Recipe of the Week - Broccoli, Bean & Bacon Frittata

We always love a recipe that takes just half an hour to prepare. Just what you need mid-week after the commute home.

• Preparation time: 10 minutes

• Cooking time: 15 minutes

• Total time: 25 minutes

• Gluten-free

Serves 4

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 250g broccoli, cut into small florets, stalks thinly sliced

  • 8 Medium Eggs

  • ½ x 25g pack fresh chives, snipped

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 120g Bacon, chopped into small pieces

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 400g can Cannellini Beans, drained

  • 1½ tsp cumin seeds

Method:

1. Cook the broccoli and stalks in boiling water for 3 minutes to soften slightly. Drain well. Beat the eggs in a bowl with the chives and plenty of black pepper.

2. Heat the oil in a 25cm frying pan and fry the bacon for 3-4 minutes until beginning to brown. Add the garlic and fry for a further 1 minute. Add the beans, cooked broccoli and cumin seeds. Mix well and spread in an even layer.

3. Pour the beaten egg into the pan and reduce the heat to its lowest setting. Cook for 3-4 minutes until lightly set. Pop the pan under the grill for a further 2 minutes to set the surface. Cut into wedges and serve if liked with a watercress and rocket salad or warmed seeded bread.

Cook’s tip

Add finely chopped chilli with the garlic for some heat. For a meat-free version omit the bacon and scatter with Brie or goat’s cheese before grilling.  

Recipe and image courtesy of Waitrose & Partners

Ensuring You Get The Best Night’s Sleep

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As you may already be aware, sleep is one of the most important parts of our day, as it allows our bodies to recover in a number of different ways. We are approaching the month of March which has been dedicated to highlighting the importance of having a comfy bed and having a good night’s sleep, so this seems a perfect time to address it.

Having Your Own Back

During the act of sleeping, this is when you can come across the most severe causes of chronic back pains. There are number of different ways you can avoid this, and it starts with your choice of mattress.

There are mattresses out there that have been specifically built to help to distribute your weight equally when you sleep, this in turn, reduces the pressure on your back and joints. These wonderful creations are called orthopaedic mattresses, and they are revolutionising the way people sleep. Back pain is caused by you sleeping in compromising positions, causing your muscles to tighten. These mattresses help to reduce this stress.

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How can my bed help my allergy?

Sometimes the wrong mattress can badly affect your allergies due to the dust that gathers on your bed. If you suffer from allergies, then you may want to look into memory foam mattresses. They are one of the most popular mattress choices on the market, and by far are one of the comfiest!

They are what you call hypoallergenic which essentially means your bed won’t gather the dust that causes you allergy to flare up whilst you sleep. This will not only improve your sleeping pattern, but mean you are far more energized for your general day to day activities.

The great thing with memory foam mattresses is that they use the heat from your body to mold you shape into the mattress, thus, improving your posture and providing you with a great night’s sleep. They are also what you call, shock absorbent, meaning you also won’t be disturbed by a fidgety sleeper, improving the amount of sleep time you get.

How much sleep should I be getting?

The answer to this question generally depends on your age, with the older you get, the less sleep you actually need (even though you feel like you need more!). It’s very important, the average adult ensures they get at least 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to fully ensure your bodies recover from the previous day.

For children, teenagers are infants however, they need more sleep and rest time. For teenagers (ages 13-18) around 8-10 hours is about right. For infants between the ages of 4-12 months they will need (including naps) around 12-16 hours of sleep a day. As they grow older the amount of sleep needed decreases.

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Make sure you make the most of your bed in March during National Bed Month. These are just some of the ways you can ensure you get the best night’s sleep possible, we hope our tips will help you in the future.

Life Coaching & Yoga Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

Here at Heart Home magazine we are excited to announce that co-founder and co-editor Arianna Trapani will be hosting a Life coaching & Yoga retreat in Tuscany, Italy. Mark your calendars as the retreat will be taking place on 23rd-28th June 2019.

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This exciting experience in Tuscany is perfect to step away from your busy life, gain clarity and rediscover yourself in a fantastic environment nurturing your strengths away from the stresses of everyday life. Jointly with the Yoga practice, this retreat will make you focus and absorb every little detail of this experience together with like-minded people , where you will live an authentic mindful Tuscan getaway.

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Enjoy colourful, healthy, cooked Italian meals by chef Caterina prepared with local and organic ingredients that taste amazing whilst we will cleanse ourselves from the inside out in the tranquil Tuscan countryside. This Experience will leave you feeling deeply relaxed, well nourished and with a bucket list experience under your belt.

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You will be staying at a luxury Tuscan shabby chic villa at the foot of the town of Pienza with all the amenities to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The long 18 meter heated pool paved with local stone and surrounded by beautiful and fragrant plants of agapanthus, lavender and white roses will be a focal point in our retreat.

