• What’s hot in kitchens

    Planning a new kitchen? Don’t start work before you check out our guide to this year’s kitchens trends with staying power

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Take a good long look at this picture of a snuggly, beautiful blanket; but can you spot the bottle? Go on, have a good gawk…

  • Prints that pack a (Cuddle) Punch

    Lou, down in Muddy Cornwall, is all over these gorgeous comic-book inspired prints — that you can personalise.  Now, is there something coming up, quite soon, where you might be on the lookout for neat gifts to give…? This is so scorchingly superhero hot, it’s like Inferno Man on honeymoon, somewhere hot. Meet Cuddle Punch – a […]

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Design crush! Check out Tom Raffield’s sexy urban lighting and furniture made using the traditional craft of steam-bending wood.

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Sometimes it’s just fun to look at something beautiful, isn’t it? I came across these gorgeous rugs recently, and I’ll eat my own threadbare mat if you don’t think these are as special as I do.

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    I’m always on the lookout for a personalised gift, and I’ve just found the gift to trump all gifts! Forget portraits of your kids (so last year). If orange is the new black, then fingerprints are the new portrait!

    • Wouldn’t you though?

      These lampshades are quirky, original … and handmade in Surrey by the talented Jo Jones Creative. Aren’t they just gorgeous?

    • Day tripper: Chobham

      Do you know your Chobham from your Cobham? Be honest. I know I’m not the only one. I confess that until recently, I thought they were one and the same. But then they’re not a million miles apart (12 actually), both demographically and geographically. But while Cobham has been nicknamed the Beverley Hills of Britain (with more […]


        Not so long ago, I had a little fantasy about running my own vintage store. It really was little more than a fantasy, though it didn’t stop me buying bucket-loads of Annie Sloan paint and sloshing it all over everything in sight. You may feel less inclined than I to get messy with the paint, […]

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