Recipe | Artichoke, garlic & cannellini bean soup

March 24, 2017

Recipe | Artichoke, garlic & cannellini bean soup | These Four Walls blog

It’s a strange time of year, don’t you think? There are signs of spring everywhere, but the weather is still catching up. One minute it’s freezing cold and I find myself craving hearty winter comfort food; the next, the sun appears and I want to tuck into fresh, new-season greens.

Luckily, the latest recipe from Kym Grimshaw of food blog On the Plate is perfect for this in-between stage. It uses artichokes – a taste of spring, though the preserved ones recommended here are available year-round – and it’s warming and satisfying, with a wonderful hit of roasted garlic. It works brilliantly for lunch or supper, or as a starter – just add crusty bread and a glass of crisp white wine…

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Home tour | A house of contrasts near Copenhagen

March 22, 2017

Home tour | A house of contrasts near Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

It’s time for another home tour and, inspired by the contemporary Suffolk farmhouse which I featured back in January, I’ve decided to share another beautiful house from Danish design gurus Norm Architects.

Set in the seaside town of Vedbæk, to the north of Copenhagen, it was originally built in 1853 and retains many period features, including exposed rafters and a stunning staircase which sweeps up to the first floor. Throughout, Norm Architects have paired them with modern elements such as concrete mantelpieces, pristine white walls and embedded ceiling lights. They’ve also added a new extension to house the kitchen and dining area, with walls of windows that let daylight flood into the once-gloomy interior, plus a glass floor that provides a peek down to the basement (now a wine cellar) below.

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Relaxed spring-summer styling from Tina K Home

March 17, 2017

Relaxed spring-summer styling from Tina K Home | These Four Walls blog

Today’s dose of interiors inspiration comes from Danish designer Tine Kjeldsen of Tina K Home. She’s just released details of her spring-summer 2017 collection, and it’s a real beauty.

Entitled ‘Boho’, it was inspired by the idea of slowing down, enjoying everyday life and focusing on the things which really matter – a theme that’s becoming ever more popular in this turbulent world of ours, and which has formed the basis of quite a few new-season ranges this year.

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Hotel Danmark | Copenhagen

March 13, 2017

Hotel Danmark | Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

I have a bit of design-related travel news to start the week, as I’ve just discovered that Brochner Hotels, owner of long-time Copenhagen favourite Hotel SP34, is about to launch a brand-new base in the Danish capital.

Called Hotel Danmark, it’s due to open its doors to guests in April and, from the look of the press photos, it’s going to be stunning. The interiors blend sleek Scandinavian lines and mid-century modern classics with decadent touches, including four-poster beds, forest-green walls and brass accents. I particularly love the leather-padded headboards, which are softened by snuggly cushions in pale grey and mint green, and the striking dome-shaped bedside lamps.

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Six of the best…. Scandinavian shelving systems

March 10, 2017

'String' shelving | Six of the best... Scandinavian shelving systems | These Four Walls blog

Shelving may not be the most exciting item of furniture, but it’s perhaps one of the most essential – particularly if you yearn for minimal, clutter-free interiors. With that in mind, I decided to make versatile shelving systems the focus of my second ‘Six of the best’ round-up (you can see the first one here).

As usual, Scandinavia has produced some of the most stylish designs, all with the perfect blend of form and function. And once you’ve chosen your favourite, take a look at my recent guest post on Habitat’s brilliant blog for a few tips on styling it.

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Our engagement photos on the Cornish coast

March 7, 2017

Our engagement photos on the Cornish coast | These Four Walls blog

For a blogger, I’m rather camera-shy – I set up These Four Walls back in 2014 and I could probably count on one hand the number of photos of myself that I’ve posted since then. But I couldn’t resist sharing a few images from our engagement shoot with talented film photographer Louise of Taylor & Porter, who I recently interviewed and who will be capturing our wedding in May.

The shoot took place in February on a wild and windswept Cornish beach, almost a year to the day since Chris proposed. We chose the location because we both love spending time by the sea (such a wonderful escape from our busy city lives), and because its rugged beauty echoes that of Iceland, where we got engaged. It was a magical afternoon – Louise put us at ease from the moment we arrived, allowing us to relax and take in the incredible scenery around us: the crashing waves, the pristine sand, the glowing sun sinking slowly behind the cliffs.

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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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