Perfect Pinks from Little Greene to Mark Breast Cancer Awareness October

Little Greene have launched a delightful capsule collection of pink colours this Autumn, which also celebrates the company’s long-standing support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, held every October. during which 15p from every can of paint and roll of wallpaper sold is donated to a Breast Cancer Charity.

Wall: Dorchester Pink – Mid 286, Door and Woodwork: Dorchester Pink 213

Wall: Dorchester Pink – Mid 286, Door and Woodwork: Dorchester Pink 213

‘Pink’ comprises eight related pink shades, and provides a delicious choice from soft delicate tones associated with femininity and sensitivity to bolder, seductive hues. Designed to work harmoniously together and with other Little Greene shades, these versatile pinks include seven new colours and one from the existing colourcard. 

Brickwork: Confetti 274, Cupboards: Lamp Black 228, Far wall: Salix 99

Brickwork: Confetti 274, Cupboards: Lamp Black 228, Far wall: Salix 99

In keeping with Little Greene’s heritage links, ‘Pink’ has its roots in history. Did you know that during the Renaissance period, pink was used in paintings for the flesh colour of the human body? And whilst pink colours had been used in artists’ work for centuries it was only during the 18th Century that pinks became popular in fashionable clothing and porcelain, with architecture following across Europe soon afterwards?

Wallpaper: Paradise – Pink, Left Wall & Picture Rail: Hortense 266, Upper Skirting: Carmine 189, Lower Skirting: Córdoba 277

Wallpaper: Paradise – Pink, Left Wall & Picture Rail: Hortense 266, Upper Skirting: Carmine 189, Lower Skirting: Córdoba 277

Pink fell out of fashion in the 19th Century and only with the introduction of light-fast chemical dyes in the 20th Century creating bolder, brighter and more powerful pinks was there a resurgence in popularity. It was in the 1940's that pink truly became associated with girls; before that, pink had been for boys too. Bet you didn't know that either?

Wall: Córdoba 277. Inset Shelf: Blush 267. Window Sill: Loft White 222 

Wall: Córdoba 277. Inset Shelf: Blush 267. Window Sill: Loft White 222 

Often used to signify both femininity and sexual empowerment by, and for women, pink demonstrates outer beauty and inner strength: nowadays, pink represents strength within women and, as such, is the colour many breast cancer charities have used to represent their brand. 

We just think it's pretty.
 

Autumn With Plum & Ashby

The transition from Summer to Autumn is never easy. But on a positive note it's always the perfect excuse to spruce up our homes with new collections. From hand-thrown ceramics to luxury scented candles and cosy throws, Plum & Ashby have got lots of lovely new products this Autumn to tempt you. 

Plum & Ashby continues to work on new designs and try to support English manufacturers where they can. It's all about products that have a story behind them. And when they look this good, embracing the new season is not so bad.

Recipe of the Week - Braised Pork Belly

Today's recipe is courtesy of Bright Courtyard Club who's motto is “innovation, style and quality” and this is reflected both in the food it produces and in the restaurant itself. With a fashionable Baker Street location, within walking distance of both Mayfair and Marylebone High Street, Bright Courtyard Club truly has taken the best Chinese cuisine to the very heart of London. Elegantly designed, yet discreet, the restaurant serves delicacies from succulent shellfish to hearty dim sum to enjoy at any time of the day.

Try it, it's yum.

Ingredients:

Pork belly: 500g

Anise: 2 grains

Shredded ginger: 3g

Spring onion: 30g

Dark soy sauce: 5g

Light soy sauce: 5g

Sugar: 30g

Shaohsing Rice Wine: 10g

Water: 1000g

Method:

Cut the pork belly into small cubes.

Stir-fry the anise, shredded ginger and spring onion with a little oil, then add the pork belly cubes into it. Add all of the above flavourings and continue stir-frying until the cubes become red.

Add 1000g of water on a high heat.

After it has boiled, turn the heat down for 45 minutes.

Finally, turn the heat high and stir evenly until all the sauce is absorbed, dish up and serve.

