Lassen AW17 Collection

Introducing this season the new Lassen AW17 Collection. Consisting a complete hallway setup, with a new bench, a shoe cabinet and a small range of products designed to supplement their existing Frame modules.

In addition, we proudly present a new Kubus in a burnished Copper, which was the first original material Kubus was made in by Mogens Lassen back in the 1960s.

Dusty and deep tones of nature’s own colours are the inspiration for this seasons colour palette. Our Mingle sofa and The Tired Man armchair, we now introduce in an elegant plum colour together with My Own Chair in a classic and timeless Grey-green, which give the furniture new life. In the same colour palette, we are launching the Flow cushions in a new textile and 4 new beautiful autumn colours.

Roasted Cod with Tomato and Thyme Dressing

We make no excuses for sharing another tasty fish dish. After all it's packed full of goodness, low in fat, and quick to prepare. And did you know that North Sea Cod has o-fish-ally been MSC certified? Meaning you can now buy your local cod in confidence. Just another reason to choose fish.

Serve with a summer bean salad.

Serves 2

Serves 2

Ingredients:

-        x2 cod fillets

-        ½ red onion

-        1 tin of chopped tomatoes

-        1 tbsp soy sauce

-        1 tbsp caster sugar

-        1 sprig of thyme

-        A splash of olive oil

-        Sprinkle of sea salt and cracked black pepper

Method:

1)     Season the raw cod fillets with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, then simply place on baking tray and pop in a pre-heated oven at 180C, for around 15 minutes

2)     Finely dice the onion before frying off in some olive oil. Sprinkle with caster sugar and wait a minute for it to caramelise (and smell fin-tastic)

3)     Add the tomatoes and soy sauce to the pan and sprinkle with thyme before mixing everything together, leaving to cook for two minutes

4)     Remove the cod from the oven and cover in the warm tomato and thyme dressing. Then all that’s left to do is to serve up with your favourite summer salad – we recommend a butterbean and olive medley for a fresh, Mediterranean twist

Recipe courtesy of The Saucy Fish Co. – now available in the freezer aisle. Visit shop.thesaucyfishco.com for more information and to buy online

Glynde Place In East Sussex Wins Historic Houses Association/Sotheby's Restoration Award

Glynde Place in East Sussex has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Historic Houses Association (HHA) Restoration Award, sponsored by Sotheby’s.

The Restoration Award recognises and celebrates the work being undertaken by Members of the HHA throughout the United Kingdom. These projects reflect the dedication of owners to the care and sympathetic restoration of the incredible buildings that they own, inhabit and share with the public.

Owned by the same family since it was built in 1569, Grade I listed Glynde Place is today the family home of Francis and Caroline Brand (Lord and Lady Hampden) and their three children. The house sits at the heart of a modern estate which offers residential and commercial properties as well as weddings and concerts.

The building has developed with each generation, however upon inheriting the house the family were met with the stark reality of a large house divided into distinct areas, some of which were neglected, damp and unsuitable for use a family home. The Brands set out to restore this beautiful Elizabethan mansion to its former glory as a lived-in home, to conserve the historic fabric, integrate modern services, and create an event and visitor area.

A specialist team created a new entrance hall, now full of family photos and evidence of everyday life, with a “Great Door” that sits behind the original medieval oak door which was repaired and retained.

Two unstable curved window bays, which on occasion sent glass crashing to the ground, were rebuilt. Structural repairs were undertaken and damaged Elizabethan stained glass was sent to a specialist conservator. Additionally, the Gallery ceiling was restored to its former glory using original materials and traditional methods.

As well as preventing this house from falling into further disrepair, creating a homely environment for the family, and enabling the general public to experience and use the space, the project has led to numerous opportunities for study by scholars and apprentices.

*IKEA Hack* Rose Gold Vittsjö Shelving

If you're looking for some high-end metallic and glass shelving at a low-end price, look no further. With some simple flat-pack building skills and a can of paint you can go from mass-produced to bespoke in no time at all. Shimmering metallic tones give this shelving an expensive looking edge, but if silver isn’t your thing and you’re ready to go beyond gold, why not opt for a trend-setting millennial pink hue?

No one will ever guess where you got this pretty little number after this quick and easy DIY…

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Rust-Oleum Rose Gold Metallic

Rust-Oleum Surface Primer

IKEA Vittsjö Shelving

Clean cloth or sponge

DIRECTIONS: 

1. Assemble the Ikea Vittsjö shelving, leaving the glass top to one side.

2. Move the metal frame out to a well-ventilated space and place on top of a large dustsheet or some old newspapers. You may want to cover the surrounding area with additional dust sheets/ newspaper to protect from spray mist.

