I’ve been keen to have a nosey around the much anticipated One Warwick Park Hotel in Tunbridge Wells since it opened in June. Sadly the launch party, which I was lucky enough to have been invited to, clashed with the Muddy Awards drinks (the highlight of my calendar, obvs!) so I couldn’t go. But actually to get a true measure of any place you can’t just see it at a launch night – no, you have to arrive screeching through the door 10 mins late because your dental appointment over-ran, followed by a long work call you couldn’t cut short and then total ineptitude about parking your car.Read more
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Design crush! Check out Tom Raffield's sexy urban lighting and furniture made using the traditional craft of steam-bending wood...Read more
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The small sofa in my sitting room was already five years old when we got it (a kind donation from a friend after our house fire 8 years ago) and since most people keep their sofas for seven to 10 years the Muddy House is definitely due an upgrade. But I’m the first to admit I feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to interiors decision making. So, this Saturday, I spent a good couple of hours perching my posterior in Sofas and Stuff, in Eridge, and grilling the very helpful staff because – if I know one thing, it’s this – choosing the right sofa begins with asking the right questions.Read more
Salute To The 40’s, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Sat 17 Sep – Sun 18 Sep
Throw on your best tea dress and a pair of Mary Jane heels this weekend and get ready to be transported back in time. The Historic Dockyard is hosting a fabulous event that can be enjoyed by all ages celebrating 1940’s lifestyle. Get into the vintage spirit and experience a variety of retro inspired entertainment including live music, vintage vehicle displays, theatrical re-enactments, 40’s inspired dress up, traditional traders and World War II inspired experiences.Read more
Remember the Nineties? Go on, send your mind wayyy back and pop on your parka to the time when Oasis were heralded as the new Beatles, Britpop was rampant, and Union Jacks were flying around with a refreshing and rare lack of national irony.
On October 2 a documentary film, Supersonic, about the rise and fall of Oasis, hits the cinemas, delivered by the same guys who who brought the brilliant Senna and Amy documentaries to the world.Read more
Sometimes you just have to call in the big guns. Until last week – and I blame the crazy juggle of the looooong summer break – my hair was the most unkept, with the worst roots that I can remember. I mean, I know the two-tone thing has been fashionably acceptable for a while (but I’m pretty sure it’s not meant to include a peppering of grey) and anyway I’d gone waaay beyond the rock ‘n’ roll too-cool-to-care, ‘I’m rocking my roots’ phase.Read more
How this bespoke egg stamp from Fraser & Parsley makes having chickens so chic. And it’s the perfect dinner-party present (bottle of wine not included…)Read more
If you love all things vintage then you’ll want to head over to the ‘Salute to the 40s’ weekender at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Sat 17 – Sun 18 Sept. Dress in ‘40s style and become part of the 1940’s Family, be transported back in time, for a weekend of vintage delight. Living history, live vintage music, dancing and variety acts, take place all weekend. Get in the mood with these goodies, inspired by Britain’s best vintage festival, right here in Kent.Read more
I enjoyed this post so much from the Muddy founder and my fellow editor, Hero Brown, over at Muddy Bucks/Oxon – I just had to share it with you. Rest assured that when the weather inevitably breaks and starts to cool (sob) things will at least be hotting up on our screens… Over to you Hero:
How can women maintain the high ground in their complaints about the many instances of male sexism?Read more
Leeds Castle Food Festival, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Fri 9 – Sun 11 Sept
Calling all foodies! Be prepared to loosen your belt buckle and discover fantastic new flavours and techniques from high quality local food and drink producers, chefs and cookery schools. Get your savoury or sugar fix at the diverse food stalls that’ll be offering something to suit everyone’s taste buds including gourmet burgers, crêpes and Indian street food. Cookery demonstrations, wine tasting and live music will run throughout the day while fun activities, face painting and rides will be at hand to keep the mini muddies amused.Read more
Property Flirt is one of the most popular features on Muddy – because you’re all nosy like me! – so I’m all for keeping it interesting by giving you new challenges. This house is a rather fabulous looking Grade II listed farmhouse with it’s own charming features and pretty garden but also part of a private development, with access to communal grounds too. Will that make it a tricky one to guess on price?Read more