A Little MissPrint

We've always loved the mid-century inspired patterns from MissPrint so we were very excited to hear of their latest collaboration with Garden Trading.

The collection consists of a lovely selection of enamel kitchenware that is available in two beautiful shades of flint (a gorgeous mid-grey) and yellow. Fabulous as a single colour set or even better when mixed up.

Enamel Muscat patterned mugs, £12.50 each, enamel stove kettle, £30, milk saucepan, £25, canisters £16.50, utensil holder, £14.50 and milk jug, £12.50.

Enamel Muscat patterned mugs, £12.50 each, enamel stove kettle, £30, milk saucepan, £25, canisters £16.50, utensil holder, £14.50 and milk jug, £12.50.

Garden Trading founder Jon Holloway says "We have always admired the clean, deceptively simple patterns of MissPrint's iconic Mid-Century collection. This Muscat detail, originally featured on wallpaper, feels very organic and is in keeping with our considered approach to design." 

Enamel Muscat patterned mugs, £12.50 each.

Enamel Muscat patterned mugs, £12.50 each.

Available from Garden Trading.

Get 20% Off at Cadira

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Cadira was established in 2002 and since then it has established a solid reputation as one of the leading contemporary furniture retailers in the London area. Offering products by some of the best factories in Spain and Italy.

On most of their bedroom and living furniture ranges they are able to provide a free design service, which includes 3D designs based on your room and product selection. This is a great help to visualise some of their more popular ranges such as sideboards and other lounge furniture, bedrooms, kids rooms, wardrobes and others.

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The Flower Project

One of the highlights of LDF for many was the collaboration between Zoe Brewer, owner and Creative Director of My Interior Stylist and the well known charitable social enterprise Out of the Dark.

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We know Zoe and the guys at Out of the Dark quite well and were delighted when we heard that they would be working together. Zoe is known for her love of colour and flowers and both parties use colour as an inspiration in their work. You only have to look at the home of Jade and Jay (founders of OOTD) in the April 2014 issue of Heart Home to appreciate that!

The Flower Project is a collection of individual pieces created for LDF which are a vision from Zoe’s mind and magpie eye, beautifully crafted at the Out of the Dark workshop.  Ultimately it is designed to provoke everybody’s creative juices to explore what might be possible in upholstery.

The furniture items were chosen for being quite bland in their old and sorry state. Zoe chose a colour spectrum inspired by bright jewels and vintage gems, experimenting with unusual colour pairing in paint and textiles. The upholstery fabrics selected are all lush velvets, the ultimate in glamour for furniture upholstery. Out of the Dark then put in the hard work to sand, paint, upholster and recover the pieces, finally adding the finishing touch which makes these pieces stand out from the crowd…felt flowers handmade by Zoe and her team are sewn in a free form pattern across the furniture. 

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These are the ultimate statement piece for those inspired by colour, taking embellishment to definite “statement” level.

Zoe says “I gave OOTD quite a challenge with this project – attaching 3D embellishment was something new for us all.  I’m so very proud of the results.  Jay’s attention to detail in the production stages proved key in ensuring the furniture is beautifully finished”.

We absolutely adore them!

Fanny Shorter Launches New Botanical Prints

Fanny Shorter has launched a new collection of hand printed linen cushions and accessories which were showcased during Tent London last week. The range takes inspiration from exotic plants of the English hot house with bold botanical patterning. Deep glossy greens and sharp colourful highlights are the main attraction. New gorgeous products include cushions and toiletry bags - simply stunning!

Calathea Cushion

Calathea Cushion

Passiflora Cushion

Passiflora Cushion

Quince Cushion 

Quince Cushion 

Make Up Bags

Cosy Up With Katie Bonas

For her winter collection, Katie Bonas has added a new range of wonderfully tactile throws to keep us cosy when the cold, frosty, winter months arrive. In muted colours of aquamarine, grey and sage, the chic merino lambs wool throws are super soft to the touch and beautifully neutral, whilst the moss stitch throws offer a slightly more contemporary vibe in charcoal grey, stone and cream. 

