Transform your IKEA Sofa with New Velvet Slipcovers

Velvet is here to stay. It's warm, tactile, and brings a touch of luxury to every room in the house. And now with Bemz new velvet slipcovers in this year’s muted Nordic colours, you can easily transform your IKEA sofa and create an understated Scandinavian style for your home.

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The Malmen Velvet is made with a tightly woven, short, fine pile surface, in a Scandi-inspired palette of muted shades. The result is a contemporary, matte, soft-washed look, that will lend a discreetly sophisticated style to any room. The first colours in the Malmen palette are Sand Beige, Zinc Grey, Mineral Blue and Straw Yellow. Four more colours will be added this autumn including Ivy Green, (can't wait to see this one) Chestnut, Indigo Blue and Rose.

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Malmen Velvet is available across the complete range of products, from IKEA sofa, chair and armchair covers, to a complete range of accessories for the bedroom, including valances, bedspreads, headboards, curtains and more.

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And like all Bemz fabrics, Malmen Velvet is high quality, machine washable and made in a European factory where they personally know their seamstresses and their work conditions.

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Vanessa Arbuthnott Launches The ‘Artists’ Collection’

Vanessa Arbuthnott’s latest collection, her fifteenth, is called the Artists’ Collection. As Vanessa explains: “This collection is a collaborative family effort; I had a fall, which left me with two broken arms and made it impossible to hold a pencil! I nonetheless worked with my husband Nicholas and daughters Rose and Flora, curating their sketches, translating them into workable patterns and scaling them for furnishings. Finally I was able to take charge of the best part of the whole process: choosing colours for the fabrics, both to pull the designs together as a cohesive range and to enable them to sit comfortably with my other collections.”

RETRO CHAIR: By the Sea Teal, Charcoal SEA-20-38 £52/mtr piping Plain Linen Charcoal PLAIN-38 £48/mtr. RUG: Handmade Looped by Scumble Goosie £49 each. PAINT: Brighton 203 by Little Greene Paint Company £42 per 2.5 ltr.

RETRO CHAIR: By the Sea Teal, Charcoal SEA-20-38 £52/mtr piping Plain Linen Charcoal PLAIN-38 £48/mtr. RUG: Handmade Looped by Scumble Goosie £49 each. PAINT: Brighton 203 by Little Greene Paint Company £42 per 2.5 ltr.

Vanessa’s husband Nicholas, an architect, created the family house from a derelict cow byre 24 years ago and this is his first foray into fabric design. “My design, ‘By The Sea’, has been inspired both by my early childhood in Solva and by time spent more recently at Mousehole: I delight in coastal towns with their cosy harbours and brightly-coloured cottages nestling behind, the little pathways snaking between terraced gardens and climbing up the hillside.”

Potato print by Flora Arbuthnott – creating the ‘Hand Printed Stripe’ design.

Potato print by Flora Arbuthnott – creating the ‘Hand Printed Stripe’ design.

Vanessa’s elder daughter Rose, a fine artist, poet and writer, has designed the quirky and light-hearted ‘Tea Time’, a witty interpretation of every day items of crockery and kitchen, boldly drawn with a retro feel. “The daily adventure of cups and saucers, pots and flowers, the delicious enthrallment of the simple things in life, are celebrated in this design. Reflecting domestic life in your curtains and the furnishings around you makes for a very homely and fun feel.”

Portrait of Vanessa Arbuthnott

Portrait of Vanessa Arbuthnott

Vanessa’s younger daughter Flora, a natural-dyer, printmaker and forager, has produced three designs: ‘In Full Flight’, ‘Branching Out’ and ‘Hand Printed Stripe’. The first of these depicts a sweeping, large-scale, stylised bird set within a leafy trellis; this is repeated on a smaller scale in ‘Branching Out’. Flora elaborates on how she developed the ideas for her designs: “I find it inspiring to walk along hedgerows and through woodland, watching the birds flying down to eat blackberries and elderberries and gather twigs for their nests. Observing branches and climbing plants such as Wild Clematis and White Bryony creeping up the edge of the trees, I develop patterns and shapes.”

She continues: “I created ‘In Full Flight’ and ‘Branching Out’ by cutting birds and branches out of paper with scissors and then arranging them across the fabric. This way, Mum and I were able to play with different pattern repeats and arrangements.” Flora adds that the act of cutting out birds produces soft streamlined shapes and the flowing curves of necks, wings and tails.

FOOTSTOOL COVER: Handprinted Stripe Clay, Lemon HAND-37-44 £52/mtr, KNEELING MAT (Bottom): Plain Linen Charcoal PLAIN-38 £48/mtr, KNEELING MAT (Middle): Plain Linen Cream PLAIN-3 £48/mtr, KNEELING MAT (Top): Handprinted Stripe Clay, Lemon HAND-37-44 £52/mtr, CUSHION (left): Rectangular frilled Plain Linen Charcoal PLAIN-38 £48/mtr, CUSHION (right): Square self piped and zipped Gypsy Garland Clay GYPSY-37 £52/mtr.