Sample Day

8:30 am Hot Water and Lemon, Tea and Coffee

9:00 am Energising morning Yoga

10:30 am Brunch

11:30 am Group Life coaching session

1pm Free time to read, swim, hike

4:00 pm 1:1 Life Coaching Session

6:30 pm Restorative Yoga

7:30 pm Dinner

In between sessions you’ll have plenty of time for reading, taking a dip in the heated pool, sleeping, go for mindful walks through the countryside and the villa's scented gardens or simply being.

You will also cycle around the Val d’Orcia, the most picturesque Tuscan region heading towards Bagno Vignoni for a real therapeutic bath at the natural hot water springs in Parco dei Mulini natural baths. A healing point for Christian pilgrims on their way to Rome in olden times.

There will be some time for wine tasting as well at local Art Winery Nostra Vita to top it all immersing ourselves in what will be a great mindful and relaxing Tuscan Experience.

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For full information to experience this once in a lifetime retreat, click here for further details. You will not be sorry! Retreats are in collaboration with Experience Retreats.

A Warm and Welcoming Family Home in Chicago

After five years of renovating other people’s homes and helping them make their dreams come true, Mika of Interiors by Mika decided it was time to design the home her family had always wanted, based on their tastes and needs.

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The house itself was originally built around 1910 and was a typical Chicago two flat brick building that she converted into a single family home with her husband in 2016. It was a complete gut rehab. Only two exterior walls remained, and all of the rest was taken down to the studs, and re-built for the layout the family needed.

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Located in the neighborhood of North Canter, it’s a great place to raise a family. “We enjoy on one hand being in the city, and on the other, feeling like we are in the suburbs. It’s very safe, quiet, yet still has a lot to offer like lots of restaurants, shops, and parks - all within walking distance. It has great schools and a wonderful community too.”

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Must-haves for the new home were an open-plan floor concept on the main living area, with as few walls as possible. Also, as a family with three young girls who spend a lot of time in the kitchen, a large eat-in kitchen was important. As was a barista station for a professional coffee machine and grinder. Lastly, Mika wanted to include a powder room on the main living floor that was privately positioned, so now a small foyer area leads into it without sacrificing the open floor plan. As an added bonus, this foyer, with the console table that fits just perfectly, allows for some extra storage and adds a surprising, interesting element to the space.

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During the construction work, a load bearing post was discovered where the kitchen island was to be positioned. Initially this was bad news as Mika was not planning on having a column in the middle of the room. But it was then decided to take advantage of this post and it was expanded to created a feature wall which now has three main functions. It defines the barista station and allows for extra storage for cups and mugs in the wall niche, it functions as a partition between the kitchen and the family room, and lastly, it acts as a magnetic/chalkboard wall in the family room.

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This small wall has now become the focal point of the kitchen, both aesthetically and functionally, and it is the perfect solution for the family’s lifestyle and needs.

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We couldn’t resist asking Mika which aspects of this stunning renovation she was most happy with.

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Oh, there are a lot. I really like everything about our new home! if I have to point out a few of those features it would probably be the open floor plan, so once you are in the house, the entire living space is in right in front of you. I also love the double, black and dramatic entry doors which lead into an inviting ,warm and functional entryway. The entryway is the first thing guests see when they come through the door so it’s important to pay attention to the details and give it the TLC it needs. Lastly, I love the larger windows that bring in a lot of natural light.”

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Interior Designer: Interiors by Mika.

Architects: Nabil for ZED Architects.

Construction Work: Adam from A to Z Constructions.

London Craft Week Celebrates Its 5th year

London Craft Week returns to the capital this May for its fifth edition, presenting an exceptional showcase of craftsmanship and creativity from around the globe. Once again this unique and ambitious event is supported by headline sponsors dunhill and Purdey.

Unfolding at hundreds of venues across the city, the one-of-a-kind festival creates a raft of opportunities to interact with leading craftspeople, thought leaders, brand figureheads, critics and artists, with a packed schedule of talks, workshops, exhibitions and creative encounters.

Wagumi's Kintsugi Plate and Japanese Tea making with Ippodo at Japan House.

Wagumi's Kintsugi Plate and Japanese Tea making with Ippodo at Japan House.

Over five days, more than 240 established and emerging makers, designers, heritage and contemporary brands and galleries from around the world invite the public to venture on a journey of discovery behind the scenes to explore the people, processes and materials behind exceptional products, garments, artworks and other crafted objects. 

