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bone broth – my elixir to cure all ailments




I’m a great believer in prevention rather than reaction to many situations in life. One of them is when it comes to health!

Like with everything else, if we look after ourselves and are mindful of what we eat, we can prevent from getting ill and feeling very stressed. I’m going through a very stressful period myself so am very much needing to heed my own advise. It’s hard to remember to take all my remedies and making sure I’m calm and relaxed.

One factor people underestimate greatly in the pursuit of health is the power of food and what we eat. By now, my regular readers will know that I have a preference for organic and biodynamic food. I also shop exclusively in farmers markets and health food shops, which means I do tend to eat local and seasonal food.

Winter is always a time when there’s less choice for me as farmers take a break from growing their crops. I find this also an exciting time as it gives me more opportunity to experiment with dishes that maybe in the summer I wouldn’t eat as much.

One staple for me is bone broth. I make it every 10 days, all year round (that’s how long it lasts in my fridge). I’m convinced that this is one of the reasons I’m hardly ever ill and fight off many viruses lurcking around. It’s a must for me and I use it as an elixir to cure all ailments, whether physical or emotional. It’s one of the oldest known homemade foods to nurture the sick and I call it the Jewish penicillin.

I use a 10 Litres  stainless steel cooking pot.

Some of the produce you can find at a farmers market right now.

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Apis Apples at the farmers market

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I love these purple carrots.

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For my bone broth I use the normal carrots as I don’t like when the water discolours with the purple variety.

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Leeks is a must for bone broth.

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Celeriac is so underrated and so yummy.

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Beautiful squash.

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Squash delicate. Roast in the oven for the sweetest taste.

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Red kurl Sqaush

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Savoy cabbage.

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January King.

I’m lucky to get the best bones from the farmers markets. I vary between beef bones, chicken carcasses, veal or venison bones. Sometimes I make a fish stock. It really all depends on what I can lay my hands on.

I keep it very basic. Here is how:

Place bones in the pot.
Cover with cold water. I use filtered water. Leave a bit of room at the top for the vegetables.
Bring to boil and cover with lid.
Skim off any foam that rises to the top.
Put in onions, leeks, carrots, swedes, turnips (if in season), celery (with their leaves), parsley, bay leaves, salt, peppercorns, bring to the boil
and simmer for a minimum of 3 hours. I like to simmer for up to 12 hours as the longer the bones simmer the more nutrients are released.

I then let it cool down before putting the pot in the fridge (I have a very big fridge). A layer of fat will form on the surface and keep it sealed from the air. I use it as a base for dishes or to make soup for the next 1o days.

Why not try it. You will thank me. Keep healthy my friends. Have a great weekend. See you Monday.

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graffiti and street art




Happy new week everyone. Woa! What weather we’ve been having here in London. Cold (mild for December), crisp and sunny. The perfect combo! On one hand that’s wonderful. Of course, there’s the worry about climate change and what it’s doing to our planet.

After an incredibly stressful week I had this real urge to go and fill up my creative well. A long and colourful walk was much needed. One is never far away from incredible inspiration in London. The city is bustling with creativity and visual fodder. One such fodder is graffiti and street art. I’m proud to live in a city where this form of expression is welcome and in abundance. I already blogged about graffiti in Berlin.

Here’s some I found in Camden Town.

How striking is this tribal figure? It really made me stop in my tracks.

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A rather nice hand painting.

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Ok, maybe a little on the macabre side but I loved the colour combinations. Reminded me of spring clothes. What do you say?

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graffiti and street art - colourliving

Yay! Sarcasm or not?

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Digging the Nike trainers!

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Colourful!

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graffiti and street art - colourliving

Loving the geometric shapes here.

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Something floral….

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I felt completely inspired after seeing these. See you Thursday!

 

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a photo diary




Lately I’ve had absolutely no time to indulge in my passion of taking photographs. What with Home Finding, Mapology Guides, blogging and Social Media, life has been very busy and hectic. Sometimes when I’m out and about I do take my camera in the hope that I see something that inspires me. Here are some of the photographs taken recently.

Could anyone please enlighten me as to what tree that is. The colour and density is just so amazing and vibrant. Just loved it!

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Found these inspiring displays randomly. Think it was for a theatre stage set design. The chandelier? is awesome. Love how they used coloured stones, fairy lights and lots of strings and pearls to emphasise the lusciousness and texture of a chandelier.

