Lamb Souvlaki with Greek-Style Salad

Our latest healthy recipe from Mindful Chef is a tender lamb dish marinated with oregano and cumin, chargrilled on skewers and served with roasted sweet potatoes, rich in beta-carotene for good eye health.

Mindful Chef is a food-box company with over 500,000 health-focused recipes.They believe in reducing your intake of sugar and refined carbs. As a result, they never deliver pasta, bread or white rice - instead all the recipes are based on innovative uses of fresh vegetables.

Deliveries are made Sunday and Monday each week and you can choose up to 5 recipes from the ever changing and imaginative menu. The recipes are all available online.

 Serves 2

Serves 2

Ingredients: (all delivered by Mindful Chef)

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 x 150g diced lamb leg
  • 300g sweet potato
  • 30g Belazu naturally-ripened pitted black olives
  • 4 skewers
  • Medium handful of fresh mint


1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Finely chop or crush the garlic. To make the marinade; in a bowl, combine the cumin, half of the oregano, the garlic and 1 tbsp olive oil. Season with sea salt and black pepper.

2. Place the diced lamb in the bowl with the marinade, mix well and leave for 10 mins.

3. Meanwhile, peel and dice the sweet potato into 1cm cubes. Toss with 1 tsp oil, the remaining oregano and place on a baking tray for 15-20 mins, turning halfway through.

4. Thread the lamb in equal amounts on each skewer.

5. Preheat a griddle pan (or frying pan) to a medium-high heat, cook the skewers for 10-15 mins, turning every 2-3 mins until all sides are golden brown and cooked through.

6. To make the Greek-style salad; dice the cucumber and tomatoes, halve the black olives and finely slice the mint. Place all these ingredients in a bowl with 2 tsp olive oil, the white wine vinegar and season with sea salt and black pepper.

7. Spoon the Greek-style salad onto two plates alongside the roasted sweet potato and top with the lamb skewers.

Read more at Mindful Chef.

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Totally Tropical designs from ILIV

The weather outside may be chilly, but it's time to go tropical indoors. ILIV's gorgeous collection of fabrics includes exotic designs with leafy ferns, bright flowers and mischievous monkeys - perfect for those looking for some exotic escapism. 

A favourite look for 2017, the tropical trend doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. Full of rich colours and bold patterns, it's certainly a great way to transport your home to warmer climes. ILIV's stunning fabric collections make it easy to create a tropical style, whether you're ready to go all out with upholstered furniture and long curtains, or just want to keep it simple with a few scatter cushions and throws. 

  Rain Forest Cranberry Collection.

Rain Forest Cranberry Collection.

Debbie Leigh, Design Manager at ILIV, comments, "We love seeing customers bring this popular scheme to life in their homes with our botanical prints.  Our Rainforest and Paradiso Collections are a great starting point as they feature vibrant printed fabrics teamed with embroideries of tropical inspired designs, from bold foliage to playful rainforest wildlife. Green is a key colour for this look, and works well teamed with bold shades such as pink, orange and turquoise, creating the feel of your very own tropical haven."

  Rain Forest Lagoon Collection.

Rain Forest Lagoon Collection.

New for SS18, the Rainforest collection is teaming with wildlife from parrots and toucans to monkeys. These fun eye-catching designs are sure to bring a vibrant, exotic feel to any room. For those preferring a more floral paradise, the Paradiso collection doesn't disappoint. Made up of vivid, hand drawn florals in five stunning colour palettes, these fabrics are perfect for bringing natures calming influence into your interior scheme. 

  Rain Forest Zinc

Rain Forest Zinc

So if you're desperate to escape the cold and add a touch of the tropics to your home, look no further than ILIV. 

An Apartment in Moscow for a Globe Trotting Family

This newly renovated apartment in the centre of Moscow is the work of interior designer Anna Kovalchenko. The two bedroom apartment occupies around 80 square metres and is now the home of a family of four. We were interested to know a bit more about the inspiration for the design so we asked Anna a few questions.

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1. How many rooms are there exactly and who lives here?

There are 2 bedrooms (the master bedroom and the kids room), living room, kitchen, bathroom, entryway and balcony. It is the home of a family of 4 with two kids of 4 and 8 years old (a girl and a boy)

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2. What was the client brief?

The clients wanted the apartment to reflect their love for travel, so we have chosen different themes for each room – Greece for the kitchen and balcony, Africa for the living room, the tropical islands of the Indian Ocean for the kids room and bathroom, and an urban hotel style for the bedroom. They requested that we would mainly use natural materials - stone, wood, with some rustic elements introduced into the design. For the kids room they asked for bunk beds and also plenty of storage.

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They also specified that the living room should be an area where all family will unite and also meet with friends - they asked for a fireplace with a real fire, huge sofa that could be converted into a bed. In terms of a colour scheme they said they would prefer vivid colours everywhere accept in the bedroom which they wanted to be more relaxed and tranquil.

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3. What particular improvements have you made?