Spanning fragrance and furniture, couture and calligraphy, jewellery and ceramics, the festival is a wide-ranging platform for artists and makers in every sector, working both in the UK and internationally. From globally renowned institutions and revered retailers to cult design studios, social enterprise and maker spaces, London Craft Week unites diverse and iconic venues in a city-wide tribute to creative excellence, including: The V&A and the Royal Academy of Arts to Zegna and MATCHESFASHION.COMThe Conran Shop and Carl Hanson to The Italian Cultural Institute and MADE IN JAPAN PROJECT.

Coloured glasses by ISHKAR.

Coloured glasses by ISHKAR.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS 

This year’s London Craft Week programme seeks to underline London’s status as a vibrant hub of international craft, encompassing makers of all sizes and scales, from the studios of celebrated masters to the hidden workshops of little-known producers.  
 
Confirmed highlights include:
 
A huge selection of independent makers 2019 sees some of the most exciting names in modern making taking part, including:

Furniture artist Yinka Ilori redesigning a Nine Elms railway bridge; 

Rush weaver Felicity Irons collaborating with kitchen cabinet company British Standard;

Sculptor Lucille Lewin opening up her home studio for a talk with rakesprogressmagazine;

Ceramicist Matthew Raw leading a series of workshops at the Barbican Centre, giving participants the chance to have their own work exhibited during London Craft Week;

Textile artist Lora Avedian in residence at Leighton House Museum;

Tea and Sake at the Japan House exploring ceramics.

Tea and Sake at the Japan House exploring ceramics.


Meanwhile, The Portuguese Ambassador’s Residence will host Vista Alegre and Bordallo Pinheiro, two of the country’s most celebrated ceramics companies, while events with The Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Trade Authority will position Italy as a country of focus for 2019. 

Japan House, which opened in summer 2018, explores fashion, textiles, art and cuisine, while historic department store Heal’s presents the UK debut of work by makers from the Gifu area. The design shop Wagumi will host a workshop/demonstration focused on Kintsugi – the art of repairing broken pottery with metallic lacquer. 

Dedicated Destinations As in previous years, galleries, retailers and studios in various areas of the city will come together to collaborate and mutually explore specific craft themes. Pimlico Road favourites including DaylesfordRobert KimeRose Uniacke, Cox LondonJamb and Carl Hansen & Søn present a range of interior events on the theme ‘Crafting Interiors’.  Mount Street brands such as Pringle,  MATCHESFASHION.COM and Christian Louboutin will collaborate with artists to create newly commissioned artworks curated by Wood Society of the Arts. 

‘Sloane Street: Defining Luxury’ sees the legendary thoroughfare’s shops come together for a series of in-store events examining the dramatic transformations in the luxury sector that have taken place in recent decades. Businesses such as Fortnum & MasonFloris and D.R. Harris & Co from across St James’s London will explore the five senses of craft through A Sensory Journey. 

Hands-on making opportunities Every day of London Craft Week provides new possibilities to try your hand at any number of crafts, such as upcycling Burberry leather with sustainable luxury brand Elvis & Kresse, courtesy of The Room Service and Plain English; hand-making Anish Kapoor-inspired mirrors at Pizhanger Gallery, and taking part in a mass upholstery ‘Make-a-thon’ charity event at Shoreditch Design Rooms.

The full programme of 240+ events will be published on the London Craft Week website in March 2019. 

Pitzhanger Gallery will be hosting a class where participants can hand-make Anish Kapoor inspired mirrors.

Pitzhanger Gallery will be hosting a class where participants can hand-make Anish Kapoor inspired mirrors.

Valentine’s Day Recipe: Black Rice Salad with Pan Fried Salmon

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Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets, skin on

  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil

  • 125g black rice

  • 250ml water

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 blood oranges

  • 120g baby kale

  • 200g pomegranate seeds

  • Small bunch spring onions

  • Handful walnuts, roughly chopped

  • Dried chilli flakes

  • Salt and pepper, to season

Method

  1. Put the black rice, water and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 40 mins until rice is cooked. Drain.

  2. Stir fry the baby kale with a little rapeseed oil for 2 mins.

  3. Slice the green onions into very thin slivers, then segment the oranges. Reserve any juice.

  4. Put the rice, kale, pomegranate seeds, spring onions and chopped walnuts into a bowl and combine. Stir in any reserved orange juice.

  5. Put the rapeseed oil in a nonstick frying pan and turn heat to medium-high. Reduce heat, season the salmon and add to pan. Cook for 5-6 mins.

  6. Gently flip the fillets and cook until the flesh is nicely coloured, about 1-2 mins longer.

  7. Divide the salad between two plates and scatter with the blood orange segments.

  8. Top with salmon and drizzle a sauce of your choice over the top. Sprinkle with chilli flakes and serve.

Top Tip: Drizzle The Saucy Fish Co.’s brand new product, Saucy No. 5 over your salmon. Made using four potent aphrodisiacs - pomegranate, vanilla, chilli and champagne – the sensual sauce promises to get your pulse racing. Available free of charge from: https://shop.thesaucyfishco.com.

