A spring clean.
Fabric of my Life | UK interior design, travel & lifestyle blog
by kate
3w ago
The middle of March, the slightest whiff of Spring on the horizon, and the desire to deep clean and sort out every corner of the home reaches fever pitch..!   Who am I kidding? I’ve been itching to spring clean ever since the start of the year, but now that the turning back of the clocks is imminent, and daylight is starting to reach the furthest flung corners of the house again, it’s finally time. There’s something quite cathartic about a deep clean at the start of spring. Refreshing and decluttering isn’t simply about creating physical space; it’s also about nurturing mental cl ..read more
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Beyond the Old Town.
Fabric of my Life | UK interior design, travel & lifestyle blog
by kate
1M ago
Prague. A romantic, fairytale city of higgledy-piggledy streets, spires and bridges. And a perfect destination for a mid-Winter city break!  After a wonderful press trip to Dubrovnik with Jet2 in 2022, I was eager to check out which European City Breaks were on offer with Jet2Holidays, since my first experience travelling with them had been so hassle-free and enjoyable. They have plenty of fantastic destinations you can fly to direct from Manchester (our local airport), including Barcelona, Berlin and Cologne, but it was Prague that most piqued my interest. Luis had visited a fe ..read more
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Gift from the heart.
Fabric of my Life | UK interior design, travel & lifestyle blog
by kate
4M ago
Ding dong, ding dong… it’s that time of year again! I had to do a quick check, but it’s actually been 4 years since I put together a round up of Christmas gifting ideas for the blog.   Which is crazy, because it’s something I absolutely looove doing, but I think in recent years the relentless rate of consumerism during the festive season has really worn me down. Do I really need to be promoting yet more consumption at this time, even if all the products I’m sharing here are from small businesses —many of them based here in the North of England?   I feel like every year recently ..read more
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It’s dinner party season!
Fabric of my Life | UK interior design, travel & lifestyle blog
by kate
4M ago
Is there anything more exciting than planning a dinner party at home with your nearest and dearest, Come Dine With Me style?  Minus the excruciating scoring-in-secret part that is!    If the Channel 4 reality series is your go-to guilty pleasure as well (couples edition, of course!), then you’ll be just as excited as I am that dinner party season has arrived once again. So, when I was asked to create some dinner party themed content by build-to-rent operators Get Living, at their New Makers Yard neighbourhood in Salford, I naturally jumped at the chance.  I have to ..read more
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A dog’s day out.
Fabric of my Life | UK interior design, travel & lifestyle blog
by kate
5M ago
One of the things I’ve come to love most about Manchester is just how dog friendly a city it is! I noticed it long before little Paco came into our lives. The number of small dogs nestled at the feet of their owners in accomodating coffee shops, riding the tram, or taking a stroll along New Islington Marina on their way to the dog park. As a city with more and more pet-friendly apartments (and hotels!) popping up all around, Manchester really is a great place to plan a day out with your doggy in tow.  While the city centre can get incredibly crowded at weekends, there are ple ..read more
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A true holiday.
Fabric of my Life | UK interior design, travel & lifestyle blog
by kate
6M ago
When was the last time you took a vacation that was truly about just switching off and relaxing?  Since my last family holiday with my parents —in 2002!— I don’t think I’ve ever gone away with the sole purpose of doing absolutely nothing. ‘Holidays’ since then have been all about exploring as much as possible; cramming as much as I possibly can into every single day of the trip, and returning home in desperate need of, well, a holiday!    I first visited Casa Cook Rhodes back in 2016, on a European press trip to celebrate the soft launch of the hotel, one of the first of its ..read more
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September stories.
Fabric of my Life | UK interior design, travel & lifestyle blog
by kate
7M ago
The start of September always ushers in a raft of emails in my inbox, showcasing the new season collections from some of my favourite design brands.  While I don’t believe anyone needs to be updating their home decor on a yearly – let alone seasonal – basis, I’m always excited to see new lifestyle imagery from the brands whose designs I’m always most drawn to; to gain inspiration for new ways of arranging my home, new colours I might like to incorporate in the form of small trinkets or textiles, and to form an overview for the direction the interior design world as a whole is taking ..read more
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Italian vacanza.
Fabric of my Life | UK interior design, travel & lifestyle blog
by kate
8M ago
I always love to see how the creative and unique approaches design companies take in sharing their brand philosophy with their customers. Danish design brand Vipp have been slowly but surely developing their own portfolio of design-led one-of-kind hideaways, that allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the wonderful world of Vipp and experience all their products in the most beautiful of settings. It’s such a wonderful and immersive approach, don’t you think?    And their latest offering, Villa Vipp, is probably the most gorgeous of them all… Located in the southern Itali ..read more
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Rose Champagne.
Fabric of my Life | UK interior design, travel & lifestyle blog
by kate
9M ago
Last week I was invited along to Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa in Cheshire by Hand Picked Hotels, to experience their new ELEMIS Rose Champagne Spa Day. Marking 15 years of partnership between Hand Picked Hotels and luxury skincare brand ELEMIS, the new Rose Champagne Spa Day celebrates the launch of ELEMIS’ new Rose Micro Serum; a dual-phase formula using unique oil-in-serum technology, and containing over 7,000 rose micro-droplets, to deliver optimal hydration.    Specifically designed to recharge and refresh, the Rose Champagne Spa Day is centred around a 55-minute limited-edit ..read more
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Follow the route.
Fabric of my Life | UK interior design, travel & lifestyle blog
by kate
9M ago
You know I’m a sucker for artisan textile brands that help preserve traditional craftsmanship techniques and support indiginous communities around the world.  When Angharad Allsop, founder of Routes Interiors, got in touch with me on Instagram to introduce me to her products and brand ethos, I knew immediately that I wanted to support her work however I could. Not only do her products encourage a deep connection with both craft and nature, but she is also based in Chester —a short train ride from me— so I was eager to meet her face-to-face for a coffee (at Jaunty Goat, Chester’s fine ..read more
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