New Ways to Loaf About

Loaf have just launched 5 new sofa designs, 3 new footstools and a beautiful new bed to their ever-expanding range of covet-able furniture and accessories. They are also introducing 30 beautiful new fabrics (bringing the total offering up to 120!) making it almost impossible not to find something that we simply cannot live without. Or rather, loaf without.

Pudding sofa from -£1,195

Pudding sofa from -£1,195

Dimple large footstool from -£395 

Dimple large footstool from -£395 

Shortbread bed from -£795 

Shortbread bed from -£795 

Scatter cushions from -£25 

Scatter cushions from -£25 

All from the new mid-season collection at Loaf.

Dulux Travels In Colour

Travels in Colour from Dulux is a new paint range providing colour combinations made easy. The range includes three inspiring themes, Day at the Beach, Country Retreat and City Getaway. With each theme consisting of tonal colours, soft neutrals and off-whites that the colour experts at Dulux have designed to go together perfectly in numerous combinations so it's really easy to bring colour into your home with confidence. 

Country Retreat

A heart-warming collection of shades taken from long walks within the countryside. The palette draws inspiration from natural stone, heather fields and berry picking.

City Getaway

A sophisticated colour collection which draws its inspiration from an urban setting. The palette consists of intriguing greys, petrol blues and sleek off-whites.

Day at the Beach

A palette that whisks you away to happy days by the coast filled with sun, sea and sand. Gentle warm and cool neutrals pair beautifully with ice cream inspired shades.

RRP £21.99 for 2.5 litres, matt emulsion.

Mushroom, Goat's Cheese and Pecan Risotto

Extract from What Katie Ate at the Weekend by Katie Quinn Davies - published by Saltyard Books.

I love making risottos - they are superb for dinner parties, as you can par-cook them, then finish off the cooking with the last few ladles of stock just before serving.

© Katie Quinn Davies

© Katie Quinn Davies

20g unsalted butter

400g Swiss brown mushrooms, quartered

1 handful thyme

60g pecans, halved lengthways

1.25 litres vegetable stock

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

400g arborio rice

250ml dry white wine

120g soft goats cheese

80g finely grated parmesan, plus extra to serve (optional)

juice of 1 small lemon

60g rocket leaves, roughly chopped

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

micro herbs (optional), to garnish

Serves 6 - 8

Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and fry for 2 minutes or until just starting to brown, then add the thyme and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 200 C/180 C fan/gas 6 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Scatter the pecans on the prepared tray and roast for 6-7 minutes or until lightly browned, they remove and set aside.

Pour the stock into a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, then cover and keep the stock warm until needed.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan or flameproof casserole over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes or until softened, then add the garlic and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes or until the garlic is lightly golden.

Add the rice and stir to coat, then cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes or until the rice is lightly toasted. Add the wine to deglaze the pan, then simmer for 1 minute.

Reduce the heat to low-medium and add the hot stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring after each addition until the liquid is almost completely absorbed before adding the next. Continue until all the stock has been added and the rice is al dente (it should take around 20 minutes), stirring constantly and ensuring the rice does not dry out (you can add water if you run out of stock).

Add the mushrooms, pecans, goat's cheese, parmesan, lemon juice and rocket and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, then serve with extra parmesan and micro herbs, if using.

At Home With Heidi Maude From at{mine}

Heidi Maude is a Belgian interior and props stylist and founder member of new online interiors community at{mine}, which helps design lovers to discover real interiors from across the globe. Heart Home readers are exclusively invited to sign up now to become part of the at{mine} launch community and receive early access to the inspirational stories, people and brands behind beautiful real interiors today.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Heidi Maude, I’m an interiors stylist and creative consultant working with ad companies, magazines and private clients.  (www.heidimaude.com) Our house is used as a location house for filming and photographic shoots.

2. Where do you live?

We live on the Mapesbury Conservation Area in Willesden Green.

3. Who do you live with?    

My husband Gavin who is an entertainment lawyer, our 2 children Ella-Marie, 14 and Louis, 11, our Birman cat Suba and soon a labrador puppy, so far called Bailey but the verdict is still out on that one…

4. Tell us a little bit about your home.

It’s an Edwardian semi, built in 1910, which we bought in 2010.

5. What made you choose to live here in this property?

We didn’t have much choice I tell you, we bought at the height of the credit crunch, it took us nearly 2 years to find. I saw every North London house for sale between Crouch End and Kensal Rise! It was in a real state and hadn’t received any love since the 80s, but I knew it had good bones and I could make something of it.

6. What improvements have you made? 

Just about everything: new kitchen, new bathrooms, turned the top floor 1 bedroom flat into our master bedroom, new plumbing and radiators, a small extension, new drive and garden design… Quite an extensive refurbishment, all whilst living in it!! I have the nicest, most considerate builders…

7. What’s your favourite room?

My bedroom all the way at the top of the house - 1 floor between me and the rest of the family - I watch Saturday kitchen in the bath, sort out my wardrobe for the rest of the week, generally mooch around basically. Or my prop studio where a quiet session of getting creative with BBC 6 Music on in the background fills my battery right up again…

8. Where do you find inspiration?

Anywhere and everywhere… A lifelong interiors mags addiction, a recently acquired Pinterest obsession which I’m only just recovering from, movies (I’m more interested in the decor than the plot!), there are quite a few excellent interiors books being published at the moment too! I’m planning a major going back to basics cause our house feels too busy, I tend to be inspired by nature when starting new projects.

