It’s been a lovely week! I’ve been in full tower designing mode, it has been great! Although I’m still crazy busy, I feel like I’m actually able to stay on top of things, so this once a week blogging is definitely helping out.

The fabulousness of the week continued into the weekend! Friends of ours have bought their first flat together and we got to pop around to see their amazing place in Stockwell for a delicious dinner.

Sunday morning I was woken up to the smell of sizzling bacon, nothing better :

I’m now ready to start another week…

Today’s post is all about a sense of permanence and temporality. These two restaurants in London were meant to be temporary pop-ups, but have become so successful, they’ve ended up being more permanent pieces in the city.

The Filling Station

The first is the Filling Station in King’s Cross, a converted BP garage right on the canal.

The Second is a Hix restaurant, “Chicken and Steak” also known as the Tramshed in Shoreditch. Again, meant to be a pop-up restaurant near Old Street, it is filled with Damien Hirst pieces, like the formaldehyde “Cock and Bull”.

Simple, industrial interior, serving none other than chicken and steak dishes, so vegetarians/vegans avoid.

I have been dying to go to these, but haven’t had the time yet! Let me know if you have, would love to hear any thoughts.

As I’m getting ready for my Tuscan getaway, I’m going to keep it simple with a few images of this gorgeously simple “House S” by Atelier Suga. I have so much love for this concrete and timber home.

My Tuscan holiday

I thought I’d share some of the gorgeousness from my brother’s wedding in the Tuscan countryside followed by our escape to Florence after the festivities. I’m still having a hard time explaining it all. The setting, the food, the drinks, the people, were all more than amazing… the pictures don’t even seem to do it justice, but have a look!

We arrived! I loved the colors of the weathered stone at the converted Monastery where the wedding was held and where we stayed. We were in the middle of nowhere and it was brilliant!


The approach and where the ceremony was held a few days later…

The garden by day and night…

Simple and elegant table settings set around the colonnade of the internal courtyard..

Once the four-day wedding extravaganza was finished we headed to Florence for a few days of rest and relaxation … a few of the sites …

Views across the river …

… and towards the Ponte Vecchio …