Recipe courtesy of SupergoldenBakes, using Saucy Fish salmon.

5 Ways to Style Grey Floor and Wall Tiles

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Create your dream interior with grey tiles.

If you’re planning on undertaking a remodelling project, choosing a colour palette is an important place to start. The colour of your walls and floors is going to determine the look and feel of your entire room.

One trend in design that isn’t going away is the love of grey interiors. Grey is a perfect neutral, allowing you to complement any light or dark tones in your home. Grey tiles have seen a huge surge in popularity in the past few years, owing to their style and versatility. Effortlessly chic, grey provides an ideal back-drop to accentuate all those personal accents in your home.

Bright greys are a fantastic way to open up a room without the glare of white, and dark greys are perfect for introducing atmosphere to any space. If you’re thinking of incorporating some grey tones in to your property, we’ve put together a look-book to inspire you.

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Co-ordinate floor and wall tiles for industrial interiors

The industrial revival in interior design is one of the defining trends of the decade. Coordinating concrete-style floor and wall tiles is the perfect way to capture this look. Lay matt grey porcelain tiles from floor-to-ceiling for a seamless aesthetic with an industrial edge. Add some finesse to the room with metallic accents.

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Lay herringbone tiles for a classical revival

Mix traditional and contemporary trends by laying grey modern tiles in a herringbone style. This innovative way of displaying grey tiles is perfect for building a feature wall in your bathroom or kitchen. Mix and match tones for a visually stunning look – perfect for a feature wall or a creative kitchen back-splash.

Choose decorative tiles for decadent interiors

Patterned tiles are a decorating main-stay for creating eye-catching interiors. Choosing a grey colour palette updates these Victorian-influenced designs and adds a touch of luxe to any room. We recommend the artfully printed Nikea tile range from Crown Tiles. Using prints in a limited space is a great way to capture the broken-plan flooring trend, which makes any space look bigger.

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Honour tradition with wood-effect floor tiles

There’s no denying the popularity of wooden flooring. The natural look and texture of wood is ideal for making any house feel homely and it is undeniably timeless. Unfortunately, traditional wooden floors can be high maintenance. Wood-effect porcelain tiles are a perfect alternative, as they capture the look and feel of wood without the maintenance and cost. A high-quality wood-effect tile is a wonderful way to bring the outdoors indoors.

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Go ultra-contemporary with hexagonal tiles

Creative tile shapes are becoming more and more popular. The humble tile has moved well past being a functional surface and is now a design feature of its own. Forget the traditional rectangle and elevate the style of your bathroom or kitchen with hexagonal tiles. Create beautifully geometric feature walls with different grey hues. The stunning honeycomb effect will push your home toward the cutting edge of interior design.

Grey floor and wall tiles are incredibly versatile, and their popularity means there are endless styles to choose from. They complement all colours and styles and will suit changes you make to your interiors over time. Choosing the perfect walls and floors for your next project can feel a little overwhelming, but hopefully these ideas will inspire you to create the space of your dreams.

Introducing Elliot Ryan's Colourful Illustrations

Add character and fun to your child’s interior space with one of Elliot Ryan’s colourful, graphic prints. The perfect addition to any children’s bedroom or playroom. Personalised prints are also available upon request, as well as bespoke murals and special commissions.

Robot Alphabet A2 Print Framed - £90 / A1 Print Framed - £120

Robot Alphabet A2 Print Framed - £90 / A1 Print Framed - £120

Sweet Tooth Illustration - Pancakes  Framed Square 20x20cm Print - £25*  Framed 30x40cm Print - £35*

Sweet Tooth Illustration - Pancakes  Framed Square 20x20cm Print - £25*  Framed 30x40cm Print - £35*

Sweet Tooth Illustration - Lollipop  Framed Square 20x20cm Print - £25*  Framed 30x40cm Print - £35

Sweet Tooth Illustration - Lollipop  Framed Square 20x20cm Print - £25*  Framed 30x40cm Print - £35

Life's a beach - personnalised printed

Life's a beach - personnalised printed

Visit www.erillustrations.co.uk for more prints & details.

Affordable Bespoke Style Kitchens from Husk

Installing a new kitchen can be an expensive business. Even more so if you want something that looks bespoke, is well built, and will last. In fact, designers have been using IKEA cabinets for years (a not so secret, secret) and fitting them with more stylish doors. But if you’re not a designer and you want to save even more money but doing your own installing, this is not always a workable option. But now, there is a company who supply customisable kitchen fronts for standard kitchen units, including fixing locations for simple installation.

