A road trip through Liguria

March 3, 2017

A road trip through Liguria, Italy | These Four Walls blog

Last autumn Chris and I embarked on a mammoth road trip through the Liguria region of northern Italy, reviewing hotels for my day job with i-escape. We flew into Pisa and followed the coast all the way round to the French border and back again, travelling more than 1000km over the course of a week.  A packed schedule left little time to explore, but I was so struck with the colours and textures we encountered – velvety-green hills, the endless turquoise sea, crumbling plaster walls in a rainbow of earthy hues – that I couldn’t resist sharing a few photos.

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Spring table styling from House Doctor

March 1, 2017

Spring table styling from House Doctor | These Four Walls blog

To mark the first day of March, I wanted to share a bit of spring styling inspiration from Danish homeware brand House Doctor, which has just released its latest catalogue.

These images show pieces from House Doctor’s tableware range, and I was instantly drawn to the calmness and simplicity on display. The collection was inspired by the idea of slowing down and savouring every moment – from that first sip of steaming coffee when you wake, to lazy evening meals with family and friends. It has a relaxed, organic look, with irregular shapes, mottled textures and natural imperfections. I particularly love the white glazed mug, with its curved form that fits snugly in your hand, and the matte grey plates and bowls, designed to resemble stone.

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New furniture & homeware finds | February 2017

February 24, 2017

Hans J. Wegner's CH23 dining chair for Carl Hansen & Son | New furniture & homeware finds | February 2017

Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing some of the fantastic new-season homeware collections that have emerged from Scandinavia and elsewhere, but there are a few individual product launches which I feel deserve some attention, too. So, time for another round-up of the designs that have appeared on my radar recently…

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How to introduce pink into your home

February 21, 2017

How to add pops of pink to your home | These Four Walls blog

Pink is most definitely having a bit of a moment. I’m not talking about bright fuschia pink, but more muted, sophisticated shades – pale blush pink, powdery rose pink, and earthy pink with a hint of terracotta (think the colour of Moroccan adobe walls). They’ve been popping up all over the place for a while now, and with good reason: they’re both warming and calming, and they look fantastic against ever-popular neutrals such as grey, beige and white. They’re also perfect for minimalist, Scandinavian-style schemes where brighter hues might jar.

Here are a few easy ways to add a hint of pink to your home, even if you’re an interior colour-phobe like me…

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Recipe | Rhubarb & honeycomb porridge

February 17, 2017

Recipe | Rhubarb & honeycomb porridge | These Four Walls blog

During the week, I’m not really a breakfast person. I tend to wake up early, do a bit of blog work, and then grab a quick coffee or a glass of orange juice before dashing out to my day job. At weekends, though, it’s a different story. For me, Saturday and Sunday mornings are precious downtime, when I often laze in bed for hours with a good book. Delicious food is essential, of course, and so I’m particularly excited about the latest addition to my ongoing recipe series with Kym Grimshaw of Bristol-based food blog On the Plate.

This is porridge, but not as you know it. Here, healthy and nutritious oats are topped with a couple of added treats: zingy roasted rhubarb and sweet, sticky honeycomb (which is a lot easier to make than you’d expect, and can be prepared the night before). Over to Kym for instructions…

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Review | The Emma mattress

February 15, 2017

Review | The Emma mattress | These Four Walls blog

Chris and I have a dilemma which I’m sure many couples share: he sleeps on his front and prefers a soft mattress, whereas I tend to sleep on my back and prefer a firmer one. We’ve always ended up compromising with something in the middle, which means that neither of us is ever truly comfortable. So, when I was asked to review the Emma mattress, which is designed to suit every body type and sleeping position, I agreed straight away.

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A winter weekend at Artist Residence Cornwall

February 14, 2017

A winter weekend at Artist Residence Cornwall | These Four Walls blog

There’s something so invigorating about being by the sea in winter: the crashing waves, the empty beaches, the vast skies, the beautifully crisp light… Nothing beats it for blasting away any lingering post-Christmas cobwebs, and so the other weekend Chris and I hopped in the car and journeyed down to the western tip of Cornwall for a sneaky coastal getaway.

Our base was Artist Residence Cornwall, a stylish and eclectic hotel in the heart of Penzance. It’s perfect for a relaxing break, with friendly staff, a lounge-bar filled with sink-into-comfy armchairs, and the kind of easygoing vibe that instantly lulls you into holiday mode. And it’s great-value, with rates starting at well under £100 a night in low season.

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Spring-summer 2017 collection from Ferm Living

February 8, 2017

Spring-summer 2017 collection from Ferm Living | These Four Walls blog

Today I have images of another fantastic new-season collection from Scandinavia to delight your eyes, this time from Danish brand Ferm Living.

This year, Ferm has blended contemporary Nordic style with influences from bygone eras. The result is a mix of decadent materials and sleek Scandinavian lines which is somehow both extravagant and highly functional.

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Home tour | Ancient meets modern in Girona

February 6, 2017

Home tour | Ancient meets modern in Girona | These Four Walls blog

Another week, another beautiful abode to feast your eyes upon. Today I’m taking you to Girona in Catalonia, northern Spain, for a peek at not one but two wonderful apartments.

Set in a 16th-century house in the shadow of the city’s cathedral, they were designed by Barcelona-based architect Anna Noguera, who now lets them out as holiday rentals. Both are a beautiful combination of ancient and modern, with old stonework and gnarled wooden beams sitting side by side with exposed iron forgings and swathes of polished concrete.

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Profile | Taylor & Porter

February 3, 2017

Profile | Wedding, portrait and editorial photographer Taylor & Porter | These Four Walls blog

When I first told a friend that Chris and I had got engaged, her immediate response was: “Oooh, you’re going to find choosing a wedding photographer really tricky!”. She was right. Doing what I do means I’m very picky when it comes to images and styling, and I spent ages trawling wedding blogs and photography websites in a bid to find the right person. Then someone suggested Louise of Taylor & Porter – one look at her ethereal, radiant and beautifully crafted work, and I knew the search was over.

Cornwall-based Louise specialises in wedding photography, couples’ and family portraits, branding and editorial shoots. Her images are incredibly inspiring and have been featured on wedding and lifestyle blogs numerous times – most recently a romantic and moody spread on Once Wed. I was instantly drawn to the way she captures light, atmosphere and detail, and the way her photographs tell a story. She also uses film – something which I’ve wanted to try for a while, but which I’ve always found a little daunting having started photography in the digital age. I chatted to her about her background, her approach, and her tips for those of us who want to give film photography a go…

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