New Trend Alert : Spiced Amber

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2019 has started with the most loveliest of colour palettes in the interior world. The Amber, Umber & Ginger tones remind me of spices and earthly vibes which can keep us grounded in times of uncertainty. Inspired by the new look Homes & Gardens magazine, I thought I’d share with you some inspiring images I have found along the way as well as ideas to bring this trend into your own homes.

Spiced campaign with Gousto Cooking.

Spiced campaign with Gousto Cooking.

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First up, can we talk about Spiced Honey?

Image via Dulux

Image via Dulux

When Dulux first released their colour of the year, I’ll be honest I was extremely nervous. I thought we’d all be suddenly thrown into a world of beige and clients would be forever requesting beige kitchens and bathrooms. But the more I see imagery of this colour, the more I have fallen in love with it. It’s the “New Neutral”. More interesting that white and warmer than grey, Spiced Honey creates a real Earthly colour palette especially when combined with auburns and oranges.

Dulux says “Spiced Honey is a warm amber tone, inspired by the beauty and versatility of honey itself. Spiced Honey can be soothing or calming, cosy or vibrant, depending on the palette you pair it with.”

Image via Dulux

Image via Dulux

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Bringing it into the bedroom

Textiles are a really easy way to incorporate the colours in the bedroom. Bedding, cushions and throws can all mix well together.

H&M - Washed linen duvet cover set - Light Brown

H&M - Washed linen duvet cover set - Light Brown

The Future Kept - British Made Herringbone Throw Ochre

The Future Kept - British Made Herringbone Throw Ochre

Kitchen Styling Ideas

Wooden kitchens are massive right now but if you can’t afford a brand new Nordiska Kök kitchen, maybe one day - a girl can keep dreaming, here are some accessories which can do just the trick incorporating all the spiced tones into your space.

Sue Pryke - Terracotta Teapot

Sue Pryke - Terracotta Teapot

H&M - Wooden chopping board

H&M - Wooden chopping board

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Little Touches

For the ultimate shelfie styling, accessories are key. Mix and match vases, candles and jar to add in the Spiced Amber tones.

LSA International Utility Vase, Amber

LSA International Utility Vase, Amber

Amber Brown Glass Apothecary Jars from Kuishi Home

Amber Brown Glass Apothecary Jars from Kuishi Home

PF Candle Company - Amber & Moss Soy Candle

PF Candle Company - Amber & Moss Soy Candle

I hope you love this trend just as much as I do and I can’t wait to see more of it as the year progresses.

Disclaimer: Not of these links are sponsored, gifted or affiliated. Just products that I love or lust after!

2018 Year In Review

January

January was a tough old month for me. Starting 2018 with a funeral to organise whilst everyone else was talking about their new diets and resolutions was really hard. It was a whirlwind of grief which would end up lasting a lot longer than one month but it was a month that taught me a lot about myself. I am actually stronger than I thought.

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February

I had my first major collaboration with Daniel Wellington watches which was scary but exciting at the same time. It was also a break away from interiors but I really enjoyed the challenge of product photography whilst still making it fit my feed.

Daniel Wellington Watch

Daniel Wellington Watch

March

The Beast from the East turned up and it snowed - A LOT! Manchester never looked so pretty!

Canal street, Manchester in the snow.

Canal street, Manchester in the snow.

April

I joined in with Sas Patherick’s Courage and Spice campaign and put myself in front of the camera on my feed. The social enterprise project was designed to support organisations that work with children and young people to build self-belief. By purchasing a t shirt, 100% of profits are shared between the Self-esteem Team in the UK, and the Graeme Dingle Foundation in New Zealand.

#mycourageousselfie

#mycourageousselfie

Freddies Flowers got in touch for a collaboration in exchange for free flowers - I can never say no to flowers and I loved creating shots with them. This is one of my favourites, inspired by Pinterest.

Freddies Flower Collaboration

Freddies Flower Collaboration

We took a trip to North Yorkshire for a couple of days and it was a really healing trip. I spent most of my childhood at caravan parks up in Scarborough - Blue Dolphin anyone?! Reliving some of my childhood memories was lovely and the gorgeous April weather also helped too!