3. Wipe the frame with a clean with a damp sponge or cloth and allow this to dry before proceeding to the next step.

4. Holding the can approximately 30cm away from the metal frame. Apply up two coats of Rust-Oleum Surface Primer, leaving at least four hours in between each coat.

5. Take your can of Rust-Oleum Rose Gold Metallic and shake thoroughly. Hold the can approximately 30cm from the surface of the frame and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping with each stroke. For best results whilst spraying keep the can the same distance from the surface and keep the can in motion. Apply several light coats a few minutes apart.

6. Leave to dry in a well ventilated place for 24 hours.

7. Place the glass top on the finished frame and admire your brand-new expensive shelving.

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

Rust-Oleum Surface Primer, 400ml, £9.49, B&Q

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Alternative Friday Lates At Dulwich Picture Gallery This Autumn

Dulwich Picture Gallery will host a new season of themed Lates on the first Friday of the month throughout Autumn. Following a string of sold-out summer Lates in the Gallery's Pavilion, this new and ambitious series will bring visitors up close and personal with the Permanent Collection through immersive activities, talks and workshops and feature exciting collaborations with creatives and performers, including AVM Curiosities and Wild Life Drawing

The Female of the Species

1 September, 6-10pm

The series kicks off with a night celebrating deadly females, dangerous women and queen bees. Taking inspiration from Cristofano Allori’s powerful portrait, Judith, visitors can discover the unsung ‘sheroes’ of time gone by with feminist art project, Herstory and draw Mother Nature’s matriarchs with live animal drawing from Wild Life Drawing.

Female of the Species, Judith

Female of the Species, Judith

Feast

6 October, 6-10pm

A multi-sensory evening inspired by Antonio de Pereda’s Two Figures at a Kitchen Table, a 17th century masterpiece filled with exquisite details. Visitors can make their own edible masterpiece, interact with a feasting-inspired installation and take part in a smelling and tasting tour of the collection with AVM Curiosities.

Feast Pereda

Feast Pereda

Death: A Portrait

3 November, 6-10pm

The ultimate Halloween Late which will explore our complex and contradictory attitudes to death through the paintings in Dulwich Picture Gallery's collection and its mausoleum where the Gallery's founders are buried. The line-up will include talks and tours, death cafés, memento mori workshops and macabre salons.

The New Autumn Collection from Abigail Ahern at Debenhams

Abigail Ahern, celebrated interior designer, stylist and author, is one of our favourite designers and one of the most exciting Designers at Debenhams. We look forward to her new launches every season and this Autumn sees one of her best. The Autumn Winter collection is full of unique accessories and stunning pendant lights, striking photo frames and mirrors, and her now famous animal lamps, it's all there. Adding a splash of personality and an eclectic bohemian vibe to your home has never been easier.

Chandelier £220, Lamp £95, Vase £38, Lantern £30, Cushions £45, Planter £16, Rug £360, Table £80, Bench £420

1. String and Bead Cream Easyfit Shade, £80

2. Metallic Cylindrical Vase, £38

3. Cobra Lamp, £95

4. Goldenball Cactus (large), £98

5. Cushion, £45

6. Gold Large Pineapple Lantern, £22

7. Cushion, £45

8. Bead Chandelier, £150

All from Debenhams

Arthur Hooper's Restaurant & Bar Debuts A New Weekend Brunch Menu

Overlooking London’s historic Borough Market, Arthur Hooper’s restaurant and bar has launched a new weekend brunch menu.

Victorian Arthur Hooper was a charming fruit salesman, who once occupied 8 Stoney Street. Recently derelict, the building’s historical ties to food and the local community have been lovingly restored.

Chef Lale Oztek’s selection of European plates are inspired by fresh nutritious ingredients and flavours. The delicious weekend brunch menu features toasted homemade brioche with Cornish clotted cream and a morello cherry jam, baked egg on an aubergine parmigiana, pure sizzling pork sausages and a delicate hot smoked salmon pate with poached eggs and sourdough toast.

All of Arthur Hooper’s ingredients are sourced from the local market and London based suppliers including Cannon & Cannon, Bread Ahead and Androuet. Seasonal specials will also be made available throughout the year.

"We're thrilled to introduce a delicious brunch menu and cocktails, that add to the relaxed weekend buzz of Borough Market. We hope to please breakfast lovers who want seasonality, fresh produce and fine wines.” Chef Lale Oztek

A DESIGNER INTERIOR & OUTDOOR TERRACE

The 51-seater restaurant has been designed and exclusively handcrafted by Buster + Punch. Featuring a rough jewel box interior, the design draws inspiration from historic city markets and cobbled city streets. Finishing touches include crafted steel caged light fittings, a custom hexagonal concrete floor and artworks by acclaimed artists Matt Small and Dan Hillier.

