Category Archives: OOT AND ABOOT

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

Designer Merrick Angle, of Double Merrick fame, kindly gave me a whistle-stop tour of some of his favourite French brocantes (junk shops) this summer. We explored a huge secondhand shop called Le Monde Allant Vers (in Eymoutiers, Limousin region) and an amazing … …keep reading

After a very hectic few months work-wise, we’ve finally escaped London to live in our tent for a bit. We stayed on some peaceful farms and now we’re camping in a forest beside a beautiful river. With decent local wine … …keep reading

Just spotted a quirky little feature I did in the new issue of The Simple Things magazine, about a very beautiful vintage garden ‘lav’, filled with rustic accessories. Is ‘toilet envy’ a (simple) thing? It is now…!

Talented ceramicist Brenda Bates, of Welbeck Tiles, has opened a beautiful new seaside café in Mousehole, near Penzance, Cornwall. The ‘Rock Pool‘ – which is perched on a cliff above a natural rock pool – is filled with her impressive … …keep reading

Skipping through the verdant Surrey woodland recently, we gathered fresh wild garlic leaves. I picked happily, the husband, less so. He was: ‘very concerned about the possibility of dog wee’ and ‘suspicious’ that we were: ‘actually picking poisonous-and-very-similar-looking Lily of … …keep reading

I went to the excellent Littleton Auction a few weeks ago, intending to bid on a pair of rather delicious vintage Danish teak and leather armchairs. Sadly, there was a savvy dealer there who had also spotted them and they … …keep reading

I was delighted to be invited to run two practical styling workshops at the London Blogtacular conference last weekend, held at the Royal Institution. All the bloggers at the event were so enthusiastic and friendly – their energy was really … …keep reading

Last week was a particularly busy one, as we held the launch party for Design Bloggers at Home - a book I worked on with the very talented Rachel Whiting for Ryland Peters & Small… The bash was at Brixton East – … …keep reading