Clockwise from top Merino Wool Throw in Herringbone Aqua £85, Moss Stitch Throw in Charcoal £65, Merino Wool Throws £85

Clockwise from top Merino Wool Throw in Herringbone Aqua £85, Moss Stitch Throw in Charcoal £65, Merino Wool Throws £85

And for the ultimate in sophistication Katie’s ever popular cowhide rug makes a stunning statement next to the fireside; each one having it’s own unique spectacular markings or colour.  Whilst a reindeer throw, in soft reindeer hide will easily transform a favourite armchair into a snug, winter cocoon to complete the perfect space for winter hibernation. 

Clockwise from Left:  Reindeer Throw / Rug: £135, *Cow Hide Floor Rug  (various colourings) (approx. 3- 3 1/2 square m): from £245,

Clockwise from Left:  Reindeer Throw / Rug: £135, *Cow Hide Floor Rug  (various colourings) (approx. 3- 3 1/2 square m): from £245,

Katie Bonas is a luxury online lifestyle and interiors boutique celebrating great British design and country style. Specialising in beautiful home accessories and gifts, they are proud to offer a mix of products designed by Katie herself as well as other high quality British made products.

*All cowhides used by Katie Bonas are by-products of the meat industry and animals are not bred specifically for their hides.  Products handmade in Britain with cow hides imported from Brazil.

It's all Greek to us

For many of us the summer holiday is starting to fade from the memory. All we have to remind us of the brilliant blue skies and the pretty little villages are a camera full of images we have yet to download, and a few instagram snaps. Wouldn't it be nice if our homes had the same relaxed vibe as our week in the sun?

The classic and elegant Greek interior design style is constantly being re-invented by interior designers who love its timelessness. Clearly influenced by the blinding light and the sea, Greek homes are decorated to reflect a sense of calmness and simplicity whilst still remaining chic. 

Perhaps the most important factor to achieving this look is to use a palette of blue and white. White walls can instantly bring sunshine to a room and by using shades of different blues, from turquoise to a deeper cobalt blue; you can create the necessary contrast that will evoke that true holiday mood and Greek feel.

Windows are often let unadorned or with simple shutters. The perfect excuse to get out the paint brush and the blue paint! Furniture is often a simple peasant style, using scrubbed wooden tables, country style dressers and wicker.

Image taken from amazinginteriordesign.com

Image taken from amazinginteriordesign.com

Fabrics are best restricted to natural materials with perhaps a few touches of lace on table runners or as simple room dividers. Big comfortable sofas made of linen will add comfort to the scheme whilst still keeping true to the style.

Image taken from littlebowprep.blogspot.co.uk

To accessorise, decorations on the walls should mainly revolve around the sea. Murals are great for adding atmosphere; you could choose a classic coastal backdrop or even one of your own framed holiday snaps of the Greek Islands to add a more personal touch and complement the interior design scheme. Other decorative items such as transparent blue glass bottles, vases and classic white statues will all add to the overall Greek effect. 

Image taken from Photowall.co.uk

Image taken from Photowall.co.uk

Last but not least, one little finishing touch would be to add a meander, or ‘Greek Key’ which is found on numerous ancient Greek decorations. This is the perfect accent on curtains or bed sheets for the complete look. 

Image taken from blog.damasketdentelle.com

Image taken from blog.damasketdentelle.com

This style of interior design is great for those who love the sea, light and the simplicity and excitement of the classic Greek culture.  Not to mention holidays!




Kitchen Wishlist From George At Home

We all know that the kitchen is the hub of the home where most of us seem to spend a lot of our time. whether it's baking or for entertaining reasons we spend pride and joy in making our kitchen look good. Here is a round up of some of our favourite pieces from George at Home, with three totally different kitchen looks.

The Heirloom Look

Think soft pastel colours, feminine pieces that create a sense of luxury and beauty. 

From top left clockwise: Hearts Cake Stand; Hearts Dinner Set - 12 Piece; White Teacup Lampshade; Vintage Lap Tray; Baking Stamps Set; Hearts Tea Bag Rest;  Ribbed Ceramic Vase; Duchess Cutlery Set 16 Piece.

