Best of the artisan ceramics trend

August 24, 2016

best hand thrown artisan ceramics, interior design trends 2016


Since London Design Week last year, beautifully crafted ceramics have barely been off my radar, there seems to be a real vogue for beautiful handcrafted artisan pieces at the moment and I can’t get enough of them. I have a post in draft at present on kitchen updates for little investment and this is certainly one very pleasing way to do it – a well placed beautiful ceramic in the kitchen can detract from a multitude of sins! As I seem to have been pinning and saving ceramics for most of 2016, today I’m sharing my favourites from around the world. From the painterly to the abstract via the gold leafed and pastel here are all my favourite pretties for your perusal. Enjoy! Continue reading “Best of the artisan ceramics trend” »


Our bright & colourful cocktail room

August 15, 2016

eclectic vintage art deco colourful bohemian modern interior decor design & styling ideas

Yippee, another month and another room becomes complete in the house (I’m loving this part of renovation when you get to add the personal touches that pull a room together). This time it’s the dining room which I am decadently referring to as our cocktail room since its the main purpose of the space. I guess this would traditionally be a room for family time, but with a toddler running riot throughout the rest of the house and as we aren’t really formal enough as a family to do dinner anywhere other than round the kitchen table  (if that!) I don’t believe in creating a dead space simply out of convention so cocktail room it is!
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Amara Interior Blog Awards – Design Soda Nomination

August 12, 2016

Amara Interior blog awards 2016 - Design Soda

Good morning all, just a quick post today in form of a plea. If you follow me on social media you may have noticed that I’m a teensy bit excited to be up for an Amara Interior Blog Award in the Best Design Inspiration Category.

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes (when I’m not working or toddler taming) to bring you my favourite passions. I absolutely love writing this blog and have started to get opportunities to bring you fresh content over the last year beyond my expectations. Getting on the shortlist would bring many more of these opportunities and I’d be lying if I didn’t say it would be nice just to get on the shortlist in and of itself (despite my stats, I’m never quite sure it’s not just my mum reading this – hi mum!).

So, I happily have my begging bowl out today to ask you that if you enjoy reading my blog please take 10 seconds and vote for it via the link below. I promise to love you forever (!)

Thank you in advance

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10 Best Botanical Leaf Print Wallpapers

August 8, 2016

best botanical and tropical leaf print wallpapers

Image: Design Soda

If you have eyes and ears I’m sure you’ve noticed tropical palm and banana leaf prints are a massive trend in homes and fashion at the moment, all over the catwalk (sometimes head to toe outfits, I’m looking at you Dolce and Gabanna!), homewares, fabrics, paper and I’m totally seduced by them. I think our new obsession with leaves in the home started with our acceptance en masse of succulents and cacti into our homes a few years back followed by the adoption of larger house plants, last year was definitely the year of the cheese plant, looks like this year may be the fiddle leaf tree, both of which are beautiful but utterly toxic to cats. We have one very shady border in our garden so I’ve been looking at all of the beautiful different leaf patterns Mother Nature has created in quite a lot of detail over the last few months and all of these leaf prints make my heart sing. Continue reading “10 Best Botanical Leaf Print Wallpapers” »


Through the aperture: Summer in London

August 5, 2016

byron burger interior caramel and turquoise

Byron Burger, Caramel & Turquoise colour hunting


I got some exciting news this week when an email dropped in from a magazine who would like to feature our bathroom in their makeovers section, we have just had a seaside break seeing family in Scarborough and my home is currently full of fresh flowers from the garden, so August is looking good so far! Here are some of the things that have caught my eye. Image above is a beautiful colour combination in Byron Burgers Wandsworth caramel leather and turquoise walls, only problem with this place is going with one of your favourites on lunch hour and not wanting to leave…


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My pick of cutting garden favourites (& ideas for how to style them)

August 1, 2016

DIY Pineapple vase flower arrangement styling interiors

Image: Design Soda


It’s the first day of August and right now Mother Nature is putting on quite a show in our garden, flowers are everywhere in abundance. We’ve been celebrating each new bloom by bringing them into the home throughout July and I’ve been watching what thrives best and looks well within our interior style. I’m over the moon to have a garden to grow flowers in, not only are they much cheaper than florists and fresher too but there’s something really pleasing about watching your blooms come from shoots and blossom on top of which I love the smell and they are great for your wellbeing in a space. I’ve been reading Holly Becker’s Decorate with Flowers this month (which  I highly recommend) and last week I was at a brilliant workshop put together by bloomon on modern flower arrangements so I thought I’d put together some of the top tips I’ve learned and some styling ideas for if you fancy growing a cutting garden but don’t know where to start. I’ve had window boxes and front garden pots for years so I have some tried and trusted faves along with new additions that I’m now able to grow in our outdoor space and work really well indoors. Continue reading “My pick of cutting garden favourites (& ideas for how to style them)” »


Design Crush #10

July 27, 2016

Studio-Flock-geometric surface patter ply furniture
Image: Studio Flock

Help, I have literally nowhere to put this, but I am totally in love with it! The coffee table on the right (but I’d take either of the others too) It’s glorious, the definition of style, so colourful, so noisy, so anarchic, hell just so everything! OK, enough of the hyperbole, but it makes me want to bin other bits of furniture to make room, I’m a little in love with this company and their fine sense of pattern. I bought a cushion from them a while back which is a real stunner and, having seen a peek on their Instagram feed, I can’t wait for their rug collection for FLoor_Story to launch at Design Junction this year. A fellow blogger featured these tables last week just when I’d started drafting this so it’s clearly going to be a design hit everywhere soon!

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Weaving Workshop – Upstairs at Smug

July 25, 2016

hand weaving workshop smug bezalel
Last weekend I enrolled on a day course to learn hand weaving. I’ve been a big fan of the bohemian home trend with a tribal twist for a while now and admiring the various wall hangings I’ve come across. So when I saw a course come up in one of my favourite London design stores – Smug,  it was a bit of a no brainer. It was a fantastic thing to do, contemplative and relaxing in a way I’d liken to gardening which is in contrast to my experience of sewing or cross stitch which I find a bit frustrating. Weaving is therapeutic, it has less maths and more fun than other techniques I’ve learnt before so I thought I’d share my experience on the blog today.  Continue reading “Weaving Workshop – Upstairs at Smug” »


Living Room Makeover: Our Natural History Infused Bohemian Modern Space

July 20, 2016

Natural history decor coral, eucalyptus, shells, curios. styling nature interior design


We are now at the really nice point in decorating the house (hallelujah) where we have finished decorating everything internally so can look to objects and styling spaces to make it feel more our own and interesting. This is everyone’s favourite part, right? The bit where you edit down your pieces, add a few special new ones to embellish with and drive your partner crazy moving things around until they are just right (all before a tiny toddler comes into the room and makes his own stylist decisions about exactly what belongs where!). Continue reading “Living Room Makeover: Our Natural History Infused Bohemian Modern Space” »


Through the Aperture – The Great Outdoors

July 18, 2016

Japanese Sago Palm - Plants on PinkSago Palm on Pink

Confession time, today was supposed to be a post on our living room update but it isn’t quite finished (for various very boring reasons) so I am posting a few summery pics instead. This weather has been amazing the last few days, perfect temperatures, light and of course nature in abundance. From the crinoline blush of the pink poppies in my garden to the hot house bananas in Lisbon, nature is creating a dream right now. House tour will roll out on Wednesday if you can hold your breath til then (insert your favourite cheeky faced emoji here)! Continue reading “Through the Aperture – The Great Outdoors” »