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In the Press | E N K I

February, 2019

Thrilled to bits to be featured in the wonderful Enki – the home of design & architecture – this month & in their beautiful blog as well.

“Founded by Sophie Coryton, a former barrister and mother of two with a penchant for travel, good food and impeccable design, The Room Service is a website you’ll definitely need to bookmark this spring…”

Read the full article HERE and have a peek at the beautiful pieces from Otis Ingrams, Lucia Fraser, Nicole Heidaripour, John Julian and Ren London that they wanted to put on their wish list.

Thank you, lovely Enki. x

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Wilding with Isabella Tree

February, 2019

Head to the glorious At The Chapel in Bruton, Somerset for an evening with Isabella Tree as she talks about her incredible book Wilding.

Isabella Tree tells the amazing story of a daring wildlife experiment: the rewilding of Knepp Estate in West Sussex where she lives with her husband, the environmentalist Charlie Burrell. After decades of intensive farming, their 3,500 acres are now home to critically endangered nightingales, turtle doves and purple emperor butterflies, as well as burgeoning populations of other species. The success of Knepp, where habitats are created by free-roaming animals, is changing the way people are thinking about nature conservation.

“Anyone who is interested in how we share the planet — what it looks like, what we eat, and what nature can teach us — should read this book.” Helen Davies, The Times

£10 per ticket or to carry on the conversation after the event dine At The Chapel for supper £15.

Clubroom bar open from 6.30 pm. Event starts promptly at 7pm.

 

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Book of the Month | The Golden Thread by Kassia St Clair

January, 2019

I whooped with delight when I found this beautiful book under my Christmas tree – a present from the ever-so-lovely Nix and Orla of Harding & Read.  As I untied the red ribbon and unfurled the brown paper it was perfectly wrapped in, I knew straight away that this book would be my perfect fireside companion for the coming winter nights. I had admired its beautiful cover in Foyle’s only weeks before and put it on my Christmas list as soon as I heard it being read on Radio 4 as their Book of the Week, to much aplomb.

When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places, and this book shows us  how – and why. With a cast which includes Chinese empresses, Richard the Lionheart, Bing Crosby – even Michael Phelps – Kassia...

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Timeless Interiors Part I | Interview with Tiffany Duggan

January, 2019

We asked four friends of The Room Service to nominate an interior from any age that they would define as “timeless” – and to tell us what they would love from The Room Service collection for their own spaces in 2019.

First, we talked to interior designer Tiffany Duggan, Director of Studio Duggan.

Tell us about your favourite  timeless interior, and why do you love it so much?

When it comes to timeless interiors, I immediately thought of Carolina Irving’s supremely stylish apartment in Paris. It is one of my all time favourites and is an absolute masterclass in the art of layering. It is a look which appears to have evolved over time, a heart-felt collection of textiles, furniture and artwork which tell the story of the owner in a riot of colour and pattern.

By mixing periods and styles in a way that feels cohesive and considered yet totally relaxed, the space feels personal without looking overly staged. Ruffled skirts, chintz, mudcloth, ikat, antiques, ceramics and objet are all thrown...

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The Art of Making Gardens with Luciano Giubbilei

January, 2019

When Luciano Giubbilei designs a garden he aims to create a place which is timeless: a multi layered environment, where culture and nature combine to connect people to the beauty of the natural world.   His gardens are famed for their understated elegance and serenity, defined by light and influenced by his classical Italian design heritage of proportion and balance. His gardens evolve through an exploration of spacing, rhythm and the repetition of single elements and are produced through sustained collaboration with artists, architects, plants and crafts people.   

Born in Siena, now based in London, Luciano has created gardens in England, famously working at Great Dixter, in Morocco, across Europe and America.

“One evening he sat alone at the end of the garden and observed every detail as it became dark… Only an artist thinks like that.”  Benedetta Origo, Vogue

“Genius” Gardenista.

£10 per ticket

To carry on the conversation after the event, stay At The Chapel for supper for £15

Clubroom...

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STIR UP SUNDAY | Nigel Slater Christmas Pud Recipe

November, 2018

The Christmas Chronicles. Nigel Slater describes this wonderful gem of a book as notes, stories & recipes for midwinter.  In our house we call it the ‘Christmas Cooking Bible’. Seriously, no kitchen should be without it at Christmas, or from October onwards. Find over a hundred recipes for warming dinners, quick midweek meals and Christmas classics. There are midwinter cakes and baking, mincemeat and puddings, vegetarian suppers, the Christmas roasts, crisp winter salads, main course soups, pickles, chutney and marmalades. All mouthwateringly delicious, heartwarming and food for the soul.

Most importantly as the time has come for ‘Stir Up Sunday‘ – the centuries old tradition of spending the last Sunday before advent stirring up one’s Christmas Pudding – there is a recipe for the main event: The Christmas Pudding. Get your wooden spoon at the ready and start stirring…

Nigel Slater’s Christmas Pudding 

  • 350g sultanas
  • 350g raisins
  • 150g dried figs, chopped
  • 125g candied peel
  • 100g dried apricots, chopped
  • 75g dark glacé cherries, halved
  • 150ml brandy
  • 2 apples, grated
  • 2 oranges, zest and juice
  • 6 eggs
  • 250g shredded suet
  • 350g dark muscovado sugar
  • ...

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C R A E F T | Our Book Of The Month

August, 2018

It’s official.  We’re captivated by Craeft – and by Alexander Langlands.  A regular face on television, you may  know him from the BBC or Channel 4, but we stumbled across this wonderful archaeologist, historian, writer and broadcaster at the Port Eliot Literature Festival.

One of the reasons this glorious festival happens to be our hands-down-favourite festival – year on year – is because of the promise of speakers just like Alexander.  For 45 minutes we were swept away into Alexander’s glorious search of the mysterious lost meaning of cræft.  Through a vibrant series of mini-histories, told with his trademark energy and charm – both in his book and on the stage – he resurrected ancient craftspeople who fused exquisite skill with back-breaking labour and passionately defended the renewed importance of cræft today.  We were enchanted with tales of weaving, bee-keeping, thatching and basket-making – not least his own personal endeavours to learn and master these skills.

In Craeft, Alexander reminds us that, in a period of meaningless mass manufacturing, our growing appetite for hand-made objects, artisan...