Wednesday, 24 August 2011

DESIGN - An Amazing Use of Glass in a Home

I had to share this amazing Town House in Chelsea using glass to create a modern look and a feeling of space and light. The basement living area feels light and airy due to the openness of the stairs which are also lit up with blue and purple lights. But it's outside that really shows off the use of glass. Those amazing windows lead out to a garden where the balcony has glass instead of balustrades.

Read more about the use of glass in this project over on my post for's interior design blog.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

INTERIORS - A Yacht I Could Live in

Yachting with Hugo Boss

Earlier this week I went sailing on a racing yacht (you can see the pics over on The Style PA for Men). But we also had the chance to sail on a very different boat, a sun-seeker with a lovely deck and beautiful living quarters. I've seen many yachts from the outside in the past, but very few have I had the pelasure of exploring properly until this one and i can definitely see the appeal.

The boat had 3 bedrooms, each with a bathroom of its own and decorated just as a luxurious hotel room would be. The living area had a large flat screen TV and big comfortable sofas. Then it was down a fewsteps to the kitchen/dining area and another dining table at the back of the boat. On top there was a sun deck where the boat could be driven from and where there was another table and room for sunbathing too. 

I can imagine just floating around the Med on it, hopping off in beautiful harbours for dinner. For one day, at least I could pretend...

Yachting with Hugo Boss
Yachting with Hugo Boss
Yachting with Hugo Boss

Saturday, 6 August 2011

DESIGN - The Violin Factory

I was recently invited to an event called The House of Hugo Boss which was set up to allow bloggers to experience 3 of their classic fragrances. The venue they chose for the event was a place called The Violin Factory near Waterloo and Southbank in London. The moment I walked in I was in love, it's a fabulous space that was restored over 2 and a half years by the architect owner. You may have seen it on Grand Designs.

You can read more about the house over on my post for's interior design blog. Do take a look.

After the event my boyfriend and I took a stroll along the Southbank. Regardless of the fact that I've been a Londoner for over 2 years now, it never really gets old. It was lovely and sunny too which is always nice. 

Monday, 1 August 2011

SHOPPING - Top Home Buys for July


1.  Metallic linen bedspread - Toast - Was £298, now £106.20

This gorgeous blue metallic bedspread from Toast is now available at a huge discount. Get set for Autumn early and save yourself almost £200 in the process. I love the soft, denim blue colour which looks great styled with country chic bed linen. 

I used to be a proper hi-fi geek and still think a great pair of speakers are super important for anyone who enjoys music. I recently threw out my old computer speakers which had broken and am currently plugged into my main amp and speakers. However, if I am to move my computer to another room I'd want a decent pair of computer speakers and this new set from Bose would be ideal. No need for a subwoofer and cler, natural sound is the claim and in my experience the brand delivers on its promises.

I love these quirky kitchen essentials available at Bouf. Choose from Platinum effect or ceramic in a range of fun styles. From an eggbox carton to takeaway tubs, they are full of character and sure to impress your guests or at least keep them talking.

4. Hey Diddle Diddle picture - Bouf - £50

I love pictures with words. I've got a great London map made up of place names in my flat and I recently spotted some more awesome word art pictures too. This one would be great for a kids nursery or as a present to someone who has recently become a parent. It features lots of different nursery rhymes, all laid out with cute fonts and graphics to bring to life that rhyme. I simply love it. There are more like this too including a horror movie one.

5. The House & Home by Lisa Stickley collection at debenhams

The new season collection has been given a style update and features great crockery and serveware in a palette of pastels, cream and red with striking polka dots and floral designs. My sister would absolutely love this stuff. Plus I've met the lady behind the range and she's just as lovely as the collection.