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I have been searching high and low for the perfect extending dining table for a while. Here is a first close up peek.

I previously owned a long contemporary white glass table.

Whilst it was a beautiful piece of design, there were several issues for me.

It was too heavy to move. In addition to that, it was too large, so occupied my whole dining room space.

However, despite it being large, it wasn’t large enough for Christmas, when the whole family descended at our house.

You see, Christmas has always been a major event at ours, but as years have gone by, the extended family unsurprisingly expanded.

Armed with a long list of wants for my new table, the search was on. Here’s my list, the extending dining table had to be:

1. Small enough to create a sense of space in the room.

2. Able to accommodate up to 12 people for the Christmas family meal.

3. A beautiful piece of design with natural wood and a white surface, against which colours can pop.

4. Easy to move around.

5. A classic piece of design that will last the test of time.

6. Sustainable in its design. After much searching, I’m pleased to say that I came across Adventures In Furniture at the Grand Designs fair in London.

I couldn’t believe that they had the dining table that ticked all the boxes of my requirements.

Adventures in Furniture is a London based, family owned business that makes sustainably designed furniture, with 2 stores in Islington and Chiswick. extending dining table Here it is, my extending dining table of dreams. Introducing you to the Zurich Fenix oak extending dining table.

It’s 160cm x 90cm. It has two 50cm leaves below which can extend the table to 210cm and 260cm. extending dining table There are small castors on the legs of the table, which allows for the table to be extended out or moved easily.

With one hand you can just lift the butterfly leaf up in one swift and easy motion. extending dining table Here’s how the table looks fully extended. It can now fit 12 people for Christmas. Yay! extending dining table It’s such an elegant dining table don’t you think? I absolutely love it. Love its slender, rounded and tapered legs that fit flush to the corners too. You can have a solid wood top or select from a variety of colourful Fenix for the surface. I went for the white Fenix as it would be a great backdrop for food photography.

In case, you’re wondering what Fenix is, it’s an acrylic resin that is fixed with nano particles which makes it super tactile but also easy to clean.

You get a special cleaning sponge that can remove the toughest of stains such as Sharpie permanent ink marks. That’s great for me, as we sometimes work at the dining table. Hope you have enjoyed seeing my new table. I can’t wait to take more photos of it soon as we celebrate various events at home.

Do take a look at Adventures In Furniture for their variety of furniture. Their choice of extending dining tables is huge, and you can custom make a few features to your liking too.

( All photography are by Little Big Bell. I sought out the brand for this collaboration. The table was a gift).

Mamas and Papas Hilston nursing rocking chair and stool.

Do you spot something new in my living room? I guess there are a couple of new things, but what I want to show you is my new rocking chair.

When I was on holiday in Canada, I came across a store selling rocking chairs. They were so comfortable to sit in. I nearly had a nap in one. Unfortunately they only shipped to the States and Canada.

However, my dampened spirits were soon lifted, when I received an email from Mamas & Papas with a preview of their new Hilston nursing rocking chair. Yes indeed, I have a nursing rocking chair in my living room. Before you jump to conclusions, the answer is no. No, I am not expecting nor have I had a baby.

You see, not only is the Mamas & Papas Hilston nursing chair comfortable, it looks so good too. So, you don’t need to be pregnant or nursing to own one.

In fact, I remember the days when I was pregnant, many many years ago, nursing chairs, although comfortable, were pretty ugly to look at.

Nowadays, sustainable design is so high on the agenda. No longer do we condone the throw away culture of yesteryears.

This Hilston nursing chair is perfect, because not only is it functional for those who are nursing, but they look super stylish too. There will therefore be no mad rush to get rid of it. Hilston nursing rocking chair My Hilston nursing rocking chair is in a silver fabric, but you can order it in a variety of colours, from pink to minty greens and more.

It is so comfortable to sit on, with its ergonomic shape designed to support.

As you can see, the chair comes with a matching foot stool too, perfect for resting those tired legs. Hilston nursing rocking chair I hope that you’ll agree that this is simply the best looking nursing rocking chair that you have seen? Furthermore, it is so comfortable to sit on too.

I shall look forward to sitting there after a busy day of work at the hospital and even rock myself to sleep.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Have a lovely day.

(All photography and styling are by me. The chair was a gift.)

This week marks the start of a much anticipated event for me, the London Design Festival 2019.

Back in May, Sir John Sorrell, the Chairman of London Design Festival, invited 10 of Europe’s most exciting designers to create a ‘legacy’ piece of design, in collaboration with London’s top cultural leaders.

