Tuesday, 27 January 2015





Have you noticed, that design in bathroom floor and wall finishes has really taken off in recent times...with a wealth of different finishes in both high end and budget products.  I have always been a fan of classical stone for my client design projects, and here at home, as you can see in my own bedroom/open plan bathroom above, where I have used travertine stone...but am also drawn to some of the fabulous alternative looks and textures around.  So, for your Tuesday design inspiration, here are a few of the beautiful bathroom surface finishes that caught my eye on Pinterest recently...

I love the way the mix of different tiles, makes this small space so interesting... 

....this mix of metallics so striking,

...and the simplicity of these two finishes so calming.

Full on gloss glamour...

...and the rustic character of these masculine showers.

Beautiful mosaics...

...some in exquisite detail.

Gentle and feminine...au de nil and cream.

Moroccan mosaic style...

A fresh modern take on 'herringbone'...

(Above pictures via Pinterest)

...and a complete work of art!


What is your bathroom finish of choice?  What have you used in your own home....or dream of using?  I would so love to hear!

Wishing you all a very happy and inspiring Tuesday...

Sophia xx

Friday, 23 January 2015


For any of you who haven't come across Natasha Corrett before, and her very popular new book 'Honestly Healthy', I can highly recommend it....especially if you are like me, in need of inspiration for delicious, healthy recipes that fit in with your good New Year intentions!

What sets Natasha's approach apart from other healthy chefs of the moment, is her inspiring approach to gourmet vegetarian dishes, following alkaline eating principles.  Based on the findings that disease thrives in an acid environment....everyday discomforts such as bloating, exhaustion, acne and dry skin, through to more serious illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.... an alkaline diet has been found to address these issues and may actually help prevent serious illness in the future.

This latest publication (I have one of her earlier 'Honestly Healthy' books which explains all alkaline principles in detail), she gives suggestions for four different 'Cleanses'....'Feelgood', 'Slimdown', 'High Energy' and 'Lifechanging'...whether you are following one of the 'Cleanses' to the book or not, there are mouthwatering, healthy and nutritious meals that everyone will love on a day to day basis, as part of a healthy lifestyle.


Although we are not strictly vegetarian here at home, I do tend to leave some good quality organic meat or game for the weekends, and aim to only cook fish and vegetable/plant based meals in the week.  The other evening I made this delicious 'Butterbean and butternut curry', which 'Mr. Sophia Home' loved....looks set to be a regular favourite now....easy, quick and seriously yummy!

'Butterbean and butternut curry'.

Serves 2:

1tsp coconut oil
1/2 white onion
1 clove garlic, grated
1/2 lemongrass stalk, bashed
with a rolling pin
120ml water
400ml coconut milk
200g butternut squash, cut into 2cm cubes
250g butterbeans
20g coriander leaves

For the curry paste:
1tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp paprika
5cm piece of root ginger
2tbsp brown rice vinegar
5g galangal (optional)
2 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime

Put all the curry paste ingredients in a small food processor or blender and whizz until you get a nice chunky paste.  Set aside.

Melt the coconut oil in a pan and sauté the onion and garlic for 1 minute.  Tip in the curry paste along with the whole lemongrass stalk.  Leave the sauce to bubble for a further 2 minutes, then add another 4 tablespoons of the water.

After another 2 minutes add the coconut milk and butternut squash and continue to cook for 5 minutes on a medium heat.  Finally, stir in the butterbeans and half the coriander leaves and leave to simmer for a further 7 minutes.  Test to see if the squash is cooked; if not, then simmer for another few minutes until totally tender.

Remove the lemongrass stalk before serving, and sprinkle the curry with the rest of the coriander.  Either serve with brown rice or quinoa, or just on its own.....delicious!

Bon appétit!

(Recipe taken from 'Honestly Healthy Cleanse' by Natasha Corrett, published by Hodder and Stoughton.)


Wishing you all a very happy weekend!

Sophia xx

Monday, 12 January 2015


Good morning everyone!
What a wet, windy and miserable one it is here in the UK this Monday morning.... roll on Spring!
It is at this time, that my thoughts turn to the garden and the planning of any future projects....

We are planning some particularly exciting landscaping projects this Spring here at home, which I shall look forward to sharing with you here on the blog over the coming weeks!
For now, I would love to show you this lovely new addition to the pond. A cast iron deer which was originally one of a pair.  The other was sadly damaged in the shop, so this one, now at a knock down price.....just had to make its way home with us a few weeks ago!  

He looks very at home now....don't you think?

Wishing you all a very happy and productive week, whatever you have planned?

Sophia xx

Friday, 9 January 2015


After two days of eating, drinking and celebrating, it was a welcome chance this recent 'Boxing Day' to get out of the house to blow away the cobwebs!

With the beautiful stretches of Camber Sands near Rye on the south coast, only a thirty minute drive away, we set off en famille with two very excited dogs in tow!

As we climbed over the magnificent dunes, with the beach stretched out in front of us, we saw that we weren't the only ones to crave some fresh air and exercise....

There is something very special about being by the sea...it gives such a sense of freedom and is so calming don't you think? 

 Special time to be together...

All that fresh air and exercise certainly builds an appetite, and we found the perfect post beach lunch at the very stylish and welcoming 'The Gallivant', just across the road from the sand dunes.  With its warm and contemporary interior and open fire, not to mention the delicious food...