The outdoor terrace area allows guests to enjoy dining on the newly pedestrianised Stoney Street. Here guests can watch people go by and catch all the daily action from Borough Market traders.

JUST LAUNCHED - THE ‘FRUIT & VEG’ PRIVATE DINING ROOM

With stunning views overlooking Borough Market, this secret space on the first floor of the restaurant, makes for an exceptional room to host special occasions, events or corporate engagements. For unique experiences, the team can arrange private wine tastings and foodie events.

Arthur Hooper’s, 8 Stoney Street, London, SE1 9AA. Telephone: 0207 940 0169 Email: hello@arthurhoopers.co.uk  OPENING TIMES: Monday - Saturday: 11am- 11pm, Sunday: 11am - 5pm

The Haverland SmartWave Electric Radiator – The Intelligent and Attractive Heating Choice

When it comes to your home, there are few things more comforting than settling down after a hard day’s work into a warm, cosy, and soothing atmosphere. At Electric Radiators Direct, we think the hustle and bustle of the day should be left behind the moment you close your front door and relax into your sofa. In an ideal world, wouldn’t it be great to head home safe in the knowledge that your heating is automatically warming your house to cosy perfection, allowing you to slip off the woes of the day and sink into your personal retreat in comfort without having to lift so much as a finger. Well, now you can do just that and a whole lot more…

The Haverland SmartWave is one of our most intuitive, stylish, and luxurious electric radiators and has a wealth of features that transform an icy, heartless house into a delightful and inviting home. The SmartWave is a WiFi controllable, super-intelligent, super-efficient heating solution that can ‘learn’ your daily schedule and programme your heating for you. You don’t need to do a thing! The SmartWave uses a built-in infrared sensor to monitor activity around the unit to build up a picture of your daily movements around your home. Initially, the SmartWave will simply heat whenever it senses movement. However, once it’s learnt your routine, it will program itself accordingly, seamlessly integrating itself into your everyday life. The radiator will update its schedule each week ensuring it matches your movements and doesn’t waste energy when it’s not needed.

Don’t worry – nobody’s lives are strictly routine and the SmartWave understands this. Using its motion sensor, it will detect if you unexpectedly leave and will stop heating whilst you’re not there. Need to pop out for lunch one afternoon? No problem, the radiator will sense you’re not there and shut down accordingly. Come home early one evening? No worries, the SmartWave will automatically switch on when it knows you’re back so you’re soon cocooned in warmth and cosiness.

Compatible with the Haverland SmartBox, the SmartWave can be controlled by your home’s internet connection - opening a whole new level of customisable and intelligent heater management. Download the app and take control of your heating wherever you are! In town, at work, in the car, wherever you can get a connection you can minutely adjust your heating and know that you’re in complete control. The SmartBox can take charge of up to 32 SmartWave radiators across multiple homes – making you the boss of your own heating and putting you directly in charge of their efficiency. With the SmartBox, you are the ultimate master of your heating; without it, your SmartWave is limited to its own intuitive programming. Either way, we know you won’t be disappointed.

As well as the radiator’s super-smart programming, the SmartWave has been designed to exude contemporary style and fits right in with most household aesthetics. The elegant curved design is unobtrusive, slimline, and deliciously sleek – bringing a sense of the 21st century to a traditionally cumbersome and unsightly utility. With a depth of just 75mm, the SmartWave can be easily wall-mounted and doesn’t intrude upon any smooth or clean lines you may have already created in your home décor. The DIY installation couldn’t be easier either and all that’s needed for set-up is to drill a few holes and to find a plug socket as the SmartWave is designed to blend effortlessly into your home.

Visit our website to find the SmartWave and to browse our extensive range of electric heating.

Barbecue Salmon Couscous Parcels

If, like us, you are still trying to make the most of the garden this summer - these easy, fresh, and mouth-watering salmon parcels are an ideal way of getting the family to branch out from traditional sausages and burgers at the next barbecue. 

