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Wednesday Moodboard: Spring is Here!

It may be raining, it may be cold, but the signs that spring is here are all over –  and they are wonderful. So, this week, I am in the mood for Spring! You probably heard the Wordsworth poem about daffodils yesterday as it was World Poetry Day but he was right wasn̵ ...

Wednesday Moodboard: Upstairs to Bedfordshire

I have just had my bedroom decorated and feel quite relieved at having a calm and organised space at last. I didn’t realise what great timing I had –  as March is National Bed Month organised by the National Sleep Council. Established since 1995, The Sleep Council ...

Wednesday Moodboard: 10 Best-Loved Cakes

Have you seen our March competition photo? Here’s a clue to the identity of this local landmark – it has put me in the mood for cake! And that got me wondering what my top ten classic British cakes would be.  Here they are (not in order of preference because that ...

Wednesday Moodboard: Cut Festival

I’m rather intrigued by the idea of a festival of barbering – which has inspired my mood board this week. The Cut Festival starts in East London on 24 February and finishes on the 5 March. There’s more to the subject than meets the eye – here’s a q ...

Wednesday Moodboard: Steamed Pudding

The forecast is for east winds – and I’m in the mood for heartwarming food. Anyway, February just has to be the perfect month for eating pudding. I don’t mean just any generic pudding, but a proper, steaming, traditional British beauty. For anyone who doesn ...

Wednesday Moodboard: Toast

It’s cool, grey and damp outside and I am dreaming of toast; the hot buttered type, plain and simple. However, if we’re dreaming we may as well dream big so here’s a little toasty inspiration. Image and recipe: http://blog.katescarlata.com I rather like the so ...

Wednesday Moodboard: Minimalism – So Last Year?

Minimalism has ruled the design pages for a couple of decades now along with exhortations to declutter your life and clean up your act. So it was with some relief that I read 2017 will see more colour, more life, more personal history and more joy come back into interior styling ...

Wednesday Moodboard: 70s Food Ideas?

What will you be eating on Christmas day? I will be in a French household for the first time ever where I will be enjoying a capon. I had a fair idea that this is basically chicken but google tells me it is ‘a castrated domestic cock fattened for eating’ –  a ...

Wednesday Moodboard: Follow that Star

No words this week – just follow that star. ...

Wednesday Moodboard: Pearls

Did you know that pearls come in an amazing variety of shapes, sizes and colours? I knew they could vary but I had no idea how much until yesterday when a friend showed me her new iridescent green/purple ring. So here’s a little taster, just because I love pearls and am ...

Wednesday Moodboard: Turkey

I am going to France for Christmas where the festive bird will be a capon – which got me thinking about turkey – the one on the right, not the country. Image: Stephen Messenger They are such an outrageously spectacular bird – so full of puff and blow. So here ...

Wednesday Moodboard: Hygge

There’s always got to be something new hasn’t there and at the moment Hygge is everywhere (pronounced hoo-ger I think). I am not sure that the Danish concept of Hygge is being translated in its fulsome sense but as far as the  interior design media is concerned it ...