Whitby Cathedral

Whitby Cathedral

May

May was a month of travelling based around my friends hen party and wedding. We partied hard in Budapest and I fell in love with Northern Ireland. I feel like I didn’t scratch the surface in Budapest and would love to go back again to dig deeper into the history and the culture. I soaked up every inch of Northern Ireland and even wrote a blog post about it. If you’re interested you can read it here.

Budapest

Budapest

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

June

I took the plunge and bought myself a Olympus Pen camera, meaning I could get better quality photos and start introducing myself into my feed more without having to ask Ben to take my picture! I love seeing people behind the Instagram accounts so I felt like it was time to put myself out there more.

Casual in front of the camera

Casual in front of the camera

I also managed to visit Pollen Bakery for the first time which was VERY exciting. This place is legendary in Manchester and has some of the best pastries ever!

Pollen Bakery, Manchester

Pollen Bakery, Manchester

July

We took advantage of Ben’s work benefits and stayed at the holiday apartment in Spain. Malaga was so enchanting and you can read about here.

Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

July also saw Beautiful Homes in The North come to shoot my house for Christmas to publish in Home Style Magazine! Christmas in July is a term I’m very much familiar with having worked in retail for many years but having to pose in front of the camera was a little less natural!

Photo by Beautiful Homes in the North

Photo by Beautiful Homes in the North

August

August was about exploring local places such as Wine and Wallop in Knutsford. The roof terrace here is beautiful and the wine list was never ending.

Wine and Wallap, Knutsford

Wine and Wallap, Knutsford

August saw me win the Flower Lounge styling competition meaning I have been receiving a bunch of flowers every month. It’s nearly up and I don’t know what I’m going to do without the beautiful blooms in my house! Luckily Sian and co are doing the flowers for my upcoming wedding (spoiler alert) so I won’t have to wait too long!

Flower Lounge styling competition

Flower Lounge styling competition

September

Nothing much to note here - joke! We got ENGAGED! In the absolutely stunning Chania in Crete which was beyond perfect! After everything that happened in the beginning of 2018, this was such a happy moment and I actually became excited about the future again!

We’re Engaged!

We’re Engaged!

September was also a good month for collaborations and I got to work with King and McGaw who I’d admired for ages. I finally got my hands on THE Andy Warhol print and I love it.

I also secured my first paid collaboration which was a huge moment for me. All the hard work was finally paying off and it meant I was able to think about doing this professionally rather than just a hobby. I loved my shots from the Catherine Lansfield bedding and the stag print is perfect for winter.

Catherine Lansfield Collab

Catherine Lansfield Collab

King and McGaw Collaboration

King and McGaw Collaboration

October

Robert Welch got in touch and asked me to collaborate with their new cookware. Making a frying pan look sexy was a tough challenge but I always love creating these top down food flatlays.

Robert Welch Collab

Robert Welch Collab

I conquered one of my fears and took part in a live Q&A session at Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield. I was terrified but everything was made better once I arrived and met some fabulous women who were also taking part. It was a real adrenaline rush and we were all on cloud 9 afterwards!

Arighi Bianchi magazine feature

Arighi Bianchi magazine feature

We set a date and celebrated with all our friends!

We set a date!

We set a date!

November

I headed to Hebden Bridge to meet the wondering Kathryn from Kos Home in real life! Kathryn and I have been talking on Instagram for years and it was great to actual meet in person and have a really good conversation. I’m hoping to head down to London soon to do it again!

Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge

I secured my biggest paid collaboration to date with Gousto cooking which required actual cooking and lots of scheduling. I loved creating this shot below, taking a pinterest image and making it my own was really fun.

Gousto Cooking Collaboration

Gousto Cooking Collaboration

I found the dress! I actually loved trying on wedding dresses despite being apprehensive about it in the beginning. Big thanks to the ladies at Cheshire Bridal Wear for helping me find THE ONE! I’m so excited to wear it!

Cheshire Bridal Wear, Goose Green, Altrincham

Cheshire Bridal Wear, Goose Green, Altrincham

I got published! Home Style Magazine came out in the shops and it was lovely to see the photos in print! Autographed copies available on request!!!

Home Style Magazine feature

Home Style Magazine feature

December

I headed to Bulgaria with work for a weekend of adventure. It was my second time in Bulgaria and I think it’s such a beautiful country. It was lovely to see it in the snow too.

