From the latest new restaurant openings, Instagramable events, cult buys and limited edition ranges, Anji McGrandles shares her edit of what’s hot right now.

This Summer’s Hottest Alfresco Dining Ticket

Feast on Cloud 9 returns to The Grove this summer and is set to be as popular as it was last year. Landing within the picturesque grounds of the luxury Hertfordshire hotel from 25th May until 1st September, the immersive dining pop-up will take guests on a culinary journey from the comfort of a custom-made hot air balloon. 

Guests can choose between afternoon tea or a nine-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings.  There’s a children’s tasting menu available for those aged 12 and under, delivering a gastronomic adventure to the tiniest of tastebuds.  Book your balloon now before it sells out.

Thailand’s Top Retreat

Aleenta Resorts in Thailand renowned for wellbeing has launched a series of retreats designed to help guests discover the benefits of positive solitude. 

Guiding guests to harness the positive effects of this vital ‘me time’ Aleenta Resorts offers a selection of wellness retreats across its three locations in Chiang Mai,  Phuket-Phang Nga and Hua Hin-Pranburi that provide a safe space and the tools to help people find head space.

The experiences have been created by the brand’s Ayurah Wellness Centre and each offers their own take on positive solitude with experiences that mirror local traditions and their location. 

All retreats start from THB 17,000 per night based on single occupancy and include accommodation, daily classes, wellness cuisine or cleansing program, health diagnostics, and a complimentary daily spa treatment. Book your spot here.

The Adaptogenic Smart Skin-Care Range

Perricone MD’s Hypoallergenic Clean Correction Collection is a new revolutionary regime formulated with powerful, plant-derived adaptogens for age-defying, sensitive skincare without compromise. 

With Holy Basil, Peptides, Ceramide, and a ton of other smart ingredients the range soothes and alleviates irritated skin, and protects against environmental aggressors while firming and smoothing skin. Shop the range here.

Limited Edition Curuba Elderflower Red Bull

Red Bull Summer Edition, Curuba – Elderflower, Peach Tea Ball cocktail still life, UK on February 8, 2024

New for summer is Red Bull Curuba Elderflower, with hints of passion fruit and peaches, this is a lighter, refreshing alternative to the original. 

The carefully crafted combination is rounded off with the floral notes of fresh elderflower, resulting in a zesty explosion of flavours, available only for the summer from leading supermarkets. RRP £1.55

Travel in Style

Luxury luggage brand Antler has launched its new Icon collection. Featuring three distinct silhouettes: the Icon Stripe suitcase, the Soft Stripe suitcase, and Discovery backpack, the Icon collection is a must-have accessory for a stylish getaway.

From £245, the collection spans across large, medium and cabin suitcase styles, as well as offering luggage tags, straps and packing cubes to complete your perfect travel companion. 

The Summer’s Most coveted SPF

If you are a fan of their yummy-smelling sprays and body creams you are going to love the newly launched Sol de Janeiro suncream range. The Rio Radiance collection combines Brazilian botanicals and active ingredients such as niacinamide.  

The SPF 50 mineral body lotion is lightweight yet moisturising.  As you would imagine it smells delicious, we are big fans because it doesn’t leave a greasy film, or a white residue unlike most mineral sunscreens.  Stock up for summer as this is going to fly off the shelves.  RRP £40.

The Shroom Boom Continues

DIRTEA brought us their functional mushroom teas and we loved them.  Now the brand has created a collection of gummies that pack a punch.  Each serving contains up to ten times the amount of functional mushrooms in comparison to the industry average.

Choose from, Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Cordyceps and Tremella, and level up your energy, skin, focus and sleep.  Don’t just take our word for it, DIRTEA has amassed a legion of high-profile brand fans, including Idris Elba, Charlotte Tilbury, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Rita Ora.  RRP £29.99 for 30 servings or £99.99 as a boxset available from DIRTEA.

Well-made workwear can boost your employees’ confidence, comfort, and safety. It can also help to raise brand awareness and leave a lasting impact on your clients and customers. However, you can now find a wide range of possibilities online, and not all of them will match your specific requirements. That said, these are the key aspects to consider when making an informed purchase for your organisation and staff.


The first thing you should consider is the type of work your employees will be doing. There’s no one size fits all when it comes to designing staff apparel – it all depends on your team’s daily tasks. So, for example, if you’re designing garments for a corporate setting, you should consider elegant and sophisticated suits for the men and tailored skirt suits or pantsuits for the ladies. Get them in darker colours like indigo, black, or grey, as these exude a refined and sophisticated aesthetic. A shirt in a lighter colour like white or pastel will fit nicely with the darker suit.

