Father's Day Gifts from the Heart Home Shop

We usually find that men, and especially Dads, can be the hardest to buy for. So, we have put together a selection of gifts for dear old Dad, to take the hard work out of it for you. Because we're nice like that.

Don't forget that if you don't see something you like below (and remember to hit the 'show more' tabs) there is much more in the Heart Home shop.

Al Fresco Dining | Summer ‘17 Hot Spots In London

Summer has arrived so it’s time to catch some rays whilst you can. Why not escape the hustle below and head to the rooftops of Oxford Street at Sisu; London’s latest cocktail hotspot? Alternatively, whilst over in Victoria’s new Nova Building, Rail House Café provides the ultimate backdrop for all-day al fresco lounging. Finally, over in East London, 8 Hoxton Square offers a peaceful terrace for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Rail House Café opened in March 2017 as a modern, all-day café with a menu of signature twists to international favourites. Their spacious terrace is perfect for summer dining and aperitifs with room for 80 covers. Bespoke furniture has been designed to create a setting that blends indoor and outdoor seamlessly; with large L-shaped sofas decked out in nautically striped fabric, and more formal dining tables set between large sun shades.

Menus packed with fresh flavours are available al-fresco; from breakfast and brunch, through lunch and dinner – with standout dishes including Green Tea Waffles with Coconut and Berries (£9.50) or Freekeh and Feta Salad with Pomegranate, Cashews, Mint and (optional) Hot-Smoked Salmon (£11/£15. Cocktails such as ‘Saffron Spritz’ (saffron gin, rhubarb liqueur, tonic, Chandon Rose at £10.50) and ‘The Seoul Train’ (watermelon juice, Sangsom Rum, Jinju 24, lime juice, coriander at £8) can be enjoyed from 10am daily.

Sisu is serving up the best rooftop vibes in town, as the space has been transformed into an urban hideaway where Londoners can escape the bustle of the city in Scandinavian-inspired surrounds. The ReTreat serves an irresistible menu of street-food inspired bites such as Miso Aubergine Tacos, Fried Chicken Waffles and Canadian-style Poutine, and to accompany, there’s a drinks list running from Negronis dispensed from a bespoke, coin-op cocktail tap (£8 each, to cocktails in regular (£8) or large (£13) jars, like the summery Florodora (Bulldog gin, fresh raspberries, ginger) or Moltó Negre cava (£6 per glass), if bubbles fit the occasion.  Sisu, tucked away behind a secret entrance near Marble Arch, is open daily from noon until 10pm.

8 Hoxton Square is the sister restaurant to critics’ favourite 10 Greek Street. Just like its Soho sibling, it serves fresh, seasonal dishes alongside interesting, low mark-up wines, but here reservations are taken. Guests can enjoy the sunshine this summer within the intimate al fresco dining area overlooking Hoxton Square, making for a picturesque brunch, lunch and dinner. Two daily-changing menus – one for lunch and one for dinner – as well as an all-day small plates menu are served, with brunch classics adding to the weekend lineup. There is a strong focus on seasonal British ingredients but executive chef Cameron Emirali (who co-owns the restaurants with business partner Luke Wilson) also draws inspiration from his travels. Small plates, such as charcuterie (£9) and fried baby squid (£8) have proved popular amongst diners, with their stellar selection of rosé proving the drink of choice this summer.

Introducing High Summer - Cactus & Marrakesh Designs from Bluebellgray

We've always been big fans of Fi's work at Bluebellgray and couldn't wait to share with you a special pre-launch of two high summer designs ahead of the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection. Both are inspired by the colourful city of Marrakech in Morocco. Well, who couldn't be inspired by Marrakech?

Featuring a vibrant colour palette of the inky blues, coral pinks and bright teal shades that sing out in the medina and gardens, the oversized watercolour Cactus design, available as a cushion, fabric and tray, is a fresh take on bluebellgray’s signature style and sits perfectly in simple rooms or layered with contrasting prints and block colours alike.

Marrakesh depicts a typical scene, evoking the serenity of the city’s hidden tranquil corners and is available as a cushion as well as a fabric in two colourways - Dawn and Dusk, a typical
Moroccan warm pink, and a deep cobalt blue.