Beautiful Bulgaria

Beautiful Bulgaria

As a family we took ourselves away to Anglesey for Christmas. Last Christmas was so heartbreaking so it was lovely to do something out of the ordinary. Anglesey has a special place in our hearts so it was the best place to go and escape. Who knew Christmas on the beach could be amazing? I would highly recommend it to anyone struggling with that time of year. It was a great healer.

Our home for a week in Anglesey

Our home for a week in Anglesey

2018 started so badly that 2019 feels full of hope and I am looking forward to what it will bring! There’s lots of exciting adventures planned - number one being getting married to my love and starting a new chapter together! Bring it 2019! (inset flexed bicep emoji here!)

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A Tour Around Whitworth Locke Hotel, Manchester.

The Conservatory Bar, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

The Conservatory Bar, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

An exciting new hotel has opened up in Manchester and it’s been done slightly under the radar. Relying on word of mouth and a beautiful Instagram feed, Locke hotels have opened their flagship in the heart of Manchester to sit alongside the already successful Edinburgh and London sites.

Chair detail, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

Chair detail, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

Wall murals, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

Wall murals, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

Designed by Grzywinski+Pons, this 160 room apart-hotel is completely reinventing the notion of what a hotel should be. Focusing on design at the forefront with the city as the backdrop, Whitworth Locke is entered through the bar. You are immediately greeted with a social space rather than a reception desk, allowing you to feel more relaxed and at home instantly. There are co working spaces, a Foundation coffee shop and plans for a nightclub in the future to mix city and hotel residents together.

Textures, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

Textures, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

Manchester is at the heart of this design, from the nods to the red brick buildings in the terracotta tiles to the yellow bar which is a subtle tribute to the worker bee.

Each room has been designed around the building which as an Interior Architecture alumni really appealed to me. The space fits round the existing bricks and mortar so if a column has to run through the middle of the room, so be it.

Yellow Bar, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

Yellow Bar, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

Bringing the outside in, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

Bringing the outside in, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

Unlike most hotels, Whitworth Locke is focused around apart-hotel living with every room having a kitchen and living space, appealing to people who work away all week and would like some home comforts instead of a naff hotel restaurant serving microwave curries and burgers. What I wouldn’t have given for a place like this in my days as an Area Visual Merchandiser and all those store openings I worked on. After one week of living in a hotel, all you want is some home cooked food and a salad!

Whitworth Locke room, Manchester

Whitworth Locke room, Manchester

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The muted colour palettes run throughout the hotel, highlighting calmness and peacefulness which is also important in the hotel world - a good nights sleep is essential.

I love the soft pinks used on all the walls and ceilings. By painting everything one colour you really start to notice the imperfections which is exactly what Grzywinski+Pons want you to do. They want you to look at the wonky beams, the odd nail and the uneven textures as it all lends itself to the Manchester “theme”. You can feel the history and the stories, something else existed before and that, to me, is fabulously romantic!

Celebrating the imperfections, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

Celebrating the imperfections, Whitworth Locke, Manchester

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A sign of a good design is where everything has been thought about, from the level of the curtains framing the windows to the placement of the remote control when you walk through the door. Every inch of this hotel appeals to me and it is so fresh to see this open up in Manchester competing with the design hub cities such as London, Paris and Amsterdam.

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The sense of community is also at the heart of Whitworth Locke and every part of the hotel is open to the public. They actively encourage local residents to use the co working spaces, pop in for a coffee or a bottomless prosecco night in the Conservatory, or come join a yoga class in the gym.

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If you haven’t already visited Whitworth Locke then I highly recommend it, even if it’s only for the Ecuadorian hot chocolate from Foundation which is my all time favourite drink (after espresso martinis of course!)

For more information click here!

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Christmas with John Lewis

Jet Collection by John Lewis

Jet Collection by John Lewis

I was recently invited by my local John Lewis store in Cheadle to come and see their brand new Christmas collection for 2018. I know, I know - it’s probably slightly too early to be talking about the looming big day but I was really impressed by some of the themes this year and I couldn’t wait to share my favourites.

One of my favourite memories from Christmas as a child was going to the local garden centre with my Dad and brother and getting to pick a new decoration for the tree. They used to have donkeys in the stable and a Santa’s grotto and it was magical.