Most noteworthy, all 10 of the designers used American red oak, a sustainable wood source for their projects.

All the pieces will most certainly be on display for public viewing during London Design Festival 2019.

9 of them will be on show in the Sculpture Gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and one will be outside the Natural History Museum from 14-22 September 2019.

Below are the 10 exciting collaborations : This is Tomoko Azumi of TNA Design Studio.

Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, the Artistic Director of the Young Vic asked her to make him something that he could also pass on to his grandson.

He wanted something for his garden, inspired by the slave ships that brought his ancestors from Africa to the Caribbean. London Design Festival 2019 Legacy In response, Azumi created Au.

She used thin slats of American red oak, steam-bent into shape, to create a boat structure.

I love its simplicity and symmetry.  It would be a wonderful space to sit with the family, and perhaps read a book together. Sir Ian Blatchford, Director and Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group, commissioned Marlène Huissoud (above) to create a beehive for the Science Museum. Subsequently, with the help of the craftspeople at Benchmark, ‘Beehave’ was handcrafted, and blackened using a scorching technique.

Huissoud and her team spent over 100 hours in Paris adding the tactile engraving details to the surface of this beehive using a pyrograph. Alex Beard CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House collaborated with designer Terence Woodgate to create two sofas, named Duo. London Design Festival 2019 Here is Duo.

Doesn’t it just look so elegant?

I love it for its contemporary clean lines, and similarly for its serenity. Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, was paired with the Jasper Morrison Studio.

He commissioned Morrison to create a set of two chairs and a table. Here it is and it’s called Fugu.

Aren’t those edges so smooth and perfectly sculpted?

These pieces are definitely in line with the current trend of circles and curves in furniture design.

I do love how that red oak grain is coming through too. Martino Gamper (above) was paired with Tamara Rojo, artistic director of the English National ballet.

Rojo wanted a piece that reflected her lifelong love of music, and would house her extensive vinyl collection. Here’s the musical shelf created for Rojo’s living room.

Gamper used a combination of fumed red oak to create the horizontal shelves and a lighter veneer on the upright components to create an angled grain direction.

It’s absolutely stunning. Above all, a future design classic.

I wouldn’t mind having it as a shelf for my hardback Design book collection. Here’s Jack Mama and Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama. I’ve previously met Nina, when she created the Built by All project for MINI Living.

They worked with Hans Ulrich Obrist, the artistic director of the Serpentine gallery on this project.

Obrist believes in the important role of postcards and likewise the revival of penmanship in the digital age. Studiomama created these gorgeous post boxes from the red oak as part of their brief.

The large post box will be located outside the gallery’s front door and the smaller one in the book shop.

I can’t wait to see them up close. This is Juliet Quintero.

Sir Johnn Sorrell, Chairman of London design Festival, commissioned her to create a lookout seat for the garden of his country home. London Design Festival 2019 The seat is shaped like a bird’s nest and will be placed next to a pond, for sunset viewing and contemplation. The red oak planks were thermally modified, therefore making them more durable for outdoor use.

Wish I could sit here and view the sky. Designer Max Lamb was commissioned by Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate, to create a multifunctional dressing screen. London Design Festival 2019 So, here is what Max came up with and it’s called Valet.

It’s a free standing screen that incorporates a mirror and storage space.

He exploited the porosity of the red oak by pushing teal blue dye into its surface. It looks so effective doesn’t it? Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, commissioned Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay of Raw Edges to create a bookstand.

Books were of great importance to Blazwick,and similarly to the Whitechapel gallery. London Design Festival 2019 The bookshelf, named Wooden Hinge, will be used to award the gallery’s annual Richard Schlagman Art Book Awards and house new library catalogues.

The bookstand folds on red oak, rather than metal hinges.

Wooden Hinge will live in the Whitechapel Gallery’s bookshop. London Design Festival 2019 Sebastian Cox, above, was commissioned by Amanda Nevill CBE, CEO of the British Film Institute to create a pen holder, a desk and a chair.

Nevill wanted a piece that represented her love of writing and moreover storytelling. London Design Festival 2019 Therefore, Cox created Writer’s Collection, with angled curves matching the perspective lines on the BFI mezzanine, where it will be located.

Underneath the leather panels is a special compartment for the pen case and a paper scroll.

Aren’t these 10 pieces of design so inspirational? I certainly love them.

In short, I’m looking forward to seeing them at London Design Festival 2019, and after that, at their designated public locations.

Have a lovely day.

( photography provided by friends and co)

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