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Jamie Oliver’s restaurant designs always hit the winning spot in Mr. Bazaar’s book. In fact I’ve blogged about the vibrant Union Jacks restaurant design and one of his industrial Italian locations in the past. You can certainly feel an industrial edge filtering through from the Italian brand of restaurants into this new Trattoria outlet, which is designed to be a smaller and more intimate dining experience. Blacksheep, the company who designed the interior, were not tasked with a specific design approach but were told that it should reflect a local independent feel. Mnay of the fittings were reclaimed with doors from a salvage yard in Dorset, tiles from a local church and booths made from scaffolding planks. All of these elements have contributed to the rustic-industrial feel of the space, which also features rich colour layered throughout. I really like how there are different types of seating options as part of the design. I often feel like popping into a restaurant just for a coffee or quick sweet but when there are only formally dressed tables available it doesn’t feel like the right dining atmosphere. Here they have an informal, almost lounge-like area at the front for casual dining and coffees, as well as more formal tables with cosy button tufted banquet booths for longer meals. Another huge plus point for me is the considered lighting options: dining under bright lights is one of my pet hates! What makes for great restaurant design in your book, folks?

// Interior design by Blacksheep

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// Etsy Artists: Amyisla Illustration | Eloise Renouf | James Brown | Lola Donoghue (not pictured) | Natalie Singh

Remember how excited I was when I blogged back in April about the news of West Elm’s first London store? Well that excitement moved up a notch yesterday when Mr. Bazaar was given a tour of the company’s first London location a month before the doors officially open. The reason for my visit was to check out the space inside the store that will host my latest collaboration with the brand. I’ve teamed up with Etsy and curated a gallery wall of local London artists’ work that will be displayed inside the new West Elm store in London – how exciting is that?! I think it’s so wonderful that they are dedicating space to shine a spotlight on talented local artists and honoured that I was able to be part of the collaboration.

Today I thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peek inside the store, along with a taster selection of the prints and artworks I chose for the special Etsy gallery wall. (You’ll be able to see and buy the full collection from the gallery wall in-store from December 5th.) For the edit I stayed true to my love of whimsical colour, graphic pattern, striking typography and sophisticated black accents. To demonstrate this I chose a diverse selection of pieces from the abstract paintings by Lola Donoghue and whimsical illustrations by Amyisla Illustration through to James Brown’s bright and graphic prints and Natalie Singh’s colourful take on city life. Despite their varying styles, I think the red thread colour palette that flows through each pieces helps them to hang really well together. I can’t wait to see how the final gallery wall turns out in store but for now I’d love to know which piece is catching your eye? Plus, if you have any must-know Etsy artists, I’d love to read about your favourites.

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Before I share with you my wider inspirations from my trip to Santorini I thought it would be fun to post a home tour of the cave-style house we stayed in while on the island. It was located on the outskirts of a quiet village called Akrotiri on the southern tip of the island, right opposite the much photographed Oia. We were so pleased we picked this part of the island as the other two main towns, Fira and Oia are heaving with tourists pretty much day and night. This little place wasn’t fancy or showy, rather it was traditional and cosy; the perfect haven to escape for a week. I loved having a view of the famous caldera from our deck and the private dip pool was perfect for cooling off. You see that last picture? That was the roof deck that was accessed via the bedroom window and became our favourite place to sit and enjoy the late afternoon sun. We would each open a beer, grab our books and head out there to soak up the sun when it was at the perfect temperature – not too hot yet still warm enough that the rays felt enveloping. Peaceful moments like that are what make holidays so special, don’t you think? I have lots of Santorini posts to share including a dedicated sunset round up, all my colourful finds across the island and much more. In the meantime, here’s a fun, spare of the moment video tour of the house filmed on my iPhone. The quality isn’t the best (and as you can see I’m dressed straight from the beach!) but I thought it would be fun for you to see the space in this way alongside the photographs. What do you think of the house, friends?

// Photography by Will Taylor