From top left clockwise: Hearts Cake Stand; Hearts Dinner Set - 12 Piece; White Teacup Lampshade; Vintage Lap Tray; Baking Stamps Set; Hearts Tea Bag Rest;  Ribbed Ceramic Vase; Duchess Cutlery Set 16 Piece.

Constructed Comfort

For a bold and masculine look use plenty of neutrals and metallics. These quirky monochrome pieces are perfect for statement style kitchen.

From top left clockwise: Chalked Teapot; Monochrome Wipe Clean Placemat; Printed Cow Milk Jug; Chalked Milk Carton; Mark Making Placemat - Set of 4; Roaster 36cm Charcoal; Chalked Salt & Pepper Shakers; Monochrome 12 Piece Dinner Set.

From top left clockwise: Chalked Teapot; Monochrome Wipe Clean Placemat; Printed Cow Milk Jug; Chalked Milk Carton; Mark Making Placemat - Set of 4; Roaster 36cm Charcoal; Chalked Salt & Pepper Shakers; Monochrome 12 Piece Dinner Set.

Highland Fling

Add an eclectic twist to your Kitchen with this mix of tradition meets scottish countryside. 

From top left clockwise: Check Egg Cups - Set of 2; Copper Tri Ply Stockpot; 16 Piece Check Cutlery Set; Traditional Kitchen Scale Red; Check Placemat - Set of 4; Fox and Hare Mixers - 4 Pack; Owl Salt and Pepper Shakers; Red Teapot.

From top left clockwise: Check Egg Cups - Set of 2; Copper Tri Ply Stockpot; 16 Piece Check Cutlery Set; Traditional Kitchen Scale Red; Check Placemat - Set of 4; Fox and Hare Mixers - 4 Pack; Owl Salt and Pepper Shakers; Red Teapot.

All kitchen pieces are available to buy online from George at Home.

Top 3 Ways to Beautify the Back Garden Without Breaking the Bank

Yes, summer’s sadly drawn to a close, but that doesn’t mean you should stop working on your garden. Keep at it all year round and by the time the sun finally comes out after the long, harsh winter, you’ll be able to wow the guests at your first garden party of the summer with some stunning additions.

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DIY garden furniture
Buying garden furniture is a nightmare. Half a Saturday wasted spent trudging around your local garden centre, you’ve blown half of your wages on items that you’re not even sure you like, and you need to get your hands on a van to transport it home. A much more creative, affordable and enjoyable way of furnishing your garden is simply by doing it yourself. Use online guides to build garden furniture from old wooden pallets, indoor furniture that you’ve replaced, blankets and pretty much anything else that would otherwise go to waste, and you’ll have some truly unique garden furnishings plus a wad of extra cash in your pocket. Why not spend it on a…

Fire pit
People associate fire pits with the warm, fuzzy memory of midsummer nights spent on holiday, in pub gardens and on the beach, and naturally assume that they’re unable to purchase them for themselves without spending an arm and a leg. Actually, home fire pits are available for as little as £20. Place some of your DIY garden furniture around it and you’ve got yourself a charming, warming outdoor seating area that can be used all year round.

Bespoke veranda
Of course, you can’t show off your new fire pit to your friends at the garden party if it’s raining. Indeed, the garden furniture you spent so long making won’t last long if it’s left to the vagaries of the weather until next summer. This is where a bespoke veranda comes in – providing an affordable, sheltered outdoor space that’s just as useful for moonlight gatherings and dinner parties as it is for storing the new additions to your garden on those grim days when the last thing you want to do is leave the house. Go with an experienced provider of quality verandas such as 123v and you’ll have the choice of some of the most affordable verandas on the market, with optional extras such as iPod docks, speakers, heating and lighting available.

Combine these three affordable, interesting and unusual methods of improving your back garden and your place will be the destination of choice for socialising all year round. Don’t go it alone; use internet guides, shop around for accessories and get the advice of bespoke veranda experts such as 123v, and for a fraction of the price of what next door paid for their seen-it-all-before patio, you’ll have the beautiful back garden that everybody wants.

