Sofa Workshop & Flock Collaboration

Sofa Workshop’s ethos is focused on choice and bringing the best of British textile design to their customers. They are delighted to announce that they have teamed up with forward-thinking textile house, Flock, founded by Jenny Wingfield. This amazing London-based brand help to develop up-and-coming British design talent, so we can all get our hands on some incredible fresh fabrics. All Flock fabrics are designed and digitally printed in the UK. Supporting homegrown talent is something Sofa Workshop are hugely passionate about and that is why they have put some of their favourite fabric designs from the Flock collection onto a selection of their most popular styles.

Jenny, Founder of Flock, commented on the collaboration, saying:

“I’ve always admired Sofa Workshop for their bold fabric choices and exciting shapes. For a print designer, it’s thrilling to see your designs flat on a big space! Seeing the scale of the pattern on the sculpture of the furniture’s curve is just incredible.

I love the way Sofa Workshop’s furniture is clearly designed. Not just doing the traditional thing. There’s a real mix of styles.

Of course, we support British design and we love to support British manufacturing as Sofa Workshop does. (Flock’s fabrics are digitally printed in Lancashire – an area with a rich heritage of textile mills.) An awareness of where things are from is important. You get a knowledge of the quality and to feel in control too.”

Megan Holloway, Marketing Manager at Sofa Workshop as had this to say about the collaboration:

“Flock provide a unique platform for emerging British textile design talent, sourcing and producing the print design in the UK. As a proud British retailer, giving young designers a voice and exposure in the marketplace is something we really believe in and are delighted to be able to support this fantastic studio.

Sofa Workshop's ethos is focused on choice and bringing our customers the best of British textile design - the opportunity to showcase Flock reinforces this philosophy and we can't wait to see our customer reactions to these beautiful fabrics. We're sure they'll love them as much as we do!”

The Dorset Cereals B&B Awards 2016 - Camomile Cottage

The third (and last) B&B Heart Home visited as judges for the Dorset Cereals Awards 2016 was Camomile Cottage, a 16th Century timber framed farmhouse on the outskirts of Eye in Suffolk.

Camomile Cottage

Camomile Cottage is situated down a single track private lane and is surrounded by a wonderfully mature garden. Inside the two double ensuite bedrooms are decorated in a style to suit the history of the house. It's beams, sloping floors and low door frames are charming reminders of its age, but it has been renovated and furnished with comfort in mind. Something we were thankful for as we sank into the duck down pillows after a hearty meal at the local pub.

Camomile Cottage Inside

But with this B&B you don't just get a room. You also get free run of the downstairs sitting room (with a roaring log-burner) a guest kitchen (fully stocked with every tea or coffee you have ever heard of) and a sun-room/breakfast room from where you can watch the wildlife in the garden. And you also get Aly the owner, who could not have made us more comfortable with a pot of tea and home-made cake on arrival, tea or coffee in bed if we so desired, and a beautifully cooked breakfast.

Eye, Suffolk

If you can tear yourself away, Camomile Cottage is within easy reach of the historic city of Norwich and the Norfolk Broads, Bury St Edmunds with it’s traditional market and Abbey ruins, Ipswich quay, Woodbridge with it’s sailing and Framlingham’s impressive castle, Debenham’s antique shops and the artistic coastal havens of Southwold, Dunwich, Aldeburgh and peaceful Walberswick. We didn't have time to explore but we did visit nearby Eye with its castle relics and impressive church and guildhall.

The winner will be announced next month.

Dorset Cereals has a brilliant relationship with B&B's across the UK, with many owners serving their cereals as part of the all-important breakfast. As a result, Dorset Cereals set up their annual B&B Awards in 2015 to celebrate wonderful and unique places to stay in the UK. The awards honour Britain's breadth and variety of B&B's - from beautiful and quirky, to rustically charming or magically modern.

Stay Warm and Cosy this Winter with our Wool Rugs

Winter is creeping up on us and Christmas is only around the corner, and I bet your thinking, what is the easiest way to tie the two cold, snowy settings together? So what is your idea? Because I think I may have the perfect suggestion for you! How about an exclusive, luxurious, comforting wool rug? Just imagine yourself snuggled up on an all natural, pleasurable textured wool rug, placed in front of a roaring fire, feeling the heat of the flames stroke your face, sipping a tasty hot chocolate and watching your favourite programme on the telly. Whilst your feet are sinking into the comforting warm and cosy feel. I know I can’t think of a better and more relaxing way to spend my chilly winter nights, how about you?

Bring the outdoors in during this cold frosty season to create a cosy abode. Wool rugs are 100% natural products that will compose warmth and extreme comfort to your floors, whilst also delivering tons of style. A classy, fashionable rug looks perfect on every flooring and can look incredibly stylish placed neatly in front of a dazzling fire place; but don’t you worry, wool is flame resistant!

I know we all like to keep a close eye on the kiddies whilst they’re being mischievous and playing, but you also want to spend a bit of you time, isn’t that right? Well, owning a wool rug can solve you this never ending problem. Delivering absolutely irresistible comfort due to soft and natural fibres your kids can’t say no to playing on a beautiful wool rug meaning you don’t have to tire yourself out chasing the cheeky monkeys about you can kick back and relax whilst being able to keep that close eye on them. Hang on though, now you’re concerned about the rug getting mucky aren’t you? Not a chance! Wool rugs are dirt and dust resilient; in fact, they can hold up to 1 pound of dirt per every square foot before even slightly appearing dirty. Damage is your next worry right? Not to worry! Wool rugs are incredibly durable resulting in an immensely long lasting product for your homes.