Serves 4 - Cooking time 20 minutes

Serves 4 - Cooking time 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
Kitchen Foil
4 small skinless salmon fillets
160g couscous
320ml chicken stock
Juice ½ lemon
40ml extra virgin olive oil
80g cherry tomatoes halved

Dressing:
30ml olive oil
Juice ½ lemon
1 tsp honey
50g cherry tomatoes chopped
½ clove garlic crushed
1 heaped tbsp. capers
2 tbsp. fresh basil chopped
50g olives chopped

METHOD:
1. Place the couscous in a bowl and pour over the boiling stock. Cover with Cling Film and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
2. Fork through the couscous to separate the grains, then stir through chopped parsley, lemon juice, olive oil and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper then set to one side.
3. Lay a sheet of Kitchen Foil measuring approx. 50cm long onto your work surface, then on one side top with a quarter portion of couscous, place on the salmon fillet, and drizzle with some oil.
4. Fold the other half of the foil over the salmon, crimping the edges and pressing tightly to form a seal. Just before you finish the crimp, pour in a small splash of water then twist to seal.
5. Place over indirect heat on the BBQ, close the lid and cook for 12-14 minutes. The BBQ temperature inside should be around 150oc.
6. Meanwhile whisk together the dressing in a bowl, ready to top the salmon when cooked. 
7. Then bring the parcels to the table, tear open and spoon the dressing over the salmon.
Enjoy!

Recipe by TV chef Dean Edwards for Bacofoil The Original Kitchen Foil.

Heal's Celebrates British Designers With Top Styling Talent

Iconic British brand Heal’s has partnered with two very different interiors experts to produce two unique window installations at their Westbourne Grove store. Using only pieces from Heals’ roster of past, present and future UK design icons, their creative partners have re-created their ideal ‘home from home’ within the Heal’s store. 

Both installations, created by interiors journalist and writer Kate Watson-Smyth and interiors stylist Tiffany Grant-Riley, showcase two very different styles in two very different rooms. For Kate, a self-confessed ‘monochrome maximalist’, it was all about creating a relaxed living space complete with opulent fabrics, while Tiffany re-made her personal workspace in imitable Scandi style. 

Both women were passionate that their installations should reflect both the breadth of twentieth century British design, and the actual interior of a working home. ‘There’s definitely a correlation between what’s happening in the world and trends,’ says Kate. ‘I think we’ll continue to see that urge to nest – lots of cosy textures and warm colours. So it was important to be honest about my space, who might live in it and who was going to use it. I wanted there to be the sense that you could come up and sit in the window at Heal’s, or as if whoever lived there had just got up for a second to go into another room.’ 

Tiffany agrees: ‘I think British design is all about being inventive and a bit rebellious. The British are great at adjusting but also keeping one eye on tradition – it’s not afraid to make a point, but also about creating a safe space, making it the perfect foil for today’s world. Minimalism is becoming more of a lifestyle choice for Brits, rather than a colour palette. We’ll be seeing more colour and more storage – reducing the clutter to give you more physical and mental space to cope!’ 

The installations were styled live on 27th August, with selected media contacts and friends of Heal’s coming to watch the rooms take shape before their eyes, while the public could also come along and ‘try out’ the room sets as part of Heal’s’ new campaign launch, British Designers at Heal’s. 

The #HealsBritishDesigners window installations will be live in Westbourne Grove until August 31st. They are free to experience, and more information can be found at here.

I Have This Thing With Floors

Or to put it another way #ihavethisthingwithfloors Or #floorporn as it's also known. Come on admit it, you've posted a few of these on Instagram yourself haven't you? Sometimes the urge to take an image of your own feet is irresistible when it's including the real hero of the moment. Fabulous floor tiles.

Original Style

Original Style

This trend brings us to focus on the up-coming tile fashions of the moment, including: encaustic tiles, Mediterranean style tiles, faux tile flooring, black & white retro style, patchwork tile combinations, and monocolour patterns. We love them all!

Tile Mountain

Tile Mountain

Original Style

Original Style

Winchester Tile Co

Winchester Tile Co

Original Style

Original Style

Original Style

Original Style

New Opening: The Ivy Tower Bridge

The Ivy Collection is delighted to announce the The Ivy Tower Bridge opened on Wednesday, 26 July 2017. Situated right on the banks of the River Thames at One Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2AA, The Ivy Tower Bridge offers sophisticated and friendly all-day dining to Londoners and tourists alike.

Making the most of its riverside location and views of the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London, The Ivy Tower Bridge makes an ideal spot in which to relax after a walk down the river, enjoying its many attractions and landmarks. With More London Riverside and City Hall located next door, The Ivy Tower Bridge is perfectly placed to cater to both local business and residents.

With interiors designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, the two-storey restaurant offers guests the choice of dining in the restaurant while enjoying river views through floor to ceiling glass windows, or outside on the Parisian-style al fresco terrace, which seats 50 and directly overlooks the River Thames.

Open seven days a week, The Ivy Tower Bridge features an all-encompassing menu, serving modern British classics from dawn until dusk, including breakfast, elevenses, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner and cocktails. The kitchen is overseen by Executive Chef Sean Burbidge, whilst the restaurant’s affordable menus incorporate a selection of Ivy classics, including shepherd’s pie, eggs Benedict, brioche crumbled chicken Milanese and the sumptuous strawberry ice cream sundae with vanilla ice cream, meringue and shortbread.

