With the clocks going back, the evenings growing darker and the weather getting chillier by the day, I’m craving comfort food at the moment – and what better than a big bowl of warming soup?
The latest seasonal recipe from Kym Grimshaw of Bristol-based food blog On the Plate is just the ticket. I normally find carrot soup a bit too sweet for my liking, but here Kym has paired it with smokey bacon and lentils for added flavour and a bit of extra bite. It’s incredibly quick and easy to make, and it tastes absolutely delicious. Just add a big chunk of crusty bread (smothered in butter, of course), a snuggly blanket to curl up under and a good book, and voilà! The perfect autumn treat.
A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to Skåne in southern Sweden along with a small group of other bloggers – Sarah Akwisombe, Lou of Littlegreenshed and Kimberly of Swoon Worthy. The trip was hosted by the lovely people at Visit Sweden and Visit Skåne, with the aim of showcasing all the wonderful design, scenery and food which the region has to offer.
I’ve visited Sweden many times before, but this was my first stay in Skåne. I already know it won’t be my last: not only is it very easy to reach (just a 20-minute hop across the Øresund Bridge from Copenhagen Airport), it’s also incredibly beautiful. Our trip took in the vibrant city of Malmö, the elegant university town of Lund and more, but I want to start with a post about our first base: the enchanting Wanås Estate.
It’s that time of the month when I’d normally share a round-up of new furniture and homeware designs from recent weeks, but today I’m doing something a little different. I’ve spent the last few days choosing new prints to hang in our living room and I’ve come across some wonderful new artists and just-launched ranges, so I’ve decided to put together an art special instead!
Without further ado, here are my favourite finds…
Today I want to introduce a new Danish interiors brand that’s already generating a lot of buzz in the design world: 101 Copenhagen.
Launched at Maison & Objet in Paris last month, it aims to create timeless pieces with a focus on quality and craftsmanship – the kind of Scandinavian design ethos that I love. The first collection includes vases, coffee tables, handcrafted tableware, storage boxes, mirrors and home textiles, as well as bespoke lighting created in partnership with NORR11. The style is simple yet striking, with lots of organic shapes and muted colours, and many of the pieces have interesting textures such as suede, velvet, mottled concrete and richly grained wood. There are also flashes of brass and copper, often offset against smoky grey glass or matte white and black surfaces.
A bit of brand news for you today, as H&M Home has just launched a new range of premium-quality products for the bedroom. It’s called ‘Relaxed Elegance’ and it looks beautiful, with lots of soft, calming tones and natural textures that are ideal for snuggling up on chilly autumn nights.
The textiles are particularly pretty: washed-linen bedding and robes in muted greys and whites, cashmere-blend cushions and bed socks in dark charcoal, and a quilted satin bedspread with a stylish circle pattern. They’re complemented by striking accessories in luxurious materials, including brass candlesticks, porcelain mugs and plates, and a mirror, box and cushion covered in beautiful blush-coloured suede.
Apologies for the lack of posts over the last few days, but I’ve been in southern Sweden, discovering the wonderful design, food and scenery of the Skåne region. More on that to follow soon, but first I have a find from home turf to share with you: beautiful Forest of Dean hotel Tudor Farmhouse.
The Forest of Dean is only an hour north of Bristol, but for some reason I’ve never spent much time there. So, when Tudor Farmhouse asked if I’d like to join a small group of bloggers and journalists (including the lovely Lottie from Oyster & Pearl) for one of their autumnal foraging breaks, I jumped at the chance to explore the area. I soon realised I’ve been missing out. This sprawling oak woodland – the oldest in England – is utterly magical, with mysterious glens, twisting tree trunks, haunting mine ruins and roaming wild boar. It’s said to have inspired the works of Tolkein, and more recently it’s been used as a location for the Harry Potter films.
It’s time for another round-up of stylish places to stay in some of my favourite destinations, and today I’m turning my attention to Madrid.
I’ve visited the vibrant Spanish capital several times over the years – most recently at the end of the ‘Sunny Design Days’ tour in July, when I couldn’t resist tagging a quick city break onto the end of the week – and I’ve always been captivated by its energy. It may lack the major sights of Paris and Berlin, but it’s full of charm: maze-like alleys open onto grand boulevards and 17th-century plazas, and the whole place is brimming with innovative restaurants, cutting-edge boutiques and lively bars (this is famously a city which never sleeps). It’s also home to plenty of wonderful hotels – here are my top recommendations…
More and more of us reside in small homes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy style and comfort – as this duplex attic apartment proves. Located in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, it’s a great example of how clever design can be used to make compact spaces beautiful to look at and practical to live in.
The apartment’s layout has been carefully considered, and every nook is used to maximum effect. The landing has been turned into an additional sitting area which also doubles as a guest bedroom, and a cosy snug accessed via a ladder has been created in the space between the bathroom ceiling and the eaves.
Today I’m sharing another find from Cornwall: super-romantic self-catering hideaway Fallen Angel. This sleek rubber-clad house is set in one of my favourite villages, Mousehole, and I first spied it perched on the hillside above the harbour when Chris and I spent our minimoon there in May. I couldn’t resist Googling it to find it what it was, and I loved the look of it so much that I included it in a round-up of top tips for western Cornwall. You can imagine my excitement when owners Mark and Jane then got in touch to ask if we’d like to stay for a weekend and try it out in person.
So, late one Friday afternoon in early September, we jumped in the car and headed back down the M5 for ‘Mousehole Minimoon #2’. Having spent the first one in a cramped rental with a leaking bathroom and noisy construction work taking place next door, we were both looking forward to a second attempt at post-wedding relaxation – and what a treat we had in store.
If you crave simplicity and a slower pace of life, you’ll love my latest discovery: UK-based boutique interior and lifestyle store Ingredients LDN. I first stumbled across it on Instagram, and I was instantly smitten with its thoughtfully crafted home accessories and quietly beautiful styling.
Owner Nina has a background in clinical psychology and spent years supporting people with depression and anxiety, as well as working as a brand-strategy consultant. She founded Ingredients LDN to translate her interest in well-being into a tangible brand, and it’s based around the importance of taking time to savour the small moments that give everyday life meaning and value.