A weekend afloat on a London houseboat

September 26, 2016

A weekend afloat on a London houseboat | These Four Walls blog

I’ve always fancied embarking on a canal holiday – pootling along with a glass of wine in hand, watching the world drift slowly by. I’ve also always been fascinated by houseboats, and on trips to Amsterdam and Copenhagen I’ve found myself peering through portholes for a glimpse of life on the water. So, when Chris and I were offered a night’s stay at The Palmer, a houseboat rental on Regent’s Canal in East London, we jumped at the chance.

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Recipe | Butter-baked corn & Kym’s ultimate potato salad

September 23, 2016

Recipe | Butter-baked corn & Kym's ultimate potato salad | These Four Walls blog

The latest seasonal recipe from Kym Grimshaw of food blog On the Plate celebrates an ingredient that’s synonymous with this lovely late-summer, early-autumn cusp: sweet, juicy corn on the cob. Here, Kym has given it a subtle chilli kick and served it up with what is quite possibly the best potato salad I’ve ever tasted (really!). It’s like sunshine on a plate and makes a wonderfully easy supper. And, if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet, it’s also perfect BBQ fodder…

Read on for the full recipe, but first a little tip that I’ve picked up over the years: eat fresh sweetcorn as soon as possible after buying it, as the high starch content means it quickly becomes tough and loses its taste.

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Home tour | A Scandi-inspired family house in Bristol

September 21, 2016

Home tour | A Scandi-inspired family house in Bristol | These Four Walls blog

Instagram is brimming with stunning real-life homes that provide plenty of interiors inspiration. One of the most beautiful that I’ve come across to date belongs to Beth Harrison (@_beth1980_), who shares my love of Scandinavian style and muted colours – in fact, her Victorian terrace features some of my all-time favourite pieces, including Design Letters & Friends mugs, Muuto’s ‘The Dots’, Eos feather lightshades and HAY cushions. So, when I discovered that she happens to live just a few streets away from me in Bristol, I couldn’t resist popping round to take a look and indulge in some design-related chat…

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Profile | Anni d. Photography

September 14, 2016

Profile | Anni d. Photography | These Four Walls blog

I’ve been searching for prints to hang above our bed for months and, as is often the case nowadays, I’ve found the answer on Instagram. It was there that I recently stumbled across Tracy Ann (@anni.d.photo), the talented lady behind online print shop Anni d. Photography.

Tracy Ann captures unusual perspectives of the world around us, and her photos are simply stunning: striking enough to stand out against our grey and white scheme, yet serene enough for a space designed for sleep and relaxation. I chose the ‘Bird Flying High 1’ and ‘Bird Flying High 2’ giclée prints, which arrived beautifully wrapped and now take pride of place in our bedroom.

Keen to know more about the woman behind the lens, I chatted to Tracy Ann about her photography and where she finds her inspiration…

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Autumn & winter 2016 collection from Broste Copenhagen

September 12, 2016

Autumn-winter 2016 collection from Broste Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

Happy Monday all! I’m kick-starting the week by sharing a peek at the latest collection from one of my favourite Danish homeware brands, Broste Copenhagen.

For autumn-winter 2016, Broste has merged clean Nordic lines with Boho touches, including macrame wall hangings, rattan daybeds and shaggy cushions. The range is perfect for the colder months, with lots of snuggly textures and rich, nature-inspired hues (russet red, forest green, peacock blue) that provide an easy way to update an existing scheme. They’re offset by eye-catching brass, marble and concrete accents, together with subtle ethnic references in prints and patterns.  read more

Tips for choosing the perfect sofa

September 7, 2016

Tips for choosing the perfect sofa | These Four Walls blog

A sofa is one of the largest and most expensive pieces of furniture that most of us will ever buy. It often acts as an anchor point for the whole decorating scheme, and it’s somewhere we spend a lot of our precious downtime. So how do you make sure you choose the right design?

I’ve teamed up with The Lounge Co, a newly launched collection of 24 British-made sofas and armchairs that are available in a huge array of colours and coverings, to share a few handy tips, together with some examples from the range.

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Home tour | A sleek Stockholm apartment

September 5, 2016

Home tour | A sleek Stockholm apartment | These Four Walls blog

I shared a photo of the striking kitchen-diner in this beautiful Swedish home in last week’s splashbacks post, and I liked it so much that I couldn’t resist hunting down images of the rest of the apartment via real-estate agency Fantastic Frank. Set in a 19th-century building, it’s painted in moody shades of grey and mixes clean-lined, contemporary furniture with a sprinkling of quirkier pieces.

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How to make kokedama plant sculptures

September 2, 2016

How to make kokedama plant sculptures | These Four Walls blog

Last weekend I hopped on the train and headed over to Bath for a kokedama-making workshop at Anthropologie, led by talented floral designer and gardener Jessica Smith. It was a wonderful morning, full of relaxed chatter and therapeutic mess-making with plenty of soil and moss.

You might have seen kodedama plant sculptures popping up all over Pinterest in recent months. A variant of bonsai, they consist of spheres of moss with ferns sprouting from within – in fact, the word ‘kokedama’ comes from the Japanese koke, meaning moss, and dama, meaning ball. They look beautiful dangling from hooks or dotted around surfaces, and can be clustered together to create a striking indoor garden. And, as I learnt from Jessica, they’re incredibly easy to make…

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New designs from Muuto

August 31, 2016

New designs from Muuto | These Four Walls blog

Another week, another set of beautiful new products from Scandinavia. The latest come courtesy of Muuto, which has been responsible for some of the most iconic Nordic designs of recent years (the ‘RESTORE’ storage basket, the ‘OSLO’ chair). I suspect there are several future classics among its latest additions, so here’s a look at a few of my favourites…

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