I was involved in all stages of the renovation project - starting from developing a concept, planning, sourcing materials and furniture, and construction works supervision. I made the floor plans for each room and also designed most of the furniture - bunk beds with a hammock, wardrobes in the kids room, bedroom and entryway, and the living room cupboards with a built in fireplace. All these elements were custom manufactured specially for this project. As the clients asked we used natural, expensive materials - e.g. marble and solid teak for the bathroom, American walnut veneer for the wardrobes in the entryway, oak wood for flooring and kids room furniture, handmade brass handles for all cupboards. As for the hammock in the kids room - the clients wanted it to be very strong so that it could support adult weight as well, so we made it of the same net used for yachts and catamarans and reinforced with a metal carcass. They brought lots of paintings from their travels so we used them to decorate the walls.

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4. What aspect of the renovation are you most happy with?

I was really excited while designing the kids room - I suggested to the client that we make it in a Robinson Crusoe style and she really loved the idea. It was so much fun and I am very happy with the result and the kids reaction.

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5. Where do you get your inspiration from?

The main inspiration came from travel - the clients have traveled a lot in Africa, Asia,and  Europe and they asked me to introduce elements that would remind them of these trips. I spent lots of time looking through various travel magazines and thinking what to introduce in the design. The biggest challenge was to unite it all so the whole apartment would look like one whole.

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6. What has been the clients' reaction to the finished project?

They told me that I helped them to make their dream come true.

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Special credits:

Photographer : Olga Shangina

Interior Stylist : Ekaterina Naumova

Tandoori Chicken, Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw

Our latest healthy recipe from Mindful Chef is a variation on a National favourite dish. Chicken thighs are marinated in coconut yoghurt and a blend of Tandoori spices including paprika, turmeric, ground ginger, ground coriander and ground cumin. The red cabbage & apple slaw make a refreshing side, and are packed with vitamin C for strengthening the immune system.

Mindful Chef is a food-box company with over 500,000 health-focused recipes.They believe in reducing your intake of sugar and refined carbs. As a result, they never deliver pasta, bread or white rice - instead all the recipes are based on innovative uses of fresh vegetables.

Deliveries are made Sunday and Monday each week and you can choose up to 5 recipes from the ever changing and imaginative menu. The recipes are all available online.

 Serves 2

Serves 2

Ingredients: (all delivered by Mindful Chef)

  • 120ml coconut yoghurt
  • 150g red cabbage
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp Mindful Chef Tandoori spice blend
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 x 150g free-range chicken thighs
  • 80g brown rice
  • 80g spinach
  • Large handful of fresh coriander


1. Preheat the oven to 220C / gas mark 7 and boil a kettle.

2. Rinse the brown rice and place in a saucepan with 400ml boiling water and a pinch of sea salt. Simmer for 20-25 mins. In the last 2 mins of cooking, stir through the spinach until wilted, then drain.

3. Peel and grate or finely chop the garlic. In a bowl, mix half of the coconut yoghurt with the tandoori spices, garlic, 1 tbsp oil and a pinch of sea salt. Place the chicken thighs in the bowl and stir to coat. Place the chicken on a baking tray or in an ovenproof dish in the oven for 20-25 mins until cooked through and turning golden.

4. Meanwhile, make the slaw; very finely slice the red cabbage, removing the thick stalk and thinly slice the coriander leaves. Grate the apple with the skin on, removing the core.

5. Into a bowl, put the red cabbage, apple and coriander. Add half of the juice from the lemon and the remaining coconut yoghurt. Stir to combine and season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.

6. Place the tandoori chicken thighs on two warm plates, alongside the spinach brown rice and the red cabbage and apple slaw. Drizzle over the remaining lemon juice to taste.

Read more at Mindful Chef.

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Top 5 Honeymoon Resorts in Greece

Your new life together has just begun! After you've said, "I do," why not escape to a dream honeymoon in Greece? Grecotel, the leading collection of luxury hotels and resorts in the country, has picked the most romantic destinations to make your honeymoon the once-in-a-lifetime trip it should be.

Fall in love with blissful beaches, turquoise waters and five-star luxury on the island of Crete.

Amirandes – Set amid palm-lined gardens, Amirandes is the perfect place to let romance blossom in paradise. From the moment you check in as a newly-wedded couple, this exclusive Grecotel resort promises five-star service backed by the Cretan Riviera’s picture-perfect surroundings.

All suites, villas and rooms feature designer furniture and endless sea views. The resort also offers a full line-up of entertainment for couples, from live music and dance shows, to pool and beach parties, to an outdoor cinema and a Cretan folklore evening. Heraklion, one of the world's most romantic cities, is just 20 km away.

Toast your new life together with the Rose Garden Honeymoon Package, which includes a welcome drink, fine wine and fresh fruit in your room. Find your bed adorned with a special decoration of sugared almonds and rose petals. Enjoy a romantic breakfast on your shaded veranda before you soak up the sun by your private pool. Then, celebrate with a candlelit dinner under a starry night’s sky.