Morelato Furnishes The Blakes Restaurant In London

Morelato, Italian cabinetmakers based in Verona, has furnished the Blakes Restaurant in London, situated in the heart of Kensington, one of the most exclusive districts of the British capital. Recently launched, the restaurant is located inside the Blakes: a luxury boutique hotel worldwide famous for its stunning design, elegance and dedicated service.

The project, designed by Anouska Hempel, is inspired by her vision of a beautiful old fashioned steamer sailing up the Bosphorus, evoking the travelling spirit that she has always had. The elegant, eclectic and ethnic atmosphere of the restaurant is reflected through exclusive furniture as the Morelato products. In fact the Italian company has supplied several customized solutions for the Blakes: tables, chairs, armchairs and stools.

The tables are available in different sizes and the round top has maple and ebonized wood inserts; the base is turned in solid maple wood with handmade clawfoot legs. The chairs and the armchairs are made in solid maple wood with contrast details in black wood.

For the coffee bar area Morelato has designed chairs with upholstered structure and armrests. The legs are in black wood. The stools have a footrest made in solid brass. All of these items give a refined style to the space.

The design of the Blakes Restaurant reflects Morelato’s soul: attention to detail and material research combined with the Italian style. A supply that confirms the company as an icon of excellence in the production of high quality furniture, customizable according to the cabinet-maker tradition.

A Little Something from Nothing

You can create interesting displays in your home for next to nothing with a collection of found treasures, a dose of homemade, a few vintage finds and a little bit of time.

  • Use empty picture frames to create focal points and canvases as backdrops for your displays and have fun styling. Play around with the objects until you find something that works visually for you.
  • Empty picture frames are wonderful to create height to a display, paint them in a sympathetic colour.
  • Use colours in a similar tone to create unity and then add contrasting colours for visual impact.
  • Add shape and colour with flowers with bold sculptural forms.
  • Drop in bold, graphic colour with postcards or small prints.
  • Add an inexpensive new shade to a car boot sale standard lamp base as a unique alternative to buying a brand new version.
  • Old, wooden boxes make fabulous storage for things you want to hide.
  • Plant pots painted with blackboard paint means you can have fun with chalk numbers and messages.
  • Bright, exotic plants like this orchid, cheer up any corner.
  • Evoke a 1950s sculptural artwork feel with geometric objects. Use old balls in white, wood or black from games such as polo, billiards, boules.
  • Mix in other textures like metal, for some contrast and sheen.
  • Silver cotton reels add some shimmer and sparkle to the display and old clock faces gives some graphic shape.
  • An over-sized, spotty bow, tied to the back to the back of a chair adds a bit of fun.
  • Look out for old shop drawer units as they are difficult to find at reasonable prices but are great for storage.
  • Customise an Ikea chair by painting it a colour then add a little fabric skirt. This fabric is by St.Judes.
  • Natural finds like skulls or fallen branches found on walks can make displays more interesting.
  • Pile up old books with the pages facing forward, they give wonderful height and texture to a display.
  • Paint flowers with fluorescent paint to make an unusual centre point.
  • Group objects made from the same materials together, like these glass items.
  • Mix empty, vintage perfume bottles with your modern ones you use every day. Place them all on a tray to group together, like this vintage rose glass tray bought at a car boot sale.
  • Include contemporary glass vases to stop it feeling too old fashioned and pop a beautiful rose in.
  • Hang objects straight on the wall as a decorative detail. I love vintage keys, as you never quite know what they once opened. Most all the items above were discovered at car boot sales and flea markets.
  • Look out for old school chemistry equipment at car boot sales and junk shops to be used as vases.
  • Apothecary jars make interesting displays too; the lettering adds a graphic bold detail.
  • Hyacinth bulbs placed on top of glass vessels, make unusual floral experiments and make a change to the normal bulb vases.

Words and styling by Sania Pell.  Photographs by James Balston.

This article originally appeared Heart Home magazine.

A Soft Vintage Look With The New Sunset Collection By Chivasso

New for Autumn Winter 2016, Chivasso are launching the Sunset collection consisting of three stylish designs printed on the diverse Hot Madison fabric. These original patterns have a slightly worn appearance to create a vintage look, available in a broad range of colours from yellow chartreuse, denim blues and moody greens to faded natural hues.

