Minimalist ceramics from Melo

June 19, 2017

Minimalist ceramics from Melo | These Four Walls blog

I’m starting the week with a peek at a new collection from Sweden-based Melo, whose handcrafted, minimalist designs always catch my eye. Known as ‘Sand’, their latest project is a series of limited-edition ceramics, which joins Melo’s existing furniture range and print collaboration from this month.

Designed by photographer and Melo co-founder Sara Medina Lind, the collection encompasses 5 stoneware items: a cup, a saucer, a bowl, and large and small plates. All have clean lines, a soft sand colour and a transparent glaze, which combine to create a simple yet timeless look. They’re handmade by potter Ida Svärdström in Dalarna (a region of central Sweden that’s renowned for its crafts), in a process that takes up to two weeks to ensure the highest quality.

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Top tips for western Cornwall

June 16, 2017

Top tips for western Cornwall | These Four Walls blog

The western tip of Cornwall is an area which Chris and I seem to bounce back to again and again – most recently heading there for our engagement shoot in February, and then for a short minimoon after our wedding in May. It’s a stunning corner of the world: wild coastline, dazzling light, historic St Michael’s Mount, and pretty harbour towns (St Ives, Porthleven, Penzance, Mousehole) brimming with restaurants, shops and galleries.

Here’s a round-up of my favourite spots from all our recent visits…

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Moody bathroom inspiration from Menu

June 12, 2017

Moody bathroom inspiration from Menu | These Four Walls blog

We’re just starting to think about redesigning our bathroom, which hasn’t had any attention since we bought our house a couple of years ago. As a result, I’ve spent a lot of this past weekend scouring the web for inspiration, and I couldn’t resist sharing some beautiful new images from Menu which I came across in the process.

Created to showcase items from Menu’s collection, the photos were shot in a stunning bathroom which mixes moody grey tiling and a black marble sink with brass fixtures and fittings. The overall effect is minimalist yet decadent, and it has a dark, cocooning air that reminds me of Moroccan hammams – perfect if you want a bathroom where you can switch off and forget about the outside world.

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A Cornish-inspired fabric collection by Helen Baker

June 6, 2017

A new Cornish-inspired fabric collection by Helen Baker | These Four Walls blog

I’ll have more on our recent stay in Cornwall for you later this week, but first I want to introduce a wonderful new homeware collection with a strong Cornish link.

Developed by Helen Baker, a self-taught fabric designer who now lives near Bath, it’s called ‘You Can Take The Girl Out Of Cornwall’ in celebration of her Cornish roots. The cushions, lightshades and fabrics were all inspired by the coast, but rather than focusing on clichéd seaside motifs, Helen has taken an altogether more contemporary approach. So, instead of twee sailing boats and anchors, you’ll find clean-lined, minimalist patterns based on pebble stacks, seaweed and even surfboards.

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Chapel House Penzance | Cornwall

May 30, 2017

Chapel House Penzance, Cornwall | These Four Walls blog

As I may have already mentioned a couple of times, Chris and I recently got married and then headed off for a quick minimoon in the pretty Cornish village of Mousehole. I’ll put together some tips for exploring this beautiful corner of Cornwall soon, but first I want to share a peek at Chapel House Penzance, a stylish six-bedroom B&B where we spent the first night of our break before checking into a self-catering cottage.

I’d been longing to stay at Chapel House ever since it opened in 2015, and I wasn’t disappointed. Occupying an 18th-century townhouse that was originally built by an admiral who fought in the Battle of Trafalgar, it’s been beautifully restored by current owner Susan, who worked with Loci Architecture to blend its elegant Georgian lines and period features with a few contemporary additions.

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Recipe | Spring orzotto

May 26, 2017

Recipe | Spring orzotto | These Four Walls blog

When the latest recipe from Kym Grimshaw of Bristol-based food blog On the Plate popped into my inbox, I was instantly intrigued. I’d never heard of orzotto before, but I’m a big fan of both risotto and orzo pasta, so this fusion of the two is right up my street.

After a little research, I discovered that Italian orzotto is traditionally made from pearl barley, but orzo – small pasta shaped like grains of rice – makes a wonderful substitute. The result is a dish that’s as creamy and satisfying as normal risotto, but much quicker and easier to cook. Here, Kym has paired it with zingy seasonal vegetables and a dash of lemon, creating the perfect supper for the balmy Bank Holiday weekend ahead…

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Home tour | A loft-like Helsinki apartment

May 23, 2017

Home tour | A loft-like Helsinki apartment | These Four Walls blog

I’ve just got back from a wonderful week away – our wedding in Devon, followed by a quick mini-moon in Cornwall. More on that to follow, but in the meantime what better way to get back into the blogging groove than a tour around a gorgeous Nordic home?

Located in the hip Kallio district of Helsinki, this small but striking apartment was created by interior designer Laura Seppänen for Finnish composer and producer Hank Solo. Hank wanted a tranquil space where he could focus on his music, so Laura blended industrial and Scandinavian elements to create an airy, loft-like look.

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Out of the office…

May 11, 2017

Out of the office...

A very quick post today to let you know that I’m taking a short break from blogging, as I’m getting married this weekend! We’ll then be heading off for a mini-moon in Cornwall, but I’ll be back later in May with more interiors and lifestyle inspiration (and possibly a few wedding photos!).

In the meantime, here some pictures of the stunning Cornish coastline to feast your eyes upon, all captured by our wedding photographer Taylor & Porter during our recent engagement shoot

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