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The beautifully embroidered dress and bolero were just gorgeous and so delicate. I couldn’t quite make out what production it was for.

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While in Islington I came across this wall rendering on a street wall. How amazing is that? How did they get the photo imaging done? Will it not be affected by rain?

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I thought these rather jolly looking balconies looked nice during sunset.

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By the canal I couldn’t resist the reflection of the building in the water.

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If you’re going to live in the city, do it the Urban Jungle Bloggers way. Surround yourself with greens. The idea of having a whole front of a building bathed in Ivy is just genius!!!

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Walking on Duke Street in Marylebone and minding my own business I stumbled across what can only be described as a water feature with water stream and alligator. Camera at the ready I kept snapping away only to then discover it was beneath the Lacoste boutique. What a truly fab idea for brand marketing, would you agree?

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What are you up to on the weekend? It’s incredible that we are nearly at the end of 2014. It’s all going to0 fast. Happy weekend. See you Monday!

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botany




Hello everyone. Today I’m delighted to introduce you to my latest find and go to shop when I need a perk up, a bit of green love or to prep for an #urbanjunglebloggers post! I promised in my last post that I will reveal where I bought my lovely handmade ceramic vessel and hanging vase from.

BOTANY, a concept lifestyle store, opened its doors earlier on this year and I’ve fallen head over heals in love. But, instead of me going on about it I will simply SHOW you this most fantastic jewel in Clapton and let Angela, founder extraordinaire and all round lovely woman do the talking.

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Botany, concept lifestyle - colourliving

Meet Angela.

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I believe you come from a Fashion background. What was your journey to opening Botany? I developed clothing for 12 years for various branded fashion labels, the last 7 years of my career in fashion focused on Menswear which I became particularly passionate about as I like the timeless  use of blocks and focus of colour and fabric to bring freshness to garments.

How difficult was the route to open Botany in 2014? Actually, it wasn’t difficult once I made my mind up, i was very focused. I saw the vacant shop in the new year (2014) walking past a friend directly after watching a TED talk which focused on doing what you love/enjoying your job.

The key question the talk urged you to think about was ” what is it you cannot not do” and this really resonated with me. I was at a real stale mate in my career and personal life and I felt like something had to change immediately. Whenever anyone had asked what I wanted to do in the past or what my dream job would be, I would say i don’t know but secretly in my head I new I wanted to open a shop and that it would be my creative outlet.

A few important factors came together at the same time, massive need for change in my life, good friends and their belief that I could do something like this, locality of creative individuals/friends I met over the last 12 years and their willingness to help me. I also had some funds as I had remortgaged my flat to do a loft conversion, so all the pieces of the puzzle had finally come together. I thought if I don’t do this now, I never will.

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Botany, concept lifestyle - colourliving

Chatsworth road is known as a true destination. There are many great little shops and eateries around. Was this important to you? Clapton is my home and has been for 10 years now. I find it inspiring and have always looked to reside where I feel connected, comfortable and creatively compelled. The people are friendly and it’s like no other place in London I know. I truly hope it retains its cultural diversity, community and village feel. It needs the varying mix of shops (of all kinds, catering for the entire community) to be able to do this.

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Botany, concept lifestyle - colourliving

Did Botany start as a fresh flower shop? How and when did you change course? I always intended Botany to be a lifestyle store, but it took some time to find the right products that represented the aesthetic I love and the ethos of the shop. For this reason there was more of a focus on cut flowers in the store at the start. The flowers and plants in the store are their to inspire visitors to get creative with their spaces.

What inspires you and how do you drive your business forward? I cannot draw or paint very well, but I can curate and express my creativity with the use of objects, flowers and living plants. I am visually inspired by what I see and it effects my mood and well being. I feel strongly that there are others like me, hence my vision for the shop is to inspire people like me to be creative with spaces we inhabit.

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Botany, concept lifestyle - colourliving

Botany, concept lifestyle - colourliving

Are you planning to have an online presence with an e-shop? Yes, I hope to launch an online store in March.

There’s a real resurgence in people wanting to open bricks and mortar shops. What’s the appeal when online shopping is gaining more and more market share? Having a shop allows me to create and curate a space and make a name for Botany aesthetically. Once this has been established, Botany could go completely online or be channelled through another format, perhaps a warehouse space!

