Summer Santorini Style

Nothing says summer in the Greek Isles quite like blue and white. Those sun-drenched white villages glistening below a deep blue sky. And then there's the white sandy beaches meeting the blue Mediterranean sea. Okay so we know Santorini doesn't have white sand beaches, but we're just painting a picture here. And trying to get you inspired to recreate some of that Aegean flavour at home.

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And where better than on the tabletop? 

Drawing on natural elements such as the sun and the sea, Brissi’s latest collection features a Mediterranean palette that beautifully reflects the vibrancy of sea blues and lush greens paired with clean, sun bleached whites and stone colours.

The collection’s organically shaped, glazed Amalfi dinnerware strikes the perfect balance between casual and elegant and is an obvious choice for a Santorini dining table. Linen tableware adds a light texture and provides the perfect neutral base to work from, allowing you to add pops of colour selectively. Created in a beautiful artisan, handmade style, the Elowen pitcher, available in tall and wide, perfectly embodies the subtle, unfinished charm of the Grecian aesthetic.

Creative Director, Arianna Brissi, said: “I have been waiting patiently to share this story with Brissi customers. Inspired by a love of the romantic and wonderful Mediterranean and its beautiful landscape, the Santoini summer story is organic and feminine.

It features a crisp white base, delicately layered with colour and is the perfect way to recreate the ambience of the Mediterranean. The beautifully styled photos feature a lush, overhanging centrepiece that recreates the feel of a charming Grecian taverna, bringing the outside in, something that we can all enjoy during the summer."

Stockists details from www.brissi.com

New SS17 Collections From Harveys

It's amazing what we have on the high street in terms on interiors. Being totally spoilt for choice it's always great to find places that offer fun and affordable pieces. That is why we are loving Harveys latest collections. All so different to suit any style...

Bring the free spirited fun of a Mexican fiesta into your home without having to commit to bold, style specific designs with the help of Harveys. Select staple, classic furniture with a touch of Mexican flair, and build your ‘Sala’ style around this with bright colour and latin inspired accessories (the more cacti, the better!)

A key piece from Harveys’ Sofas by You collection, the Connie sofa in the brand new fabric ‘Diamond Silver’ exhibits the geometric trend in this edgy yet achievable look. The clashing geometric lines of the Marino rug and new Topaz mirror tie together to showcase geometrics in a unique style. The transparent, rounded edges of the Hedley collection work perfectly to soften and not overwhelm the look

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Inspired by the Greenery trend, which looks like it’s going nowhere in a hurry, this look exhibits the natural beauty of bringing the outside in, a perfect blend of plant life and earthy wooden furniture. The Portsmore Dining range is a staple collection for Harveys and is well complemented by the stripped back wood surface of the Claremount mirror.

The new Lykos collection, with it’s solid oak legs and white painted top, is just right for a charming nautical look. The pop of hot pink from the Rosie sofa adds an unusual twist on the nautical theme, injecting an added warmth and femininity into the look. The Randolph mirror is also new to Harveys, and co-ordinates well with the Lykos pieces and the nautical theme with it’s natural oak features.

Freshen Up Your Bedroom For Summer

Summer is officially upon us, and this warm weather offers the perfect excuse to bring some seasonal vibes into your home. These tips will not only freshen up your décor for summer, they’ll also help to turn your bedroom into a cool sanctuary – ideal for sleeping peacefully through the night.

1. Pair light, sheer curtains with blackout blinds

Since half the year gives us only grey, dreary weather it’s definitely a relief to have the sunshine streaming through the windows. However, letting in too many rays during the day can heat up your room to unpleasantly toasty temperatures.

To get the best of both worlds, install blackout blinds behind sheer, white curtains. For those sweltering hot days, block out the heat by keeping the windows closed and the blinds drawn. In the evening when the temperature has dropped, lift the blinds and open the windows. With the summer breeze gently playing through the curtains, your bedroom will feel like your very own Greek-island getaway!

2. Go for big, bold and bright

Summertime is a vibrant time and offers an opportunity to be a bit playful with your décor. Vivid colours work best for summer, such as yellow, orange or aquamarine. One or two key features in bold, bright colours will do the trick. Think about throwing a rug on the floor, adding a few cushions on the bed, or setting your summer theme with a seasonal duvet cover.

3. Choose linen made from natural fibres

Stash the satin sheets on steamy nights. Synthetic fabrics offer poor ventilation and lighter materials tend to cling to your skin. During the summer months, swap over to bed linen made from natural fibres, such as 100% cotton or bamboo. These materials are the best choice for breathability and wicking up perspiration to keep you cool at night.

It’s best to stick to lighter coloured linen for the summer. Dark coloured sheets will absorb any sunlight coming into the room, which can make your bed feel uncomfortably warm.

4. Consider investing in a temperature regulating mattress

Summer socialising can leave us all feeling a little sleep deprived. But if you find yourself waking up regularly on hot nights, it’s probably time to evaluate the mattress you’re sleeping on.