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Sunset Strip exhibits a simple, wide printed stripe suited to upholstering large pieces of furniture, while Sunset Boulevard is a smaller two tone stripe design that looks effective on soft furnishings. In addition to these linear patterns, Sunset Plaza offers a softer elegance with a distressed ornamental design. These patterned articles are designed to complement the plain fabrics of Hot Madison Reloaded – a cotton-linen fabric collection, now available in 150 colours.

Collection prices from £42.588per metre from JAB Anstoetz, 020 7348 6620, www.jab.de

Books: Decorate for a Party

Extract from Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring.

Forest + Family

This is a gathering of friends and their little ones beneath a canopy of trees to celebrate the pleasure of exploration and the bounty and generosity of nature. This gathering is a portable party that can be packed using only a few large bags. Children can easily entertain themselves for hours if given a spot to explore and the tools to do it, which also makes this a family-friendly afternoon.

© Holly Marder

© Holly Marder

WHAT INSPIRED US. . . torn fabrics; a rustic traditional German beer garden table; a favourite wool blanket; simple brown takeaway boxes; colourful floral fabrics sourced from a shop with a lovely owner who always cuts more than you’ve ordered without adding a penny to the price; specimen kits that we enjoyed as children recreated in a simple way to encourage exploration for our younger guests; the weather and mood of late summer/early autumn weather with its changing leaves and crisp air; teepees; the challenge of creating something special and memorable out of very little; and keeping the overall look inexpensive and relatively simple to prep.

© Holly Marder

© Holly Marder

Our FOREST PARTY is perfect for parents of young children who love to explore nature. Whether you live near a forest or park and have access to public picnic tables, or the party is for a special occasion and you want to venture further and pack a folding table and benches in your car, an outing in the autumn as temperatures start to cool is an idea your friends will love.

© Holly Marder

© Holly Marder

KRAFTY LUNCH

We packed lunch in kraft paper takeaway boxes. To personalize, each was tied with torn fabric strips and presented with a sprig of something green from the forest.

© Leslie Shewring

© Leslie Shewring

FOREST CAKE

A cake is dressed up in a forest theme with mini animals, sprigs of rosemary to create little trees and bunting created using two kebab skewers, string and some strips of washi tape. This is easy to assemble – just bring your supplies and add once you arrive.

 © Holly Marder

 © Holly Marder

FINISHING TOUCHES

Wooden cutlery was given special, albeit simple, custom treatment by painting the tips with white acrylic paint. Leave to dry overnight and tie to a cloth napkin with string.

 © Holly Marder

 © Holly Marder

FRUITY TREATS

Glass fruit-juice bottles can be customized easily (skip plastic, they don’t look as nice). Pour out a little of the juice to make space. Cut up fruits that complement the juice and add to the bottle. Cover the labels with fabric bands using a glue stick and some string. Apply a kraft sticker on the lid to identify the juice.

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Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring, published by Jacqui Small (£20).

Amara Launches Their First Ever Own Label Collection

Amara are thrilled to announce the launch of their eagerly anticipated own label brand The Amara Collection for AW16.  The launch brings together some of the world’s most renowned home accessory brands and manufacturers and combines them with the valuable knowledge of the Amara expert team to create this exciting new brand.

Over the past 11 years Amara have become an authority and an expert on desirable and luxurious interiors. Co-founder Sam Hood has spent considerable time editing and curating a collection of brands which all appeal to the loyal Amara customer. After many years of studying and talking to her customers, Sam has learnt to understand their wants and needs. Sam and her team have taken this valuable customer knowledge and crucial insight and interpreted their ideas to create the first season launch.

Sam Hood said; “My team and I have spent the past 11 years bringing together and successfully selling interior brands which we love and have a passion for. We have the knowledge of the industry and most importantly we know what our customer wants. The beauty of an online business is that we can see, in real time, the success of certain brands and products which has allowed us to react with speed to our customers’ needs. We’ve been able to highlight our customers’ buying trends and personal tastes which has in turn helped us to create a collection we know they will love and want to buy.”

This inaugural collection will bring together pieces sourced from some of the industry’s finest brands and manufacturers such as Johnstons of Elgin and GioBagnara. By sourcing and co-designing pieces with some of the world’s leading craftsmen, each collection will embrace all that the Amara customer associates with the e-tailer; distinctive design, quality, timelessness, attention to detail and the most exceptional customer experience.