9. Describe your perfect day spent at home.

My Saturday morning me-time, followed by getting creative with the kids at the kitchen table, or having friends over for lunch, then papers or knitting on the sofa in front of the fire or a couple of episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix, or a good book in bed - any combination of the above really.

Been inspired by what you’ve seen? You can find more lovely images of Heidi’s home over on at{mine}. Don’t forget, Heart Home readers are exclusively invited to sign up now to become part of the at{mine} launch community and receive early access to the inspirational stories, people and brands behind beautiful real interiors today.

 Photography © Rachael Smith

Let There Be Light - A Small, Secluded London Apartment

This lovely, light, London apartment is the latest project from Claire Topham & Co Interior Design. It's a small space, but we love the way it's flooded with light from the windows in the roof and how the pops of colour really jump out of the otherwise muted palette of white and greys.

Daniella Cesarei Photography

Tell us a little bit about your company.

We are an architectural interior design practice working for clients in Sussex and west London. We undertake all aspects of property refurbishment from interior design, planning applications to managing the building works. We use our creative skills to design properties that reflect our clients tastes and needs.

Daniella Cesarei Photography
Daniella Cesarei Photography

Where is this particular project situated?

Fulham, in west London.

Tell us a little bit about the property.

It's an apartment which is an extension, on the back of a typical London town house. Its position gives a lovely secluded feel to the property. The key feature is the great open plan living/kitchen area.

Daniella Cesarei Photography
Daniella Cesarei Photography

Tell us a little bit about your clients.

My client is an Australian lady living and working in the UK for a while this was her first UK purchase. 

What was the client brief?

She wanted to really put her own stamp on it and have us create something unique for her. 

Daniella Cesarei Photography

How big a job was it?

This was a mid-scale project, we retained some existing elements but a lot if items including the kitchen were a full refurbishment.

Daniella Cesarei Photography
Daniella Cesarei Photography

With this project, what are you most proud of?

The open plan living area works really well. The wall of tiles unite the area whilst lighting has been used to define the different zones of the room.

Daniella Cesarei Photography
Daniella Cesarei Photography

What was the client’s reaction to the finished project?

She was thrilled with the outcome and delighted that we were able to take so much of the stress out of the renovation by managing things well.

Daniella Cesarei Photography

What are you working on now?

We're working on a fantastic 4 bedroom regency apartment overlooking the sea in Hove, it needs some TLC and we're looking forward to putting a modern edge whilst retaining its historic charm.

Photographs: Daniella Cesarei

Sanderson HOME Launch The Papavera Collection For Spring 2015

SANDERSON HOME launches the invigorating and refreshing PAPAVERA collection of prints, wallpapers and embroideries.

Papavera 

Papavera 

This vivacious collection presents modern abstract interpretations of natural forms, created using the technique of stencil cuts, chosen by the studio for their engaging simplicity and then combined with dynamic colour combinations to great effect.

Malmo 

Malmo 

Contemporary interpretations of poppies (for which 'papavera' is the Latin) and other floral motifs sit alongside smaller scale geometric patterns to create vibrant family living spaces. Offering easy decorating solutions for every room in the house, the breadth of the collection can be summed up in the diversity of the colour palette; from the nod-to-neon brights, through the contrasting marine and raspberry, to the softer mineral and dove, to mention but a few.

Floral Bazaar 

Floral Bazaar 

PAPAVERA comprises seven prints, nine wallpapers and four exquisite embroideries, which combine hand-block printing and hand-guided embroidery techniques.

Jewel Leaves 

Jewel Leaves 

The range is augmented by three fabulous plains books with scintillating colours and textures to offset the principal collection: PAPAVERA PLAINS, TESSELLA WEAVES and TUSCANY WEAVES

Tessella 

Tessella 

The PAPAVERA collection maintains the affordable price point for which this diffusion line from Sanderson has become known. All prints and wallpapers are produced in the UK.

Papavera from Sanderson HOME starts at £28.00/m, £30.00/roll.

Come into the Garden with Susie Watson Designs

We're going to stick our necks out here, and say that summer has arrived. It's time to move outside and enjoy the garden, roof terrace, balcony, or whatever space you have to call your own that is under the bright blue sky. And to help us out Susie Watson Designs has some perfect, quintessentially English accessories to put us in the mood.

Moonlit Barbecue

Shetland Throws from £84. Hurricane Glass Vase from £30.

Afternoon Tea

Large Mugs, £18. Wooden Trays from £18.50.

Candlelit Dinner

Tablecloths from £35. Cushions from £38.

Handblown Wine Glasses, £29 (set of 4).

Announcing Competition Winner With Betta Living

Over a month ago we hosted a lovely competition with Betta Living asking our readers to create their ideal bedroom. We received some fabulous entires and so we want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who entered, we totally appreciate it! 

It was a very difficult task choosing just one winner as so many entries were fantastic. But after careful consideration we want to say a BIG congratulations to Charley Ward!