The best mattresses for keeping you cool through the night use natural materials to regulate your temperature. Bruno, for example, is a German manufactured foam mattress with a natural latex top layer. Latex, which is naturally hypoallergenic, promotes easy airflow through the mattress to help prevent overheating. And trust the Germans to think of excellent design – the support foam bottom layer is precision cut into 7 different zones which relieve pressure points along your spine, so you can sleep cool and comfortable all night long.

5. Fill your room with summer scents

Fresh cut grass, coconut oil, lavender in full bloom…embrace the season by filling your room with these signature summer fragrances. Fill a bowl with aromatic water, or decorate the room with a few summery scented candles. Or add a pop of colour with a vase of fresh, summery flowers.

How to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Areas This Summer

With summer approaching the last thing you want to do is be cooped up inside your home. Sweltering temperatures, lack of indoor air conditioning or just small rooms can make anyone feel cooped up and trapped during the warmer days of the year. Instead, try out some of these top tips to get you outside in your garden as much as possible. Wasting that glorious sunshine will simply not be an option.

1. Extensions to different rooms

Your garden is your connection to the outside world, so why not have it on show by connecting it to an alternative room in your house with an extension. With a bifold door, glass door, or sliding door, your kitchen, living room or dining room could be the window to your greenery. Not only will this aid you to bring in some natural light to your room, as well as a means of cooling it if it grows too warm. Don’t be scared to host a party from your kitchen while your guests sit outside. After all, it means that they can relax with a fancy drink, while you can cook their supper and remain active in their conversations. They can even use the opportunity to watch you work and gain some cooking tips.

2. Practicality and Furniture

Sometimes the summer period can bring in a range of unexpected guests that will want a place to socialise with you. The garden is a perfect place to share a few summer smoothies or snacks, so be sure to invest in enough chairs and furniture that can accommodate a small party. Don’t just buy a garden set though. Take your time and stroll through different furniture until you find a theme that you think will suit your garden. This can be with the material, such as bamboo or wooden themed furniture, or even with bean bags, hanging seats and cosy garden blankets. If you wish to go for a camping theme, you can even invest in a chimney. For what could be better than a fire to warm yourself up when the night comes.

3. Water Features

A water feature doesn’t always have to be large and extravagant. Invest in a small bird bath, mechanised fountain, or even consider creating a small pond to encourage wildlife to explore your garden. With the right foliage, your garden can look like a tropical paradise. Not only will the prospect of water encourage animal life to make their nests, or you could buy fish for your pond, but you can also use it as a means of keeping cool during a sweltering day. If you keep the water clean and fresh, as well as free from any insects or animals, then you can use it to splash yourself cool while sunbathing.

4. Quirky Furniture

Your garden will reflect your personality so don’t be scared to make it quirky. Whether this be with lights within glass bottles strung against your fence, or traditional statues of the Buddha, or even just a small meditation area at the side of your garden on a decking, make your garden suit your needs, for it is you that will be relaxing in it.

Salmon Pitta’s with Lime and Coriander Sauce

Now that the summer season is here, we're always on the lookout for new ideas for picnics. Fresh, tasty food that can be easily packed, transported, and eaten with the fingers is what we call ideal. We think you'll like this one.

What you need:

  • Precooked salmon fillet

  • 3 limes

  • Fresh, chopped coriander leaves

  • Flat breads

  • 1 large avocado

  • 1 Red pepper

  • 1 Mango

  • 1 Tomato

  • Lime juice

  • Coriander to garnish

  • ½ chilli (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Dice the avocado, mango, pepper and tomato and place in a side dish

  2. To preserve your mixed salad, squeeze lime juice over the mixture to prevent it from browning

  3. Place the flatbreads in a pre-heated oven with a small smattering of water for 2-3 minutes

  4. Flake the precooked salmon into your flatbread coupled with the salad mix

  5. For the dressing, squeeze the juice from three limes and mix with the chopped coriander – add the chilli for some extra flavour

  6. Delicately drizzle the lime & coriander dressing to your taste…and enjoy!

     

Top Tip: Save time by picking up The Saucy Fish Co.’s Ready to Eat Steamed Salmon with Lime and Coriander Dressing – already cooked and ready to go!

Recipe courtesy of The Saucy Fish Co. – now available in the freezer aisle.

What's On At The V&A In August 2017

Here is a list of exhibitions at the V&A in August 2017 so you can save the date and pop them in the diary.

PLYWOOD: MATERIAL OF THE MODERN WORLD  15 July – 12 November 2017  (Sponsored by MADE.COM ) Supported by the American Friends of the V&A

Light, strong, affordable and versatile, plywood is the unlikely material behind an eclectic array of ground-breaking designs celebrated in a world-first exhibition at the V&A this summer. From the fastest and highest-flying aeroplane of WWII, the de Havilland Mosquito, to the downloadable self-assembly WikiHouse, more than 120 objects are brought to explore how the often-overlooked product has helped create the modern world. 

