Future Heritage at Decorex

Future Heritage, wonderfully curated by Corinne Julius, was undoubtedly one of the highlights of Decorex this year. Showcasing the work of a talented group of designers and makers working in various materials including ceramics, glass, metal, textiles, wood and plastic it featured a diverse collection of beautiful one-off pieces.

Hitomi Hosono's sculpted bowls (above), based on the design of a simple leaf she found in her garden, had a delicacy and level of detail that was just exquisite.

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Michael Eden's work explores the abstract qualities of ceramic containers, offering up familiar forms as 3D printed objects.

But it was Danish designer Ane Christensen's 'Crumbling' bowl, made of black patinated copper into which hundreds of tiny holes had been drilled, that I most wanted to take home with me. Quite beautiful.

Getting ready for autumn

After a busy few days at London Design Festival and Decorex it felt good to arrive home this week and think about getting the house ready for autumn. The garden furniture has been put away until next year and the woollen blankets and throws that were stored away in the linen cupboard during the summer months have re-emerged and are now back on the sofa (much to Albert whippet's delight).

Yesterday I had fun restyling our living room to accommodate a few new additions I'd love to share with you in collaboration with Homebase. As the nights started to draw in a few weeks ago I realised that our living room was really in need of a reading lamp. I looked around at a few different options and eventually settled on this Habitat Bobby floor lamp. I'm really pleased with how well it fits in. It doesn't dominate the space or demand attention, it just quietly, elegantly (and affordably) does the job, but there's also something rather light and playful about it that I love.


There have been several additions to my growing collection of succulents and I also seem to have accumulated a large pile of new books and magazines I'm looking forward to working my way through as the weather outside starts to turn colder.

The wooden block is a piece that lived in the garden until a couple of weeks ago when we decided it really deserved a better home - I love the silvery weathered effect it has as a result.

Little by little I find that I am starting to edit most of the brighter colours out of our home. I am just so in love with these soft silvery grey shades at the moment. The black and white print is by a photographer friend of mine and the velvet and hare print cushions are also from Habitat at Homebase.

Now I just need to find time to read all those magazines!

Posted in collaboration with Homebase.

Vote for Design Hunter in the Amara Interior Blog Awards

I hope you won't mind me slipping in a little announcement today. Design Hunter has been nominated for Best Luxury Blog in the Amara Interior blog awards.

With an award ceremony to be hosted at the elegant Rosewood Hotel in London in November and a host of wonderful sponsors these look set to be the most glamorous awards to date for the UK interiors blogging community.

I am so very thankful to those who've nominated Design Hunter and incredibly proud to be part of this wonderful community of bloggers. I would love to attend the Awards Ceremony, but to make the final shortlist I need your help.....

If you enjoy reading Design Hunter and can spare a couple of moments I would be hugely grateful your vote.

Thank you!

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