Monday 20 February 2017

Tile Therapy

So apart from being an interiors obsessive, I’m also a genuine tile addict. I'm so into tile right now that I've joked with friends that I could create an entirely new blog devoted entirely to tile. If you are planning to redecorate your home, it’s important to know the new tile trends to give a new look to your favourite rooms. And this is a very, very good time for tile. The general movement we're seeing is towards tile that makes a statement - and there are so many interesting shapes, colours, patterns, and textures out there than ever before. So here is the inside scoop into some of the coolest tile trends for 2017.

Zellige Tiles
These traditional clay tiles from Morocco come in almost any colour you can imagine, and their subtle texture and shine give them a special fascination. In black or white they're appealingly understated - an alternative to subway tile with just a little bit more zip - while in bright colours they're a total showstopper.
Playful Shapes
Move over, subway tile - it's not just about rectangles anymore. Even if you opt for a safe white, tiles in unusual patterns can add a punch of personality to your space that subway tile just can't touch.

The Hexagon
Perhaps the most prevalent of these shapes is the hexagon - so simple but still a little unexpected at the same time. From teeny tiny to oversize, sleek ceramic to rough terra cotta, hex tiles are cropping up all over.
Terracotta, with its rough texture and variegated colour, adds instant old-world charm to any space. For some people the thought of terracotta may recall the shiny, orange-toned tiles that were popular in the 70s and 80s, but the new terracotta has a subtler, more textured, more antiqued look. Terracotta tile also comes in a huge range of colours and patterns.
Vintage-Style Pattern Floors
Everything old is eventually new again, and that includes these intricately patterned tile floors. The possibilities are endless, the tile is relatively inexpensive, and the look is timeless.

Patterned Tiles
Cement tile, with its soothing texture and old-world style, has been popular for some time now, but now there are also lots of other options if you crave a little pattern. Like these tiles above, from Smink Things, whose geometric pattern paired with subtle texture simultaneously feels very timeless and very now.

So be creative, and start mixing up those tiles…


Friday 17 February 2017

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nutella and Salted Caramel

Stuffed burgers. Stuffed crust. Stuffed...COOKIES! To start the weekend the right way, I’m giving the traditional chocolate chip cookies a revamp, and stuffing them with crowd pleaser Nutella, accompanied by double chocolate chips and salted caramel. These are my favourite go-to cookies filled with super fine goodness (calorie counters look away now!) But I mean who could resist these beauties? It’s a dream come true!

Serving size: 15-16 large cookies

½ cup (110g) butter
1½ cups (350g) light brown sugar
½ cup (55g) cocoa powder
2 eggs
¼ tsp salt
¾ tsp baking powder
2 cups (260g) all-purpose flour
3.5 oz (100g) milk or dark chocolate chips
Flaky salt/ fleur de sel/ maldon salt, for sprinkling
Approx. ½ cup (8 tbsp) Nutella
15-16 caramel-filled chocolates

My super easy (and totally cheat!) alternative to making your own salted caramel is to melt 1/2 cup of soft caramels with 2-3 tbsp. of milk and use that to fill the cookies, or just put a caramel-filled chocolate (like rolos or something) into the middle of the cookie with the Nutella. And voila!

1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C)
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Take off the heat and stir in the brown sugar and eggs.
3. Then add the cocoa, salt and baking powder and stir until well combined.
4. Add the flour and stir until no floury patches are left.
5. Lastly stir in the chocolate chips.
6. Make the caramel using my easy cheat method!
7. Take 1 heaped tbsp of dough, and use your finger to make a large indentation the centre of the dough; fill the indentation with a small blob of Nutella (like ½ tsp ish), and top it up with the still-warm salted caramel, or a caramel-filled chocolate.
8. Top with a flattened tablespoon of dough, and seal the edges.
9. Sprinkle with fleur de sel and bake for 8-10 minutes.
10. Eat to your hearts content.

Enjoy cookie lovers and have a great weekend!
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