Explore Corfu's cypress-studded hills, authentic villages and sandy coves.

Corfu Imperial – When you want as much luxury as possible, look no further than Corfu Imperial. The exclusive resort is set on a private peninsula and provides peace in an unspoilt location, with Corfu Town only 12 km away. 

Regal villas feature interiors splashed in royal colours and hand-painted murals. Each villa overlooks the sea while shaded verandas lead you straight to the beach. 

To top things off, you can enjoy live entertainment, Michelin-starred cuisine and the option to sail away on the Ionian Sea. Pick from a sunset cruise or an on-boarddining experience. You can even charter a private yacht during your stay.

Focused on romance, the Pearl Perfection Honeymoon Package includes champagne on arrival, bed decoration, a candlelit dinner and Melokarido – a Greek tradition of honey and walnuts symbolising the sweetness of life. A romantic breakfast will be served in your room the next morning.


Spend quality time on Mykonos’ golden coasts, striking blue waters and lush green landscapes.

Mykonos Blu – With top-notch service and laid back energy, Mykonos Blu creates an intimate retreat in which to indulge.

Tucked away on the famous Psarou Beach, the resort's whitewashed décor complements dramatic views over the Cyclades. What's more, a personal butler is at your service 24/7.

For a once in a lifetime experience, spend your honeymoon in a divine villa with private pool and sparkling sea views. Relax with a massage, make the most of your private garden or float in a chromatherapy tub for two. Elixir Spa therapists can even arrange massages and beauty treatments in the privacy of your villa or outdoors by your pool.

Complete your stay with the Orchid Symphony Honeymoon Package, which adds a 60-minute relaxing massage for two in the Elixir Alchemy Spa.


Venture off the beaten track in the Peloponnese and soak up the complete luxury of the Aegean.

Mandola Rosa & Aqua Park  Leave regular life behind for a deluxe honeymoon at Mandola Rosa & Aqua Park. The property's premium location is set in the Riviera Olympia Resort complex, which lies on a 500-acre wooded estate. The complex boasts the largest water park in a Greek resort, 20 restaurants and bars, and a multitude of loved-up facilities.

Each apartment-sized beachfront villa has an extravagant ensuite bathroom (32 m²), wooden floors, a Jacuzzi bathtub for two, and a personal gym area. Other features include direct access to the shore, a private gazebo on Mandola beach, an outdoor fireplace and a private garden.

Don’t miss a meal for two at Cap Voyage. The gourmet restaurant blends fresh local ingredients with cosmopolitan cooking methods. 

The Over the Moon Honeymoon Package adds breakfast in your villa every morning, a private beach gazebo with full service every day, one 4-course candlelit dinner for two and a romantic dinner on every wedding anniversary.


Discover Attica for swimming, shopping, seafront dining and dancing the night away.

Cape Sounio – Overlooking the mythical Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounio is dedicated to making your honeymoon truly unforgettable. 

Bask in a bath filled with scented water, flower petals, bubbles or aromatherapy oils while the mood is set with candles, music and lighting. Nourish your body and soul with an Ayurveda treatment while you admire landscaped gardens and a sea view forest.

With every detail of your honeymoon arranged, your hardest decision will be whether to relax together by the sea, enjoy an in-villa massage, make the most of your gorgeous private garden or float away in a Jacuzzi tub at the spa. 


Special Offer: Couples who celebrate their wedding at Amirandes or Cape Sounio will receive a 20% discount on honeymoon packages. 

Find out more about Grecotel’s honeymoon packages here.

IKEA Hack - Ink Blue and Gold Decadent Drawers

This is a quick and easy IKEA hack. Perfect for a little weekend project. And when it's finished no one will guess where you got this decadent little number. It uses a chalky effect furniture paint to create a fashionable flat matt finish to flat-pack furniture. And best of all it requires minimal preparation. Now that's the kind of project we like!


What You Will Need

  • Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint
  • Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax,
  • ClearIKEA Tarva drawers
  • Paint roller
  • Paint brush
  • Paint stirrer
  • Can opener
  • 2 x microfibre cloths
  • Drawer handles
  • Corner plates and screws
  • Drill


  1. Take the Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint and stir thoroughly before use. Paint the top, sides and front of each drawer with a roller. Paint any remaining hard to reach places with a paint brush. Leave this to dry. Your drawers may require a second coat.
  2. Using Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Clear, fully wax the piece of furniture with your dry cloth. Work the wax into the surface in small circular motions. Leave for 15 minutes and buff with a clean, dry cloth. Furniture wax is easy to apply with a brush or rag and will give you a soft, velvety sheen, which provides a matt finish for projects that require more durability against knocks and stains.
  3. Position the corner plates on the edge of the drawers pre-drill small holes to make it easier to screw in the screws. Take your flat-topped screws and screw into place to secure the corner plates. Repeat this step for the handles to complete your project.

For stockist information and more inspiration visit Make it Yours.

