Now that it’s officially autumn, it’s time to prepare your home accordingly with some cosy updates. Here’s our pick of the best ways to vamp up your home for autumn

1. Dress up the fireside

As the days get colder, a fire is the perfect way to keep warm and get the household together. Make sure your fireside is dressed and prepared with some handy yet stylish log storage.

2. Throw it on

A classic autumn home staple is a good, warm throw – perfect for evenings snuggled up on the sofa. This is also a great way to introduce some more autumnal shades into your living room.

3. Add some autumn aromas

A scented candle can quickly transform the atmosphere of a room. As well as making it look warmer and cosier, scents with a touch of cinnamon or pumpkin can instantly give your home an autumnal revival without having to splash out on new furniture.

 

4. Clear out the mug cupboard

Colder nights means more hot drinks – which makes autumn the perfect time to clear out all the forgotten mugs that were gifted to you last Christmas and update the cupboard with some fresh new designs.

5. Inject some autumnal colours

As discovered in our previous article about updating your home for spring, two easy ways to change up a room are with your bedding and your cushions. Replacing these two things can instantly change your impression of the room as soon as you walk in, so switch out your summer colours for deep oranges and earthy browns.

Nestled between Canonbury, Dalston, and the Regent’s Canal is the small area of De Beauvoir, with Jacobean style houses, the green space of De Beauvoir Square, and plenty of hidden eateries and bars. Here are the best places in the area to go for a bite or after work drinks:

Proud East, Hertford Road

As well as serving food, traditional English high-tea, mouth-watering brunches and cocktails, Proud East also hosts a wide range of events and activities including live music, cinema club on the terrace, and wine tastings. It’s also ideally located on the Regent’s Canal for a picturesque place to relax.

The Talbot, Mortimer Road

Having first opened its doors 150 years ago, The Talbot remains to the this day a great British pub, with real ales, fresh food, board games, and a large balcony area.

The Talbot is situated in the heart of De Beauvoir, and is just a five minute walk from Dalston Junction.

The Scolt Head, Culford Road

Another traditional English pub that was revitalised when it was bought by local residents in 2006 is The Scolt Head, with excellent food, a friendly atmosphere, and an enclosed garden space. They also host a pub quiz twice a month, swing dancing classes, and live jazz.

The De Beauvoir Deli Co, Southgate Road

The De Beauvoir Deli offers artisanal and local produce to the community from Broadway Market. They produce much of their produce in-house including their famous sausage rolls, scotch eggs and seasonal salad bar – and they even have their own herb garden. The café, located within the Deli itself, is a great place to sample their selection of pies, soups, sandwiches, and salads.

The De Beauvoir Arms, Southgate Road

Opposite the De Beauvoir Deli is the De Beauvoir Arms, if you’d prefer to have a glass of wine with your food. The De Beauvoir Arms has a wide selection of quality wines and a varied menu that they describe as ‘unpretentious, thoughtfully combined flavours sourced from around the Mediterranean’.

Duke’s Brew & Que, Downham Road

The birthplace of the Beavertown Brewery, Duke’s serves authentic American barbecue, a weekend lunch menu, and hearty beers, all in a relaxed and informal setting.

Towpath Café, De Beauvoir Crescent

Another great place on the Regent’s Canal is the Towpath Café, serving Italian coffee and dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The café is the creation of Lori De Mori, an American Italian food writer and fanatic. It serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner and has a friendly, warm atmosphere.

A good old fashioned garden party is the perfect way to celebrate the last of the British summer, and when better to have one than the bank holiday weekend? We’ve prepared a list of tips and things to remember to make sure your party goes off without a hitch:

When to have it

For this bank holiday weekend, Sunday looks like the best bet for doing anything outdoors. The weather should be better, and you can also enjoy a post party lie-in on Monday….

Prepare for British rain, though

But this is still Britain, and you can never trust the weather forecast. Make sure you’ve got plenty of shelter in your garden just in case – hire a gazebo or a tipi to keep you dry and help create a cosy feeling. Maybe even consider an outdoor heater and blankets for when night falls and the temperature drops.

