Get their look: Grey industrial kitchen

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This grey industrial kitchen – and the house it belongs to, is one of the most stunning we’ve seen in a while!

The Barcelona apartment was renovated by Jaime Beriestain back in 2015. Despite the fact that this room doesn’t get much natural light, the owners were brave enough to paint the walls, ceiling and cabinetry such a shadowy shade.

The combination of dark grey, copper and natural wood is a modern classic that remains hugely popular. Objects that could otherwise get slightly lost, really stand out and draw your eye. The light that does pervade the space is somehow enhanced, and you notice its play on shiny and reflective surfaces.

There’s a profusion of hard surfaces and materials which is very practical for a kitchen… and yet, despite this, the room retains a real warmth. We love it!

  1. Vintage XL French bread board
  2. ALANA rectangular mirror in brass
  3. Sycamore chopping board
  4. Extra large marble pedestal pestle & mortar
  5. Black BACKIG dinnerware
  6. Industrial style adjustable swivel bar stool
  7. Smeg TR90BL1 Victoria single cavity 90cm wide dual fuel range cooker, black

Have a look at some of the other interiors we’ve featured in our Get their look series.

Get their look: Grey industrial kitchen | H is for Home

Bookmarks: Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home children's book by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen | H is for Home

We’ve not written a book review in AGES and this one’s just a little bit different to our usual fare.

Front cover detail of Home Sweet Home children's book by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen | H is for Home

Home Sweet Home is a children’s book – recommended for ages 5+. However, even as adults, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading it… and, as regular readers will know, we appreciate and collect iconic children’s books!

Title page of Home Sweet Home children's book by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen | H is for Home

Published earlier this month (October 2017), it was written by Mia Cassany and beautifully illustrated by Paula Blumen.

'Queenie in London' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

Throughout the 40 pages, you’re shown around various interiors & exteriors from around the world – guided by the pets-in-residence.

'Pierre & Papillon in Paris' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

There’s Eva the St Bernard in Iceland, Coco the cat in Brooklyn… there’s even a tortoise named Taiki who lives in Kyoto, Japan!

'Juan in Seville' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

This book is a really fun way for kids (and grown-ups!) to find out about other parts of the world. It teaches facts such as San Francisco is very hilly, Giethoorn in the Netherlands is car-free and that houses in Ibiza are painted white to reflect the light and keep them cool.

'A home isn't a home without a pet!' in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

It’s a book that warrants plenty of return visits.

'Rex in San Francisco' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

It’s such a charming read…

'Bonaparte in Provence' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

…and the illustrations are full of lovely detail that reveal something new every time you flick through the pages.

'Chang in Hong Kong' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

This book is a fantastic Christmas or birthday present for any pet-loving, budding interior decorator!

'Drago in Capri' page in Home Sweet Home by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Paula Blumen

Home Sweet Home is available from the publishers in UK/Europe & US/Canada and from Amazon, The Book Depository and Waterstones.

[Many thanks to Ellen at Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for the review copy]

Designer Desire: Robert Sonneman

Mosaic of Robert Sonneman lighting designs | H is for Home

Robert Sonneman (b. 1942) is a New York City-based lighting designer. He began his career at the tender age of 19 as the sole-employee at George Kovacs, a shop located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

His designs are influenced by Modernism, most notably the Bauhaus movement. As the man himself says:

I’ve always been fascinated with movement, weight, and balance. I saw the lamps that I built as lighting machines that glorified the industrial aesthetic. As modern design and architecture morphed into other genres of contemporary style, I also explored new creative paths.

In 1967, he founded his own company under the Sonneman brand which became SONNEMAN – A Way of Light in 2003.

He’s very prolific (1,600 designs and counting!), with his contemporary designs available extensively; from his own store and other upmarket retails outlets such as YLighting. His vintage designs are readily available on 1st Dibs and sometimes come up for sale on Etsy and eBay.

Find more of our Designer Desire features here!

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Price Points: Electric blankets

Selection of 3 king-size, dual-control electric blankets | H is for Home

I may shortly be leaving my 5th decade however, it wasn’t until recently that I’d ever heard of dual-control electric blankets – what a great invention!

I mentioned in the past that Justin & I have different preferences in pillow size, number and hardness. Well, we also differ in the temperature that we like the bed to be. I’m almost never warm enough – I could have an electric blanket switched on for the whole night during the winter. Justin throws the duvet off complaining of the heat.

One of these king-size, dual-control electric blankets will prevent much night time grumbling and tossing & turning!

  1. King-size electric heated under blanket fleece throw twin controls: £16.99, eBay
  2. Homefront electric blanket king-size dual control: £48.95, Amazon
  3. Dreamland heated fleece dual control fitted electric underblanket: £69.99, John Lewis

It’s simple with the Simplissimo!