For those working in the hospitality industry, you can add a more generous pop of colour. However, you should consider the garments’ practicality as well as the way they look. These employees are constantly on their feet, so they should have comfortable and breathable clothes that won’t restrict their movement. Added pockets on their shirts and aprons offer a lot of convenience, as they can easily store their pens, notepads, and even some kitchen utensils if they have the need.

Healthcare professionals usually wear scrubs. These garments have a loose and comfortable fit, and they come in many different colours. So, before ordering, you should inform yourself of any dress codes in your establishment regarding the colour. Doctors and nurses often encounter sick patients, so these garments need to be low maintenance.



With so many different choices available online, it’s tough to pick a unique design that will make your employees stand out. By choosing custom uniforms for different professions, you can better express your brand’s style and personality. You can upload your logo on the site or simply have your brand’s name embroidered in your preferred colour. Pick your preferred materials and patterns to fit your unique requirements and tastes. This way, you’ll create garments that instil pride and solidarity in your team. This fosters a feeling of belonging and strengthens your team’s identity.

Another major advantage of bespoke workwear is the fact that they help you spread awareness about your brand and bring in new clients or customers. An embroidered logo adds a personal touch and makes the garment feel complete. Adding your brand’s logo, insignia, or both will help your staff project a unified and competent image. Pick a straightforward, legible design and put it in a noticeable spot on the uniform. You don’t need to go overboard with the colour and size – all you need is a simple visible logo.


When picking the fabric for your custom uniforms, you want something that will make your team look sharp and keep them feeling comfortable throughout their shift. Nowadays, there are a lot of fabrics to choose from, each with its own set of pros and cons. But throughout the years, cotton and polyester have been two of the most popular options.

Firstly, cotton is a tried-and-true classic. It’s soft, it’s breathable, and it feels like a cosy hug against your skin. This is a natural fibre, which also makes it eco-friendly. When you’re wearing a cotton uniform, your body can breathe a sigh of relief. One downside of this fabric is that it’s not the most durable option out there, and it can shrink or wrinkle if you’re not careful.

On the other hand, polyester is super durable, so it can withstand the wear and tear of even the busiest work environment. Plus, it’s wrinkle-resistant, which means you can spend less time ironing and more time getting stuff done. But polyester isn’t known for its breathability. If you’re wearing a polyester uniform on a hot summer day, you can get sweaty quickly. So, one savvy decision you can make is to pick the best of both worlds and go for a cotton-poly blend. By mixing cotton’s comfort with polyester’s durability, you get a fabric that’s breathable, durable, and easy to clean.


When it comes to designing work uniforms, make sure to choose a design that exudes a sleek and polished vibe. Steer clear of flashy loud patterns and clashing colours. Instead, stick to colours that complement each other and give off a cohesive, unified look. Embrace clean lines, sleek silhouettes, and minimalist designs, and you’ll end up with a modern, professional look.

Get the Right Fit

No one wants to wear a uniform that’s either too tight, too loose, or just plain uncomfortable. So, make sure to find the right fit for your employees. Make them try on different sizes until they find the one that feels like it was tailor-made for them. Allow them to try on a range of sizes and styles and encourage them to be honest about how each one feels. 

Work uniforms that don’t fit well aren’t just unappealing to look at – they can also hinder your team while they’re trying to get stuff done. With well-fitted clothes, your team can move freely, focus on the task at hand, and feel confident and comfortable all day long. And there’s nothing more empowering than rocking a uniform that makes you feel like a boss.


Designing a uniform that looks good is important, but when it comes to certain industries – especially those outdoor, physically demanding ones – you also need to make them durable and protective. Whether it’s heavy-duty boots with steel toes, flame-resistant fabrics for those working around heat and sparks, or high-visibility clothing to keep your team safe on busy job sites, make sure your work uniforms meet the industry standards.

Allow for Personalisation

While work uniforms serve a practical purpose, they don’t have to be one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter outfits. Every employee secretly asks – How can I look good in my work uniform? – especially the ladies. So, you should always let your staff inject a bit of personality into their look. Let your team get creative and show off their individuality with a little bit of flair. Maybe someone wants to add a pop of colour with a funky scarf, or they have a collection of enamel pins that they want to show off. Allowing your staff to personalise their garments not only boosts morale and fosters a sense of ownership, but it can also make them feel more comfortable and confident in what they’re wearing.

