Category Archives: DESIGN

At this time of year, the front of our cottage is a-buzz with honey bees, while the rooms upstairs are filled with sweet scent. It’s all thanks to a beautiful rambling rose called ‘Bobbie James’, which is in full bloom … …keep reading

It’s a funny old thing really. The two interiors books I’ve written and styled to date (Design Bloggers at Home and Chic Boutiquers at Home) – keep popping up online – used as props in their own right all around … …keep reading

I never get round to sharing my magazine features on here – mostly because I am too busy writing them to be honest (!) – but I am going to make more of an effort to upload a few recent … …keep reading

This huge slate slab is part of a chunky Georgian kitchen worktop in Castle Green House, Cardigan Castle. Hundreds of years of chopping, slicing and food prepping have left thousands of tiny knife marks in the surface, giving it a … …keep reading

SO, we’ve finally moved. Our new home is an Edwardian farm workers’ cottage, which needs a lot of work. All we’ve done so far is paint the walls white, fit some essential peg rails and sand all the floorboards, which … …keep reading

I’m thrilled to announce that my new interiors book, Chic Boutiquers at Home, will be published by Ryland Peters & Small in October (2015). (Thanks to The Future Kept for this lovely photo.) I was fortunate enough to meet the … …keep reading

Ah, Autumn. L’automne. C’est un saison de mistes et mellow fruitfulness, etcetera, et bien sur, le cassoulet. Mmm. Cassoulet. Avec les haricots, et les saucisses, et le canard – c’est comme un ‘bean stew’, mais pas exactement. This dish delicieux … …keep reading

Artisanal skills and exciting new ethical design brands stood out for me at Tent London and designjunction this week. Clockwise, from top left: Recycled, hand-made glass and hammered brass cups made in East Africa, via innovative new fair-trade studio, Otago; … …keep reading

Top left: salt and pepper pinch pots in pale grey, West Elm and vintage studio pottery salt pot, Ardingly; Top right: Andalucia porridge bowl, Habitat; Bottom right: A trio of tiny bowls (top left is by Icelandic ceramicist Anna Mikaelsdottir – … …keep reading

Clockwise from top left: My ‘new’ vintage kettle, £10, from The Foodie Bugle Shop; Fresh rosemary from our allotment; Green granite chopping board, spotted at Maison & Objet, by Louise Roe Copenhagen; A pleasing pebble on my window sill.