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How To Style Up a Rented Space with Interior Design Experts Cox & Cox

So you live in rented digs. You can’t paint the walls or pull up the carpet lest you face the wrath of your landlord and a lot of the time it feels like the home you’re in doesn’t do a great job of reflecting you, or comforting you in tougher times. Living in a temporary home or rented room can cramp your style, especially if you’re a creative person with a big vision for the space you want live in. Sadly, if you’re renting, you won’t be able to make any massive changes to your home, but you can make…

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Sketch London: Go For the Pink Velvet Interior and Stay for the Champagne Bar

If you haven’t heard of Sketch, you’re in for a bizarre treat. One of London’s more eccentric offerings, this Mayfair spot is a hit among fans of pastel pink, which is basically the entire blogging community of London under the age of 24, right? Comprised of lounge-style restaurant named The Gallery, filled with kitsch pink velvet seating and white tablecloths, the walls are lined with illustrations by one of my favourite artists, David Shrigley. Even the crockery is jazzed up with his signature hand-drawn messages and unnerving doodles. I love this place for its aesthetic — especially the giant egg…

Where To Eat On The High Street If You’re Too Boujee For Nando’s

If you’ve made a tonne of money-saving resolutions this month and are trying not to break the bank by splurging on eating out, it’s likely you’ll end up looking to the high street for an affordable meal or two. Now, the high street isn’t usually our first port of call for great design, inventive cocktails or great veggie and vegan options, however, you’d be surprised at how well some cafes and restaurants are doing at hanging dull dining out to dry. There are now plenty of easy-to-come-by places that really embrace aesthetics, as well as unique, authentic and quality food and drink. So, if…

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Meet the Green-Fingered Duo Behind London Terrariums

One of the problems of living in a city, as culturally rich and creatively diverting as it may be, is that we’re seldom granted a patch of green to call our own. Sure, we’ve got parks and some high streets go in for hanging baskets, but the dense tropical flora we usually crave is always out of reach. If you’re anything like me, you really go in for greenery in your workspace, home or studio. Plantlife is a friend to us all and boosts our wellbeing and creativity, but we don’t all have the privilege of a private garden to…

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Gather + See: My Favourite Conscious Shopping Destination

Meet Gather&See, a curated marketplace of sustainable style offering superb collections from the very best in conscious fashion from around the world. Showcasing designers that pride themselves on aesthetics and ethics in equal measures, Gather&See operate according to six amazing founding principles: Fair trade, Organic, Recycled, Eco-friendly, Handmade and Small Scale Production. I love their ethos, great taste and carefully selected brands so set out to find out more about the story behind the growing retailer’s mission. Founded by Stephanie Hogg and Alicia Taylor, Gather&See was born from a foray into the world of artisanal craft, garment production, and travelling the…

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Bronte: A Restaurant Imagined by Tom Dixon And Loved By Bloggers

Designed by Tom Dixon and his Design Research Studio, Bronte is a dream. Picture lofty ceilings offset by pink concrete, teal and emerald-hued banquettes and signature metallic lighting in brassy and rose-gold tones. Strange artefacts offset the smooth, streamlined aesthetic in some areas, whereas in others, you’ll find nothing but soft velvet curves, hints of malachite and bright lights. Bronte is a luxe central-London joint, and it knows it. What’s on the menu? The standard fare is pan-Asian with sushi, dim sum and bao buns on offer. There’s a choice of not one but three ‘sushi pizzas’ and for the less…

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10 Vegan Chocolate Brands to Know

Now more than ever, Easter is all about chocolate. According to a recent study, kids in the UK receive on average 8.8 Easter eggs per year and that friends, is a buttload of chocolate. Usually, Easter egg chocolate is on the cheap side and contains milk, whey and other animal derivatives, like jelly sweets made from gelatine. Personally, I’m not into the idea of consuming 8.8 crappy chocolate eggs, and much prefer the idea of receiving a beautifully-wrapped chocolate bar that’s top quality and free from any nasties. There are tonnes of inspiring indie chocolate brands out there and most…