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May 27 / Erica

48 hours of design heaven in Copenhagen

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Wearing: Leather jacket, The White Company (in black here) | Skirt, Finery (in lime here) | Lace top, Iris | Bag, Topshop (old season) | Shoes, Mango | Sunglasses, ASOS

Is there anything better than visiting a new city? When it’s one with a history of classic design, amazing shops and a million Instagrammable corners, I don’t think so!

Last week I travelled to Copenhagen with Amara Living to be immersed in 48-hours of all things stylishly gorgeous.

(And that’s just the people – I have honestly never seen so many beautiful people concentrated in one place!)

The Danish capital has such a strong design legacy, but they’re keen to make waves with their modern designers too. So it was such a privilege being given behind the scenes access to three of Denmark’s coolest brands, Normann Copenhagen, By Lassen and HAY.

Read on for a photo diary of my visit, including my recommendations for places to visit.

And check out my top five Danish design buys from Amara.

I loved it all. I want to move there.

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May 24 / Erica

My Style: Check mate (playing with print)

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Check tabard gilet, Laboratory at Jaeger | Check culottes, Laboratory at Jaeger | Linen tee-shirt, Jaeger | Bag, Anya Hindmarch | Rings, SVP Jewellery | Shoes, Hobbs (old season, similar here) | Sunglasses, ASOS read more…

May 18 / Erica

Five on Wednesday #8

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FROM TOP LEFT: Cushion, La Redoute | Adidas Adilette wooden sole slider flats, from ASOS | Leopard and black dress, & Other Stories | Silver ‘Elwood’ backpack, Tiba & Marl | Stripe teepee, Acorn & Pip

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May 17 / Erica

I’m having a thing about … really BIG houseplants

Image: Modern Findings

Image: Modern Findings

When we bought our new house, I was struck by the fact there were absolutely no plants anywhere. None. Not one little orchid, not one supermarket bunch of daffodils cheering up a tatty old jug. Nada. Zip.

Now I’m not showing off, but it’s a big house (the move out of London means bigger house!) – and the lack of plantage was something that really played on my mind. The rooms were crying out for a splash of greenery and some textural interest – plus, it is a very simple way to add structure, adding interest with little statement corners.

Image: Erica Davies

Image: Erica Davies

Image: Erica Davies / Radley AW16 Press event location

Image: Erica Davies / Radley AW16 Press event location

So I started pinning huge indoor plants like crazy. read more…

May 9 / Erica

My Style: The perfect summer pinafore dress

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Linen pinafore dress, The White Company | Ivory ruffled blouse, La Redoute | Flatforms, Dune Black | Bag, M Hulot | Sunglasses, ASOS

It isn’t an exaggeration to say I have bought – and sent back – approximately ten pinafore dresses over the past six months.

Too fussy, too stiff, too little girly – none of them were quite right.

I wanted one that felt a bit cooler – something I’d be as happy going to a meeting wearing as I would knocking around on holiday with sandals and a tee shirt.

But I have just found this one – at The White Company of all places. I was checking out the bedding and couldn’t believe it when I spotted this totally on-trend, but completely useful summer dress.

And it’s perfect for girls with curvier hips like mine, as the lightweight fabric skims in a lovely, A-line kind of a way. read more…

May 5 / Erica

Is it Summer yet? The toes are out…

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Cardigan, Boden | Leopard tee, ASOS | Trousers, Jaeger | Sandals, Hush Puppies | Bag, Cambridge Satchel Company | Sunglasses, ASOS

As much as I love winter clothes – knits, boots and cashmere socks – there is NOTHING that puts a bigger smile on my face than a fresh, summer-ready pedi, new sandals and getting the toes out.

I’m definitely guilty of being WAY too keen where sandals are concerned, only to get home and get the socks straight back on.

But that’s the beauty of living in the UK, surely – gorgeous one minute, freezing the next.

Perhaps we need to pick a date – like the kids wearing their summer uniform straight after the Easter holidays – where sandal-wearing becomes compulsory. I’d definitely be up for that. read more…

May 3 / Erica

The House Files: Five tricks I’ve learned to find the eBay bargains

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A Dutch chiffonier cabinet in the exact shade of green of my planned stair runner. I bought it for £200 off the same seller I bought the apothecary cabinet (see below). It wobbles, but that’s part of the charm, right!?

I blame my mum. For years, she dragged me shopping (OK, not dragged, I went willingly), but she only ever bought things if they were reduced or on offer. Now mum says it was because she was trying really hard to be prudent because there wasn’t loads of spare cash flying around – but it did me good, by showing me the beauty of finding a bargain.

Give me a junk shop or an antiques market and I am like the proverbial pig in muck. We even based part of our honeymoon around L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, one of France’s largest brocante fairs. (I say ‘we,’ I think we all know that’s not strictly true.) read more…

Apr 28 / Erica

The tropical design collaboration I want to buy NOW

All photography: Habitat / Andrew Woffinden

All photography: Habitat / Andrew Woffinden

When it comes to detail and pattern for decorating our new home, tropical prints had me at ‘Aloha.’

After much deliberation, I’ve decided on this fabric to reupholster these chairs I found on eBay. Now I can’t STOP spotting amazing palm prints or exotic plant motifs.

Friends are WhatsApp’ing me images of things they find to see if it ‘will work in the scheme!’ And another friend texted yesterday to say she had just missed out on a metre of House of Hackney’s Palmeral fabric for me at a sample sale. Sadface.

It’s fair to say the living room theme is coming together nicely – but a new collaboration has got me rethinking an entire corner. read more…

Apr 27 / Erica

Injecting some fun into a classic Breton with Petit Bateau

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T-shirt, from a selection at Petit Bateau (customised with Macon & Lesquoy x Petit Bateau iron-on patches) | Skirt, Whistles (old season, similar here) | Cardigan, Boden | Shoes, Topshop | Rings, SVP

If I had to wear my last outfit on earth, it would undoubtedly involve some kind of a stripe.

You don’t really need to investigate my Instagram very far to discover the extent to which I love this classic print.

And so do French brand Petit Bateau, creator of the classic striped tee since the late 19th Century. read more…

Apr 20 / Erica

Five on Wednesday #7

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Clockwise from top left: Pom pom sandals, Zara | Skincare trio, Charlotte Tilbury | Embroidered shirt dress, & Other Stories | Silver ‘Gia’ bag, M Hulot | Palm print lampshade, Little Red Robin Co on Etsy read more…

Apr 18 / Erica

My Style: Mixing up the metals with Cred Jewellery

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When I was younger, I was very much a silver-only kind of a jewellery gal. BIG earrings, chunky necklaces and lots and lots of thick, silver rings.

I’m not entirely sure when the seismic shift occured, but in the past ten years – aside from buying wedding rings and an interlude of searching eBay for Marni necklaces – I’ve only worn gold. read more…

Apr 15 / Erica

Little House of Hackney x La Coqueta: The coolest new kids collab in town

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LUCAS WEARS LITTLE HOUSE OF HACKNEY X LA COQUETA ‘PARDO’ SHIRT  IN ‘WILD CARD’ (£49) | SIENA WEARS LITTLE HOUSE OF HACKNEY X LA COQUETA ‘MIHURA’ DRESS IN ‘WILD CARD’ (£79)  | WILD CARD HAIR BOW (£4)

Given my current obsession with all things palm print, I could NOT ignore the coolest kids collaboration – set to launch next week.

House of Hackney – the design team behind the swoonworthy ‘Palmeral’ print I would love for these armchairs – have created a collection for gorgeous childrens brand La Coqueta.

And it is beyond dreamy. read more…