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A den that children and parents will love

Parents with young children have been going slightly stir crazy during lockdown and the current pandemic has made it imperative that home is somewhere we can all escape to and find space to relax in peace.  This fabulous Hideaway from British brand,  Plum Play  embraces the outdoors for stimulating outdoor activities which encourage a sustainable and active lifestyle.  It not only looks amazing but also creates a perfect den, play area or chill out space where parents can have story time or creative lessons with their children. A fantastic alternative classroom! The Hideaway is crafted from sustainably sourced wood and designed to help shape future nature-lovers.  It has a unique fabric door, includes a planting area and can be a useful resource to teach children about nature or gardening. They can learn to nurture their own plants and flowers or grow vegetables.  The built-in planter could even be turned into a sand or mud pit. Children can create mud pies on the counter and write the

An Extraordinary "Before and After"

If you love ' before and after' photos of interiors you're going to love this one! This space was once a standard sized bungalow which hadn't been altered or renovated since it was built in the 1930s.  Now it it has been extended to create a beautiful, spacious, open plan room at the rear which is flooded with natural light. The new pitched roof has created a feeling of endless space looking towards the sky through the roof lights. Open plan living with an oak herringbone parquet floor throughout.  Details such as the Calacutta quartz worktops bring interesting detail and texture...   Light floods into the kitchen from three angles.  This is the front view which used to be a bedroom next to the garage... The large island has ample cooking and food preparation space, as well as being a great place to arrange a buffet. (Those were the days when we thought of family gatherings and parties!  Hoping to return to these one day soon.) The tall, elegant chimneys on the bungalo

8 Cost-Friendly, Stylish Gifts

Grab a drink (hot or cold) and settle down with some relaxing music or your favourite podcast.  Gather your ribbons, tags and gift paper and start wrapping early to avoid the last minute stress.  Here is a little selection of presents to set you on your way towards preparing for Christmas, which will hopefully give you plenty of ideas.   From left to right:  Tea Fishermen (in box).  Four delightful Chinese style fishermen who calmly sit on the edge your tea cup.  Based on the old tale of Jiang Taigong, who used straight fish hooks because he believed the fish would come to him when they were ready.  With these stylish, white little silicon men holding your hooks, you can also wait patiently while your tea steeps.  We enjoyed these in the office as you can individualise your mug and avoid tea cup mayhem. On books: Neal's Yard Remedies  beautifully scented candle in glass jar made from organic beeswax and plant-oils with a textile wick.  Choose from Balancing, Calming or Uplifting;

Time for a calm, Cornish break... with bubbles

A pandemic is not something I ever imagined I'd live through and it has been a difficult year, but I firmly believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  So maybe it's time to start looking at venturing out and taking a break somewhere beautiful to restore and soothe our souls. These timelessly stylish boutique-barns set in the heart of Cornwall, masterminded by Notting Hill-based House Nine Design , have a new world luxurious sophistication, blending architectural design and unique, bespoke interior styling. Complete with burnt black larch wood and floor-to-ceiling glass frontages, some with rooftop hot tubs, the new boutique barns at The Meadows at Retallack Resort and Spa  will provide an elevated level of holiday retreats on this waterside development. After being cooped up with lockdowns, tiers and months of avoiding people or social distancing, here you can recharge your batteries, fling open doors, star gaze at night or breathe that fresh air with far reaching view

Food to Help you Love Yourself!

Working during a pandemic has been an interesting experience, bringing a whole new set of challenges.  Linving with lockdown has kept us confined indoors, zooming, designing, looking at screens far longer than we should. Along came a chance to try out some healthy, lovingly-prepared top chef food made using the freshest seasonal ingredients and have it delivered to our door, so we jumped at the chance to review.   Love Yourself  deliver a variety of calorie-controlled weekly diet packages which include five meals per day, for five days a week. You can even track your diet with each meal by syncing into the  MyFitnessPal  app to keep in track of nutritional goals and progress.   Menus are changed on a weekly basis and there are numerous choices including gluten-free, vegetarian, ketogenic or muscle gain, with daily calorie intake options ranging from 1200-2500.  The freshly cooked meal sets are scientifically balanced throughout, guaranteeing your dietary requirements are met so you can

Simple Summer Pleasures

The best summer days are those where you can enjoy simple pleasures, be mindful and breathe in life. Eating outdoors has an earthy, uplifting feel which rejuvenates us. I would love to eat a Greek salad from this gorgeous Ariel bowl from the Swedish brand By On.  It bears a beautiful form with the shape of a seashell and its wavy surface exudes elegance to create a sea-inspired table setting.   A curved end to the scallop shape makes it easy to hold. The Ariel bowl is sculpturally beautiful too and can stand alone in a display. Available from Nordic Nest.   @brightspacedesign