Category Archives: Grand Designs

Kodak has stolen my heart.
All over again.

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It feels sometimes, that there’s a new gadget appearing in the shops, every ten seconds. New TVs, new phones, new music systems, new cameras… and with every new launch comes more buttons, more features, more everything… I find it all a bit bamboozling.

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Restoring old wooden floors
in a Victorian house

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Floors: MINE!!! Hurrah!! Slippers: Jigsaw

Ah my dear readers. Finally, we made it – the floors are done and I no longer have to breathe dust like a crazy dust-breathing dragon any more.

It’s very exciting. And I’ve loved seeing the transformation, day by day… I wanted to write a post to explain what we did, how we did it and give you some tips, should you be thinking of doing something similar to your home.

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Etsy Everyday Emporium

Etsy Everyday Emporium

You may recall how much I love Etsy and their ethos from my previous post, where I also beeped loudly about how excited I was about their forthcoming pop up and how you wouldn’t have to buy anything with actual MONEY but instead with an INSTAGRAM snap…

Well, last week saw their Etsy Everyday Emporium hit the streets of Fitzrovia, which was the source of MUCH excitement, some very long wiggly queues of people peering through fogged up windows before opening hours, and some narrowly avoided fisticuffs… (Not really, but is good for drama).

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Libratone Zipp Speakers
Wifi, Bluetooth, Portable, Amaze

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I am not a techy-whizz, make no mistake. I am often bamboozled by all things internetty, cabley, wifi-y… so when I first heard about Libratone wireless speakers, I have to admit, I was a little dubious that I’d even be able to get them to work.

How wrong I was. These speakers are so easy to set up and use and they have changed my musical life. They really truly absolutely have. They’re amazing, and I’m going to do my very non-techy best to explain why.

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Tooling up for entrepreneurs

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I used to work in an office with walls and people and things. There were computers attached to the desks, files in the cupboards, phones plugged into the floor and work happened there because that’s where all the stuff was to do the work.

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I made me a Terrarium!

London Terrariums

I am rather enjoying getting into this growing lark. I’ve got tomatoes sprouting on my balcony, mint flourishing in my kitchen, mould in my bathroom and a few days ago I was lucky enough to take part in a workshop with London Terrariums… which saw me coming home with my very own bottled garden, just like what them Victorians did all those moons ago…

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Easy Peasy Easter Bunting

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You may remember that last year, I popped round to my friend Jodie of A Handmade Cottage, to learn how to make a cushion cover. Jodie’s blog is packed to the hilt of all kinds of crafty projects and ideas, and I asked her if she’d like to donate one to my little corner of the universe today… and ta da! She did.

This bunting is perfect for Easter (and actually any kind of celebration) and as the sun is shining brightly in London this morning, I believe it’s a sign that Spring may have truly arrived…

Over to Jodie…

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Desenio have landed in the UK! Hej!

Desenio

You just need to say the word ‘Scandi’ to me and I’m catapulted into a world of calm, tranquility and white floorboards…

Scandi brands are flocking to the UK as we are yearn more and more for the simplicity and clean lines of these design champions.

The latest Danish company to launch here is one I’m very excited about, as I’ve had my beady eye on them for a while… welcome Desenio – gurus of print, design, home decor and art…. and the best bit? All of their unique pieces of art are REALLY INEXPENSIVE.

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A lunch to celebrate ‘Succession’;
A James Stroud exhibition

James Stroud Succession with Balvenie Whisky

Last week I found myself in a carpark at The Vinyl Factory, to celebrate the launch of ‘Succession’ – photographer James Stroud’s new, beautiful exhibition.

James Stroud’s latest exhibition is a collection of photographs he took at The Balvenie distillery in Scotland – a place he was drawn to for the people, the process and the many generations whose lives have moved with it and have been connected with this wee part of Scotland for years… and he has captured their love, their heart and their true souls…

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Blossom & Brush

Blossom and Brush

Rhiannon Southwell is a Bristol dweller, who likes a bit of privacy in her home. And don’t we all. But there’s something about net curtains that makes me think of Dot Cotton, frosted glass conjures up images of cheap hotel bathrooms and finding blinds that both do the job and actually look lovely too, are very difficult to come by.

Rhiannon felt the same, and so after a fruitless search for a window solution she loved, she decided to take matters into her own hands and painted a folk inspired design onto the inside of her windows.

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The World of Charles & Ray Eames

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Charles and Ray Eames selecting slides. © Eames Office LLC.

I’d been wanting to get to The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition for ages so when a window presented itself yesterday, LM and I hopped on a train and whizzed down to The Barbican. The Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith Line were all up the spout, so we took the Northern Line to Moorgate, which was pretty much the same walking distance away from The Barbican than Barbican station itself…

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Make the days count
with kikki.K

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‘Sometimes you will never know

the value of a moment until

it becomes a memory’

Dr Seuss

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Tea, recipe browsing & The Archers

I may live in one of the most exciting cities in the world, but I am a simple girl at heart. There is nothing I like better than curling up on an afternoon, with a cup of tea, a pile of recipe books and listening to The Archers on the radio.

That was until Rob turned up – he makes me want to smash stuff up every time I hear his voice.

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Stitch & Story
– Knitting kits made simple –

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I am not a knitter. I have never really knitted, apart from when I tried to make some kind of terrifyingly awful knitted Christmas decorations at primary school… which were really (really) bad.

I don’t have the greatest track record when it comes to persevering with new skills or techniques – whether it’s a new craft, language or sport – if I don’t get it straight away I tend to get bored and give up…. so these knitting kits by Stitch & Story are right up my alley and couldn’t be more perfect.

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The House of Peroni
returns to Brick Lane

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Just before my op, I hot-footed it over to Brick Lane in East London, to visit the immersive and multi-sensory The House of Peroni, entitled ‘Vita all’Interno’ – meaning ‘a life lived inside’. This month-long residency is a celebration of the Italian home – think food, beer, cocktails, laundry, art, nonnas, cake, music and pasta….

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