New designs from Stelton

January 19, 2017

New designs from Stelton | These Four Walls blog

More Danish design news for you today, this time from Stelton – a favourite of style-conscious coffee and tea lovers the world over. It has just released a raft of new designs, and they’re some of my favourites to date.

First up are new colour options for the brand’s iconic ‘EM77’ cafetiere and vacuum jug, designed by Erik Magnussen all the way back in 1977. The latest shades were inspired by summer breezes and Scandinavian evenings by the sea: sand, dusty green, anthracite and a wonderful light grey.

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Spring-summer 2017 collection from Menu

January 18, 2017

Menu spring-summer 2017 collection | These Four Walls blog

This time of year is always an interesting one in the world of interiors, as it’s when many brands release details of their spring-summer collections. I’ll be sharing the new designs from all my favourite names over the coming weeks, kicking off with Danish stalwart Menu.

Menu has been responsible for some iconic collaborations with a range of talented designers, and its latest collection is no exception. There are plenty of beautifully conceived pieces, all minimal yet highly functional and built to last.

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Tips for choosing the perfect shade of grey

January 16, 2017

Tips for choosing the perfect shade of grey | These Four Walls blog

You’ve probably noticed by now, but I’m a little obsessed with grey; in fact, our entire house is painted in one shade or another. For me, it’s the perfect colour: it’s sleek, it’s sophisticated, it works as a neutral backdrop for all sorts of accents, and it’s wonderfully calming to come home to at the end of a busy day. But choosing exactly the right shade can be tricky, so here are a few tips that I’ve picked up after years of practice (and a fair few mistakes)…

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Home tour | A minimalist farmhouse in Suffolk

January 10, 2017

Home tour | Reydon Grove - a minimalist farmhouse by Norm Architects | These Four Walls blog

After talking about minimalism and Norm Architects in last week’s posts, it seems fitting that my first home tour of 2017 is a minimal house created by the Copenhagen-based studio itself.

Contemporary Scandinavian design isn’t something you’d normally associate with a rural farmhouse, but Reydon Grove, located on a working farm in Suffolk (southern England), offers just that. Raised above the fields on a brick platform, it consists of a long, single-storey building with vertical larch cladding and an overhanging roof, designed to sit in harmony with both the landscape and existing barns nearby.

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A minimalist approach for the new year

January 6, 2017

A minimalist approach for the new year | These Four Walls blog

Does anyone else find themselves craving calmness and simplicity in January? As soon as the madness of Christmas is over, I can’t wait to tear down the decorations, clear out the clutter and focus on what really matters.

I’ve always been drawn towards minimalism and pared-back design, but this year I want to streamline my life as well as my home. My aim is to get rid of anything that I no longer need or love, and make more room – and time – for the things I’m passionate about. For everyone with a similar goal, here’s my plan – illustrated with a bit of minimalist eye candy for inspiration…

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Norm Architects launches new bathroom collection

January 4, 2017

Norm Architects' 'Prime' bathroom collection | These Four Walls blog

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a restful festive break. After a wonderful week split between Bristol and my parents’ house in Derbyshire, I’m feeling restored and raring to get going on 2017 posts – starting with the news that Norm Architects has launched a pared-back bathroom suite for Spanish company Inbani.

Copenhagen-based Norm has created stunning designs for all sorts of brands (I recently covered its kitchen collaboration with Reform), and its latest project is no exception. Consisting of a sink and two baths, it’s called ‘Prime’ and billed as a ‘contemporary take on antique metal tubs’. Its rounded contours were inspired by the shapes made by pressurised water in elastic materials such as balloons, and the sleek sides are softened by rolled edges that take their cue from traditional designs.

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Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas | These Four Walls blog

Well, what a strange year 2016 has turned out to be. On a personal level, it’s been wonderful – it started with a road trip around Iceland and a surprise proposal, and ended with a couple of exciting new projects (more on those to follow soon). On a global level, it’s been turbulent and troubling, and I can’t help facing 2017 with a twinge of trepidation.

Next year is going to be a big one in many ways – I’m getting married in May, and I’m planning some major changes which I hope will allow me to spend more time focusing on the things I’m really passionate about. In these increasingly dark times, I’m also determined to choose hope over hatred and do whatever I can to help counter the rising tide of intolerance and prejudice which seems to be sweeping the globe.

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Last-minute Christmas gifts

December 20, 2016

Last-minute Christmas gifts | These Four Walls blog

If Christmas has snuck up on you and you’ve suddenly realised that you’ve only got a few days left to buy any remaining presents, then you’re not alone. I’ve been so busy over the last few weeks that I haven’t taken much note of the date, and most of my friends and colleagues seem to be in a similar situation. But don’t worry: you can still pick up plenty of lovely last-minute gifts from my shop.

All the items shown here are available for Christmas delivery so long as you order before 22nd December. You can buy them right here by clicking on the images below, or head over to my shop page to browse the full collection. It’s brimming with home accessories, books, candles, bath treats and the like, all handpicked from some of my favourite Scandinavian brands and independent British retailers. The shop is powered by Showroom, so it’s safe and secure to use, and there’s full customer service on hand should you need it.

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Recipe | Cranberry & orange breakfast muffins

December 16, 2016

Recipe | Cranberry & orange breakfast muffins | These Four Walls blog

Earlier in the week I shared some recipes for sweet festive treats, and now here’s one for indulgent Christmas breakfasts – cranberry and orange muffins, courtesy of the lovely Kym Grimshaw from Bristol-based food blog On the Plate.

Tucking into these delights is the perfect way to start lazy holiday mornings, and orange and cranberry is one of those classic crowd-pleaser combinations. You can then burn off some of the calories with a crisp winter walk, before undoing all your good work over lunch and dinner…

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Spring-summer 2017 collection from H&M Home

December 15, 2016

Spring-summer 2017 collection from H&M Home | These Four Walls blog

I know, I know, Christmas hasn’t yet been and gone, but some of the spring-summer 2017 homeware collections are already beginning to emerge, and I couldn’t resist sharing a peek at this one from H&M Home.

H&M has long been one of my go-to places for affordable (and I mean really affordable) home accessories, but I’ve always thought of its range as cheap and cheerful rather than sophisticated. Created by Therese Senerholt, renowned interior stylist Lotta Agaton and photographer Pia UIin, its latest images show the brand in an entirely new light.

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