We absolutely loved her scandi style bedroom look with a few carefully selected pieces from Betta Living. Charley wanted to create a bedroom  that reflected calm and tranquility and we think her overall look is spot on. For a full feel of her look make sure to check out her pinterest moodboard here.

Granola with Blueberry Compote and Yoghurt

Extract from What Katie Ate at the Weekend by Katie Quinn Davies - published by Saltyard Books.

Homemade granola is one of the easiest things to make. I love to whip up a batch on a Sunday evening and use it throughout the week. The nut, seed and berry mix will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Puffed quinoa and chia seeds are available from health food stores, and light agave nectar (a plant-derived sweetener) can be found at health food stores and gourmet delis.

© Katie Quinn Davies

© Katie Quinn Davies

140g hazelnuts

80g almonds

75g sunflower seeds

50g pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoons light agave nectar

50g dried cranberries

50g dried blueberries

30g guji berries

25g puffed quinoa

2 tablespoons chia seeds

560g natural yoghurt

Blueberry Compote:

250g blueberries

2 tablespoons light agave nectar

2 tablespoons lime juice

Preheat the oven to 200 C/180 C fan/gas 6 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Combine the nuts and seeds in a bowl, then pour over the agave nectar and stir to coat. Spread out evenly on the prepared tray and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and toasted. Remove and set aside to cool completely, then transfer to a large bowl, breaking up any larger pieces. Add the dried berries, quinoa and chia seeds and stir to combine. (Makes about 500g.)

For the blueberry compote, place all the ingredients and 1 tablespoon water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over a high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes or until the berries are soft. Drain the fruit, reserving the liquid and set aside. Simmer the reserved liquid over low heat for 4-5 minutes or until reduced by half. Pour this over the berries and leave to cool.

To serve, divide the compote among the bowls or jars, add a layer of yoghurt and finish with the nut, seed and berry mix.


At Home With Katy Orme From Apartment Apothecary

Katy Orme is the award-winning interior design blogger behind Apartment Apothecary and co-founder of monthly blogging series, Styling the Seasons. Her popular blog showcases creative DIY and craft projects, room makeovers and simple but effective design tips. Katy is also a founder member of new online interiors community at{mine}, which helps design lovers to discover real interiors from across the globe. Heart Home readers are exclusively invited to sign up now to become part of the at{mine} launch community and receive early access to the inspirational stories, people and brands behind beautiful real interiors today.

1.     Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve always been obsessed with interiors, which probably began when I was 11 years old when we moved house and my parents asked if I wanted to decorate my own bedroom. I thought that was the best thing that had ever happened to me and proudly got on with painting the walls peach with sponged pale pink on top - not sure that would be my choice now! From that point onwards I redecorated my bedroom every year and did a bathroom, living room and kitchen makeover for my parents over the years before I went off to university.

I read History at Leeds because I was told and believed art and creative ‘stuff’ would never earn me any money so I ended up training as a secondary school teacher and working in a very tough East End school for ten years. I loved it for many of those years but when the creativity of my job began to be squashed by changing governments I found myself on Pinterest rather than planning lessons and so I began my blog Apartment Apothecary as an outlet for all of the decorating ideas I constantly have in my mind. I blogged for about a year, whilst still working as a teacher, and it soon became clear that I was enjoying blogging far more than being in the classroom so I decided to take the leap and try to make blogging full time a reality.

I have now been blogging about interiors and crafts for just over two years and I absolutely love it. As well as collaborating with great companies and brands on my blog, I also work as a stylist on home tour shoots and write and style for craft magazines. My next project is to work more with clients to do room makeovers, which is my favourite thing to do.

2.     Where do you live?

I am a Londoner and currently live in Bermondsey, at the south end of Tower Bridge, in a new build apartment block. I wish I lived in one of the converted warehouses on the river but you can’t have everything! I have lived in my flat for five years and the area has become such a great place to live as the local Maltby Street market is amazing and Bermondsey street itself is always buzzing. I also love being right next to the river for long weekend walks.

3.     Who do you live with?

I live with my partner, Jules, and our Golden Retriever puppy, Otto. Jules is a web developer and is also starting his own company of shared ownership for sports cars, so he currently works at home, too, but he wishes he didn’t as I constantly pester him for technical help with the blog. Otto is a regular feature on my blog and Instagram feed - the best prop you can get!

4.     Tell us a little bit about your home.

My home is a good sized two bedroom flat. We are really lucky to have floor to ceiling windows in the bedroom and sitting room so it is flooded with light. It is a new build flat, which is not my preference - I would far prefer to be in a Victorian terraced house - but I have tried really hard to inject some personality and character into what is otherwise a soulless white box. I didn’t want to lose any of the space or light so I kept the blank canvas and have added eclectic furniture, vintage finds and soft textiles to make it more of a home, rather than a generic central London flat.

