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Classic turns Modern

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The classic bistro table has been reinterpreted by Jean Iratzoki with a variety of coloured marble and metal finishes.  Aptly names Bistro, it come in a fixed or foldable version and is suitable for outdoors as well as indoors!

 

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The Chocolate Society

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Regular coffee frequenters at CARO, Al and Lucy from The Chocolate Society kindly invited me to their factory for a tour! Having discovered a severe sweet tooth from eating so many of The Bakemonger cakes, of course I jumped at the chance. A 10 minute drive through rural Somerset, I arrived at their premises behind a farm in Wincanton and  were welcomed by the passionate couple. White-aproned and hair-netted up, I was invited to wear a similarly fetching outfit but mine was a more chemical brother-like boiler suit in RED. 
The open-planned room where all the action takes place was segregated into areas of cooling shelves, raw chocolate storage, a packaging station and machinery all working on different processes - honeycomb coating was a particularly special one. Apart from the surrounding smell of sweet chocolate, the eye-catching, colourful delights and secret sneak previews of Christmas designs, I was totally inspired by the the story behind The Chocolate Society. Bought by 2 brothers in 2009, Duncan and Alasdair Garnsworthy took on the company with a mission to reestablish its roots whilst focusing on quality and natural ingredients.
Trained by the industry-respected French chocolatiers Valrhona, the team are backed with the best knowledge and taste buds in the chocolate world. Al's self-confessed obsessive nature has lead him to research, refine and master his craft whilst developing flavours such as Yuzu Lime + Basil, Wild Strawberry + Caramel and Raspberry + Earl Grey! I was offered to try all 3 flavours which honestly, was a taste sensation. The chocolate was the prefect size with a smooth melt and punchy but subtly flavour. Like coffee, chocolate has many different qualities to recognise when your tasting - don't guzzle, let it melt in your mouth was my main concern.
Lucy is the one at the wheel of the company which has lead to an impressive portfolio boasting Liberty's, Selfridges and Fenwick's as stockists. There is also the independent online store which offers consumers to buy directly and of course the ongoing refining of their product. It was a pleasure to band about ideas for their latest packaging design which endeavours to refit a selection of luxurious chocolates.
I can only say watch this space - conversations of doing a CARO-special-something together has started. We should have something to offer our visitors when the weathers turn in the Autumn!
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Aesop Paris

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Aesop have introduce a soft walnut wood into their interior which has a sophisticated 70's feel to it. With a nod to Pierre Chareau's Maison de Verre (House of Glass), the space reflects the honest materials and of-the-time home decor. The peach Pierre Paulin chair is a beautiful combination with the steel shelving and wooden units and Gae Aulenti Quadrofoglio table lamp.

If you haven't tried Aesop yet, it's a must - Aesop Skincare Collection

 

 

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Gingerbread House - for real

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Another Living Architecture masterpiece! This time a collaboration between FAT & Grayson Perry and located in Essex, this is a holiday home beyond expectation. Of course, it's booked up now. Maybe next year.... The building itself has gorgeous views out onto the River Stour but at night, the view into the church-like windows has an altogether different picture. Filled with the Turner Prize winners work, it isn't short of colour. The detailed interiors are mixed with gloss surfaces, wood finishes and moulded tile fireplaces. I love the slightly pistachio bathroom.

Playful, intelligent and with a sense of storytelling, the house is born out of a conceptual love story - a fulfilled promise to a wife that if she died before him, he would buy the Taj Mahal, on The Stour. 'Julie Cope' now lives on in the house for all of us to experience. Must watch the Channel 4 documentary.

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Monocle Travel Guides

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Air B&B is my choice of stay nowadays because you get the insiders knowledge into the area your staying in. This helps when you travel to Copenhagen where every person lives in a stylish apartment, hangs out in cool bars and dines in the new eatery that's opened 5 minutes a go. But not every city has the same collective of savvy inhabitants. To add to their collection of curated lifestyle, Monocle have fairly recently launched their own series of insight travel guides, shining the light on the places to pop your head into if you're jetting off to New York or London. 

Neighbourhood walks, independent retail, art galleries, fitness suits and hotel bars are all reviewed. I've grown up in London since the age of 7 but i'll still be reading up on the secret pockets of London i know i've missed.

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