Jess Linton - Artist and Art Therapist

Jess Linton is a London-based visual artist and art therapist. Her artwork aims to playfully explore the world and its many guises, (human) behaviours, personal and collective experiences. Her collage work attempts to tickle the senses and immerse the viewer in the experience of stepping in to and amongst the scenes before them. She also do a lot of work within the human rights and refugee sector.  

Jess’s work focuses on difference and diversity – experimenting with placing characters from all walks of time and place alongside kaleidoscope colours and bold design. She looks for ways to bring difference together to a place where it belongs side-by-side rather than conflicts. Her work often explores the solace found in a fantasy place and plays with the surreal, humour  and metaphor. This collection literally explores human behaviours, our ‘inner animals’ and animal instincts.  

Jess  collects  old magazines and papers, fabrics, family photos, (bought) postcards from women in Scarborough she’s never even met. Which comes across in her work.

Someone said to me the other day after looking at my latest work: “I think I might see how your mind works now.”  Given the chaotic collection of dizzy-making designs, loud colours and pouncing animals should I be a bit concerned? Never a dull moment, that's for sure!

I spoke with Jess about what influences her art: “On a broad scale people influence me! As does the way we interact with each other and with different spaces and places. I love collage artist David Mach for his lively assemblage of everyday scenes, Hannah Hoche for her humorous exploration of visual culture and her challenging of society political and Romare Bearden for his brave raw and unique style.

I am also interested in textiles, pattern and print design from all around the world and all areas of industry, whether from William Morris, Orla Kiely, an African kitenge or Indian Sari. Spending time wandering around the V&A museum is still one of my favourite things to do. I like the simplicity that modern artists like Mondrian present but that offer more layers of meaning than first meets the eye. And I think about the use of abstract and collective images and what images represent for different cultures and social groups.”

Her prints  have  a similar theme running through them, though they are all varied, unique and colourful. I’m excited about receiving my Twighlight print which features a brilliant array of geometric pattern with some brilliant white swans in flight.

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Elizabeth Danon is an interior designer with a passion for integrating vintage pieces into modern interiors. She works at a London based architects practice and in her spare time writes about all things interior design; from luxury spas and lighting to floral arrangements and local artists.

Newly Minted, Spring Pastels from Ian Mankin

If like me, you are already thinking ahead to 2015 and the decorating you are planning, you will might like these new pastels from Ian Mankin.

Imperial wallcovering in Kew Mint £49.50 per roll, fabrics from £29.50 per metre.

Imperial wallcovering in Kew Mint £49.50 per roll, fabrics from £29.50 per metre.

A refreshing change from the usual spring pastels of pink and blue, the ‘Imperial’ wallcovering in Kew Mint will add a sunny note to a bedroom scheme. The toning striped fabrics keep the overall look smart and not too feminine and by keeping everything else in the room white the result is a lovely crisp look for spring.

Ian Mankin - Green guest bedroom detail - Imperial Collection  -  Wallcovering Kew Mint - Headboards in  Oxford Stripe Sage - lifestyle - Portrait.jpg

Available to order online at Ian Mankin or at the recently expanded 3000 sq ft London showroom.

Pulled Duck Wreath

A perfect party recipe for those festive get togethers. Serve as a sharing dish for everyone to dig into or alternatively make into canapes serving the shredded duck and berries in gem lettuce leaves or Chinese style pancakes.

Prep/Cooking/Resting time: 3 hours 


  • 1 whole Gressingham duck
  • ½ pint cider
  •  ¼ pint cider vinegar
  •  1 bulb garlic, broken into cloves then crushed.
  • A selection of salad leaves
  •  1 pomegranate – seeds removed
  •  1 small bunch of red grapes
  •  Handful of dried whole cranberries

 For the rub

  •  1 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 tsp smoked paprika
  •  1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground black/white pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp whole grain mustard


  1. Pre-heat oven to 190°C, Fan 170°C, Gas Mark 5.
  2. Mix all the rub ingredients together.
  3. Take 2/3 of the rub and rub onto the inside and outside of the duck.
  4. Place into a deep roasting tray; pour in the cider and the vinegar. Cover with foil and place into the oven for 1¼  hours.
  5. After 1¼ hours reduce the temperature to 150°C, Fan 130°C, Gas Mark 2. Continue to cook for 1hr.
  6. The increase the heat to 200°C, Fan 180°C, Gas Mark 6, remove the foil and cook for 10 minutes to crisp up.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare the ‘wreath’. Place a large plate on the surface you are serving from. Shape the leaves around the plate and scatter the pomegranates, grapes and cranberries over the leaves. Remove the plate to reveal the ‘wreath’.
  9. Using two forks, shred or ‘pull’ the duck and place the pulled meat in the middle of the wreath, where the plate has been. Sprinkle some, or all, of the remaining rub onto the duck.
  10. Serve as a sharing dish for everyone to dig into or alternatively make into canapes serving the shredded duck and berries in gem lettuce leaves or Chinese style pancakes.

