New Book! The Crafted Garden


I hardly dare say it, but I can feel the cosy tendrils of Autumn creeping up on us… And with the season brings occasion to hunker down at home and craft. And with this new book brings occasion to craft with flowers…

The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley landed on my desk this week promising the wholesome appeal of capturing the seasons through projects inspired by found seeds, flowers, sprigs and twigs. Louise encourages the reader with her projects to take some time out from behind our ever present computers to:

“Work on projects that require a spot of foraging and are the perfect excuse to get out doors. What could be better in autumn and winter than a walk in the woods collecting pretty lichen twigs and pine cones followed by an afternoon spent making decorations for Christmas?”



The Influence of Danish Design

With London design festival just around round the corner and the whole industry about to dive gloriously into a celebration of excellent design, it’s sometimes nice to brush up on a bit of design history. While housed under one umbrella concept, characteristics of Scandinavian design vary between countries. Reflecting the country’s seafaring heritage Danish Design […] Read more…


Introducing A New Kid’s Section!

Today it is with great excitement that I launch The Beat That My Heart Skipped’s ‘Kids’ category! As I trawled trade show halls, researched emerging brands and explored the best interior stores in every city my job has taken me to over the years, I always hovered tentatively around the edges of the children’s collections. I knew I […] Read more…


A Town Called Cold Spring

During our trip to the East Coast we packed in visits with a lot of friends from Central Park to Bushwick to the East Village and it seemed that the buzzword of the moment was ‘Upstate’. The hipster crown were all either planning long weekends ‘Upstate’, had just come from fabulous restorative getaways ‘Upstate’ or had friends […] Read more…


A Weekend in the Hamptons!

Exactly one month ago, my little family and I set sail for our first big summer holiday to New York and the Hamptons! Visiting the Hamptons has always been a dream of mine [even before the Kardashian’s graced it with their presence]. Historically the summer playgrounds for many American presidents and first ladies – Jackie […] Read more…


Sofa King: Darlings of Chelsea

My favourite success stories to read and favourite brands to give my custom to are the ones that are equally honest about their struggles and they are about their triumphs. With five showrooms across the UK housing extensive stock and collections designed by icons of the industry like Terence Conran, you’d be hard pushed to imagine […] Read more…


5 Things to Buy from Habitat’s A/W 15 Collection

I always come back to Habitat. To the layman the brand appears seemingly dimmed from its halcyon days but in reality is shining steadfastly and in my opinion better than ever. The in-house design team is enviously talented, the collections just as striking as always and most importantly the prices better than ever. The brand’s Autumn Winter collection is […] Read more…


Grow London 2015: The Contemporary Garden Fair

For any of you who follow me on Instagram you will know my grandmother is visiting from Calcutta. She used to live here in the 50’s for a while when my grandfather’s job bought them and my uncle to London and returned to India soon after my mother was born. She visits us every few […] Read more…


Must Visit: Mast Brothers Chocolate on Redchurch Street

On Valentine’s Day this year a deliciously cool slab of Brooklyn landed in its equally cool counterpart in London – Shoreditch. Any design aficionados and foodies amongst you could not have missed the mention of the Mast Brothers on the blogosphere – craft chocolate from Brooklyn made by the brothers with the beards – with exciting flavours like Maple, […] Read more…


Aarya’s Picnic Themed 1st Birthday

Aarya’s first birthday came and went in a flurry of confetti, precariously teetering sugary confections and wild, wild times with homemade party hats [that’s a lie, they made her scream in terror everytime one came near her]. Actually Aarya’s party was a happy joint occasion because Dave and her share a birthday weekend – hers […] Read more…

Architects Cabinet Group Shot

10 Things to Buy at Garden Trading for The Summer

Many Garden Trading fans [a practical and stylish brand with an emphasis on everyday useful items] including myself before researching this feature – would not have realised that its founder Jon Holloway has a long career in designing and developing products for the likes of John Lewis, Habitat, Conran, Heal’s and in the US – […] Read more…

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