FOOTSTOOL COVER: Handprinted Stripe Clay, Lemon HAND-37-44 £52/mtr, KNEELING MAT (Bottom): Plain Linen Charcoal PLAIN-38 £48/mtr, KNEELING MAT (Middle): Plain Linen Cream PLAIN-3 £48/mtr, KNEELING MAT (Top): Handprinted Stripe Clay, Lemon HAND-37-44 £52/mtr, CUSHION (left): Rectangular frilled Plain Linen Charcoal PLAIN-38 £48/mtr, CUSHION (right): Square self piped and zipped Gypsy Garland Clay GYPSY-37 £52/mtr.

For ‘Hand Printed Stripe’ she used a favourite technique taught to her by Vanessa in childhood: “I cut a potato carefully to create this simple stripe, carving geometric shapes into the potato with a sharp knife and playing with pattern on a big piece of paper with poster paint. I am so thrilled that we managed to reproduce the soft texture of the potato in the final print. “

The Artists’ Collection comprises five designs over 18 colourways. They are joined by three new colourways of the ever-popular ‘French Ticking’ and ‘Stockholm Stripe’ and four new colourways of the versatile ‘Pretty Maids’.

The fabrics are printed in the UK on 100% linen and are suitable for curtains, blinds, upholstery and accessories. The collection introduces three evocative colours: a smart grey called Scree, a warm blue named Powder Blue and Lily, a charming, pretty pink. These colours are mixed with existing favourites, including Saffron, Charcoal, Smoke and Teal.

CHAIR: By the Sea Teal, Charcoal SEA-20-38 £52/mtr, CUSHION (on chair): Self piped and zipped Plain Linen Saffron PLAIN-52 £48/mtr, CHEDWORTH SOFA: Plain Linen Cream PLAIN-3 £48/mtr piped in Plain Linen Teal PLAIN-20 £48/mtr, CUSHION (left): Plain Linen Cream PLAIN-3 £48/mtr piped in Plain Linen Saffron PLAIN-52 £48/mtr, CUSHION (right): Rectangular self piped and zipped By the Sea Teal, Charcoal SEA-20-38 £52/mtr, LAMPSHADE: Plain Linen Saffron PLAIN-52 £48/mtr, LIGHT FITTING: Hanson Wall light in Matt Black by Jim Lawrence £87.20, RUG: Handmade Looped by Scumble Goosie £49 each, PAINT: Main wall Linen Wash 33 and Brighton 203 by Little Greene Paint Company £42 per 2.5 ltr.

CHAIR: By the Sea Teal, Charcoal SEA-20-38 £52/mtr, CUSHION (on chair): Self piped and zipped Plain Linen Saffron PLAIN-52 £48/mtr, CHEDWORTH SOFA: Plain Linen Cream PLAIN-3 £48/mtr piped in Plain Linen Teal PLAIN-20 £48/mtr, CUSHION (left): Plain Linen Cream PLAIN-3 £48/mtr piped in Plain Linen Saffron PLAIN-52 £48/mtr, CUSHION (right): Rectangular self piped and zipped By the Sea Teal, Charcoal SEA-20-38 £52/mtr, LAMPSHADE: Plain Linen Saffron PLAIN-52 £48/mtr, LIGHT FITTING: Hanson Wall light in Matt Black by Jim Lawrence £87.20, RUG: Handmade Looped by Scumble Goosie £49 each, PAINT: Main wall Linen Wash 33 and Brighton 203 by Little Greene Paint Company £42 per 2.5 ltr.

The Artists’ Collection will be available from February 2018 at Vanessa’s flagship store in Cirencester, online via www.vanessaarbuthnott.co.uk and through a network of stockists nationally and internationally.

‘Apple cake’ with Macaroons and Whipped Cream

Extract from Cook Yourself Happy - The Danish Way - by Caroline Fleming. 

One of the ‘oldies’, this ‘apple cake’ is the kind of dessert that was traditionally made by your grandmother for your daily or weekly visits to her house. We have almost as many apple trees in Denmark as people, therefore we are extremely creative with this wonderful fruit, using apples for both sweet and savoury dishes. My great-greatgreat- great-great- grandfather in fact planted the first apple trees on Tåsinge, the island that I come from. It’s a good idea to make a double portion of the apple purée, as this can also be used for an apple and bacon topping on an open sandwich, or as an accompaniment for pork chops.

Serves 8

Serves 8

For the apple puree:

1kg (2¼lb) cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks

160g (5¾oz/¾ cup) raw cane sugar

2 tbsp vanilla sugar

1 vanilla pod (bean), cut into 5 pieces

pinch of cinnamon

300ml (10fl oz/1¼ cups) water

For the ‘cake’:

200g (7oz) amaretti cookies (almond macaroons)

300ml (10fl oz/1¼ cups) whipping cream

4tbsp redcurrant jelly

Place the apples in a large lidded saucepan with the sugar, vanilla sugar, vanilla pod (bean), cinnamon and the measured water – ensuring there is enough water to just cover the apples.