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Husk is a new company. It was launched in October 2018. They offer an affordable way to add custom elements to your kitchen. The fronts and countertops are designed to work with IKEA or Howdens cabinets, and materials have been chosen with durability in mind. There’s no need for maintenance and they are hardy enough to withstand busy family lifestyles.

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Designing a custom kitchen can be daunting and time consuming but at Husk the aim is to simplify the process, offering a carefully curated range of product which works well in almost any combination. Help is also at hand, with a free initial consultation either at the end of the phone or in their Bristol showroom.

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What’s more, they really do make plain kitchens look beautiful with styles that will fit comfortably in any home from period to new-build. And they are made in the UK too!

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Fronts, handles, sinks, worktops and taps all from Husk.

Wall Murals That Take The Animal Print Trend To A Wild New Place

MuralsWallpaper decided to take on the challenge of making animal print wallpaper look chic, and have clawed their way to victory with this wild new wall mural collection. Featuring oversized prints in livable color palettes, these conceptual murals tame the year's biggest fashion trend for a tasteful transition into interior design.

Off White Tiger

Off White Tiger

Countless animal looks can been seen prowling the runways and creeping onto home decor accent pieces, making it clear that animal print has become the biggest, boldest, and most obsessed-over trend this year. But design lovers need not shy away from the idea of animal print on walls with the introduction of this mural collection, which sees classic animal prints painted as minimalist shapes with maximalist sizes.

Pink Zebra Lifestyle

Pink Zebra Lifestyle

Animal print wallpaper doesn't have to be frightening

Feline spots that grace the likes of leopards and ocelots are prominent prints, and this style can be achieved in an attractively abstract way on walls with the Prowl wallpaper design. The collection also expands on the trend with animal additions that aren't often explored on clothing but that MuralsWallpaper have found to have ferocious impact on walls, such as a large-scale giraffe print.

Grey Zebra Lifestyle

Grey Zebra Lifestyle

Those who would feel too timid to try the trend in the home can achieve the room of their wildest dreams with this wallpaper collection. Featuring zebra, leopard, tiger and giraffe-inspired designs in a range of stylish neutral shades, these wallpaper murals have found a way to bring these iconic prints to walls with a fashionably conceptual approach.

Off White Leopard

Off White Leopard

Pink Giraffe

Pink Giraffe

From £30.00 per square metre at MuralsWallpaper

Room imagery for this collection is in collaboration with Rose & Grey. Key furniture pieces available at www.roseandgrey.co.uk

Valentine's Day Gifts for Her and Him

Time to spoil the one you love.

For Her

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  1. Personalised Valentine's Day Love Art Gift Poster, Mode Prints.

  2. Lovebird Earrings, Postcards Home.

  3. White Mini Ceramic Heart Trinket Dish with Gold Feathers, Gisela Graham.

  4. Cyclops Large Mirror, Red Candy.

  5. The Enchanted Forest Candle, Chase and Wander.

  6. Small sycamore pendant, Lucy Sylvester.

  7. Valentine's Day Posy, The Real Flower Company.

  8. Set Of 2 Champagne Glasses, Von Shef.

  9. Grow Mini Greenhouse, Abode Living.

For Him

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  1. Personalised Paint Strokes Sketchbook, Papier.

  2. Pendulux Ray Gun Silver And Gold Bookends, Hurn and Hurn.

  3. Henley Angled Desk Lamp, Cult Furniture.

  4. Wash Bag Screen Printed With You're Magic Portrait, Chase and Wonder.

  5. Set of 4 Whisky Glasses, Hurn and Hurn.

  6. Chesterton DAB record player with cassette and USB, GPO Retro.

  7. Umbra Madera Wall Clock, Red Candy.

  8. Enamelled Cufflinks with Silhouette of Sparring Hares, Annabel James.

  9. Townie Original 7D EQ Men's Matte Black 7 Speed, Electra Bicycle Company.

LED Bulbs of Distinction - Achieve a Stylish, Authentic Look AND Save Money!

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Period, industrial and vintage lighting has been popular for some time now and until recently, incandescent Edison style filament light bulbs were the only tasteful bulb of choice. Whilst these bulbs looked beautiful, they were inefficient and led to high energy bills before the EU eventually banned the manufacture and import of these environmentally unfriendly light bulbs.

First generation LED light bulbs were the answer to our energy consumption issues, being around 90% more energy efficient, however, whilst being a blessing for our pockets (significantly reducing electricity bills) they were certainly not a blessing for the look and feel of our interiors!

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The futuristic appearance of the original LED bulb does not lend itself to a period style of lighting or to becoming a beautiful centrepiece in its own right. Thankfully a second generation of LED light bulbs which replicate a more traditional style with multiple finishes of opal, clear and vintage filament are becoming available. Clever flexible LED technology means that the filament no longer needs to be straight and can now be formed into an Edison type spiral. Gone are the unsightly white plastic bases of the straight filament 1st generation LED Bulb and back are the elegantly classic glass and metal finishes we have come to love.