I recently purchased my very own beautiful wool rug after spending hours of browsing on . After viewing all the different styles, colours, patterns and sizes of all the wool rugs on this impressive site I couldn’t resist ordering one for myself. was the one I fell in love with and by using the discount code WR10 I received an amazing 10% off on top of a sale price!! The service I received was outstanding, ‘FREE & FAST UK Delivery’ is the exact words they stated, and without fail my rug came well within the promised delivery time! I am absolutely in love with me rug! I just can’t wait to get home from a long, hard and tiring day of work to get all snuggled up on my new wool rug with a red hot cuppa, plenty of goodies and just relax. I can’t resist the immense pleasurable feel of the soft shagginess of the rug in between my toes and the sensational sinking feeling you receive. Wow! A wool rug is a definite must have this winter!

The Dorset Cereals B&B Awards 2016 - The Old Stocks Inn

Following on from our previous post on the Dorset Cereals  B&B awards, the second one up for judging was The Old Stocks Inn. Situated in the heart of Stow, Cotswold, this b&b brings together a mix of 17th-century charm with modern day luxury. We were completely smitten.

Wanting to move away from the dark and rustic feel of so many Cotswold hotels, The Old Stocks Inn underwent major refurbishment in the last year. Keeping the best of their 17th century heritage – the beams, the Cotswold stone walls and the oddly-shaped rooms sprinkled with modern colours and fabrics that feel fresh and inviting.

From restful rooms and hearty food, to artisan coffees and hand-crafted ales, The Old Stocks Inn has something special to offer and gives the warmest welcome in Gloucestershire. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, with a super friendly staff we immediately felt at home. This b&b is full of quirky corners that we were busy off exploring and taking pictures.

Theres a delightful coffee shop where we indulged in cakes and coffee upon our arrival. We also highly recommend the restaurant, as the food was delicious and they offer a really interesting menu. To finish the evening we sipped cocktails by the bar which we were very impressed by! The following morning we had a mighty breakfast to kick start the day! Again we were spoilt for choice.


The Cotswolds is located in South Central England and spans across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. The region’s most iconic landmark is of course the rolling Cotswolds Hills, but it’s also famed for its picturesque villages, river valleys, beech woods and lush green meadows.

Stow is a welcoming, cosmopolitan town and a captivating place to visit. Brimming with history, it’s also home to contemporary coffee houses, traditional tea rooms, antique shops, pubs and boutique hotels. A farmers’ market takes place on the second Thursday of every month and is packed with fresh local produce.

Dorset Cereals has a brilliant relationship with B&B's across the UK, with many owners serving their cereals as part of the all-important breakfast. As a result, Dorset Cereals set up their annual B&B Awards in 2015 to celebrate wonderful and unique places to stay in the UK. The awards honour Britain's breadth and variety of B&B's - from beautiful and quirky, to rustically charming or magically modern.

An Intimate Georgian House in Historic Bath

We're always delighted when we find an interesting house renovation project in our in-box. This stunning house built in 1782 in a Georgian Crescent in Bath was sent to us by Claire Rendall interiors and of course we couldn't wait to find out more.

1.     What was the client brief?
The house when it was bought was a classic “how not to treat a historic property,” so the brief was to bring it back to life. As many people do, the house had been hermetically sealed and was suffering badly as a result. All the fireplaces were blocked up, synthetic fitted carpets clung to every room. All walls were covered with wood-chip wallpaper and painted, secondary double glazing panels covered all of the windows. Plastic shuttering attempted to keep water out of the basement but merely kept any damp in.
All the pretty plasterwork was thick with many years of paint.

2.     What improvements have you made?
The first thing was to allow the house to breath. Soggy fitted carpets were removed. Secondary double glazing panels were taken out and windows rehung. Bricks were removed from the fireplaces and the basement plastic panels were removed. Rain water could now get in but most importantly it could escape too. We fitted an Aga in the basement kitchen and this encouraged air to circulate. Suddenly the house felt drier. It’s really important to think about how these houses were built and lived in. Unfortunately, in the 1960’s and 70’s the onus was on keeping moisture out and as a result a lot was trapped in. Now we understand the sense of breathable materials such as lime plaster and natural fibres for carpets.

3.     What was the budget roughly?
Roughly £80k

4.     What aspect of the renovation are you most happy with?
It was a totally joy to reveal the delicate plaster mouldings. I tend not to get so upset now when I see plasterwork caked in paint because I know its protecting it. When we took the paint off the plasterwork was as crisp as the day it was fitted. We also stripped the thick gloss paint that was under the stair carpet revealing the beautiful original oak staircase, and when the spindles on the top floor were cleaned of years of thick chipped paint, I noticed that they were different sizes. I suspect that many parts of the house were recycled when it was built in the 1780’s. Certainly many of the timber beams in the basement had plugged holes showing that they had been used before, possibly as ships timbers or in other houses. I just love imagining where they had been.

5.     Where do you get your inspiration from?
For this house, I wanted it to recapture its personality. An intimate Georgian House. It had a gentleness so I used soft duck egg blues, rich Indian rugs and French linen sheets for curtains.

6.   What has been the clients' reaction to the finished project?
Thrilled. It’s always lovely to find a dejected property and bring it to life. In many ways the transformation is more acute and therefore impressive.