Sam Hood added, “It’s been a great experience to work with some of the most talented and experienced people in the industry-I’m so pleased we’ve been able to bring together all of these beautiful pieces to create the new Amara Own Label brand. By combining our own expert knowledge with our chosen brands and manufacturers, my team and I have selected and created the very best pieces we know our customers will love to have in their homes. ”

The Amara Collection will evolve and develop each season with updated trends. Many look to Amara for interior inspiration and an edit of coveted home accessories.  This range will provide customers with pieces to sit beautifully alongside their existing interior and also directional items to create a stylish focal look.  

This season will consist of the following; Fantasy, Heritage, Graphic and Luxe.

Fantasy

By mixing delicate embroidery with gentle grey tones and pretty pastel shades, the modern femininity of ‘Fantasy’ gives this delicate look a contemporary feel.

Heritage

An elegant collection of pieces which evoke a glamorous country home. Rich fabrics and tones will add depth and warmth.

Graphic

This loft living collection mixes sleek architectural designs and patterns with ultra-modern geometrics and cool sleek materials.

Luxe

Inspired by old Hollywood glamour, this decadent collection sees the use of bold tones mixed with materials such as silk and velvet.

The debut collection launches the end of September 2016.

Books: The Creative Home

Extract from The Creative Home by Geraldine James, published by CICO Books

Displaying Collections, Wall Art and Creative Storage

Most of us collect something. This could be very specific or quite random - it all depends on the individual. You may have a passion for photographs and choose to surround yourself with a particular style or period of photography. Or you may be fascinated by something more diverse, such as certain fabrics, shapes, or colours. Whatever you collect, every piece usually has a story to tell, and it is really important to display them  all with care and in a way that will enhance your living space.

A collection of vintage retro china, contemporary candlesticks and candles, and other favoured objects has been given a matte black paint treatment. Set against a white backdrop, they are transformed into a stunning display.

All eyes are on the precious items displayed as the plain floating shelves seem to disappear into the white wall. Carefully arranged by material type, the objects create a soothing and intriguing arrangement.

On top of the recycled, dark-stained sideboard, vintage glass decanters and jars form part of a carefully curated selection of objects collected over the years, complementing the display of personal photographs above.

Tall, short, narrow, and round, bottles in all shapes, sizes, and colours sit on a windowsill in their final incarnation as decorative objects, cheering up an east-facing window. As the sun rises, the light refracts through the glass, showering the kitchen with a myriad rainbow colours.

A rather dark hallway lends itself perfectly to this leaning art. Bespoke open-fronted cupboards, built expressly for collections of magazines, are the perfect platform for leaning pictures in a narrow space. The pictures are easy to move around, simple to clean, and totally interchangeable.

Photography © CICO Books 2016.

Pushka Home New 'Colour The World Fun' Collection

Contemporary homewares brand Pushka Home has come a long way since its incarnation as Pushka Knobs in 2009. Founded and managed by friends Matt and Lucy, the South West London-based brand offers a huge portfolio of gifts for the home, including the signature range of door knobs that launched the brand seven years ago.

Pushka Home is on a mission to “colour the world fun” and the additions to the portfolio for 2016 so far are certainly playing their part.

The new “Feel Good” range of coasters, knobs, hooks and wall prints will challenge you not to be inspired by its vibrant colour pallete.  The exclusive “Face” plant pot trio will cheer up even the gloomiest of gardens and new geometric coaster designs will provide perfect colour accents to any room. New materials also join the mission via the sophisticated “Hammered Copper” range of doorknobs, light pulls and coasters. 

In-house designer Lydia Hargrave says: “This is a really exciting time for Pushka Home. We’re designing more of our own products all the time; it feels like every month we create something else new that people want! We care about our customers’ homes as much as they do so it feels special to contribute those little things that make a house a home.”

For more details on all of the new additions to the Pushka Home family, and to shop the entire cataloguevisit pushkahome.com.