Scott Simplissimo Chef all-in-one cook blender

We’ve got a little twist for the post usually occupying the Cakes & Bakes slot on Thursdays. It’s a review for a new product coming to market shortly (available from early November 2017) that will make life in the kitchen easier. It’s the Simplissimo Chef by Scott; an all-in-one cook blender.

Scott Simplissimo Chef all-in-one cook blender with soup ingredients | H is for Home

The lovely people at Scott sent us one to trial so we’ve been trying it out over the last few days. We started out by making a soup – well, the machine made the soup, to be honest! There’s a choice of automated programs or manual operation. We obviously couldn’t resist the automated option as an introduction to our new kitchen helper.

Scott Simplissimo Chef all-in-one cook blender with soup ingredients within | H is for Home

We decided on a cauliflower and blue cheese soup – placed vegetable stock, chopped cauliflower, potato and a clove of garlic to the jug – and selected the appropriate program for ‘smooth soup’. The Simplissimo then got on with it. It heated and stirred the soup quietly. About three quarters through the program we added the blue cheese, some seasoning and a little cream. (You can add whatever ingredients you like during the cooking process through a sealed opening ‘hatch’ in the lid).

Home-made cauliflower & blue cheese soup in the Scott Simplissimo Chef all-in-one cook blender | H is for Home

After 30 minutes the hot soup was blended – and then kept warm for 15 minutes. The perfect amount of time to rustle up some sour dough croutons and serve. We hope it looks tempting – it really was very delicious soup!

Bowl of home-made cauliflower & blue cheese soup made in the Scott Simplissimo Chef all-in-one cook blender | H is for Home

Other favourite soups that will be perfect for this auto cook/blend function include leek & potato, nettle, pea & ham and mushroom. In addition to soup, it’s also perfect for sauces. Peppercorn sauce for a nice steak perhaps – or onion gravy for hearty sausage and mash. Dips and dressings too. And in addition to all that, it can steam food – and even cook vacuum packed dishes ‘sous vide’ in a temperature controlled water bath. Amazing!

Fruit smoothie ingredients | H is for Home

After the hot dishes we thought we’d try a cold one. The blender has no problem chopping fruit and crushing ice so there’s endless smoothie options. We went for a blueberry & banana smoothie. Again delicious. Take a bow, Chef Simplissimo! The choice of flavour combinations is almost limitless – and then there’s all the potential for fabulous cocktails!

It’s very well built, solid & sturdy – and looks good on the counter top too. With all it’s potential uses there’s no need to hide it away. It even has an auto clean program, so no messing about with sharp blades. As you might have guessed, we’re very happy with our new little friend – and we’re certainly going to enjoy future dishes and further experimentation!

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It’s curtains for our old pole!

Finial on our new graphite Poles & Blinds curtain pole | H is for Home

We were recently approached by Poles&Blinds to collaborate on a product review. Their timing was perfect! We’ve recently redecorated the lounge, but there was one last remaining job… to tidy up the window area.

Swish Elements Belgravia 35mm curtain pole kit components | H is for Home

As you can see from the ‘before’ photo on the left, it was in a very sorry state! The pole was scratched & very tired looking, there were old Polyfilla repairs – and the brackets were coming out of the wall.

Our old curtain pole - scratched up and bracket hanging out of the wall | H is for Home New curtain pole and tab top curtain

Having looked through their website, we picked out the Swish Elements Belgravia 35mm Curtain Pole with a graphite metallic finish. The room has a combination of cream and dark grey walls with natural colour furnishings in wood, wicker, Hessian, leather and so on. So this graphite shade pole works perfectly in the scheme.

Justin installing our new curtain pole | H is for Home

Justin set about the task (well he does have to earn that afternoon tea & cake somehow, doesn’t he?). It was very straightforward really, the process taking about an hour from start to finish. Drill, screwdriver, spirit level, hacksaw and pencil were the only tools required.

Natural, Hessian-type tab top curtains on our new curtain pole

Sometimes, even relatively simple improvements can make a big difference to the look of a room. We love the pared back style and chunky feel. It also works well with the vintage industrial elements that we have dotted about this space.

New curtain pole and curtains erected | H is for Home

The pole is solid, sturdy and of really good quality. As you can see, we have tab top curtains in this room so didn’t need to use the curtain rings supplied. However, if and when we do (or you have curtains that require them), these rings are nylon lined to give them a smooth and quiet glide across the pole.

Adelle working next to the window in the sitting room | H is for Home

We’re very pleased with the results. That scruffy corner has been irritating us for months! It’s now neat, tidy and colour co-ordinated – and the curtains don’t fall off any more!

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