Admission Free #Plywood 

‘Edie Stool’, birch plywood, designed by David and Joni Steiner for Open Desk, London, 2013. Photograph © Rory Gardi

‘Edie Stool’, birch plywood, designed by David and Joni Steiner for Open Desk, London, 2013. Photograph © Rory Gardi

THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS  13 May – 1 October 2017

Presented by the V&A, Pink Floyd and Iconic Entertainment Studios Sound Experience by Sennheiser 

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is the first international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. This multi-sensory exhibition, featuring over 350 objects, examines Pink Floyd’s extraordinary worlds; chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 60s through to the present day. The exhibition has been produced in close consultation with the three surviving band members and has been curated by Aubrey Powell, the Creative Director of Pink Floyd, with a V&A team led by Senior Curator Victoria Broackes. 

Admission from £20 (concessions available) #TheirMortalRemains 

Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

BALENCIAGA: SHAPING FASHION  27 May 2017 – 18 February 2018  (Sponsored by American Express). 

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion is the first ever UK exhibition to explore the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, one of the most influential and revered designers of the 20th century. Balenciaga’s unique and forward-thinking vision of female beauty, innovative use of textiles and ingenious pattern-cutting shaped the modernity of 1960s fashion and continues to influence fashion today. This exhibition is the first of its kind to examine Balenciaga’s unique approach to making and showcases pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working in similarly innovative ways. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of the opening of his famous fashion house in Paris. 

Admission £12 (concessions available) #Balenciaga 

Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper's Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967

Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper's Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967

DISPLAYS

THE EPHEMERA EFFECT: HOKUSAI’S GREAT WAVE  25 May – 1 October 2017

Japan, Room 45 

The global fame of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) owes much to his 1831 ‘Under the Wave off Kanagawa’, better known as ‘The Great Wave’. This display draws on ephemera collected by Christine Guth while researching her recent publication Hokusai's Great Wave: The Biography of a Global Icon (2015) to show some of the myriad and sometimes unexpected ways in which this iconic image has been recycled or appropriated. It includes an original example of ‘The Great Wave’ from the V&A’s collection. 

Admission Free 

DESIGNING THE V&A  6 May 2017 – 7 January 2018

Architecture, Room 128a 

Through original drawings and photographs, this display highlights the artists, designers and engineers who created the V&A, charting the building's transformation from the 1850s to today, culminating with the opening of the Exhibition Road Quarter the V&A’s largest architectural intervention in 100 years. 

Admission Free 

Design for a tower and museum extension on Exhibition Road after Henry Cole, 1868. Museum no. E.2034-1921. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Design for a tower and museum extension on Exhibition Road after Henry Cole, 1868. Museum no. E.2034-1921. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

V&A ILLUSTRATION AWARDS 2017  16 May – 20 August 

Library Landing, Room 85 

The V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to recognise the very best of book, editorial and student illustration in the UK. This year’s winners were A. Richard Allen, JARVIS, Aino-Maija Metsola and Beatriz Lostalé Seijo. Past winners include Ralph Steadman, Posy Simmonds, Michael Forman and Sara Fanelli. With generous financial support from the Enid Linder Foundation, this display of winning entries demonstrates the vitality and scope of contemporary illustration and its enduring power to shape our reception of the written word. 

Admission Free 

CONTEMPORARY KOREAN CERAMICS  19 May 2017 – 11 February 2018

Ceramics Gallery

By bringing together the work of 15 emerging and established artists from Korea, this display offers an insight into the richness of contemporary Korean studio ceramic practice. A number of the featured artists are inspired by historical Korean ceramics such as inlaid celadons from the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and buncheong ware and white porcelains of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). Others experiment with new technologies and alternative materials, or use ceramics as a medium to engage with contemporary issues ranging from mass-consumption and pop culture to the destruction of Korea's architectural heritage. 

Admission Free 

RACHEL KNEEBONE AT THE V&A 1 April 2017 – 14 January 2018

Gallery 50a and Gallery 21 

Porcelain sculptures by contemporary British artist Rachel Kneebone are on display amongst masterpieces of the V&A’s sculpture collection. 399 Days, the largest and most ambitious sculpture the artist has ever produced can be seen in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries (Gallery 50a). A 5m high porcelain tower featuring intricately modelled and detailed figurative scenarios, the sculpture combines minute detail and towering scale. Until 6th August, three of the artist’s sculptures can be viewed in the Hintze Sculpture Galleries (Gallery 21) amongst Auguste Rodin's bronzes. Placed alongside these sculptures on the centenary of Rodin's death, this display highlights the artists’ shared interest in capturing emotive states – hope, longing, loss and suffering – while also offering a comparison between their choice of materials and techniques. 

