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Spring Clean Edit: Utility Rooms

As Spring is upon us with temperatures rising and bulbs popping through, I find I turn my thoughts towards Spring cleaning.  Even more so at the moment, our homes have become the place where we spend most of our time. There is one home that I always look to in admiration and it's the beautiful cottage owned by Bee Osborn.  A hugely talented interior designer.  I've asked her for her top tips on creating a wonderful utility space...a place where we can wash our PJs beautifully...

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The Turbulent Waves of Grief

  After such a difficult year and a hard beginning of this New Year, I thought it would be perhaps useful or encouraging to share a piece I wrote for the launch party of Siân Esther. I would love to share how through difficulty and for me this was the grief of losing both my parents, the creativity of building Siân Esther helped to bring joy when there was great sorrow. I firmly believe that creativity can help us when we are experiencing challenges.  Probably for most, it won’t be by building a brand but perhaps it could be enjoying arranging flowers in a vase or baking a cake but hopefully this will be a little encouragement.  It’s entitled the...

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Caffeine and Sleep

Friends would tell you that I love a cup of tea and drink numerous cups throughout the day. My first one in the morning is what sets me up for the day.  I have often thought of the health implications of caffeine, particularly as I significantly cut down when I was pregnant with my little girl. I also want to know how caffeine effects our sleep . Rosamund Yoxall has written an interesting article for Amelia Freer which I though would be worth a share...

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In Conversation with Ellea Whamond - co-founder of 100 Acres bath and bodycare products

 Ellea Whamond has co-created the most beautiful and heavenly bath and bodycare products - 100 Acres, you may have spotted them in some fabulous hotels around the UK. I chat to her about how the brand has evolved and how she relaxes in her downtime... Tell me a little about 100 Acres and what inspires you...  We started 100 Acres because we wanted a way to bring the refreshing, fragrant British countryside into people’s busy everyday lives. As co-founders, we adore the countryside (we’re both countryside natives, originally). The endless green space, the fresh air, the sprawling meadows and the abundant botanicals, wild foliage and flora that occupy virtually everywhere you look. It’s heaven. We still absolutely spend weekends in...

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Outdoor and Indoor Adventures - Floral Wreaths

If you have signed up to our Tea and Toast newsletter you will have seen this as part of our December issue but I thought it would be lovely to share here too.   I am very into dried flowers this year. Hydrangea are particularly easy to dry out and then turn into a wreath thanks to their sturdy stems. There are several ways to go about making it: the most simple is to order a straw base, and use scissors to make small incisions to stick each stem into. Alternatively you could use an embroidery hoop or wire ring – you could even fashion one from an old coat hanger and wire each stem on. 

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