Design director and founder Fi, along with her lucky design team, explored the city’s tranquil gardens, vibrant markets and charming riads last year, soaking up the energy and colours to
create the Cactus and Marrakesh designs for us to enjoy.

Available from August.

Website of the Week: One Must Dash + A chance to Win A Tote Bag

Here at Heart Home we are big fans of One must dash. A place that wishes to celebrate the quirky moments of everyday life! Launched in 2010 One Must Dash started creating interior accessories with a twist, that most certainly will make you smile.

The products range from Art Prints, Cards, Tea Towels, Hanger to Bags. The attention paid to detail resonates all the way through their production process. One must dash only uses the finest, FSC certified papers and high quality materials. All the products are made in Britain.

There are so many gorgeous prints to choose from that you really are spoilt for choice. From typographic and wedding inspired to the flower/photographic ones to the Small Talk print which is the ultimate best seller.

We are so excited to join forces with One Must Dash and offer 5 readers the chance to win 'This is A Damn Good Day For Disco' tote bag (below).

For a chance to win this totally cool tote bag 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, One Must Dash, 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 4th July. By entering this competition you consent to share your email, name and postcode with Heart Home magazine & One Must Dash, 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 5th July 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 & One Must Dash 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.

Recipe of the Week - Halloumi Skewers

Happy Days! We're all for easy recipes at this time of the year. Especially ones that can be cooked and enjoyed outside. And especially when they are healthy and packed full of flavour. Just add a bowl of green salad and a bottle of chilled beer. Cheers.

Makes 4 skewers, serves 2.

Makes 4 skewers, serves 2.


4 artichoke hearts

2 cooked beetroots

250g pack halloumi

300ml garlic & chipotle marinade (50g garlic puree, 100g chilli puree, 75ml veg. oil, ½ tbsp. salt, 125ml white wine vinegar, ½ tbsp. cumin seeds, 1 tbsp paprika: toast and crush the cumin seeds, before mixing all ingredients together thoroughly with a whisk- this makes 350ml but you’ll only need 300ml.)

1 green and 1 red pepper

1 red onion


1. Cut the beetroots in to quarters and toss with approx. 1/3 (100ml) of the marinade in a container

2. Cut the halloumi evenly into 12 pieces

3. Drain and cut each of the artichokes into two halves

3. Gently toss halloumi & artichoke halves in the rest of the garlic and chipotle marinade, (keep the beetroot separate)

4. Cover both and leave to refrigerate for at least 4 hours (overnight is best).

5. After a min. of 4 hours, you can assemble your skewers!

Cut the red onion and peppers into sizeable chunks and then place all the different ingredients onto the two separate skewers.

You can do this however you like, but the order of assembly here at Las Iguanas is: red onion, halloumi, red pepper, beetroot, green pepper, halloumi, red pepper, artichoke, green pepper, halloumi, red pepper, beetroot, green pepper, artichoke, red onion.

6. Place on a pre-heated griddle and cook for approx. 6-8 minutes. Then, enjoy!

This recipe is courtesy of Las Iguanas, a casual dining restaurant chain with a Latin American theme.

Fresh Faux Marble Atrafloor Collection

Marching on with its immense popularity from last year, Marble has been forecasted by Vogue, Pinterest and more as one of the biggest and best interior design trends of 2017. The chic, classy style of the mineral medley that is Marble has inspired Atrafloor to do what they do best and bring the timeless look to flooring with a new contemporary range of exclusive designs.

From chic, classic white marble to modernised, unique designs that take Marble beyond its natural forms, anyone can achieve their ideal Marble interiors look and get inspired with the Atrafloor collection.

Easy to install and a practical, beautiful alternative to the real thing, these Marble-effect vinyl flooring designs go worlds beyond standard stone flooring and introduce the revolutionary concept of luxurious, modern Marble style in any room of any home.

To shop Atrafloor, view all Marble designs and get an instant quote for your room, visit: www.atrafloor.com/vinyl-flooring/faux/marble

All flooring is made-to-order and priced at £59.00 per square metre. Atrafloor is suitable for both domestic and commercial use.

Bespoke Plywood Doors for IKEA Kitchen Cabinets

And not just doors, but drawer fronts, worktops and cover panels especially designed to turn standard IKEA kitchen base cabinets into the kitchen you've always wanted...

