[Advertisement - this post is based on a press stay] More and more, I find myself craving time immersed in nature. There really is nothing like it for lifting my mood, calming my mind and chasing away stress. So, when Chris and I were invited to try out Blackbird, a houseboat rental on a peaceful North Devon lake, we jumped at the chance . . .
[Advertisement – this is a paid partnership with Duux, but all words and opinions are my own] Over the years, there have been many battles over fans in our house. I’m particularly sensitive to temperature changes, so as soon as a heatwave hits I bring out an old electric fan and plonk myself in front of it. Worried by electricity bills, noise and the hazard of trailing power leads, Chris . . .
Concrete isn't the first material that springs to mind when you think of welcoming spaces, but today's home tour is proof that it can be used to create warm, elegant and very appealing interiors. Situated in Hackney, East London, and home to a young family, this formerly dark and cramped Victorian terrace has been redesigned inside and out by DGN Studio . . .
The fishing village of Mousehole, just outside Penzance on the far western tip of Cornwall, is a place Chris and I return to again and again. We had our engagement shoot and minimoon there, and whenever we visit we fall in love with it all over again. So, when we found ourselves craving some downtime after a very stressful six months, we couldn't resist heading back to our favourite Cornish spot . . .
[Advertisement – this is a paid partnership with Klöeber, but all words and opinions are my own] Having spent the past few weeks researching patio doors to replace the ugly, badly fitted UPVC ones we’ve put up with ever since we bought our house, I’ve realised there are all sorts of things to wrap your head around. Should you choose bifold doors, sliding doors or French doors? Are aluminium . . .
Another new month has rolled around, so it's time for my regular round-up of interesting product launches and minimalist design finds. On my radar for May are beautiful rugs and artwork, sustainable furniture from a new British name, relaunched icons from 1971 and a twist on a 2013 design that's already become a contemporary classic. Just read on to find out more . . .