Always choose cats!

Always choose cats!

Over the years the tree decoration box grew and grew, and my Mum still decorates her tree with all the baubles we chose from those years. I love going round and being reminded of all the memories behind each and every decoration. I strongly believe that’s what a Christmas tree should be. It should be full of memories and love and moments that bring happiness. It shouldn’t just be about colour co-ordination and themes, although they are just as great too.

This year I think John Lewis have recreated the magic of picking decorations and there really is something for everyone. The clever merchandising of colour co-ordination on the shop floor means you can still achieve a certain colour look but judging by the current trends, it’s time to embrace the quirky and the kitsch.

Jet Christmas Tree by John Lewis

Jet Christmas Tree by John Lewis

I’m torn between two themes as my favourites but I think the Jet Collection just wins. The jet black and silvers are the base for this futuristic collection. It’s fun and striking with flying saucers and astronauts in snow globes sitting alongside glitter and marble designs.

Astronaut Snow Globes by John Lewis

Astronaut Snow Globes by John Lewis

This collection would be my brother’s dream as kid! And I actually love it as a 32 year old grown woman! I chose a marble bauble to take home with me but I’m definitely going back for the snow globe!

Emerald Christmas Collection by John Lewis

Emerald Christmas Collection by John Lewis

Next up is the gorgeous jeweled tones of Emerald. Think peacock feathers and tropical animals - it’s a lovely collection which would look great on any tree. I also loved how John Lewis styled the tree with succulents amongst the baubles - it’s a really fresh take on a traditional tree.

Succulents in the tree

Succulents in the tree

And I can’t not mention the fabulously kitsch Sapphire theme which encompasses everything “Under the Sea”. It’s an amazing combination of the Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo! I absolutely love it!

Sapphire Collection from John Lewis

Sapphire Collection from John Lewis

There’s even a tree that’s made out of coral to keep the water theme going and I can see this being a big hit. It’s just so different from anything that’s been before and I think it’s utterly brilliant!

Amazing Octopus Christmas Decoration by John Lewis

Amazing Octopus Christmas Decoration by John Lewis

There are lots of other collections too so there will be something for everyone. Get down to John Lewis and let your inner child go wild!

Succulent Garland

Succulent Garland

Baked Eggs With The Campden Cookware Frying Pan

Paid Collaboration with Robert Welch

Baked Eggs in Campden Cookware Frying Pan

Baked Eggs in Campden Cookware Frying Pan

How to make a frying pan look sexy - that was the dilemma facing me when Robert Welch got in touch and asked to collaborate. Second problem is I don’t cook very much - I’m lazy. Luckily I have a very talented Fiancé who can whip anything and everything when he puts his mind to it. Teamwork makes the dream work and we came up with using this Shakshuka recipe to create a really vibrant and rustic shot.

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Robert Welch is a household name in British design and I was very much aware of their cutlery designs. I didn’t know too much about their cookware before so was very pleasantly surprised with the Campden Non Stick Frying Pan when it arrived.

Robert Welch Campden Cookware Frying Pan

Robert Welch Campden Cookware Frying Pan

Some geeky technology features of the frying pan include a PFOA free Excalibur non-stick coating. Excalibur is considered to be the toughest, longest-lasting, most durable non-stick coating in the world. Even the name is impressive.

The base of each pan features tri-layering technology, a copper core sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel, which allows for an even heat distribution across the whole base.

Robert Welch Campden Cookware Frying Pan

Robert Welch Campden Cookware Frying Pan

So cue a miserable Sunday in October where we decided to make the baked eggs and create some shots. I was the photographer, Ben was the cook naturally. We picked fresh Parsley from the herb pot and pretended we were the perfect cooking couple!

Recipe for Baked Eggs

Recipe for Baked Eggs

It worked perfectly first time and I love the colours in the shots from the tomatoes and the peppers. I think we made it look pretty sexy!

You can get 20% Robert Welch’s Campden Cookware range until 29th October 2018 by clicking the link here.

BBC Good Food Shakshuka with Campden Cookware Frying Pan

BBC Good Food Shakshuka with Campden Cookware Frying Pan

Happy shopping, cooking and eating!