Launched in April 2017 Plykea Ltd is owned by two friends who met at university back in 1999. Tim is co-founder and design director of Normally, a digital product and service design agency in London. Adam is founder and owner of Adam Vergette Ltd, a furniture and product design studio also based in London. Having previously been head of production for high end furniture company Vitsœ Adam knew exactly how to manufacture the fronts to ensure a perfect fit that didn’t cost a fortune. Once they had completed the kitchen it struck them there was an opportunity to combine their skills and address a gap in the market providing beautifully made, reasonably priced fronts and worktops for standard IKEA kitchen base cabinets, and so Plykea was born.

The fronts and worktops are constructed from FSC certified plywood. Precisely manufactured to fit perfectly onto IKEA’s Metod base cabinets and each piece is carefully finished by hand. First they are sanded smooth with an ultra fine grit sandpaper before applying two coats of premium quality hard wax oil to bring out the natural grain of the wood whilst providing a durable, water resistant finish.

And of course, Formica is available in almost limitless colour options. Free colour samples can be ordered from the Formica Website.  There is an option of three different handle types, or alternatively items can be provided with no handle if you intend to use push to open hinges or want to use your own handles.

More information can be found on the Plykea website.

Dulwich Pavilion: Free Friday Lates

Dulwich Picture Gallery will celebrate 200 years since it first opened to the public with a summer of free Friday Lates centred around its new pavilion. The themed evenings will include performance, talks, and music, bringing together a variety of experts from across the art and design world.  Visitors can also relax and unwind in the pavilion bar with food and drink provided by The Camberwell Arms.

To mark the bicentenary of the Gallery, which was the first in the UK designed for public access to art, visitors can also enjoy free entry to the Permanent Collection every Friday from 6 – 10pm.

The Dulwich Pavilion, designed by emerging South London-based architects, IF_DO, features a series of mirrored screens, reflecting the Gallery’s iconic architecture and surrounding gardens. It will be free for all to explore throughout the summer and will open late on Fridays throughout June and July with a different line-up of cultural activities each week.

The pavilion bar, which will be open throughout the weekend, will offer a special drinks menu including classic cocktails with a twist. It will also serve a variety of small plates devised by Mike Davies, Head Chef at The Camberwell Arms.

Jenna Mason, Public Programme Producer, said:

“The Dulwich Pavilion is the ideal setting to get your culture and cocktail fix this summer – and we’re opening after hours on Fridays to provide the perfect start the weekend. The Pavilion’s moveable panels have allowed us to programme a range of immersive activities and thought-provoking debate from experts in the field of art and design.  We’ll also be bringing events into the inspiring setting of the Permanent Collection where visitors will see the old masters in a whole new way – and hopefully leave with their curiosity fed!”

The Dulwich Pavilion has been developed in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture and Almacantar with additional support from Arts Council England. 

The Lates programme is generously supported by Ingrid Beazley

Summer in a Glass - The Royal Blush

Served for the first time at Royal Ascot last year, The Royal Blush is a beautiful pink concoction, combining Beefeater London dry gin with zingy rhubarb syrup, chilled lemonade and fresh raspberries.

This signature cocktail is available throughout the Flat season at Ascot Racecourse, which runs from now until October, but would be perfect for any summer festivities you might have planned. No butler required.


Beefeater London Dry Gin

Funkin Rhubarb syrup

Schweppes lemonade

2 half circles of lemon

2 Raspberries

Cubed ice


Place a clean polished 16oz glass on a flat surface. Use tongs to put cubed ice in the glass a third of the way full. Once this is done place one half circle of lemon and one raspberry in the glass. Next fill the 50ml spirit measure with Beefeater Gin and pour into the glass.

Using a bottle opener, open a 200ml bottle of Schweppes lemonade and pour into the glass. Use a 25ml spirit measurer as a guide to measure 12.5ml-15ml of syrup and pour in the glass. Add the remaining raspberry and half slice of lemon to the glass for garnish. Then place a black straw and stirrer into the glass. Then present to the customer or enjoy!

Recipe is courtesy of Beefeater Gin.