KLC Young Designers Competition

KLC School of Design is launching a young designers competition next week and the Heart Home editors are very proud and excited to be amongst the judges. The competition is part of the ‘Design Changes Lives’ charity initiative and is in conjunction with the start of a new Foundation Degree Interior Design for school leavers. 

Commencing 12th September 2016, the national competition is aimed at 11-18 year olds and will be promoted through senior schools across the country, to encourage creativity and design skills from a young age and champion interior design as a viable career option after sixth form.

Entrants will be asked to design a room for a chosen celebrity across two age categories 11-14 years and 15-18 years, the winning designer in each category will receive a student membership to the Design Museum in London, the world’s leading museum dedicated to contemporary design, and £100 in art vouchers. 

The winners will also be featured on the KLC website with their design created as a 3D virtual room, and they will be invited to spend a day on an interiors shoot with S Magazine and be the subject of a feature on this blog. A runner up from each category will receive a £50 art voucher.

The judging panel will consist of myself and Arianna, and (L-R below) KLC Founder and Principal, Jenny Gibbs, renowned Interior Designer and BIID President Daniel Hopwood, plus another KLC Alumni member, Victoria Gray, Lifestyle Editor at S Magazine.

Closing date for submissions is 7th January 2017, full competition T&Cs can be found on the KLC homepage from 12th September.

Introducing Cloth & Clay

Designed by a passionate team of artists, Cloth & Clay draws upon a wealth of experience to create a striking yet timeless collection of premium bedding and accessories.  Launching in the UK in September, Cloth & Clay will offer two distinctive and stylish ranges; Nordic Nights and Hue. Both ranges are made from the finest materials, including 300 thread count pure cotton and a fine linen cotton mix.  

NORDIC NIGHTS

Inspired by the serenity and beauty of the Nordic landscape, Cloth & Clay Nordic Nights explores mountain ranges, landscape, forestry and geometrics.  Using shades of grey, these elements have been beautifully interpreted into prints and embroidery on four bedding sets. Each 100% cotton, 300 thread count bedding sets comes complete with a duvet cover and pillow case/s, available in Single, Double, King and Super King.

Nordic Nights - Nyoka

Inspired by the poetic beauty of mountain ranges, this photo captured at dawn, evokes a sense of serenity and philosophy. The imagery and subtle use of graduating shades from dark to light enhance both the mystery and beauty. This design is powerful yet presents a tranquil ambience. It will look beautiful in a minimal setting.

Nordic Nights - Haze

This reinterpretation of a check design drifts from traditionally harsh lines as it takes inspiration from the frosted edges of a wintry log cabin window. The blurred lines and flecks of green and grey tones naturalise and rusticate the check making it perfect for either a country or modern home.

Nordic Nights - Niko

A labyrinth of geometry renders this thoughtful pattern. Using a web of fine lines in grey on a white base results in a soft, modern pattern emerging. This design is contemporary and will look great in a modern home.

Nordic Nights - Frey

Using a negative exposure, a pattern depicting a white winter forest is created. The unassuming tones of grey and white make a simple yet impressive print. This design will look beautiful in both modern and traditional settings.

Nordic Nights - Sayen

This elegant design uses intricate stitches to create an imagery of grass after a winter frost. Set on a luxurious dark base, the use of fine stitches in a simple pattern and the graduated colours of the embroidery create a shimmer effect reminiscent of frost.

Available from John Lewis and www.clothnclay.com

Caramel and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Truffles

Who can resist a chocolate truffle? Not us for sure. Which is why we're on a quest to indulge our tastebuds but not completely ruin our diets. These caramel and peanut butter, dark chocolate truffles are the nearest you can get to guilt free indulgence. Oh, go on then.

Makes 36 truffles

Ingredients:

500g pitted dates (we use Iranian juicy dates)

4 TBSP coconut oil

200g peanut butter (we prefer lightly salted peanut butter)

200g dark chocolate, 70%

Method:

1.       Blend the pitted dates with 2 TBSP of melted coconut oil in a food processor, until you get a paste consistency.

2.       Make balls out of the paste, we estimate 36 portions however feel free to make them whatever size you’d like. Press the top of the ball with your thumb to create a little dent. Place the peanut butter in the dent you have created.

