Category Archives: Summer

Plum Chutney

(No, this is not another foodie post.)

A few days ago I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Anita Mackenzie, founder of Plum Chutney. (Yes, meeting, like in person, over cocktails! I was awestruck and starstruck and had the best time getting to know her!)

I discovered Plum Chutney through decor8’s ‘LinkWithin’ widget and instantly fell for the energy, gorgeousness and quirkiness of the products. I entered the ‘Plum Picks’ contest and much to my delight, lovely Anita emailed me back. She was visiting Nottingham for a few days and we decided to meet up. (Talk about serendipity!) Anita is as lively, delightful and fun as her products!

Anita grew up amidst the bustle of India and following her move to the UK, she has loved discovering the creative and innovative approaches adopted by independent artisans and craftsters in the west. (Long live Google!)

Her products embody the energy and vibrancy of all things Indian (rickshaws, street scenes, colourful trucks, dazzling attire, maharajas…), interpreted through her fascination of graphic and quirky design. She works with talented designers and sources from very selective companies in India to develop her stunning collections.

Visit Plum Chutney to check out all the exciting ranges of cushions, throws, art, lamps, tea towels and even shopper bags. If you are a colour lover, well then there’s no case for argument 🙂 but even in a more neutral setting, a little something from Plum Chutney may be just the thing to add a bit of zing, don’t you think?




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Cool summer bedrooms


Back to reality…

If, like me, you’re unable to escape to a tropical paradise this summer, drink lots of cocktails anyway and/or get decorating to create your own retreat at home. One way to do this is by turning your bedroom into a serene haven. Here is some inspiration for cool, fresh, blood-pressure-reducing bedrooms, perfect to start and end a summer’s day. I find it refreshing just looking at them!

Love the blue of the curtains!

The bold patterned fabric really lifts this space.

A beautiful blend of soft colours creates a light, fresh and airy feel.

This design has been put together so well, it looks effortless. Just lovely!

Feminine, exotic and pretty!

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