....it was the perfect end to a perfect day.


Happy Friday everyone, and wishing you all a very happy weekend!  

Sophia xx

Tuesday, 30 December 2014



 The house feels unusually quiet today....with the children back in London and my husband back at work for a couple of days... the fun, noise and laughter of our very happy Christmas is sadly over.   All good things have to come to an end of course, and make us appreciate celebrations and the people we love all the more.

The silver lining is that I am also the type of person who enjoys time on my own to potter about and I just love this wonderful 'limbo' time, between Christmas and New Year!  The world is still in part hibernation and I am fortunate that there is no hectic work agenda for me.  The weather has been glorious here in Kent, with crisp frosty mornings and cold sunny days.  Walking the  dogs, catching up with your lovely blogs and getting the house back to normal have been so enjoyable.  I have also been taking the time to enjoy two fabulous new books that I received for Christmas, that I would love to share with you.

The first is 'Hemsley Hemsley - The Art of Eating Well', written by glamorous sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley.  The foodie in me has enjoyed the Hemsley sisters' wonderful blog for some time, so I was thrilled to be given this book by my daughter Georgie (who as a chef loves to give 'foodie' presents!).  Just perfect for an uber healthy start to the year, this lovely book is packed with over 150 exciting, inventive and nutrient packed recipes.....I am totally inspired and starting tonight, I can't wait to get cooking lighter, fresher meals, after the delicious but rather indulgent treats over the last week!

The second book I am loving, was given to me by my eldest son Teddy.....he knows how much his mother loves to travel, as do we all, so 
'The New York Times 36 Hours - 125 Weekends in Europe' 
could not have been more perfect!

Taking 125 European destinations, it is packed with top tips and suggestions for the best things to do, to make the most of 36 hours in each City. It is a great 'Taschen' publication, following the New York Times' popular newspaper column of the same name.  Already I have wonderlust and am dreaming of our next trip away....along with some well known destinations high up on my wish list, it gives a real insight in to ideas for lesser thought of destinations.  Highly recommended, and like all Taschen publications, a beautiful book.

Two great reads that satisfy the foodie and traveller in me....perfect to cuddle up with on the sofa with a hot cup of tea....in my case, the delicious new discovery of 
'Taylor's 'Sweet Rhubarb' which again is highly recommended!

Who can believe that tomorrow is the last day of the year?  The last twelve months have flown past and have been particularly fulfilling for me.  Inspiring interior projects with lovely new clients, some exciting and memorable travel, happy celebrations with family and friends, and enjoyable projects here at home and in our developing garden.  I have so enjoyed sharing these with you, and I would like to thank each and every one of you lovely readers from all over the world, so much for reading me, and for your generous and positive feedback and kind words.... 'Sophia Home' would not exist or certainly would not be the same without you!  I look forward to sharing more with you on the blog in the coming year....

I wish you all a very, very happy, inspiring and above all, healthy 2015!   

With lots of love,

Sophia xx

Tuesday, 23 December 2014


Like most good things in life….

It is the anticipation that is the best!

With no manic 'shopping agenda' left to do…it was a joy to nip up to London yesterday to meet up with the 'children' for lunch and just potter about, enjoying the beautiful lights around Sloane Square and Duke of York Square as it grew dark.  A day to just enjoy the anticipation….

With our big day tomorrow on Christmas Eve, Scandinavian style, we shall all be together as a family to go to church, open presents and have a special dinner.  Christmas Day will be English style, with Turkey and all the trimmings and my mother and sister and nephews joining us.  The 'Swenglish' Christmas that we love!

With much cooking to get ahead with today, I must dash, but leave you all with my special Christmas wishes…..to have a wonderful time with your families and friends.  May you all have a happy, healthy, relaxed, stress free (hey, it's only a 'glorified Sunday lunch' I tell myself?!) and special Christmas, whatever you have planned.

Thank you so much for reading 'Sophia Home' this  past year….it has been so much fun sharing things that inspire me with you all, and to getting to know many of you…thank you so much for your friendship and support!

So, from my home to yours….Happy happy Christmas….and as we say in Sweden, God Jul!

I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Sophia xx

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Monday, 15 December 2014



Good morning!
I do hope you have all had a happy weekend?
Ours has been a very special weekend all round!
On Friday we attended the most romantic and beautiful of family weddings in London….a lovely celebration of marriage and quite a party, with a wonderful feast and much dancing!

Although a little weary the next day, it was a dash back home to Kent so we could prepare for a special evening with our children, along with our eldest son's girlfriend, daughter's boyfriend and youngest son's best friend and of course my Swedish mother, without whom no 'Smorgasbord' would be complete!

One of the highlights of Christmas each year, is to prepare our traditional Scandinavian feast….a little earlier this year, as usually this is on Christmas Eve, but a lovely opportunity to introduce our guests to this favourite family celebratory meal and of course, the optional schnapps but compulsory singing!

Ham, meatballs, herring and 'Jahnsen's temptation' potato gratin are the highlight of the Smorgasbord, along with red cabbage, beetroot, cheeses and other delicious treats….

With the table set and candles lit…

 I felt so happy to have all my family and their lovely friends around me...

And I can report….that with song sheets in hand, and my dear mother leading the charge, and of course, a glass of schnapps or two, they all embraced the singing with gusto!


Wishing you all a very happy week!

Sophia xx