Over a medium heat, bring to the boil, then turn down the heat, add the lid and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, leave to cool, then remove and discard the vanilla pod (bean) pieces.

Remove and reserve most of the water, then blend the apple mixture in a blender or food processor until thick and smooth, adding a little more of the water if needed.

Crush the amaretti cookies – you can use a mortar and pestle, or place in a sealed plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Whisk the cream until it is stiff and smooth.

Put a layer of the crushed amaretti cookies in the bottom of a small jam (jelly) jar. Add a thick layer of the cold apple purée, another layer of the amaretti cookies, another layer of apple and then a final layer of the amaretti cookies. Finally add a layer of the whipped cream and a dollop of the redcurrant jelly. Repeat with the rest of the jars and serve immediately.

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Cook Yourself Happy by Caroline Fleming.

Published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group. 

Photography by Lisa Linder.

Available to buy here.

Introducing Swedish Brand Gudrun Sjödén

Sustainable Swedish brand Gudrun Sjödén have some beautiful new eco-cotton home ware styles for AW17. Gudrun Sjödén opened her very first little store in Stockholm in 1976. Since then, her colourful design and green ethos have spread all over the world.

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In their autumn HOME collection, you'll find hand- woven rugs, tablecloths, curtains, cushions, towels and crockery in different home settings. Graphic black and white, grey-brown theme and dazzling colours. All designs are crafted from natural, sustainable materials..

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"We’ve created four homes with different characters and colourations from this autumn’s Home textiles. The bachelor pad at Hornstull has a sparse black and white style, with the graphic “Origami” motif on cushions, tablecloths and tea towels. The farmhouse in Siggesta has a delightful rustic style with large tablecloths and cushions made of linen and rose-patterned bedding. We’ve let oral textiles create the ambiance in the green at. Light and airy voile curtains, boldly-patterned cushions and tablecloths. In Gudrun’s island home, she matches her vivid glaze-stained walls with curtains, cloths, rugs and cushions in strong, punchy colours." says CEO and founder Gudrun Sjödén.

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Gudrun Sjödén Design currently has customers in 52 countries. The brand
is retailed via the distinctive catalogues, a webshop and own-label stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the UK and the US. Gudrun’s webshop is celebrating 20 years in 2017 and accounts for almost 70% of the company’s global sales.

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An Industrial Style Apartment with Seriously Sophisticated Style

From the studio of Jaime Beriestain, this renovated apartment celebrates its industrial roots but has more than a touch of added luxury thrown in. It was originally an office but after its sympathetic transformation into a sophisticated living space it now has a warm, timeless and contemporary ambiance. 

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The main objective of the renovation was to preserve the original features - including the fabulous vaulted brick Catalan ceilings - and to source new materials that worked with the style. All of the electric cables have been left exposed for instance but new air conditioning ducts have been installed in copper to bring it into the 21st century and to add warmth.

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The hallway interior is in Corten steel, light switches are retro in style, radiators are cast iron and all lighting has been fitted with filament bulbs. The copper tub in the bathroom is a showstopper and continues the theme.

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The kitchen is in the centre of the apartment and receives no direct light but this weakness has been turned into a design feature. The walls, cupboards, and even the ceiling are now painted dark and the copper pipes and wooden touches add warmth.

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The apartment came with a large roof terrace and this has been partially glazed. This light, bright room is now the perfect spot to enjoy the garden where there is also space for outdoor dining when the weather allows.

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Jaime Beriestain, Interior Designer, was born in Santiago de Chile in 1969. After a professional decade in his country, in 2000 he completed a postgraduate degree in interior design in Barcelona.
In 2013, he opened his Concept Store and Restaurant in the center of Barcelona.

Annie Sloan Teams up with Oxfam to Launch a New Chalk Paint™

Annie Sloan has teamed up with Oxfam, the global poverty reduction charity, to create a new paint colour, which will be launched on 12 October, for the charity’s 75th anniversary.  Annie Sloan says:  “The colour I created was inspired by the soft green fields of alliums I saw on my visit to Oxfam’s Ethiopian Seed Project.  To me, it’s the colour of hope.” The new colour - ‘Lem Lem’ - means the lush green of fresh growth in the language of the region.   ‘Lem Lem’ joins the Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan range and will be sold in Annie Sloan’s stockists throughout the world and online from 12 October.