Special occasions call for a celebration, and what better way to mark these moments than with a beautifully set dining table? Elegant yet simple dining decor can transform your dining experience, making your guests feel special while keeping things stress-free. Whether it’s a small family gathering or a grand dinner party, the right decor sets the mood and tone for the event.

One way to elevate your dining experience is by considering professional venues known for their elegance and sophistication, like the Nassau County Wedding Venue, renowned for its exquisite decor and attention to detail.

Creating an Inviting Atmosphere

Choosing the Right Color Palette

When setting a dining table, the color palette plays a crucial role. Opt for neutral colors like beige, ivory, or soft pastels for a subtle yet sophisticated look. These colors create a calm and inviting atmosphere. If you prefer something more vibrant, select one or two bold colors to add a touch of excitement. Remember, the key is not to overwhelm the senses but to create a harmonious balance.

Centerpieces: The Heart of Your Table

The centerpiece is the focal point of your dining table. For an elegant look, consider a simple floral arrangement with seasonal flowers. Alternatively, you could opt for non-floral centerpieces like candles in varying heights, a bowl of fruits, or a minimalist sculpture. The idea is to create a point of interest without obstructing the view or conversation of guests.

Balancing Function and Style

Selecting the Right Tableware

Choosing the right tableware is essential for both functionality and aesthetics. Classic white plates are always in vogue and pair well with any decor. Add some metallic elements like gold or silver-rimmed glasses or cutlery for a touch of luxury. However, ensure that the table is not too cluttered – there should be enough space for each guest to dine comfortably. Beyond the basics, consider the theme of your occasion. If it’s a seaside dinner, perhaps include some tableware with nautical designs. 

For a more rustic look, go for earthenware or wooden platters. Matching your tableware to the occasion adds a layer of thoughtfulness and detail that doesn’t go unnoticed. Additionally, think about the functionality of each piece. For instance, if you’re serving a multi-course meal, ensure you have the appropriate plates and utensils for each course. This makes dining more comfortable for your guests and adds to the visual appeal of your table setting.

Linen and Accessories

Table linens play a significant role in your dining decor. A crisp, clean tablecloth or stylish placemats can instantly elevate the look. Napkins folded in a unique style or adorned with elegant napkin rings can add a personal touch. Also, consider coordinating the linens with your overall color scheme. Choose linen with subtle patterns or fine embroidery if you want a more formal setting. Use light fabrics like cotton or linen in brighter colors or fun prints for a casual, airy feel. Remember, the texture of your linens also adds to the sensory experience of the meal. 

Soft, high-quality fabrics can make a difference in the overall ambiance. Additionally, pay attention to the power of accessories. Small touches like a sprig of rosemary on napkins or a beautifully folded menu card can enhance the dining experience. These details show your guests the thought and care you’ve put into making the occasion special and memorable.


Decorating your dining table for special occasions can be simple. By focusing on a few key elements like the color palette, centerpiece, tableware, and linens, you can create an elegant and inviting space for your guests. Remember, the goal is to create a memorable experience that celebrates the occasion, and sometimes, simplicity coupled with a touch of elegance is all it takes to make these moments truly special.

When it comes to Christmas shopping it can be overwhelming, finding a unique gift for your bestie, girlfriend or mum is not easy. The good news, we have you covered. Here’s our edit of the best gifts for her.

Create a Bespoke Lipstick

Code 8 is a make up range that has been curated with all skin tones in mind. The brand’s Burlington Arcade pop-up includes a Colour ID lab, where you can create your own bespoke lipstick, as well as makeup artist and brow grooming services.

To book an appointment, call the store or email

No Bad Hair Days

For super sleek hair this Christmas get the Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler and Dryer with Presentation Case & attachments.

£399.99, from John Lewis

Upgrade your Stack

Astrid & Miyu is synonymous with style and their Gold Heart Pavé Charm Huggies are a must have for any jewellery lover. Wear alone, or stack with other huggies and hoops.

£65, Astrid & Miyu

Personalise your Gift

The Addison Ross collection is the perfect addition to any home. Capture a 2023 memory in their stylish gold tortoise shell photo frame.

£78, Addison Ross

Dreamy Skin

Pamper your skin with the Farmacy Honey Dewy Duo, this gift set features a honey rich duo designed to hydrate the complexion and brighten the delicate eye contour area.

£57, Cult Beauty

For the Travel Lover

The Smythson romance-inspired Scarlet Red gift box is perfect for the jet setter in your life. It includes a Luggage Tag, Panama Notebook and Correspondence Cards.

