Tuesday, 6 October 2015

5 of the best new Supermarket home accessories from George Asda

We all have our favourite supermarkets where we prefer to shop but how many of us look at the Homewares section? No me neither really but I think all that's about to change after I spied the new Luna collection by Asda.

The range has tapped into all the latest key trends in interiors from copper, to cork and marble and all at Asda prices. At this point I should tap my back jeans pocket but as I'm not a vlogger you'll have to imagine this bit! What I'm trying to say is they are cheap, but look like they could have been bought from some chic Scandinavian site.

Here's my top 5 buys and it's definitely worth going online or in store and checking out the rest of the range.

Glazed copper canister £4.00

Cork notice board £6.00

Matt black & cork shade £20.00

Copper star cushion £7.00

Set of 4 place mats £5.00

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Gluten Free Goodies in West Didsbury Manchester

As a coeliac and a lover of the ritual of high tea, it can be a let down sometimes, when all you want is a slab of cake and a good cup of tea. Many times, I've gone into cafes and tea shops to be told that the only gluten free offering of the day, sold out ages ago!

Well on Saturday after trying three previous establishments on Burton Road in West Didsbury Manchester, which is the kind of bohemian area, you would expect to find GF offerings (not that I'm a bohemian you understand, but I'm sure you get my drift) I was delighted to find an array of offerings at and The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon.

This very sweet little cafe, all white walls, pale grey formica tables and recycled clothes shop fittings, housing the crockery and cutlery, had not one but three types of gluten free treats. This is a regular occurrence and everything is baked freshly on the premises, throughout the day, so that nothing sells out by midday, as is often the case.
Amongst the cakes on Saturday, I was offered Gluten Free scones in the form of a cream tea. This I have to say, I have not experienced for almost 12 years and it was well worth the wait. Served up with a choice of strawberry, raspberry or damson jam and thick clotted cream and a choice of tea from the vast selection, they were delicious. All the brownies and blondies are also gluten free and there is usually another choice of cake such as lemon drizzle, Victoria sponge or cupcakes.

Obviously if you don't have to worry about such things, there is an even more amazing choice of cakes and homemade goodies such as banana bread or baked cheesecakes for you lucky people.

It's worth checking out the website for events and classes that run throughout the year and special occasion cakes and afternoon teas, with a cheeky glass of fizz can be pre booked.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Is Blue The New Grey in Interiors

As we all have all been obsessed by the use of grey in our homes for the last couple of years, is there finally a sea change in the air? Is blue becoming the new grey?

Fashion designer Erdem, the man behind the pieces in our wardrobes, that would become heirlooms to pass onto our offspring, if we could only afford them, has this month opened his first store in London and the interior walls are painted a beautiful pale china blue. The store was designed by his partner, architect, Philip Joseph, so between these two creatives you'd figure they must know a thing or two about colour and trends?
To add to my curiousity about blue perhaps being the new grey, Little Greene paint Company have also launched a separate paint scales chart especially for their blue shades, their only other scales chart currently being grey. Coincidence? Surely not?
Celestial Blue - Little Greene

Farrow & Ball, in fact predicted that one of their key colours for 2015 was their light Blue, seen here.

Lisa Armstrong of The Telegraph, suggests Farrow & Ball Light Blue or Parma Gray, above, as a close substitute for the custom blended paint used in the Erdem store, should you decide you too fancy a change from the 50 shades of grey we've been surrounded with.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Autumn Styling with Rose & Grey Interiors

The month of September is probably my favourite month of the year. Crisp clear mornings and bright sunny days, if we are blessed with an Indian summer, like we have been this year, and nature turning on it's magic creating warm tones everywhere.

Everything about Autumn is cosy and comforting and a real nesting season evoking candle lit evenings wrapped in snuggly knits and home cooked comfort food eaten in front of a log fire, what's not to like?

When I was asked to style these gorgeous zinc edged frames for online interior retailer Rose & Grey, my immediate inspiration came from the colours of the season and the current trend for metallics within interiors.

The frames are not only ideal for displaying favourite photos and postcards, they are also perfect for mounting flat found objects, such as feathers, pressed dried flowers and pieces of fabric or lace.