 Gressingham has lots of recipes along with ‘how-to’ videos on their website


Create The Perfect Christmas Table Setting With eBay

Here at Heart Home we love nothing more than inspiring our readers to get creative and give them plenty of styling ideas to try out. It’s about making a home feel personal and sharing with our readers a few tips on how to achieve the same style and looks in your own homes.

It’s that time of the year again where we start getting ready for Christmas. We start thinking of the decorations, presents and of course the big Christmas meal. There’s nothing nicer than a beautiful well-presented table that has a very traditional yet romantic style.

Photography by Andrew Boyd, Styling by Claire Morgan.

Photography by Andrew Boyd, Styling by Claire Morgan.

Creating the perfect Christmas scene may seem daunting at first but we are here to help. In a recent shoot for Heart Home magazine one of our Christmas dining set-ups was this beautiful, enchanting scene. By adding pretty candles and tea-light holders a romantic and warm mood is immediately set up. Also add pretty unique pieces to the table to give that extra touch. To keep it simple use neutral colour plates and lots of silverware to create that homely feel. Crystal glassware also adds that personal touch that creates a nostalgic feeling.

This Collection is part of an eBay competition that is running over in December, and if you Follow you will be in with a chance win an eBay voucher to the value of £20. The winner will be chosen at random from their eBay ID and notified by the 5th January.

All of the above items are perfect suggestions for creating a traditional yet vintage setting for your Christmas meal. They are all available from eBay and feature in Heart Home’s Christmas Table Delights

To be in with a chance to win the £20 voucher to spend on eBay make sure you click on this link and ‘follow’ our collection. The competition closes on 31st January 2015.

City Guide: Copenhagen, Danish by Design

Copenhagen; the city of bicycles, with the best restaurant in the world, Noma, and once home to the iconic designer Arne Jacobsen and famous poet and author Hans Christian Andersen .  Also considered one of the greenest capitals in the world, this wonderful small city is a great escape for design aficionados and creative types alike. 

City of Bicycles

City of Bicycles


The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (Hammerichsgade 1)designed by famous architect, Arne Jacobsen himself, is located close to the main train station.  Swan and Egg chairs grace the lobby and  room 606, which still remains intact in its former glory, just for those who would like to take a step back in time to enjoy the original furniture, wood panels and Arne Jacobsen's futuristic drop chairs. 

 The Admiral Hotel (Toldbodgade 24 – 28), a converted 18th century warehouse is another great place to stay.  Originally built as a granary this building once stored up to 30 000 barrels of grain.  The building itself has been sympathetically restored giving a sense of history within its walls and most rooms still boast wooden beams that add to the charm and character of this establishment.  For cultural enthusiasts it's conveniently located in Nyhavn, very close to the Royal Palace, Amalienborg and the Royal Theatre.  

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel


Shopping may seem expensive in Denmark. However, even if you are window shopping for design inspiration only, it is definitely worth every minute.

Strøget the longest pedestrian shopping area in Europe houses many great design hangouts.  Illums Bolighus (Amagertorv 10) boast an array of designer furniture, from the Penguin rocking chair by Ib Kofod Larsen to the Artichoke light by Poul Henningsen.  Right next door you can find Royal Copenhagen's Flagship Store (Amagertorv 6)  with wonderful window displays, but the real treasure is having lunch or just a cup of tea in the Royal Café (Amagertorv 6) in the back courtyard.  The interior is a mixture of eclectic, vintage BoHo Chic with quirky elements, royal portraits and wall murals; or as the owners like to call it “Funky Baroque”.  With beautiful chandeliers and hip waiting staff, you get to drink your tea and eat your lunch on beautiful hand painted porcelain from Royal Copenhagen.

Royal Copenhagen Flagship Store edited

Royal Copenhagen Flagship Store edited

A stone's throw away located in a beautiful 1896 art nouveau building is Hay (BS Studio, Nytorv 9).   Their philosophy is sustainable design and high quality at affordable prices.  Well worth a visit for a new take on mid century furniture, modern lighting and quirky candlesticks.



Once you start wandering off the beaten track into some of the little lanes, you will find other gems for design inspiration and perhaps something that just might fit in your suitcase to take home.  Stilleben (Niels Hemmingsens gade 3) is one of these gems and is filled with ceramics, textiles, accessories, jewellery and graphic prints.  They are also the people behind the popular series, ”Omaggio” from Kähler.  As well as their own designs they also house other artists' and upcoming designers' works.



Mant (Læderstræde 30), is a sweet little shop with wooden toys, tea-towels, food bits, plants and fantastic little Cubics filled with scenes from Copenhagen.  Great if you're looking for a little souvenir to take home.

Scandinavian fashion is something not to be missed on your trip to Copenhagen and Danish Fashion House Bruuns Bazaar (Kronprinsensgade 8 & 9) ticks all the right boxes for grown up sensibility that is sexy yet classic.

In the western part of the city you will find Designer's Zoo (Vesterbrogade 137).  Here, a myriad of inspiration from the moodboards of designers to their workshops, all included under one space. Unique one off pieces that will make your dinner guests’ talk and you even get to see some of these items in the making.

Normann Copenhagen (Østerbrogade 70), is Scandinavian style at its best.  From furniture, clothing, fabulous lighting to award winning design objects and cardboard structures.  This store is all you would need to inject a little Scandinavian design, with a twist of humour, into your home.  Not to mention it's a feast for your eyes.