Pistachio and Almond Cookies

The combination of pistachios and almond in these cookies is one of our favorites. In fact we always bake an extra batch as they disappear far too quickly.

Ingredients:

225 g butter, softened

140 g caster sugar

1 egg yolk, lightly beaten

2 tsp almond extract

225 g plain flour

55 g ground almonds

55 g pistachio nuts, finely chopped

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Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk and almond extract. Sift the flour into the mixture, add the ground almonds and stir until thoroughly combined. Halve the dough, shape into balls wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 – 60 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 190C. Line 2 large baking sheets with baking paper. Unwrap the dough and roll out using plenty of flour. Sprinkle half the pistachio nuts over each piece of dough and roll lightly with the rolling pin. Cut out cookies and place on the baking sheets spaced well apart.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes. Leave to cool for 5 – 10 minutes, and then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. 

From the Spring 2013 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Recipe and photographs: Giedre Augustinaviciute

Wool Week - Campaign For Wool

Wool Week is back from the 6th – 12th October and this year is set to be bigger than ever. 2014 marks The Campaign for Wool’s 5th year and with HRH The Prince of Wales the patron, still very much at the forefront of the campaign, the awareness surrounding wool continues to go from strength to strength. There is a whole host of activity planned to showcase the best wool has to offer across fashion and interiors.

To officially mark the start of Wool Week, The Campaign for Wool will be kicking off with the highly anticipated Wool Ride, taking place on Sunday 5th October. Prepare to be caught up in the frenzy as 300 wool-loving cyclists take over Central London for this one-of-a-kind experience. 

Be prepared for the launch of WOOL COLLECTION INTERIORS which will see a curated edit of over fifty wool interior pieces, including a selection of specially commissioned items. The WOOL COLLECTION will showcase innovative and diverse design highlighting the natural beauty and practical functionality of real wool.

This year, The Campaign for Wool’s brand partners have nominated their favourite wool items from AW14 collections to present a comprehensive view of what’s new and exciting in wool. From high-street to bespoke, the Wool Collection offers fashion lovers an amazing selection of the best coats, knitwear, tailoring and accessories to wear this coming winter.

WOOL COLLECTION; INTERIORS will be exhibited at London’s Southwark Cathedral during Wool Week - open from 5th - 12th October 10am - 7pm daily (8pm on Thursday) Admission is free.

A Buyers Guide To Shower Enclosures

Choosing the right shower enclosure can be a difficult decision; you’re spoilt for choice with so many options available and if it’s your first time updating your bathroom, it can be a daunting experience.

No two bathrooms are exactly alike, and neither are the homeowners.  Bella Bathrooms recognise this, and we are here to lend you all our experience and expertise to help you choose from our extensive range of shower fixtures and fittings, with styles to suit all tastes and prices to suit every pocket.

Whether you’re looking for shower doors, cubicles, stunning quadrant enclosures, walk-in wet rooms or complimentary bathroom furniture to enhance your existing design, it’s all here at the click of a mouse.  

Why not explore our extensive range of shower door options for the perfect tailored finish? The Bella range includes pivot doors, bi-fold doors, bow fronted doors and much more.  We carry a huge range of shower rails and seats alongside our vast assortment of optional shower accessories, so you can create the bathroom of your dreams piece by piece.

To help you make the correct choice, it is a good idea to have a plan for your bathroom.  The style and ambience you wish to create, the space available to you and where you wish to place the shower and other major fittings.  There is quite a lot to consider, and while it is true that you cannot really make the wrong choice, it is also true to say that some styles are suited to certain bathrooms better than others.  Fear not, however - Bella Bathrooms are able to help; just have a look at our blog for more information and inspiration, or contact our helpful customer services team for expert advice on any aspect of bathroom design or styling.

Whether you’ve come to Bella Bathrooms with a clear vision of your dream bathroom in mind, or you’ve clicked on the site looking to be inspired, we’ve got it all here just for you. 

The New Paint Collection at George Home

We're rather excited at the prospect of picking up paint along with the groceries! 

The new paint collection from George Home includes everything from matt and silk emulsion to non-drip gloss and satin paints. Special wipe-clean kitchen and bathroom paints are also available.

