Simple spring home updates
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by Abi
1w ago
Apologies for the lack of blog content recently – I’m working on a big and very exciting project that’s taking up most of my time. I hope to be able to share more details with you soon, but in the meantime I wanted to put together a quick post rounding up some simple spring updates that I’ve made around the home now the weather is getting warmer, the evenings are lighter and nature is blooming. The biggest change is in our living room, where I’ve swapped our fluffy long-pile rug for a flat-weave design – this one, from La Redoute [AD – affiliate link], which comes in various sizes. The old r ..read more
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Minimalist garden inspiration with ‘AH’ outdoor furniture from Carl Hansen & Søn
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by Abi
1M ago
[Advertisement – this is a paid partnership with Carl Hansen & Søn, but all words and opinions are my own] It’s that time of year when many of us start to think about getting our gardens, terraces or balconies ready for the warmer months ahead, and today I’m excited to share some inspiration for minimalist outdoor furniture in collaboration with Carl Hansen & Søn. Our garden is very much a work in progress, but it’s fairly quiet for a city location and, as it faces south-west, it catches the sun for most of the day. It’s also something of a mini wildlife haven, and the resident birds ..read more
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The best scented candles for spring
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by Abi
1M ago
Despite a brief return to sleet and snow last week, spring has arrived here in Bristol – and that means it’s time for my seasonal round-up of the best scented candles. For me candles aren’t just a winter thing, and I love selecting fragrances that suit my mood and the season. Around now I start swapping the smoky, spicy notes that I tend to favour during the colder months for lighter scents that breath a bit of freshness into the house. I’ve picked out 21 of the best below, encompassing old favourites alongside some new discoveries for 2024. The ever-increasing array of candles on the m ..read more
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New design finds | March 2024
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by Abi
1M ago
As always, the start of a new month means it’s time for my regular round-up of design finds, and February’s trade fairs and design weeks mean I have plenty of beautiful launches to share with you this time around. So, read on for details of versatile furniture and lighting, new twists on existing favourites, a Danish design classic that’s about to be reintroduced, and two pieces created with sustainability at their very core… ‘Mat’ – a chair collection made from hemp & seaweed First up is Danish brand Normann Copenhagen, which is pushing the boundaries of innovation and sustainability wi ..read more
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A visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall
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by Abi
1M ago
Chris and I have just got back from an impromptu minibreak on Cornwall’s south coast – a beautiful landscape of tidal creeks, secluded coves, wooded valleys and windswept headlands that we always enjoy visiting. I’ve added some new finds from the trip to my existing posts about the area, but today I’m sharing an in-depth look at a place that’s become a firm Cornish favourite for both of us: the Lost Gardens of Heligan, located near the fishing village of Mevagissey, a few miles from St Austell. Formerly the estate of the Tremayne family, Heligan’s sprawling gardens fell into disrepair after ..read more
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New launches & rediscovered classics from &Tradition
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by Abi
1M ago
Several of my favourite design names have just released details of their spring-summer 2024 collections and one in particular immediately caught my eye: that of Danish brand &Tradition, which is known for its mix of timeless Scandinavian pieces and contemporary creations by a raft of international designers. I was particularly excited to see that its latest additions include a few relaunched classics, among them the ‘AX’ chair. Created in 1950 by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen of Copenhagen-based firm Hvidt & Mølgaard, it was one of the first examples of laminated veneer furni ..read more
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New design finds | February 2024
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by Abi
2M ago
As we head into February, interiors brands are starting to release details of their new-season collections, and I’ll be sharing some of my favourites with you over the coming weeks. But first, it’s time for my regular round-up of individual product launches that have caught my eye, this month encompassing a beautiful kitchen, contemporary takes on classic chairs, adaptable furniture and more… The Vipp ‘V3’ kitchen First up is Vipp, which has launched its third kitchen range, the ‘V3’. The design pays homage to the Danish brand’s 85-year tradition of metalwork, with anodised aluminium cabinet ..read more
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21 of the best marble coffee & side tables
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by Abi
2M ago
Marble is a perennial favourite of mine – a timeless, durable and surprisingly versatile material that never looks tired. So, for my latest ‘best of’ round-up, I thought I’d update the selection of marble coffee and side tables that I originally shared a few years ago. Marble is often thought of as glamorous and decadent, but it works brilliantly in minimalist schemes. It looks particularly striking when paired with clean-lined, contemporary design, and it can be offset with all sorts of other surfaces to create an elegant note of contrast. Of course it’s rarely cheap, and the below sel ..read more
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7 stylish places to stay in Portugal’s Douro Valley
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by Abi
2M ago
It’s time for the final instalment in my series rounding up the stylish accommodation options in Portugal that I came across while planning and researching last year’s 10-day road trip through the country with a friend. I’ve already covered the best places to stay in the eastern Algarve, the rural Alentejo region and the coastal resort of Comporta, and today it’s the turn of the Douro Valley – our penultimate stop before we ended our journey in Porto. This was actually my second time in the Douro Valley, having spent a few days there with my husband back in 2015, but I was more than happy to ..read more
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Sjöparken – a tranquil Swedish retreat with minimalist design & natural influences
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by Abi
3M ago
Happy New Year! I hope you’re having a good January so far. It’s a gloomy, rain-soaked day here in Bristol, so for my first post of 2024 I’m sharing a bit of escapism with a peek at Sjöparken – a beautiful new hotel concept with calming, minimalist design, set amid the undulating fields of Ästad Vineyard in Halland, western Sweden. Designed by Norm Architects, Sjöparken consists of seven villas with four guest suites apiece, clustered around a lake at the heart of the estate. The emphasis throughout is very much on the natural landscape, with understated architecture that blurs the boundarie ..read more
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