Introducing the Betsy Range from DFS

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

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

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

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

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

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Isn't the footstool the sweetest thing?

Recipe of the Week - Rustic Beet Tart with Plums

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

Ingredients for the crust:

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

Ingredients for the filling:

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

Preheat oven to 220C / fan 200C

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

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

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

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

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Serve with lettuce and drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

From the autumn 2013 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Recipe and photographs: Giedre Augustinaviciute

 

A Taste Of The Exotic: Why Citrus Trees Are Perfect For An Orangery

Since the orangery was first introduced to British homes in the 17th century, it has been considered the best domestic method of cultivating exotic plant life on British shores, regardless of how harsh the UK climate may get. Of all the plants being grown in British orangeries, citrus tree plants are one of the most popular choices. This is due to the simple yet highly effective process that goes into their cultivation, and of course they can produce delicious ripe fruit regardless of the material the structure is made of.

Here are a few helpful tips to get you started on the road towards rearing your own wonderful fruits.

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Which citrus plants should I buy?

To get the best results from your citrus farming, it makes sense to purchase the smaller varieties of citrus plants known as ‘dwarf trees’ as these will grow to smaller heights, and in doing so won't be able to reach heights that cause problems inside an orangery, such as damaging the structure's interior.

If you want fast growth from your plants, it’s best to buy citrus trees with an age of at least two years, as they will have developed into a good size already and are therefore ideal for quick results.

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How do you keep citrus plants healthy?

Here are a few of the best ways to keep citrus plants strong and able to produce high quality fruit.

  • It’s worth remembering that Dwarf trees require moist conditions for their soil as drier conditions will affect the strength of their growth, thereby lessening the quality of the fruit.
  • Citrus plants require daily levels of direct sunlight for their growth, with a warm temperature surrounding them, so if possible make sure you have an orangery with a south-facing window where a condition the experience of outdoor growth will be replicated. Designing your own bespoke orangery can ensure that you make the most of the natural light your home experiences.
  • Be sure to store your plants at 55-68° F with a 30-60 % level of humidity, because temperatures any lower or higher will harm the freshness of the fruit, rendering the taste unsatisfactory.
  • The use of a humidifier can help humidity levels even more, especially during colder winter months. However, this is not the most environmentally means of ensuring a healthy plant growth. It's also not a cost effective option when considering how much money running such technology can cost. Frequently placing several bowls of water around the orangery will gradually result in the water evaporating into the atmosphere to raise the humidity level around the plants.

 

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If you want to choose from a range of finest orangeries for your home, or submit your own bespoke orangery design for professional building, visit ahorangeries.co.uk, where you'll find many other beautiful home structures available, such as a wide range of luxury verandas and conservatory models.

Images sourced from ahorangeries.co.uk

Tent + Super Brands

This September, the Truman Brewery holds a beguiling collection of design labels. Upstairs, there’s all the energy and experimentation that has become the signature message for Tent London, while downstairs, in cool contrast, Super Brands is all serene and assured elegance, the place for big name brands to lure buyers into spending more than they should. A playful and striking stand from leading UK wallpaper brand Graham & Brown should attract plenty of attention, featuring an enormous floral printed roll of paper that covers not just the stand but a Morris Minor too. The company is previewing new collections from Barbara Hulanicki and Marcel Wanders plus an archive collection from the Victoria & Albert Museum, Skins, a collection of realistic animal skin interpretations and Eccentrics, five wallpapers inspired by the architectural heritage of Britain.

Expect to see an array of talented designers exhibiting including Daniel Heath, Galvin Brothers, Lorna Syson, Sian Elin, Zoe Murphy to name just a few.

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Tent London & SuperBrands, 18-21 September.

Superfresco Easy… making wallpaper easy-peasy!

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If you like the thought of wallpaper but have always been put off by a lack of hanging expertise, think again!  Superfresco Easy, launched by Graham & Brown, is the future of decorating. Its non-woven technology means you paste the wall and not the paper – minimising mess and cutting your decorating time in half. Yes, half. There’s no need for soaking time and no need for a pasting table.

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Nicky Jepson, Brand Manager at Superfresco Easy, says: “Forget everything you know about wallpapering because it just got easy. Gone are the days where you had to set aside your precious time for scraping, steaming and decorating your walls. This revolutionary product is designed to overcome all the difficulties previously associated with wallpapering that put people off and made it seem an impossible task.”