Decorate to the nines

The best garden parties are the ones where the host has gone all out to ensure a festive atmosphere. Hang bunting, invest in some colourful cushions for your outdoor furniture, and make sure you have some nice lighting for when the sun sets. Fairy lights and jam jar candles are a nice idea and won’t break the bank.

Overcompensate with refreshments

When it comes to catering, forget the ‘less is more’ rule – more is always more. Once you’ve got an idea of how many people to expect, buy more than enough for everyone. You never know who may turn up despite originally declining, and there are always some unexpected plus ones. Yes, there will probably be a lot of leftovers – but drinks can be stored for next time, and food can be eaten for lunch.

Get yourself ready before you start the party prep

To minimise stress, get all dressed up before you prepare anything else on the day. There’s nothing worse than stressing because your food has gone wrong, and worrying about setting aside time to get yourself ready. Also, you never know who may turn up early – and you don’t want to answer the door straight from the shower.

Don’t forget to cater well for people who don’t drink

It’s easy to get carried away with planning nice cocktails and stocking up on Pimm’s, but make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic options for friends that don’t drink, or are driving. And this doesn’t just mean Coke or lemonade – something fresh and summery (like elderflower cordial and sparkling water or virgin mojitos) is perfect for an August garden party.

Make sure you’ve got enough seating

It seems obvious, but you don’t want to have people standing around, especially if you’re serving food. Make sure there’s enough seating for everyone, even if this means cushions on the floor.

Designate a kids’ corner

It’s a good idea to designate a kids’ area if your guests are bringing little ones. This will take them off their parents’ hands for a bit and help them relax, whilst also making sure they have fun, too. Consider some giant outdoor games like giant Connect Four or Jenga, which are actually great fun for everyone.

Test your speakers, and prepare a playlist beforehand

Make sure your speakers are working, and prepare a playlist in advance to make sure you create  the right mood. And remember to warn your neighboursif you’re going to be playing loud party tunes late into the night (you could always invite them).

For more garden inspiration, take a look at our designated Pinterest board.

Moving house or redecorating can be a stressful experience, especially when you don’t know what it will look like until it’s all done. These apps, however, can help make everything a lot easier – from colour testing paint to measuring the best sunlight spots, there’s an app for that. Here’s our pick of the best:

1. Houzz

Winner of the “Best App” award at the inaugural Google Play Awards, Houzz is a game changer in home design. Like a combination of lots of other apps doing similar things on the market, Houzz lets you get inspiration for your room design, browse products, and then try them out in your home simply by taking a photo of the room. It also has an advice section where you can get opinions and help from the Houzz community on your ideas.

2. Sun Seeker

The Sun Seeker app is great for photographers and architects alike – but also for those who like to have a lot of sunlight in their home. The ‘map view’ on the app will track the sun’s rays across a certain geographical point, like your home, so you can see which parts of the house will get the best light.

 

3. Dulux Visualiser App

This app’s colour picker technology matches colours from photos you take with their paints. You can then try out these colours on the walls of your home. They also offer suggested colour schemes to accompany your new paint choice, and deliver the paints or colour testers to your door.

4. Homestyler

Homestyler rebuilds your home as a 3D playground for you to experiment with – just with one snap of the room. You can test out real furniture as 3D models in the room, test out light fixtures, and see how furnishings and colour schemes will look in your space. You can also browse the Design Stream for inspiration, share your designs with your family and friends through Facebook and email, and comment and “heart” other peoples’ designs. For more inspiration you can also browse through portfolios of professional designers in your local area.

5. Art Beamer

ArtBeamer is also an augmented reality app that lets you preview how artwork will look on your wall. Artists using the app will give a specific code to their pieces, which you can find either from the website, or asking at the gallery/exhibition. Simply type the code into the app and you will be able to “beam” the artwork onto your wall.

6. LikeThat Décor

This app allows you to shop for furniture on the go, by taking inspiration from things you see around you. Snap a photo of a piece of furniture you like, and the app will show you thousands of similar and complementary products, with details on where to shop for them.

7. Photo Measures

Photo Measures is a great way to keep track of your home’s measurements, allowing you to note dimensions down on photos of your rooms, to remember the exact layout and size of all the different spaces in the house.