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‘Lem Lem’ is inspired by fields of white alliums Annie Sloan discovered while visiting a rural project in the south-east of Ethiopia.  The field belonged to a co-operative of women farmers, funded by Oxfam, who were realising their potential after being provided with loans to buy decent seeds and proper irrigation systems.  The women grow the alliums for their seeds which they sell - the alliums represent money and freedom.  One woman with four children under nine had made enough money to buy a house, cow, ox, a TV (its arrival promoted a party in the village), schooling, and - unprecedented for a woman in this part of Ethiopia - a bank account of her own.

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Annie Sloan says:   "What I love is when you look at the allium head from the region the overall impression is white, but then you realise there is green underneath, and green on the petals - a lovely muted green, it really is beautiful.  I asked one of the women farmers, 'what does green mean to you?’ and she immediately said, 'Growth'  and I thought that was fantastic.  I feel that ‘Lem Lem’ is representative of my business - a celebration of the idea of female ambition, will and talent.  I have visited an awful lot of smarty pants places all over the world, and stayed in very nice hotels, but those women in Ethiopia is what life is really about.  People who are farming, doing things, dreams being fulfilled." 

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The collaboration with Oxfam is the first time Annie Sloan has worked with a charity on this scale.  "I just thought it would be wonderful to help.  I feel very connected to Oxfam.  They are based in Oxford like us and approached me to ask if I would like to do something with paint and the idea flowed from there.  I am delighted to support the charity, it was very humbling to see first-hand how people are suffering amid the worst drought in 30 years on my visit.”

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Tina Hillier/Oxfam

A percentage from the sale of every litre pot sold in the UK will go to the charity to support Oxfam’s work and Annie Sloan hopes to raise £250,000 over three years.  For further information visit www.anniesloan.com or telephone: 01865 803 168.   See video and blog here:  https://www.anniesloan.com/oxfam

Jerusalem Artichoke and Truffle Soup with Rye Bread Croutons

Extract from Cook Yourself Happy - The Danish Way - by Caroline Fleming. 

I remember so clearly the first time I tasted this soup. My Danish friend Søren had just serenaded us on the piano in Blakes Hotel, whereafter our friend Nikolaos ordered Blake's version of this dish. The flavour made such a huge impact on my taste buds that I have played around lots with this fabulous root vegetable. It’s completely unique and for me a much loved flavour of winter. We Danes also adore our bacon and use ‘any excuse’ we can to add it to a dish.

Serves 6

Serves 6

For the soup:

600g (1lb 5oz) Jerusalem artichokes

3 tbsp olive oil

1 red onion, chopped

8 rashers (slices) of smoked streaky bacon, chopped

1 litre (1¾ pints/4 cups) chicken stock or water

½ tsp salt

For the croutons:

4 tbsp olive oil

1 clove of garlic, crushed

4 thick slices of rye bread (see page 208), or other bread, cut into strips

½ tsp pink Himalayan salt or sea salt

white truffle oil, to drizzle

To serve:

4 rashers (slices) of smoked streaky bacon

2 tbsp finely chopped parsley

4 tbsp white truffle oil

Wash the Jerusalem artichokes well, then scrape off the thin outside layer with a kitchen knife. Cut the artichokes into thin slices and soak in water for 20 minutes, then drain.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and fry for a few minutes to soften, then add the chopped bacon and fry for another couple of minutes. Next add the Jerusalem artichokes and pour in the stock. Bring to a gentle boil, add the salt, and simmer for 20 minutes.

While the soup is simmering, in a frying pan (skillet), heat the olive oil for the croutons and gently fry the garlic. Add the rye bread strips and sauté for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, then drain on kitchen towel until cooled and crispy. Just before serving, drizzle them with the truffle oil.

In another frying pan (skillet), fry the 4 rashers (slices) of bacon until crispy, then remove from the pan, drain on kitchen towel and chop.

Remove the soup from the heat, pour into a blender or food processor and blend to the desired consistency.

Serve the soup in soup bowls with the bacon and chopped parsley sprinkled on top. Finally drizzle each soup bowl with a little extra truffle oil and serve the rye bread croutons on top or on the side.

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Cook Yourself Happy by Caroline Fleming.

Published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group. 

Photography by Lisa Linder.

Available to buy here.

In The Diary: Handmade At Kew Returns

Following on from last year’s success, Handmade in Britain is returning to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for the third edition of the four - day international craft spectacular, Handmade at Kew from Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 October 2017.

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Ellul Ceramics, Laura Hutchinson Photography

Once again, Kew Gardens will play host to Handmade at Kew, the innovative, global craft fair where 150+ highly skilled international makers and galleries will showcase their ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork and jewellery. Taking centre stage in the heart of the botanical gardens, this four day selling event, housed in an elegant pavilion next to Kew Palace, will offer visitors the unique opportunity to meet and buy one-off pieces directly from artists, makers and craftspeople and learn about the ideas and processes that shape their work.