The Ivy Collection is a group of restaurants, brasseries and cafés established in London, originating with The Ivy, West Street 100 years ago, and offering accessible, all-day dining in a relaxed, local setting. The Ivy Tower Bridge will sit within Berkeley Homes’ luxury One Tower Bridge development, featuring high specification apartments, commercial and cultural spaces.

Barbecue Greek Vegetarian Quesadillas

If you're still looking forward to your summer holiday this year, why not create this mouth-wateringly tasty vegetarian quesadilla recipe, created by TV chef Dean Edwards. It brings together all of the flavours of Greece to put you in the mood for your break (or even your staycation).

Perfectly cooked on the barbecue in Kitchen Foil, this light recipe is perfect for sharing with family and friends this summer.

Serves 4 - Cooking Time 10 minutes

Serves 4 - Cooking Time 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
Kitchen Foil
240g baby spinach
120g feta cheese crumbled
60g pine nuts toasted
6 x spring onions finely sliced
1 x egg beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
Small grating nutmeg
Juice ½ lemon
8 small flour tortillas
120g cheddar cheese grated
  
METHOD: 
1. Place the spinach into a large pan over a medium heat and cover with a lid
2. Wilt down the spinach, strain and squeeze out the excess water, then leave to cool before chopping roughly
3. Add the feta, pine nuts, spring onions, eggs, oregano, nutmeg and lemon juice and mix well. Season with salt and pepper
4. Divide the spinach mixture on top of 4 tortillas, spreading into an even layer, sprinkle over the Cheddar cheese and then top with another tortilla
5. Wrap in Kitchen Foil until fully enclosed, then pop onto the BBQ for 4-5 minutes each side, turning regularly. Unwrap the parcels and cut each quesadillas into 6.

Enjoy with a Greek salad and some cucumber tzatziki

Recipe courtesy of Bacofoil The Original Kitchen Foil.

Seven Things To Do In Ras Al Khaimah

One of the world's fastest growing tourism destinations, Ras Al Khaimah boasts a 7,000 year-old history, an array of archaeological sites and varied natural vistas, from golden beaches, terracotta dunes and a green belt of date palms to Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE. 

Ride, see, sail, relax, learn, move and explore! It's all possible in the UAE's northernmost emirate. Get started with these suggestions....

Ride: Horse-riding at Al Wadi Equestrian Centre

Saddling up in the early morning or late afternoon is an exciting way to discover the desert landscape of Ras Al Khaimah. The Al Wadi Equestrian Centre provides visitors with guided horse treks through 500 hectares of unspoilt nature. Keep your eyes open for sand gazelles, Arabian oryx and, if you’re lucky, desert foxes and wild cats.

See: Star Gazing at Al Wadi Nature Reserve

Ras Al Khaimah’s clear night skies come alive in the Al Wadi Nature Reserve with constellations, stars and planets offering a truly mesmerising experience for seasoned astrologers and amateur star gazers alike. Available through Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, a Ritz Carlton partner hotel, the introductory star gazing sessions cover the history of how Arabian explorers used the formations to navigate vast spaces.

Sail: Al Hamra Marina & Yacht Club

There is no better way to cool off this summer than taking to water. Ras Al Khaimah’s pristine coastline provides the ideal setting to explore, relax and partake in various water-based activities. Surrounded by white beaches and serene natural lagoons, Al Hamra Marina & Yacht Club offers the perfect day out with a wide range of activities regardless of experience, including sailing, diving and wakeboarding.

Relax: Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah Spa

Relax and rejuvenate in the tranquil environment of this award-winning ‘underwater themed’ spa. The Afternoon Tea facial, an anti-aging treatment designed exclusively for Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, stimulates cell rejuvenation. As well as numerous other treatments, the spa has a variety of facilities including male and female steam rooms, a floatation bed and Waldorf Astoria's signature herbal sauna.

Learn: National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah

Be immersed in the culture and heritage of the UAE’s most northern Emirate at the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah. The museum is filled with archaeological, historical and ethnographical objects, partly donated by members of the ruling Al Qasimi family and residents of Ras Al Khaimah. This former fort was originally designed as a defensive structure to fend off the British during the Arabian Gulf Campaign between 1809 and 1819. The building was re-opened to visitors as a Museum in 1987.