Emulsion 2.5L - £12. Top to bottom: Duck egg, Meadow mushroom, Warm lavender, Crystal lagoon, Frosty sea and Sage leaf.

Emulsion 2.5L - £12. Top to bottom: Duck egg, Meadow mushroom, Warm lavender, Crystal lagoon, Frosty sea and Sage leaf.

Charcoal Grey quick drying satin paint £7 for 750ml.

Charcoal Grey quick drying satin paint £7 for 750ml.

Pacific Ocean Kitchen and Bathroom paint. £14 for 2.5L.

Pacific Ocean Kitchen and Bathroom paint. £14 for 2.5L.

Available online and from selected Asda stores nationwide.

Paint colour cards are also in store.

Liam Treanor Launches New Santiago Collection

Liam Treanor has been hard at work designing and producing a brand new furniture collection, set to debut at the London Design Festival. Following on from the successful launch of the Interbau Collection earlier this year, Treanor has infused the new Santiago Collection with the same elegant, beautifully understated aesthetic.

Paulo coffee table

Paulo coffee table

The collection consists of the Lina Desk, Paulo Coffee Table, Affonso Stool and Louis Candlesticks. Treanor named the pieces after a few of the renowned Modernist architects who have inspired him. Their influence is apparent in the clean lines and simple forms of the Santiago Collection.

Louis candlesticks.

Louis candlesticks.

The new collection displays exceptional levels of craftsmanship and great attention to detail. Handcrafted from ash or oak, the Lina Desk features elegantly angled legs that enhance the visual tapering effect. Its slender appearance is complimented by a drawer which is tactfully suspended from the oak or ash surface. Treanor’s use of only solid wood gives the delicate form of the desk robustness and longevity.

Lina desk

Lina desk

See the Santiago Collection by Liam Treanor at designjunction during the London Design Festival, 18-21 September 2014.

Roasted Squash,Almond and Red Onion Tagliatelle

Sometimes mid-week we all need a quick and easy supper for the family and this pasta recipe is a favourite here at Heart Home.

Ingredients:

1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes

1 red onion, sliced into thin wedges

1 tsp mixed herbs

2 garlic cloves, sliced

Handful of almonds, roughly chopped

200ml hot vegetable stock

400g tagliatelle

4 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Few sprigs thyme leaves

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.

Put the squash and onion in a large roasting tin. Scatter over the herbs, and drizzle over 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season and toss everything together to coat in the oil and herbs. Roast for 30-35 minutes until the squash is tender and just caramelised at the edges.

Remove from the oven and add the garlic, almonds and stock to the roasting tin. Give everything a good stir to combine and return to the oven to continue cooking for a further 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling, salted water following the packet instructions. Drain and add the pasta to the roasting tin.

Stir the olive oil and the balsamic vinegar together in a jug and pour over the pasta. Scatter over the thyme leaves, and then gently toss everything together until well combined. 

From the winter 2013 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Recipe and photographs: Giedre Augustinaviciute

Decorating Your Home With Wallpapers

The wallpaper/paint debate remains strong in the interior design world, with choice of decorating method essentially dividing the nation. There are, of course, many advantages of opting for paint - ease of application and simplicity of touch-ups, for example - but for many homeowners, paint just doesn't hold a candle to wallpaper. Decorating your home with wallpapers offers complete control over how each room will look and feel, and can help to transform dull and tired spaces into vibrant areas with a truly unrivaled ambiance. 

The Advantages of Wallpaper

Wallpaper is far more versatile than paint, creating the opportunity for homeowners to apply their own personality into the design of their rooms. A prime example of this is the huge variety of wallpaper available for interior use, ranging from understated whites which add a brightness and airiness to small areas and narrow hallways, opening them up and making them seem much more spacious, to bright and vibrant offerings that liven up any room and create a definite 'wow' factor. 

Decorating your home with wallpapers is a concept that is often overlooked by young families as replacing wallpaper following periods of 'artistic expression' is seen as being time consuming and costly. However, wallpaper can be a wonderful addition to homes with children. Not only does kids wallpaper contain all their favourite characters, but many varieties can also be cleaned easily without causing damage. Additionally, wallpaper can hide a multitude of sins, such as wax crayon on the wall beneath that could show through paint (this is also true for uneven or cracked walls).

