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A rare breakfast out of delicious salmon, hash potatoes and horseradish creme-fraiche served up on my all-time favorite plate pattern, vintage Real Old Willow.

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I became somewhat obsessed with paper coffee cups while living in New York.  Every morning when I got my take-out coffee I was handed a little piece of art.  Cups with colourful designs, cups advertising tv shows, cups advertising the latest dot.com.  I could never throw them away and stacked them up in my Mulberry Street apartment!  Now back in London, I still have my colourful collection of cups (bottom right) - reminding me of those heady days in NYC.

So it was very refreshing for me to see the artist Gwyneth Leech setting up her hand painted coffee cups in the window of Anthropologie in Regent Street last week, as part of the Design Festival of London.  365, a year's worth of paper cups, dated and illustrated by the artist were being hung in the window by the artist herself. "The installation makes visible largely unconscious patterns of consumption; this is what one simple take-away purchase looks like over the course of a year, this is what would usually be thrown away."  All the cups have their own amazing character, each a momento of the day, place and mood of the artist.

Lucky for us some of Gwyneth's goodies have been replicated on ceramic and are available from Anthropologie. I especially like the water towers cup, so iconic! 

   

 

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At last a new restaurant in West London that ticks all the boxes! Delicious food, great wine list & cocktails, amazing interior, fab team, hip music, cool neighbourhood, and kid friendly. Well done Emma and Charlie on the arrival of Bush Hall Dining Rooms - we love!! 

  

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It's pretty hard to find good Mexican food in London but Wahaca does well.  It's not typical 'Tex-Mex' with burritos and fajitas abound, it has a lot of the more unusual dishes, and excellent margaritas and Mexcian beers too.  This month they are serving up grasshoppers in their Southbank Experiment restaurant, which is cleverly located inside a few adjoining containers attached to the side of the South Bank Centre. Yum!


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Lovely to see the Cabana Quilt featured in the May 2013 issue of Homes and Gardens, featured in Summer Quilts.

 

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All the decs are put away.  It's back to work, school and routine.  I love the Christmas holiday as it's a great time to feel festive and have some fun, and catch up with friends, both old and new. The New Year is always close on its heels - welcome in 2013!


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This is my favourite painting from the current exhibition of Melissa Launay's work, on view at Johnathan Cooper's gallery in Palk Walk, SW10. When I saw her work on a chilly day last week, the colours and mood of her landscapes and still lives was quite mesmerising, and this gorgeous vignette of winter wildlife, branches and snow made me feel all warm and cosy inside, and ready to face the festive season!


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