Bea's of Bloomsbury Halloween Celebration

Following the continuation of their yearly Halloween success, Bea’s of Bloomsbury are delighted to announce the return of their most ghoulish delicacies yet, complete with vegan and gluten free options. Handcrafted creations include an American style baked pumpkin cheesecake, Halloween themed spiced pumpkin macaroons, apple tart, assorted bewitching cupcakes, hauntingly sweet meringues, scrumptious headless gingerbread men, and a decadent chocolate and pumpkin sponge cake lavished with cinnamon cream frosting. 

Whichever way you decide to throw yourself into the spooky festivities, be sure to take advantage of the memorable themed cakes that Bea’s innovatively design year after year. Whether you are hosting a scary movie night and plump for a gift box of creepily decorated cupcakes, or are holding a party where you wish to impress (read: terrify) your guests with ghostly meringues and killer brownies, Bea’s are on hand to fulfil your decorating requests.

Pop in for a light bite with their “ghouls” or, if you dare, join them for a Halloween Afternoon Tea, where the “monster” in the best Halloween costume at each of their 3 cafes will win a £50 gift voucher! With five London boutique locations, including the excitingly anticipated Marylebone opening, Bea’s has unveiled new interiors with the signature colour of blue changed for exquisite pastel shades of pinks, caramels, and creams. They are open seven days a week and are proud to serve London’s finest cakes and afternoon teas.

The special one-off afternoon tea is £26.50 a head, includes a glass of fizz and the aforementioned creepy treats and will be available on the 31st at the Marylebone, St Pauls, and Bloomsbury locations. However, the Halloween treats will be available across all the venues.

The Dorset Cereals B&B Awards 2016 - Escape B&B

Heart Home are very excited to be working with Dorset Cereals on this years' B&B awards and we've been selected as the judges for the 'Quirkiest' category. It's a tough job but someone has to do it. 

Escape B&B

So first on our list of the three short-listed venues, was The Escape B&B in Llandudno, North Wales. On a quiet residential street, in the shadow of the Great Orme and only few minutes walk from shops, restaurants, and the beach, this imposing Victorian building certainly piqued our interest.

The front garden and the view from our room.

Escape was launched in October 2004 by Sam and Gaenor, who decided to “escape” their hectic lifestyles after the birth of their daughter Grace, to open Llandudno’s first Boutique B&B. This grand Victorian villa was duly transformed from 5 flats into nine double bedrooms which have been individually designed (by Gaenor, an Interior Designer) with a different contemporary theme.

Just four of the nine individually designed bedrooms.

We had a lovely stay. We were warmly welcomed by the manager with a drink and a chat about breakfast times and where to eat locally (there are plenty of places to eat and drink near by, and to suit all tastes) and he also showed us the list of DVD's we could borrow from (huge!). Our room was very comfortable, with a great view and a few quirky touches (different coloured lights depending on your mood for instance) and a very luxurious shower room.


Llandudno is also a great place to visit with a sweeping beach, Victorian architecture, lots of shops and plenty of activities. It's also a perfect base from which to explore North Wales, although we sadly weren't there long enough to do that.

To be recommended.

Dorset Cereals has a brilliant relationship with B&B's across the UK, with many owners serving their cereals as part of the all-important breakfast. As a result, Dorset Cereals set up their annual B&B Awards in 2015 to celebrate wonderful and unique places to stay in the UK. The awards honour Britain's breadth and variety of B&B's - from beautiful and quirky, to rustically charming or magically modern.

Paint & Paper Library Relaunches With New Colours

Paint & Paper Library was founded over twenty years ago by London-based interior designer and acclaimed colour expert, David Oliver. Providing inspiration, colour expertise and design ideas for interior decorators, architects, specifiers and discerning homeowners worldwide, Paint & Paper Library is credited with an unrivalled understanding of colour balance, mood and light in contemporary interiors.



Under new ownership, the brand has streamlined its colour offer, raised the quality of its finishes, to include the mattest emulsion paint on the market, and created a new colourcard which contains the proven Paint Library colours and 40 unique new shades.

Paint & Paper Library’s colour card is made up of two palettes: ‘Architectural Colours’ and ‘Original Colours’. ‘Architectural Colours’ is an easy-to-use, colour-by-number system, designed to provide simple alternatives to white. It comes in a choice of 95 graduated shades, individually formulated using different strengths of the same pigments to achieve subtle shade differentiations within any interior. Arranged chromatically in 19 groups of five gradual shades, numbered I, II, III, IV and V and ranging from light to dark, warm to cool, each tone can be used either individually or in effortless combination on ceilings, cornices, walls and woodwork.



The 85 ‘Original Colours’ are an eclectic mix and can be used independently or as part of the same scheme to add more depth, or to provide accents or highlights, without disturbing an overall sense of colour balance. Inspired by historical, traditional and contemporary interiors from all over the world, the ‘Original Colours’ are tremendously usable shades bursting with personality and sophistication.



Marketing Director, Ruth Mottershead explains: “We looked at the existing colour offer very carefully, editing shades and adjusting the balance between the Architectural Colours and the Original Colours. We’ve introduced tones at both ends of the spectrum, such as ‘Clean White’ and ‘New Black’, with nuances of colours in between. The new shades really complete the look, complementing the existing palette whilst taking the re-launched colour card into a new, exciting dimension.” 