Admission Free 

Bernard F Eilers, Reguliersbreestraat, Amsterdam, about 1934, Foto-chroma Eilers © Bernard Eilers; Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Bernard F Eilers, Reguliersbreestraat, Amsterdam, about 1934, Foto-chroma Eilers © Bernard Eilers; Victoria and Albert Museum, London

STUDY DAYS SALT PRINT PHOTOGRAPHY Saturday 19 August, 10.30 – 17.00

This Study Day allows visitors to discover how to use digital negatives to create salt print photographs and explore one of the earliest historical photographic processes. The hands on workshop will begin by making a digital negative inspired by the museum environment, and will then take visitors step-by-step through the process of coating papers, making an exposure and fixing their own salt print image. 

£100, £80 concessions 

Dark Blooms from Surface View


Surface View have just released a fresh batch of archived Dark Bloom images which feature vivid Dutch Still Life paintings. And we love them!

A 'Forest Floor' Still Life Of Flowers Mural By Rachel Ruysch from the Ashmolean Collection

A 'Forest Floor' Still Life Of Flowers Mural By Rachel Ruysch from the Ashmolean Collection

After all, Dutch still life artists remain the masters of realism. The iconic floral masterpieces typically mix dark and moody backdrops with brilliant blooms and intricate insects. And amazingly the magnificent collection of still life paintings housed in Surface View’s extensive catalogue still maintain their lustre and appeal over 400 years later and allow us access to some of the most impressive classics available.

A Vase Of Flowers With A Watch Framed Print By Willem Van Aelst, from the Ashmolean Collection

A Vase Of Flowers With A Watch Framed Print By Willem Van Aelst, from the Ashmolean Collection

The collection features famous works selected from the National Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts and The Ashmolean Museum, and the totally bespoke printing techniques allow you to play with size, scale and surfaces so that these classic artworks can be skilfully re-interpreted for the modern home.

Left: Hollyhocks And Other Flowers In A Vase Mural By Jan Van Huysum from the National Gallery Collection. Right: Summer Mural by Mary Moser RA from the Royal
Academy of Arts Collection.

Wall Murals from £65 per sq m, Canvas Prints from £155, Birch Ply Prints from £185, Epic Posters from £65,Textile Wall Hangings from £130, Window Films from £100, Lampshades from £90, Ceramic Tiles from £540 per sq m.
www.surfaceview.co.uk

Geometric Vinyl Flooring

Modernise your living space in a new and imaginative way with Artafloor's geometric vinyl flooring collection. Their minimalist geometric patterns in striking, bold colours are perfect for those that are very design-conscious when it comes to their interiors. Give your home an innovative, contemporary feel that is both practical and stylish, with 3D vinyl flooring designs such as Cube and Tilt.

Choose from versatile designs that give you creative freedom to display high-design, funky vinyl flooring in your home. With Artafloor's geometric pieces encompassing a whole spectrum of colour and design, it’s easy to find the perfect flooring to suit your style.

IKEA Hack - Create an Industrial Style Workspace

We spend so much time at our desks, it's worth a little effort to make it a creative and inspiring place to be. Storage solutions are a must if you want to keep the area tidy and we've long been fans of the IKEA Raskog trolley. And if you are also a lover of the industrial trend why not try this clever hack to update your workspace in just a weekend?

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Rust-Oleum Gun Metal Metallic Spray Paint

Rust-Oleum Spray-on Surface Primer  

Ikea Raskog (or any stationary trolley)

Ikea Kullaber chair (or any suitable desk chair)

Wire garden trellis

DIRECTIONS

1. Assemble object if necessary.

2. Move objects to be painted to a well-ventilated space and place on top of a large dustsheet or some old newspapers. You may want to cover the surrounding area with additional dust sheets/ newspaper to protect from spray mist.

3. Wipe items clean with a damp sponge or cloth and allow this to dry before proceeding to the next step.

4. Holding the can approximately 30cm away from the metal frame. Apply up two coats of Rust-Oleum Surface Primer, leaving at least four hours in between each coat.

5. Take your can of Rust-Oleum Gun Metal Metallic and shake thoroughly. Hold the can approximately 30cm from the surface of the item and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping with each stroke. For best results whilst spraying keep the can the same distance from the surface and keep the can in motion. Apply several light coats a few minutes apart.

6. Leave to dry in a well ventilated place for 24 hours.

7. Place your item back in the study and accessorise with natural materials for a sleek, chic workspace.

Rust-Oleum Gun Metal Spray Paint, 400ml, £8.99, B&Q

Rust-Oleum Surface Primer, 400ml, £9.49, B&Q

www.makeityours.co.uk

Eating London Launches Two New Walking Tours

On the back of its popular tours in the East End and Soho, Eating London is expanding its offerings in the British capital with the launch of two new tours in Brick Lane and the Docklands respectively. Both began operating in early May 2017.

