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.

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?


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


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


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.

Big Art. Little Artists

Childish is a marketplace for beautiful art, created by Children, where visitors can buy prints of exciting and unique images created by kids of different ages, cultures, and locations . Funds raised by sales help children to access creative resources and thereby creates opportunities for them. 

Artist ‣ Ezmae Age ‣ 3 Title ‣ The Spaceship Location ‣ Connecticut, USA

Artist ‣ Ezmae
Age ‣ 3
Title ‣ The Spaceship
Location ‣ Connecticut, USA

In collaboration with local and international arts organizations, profits raised through sales of artworks will go back to the community, in various forms including supplies, scholarships, program development and community projects. Childish believe that creativity transcends culture and can be healing, inspiring, and enriching, for any community it reaches. 

Artist ‣ Dominic Age ‣ 5 Title ‣ Bots Location ‣ Perth Australia

Artist ‣ Dominic
Age ‣ 5
Title ‣ Bots
Location ‣ Perth Australia

"Our long-term goal is to continue growing our collection, pairing different artworks with different causes and projects, ranging from collaborative community art installations to individual scholarships for children who could benefit". 

Artist ‣ Anushka Age ‣ 9 Title ‣ Flowers Location ‣ Kingdom of Bahrain

Artist ‣ Anushka
Age ‣ 9
Title ‣ Flowers
Location ‣ Kingdom of Bahrain

An online store has just launched, with quality selections from the first collection. They ship internationally, from their location in Berlin.

Artist ‣ Mikhail Age ‣ 4 Title ‣ Tiger Location ‣ Yerevan, Armenia

Artist ‣ Mikhail
Age ‣ 4
Title ‣ Tiger
Location ‣ Yerevan, Armenia

New Wave Wood By Atrafloor

The associations that spring to mind at the words 'Wood Vinyl Flooring' are undeniable. Glossy, tasteless and lacking in the sense of comfort we crave from sturdy wooden furnishings, the reputation of the laminate alternative to plank flooring has rendered it somewhat unpalatable within the Interior Design world.  

With an ambition to bring leading design in cutting-edge new forms to floors, Atrafloor are determined to shatter this mould with innovative Wood-effect Vinyl flooring designs that allow modern homeowners to achieve a unique, imaginative wood-look on a robust, textured, matte material.

Timber for The Creative Types

Atrafloor’s Wood range has been specially crafted by their in-house design team to meet the needs of creative people with an eye for high-design who envision a timeless, cosy yet contemporary aesthetic for their interiors that stays true to their expressive nature.

Atrafloor believes we can all get more out of our flooring spaces, and strive to provide innovative takes on flooring concepts. With a variety of refreshing designs that range from traditional plank patterns with little twists of rough Scandi looks and moreish palettes, to unique photographic pieces of mesmerising firewood and log cabin-inspired arrangements, Atrafloor is the new way to do wood floors.

View our full range of Wood designs via Artrafloor.

Recipe of the Week - Black Bean & Beetroot Burger

Why should meat-eaters have all the fun?. This delicious vegetarian burger recipe is sure to satisfy the heartiest of appetites and non-vegetarians will no doubt love it too.

Serves 6

Serves 6

To make the burger mix:
580g Black beans (cooked & drained)
1 heaped teaspoon Cumin seeds (dried, toasted & crushed)
35g Jalapenos (finely chopped)
12g Coriander (chopped)
115g Red onion (chopped)
4 1 / 2 tablespoons Cornflour
3 / 4 teaspoon Salt
1 heaped teaspoon cracked black pepper
125g Beetroot (grated)

To make the burger mayo:
100g Mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Tomato puree
20g Tomato chutney
5 g Gherkin (finely grated)
 Pinch Salt
Pinch Pepper

1. Crush the beans with your hands and fold everything thoroughly to create the Black Bean & Beetroot Mix.
2. Mold the burgers into patties (around 150g each)
3. Plunge the patties into hot oil and fry for approximately 4 minutes until crisped.
4. In the meantime toast the brioche bun on the grill.
5. Add burger mayo to the bottom of the bun, place the patty and lay over a slice of emmental cheese.
6. Add a slice of beef tomato and a baby gem lettuce leaf.
7. Spread burger mayonnaise to the top bun and skewer the burger through everything.