Cosy-Up Your Space, The Swiss Way

Transform the look and feel of your home to a style that rivals the cosiest of interiors imaginable, by adopting an Alpine aesthetic.

The Chalet Collection by Atrafloor features faux effect wooden planks, logs and stone textures as clever vinyl flooring designs that let the much-adored chalet interior style be brought to any setting with a big impact.

Comfortable, homey ski chalets are particularly admired for the inviting atmosphere they create, and achieving the aspirational Swiss style doesn't have to be a chore with the right textures, palette and furnishings in play.

The towering wooden ceiling beams, roaring open fireplaces and slate stone walls of a chalet may be dreamy to behold, but the limiting practicality of pulling off this sort of interior design idea makes it seem impossible to imagine a regular house reaching that level of luxurious looks.

The Chalet Collection offers a creative solution to totally transforming a space, creating immersive rooms of log and stone illusions that will transport your mind to a snug cabin shelter deep amidst a snowy Switzerland forest.

Use complementary decor such as faux fur rugs, warm throws, scented candles, wooden furnishings and a mix of rich and neutral tones to complete a dream chalet space that's always warm and welcoming.


Website of the Week - Abode Living

Abode Living is an independent contemporary furniture and homeware boutique which opened its doors in Kensington Gardens, Brighton, in 2004. Since then, it has become one of the South East's favourite home stores and has grown into a successful online shop.

With a brand new selection of beautiful home accessories in store or arriving soon, including gorgeous wall hangings, bright tropical prints, velvet cushions and rattan lampshades, we couldn't wait to share.

 Kyoto Linen Wall Hanging £130, available from end of April.

Kyoto Linen Wall Hanging £130, available from end of April.

 Marimekko Mynsteri Tableware. Available now.

Marimekko Mynsteri Tableware. Available now.

 Bamboo Basket Dome Shade £55. In stock from mid March.

Bamboo Basket Dome Shade £55. In stock from mid March.

 Green Parrot Velvet Cushion, £45. Available Now.

Green Parrot Velvet Cushion, £45. Available Now.

Abode Living's collection boasts items sourced from sought after brands from around the world; Scandinavian design from House Doctor, Iittala, Marimekko and Broste, beautiful French furnishings from Rouge du Rhin, British designs from the likes of Wallace & Sewell and Old School Electric, and many more. 

We knew you'd love them.

Ippolito Fleitz Group - Show Apartments 'Shades of Grey'

With 'CEG Schwarzwald' in Shanghai, the project developers of China Eagle Group (CEG) are sending a positive message for a new consciousness in China. Amidst a forest of 20.000 trees, the 'Schwarzwald' apartment towers offer the unique synthesis of living a modern urban life in a quality environment. Ippolito Fleitz Group developed interior designs and furnishing concepts for two apartments in house 11, demonstrating the wide range of individual life schemes and design worlds to potential buyers.


Shades of Grey

True to its name, the central theme of the “Shades of Grey” show apartment focusses on a full range of grey nuances. With its elegant and meditative calm, the apartment would perfectly suit a globetrotter’s desires after a long and tiring trip. Layers and interactions of premium materials, fascinating textures and high-contrast surfaces turn this 250-square-metre apartment into a metropolitan sanctuary with a breath-taking view of Shanghai’s skyline. 


Upon entering the apartment, a piece of art in green tones instantly attracts the visitor’s attention. A spacious living-dining area with an integrated floor-to-ceiling kitchen extends across the entire apartment width. From the balcony on the northside, through the interior and all the way to the horizon on the opposing side, nothing in the apartment blocks the clear view. A painted aluminium slat ceiling both zones the living-dining area and creates a cosy atmosphere through indirect lighting. Filigree and nearly invisible, a glass shelve separates the dining table from a spacious couch arrangement and offers space for memories. Herringbone-patterned parquet flooring in dark grey literally lays the foundation for the “Shades of Grey” theme, whereas contrasting hues of green and blue create highlights and support the apartment’s modern, elegant and calm atmosphere. Thanks to a variation of textured plaster and paint surfaces, the 20-metre wall opposed to the entrance visually comes alive.


The contrasting, yet matching mix of materials creates an atmosphere of both calm intimacy and excitement in the living area. Here, layered carpets meet fabrics with exciting haptic features and smooth marble and mirror-glass surfaces, while earth and gold-toned accessories provide an extra touch of luxury. Merely separated from the living area by ceiling-high glass, there is a small, half-open workspace with a comfortable sofa corner. 


Grained Chinese marble not only graces the detached workspace and kitchen worktops, but also a segment in the living area where a television is embedded into the wall. In the bathrooms and bedrooms it serves as the primary wall covering.


Warm shades of grey, natural wooden surfaces, indirect lighting and luxuriant fabrics tastefully contrast with the bedrooms’ smooth surfaces and create a relaxed ambience. Thanks to a sophisticated combination of vivid marble grains, unpretentious white sanitary items and accessories in black and gold, the bathrooms unfold in an aura of classic and timeless taste.