The Brick Lane – Flavors of India & Beyond tour is a 2.5hrs guided walk just after lunchtime which focuses on the British’s favourite cuisine: Indian food. Through nine tastings participants will indulge in the many different flavours of “Banglatown” a unique neighborhood that offers rare insight into the rich South Asian culture. From raw tamarind to traditional fish curries washed down with a refreshing mango lassi the experience will expose you to the region’s best flavors. The tour also includes dynamic street art, visiting an authentic Bangladeshi food shop selling exotic ingredients from South Asia and exploring the link between India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Britain through stories about this vibrant and colorful community.

Tours run daily 2.30pm – 5pm, £46 adults, £38 adolescent, £28 children.

The London Docks - Historic Pubs and Classic Grub Tour takes guests to old pirates & artists hangouts one historic pub at a time, including the oldest riverside one in London. The 4hr tour covers tales of pirates, thieves and artists, told in the same places they once called home, and serves up some of London’s best craft brews and finest pub grub. Guest will walk through a quieter residential area, lined with cobblestone lanes and old warehouses to see stunning riverside views of London’s skyline.

Tours run Monday – Friday, 12.30pm – 16.30pm, £79 (adults only)

About Eating Europe Tours

The company was founded in Rome in 2011 by American native, Kenny Dunn. His informal culinary strolls with friends and family became the Taste of Testaccio Food Tour focusing on real food, real people and real neighbourhoods. In 2013 another two tours in Rome were added, so was the first London Food Tour in the city’s hip East End. Since then, Eating Europe Tours has also successfully launched in Amsterdam and Prague. 

The company’s mission is to leave travellers with an unparalleled, non-touristy, food-related experience in undiscovered neighbourhoods across Europe.

Roasted Coconut Squash Gringas

Another delicious vegetarian recipe for you that is best enjoyed outdoors with a cold beer. Summer is all about using the freshest of ingredients, cooked simply, in our opinion. And this one will certainly get the taste buds going too. 

Makes 4

Makes 4

To make the Roasted Coconut Squash:
500 g Butternut squash (cut into strips)
25ml Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Crushed Chillies
1 tablespoon Garlic
1 tablespoon Agave Syrup
Pinch salt
Pinch Cracked Black Pepper
2 tablespoons Desiccated Coconut
2 tablespoons Cream of Coconut


1. Peel and remove the seeds from the butternut squash, then cut into strips approx. 60mm x 20mm x 20mm
2. Place the oil, butternut, agave syrup, chillies, salt, pepper and garlic in the roasting tray and toss together – roast in a hot oven, approx. 200°c for 20-25 minutes, tossing occasionally until just cooked.
3. Add the desiccated coconut & coconut cream and toss together then back into the oven for a further 10 minutes, taste and adjust if needed. 

Take one 6” wheat tortilla, top with 50mls of refried beans and sprinkle with 50g of mixed cheese then place another tortilla on top and place on the griddle. Top with 130gs of warmed roasted coconut squash, a blob of soured cream, pink pickled onions, spring onions & sliced radish to garnish. Serve with salad and fine greens beans. 

To make the Pink Pickled Onions:
200g red onions finely sliced
100ml boiling water
40ml orange juice
30ml lime juice
1-2 finely diced birdseye chillies
Generous pinch of salt
5g finely diced coriander

1. Place the onions in a bowl and cover with the boiling water for 15 minutes stirring occasionally(don’t place on the heat).
2. Drain well and then combine the onions with the rest of the ingredients. Allow to cool and then refrigerate until needed. You onions will last for 2 days in the fridge and can also be used to add a kick to sandwiches or salads. 

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

Introducing The Spring Summer Ted Baker Collection from British Ceramic Tile

Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with Ted Baker and British Ceramic Tile’s latest designer tile collection.

While some interior trends can be fully embraced and recreated within the home, others are more of a style reference allowing you to incorporate elements into your overall design scheme. Loud and proud with its oversized tropical prints and botanical beauty, the jungle fever trend is the perfect example of a style that can be scaled up or toned down.

Chaotic in its delivery, the look takes its design cues from hot, balmy climates, exotic paradises and urban jungles. Leafy palms, over sized plants and foliage are integral to the look acting as the focal point of a room.

Lively crisp greens, which bring a sense of wellbeing and harmony, are offset by cool, contemporary greys and luxe metallic detail for a look that is adventurous and fresh, bringing a sense of the outdoors in.

A toned down approach to the jungle craze sweeping interiors, the new Paradise range from Ted Baker and British Ceramic Tile celebrates the natural beauty of botanical prints.

Based on Ted’s classic Paradise print, this new collection gives a nod to the trend without overpowering your living space.

Ted’s take on the trend sees birds of paradise and foliage discreetly combined with a muted grey colour palette. Some tiles even have the addition of a ‘lustre effect’ to catch the light beautifully for added visual interest and intrigue. Ted’s full of surprises after all.

Each pack of nine ceramic tiles includes a random selection of designs that you can mix and match to create a unique patchwork effect on walls or floors.

