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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
Given my current obsession with all things palm print, I could NOT ignore the coolest kids collaboration – set to launch next week.
And it is beyond dreamy. read more…