With “Shades of Grey” we invite you into the beautiful and diverse world of grey nuances. The tasteful application of layers, transparencies and interactions never ceases to generate excitement and to offer new perspectives.


Ippolito Fleitz Group is a multidisciplinary, internationally operating design studio based in Stuttgart.

Indonesian Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Our latest healthy recipe from Mindful Chef is packed full of flavour. Fragrant chicken thigh skewers marinaded in fresh lemongrass and ginger, on a bed of vegetable noodles and drizzled in a peanut lime sauce. Peanuts are loaded with dietary fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals so you know it's good for you too.

Mindful Chef is a food-box company with over 500,000 health-focused recipes.They believe in reducing your intake of sugar and refined carbs. As a result, they never deliver pasta, bread or white rice - instead all the recipes are based on innovative uses of fresh vegetables.

Deliveries are made Sunday and Monday each week and you can choose up to 5 recipes from the ever changing and imaginative menu. The recipes are all available online.

 Serves 2

Serves 2

Ingredients: (all delivered by Mindful Chef)

  • 1/2 fresh lemongrass stalk
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lime
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 200g carrot
  • 2cm fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp peanut paste
  • 2 x 150g free-range chicken thighs
  • 80g buckwheat noodles
  • 8 skewers


1. Remove the outer layer of the lemongrass and peel and finely chop or grate the ginger. Slice the chicken thighs in half lengthways into two long strips. Place the lemongrass and ginger in a bowl with half of the tamari and 1/2 tbsp oil, and place the chicken in the sauce to marinate until needed.

2. To make the vegetable noodles; peel the carrots and trim the ends of the carrots and cucumber. Using a peeler, thinly slice the carrots and cucumber into long thin strips. Thinly slice half of the red chilli (remove the seeds for less heat) and finely chop the remaining half.

3. To make the peanut sauce; mix the peanut paste with 1-2 tbsp cold water and the remaining tamari to make a smooth sauce. Add the finely chopped chilli.

4. Thread each slice of chicken onto a skewer lengthways, weaving in and out of the skewer. Heat a griddle pan (or frying pan) with 1/2 tbsp oil on a medium-high heat and cook the chicken skewers for 10-15 mins, turning occasionally, until cooked through and golden brown.

5. Meanwhile, boil a kettle. Pour 500ml boiling water into a saucepan and bring to the boil, then add the buckwheat noodles with a pinch of sea salt and simmer for 5 mins (stir often to prevent sticking). Once cooked, rinse briefly in cold water.

6. In a large bowl, place the vegetable noodles and the buckwheat noodles with the juice from half of the lime and half of the peanut sauce. Stir well to combine.

7. Place the buckwheat noodles, cucumber and carrot in two bowls and top with the chicken skewers. Sprinkle over the sliced chilli and drizzle over the remaining peanut sauce. Serve with the remaining half lime, cut into wedges.

Read more at Mindful Chef.

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Controversial Ceilings? - The Potential Of The Fifth Wall

With saves for 'statement ceilings' up +310% on Pinterest leading the platform to declare ceiling wallpaper one of their top 10 interior design trends for 2018, Murals Wallpaper bring their surface design expertise to the table to demonstrate how to maximise the potential of your 'fifth wall' with core interior trends, and discuss: are ceilings a smart place to display design?

Ceiling art isn't exactly a new concept, but the space certainly hasn't before been recognised as a rewarding place in the home to feature the sorts of colours, patterns and textures that we do on our walls.

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Ceiling Is Believing

Part of the renowned Pinterest 100 trend report, ceilings are now being called the Fifth Wall: 'A statement ceiling can transform a room from the top down with bold paint, striking wallpaper or intricate texture.'

Ceiling design seems to have spiked people's interest, with Google searches for statement ceilings going up 2,300% since it was announced as a trend to watch.

But would you wallpaper your ceiling? It's too early to tell whether this exciting trend will truly catch on and see decorative ceilings becoming commonplace in households, and it's possible the idea will divide opinion. Are ceilings the new place to display key design elements in interiors, or are our room's summit spaces to remain varying shades of white?

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Pinterest enthusiast Hannah Madsen is the social media director at Murals Wallpaper, and gives her take:

'At Murals Wallpaper we look to innovate with murals that turn a room into a work of art, and in our eyes the ceiling can be counted as an overlooked blank canvas in the home that is waiting for a chance to shine.

Our friends at UK Pinterest HQ believe so, too, which is why murals and statement ceilings are perfect complements of each other in this year's interiors trend report.

You may surprise yourself if you choose to welcome a fifth wall into your decorating plans, when you embrace it as a new space for you to express yourself.'

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Sky's The Limit

Murals Wallpaper designers have played with different pattern and texture wallpaper ideas to come up with a selection of designs that have an inspiring impact on a space when placed on the ceiling.

This ceiling design collection, featuring three new products, also ensures the incorporation of some of the most popular game-changing design trends, such as botanical prints, hand-made watercolours, marbling and bold maximalism.