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Harriet Elkerton

Handmade at Kew takes place amongst Decimus Burton’s glasshouses, a feat of Victorian engineering and British craftsmanship. Your ticket will not only give you access to the event but also to the whole of Kew Gardens, allowing you to soak up the delights of the world’s most famous botanic garden with its fine glasshouses and rare blooms, while browsing, buying or commissioning work directly from internationally renowned craftspeople and artisans.

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Vanessa Hogge

A fabulous day out for the whole family and rare opportunity to indulge in heritage, horticulture and shopping.

Secret Gardens of East Anglia

Extract from Secret Gardens of East Anglia by Barbara Segall, published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group.

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The whole of East Anglia is a rather secret, unsung place, off most people’s beaten track. I have come to know it well since I moved here in 1986, not least because my garden-writing life has taken me to gardens great and small, private and public, across the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. I fell instantly under the spell of this magical region and its idyllic landscapes, the spirit of which is captured so remarkably in the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) and John Constable (1776-1837). 

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The four counties have their individual charms, yet are sometimes dismissed as flat and therefore possibly a little dull. In fact, the wide horizons and huge skies, the light, the sea, the farmlands and gently undulating countryside combine to provide a rich background for garden-making. Visitors to the region can find every sort of garden inspiration here, be it bravura herbaceous borders, tongue-in-cheek topiary, sensitively sited artworks, ornamental kitchen gardens, romantic wildflower meadows or lovingly crafted detailing.

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East Anglia has a great tradition of creative horticulturists, whose skill and artistry in planting their own gardens resonates in many others in the region. These influential figures include the painter and iris enthusiast Sir Cedric Morris, who made a garden at Benton End, in Suffolk, after settling there in 1938; legendary nurseryman, the late Alan Bloom (founder of Blooms of Bressingham, Norfolk) and his son Adrian Bloom; and, of course, plantswoman Beth Chatto, who has shown us how to use plants that do well in particular environments.

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In East Anglian counties this includes summer droughts, windswept locations, dry sandy soils, or, just as problematic, clay soils that crack in summer then become muddy impasses in winter. Each garden in this book is an example not only of how to meet the physical challenges a site presents, but how to turn them to advantage. In these pages you will also find the ingenious ways in which garden owners have responded to various design challenges, ranging from tiny domestic spaces to grand, historic settings. Some have created a garden from scratch. Several have started small, then been driven by their gardening ambitions to expand into the surrounding land.

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Secret Gardens of East Anglia by Barbara Segall

Photography by Marcus Harpur.

Published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group.

Out Now

From The Archives: Designer Spotlight Laura Felicity

“There’s no place like home” – creating beautiful surroundings by Laura Felicity Design

Laura Felicity Design specialises in screen-printing high-end British wallpaper and interior products such as cushions, makeup bags, lampshades and ceiling shades.

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Alongside her small team, based in Britain, Laura individually hand draws and prints to make each product unique for her clientele. All products are made in Britain with care and attention. The designs are all made with a personal touch to make your home feel and look special for years to come.

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Each interior collection at Laura Felicity Design is inspired by her everyday surroundings, from long walks in the picturesque English countryside to the buzzing London life.

‘I love nothing more than seeing my products being sent to wonderful new homes. It’s why I started my interior business.’

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Laura also works with individual clients on bespoke designs, both of which enhance Laura Felicity Design to produce distinctive, interior products for your home. This also enables you to purchase high-quality and exclusive wallpaper and home accessories, compared to mass-produced items.

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For more information visit: http://laurafelicity.co.uk

Introducing Alrun Nordic Blankets

You may be forgiven for thinking that we've gone Nordic mad here at Heart Home. We've been sharing how decorate as a Scandinavian, how to cook Scandinavian and we've recently shared a Nordic website as our 'Website of the Week'. And last week Arianna and I travelled to West Sweden for a few days and yes, we're a little bit obsessed.

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So naturally we'd like to share this latest find. Alrún Nordic Design is a small family company based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Since 1999, they have been creating original bindrune jewelry in the spirit of a Nordic tradition which is more than a thousand years old. And now they have added blankets to their website.

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Their gorgeous Nordic wool blankets are woven from pure Icelandic wool, dyed especially for them in Iceland. The exceptional quality of these blankets reflects all the best characteristics of wool produced in the Nordic regions – warmth, durability, breathability, and water-repellency.

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"As with our jewelry, our latest homewear designs are rooted in ancient
Norse tradition, with our patterns based on our very own Love and
Strength bindrune symbols. Reflecting the evolution of bindrune-making
through the reiteration, mirroring and overlapping of the symbols, the
meaning of each symbol is thus embedded into the fabric itself."

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Available from Alrun Nordic Design

V&A Museum of Childhood - Sister Brother

25 November 2017 – 20 May 2018

Many studies have been made about parental influences in our lives but what influence do our siblings have on our identity? This new display of work by Madeleine Waller, which opens on Saturday 25 November at the V&A Museum of Childhood, aims to explore sibling relationships and how they affect our sense of identity. 

