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

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

Escape B&B

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

The front garden and the view from our room.

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

Just four of the nine individually designed bedrooms.

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


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

To be recommended.

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

Paint & Paper Library Relaunches With New Colours

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



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

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



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



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



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

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



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





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

Duck Breast with Roasted Vegetables, Spinach, Garlic & Thyme

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

Serves 4
10 minutes preparation
40 minutes cooking

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

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

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

New Book: House Of Plants

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

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

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

This book covers: 

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

• How to take cuttings to share with friends. 

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

• How to care for ailing plants. 

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

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

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

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

Transform your Kitchens & Bathrooms with Travertine Tiles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



The Alpine Lodge Trend for Winter Cosiness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brixton Bijou

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photography by Debi Treloar © Ryland Peters & Small

Win A Dulux Amazing Space Consultation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recipe of the Week - Cinnamon Buns

Extract from The Scandi Kitchen by Bronte Aurell.

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



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


80 g plus 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature

1 teaspoon plain flour

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1⁄2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla sugar

80 g sugar

egg, for brushing


Syrup (see below)

nibbed ‘pearl’ sugar or chopped, toasted nuts

2 baking sheets, greased and lined with baking parchment


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


13 g dried yeast or 25 g fresh yeast *

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

80 g butter, melted and cooled slightly

40 g caster sugar

400–500 g white strong flour

2 teaspoons ground cardamom

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

flaked almonds, to decorate

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

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

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

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


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

The Scandi Kitchen by Bronte Aurell

Published by Ryland Peter & Small

Photography by Peter Cassidy

Lee Broom Opens New York Showroom

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website of the Week - Kudu Home

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

Blankets and Baskets from Hinterveld.

Blankets and Baskets from Hinterveld.

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

Bowls from Wola Nani

Bowls from Wola Nani

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

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

Clinton Friedman Trays

Clinton Friedman Trays

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

Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar Re­‐Launches With A New Look

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

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

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

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

Banana and Coconut Cupcakes

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

Made in the Lakeland Silicone 12 Hole Muffin Pan


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


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


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

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

New Book: Annie Sloan Paints Everything

Painting expert Annie Sloan presents her guide to painting everything!  With forty step-by-step projects, Annie guides you through her methods for creating spectacular effects to transform walls and furniture, as well as floors and fabrics.  Each project is accompanied by clear instructions and helpful tips.   Featured techniques include stencilling, printing, waxing and dyeing.  You can find out, too, how to combine colour for different styles and how to tap into your creativity by painting patterns freehand.  No matter what your skill level, ‘Annie Sloan Paints Everything’ will enable you to make over your home to create the stylish, individual interior you have always wanted.

Annie Sloan says:  “With this book I wanted to reach more people than ever, from the younger rental market looking for a quick way to spruce up affordable furniture to experienced upcyclers who are looking for a challenge beyond simply painting furniture.  My mantra is always ‘Paint Everything’ and I have really enjoyed having the opportunity of showing a number of techniques for using my paint, Chalk Paint™, including painting fabrics and leather, printing with cord, lino printing, image transfer, experimenting with coloured waxes and more.”

Annie Sloan Paints Everything’ – published by Cico Books, 13 October, £14.99

Parrots, Palms and Tropical Toucans

This fabulous collection of hand embroidered cushions, throws and accessories from Jan Constantine is inspired by the 'return of the house plant' trend that is currently gripping interiors everywhere.

The collection was launched at Top Drawer last month and each piece is crafted from black or cream wool and intricately hand stitched with palms, cheese plants and exotic birds, creating a little piece of paradise for your sofa, or bed, or armchair....

It's a trend that seems to be here to stay and we've fallen a little bit in love with these lovely birds.

Available soon from Jan Constantine.

Vanessa Arbuthnott Launches New Artisan Collection

Vanessa Arbuthnott launches Artisan, a collection of contemporary geometrics inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Shibori.