These are some key styles to try if you want to go for a real room transformation, and you can pick your dream design strategically depending on whether you want to create a cosy feeling with a dense, warm mural or open up a space with a light, airy look.

If you're ready and willing to accept this possible interiors revolution, don't be afraid to be braver with your decorating and discover the new dimension of space above you that we've all be ignoring. If you believe in potential your ceiling space, don't set limitations on the look of your home. Before you know it, your room will be ceiling the show.

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Mother's Day Gifts She'll Love

Don't forget Mother's Day on the 11th March! 

We've put together a little round-up of gifts from one of our favourite high street stores that we guarantee she will just love. To suit all budgets too. You're welcome.

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 All from House of Fraser

All from House of Fraser

Introducing Tutti & Co

Founded by Kate Rose and inspired by Kate's life in the North of England, Tutti & Co offers an array of  beautiful jewellery, fashion accessories, lifestyle and homeware ranges, designed in the UK by Kate. 


'As a designer and stylist, my passion is to surround myself with beautiful, often simple, carefully chosen objects. Each of our products starts as an idea and a sketch, and is lovingly designed and Hand finished'. 

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‘Tutti’ - or ‘all’ in Italian - was born out of my belief that life should be beautiful for all. Today, Tutti is a thriving studio, on a cliff by the sea in the North of England. We are profoundly influenced by our humble surroundings. We are proud of our local community and beautiful environment and we’re inspired to help and refine it. Live a beautiful life'.  Kate

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Tutti & Co is stocked online and in numerous stores nationwide including Fenwick.

Because Lampshades Needn't Be Boring

Papershades is the brainchild of artist Rosalind Freeborn who specialises in paper collage. One glimpse of her colourful and cheery lampshades and we were completely hooked. It may be cold and depressing outside, but inside we could have a burst of sunshine just by the addition of a lampshade or two. On Rosalind's website you will find two ranges of shades. Floral and Nostagia

 Shaftesbury from the Floral range.

Shaftesbury from the Floral range.

Of the Floral designs she says  ‘I wanted to create a collection of bright, tissue paper collages which conjure feeling of summer,' says Ros. 'The canvases are covered with a riot of poppies, roses and wild flowers.’ 

 Leicester from the Floral range

Leicester from the Floral range

The Nostalgia Collection is unashamedly…well, nostalgic!  Ros says: 'I love nothing better than collecting fragments of paper – from magazines, wallpaper, pages from books, old packaging and prints which I collage into designs which please me.' 

 Victorian Kitchen from the Nostalgia collection

Victorian Kitchen from the Nostalgia collection

VICTORIAN KITCHEN - is based on woodblock wallpaper in a childhood home.
The collage features images of dishes, jugs, toys and lanterns which used to adorn the kitchen walls in a Victorian house where she lived as a child.  I found a spare roll in the cellar and used it to cover books, decorate objects and just snip up, in that abandoned way that children do without realising it’s true value. Fortunately some of it survived and I’ve used part of it, together with a collection of bits and pieces which go with it, to create a wonderful kitchen lampshade.  

 In Olden Days from the Nostalgia collection

In Olden Days from the Nostalgia collection

IN OLDEN DAYS – the dainty delight of carefully engraved button boot
I know we don't use fans these days, and not many of us go out in button boots or use cotton handkerchiefs, but it's fun to channel those days when dressing was a much more complicated business.  Ros has combined these images from yester-year with pieces of marbled paper and swirly shapes. The finished Papershade actually looks very contemporary but it's only when you look closely that you can see that the images are quite 'old school'.

Papershades was launched in January 2017.  Both collections are available on the website and cost £25 each including postage and packing.

Muted Neutrals from Mood Collections

As spring approaches and the days grow ever longer, light is reintroduced to the home with pale colour schemes reflecting and emphasising all available natural light for a bright and airy space you can enjoy. The popularity of Scandi style and pastel colour trends show little sign of slowing, and as a result, muted colours and pops of pastel have become a new, modern neutral in the home.


The range from Mood Collections includes both made to order upholstered furniture and home décor accessories that capture the effortless elegance of the pale trend. From the classic white of the Hayward Headboard in Sorrento Snow to the powder pink velvet Rustington Headboard in Elegance Blush, the fabric library provides over 30 fabrics to choose from when perfecting the look in your home. The beauty of using pale colours within your interior acts as a blank canvas, allowing for playful accents of colour or pattern to be introduced without overwhelming the aesthetic. The floral watercolour Paula Velvet fabric in both Green & Grey and Blush is great for showcasing a statement element of pattern in muted tones whilst the Oake Mirror with Rainbow Marbling creates a colourful feature. When considering accessories, opt for soft mood lighting and furniture pieces in wicker or wood to complement the pale colour palette and achieve a calming oasis in any room of your home.


