country kitchen alchemy {edition nine}…

let’s, if you don’t mind, roll back the clocks & make pretend it’s still august…

that way not only would we still have more of a lovely northern summer to enjoy, but i wouldn’t be two weeks late posting the latest country kitchen alchemy!

apologies for the delay {my fault entirely}…

let’s get straight to it shall we!?!

country kitchen alchemy_introduction_edition nine_onscreen

country kitchen alchemy_ingredient_edition nine_onscreen

country kitchen alchemy_recipe one_edition nine_onscreen

country kitchen alchemy_recipe two_edition nine_onscreen

i’d like to think this last month’s edition was worth the wait, no?

don’t forget, you can download these {& all of lisa’s recipes} from the my features tab where i have saved these recipe cards in a more printer-friendly format…

enjoy!

previous editions of country kitchen alchemy: onetwothreefourfivesixseven, eight

{this is not a sponsored post, just two friends sharing the love!}

the sunday nook {indian summer}…

romain ricard

perfect for an indian summer, today’s sunday nook features some of my favourite combinations…

a pretty palette of maize & mustard, midnight blue & softest pink is both soothing & inviting…

whilst polished concrete flooring overlaid with raw wood & linen offers a tactile retreat…

finally, when your eyes get too weary to read you can always rest them on the wooden beams & a perfectly-formed niche filled with sculptural delights…

simple, pretty & perfect!

image by romain ricard via: style files

the sunday nook {pull up a pew}…

the musket room bar

you might well remember this little ode to perfection a little while back: well today’s sunday nook is a continuation of the theme, with a slightly more detailed look…

it is, of course, the musket room & truth be told i’m a little obsessed with this venue at the moment…

it’s a simple space which is rich in detail, raw & yet refined…

scalloped tiles blend seamlessly into the wooden boards beyond, their curves mirrored in the brassy bar-top lamps & cushioned leather seat pads…

& from the bare brick walls to the rhythmic undulation of the wood slab bar top, texture & movement abounds…

this space, more than many others, beckons me to pull up a pew…

image via: petite passport

 

the sunday nook {bare brick}…

luiz fernando grabowsky

today’s nook represents loft-style living done to {almost} perfection…

this bedroom {part of a house designed by luiz fernando grabowsky} is shamelessly masculine & serves as yet another fabulous lesson in the power of a neutral palette…

against a backdrop of bare brick the wooden floors, mirrored backboards & soft layering work harmoniously whilst geometric patterns & the merest hint of a warming hue enliven the space…

yes, i would have swapped out the wooden trunk for a leather one to mix up those finishes even more, but a girl can’t have everything….

this, afterall, is very much a man’s world!

image via: casa abril

the sunday nook {a cosy corner}…

hotel delmano

if the hotel delmano was my local you could rest assured you’d find me tucked away in this cosy nook on a regular basis…

it’s perfectly imperfect: from the crooked seascape hanging overhead to the peeling plaster walls, it feels like it’s always been this way…

a touch of brass brings warmth to the cool marble table top & the leather banquette seating…

all that’s needed now is a cool breeze & a stiff drink…

happy sunday!


image via: spottedsf

the sunday nook {lovely lines}…

nature nook

the sunday nook on a monday tuesday… what the!?!

apologies, my days are beginning to blur & the weeks are running away with me, but i wanted to share this lovely fireside retreat…

with all those textures bumping up against one another & a myriad of angles criss-crossing the space, this cosy nook could be forgiven for feeling a little chaotic…

but then there’s that neutral palette to the rescue again, reigning it all in & bringing with it a sense of harmony & cohesion…

but mostly i love this space because it reminds me of the importance of creating nooks in the first place…

this one’s definitely going in the home inspiration folder!

image via: feng shui trend

the sunday nook {into the mix}…

panton

hard to mind the notion of going back to work tomorrow if my desk looked as good as today’s sunday nook…

i love pretty much everything about this informal office space, from the glossy verner panton chairs to the string pendant light & all that lies between…

& whilst i’m not entirely sure i would have thought to combine these two textures, with all the other elements that have been thrown into the mix here they just work…

image via: keltainentalorannalla

in my home {caroline swift}…

whilst giving our decor a bit of a refresh recently, it became readily apparent to me how much ‘stuff’ i have accumulated…

& so was born the notion of a nifty column idea…

so today here’s the first of my in my home series where, from time-to-time, i’ll share with you a few of the truly delectable pieces i’ve found in my wanderings through the world of design & which have actually made it home with me…

i’d like to kick the series off with the work of ceramicist caroline swift

caroline swift_large spoons

i’ve always had a fascination with porcelain: the fact that it’s so fragile in appearance & yet so surprisingly robust…

add to this its simplistic beauty, the sculptural forms it lends itself to & the way it interplays with light & it’s one of my favourite decorative finishes…

caroline’s work showcases all of these aspects beautifully…

caroline swift_vase

a former knitwear designer for benetton, caroline now works her magic predominantly with unglazed porcelain {best for showcasing its inherent beauty}…

her range includes delicate vases etched with poetry…

caroline swift_spoons

perfectly-formed porcelain spoons {too good to use}…

caroline swift_bowl

& sweet, organically-shaped bowls…

& the thing i love almost as much as the individual pieces themselves is the way caroline’s work is presented: delicate artworks perched atop neat rows of iron nails, their smooth & crisp contours juxtaposed against a distinctly industrial backdrop…

it’s a look i instantly want to replicate in my own home…

caroline swift_porcelain leaves

i am the proud owner of a strand of caroline’s porcelain leaves…

not only are they beautiful to look at, but they make the most magical tinkling sound whenever the breeze hits them…

& though i’m yet to find the perfect spot to house them in my current abode, in my new home there’ll be a suitably rustic backdrop dedicated solely to showcasing their splendour…

images via: caroline swift

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