5.     What made you choose to live here in this property?

I chose this flat because of the light and the size of the rooms; I find that being in a dark house makes me miserable so that was a deal breaker for me. When I looked round the flat I was also drawn to the balcony and the fact we are six floors up so we have amazing views across London. Then I was shown the roof terrace and that was my decision made! The terrace has 360 degree views of London and over the river Thames and it is the full foot print of the apartment block. We share it with our neighbours, which is brilliant as it means we have got to know them all and we have parties, BBQ’s and even screen films or big events like the Olympic Opening Ceremony onto one of the walls. We have also formed a little gardening club to try to grow food up on the roof, which is really fun.

6.     What improvements have you made?

The flat was brand new when I moved in so I did nothing to it. When we got Otto a couple of years ago we quickly realised all of the carpets throughout the flat had to go and we didn’t want to invest in a really expensive wooden floor as we weren’t sure how much longer we were going to stay in the flat. Therefore, I got my DIY on and painted the MDF boards underneath the carpet, which has made the flat feel so much brighter and more modern. I also painted all of the internal doors and changed the handles, which has made the space feel much more open and less institutional. I am now hatching plans for a kitchen makeover as I hate the door handles and worktop so watch this space...

7.     What’s your favourite room?

My favourite room is our office, which used to be the spare room before we both began working from home. I wanted this room to be light, bright and motivating as well as functional so I painted the floor white and made a double desk with MDF and trestle legs. I did a cabinet makeover and added pegboard for all of my crafty bits and invested in some String shelving that I love. I placed the desk in the middle of the room as this makes it completely flexible as I can take photos on it from any angle or I can clear it completely (and chuck Jules out for the day) if I need to do pattern cutting for sewing tutorials.

8.     Where do you find inspiration?

I love looking at fellow bloggers’ posts, magazines and Pinterest. I get a huge amount of inspiration from visiting other people’s homes, especially when we shoot home tours for magazines. I come home filled to the brim with house envy and ideas for how to change things up. I also visit some of my favourite high end furniture stores and take note of what I love and come home and try to think of a cheaper alternative or find something similar second hand somewhere.

9.     Describe your perfect day spent at home.

My perfect day spent at home is a Saturday after having been to Maltby Street market in the morning and taken the dog for a walk. We come home laden with cheese, parma ham and bread and a bone for the dog and have lunch on the roof terrace. And the perfect day would not be perfect without an afternoon snooze in my big bed surrounded by magazines and my naughty puppy next me.

Been inspired by what you’ve seen? You can find more lovely images of Katy Orme’s home over on at{mine}. 

Don’t forget, Heart Home readers are exclusively invited to sign up now to become part of the at{mine} launch community and receive early access to the inspirational stories, people and brands behind beautiful real interiors today.

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Photography © Katharine Peachey

An Individual, Modern Family Home

Interior design company, LLI Design have recently completed a total redesign of the ground floor of a newly built (5 year old) detached house in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. Here, they tell us a little bit about themselves and the project.

1.Tell us a little bit about your company.

LLI Design offers a comprehensive design service creating beautifully crafted interiors for discerning clients. Based in their Studios in Highgate, London the creative team is led by Design Director Linda Levene. Her background as a fashion and textile designer is reflected in her love of form, texture and colour.

3.Tell us a little bit about the property.

The family had bought the house new, and over time had come to recognise that it did not fulfil their wishes as to how they wanted to live. The original layout was fairly traditional, with a family / kitchen room at the back of the house looking onto the garden, a separate dining room at the front was seldom used - mainly because it was difficult to access from the kitchen. There were two further reception rooms, one of which, whilst large, was also under used as the layout, lighting and decor combined to make it an uncomfortable space.

4. Tell us a little bit about your clients.

A young professional couple with 2 children.

5. What was the client brief?

The clients wanted a modern look that wasn’t cold and clinical; they wanted their home to be somewhere they could relax and entertain, but at the same time would function as a practical family home.

6. How big a job was it?

The wall between the kitchen and dining room was removed in order to create one large area divided into a family living space, new kitchen and dining area. This approach changed the whole dynamic and truly placed the kitchen at the heart of the home whilst at the same time having the added benefit of flooding the space with natural light from front and rear aspects. One of the reception rooms was redefined as a TV / lounge and the other as a study.

7. Were there any particular problems to be overcome?

The larger reception room was repurposed as a TV / lounge due to it’s lack of natural light. It was important to make this room warm, welcoming and cosy especially as it had been so under used in the past. The palette was kept to oranges, taupes and greys, together with a walnut floor. This progresses harmoniously from the open plan area adjacent to it. A sizeable and comfy L shaped sofa along with an orange accent Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair and a large textured rug were specified. An oversized classic arc lamp finishes the space, along with dramatic artworks that complete the room.

8. With this project, what are you most proud of?

The kitchen was designed to give a real wow factor. A dramatic 3.7m long central island wrapped in statement dove grey frosted glass was installed and under lit with LED strips. The island houses the double sink, with waste disposer, water softener, pop up sockets, induction hob with downdraft extractor and a breakfast bar at one end. An impressive bank of tall units sits against the back wall with 2 ovens, microwave, steam oven and a large wine fridge. At one end there are pocket doors that fold back to reveal, toaster, mixer and all paraphernalia that usually clutter the worktop. This can be closed when not required, keeping the look sleek and visually pure.