£195, Smythson

For the Wellness Enthusiast

Cold water therapy fans will love the LUMI Recovery Pod. With so many wellbeing benefits, it’s easy to assemble and is fully insulated, keeping water at the optimum temperature.

£85, LUMI

Beauty Cult Favourites

The RMS Clean and Bright Kit is the perfect stocking filler. It includes Liplights Cream Lip Gloss in Crush, Eyelights Cream Eyeshadow in Luster, and Straight Up Volumizing Peptide Mascara in HD Black.

£46, from RMS Beauty

Sink into Serenity for the Body and Mind.

The Soothing Signature Blend Candle from ESPA features mellow Myrrh, heady Rose Geranium, and warm Frankincense. This relaxing candle is crafted from pure essential oils, hand-poured natural wax.

ESPA Soothing Candle, £40

The fabric of history is often woven with threads of tradition, courage, and pride. The Armstrong tartan stands as a living testament to these qualities, representing not only a pattern of cloth, but a rich tapestry of stories that have been passed down through generations. In this exploration, we delve into the origins, symbolism, and enduring significance of the Armstrong tartan, uncovering a legacy that continues to inspire and unite.

The Armstrong tartan is a striking and distinctive pattern that showcases a harmonious blend of colors. With its unique arrangement of lines and shades, the Armstrong tartan exudes an air of sophistication and individuality. This tartan design draws the eye with its balanced combination of rich hues, making it a versatile choice for various fashion and accessory items. Whether worn as a kilt, scarf, or other attire, the Armstrong tartan adds a touch of flair to any outfit, capturing attention and evoking a sense of pride. Its visual appeal and intricate design make the Armstrong tartan a popular choice for those who appreciate both tradition and contemporary style.

Unraveling the Threads of History

The Armstrong tartan, like many clan tartans, holds its roots in the Scottish Highlands. The term “tartan” itself refers to the distinct pattern of intersecting horizontal and vertical stripes, each with their own set of colors. These patterns were traditionally woven into kilts, plaids, and other forms of clothing, serving both practical and symbolic purposes.

The history of the Armstrong clan can be traced back to the borders of Scotland, an area known for its rugged landscapes and the fiercely independent clans that called it home. The clan’s name is believed to have originated from the Gaelic term “mac an Ghoill,” which means “son of the foreigner.” This name hints at the clan’s ancient roots and the mingling of different cultural influences in the region.

The Design and Symbolism of the Armstrong Tartan

The Armstrong Tartan is a tapestry of colors and patterns, each with its own significance. The tartan features a predominantly green background, representing the lush landscapes of the Scottish Borders. Running through the green are bold navy blue and black lines, symbolizing the rivers and valleys that define the clan’s ancestral lands.

The interplay of these colors is more than just aesthetic; it’s a reflection of the clan’s connection to nature and their resilience in the face of challenges. The boldness of the design speaks to the clan’s unwavering courage and determination, traits that have been passed down through the generations.

Symbolism in Stripes

The Armstrong tartan, much like other tartans, carries a language of its own through its choice of colors and pattern arrangement. The colors chosen for a tartan often have symbolic meanings, reflecting the values and history of the clan it represents.

The Armstrong tartan is predominantly composed of dark and light blue, black, and white. These colors intertwine to create a distinctive pattern that speaks to the rugged landscapes and the waters that have shaped the history of the clan. The dark blue might represent the deep lochs and the night sky, while the light blue could symbolize the rivers and the open sky. Black might evoke the strength and resilience of the clan, while white could stand for purity and honor.

Courage and Resilience

The history of the Scottish clans is often one of struggle and resilience. The Armstrong clan, like others, faced numerous challenges throughout the centuries. From territorial disputes to conflicts with neighboring clans, they navigated through a turbulent landscape. The tartan itself, with its strong and bold pattern, mirrors the tenacity of the clan members who bore it.

One of the most iconic stories associated with the Armstrong clan is the tale of Kinmont Willie. Kinmont Willie Armstrong was a notorious border reiver, known for his daring exploits. In the late 16th century, he was captured and imprisoned by the English authorities. However, the clan mounted a daring rescue mission and successfully freed him from Carlisle Castle. This act of bravery has become emblematic of the spirit of the Armstrongs, and their tartan stands as a symbol of the courage to stand up against adversity.

