Category Archives: OOT AND ABOOT

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

So, DESIGN BLOGGERS AT HOME – the book about bloggers’ homes that I wrote and styled for Ryland Peters & Small working with the very talented photographer Rachel Whiting is officially published today… It’s a tour around 12 stunning homes belonging … …keep reading

Tucked away in a secret courtyard in the heart of bustling Cambridge, is a tranquil sanctuary: Kettle’s Yard. You can easily miss the entrance – it’s a simple door, with a bell pull that you have to pull, but no … …keep reading

You can check out my trends reports for American design site Apartment Therapy, if you’re that way inclined. This month, I scoured the Paris show for KEY TRENDS, MICRO TRENDS and also reviewed the CURATED SPACES.

As US homeware giant West Elm prepares to open its first London branch next week and cult store Anthropologie spreads the upscale-boho vibe out-of-town to straight-laced Surrey, it seems we British are having a fling with all-American ‘décor’ brands. Post-recession, … …keep reading

Young French designer Loren Manquillet has created these clever light fittings that you can personalise with your own Bonne Maman jam jars. She plans to sell the fixtures for under 50 Euros each and showed them at the recent NOW! … …keep reading