Royal Ascot will be held Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th June. Tickets start from £37. This year the newly launched Village Enclosure will be an exciting foodie addition to Royal Ascot and will include an opportunity to experience the sought after Villers Club.

For further information and to book visit https://www.ascot.co.uk/royal-ascot-villiers-club

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

Ian Haigh and his Central Design Studio have recently completed a stunning refurbishment on the historic Grade II listed building, the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel. The extensive renovation gave the building a new lease of life, revitalising the 155 guestrooms, reception, lobby and public areas, as well as the restaurant and bar – Keepers.   

Known for his love of artisan producers and telling a story within his design, Ian has used Bristol’s well-known street art scene coupled with the historic Victorian architecture, as his main inspiration and narrative for the design.  Working with the local gallery and the street art festival Upfest to curate artwork displayed throughout, the Bristol Grand hotel features over 500 pieces by local artists.  Collaborating with emerging textile designers Kitty McCall and Midula Dey to develop unique upholstery fabrics, the building also features wallpaper prints by Elli Popp, and printed fabrics by Claire Gaudion and Jon Burgerman.

Furniture and lighting for the project has been bespoke designed by Ian and the Central Design Studio team, including a feature chandelier in reception with handmade glass panels by artisan Jo Downs.

Designer Ian Haigh established Central Design Studio in 2010 after 12 years of working for some of London’s best known design companies, including David Collins, United Designers, and Martin Brudnizki where he was a Director. Over the last five years, Central Design Studio has carved a reputation for designing relaxed and informal interiors. They, very purposefully, do not just have a ‘signature style’, but rather an underlying design philosophy often focussing more on how a space feels, not just how it looks.

Central Design Studio originated from the idea of being a small team at the centre of the design process. Working with artists, artisans, craftsmen, manufacturers and builders, they pride themselves on delivering personal and coherent projects.

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Broad Street, BS1 2EL, Bristol, UK.

Photography by James Balston

*IKEA hack* Stylish Desk Storage With Rust-Oleum

Something for the weekend? If your desk is crying out for stylish storage, why not give some simple IKEA items a makeover by staining untreated wooden desk organisers with Rust-Oleum’s Furniture Finishing Wax in Dark. It's a quick, easy and affordable way to make bespoke, industrial looking accessories for the workspace. It has a lovely recycled/antique finish and we'd be tempted to prop open a couple of those drawers to display some plants. You never know, next weekend you might want to tackle something bigger!

You will need:

  • Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax Dark
  • IKEA KNUFF plywood desk organisers (set of 2)
  • IKEA MOPP mini plywood drawers
  • Paint or wax brush
  • Clean rag or kitchen roll


  1. Make sure the IKEA items are clean and free from dust and grease by giving them a wipe over with a damp cloth, leaving the items to dry fully.
  2. Using a paint or wax brush, apply Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax all over the item.
  3. Immediately after applying the wax, wipe off any excess using a clean rag. How much wax you remove is up to you. We applied plenty to our desk organisers to give them a lovely deep colour.
  4. If you apply too much of the dark wax, you can lighten an area by loading your brush with some Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Clear and working it over until it’s lighter again.
  5. When you finish waxing your piece of furniture and are happy with the outcome, leave to dry and then buff to a soft sheen.

Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax Dark RRP 125ml £4.99/ 400ml £12

4 Tips for Decorating with Cushion Covers

Cushions have often been called the ‘the shoes and handbags’ of the décor world – you can never have too many!

Versatile, inexpensive and always on trend, cushion covers are a decorator’s best friend. However, gone are the days of simply throwing a few matching cushions onto your couch and hoping for the best. The cushion trend has taken on a life of its own, and styling with them has become somewhat of an art form. However, this should not intimidate you! Although it’s difficult to go wrong with cushion covers, there certainly are ways to maximize the impact they can have on a space. 

Understand the existing colours in your space

Considering your colour palette is an important first step in choosing your cushion covers. Identifying the 2 or 3 predominant colours already present in your room will allow you to carry these through to your collection and help create some cohesion. The cushions you select need only one of these colours within them but you can certainly combine more. If this proves difficult, or if you have too much going on in your room already, then a monochrome collection might work best for you. Simple black and whites can help accentuate other feature pieces you have or help tone down a busy room. Alternatively, you can add pops of colour, such as pinks or oranges, on top of your monochrome collection using additional accent cushion covers. This provides flexibility as you can completely change your colour scheme simply by changing your accent cushions.