Pride in Identity

Tartans have always been more than just clothing; they are a visual representation of identity and belonging. The act of donning a specific tartan is a way to connect with one’s heritage and ancestors, a practice that still holds significant meaning today.

The Armstrong tartan serves as a unifying symbol for clan members, reminding them of their shared history and values. It is often worn at special occasions, gatherings, and events to display a sense of pride and solidarity. Even as times change and society evolves, the Armstrong tartan remains a powerful link to the past, fostering a sense of continuity in an ever-changing world.

Modern Revival and Global Influence

While tartans were traditionally associated with specific clans and regions, they have transcended those boundaries to become a global symbol of Scottish heritage. The Armstrong tartan, in particular, has found its way onto various products and items, from clothing to accessories, allowing individuals with Armstrong ancestry to connect with their roots in new and creative ways.

Moreover, the appeal of tartans extends beyond those with direct Scottish lineage. Many people around the world are drawn to the intricate patterns and the stories they carry. The Armstrong tartan’s blend of dark and light blues, along with its bold design, make it a visually striking choice that resonates with people seeking to connect with the spirit of courage and pride.

Preserving Tradition for Future Generations

In a world that is rapidly changing, preserving cultural traditions is of paramount importance. The Armstrong tartan is more than just a historical relic; it’s a living embodiment of a clan’s journey through time. To ensure that this legacy endures, efforts have been made to document the history behind the tartan and the stories of the clan it represents.

Additionally, organizations and societies dedicated to Scottish heritage play a crucial role in keeping these traditions alive. Through events, workshops, and educational initiatives, they provide opportunities for people to learn about tartans, their significance, and the stories behind them. This proactive approach ensures that the thread of tradition remains unbroken, weaving a connection between the past, present, and future.

The Kilt | A Garment of Tradition and Identity:

At the heart of Scottish traditional attire lies the kilt, a garment that’s as distinctive as it is versatile. The kilt is not just a piece of clothing; it’s a symbol of Scottish identity, pride, and heritage. Wearing the Armstrong Tartan kilt isn’t merely a fashion choice; it’s a way of connecting with the past, honoring one’s ancestors, and carrying their legacy into the future.

The kilt has a fascinating history, evolving from a practical garment worn by Highlanders to a symbol of Scottish culture. Its design allows for freedom of movement, making it ideal for the rugged terrains of the Scottish Highlands. Over time, the kilt became a statement of clan affiliation, with different tartans signifying different families.

Accessorizing the Tradition:

While the kilt forms the core of Scottish traditional attire, it’s the accessories that truly elevate the ensemble. From sporrans and belts to sgian-dubhs and brooches, each accessory has a story to tell.

Sporran: The sporran is a pouch that hangs from the belt and serves both a practical and decorative purpose. Traditionally used to carry essentials, it’s a nod to the resourcefulness of the Highlanders. The design of the sporran is often intricate, with details that reflect the wearer’s clan.

Sgian-Dubh: The sgian-dubh is a small dagger that’s tucked into the top of the kilt hose. Its name translates to “black knife,” and it has its roots in the Highland practice of self-defense. Today, it’s a symbol of tradition and honor.

Belt and Buckle: The belt and buckle not only hold the kilt in place but also offer an opportunity for personalization. Clan crests or symbols are often incorporated into the belt buckle design, adding an extra layer of identity.

Brooches and Pins: Brooches and pins are used to fasten the plaid or fly plaid, a length of fabric worn over the shoulder. These pieces are often exquisitely crafted, serving as both functional and ornamental additions.

Beyond Fashion: The Modern Significance:

While the Armstrong Tartan accessories are deeply rooted in history, they also have a contemporary relevance. In a world where individuality is celebrated, donning these traditional elements is a way of standing out while staying connected to one’s heritage. These accessories are a conversation starter, a way of sharing the remarkable stories of Scotland’s past with people from all walks of life.

Moreover, the popularity of Scottish festivals, Highland games, and cultural events ensures that these accessories have a place in today’s world. They are worn not only by those with Scottish ancestry but by anyone who appreciates the artistry, symbolism, and timeless appeal of these pieces.

Where to Buy All Armstong Tartan Accessories?

Discover a world of authentic Scottish heritage at the Scots Store, where enthusiasts of the Armstrong tartan can find a captivating array of accessories that pay homage to this storied lineage. From elegant scarves and cozy blankets to stylish ties and intricate bags, the Armstrong tartan is beautifully woven into each piece, reflecting a deep connection to ancestral roots. The Scots Store provides a collection of Irish Kilt for sale. With a commitment to quality and tradition, the store offers a curated selection that allows individuals to adorn themselves and their surroundings with the timeless elegance of this renowned plaid. Whether you’re drawn to its historical significance or simply captivated by its aesthetic charm, the Armstrong tartan accessories from the Scots Store provide a genuine link to the past while adding a touch of Scottish allure to the present.