Mood Collections offers a luxurious selection of beautifully handcrafted upholstered furniture and designer mirrors coupled with stylish home décor accessories. With a fabric library housing over 30 beautiful materials, from plush velvets to sophisticated linens, the upholstery collection can be personalised to help you achieve the perfect mood for you and your home. Designer mirrors are exclusively created to complement each mood and are available in a stunning selection of designs and on-trend colour tints. Handmade in Britain, each of the upholstery items and exclusive mirrors are made to order and delivered direct to your home within 6 weeks.


Introducing Susi Bellamy - Maximalist Homewares

Susi Bellamy is a former fashion editor and practising artist who began designing for interiors when she realised her artwork would make beautiful and vibrant cushion covers. Her colourful, abstract cushions were first picked up by Liberty, and she is now on her third season with her ongoing collaboration with Heals.

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These stunning designs work in conjunction with each other to create a maximalist explosion of colour, or (if you like a neutral interior with splashes of colour) individually as a statement piece. Their combination of uniqueness and vibrancy will impact any interior in much the same way as a piece of artwork.

 orange feathered wallpaper, lampshade and cushion

orange feathered wallpaper, lampshade and cushion

Being an artist means that Susi approaches her interiors from a unique perspective as she explores how colour and texture can add depth to a room. She launched last year her newly expanded home collection of wallpaper and fabric at Decorex International where she received a fantastic reception: with Elle Deco naming her as one of two to watch for the event. She has also just shown at Maison et Objet expanding into the international marketplace.

 Blue fantasy wallpaper

Blue fantasy wallpaper

‘Creating something in the studio that looks fabulous in the home is a creative challenge that I relish, and I enjoy injecting interiors with an unexpectedly eye-catching array of colours and patterns’ Susi explains.

 new selection of velvet greens

new selection of velvet greens

All products are made in England and are available from Susi Bellamy.

Win Two Outdoor Decor Books

Patiently waiting for spring days and summer nights, Therefore to get us in the mood, we're giving away two amazing outdoor decor insirational books to help fuel all of those outdoor fantasies.

She Sheds by Erika Kotite

Have you dreamed of a quiet place where you can get away from it all? Do you have a creative spirit that is searching for somewhere to thrive? Would you like to surround yourself with special things that are yours and yours alone? Do you believe that the best things come in small packages? All over the world, others have felt the same desires and discovered the solitude and splendor of a she shed. They may be described by other names, such as hen hut or lady lair, but the purpose and benefits are exactly the same. 

In She Sheds, the beautiful new book by Erika Kotite, you’ll see dozens of in-depth examples of these private spaces to inspire you in your own pursuit. Some she sheds are dedicated to making art or music, some to gardening, writing, or reading. The activities are as varied as the women who have created them. But they all share one thing in common: they began as someone’s dream and blossomed into a small slice of heaven. 

  She Sheds: A Room Of Your Own by Erika Kotite is published by Cool Springs Press.

She Sheds: A Room Of Your Own by Erika Kotite is published by Cool Springs Press.

  La casita. Photography: Cody Ulrich, p107.jpg – “A stunning chandelier that Morse made from shells hangs over the main living area of her shed. The sofa serves as her bed when she stays here. Handsome wood flooring is mostly original, painted black. Above the beams, a former air vent now serves as a small window.”

La casita. Photography: Cody Ulrich, p107.jpg – “A stunning chandelier that Morse made from shells hangs over the main living area of her shed. The sofa serves as her bed when she stays here. Handsome wood flooring is mostly original, painted black. Above the beams, a former air vent now serves as a small window.”

Shed Decor by Sally Coulthard

Shed Decor is an inspirational guide to decorating and furnishing outdoor rooms and garden sheds to create beautiful and useable living spaces that add space and value to your home. Building on the popularity of her previous outdoor decor books, Sally Coulthard shows you how to design, decorate and equip your shed space to make an extra outside room for relaxing, working and playing.

When it comes to decoration, these important outdoor rooms deserve as much thought as any living space within the house; they come to life when filled with furniture and decoration, lighting and fabrics. And, with a bit of planning and the right combination of materials, they can be used all year round, regardless of the weather.

Shed Decor is an indispensable guide to creating the perfect shed interior. Whether you want a cool contemporary space or the mix-and-match charm of vintage living, this book takes you through all the elements you need to bring an outdoor room together with flair.

  A treetop bedroom, complete with ornate iron bed, luxurious throws and chunky knit cushions.

A treetop bedroom, complete with ornate iron bed, luxurious throws and chunky knit cushions.

  Terracotta pots, crate storage, rustic birdhouses and vintage lanterns transform a potting shed corner into a country gardener’s retreat.    Shed Decor by Sally Coulthard is published by  Jacqui Small Publishing . 

Terracotta pots, crate storage, rustic birdhouses and vintage lanterns transform a potting shed corner into a country gardener’s retreat.

Shed Decor by Sally Coulthard is published by Jacqui Small Publishing

For a chance to win a copy of each of these amazing books make sure to click the link below and fill out the form - That's all you have to do! Good Luck!