Paint & Paper Library now offers its full colour palette in five superlative finishes. The signature finish, Pure Flat Emulsion, is a matt, water-based emulsion paint with the ultimate soft chalky finish. Its high pigmentation gives a profound depth of colour and its premium base ingredients make this the flattest emulsion available. Pure Flat Emulsion is also micro-porous, to allow the fabric of a building to breathe; an important consideration for historic buildings.

The water-based finishes, collectively known as Architects’ paints, are designed for all areas of the modern home. Fully washable, these finishes do not resort to the aesthetic compromise of a higher sheen.



Architect’s Matt Emulsion provides a high performance water-based alternative to Pure Flat Emulsion. Completely washable, it offers excellent scuff and stain resistance. Architects’ Eggshell is a low sheen, tough and durable water-based acrylic paint suitable for all interior woodwork and walls, especially for kitchens and bathrooms where condensation may be problematic. It can also be used for metalwork, furniture and conventional radiators.





Paint & Paper Library paints will be available nationally and internationally through a network of distributors,by mail order and online at

Duck Breast with Roasted Vegetables, Spinach, Garlic & Thyme

Now that it's getting colder, we thought what better than a warming winter recipe seasoned with garlic and thyme. Perfect for cosy nights in.

Serves 4
10 minutes preparation
40 minutes cooking

4 Gressingham duck breasts
4 medium size raw beetroots
1 small butternut squash  
1 head of garlic, cut in two
1 bag washed baby spinach
2 sprigs of thyme
4 tablespoon olive oil
10g unsalted butter
Salt and pepper

1. Start by Pre-heating your oven to 180oC, Fan 160oC, Gas Mark 4
2. Peel the squash then remove the seeds and cut into wedges. Place in oven proof dish and add the thyme, garlic, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper and cook until tender (around 30 minutes) 
3. While the squash is cooking boil the beetroot in a pan until tender. Drain and when cold peel the skin and cut into quarters, then place in an oven proof dish with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake for 10 minutes
4. While the beetroot and squash is cooking, place the duck breasts in a pan and cook on a medium heat without oil for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Pour off the fat regularly and seal the other side for 30 seconds
5. Next, remove the breasts from the pan and place them skin side up on a rack in a roasting tin in the middle of the oven for 10-18 minutes depending on how you like your duck cooked. Once the breasts are cooked, leave them to rest for 10 minutes before serving. 
6. Remove the beetroot and butternut squash from the oven and add the spinach. Divide all of the vegetables on to the plates, slice the duck length-ways and place on the vegetables, pour the juices on the cutting board over the top of each breast.

Gressingham has lots of recipes along with “how-to” videos on their website

New Book: House Of Plants

HOUSE OF PLANTS is a practical and beautiful guide to how to love and care for your indoor tropical plants, succulents, cacti and air plants. These houseplants are handsome, hardy and perfect for urban living where outside space is often limited or non-existent. This book is a comprehensive and straightforward companion, showing both the aspiring and experienced plant enthusiast how to nurture, share and enjoy these wonderful plants, as well as how to stylishly arrange them in the home, identifying the perfect plant for the perfect spot. 

Caro and Rose, two young designers and experienced indoor plant stylists, share their passion and knowledge in the pages of this stunning book. They write: 

‘To watch another living thing flourish is rewarding, and we have come to see many of our plants as prickly pets, each with their own distinct personality. One miniature succulent might show its bulbous leaves suggestively at the slightest nudge, while another will sit for years inspiring cool suspense before one day bursting into bloom, making you drop your toast in delight and alarm. It is this unique charm that makes plants a pleasure to live with, but  knowing how best to tend each one can be a little daunting.’

This book covers: 

• How to look after individual plants, running through the soil, watering, light, food, pruning and cleaning for many popular species such as the Monstera, Fiddle Leaf Fig and Echeveria as well as some of the more unusual species including Fishbone Cactus, Xerographica and Monkey’s Tail. 

• How to take cuttings to share with friends. 

• Inspiring creative projects including planting up a terrarium, making a macramé hanging planter and homemade concrete pots, as well as compost and fertiliser recipes. 

• How to care for ailing plants. 

• What to do with your plants when you go away on holiday. 

• The best indoor plants for children and those with limited time and funds. 

HOUSE OF PLANTS is the ideal book for every green-loving urbanite with little or no outside space. It will not only change the way you think about succulents, cacti and air plants but also the way you live, inspiring you to incorporate these remarkable ‘prickly pets’ into your life. 

House of Plants by Caro Langton & Rose Ray, photography by Erika Raxworthy, is published by Frances Lincoln (£20). 

Transform your Kitchens & Bathrooms with Travertine Tiles

Travertine is a stone that has been around for centuries. In ancient times it was one of the main building materials for structures built in European Civilisation and you can still see many of these buildings intact today with facades, floors as well as other applications after so many centuries. 

Today, with the technological advancement of stone production, we are now able to process travertine into a variety of beautiful finishes. This opens up the possibilities for various applications of this material as well giving it a refined look.

Travertine can be used inside and outside as floor – wall tiles, in garden patios, for facades, copings etc.

It has now become a less expensive and easily resourced material for tiling kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, conservatories with impressive results. We especially see this material being a very popular choice in high traffic areas within the home such as kitchens and bathrooms, as opposed to porcelains and ceramics, especially when you look at the competitive price, the natural and luxurious feel to the material. Also added value to the property is another major reason that people choose this stone. 