In Conclusion

The Armstrong tartan is far more than a pattern; it’s a tapestry of history, courage, and pride that stretches across generations. From the rugged landscapes of the Scottish borders to the global stage, its story continues to unfold. As individuals don their kilts or incorporate the tartan into their lives, they are not only celebrating their own heritage, but also embracing the spirit of resilience that has defined the Armstrong clan for centuries. So, whether you have Armstrong ancestry or simply admire the tale it tells, the Armstrong tartan is a reminder that tradition, courage, and pride are threads that bind us all.

Tucked in a corner of Canary Wharf is Wardian, a collection of plush apartments with first class facilities, 360 views of the city and hi-spec design that give 5* hotel vibes.

Wardian has successfully created an urban retreat. As soon as you enter the building you leave behind the concrete jungle and are greeted with lots of green foliage, sumptuous soft sofas and a huge opulent chandelier that hangs majestically at the back of the reception and concierge lounge.

The apartments are stylish and modern, each one offering spacious, open plan living and a wrap around ‘sky garden’ balcony with views of the London skyline. Outdoor living permeates the building design and everywhere you look there’s a nod to nature from the abundance of plants to the natural tones and fabrics used throughout. Floor to ceiling windows allow lots of natural light during the day and in the evening the twinkly lights of London transform the view into a magical vista.

Wellness lovers will adore the Wardian Club, a fitness spa zone that has a large state of the art gym and studio with daily classes, an outdoor-indoor swimming pool and plunge pool as well as a sauna and steam room. The club has treatment rooms where you can book a massage, facial or beauty treatment through the Wardian app or leisure team.

Framed by a lush leafy canopy, the 25-metre open air heated pool is open till 10pm for anyone who wants to end their day with a swim under the stars.

The property has its own private cinema room that residents can book and there’s regular social events and screenings. If you work from home, there’s an abundance of communal spaces and meeting rooms with high-speed complimentary Wi-Fi. Families can access an outdoor play area and for wetter days there are two indoor soft playrooms.

The Observatory sits perched on the 53rd floor, a chic residential bar and restaurant with sweeping views of the city. Enter this exclusive resident only social club through the botanical inspired plant house to the bar that is flanked by floor to ceiling windows. Set up in the clouds, it’s one of the highest bars in the capital. Continuing with the outdoor living theme, The Observatory has lots of tropical plants and flowers, squishy velvet sofas and loungers that look out across the striking skyscrapers. Get comfy with a cocktail and a bite to eat as this is the perfect place to relax and take in the iconic views.

There’s plenty to do around the bustling business district of Canary Wharf, with lots of great restaurants and shopping. The social scene is vibrant with an array of bars, cafés and brunch spots on your doorstep. Opening at Wardian at the end of June is The Eleventh Hour, which will serve everything from specialty coffee to cocktails and craft beer, as well as tasty food, and host regular pop up events and music.

With the final few apartments still available to buy you need to get in quick for a slice of luxury living. From £643,500 for a studio visit to find out more.

Spending time in the garden is a popular activity for lots of people. However, spending time in your back garden or patio is only nice if you put in the maintenance efforts all year round and think about the design as well. Making your space nice is a personal thing, but there are plenty of ways to do it regardless of your preferences. So, with that in mind, here are five popular methods for making your outside space more appealing.

Adding Some Colour

The first job on the task list will be to inject some colour into the garden area! Thankfully, flowers and plants come in basically every colour on the spectrum so you won’t have to look far to find your absolute favourites. If you don’t fancy trying your hand at gardening and keeping plants alive, think about some outdoor artwork installations instead or having a featured, mural wall to draw focus and add vibrance.

Making Space for Furniture Features

There are a lot of options when it comes to outdoor furniture with everything from a bench to an eye-catching multi-purpose outdoor dining set up for debate. Get online and browse through all the options offered by reliable companies like Lazy Susan. If you see something you like, you can always make a shortlist before you reach the final decision. Just remember to measure up the outdoor area before you spend any money because even when returns are possible, they take up a lot of energy. It is far more efficient to plan the purchase properly in advance and avoid any unnecessary blunders.