Normann Copenhagen

Normann Copenhagen

For lovers of antiques and all things French then look no further than Fil de Fer (Kongensgade 83).  Here you can find vintage cafe au lait bowls, chandeliers and old French industrial lamps.

Last but not least you should visit Jolander (Store Kongensgade 74), a little shop filled to the brim with all sorts of interesting items, from new ceramics to scarves, vintage quilts and distressed frames filled with vintage postcards.  This little shop also showcases Danish designer Rie Elise Larsen's beautiful folded lampshades, which are a mixture of quirky English style and modern Scandinavian.

Royal Smushi Cafe

Royal Smushi Cafe


Design Museum, Bredgade 68

A visit to the museum is an amazing window into the history of Danish design and should not be missed by designers and enthusiasts alike.  Formerly, the first public hospital in Denmark, the Design Museum is located in one of Copenhagen's finest rococo buildings.  It was renovated and refurbished in the early 1920's by architects Ivar Bentsen and Kaare Klint.   It's the largest museum for Danish and international design in Scandinavia, with exhibitions of 20th century Danish applied arts and industrial design.  Currently, also showcasing post war British textiles featuring Lucienne Day’s print ‘Calyx’.

Design Museum


If a well earned respite from the city's hustle and bustle is what you need then the King's Gardens (Øster Voldgade 4), the country's oldest royal garden, is a great place to have a sandwich and chill in the company of the famous statue of Hans Christian Andersen.  For a more abundant array of flora, a short walk will take you to the Botanical Gardens (Gothersgade 128).  Rich with beautiful flowers, singing birds and the magnificent Palm house built in 1872-74.  From a romantic iron spiral staircase to tropical and subtropical climates this is one visit that won't disappoint.

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens


As one would expect from a European capital, finding a place to eat that suits all palates and budgets is not that challenging.  However, if Danish is what you're after then there a few places to consider. Le Glace (Skoubogade 3) is Denmark's oldest Konditori and is just the antidote for tired feet.  Sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee and a delicious Danish pastry.  For something more substantial why not try a traditional Smørrebrod, an open Rye bread sandwich, at Told and Snaps (Toldbodgade 2).  With it's old fashioned wooden panels and pub like feel it's a great stop for lunch.  Situated close to Nyhavn in one of the basement restaurants it offers only the best fresh and homemade ingredients.  You can choose from a variety of toppings such as Icelandic barrel matured pickled herring with capers and onions, or roast belly of pork with red cabbage sauerkraut.  To accompany your Smørrebrød try one of the organic beers, or be a true Dane and have a glass of  Schnapps.  Very traditional, very Danish and very delicious! 

La Glace

La Glace

If design wasn't all you set out to see in Copenhagen, take one of the many canal boats in Nyhavn where you can see most of the usual sights whilst travelling on water.  This is still one of the best ways to see and enjoy the city.  Otherwise, if sunny, join the locals, grab a beer and soak up the atmosphere along the harbour walkway in Nyhavn (Nyhavn, Netto-Bådene).



Words & Photography by Rochelle Cootetaken from Summer Issue 2013 of Heart Home magazine.

A Luxurious Mews House in London

When interior designer Sophie Paterson redesigned her own house she blended her signature style with that of her husband to create a uniquely luxurious home. 

What would be your first criteria when looking for a London home?  Location was precisely what attracted interior designer Sophie to her mews house. Well, that and the front door. ‘We wanted to make the most of our pre-kids years by living in central London and South Kensington is a lovely place to live’ Sophie explains. ‘Furthermore I always wanted to have my own front door; being house proud the idea of sharing a front door with other messy neighbours gives me a nervous twitch!’ So, with her front door issues sorted, Sophie set about making this London base her own. 

Dating from the 1800s the house had great room proportions and a good layout and fortunately it hadn’t been extensively developed so there was plenty of scope for Sophie to make her mark. Describing her signature style as ‘classic contemporary with a predominantly neutral palette’ her own home is a perfect example of this look, albeit with a slightly masculine twist. Sophie attributes this to the fact that prior to moving here in 2006, she briefly lived with her husband Kevin in his bachelor pad in Glasgow. Sophie describes this previous apartment as ‘filled to the brim with gadgets; baths that filled from the ceiling, fires that lit and curtains that closed all with the flick of a switch!’ Whist describing it as ‘like something out of an Austin Powers movie’ she quickly adds that it was ‘very tastefully done with a masculine Alfred Dunhill or Ralph Lauren vibe’ and when the couple moved to London they bought much of their furniture with them from this apartment, hence the masculine overtones. Over time though Sophie has ‘softened and lightened up the scheme’ and it is now a space which she feels ‘represents both of us, with the softer more feminine bedrooms very true to my personal style and the more masculine rooms designed with Kevin in mind and making the best use of his furniture.’ A perfect compromise! All you couples out there, please take note.