Move: Sunrise and Sunset yoga at Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, a Ritz Carlton partner hotel

Whether you’d like to start or end your day energising your mind, body and soul, Sunrise or Sunset yoga sessions at Al Wadi Desert enable you to heighten your senses, flexibility and inner zen. Suitable for all levels and abilities, the sessions are the perfect way for yogis to connect with Arabian nature amidst the terracotta sand dunes of the Al Wadi Nature Reserve. Sunrise yoga features a sequence of yoga poses bound into a continuous movement known as “Sun Salutation Yoga,” while Sunset yoga combines meditation exercises and yoga poses with several relaxing techniques.

Explore: Safarak Tours

Discover the fascinating Emirate in its entirety with luxury tour company Safarak Tours. Meaning ‘Your Travel,’ Safarak provide smooth explorations across the region, from traditional sunset picnics on top of the UAE’s highest mountain to tours through Ras Al Khaimah’s infamous ‘Ghost Town,’ Jazirat Al Hamra. Select from an extensive range of tours or customise your own. 

How to Upcycle a Vintage Table with Neon Paint

The trick to incorporating vintage items into a modern interior, is to mix old with new. So when we saw this clever upcycle project using a vintage table purchased for £5 on Gumtree, with a bright pop of neon on the legs we thought it was a winner! The dip-dye effect brings this second hand bargain bang up to date and it's an easy project that even we can do.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Rust-Oleum NEON Spray Paint
Masking tape
Clean cloth or sponge

DIRECTIONS:

1. Move your table out to a well-ventilated space and place on top of a large dustsheet or some old newspapers. You may want to cover the surrounding area with additional dust sheets/ newspaper to protect from spray mist.
2. Wipe the area to be sprayed with a clean damp sponge or cloth and allow this to dry before proceeding to the next step.
3. Mask off any area you do not wish to spray.
4. Take your can of Rust-Oleum Neon and shake thoroughly. Hold the can approximately 30cm from the surface of the table and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping with each stroke. For best results, whilst spraying keep the can the same distance from the surface and keep the can in motion. Apply several light coats a few minutes apart.
6. Leave to dry in a well ventilated place for 24 hours.

Rust-Oleum NEON is an ultra bright, premium quality, fast-drying coloured spray paint for use on most indoor surfaces.
Suitable for wood, metal, ceramic and more.

150ml, £4.99, from B&Q, Homebase, The Range
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New V&A Exhibition - Ocean Liners: Speed & Style

In February 2018, the V&A will re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel with the major new exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, sponsored by Viking Cruises. Co-organised by the V&A in London and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, it is the first ever exhibition to explore the design and cultural impact of the ocean liner on an international scale. It will explore all aspects of ship design from ground-breaking engineering, architecture and interiors to the fashion and lifestyle aboard.

Empress of Britain colour lithograph poster for Canadian Pacific Railways, J.R. Tooby, London, 1920 – 31 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Empress of Britain colour lithograph poster for Canadian Pacific Railways, J.R. Tooby, London, 1920 – 31 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style will showcase over 250 objects, including paintings, sculpture, and ship models, alongside objects from shipyards, wall panels, furniture, fashion, textiles, photographs, posters and film. It will display objects never-before-seen in Europe, and reunite objects not seen together since on-board these spectacular vessels, which revolutionised ocean travel from the mid-19th century to the late 20th century.

Normandie in New York, 1935-39 © Collection French Lines

Normandie in New York, 1935-39 © Collection French Lines

Highlights include a precious Cartier tiara recovered from the sinking Lusitania in 1915, as well as a panel fragment from the Titanic’s first class lounge, returning to the UK for the first time since its doomed maiden voyage in 1912. Others include a stunning interior panel from the Smoking Room of the French liner, Normandie, created by leading Art Deco lacquer artist Jean Dunand, and Stanley Spencer’s painting ‘The Riveters’ from the 1941 series Shipbuilding on the Clyde. The Duke of Windsor’s sumptuous 1940s Goyard luggage will also feature, on display in Europe for the first time since leaving the Windsor Estate. As the largest machines of their age, ocean liners became powerful symbols of progress and 20th century modernity. The exhibition will also feature ground-breaking works by Modernist artists, designers and architects inspired by liners, including Le Corbusier, Albert Gleizes, Charles Demuth and Eileen Gray.