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Botany, concept lifestyle - colourliving

Botany, concept lifestyle - colourliving

What’s next for Botany? Oh there is loads in the pipeline! Some very exciting collaborations in the spring 2015 and Botany own label homes wares product hopefully by the end of next year.
The rear of the shop (I call it the Green Room) – has so much potential, but we’ll start with pop-up exhibitions by local creatives, the 1st of these start this Friday.

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Botany, concept lifestyle - colourliving

Thank you so much Angela for sharing your passion and vision. I can’t wait to visit again soon.

BOTANY
5 Chatsworth Road
Clapton
London E5 0LH

Time is still tight at the moment so I will see you here next Thursday 11th December. Have a great weekend!

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mapology guides – the birth




Happy November. Happy new week and hello Mapology Guides!

I know that many of you think I’ve been purposely cagy and teasing a lot about my new venture. The truth is that it’s not something easy to explain, so I wanted to wait until the whole story is ready to be unfolded!

Shall we start at the beginning? You know that I’m a big advocate of the creative process, so I’m happy to share some of my journey with you. I hope you indulge me.

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Early sketch for Be Present Perfect map | 1

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Early sketch for Be Present Perfect map | 2

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Early sketches for Be Present Perfect map | 3

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Be Present Perfect map | writer: Simon Rodway | illustrator: Miranda Sofroniou

It all started towards the end of 2012. Ideas were brewing in my mind. But how and where to start? All I knew was that I wanted to collaborate and that I needed a partner in crime. This was not something I could or wanted to do on my own. So in 2013 I asked my good friend Mike Abrahams to come on this journey with me. Thankfully he agreed:-)

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Early sketch for Matchmaking Pets & People map | 1

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Early sketch for Matchmaking Pets & People map | 2

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Early sketch for Matchmaking Pets & People map | 3

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Matchmaking Pets & People map | writer: Sarah Farley | illustrator: Nanna Koekoek

We set out to encourage people to explore questions of every day life in a fun, humorous and educational way.  Starting from the idea that almost everyone can use a map to work out where they are, the ‘traveller’ can then decide where they want to get to and begin the journey along a route and at a pace to suit. We fully believe in and support bite-size, visual learning and wondered if topics that are not geographical could be explored in map form?
Mapology Guides are the result.

Maps, although very in vogue and most of you know I’m obsessed with them, are still seen as mostly geographical. With the help of books like  Mapping It Out, this is slowly but surely changing. The act of map making can reveal a lot about all kinds of topics, different ideas, scientific phenomena and so on.

We decided on our first three topics and now the challenge was to go and choose the right writers and illustrators to help bring our maps to life!

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Early sketch for What’s Bugging You? map | 1

 

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Early sketch for What’s Bugging You? map | 2

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Early sketch for What’s Bugging You? map | 3

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What’s Bugging You? map | writer: John-Paul Flintoff | illustrator: Jenni Sparks

The long journey began and it was truly a most thrilling time. The magic happened when all four contributors of each map met to brainstorm and work out the most appropriate direction and solution for each map. Then the hard work started.

This venture would have never come to life without the dedication and sheer hard work of each and everyone involved in this project. I cannot thank them all enough.

All members of the team producing the maps are recognised for their contribution and share in the success (or failure) of the project with 50% of profits split equally between them for 15 years. This business model is called ‘shared risk and shared rewards’ and Mike and I are both very passionate about this way of doing business. As designers we aim for creatives to be more entrepreneurial and have part ownership of their work.

For now I leave you to glance at our happy hours at Mapology Guides HQ, peruse the website and online shop. All feedback is welcome and much appreciated as we prepare for the next series of maps in our collection. Thank you for all your support and understanding of my infrequent blogging. Soon, everything will return to normality.

We would love you to follow our adventure on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Facebook will follow shortly.

This post will stay live until Monday 17th November.

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florence balducci at anthropologie




During the recent London Design Festival I luckily managed to pop into Anthropologie, Regents Street, to see talented Parisian artist Florence Balducci work in the store’s window.

It was a really short encounter but, for me, it was so enriching and inspirational.
Florence, hugely talented, spent 20 years in art direction at advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi in Paris, before she turned illustrator and ‘professional visionary’ (according to Anthropologie). Florence mixes different techniques and medium for illustration, ceramic and textile.

Meet Florence.

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Passers by were treated to some wonderful black and white illustrations. Here Florence used some wasara biodegradable paper tableware from japan.

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florence balducci at anthropologie - colourliving

There is a real sense of vintage and mystical imagery here. It reminds me of the world of Tim Burton and a touch of Aubrey Beardsley. How beautiful are these?