There are various finishes in travertine; such as honed & filled, tumbled, chiselled edge, brushed, pillowed. It all depends on what the consumer is looking for. A classic finish will have tumbled, rounded edges whereas honed & filled finish will provide much more contemporary look. 

In kitchens, many customers prefer chipped edge finish to give more rustic look:

Whatever the surrounding colours are, the travertine tile fits perfectly to the environment and creates the perfect ambience. 

It is your home, your choice. Travertine tiles are flexible, in colour, finish, size. They will easily fit into your design elements. With the cost now less than man made materials, travertine is the perfect choice, not just for your kitchens and bathrooms, for all areas of your property. It will last a lifetime and it will give a fabulous feel which no other materials can offer. 

For more information about kitchen & bathroom travertine tiles, please visit Travertine Store.



The Alpine Lodge Trend for Winter Cosiness

What's your idea of a perfect, cosy hideaway in which to spend the winter months? For us, it's an alpine lodge, complete with a roaring fire, comfy sofas piled with cushions, and our hands warmed round a cup of hot chocolate. And lucky for us, its a perennial trend that is easy to follow.

Marston Hanging Mirror £45, Katie Alice Highland Fling Stoneware Teapot With Knitted Cosy £25, Mug with Knitted Jacket £10, Large Faux Leather Stool £35.

Marston Hanging Mirror £45, Katie Alice Highland Fling Stoneware Teapot With Knitted Cosy £25, Mug with Knitted Jacket £10, Large Faux Leather Stool £35.

Alpine Lodge Hydra Cotton Bath Towel from £12, Copper 3Ltr Pedal Bin £19, Lotion Dispenser £10, Toothbrush Holder £9, Solstice Throw £12, Split willow oval basket £10.

Alpine Lodge Hydra Cotton Bath Towel from £12, Copper 3Ltr Pedal Bin £19, Lotion Dispenser £10, Toothbrush Holder £9, Solstice Throw £12, Split willow oval basket £10.

All available from HOME by JD WILLIAMS / / 0871 231 2000

Or why not get the look from the Heart Home Shop?

Because The World Is Round: An Exhibition Of Lara Bohinc At sketch

‘Music of the Spheres’ is an ancient philosophical concept that sees divine harmonic musical proportions in the movements of celestial bodies, and marble is a material that has been the backbone of fine art expression since Classical. Times. In her retrospective exhibition at sketch, designer Lara Bohinc fuses these eternal ideas together in the presentation of a selection of her works in marble, based around the geometric perfection of the circle. 

Intricately designed and made with exquisite care, the ‘Solaris’ kinetic coffee table inhabits an interstitial space between jewellery and furniture. The extreme attention to detail of Bohinc’s pieces made to be worn by the body is scaled up; here, stone slices and curved metal parts combine in construction that applies innovative technologies to traditional craft. Four stacked rings of marble move smoothly on a rotation spindle like a range of planets rotating around the sun, its golden light echoed in the highly polished circular brass dishes which are inset into the marble plates. The table is ever changing, as the plates can be easily moved around its axis; from a totally closed circle it can be spread open to almost double its size. 

Following the design language of ‘Solaris’, the ‘Full Moon’ table from second ‘Lunar’ collection also takes inspiration from the planets and their orbital movements, featuring richly-coloured marbles set like precious jewels within brass or 18ct. gold-plated steel rims. The table is constructed entirely from interlocking horizontal and vertical discs, which are bisected, deconstructed or overlaid, building hypnotic surface patterns, and forming dynamically poised bases and tops.

The union of brass and marble continues in the ‘Star Gazer’ candlesticks. These are inspired by Orreries, clockwork mechanical models of the Solar System which have been used since Classical times. Circular pillars of coloured marble tones range from Portuguese peach to deep green Verdi from Guatemala, through black, grey and white, accented with gold-tone brass globes. 

The ‘Half Moon Mirror’ deconstructs the perfection of the Circles previously used by slicing one in two and rotating its halves into a dynamic contradiction. Framed by the light and dark tones of white Carrara and Nero Machina black marble, it’s as if an cosmic eclipse solidified into a tangible object of beauty. 

Lara Bohinc’s collaboration with stone experts Lapicida was initiated by Wallpaper* magazine for their ‘Handmade’ project, which was launched in an exhibition during Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2014. Since then this collaboration has produced two more collections. 

Because The World Is Round: An exhibition of Lara Bohinc’s selected works in marble at sketch, from 04 October - 31 November 2016. 

Life Unstyled - How to Embrace Imperfection and Create a Home You Love

Extract from Life Unstyled by Emily Henson, published by Ryland Peters & Small.

Brixton Bijou

You'd never guess, but a mere five minutes' walk from this tranquil apartment is bustling Brixton Village, one of South London’s most vibrant areas. For six years now, Stephanie Zak and Ben Johnson have called this bijou flat their home, creating a stylish and calm haven in the centre of town. When Stephanie bought the flat – it was her first home – it was an unfinished shell and over the years she has transformed it into the cosy retreat it is today. A photographic shoot producer working mostly in interiors, she has clearly picked up a few pointers along the way and found the perfect balance between a styled and natural look. Ben is a music producer who often works from home, so it’s important that the flat is calming and inspiring, both of which are true.

