Showing posts with label marble. Show all posts
Showing posts with label marble. Show all posts

Wednesday Wishlist

Some things around the high-street which have got my debit card twitching this week...


  1. Brass, black and grey chandelier, £99 from Made.com
  2. Silhouette vase, £9.50 from Marks and Spencer
  3. Herman lounge chair, £485 from Ferm living
  4. Cashmere throw, £209 at Urbanara
  5. Marble cheese knife set, just because! It's Christmas soon right!? £25 at House of Fraser
  6. NEOM candle currently being sold half price at TK Maxx for just £14.99
H x

Kitchen Reveal

Good morning! Today I am happy to share with you our new kitchen in all its glory. For those of you who have been following the #stowrenovation you know that this has been some time in the making. For those of you who haven't, you can see the before shot here, along with some tips on staying sane when you are living without a kitchen for more than four months.

So here it is - would love to know what you think!

Putting double doors at the end of the kitchen has made the space so bright

Marble board was from H&M and the marble pinch pots were House of Fraser

The black mixer tap was a bargain found on Amazon


I really wanted a black cooker hood and this was perfect with its gold accents

The drop lights and statement bulbs were from Amazon

Marble effect tray and soup dispenser from H&M

The kitchen units were from Ikea and the white Metro tiles from Tons of Tiles

We went mad for the internal organisers at Ikea - so useful

Black appliances from Logik and storage jars from Habitat

The marble tiles were a total extravagance but so worth it. These hexagons were from Topps Tiles 

So pleased with how it turned out. We have more storage than we could have wished for and the room is so full of light, we spend most of our time in there now. You have to make so many decisions when planning a kitchen it can be daunting but doing lots of research and having a really clear idea of what you need as well as what you want really helps.

H x

Down with chrome - the hunt for alternative bathroom accessories

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a rather lovely toilet roll holder, which featured as my hero product that week (take a look here if you missed it). The holder, plus the fact that I have just finished a new bathroom installation, really got me thinking about bathroom accessories and how bloody boring they can be.

When looking for those bathroom essentials such as towel rings, pedal bins, loo roll holders and bathmats the choice out there is really limited. When you have spent a good chunk of money on a new suite, fabulous tiles and the perfect mirror, why then do you have to sacrifice your style and add standard chrome fittings to complete the room?  I say you shouldn't have to and yet that is all that is on offer at the majority of retailers out there.

SO I am taking a stand this morning and sharing some of my favourite alternative bathroom fittings, to save your bathroom from death by chrome...


  1. Toilet roll holders - not the most exciting things, so you would think, but I have found three which are just perfect. This brass and walnut one is from Holly's House, £28.50
  2. This holder is the black version of the one above. They also do this same style in a larger size, perfect as a towel ring
  3. Finally in the toilet roll section, this gem is from Ikea and costs just £2.90
  4. Towel rings are infinitely difficult to find in anything other than chrome, so instead I am going rogue and propose choosing some decorative hooks for your towels instead. This marble hook set is from Anthropolgie priced at £42, or £24 for a single hook version. Perfect with a couple of small hamman towels draped off them
  5. Copper and marble continue to be the materials du jour and this toilet roll brush perfectly combines both to make something which is typically quite, ahem, nasty to something of beauty. It's from Dwell and hold a fairly hefty price tag of £65
  6. I love the simplicity of this swing bin which would work perfectly in so many schemes - this one is also from Dwell and costs £24.95
  7. Another toilet roll brush, this time made from natural materials birchwood and concrete. I love this - totally simplistic but high on design creds. Definitely on my wish list. You can get this one from Amara for £45.25
  8. Finally a bathmat that I can actually get excited about. Having an actual sheepskin rug in the bathroom can only be described as unhygienic, as I imagine they just breed things when they get damp. This cotton version, cut into the shape of a hide is just perfect and adds the perfect amount of quirk and cosiness to the bathroom. I #need this one. From Urban Outfitters for £25
There you have it. I would love to know if you have spotted any other great bathroom accessories out there - I am on a one woman mission to find them now.

H x

My top picks: Gray & Willow

Good morning all! Today I wanted to share a new brand which I discovered this weekend... Gray & Willow. The brand has been launched by House of Fraser, whose homeware range has always been a little hit and miss for me if I am totally honest.

This new range though is really quite lovely... a very consciously Scandinavian aesthetic so expect lots of soft greys, natural materials and monochrome detailing. Things that you know I'm a total sucker for so it was always going to be a winner from me, and the prices are really reasonable.

Aside from homeware, the Gray & Willow range also extends to fashion so do check that out too if you like muted colours and high quality basics with a twist. But here are my tops picks from the homeware range...