With an established reputation for her modern country designs, Vanessa Arbuthnott has drawn inspiration from a quite different direction for her latest collection, Artisan. The dictionary defines an ‘artisan’ as someone who does skilled work with their hands, and this simple, stylish collection of printed fabrics and wallcoverings has been inspired by the 8th Century Japanese art of Shibori: her original designs were created by folding, shaping and compressing fabrics by hand, then immersing them in a traditional vat of indigo dye.

Vanessa found this a particularly liberating experience: “I usually hand draw my designs so I really enjoyed this different approach, especially as it was my daughter Flora who taught me the wonderful technique. This ancient craft produces stunningly beautiful results, often with unexpected symmetries. You can never totally control the process so the effect is always unique and the designs are only revealed when the fabric is unwrapped. This is the true joy of Shibori.”

Artisan’s striking motifs include daringly bold colourways and multi-directional, allover prints, another new departure for Vanessa. The collection comprises four 100% linen printed fabrics over 26 colourways, plus three re-coloured versions of an old favourite, Simple Ticking Stripe. The collection is suitable for curtains, blinds, cushions and upholstery, and has a fresh, urban edge whilst still retaining Vanessa’s distinctive style.

Japonica: a large flower head with soft, delicate petals in Vanessa’s new Indigo shade, plus Kale and Saffron colourways.

Origami: the name reflects the way this geometric pattern was originally created, by folding the fabric and then dip-dyeing.

Shibori: a smaller geometric floral print in 11 colourways, from soft Pigeon to striking new Tangerine. On closer inspection it is possible to see a flowerhead and at other times a seed head motif, created by a play between positive and negative images.

Momo: named after one of Vanessa’s favourite Japanese words, meaning ‘Peach’, this is a really useful smaller starlike print in five colourways.

Simple Ticking Stripe: this motif from an earlier collection was initially created by hand-printing, and Vanessa felt it coordinated so perfectly with the Japanese-inspired prints that she added three new colours: Sweet Pea, Kale and Forget-me-not.

Having seen the printed fabrics as meterage, Vanessa decided to be brave and, for the first time, introduce complementary wallcoverings too. “As the patterns were quite striking I could see how well they would work on walls as well as fabrics, so I decided to add new non-woven wallcoverings too: three new designs in some of my most popular colourways, two of which, Shibori & Origami, mirror the fabrics. The third, Spotty Stripe, is almost plain, a dotted stripe printed on a slightly textured non-woven ground, which I introduced to meet my customers’ requests for paint!”

The Artisan collection will be available from early September at Vanessa’s flagship store in Cirencester, online via, and through a network of stockists nationally and internationally.

Regeneration - A New Autumn Collection From Dunelm

Science and natural history are big influences of this fabulous new autumn collection from Dunelm. It's a modern mid-century look with textiles inspired by men's tailoring and furniture with a slight industrial feel. Colours are slate grey, eucalyptus green and indigo. It's an urban, rugged trend with accessories straight from the museum - botanical specimens, and x-rays of bugs and butterflies. Brass accents complete the look. We love it.

Trio Tripod Floor Lamp £99.99, Spitalfields 5 Tier Shelving Unit £299.99, Dexter Chair in Heywood Blue £449.99, Darwin Square Cushion £9.99, Wooden Storage Box £7.99- £12.99, Wood and Metal Home Ornament £6.99, Metal Edged Glass Terrarium £22.99, Pebble Rug from £79.99 - £219.99.

Metal Dine Letters £19.99, Wooden Edge Wall Clock £12.99, Maritime Pizza Plate £7.99, Set of 4 Fern Printed Cork Coasters £3.99, Maritime Dipped Mugs £2.49 each, Set of 4 Fern Printed Cork Placemats £6.99, Biscuit Canister £8.99, Tea Canister £5.99, Coffee Canister £5.99.

Hand Towel in Indigo £5.99, Hand Towel in Charcoal £5.99, Metal Shelf Mirror £39.99.

