As much as I love the buzz of a luxury splurge, who can say they don’t prefer the thrill of a bargain? Over the past few years we have been spoiled by national supermarkets launching their own homeware collections which have made food shopping for people like me a feverish pleasure.


With a new Head of Design and beautifully themed collections, affordable. My picks from the collection all come under £50 and honestly I could not tell the difference in quality between these products and a more high end brand – the ceramic glazes appear handcrafted, textiles are beautifully tactile and glassware thick and luxurious. I cannot wait to ‘splurge’ on more in the collection.

Above: Dip Dye Utensil Holder £6, Stoneware Fish Platter and bowl £7.50 each. Below: Tie Dye Cushions £10 each, Hurricane Glass Lanterns £10 and £12.

If you can’t wait till your next food shop, take a look at the catalogue online here

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I love, my iPhone. It is so much a part of me that I cannot tell where I begin and it ends. I have taken thousands of pictures with the camera, it has accompanied me on epic holidays, it has helped me to tell stories on Instagram and been a vital asset to my blog. It has served me well. However, I have never been able to shake the feeling that my efforts to document special occasions somehow seem transient and throwaway. I have never once printed an image from my iPhone or settled down for an evening of watching back videos with friends.


Next month, I will be having a baby [!] and this made me start to think that I wanted a ‘real’ camera, one that wouldn’t randomly delete precious memories with a swipe [this has never happened but has always been a fear am I right?!] one that made me really think about how I was shooting my subject rather than 20 furious clicks to capture the moment – and most of all a device that I could use to make long rambling videos of wonderful family days of nothingness, like from my own childhood.

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On the hunt for the perfect camera, I was offered the new about how to take a picture, I was really looking for something super simple to use but also have all the features I wanted incase I used them at a later date. Small and lightweight the Nikon D3300, is powerful, comfortable to carry and effortless to operate, and allows you to enjoy superior D-SLR image quality whilst keeping things simple. The camera feels weighty and worthy and it’s sheer ‘realness’ has already begin to inspire me.

I doubt I will be the next David Bailey but hopefully my blog will take on a more stylish look in the coming months as a result of my new tool. Nikon were also kind enough to send me to a Training Course at the Nikon Centre for Excellence in Central London earlier this month so watch out for a review and what I learnt coming up soon.


I doubt I will be the next David Bailey but hopefully my blog will take on a more stylish look in the coming months as a result of my new tool. Nikon were also kind enough to send me to a Training Course at the Nikon Centre for Excellence in Central London earlier this month so watch out for a review and what I learnt coming up soon.

[Images above taken at home by the new Nikon D3300]



Who amongst us hasn’t fantasised about the bookish glamour of elite American colleges and dorms characterised in Hollywood films and TV sitcoms? I know for me it’s the functional but homely interiors featured in these narratives that really set off my daydreaming – nestled in a quintessentially American university campus with green and sprawling lawns dotted with historic buildings designed to inspire learning – bliss!

If academic charm is your thing, then you will love the interiors of The Dean, a new boutique hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, home to renowned educational institutions such as Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design.

A 52-room hotel in the heart of the Providence’s Downcity historic district, room categories are named such - The Kin, The Classmates, The Patrons, The Mates, The Gang, The King, The Guardian Suite and The Heights - working their way up from dorm style bunk-beds, to elite connected rooms on the top floor of the hotel.

Each room is filled with custom furniture from the New England area – craftwork from local purveyors, bath products made with native plants and herbs and beds are dressed in luxurious, Massachusetts-based Matouk linens and blankets from Maine’s Brahms Mount. 

Not purely dedicated to academic study – the hotel has a number of stylish bars and eateries – German restaurant Faust’s Hofbrauhaus and hotel bar The Magdalenae Room are designed to keep guests sated and entertained, while local coffee roaster The Bolt has set up shop in the lobby. Here, you will also find Providence’s first and only karaoke lounge, The Boombox!





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All images courtesy of The Dean Hotel and Ash NYC


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Unable to make any international trade shows this year because of my pregnancy [I am seething with jealousy over my Instagram feed from Milan Design Week right now] I have been looking for any opportunity for design inspiration closer to home.

Back for its second year, May Design Series is a new design show which aims to tie up the European show cycle with exciting new design products, spark conversations, inspire and inject a little bit of fun into the trade show experience

Held in the Excel Centre in London, this year the trade show is comprised of five design districts: The Furniture Show, Lighting, Decor, DX [Design Excellence] and Kitchen + Bathroom.

Having missed out on the action at Milan Design Week, the show still promises appearances from the cream of the crop. Among those debuting new collections are young Danish company & Tradition, iconic British designer Bethan Gray, Italian furniture company Casamania, innovative wallpaper brand Cole and Son, exciting new rug company Front and award winning British furniture brand James UK.

Inspiring talks will be held throughout the event, like - Interior Trends: Enduring or Fads, chaired by Carole King and Arianna Trapani, co-editors of Heart Home Magazine and interior stylist Pippa Jameson, 20 Things You Didn’t Learn in Design School lead by Architect, interior designer and, most recently, TV presenter Daniel Hopwood and Spaces at Work, dissecting the future of workplace design.

The May Design Series will take place from 18th – 20th May at London’s ExCeL exhibition centre. Entry is free – Register here.

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…it would be rocking these ridiculously beautiful accessories – in fact I have a mind to just get them for myself… or for my baby…!

Adding to its pet product collection DOnG at Milan Design Week this week, Japanese accessories brand Sfera is launching new products designed for dogs and those who admire them. In the collection are exquisite copper and brass dry food caddies, handcrafted walnut wood brushes and dog toys, woven dog beds and brass trimmed dog beds, handmade dog bowls and kidskin and calfskin collars in stylish hues.

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