Amazing Wallpaper Inspiration

Some homeowners may feel that wallpaper limits their creativity, and that they can express themselves, and their personalities, more with paint. However, wallpaper is much more versatile than many people give it credit for, and it can be used in many different ways to produce differing effects to improve the ambiance and atmosphere everywhere from the hallway to the bedroom. The most common way to use wallpaper is to cover an entire room, but try thinking outside of the box.

A great 'alternative' way to use wallpaper is to use a bright or rather intense pattern to create a feature wall or accent wall, providing the perfect contrast to an otherwise understated room. Another way is to purchase white, textured wallpaper and paint over the pattern which is a great way to combine the durability of wallpaper with painted designs. Ultimately, the use of wallpaper isn't black and white. This decorating method opens up doors to all manner of techniques that suit those looking for a pure and simple design to homeowners looking for something with a bit more 'oomph'.

Introducing From Brighton With Love

Sally Evans set up “From Brighton With Love” in Summer 2012 when she moved to the city after many years living in London, where she worked in the design industry. Having studied fashion knitwear, Sally decided to return back to her love of making things and started her knitted home accessories business. Everything you see here is made lovingly by Sally herself.

'I am a real “colour and texture” person rather than someone who likes a lot of pattern. As a result a lot of my cushions incorporate 3d techniques, which gives texture to the items and makes them very tactile. Some of these are achieved by using the intarsia technique and others feature unique twists'

Her new Horizon range is inspired by the view of the sea from her very own frontdoor, there is frequently a broad stripe of lighter colour where the sea meets the sky. They come in  six colourways all inspired by Brighton and they range from the greens of the South Downs to the pinks of Candy Floss and Sticks of Rock that you buy on the Pier!

All the cushions fasten on the back with 5 shell buttons, which emphasises the seaside feel. The colours are influenced by Brighton and the surrounding area and are all made in natural yarns.

They totally give that summer vibe that one yearns all year round!

From Brighton With Love will be exhibiting at Tent London & SuperBrands, 18-21 September.

Alternative Flooring Launches the Quirky B Collection

We were really excited to hear of the new collection just launched by Alternative Flooring. Quirky B is a new broadloom patterned carpet collection created in collaboration with two of our favourite designers Margo Selby and Ashley Hicks, as well as some further Quirky patterns developed in-house.

Margo Selby for Alternative Flooring

Margo Selby for Alternative Flooring

'The Margo Selby collection is inspired by a collection of deflected double weave hand-woven cloths that I have been developing on my hand loom in the studio. I am excited with my first flooring collaboration and see both carpet and colour coming back into fashion. I am proud to be part of a booming craft scene in the UK. Making on a hand loom was an integral part of the design process for my first carpets, the designs were originally produced as soft silk and wool fabrics and have been blown up and re-coloured to make them suitable for flooring. The graphic colour combinations with contrasting light and dark shades give a deep textural feel to this new patterned carpets and runners.’  Margo Selby

Ashley Hicks for Alternative Flooring

Ashley Hicks for Alternative Flooring

‘I’m thrilled to present these new carpet designs. I love Alternative's fresh, no-nonsense approach – so different from the usual designer carpet world. I love pattern, and especially on the floor. It gives instant character and vitality to a space, as well as usefully hiding marks and damage (as a father, I know about that!) I created the Chainmail design for a roomset at Somerset House, but its angular geometry would work just as well anywhere. A play on traditional hexagon grids, its interwoven chain links give a dynamic edge to a room. Daisy, inspired by wall-decoration in an old temple in Sri Lanka, has a punchy, Pop presence that will inject a touch of 60’s glamour into any room.’  Ashley Hicks

Quirky B is not just stylish but practical. Patterns don’t show marks while wool is both soft and strong. Little wonder the whole nation is warming to the cool comfort of wool carpet and the joy of pattern that makes our floors sing!

These wool carpets are woven on traditional carpet looms in the UK.