The introduction of the Edison style filament LED light bulbs, like this stunning collection from The SOHO Lighting Company, ensures that the bulb can once again become a focal point or complement any period or vintage light.

Candle Bulbs

Candle Bulbs

Let your design flair run riot - the sizes and shapes range from small golf ball and candle bulbs, right up to giant ER180 bulbs, measuring in at 180mm wide and 300mm long. Whilst the candle and golf balls suit fixtures with multiple bulbs, (see above) the larger LEDs can be hung from a bulb holder on a cable, and if preferred, with no light shade, showing off the beauty and style. (below)

Larger LED’s

Larger LED’s

LED bulbs have long been the weak link in industrial style décor, but now you can create an ambience, complement your surroundings and add a real vintage twist with these beautiful filament bulbs.

Why not try a vintage style GLS bulb in an industrial style floor lamp as an alternative option for quiet evenings in the living room? Or create ambience through amber-coloured Edison style candle bulbs in a classic wall light with multiple fixtures. These bulbs lend exquisite design impact to traditional, vintage and industrial style decors. Whilst first generation LED bulbs detracted from their surroundings, Edison style LED bulbs truly enhance them – utopia for those passionate about design and interiors.

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No longer must we compromise on looks for efficiency or efficiency for looks. Now we get the best of both worlds.

So light up.

Style and beauty is restored with optimum energy efficiency in an innocent bulb.

See the full range of LED Edison style bulbs from The SoHo Lighting Company at Elesi.

John Lewis & Partners Collaborates with Swoon

John Lewis & Partners launches exclusive, new collaboration with Swoon which will be available in 11 shops across the UK and on johnlewis.com from the end of February. The collection of statement furniture is the creation of Swoon’s in-house Design Studio and has been expertly manufactured by John Lewis & Partners. The collection celebrates modernist architecture, retro deco-design and mid century modern which are accented with natural materials, brass and marble. Comprised of 20 living room pieces and four upholstery pieces offered in a range of different fabrics, this collection was designed to help homeowners create a sanctuary complete with beautiful furniture which adds personality and interest to a room. From statement storage that will take centre stage, bar trolleys to make entertaining that bit easier and an armchair that is the minimalist’s ticket to lovely lounging, this collection will instantly elevate your scheme.

John Lewis & Partners Zelda Octagonal Mirror Antique Brass, £195, Swoon Mendel Sideboard, £699

John Lewis & Partners Zelda Octagonal Mirror Antique Brass, £195, Swoon Mendel Sideboard, £699

David Barrett, Living & Dining Buyer, comments on the collaboration; “Exciting designs and unique pieces have been created with interesting colours and substrates for homeowners to add personality to their schemes. Swoon developed the inspirations and designs of the collection, and we’ve worked tirelessly to ensure the quality of the products is what you'd expect from us, partnered with forward thinking designs from them.”

John Lewis & Partners Swoon Rousseau Chair, Teal, £350

John Lewis & Partners Swoon Rousseau Chair, Teal, £350

Sam Baldry, Head of Design at Swoon, on the design of the collection:

It's the first time we have designed exclusively for a brand other than ourselves and the collection is stunning. It brings to life the signature Swoon aesthetic everyone has come to know and love - we have played with deep bold colour palettes, the use of textured wood and a mix of vintage art deco inspired shapes in each piece. We are extremely excited to finally reveal and share the collection with John Lewis and Swoon customers and home enthusiasts alike.

John Lewis & Partners Swoon Satre Coffee Table, Green Marble, £350

John Lewis & Partners Swoon Satre Coffee Table, Green Marble, £350

A Batchelor Pad With an Industrial Vibe for Twin Brothers

This is the home of two twin brothers in São Paulo. The two engineers asked Casa 100 Arquitetura to remodel the apartment in the neighbourhood of Brooklin to provide a comfortable home with ample spaces to also entertain friends.

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With this brief in mind the architects expanded the social area, and pushed it outwards to integrate the balcony into the living space. The open kitchen has been fitted with cabinets that hold utensils and food, and in front of it, an office-designed Piguês marble island serves as a base for cooking and also as a support for the wooden demolition base transformed into a dining table.

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Instead of placing pictures on the wall, the brothers wanted a decorative element that was dynamic. "We suggested the use of a pop mesh, industrial looking, so that with little hooks they could create the displays they wanted to decorate the space," say the architects. The structure works like a blank canvas that can receive pendant plants and compose a vertical garden in the room.

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To enhance the sense of spaciousness, the same porcelain flooring was used throughout the apartment. On the walls, the apparent concrete alternates with the strong turquoise color that highlights the kitchen area and the area of the TV.

