walnut ladder. A wall of shelving provides plenty of room for books and large, low-set windows bring ample light into the interior.

One wall contains the kitchen, maximizing the available space.

One wall contains the kitchen, maximizing the available space.

The parents’ bedroom is located on the mezzanine level of the main room, which is lined with vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs and accessed via a walnut ladder. In addition to a separate kids’ bedroom, the built-in sofas double up as beds for guests.

The parents’ bedroom is located on the mezzanine level of the main room, which is lined with vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs and accessed via a walnut ladder. In addition to a separate kids’ bedroom, the built-in sofas double up as beds for guests.

The family spent four years living in the cottage. Raising chickens, turkeys and bees, they have worked towards self-sufficiency, with nearly everything they eat grown at home. A 1,200-square-foot greenhouse on the site houses vegetable gardens and fruit trees, and they’re even able to make cheese from a neighbour’s goats and cows. They now live in a larger house on the same property, making the cottage the perfect place for relatives and friends to stay.

You can find more about the author Antonia on her Upcyclist blog

Renovate Innovate - Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes

By Antonia Edwards

Published by Prestel