Cityscapes by Chisel & Mouse

Paris Cityscape by Chisel and Mouse | Design Hunter

There's always something fascinating about a bird's eye view of a city. I think it's the potential to lose yourself in the detail as you identify and remember places you've previously visited or wonder about new destinations that have yet to be explored and what they might reveal.

Maps and aerial photographs offer representations of past, present and future adventures, and their ability to transport us to another world offers a delightful form of escapism. While Google Earth allows us to research destinations before we've even arrived at them there's something reassuring about having a tactile representation of a place literally in your hands, rather than just a transient illuminated image on a screen.

New from Chisel & Mouse, who you may already know from their architectural models, is a series of finely cast plaster cityscapes, including New York, London, Rome and Amsterdam amongst others.

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Summer weekend breakfast styling with Anthropologie

Sunday morning breakfast with Anthropologie | Design Hunter

One of our favourite weekend rituals during the summer months is a lazy Sunday morning breakfast out in the garden. Although we only have a small town garden it's south facing and very sheltered so it's warm and sunny for much of the day during the summer months - perfect for eating outdoors.

Last year we gave our garden a bit of a makeover and painted the back wall in Railings, a deep blue black which provides a wonderfully dramatic contrast for both the bright green foliage and the new deck. There are still a few further updates we want to make - I'm planning some new planting for 2016 and I'm hoping Mr P will find time to make a water feature for us - but with the warmer months almost upon us I thought it was a good time to show you how it's looking so far, so I've teamed up with Anthropologie to style some of the pieces from their SS16 home collection for a lazy weekend breakfast.

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Colour Trend | Rust and Claret

Wooden armchair in wine | Mink Interiors

I'm noticing lots of rust and claret shades creeping into interiors collections just lately. These rich deep colours work perfectly with terracotta and blush, as well as with warm metals like copper and brass, and feel like a natural evolution on from last year's 'Copper Blush'.

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A pampering spa break at Pennyhill Park with Tempur

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Sleep and wellness are inextricably linked. For me, ensuring that I get a good night's sleep is as important as making sure that I eat well and exercise regularly. While controlling environmental factors like temperature, light and noise levels can help, I've found that making little adjustments to my bedtime routine also makes a difference - having a relaxing bath or banishing tech from the bedroom and instead settling down with a good book, for example. Ultimately however it's often what we sleep on that has most impact on the quality of our sleep, so when Tempur got in touch and invited Mr P and I to enjoy a night away at Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa so that we could indulge in a little pampering whilst also discovering what it's like to sleep on one of their incredibly comfortable mattresses we jumped at the chance.

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Inspired by Nature

John Lewis Croft collection

It's always a joy when the clocks go forward. The morning light begins to take on a softer, warmer tone at this time of year and the evenings are suddenly longer and lighter. We've made it through the colder months, the garden is about to burst into bloom and it's time to start preparing the home for summer.

The new Summer home edit from John Lewis taps into this seasonal shift. Inspired by artisan craft and a love of nature it has a colour palette that draws its inspiration from 'honeyed mornings and long light evenings'.

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Weekend Style | 5 minimal monochrome wardrobe essentials

5 minimal monochrome wardrobe essentials | Design Hunter

If I had to sum up my approach to fashion in three words it would be 'cost-per-wear' - a mantra I've invoked on countless occasions in order to justify the purchase of 'investment' pieces.

As I neared the end of my 30s I struggled with clothes a lot. I knew that the things I once wore no longer really suited me, but it took me quite a long time to work out how I wanted to dress in my 40s, and beyond. Returning home from a shopping trip last week I realised that I'm finally pretty comfortable with my 40 something style. In fact I'm perhaps enjoying fashion more than I've ever done. I've finally figured out what I enjoy wearing!

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