To serve:
Serve with either salad or fries and coleslaw. 

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

Fake It With Abigail Ahern

Plants and flowers can add a revitalising touch to your living space but can be a high maintenance job to upkeep.  Artificial plants are a great alternative for adding a botanical edge to your décor scheme whilst maintaining minimal effort. Look towards Abigail Ahern’s latest collection of artificial plants that will create a fresh aesthetic in your room.

All available from the Heart Home Shop. Happy 'green' shopping!

"IKEA hack" Create a Rose Gold Desk

If you're looking for a quick and effective little DIY project for the weekend, look no further. With some simple flat-pack building skills and a can of Rust-Oleum, the plain metal and tempered glass IKEA Vittsjö desk can go from mass-produced to bespoke and unique in no time. And you could create this little beauty for less than £50! 

Shimmering metallic tones give this desk a high-end edge, but if silver isn’t your thing and you’re ready to go beyond gold, why not update your desk with a trend-setting millennial pink hue, using Rose Gold Metallic paint.

Rust-Oleum Rose Gold Metallic
Rust-Oleum Surface Primer
IKEA Vittsjö Desk
Clean cloth or sponge

1. Assemble the IKEA Vittsjö laptop table leaving the glass top to one side.
2. Move the metal frame out 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 the frame with a 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 Rose Gold Metallic and shake thoroughly. Hold the can
approximately 30cm from the surface of the frame 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 the glass top on the finished frame and admire your brand-new expensive desk.

Rust-Oleum Rose Gold Spray Paint, 400ml, £8.99, B&Q
Rust-Oleum Surface Primer, 400ml, £9.49, B&Q

And the best thing of all? No one will ever guess where you got this pretty little number.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Launches New Ella Doran Homewares Range

This spring, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) launches Ella Doran for YSP, a new product range by award-winning designer Ella Doran, celebrating the Park’s 40th anniversary. The bespoke collection, featuring two different designs, includes an apron, cushion, tea towel and chopping board and is available exclusively from YSP Shop.

Ella Doran for YSP, Woodland Bark Tote Bag. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Ella Doran for YSP, Woodland Bark Tote Bag. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Innovative designer Ella Doran visited YSP throughout the seasons, documenting every aspect of the Park through her own sketched impressions and photography, in order to create two unique ranges inspired by its 500-acre landscape.

Ella Doran for YSP, Lower Park Lime Leaves Tray. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Ella Doran for YSP, Lower Park Lime Leaves Tray. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Doran returns to YSP in 2018 for her solo exhibition From Sheep to Seat (10 March–10 June 2018). The designer will showcase the transformational tale of the wool in her most ambitious project to date. From Sheep to Seat follows the journey of YSP sheep wool, from shearing to scouring and designing to spinning, to create a display of beautiful bespoke furniture, furnishings and photographic prints. A homage to local products, suppliers and processes, the exhibition shines a light on the importance of the circular economy in reducing waste and sustaining livelihoods and traditions.

Ella Doran for YSP, Oak Wood Tray. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Ella Doran for YSP, Oak Wood Tray. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

YSP has led successful exhibitions with some of the UK’s best-known artists and designers including Mark Hearld, Angie Lewin, Emily Sutton and Rob Ryan. YSP Shop showcases original work by international artists and contemporary designers and makers.

Ella Doran for YSP, Woodland Bark Cushion. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Ella Doran for YSP, Woodland Bark Cushion. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Ella Doran for YSP: Through the Camera Lens

Photographs of the 18th-century historic landscape – including a canopy of leaves and tactile tree bark – are applied to a tea towel, tote bag, apron, cushion, trays and mugs. Prices start from £10