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Weeknight Meals: Pea, Favabean & Lemon Risotto

By: Matt allison Sep 19, 2014

Pea, Favabean & Lemon Risotto

Risotto can take a little practice to get right, but it's well worth trying your hand at this classic comfort food. The trick is in getting the rice 'al dente', cooked, but with a bit of firmness to it. The ingredients in this dish evoke memories of spring, but provide much needed comfort in this cooler… Continue Reading

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Make It: Screwless Floating Bookshelf

By: Matt allison Sep 17, 2014

Screwless Floating Bookshelf

I love this contemporary take on a floating bookshelf. It's hard to believe but the entire bookshelf is completely screwless! Simple timber studs and good old 'no more nails' is all… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Geometric Planters

By: Matt allison Sep 10, 2014

DIY Geometric Planters

It's no surprise I'm a fan on Scandinavian minimalism. These geometric planters are a spin on the classic Finnish Himmeli, refashioned as planters. Best of all they are made from cheap supplies from the dollar store! Detailed instructions on creating your own can be found at the… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Magnetic Wooden Frames

By: Matt allison Aug 27, 2014

Magnetic Wooden Frame


I collect wall art. Curated of course, artists aren't hoarders, merely selective collectors. The problem is I'm forever changing my mind and swapping prints in and out. Framing can get expensive so enter this quick and easy DIY project: a simple magnetic frame that allows you to change out your favorite artwork! Follow the tutorial at the… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Basil, Bacon & Feta Fritatta

By: Matt allison Aug 22, 2014

Basil, Bacon & Feta Fritatta

One of the things I enjoy about eggs is their amazing ability to hold things together. Frittas are a case in point, super easy to make, usually with left overs, set in whisked eggs. The perfect early dinner. To beef it up a bite I cooked it with bacon, hash & onions. A quick meal to have on the table in under 20… Continue Reading

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Make It: Leather & Teak Clock

By: Matt allison Aug 20, 2014

Leather & Teak Clock

Thrift shops are full of old curious finds, junk to some, jewels to others. I love this project that combined this old plate and leather belt upcycled into a Scandinavian inspired teak & leather wall clock. Details at the… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Roast Mushroom Burger With Pesto

By: Matt allison Aug 15, 2014


Roast Mushroom Burger With Pesto

About a year ago while traveling in NYC I experience my first 'shroom' burger at the landmark Shake Shack, I was hooked. I stumbled across my friend Sam Linsell's roast mushroom burger with pesto recipe and had to try it out. Now you can… Continue Reading

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Make It: Gold Geometric Pendant Lamp Shade

By: Matt allison Aug 13, 2014

House Doctor Inspired Lamp Shade

Make this simple Nordic House Doctor inspired lamp by using an Umbra wall decor set and some electrical wire. With a few simple tweaks create your own custom light fitting. Details and instructions at the link below.

House Doctor Inspired Lamp Shade via Free Series

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Make It: DIY Origami Porcelain Plates

By: Matt allison Aug 06, 2014

DIY Origami Porcelain Plates

Take your plates from drab to fab with this simple painted geometric collection of DIY painted origami animals. Step-by-step instructions at the link… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Spicy Beef and Pepper Casserole

By: Matt allison Aug 01, 2014

Spicy Beef & Pepper Casserole

As the nights get cooler I feel a hankering for good old comfort food. This spicy beef & pepper casserole is a perfect 'one pot wonder' and while it's not a quick dish, it is a simple one. Combine the ingredients, pop it on the heat and let the stove do all the work, serve… Continue Reading

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