TRAVEL : How to get some Mamma Mia-style gorgeousness in Dubrovnik

We all want it. That dreamy, holiday vibe - the landscape, the light, the dancing and dresses - as given to us in Mamma Mia. It's filmed on the mystic island of Vis in Croatia and is a spectacular escape: think rocky beaches, olive groves, botanic gardens... Instagram bliss. With all that in mind, on a recent trip with Grazia to Dubrovnik - a close film location favourite - it wasn't difficult to find some Mamma Mia inspiration. Amidst all that Renaissance beauty, it does get busy in the old town, so take a boat to the close by islands and spend the day swimming and water skiing before heading back at sunset.

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INTERIOR : ME & ORLA

I was lucky enough to be invited into the Yorkshire Pennines home of Insta-guru Sara Tasker, the photographer and writer behind the blog Me & Orla. Featured in YOU Magazine, Sara's signature romantic and understated style has attracted the masses - people can't get enough of her chocolate-box views and idyllic lifestyle. It's enticing. With an Instagram following of 180,000 and counting, it proves that natural beauty and thoughtful design is a winning combination. As are her floaty white dress goals.  

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BOOK : Grandiflora

One of the best things about writing my latest book with teNeues Grandiflora wasn't all the amazing petal-powered interior inspiration, nor the stunning photography - it was the opportunity to speak to so many and varied creatives in the floral world. I'm not only talking florists such as Florence Kennedy from Petalon but illustrators (Luke Edward Hall), painters (Carolyn Quartermaine), interior designers (Abigail Ahern) and gardeners too (Dan Pearson). See below for a sneak peek of the contents or you can pick up your own copy here.

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BOOK : HOMES AWAY FROM HOME

My sixth book with teNeues, Modern Living Homes away from home, takes a trip to some of the most fabulous homes all over the world. Contemporary, rustic, luxurious or just plain beautiful, whatever your holiday villa fantasies, this book breaks down the design factors so you can get in on the action too. There are far too many interiors to include here, but here are a selection of just a few. Gorgeous photographs throughout by renowned snappers Tony Amos, Andrea Ferrari and Gently & Hyers to name just a few. Lovely clean layouts by teNeues too!

 Photo Simon Devitt

Photo Simon Devitt

 Casa Vera in Siracusa by interior designer Gordon Guillaumier. Photo Andrea Ferrari

Casa Vera in Siracusa by interior designer Gordon Guillaumier. Photo Andrea Ferrari

 Australian fashion designer Jenny Bannister's home photographed by Tony Amos

Australian fashion designer Jenny Bannister's home photographed by Tony Amos

 Lionel Jadot's mountain chalet in the Haute-Savoie region of France. Photos Frederic Ducout

Lionel Jadot's mountain chalet in the Haute-Savoie region of France. Photos Frederic Ducout

 The Zaborin ryokan in Hokkaido, Japan. Photo Tony Amos

The Zaborin ryokan in Hokkaido, Japan. Photo Tony Amos

DIGITAL : Bethan Laura Wood x DesignFizz

Such an exciting, vibrant woman to interview - and with an exotic wardrobe and make up fetish to rival Anna Piaggi (I'll take one of Bethan's Valextra Toothpaste bags please). To read my DesignFizz Q&A with Bethan Laura Wood, arguably one of the hottest, most interesting young designers in London right now, click here.

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 Wood's spectacular blown glass lights at Peter Pilotto's 'Townhouse Takeover' during September's London Design Festival 2017

Wood's spectacular blown glass lights at Peter Pilotto's 'Townhouse Takeover' during September's London Design Festival 2017

EDITORIAL : ES Homes & Property #3

Loved writing this pet-friendly story for the Evening Standard Homes & Property on The London Animals Hospital in Camberwell. The vision of supervet owner David Cuffe, the practise features thoughtful, innovative design courtesy of Alma-Nac Architects. Round the clock care, separate consultation rooms for cats and dogs, privacy and separate access for when there is bad news - as well as tech gear more advanced than a hospital. If I was a cat, I would definitely choose to get my shots done there.

 The modern ply-wood furniture by Alma-Nac was custom-designed for the vets with seating for dogs at one side and benches with higher sides at the opposite end of the room for cats (Jack Hobhouse)

The modern ply-wood furniture by Alma-Nac was custom-designed for the vets with seating for dogs at one side and benches with higher sides at the opposite end of the room for cats (Jack Hobhouse)

 The London Animal Hospital’s owner and veterinary surgeon David Cuffe and manager Hannah Curwood (Juliet Murphy)

The London Animal Hospital’s owner and veterinary surgeon David Cuffe and manager Hannah Curwood (Juliet Murphy)

DESIGN : Graham & Brown

Tempting damasks, prints with attitude and a new angle on trompe l’oeil. It’s time to dust off your decorator’s trestle – patterned walls are back as we turn our spotlight on Graham & Brown... Check out my DesignFizz article  here for more on the British wallpaper brand.

 Portuguese tile wallpaper by Graham & Brown

Portuguese tile wallpaper by Graham & Brown