Christmas Gift Edit | For Her

Christmas Gifts for Her

I'm kicking off the countdown to Christmas on Design Hunter today with the first of my gift edits.

I'll be posting lots of gift ideas over the next couple of weeks and will also be creating a dedicated Christmas Gift Guide page where I'll be rounding up all the items featured in the gift guide posts along with lots of other lovely things you might feel tempted to treat your friends or loved ones to.

1. coat by Stella McCartney  |  2. bath oil by Byredo  |  3. scented candle by Oscar de la Renta  |  4. earrings from SixForGold Boutique  |  5. notebook by Lanvin  |  6. leopard print clutch by Whistles  |  7.  bracelet from The White Company  |  8. marble phone case by Native Union  |  9. box by L'Objet

Blue Collar Rib bowls by Arian Brekveld for Royal Delft

Blue collar rib bowls by Arian Brekveld for Royal Delft

These 'Blue Collar Rib Bowls' by Arian Brekveld landed in my inbox recently. Regular readers will know that I have a soft spot for contemporary ceramics and these are certainly on my wish list.

Brekveld previously designed for Royal Delft in 2012, with his 'Touch of Blue' tableware and 'Blue Collar Bottles', and has this year added new pieces to the Blue D1653 collection. As before he has cleverly juxtaposed the application of classic blue motifs onto pure white forms that align perfectly with the heritage of Delftware (which traces its origins back to the 1640s), bringing it bang up to date for lovers of contemporary ceramics.

I particularly like the larger flatter bowls - a perfect embodiment of old and new within a single design.


Dulux Amazing Space

Dulux Amazing Space copper blush moodboard | Design Hunter

Christmas seems to be creeping ever closer. Over the weekend we spent some time freshening up our home, repainting the hallway and contemplating a few new accessories to pull everything together for the winter. There are a few spaces that feel a little uninspiring and I've been looking for ways to improve them on a fairly modest budget, without undertaking anything too major.

Last week I was invited to have a design consultation with Dulux ahead of the launch of their new online interior design service Amazing Space, which aims to provide homeowners with a range of inspirational ideas to enable them to transform their homes in an affordable and stress-free way. In all honesty, my initial reaction was to be a little unsure about how useful I'd find it (I already spend a lot of time looking at interiors after all), and more importantly, whether or not I'd actually like the ideas the designers proposed, but I was also intrigued to discover how the Dulux experts would approach our living space, and what someone casting a professional pair of eyes over our home would recommend. So to test out the service I booked three half hour sessions to look at three different spaces in our home - the kitchen, the living room and the bedroom.


The Patera pendant light from Louis Poulsen

Patera pendant light | Louis Poulsen

Lighting, especially during the dark winter nights, is often a key element that can 'make or break' a room. The best designs match functionality with ambience, to create comfortable living spaces you feel truly at home in.

The new Patera pendant light by Øivind Slaatto is just such a light. Designed to serve as a modern chandelier that both unifies the space and creates an emotional connection with us, it is the latest offering from Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen, producer of such classic designs as Poul Henningsen's Artichoke light and Arne Jacobsen's AJ table lamp.

Taking nature as its inspiration, the design is based on the Fibonacci sequence - think of the cross section of a spiral shell, or the seed formation of a pine cone. 


A warming winter breakfast | Coconut and almond porridge with vanilla caramelized pears

Coconut and almond porridge with vanilla caramelized pears | Design Hunter

Breakfast is without a doubt my favourite meal of the day. I honestly don't understand how anyone can skip it. I could no more contemplate leaving the house without breakfast than I could head out for the day without my keys and phone.

I love porridge, especially at this time of year. This version is particularly indulgent. It contains some of my favourite ingredients, and you won't find a #cleaneating hashtag attached to it. It's an unashamed treat for those dark winter days when you need something warm and delicious to lift your spirits first thing in the morning. Think of it as breakfast dessert!


Bon Ceramics

Moon bowls by Ilona van der Bergh | Photography by Haw Lin

Bon ceramics recently launched its online store offering contemporary wares from a new generation of designers, offering exclusive quality objects with a timeless appeal.

With over 150 unique handcrafted items from a truly international cohort of 26 designers, the launch collection is diverse, but the pieces share a common minimalist attitude.