• Archive for December, 2012

    Let me count the ways…

    by  • December 21, 2012 • Dream Rooms • 0 Comments

    … that we love the newly re-vamped The Conran Shop in Fulham Road.  Beyond the super chic ground floor furniture offerings that the decorating team would just buy up as a job lot, given half a chance, downstairs in the tableware department, one comes to this little nook, which is so pleasing, with its soft grey tongue and groove, and marble tables, so perfect for showing off the white and pastel pieces on offer. Just delicious.

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    Beautiful handmade gifts

    by  • December 18, 2012 • Out & About • 0 Comments

    If you are heading into London for some last minute Christmas shopping, pop along to Somerset House for a pop up spectacular.

    Taking place in the west wing, The Christmas Arcade is a temporary gallery selling the best of British design including furniture, decorations, accessories and gift ideas including jewellery.

    More than 50 designers have stalls, including Handmade in Britain, Electrum Gallery and Monster Supplies.

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    Last minute decorating…

    by  • December 18, 2012 • Dream Rooms • 0 Comments

    Suddenly found yourself with surprise visitors? Want easy win decorating solutions? Pretty faux stems of natural or twinkly twigs or foliage can be very easily tied with a pretty ribbon and balanced onto wall lights, above pictures, onto door knockers for instant decorating. Similarly, catch a small sprig into a gathered napkin with sewing thread. Easy!

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    Sugar and spice

    by  • December 18, 2012 • Food For Friends • 0 Comments

    If you’re stuck for an idea for an easy but thoughtful present this year, take a leaf out of our Feature Editor’s book and give a favourite recipe complete with key ingredients that are unlikely to be in the recipient’s store cupboard.

    Current favourites include Alice Hart’s delicious Ginger and Lemon Drizzle Cake. It has a lovely warming kick of spice that won’t fail to cheer up a chilly day.

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    The specialist food store

    by  • December 13, 2012 • Out & About • 1 Comment

    Nicola Lando from Sous ChefAlways on the lookout for new and exciting ingredients to spice up our evening meals, HGLivingbeautifully was delighted to stumble upon Nicola Lando’s souschef.co.uk.

    Selling a specialist range of chillies, oils, sauces, seaweeds, pasta, chocolate and more, you can also find less commonplace items from ascorbic acid and sorbet stabiliser to Szechuan peppercorns and cloud ear mushrooms.

    A former frustrated home cook, Nicola realised a long time ago that people like her were becoming more adventurous in the kitchen. But while the recipe books were available to cater for this, the specialist ingredients and equipment they required were not as easily accessible.

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    Order, order

    by  • December 10, 2012 • Dream Rooms • 0 Comments

    It’s all go on the run up to Christmas. Places to go, people to see, presents to buy – rush, rush, rush –there’s barely time to pause for breath.

    Today our thoughts have turned to calmer days ahead and the idea of getting organised in the new year.

    A wall chart offers the perfect at-a-glance solution to knowing who’s where on any given day.

    This one is printed on recycled paper and is available online at Cachette both as a wall chart, priced at £10, and as a weekly planner pad with 55 tear off sheets for £9.

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    The artisan smokehouse

    by  • December 6, 2012 • Out & About • 1 Comment

    At one of the busiest times of the year for small food producers, take time to consider how much work – and indeed love – goes into the special artisan produce that makes Christmas dining so special.

    In the January issue of Homes & Gardens, artisan smoker, Ole-Martin Hansen shares his tale of how he followed in his great-grandfather’s footsteps to revive an old family business that had closed a generation before.

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