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There's also a huge range of styles, textures and colours to choose from, ranging from loud geometric patterns with big personalities to romantic florals and delicate motifs. We've chosen a few of our favourites here but there are many more.

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And, when it’s time for a change – the paper peels off in one strip. So easy, you could even get the kids to help!

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All wallpapers are £20 per roll with the exception of Cinema which is currently £10 per roll!

West Elm LOCAL + Heart Home's 3rd Anniversary

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Heart Home magazine is turning 3 next week so to mark this occasion we have teamed up with West Elm. The shop will be launching  West Elm LOCAL here in London during this year's London Design Festival. It's all about connecting with your local community - that's why West Elm is  partnering with local makers + designers to hand pick locally produced pieces for their London store.

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Expect to see a fabulous range of beautiful products from the following talented designers:  HAMMatt Pugh designMini ModernsJames Ward - Jimbobart + Out Of The Dark.

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Join us on the 16th September from 6pm-10pm to celebrate the launch with the talented makers + designers at the London Store. See you there!

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Shelve it with Ikea

Don't you just love Ikea? As soon as you think they can't possibly design any more products that you need to have, they go and do it again. Ikea wall shelf EKBY JÄRPEN  EKBY GÄLLÖ [1]

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We love this new wall shelf! It would look at home in just about any room in the house. It's super easy to install and it's minimalist design ensures the contents take centre stage. What more could you ask? Let's look closer...

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Don't you just love those white brackets?

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And there's a good reason why the RÅGRUND has been awarded bathroom series of the year by Swedish magazine Plaza Interiör.  It's made of bamboo and is an ideal storage unit for the smaller bathroom. When the fog evaporates a pretty shelf emerges, and with its height it allows you to store many soft towels and anything else you just have to have in the bathroom.

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Photographs: Ragnar Ómarsson for http://livethemma.ikea.se/

 

Formabilio At Tent London

Formabilio, the Design furniture brand producing authentic Italian products will be present, for the first time, at Tent London- Super Brands.

Formabilio is a Design brand of the Made in Italy that produces furniture and home accessories designed by creative minds from all over the world. This is done through design contests, chosen by a community of design enthusiasts, manufactured by small Italian companies and sold online on formabilio.com.

Formabilio has a community of over 100.000 registered users that choose the  winning projects which are then produced by small artisan companies.  All products are eco friendly and are made with sustainable material.

We think it is a fantastic concept!

Formabilio will be exhibiting at Tent London, 18-21 September.

Recipe of the Week - Apple Crumble

There's always such an abundance of fruit at this time of year and we can't think of a better way to use it than in a crumble. It has to be the ultimate in comfort food desserts! Apple Crumble via Heart Home magazine [1]

Ingredients for the crumble:

300g plain flour, sieved 175g brown sugar 200g unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature Knob of butter for greasing

Ingredients for the filling:

450g apples, peeled, cored and cut into pieces 50g brown sugar 1 tbsp plain flour 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 180C / fan 160C

Apple Crumble via Heart Home magazine [3]

Place the flour and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Rub cubes of butter into th e flour mixture. Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Place apples in a separate bowl and sprinkle over the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Butter a 26cm ovenproof dish. Spoon the apple mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.

Bake in the oven for 40 – 45 minutes until the crumble is browned and the apple mixture bubbling. Serve with cream, custard or ice cream.

Apple Crumble via Heart Home magazine [2]

From the autumn 2013 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Recipe and photographs: Giedre Augustinaviciute

Designjunction At LDF

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The fourth edition of the critically-acclaimed designjunction returns to the magnificent Sorting Office for its flagship London show. Spanning four enormous floors, the show will present more than 180 brands promoting design, retail and innovation. dj_image_2014

A powerful line-up of leading global brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, more than 25 design-led pop-up shops, large-scale installations, a dedicated lightjunction show, on-site eateries, vibrant flash factories and a leading seminar programme will take over the impressive 120,000 sq ft industrial space.

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Located in the heart of central London, designjunction is London’s leading design destination.