Head of design for British Ceramic Tile, Claire O’Brien, says: “The jungle fever trend is one of the most impactful we’ve seen this year, while also being the most versatile. Be bold with vibrant hues of green and striking oversized patterns when it comes to your surface coverings and soft furnishings, or choose a more neutral colour palette for your backdrop, bringing in large palm plants and carefully selected images of flora and fauna to bring the trend to life.

“When it comes to tiles, you have to consider the size of your room, your individual style and longevity of your room. We know homeowners are trend-led, yet they need a more understated, discreet approach that will last for years. The Paradise collection is ideal for this, fusing fashion with interiors for a look that will endure and inspire.”

Available in a 331x331mm size with prices starting from £36 per sqm, Paradise coordinates effortlessly with Ted’s two plain concrete-effect tiles available in two subtly different shades of grey.

Big Impact on a Small Budget in a Soulless New-Build Flat

Owning a home with no period features, and having a limited budget needn't be a barrier to
creating a beautiful home with a sense of history. As shown here by Kia Designs, who have used budget friendly tricks to transform a soulless new build flat in Wimbledon into a vibrant, characterful home for a young newly wed couple.

A swift courtship meant this couple wanted their house to look lived in, despite not having a wealth of pre-owned objects, holiday photos, mementos or belongings to furnish it with. The couple had yet to develop their aesthetic as a pair, so creating the design was doubly challenging, forging together 2 different tastes and ways of life. 

Tricks of the Trade

1. Interest was created by using contrasting colours and strong patterns.
2. Beams, vents, architraves and other features traditionally blended in were highlighted in bright paint colours.


3. Colours were chosen from the local area, and especially inspired by the deep purples and greens of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
4. Existing furniture was fitted into the design, but can be easily changed in the future, as the  space and scheme offers maximum flexibility.

5. The majority of the budget was spent on bespoke storage, thereby making the most of the existing space.
6. There is a deliberate blending of design influences from mid-century to modern.
7. There is also a mix of budgets, mixing high street pieces with eBay finds.

8. An effort was made to bring some Mauritian spirit and flare to South West London. Making the flat more personal to the owners.
9. Various tricks were employed to make rooms seem larger (using curtains as well as blinds).
10. Zoning wall space, as well as the floor by using rugs, created more defined spaces.

In a nutshell, using a designer and accessing trade prices actually made this design cheaper than doing a diy job.

The Property Details

The property: 2 Bed 2 Bath Wimbledon flat. 967 sq ft.
Budget: £28,000 including all fees, works, contractors, furniture and fittings.
Timescale: 2-3 months (done non-invasively whilst the couple still lived in the property) 

Kia Designs

Styling the Summer | SS17 at YONDER.living

Global interior style brand YONDER.living are once again expanding their collection! SS17 sees the introduction of a fresh set of homeware, comprising bold, colourfully patterned quilts and cushions, as well as ceramic succulents, flowers and corals. Not only are their products beautiful, they're also hand-crafted and ethically sourced from artisans around the globe - so anytime you shop with YONDER.living, you're bringing a piece of world travel and adventure into your home. 

Ceramic Plants

These intricate ceramic plants and corals are one-of-a-kind pieces of decor. Similarly to real nature, each one is unique - since they're made individually by hand, there are small variations in shape and colour from piece to piece. An excellent solution for adding greenery and florals to your interior, without the time-consuming upkeep! Use them as a centrepiece, a shelf decoration or perhaps even a jewellery holder. Additionally, the larger versions can be mounted on the wall to create a three-dimensional display - whether a combination of plants or one stand-out piece. 

Kantha Quilts

These brightly coloured quilts are hand-made by craftswomen in rural India using layers of authentic vintage Sari fabric. Their floral designs make them perfect for the summertime, while their reversible style gives you two looks in one! Perfect for use as a traditional quilt both indoors and out, as well as a light rug, wall hanging and an outside tablecloth. 

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Kilim Cushions

Hand-woven in Turkey, these cushions started off as vintage Kilim rugs before they were given a second life and repurposed into beautiful cushions. Their eye-catching designs make them an ideal decor choice for neutrally coloured spaces, as well as a welcome addition to bohemian-inspired homes. 

Raffia Cushions

These cushions have been expertly handmade in India from jute. Boasting a simple, natural looking design, these are ideal for decorating conservatories and patio furniture, as well as bohemian spaces or even coastal homes. They are durable and environmentally friendly.

Available from 19th June.

LED Lighting For Any Living Space

What is LED exactly? LED stands for ‘light-emitting diode’ and it is one of today's most energy efficient, durable and long lasting lighting technology in the market with low energy consumption.

LED lights have a unique way of illuminating and creating a great atmosphere for less, they are cost effective all year round on your energy bill. LED lamps and bulbs come in all shapes, sizes, styles and colours so you are sure to find the ideal lamp that will suit your needs and will compliment your chosen decor. So many LED lamps can be used in any home decor, you can have a large LED light that will go with your industry, vintage, modern, retro, classic and many more inspired style and decor.