9. Anything else that makes this project stand out?

In the family area, furnishings were kept simple but with strong styling lines, a bright red retro styled sofa with chaise end and a rug together with a statement Flos spun floor lamp and bright artworks, warm up the area. A limited palette of greys, creams, blacks and reds added drama to the space.

In the dining area the Flos spun floor lamp was repeated and a honed granite table with upholstered slimline dining chairs were specified to inject texture and as a contrast to the block of Flos Fuschia glass hanging ceiling lights above.

10. What are you working on now?

Recent projects include the interior design and modernisation of properties in Hampstead, Fulham and Highgate including a 10,000 sq ft victorian residence, a 12,000 sq ft new build home and the co-joining and re-planning of two apartments to provide a single luxury penthouse.

For further information :  http://llidesign.co.uk/

Styling / Photography :  LLI Design / Alex Maguire Photography 

New Homeware Launches By Magpie

Based in London, Magpie has focussed on ranges with a distinctly British edge, nostalgically evoking childhood trips to the seaside, tea time with the grandparents, camping trips to the woods and an unwavering love for the flora and fauna found within the British Isles. Collaborating with numerous artists, both upcoming and established, Magpie, like its feathered namesake, is an inveterate gatherer and hoarder who is fast becoming a familiar part of the retail landscape.

Here is a look at some of the new collections this spring...

Ahoy! is the new nautical inspired collection of mix and match tableware, kitchenware.

Distinctly mid-century in style, Ahoy! features a host of charming marine characters and graphic maritime motifs illustrated in a beautiful palette of blues, seagreen and white. From Whale, Lobster and Fish to Sailboat, Anchor and Lighthouse, these wonderful seafaring designs are not only a delightful teatime treat; they can be proudly displayed on open shelves and cabinets to add colour and style to your space. So drop anchor, hoist the mainbrace and catch a glimpse of this decorative range.

Roots & Shoots is a gorgeous new garden collection. Featuring a wonderful array of quirky retro A-Z seed packet graphics, the collection includes a host of items that green-fingered folk will adore. These practical pieces with their nostalgic charm, will keep potting sheds beautifully coordinated and efficiently organised. So whether you’re a dabbler or dab hand there will be more time to spend outside on planting, pruning and smelling the roses.

Coast is a charming new collection of mix and match tableware and home accessories. A collaboration with Sussex based artist, Mark Greco, Coast takes its influence from Britain’s impressive 19,500 mile coastline, and the magnificent variety of seabirds that inhabit its rugged shores. Beautifully illustrated in a muted palette of natural shoreline shades, the collection is made up of four avian characters, Puffin, Sandpiper, Oystercatcher and Common Tern, each perching, feeding or flying within their aquatic habitats. These simple works of art are a celebration of British coastal wildlife and would make a joyous addition to any nest.

Stockist: http://www.magpieline.com

Feta Crostini with Courgette and Prosciutto

Extract from What Katie Ate at the Weekend by Katie Quinn Davies - published by Saltyard Books.

Use a baguette or other light bread for these - not a sourdough as it will be too heavy. I use a mandoline to thinly slice the courgette: it's a great tool in the kitchen. Remember to cut the prosciutto into bite-sized pieces so they're not too messy to eat.

© Katie Quinn Davies

© Katie Quinn Davies

I large courgette, very finely sliced with a mandoline

finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus extra juice for cooking, and rest to serve

2 tablespoons olive oil

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

60g frozen baby peas

1/2 crusty baguette, cut into 12 x 1.5 cm thick slices on the diagonal

1 clove garlic, halved

250g marinated feta, drained

1 handful mint, finely chopped, plus extra leaves to serve

6 thin slices prosciutto, cut into bite-sized pieces

extra virgin olive oil, to serve

Makes 12

Combine the courgette, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon oil in a bowl. Season and set aside for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, blanch the peas in boiling water with a squeeze of lemon juice added for 30 seconds, then drain and set aside.

Heat a chargrill pan over a medium-high heat. Brush the bread on both sides with the remaining oil, then grill for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden and charred. Rub the bread on one side with the cut-side of the garlic, then set aside.

Drain the courgette, reserving the marinade, and place on the hot grill for 1 minute each side or until tender and lightly charred.

Add the feta, lemon zest and mint to the reserved marinade, season well and combine to a smooth paste. Spread the paste onto the bread slices, and top with prosciutto, courgette and peas. Garnish with extra lemon zest and mint leaves, then drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil, season and serve.

DUST - Dublin's coolest Interiors Store Launches Their Online Shop

Friends Sarah Drumm and Lisa Marconi have been taking Dublin by storm since they opened their first pop up shop called DUST in the basement of Lisa’s period home last October.  Another pop up followed before they found a space to open permanently in March 2015.  After settling into their new space, they have now launched their online shop and new website, DUST. Which means we can finally get our hands on their lovely products

A pretty selection of Juju Hats.

A pretty selection of Juju Hats.

They stock a carefully sourced selection of statement pieces and unusual finds from Ireland and around the world.  Colourful concrete planters full of succulents by Dublin designers Ail+El sit alongside collections by Abigail Ahern and Jonathan Adler.  Missoni and House of Hackney fabrics nestle amongst limited edition napkins created by Irish fashion label, We are Islanders.