Mason Large Sofa in Charcoal £949.99, Dragonfly Cushion £9.99, Ceramic Phrenology Head £9.99, Harvey Acacia Coffee Table £249.99, Blake Rug from £49.99- £179.99.

Eucalyptus Stem £2.29.

New Updated Artworks Collection From Original Style

The Artworks collection was first created in 1986 and has been one of Original Style's most popular and successful ranges since then. But even cherished brands need regular updates to keep them relevant and up to date with changes in taste and fashion. That's why the company decided to refresh the collection by keeping crucial brand values - quality, tradition and authenticity - and adding new colour ways, along with a contemporary new large brick format, whilst also removing some unpopular colours. The new colour ways include Vintage White, Chancel Grey and Westminster Grey and the size of the new brick format is 228x75mm. As Artworks tiles are meant for walls, Original Style also decided to add agorgeous new octagon & dot blue floor mosaic to complement the range. 

Recipe of the Week - Heavenly Chocolate Cake

Since the whole nation is currently Bake Off obsessed! And because it's National Cake Week soon (3rd – 9th October) we thought we'd share the ultimate chocolate indulgence. Enjoy.

Serves 8

CAKE Ingredients:

  • 300g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 225g soft light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 150ml buttermilk
  • 150ml boiling water

GANACHE Ingredients:

200g dark chocolate, finely chopped
225ml double cream
25g unsalted butter
25g caster sugar

BUTTERCREAM Ingredients:

150g dark chocolate, chopped
200g caster sugar
3 large egg whites
250g unsalted butter, softened and diced
1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.
  • Cream the butter with both of the sugars until pale and light, this will take 3-4 minutes in a free-standing mixer.
  • Gradually add the eggs, mixing well between each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl from time to time. Add the vanilla extract.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa and pinch of salt into the mixture and mix until almost combined. Add the buttermilk and boiling water and mix until smooth.
  • Divide the cake batter between 3 x 20cm sandwich tins and bake on the middle shelf of your preheated oven for about 25 minutes until well risen, firm and a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out clean.
  • Cool the cakes in the tins for 2-3 minutes then carefully turn out onto a wire cooling rack leave until cold. Meanwhile, prepare the Ganache and Buttercream (below).


  • Put the chocolate into a bowl.
  • Put the cream, butter and sugar in a small saucepan and heat until just boiling.
  • Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and leave for 5 minutes until the chocolate has melted.
  • Stir until smooth then set aside until thick enough to pipe.


  • Place the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and melt, either in the microwave on a low setting or over a pan of barely simmering water. Remove from the heat, stir until smooth and leave to cool slightly.
  • Put the sugar and egg whites into a second heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Using a hand whisk, whisk until the mixture is thick, glossy white, hot to the touch and the mixture leaves a ribbon trail when the whisk is lifted from the bowl. This will take about 3 minutes.
  • Using a spatula, spoon the mixture into the bowl of a free-standing mixer and whisk until the meringue has doubled in volume, cooled and will stand in stiff, glossy peaks – this will take roughly 3 minutes.
  • Gradually add the butter to the cooled meringue mixture, beating constantly until the frosting is smooth. Fold in the vanilla and melted chocolate .

Assemble the cake

  • Place the first cake layer on a serving plate and spread with 2-3 tbs of buttercream.
  • Top with the second cake layer and spread this with ganache. Top with the third cake layer and gently press the layers together.
  • Using a palette knife, spread the sides of the cake in an even layer of ganache.
  • Fit the Silicone Piping Bag with the larger star-shaped nozzle and fill the bag with the buttercream.
  • Pipe buttercream rosettes in a circle around the top, outer edge of the cake. Pipe a second circle of buttercream rosettes 1- 1.5cm inside this, leaving space for a circle of piped ganche. Continue like this until you reach the middle of the cake. Pipe a ring of buttercream rosettes around the base of the cake.
  • Wash and dry the piping bag and fit with the smaller star-shaped nozzle. Fill the bag with the ganache and pipe rosettes between each circle of buttercream so that the top of the cake is completely covered.

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