We are offering 2 for 1 tickets for our lovely readers - make sure to enter the promo code when registering: HEART241

The New Autumn Bedding from The Secret Linen Store

A change of seasons is always a good time to refresh our decorating schemes with some new updates. And in the bedroom some new bedding can work wonders at revitalising the senses and the colour scheme. Even if you are a die-hard white bedding or nothing sort of person, new sheets always feel luxurious to touch and there is nothing like crisp, fresh bedding for making us feel good. The new Autumn collection at The Secret Linen Store is their best yet. There are eight new designs, all in the best quality 100% cotton yarns, new mix and match sheets and coordinating cushions and throws too.

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Go on, you know you're worth it.

Revitalise Your Home with a Bespoke Veranda

Summer’s drawing to a close, and with that, it’s time to pack away the outdoor furniture and resign yourself to months indoors, right? Wrong! Having a veranda installed allows you to enjoy the great outdoors all year round, and by choosing an experienced fitter like 123v, your veranda can become more than just a shelter – it can become a fully functioning part of your home, at a fraction of the cost of your extension. With a range of additional extras available, your veranda can become truly personalised and tailored to whatever you plan to use it for. There are many variables you can mix and match to get the perfect veranda for you:

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Structure Choose from a regular veranda, which is held up by two beams at each end, or a cantilever veranda which is anchored only against your property. You may also wish to include drop-down walls and enclosed glass doors at one or both ends for a conservatory effect which protects you from adverse weather conditions.

Decoration A quality veranda isn’t simply a uniform, one-size-fits-all, flatpack addition to your home. Quality suppliers offer their verandas in a range of colours, with customers able to mix and match different beam ends, beam infill styles, trims and more.

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Glass You could be forgiven for thinking that the only variation you could get in your veranda’s glass is its thickness. Actually, there are dozens of different kinds of glass you can choose for your veranda, from solar energy-converting glass to UV-protection glass to noise-cancelling glass and so much more. Contact your veranda supplier for information on which types of specialised glass they offer.

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Extras There are a number of optional extras that can be added to your veranda. Add heaters and lighting and you’ll be able to enjoy a few drinks outdoors on chilly winter evenings, and have an iPod docking station and speakers installed to enjoy some smooth jazz or easy listening whilst enjoying a bite to eat under your veranda.

With such a wealth of options to choose from, no two verandas are ever the same and yours can be truly unique to you. So whether you’re looking for somewhere to seat guests outdoors, to protect outdoor furniture or to simply sit, listen to some music and enjoy a glass of wine, opt for a quality glass veranda supplier like 123v who’ll work closely with you to create your ideal glass veranda.

Autumn Warmers from BHS Home

Bursting with colour, texture and pattern, the Chestnut Collection from BHS Home welcomes autumn in the form of chunky knits, patchwork bedding and quintessentially English checks. The colour palette is warm, vibrant and vintage-inspired to keep you extra cosy during those lengthening nights. BHS Autumn 2014 [3]

Patchwork bedset, from £14.99. Rainbow knit striped throw, £30. Rainbow knit cushion, £16. Round hanging mirror (sold in a set of 2) £60.

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Owl towel, £8. Honeycomb towel (on bath), £6. 

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Knitted cushions, £16 each. Daisy desk lamp, £50. Large traditional wall clock, £45.

Available from September in BHS stores.

Home Tour: Tina Ramchandani

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Today Heart Home takes a tour around the home of interior designer Tina Ramchandani. With an impressve portfolio, Tina runs Tina Ramchandani Creative, a Manhattan-based interior design firm founded on functionality and fueled by aesthetic drive. TinaApartment-034-Print

Tina is also the founder of Life in Sketch, an internationally recognized interior design blog where she shares what inspires her in the world of design at large, from her daily experiences in New York to her extensive travels abroad.

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Tina lives in a 1000 square foot, one bedroom apartment in Tribeca, Manhattan with her husband, Ajay.  They've lived here since they got married 5 years ago and have loved turning it into a home. 'Instead of completely designing my own home myself, I enlisted my husband's help, so we feel as though we've actually built it together. We've decided on each piece in our home together, which means we both feel really good about coming home at the end of the day'.

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Tina and Ajay  love to travel and take vacations as often as they can. While exploring the world they make it a point to collect art, books and accessories. 'Each piece we bring home has a story, and it's wonderful to see these pieces surrounding us'.

