Wishlist :: A Wee Printer

Why so tiny? Why at all? I don't know! But I love it.

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Shopping :: Hatton & Harding

When we first moved to Warwick, just a little over one year ago, I was excited about living in a small country town with charming shops and a stunning castle just across the road. I spent my early days here, wandering around town and exploring. One day I noticed a beautiful building with windows covered in brown kraft paper. People were busy at work inside, so this could only mean one thing - a new shop was coming to town! I had a feeling it was going to be something special, but I had no idea how special  until the paper came down and Hatton & Harding was born.

This lovely shop is not only filled with the most wonderful selection of home accessories and personal items, but it is owned by two of the most charming and kind people I have met here in England. David Hatton and Jerry Harding graciously allowed me to spend the afternoon last Thursday taking photos and hanging out chatting and laughing. I was also making a massive mental wishlist for Christmas!

Both Jerry and David have an amazing eye for detail and quality. They have carefully curated a selection of beautiful, but affordable items that can be best described as casually elegant. With their store styling and offerings they have achieved that rare balance of comfort and luxury. Distressed wood furniture covered in silver baubles. Textured linen chairs draped with sumptuous faux fur blankets. It's also just the right mix of masculine and feminine - something else that can be hard to achieve in design. It's one of the few stores where both my husband and I love everything.

Honestly though, the best part of the Hatton & Harding experience is the genuine effort that has clearly gone into making it come together and shine. David and Jerry are an inspiration to anyone who has a dream and is willing to do the hard work and make the sacrifices to attain it. The store recently celebrated its one year anniversary. David has been working at the store this year, while Jerry continued in his role at Diesel in London, wanting to be a larger part of H&H, but knowing that the timing needed to be right. I know from experience, this is a very smart, but difficult thing to do. When you start a business with a partner you want to both be equally involved, you don't want one person to feel more burdened and you don't want one person to feel left out. It can be very tricky, but they have handled it beautifully and with very positive attitudes. There is so much joy and good energy behind what they are doing. Earlier this month, Jerry joined David full-time in the running of the business. I'm so happy for them and wish them continued success and all good things. Aren't they adorable?

So, if you are thinking about a trip to the Midlands, be sure to stop by this treasure of shop - it is styled gorgeously for the holidays. You can also find items exclusively sold here including Cowshed, Spitalfields Candles, Mulberry Home and the amazing scarves of Duppoini (tops on my Christmas list!). They offer a service where you can go in and make your wishlist and then just offer a big hint to your significant other about where they should shop. Brilliant. All in all, it's a very special and personalized shopping experience. The kind of place where you are offered a drink, good design advice and fabulous merchandise all in one! You can connect with Hatton & Harding HERE on their website. Follow them HERE on Facebook and HERE on Twitter.

A huge thank you to David and Jerry for sharing their day and their story! xo, Beth

In Fashion - Kelly Wearstler Cinnabar Jacket

I really don't even have words for this jacket. Let me try. Fabulous ... Ridiculous ... Over The Top Fabulous ...  Fluffy Goodness ... wait, I think I've got it ... Ridiculously Fabulous Fluffy Goodness. Yes, that's it.

Oh, Ms. Wearstler, you blow. my. mind.

Find it HERE. And have a very Happy Wednesday!

Food :: Butternut Curry

Here is the promised recipe. This is very amusing because I attempted to document while I was cooking, but I am the MOST distracted cook and, as you already know, the world's worst photographer. So, I kept forgetting to take pics and then I did not realize I was taking the pictures with Hipstamatic instead of the regular iphone camera, so the photos are all hipster. Hipster cooking photos. Great. So, while the photos will not add anything at all to the value of this post, it's the recipe that really matters anyway right? So, here it is (with profound apologies to food stylists and photographers):

Every time I make this dish it's a little bit different. I actually make it quite often with a combination of butternut and sweet potato (the pre-cut comes this way and it saves lots of time). I use 1/4 tsp. of pepper and 1 tsp. of salt and around 1/8 tsp. of red (cayenne) pepper and that is usually perfect. When I buy the pre-cut squash/sweet potato I use two 300 gram bags. You could also add spinach (instead of coriander), or even cooked chicken to this. Also, I make this a lot, so I don't always use heavy cream. You can use milk, but remember the cream tempers the spice to don't go too heavy on the cayenne if you are using milk or it might be too hot (unless you want that of course).

And it must be noted that this recipe is adapted from the Gaining Ground Table cookbook. An amazing cookbook if you can get your hands on one. I think it is out of print. I shared another recipe from this book a few months ago which you can find HERE. So, that's it. Enjoy and let me know if you make it and what you think!! x, Beth

Art & Artists :: Radio

Love these graphics from the talented folks at Radio in Cape Town ...

And yes, I really miss South Africa. If you have never been ... go. I'm serious. Just go. It is the most amazing combination of breathtaking natural beauty, adventure and good people. It's magic.

I think I'll write more about our African adventures soon. Would you guys like to hear them?

See more of Radio's work HERE. Happy Monday - wishing everyone a great week.

x, beth

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