Photos: Gui Morelli

Lee Broom Presents Landmark Exhibition in Sydney, Australia

2019 sees leading British designer Lee Broom create one of his most significant landmark exhibitions to date with a presentation with Space Furniture in Australia. The installation is entitled ‘Park Life’ and will showcase for two weeks in March in Sydney.  Set within an underground car park below the flagship showroom of Space Furniture, the 4,000 square feet presentation will be the largest show Lee Broom has created.

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Employing the urban surroundings of the location, Lee Broom will transform the industrial car park and create a contemporary interpretation of a traditional garden park.  Taking the form of a maze, ‘Park Life’ will take guests on a poetic journey of discovery through hidden passageways, with tableaus and vignettes showcasing the brand’s lighting, furniture and accessories in a whole new light. 

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The exhibition takes inspiration from the pleasure gardens of the 18th century which were laid out with mazes and miniature waterways.  These were the places to be seen and to see the latest in art, architecture, music and illuminations.  In much the same way that visitors were entertained in pleasure gardens centuries ago, this modernist interpretation will create a sense of escapism, amusement and drama for which Lee Broom’s shows are best-known for.

In line with the brand’s continuing global expansion, Lee Broom will also be undertaking a tour of the region for the whole month of March and present a series of Design Talks in Singapore, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand coinciding with Singapore and Melbourne Design Weeks.

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NEW PRODUCTS – ECLIPSE IN POLISHED GOLD FINISH

The Park Life installation at Space in Sydney will debut a new version of Lee Broom’s award-winning Eclipse lights in a polished gold finish. Eclipse has a sculptural silhouette with a mobile-like quality that changes at every angle. Mirror-polished gold and acrylic discs interact, dissect and obscure, which both eclipses and reveals its illumination to the viewer at the same time. The new gold finish transforms the light into a warmer, softer interpretation of the original polished chrome finish. Eclipse in polished gold will be available as a single pendant light, chandelier and a table lamp available to order from April for delivery in Summer 2019.

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Lee Broom commented: “I am delighted to return to Australia to present this exciting exhibition with Space Furniture and visit Singapore for the first time during Singapore Design Week. Australia has been a big supporter of my work for many years and it is an honour to create such a significant installation to showcase my collection in Sydney.”  

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Recipe of the Week - Mango & Coconut Brown Rice Pudding

A traditional winter pudding with a tasty twist for those days when only sweet will do.

• Preparation time: 10 minutes

• Cooking time: 45 minutes

• Total time: 55 minutes

Serves 4

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 800ml dairy free coconut drink, or similar

  • 100g brown basmati rice

  • ½ tsp vanilla powder

  • 1 pack 1 ripe mango, skinned and stoned

  • 1-2 tbsp desiccated coconut

Method:

1. Place the dairy-free coconut drink, rice and vanilla powder in a heavy-based saucepan and cook gently for 45 minutes, stirring regularly until the milk has been absorbed and the rice is soft.

2. Thinly slice the mangoes and whizz half until smooth.

3. Toast the coconut in a small non-stick frying pan for 2-3 minutes until golden.

4. Ripple the puréed mango through the rice pudding and spoon into small bowls. Scatter over the remaining mango pieces and the toasted coconut and serve.

Cook’s tip: For a very soft pudding, add more liquid and cook for up to an hour.

This works equally well served chilled. Allow the rice pudding to cool then chill until ready to assemble.

Recipe and image courtesy of Waitrose & Partners

Introducing M&L Paints

Time to introduce to you something new and exciting! We always love new discoveries.

Introducing a palette of 120 beautiful hues from M&L Paints. Inspired by classic architecture and the natural world, the cornerstones of quality for M&L Paints are the beguiling intensity of colour, strength of pigment and opacity.

Dijon

Dijon

Sage

Sage

Saxe Blue

Saxe Blue

Smoke Blue

Smoke Blue

Burnt Orange (Door), Britannia Bronze (Chair)

Burnt Orange (Door), Britannia Bronze (Chair)


Prices start from £25 for 1L – www.mandlpaints.com

Top Tips to Styling Pantone's Colour of the Year - Living Coral

We love how Pantone’s colour of the year for 2019 is eliciting so much debate in the home and interiors industry. Today it’s the turn of Valspar Paints.

“Coral is an animated and optimistic shade, adding a sense of warmth and joy to any room in the house. The playful shade encourages us to find intimacy in our environments, while our lives become increasingly busy with social media and technology. With the name playing into life under the sea, the colour evokes wonder and enchantment.”

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To brighten up your home with this on-trend hue, opt for Valspar shade ‘Flamboyant Flamingo’. Whether you’re looking to create a statement feature wall, decorate an entire room or add a pop of colour through furniture, this shade has the power to liven up and transform dull living spaces. Pair with complimentary cream colours such as ‘Ode to Joy’ or ‘Sahara Dust’ or go bolder with orange tones like ‘Sunset in Provence’, to inject some much needed warmth.

