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Forget The Tiles – It's Terrazzo Time

Forget the tiles — it’s Terrazzo time.

Venetian mosaic makers in the 15th century were on to something. They were the great minds behind Terrazzo, the process of setting scraps of coloured marble into clay.

You may have noticed this trend gathering speed on Instagram and I for one think it’s a really beautiful alternative to more traditional flooring and tiles.

It’s like a jazzy cousin of marble with an Italian design sensibility.

Of course, when it comes to interior trends I tread with caution. It’s nerve-wracking to think about doing anything too ‘out there’ in case you come to regret it or it’s deemed ‘over’ (here’s looking at you copper accessories).

But Terrazzo feels like a safe bet.

Bathrooms, kitchen floors and work surfaces, prepare yourselves.

 

Above image: Fashion designer Franco Saccani’s house

The private apartment above Marie Sixtin in Paris

The bathroom of the apartment styled by Sandrine Place and interior designer Baptiste Legué


A kitchen by Studio David Thurlstrup


A custom bench for Aron Tzimas’s bakehouses


A floor captured by photographer Ioanna Roufopoulou


The perfect compliment to a black minimal kitchen


Stairway inspiration


Floor inspo via a home designed by architects Becker & Umbricht


These John Lewis Little Girls' Pyjamas Are A Thing Of Beauty

When it comes to girls pyjamas there sure is a heck of a lot of unicorn, Disney, generally gaudy landfill out there. I’m sorry there just is.

So, you can imagine my excitement when I found a pair of pyjamas that were actually chic and beautiful. Peter pan collar, brushed cotton for winter and a disty soft print – hello!

Sure, sometimes you let ’em get what makes their little hearts happy. Go ahead, you wear that Elsa dress to bed tonight. You won’t get hot at all.

Other times one feels less amenable and it’s all sludgy colours because mummy says so. “You can dress however you want when you leave home but right now you are my dolly and you will do as you’re told.”

😉 Joking 😉

Mum of the year award goes to….

(But seriously, go get these pyjamas).

John Lewis Children’s Floral Bee Print Pyjamas

Maileg Best Friends Rabbit

M&S Washed Cotton Pillowcase


Styling A Cake Stand In Your Sitting Room (Trust Me)

You may have noticed a rather chic looking cake stand in the Minford shop. If not, then let me introduce you to Habitat’s ‘Greta,’ a fabulous piece of black stoneware made in Portugal. She’s found a way into my home but I’m certainly not intending on shoving a Victoria Sponge on top of her, oh no. Greta is proudly in the sitting room. A cake stand in the sitting room I hear you cry! She is now a candle / bits and bobs / weird shit stylists always acquire, stand.

Try this at home: get a couple of your favourite candles, a pretty box of matches and one or two random objects (make sure one thing is a bit off) and have a go at playing stylist.

Habitat Greta Black Cake Stand


A Easy Mango Find For When You Don't Want To Think About What To Wear

Obviously, I like to dress to compliment my home 😉 – as you can see by this little addition to my autumn wardrobe.

I did a quick fly by into the Mango Victoria store this week and spotted this blouse which had totally slipped under the radar of my frequent internet scrolling sessions. A quick try on confirmed its ‘what’s not to like’ appeal (100% cotton feels super soft, even a bit cosy). It definitely has a whiff of a Soeur/ Cecilie Copenhagen number about it but at a nice high street price.

It’s basically the perfect winter blouse – one for chucking on with a pair of jeans on days when you don’t know what to wear but you’re trying to show you’ve made a bit of effort.

Exactly what I’m doing today!

Mango Puffed Sleeves Blouse


These Hooks Should Adorn Your Hallway...Or Your Kitchen Cupboards

The humble hook but not as you know it. May I introduce you to The Dots. Simple circular oiled oak beauties designed by Lars Tornoe.

They are something of a classic and are now in the permanent collection of the Danish Design Centre.

They’re beautifully minimal and there’s also the practical plus of there being no danger of impaling yourself while rushing out the front door.

Faye Toogood saw fit to have them in her kitchen. That’s recommendation enough for me.

Oak DOTS Coat Hook – Pack of 5

Black DOTS Coat Hooks – Pack of 5 

If you’d prefer to buy them as singles you can have a look here.