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Month: October 2018

Green With Envy

I am loving this season’s trend for dark moody greens.

Farrow & Ball introduced nine new colours to their range of paints and Banca featured heavily in their launch.

Described as a “protective olive green” and named after Japanese tea leaves “its sober tone creates rooms that feel calm and serene”.

Nine new colours from F&B

Marks & Spencer have embraced this mood with their range of Meghan floral print bedding which “is perfect for traditionally-designed bedrooms or adding a burst of colour to plain décor”.

Meghan Floral Print bedding

I chose this quilt cover and pillowcase set to add some drama to my own bedroom. It ties in beautifully with the two atmospheric Loch Fyne prints that are above the bed. It also forms a close connection with the monochrome en-suite bathroom.

Bath painted with F&B Railings

This black and white floor has been a favourite of mine ever since it was laid more than 10 years ago but it was only this year that I took a leap of faith and painted the bath in F&B’s Railings eggshell.

Cushions

Taking a lead from the colours of the flowers on this bed-set I teamed it with these scatter cushions. The cream and blue ones were from Laura Ashley and the acid green velvet cushions were from Cox & Cox.

Autumn Winter trend 2018

Clothing trends have also embraced these seasonal greens with names such as bottle, pine, and evergreen.

Again M&S were right on trend with this ankle skimming skirt, whilst Zara followed suit with these printed tops, and Hush this figure hugging dress.

I also discovered some gorgeous Christmas decorations and costume jewellery in this fabulous shade.

I trust you are now green with envy and will head straight to your High Street to indulge yourself in this AW 2018 trend.

Pumpkin Soup

Our pumpkin crop was a big success this year. Brought on early by the long hot summer our first, and biggest, pumpkin was ready for harvesting in August.

Encouraged by our budding gardener, Finlay, this was our second year of growing these giant vegetables from seed, and it was far more successful than the first.

Keen to show Finlay the benefits of growing his own food we decided to turn some of our later crop into soup. We selected two of the smaller pumpkins as they didn’t look as though they would make very impressive lanterns, and set to work.

We combined two recipes to come up with our final concoction:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 800g pumpkin, peeled and roughly diced
  • 700ml vegetable stock
  • Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper
  • Half a teaspoon cumin powder
  • Half a teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 150ml double cream
  • Fresh bread to accompany

METHOD

  1. Gently heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in thick-based saucepan.
  2. Once the oil is hot add the onion and garlic, frying them on a gentle heat until the onion softens.
  3. Add the diced pumpkin to the pan and cook until it starts to soften, about 10 minutes.
  4. Pour the vegetable stock into the pan and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes or until the pumpkin is very tender.
  6. Add the cumin and curry powder and stir in.
  7. Pour the cream into the pan and bring back to the boil.
  8. Remove from the heat and purée with a hand blender.
  9. For an extra-velvety consistency pour the soup through a fine sieve.

    Garlic and onion ready for the pan

Peeled and diced pumpkin

Extra-velvety pumpkin soup

I’m pleased to report that everyone enjoyed their autumnal treat even though our Indian summer prevailed and temperatures were unusually high for this time of year.

Unicorns and Superheroes

If you are looking for an alternative to unicorns and superheroes then take a look at Romo’s showroom at The Design Centre, Chelsea Habour. Situated on the first floor of the North Dome,  they have an area dedicated to children’s décor.

Instead of pastel coloured ponies and muscle bound macho men,  here you will find images of child-friendly characters, leafy trees, and stretched yellow limos.

A diverse range of wall  coverings, fabrics, and soft furnishings, provide a fantasy backdrop for the new born through to their older siblings.

Children’s décor at Romo’s showroom

Whimsical bugs and butterflies spread their wings amongst the summertime flowers in this magical garden (below). This scene conjures up a warm summers day, alive with the hum of insects in the air, pollinating the enticingly colourful plants.

Woodland creatures tentatively explore the forest floor as a gentle breeze awakens the sleepy forest.

Alongside these scenes of this summer idyll sit Frann Preston-Gannon’s illustrations of different animal habitats.

From the lush and exotic Amazon rainforest, to the frozen Arctic, your child will meet exotic creatures of the jungle through to penguins and polar bears that swim beneath the frozen seas.

Punchy pops of colour and circus like beasts provide a vibrant edge to this carefully curated corner. This desperately dark blue cupboard bursts into life when its doors are flung open to reveal its sherbert pink interior.

Conjuring up stories of faraway lands it will fire up the imagination of the young traveller.

Illustrator Christopher Corr’s fabrics and wallpapers will take the intrepid explorer from the pink city in India, island hopping around the Med, to the hustle and bustle of the night time city scape of Manhatten.

Villa Nova have collaborated with these three illustrators, Yuval Zommer, Frann Preston-Gannon and Christopher Corr to create their Picturebook collection. The end result is a host of  fabrics, wall coverings, and accessories which bring to life the fantastic world of the story book.

Let the story commence…

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