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  1. Pankita Bamboo Scuttle Chair, Out There Interiors.

  2. Distressed Metal Wall Planter Trough, The Farthing.

  3. Coral Pink Flamingo Scarf, Natural History Museum.

  4. Curved Terracotta Plant Pot, Scaramanga.

  5. Leopard Wall Vase, Audenza.

  6. Natural Woven Water Hyacinth Camo Side Table, Hurn and Hurn.

  7. Macrame Hanging Basket, Dobbies.

  8. Three Rustic Terracotta Pots in Wire Basket. The Farthing. And Set of 5 Faux Succulent Plants in Pots, Melody Maison.

  9. Tom Tailor ZigZag Berry Rug, Modern Rugs.

Mini Moderns Launch Culture! Collection.

2019 sees the launch of a new wallpaper collection from Mini Moderns. The Culture! collection of 8 designs draws upon their love of mid century art, design and architecture… and much more.

Mini Moderns founders Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire often cite culture and social History as great influences on their work. Whilst they’re particularly known for their love of mid century design for this collection Mark and Keith have cast their net wider drawing on their fascination with everything from modernist architecture to the aesthetic movement of the late 19th century from ceramic collections to the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Mark and Keith explain “We set off designing this collection with a ‘back to our roots’ Philosophy. Along the way we found ourselves opening up to a broader range of influences than ever before”

The Culture! collection has also offered the opportunity for the design duo to rekindle some of the partnerships they have formed with museums and cultural organisations including Southbank Centre the Geffrye and Museum of London.

The result is a diverse collection, unified by their distinctive handwriting and signature colour palette. The duo agree “There really is something for all Mini Moderns fans in this collection – from the more recognizable mid century inspired designs to some surprises and new departures’.

The 8 new wallpapers in the collection are:

Net & Ball: Created in collaboration with Southbank Centre this design is based on the Royal Festival Hall carpet, designed in 1951 by Peter Moro and Leslie Martin.

Vessel: An eclectic array of vases and jugs adorns this wallpaper, inspired by the Geffrye’s diverse ceramics collection.

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Pavilion: An abstract design of lines and dots, based on the Abacus screen from the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Pleasure Gardens: Created in collaboration with Museum of London, this design features the 19th century sights and events at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.

Bauhaus: Marking 100 years of the Bauhaus, this design features some of Walter Gropius’s most well known architecture, as well as symbols of the Bauhaus movement the circle, triangle and square.

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Lucky Lantern: A Chinese lantern design, inspired by the Eastern styles prevalent in the aesthetic movement, as displayed in the Geffrye’s 1890 drawing room.

Transmission: Referencing Mark and Keith’s favourite pastime, this linear graphic design is formed from the outlines of mid century television aerials.

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Concert:  Celebrating the diversity of musical performance at London’s Southbank Centre in wireframe illustrative forms.

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All wallpapers are printed in the UK using water based inks on FSC certified paper from responsible sources. Prices range from £60-£65 per 10m roll.

A Recipe for Burns Night - Haggis Bon Bons With Whisky Sauce

A perfect excuse to end dry-January early! Burns night on the 25th January (that’s tomorrow!) is honoured each year with haggis, whisky, poetry and renditions of Auld Lang Syne. So we thought you might like this quick and easy recipe to help the party go with a swing.

Preparation time: 10 minutes + chilling

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes + chilling

Makes: 24

Makes: 24

Ingredients:

  • 300g haggis 

  • 50g plain flour

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 large Egg, lightly beaten

  • 100g panko breadcrumbs

  • 5 tbsp mayonnaise 

  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard 

  • 1-2 tbsp whisky

  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

Method:

1. Remove the outer casing from the haggis, break up into 24 pieces and roll each piece into a small ball.

2. Place the flour and paprika in a shallow bowl, the egg in another shallow bowl and finally the breadcrumbs in a third bowl. Roll the haggis balls in the paprika flour, then in the beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs until evenly coated. Transfer to a baking tray and chill for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, stir together the mayonnaise, wholegrain mustard and whisky. Spoon into a serving bowl and set aside.

4. Pour vegetable oil into a medium saucepan to a depth of about 6cm. Heat until it reaches 170ºC or drop a small piece of bread in the oil – when it turns brown in about 30 seconds, the oil is ready.

5. Using a metal slotted spoon, lower the haggis bon bons, a few at a time, into the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes until golden and crispy. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm in a low oven while you finish cooking the remainder.

Cook’s tip: This recipe also works well using vegetarian haggis.

Recipe and image courtesy of Waitrose & Partners