August 2015 archive

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 […] Read more…

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…