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December 11th, 2013

Why I sometimes like sourcing outside London… “Lewes” in Sussex

One occupational hazard for me is always being on the look-out for interesting places to source items for the home! Whilst it is difficult to rival many parts of London for choice, it’s sometimes good to head further afield, particularly if you are looking for something slightly more unusual.

Last month I wrote about a recent visit to the studio and home of the artist Jessica Zoob in Lewes, Sussex (see While I was there I couldn’t help noticing the array of interesting shops along the High Street in Lewes as I drove by and decided to investigate before heading back to Surrey.  I found a great selection of independent interiors shops, many with items at very sensible and non-London prices. There is a good balance between retailers selling more contemporary items and those with a more vintage/country focus. As you head towards the bottom of the high street you are spoiled for choice with antique shops, some better than others, but all worth a good look.  Combine that with a great view of the Sussex countryside from the High Street and it makes both a great alternative to London and a good day out.  Here are the images I took in Lewes, which give you the idea!

High Street, Lewes, Sussex

antique shops in Lewes, Sussex

indpendent  interiors store in Lewes, Sussex

Bookshop in Lewes, Sussex

High Street, Lewes, Sussex

December 2nd, 2013

Top ten tips for decorating your home at Christmas…

If you missed this the first time around (see the December issue of Darling Magazine, Cobham), here are some ideas to transform your home at Christmas as well as some visual inspiration from a recent evening walkabout in London!

Take a peak at the wreaths and garlands in some of the larger stores – the metallic Copper Wreath by Selfridges is stunning.

Selfridges copper wreath garland

The copper garland wreath from Selfridges


Striking over-scale floral arrangement spotted in a window display on my travels in London…

Adorn fireplace mantles and stair banisters with fresh or artificial garlands (try Create your own unfussy arrangements using moss and twigs. Your tree should make an impact, yet be proportional to the size of the room. Should you have a larger hallway, position it in the centre for optimum effect. Theme decorations around your interior colour scheme; a contrast of bronze and gold is very on trend. Add pine cones, berries and scented eucalyptus to create a woodland feel.

10 Easy to Achieve Tips

1. Stand pre-lit bay trees either side of the front door (or add fairy lights to existing trees)
2. Display one or two vibrant floral arrangements in areas of heavy footfall
3. Use beaded crystal fairy lights for an extra touch of opulence
4. Fill hurricane lanterns with baubles (try Cox & Cox, Nordic House)
5. Use battery powered tea light candles as an alternative to real ones – they last longer!
6. Fill unused fireplaces with candles
7. Hang a centrepiece above your feast-laden table
8. Scatter sparkling table crystals (The White Company does a good selection of glitter scatter stars…)
9. Use ivy or similar for napkin ties
10. Indoor fireworks make a dramatic replacement for crackers


And now for the visual inspiration as it really is very hard to beat London for Christmas decorations…


Reindeer/antlers, “London style”!

white christmas

“White Christmas”

Berkley Square

Berkeley Square

Christmas in London

My favourite…

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