Paquebot ‘Paris’, Charles Demuth, United States, 1921 -22. Gift of Ferdinand Howald © Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

Paquebot ‘Paris’, Charles Demuth, United States, 1921 -22. Gift of Ferdinand Howald © Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

Beginning with Brunel’s steamship, the Great Eastern of 1859, the exhibition will trace the design stories behind some of the world’s most luxurious liners, from the Beaux-Arts interiors of Kronprinz Wilhelm, Titanic and its sister ship, Olympic, to the floating Art Deco palaces of Queen Mary and Normandie, and the streamlined Modernism of SS United States and QE2. It will throw light on the famous passengers and the great couturiers who looked to ocean travel to promote their designs. On display will be the Christian Dior suit worn by Marlene Dietrich as she arrived in New York aboard the Queen Mary in 1950, and a striking Lucien Lelong couture gown worn for the maiden voyage of Normandie in 1935. The exhibition will also showcase one of the most important flapper dresses in the V&A’s collection – Jeanne Lanvin’s ‘Salambo’ dress – a version of which was displayed at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925. The dress belonged to Emilie Grigsby, a renowned wealthy American beauty, who regularly travelled between the UK and New York aboard the Aquitania, Olympic and Lusitania throughout the 1910s and 1920s.

Titanic in dry dock, c. 1911 © Getty Images

Titanic in dry dock, c. 1911 © Getty Images

Ghislaine Wood, exhibition curator, said: “The great age of ocean liners has long passed but no form of transport has been so romantic or so remarkable. Three years in the making, this exhibition will show how liners have shaped the modern world in many ways.”

Duke and Duchess of Windsor's Luggage, Goyard, about 1950 © Miottel Museum, Berkeley, California. Photograph courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Duke and Duchess of Windsor's Luggage, Goyard, about 1950 © Miottel Museum, Berkeley, California. Photograph courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style will reveal the largely forgotten history of leading artists and designers who contributed to their design, such as William De Morgan, Richard Riemerschmid, Jean Dunand, Edward Bawden and Edward Ardizzone. It will also highlight the political shifts and the international rivalry that developed over 100 years, as liners became floating showcases of national ingenuity. The exhibition will consider the sociology of ships and shifting class structures on-board, as well as the democratisation of travel and development of leisure activities in the 20th century. It will also investigate the shrewd promotional strategies used by shipping companies to reposition the on-board experience, as emigration gave way to aspirational travel. The ocean liner has been appropriated into pop-culture, literature and films, including Ronald Neame’s dystopian The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and James Cameron’s Titanic (1997), which remains one of the most successful films ever made. This, and the phenomenon of the modern cruise liner will also be explored, demonstrating how nostalgia for the great ‘floating palaces’ of the past can still be felt today.  

Panel from The Rape of Europa for the first-class grand salon on-board Normandie, Jean Dupas, France, 1934 © Miottel Museum. Photograph courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Panel from The Rape of Europa for the first-class grand salon on-board Normandie, Jean Dupas, France, 1934 © Miottel Museum. Photograph courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, Sponsored by Viking Cruises - Room 39 and the North Court - 3 February – 10 June 2018.

Website of the Week - Unique and Unity

Unique & Unity was established in 2011 by Gabrielle who has spent over 35 years working in the design industry. The store is now run by a small team who love all things home and design. They constantly edit and update the collections so there is always something new to find, and each product is chosen for its style, innovative design or simply because they love it. We have to say. We love everything too!

DA TERRA
Beautiful tableware handmade by artisans in Portugal. Every piece is hand-painted so no two pieces are ever the same.
£15-£65

MANI
Vases handmade by artisans in Tuscany. A perfect fusion of Nordic design and traditional Italian craftsmanship. 
£145-£230

MARBLE
Natural and coloured clay are mixed whilst being poured into the mould creating a marmoreal finish, every piece is unique.
£7-£23

MIFUKO
Environmentally-friendly baskets designed in Finand and made in Kenya by craftspeople under a fairtrade cooperative.
£25-£65

Rick Stein's Coves of Cornwall tableware

Coves from north Cornwall have been hand painted in watercolour showing the depth and colour variations in the sea. The clean design of the bone china forms compliment the subtly changing shades of each cove. 

£10-£50

Interesting FactUnique & Unity is inherited from the company of Gabrielle’s great grandfather, which was established in 1888. They designed and sold children’s fairy cycles, complete with stabilisers…

Jasper Conran Introduces Dining for Non-Residents at L'Hôtel Marrakech

Jasper Conran opened his first hotel in the heart of the Medina in Marrakech in Autumn 2016. L'Hôtel Marrakech, a historic 19th Century Riad originally the central part of a Caidal palace, comprises five spacious suites surrounding a courtyard garden and swimming pool. This charming retreat combines delicious food, great comfort and service whilst capturing the elegance of hotels of the 1930s.

L’Hôtel Marrakech prides itself on its approach to serving delicious traditional Moroccan home cooking in the manner Italians would describe as ‘cucina della nonna’ (Grandmother’s cooking). The emphasis on dining at L’Hôtel is the use of fresh local produce, attentive service and comfortable relaxed surroundings.