Save more with LED bulbs

LED bulbs give beautiful and atmospheric lighting which hardly deviates from traditional bulbs in which we will be seeing less and less being used in our homes. However, LED bulbs are not dull at all, from decorative and visible filament bulbs to bulbs that come complete with dimmer settings integrated within the bulb allowing you to control light intensity from a plug or switch. LED lights are not only Eco friendly but has a huge effect on your energy bill due to its low power consumption, you will find a huge range of LED lights at lampandlight.co.uk!

RGB, Neon and Strip LED lights

Why not bring a playful and colourful lighting into your home and garden that will complement your existing decor.

RGB lights and bulbs with remote control that will bring colour and ambiance to your chosen area. Think of atmospheric yet statement making RGB lights in your bathroom or decking area, strip lights around your bedroom with sensor lights to guide you in the dark.

Modern and trendy neon lights as additional decor lights in your living room or your child’s bedroom will bring that extra contemporary and art deco style as a finishing touch to your overall decor, see our range of playful and beautifully designed neon lights on lampandlight.co.uk

The great things about LED lights is that they will last longer and are more energy efficient which will reduce the chance of your ever needing to change light bulbs or lights in general!

The use of LED lights are becoming the go to lighting for homes today, they are replacing traditional and standard bulbs. LED lights never go out of style and they will complement your home for years to come.

Father’s Day Breakfast Recipe

Smokey Bacon & Swiss Cheese Spiked Cloud Eggs, with Smoked Haddock & Spinach. Doesn't that sound great? And just the job for spoiling dear old Dad. You can expect protein and flavour in equal measures. 

Serves 2

Serves 2

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 smoked haddock fillets

  • 3 slices of streaky bacon, cut into small pieces

  • 50g of grated cheese

  • A handful of spinach

  • Black pepper

For the cheddar and chive sauce:

  • 60ml of milk

  • 60 ml of cream

  • 1 tbsp. of butter

  • 1 tbsp. of flour

  • 1 egg yolk

  • A tsp. of chives

  • A sprinkling of cinnamon

  • 1 cup of finely grated cheddar cheese

  • Salt and pepper, to season

 

Step 1: Place 2 smoked haddock fillets into a pre-heated oven (180C) and cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until done. Meanwhile, separate your eggs and set the 2 yolks aside.

Step 2: Whisk the egg whites and carefully fold in the grated cheese and streaky bacon.

Step 3: Use the whisked egg mixture to create two small, raised circles on a baking try, on top of non-stick parchment paper. Make a well in the middle of each circle so you can add in the yolk later.

Step 4: Put the egg mixture in the oven for approximately 5/6 minutes. Remove from the oven and place the yolks into the two wells, then put the baking tray back into the oven for approximately 3 minutes.

Step 5: Meanwhile, make the sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan and adding in the flour, whisking with a folk for 1 minute. Combine the milk and cream, then add to the saucepan slowly, whisking until the thick. Add in an egg yolk and cook for 30 seconds, on a low heat.

Step 6: Next, add in the cheese to the sauce mixture and stir until well combined. Add the cinnamon and season with salt and pepper, then remove from the heat.

Step 7: To finish, stack up your breakfast. Begin with a handful of spinach, then place the haddock fillet on top, drizzling the cheddar and chive sauce on top. Finish by delicately placing the cloud eggs on top…and enjoy.

Saucy Top Tip: Speed things up before Dad wakes up by using The Saucy Fish Co.’s Cook from Smoked Haddock, with a Vintage Cheddar and Chive sauce.

Recipe courtesy of The Saucy Fish Co. – now available in the freezer aisle. For more info visit http://www.thesaucyfishco.com/

Celebrating Summer And Pantone's Greenery

Pantone’s colour of the year Greenery is finally ready to come out and play as we head outdoors to rejuvenate with the scent of freshly cut grass, the plentiful plant life and the sparkling sun of Summer. Inspired by nature and 2017’s colour of the year, Atrafloor has put together a collection of intriguing photographic flooring designs in lush leafy hues.

With mindful attitudes on the rise as we take care of our health with more veggies on our plates and we ‘go green’ to take care of our environment, the refreshing, warm grassy shade of Greenery is no doubt a statement symbol of Summer worldwide.

Energised by the colour that Pantone have dubbed ‘nature’s neutral’, Atrafloor has hand-picked five nature-inspired flooring designs - from photo-realistic bamboo to illustrative green leaves.

The Lifton Home Lift – The Heartbeat of Your Home

Leading the way in design and functionality, premium home lift company Lifton is rapidly becoming the heartbeat of any modern home.

Highly specced and minimalist, the curved car with its soft, grey finish, looks stunning and instantly futureproofs any home allowing homeowners to continue to live in the family home they love. With a Lifton domestic lift, there is no need to move to a bungalow or retirement apartment or to build a downstairs bedroom extension.