Because Sophie and Kevin lived in the house for a year and a half before commencing any work they had plenty of time to work out what they wanted from the space and Sophie was able to pinpoint how they liked to live in the space before making any changes. Like all projects though, it quickly started to take on a life of its own and Sophie freely admits that ‘what was meant to be a few cosmetic changes soon turned into a total overhaul.’ On the ground floor they opened up the doorways leading off the compact entrance hall, heightening and widening them to give a greater sense of space and pocket doors were also installed upstairs to help the space flow in the smaller rooms such as the ensuite. The couple also installed a new kitchen and bathroom, as well as new flooring and redecorated throughout adding new soft furnishings to complement the scheme in each room. As well as these visible updates Sophie also added some invisible improvements to make everyday life that little bit more luxurious such as underfloor heating in the bathrooms and kitchen, a heated mirror for applying makeup, surround sound in the lounge and lutron lighting throughout. 

Such a large amount of work would be intimidating for you or I, but of course Sophie had her design background to fall back on. ‘Running my own design studio was a huge help in terms of sourcing items and having a team of trusted tradesmen,’ she explains, ‘I have an excellent carpentry team who carry out all my work and so I greatly enjoyed designing my dream dressing well as vast amounts of storage in every nook and cranny around the rest of the house.

The living room is Sophie’s favourite space in the house as she explains ‘it’s where we gather when we have friends and family round so it’s got so many happy memories.

When quizzed on how she sees British design, Sophie suggests that ‘Good British design has a certain edge; whether we are dressing ourselves or a home we seem to do it in a laid back way with humour that others across the world try and emulate.’ When asked about her design inspiration Sophie admits to being a magazine addict; ‘I buy every single interiors magazine out there!’ she admits ‘I particularly love Vogue Living Australia, but increasingly I’ve been looking to blogs and online magazines whose style really resonates with my own.’

So, what does the future hold for Sophie Paterson Interiors? ‘I love being hands on so I don’t want to grow to the extent that I become a manager and don’t have the time to actually get down to the nitty gritty of interior design’ Sophie states, ‘first and foremost I want to focus on producing beautiful interiors.’ And are there any more home redecoration plans of her own on the horizon? ‘Every corner of the house has been refurbished!’ laughs Sophie ‘I’m going to have to move so I can try out some of my new ideas.’

To see more of Sophie's work visit Sophie Paterson Interiors.

This feature originally appeared in issue 1 of Heart Home Magazine.

Photographs: Patrick Butler-Madden. Words: Victoria Harrison

Deirdre Dyson Reveals 'Illusion’ Collection for 2015

Deirdre Dyson’s 2015 carpet collection is quite a departure from recent themes.  Comprising nine fresh designs, which interplay linear and graphic forms, the result is both striking and modern.  Entitled “Illusion”, the new collection will be shown for the first time at Maison et Objet Paris on 23-27 January 2015.  Here’s a sneak preview…



Deirdre says: 'My 2015 "Illusion" collection presented my hand-knotted makers with the most difficult challenge to date.  The geometric designs may look deceptively simple, but the intricacy of workmanship involved is astounding.  I have used colour grading in many directions and opposing paths.  The makers, who work across the loom from left to right, row by row, have to change colour at almost every stitch.  It requires them to think as if standing on their heads and reflects the complete labour of love that we dedicate to these exquisite carpets!  The result is a dazzling contrast from light to dark, of shadows and optical illusions'. 







An extensive range of Deirdre Dyson’s design inspirations are featured on the website at  Prices start from £775 per square metre.

Mushroom and Thyme Tartlets

Now that party season is in full swing you can never have enough savoury treats to serve with drinks. These delicious and flavorsome tartlets are quick and easy to make and will go down a treat at any event. 


 3 tablespoons olive oil  

1 onion, finely diced

250g mushrooms, finely diced

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Salt and pepper

12 thin slices of white bread

50g butter, softened (you may not need it all)

50g Comté cheese, grated finely

Makes 12 tartlets.

1.       Heat oven to 220°C (200°C fan oven).

2.       Grease the holes of the tart tin with olive oil.

3.       Heat a tablespoon of the olive oil in a frying pan and gently fry the onion for about 5 minutes until soft and just starting to get golden.

4.       Add the mushrooms and thyme leaves and raise the heat, then cook for about another 5 minutes until the mushrooms are done and the liquid has evaporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5.       Butter one side of the bread, then cut circles of bread with a pastry cutter (about 7cm diameter) to fit in a shallow bun tin. Press them, buttered-side up, firmly into the holes.

6.       Put the mushroom mixture into each bread case, sprinkle over the Comté and bake in the oven for about 12 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot.

Recipe by Comté cheese and chef Laura Pope. Photographed by Howard Shooter.

Comté is carefully produced in the Jura Mountains of Eastern France, in a traditional method that has not changed for centuries. From sweet to nutty, Comté expresses a wide diversity of natural aromas. This means it is a versatile cheese that can be used in a range of different recipes, even British ones!  From the Mediterranean to the Middle East, chef Laura Pope says her food has been inspired by cooking and ingredients from all over the world. But for the imminent festive season, she has developed some recipes that can create a truly British table.

Beside the Seaside With Jessica Hogarth

Specialising in surface pattern and textile design, Jessica Hogarth draws inspiration from the beautiful coastal village where she lives to create work that is quirky and full of colour.

