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My New Pinterest Page…


I know that I am very slow to have only just discovered Pinterest but, I have only just discovered it. So please feel free to check out my new page:

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It’s so much fun! I just can’t stop pinning everything that I see.

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Brooklyn Flea: Fort Greene


Last Saturday afternoon we went to the charming  Brooklyn Flea market in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. There were food stalls, vintage clothes and furniture, and pretty hand crafted items. I was in heaven!

I will be back the minute we get settled in an apartment.

I mean every home needs a pink elephant with an umbrella?

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Inspiration: Gypsya


I have been looking for a few things to liven up our bedroom here in New York and came across the beautiful Etsy shop Gypsya. I love everything but, here is a selection of my favourite things:

Grey Ikat Quilt $128. I love this Ikat because it is elegant and subtle. Ikats tend to be more colourful.

I also love this Green Quilt $149. The pattern is beautiful!

I wouldn’t mind a couple of these cushions and the place mats below.

This shop makes me want to learn to Sew!

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Food Memories: Peanut Butter Cookies


Every summer when I was a child we (Mum, Dad and my little brother) would go to stay with my Grandma and Grandpa in Massachusetts. I have so many wonderful memories from those trip. One of my favourite activities was cooking with my Granny. She was a keen baker and loved to supply all the neighbouring kids with cookies and cakes. I would stand on a chair at her counter and help her bake. This involved a lot of ‘give that here’ and ‘not like that’. She was bossy but let me do everything myself with a few instructions.

Today I thought I’d share one of my favourite recipes for peanut butter cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies:

5oz (150g) plain flour

1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon (2.5 spoon) sea salt

4oz (100g) butter

3oz (75g) soft dark brown sugar

3oz (75g) granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml spoon) vanilla essence

8oz (255g) crunchy peanut butter

1) Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt and set aside. I leave the salt out if the peanut butter already has salt in it.

2) Cream the butter and sugars together until soft and fluffy.

3) Lightly mix in the egg and vanilla essence.

4) Stir in the peanut butter.

5) Gradually stir in the flour.

6) If you have time leave the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.  This makes it easier to handle.

7) Using a teaspoon scoop out small balls and place on a baking sheet.

8) Press the balls flat using a fork.

9) Bake at gas mark 4 for 15 minutes.

10) Once cooked allow to cool on a wire tray.

Best eaten warm with a glass of cold milk or a cup of tea. Yum!!

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Sculptural Seating: Soho House Series


A few weeks ago I wrote about the Soho House Group and promised to do a set of posts on how to get the Soho House look. The first post in that series was about geometric flooring.  In the next few posts I am going to focus on their use of sculptural furniture, lighting and accessories. Today I’m looking at armchairs.

I’m particularly drawn to modern furniture with curved vintage infused forms. I love the chairs in the image above. For a similar look try:

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The Sloop Armchair from Somerville Scott and Company is a particular favourite of mine. I think that the shape and detailing are beautiful. I love the chocolate coloured legs and nickel studs!

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2) Pendel Armchair,  Pinch Design. I admire everything that this husband and wife team produce.

Both of the above companies are UK based and produce their handmade furniture in the UK.

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And for a cheaper alternative try this neat Ikea Easy Chair. There are several fabric options.

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Albert chair, Graham and Green. This is a more traditional chair yet simply done. I like the pale colour of the turned wooden legs and the stud detailing on the back. It looks very comfortable and is currently on sale!

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Green and Cool: Fenton House Gardens


Finally Summer has arrived in London. It is warm and wonderful, and I am hoping it is here to stay!

I wanted to post some pictures I took last month in the Fenton House Gardens in Hampstead. Fenton House is a 17th-century merchant’s house owned by the National Trust. It was bought by Lady Katherine Binning in 1936 and is filled with her porcelain collection, Georgian furniture and collection of 17th-century needlework. The interiors have not been kept exactly as they were when Lady Katherine left the house to the National Trust, and some feel a little incomplete.

To be honest I found the garden far more interesting than the house itself. I love the formal lawn and statue. As a bookish and romantic teenager I dreamed of living in a Austen or Bronte novel, so I love a grand old English Houses and its Gardens.

I think the orchard and vegetable garden were my favourite areas. I found them utterly charming. My father is quite a gardener and has always planted edible plants amongst the flowers.

Who knew that rhubarb could looks so pretty!

There are lots of benches dotted around where you can sit and contemplate or read a book. I think this would be the perfect place for a summer picnic!  They ask for a donation of £3 to vist the Garden.

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Inspiration: Soho House Group


I have long admired the interiors of the Soho House Groups clubs and restaurants. They have venues across the UK, USA and even one in Berlin. As a student I initially came across Shoreditch House when researching private members clubs.

Shoreditch House:

Soho House London:

I managed to persuade my husband that the best venue for our “post” wedding party was Soho House London.

Soho Beach House Miami:

Little House Mayfair:

Combining modern sculptural furniture and lighting with vintage-style pieces, creates timeless and stylish interiors. I love the relaxed and low key style these interiors exude, the subtle and sophisticated use of colour, texture and pattern. This is consistent across all of the venues; although, each one has it’s own identity and feel.

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