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Lovely touch of using black and white MT tape on the table lamp.

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Window drawing.

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Ceramics and more of the wasara biodegradable paper tableware from japan made the window installation feel homely.

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These black and white botanical illustrations and folk-inspired animal drawings are screen-printed on to both sides of the cotton-and-silk cushions and are a collaboration between Anthropologie and Florence.

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Some of Florence’s tools of the trade.

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How inspirational is this? Some pages from Florence’s sketchbooks.

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Florence is definitely a professional visionary and it was an honour to meet and spent a little time with her. I hope we will meet again very soon. Merci Florence! À bientôt…..

This post will stay live until Monday 3rd November.

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a thank you letter to mike




Hello lovelies. I know I have been teasing you a lot and not revealing much of what I’m up to. The good news is that everything has now been printed and early next week a new venture will have been born into the world. That thought alone is very exciting.

Now, as I get ready to stock shops and work on our online shop I will have to take a little hiatus.

I thought it would be fun to share some pictures of the day we spent at our printers in East London. The sun was shining, expectations were high and the excitement was mounting.

Heidelberg printers are the business. Look at this Original Heidelberg Cylinder. Vintage or what? A beauty!

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So, you already know it’s printed matter but you will have to wait for another couple of weeks until I reveal all.

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I had no idea that after proving colours on press we would open the back door to this….. the sun was beaming and we were by the canal. Result!

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We spent the best part of 6 hours at the printers so I was greatful for the weather and outdoor beauty. In the midst of barges and industrial land, this most beautiful swan just appeared out of nowhere. Alone, he swam towards me in the hope I might have some bread. Unfortunately I had nothing on me.

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We did have a beautiful lunch next door to the printers and being able to eat alfresco at this time of the year is such a treat.

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The mandatory fresh mint tea to keep me balanced and sane during a stressful period.

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And now, I would like to introduce you to Mike, my good friend and business partner. I’ve known Mike for about 7 years and this venture would have never happened without his sheer brilliance and trust. I love working with you. Thank you Mike x

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I hope you’re all well. I do miss not being as interactive as I usually am but starting a new business while running Colourliving, a blog and normal life is very time consuming. There won’t be an edition of Vive la Différence this month.

I’ll be back here on Thursday 23rd October and delighted and excited to unveil everything! I can’t wait……..

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rushing around during london design festival




Hello everyone. Just a quickie today. London is buzzing with all that’s happening in the capital. So much rushing around!

I wanted to share with you some of the places I visited in the last couple of days and hope you’ll find some inspiration here.

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Holborn Delicatessen

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Holborn Dining Room

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Hay Mini market pop-up in Selfridges for London Design Festival

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Florence Balducci re-created her eclectic studio in Anthropologie’s Regents Street window for London Design Festival

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The lovely Smug shop on their late night opening. This year sees the Launch of the ‘Islington Design District’ for the London Design Festival. Go and also visit the exquisite Present & Correct, Aria, Twentytwentyone and many more.

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I briefly popped into Design Junction‘s Press Preview on Wednesday. As always there’s a plethora of amazing work on display. I particularly loved Kristjana S Williams’ newly launched range of pouffes, wallpapers and Art Cartography. Just breathtaking stuff. I hope you get to visit Design Junction when it opens 18-21 September. It’s always incredibly inspiring.

Phew, I’m continuing to enjoy the London Design Festival and all that London has on offer. I hope you get to see or enjoy some of it. Monday sees another round of Vive la Différence, after a short month summer break. Have a fab weekend whatever you’re up to.

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london design festival at the v&a




Every year in September I look forward to The London Design Festival. Now in its 12th year, it’s bigger than ever.

I spend some of the weekend at the V&A, the hub of the Festival. Last year I was honoured to have my work hang in the museum, as part of a collaborative project with Moleskine.

There’s so much to see that you would need a full week just to explore what’s on offer. Part of the program is a full series of talks.

I was delighted to find out that graphic legend Paula Sher, New York based partner of Pentagram, was going to present some of her work and talk about her successful career. A long-time heroine of mine, it was amazing to be in her presence.

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Paula Sher in conversation with Adrian Shaughnessy

Yesterday I returned to the V&A to hear Amsterdam born Irma Boom present her work. Irma specialises in bookmaking and has made more than 250, of which 50 reside in the collection of MoMA in New York.