As someone with a self-confessed love of designs that have a story behind them, it’s perhaps little surprise that young designer Jessica Hogarth has an inspiring story to tell of her own.

Jessica Hogarth

Despite always having an interest in art and design throughout her school years, Jessica admits to being more focused on music early on. However, after a false start on a music degree, she applied to study surface pattern at Leeds College of Art. “The first year was a massive learning curve, but by year two I felt like it was something I could perhaps see myself doing in the long term,” Jessica tells Heart Home.

And how right she was to change direction so early on; since graduating from the course with a first class degree and launching her business in 2012, Jessica has grown her list of clients as well as stockists for her own label, Jessica Hogarth Designs. Her impressive product range now spans stationery, prints, interior textiles and wallpaper, with new ranges planned for the year ahead.

Jessica Hogarth

It is her early years where Jessica still draws much of her inspiration from. Her most cherished handmade possession is a book given to her by her parents when she turned 18, which is full of childhood memories. “It’s packed of photos of family and friends, as well as newspaper cuttings from sport and music events I’d taken part in. There are also just random references to things I’d liked growing up. I will keep it forever.”

Jessica Hogarth

Born and raised in North Yorkshire’s Robin Hood’s Bay, and returning to the picturesque fishing village after completing her studies, Jessica focused on her surroundings to develop her first collection. Jessica explains: “I had the opportunity to test the market with my designs before launching them to trade. I developed a body of work I’d began at Art College, which focused on the architecture and seaside feel of where I lived. This proved to be a success and the personal stories behind my designs have really helped to build my brand.”

Jessica Hogarth

Describing her work as ‘colourful, quirky and fun’, Jessica admits to being constantly inspired by places she visits and things she sees. As someone who is passionate about her subject matter, Jessica spends a great deal of time gathering primary research for her work, taking regular sketching trips across the UK and Europe to gather information. The coastal area in which she lives and Paris, in particular, are places Jessica continues to draw inspiration from. “Visits to new places are always exciting and I take hundreds of photos, mostly of architecture, random patterns I find, and of particularly nice colours,” she adds.

Find out more about Jessica’s work and read her blog by visiting

Article written by Kelly Lavender taken from March Issue 2014 of Heart Home magazine. Picture credits: Photography by Alex Oates, Styled by Zoe Palmer

Introducing Button & Sprung

Button & Sprung is a brand new bed company set up by Adam Black (ex Feather & Black) that has caught our eye lately. They have a comprehensive and very handsome range of bedsteads, divans and mattress and a very tempting after sales promise too.

All mattresses are sold with a free, no quibble 100 night returns promise because it takes time to get used to a new mattress and they understand this. They also deliver and assemble beds for free and take away your old mattress.

But what we really like is the designer style and quality of the beds at a very reasonable price.

We think you'll like them too.

  Camelia Double Divan in Linwood oatmeal luxury linen £1,185.


Camelia Double Divan in Linwood oatmeal luxury linen £1,185.

  Foxtail Divan in Harlequin Tembok satin blush £1,280.


Foxtail Divan in Harlequin Tembok satin blush £1,280.

  Campion Bedstead Double  Korla Cubes Steel  £1,026.


Campion Bedstead Double  Korla Cubes Steel  £1,026.

  Eliza Bedstead in Linwood Omega Pink £1,060.


Eliza Bedstead in Linwood Omega Pink £1,060.

PANTONE: Colour of the Year 2015

Yesterday  Pantone, the authority on global colour, announced that its Colour of the Year for 2015 is PANTONE® 18-1438 Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red.

Pantone colour of the year 2015

Complex and full-bodied without overpowering, Marsala provides a unifying element for interior spaces. Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the colour is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.

Pantone colour of the year 2015

Nurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home. The hue will be especially prominent in striping and floral patterns found in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding and throws.

Pantone colour of the year 2015

So what do you think of Pantone's colour of the year? Are you loving this wintery tone?


5 Colourful Home Décor Projects

Does your home look like it’s in need of a style overhaul? You don’t have to fully redecorate to brighten things up. All you need is a few colourful and creative touches here and there to make your home feel brand new. Take a look at our top five home décor projects for some design inspiration.

Photo collages

Collages are great way to prevent old photos gathering dust in the attic (and you can have a pleasant walk down memory lane as you assemble them). They look much nicer and a lot less cluttered than having lots of individual photos crammed onto your mantelpiece. Get a large clip photo frame, cut and stick your photo collage on the cardboard inside it, pop the frame on top and it’s ready to hang up. For an extra dash of artistic flair, you can even add pressed flowers, lace and tiny beads to your collage too (a great idea for wedding photos).

Design a feature wall

A sure-fire way to spruce up your living room is to choose one wall to create a feature wall. You can cover it with a bright bold wallpaper if the other walls are a tad plain. Plus, if your feature wall has a fireplace (which isn’t in use!) jazz it up by placing some fresh or synthetic blooms in the hearth and invest in some quirky ornaments to place along the mantelpiece.