At the centre of the culinary culture of Morocco is the tagine. Those served at L’Hôtel Marrakech are prepared in the traditional way, cooked slowly in earthenware pots, bringing out naturally bright flavours and delicate aromas. This method of slow cooking results in cuisine of great succulence and depth of flavour. Among the many types of tagines prepared at L’Hôtel Marrakech is chicken with prunes and almonds. The chicken is marinated in cumin which imparts warmth and richness. The dish is then gently spiced with ginger and cinnamon. Prunes and almonds are added to create a subtle sweetness that plays against the savoury and slightly bitter golden hued turmeric.

A wonderful array of fresh herbs, aromatics and spices, such as the legendary ‘Ras el Hanout’ blend found in Marrakech, impart their special and unique flavours upon the dishes prepared by our chef Bouchra. Other key ingredients in the kitchen’s larder are preserved lemons, with their unique taste, texture and aroma and locally sourced olives in every flavour, colour and size, cured and treated in many ways with an array of seasonings. An abundance of seasonal well-known local vegetables, sun-drenched tomatoes and lesser known varieties such as cardoons enable the kitchen to create delicious vegetarian dishes. One of the most famous being couscous with ‘Sept Legumes.’ Traditionally, courgettes, potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, turnips, cabbage and onions are used. The couscous is flavoured with fresh coriander, parsley, spiced with turmeric and cinnamon. Finally, an infusion of saffron gently perfumes this classic Moroccan dish which is served with the hot aromatic paste, harissa.

Dining for guests and non-residents* at L’Hôtel Marrakech is a truly memorable experience that celebrates the seductive nature of Moroccan cooking.

A Superfood Salad with Sea Bass and Salsa Verde

A perfect recipe for summer, and special enough to wow guests at any dinner party. We just love the fact that it's packed full of goodness - and tasty too!

Serves 2

Serves 2

You will need: 

-        2 sea bass fillets

-        80g long stem, sprouting broccoli

-        50g edamame beans

-        2 avocados

-        150g cooked quinoa

-        2 bags baby spinach

-        1/2 pomegranate, remove the seeds then set them aside to use

-        30g pumpkin seeds

-        tossed gently in a dry pan until slightly popped

For the Salsa Verde sauce:

-        1 garlic clove, crushed

-        Tbsp. of capers

-        Tbsp. of gherkins

-        2 anchovy fillets

-        2 large handfuls parsley

-        1 bunch fresh basil

-        1/4 tablespoon of mustard

-        1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar

-        2 tablespoons virgin olive oil

What you need to do:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 190C and drizzle the sea bass fillets with olive oil. Place in the oven until the fillets are flaky and cooked through (approximately 15 minutes).

Step 2: Put the quinoa in a medium pan and add 300ml of boiling water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. This should be between 15 and 20 minutes. Once liquid is absorbed, fluff with a fork.

Step 3: Pour a spoonful of olive oil to a frying pan, then add the broccoli and a pinch of salt & pepper. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes to soften, then add the edamame beans and cook for an extra minute. Remove all from the heat, and mix together in a large bowl with the quinoa.

Step 4: Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Chop the capers, anchovies, garlic and herbs, mixing all together well. Add the mustard, vinegar and seasoning, then stir in the olive oil until the sauce is at the right consistency. Set aside.

Step 5: Cut the avocados in half, remove the stones and slice. Toast the pumpkin seeds in a frying pan for several minutes, then add to the top of the salad. 

Step 6: Begin to plate everything up. Add the spinach, then the quinoa and broccoli mixture.  Top with pumpkin and pomegranate seeds, then add your sea bass to the top of the salad. To finish, pour the previously prepared Salsa Verde sauce over the top of the fish.

Saucy Top tip: If you’re in a rush or a simply seeking a fuss free post-work meal, The Saucy Fish Co.’s frozen Sea Bass with Salsa Verde – new to the freezer aisle.

Recipe courtesy of The Saucy Fish Co. For more information, visit thesaucyfishco.com

The Urban Jungle: Breathe Life Into Your Home

Create your own urban jungle with these unique photographic flora designs by Murals Wallpaper, featuring faux foliage photographed in-house in incredible detail.

The beautifully filtered jungle leaves add dimension and interest to a room, bringing the outside in with a contemporary edge. The large and looming plant life transforms a home into a jungle sanctuary and adds an avant-garde air with their stylish look. Pair with your favourite Monstera plant, or scatter succulents around a room contrasted with robust man-made pieces. 

Paired with milky, minimalist background colours in dusky pink and pastel platinum, these high-design botanical prints magnify the sophistication and sense of nature in your space.

All products are made-to-order and custom sized according to the customer's wall dimensions.