Installing a Water Feature

Anyone who has trouble winding down after a long day should definitely explore the option of a water feature in their garden. Not only are they proven to be a major relaxation boost, but they are also nice to look at and create a focal point as well. Little things like this can make the difference between a space you enjoy and one you don’t want to engage with.

Buying a Shed or Summer House

Summer houses and sheds are fairly similar, though typically used for different purposes. If there is room outdoors for an outbuilding, consider adding one to spruce things up. You don’t even need to have a large garden to build one, and you can easily purchase a Small Garden Summer House if you don’t have the most room. They are highly practical and can be a way of enjoying the outdoors while not feeling the full effects of the weather. Plus, they can help you get organised which always helps to make a space feel more inviting.

Fitting Lights

Finally, one of the most popular trends that have outlived so many other things is garden lighting. You can opt for bright security ones or move with something warmer like solar fairy light installations. Whichever path you tread, some lighting will make your garden usable both day and night. They will make the perfect addition to any evening gathering and can be entirely energy efficient so as to not put a strain on your bills or resources too.

Making your outside space more appealing means finding what you love about being outdoors and taking steps to enhance it. Fit some lights, get some comfortable seating and really lean into the process.

There is nothing that quite says “Hong Kong is back” like the flurry of international exhibitions that has been hitting the town in recent months. The biggest of which is Art Central, a key cornerstone of Hong Kong Art Week that is happening at the end of March. This showcase event is in its eighth year and on display are the next generation of artists from the brightest and the best of Asia. It is also their largest gallery lineup since 2019.

Art Central

Discover the Unparalleled Artistic Offerings at Art Central

There will be 37 cutting-edge galleries from Hong Kong including the likes of Contemporary by Angela Li and Square Street Gallery, 60 renowned galleries from Asia such as 021gallery (Daegu) and K Gallery (Chendu), and 12 galleries handpicked from the rest of the world including MARC STRAUS (New York), VETA by Fer Francés (Madrid), and Guns & Rain (Johannesburg).

There are large-scale, immersive installations like Glows in the Night by Yang Yongliang. It will be a video artwork to be presented on an eye-catching scaled LED installation of 18 metres. Yang has a background in Chinese paintings, so he will use his knowledge to reconstruct and recompose urban images in the style of historic Chinese paintings. Ecological issues caused by urbanisation, commercialisation and consumerism are raised in a thought-provoking manner.

There is a ground-breaking group exhibition, Blue Throat – Start the Churning. It places the spotlight on sixteen Hong Kong artists. They articulate through their work the relationship between the individual and the collective, self and the modern world through the lens of art in the contemporary society of Hong Kong.

Exploring Themes of Displacement, Discovery, and Survival

A significant portion of Art Central is devoted to performance art. Three performance artists will deliver a series of intimate flows of movement that focuses on the themes of displacement, personal discovery, and survival. For example, Kensa Hung and Kiwi Chan will be exploring the theme of homelessness with their piece, Pack/Unpack. They will play out a contrasting performance of opposing actions in a journey of what it means to pack and unpack. Particularly poignant is the work of Natasha Cheung who draws from her overseas background living as part of the Chinese diaspora in She Taut. She highlights key elements of her identity that have built up over the years in her survival as a queer, Chinese woman. Themes that are touched on in the recent Oscar-winning film, Everything Everywhere all at once.

Nurturing Future Artists

Central to the philosophy of Art Central is inspiring the artists of the future so they have a wide-ranging educational programme that engages all ages during the fair. There will be educational tours, talks and workshops that are free of charge to Art Central ticketholders. The activities vary from workshops that are suitable for children from 4 to in-depth one-hour talks from featured artists which are aimed at university students. Art Central’s Children’s Education Partner, Art Loop, will be offering a unique hour-long immersion course with an art workshop and guided tour aimed at children aged 4 to 12 years old. Whilst the fair’s talk programme, not only includes artists but also collectors, academia, and leaders at art institutions. Art Central will be running small guided tours of the fair twice daily on a first-come first served basis.

Explore Contemporary Art from Anywhere in the World

You can take part even if you are not visiting Hong Kong this month through their exclusive online partner, Artsy. It is the largest global online marketplace for buying, selling and discovering art by preeminent artists. The commercial digital platform will feature handpicked works from each exhibiting gallery, thus they can showcase their virtual booths to a global audience.

Since its inaugural edition in 2015, Art Central has been growing from strength to strength. It is constantly pushing the boundaries of contemporary art, especially for the Chinese market. It is universally recognised as the place to visit for collectors and curators representing private, corporate, and institutional collections worldwide.