We are Islanders napkin set of 4

We are Islanders napkin set of 4

They’re in the process of building up a collection of Irish artists and photographers that fit with their edgy take on interiors.  The work of award-winning Irish photographer Gillian Hyland is the first to feature in the shop, with collaborations with more Irish artists in the pipeline.

Gillian Hyland 'look away'

Gillian Hyland 'look away'

Dust is all about encouraging you to be bold, and their range of wallpapers certainly does that. The stylish collection includes the books for House of Hackney, Studio Job, NLXL Lab, Brooklyn Tins by Merci, Beware the Moon, Kristjana S Williams and Coordonné.

Missoni Gold Bubble Pendant

Missoni Gold Bubble Pendant

Missoni

Missoni

Make sure to visit DUST.

City Guide: Zurich - The Little Big City on the Shores of Lake Zurich

Zurich is rapidly earning a reputation as one of Europe’s hippest destinations. The largest city in Switzerland with about 400,000 inhabitants, it is perfectly positioned on the Lake of Zurich with the well preserved medieval ‘old town’ aligned along the Limmat river. One of my favourite views is down the river towards the lake where you can spot the mountains on the horizon. Early summer is the best time to visit as the city kicks off it’s shoes and relaxes with an urban beach vibe along its river-side bars and cafes.

Zurich Old Town, River and Lake © Zurich Tourism 

Zurich Old Town, River and Lake © Zurich Tourism 

Though a relatively small city, it is an ideal weekend destination for design-lovers offering an array of new and old museums, galleries, shops and restaurants all easily accessible on foot or via a super efficient train network.

One area of the city that has been completely transformed and rejuvenated in the last few years is a former industrial area in the western part of the city; “Zuri West”. Originally the home of Zurich’s ship-building past it had a rather salubrious reputation but now the empty factories have been taken over as a creative quarter and the area is full of quirky independent shops, boutique hotels and the newly opened design museum and art school. It is also home to the highest sky scraper in Switzerland: the “Prime Tower” designer by Gigon/Guyer Architects.

Prime Tower © Nikki Kreis

Prime Tower © Nikki Kreis

VISIT
A must for all design aficionados, the newly relocated Design Museum (Museum für Gestaltung), is Switzerland's leading design and visual communications museum. A former dairy factory, located in “Zuri West” it has been converted into a centre for design and education, called “Toni-Areal”, named after the dairy products produced here once. The collection is devoted to the design of twentieth-century massproduced objects, and the philosophy they reflect. The focus is on a broad representation of Swiss design, juxtaposed with reference objects of international provenance. They also have a great little shop to pick up some design classics!

Edition Populaire 

Edition Populaire 

SHOP
If you want cool, cutting edge design shops then head to the area around Geroldstrasse, again in “Zuri West”. Here you will find the beautifully curated design shop Edition Populaire run by Aleli Leal. It is full of the kind of small but perfectly designed home accessories that I can’t resist including stationery and fashion accessories all from independent manufacturers.

Just down the road, you will find the flagship store of the Freitag bags created by brothers Markus and Daniel Freitag in 1993. The now classic bags and wallets are made from recycled lorry tarpaulins. The store is housed in rusty, recycled freight-containers with Zurich’s first “bonsai-skyscraper’ made of 8 stacked containers that you can climb up for a great view.

Freitag shop © Nikki Kreis

Freitag shop © Nikki Kreis

A fabulous place for an atmospheric stroll and further exploration of Zurich’s gritty post-industrial scene is the Viadukt area, just a 10 minute walk from the Freitag shop. The area consists of more than 30 shops and a market hall nestled under the arches of a railway viaduct built in the 19th century. The emphasis is on small and trendy fashion labels rather than the big luxury brands, as well as design studios and concept stores.

© Zürich Tourism / Martin Rütschi

© Zürich Tourism / Martin Rütschi

EAT & DRINK
Currently a favourite of mine is the recently opened AuGust Restaurant in the old part of the city on a cobblestone street in the financial centre of the city. It has a bistro interior designed by Swiss architect Tilla Theus, who also designed the adjoining Widder hotel. They serve traditional Swiss fare with a strong focus on meat: a large selection of typical Swiss sausages, terrines, carpaccio, cold cuts are on offer.

AuGust Restaurant  ©Luca Zanier

AuGust Restaurant  ©Luca Zanier

A place for a drink at any time of the day and night and to get a taste of traditional Zurich is the classic Odeon bar in the centre of the city. Dating back to 1911, it has an Art Nouveau interior with marble clad walls and counts among its patrons: James Joyce, Albert Einstein, Lenin, Trotsky and many more. The colourful history of the Café ODEON reveals all the political and economic turmoil of the last nine decades. Here, politics were discussed and artistic movements founded, people from all different nationalities, cultures and religions sought refuge or distraction from every day life.

© Zürich Tourism / Bruno Macor 

© Zürich Tourism / Bruno Macor 

SLEEP
For friends who visit Zurich I recommend the 25 hours hotel, which is just next to the newly opened Design Museum within “Zuri West”. The hotel is very much in touch with its surroundings and combines works by the Zurich-based designer Alfredo Häberli. It has a lively mixture of vibrant colours, contemporary design and a homely atmosphere and is reasonably priced!

