A look back at 2015

Balloons at Covent Garden | Design Hunter

Hello again and happy new year everyone.

I completely unplugged from blogging and social media over the Christmas holidays (sometimes it's good to take a break), and have been slowly easing myself back to work with lots of tea, procrastination and list writing. 2015 was a pretty good year, so before I launch into January here (rather belatedly) is a look back at a few of my highlights from the past twelve months - some favourite posts, instagram captures, holidays, events and collaborations.



BMWi Wallpaper Awards 2015

In January we attended the BMW i Wallpaper Awards 2015 at Bonhams in London, and were chauffered home in style courtesy of BMW.



Muji shelves styled by Design Hunter

In February I teamed up with Muji to style their new shelving system.



The Elle Decoration Directory 2015

March saw Design Hunter featured in The Elle Decoration Directory. I am always thankful when anyone is kind enough to say they enjoy reading Design Hunter, but as Elle Decoration has been one of my favourite magazines for many years, I was particularly honoured to be mentioned by a publication I love and admire so much.



Signature chair by Frits Henningsen for Carl Hansen

In April I was delighted to share a special Milan Design Week guest edit from Ruth Aram of the Aram Store.



The Conservatorium Hotel | Amsterdam

Design Hunter took a trip to Holland and Belgium in May. We stayed at the beautiful Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam before heading to the coast for a few days where we stayed at the wonderful Vesper Hotel in Noordwijk, enjoying a quick stopover in Brussels on the way home.



Stair Canopy | RCA Summer Show 2015

In June I visited the Royal College of Art summer shows and took a tour of this year's Serpentine Pavilion by Selgascano. I was also delighted to be featured in The Independent.



Hydrangeas at the V&A Museum | Design Hunter

July was the month when I finally made it to the Alexander McQueen show 'Savage Beauty' at the V&A, and it was one of the most profoundly beautiful and moving shows I've ever been to.



Tom Dixon penthouse at Greenwich Peninsula | Design Hunter

In August, we spent a couple of days exploring the changes taking place at Greenwich Peninsula - we tried out the new Craft by Tom Dixon restaurant, enjoyed the Phoebe English exhibition at the Now Gallery, and spent the night in a Tom Dixon designed penthouse with the most incredible views out across to Canary Wharf.

We also did something I've long wanted to do. We hired a camper van and took a road trip around the Scottish Highlands. Having a dog means that we often holiday in the UK so that he can come with us, and it's fair to say Albert had a wonderful time. I've been lucky enough to visit Scotland many times, but having the freedom to just pitch up wherever and whenever we wanted made this trip extra special, and we are already planning to do it all over again (with an alternative route) this year.



Samsung Serif TV launch at Somerset House LDF15 | Design Hunter

September was London Design Festival month. Highlights for me were The Art of Progress at 19 Greek Street, Michael Anastassiades at the Aram Store and the launch of the new Serif TV by the Bouroullec Brothers at Somerset House.

Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby wrote a great post highlighting some of the trends from LDF. I'll be looking out for terrazzo in 2016 as I predict this is a material we'll definitely be seeing a lot more of this year.

I also enjoyed a wonderful botanical lunch and flower class at Petersham Nurseries with the lovely folks at Not on the High Street.

In September I began working with Samsung Home Appliances as a brand ambassador. I'm currently testing out an amazing new product from them that I absolutely love and will be reviewing it on the blog soon.



Frieze 2015 | Design Hunter

In October I attended Frieze Art Fair as a guest of BMW and was given a sneak preview of their new 7 Series.

October was also the month of the Amara Blog Awards and I was overjoyed when Design Hunter picked up the 'Best Luxury Blog' award for the second year running.



10 best scented candles

As the darker nights set in and thoughts turned to preparing the home for winter I picked out ten of the best scented candles and other home fragrances in November.

I also tested out a new interior design service from Dulux - Amazing Space.



Rosemary and Eucalyptus

I rounded off the year by working with some of my favourite brands in December. I made festive canapés with Samsung Home Appliances, styled my Christmas table with John Lewis and shared my thoughts on better thinking with Parker Pens.

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A heartfelt thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit Design Hunter in 2015 and to the many people who emailed, left comments and connected with me on social media. I hope you'll join me again in 2016. I'm resolving to post more on Instagram this year and I'm also planning to post the occasional update on Snapchat - I'm at designhunter_uk if you'd like to follow me over there too.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year.

Helen x