16. Splashback Beauty

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Interiors

OFTEN seems to me that splash backs are where you can add the most personality in a kitchen. I love the romance of Martin Moore’s alternatives to Metro tiles (although they do those too and I do still love them). Martin Moore Notting Hill New Classic (14)

First up is book matched lavender marble, then antiqued glass tiles, and thirdly sculptured walnut. Which is your favourite? [Sidenote, how beautiful is that copper tap?]Martin Moore Marten (16)

All from family-run company Martin Moore – kitchens from £35,000 – www.martinmoore.com / @MMDesignMartinMooreElland

15. New High Street offer – Finery London

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FRANKLY it’s about time the British high street produced something new.Finery London 1

And there’s much excitement about the latest British label – Finery London – not least because its team is made up of Emma Farrow, former TopShop Unique head of design, and Caren Downie, former TopShop buying director and ASOS fashion director. finerylondon2

These designs are for those of us who have outgrown disposable high street fashion, and high turnover fashion too.finerylondon3

It’s a more mature, independent, curated collection, including fab dresses, really amazing directional shoes and sandals (my favs), and perfect knitwear. Most impressively prices are super affordable…finerylondon4

www.finerylondon.com

14. Aerial View: Tommy Clarke

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I THINK there’s something so appealing about seeing the earth from above. It’s comforting being reduced (or should that be elevated) to a pattern or a series of patterns. Life seems so much more ORDERED!Bondi2

New from Lumitrix are these prints by London-based aerial photographer Tommy Clarke, available in a host of different sizes, framed or unframed from £90 to £850, all in limited editions (the super big one being a 25 edition).boats1sm

Lumitrix will be showing at The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, London, from 12-15th March. www.lumitrix.com; www.affordableartfair.comTop Road Containers

13. Best in Glass: Giopato & Coombes

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IT’S NO secret I have a current blown glass obsession – particularly in lighting. There were some amazing handblown glass lighting pieces at Maison & Objet – including Michael Ruh, Bocci and Pulpo. I never made it to the Giopato & Coombes Editions stand – foot fatigue put paid to that – but their work is amongst my favourite of last year’s launches (they initially showed in London at last year’s Designersblock).giopatocoombes3

Made by Venetian artisans using traditional methods but with super modern LEDs, Cristiana Giopato (who works alongside her English counterpart and other half, Christopher Coombes), aims for the range to introduce traditional skills to modern audiences.giopatocoombes1

 

giopatocoombes4The Bolle (Bubbles) and I Flauti (Flutes) lights feature in their own beautiful Italian home, much of which they have designed themselves…giopatocoombes5

The lamps, from around 1260 Euros , can be ordered from the Giopato & Coombes studio. www.giopatocoombes.comgiopatocoombes2

12. Paris Maison / Objet Trends 2015

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A BRIEF breakdown of a few of my favourite looks from the Paris Maison & Objet 2015 design shows this last week…paris1

Super skinny outlines and Coral: Above from Clockwise top left, Cinna chair and side table; Roche Bobois slanting side tables; Roche Bobois lamps and Roche Bobois outline lighting.

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40s and 50s themes: Above, (from clockwise top left) Luca Nichetto for De La Espada; Autoban with De La Espada, Soft Line and Muuto. Paris3

Light & Simple: Mirrors at Bocci; Japanese stools at Kvadrat; Pedrali chairs; In / Out Aluminium by FAST.

11. Acne & Dry & Sensitive Skin

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Health

I WAS diagnosed with PCOS aged 15, when my skin began to be seriously affected by acne. And over the years I’ve had every treatment going, from herbs, acupuncture, topical and oral antibiotics, every spot cream going, to the pill (lots of variations but most successfully Dianette), even controversial Roaccutane.IMG_4465

Some have worked for months, some for years. Currently off medication and now aged 41, I’m suffering from mild acne again. I also have a lot of acne scarring, and weirdly – because of all the treatments – incredibly dehydrated, sensitive skin. Can you have acne and dry, dehydrated plus sensitive skin? Seems you can. It’s just that creams haven’t been able to deal with that triple whammy of need in recent years.

But, a chance trip to the brilliant Lloyds Pharmacy where they have a skin diagnostic tool (thought you were oily? wrong!) to help you choose the right creams, has meant I’ve come away with two absolute skin life-savers.

La Roche-Posay, the French pharmacy brand that is super-gentle on distressed skin does a hydrating night cream (Hydreane) in rich or extra rich (I first used the Riche and in Paris last week managed to find the Extra Riche – all the French chemists sell it) that aims to balance the sensitive & dry issues, and Eurecin’s genius daytime Dermo Purifyer Adjunctive Hydrating Care cream is specially formulated for skin made sensitive and dry from acne treatments. Using both together has meant my skin is moist, hasn’t cracked at all this winter, and doesn’t feel too tight to smile. They don’t prevent acne, but that’s another hill to climb…

*www.eucerin.co.uk; www.lloydspharmacy.com; www.laroche-posay.co.uk