Have you ever looked in your cupboard stuffed full of clothes and declared, “I’ve got nothing to wear!”? I know I have. This monochrome walk-in wardrobe is just the antidote to that little problem.
I’d love to be able to walk into a room and all my shoes, clothes and handbags are set out in neat rows – all colour coordinated – dresses together, trousers together, blouses together… I also love the way she has all her specs and sunglasses on display inside an elevated glass case.
You don’t actually have to shop on Bond Street and Sloane Street to get this look. You can buy Chanel, Celine and other designer shopping bags ‘pre-used’ on Etsy and eBay.
- LIATORP glass-topped console table
- SINNERLIG Bamboo pendant lamp
- Celine paper shopping bag
- Chanel paper shopping bag
- PAX wardrobe
- Homemaker faux fur sheep shape rug
- Knitted pouffe
- Natural chunky jute rug
We think this might be the first time we’ve featured a designer who is also an accomplished architect. Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was a Finnish product designer who worked in furniture, textiles, glass and lighting.
He designed many buildings that are located all over the world and include churches, museums, hospitals, private homes, a sanatorium, a library and an event venue.
Many of his products are still in production today. We’ve linked to a couple of the places you can find them below.
Aram | Arch Daily | Finnish Design Shop
We always begin our annual hibernation right about now – around the time Strictly Come Dancing hits its stride! When given the choice between going out to socialise on a cold, dark wet evening or staying in with a bottle of wine, chuffing wood-burner and a Scandi drama we almost always choose the latter… you’d almost have to physically drag us out of the house kicking and screaming!
We always read user/buyer/expert reviews and recommendations to get a handle on electronic and tech products. These are the three home cinema sound systems we’ve short-listed…
We start with the Canton DM55. It has had the highest review on the Which? website to date (84% – 1 percent higher than the Sonos Playbar). According to their expert:
The DM55 is easy to use, and sounds great, with a strong dynamic range and convincing surround-sound effect… While it’s pricey, it’s also the best sound base we’ve tested, and gives Canton another Best Buy to add to it’s collection.
Coming in at a hefty thousand pounds (down from £1,400), the BOSE SoundTouch 130 is a system that not only includes a soundbar but also an Acoustimass module and control console.
We’ll be saving up to get ourselves the Sonos Playbar. Not only can we enjoy using it to watch live and recorded TV, we can also listen to music and digital radio through it via Spotify. We already have a couple of Sonos Play:1s and a Play:3 – the sound they emit is amazing and connecting Sonos speakers to the wi-fi network and Spotify is a complete doddle.
- Canton DM55 2.1 virtual surround system – black glass: £329.00, Amazon (4.2 out of 5 – 35 reviews)
- Sonos Playbar: £599.00, Sonos (4.5 out of 5 – 710 reviews)
- BOSE SoundTouch 130 wireless home cinema system: £999.95, Currys (9.7 out of 10 – 18 reviews)
This date and walnut loaf is outstanding as an afternoon tea cake. It’s like a cross between malt loaf, a Yorkshire tea loaf and sticky toffee pudding.
Justin can never get enough of teatime loaf cakes, so this was made with him in mind.
So, if you’ve got a packet of dates lurking at the back of your food cupboard (perhaps from Christmas) this is the perfect way to use them all up.
Date and walnut loaf
- 450g/1lb stoned dates
- 1½tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 280ml/½pt boiling water or black tea
- 60g/2oz butter, softened
- 300g/12oz demerara sugar
- 2tbsp black treacle
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 450g/1lb plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 60g/2oz chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas mark 4
- Line two loaf tins with parchment paper
- Mix the bicarbonate of soda into the boiling water/black tea and pour over the dates making sure they're all covered. Leave until it goes cold
- Beat together the butter and sugar
- Add the beaten eggs
- Gradually add the flour, salt and chopped nuts
- Add the dates and the liquid they were soaking in. Combine thoroughly
- Divide the mixture between the two lined loaf tins
- Bake in the middle of the oven for an hour. Check on them after 45 minutes to make sure that their tops aren't cooking too quickly. If they start appearing too brown, cover the tops over with tin foil for the final 15 minutes cooking time
- Allow to cool on a wire rack
- To eat, slice and spread with butter
Adapted from Yorkshire W. I. Recipe book
Adapted from Yorkshire W. I. Recipe book
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Although Australia is way over on the other side of the world, it’s a goldmine when it comes to sourcing great Scandinavian mid century modern designs.
This striking Melbourne mid century modern home is furnished with lots of classic pieces of furniture from the era, alongside mid-century inspired items such as the tabletop mobile and pebble patterned cushion.
- Vitra Noguchi coffee table, walnut
- Arched floor lamp
- Eames lounge chair & ottoman
- Original Danish design side table
- Vintage floral eiderdown quilt
- Custom metal table stabile: The Alexander
- Vintage teak sideboard
We bought this yellow Cathrineholm kettle with a view to it going into our webshop, but as soon as Adelle saw it emerge from its brown paper packaging, she went all Gollum from Lord of the Rings on us. “Come to me, my precious!”, she exclaimed. The chances of it ever being re-sold slid away rapidly as the golden enamel glow filled her eyes!
It was added to our shelves of vintage Scandinavian loveliness – high up so it couldn’t easily be removed!
Another design we’ve been waiting to get hold of for a while is this Op Art crockery by Seltmann Weiden. We had it in stock previously and sold it all. This time we’ll sell some, but keep a piece or two. By coincidence, they appeared in the same week. They work very well together don’t they? The perfect combination for a bright and cheery afternoon tea we think.