3.       Place these balls in the freezer for 10 – 15 minutes, or until they firm up.

4.       In the meantime, gently melt the dark chocolate., until you have a nice liquid out of it.

5.       Take your balls out of the freezer, and pour the melted chocolate over them, covering them completely.

6.       Place the chocolate covered truffles in the fridge to set, at least 15 minutes.

7.       Keep truffles stored in the fridge for up to a week. Make sure you serve from cold.

This recipe is courtesy of Mojo Health Bar, Soho, whose aim is to create an “irresistibly healthy” experience for you. Their mission is to find the perfect balance of nutritious yet delicious food.

New In! Eclectic Geometrics Wallpapers

Geometric and eccentric, these effortlessly cool wallpapers make up the Prism Collection by Murals Wallpaper. The exclusive collection takes bright, bold patterns into the realms of large-scale design. 

Geometrics of Grandeur

Focusing on clean lines, flat colours and unique textures, the Prism Collection transforms any interior space into a unique visual feast for the eyes whilst retaining an air of elegance and sophistication.

Featuring on trend shades like Rose Quartz and Ochre, along with dashes of Serenity Blue; the collection is sure to provide any space in the home with some serious style and exclusivity. 

The murals, which are designed and sold by Murals Wallpaper, utilise modern digital printing techniques and capure the high impact effects through HD photography. The prints can then be hung just like normal wallpaper.

Trend Alert - The Humble Cactus

In case you hadn't noticed yet, we're here to tell you that the humble cactus is having a moment. This prickly character is cropping up all over the high street on wallpaper, cushions, blinds, and prints. Not to mention all manner of accessories. So feast your eyes on this little lot and if you dare, add some Californian Cool to your own humble abode.

Hibou Home Cactus and Cowboy Wallpaper, £70, Nubie

Cactus Print, £14.50, Of Life and Lemons

Cactus Window Blinds available through Apollo Blinds’ digital printing service. Digital printing costs £119 pm² plus the price of the roller blind (prices start at £72).

A trio of Cacti from Homesense

Gold Cacti (set Of 2), £22, Mia Fleur

Cactus Cushion, £52, Barnaby & Co

Cactus Bloom. Manipulated Colour Photograph, £150, Artfinder

Cactus Candles, £1.50 each, Primark

Cactus Trinket Dish, £9.50, Oliver Bonas

And if you haven't had enough yet, there's more....

 

 

Hidden Gem: Home & Pantry

“There is always something exciting happening in Camden Passage whether it's a new market, street events or live music,” says 29-year-old Jenny Hughes, founder of Home & Pantry. “It's the perfect destination for an afternoon shopping and has lots of options to grab a coffee and cake or sip a glass of wine and watch the world go by,” she continues.

When looking for a shop premise she knew it would be the ‘perfect location’: “It has that great village feel that I am used to at home [Dún Laoghaire, south Dublin] – everyone knows each other,” she explains.

Jenny, who moved to London three years ago due to the recession, wanted to start her own business from a young age. Pursuing the idea, she worked in family businesses while at school, completed a degree in commerce at University College Dublin and spent four years working in entrepreneurial roles. “I wanted to gain as much business experience as possible before opening my own store,” she says.

In December 2010, feeling ‘totally uninspired’ with her corporate job, she handed in her notice to open Home & Pantry. “Having only recently moved to London and in the midst of a global recession it was a huge risk. I had to speak to six banks before persuading one to take a chance on me,” she recalls.

After spending months searching for premises in Islington, plus painting and stocking the new store with help from friends and family, the boutique opened in April 2011. Inspired by her favourite interior retailers, Anthropologie, The White Company and Not on the High Street, the store sells rustic, French and shabby-chic homeware and gifts.

Products are sourced from France, Belgium, Morocco and India as well as the UK and Ireland, and mixed with vintage finds. “We have a lot of suppliers for such a new business but we do this in order to constantly have a great selection of bespoke products coming in,” explains Jenny.

The range includes willow baskets, antiques frames, lace scarves, wooden trestle tables and distressed mirrors. What does she look for when sourcing new pieces? “We carefully select every product for quality, style, originality and value,” she says.

In June homeandpantry.com was launched, a full e-commerce site selling 300 items, after Jenny received requests to ship products around the world. “Not having a background in e-commerce made it difficult at times to know where to start. However I was lucky to find an amazing web development agency who really understood what we wanted.”