Despite its small size, a huge amount of personality has been packed into the living room. Shelves flank the chimney breast and another was added above the non-working fireplace to provide more surface space for this globe-trotting couple’s collections, largely picked up on their travels. Potted plants and vases of branches bring the room to life and last longer than cut flowers.

Despite its small size, a huge amount of personality has been packed into the living room. Shelves flank the chimney breast and another was added above the non-working fireplace to provide more surface space for this globe-trotting couple’s collections, largely picked up on their travels. Potted plants and vases of branches bring the room to life and last longer than cut flowers.

Located one flight up in a 1930s red-brick block, the flat is petite – one small bedroom, an open-plan living room with a galley kitchen and a bathroom. The couple have added storage wherever possible: there are built-in units in the living room, a large mirrored wardrobe in the bedroom and stacks of vintage suitcases filled to the brim.

Open shelving in both the living room and kitchen allows the couple’s style to shine through. The fireplace shelves display decorative items like small plants, pictures and books, while the cupboards beneath serve as a drinks cabinet and storage for extra glassware, candles, vases and other things they’d rather not have on show.

Open shelving in both the living room and kitchen allows the couple’s style to shine through. The fireplace shelves display decorative items like small plants, pictures and books, while the cupboards beneath serve as a drinks cabinet and storage for extra glassware, candles, vases and other things they’d rather not have on show.

Home and travel are priorities for Stephanie and Ben, who have found a way to combine their two passions. They rent out the flat to other travellers and the additional income they earn allows them to feed their insatiable desire to travel. Playing host has encouraged them to create order in their small home without sacrificing style. On display are cherished mementoes – photos, art and small collections – but care has also been taken to make it a well-functioning space so guests can find what they need.

In the small galley kitchen just off the living room, storage is limited. Shelves are organised into cookbooks, pots/pans, dinnerware and glassware. A large framed poster hangs on the wall, adding further to the personality of the home.

In the small galley kitchen just off the living room, storage is limited. Shelves are organised into cookbooks, pots/pans, dinnerware and glassware. A large framed poster hangs on the wall, adding further to the personality of the home.

The flat is decorated with a charming mix of vintage finds, furniture found on the street and then refurbished, and accessories collected on their travels. The Moroccan wedding blanket on their bed was found in a souk in Marrakech and was a birthday gift from Ben to Stephanie, while the turquoise sari repurposed as bedroom curtains was picked up in Malaysia. Also thrown into the mix is artwork inherited from Stephanie’s Swiss grandparents and sculptures made by her sculptor mother. All in all, it makes for an enchanting home, the kind of place that compels you to stop and take it all in.

In the small bedroom, every inch of space is put to good use. The windowsill is lined with small plants and gilt frames (above) and a very tight nook at the foot of the bed gets a wooden side table for dishes of jewellery and vases of flowers, with a dressmaker’s bust adding character and doubling as necklace storage (below). To make up for the lack of built-in storage, Stephanie collects vintage suitcases and stacks them along the wall to hold items that she doesn’t need to access frequently, such as off-season clothes (also below).

In the small bedroom, every inch of space is put to good use. The windowsill is lined with small plants and gilt frames (above) and a very tight nook at the foot of the bed gets a wooden side table for dishes of jewellery and vases of flowers, with a dressmaker’s bust adding character and doubling as necklace storage (below). To make up for the lack of built-in storage, Stephanie collects vintage suitcases and stacks them along the wall to hold items that she doesn’t need to access frequently, such as off-season clothes (also below).

I imagine you learn to be relaxed when you allow strangers to rent your home. You have little choice but to be chilled out about the fact that people are going to touch your stuff! And it shows in the sweetly laid-back way that Stephanie has styled, or rather not styled, her things.

I particularly love the shelves flanking the fireplace, where all manner of odds and ends jostle for space – photobooth snaps, dried flowers and branches, candles and postcards. It feels special but not too precious and it feels alive, as if it’s constantly evolving, thanks to the inspiration that the couple bring back from each trip.

CREATIVITY BEFORE CONSUMPTION - The small bedroom features some great ideas.
Curtains made from a sari add colour and filter light beautifully; a suitcase makes a bedside table for the tight space; and a wooden hanger is a creative way to display paper tassels.

Life Unstyled by Emily Henson, published by Ryland Peters & Small.

Photography by Debi Treloar © Ryland Peters & Small

Win A Dulux Amazing Space Consultation

Heart Home have teamed up with Dulux to offer three lucky readers a Dulux Amazing Space Interior Design consultation worth £75.

Dulux is proud to announce its innovative Amazing Space Design Service. Connecting talented interior designers directly with the consumer, the Amazing Space Design Service offers a hassle-free, affordable way to get advice on every element of designing a space; from which paint colours to use to choosing the right furniture and accessories. 

Dispelling the myth that professional interior design has to be expensive, the service costs just £75 per room. 

Simple and easy to use, saving you time. Clients are asked to fill in a questionnaire about the room they wish to decorate, their preferred style and can send pictures of their room as well as Pinterest boards and links to styles, products and colours they like. The Dulux Design Experts do the rest. Crucially, our designers take budget into account too, and no project is too big or small. 

One of the expert designers will then follow up with a 30-minute video online consultation to discuss their client’s ideas, before sending a fully comprehensive style guide including: a personally curated moodboard; furniture and accessory recommendations with easy links to purchase; a personalised floor plan and a 3D visualisation of the final design.

To find out more about this amazing service click on the link below.