Providing access to all areas, the Lifton Home Lift is designed to be the centre of attraction. Its compact footprint and semi-transparent finish blends effortlessly with its surroundings.

Homeowners are attracted to its unique architecture, simplicity and style with the knowledge that it can be fully installed and functioning in one day, causing minimal disruption to a project or plan. It can also be used to transport luggage, laundry, even grandchildren safely and efficiently between floors.

As an investment purchase, a Lifton Home Lift offers a prestige alternative to a standard hydraulic home lift or a cumbersome stairlift. It can provide a return on investment by adding value to the home.

Operating within its own self-supporting structure, the Lifton Home Lift, manufactured by the Stiltz Group, who also offer home wheelchair lifts, is quite unlike any other residential lift on the market.

When the lift is stationery upstairs it virtually ‘disappears’ leaving only two slim stilts remaining on the lower floor. When the Lifton is located downstairs, a small section of upper level flooring, fixed to the lid of the lift, ensures that any flooring upstairs flows as normal.

The Lifton Home Lift quite literally can integrate into the home overnight and its ‘easy-glide’ rails, built-in drive technology and mains powered operation, ensure that when in motion it is very quiet. In fact, Lifton owners say they barely know it is running.

The Lifton Home Lift is designed to fit in with the user’s lifestyle and mold to its surroundings and for this reason every homeowner is able to customise several elements of their chosen lift. This includes the option of bespoke colours and finishes. Lifton is the lift that becomes part of the home.

Fresh and New from Rose and Grey

The new summer collections from Rose and Grey have us weak at the knees. 

The exciting new arrivals focus on beautiful accessories for the home, including a stylish collection of retro-inspired ceramics and an array of beautifully crafted hardware. Highlights of the collection include an ornate jungle-themed lamp, a Scandi-inspired open shelving unit and an elegant marble-topped coffee table. There's a collection of brass, gold and silver wall hooks and door knobs that are perfect for adding those little finishing touches to a room. After all it’s the small details that can make all the difference. And there's also a collection of botanical-themed photographic prints to add interest to your walls and a small selection of quirky noticeboards.

Don't just take our word for it. Go and see for yourselves at Rose and Grey.

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 From top: Oak Shelving Unit, £215. Baroque Lamp with Jungle Shade, £175. Large Brass Star Pot, £39.95. Large Glass Printers Drawers, £85. Wicker & Glass Carafe, £18. Wicker and Glass Cup, £7.50.

Travel: Introducing Hung Tong & Red Sugar At Hong Kong's Dynamic Harbour Front

Last month saw the opening of the Kerry Hotel, the newest and most stylish addition to Hong Kong’s hotel scene and the first hotel in 20 years to be built on the Kowloon waterfront.  With interiors designed by the renowned architect Andre Fu, this sixteen storey hotel has been designed as an ‘urban resort’, seeking to evoke an experience of relaxed luxury in one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

Hung Tong

Conceived as a stylish twofold dining experience, overlooking Hong Kong’s dynamic waterfront, Hung Tong and Red Sugar Bar are the latest creations of architect André Fu and his studio AFSO.  Both bar and restaurant are intended to celebrate the heritage of Hung Hom, once home to Hong Kong’s dockyards; a nostalgic tribute to the city's former shipbuilding industry.

Diners entering the restaurant will find themselves in a modernist red brick pavilion, created as a free-standing gem set atop a vintage warehouse. As part of his vision to bring the city’s past alive, Fu has employed a surprising palette of bold patterns and colours – he has juxtaposed a bold checkered carpet against a hexagonal parquet floor, against a backdrop of 60s metallic door frames.

In keeping with the Hong Kong spirit, an array of bespoke hexagonal rippled glass pendants and vintage-inspired leather chairs have also been introduced to create a luxurious yet comfortable atmosphere that is both classic yet contemporary.

Red Sugar Bar

Adjoining Hung Tong, the arrival journey to the Red Sugar bar begins with a whimsical neon installation by local artist Adrian Wong – walking through the enticing passageway, guests encounter a prominent brass feature fireplace.

Decked with an asymmetrical layout of cozy lounge seats and Cadillac inspired couches in a palette of oranges and marine greens, Red Sugar is at once luxurious yet industrial. The room is also adorned with hanging tropical plants to convey an urban oasis atmosphere.

Set against floor-to-ceiling windows that showcases Hong Kong’s unique skyline, the bronze cocktail bar is designed as a scaffolding structure and is highlighted with stunning Lasvit Tac/Tile pendants, designed by Fu, that evoke a strong modernist sensibility.  

The jewel in the crown is the breath-taking outdoor deck and garden terrace that appears to jut out into the city's Victoria Harbour and presents a birds’ eye view of the harbor and city.  The garden uses steel planters, exposed aggregate and wild landscaping to reinforce the idea of an urban and contemporary al fresco experience.