Use different shapes within your collection

A common approach to decorating with cushions is to use the same size and shape of pillow across your collection. While there are times where a consistent look makes sense, this approach can come across as quite sterile and bland. If you want to create a more interesting and diverse collection, you should consider using cushions of different shapes and sizes. Mixing in larger squares and rectangle cushion covers helps provide variety and creates more options in terms of how you can group and arrange them. This approach especially looks good when decorating kid’s rooms with fun, bright colours and different shapes. Using different shapes allows you to layer your cushions more effectively and can provide lovely depth and a cosy feel.

Don’t be too worried about how many you use

A question that always comes up when decorating with cushions is ‘how many should I use’? The simple answer… there is no correct number! The consensus is that two seater couches suit an odd number, while three seaters work best with an even number. The age old 2:2:1 rule is a safe method for those that are apprehensive about over-accessorising. Starting with two cushions of the same size and colour at the back, arrange two smaller ones, perhaps in a complementary colour, in front of these. Then place one smaller accent cushion at the front which contrasts yet pulls the collection together. This works well for a neat asymmetrical look. For those seeking a more informal look, another approach is to place your collection to one side of your couch. This creates a more casual look and works well with an odd number of cushions.

Add in a throw to create a unique look

Throws and cushion covers are like peanut butter and jam. They’re great on their own, but together they’re fantastic! Pairing a throw with cushion covers is a clever way to add texture to your collection. For instance, linen cushions and a chenille throw, or velvet textured cushions with a cotton throw can create an alluring look. Using a throw can also help you create a complimentary colour scheme, such as using blue cushions with a yellow throw, or red cushions with a green throw. The options are endless but by adding in a throw you’re giving yourself even more room to play. The combination of these two items is an invaluable means for any bed or sofa makeover.

Whether used as an accent to dress your sofa, or to tie in other elements of the spaces’ décor, such as artwork or other coloured furnishings, cushion covers are a must-have for any decorator. And given the availability of cushions online these days, and their relative low cost, there really is no reason not to decorate like a professional.

This post was written in collaboration with Simply Cushions.

Introducing The Moordale Collection From Mini Moderns

From moor to dale, from spring to winter, Mini Moderns explore the landscape between their home towns.

The latest collection from Mini Moderns sees the design duo reflecting on their teenage years. Mark and Keith both grew up in Yorkshire towns, with the dales and moors never more than 30 minutes away. Moordale is their celebration of the countryside that surrounded them in the years before their move to ‘that London’.

The design depicts a landscape of rolling hills, punctuated by small towns and farms, edged with banks of Douglas Firs, and a single iconic oak tree. Two natural landmarks anchor the design: the Cow and Calf rocks that Mark visited in his youth, and Roseberry Topping, in whose shadow Keith grew up.

As the name suggests, the wallpaper stands as a visual record of the journey between the pair’s home towns – as Keith explains: “I grew up in North Yorkshire and Mark in West Yorkshire, and Moordale is literally a document of the distance between us, from the North York Moors to the Yorkshire Dales. This being our most personal collection to date, it seemed the right time to explore this theme.”

Mark, meanwhile, is keen to point out the cultural relevance of this design. “The idea came to us when we were re-watching all our favourite kitchen sink films. Whilst the settings are often urban and industrial, many of these films involve a turning point, when the protagonist escapes to the countryside to reflect on their existence. This print marks that moment in our development from teenage to adulthood.”

The four colourways were chosen to evoke the journey of the seasons, from a fresh spring Douglas Fir green, through vibrant summer Mustard, rich autumnal Harvest Orange to a tranquil winter Stone.

Moordale is the sixth print to launch from the forthcoming Mini Moderns collection, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, in which the design duo revisit the cultural influences that shaped their design aesthetic during their teenage years, growing up in the North during the 1980s.

Moordale is available in 4 seasonally-inspired colourways: Douglas Fir*, Mustard, Harvest Orange, and Stone. £50 per roll.* New for 2017, Douglas Fir is a forest green inspired by the bank of fir trees that lined the hills behind Keith’s family home.