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The roles we are given within the family group are embedded from an early age and become defining elements of who we are. We often describe ourselves in relation to our sister or brother and compare similarities and differences. Who we are and what we might become in the future is very much tied up with how similar or different we are to our family group. Our sense of sibling identity is constructed through the telling and retelling of family stories. 

This set of double, triple and quadruple portraits was inspired by sociologist Katherine Davies paper "Siblings, Stories and the Self". Being the youngest of four children and having three children herself, Madeleine was keen to explore the inter sibling relationships and the influence of our sisters and brothers on our identity. 

The portraits were taken between 2016 and 2017 and are mostly of children from the East London area. 

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Madeleine Waller

Madeleine Waller is originally from Australia, she moved to London in 1987, and now lives in Hackney, East London. 

After completing a photo-journalism course at London College of Printing Waller started her career working for newspapers and magazines on a broad range of assignments from reportage to features, she chose to concentrate mainly on portraiture. Her portrait projects include: Stockwell Bus Garage, Swimmers, Mothers and Teenage Daughters. 

A selection of Madeleine Waller’s Portraits of Poets has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and are included in their permanent collection. She has had two books published, East London Swimmers, published by Hoxton Mini Press, and Portraits as part of a year long Residency at the Swedenborg Society in London. 

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Madeleine Waller is currently Photographer in Residence at Harrow School and she is also working on a Project in Northumberland, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, using Photography to try and improve children’s creative writing skills.

Sister Brother, 25 November 2017 – 20 May 2018

Recipe of the Week - Cinnamon Buns

Extract from Cook Yourself Happy - The Danish Way - by Caroline Fleming. 

Every year my grandparents would come and stay with my sister Duddi and I when our parents went shooting around Europe for a month. The first thing Granny made as soon as she arrived was a ginormous portion of cinnamon buns. My sister and I would eat these every day when we got back from school, and also – if we were lucky – for breakfast. Granny baked these again just before she left and froze them in smaller batches, which is such a good idea as these buns truly are the most heavenly snack for children, both big and small.

Makes 16-20 buns

Makes 16-20 buns

For the buns:

500ml (18fl oz/2 cups) milk

125g (4½oz/1 cup) icing (confectioner’s) sugar

60g (2oz/¼ cup/½ stick) butter

50g (1¾oz/5 tbsp) fresh yeast

1kg (2¼lb/8 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour, plus extra to dust

1 tsp ground cardamom

2 eggs

For the filling:

175g (6¼oz/¾ cup/1½ sticks) butter, softened

250g (9oz/1¼ cups) raw cane sugar

3 tbsp ground cinnamon

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In a large saucepan, gently heat the milk until it is warm, not hot, then add the icing (confectioner’s) sugar and butter. Remove from the heat, stir to combine, then leave to cool.

Once cool, add the yeast and stir well, then slowly add the flour and cardamom, stirring well. Whisk the eggs, then add to the saucepan and stir well to combine. Remove the bun dough from the saucepan and knead well, then cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a dark place for 1 hour to rise.

Lightly flour your work surface. Roll the dough mixture out into a large rectangle about 1cm (½ inch) thick.

Mix the ingredients for the filling together, then spread the filling all over the top of the dough rectangle. Roll up, starting from one end, so that it resembles a jam roly-poly cake or Swiss roll, then cut into 2cm (¾ inch) thick slices. Spread the slices out on baking (parchment) paper on a baking tray (sheet) and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.

Bake the cinnamon buns for 10–15 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy warm from the oven, or cold, with a cup of tea or coffee. These also freeze well.

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Cook Yourself Happy by Caroline Fleming.

Published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group. 

Photography by Lisa Linder.

Available to buy here.

Introducing Richard Lowry And His Slant Table & Chair

Richard Lowry is a furniture designer from London. He was taught to make things as a boy by his grandfather - the third in the line of family boat builders “Broom Boats” (Britain’s oldest boat builder). Working for several years as a cabinetmaker making bespoke luxury furniture for private and commercial clients, he became interested in the relationship between furniture and art. He produces unique sculptural pieces in his South London workshop using the highest quality materials and craft techniques, experimenting extensively, and constantly testing assumptions about what furniture and art should be.

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Inspired by contrapposto in classical sculpture, Richard Lowry’s Slant table and chair use angular and asymmetrical compositions to create a sense of movement. Challenging the use of conventional components, doing away with ‘legs’ altogether, these works focus on retaining their ultimate function while exploring sculptural forms.

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The Slant pieces are made in limited editions, each one hand crafted and hand finished by Richard. The Slant chair is in available in an edition of eight, the table in an edition of ten and all pieces are signed and numbered.

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Both pieces of furniture are hand made by Lowry in his London studio. Richard first learnt how to work with wood with his Grandfather, a successful boat builder. Working on bespoke furniture commissions, Lowry has a refined understanding of wood as a medium and material.

