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Wednesday
Apr092014

Sideboard Styling

One of the most treasured pieces of furniture I own is a 1960s rosewood sideboard that I picked up for just a few pounds at a local junk shop. Nothing makes a statement in your living room quite like a perfectly styled sideboard. Designs from the 50s and 60s came in beautiful woods ranging from rosewood and teak to maple and cherry, and were intended to be used for storing 'best' china and tableware. Often they came with drawers for cutlery and table linen. The one I own admittedly contains a more eclectic assortment of stuff, as I'm guilty of using it to quickly tidy clutter away out of sight whenever I'm expecting visitors.

They also offer up a useful surface on which to group together and display books, artwork, vases, lamps and other objects. I can't claim that mine is anywhere near as artfully arranged as these beauties... but I'm working on it.

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Modern Classic | The Eva lounge chair

Originally designed by the Swedish modernist designer Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist for NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) in 1956, the Eva lounge chair was relaunched by Gubi earlier this year.

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Jaguar launches design competition for Clerkenwell

Jaguar, the headline sponsor of Clerkenwell Design Week for the past three years, have launched a competition to find an unsung or up-and-coming British designer to create a concept idea for a wrap which will cover the new F-TYPE Coupé to be exhibited at this year's Clerkenwell festival.

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Monday
Apr072014

Estalagem da Ponta do Sol, Madeira

This year we had a lively debate about where to go for some winter sun. I wanted to go to Mexico but my partner was set on Madeira. In the end, price and practicality won out and we went for Madeira on the condition that he accepted full responsibility should it not live up to my expectations. My reservations were grounded in Madeira’s reputation as a destination for pensioners and fortified wine. His counter argument uncovered an island with beautiful gardens and dramatic architecture.

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Friday
Apr042014

In the footsteps of Gandhi - less is more at The Satyagraha House

I'm currently in the process of trying to drastically reduce the amount of stuff I own, so when I came across The Satyagraha House on Remodelista recently it was nectar to my soul.

Part guest house and part museum, the house, which is located in a Johannesburg suburb, was once the home of Gandhi. It was designed in 1907 by German architect Hermann Kallenbach, a close friend of Gandhi's, and Gandhi himself lived there from 1908-1909.

A few years ago it underwent extensive restoration and it now offers a peaceful space for contemplative retreats for those seeking a break from the fast pace of modern, urban life.

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Thursday
Apr032014

Trendwatch: Terracotta

With its earthy, grounded, natural aesthetic, terracotta has an appeal that feels both current and timeless. From jugs and pots to lighting, desktop accessories and even a table, here are some designs that have caught my eye.

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Wednesday
Apr022014

5 European destinations for an Easter city break

Why not make the most of this month's four day Easter holiday with a European city break. I've picked out five design-led hotels where I'd be happy to spend a night or two.

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Tuesday
Apr012014

Currently reading | Decorate with flowers

Spring is, without a doubt, my favourite time of year when it comes to filling the home with flowers.  From paperwhites and ranunculus to tulips and anemones, and then the arrival of Peonies in May, just about all of my favourite flowers are available during the Spring months.

This Spring sees the arrival of several new books written by interiors bloggers. Holly Becker of Decor8 was one of the bloggers who first inspired me when I began my own blogging journey back in 2009, and I know many other bloggers have been inspired by her warmth, openness and passion for her subject too. Holly, who has also just given birth to her first baby, recently released a new book Decorate with Flowers - a collaboration with product designer, photographer, stylist and Decor8 contributor Leslie Shewring.

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