Watercress, Beetroot & Fennel Salad with Cheese, Basil & Walnut Crostini

The recipe of the week this week, is a fresh, light & zingy salad served with slices of toasted bread topped with a vibrant pesto. Best enjoyed in the garden in our mind. A glass of chilled white wine of course, is entirely optional.

Serves 4

Serves 4

1. 8 golfball-sized, raw beetroot, trimmed and washed.
2. 1 tablespoon dark, sweet, fragrant vinegar, e.g. a summer fruit vinegar like blackcurrant, or a good-quality balsamic or sherry vinegar.
3. 120ml extra virgin olive oil.
4. 100g walnuts.
5. 1 small clove of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped.
6. 100g Comté (aged 18 months), 50g grated and 50g left whole.
7. 20g basil leaves - keep a few of the smaller leaves for garnish.
8. 8 x 2cm-thick slices of baguette.
9. 120g watercress, washed and dried, large stalks discarded.
10. 1 bulb fennel, trimmed and very finely sliced (preferably using a mandolin).
11. Walnut oil or extra virgin olive oil to drizzle. 

1. Heat oven to 180℃ fan / 200℃ normal and wrap each beetroot in aluminium foil, then put them all in a roasting tin and roast for 1 hour, until cooked through. Once they are cool enough to handle, remove the foil and, using your hands, remove the skin from each beetroot (this can be done in advance and the beetroot can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days until needed) and cut into quarters.
2. While the beetroot are roasting, spread the walnuts onto a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 7 minutes until lightly browned and smelling fragrant (check before the time is up to make sure they are not burning).
3. Make the dressing: mix the vinegar with 45ml (3 tablespoons) of olive oil in a small jam jar, season with salt and pepper and shake thoroughly to combine. Mix about 1 or 2 tablespoons with the beetroot so that all the pieces are coated - if they are still slightly warm, they will absorb the dressing nicely, but it’s fine to do it when they’re cold. Leave them to marinade for as long as possible - overnight in the fridge is ideal.
4. Make the pesto: put 50g of the walnuts and the clove of garlic into a food processor and process until finely chopped - but still with some granular texture. Add 50g of the Comté and process again briefly. Add the basil and blitz again to chop the leaves, then begin trickling in 75ml of oil, while the processor runs. Taste and season as necessary with lemon juice, salt and pepper. (If you don't have a food processor, you can make the pesto with a large pestle and mortar, crushing the ingredients together in the same order).
5. Make the crostini: lightly toast the slices of baguette on each side. Spread a little pesto over one side of each piece (you may have more pesto than you need, so any excess pesto can be kept in a jam jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 1 month - it’s delicious mixed into pasta).
6. Add the watercress and fennel to the beetroot and toss together - add more dressing as needed, but don’t drown the salad. Sprinkle over the remaining walnuts and, using a vegetable peeler, shave over the remaining Comté, sprinkle over the small basil leaves, drizzle over some walnut oil or extra virgin olive oil and serve at room temperature with the crostini.

Recipe courtesy of Comte Cheese

Twitter: @Comte_Cheese

Sebastian Cox Collaborates with Burberry

Burberry celebrates the magic of flight by installing a life-size hot air balloon and bespoke furniture designed and made by British designer-maker Sebastian Cox in a new pop-up store at Heathrow.

Standing over 15 metres tall, the Burberry Balloon is inspired by the real-life achievements of Air Commodore Edward Maitland, who, with fellow balloonists Auguste Gaudron and Charles Turner, travelled 1,117 miles from the Crystal Palace in London to Russia in 1908, and established the British long-distance, in- flight record. Maitland wore Burberry gabardine suiting for his historic flight in the ‘Mammoth’ balloon, protecting him from the severe hardships of cold at high altitude.

Located in the departure lounge of Heathrow terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, the installation depicts a scene akin to Edward Maitland’s balloon taking off amid a preparatory picnic, with bespoke pieces of furniture designed and made by the Sebastian Cox workshop and studio.

Cox looked to the past, imagining the items Maitland might have taken on his journey and the traveling chests and ‘campaign' furniture which accompanied explorers as they travelled the globe. He designed the balloon basket, picnic table and trestles, curved screens, hampers, crates, trolleys and chests with pegged mortise and tenons, luggage-inspired leather handles, brass shackles and hand turned toggles to bring this adventurous scene to life. Each piece is made using English oak frames, woven with English ash in an entirely bespoke diagonal weave.