So, whether your home is large or small, your taste contemporary or classic, if you're looking to revamp your whole home or just want to refresh one room, Dulux Amazing Space is the perfect way to create a beautifully styled interior. 

We are offering three lucky readers a chance to win a Dulux Amazing Space consultation worth £75. Enter below for your chance to win this fantastic prize.

Terms and conditions: The prize draw is open to individuals in the UK residents aged 18 or over. Any person or persons connected with Heart Home magazine or Dulux, without limit, their families, agents, or anyone else involved in the administration of this offer are not eligible to enter. All entries must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. By entering this competition you consent to share your email, name and postcode with Heart Home magazine or Dulux who may wish to send you mailings in the future. There will be one winner who will receive the prize above. The prize must be accepted as offered (there are no cash alternatives) and they are non-transferable and non-refundable. The winner will be chosen from the list, at random, on Thursday 24th November 2016 and the winner will be notified by email or post within 7 days. No correspondence will be entered into. Unclaimed prizes will be redrawn after 28 days of the original draw. Heart Home magazine reserves the right to replace the prize with a product of equal value, if necessary. The winner will be asked to confirm their postal address before the prize is awarded. Details of the winner may be posted on the Heart Home magazine website and Facebook page. By entering this competition, you automatically agree to the terms and conditions above. Promoter: Heart Home magazine, 4 Oak Crescent, Wickford, Essex, SS11 7FF.

Recipe of the Week - Cinnamon Buns

Extract from The Scandi Kitchen by Bronte Aurell.

We like this recipe because it’s simple, straightforward and it just works. Along with that, it is pretty traditional and doesn’t try to be something it is not. Why complicate a simple, good thing?



1 x quantity Dough (see below) + plain flour, to dust the work surface


80 g plus 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature

1 teaspoon plain flour

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1⁄2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla sugar

80 g sugar

egg, for brushing


Syrup (see below)

nibbed ‘pearl’ sugar or chopped, toasted nuts

2 baking sheets, greased and lined with baking parchment


Dust the table top with flour and turn out the dough. Knead the dough with your hands and work in more flour if needed. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a 40 x 50 cm/16 x 20 in. rectangle.

In a bowl, add the butter, spices and sugars and mix together well. Using a spatula, spread the mixture evenly over the rolled-out dough. Carefully roll the dough lengthways into a long roll. Using a sharp knife, cut 16 slices.

Place the swirls onto the baking sheets (not too close as they will rise further). Leave to prove under a dish towel for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) Gas 6.

Brush each bun lightly with egg and pop the buns into the preheated oven to bake for around 10–12 minutes. Watch the buns as they bake: they can go dark very quickly and you may also need to move the buns around in the oven if they are not baking evenly.

When golden, remove from the oven. Brush the buns lightly with the warmed syrup then decorate with the nibbed ‘pearl’ sugar or chopped, toasted nuts. Immediately place a damp, clean dish towel on top for a few minutes to prevent the buns from going dry.

The secret to making the best cinnamon buns? Love. Lots of it. Knead the love into the dough.


13 g dried yeast or 25 g fresh yeast *

250 ml whole milk, heated to 36–37°C (97–99°F)

80 g butter, melted and cooled slightly

40 g caster sugar

400–500 g white strong flour

2 teaspoons ground cardamom

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

flaked almonds, to decorate

*If using fresh yeast, add the warm milk to a mixing bowl and add the yeast; stir until dissolved, then pour into the bowl of the food mixer.

Pour the warm milk into a bowl, sprinkle in the yeast and whisk together. Cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about 15 minutes to become bubbly. Pour into the bowl of a food mixer fitted with a dough hook. Start the machine and add the cooled, melted butter. Allow to combine with the yeast for 1 minute or so, then add the sugar. Allow to combine for 1 minute.

In a separate bowl, weigh out 400 g, add the cardamom and salt and mix together. Start adding the flour and spices into the milk mixture, bit by bit. Add half the beaten egg. Keep kneading for 5 minutes. You may need to add more flour – you want the mixture to end up a bit sticky, but not so much that it sticks to your finger if you poke it. It is better not to add too much flour as this will result in dry buns. You can always add more later.

Once mixed, leave the dough in a bowl and cover with a dish towel or clingfilm. Allow to rise for around 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.


3 tablespoons golden syrup and 6 tablespoons water, heated in a saucepan.

The Scandi Kitchen by Bronte Aurell

Published by Ryland Peter & Small

Photography by Peter Cassidy

Lee Broom Opens New York Showroom

Award-winning British furniture and lighting designer Lee Broom has opened the doors to his first permanent New York showroom located at 34 Greene Street in SoHo, New York having teamed up with CITE Furniture Showroom. Following on from the unprecedented success of his four-week pop-up New York store ‘Broome Off Broome’ earlier this year in May 2016, which received industry wide acclaim, the opportunity to open a permanent destination for professionals and consumers was brought forward ahead of further US expansion plans in 2016.

Broom’s first permanent own branded showroom outside of London, the new 800sq ft Manhattan space is positioned just a block down from the location of the Spring 2016 pop-up store. Inter-connected to CITE, SoHo stalwarts for almost 30 years, in the ornate cast iron front building known to locals as the “Queen of Greene”, the new showroom is also in close proximity to design brands Artemide, Kartell and Boffi. 