For his Slant pieces he has used Black Walnut and Maple, two contrasting woods, to articulate and highlight the different angles and planes of the works.

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A Quirky Mid-Century Townhouse in South East London

When Ian Haigh, Creative Director of The Central Design Studio undertook to renovate his own home he had a wealth of experience to call upon. His studio specialises in restaurant, bar and hotel design, but his modest three-bedroom mid-century townhouse in South East London was to be a three-year-long project and a labour of love. He has filled the house with a quirky collection of furniture and art; everything from vintage finds, to Etsy buys, to bespoke prototypes, and we think you'll like it.

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Features in the living room include handmade Mexican tiles on the fireplace and a coffee table from Etsy, which was made by someone in mid-west America and shipped over.

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The original rosewood floor was found under a cheap laminate floor when renovating and taking pride of place is a feature armchair in striking blue velvet and a 1970s Murano glass chandelier

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Among a number of vintage pieces, is a Victorian haberdashery unit and an old travel trunk.

Some of the art is original and was painted by Ian's partner’s father, who was an artist at the Slade in the 1960's.

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Vintage finds, Etsy buys, and bespoke prototypes all vie for space n the kitchen dresser.

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Unique south-American paper, is used as headboard décor, and was sourced from Calligrane in Paris.

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See more of Ian's work at The Central Design Studio.

Bert & May x The Conran Shop

Bert & May and The Conran Shop are delighted to announce a new and exclusive tile collection. Designed by The Conran Shop and created by Bert & May’s skilled makers, the collection features six designs in three complementary colourways.

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Bert & May x The Conran Shop square and inverse square tiles in Blue

The exclusive motifs are based on three geometric elements that can be combined to create boundless patterns in a soft palette inspired by hues present in modernist architecture. The tiles can be combined with their inverse colourways or any other tile in the range to create a bespoke installation: indoors or out, on the floor or on your walls.

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Bert & May x The Conran Shop square, mid stripe and low stripe tiles in green.

Crafted by artisan tile makers using traditional methods and natural pigments, the handmade tiles will retail at £5.76 per tile / £144 per square metre for plain tiles and £7.68 per tile / £192 per square metre for pattern tiles.

The new collection will be launched at Bert & May’s east London showroom during London Design Festival from 16-24th September (Bert & May, 67 Vyner Street, London E2 9DQ) and will be available to purchase in-store and online at The Conran Shop and Bert & May; including the new Bert and May shop on Lotts Road.

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Bert & May x The Conran Shop curve and inverse curve tile in Grey

Lee Thornley, founder of Bert & May, comments:

“We are delighted to collaborate with The Conran Shop, a brand that has been consistently synonymous with considered design for decades. Our new collaboration combines the skills of Bert & May’s craftspeople and Conran’s design expertise to create a wonderful, graphic collection that’s perfect for the home and garden.”

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Bert & May x The Conran Shop curve and inverse curve tile in Blue

Rosie Stonham, designer at The Conran Shop, comments:

“This collection is influenced by Sir Terence Conran’s design philosophy of ‘Plain, Simple, Useful’, to achieve modern, timeless designs. Each tile features one of the most simplified elements of geometry: the curve, the line and the square. Available in inverted colours, the collection uses negative and positive space to create various patterns or personalised installations.

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Bert & May x The Conran Shop square, mid stripe and low stripe tiles.

The range is comprised of three distinct colourways: a warm combination of natural grey tones, a soft sage green - offset by nude pink - and a powdery interpretation of our signature Conran blue.”

Recipe of the Week - Wild Mushroom Salad

Extract from Cook Yourself Happy - The Danish Way - by Caroline Fleming. 

Mushrooms remind me so much of my childhood. My mother was an amazing expert at recognizing all the different varieties, edible or not, when we spent many an hour out in the woods picking them. It was always the most cosy time spent as a family, and very Scandinavian – being outdoors as a family, collecting and then preparing feasts to enjoy. Mushrooms and blueberries are, for me, symbols of complete and utter joy, uniting us humans with mother nature.

Serves 4-6

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

700g (1lb 9oz) of 3 different kinds of mushroom: safely foraged wild mushrooms or I used 300g (10½oz chestnut, 300g (10½oz) button and 100g (3½oz) chanterelle mushrooms
2 tbsp sesame seeds, white or mixed
4–6 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
½ tsp pink Himalayan salt or sea salt
4 tbsp finely chopped parsley, plus extra to garnish
1 small clove of garlic, finely chopped
6 small vine tomatoes, finely chopped
1 small avocado, cut into cubes
½ red onion, finely chopped
2/3 heart of palm, finely chopped (optional)
2 grilled (broiled) artichokes, finely chopped (optional)

Prepare the mushrooms – clean, then cut any large mushrooms into quarters, leaving the smaller chanterelles whole.