RELAX
A fabulous space to relax after a day walking the city is the Thermalbad Spa housed in a converted beer brewery. The original 100 year old vaulted ceilings which were part of an irish-roman bath, house various pools filed with hot thermal water. The best part though is the roof-top pool from where you have a great view over Zurich’s skyline.

Thermalbad Spa, Zurich

Thermalbad Spa, Zurich

Zurich is a city with a dual-personality, it’s traditional old town and banking district contrasting vividly with the gritty and alternative industrial western parts of the city. Perhaps it is no surprise then that this city of contradictions is also home to Europe’s largest techno-parade - the Summer Parade is in August when the city becomes a magnet for all those supporting freedom of expression, it is the one day when the city really lets off steam.

About the author.

Nikki Kreis is a London-based product designer and founder of Kreisdesign. Originally from Switzerland, she trained as an interior architect at the Ecole d’Architecture Athenaeum Lausanne and has since worked as an architect and furniture designer all over the world.  In 2012 she set up her own design studio in London and launched her range of Plywood home accessories at Design Junction in 2014 and her new range of Plywood Peg-it-all pegboards came out this year. Her range can be viewed at: www.kreisdesign.com

The Well-Travelled Home With Cherry Pie

Filled with exotic finds and unusual objects designer Caroline Goss’s house reflects her love of travel and adventure

Most of us pick up souvenirs when we travel: a swathe of embroidered fabric, a pot handcrafted in a remote pottery. But when designer Caroline Goss goes abroad she doesn’t just snaffle up the odd memento. For her, every foreign foray is a chance to gather up ideas, inspiration and unusual pieces for her London home. Moroccan basins, Spanish sculpture, Bollywood posters: colours, textures and designs gathered on global travels have transformed this basement flat, in West London, from a nondescript warren to an exotic and other-worldly home.

Caroline and her three daughters lived in the flat for a year before rolling up their shirtsleeves to transform the space which she says, with a sigh, ‘was classic developer – all fawn and magnolia.’ We step in to the sitting room, where Moroccan lights sprinkle pin pricks of light over a coffee table fashioned from an old Indian door. There is a sculpture of a bull from Spain and a rug by the New York designer Madeleine Weintraub underfoot. Overhead, light floods in through a skylight: one of the key structural changes Caroline made to the flat alongside opening up the kitchen so that it flows into the sitting room and dining space, also cleverly illuminated by a mirrored wall.

Since she first went on safari with her father as a teenager Caroline has been an inveterate traveller; backpacking in the Far East, road tripping in the Mid West, meditating with Yogis in India.  All these experiences inspire her work as both interior designer and owner of Cherry Pie, a homeware company specialising in aprons and kitchen wear with a flirty, Fifties feel: ‘The inspiration came from fabric that I found in Mexico. I wanted to create something fun and sexy; so many home products are dreary and lack style. I like the idea that you can sit down to dinner in one of our aprons and still look great.’

Caroline also spent 20 years living in a remote village in south west France: ‘The house had one fireplace and we huddled together in a four poster for warmth when we first arrived. But the experience has taught me I can happily live anywhere,’ says Caroline, who used her doughty DIY skills to transform every room in the house; mixing cement and hanging the Osborne & Little wallpaper in the bedroom.   In one of her daughter’s bedrooms, a metal bed is painted a pastel pink while a pretty free-standing bath has been similarly transformed.  Indian handles adorn once-lacklustre chests of drawers and heirloom cupboards. The hallway gleams with a wooden floor, a charming two-seater sofa and mirror, fashioned from an old Russian window frame.  The cash ran out for a new kitchen so instead, Caroline swapped boring white tiles for colourful ones and installed handles fashioned from old cutlery.

More travellers’ tales await in Caroline’s bathroom which evokes the feel of a Moroccan riad with its turquoise walls, polished concrete floor and shining nickel basin. The shower screen (cut from durable Wedge board) features a cut out arch inspired by Moorish architecture.  Like everything else here it is exotic, different and the defiant opposite of dull.

Cherry Pie Couture, 077 885 63206, cherrypiecouture.com.

Article written by Serena Fokschaner taken from Autumn Issue 2013 of Heart Home magazine.  Photography by Emma Lewis. 

Maker Spaces by Emily Quinton - An Extract

Interior Stylist and felt artist Inge Cremer lives and works in the Netherlands in the town of Gorinchem with her husband and son. Their beautiful old 1890's house, with its high ceilings and gorgeous wooden floors, is located right in the centre of the town. This house, which they have lovingly restored inside and out, is an enchanting combination of the old and new, and has a wonderfully welcoming and warm atmosphere. It is stylishly and beautifully designed, while simultaneously managing to feel comfortable and lived in.

Inge Cremer

Inge and her husband put in this modern , practical kitchen when they moved into the house, but the flashes of colour are thanks to Inge. The ceiling windows make it a really light an bright space.

Inge Cremer

Inge, her husband and her son always have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the kitchen table when it is just them. They have a plan to make a big, high table in here to work on, which will be 'cooking heaven' for her husband, says Inge.