A true maverick, her constant pushing boundaries and staying true to herself makes her the most interesting designer in her field. It was fascinating to hear that for every project Boom makes a miniature model first.

I loved meeting her.

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Irma Boom presenting some of her work.

Another highlight (in the true sense) at the museum is the Candela installation by a multi-disciplinary team comprising of product designer Felix de Pass, graphic designer Michael Montgomery and ceramicist Ian McIntyre.

A large rotary machine sits centrally, hovering just off the gallery floor. As the face of the machine revolves, it passes through a light source charging its surface, which emits this energy as afterglow. The continual revolution of the machine creates a perpetual ebb and flow of light patterns travelling across the structures.

Photographs don’t do it justice. If you can get to the V&A, make sure you put that on your list.

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Candela installation

While at the museum, pop out to The John Madejski garden. There you’ll see Zaha Hadid‘s Crest. It’s designed as a demountable sculpture to be installed as a permanent feature within the ME Hotel in Dubai which opens in 2016.

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Also in the garden you’ll find The Wish List, a collaborative fusion of design experience. Ten famous names in design and architecture each nominated an emerging talent to collaborate on a very open brief:
“What have you always wanted in your home but never been able to find?”

Paul Smith asked Nathalie de Leval for his ideal shed. It’s 3m x 3m just like his first ever shop in Nottingham.

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The shed from the outside. It’s made from thermo-treated ash.

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Loving the Anglepoise + Paul Smith lamp.

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Those chairs are to die for.

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Interior by Paul Smith and Nicholas Chandor

Other works from ‘The Wish List’, are located close to the entrance of the museum.

I’ll leave you with this incredibly ambitious project. Double space for BMW – precision & poetry in motion. Designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have collaborated with BMW to create a remarkable and memorable experience in the V&A’s Raphael Gallery. The first thing you notice is the sheer size of the space. Truly imposing.

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I’m really enjoying the Festival. I shall be back on Thursday with more Design inspirations. Have a good start to the week everyone.

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cliveden house




Hello. Happy bank holiday to my UK readers. It’s good to be back.

Thank you for all the heartfelt Birthday messages. I had a magical day. Part of the celebrations took us to the stunning Cliveden House in in the heart of the Berkshire countryside. Surrounded by 376 acres of incredible National Trust managed Grade I listed formal gardens and parkland, it was the perfect spot for Afternoon Tea and a long walk.

We were truly lucky with the weather on the day. Mostly sunny with not even a drop of rain, it made everything look and feel even more beautiful. Of course, I was off duty. Nonetheless, I snapped a few pics to share with you a little of my special day. I hope you enjoy it!

Upon arriving at the gates, you follow the gravel drive all the way to the House. This is what greets you. The most magnificent Fountain of Love.

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You continue round the corner following the signs for House Guests.

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Clivden House - colourliving

We just arrived in time for our Afternoon Tea booking. Set in the beautiful Great Hall, it was truly scrumptious. A true treat.

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Clivden House - colourliving

At the back and surrounding the House there are some wonderful terraces. Great for functions, like this one here.

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I loved this isolated tree.

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This is the panoramic view from the back of the house. You can see for miles. Imagine the care that goes into up keeping the gardens. Apparently there are 15 full-time gardeners and a whooping 200 volunteers who keep all the gardens and woodlands in tact and looking like this. Fascinating.

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Clivden House - colourliving

There are so many different routes to take that you’d need a full day or two to explore everything. With more time we could have got lost in the Maze, which opened in 2011.

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A little gate led to this….

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Nearing sunset, the sun was beaming down on one side and made everything look golden.

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Clivden House - colourliving

The shadows of the trees were making the most stunning reflections.

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Clivden House - colourliving

Not everything is beautifully manicured. Personally I love the woodlands best. There’s something unruly about it that appeals to my nature. When I return I’d like to explore more of the woodlands, the wilder Cliveden, with its wealth of walks throughout the estate including a Fitness Trail.

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I haven’t been to Cliveden House for many many years so it was brilliant to be back. Last time was in my 20’s. It’s being revamped. The international staff were most friendly and helpful and we spent some wonderful few hours there.

Every year I know that just after my Birthday we’re going into Autumn. Sometimes it comes quicker, sometimes we still get a couple of weeks that feel like summer. I think my actual Birthday was the last day of summer and there definitely was a chill in the air on the very next day.

I hope you’ve all had a good summer break and maybe a holiday or two. September is one of my favourite months. It’s going to be a very busy one for me. See you Thursday.

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