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When it comes to colour they both see eye to eye and love having a a neutral palette in their home. After a busy day, especially a day of designing for others, I like to relax in a space that is serene, yet stylish, and beautiful to look at.

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When designing their home, one of the most important factors for Tina and Ajay was that it had to be comfortable. This was essential as having a big family and many friends they love to entertain informally. 'We wanted to create a space that everyone felt comfortable in, and that was suitable for large groups'.

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Images by: trappleton.com. Visit Tina on tinaramchandani.com and design blog lifeinsketch.com

Recipe of the Week - White Chocolate and Pecan Biscuits

A few rainy days and what do we want to do? Whip out the flour and start baking of course. There's nothing nicer than the smell of biscuits in the oven when the weather keeps you indoors and this quick and easy recipe will give the whole family a treat come tea time. White Chocolate and Pecan Biscuits via Heart Home mag [1]

Ingredients:

250 g unsalted butter, at room temperature

100 g caster sugar

200 g soft light brown sugar

2 eggs

½ tsp vanilla extract

400 g plain flour

¼ tsp baking powder

100 g white chocolate, chopped

100 g pecan nuts, chopped

White Chocolate and Pecan Biscuits via Heart Home mag [2]

Mix the butter and sugars in a large bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla extract.

Add the flour and baking powder and mix well until a smooth dough is formed. Stir in the chocolate and pecan nuts until evenly dispersed.

Divide the dough in half and shape each half into 2 equal rolls measuring 15 – 18 cm in length. Wrap the rolls in clingfilm and put them in the freezer for a couple of hours.

Preheat the oven to 170 C.

Remove the clingfilm and cut the dough into discs about 2 – 3 cm thick. Arrange the cookies on the prepared baking trays. Make sure that the cookies are spaced apart to allow for spreading while baking. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 – 15 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges and quite flat. Leave the cookies to cool slightly on the trays before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. The cookies should be soft and chewy.

From the Spring 2013 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Recipe and photographs: Giedre Augustinaviciute

Website of the Week - Place in Print

Place in Print is a London-based design studio, manufacturer and retailer, specialising in locally themed art, homewares and gifts. Places in Print - Brockwell Lido

 

Their captivating artwork is created by some of the best local designers celebrating London's unique neighbourhoods in vibrant colour. In their own words  "Every place is unique. We spend so much of our lives in or around particular countries, regions or local areas, it is natural for us to build up some form of connection with a particular place".

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The website is a dream to navigate - either choose prints and posters, kitchen and home or books and cards. Alternatively you can search by region from Archway to Wimbledon. Commissions are also undertaken.

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The prints are priced at £35 print-only, £40 mounted, £50 framed (frame available in white, black or wood).

 

TedWood Design Launches New Products

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The initial furniture collection from TedWood was launched last September. It intends to display the natural beauty of wood through traditional craft techniques, with strong contemporary styling. This year TedWood launches a range of new products at Tent.  At the show you will see the HexHead stool or side table which is constructed from English Oak or Elm. The stool features a hexagon top and three tapered legs.

You will also be able to see the distinctive HangUp lamp in chocolate brown leather with a fumed oak rose and also RoundTop, which is a three legged dining table that is available in a selection of sizes. The top is made from a choice of british hardwoods. The table feature’s TedWoods signature TipToe legs and are available in either painted finishes or matching hardwood.

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TedWood Design will be exhibiting at Tent London, 18-21 September.

Dissolve Those Sleeping Aches and Pains: Divorce That Old Mattress!