Create some mood lighting

You’d be amazed at how a few simple tricks of the light can drastically change the atmosphere of your home. Create a cheery glow in places like the living room by choosing lampshades in warm colours to filter the light through. And rather than rely on a single bright bulb which can create a harsh glare, scatter tea lights and coloured fairy lights in the bedrooms for a softer, more romantic effect.

Jazz up your hallway

The hallway is the first room people see when they enter your home, so first impressions are important! A painting makes a great focal point, especially if it’s slightly surreal or abstract. Why not install some shelving along one of the walls and decorate it with interesting knick-knacks such as ornaments, trinkets and brightly coloured candles? Another idea is to lay down a long narrow rug for people to admire as they walk in (after they’ve removed their shoes of course!).

Make a dinner table centrepiece

If you’re hosting a dinner party, why not make the centre of the table a talking point with a creative centre piece? A great way to start is to get some clear glass vases. You can fill them with all manner of colourful objects such as pretty beads, or conkers and pine cones spray-painted gold and silver. If you have little ones, another idea is to make paper flowers using different coloured crepe paper and pipe cleaners. They don’t have to resemble real flowers - have fun experimenting with all the different shapes and colour combinations you can make.

Don’t choose the wrong paint for the job! Visit: to learn how to find the perfect colours for your home.

Savoury Cheese and Leek Bread Pudding

Cranks has teamed up with award winning chef, Richard Corrigan, to devise a range of innovative new loaves of bread for selected Waitrose stores. The original range of whole loaves feature adventurous flavours and unique twists on classic combinations and this recipe uses the Hippity Homity loaf which is made with mature cheddar, roasted potato, leek, onion and a hint of parsley. Delicious.


2 medium leeks, sliced

1 large loaf of Hippity Homity, sliced and cut into triangles

12 cherry tomatoes, halved

150g (5oz) Cheddar cheese, grated

40g (1 1/2oz) butter

600ml (1 pint) milk

3 medium eggs

Freshly ground black pepper

½ tsp sea salt

Grease a 1.5 litre (2 1/3 pint) baking dish with a little butter. Melt the remaining butter in a frying pan and gently fry the leeks for about 5 minutes, until softened.

Put a layer of bread in the base of the baking dish. Scatter half the leeks and cherry tomatoes on top, then sprinkle with half the grated cheese. Arrange the remaining bread triangles over the surface, followed by the rest of the leeks and cherry tomatoes.

Beat the milk and eggs together and season to taste. Pour evenly over the bread, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Leave to stand for 20-30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan oven 170°C, Gas Mark 5. Bake the pudding for 30-35 minutes, until puffed-up and golden brown. 

Recipe created by Cranks and Richard Corrigan.

Inspired Sitting Rooms

Putting a room scheme together is never an easy task. Even interior designers and stylists have to start from somewhere. It could be something as simple as a beautiful rug, or a piece of art that will get the ball rolling and inspire a colour scheme, or start the basis of a moodboard.

Styled by Elkie Brown and photographed by Jon Day for Heart Home magazine.

Styled by Elkie Brown and photographed by Jon Day for Heart Home magazine.

But when it comes to our own homes we usually choose something more personal as a starting point. It could be a hobby, or a particular passion that expresses our personality, or could be the things we have collected whilst travelling that we want to see around us on a daily basis. We can still learn a lot however from the professional stylist and pull a together a coherent scheme using high street furniture stores by following a few simple rules.

All products available from Argos.

1.       Choose a couch and other large items of furniture in a neutral shade and stick to classic shapes. The sofa above is available here.

2.       Pull together disparate objects by sticking to a restrained colour palette. In this case it is black, white and grey.

3.       Lift the scheme by using one accent colour (yellow is used here) but stick to smaller objects and have only one or two.

4.       Choose a variety of textures on soft furnishings to make the scheme warm and inviting.

5.       Vary the shapes of accessories to stop the scheme from being dull.

Our stylist was inspired by travel in the first photograph. She chose graphic patterns and shapes that have more than a hint of Africa without going overboard. The suitcase coffee table is a nice finishing touch and continues the travel theme. So, by sticking to these guidelines it is possible to create a comfortable scheme that will be worthy of a magazine spread but still let your own personality and particular interests shine out.

City Living

Cecily Vessey’s drawings and prints depicting urban living can not only be found in the gift shops of London’s most iconic attractions, but have also been shipped all over the world to as far away as Australia, Singapore and America. Despite this global success, Cecily remains true to her British roots, with all of her products manufactured right here in the UK.

Cecily Vessey

Living in London and inspired by the sights and sounds of city life, Cecily Vessey’s drawings and prints are stocked in some of the Capital’s biggest tourist attractions.

But far from being the kind of souvenirs that are bought on a whim and soon lie forgotten at the back of a cupboard, or the kind of artwork that carries too big a price tag to take home with you, the items adorned with Cecily’s work are designed to be used and enjoyed.

“From drawing buildings at A-level to centring my university work around cityscapes, I wanted to create a business around my work that wasn’t the traditional artist creating exhibitions,” explains Cecily. “I wanted to create usable products that were adorned with my drawings. I saw it as a way of selling my artwork but in a more affordable, exciting way for the collector.  I still and always will continue to create one off drawings and paintings, but I love seeing my creations on mugs, stationery and other affordable items”.