 

Living environment - Setting up the life beautiful

Good interior design is about creating a space that works for you. If you've just moved into your new home and you're faced with the previous owner's unsightly green flock wallpaper, it's not always easy to know where to start. The truth is anyone can create a beautiful home with a little design flair and the right equipment at www.engelbert-strauss.co.uk . Arm yourself with a basic set of decorating tools, like a flat paint brush, masking tape and a paint roller set and you're pretty much kitted out to become a decorating pro.

A good set of decorating tools can last for years, so investing in good quality is always the safest bet. You can use the same brushes and rollers to redecorate when the mood takes you, allowing you to develop your home and keep it up to date with the latest interior trends. If you're not all that confident on the first decorating attempt, then stick to simple wall colours that are neutral, warm and inviting. You can always change or update it, reusing your old equipment to introduce strong colour combinations, when you are feeling a little more daring.

When the job is done, don't forget to add those small, but essential household items, like towels, toilet rolls and cleaning equipment. We often forget that functional items can hold their own kind of raw beauty, so use colour and form to create interesting features out of simple household items. A simple rubbish bin can create a splash of colour in combination with a matching hand towel. In the same way, a dust pan and brush can be used to create a homely look when hung up in a kitchen. Your home is a living, breathing space, and with some thought and a little effort, it can be truly beautiful.

 

Introducing the Betsy Range from DFS

DFS Betsy sofa

We love this pretty in pink limited edition ‘Betsy’ range from DFS.

The range is comprised of dusty pink sofas, armchairs, footstools and more, and it will be available in store for a limited period from 9th September – 4th November 2014.

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DFS designer, Helen Leigh-Jones advises on how to follow the Pantone® Fashion Colour Report 2014* - which promised soft pastels - and decorate with dusty pink:

Pastel pink hues are everywhere this year, and can play a versatile role in any home. They sit very comfortably alongside natural colours such as brown, beige, grey and nude, giving a lift to wooden floors and furniture.

DFS Betsy armchair

Mix dusty pink with brighter shades to create a more vibrant look. If you really want to make a statement, use a piece from DFS’ Betsy range as the focal point of the room and experiment with a 70s pattern on one wall.”

DFS Betsy footstool

Isn't the footstool the sweetest thing?

Recipe of the Week - Rustic Beet Tart with Plums

Now that picnic weather seems to be back with us, we're sharing with you today an autumn recipe that can be wrapped in a cloth, carried in a basket and shared with friends in a corner of a field. Please send photographs! Rustic Beet Tart via Heart Home magazine [1]

Ingredients for the crust:

1 ¼ cups plain flour 6 tbsp chilled butter, diced into cubes 1 tbsp white vinegar 3 - 4 tbsp cold water

Ingredients for the filling:

3 medium beets, sliced 100g soft goat cheese 1/3 cup dried plums, sliced into pieces Splash of olive oil Pinch of salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 220C / fan 200C

Rustic Beet Tart via Heart Home magazine [2]

Place flour and butter cubes into a food processor or mixing bowl. Mix them in the processor or rub together with your fingertips until mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add vinegar and water 1 tbsp at a time, continue mixing until everything comes together into a ball. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and knead briefly until smooth. Flatten the ball of dough into a thick disc, wrap it in cling film and chill it for at least 30 minutes (alternatively prepare in the evening and chill overnight).

Meanwhile prepare the beets by covering a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Toss the beets with a splash of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool,

Turn the oven down to 200C / fan 180C and take the chilled dough from the fridge; roll it out on a lightly floured surface.

Crumble goat cheese into small chunks and sprinkle half of the cheese onto the tart crust, leaving a 1 inch border around the edges. Add on top of the cheese dried plums, and then layer with beets and finally the rest of goat cheese. You can decorate tart with beetroot leaves. Fold over the edges of the tart overlapping the dough to keep it in a round shape. Slide onto a baking sheet for 25 - 30 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Rustic Beet Tart via Heart Home magazine [3]

Serve with lettuce and drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

From the autumn 2013 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Recipe and photographs: Giedre Augustinaviciute