When feeling sore in the morning, it may be more a matter of what you’re sleeping on than sleeping position.  Is it time for a new mattress?  Signs of wear, lumpiness, and age (more than 5 to 7 years) alert owners it’s time to pay respect to a good night’s rest. Perhaps it’s time to divorce your current mattress. Styled by Maxine Brady and photographed by Joanna Henderson for Heart Home magazine Flipped Assumptions After years of use, spokes poke through, colors fade, and surfaces become uneven.  Flipping a mattress is a quick solution, but is it a good idea to prolong a mattress?  Like an aging car, a deteriorating mattress puts users at risk of injury and discomfort. In some cases, manufacturers suggest rotating every three to six months, but not for purposes of masking wear or denying years of use. Hand-Me-Down Aches Home products are expensive; in addition to paying mortgage or rent, a single person or couple may cut corners, accepting used mattresses from family or friends.  It’s great to save money, but don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s rest. It’s estimated 70% of beds in circulation are second hand.  It’s smart to save but unwise to sacrifice sleep and well being for saved dollars. Jonathan Gooch for Heart Home magazine Embrace Progress Would you replace a dated television?  An old refrigerator?  Manufacturers produce newer and better products, and in some cases, upgrading makes perfect sense regarding convenience and added health and wellness. For example, memory foam grows popular with sleepers around the world; created by NASA and leveraged by bed manufacturers to create a reactive resting surface.  Eventually man stopped sleeping on the ground; don’t refuse to evolve into the future of bedding. James Balston for Heart Home magazine Off-Gassing Off-gassing, the release of fumes from mattresses, concerns singles, couples, and parents alike.  Though some associate the phenomenon with new mattresses, it’s believed subsequent fumes gradually release; your child may be sleeping on an older model, one harmful to their health and emanating noxious fumes. Speak with vendors about abed that’s safe for you and loved ones, especially young, growing children who sleep longer and more deeply. Mattress Fever Is your mattress making you sick?  Some experts question materials used to manufacture mattresses.  Some questionable methods and ‘ingredients’ may scare you; cotton is sprayed with pesticide throughout its growing cycle in some cases. Paul Craig for Heart Home magazine Neck Strain to In-Store Awkward If you get up in the morning with neck pain, it may be time for a new mattress.  If pain exceeds twenty to thirty minutes, it’s time to plop yourself down atop an in-store mattress.  It may seem awkward to rest while others shop, but experts suggest trying a mattress for fifteen minutes, ensuring it’s right for you. Take time to find the right price, model, and overall experience for you. Joe Jacobs loves being a health professional. With years of experience, he often blogs about simple changes people can make in their daily lives to improve their health. All images are from Heart Home magazine.

Mini Moderns Remix 2 at the Southbank Centre

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This September, Mini Moderns will revisit their REMIX project, celebrating the 2014 London Design Festival with REMIX 2 at Southbank Centre’s Festival Terrace shop. Taking over the top floor of the Festival Terrace shop, Mini Moderns will be launching new Mini Moderns lines from their 2014/15 Hinterland Collection, and hosting a range of talks and guest appearances.

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REMIX 2 focuses on designs that the design duo have created in partnership with Southbank Centre over the past few years – particularly Net and Ball, Concert and Festival. Expect to see new colourways and product lines, including totes, mugs and glassware, plus lampshades based on the Edinburgh Weavers 1951 Sound Curtain fabric, all exclusively available at the Festival Terrace shop during their September residency.

feather2REMIX 2 will again see Mini Moderns curate and commission work by both new and long-standing collaborators of the brand, including Matt Sewell, Rimmington Vian, Galapagos Design and London Kills Me. Latest collaborator, Stumped Studio, has created a unique collection of work using the range of Mini Moderns Environmentally Friendly Paint.

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 REMIX 2 runs throughout September 2014, 1st to 30th with a launch evening on Wednesday 3 September from 6pm.

Recipe of the Week - Pavlova with Summer Fruits

Let's make summer last as long as possible with desserts that are light and perfectly sweet. An eye-catching centrepiece for lunch with the family in the garden. It's also a perfect recipe for using up all of summer's abundant fruits. Pavlova with summer fruits via Heart Home mag

Ingredients:

6 egg whites

A pinch of salt

300g caster sugar

2 tsp vanilla essence

350ml double cream

2 – 3 tbsp icing sugar

450g mixed fruits (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)

A few mint leaves for decoration

Preheat the oven to 120C/fan 100C/gas ½

Line a large baking sheet with baking paper and draw a 23cm circle in the centre.

Pavlova with summer fruits via Heart Home mag [1]

Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form stiff peaks, then gradually pour in the caster sugar, whisking constantly. Once all the sugar is added, whisk for a further 5 minutes until the mixture is glossy, then stir in the vanilla essence.

Spoon the meringue onto the circle. Bake for 2 hours 30 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the meringue inside until cold.

Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks, then beat in the icing sugar. Pile the cream into the centre of the meringue, and then scatter over the blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Decorate with mint leaves.

Pavlova with summer fruits via Heart Home mag [2]

Enjoy!

From the Summer 2013 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Recipe and photographs: Giedre Augustinaviciute