Despite the inevitable days of grey skies and rain, relaxing in the park is always on the cards during the great British summer. East London has a variety of green spaces to enjoy, whether it’s for getting out of the office on your lunch break, exercising, or meeting friends for a picnic. Here’s our pick of the best places to relax in the sun:

London Fields

 

With a Green Flag award (making it one of the best green spaces in the country) and a licence for barbecues, London Fields is usually buzzing on a warm day with people out drinking, eating, and relaxing. On the weekends, there is a Saturday market selling a variety of products from hot food to vintage clothing.

Islington Green

 

 

A small slice of greenery between Upper Street and Essex Road, Islington Green is the perfect place for a quick lunch break, with lots of food options nearby. There is ample seating space, and despite being near a high street, it has quite a tranquil feeling.

Clapton Pond

 

Like London Fields, Clapton Pond holds a Green Flag award, and is nestled in the fork of Lower Clapton Road. Following a restoration project in 2004, the park is now a vibrant and well used community space. The adjacent high street has a variety of food options, making it a great stop for a lunch break.

Victoria Park

 

Also known as ‘Vicky Park’, Victoria Park stretches across East London and the Hertford Union Canal, bordering Bethnal Green, South Hackney, Cambridge Heath, and Old Ford. With two cafes, two playgrounds, sporting facilities, a skatepark, a bathing pond, and over 80 hectares of space, everyone is catered for and there are plenty of ways to relax on a sunny day.

Newington Green

 

Straddling the border between Islington and Hackney is Newington Green, which has a pleasant village green feel. Community groups hold fairs there, and there is plenty of lawn space to sit and relax, as well as a café and a children’s play area.

Highbury Fields

 

Highbury Fields is the largest open space in the borough of Islington, at 29 acres. Between the tree lined avenues, it holds recreational facilities, including tennis courts and Highbury Pool, as well as plenty of lawn space to relax.

To see our top properties that are close to a green space in London, click here.

With the weather finally starting to catch up and the glorious May bank holiday weekend behind us, it’s time to head up to a nearby rooftop to celebrating the longer days and to start building up your tan. East London is home to some of the best rooftop bars in London, many with spectacular views. Here’s our pick of just a few for you to try…

Netil 360 – London Fields

Ben Revill, a carpenter and designer, opened Netil360 in 2014 as an informal, ‘bring your own bottle’ bar, until it was granted a license in 2015 by Hackney Council. Now it’s a workspace, café, gallery, and rooftop bar, with its very own rooftop dog, Tres!

Open from midday Wednesday – Sunday, Netil360 has a no-exclusivity ethos – they don’t take bookings, so get there early. There’s no guest list, and entry is free.

As well as a large selection of drinks, they also serve pizza and lunchtime specials, with new recipes every week. All of their packaging is made from plant based materials.

Transport: London Fields overground or Bethnal Green tube

http://netil360.com/

The Culpeper – Spitalfields

As well as being a pub, kitchen, and guest house (there are five rooms on the second floor), the Culpeper boasts a beautiful rooftop greenhouse and dining area. Here you can enjoy amazing drinks and food from their wood fired grill, plus a number of events and workshops throughout the year, including astronomy nights and gardening workshops.

The relaxed, rustic environment makes it a perfect place to have lunch, dinner, or just have a catch up with friends over a drink. During the summer months, they do not take booking – so make sure you arrive early to avoid missing out.

Transport: Aldgate East tube

http://www.theculpeper.com/rooftop/

Dalston Roof Park

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Dalston Roof Park began as a collection of allotments cared for by a group of local volunteer gardeners, and has now grown to one of the hottest rooftop venues in Shoreditch. With many famous acts gracing the astro-turf of this trendy rooftop bar – including Rudimental, Jessie Ware, Johnny Flynn, Basement Jaxx, and Disclosure – it’s the perfect place for music lovers. The bar is run by the Bootstrap Company, who aim to provide workspaces to a diverse mix of tenants and help them grow. The profits made on the bar and on the door all go towards funding the Bootstrap Company’s charitable aims.

You can book the entire roof for a big event (it holds 210) but not individual tables/areas.