 I used copper accents and sprayed an oak leaf using Plastikote metallic spray paint in Copper, which literally takes a minute to dry. So fast & easy, I'll be spraying anything that doesn't move copper!
Styling your home for Autumn is easy if you use natures finds. Replace fresh flowers with foliage and decorative branches and decorate surfaces with pine cones, dried artichoke heads and beautiful found feathers.

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Dulux Colour of The Year 2016 - Cherished Gold

Every year a team of trend forecasters discuss, digest and digress about their thoughts on what should be the Dulux colour of the year. It's all very scientific and based on world events,current affairs and major trends brought about by exhibitions, films, street style. The announcement of their final choice was made this year at Tent London and it's no surprise to find out that the colour of the year follows on from last years Copper blush, as metallics have been such a major player in interiors for many seasons now.

The Dulux Colour of 2016 has been named Cherished Gold and is a warm ochre, beloved by the Dutch masters for its earthy rich quality.

This colour works equally well in a modern contemporary home or a more traditional space, in an urban home or a country cottage, with a dark pairing such as midnight blue or a pretty pastel. It's versatile and perfect for the new season with it's warm autumnal tone.

If you can't see yourself using it as a paint colour within a room, you can just bring it in as an accent colour, using it on a piece of painted furniture or by bringing in soft furnishings?

It also works beautifully with dark dramatic greys which is a perfect accent colour for the new neutral that we have all become a little obsessed with.
What are your thoughts on Cherished Gold, love it or can live without it thanks?

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Perfumer H ~ Lynn Harris of Miller Harris Bespoke London Shop

As a young woman of 18, I was bought my first grown up perfume as a gift from my mum. The perfume, Miss Dior ,was in a square glass bottle with a cut glass stopper and I felt the height of sophistication dabbing drops of this heady fragrance behind my ears and onto my wrists before a night out. Ever since those days, when I realised that there were far more sophisticated scents than Charlie by Revlon, I have been a bit of a perfume connoisseur, constantly seeking out the new and the unusual.

As I've grown older, I'm more drawn to traditional and vaguely familiar smells in my perfume of choice and the blends by perfumer Lynn Harris for Miller Harris have been a constant favourite. Such a fan of her fragrances I am, I even have a Miller Harris designed wallpaper in our lounge, based on the flower head sketches seen on her packaging.

How excited I was to read recently then, that she has opened a new shop in London, Perfumer H, where you can have an consultation with her and from that have your own bespoke fragrance blended. What excited me further was to learn that the shop interior has been designed by Retrouvius, who specialise in utilising reclaimed pieces and materials within their interior designs.
The interior of the new shop is simple and minimalist, it's all about the product and showcasing that. Hand blown glass bottles are framed within reclaimed wooden cases, which have been lined with velvet and linen fabric, each one in a rich sensual colour, that can be changed seasonally to complement the changes in the fragrances. 

The furniture pieces chosen, are mid 20th Century originals, to appeal to both a male or female customer and the entire interior has a calming aesthetic, ensuring nothing distracts you from your quest to find the perfect perfume. 
Behind the shop front is the lab where the magic happens and the walls are lined with shelves reclaimed from a school chemistry lab, to house the various oils.
Retrouvious show time and time again the using recycled materials is the way forward for intelligent and beautiful design. 

Friday, 4 September 2015

Hotel SP34 Copenhagen

I am lucky enough to be spending quite a lot of time booking mini breaks throughout Europe at the moment, for various special birthdays and celebrations. In my quest to find some suitable accommodation for a friends 40th birthday next year and also a city break to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary, I have come across some fabulous small hotels, all with a strong emphasis on design.

The Hotel SP34 in Copenhagen was one such find and although this has not been booked for any of the trips, it is filed away in my memory bank, under "must visit"

There are some lovely design features, as would be expected from the scandinavians, my particular favourite, as somebody that likes to read in bed, is the leather upholstered head rest against the Danish wood headboard.
The Hotel SP34 is located in the city's Latin Quarter, which is home to the Bohemian crowd, surrounded by vintage shops, bars and cafes.