The new interior has been designed by Broom to reflect the gallery style of his Shoreditch London flagship Electra House and features floor to ceiling pleated drapes in signature Lee Broom grey as a backdrop to accentuate the colours and materials of the collective pieces. Edited in to vignettes which showcase Broom’s original use of brass, marble, crystal and colour, products are displayed on sculptural plinths clad in grey carpet.

The new showroom space carries the full collection of UL-listed lighting, furniture and accessories, including classics such as the Crystal Bulb, Hanging Hoop Chair and Tube Light, along with more recent additions including the award-winning Crescent Light, Mini Crescent and Optical collections.

Of the launch Lee Broom says: “Our business in the US has grown incredibly quickly over recent years. New York has welcomed us with open arms and our “Broom Off Broome” pop-up earlier this year was so successful we knew instantly that this was the right moment for us to open a permanent showroom here in New York.”

New York Showroom, 34 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013. Store opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am until 7pm, Sunday 12pm until 6pm

Website of the Week - Kudu Home

Kudo Home is an online boutique specialising in homewares, accessories, and lifestyle goods from the African continent. The owner Thandi Mbali Renaldi (British born with a South African father and an English mother, but now living in Brussels), sources items where possible, that have been made in partnership with local communities, from sustainable products, and manufactured with respect for the local environment and its inhabitants.

Blankets and Baskets from Hinterveld.

Blankets and Baskets from Hinterveld.

We'd quite happily order the entire stock, but if we had to choose, the mohair blankets in earthy colours would be very welcome now the nights are turning cooler.

Bowls from Wola Nani

Bowls from Wola Nani

And wouldn't these paper mache bowls featuring bright prints and iconic African motifs make very handy catch-all bowls around the house. Not to mention perfect gifts. And the purchase of each one will aid the Wola Nani organisation which was established in 1994 as a non-profit charity to help bring relief to the communities and people of South Africa living with HIV/AIDS.

And don't even get us started on the Halsted cushions and the Gone Rural placemats (above). Gone Rural encourages Swazi women to use their artistic skills and weaving talents to produce woven goods using sustainably sourced grass. 

Clinton Friedman Trays

Clinton Friedman Trays

"I take a personal interest in each and every order. I like to know who is ordering what and where the items are going. I love the idea that something made by hand in Cameroon has found its way to a New York loft. I imagine the journey of a handwoven Swazi basket preparing to be unwrapped in a living room in Antwerp." Thandi Mbali Renaldi.

Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar Re­‐Launches With A New Look

Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar is a quirky cocktail bar in the heart of Fitzrovia, originally opened in 2007 and now relaunching with a new design concept. From the people behind Reverend JW Simpson, The Blitz Party and Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, the new look B&H Bar will still offer the late night partying and original cocktails with which the bar made its name, but with a more luxurious and grown-up feel.

Situated in a discreet basement at the bottom of Charlotte Street , Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar has long been known as the go-to hangout for in-the-know Londoners and was originally celebrated for its chintzyinteriors reminiscent of a stylised 1920s living room. The new look is no-less flamboyant, this time bringing a more modern and luxurious feel to the space and featuring an eclectic mix of painstakingly sourced materials and contrasting periods. 

Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar may well have been leaders in the field of cocktails in teacups, but with this new refurb they are clearly moving away from their vintage roots . The new B&H Bar menu playfully crosses little known homemade ingredients such as Thai basil syrup; culinary techniques such as moss and pine 'Highland' spray or the CO2 charged aged rum; and intelligent twists on party classics such as the Popstar Martini with its passionfruit champagne jelly or the 'Blue Wray' falernum-laced Heisenberg Daiquiri.

The New design is a firm departure from the former retro aesthetic, whilst retaining much of the original layout. The leather banquettes that lined the walls have been rebuilt and upholstered in delicate coral silk and finely woven cream wool, buttoned in bright florals. The marbled bar is expertly echoed on a smattering of table tops, interspersed amongst live edged oak, black glass and piano finish gloss. The chairs are all individually sourced antiques, brought up to date with bold primary colours and exotic prints from as far afield as Asia and South America. Uniting the elaborate aesthetic is the rich pink and warm white, hand painted fabric wallpaper, and the original parquet flooring, restored to its former simple beauty.

Banana and Coconut Cupcakes

We think this cupcake recipe speaks for itself. It's absolutely yummy.

Made in the Lakeland Silicone 12 Hole Muffin Pan


115g butter, softened
115g caster sugar
115g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
10 drops Lakeland Natural Banana Flavour
1 ripe banana, approx. 100g, peeled and mashed


350g Lakeland Classic White Frosting
15 drops Lakeland Natural Coconut Flavour
100g Light Cocoa Wilton Candy Melts®


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4 and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with paper cases.
  • In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs and banana flavour. Mix until well combined and stir in the banana.
  • Divide the mixture evenly into the paper cases and place in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside and cool for 10 minutes then remove from the tin and transfer to a wire rack.
  • Place the frosting into a small mixing bowl and add the coconut flavour then mix until combined. Spread evenly over the top of each cupcake and smooth off the top.
  • Melt the Candy Melts according to pack instructions and place in a piping bag with a fine writing nozzle. Pipe 12 messages of your choice on to Magic Non-Stick Liner or Baking Parchment. Allow to set completely then gently peel from the backing and place one on top of each cupcake.

Recipe taken from Lakeland will be exhibiting at the BBC Good Food Show London 11 – 13 November and BBC Good Food Show Birmingham 24 – 27 November and sponsoring the BBC Good Food Stage. Tickets on sale now: