At the beginning of this year I took part in the launch of a revamp campaign for eBay UK ‘s new ‘Collections’ feature which has been available in the United States since late 2013. A Pinterest like feature it allows users to handpick items from eBay and display them in groups or themes to create ‘visual stories’. For example, if a user is re-decorating their home, they may want to bring together pieces they have spotted on eBay. Users can also follow other people — such as expert curators, buyers and sellers from across the community — to get inspiration from their Collections.

I just love this new feature – since the site has largely been a non-visual and practical resource for so long, this is certainly an exciting and pivotal move for Ebay.

You can check out and follow my Collections here!

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I wonder if you have noticed but the blog has a new look!

The Beat That My Heart Skipped has come a long way since its amateur but much loved WordPress incarnation which started over here in 2007, highly un-designed but I think quite evocative as is often the case with unaffected beginnings. We are still working on a few tweaks with this new design, but I hope you will find it simpler both to look at and use. There will also be some other changes upcoming in the summer so watch this space!



As well as becoming obsessed with conceptual ceramics, I have found myself becoming almost fanatic about highly wearable and bright [!] avant-garde jewellery. Especially these almost edible beautifully crafted offerings from Californian boutique Beklina. 

From juicy bangles made of marbled resin to gorgeous tasselled brass bangles and enamelled lockets in candy hues, I. Want. Them. All.

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I have written about London stylist Faye Toogood many times on my blog, I hugely admire her work and was lucky enough to have worked with her whilst I was an intern at The World Of Interiors many moons ago. She is also a lovely lady!

Over the years she has developed an amazing portfolio of projects designing interiors, retail spaces, installations and visual materials for brands like Comme des Garçons, Alexander McQueen, Opening Ceremony and Tom Dixon – she also designs her own mesmerising collections of furniture.  Faye has an ethereal style that is grounded in the past and the present, unusual materials and surprising emotive details – my favourite thing about her work is that none of her interiors are ever predictable.

And so for years I have been dying to see what her own home is like and I cannot believe I missed its appearance in the NY Times T-Magazine late last year!

Faye and her husband bought a Georgian townhouse in Islington five years ago and transformed it – in my opinion into something magical and evocative straight out of her most iconic editorial styled pages, although she describes the finished effect as “just a series of objects not purposefully put together”!


I love the luminous Vermeer blue colours that have become her signature style, and the perfect juxtaposition of the old and super sleek new designs  which sit strikingly side by side – her compositions so effortless and always rimmed with surprise.

I love the details in her bedroom, a velvet salmon pink bolster cushion and an oversized cased glass pendant light instantly transforming a simple space. Cleverly, giant-like wooden coat hooks are used for handles in her Ikea kitchen cabinets, large expanses of mirrors fill walls in her sitting room and bedroom, a simple idea to open up a space but lending to the appearance of many wonders that may flit past the ordinary eye. Not to mention her colour coded collections of marvellous objects scattered about the place like a modern-day explorer.






You can read the NY Times article ‘The Well-Composed Life of Faye Toogood’ here and excitingly you can also see a video tour of her home filmed in nothing short of Toogood’s irreverent style. A great read and a mesmerising watch to transport you away for a few minutes of your day.

All images courtesy of NY Times T-Magazine.

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Each season when I dive into a new trend forecast I am overtaken with a new design obsession, this season I’m all about the conceptual ceramics…

I love Los Angeles based ceramicist Ben Medansky’s sculptural pieces. Working with terracotta, Medansky’s highly usable tableware is irreverently detailed with architectural features like clay spring handles and rhythmic spike protrusions. Imperfections in glazes and a delightful half and half dip reveals slivers of tan terracotta underneath.


Californian ceramist Giselle Hicks‘ vessels remind me of the kind found in Vermeer paintings, generous in size, beautifully crude and in darkly luminous shades. Made using a ‘coil and pinch’ technique, the mottled textures on each surface are finger prints left from the pinched forming process which is then softened by the thick, opaque glazes applied to the surface. I never thought I would be drawn to a red vase, but the one below is just perfection!


I am obsessed with Michele Quan’s ever changing series of stoneware bells which hang from beautiful hemp rope and have knockers made from reclaimed walnut. The new ones are decorated with slick hand-painted graphic stripe patterns – how stunning are the  burnt umber coloured set?!

She has also updated her collection of surreal eye plates with irises filled with stars…


Lastly I have had my eye on the playful mugs of Recreation Centre for ages. I love the contrast of the graphic squiggle and dot patterns against the traditional glazes and pottery work. Beauties!


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