Transport: Dalston Junction overground

http://www.bootstrapcompany.co.uk/about-drp/

Roof East – Stratford

For those who like a bit of entertainment with their cocktails – this summer, Roof East will transform once more into a hugely popular adult playground, with an outdoor cinema and a crazy golf course.

Roof East was formerly an empty rooftop car park, but with support from The GLA Pocket Park Fund and the Stratford Renaissance Partnership Urban Space Management, who teamed up with Groundwork London, an Urban Park was installed on the rooftop. Recycled pallets and scaffold boards and recycled decking from the Olympic Park footbridge were used to make planters full of shrubs and saplings to decorate the space. In a nod to the former car park, there are also three cars on the rooftop filled with plants.

They also have a busy calendar of events and activities that’s filling up fast, with something for everyone: from morning yoga classes, acoustic sessions, to disco nights and community screenings.

http://www.roofeast.com/

Transport: Stratford tube/overground/DLR

Golden Bee – Old Street

Just a few minutes’ walk from Old Street station is Golden Bee – a stylish cocktail bar and roof terrace. If crazy golf at Roof East isn’t your cup of tea, this is a much more sophisticated option. Perfect for winding down after work by the fire pit during the week, or dancing the night away at the weekend, Golden Bee is always busy, with a great atmosphere.

The Golden Bee has a happy hour from 5-7pm on Tuesdays-Thursdays, with 2 for 1 cocktails and discounts on beer, house spirits, wine, and champagne.

It’s worth noting that Golden Bee is an over 21 venue.

http://www.goldenbee.co.uk/

Transport: Old Street tube

Boundary – Shoreditch

Boundary is a combination of three award-winning restaurants and bars, twelve individually designed guest bedrooms, five studios, lofts and suites, a British food store and a bakery, with a welcoming, homely vibe.

The rooftop bar offers an amazing panoramic view of East London, and the heated orangery is filled with a variety of citrus trees including lemon, clementine, calamondin, and mimosa trees. When the weather is good, the rooftop also provides a garden space, making it the perfect place to relax in summer. If the evenings get chilly, there are blankets and a fire pit to snuggle around.

You can book a table here.

Transport: Shoreditch High Street overground

http://boundary.london/

Shoreditch Sky Terrace

 

Crowing the top of the Courthouse Hotel, which used to be Shoreditch’s original magistrate’s building, is the rooftop bar, accessed via a glazed bridge from the hotel.

As well as taking in the incredible views over the city and snapping some photos of Canary Wharf, The Shard, and the BT tower as the sun sets, you can listen to DJ sets and sip on bespoke cocktails, such as the Ball and the Chain (sloe gin and prosecco), or for those who like more of a kick, the Solitary (rum and chilli).

Bookings (including large groups and exclusive hire) can be made by calling 0203 310 5555 or emailing shoreditch@courthouse-hotel.com.

https://www.designmynight.com/london/bars/shoreditch/shoreditch-sky-terrace

Transport: Old Street tube and Shoreditch High Street overground

Shoreditch House

Of course, if you’re lucky enough to be a member or to know one, there’s always the ever popular Shoreditch House, with its rooftop pool, bar, and restaurant…

 

 

Now it’s May, and spring is officially here (even the weather is catching up), it’s the perfect time to give your home a spring clean – and a general makeover. Here are some of our top tips for rejuvenating your home, and adding something new to the mix:

1. Inject some green

Houseplants have seen a massive boom recently, with everyone wanting to decorate their homes with all things green and growing. We’re loving the new trend for terrariums – little mini plant beds that are usually displayed in glass bowls or geometric containers.

Make your own at a terrarium workshop by geo-fleur near you.

Lots of interesting new plant emporia are also springing up – make sure you visit Grace and Thorn or Conservatory Archives in Hackney Road.

2. Re-jig shelf space

As well as adding the aforementioned greenery, jazzing up your shelves and mantelpieces can make a big difference. Update photo frames by adding more recent photos, and add decorative objects like candles and books to really enhance the space. De-cluttering and spacing objects out will bring a more minimalist feel.

3. Upgrade your bedding

Walking into a bedroom, the first thing you notice is the bed – so a change of bedding will make a big difference. This is also a  quick and effective way to change up a bedroom’s colour scheme.

