House tour: mix dark wood and white for a crisp industrial vibe

industrial vintage city apartment tour

I shared one photo from this apartment on Twitter last week and the response was an immediate ‘wow’, so I thought you’d like to see the rest! The owners of this one-bed apartment have achieve the renovation holy trinity: bigger, lighter and on a budget. Have a browse and soak up the cool mix of… 

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Mood of the moment… spring awakening

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{LIVE / EAT / WEAR / ESCAPE} {LISTEN: Chloe¬†Charles -¬†Find Her Way} There’s no escaping the specialness of this time of year. I was really touched by the collective enthusiasm for making beautiful flower crowns last week for the spring equinox – crafting and wearing my crown really put me in the mood for positive… 

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How to be a master of the Renaissance trend

Fashion to Home Renaissance decorating trend Decorator's Notebook

Ever since I learned of the concept, I’ve been fascinated by trend forecasting. At first I was a little miffed that the design trends I loved to see emerging each season were set out well in advance and therefore more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than a mystical zeitgeist. Now though, I love the guessing game… 

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Chocolate Cloud Cake

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{Photographs: Decorator’s Notebook | Recipe: adapted from Sophie Dahl} I’ve never been to heaven, but I bet this is what angels eat for breakfast. Light as a feather, gooey in the middle and completely flourless, this may not be the prettiest cake you’ve ever made, but I promise you it will be one of the… 

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3 rules for better portrait photography (and when to break them)

Portrait photography tips

Last weekend I headed north with a group of friends to explore the Scottish Borders. We might not have experienced weather as relentless as that which has been battering Bethan down in Somerset, but we had our fair share of extreme precipitation! I was hoping I might be able to share some dramatic landscape photos… 

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House Tour: New York apartment with natural elements

New York apartment in muted colours

I love bringing little touches of nature into my home… a dried seedhead here, a pheasant feather there… they help to soften up a minimal room and bring a tiny bit of the outdoors in. This small New York apartment belongs to prop stylist Rebecca Bartoshesky and I really admire her style. She has just… 

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The Room Mixer: global farmhouse

ethnic bedroom

Here’s a new post idea I’m playing with. Five rooms that could be in the same home, but aren’t, in an attempt to create the perfect blend! I’d start in this hallway, with its red brick floor and painted tongue and groove… {via Terrain} …it would lead to this cosy living room with its lovely… 

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