Heat a frying pan (skillet) over a medium heat and add the sesame seeds. Lightly toast them in the pan – use a lid as they do pop and jump around – then set aside.

Mix the mushrooms with the olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and salt. Leave to marinate for 5 minutes.

Add the parsley and garlic to the mushrooms and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and lastly the toasted sesame seeds. Mix a final time, garnish with a little extra parsley and serve straight away.

This salad is also delicious with a slice of nut bread (see page 209 of Cook Yourself Happy) toasted in a little olive oil.

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Cook Yourself Happy by Caroline Fleming.

Published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group. 

Photography by Lisa Linder.

Available to buy here.

New Showroom Opening for Villeroy & Boch At Chelsea Harbour

This September, Villeroy & Boch - the world's leading premium brand for ceramic products - is opening its new UK address in London’s most prestigious design hub, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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Villeroy & Boch’s Office, and Customer Meeting Point, boasting 265 sqm combined, is a unique space hosting a new UK headquarter for divisions Bathroom and Wellness and Tableware and a Customer Meeting Point. The Customer Meeting area functions as a place for inspiration, product specification and discovery with an open-door policy.

The Customer Meeting Point will showcase an extensive range of products from Villeroy & Boch’s stunning collections of bathroom and wellness and kitchen, as well as hotel/restaurant tableware collections. A dedicated Designer Workspace has been imagined with the ability to create a designer own Villeroy & Boch moodboards. An interactive training corner will be available for those looking to gain a greater understanding of the products and product specifications. On appointment only trade and professionnals will be to able meet with Villeroy & Boch specifications managers.

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With its timeless elegance, iconic design and outstanding quality, Villeroy & Boch has stood for the finest Bathroom, Wellness and Tableware products since 1748. Being part of the renowned Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, and sitting alongside the most respected names in interior and decoration, is an excellent opportunity for the German heritage brand to showcase both its extensive collections and expertise.

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Immerse yourself in the Customer Meeting Point and discover Villeroy & Boch’s striking bathrooms which playfully combine colourful statement pieces alongside neutral design products to create unique solutions. Blending together various elements of technologies and design, Villeroy & Boch offers its customers a beautifully refined experience in an exceptional environment.

How to Make an Apartment Instantly ‘Copenhagen’

Extract taken from Nørth: How to Live Scandinavian by Brontë Aurell. Published by Aurum Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group.

When you first go to Copenhagen and you visit someone’s apartment, you usually end up
in awe … ‘Are they interior designers?’ you ask yourself. ‘What style!’ you exclaim, tearing
up your insides as you try to forget about your own bedsit hovel with magnolia coloured
walls. Then you visit someone else, and you think ‘Oh, this place looks quite like Søren and
Sofie’s’. Third time around, you know: there is a ‘style’.

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Image ©Anna Jacobsen

Ten ways to make your apartment instantly ‘Copenhagen’


1. Rip up all carpets and sand your floors. Then paint them white.


2. Paint all your walls white. Yes, all of them, white. If there is a shade of white called
‘Scandinavian white’ or ‘Ringsted white’ or ‘Vesterbro white’, go for that.

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Image ©Anna Jacobsen


3. Paint all your skirting boards and doors white.


4. Remove all curtains and traces of curtains, because you no longer need them. If you
can’t live without window coverings, add some white, stylish blinds, but make sure that,
when they are up, you can’t see them.


5. Get one colourful statement chair, ideally by a designer from Denmark. Anything with the
word Jacobsen or Wegner is good. Buy a woolly sheepskin from a remote farm in Sweden
and add this to said statement chair.


6. Have one normal chair next to your sofa where you add a stack of books or magazines
with pictures of bearded men. Leave them there.

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Image ©Anna Jacobsen


7. Put just one green plant in the window.


8. Your sofa must be a tasteful colour or stick to black. It must also be simple – none of this
‘all the way to the floor’ business. Legs – and nothing underneath. Thou shalt not add too
many cushions.

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Image ©Anna Jacobsen


9. Add all or some of the following: one rug (can be colourful), one or two designer posters
of designer things (drawings of chairs or statues). One standing lamp (tasteful, sleek). The
coffee table must be in front of the sofa and it must have thin legs. Two candle holders (the
metal kind, from Illums Bolighus). The bookshelf is allowed to be from IKEA, but must be
‘Is it really from IKEA or not?’


10. Hide your TV, or, don’t have one.

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How to Live Scandinavian by Brontë Aurell.

Published by Aurum Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group.

Available to buy here.

Introducing New Cox & Cox AW17/18 Collection

We are so excited to share some images of the Autumn Collection from Cox & Cox . Featuring over 300 new homeware lines, from earthy round rattan furniture and botanical accents to opulent white marble and elegant brass pieces, each product chosen with care and styled to inspire.

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Discover a beautifully curated collection of over 1200 products, with furniture, lighting, rugs and decorative homeware designed to create an individual and stylish interior.

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