Designing a new roof for your home can be an exciting project. You know how important the roof is not only when it comes to protecting the entire structure of the house but also in providing the property with a unique look that can reflect your personal taste and the architectural style of the home. That is why, when working with your roofing contractors, there are four important aspects you should consider to end up with the optimal roofing design for your house. Read on to find out what they are.

Roof Design Aesthetics

If you are having the home built from the ground up, you have the perfect opportunity to decide its style and that includes the style of the roof. Consider these popular roofing options to see which one is the better fit for the home of your dreams.

Mono-pitch – This is a roof that has only one sloping plane. The fact that it looks asymmetrical makes it ideal for modern-looking homes.

Duo-pitch – This is a very common roof design for residential areas. The two slopes meet to form a triangular shape.

Hip – This is a pitched roof with four equal sections that have the same length. The sides meet at the corners, forming a ridge.

Mansard – This roofing type has a double slope on each side and is a perfect match for French or more European-looking homes.

Flat – A flat roof has only the slightest pitch to prevent water from accumulating on it. It is a great look for very modern homes.


Ultimately, your budget will play a deciding role in the style of roof you select. Ask your roofing contractor if there are alternatives that will provide you with the look you seek without breaking the bank. Be careful not to go too low in material quality since this may impact how long the roof will last.


The weather in your area is an important factor to consider, particularly if the area where you live is hit with high wind velocity weather events, too much snow, heavy rainfall, or too much exposure to the sun and UV rays which can also degrade a roof. Make sure the materials you chose are appropriate for the weather the property will experiment on most days.

The Right Roofing Contractor

Working with the right roofing contractor is an important asset when it comes to designing your roof. An experienced roofer will be able to offer insightful suggestions that may result in a roof that is even nicer than the one you had been envisioning. Take the time to find a reliable and skilled roofer that will install the roof without cutting corners. You do not want poor workmanship on your roof since this is a crucial part of your new home and not having a safe roof that was properly installed may present many hazards to you and your loved ones. Look for recommendations before hiring a roofer and check other roofs that they have installed.

Culture vultures looking for a splash of authentic Mallorcan art can check into the Kimpton Aysla Mallorca and immerse themselves in their very own art exhibition. Situated in the town of Santa Ponsa, only 14 km from Palma de Mallorca and 20 minutes from its airport, guests of Kimpton Aysla Mallorca can enjoy its incredible on-site facilities while soaking up a plethora of outstanding artwork.

This stylish hotel, designed by architect Guillermo Reynés, opened its doors in October and is the backdrop to a contemporary Art Collection commissioned by ABA ART LAB. The five-star property showcases 700 pieces of artwork, including photography, sculpt paintings,and installations. Each piece has been created by a local artist and has been featured due to its Mediterranean, timeless, and cosmopolitan qualities. All the artists and designers stand out for their solid career career and their presence in various important collections of contemporary art.

Kimpton Aysla Mallorca

Explore the hotel, and you will stumble across stunning paintings, unique sculptures, and installations that all weave organically into the fabric of the building. From the moment you enter the hotel, your visual senses are stimulated as you are greeted by a showstopper piece, hanging behind the reception desk. Created by renowned Catalan artist, Regina Gimenez, ‘Door to Light’, is a stunning textile mural using natural fibres, fabrics, and wool from Mallorca, transforming the space with neutral, white and toasted tones. With different textures, light layers, and warm shades that create depth is easy to see why this takes pride of place in the lobby.

Throughout the hotel, you will spot works by the likes of Mercedes Laguens, Antoni Pedraza, and Bàrbara Juan. In each of the bedrooms, the back wall displays a striking piece of art, and the shelves are dotted with vases and sculptures, bringing creativity to the heart of the property.

You’d imagine that so many pieces of artwork would bring chaos to the hotel aesthetic and design, but Reynes and ABA ART LAB have ensured that each work slots into the hotel design and is sympathetic to the space.

ABA ART LAB is an exhibition, curatorship, and production of contemporary art founded in September 2004, in Palma de Mallorca. They have their own exhibition and gallery space and curate, as well as produce some of the most important collections for private clients, companies, and luxury brands.

This impressive property, close to Palma, embraces the local art scene while combining the luxury and style that is synonymous with Kimpton, making it a must stay for design lovers.

To book a room visit Kimpton Aysla Mallorca prices start from €350 per night during winter and from €600 per night during the summer season.