Cecily Vessey

Cecily graduated four years ago and has been working hard ever since to build up a successful retail and wholesale business, as well as working on a variety of freelance projects. But it was when she sold her first painting, at the tender age of just 17, that Cecily first knew for certain that she wanted to be an artist. She explains: “I’d made a pair of oil paintings of Venice that were 8ft tall and 2ft wide each. It was a labour of love so when a lady saw them in an exhibition and offered me some money for one of the pair I couldn’t believe that someone wanted to pay hard earned cash for something I’d made.”

“From then on I always had it in the back of my head that I wanted to create a life around things that I made. I still have the second of the pair hanging in my house as a reminder that people actually sometimes buy the things I make.”

Cecily Vessey

Venice, like London, is a city that has provided much inspiration for Cecily’s work. “As all of my work focuses on building and cityscapes I find trips to different cities or even a wander around London can spark an idea,” she reveals. “I try to visit a new city each year, I’ve just been to Rome for the weekend and am working through my photos at the moment to create a skyline.”

When she’s not hard at work, Cecily admits that the travelling bug takes over, particularly when she takes to two wheels to cycle around London. She says: “In my non-work time I love to bicycle. It’s the perfect speed to travel and see things. I’d love to cycle around the world one day visiting my favourite cities along the way, but I fear I will have to settle with lots of smaller trips instead.”

Cecily Vessey

“When it’s raining and too cold for cycling I love to bake anything with chocolate in it - White Chocolate Oreo Cheese Cake is a favourite at the moment!”

Perhaps unsurprisingly then, when asked what would be the title of her memoir should she ever find the time to write it, Cecily responds: “Buildings, Bicycles and Baking”

Article written by Kelly Lavender taken from Winter Issue 2013 of Heart Home magazine. Picture credits: Product shots by Yeshen Venema, Profile image by Lucy Roome 

A Victorian Terraced House with Industrial Styling

Sarah Cole and her husband Philip are co-founders of the brand, Ines Cole, an on-line interiors company. They live in a four bedroom Victorian terrace in the sought after area of Chiswick with their three children.

 “We moved in eight years ago and have done everything in the house from the loft conversion to the kitchen extension. The biggest change was the kitchen- it was a gallery style room with red brick walls when we first moved in, but obviously that’s changed a little!” She laughs.

Despite having never seen the original kitchen, it’s easy to appreciate exactly how much work went into creating this beautiful room. The sharp white walls, soft grey tiled floor and  large skylight give rise to a modern space, worlds apart from Sarah’s description of its former identity.

But with every great achievement, there is often heartache. “The kitchen build was not a chapter I would like to revisit!” She admits. “When we first moved in we did most of the renovation work ourselves, but as our family grew time became more valuable so we took to using trades.” She says coyly.

With the renovation complete, Sarah turned her attention to another love; furniture. She is the queen of up-cycling. Her crisp pale walls are broken up with stunning reclaimed furnishings, all of which have been lovingly restored to embrace a new, more modern, way of life.

“I like to think we soften edges of the industrial pieces with great textures and finishes, making it much easier to fit within the house.”

These observations are understated; her home is elegant, sophisticated, historical, yet modern, bright and airy; a recipe most would find hard to pull off. And despite this ‘industrial chic’ style often falling victim to over commercialised replication, she has definitively achieved the look with great aplomb and sincerity.

“We made the shelving unit from an old shoe factory trolley” she explains.  “The built in shower mat in Pheobe’s bathroom was made from a plank of ash wood we had lying around.”

There is a great sense of calm throughout the property (you wouldn’t know she had three young children). She uses a distinct muted, almost burnt, colour palette to compliment the clean and neutral undertones. Flare and interest are added with the use of fabrics, textures and standout pieces.

A fine example of this can be seen in the bedroom, where earthy coloured glass vases placed on a mantel piece (below a stunning aged mirror) cleverly guide the eye to the soft mustard cushions and aubergine headrest. There is no denying she has an effortless, yet measured, talent for interiors.

Sarah’s love of furniture inspired her to launch her brand three years ago. The vision was to create unique individual pieces for the home, which she has achieved with gusto. Her on-line store sells a unique range of restored industrial lights, home accessorises and reworked furniture.

“Our vintage items are restored by hand, each vary slightly in detail and all tell a different story” she explains. “We rework and reinterpret old pieces, making them relevant for today. British design for me, always draws on heritage but with an innovative focus; and that’s exactly what we try to do at Ines Cole.”

Finally, a movement we can believe in- and it’s available in Liberty’s… what’s not to love?

Sarah's furniture is available at

This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Photographed by James Balston. Words by Liggy Griffiths.

Harveys Christmas Pinterest Competition

Harveys Furniture competition

Here at Heart Home magazine we are excited to have joined forces with Harveys Furniture and give a chance to our readers to win vouchers to spend on their online store. The following prizes are up for grabs...

