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Jun 27 / Erica

The House Files: The downstairs washroom

Image: DecorPad

Image: DecorPad

If you have one (and we didn’t in our old house), the downstairs wash-room is an opportunity for folly.

It’s generally the smallest space in the house, but still one of the most useful which means there are absolutely TONS of ways of making it cool, quirky, stylish and fun. read more…

Jun 23 / Erica

My Style: Never saving anything for best

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Skirt, Marks & Spencer (also available in black) | Sweatshirt, Isabel Marant for H&M (old season, similar here) | Shoes, Jimmy Choo (old season, similar here) | Sunglasses, & Other Stories (old season, similar here) | Bag, Jigsaw (new season update here) | Rings, Renné Jewellery | Intials necklaces, SWYC | Circles necklace, Matthew Calvin | PHOTOS: ELEANOR SKAN

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Jun 21 / Erica

The Etsy Design Awards: Our Winners

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Etsy HQ in Farringdon, London

Who knew sourdough crumpets were the PERFECT accompaniment to judging the Etsy Design Awards?

It only took me and my fellow judges this hearty breakfast, quite a few pots of tea (in cute, mismatched Etsy-purchased china, obvs), a LOT of discussion and only a few minor disagreements to decide on the winners.

But now I am delighted to announce the crafters, makers and creators who will take home the prizes.

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Jun 17 / Erica

My Style: Doing Double Broderie

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Lace top, Iris Fashion | Maxi skirt with broderie hem, La Redoute | Smiley bag, Anya Hindmarch  | Sunglasses, ASOS | Rings, SVP Jewellery | Sandals, Office (old season, similar here) | Necklace, Accessorize | Photos: Hannah Gale

I always thought wearing black and white would make me look as though I was wearing uniform. Probably because from the age of four to sixteen, it was indeed my uniform.

Now I fully appreciate the beauty of monochrome, without feeling as though I should be heading to Miss Humphries’ physics class (and believe me,  NONE of us wanted to go to Miss Humphries’ physics class). read more…

Jun 8 / Erica

FIVE ON WEDNESDAY #9

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The Wet Brush, Look Fantastic | ‘Love’ striped tee, New Look | Set of two pots, La Redoute | Nude leather wedge espadrilles, & Other Stories | Fiddle Fig plants, Geo Fleur

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Jun 1 / Erica

Weekend exploring with the new Jaguar F-PACE (spon)

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We’re a two car family. One is a pretty old banger that owes us nothing and which my husband now uses as a train station drop n’ park, while the other is the family motor. Which I cannot say in any other way than a Del Boy comedy voice.

I take ownership of this during the week for school drop offs, pick ups, Sainsbury’s runs, swimming trips, play dates. I mean, etcetera, etcetera, you all get it.

So far, so mundane, right? But recently we were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to try out Jaguar’s brand new performance SUV, called the F-PACE. And HELLO? Somebody try to stop me! read more…

May 30 / Erica

A bag that works from work to weekend (with Radley)

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De Beauvoir large zip-top tote, Radley | Leather jacket, The White Company (old season, in black here) | Striped top, Zara (old season, similar here) | Trousers, Noisy May at ASOS | Trainers, Stan Smith Adidas Originals | Sunglasses, & Other Stories

For years I have been an across-the-body bag kind of a girl. It was probably everything to do with having two small children and across-the-body styles meant hands were free to hold, carry or push.

Also, I am fundamentally quite lazy. I don’t have bag-inner sort outs regularly enough, so small bags work because I can’t overload them. Unlike totes, which, unless pruned on an almost daily basis, could contain fourteen pairs of shoes and two hundred lipsticks. Almost.

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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…

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