Inge Cremer

One of Inge's beautifully felted wall hangings is proudly displayed in the dining room. This is a wide room with high ceilings, so the large wicker light shade and long table work really well. 'We like to socialize with our friends in this room because of the view over the back garden, which we love so much,' says Inge.

Inge Cremer

A large wooden chandelier with dangling pompoms and pretty feathers hangs from the living room ceiling. Inge has lots of fun with this chandelier and regularly makes new things to change the display throughout the year.

Inge Cremer

Inge has designed her bedroom to be her calm, relaxing sanctuary. 'In the bedroom I need some rest, so there is no laptop, phone or television. In the morning, the sun comes into the room, and in the springtime, you can hear the birds singing,' she says thoughtfully.

Inge Cremer

Inge painted the floor blue-green because she wanted a recognizable style. 'When I'm in my studio, I am me, myself and I,' explains Inge.

Extracted from Maker Spaces by Emily Quinton, photography by Helen Cathcart, published by Ryland Peters & Small rrp £19.99. 

Holly's House New Collection

We are beyond excited to share with you Holly's House second collection! Designed by Holly's House the new collection is crammed with must have pieces that will fill your home with bright, fresh colours and awesome prints. Cacti are a strong theme running throughout their collection with Cactus prints adorning their cushions and table mats. 

An Aztec vibe also runs throughout the whole of the collection with chunky prints outlining their fabulous textiles. The colours are bright and inviting and have a total sense of summer and sunshine. This collection is the perfect addition for homes in the approaching warmer months. Mexico has been a clear inspiration of this collection with the bold colours and the cactus prints. 

There are always many new items arriving in the shop every day so if you are in the neighbourhood you should definitely pay a visit to their gorgeous shop. There's plenty of new small statement pieces in stock, like their cactus vases which come in three different sizes and their marbled votives that are available in grey and green in addition to an array of new products.

  Holly's House is situated in 283 New Kings Road, London.

 

Holly's House is situated in 283 New Kings Road, London.

11 Ways to Change the Way You Feel at Home

Is your home the calm and peaceful retreat you want it to be? Or is the clutter slowly taking over? If you want to revamp your home this summer, we’ve put together 11 straightforward interior design tips to change the way you feel about the place you live…

1. The Remorseless Clear Out

If your previous attempts at clearing your home have been compromised by emotional connections to your knick-knacks and keepsakes, it’s time to shake things up. A strong-willed clear out will increase the sense of space in your house and – trust us on this – make you feel a whole world calmer.

A picture of serenity

A picture of serenity

2. Organise to the Nth Degree

An organisational system can help you keep the home cleaner and more attractive for longer – reducing the risk that the home will immediately fall back into disrepair. Stress the importance of the system to everyone who lives in the home, so they don’t compromise the system.

FADS.co.uk has put together this infographic which shows how a good spring clean can make you happier at home.

3. Add a Touch of Nature

As well as being lovely to look at, indoor plants can also make breathing easier. The Dutch Product Board for Horticulture also found that adding plant life indoors can decrease fatigues, colds, headaches, sore throats and flu-like symptoms.  

4. Give Woods a New Lease of Life        

Cared-for wood can add a touch of class and sophistication to a home, whereas tired and worn wooden surfaces can badly age the property. If the woods in your home fall into the latter group – this guide from Dulux explains how to strengthen woods and bring them back to their best appearance.

Additionally, this is an opportunity to uniform all the woods in the home to create an attractive flow if your wooden fittings and fixtures are currently slightly mismatched.

5. Personalise the Home

Adding personal effects and pieces which evoke happy emotions and memories can make the home instantly more welcoming. Bring pieces from holidays or gifts from friends out into the open and enjoy the memories and relationships they represent.

6. Increase the Natural Light

Whilst extending the size of the windows in the home may be more than a one day job – it is possible to increase the volume of light which enters into the rooms. Careful positioning of mirrors within the home can spread the volume of natural light throughout the rooms during planned parts of the day.

7. Add a Living Room Feature Piece

If the décor of your living room is a little too bland and careful for your liking – the addition of a feature piece could really liven the room up. This can come in the form of an eccentric armchair or eclectic painting – adding extra interest to the room.

8. Invite Conversation

Like a sociable Feng Shui expert, create a living space which invites conversation and interaction between you and your visitors. Re-organise the living room so the main and sole focus is no longer a television set by directing seating options towards one another – promoting the art of conversation in the place of gormlessly staring at Britain’s Got Talent for another night.

Woman holding paint roller on ladder

9. Get to Grips with Colour Psychology

Different colours are recognised as evoking different emotional responses – making it important to choose carefully when picking out a colour scheme for rooms in the home. The Psychological Properties of Colours theory by Colour Affects explores the different emotions evoked by various colours – making it easier for you to pick your perfect colour scheme.

10. Open up Living Spaces

If the social spaces of the home such as the living room and the kitchen feel a little cramped, it is possible to open these up by removing doors from their hinges. A more open plan social space in the home can remove feelings of claustrophobia – as long as you have a suitable place to store the doors when they are off the hinges.

11. Repurpose Old Items

Repurposing old items such as neglected necklaces as curtain tiebacks can give you an enormous sense of wellbeing as you have successfully breathed new life into an item which may have seemed as though its days were numbered.