  • 1st prize: £1,000 Harveys voucher valid for six months and only redeemable online.
  • 2nd prize: £500 Harveys voucher valid for six months and only redeemable online.
  • 3rd prize:  £250 Harveys voucher valid for six months and only redeemable online.
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For a chance to enter all you have to do is follow these simple instructions:

  • Choose a sofa from the Harveys Furniture site to be the focal piece for your festive family room Pinterest board
  • Pin the sofa to your board and add the hashtag #HarveysChristmas and tag Harveys Furniture ( to this pin description
  • Add at least 10 other pins to your board – of home accessories and Christmas  decorations from around the web – to create your perfect festive family room
  • The competition will run from 1st – 22nd December.

The editors of Heart Home magazine will then be judging the entries and the winner will be announced at the start of January. For more competition details and  T&C's please click here.

'Bettie' joins the Monsoon Home Kitchen Collection by Denby

Continuing the success and popularity of the Monsoon Home Kitchen Collection by Denby, Bettie has now been added to the growing family. The team of designers have once again used Monsoon's 40 years of stylish and iconic designs to create a range of products that offer a colourful way to blend today's brights with vintage chic in the kitchen.

Add to this Denby’s 200 years of expertise in premium product manufacturing and you have the added advantage of durability, practicality and quality that is synonymous with the Denby brand.

The collection comprises kitchen essentials from glassware, textiles, placemats, coasters and cake tins to storage jars, mugs, pedestal cake stands and ceramic jugs. All beautifully presented in premium packaging and just perfect for gifting.

Bettie will be available to purchase online at from the end of November or telephone 01773 740899 for stockist details.

Harlequin New Momentum Bedlinen For Spring/Summer 2015

Harlequin adds a new design to its hotel-chic range of Momentum bedlinen for spring/summer 2015

Bedlinen: Moriko Double Duvet Cover £120.00, Pillowcases: Moriko Square Pillowcase £30.00, Moriko Oxford Pillowcase £25.00, Cushion: £45.00, Throw: £175.00, Wallpaper: Katsura 110892 £59.00/rol

Bedlinen: Moriko Double Duvet Cover £120.00, Pillowcases: Moriko Square Pillowcase £30.00, Moriko Oxford Pillowcase £25.00, Cushion: £45.00, Throw: £175.00, Wallpaper: Katsura 110892 £59.00/rol

Originally launched in 2014 in collaboration with Bedeck, the sumptuously stylish Momentum woven bedlinen range has been adapted from striking signature designs in recent Momentum fabric collections. Elegant, lustrous and subtly sophisticated, the designs capture the very essence of boutique hotel luxe and designer elegance.

Bedlinen: Moriko Double Duvet Cover £120.00, Pillowcases: Moriko Square Pillowcase £30.00, Moriko Oxford Pillowcase £25.00, Cushion: £45.00, Throw: £175.00, Wallpaper: Katsura 110892 £59.00/rol

Bedlinen: Moriko Double Duvet Cover £120.00, Pillowcases: Moriko Square Pillowcase £30.00, Moriko Oxford Pillowcase £25.00, Cushion: £45.00, Throw: £175.00, Wallpaper: Katsura 110892 £59.00/rol

Moriko is the latest design to be added to the Momentum bedlinen range. The duvet cover (single, double, king and super king) features an eye-catching ivory-toned zig zag jacquard woven on a grey-hued stonewash cotton mix. It has a 200 thread count, pure cotton plain dye percale reverse in ivory. The oxford pillowcase and chartreuse cushion mirror the duvet, and there is the addition of a coordinating 65cm square pillowcase in a textured jacquard. Moriko is complemented by a luxurious zig zag quilted throw in ivory.

Bedlinen: Moriko Double Duvet Cover £120.00, Pillowcases: Moriko Square Pillowcase £30.00, Moriko Oxford Pillowcase £25.00, Cushion: £45.00, Throw: £175.00, Wallpaper: Katsura 110892 £59.00/rol

Bedlinen: Moriko Double Duvet Cover £120.00, Pillowcases: Moriko Square Pillowcase £30.00, Moriko Oxford Pillowcase £25.00, Cushion: £45.00, Throw: £175.00, Wallpaper: Katsura 110892 £59.00/rol

Moriko will be launched nationwide in February 2015 and will be available via a network of selected stockists.

Courgette and Cherry Tomato Bake

Perfect for a lunch on a winter's day or as a late supper. This can be cooked in one dish and served with a chunk of bread for the ultimate in comfort food.

Zucchini baked i with chicken, cherry tomatoes and herbs

4 courgettes
500g of cherry tomatoes
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp Comvita Olive Leaf Extract
100g of sliced mozzarella
25g parmesan
Salt and pepper

1) Thinly slice the courgettes, sprinkle them with a pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle them with olive oil before gently sautéing in a frying pan. Sauté until all vegetables are soft. 2) Pre heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Thinly slice the tomatoes and mozzarella.
3) Prepare a heatproof baking dish by spreading 1 tsp of olive oil before arranging layers of courgettes, tomatoes and mozzarella on top of one another. Drizzle each layer with olive leaf extract.
4) Bake for 30 – 40 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft and the top is golden in colour and slightly crisp. Sprinkle with the parmesan.
Serve with some warm, wholemeal bread or a colourful side salad.

Recipe courtesy of Comvita.