Archive of ‘Books’ category

New Book! Ladies Drawing Night

The subject of this post (if you are a lady or even if you are not) should hopefully send a thrill right through any latent creative tendencies you have – and if you are reading this blog I assume you do. Ladies. Drawing. Night. What a gladdening vision those words conjure up. The Ladies Drawing Night […] Read more…

New Book! The Making of Home

“In 1900, a young girl in a strange land was asked by a resident why she wasn’t content to remain in their ‘beautiful country’, but instead longed to return to the ‘dry. grey place she came from. She was astonished. She wanted to return there, she said simply, because there was ‘no place like home’ […] Read more…

A New Look for Waterstones!

Earlier this week on my way back from the Heals Modern Craft Market, I walked down the busy main drag of Tottenham Court Road with my eyes darting all about the place as usual – trying to drink in the ever-changing landscape of retail on that side of town. Tottenham Court Road has never quite been […] Read more…

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…

New Book! The House Gardener

For anyone that follows me on Instagram, you will have noticed that I have been a little preoccupied with arranging succulents of late. It all began when I visited the new Ace Hotel in Shoreditch and spotted beautiful arrangements of cacti and succulents of all varieties potted in single vessels creating sculptural displays [see first […] Read more…

Penguin Bloggers Night 2014

Swiftly becoming a highlight in my yearly calendar, last week I attended the 4th annual Penguin Bloggers Night. Held as usual on the lofty top floor of Foyles Bookstore in Charing Cross, the evening serves as a showcase of the publisher’s key books for that year with a programme of notable authors reading excerpts from […] Read more…

Modern Day Marthas

A shameless plug this morning … This month a dream feature idea of mine was realised in my favourite design magazine of all time – Elle Decoration’s October issue. ‘Let Me Entertain You’ [Pg 161] is a beautifully art directed [by Elle Decoration] and written by myself feature on the Modern Day Martha Stewarts of […] Read more…

Summer to Autumn: A Transitional Reading List!

I’ve been late on my Summer Reading list this year so I thought I would compile a transitional list of delicious reads that will take us from summer into autumn. Here are a selection of magical, ghostly, nostalgic and historical novels that have tumbled through my door over the last few months. The Curiosity, Stephen […] Read more…

The Balcony Gardener

I would like to begin this post by saying I HAVE NEVER PLANTED A THING.  I once owned some succulents during the peak of the succulent trend, but they were re-homed after a year when we moved for the umpteenth time in our renting lives. Also I have never lived anywhere with a garden. This […] Read more…

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