Tuesday, 26 May 2015


INSPIRATION FROM CHELSEA...


ROYAL HOSPITAL, CHELSEA


Good morning!
I do hope you have all had a wonderful weekend? Here in the UK it has been a lovely long bank holiday weekend....and for us it has been a super busy few days, with our eldest son and his girlfriend and a number of their friends staying, which always fills the house with an interesting, charming and enthusiastic young adult energy, which we love.

Before the partying began, Mr. 'SH' and I spent a wonderful day at the Chelsea Flower Show up in town on Saturday.  I adore Chelsea, and this year was particularly gorgeous and inspiring.  





Beautiful planting combinations in all the show gardens....









Each year I am in awe of the shear amount of work that goes in to just three weeks' preparation....the beautiful gardens looking as if they have been there for years. 













Plenty of my favourite 'kitchen garden' plantings too....



Inspirational architecture.....loved the soft wild flower planting on the roof of the strong lines of this garden room.



Of particular interest this year, was the increased showcasing of stunning sculpture and garden ornaments....














Could have quite happily taken many of them home with me!











A true artistic talent in these incredible driftwood sculptures...



High on our wish list is this beautiful stainless steel armillary sphere.  How special to have this in the garden, with personal important places and family names engraved along the rings...



Antique stone troughs....




....and this fabulous water feature, also caught our eye.




As did these gorgeous 'Artichoke' garden spheres...






Hard to take many photos of the amazing show gardens, because of the crowds...but managed to capture a few....love the colour combination above.




I have always admired the 'Kadai' Indian fire bowls, but had never seen these amazing oversized ones....turned in to a cosy retreat....or beautifully planted up!




We certainly came home with many new ideas for the garden, and a boost of enthusiasm for new projects.

Did any of you go to 'Chelsea' this year or watch any of the inspiring TV coverage of it?  If so, did you have a favourite there?  I would love to hear!

Happy week ahead to you all,

Sophia xx


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

 MAY TIME TREAT...

ALL PICTURES: SOPHIA HOME



Around the beginning of May, we wait with much anticipation for the sign to go up at the local Asparagus farm down the lane from us, here in Kent.


Those early days of Asparagus sales from their barn, cause much competition from we locals, as we race to get our beautiful bunches of this seasonal delight before they run out each day.

No all year round, air freighted tasteless imports can begin to compare with the gorgeous, sweet, fresh taste of these just picked spears of goodness. With such a short season of barely eight weeks, depending on the weather, fresh local Asparagus has become a delicacy to savour...




Whether steamed, or oven roasted, with butter or hollandaise sauce, used in flans, or delicious pasta and risotto dishes...we try to eat as much of it as we can before the season ends!  Saturday lunch found us eating it in our favourite way...oven roasted in olive oil, with parma ham, shavings of parmesan and pine nuts....yummy!




Dating back to Roman times,  Asparagus not only tastes good, it does you good.  Packed with vitamins A, B and C, virtually fat free and full of fibre and folic acid, it is also good for the heart, boosts the immune system and cancer defences, and also great for skin, nails and hair....wow, what better excuse do we need to indulge in this super delicious super food!




Is Asparagus on your menu this month?  If so, how do you like to serve it?  I would love to hear!

Wishing you a very happy week...

Sophia xx

Friday, 24 April 2015


FRIDAY!

Ahh Friday.....the best day of the week!
It has been a busy busy day so far, with a gorgeous visit to The Walled Nursery this morning with some girlfriends, running errands, and catching up now with work at my desk before the weekend.  


PHOTO: SOPHIA HOME

We have a great weekend planned, with an 80's themed party to go to tomorrow night....oh my goodness, certainly takes me back to my youth!  Mr. 'Sophia Home' and I have gone all out on the costumes....I may dare to share on Instagram, so do follow!


Sunday we plan to 'blow away the cobwebs' from the night before in the garden, whether we feel like it or not, as there is always so much to do at this time of year!


PHOTO: SOPHIA HOME


If you have a moment, do hop over to Sarah Raven's blog Garlic and Sapphire and read my guest blog post on a recent topiary project we completed here in our garden in Kent.

Wishing you a very happy weekend, whatever you have planned!

Sophia xx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015


INTRODUCING....



'G's Kitchen'


Good morning!
Today I would like to introduce you all to someone special in my life, and that is my gorgeous, talented, funny, kind and very inspirational daughter Georgie.....OK, I'm sorry, but we Mums can hopefully be excused from feeling a little proud!


'G's Kitchen'


Some of you who follow me on Instagram (@sophiahomelifestyle) or have seen one or two small features on the blog in the past, will know that Georgie works as a 'Private chef' in London.
With a six year career to date, having firstly trained here in the UK, she has cooked for many clients around the world.  Now settled back in London, she is very busy continuing her private chef and catering business 'G's Kitchen'.



'G's Kitchen'


With an emphasis on exciting, healthy, nutritious food (with the odd naughty treat too of course!) that looks gorgeous as well as tastes good, her clients love her fresh approach to serving the very best quality ingredients in a stylish way....from small private dinner parties to canap├ęs for 100 plus people.  With a strong leaning towards Asian inspired dishes, although many cuisines and special dietary requirements is a request that Georgie openly loves to receive.

I am excited to say that Georgie has recently joined the blogging community, so if you are looking for some healthy inspiration and new delicious culinary ideas (I know I do!) then click on the link here, and pop over to see her at 
'G's Kitchen'.  Do introduce yourself, as I know she would love to hear from you.

As well as sharing her mouthwatering recipes, Georgie will also be sharing her favourite restaurants, markets and places to go in London, as well as her love of fashion, interiors and shopping.....like mother like daughter!


'G's Kitchen'


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Wishing you all a very happy day...

Sophia xx


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

 A VERY SPECIAL MOUNTAIN RETREAT...


Good morning!
Firstly I hope you all had a happy and relaxing Easter weekend?
Many apologies for the lack of blog posts recently.  It has been a very busy time, with design projects coming to fruition, and new ones beginning.  I also took a week out, for a wonderful ski trip with my family, and it is the very special mountain retreat that we stayed at, that I would like to share with you today.



Deep in the heart of the Monterosa ski area in the Italian Alps, above the relaxed and friendly ski resort of Champoluc, you will find the hidden gem that is called 'Frantze'....


Discovered for the first time last year, we could not wait to return.




Frantze is a beautifully restored former 'Rascard' built in 1721....a rascard being a farm building built in the traditional method, and supported on staddle stones.  Every attention to detail has been given to this beautiful building, which is now an exclusive chalet hotel, run by the wonderful 'Francesca' and her delightful family.

Reached only on foot or by skis, it is the perfect place for those looking for a relaxing hideaway up in the mountains.  The perfect sanctuary to recharge, feel totally in touch with nature, feel the calmness of the mountains, and enjoy special time with friends and family.




Rooms are warm and very comfortable....



...and the restaurant is very cosy!



We were spoilt with delicious, hearty Italian mountain cooking, cooked by Francesca's aunt...





 a good reason to ski hard each day, in the perfect snow conditions and beautiful sunshine!





We really do think this is one of the most magical places we have ever stayed, and my family and I can not wait to return next year...



Really I shouldn't be sharing the secret of this truly magical place...?!

Frantze (click)

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Wishing you a happy and sunny Spring week ahead!

Sophia xx