Sebastian Cox says:

“It has been a joy to work with a brand with such heritage and discover dramatic and exciting stories of adventures from over 100 years ago which we can retell in a series of designed objects. We used a frame and weave construction to give everything a very lightweight feel, we wanted each piece to look as though it could take off into the air at any moment.”

The dedicated iPads allow travellers to create and print their own Burberry postcards and send them to friends and family via Burberry post boxes, designed and made by Cox. The cards can be personalised with a passenger’s name and travel destination, and feature illustrations. An animated video of the Burberry Balloon and its journey from Heathrow to the chosen destination can be shared on the user’s social media account.

The Burberry Balloon will be accompanied by a pop-up store featuring bags from the British luxury brand’s DK88 collection, named after the house code for its signature honey-coloured gabardine. The DK88 comes in top handle, satchel and luggageinspired styles for men and women, each featuring Burberry’s exclusive new Trench Leather. The Burberry Balloon will be at Heathrow from 8 May to 7 August before travelling the next leg of its world tour to a secret destination.

The Modern Traveller Look for Interiors from Very.Co

Now you can channel your intrepid, world traveller spirit without even leaving your living room. With the help of Very.co you can give pride of place to hunting trophies, tribal prints, ethnic artifacts and bazaar bounty in every room in the house. For true authenticity, add leather, metal, rattan and the odd giraffe shower curtain. Who knows where your adventurous side will take you?

Pair of Arrow Vases £29, Piper Table Lamp £29, Smokey Glasses (Set of 8) £22.99, Teddy Side Table £29, Brookfield Wall Mirror £69, Clyde 3 Seater Sofa £1049, Hammered Effect Tea Light Holder £35, Trellis Rug from £29, Metallic Sculptures £29, Metallic Vase £19, Modern Traveller Geo Cushion £15

Arthouse Peaceful Buddha 3D Canvas £32, Brookfield Long Mirror £89, Webster Copper Double Bed Frame £499, Isabella Motif Bedding from £25, Jumbo Cord Throw £19, Emperor Colour Pop Cushion £15, Jumbo Cord Cushion £10, Round Belly Basket £12, Trellis Rug from £29, Havana Bedside Cabinet £99

Zig Zag Large Laundry Hampers (Set of 2) £39, Hexagon Laundry Hampers (Set of 2) £49, Chenille Bath Mat £8, Fawkner Mirrors (Set of 3) £69

Sabichi Giraffe and Rhino Mugs (Set of 2) £7.99, Emperor Colour Pop Cushion £15, Modern Traveller Geo Cushion £15, Modern Traveller Cushion £15, Jumbo Cord Cushion £10, Havana Rug from £69

All from Very.co

Fake It: Faux Flowers from Neptune

Faux flowers have upped their game. Gone are the days of the obviously artificial and thick fabric leaves, instead, fine silk petals that are beautifully hand-painted, supported by thick stems and glossy verdant leaves have taken their place. 

At Neptune, our Flower Shop presents floral stems, green sprigs, knobbly twigs and even potted succulents. We refer to them as being ‘life-like’ as opposed to ‘faux’ or ‘artificial’ because it’s a phrase that’s far more true to their nature. It’s not until you are but inches away that you realise they aren’t the real thing. 

Life-like florals are a simple way to give a room instant lift, standing them in attractive vases upon window sills, console tables or as a dining room’s tabletop centerpiece. They can introduce seasonal colour, or, consider using purely stems of greenery or even a bundle of Willow or Magnolia twigs for a more contemporary statement that requires zero effort to maintain. And because of their bendy stems, they can be looped together for more creative arrangements such as apple blossom as a bower or numerous stems grouped together and suspended over a table for a scene your guests will never forget...

At Home With Plants - Mantles and Fireplaces

Extract from At Home with Plants by Ian Drummond and Kara O’Reilly. Published by Mitchell Beazley.

Even if a fireplace isn't used for its original purpose, in most living rooms it will still be the main focal point. It is also really easy to style up with plants. It it is still in use, choose heat-tolerant plants such as succulents, cacti and Tillandsia (air plants), and avoid trailing plants.