Aware of the growth of social media channels such as Pinterest and Instagram the site also includes a 'get inspired' section to help customers with interior decisions. “In the vast ocean of the world wide web we are always conscious of the importance of trying to connect with the customer, in essence we are trying to replicate the type of service you would experience in store,” she explains.

Currently Jenny is looking for a second larger store: “Not having lived in London long makes it difficult to know where to look. We are constantly asking customers and I take days off work to visit recommended locations to get a feel for the areas,” she says.

Home & Pantry has been nominated for the 2013 Smarta 100 Awards and Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Visit: Home & Pantry, 114 Islington High Street, Camden Passage, N1 8EG, 

Word by Rachel O’Brien, Photographs by Lisa Elbilia

Date for the Diary - Handmade at Kew

Following on from last year’s success, Handmade in Britain is returning to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, for the second edition of the four day craft spectacular, Handmade at Kew.

Once again, Kew Gardens will play host to this innovative, global craft fair where more than 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, is to be housed in an elegant pavilion next to Kew Palace, and 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.

In fact it's set to become London’s leading international craft event, and the venue couldn't be more beautiful. Your ticket to the event will not only give you access to the show 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.

It’s a fabulous day out for the whole family and a rare opportunity to indulge in heritage, horticulture and shopping, all on the same day, in the same place. With tickets giving you access to the whole of Kew, in all its autumn splendour we might add, take your family and friends and make a day of it. Besides, Christmas isn't far away.

Handmade at Kew: The International Contemporary Craft Event

6 – 9 Oct 2016

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Photographs of last year's event by Yeshen Venema

Introducing Totem Road

Unveiling an exclusive collection at Tent London; Australian design collective Totem Road enters the UK market for the first time with a capsule lifestyle offering. 

Designed for life, Totem Road is a sustainable furniture company, dedicated to delivering timeless pieces whilst nurturing the environment and local communities. Committed to minimizing the impact modern throwaway culture has on the planet, Totem Road creates sustainable pieces that last a lifetime. 

Dedicated to quality and craft, Totem Road pairs contemporary mid-century design, with serene influence to offer affordable relaxed pieces crafted to last a lifetime and respect natural resources.

Natural style is celebrated, while the essence of Australian living permeates; the ethos fresh, relaxed and soulful. Aspirational living takes on a meaningful journey for a thoughtful collection of innovative solid oak dining, living and bedroom furniture, with luxury injections of Carrara marble. 

Imprinted with care, Totem Road furniture has a deep respect for natural resources and communities. Each authentic piece is made consciously and sustainably, using only responsibly sourced materials and without compromising on quality or craft. With a transparent chain of custody, every finished product connects the owner to the products natural origin. 

Totem Road will be sold exclusively at selected retail partners and available online at www.totemroad.com from mid-September.

Recipe of the Week - Salmon Burger

Did you know that last Thursday (the 25th August) was National Burger Day? We're a bit late to the party but we wanted to share with you a super seafood alternative to the classic beef bun. Add a nautical twist to your party with a ridiculously easy – and healthy – salmon burger. This recipe won’t have you slaving over the BBQ for hours either meaning you can sit back, relax and enjoy good times, good weather, and most importantly, great food!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 fresh salmon fillets

Zest and juice of one lemon

Olive oil

1 tomatoes, washed and sliced

½ red onion, washed and sliced

2 burger buns

Gem lettuce

Burger sauce of choice

Method:

Step 1: Place the salmon fillets on a piece of foil, add a splash of olive oil before wrapping and placing on a hot barbecue for20 minutes, until the fish is cooked through . Alternatively, stay indoors and grill under a medium heat for 10-12 minutes.

Step 2: Meanwhile, gently toast the burger buns, popping on the barbeque or under the grill for around 1 minute.

Step 3: Finally, stack your bun with layers tomato and red onion, along with fresh gem lettuce leaves and a generous dollop of your sauce of choice (try tomato and chilli chutney). Add in the grilled salmon fillet and squeeze over a lemon before adding the final piece of bin on top!

Recipe courtesy of The Saucy Fish Co.