4. Finish your floors

Over time, wooden floors get scuffed and worn out, and this isn’t something we often notice straight away. Waxing your wooden floors or applying a sealant will leave them gleaming again, and will make a huge difference to the overall effect of the room. Or, for a more dramatic change, why not paint the floor instead.

Farrow and Ball offer a wide range of floor paints in contemporary shades. Check out the colour samples at the Islington shop.

5. Give the cushions an upgrade, too

Although small, cushions make a big difference. Colourful or patterned cushions can really bring a sofa to life, and add something special to the room. Changing the cushions and other small accessories can change the entire colour scheme of a room, and a bring a different feel, without spending too much!

6. Get organised

There are lots of ways you can organise your stuff to refresh your home. Labelling containers and jars in the pantry will make cooking feel a lot easier, and help you keep track of supplies. Take the opportunity to put photos into albums, and to throw out anything in your wardrobe you don’t wear anymore. Spring means new beginnings, so it’s time to declutter and pass on old belongings to friends or charity shops.

7.) …Don’t forget the garden

Outdoor furniture often gets neglected during the winter months – so give your chairs and tables a good scrub down to leave them looking new again, perfect for when your guests come to visit.

Spring is the perfect time for planting, so if you have an old sandpit that’s been outgrown, or an area you’re not sure what to do with, why not create a herb garden or a flowerbed.

 

Issue 02 of The Linen Draper: The Urban Food Issue has landed in our offices and online!

To read about some amazing artisan food producers that are here on our doorsteps in north and eats London, as well as find the best property on the market, pop into one of our local offices or click here to read it online.

A sneak peak of some of our top stories inside the issue…

A feature property with big a difference

A feature property with big a difference

Our lead story this issue...Urban Food Fights Back!

Our lead story this issue…Urban Food Fights Back!

A fishy trip to Forman & Son

A fishy trip to Forman & Son

 

If you are interested in your business or charity featuring in an upcoming issue of The Linen Draper please email Gina at thelinendraper@currell.com

This month we round up the hottest new winter interior design trends for the approaching season and find the North London properties to match.

Excellent Entertaining Space

Not really a trend but a winter party season essential. Why leave home, when you can throw the party of the season under your own roof? This beautiful house in Albion Square has a stunning reception space with beautiful hardwood floors and a large kitchen which leads out into the garden; perfect for entertaining.

Stunning reception space at Albion Square

Stunning reception space at Albion Square

Albion Square, E8 £1,850,000 Call Hackney on 0207 241 4111

Subtle Tones of Grey

Grey is the hottest colour in interiors this season and adds a touch of luxury to even the smallest of spaces. Buy into this trend at Mulberry Mews, a brand new London development by Taylor Wimpey of five luxury townhouses in Highbury, where the show home has been beautifully decorated throughout in shades of grey.

Mulberry Mews show house

Mulberry Mews Show House

Mulberry Mews, N5 £2,350,000 Call New Homes on 0207 261 6611

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Statement Bathtubs for Winter Interior Design

This season is all about the statement tub; the more colourful or stand-out the shape, the better. A free standing pewter bath, like the one in this Hackney property, is hard to beat.

The stunning bathroom in Quilter Street

The stunning bathroom in Quilter Street

Quilter Street, E2 £1,200,000 Call Hackney on 0207 241 4111

Open Fireplaces

You can’t beat an open fire in winter, especially in your own home. This property in Tooting Bec, has not one but two stunning, original Victorian fireplaces. One warms up the the main living space and the other the master bedroom.

Master Bedroom in Thornton Avenue

Master Bedroom in Thornton Avenue

Thornton Avenue, SW2 £660,000 Call Battersea on 0203 668 1000

Despite the threat of rain, Battersea and Clapham still have fantastic events on offer this weekend come rain or shine!

16th, 17th & 18th August – Feast at Battersea Park. The largest selection of restaurant, street and artisan food in one venue with pop up restaurants, farmers markets, BBQ tents and loads more. There will also be childrens entertainment as well as cider and wine tatsing for the adults.

Sunday 18th August Open air cinema screening of Top Gun in Battersea Park. Starts at 7pm in teh Boules area of the park. Screened with subtitles.