  1. Love this Elska range of dinnerware. Very reminiscent of Marimekko prints, but at a fraction of the price with pieces starting from £6
  2. For regular readers, you will know how much I am crushing on marble at the moment (have a read here if you missed it) and this rolling pin is probably my favourite thing from the range. A great design piece for any Scandi inspired kitchen. It's a little pricey at £40 but a definite future heirloom
  3. I can't get enough of pretty vases and these would look gorgeous on any window ledge with a fresh sprig of eucalyptus in situ. The small vase is £25 and the larger, is priced at £35
  4. Useful and lovely to look at - I could find a use from these storage boxes in almost every room in my house. Three for £30? Yes please.
  5. Not technically a homeware pick but I just like the idea of lounging around the house in this jumper with some slouchy lux joggers whilst reading the paper, or browsing Pinterest. Mmmm
  6. Another fab kitchen gadget I almost certainly don't need and it's marble... I'm starting to get worried I may be heading toward marble overload #help
  7. And of course, a lovely wooden chopping board - you literally can't have too many. At £45 it is on the pricey end of the scale but it is pretty big and will last for many years
What do you think of the new range? Any favourites?

H x

Marble Marvel

I feel like I am a little late to the party on this one, but it is something which has become somewhat of an obsession for me in recent weeks so I needed to get something out there about it... marble. White, veiny, clean, cold marble. My god what a stone. But funnily enough, a stone I always thought I hated. I used to think of it as old fashioned, overtly showy and a little Liberace. But now, for some reason it feels fresh and modern again, and luxurious but in the best kind of way.

It must be the love of white interiors and an increased focus on natural materials that has brought it back to life. It is so versatile too. From adding a touch of luxury to a country kitchen (perfect for pastry rolling), or super dramatic against dark greys and copper accents in a more industrial setting - it works in so many ways.

It doesn't have to be expensive either, there are so many mock-marble products on the market and the real deal is totally affordable in carefully chosen accessories. Here are some of my favourites right now...


  1. These  tiles are 100% going in my kitchen if we can stretch the budget. The hexagon shape is super modern and the subtle grey veining adds interest and warmth. A trip to Topps Tiles this weekend to see them in the flesh is definitely on the cards. £5.49 per tile
  2. I love the mix of wood and marble in this pendent lamp from Cox & Cox. Would look perfect almost anywhere in the house. I quite fancy two hanging either side of the kitchen sink... very tempting. £140 each.
  3. Dunelm have an incredible affordable range of bathroom accessories made from real marble. This soap dispenser is £12.99 but other pieces include toilet brushes, soup dishes and marble printed towels.
  4. A marble chopping board looks beautiful propped up against a kitchen wall. This one is £38 from Holly's House
  5. This marble topped coffee table perfectly combines mid-century simplicity and luxury. There are loads around at the moment but this one is from West Elm and is priced at £459
  6. H&M home has a whole host of ceramic products made to look like marble. Not only do they look exactly like the real thing, they are a total steal. This plant pot is £9.99
  7. Finally a cushion with a marble print from Amara, priced at £22. There are loads of fabrics which are carrying the marble trend through to a new dimension from shower curtains to towels and throws. I love the coral edging on this version, keeping it fresh
What do you think? Have you been swept away with this trend or is it one you'll be staying clear of?

H x

Championing the Cheeseboard

The best thing about having gorgeous dinnerware is being able to invite people over to enjoy them with you over some delicious food and drink. In the summer, cooking big hearty dinner party meals is a massive chore - it's much more fun to have some people over for a few sips of summery prosecco and some nibbles. My favorite is a cheese board - I am a massive fan of cheese (I mean really, who isn't?!) so its the perfect option to soak up bubbles in the sun.

Luxury cheese brand Castello have paired up with hosting expert Alison Cork to give us some ideas on how to best display cheese if you are planning on having a soiree soon. Alison advises,  “There are so many fantastic ways to present your cheeses so don’t be confined by convention. Remember that once they are out of their packaging you still need to let people know what they are, so signposting is key, but you can be creative with how you do this.”

Here is some inspiration...

Using mini milk bottles to store wild flowers is a great way to decorate your table. Alison has hung hers using string to create a dramatic effect, great to hang from a pagoda in the garden. I also love the use of cake stands for the crackers!

The blackboard markers are great for signposting cheese and love the mismatched boards 

Has this inspired you? See below for my picks on the highstreet to help you recreate your very own cheesy soiree...



Clockwise from top left...


  1. Chalkboard markers - Etsy
  2. Marble and wood cheeseboard - Houzz
  3. Raw wood board - West Elm
  4. Stoneware cheesboard - Anthropologie
  5. Table linens - West Elm
  6. Laguiole set of 3 cheese knives - John Lewis
  7. Cheese dome - Handpicked Collection


What do you think? Do you also feature a cheese board if you have guests over?

Hx