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21 October 2016

Trip to Farrow & Ball with Amara

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting British colour experts, Farrow & Ball. I along with other British and international bloggers was invited by Amara to join them in Dorset for a day of splendid inspiration. We met bright and early at London Waterloo station before making our journey to Bournemouth. Our little mini bus stopped outside Deans Court, where we were given an exceptional tour of a fabulous grade I listed property which has been with the current owners family for over 500 years. Upon entering Deans Court, we were treated by the Farrow & Ball team and joined the other international bloggers over a chit chat with tea and delicious Dorset apple cake. We were then presented with a talk from Charlotte about Farrow & Ball's latest wallpaper collection which you can see here

During the talk we learnt all about the history of Farrow and Ball and the new collection. Arcade is a wonderfully glamorous take on the art deco movement, portraying a soft, romantic take on the classic curved motif. The beautifully tactile scallop design gently dances across the length of the paper, creating an inherently sophisticated feel. The Gable is quite unique and playful, featuring a rural scene of ploughed fields and farmyard animals. It perfectly captures the innocence of simpler times. Gable definitely captivates the imagination. In contrast to the other two designs, Enigma, named after the encoding machine deciphered by Alan Turing, is a beguiling and bold example of geometric design. The design encompasses a series of interlocking rectangles, which invigorates and enthrals. The new collection is made in the same way as all Farrow and Ball artisanal wallpapers, the new designs are traditionally block printed using real paint and I actually had the experience of seeing the wallpaper being made at the headquarters in Dorset! Each design is also available in seven colour ways ranging from delicate neutrals and muted pastels, to bolder tones with metallic accents. After the inspirational talk we were given a tour of the fabulous Deans Court by the current owner Sir William. Each room had its own special story and was bought to life with a Farrow and Ball paint renovation. 

We then went to the lovely Squash Court for lunch and I had a good catchup with the other bloggers. After lunch we got creative at the Farrow and Ball headquarters after our magical tour of the factories. I got to see how the paint and wallpaper is made and made my own lampshade, which was pretty cool. I then headed back to London from Bournemouth with the Amara team with my lampshade and goody bag.


Habitat Light Club

To celebrate the launch of Habitat's new AW16 lighting collection, they're turning the basement of their Tottenham Court Road store into a Light Club for a one-night-only event of dancing, DJing and beautiful lighting. It's such a fun event that Habitat have creatively put together. I had the pleasure of attending the launch party, (as seen below) where there was a spectacular dynamic lighting display featuring new and iconic habitat designs. There was also a DJ set by Crucial & Fresh with live choreographed dance routines by professional dancers. The cocktails by London pop-up king, Jimmy Garcia, were also pretty amazing.

The one-night-only pop up night club which is open to the public will be held at Habitat's Tottenham Court Road flagship store on Thursday 27th October 2016. Limited free tickets are available from 


18 October 2016

Shady Grey

There is something beautiful and calming about this interior. The dark colours work together to  almost warm up the room creating a very sophisticated atmosphere.


Colour Inspiration: {black & white stripes}

Stripes have always looked wonderful within interiors. They add focal points to a room and also dress it with charm and a hint of Parisian Chic. I adore a monochrome room, particularly when used as a focal point as too much can be overpowering.

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17 October 2016

Candlelight for Winter's Nights

Winter is gradually setting in with frosty cool mornings, and candlelit evenings. Trees are shedding their beautiful autumn leaves and blankets are keeping us warm at night. Creating a cosy atmosphere in the home during winter is important. It's just as import for kids as it is for adults. There are many ways in which you can decorate your home with accessories to make it feel extra cosy and inviting. Implementing wonderful soft throws and blankets always work well and adding ambient lighting such as candles provide the perfect winter setting. 

India May Home have released a gorgeous collection of tealight and candle holders for winter. They're great for styling your home ready for Christmas.

Glass Candle Holders
The fun of these candleholders comes from their flexibility! The glass box shape of the Nord collection is ideal for holding pillar candles, whilst the special iron supports of the Nordic collection are designed to hold dinner candles, but you're not restricted to these two options. We like to put objects in the centre of ours to create a pretty display, swapping the contents depending on the season: crunchy leaves for autumn, pinecones and faux snow for winter, eggs and feathers for spring. 

Tealight Holders
Display these tealight holders as a set or mix and match several colours together. You have a choice of two sizes and three finishes: Mercury Silver, Black or Clear. Each one is the perfect size to hold a tea light or votive candle.

Star Tealight Holders
Specially commissioned by Karen for India May Home, these iron stars light up beautifully when a tealight is placed inside. They look great in pairs when placed on a windowsill, or strung up from the ceiling using the strong metal loop on the tip. 

Sutara Star Candle Holder
This is a star shaped candle holder in a generous size, ideal for filling with small objects or weaving Christmas foliage around the top! Sutara has space for five tall candles and is made from glass and iron. Each one is made by hand, and therefore has its own small imperfections and character. 

Safi Star Tealight Holder
This star-shaped piece is made from iron and glass, with a rounded iron well in the middle to hold a tealight. If you wanted an extra bright light you could fit another five candles in the spaces around the edge, but we prefer to fill it with decorative objects like pebbles, ornaments or pine cones.

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