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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New designs from Cooee

February 1, 2017

New designs from Cooee | These Four Walls blog

Even if you haven’t heard the name Cooee Design before, you’ll most likely recognise its products from Pinterest and magazines (and indeed many of the home tours featured right here on These Four Walls). Founded by designer and stylist Catrine Åberg, the Swedish brand makes a beautiful collection of vases, candleholders and trays, as well as jewellery and prints. Its designs include some of my all-time favourite home accessories, so I was excited to discover that it’s launching several new items for spring 2017.

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New home accessories (& pop-ups!) from Made.com

January 27, 2017

New home accessories (+ pop-ups!) from Made.com | These Four Walls blog

In the few years since it was founded, British website Made.com has become one of my go-to places for stylish yet affordable furniture and lighting: Scandi-style sofas, sleek dining tables, striking floor lamps, beds and bookcases… I’ve always associated the brand with larger items and online shopping, so I was intrigued to discover that not only does it also sell a wide range of smaller home accessories, it’s also opened pop-up stores in Brighton, Edinburgh and now Bristol.

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Six of the best… scented candles

January 25, 2017

Six of the best... scented candles | These Four Walls blog

Today I’m kicking off a new series of posts showcasing some of the best home accessories and furniture designs across a range of categories, starting with the humble scented candle.

For me, scented candles are an essential item at any time of year, but never more so than during the long, dark days of winter. There’s something incredibly soothing about watching gently dancing flames, surrounded by a soft, warm glow. And I’m always amazed by the power of fragrance to completely transform the ambiance of a room or alter my own mood. Here are a few of my favourites…

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Home tour | A pared-back apartment in Stockholm

January 23, 2017

Home tour | A light-filled apartment in Stockholm | These Four Walls blog

This beautiful Swedish apartment is a perfect example of the minimal approach to living which I’ve been talking about a lot in recent weeks. Located in the buzzing Södermalm district of Stockholm, it’s calming and clutter-free, with lots of natural light and a wonderfully fresh feel.

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