Terms and conditions: The prize draw is open to individuals in the UK residents aged 18 or over. Any person or persons connected with Heart Home magazine, without limit, their families, agents, or anyone else involved in the administration of this offer are not eligible to enter. All entries must be received by 06:00 2nd April. By entering this competition you consent to share your email, name and postcode with Heart Home magazine, who may wish to send you mailings in the future. There will be one winner who will receive the prize above. The prize must be accepted as offered (there are no cash alternatives) and they are non-transferable and non-refundable. The winners will be chosen from the list, at random, on 3rd April and the winners will be notified by email or post within 7 days. No correspondence will be entered into. Unclaimed prizes will be redrawn after 28 days of the original draw. Heart Home magazine reserves the right to replace the prize with a product of equal value, if necessary. The winners will be asked to confirm their postal address before the prize is awarded. Details of the winners may be posted on the Heart Home magazine website and Facebook page. By entering this competition, you automatically agree to the terms and conditions above. Promoter: Heart Home magazine, 4 Oak Crescent, Wickford, Essex, SS11 7FF.

Introducing The Magic Flower Company

Not just any old flowers. These flowers are magic. 100% real flowers that are preserved so that they will last for at least a year in your home, and introduce a little magic to your everyday. And we could all do with some of that.

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The Magic Flower Company has a vast and ever-growing collection that includes high quality single stems and more elaborate bouquet designs. Each individual flower or stem of foliage is preserved with the utmost care and attention to detail to ensure that the natural beauty will endure as time passes.

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All of the flowers are grown in optimum conditions on the equator and harvested at their peak, the flowers are then delicately preserved through a process that sees the natural sap replaced with an entirely harmless glycerine-based solution and the colour of the petals softly and sympathetically enhanced with organic dyes. Genius!

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Meaning that they will not alter in shape or colour for many months or even years. From the classically beautiful Rose to sprigs of Lavender and effortlessly elegant Eucalyptus, The Magic Flower Company collection can be ordered and bought online, with beautifully designed bouquets and custom arrangements available alongside the single stems for an enduring floral statement in your home.

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And we're telling you just in time for Mother's Day. Don't forget!

Single stems start from £6.45 from The Magic Flower Company.

Seeing Stars: Walk of Fame Flooring

Atrafloor have created a new flooring design to celebrate the Oscars, inspired by the iconic terrazzo star symbol that has come to be associated with the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood movie scene.

The classic star motif and rich gold, brass and black colour palette of this flooring conjures up the excitement of the Academy Awards, and interior design lovers can swoon over the stylish speckled texture that showcases the timeless trend of terrazzo.

You can bring a sense of stardom to your interiors with this faux tile design, making every day Oscar-worthy. Why not transform a hallway into a grand entrance or create yourself a walkway more extravagant than a red carpet?

Set the stage for adventurous design and walk amongst the statement stars in your own space.


Hot Smoked Trout, Egg and Quinoa Kedgeree

Our latest healthy recipe from Mindful Chef is sure to be a firm family favourite. And even better it's packed with protein and loaded with flavour from the garam masala and smoked trout, an excellent source of potassium, B12 and iron.

Mindful Chef is a food-box company with over 500,000 health-focused recipes.They believe in reducing your intake of sugar and refined carbs. As a result, they never deliver pasta, bread or white rice - instead all the recipes are based on innovative uses of fresh vegetables.

Deliveries are made Sunday and Monday each week and you can choose up to 5 recipes from the ever changing and imaginative menu. The recipes are all available online.

 Serves 2

Serves 2

Ingredients: (all delivered by Mindful Chef)

  • 100g red quinoa
  • 180g purple sprouting broccoli
  • 1 leek
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 x 150g hot smoked trout fillet (skin off)
  • Large handful of flat-leaf parsley



1. Finely slice the leek and thinly slice the red pepper. Roughly chop the parsley, trim the broccoli and cut in half lengthways and in half widthways.

2. Heat a medium-sized pan with 1 tsp oil on a medium heat, add the red pepper and broccoli for 3 mins. Remove and set aside. In the same pan, heat 1 tsp oil, then add the leek and cook for 3 mins.

3. Boil a kettle. Rinse the quinoa and add to the leek pan with the garam masala. Stir for 2 mins, making sure the grains are coated with oil.

4. Dissolve the vegetable stock cube in a jug with 400ml boiling water. Add the stock to the pan and simmer on a gentle heat. It should take 15 mins for the quinoa to cook and the stock to be fully absorbed.

5. Meanwhile, fill a saucepan with boiling water, place the eggs into the water and simmer for 6-8 mins. Once the eggs are cooked run under cold water for 1 min and peel. Cut into quarters.

6. Break up the trout into bite-sized pieces and add to the quinoa pan along with the red pepper, broccoli, lemon juice and parsley. Cook for 3 mins until the trout is heated through.

7. Spoon the smoked trout kedgeree into two warm bowls and top with the egg quarters.

Read more at Mindful Chef

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