Individual plants in separate pots allow you to rearrange the display at will, while a trough of complementary plants creates a simple, stylish statement. Symmetrical mantel displays can work well, as can repetitive designs, or divide the space into a series of small vignettes, introducing plants alongside ornaments. A mantle can also take one bold plant, such as Anthurium scherzerianum (flamingo flower), Zantedeschia aethiopica (calla lilly), a Dendrobium orchid or Medinilla magnifica (rose grape).

Placing single plants in separate pots makes it easy to rearrange a display.

Placing single plants in separate pots makes it easy to rearrange a display.

Houseplants are interspersed with favourite ornaments for a more personal display.

Houseplants are interspersed with favourite ornaments for a more personal display.

Even a narrow mantle can be used as a display surface, provided you choose small varieties of plants.

Even a narrow mantle can be used as a display surface, provided you choose small varieties of plants.

For the hearth, gather together posts of tall and squat plants, such as Zamioculas zamiifolia (fern arum), Calathea makoyana (peacock plant) and Epipremnum aureum (devil's ivy). For the grate, try Zamioculcas zammiifolia as the backbone, Rhipsalis baccifera (mistletoe cactus) for trailing, plus Aglaonema 'Silver Queen' (Chinese evergreen) for foliage colour.

The texture of this basket complements the plants growing inside.

The texture of this basket complements the plants growing inside.

Recipe: Easy-Care Mantel Display

2 Begonia rex (fan plant)

1 Beaucarnea recurvata (elephant's foot)

1 Peperomia caperata (emerald ripple)

2 Echeveria setosa (Mexican firecracker)

At Home With Plants by Ian Drummond and Kara O’Reilly

Published by Mitchell Beazley

Price £20

Win Two Top Beautiful Floral Books

Celebrating the first week of May, here at Heart Home we thought we would do another book giveaway. May represents the focal month of Spring and is a time of full bloom. With the Chelsea flower show fast approaching we're giving away two perfect books to inspire you to get creative in outdoor living.

The first book is Urban Flowers by Carolyn Dunster. Here, Carolyn Dunster shows you what to grow and how to use your own blooms, leaves and berries in a range of indoor displays and hand-tied bouquets. The most local, seasonal flowers, which are the most satisfying to give and to display, are the ones you have grown yourself. Carolyn Dunster shows you how to do this in the smallest of spaces.You can read more about it here.

The second book is TFloristry Now by Paula Pryke. In this invaluable book Paula shares her design secrets. Above all, she shares her many wonderful designs with the intention to inspire and inform the reader: You can see more about this book from a recent extract we did here.

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 14th June. 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 15th June 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.

Recipe of the Week - Brussels Sprout Gratin

An utterly delicious twist on the humble sprout. Great for mid-week suppers or as an accompaniment to the Sunday roast. The sprouts are baked with pancetta & thyme and topped with cheese and breadcrumbs. Delish.

Serves 4

Serves 4

1. 500g Brussels sprouts, trimmed
2. 4 slices of pancetta, cut into 1cm pieces
3. Leaves from a few sprigs of thyme (fresh or dried)
4. 1 clove garlic, crushed
5. 100ml single cream
6. 40g fresh breadcrumbs
7. 25g butter, cold and shaved
8. 100g Comté (aged 12 months), cut into small cubes

1. Steam or boil the sprouts until just tender (for
about 10 to 12 minutes). Drain them well and chop them roughly.
2. Put the pancetta in a heavy pan over a medium heat and cook until the fat has melted and it is starting to brown, then add the garlic and thyme. Cook for a further 30 seconds, then add the sprouts, stir to mix together and season with salt and pepper. Stir again and cook for a few minutes.
3. Heat the oven to 180℃ fan / 200℃ normal. Butter a baking dish, add the sprouts, pancetta and two thirds of the Comté and spread the mixture out evenly in the dish. Pour over the cream and then sprinkle over the breadcrumbs, butter and remaining cubes of Comté.
4. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until the breadcrumbs and Comté are golden, and the cream is bubbling. Leave to sit for 5 minutes before serving. 

Recipe courtesy of Comte Cheese

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