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House Curious

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Turmeric Bloody Mary

Sommer Pyne

This week for Cocktail Hour we have the lovely Erica from @naturallynourishedlondon who has created a delicious Bloody Mary with a little healthy twist. Head over to IGTV to meet Erica and see our cocktail demonstration. Over to you Erica….

Who loves a Bloody Mary with brunch? I do! This cocktail is a little twist on the classic Bloody Mary! I’ve opted for gin in place of vodka and added an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant hit with a touch of turmeric. The fresh horseradish gives it an extra kick and being part of the cruciferous family it’ll help your liver along with detoxification!

Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, another potent antioxidant and anti-aging nutrient. Cocktails that also hold some nutritional value…. I’m in! Enjoy!

Erica x

Prep time: 10 minutes    make time: 5 minutes    serves: 2


600ml tomato juice

2 double measures of gin

1 Tbsp fresh horseradish ~ grated

1 lemon ~ halved (half for juice and half for garnish)

2 sticks of celery

1 Tsp of ground turmeric

8 dashes of Worcester sauce

10 dashes of tobasco (or more if you prefer it a little more spicy!)

½ Tsp Himalayan salt

½ Tsp black pepper

1 cup of ice



1. Squeeze the juice from half the lemon and add to a high-speed blender along with all the other ingredients and half the ice. Blend until the ice has broken down.

2. Divide the rest of the ice between 2 highball glasses, top up with the Bloody Mary mixture and garnish with a stick of celery, a wedge of lemon and a sprinkle of black pepper! Cheers!




Sommer Pyne

House Curious (Photography by Michele Sinclair)

House Curious (Photography by Michele Sinclair)

Home bar

When we first told people that we were putting in a home bar the reaction was mixed. Some thought it was genius and others thought it was a bit over the top. I love the idea and I love sharing it with my friends even more. The home bar trend seems to have caught on and no matter how big or small your space is you can create your own home bar. Think bar carts, drinks cabinets or even a side table with your favourite tipple, decanter and glasses. The thing I love the most about a home bar is that it’s all about socialising with friends, and that my friend can only be good.

House Curious (Photography by Rei Moon and Sommer Pyne

House Curious (Photography by Rei Moon and Sommer Pyne

Plants are my go to accessory

Styling your home with plants is a great way to add life and warmth to any space or home. Plants are an instant mood booster and will lift any dead space. No matter if you like the minimal style or more eclectic look there will always be a plant to suit your style. Plants also have lots of health benefits from eliminating harmful toxins to helping with mental health. Caring for a living thing gives us purpose and is rewarding — especially when you see a living thing bloom and thrive.

My favourite place to buy plants is the New Covent Garden Market but if you don’t have a car then Patch Plants have a home delivery service in London.

House Curious (Photography Gavin Smith) and Le Riad Yasmine

House Curious (Photography Gavin Smith) and Le Riad Yasmine

Get creative with tiles

You can have so much fun with tiles and this exactly what we did when we designed our bathroom in the basement. The powder room, a little tongue in cheek and always a good conversation starter. Our inspiration came from classic tile mosaics you might find in hotel foyer, bistro or subways from cities like New York, Paris and London. I always think it’s nice to come up with something that’s original or personal to you. I’ve seen people copy exactly what I’ve done and that’s fine, but I think it’ll always mean so much more if it’s personal to you. Here are some images to get you started…



Clock wise starting at the top right : Nicole Ramasy @melissaambrosini, House Curious, Merry Little House, Total Beauty, @ethnicity_soul

Clock wise starting at the top right : Nicole Ramasy @melissaambrosini, House Curious, Merry Little House, Total Beauty, @ethnicity_soul

Wellness centric home

Wellness is more than just exercising and eating well, the environment in which we live can also have an huge impact on the way we feel. My home is like a sanctuary to me and I designed it to encourage good habits and a place where I can feel energised or calm. Each room was designed with how I want to feel followed by the functionality of the room. As part of creating a wellness centric home think about creating a zone where you can unwind and clear your head after a long day. You can create a corner dedicated to this or if you have the luxury use a whole room with this in mind. Add books, yoga mats, meditation cushion, musical instruments, salt lamps, essential oil diffusers. Low lighting and candles are great to help you get in the mood. Remove all technology like TV’s, laptops and phones.

House Curious

House Curious

Spa bathroom trend

You only have to look at Pinterest to realise that the spa trend isn’t going away and it also plays into wellness within the home. If you’re renting or not in renovating mode here are few things you can do to easily create that spa like feeling at home.

  • Have all your beauty products on display by your bath in a tray for that hotel look. This will also encourage you to use them.

  • Hang a bunch of eucalyptus in the shower and when it steams up you will get a wonderful fresh smell of eucalyptus.

  • Burn candles and add essential oils to your bathroom.

  • Bring the outside in with as many plants, the more the better in my opinion. Hang them, place them on stools or in pots. If you’re limited on space hanging them from the ceiling is a great way to incorporate some greenery.

  • Add warmth and textures by adding luxury bathmats and fluffy large towels.

  • Place hand soap and hand cream by basin. Our favourite is Grown Alchemist

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Summer Skin Food Salad with a Zesty Tahini Dressing

Sommer Pyne

The lovely and multi talented Erica from Naturally Nourished London joined me to create an everyday recipe tailored to promote healthy glowing skin for the summer months ahead. We came up with this very aptly named beauty and really hope you enjoy making it as much as we did creating it! You can follow along on IGTV and all the details are below.

This salad is absolutely loaded with nutrients that are especially beneficial to health of your skin. The broccoli, spinach & strawberries all provide you with plenty of vitamin c, which is essential for collagen production, keeping those wrinkles at bay! The butternut squash gives you a little hit of beta-carotene, which contains UV protective properties and prevents free radical damage caused by pollution and sun exposure.

Not only does this salad give our skin a little extra love, it’s also bursting with flavour and texture. The salty grilled halloumi works especially well with the creamy avocado and sweet tangy strawberries. You can do most of the prep work the day before and throw it all together in minutes.

Brimming with vibrant colours, this salad makes the perfect addition to your summer picnic. You and your skin are going to love this one! Enjoy!

Prep time: 30 minutes    make time: 10 minutes    serves: 4 


1 x 225g block of halloumi ~ sliced

120g baby spinach

140g/1 cup strawberries ~ sliced

200g/1 cup butternut squash ~ cubed and roasted

175g/1 cup broccoli ~ lightly steamed

140g/1 cup beluga lentils ~ pre cooked

1 avocado ~ sliced

½ cup walnuts ~ roughly chopped

Few sprigs of coriander ~ roughly chopped

1 Tbsp avocado oil (can also use olive oil)


For the tahini dressing

Juice of 1 lemon

2 Tbsp tahini

4 Tbsp filtered water

1 clove of garlic

½ Tsp Himalayan salt

Pinch of black pepper



1.    Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4.

2.    Toss the butternut squash in the avocado oil in a bowl and season with salt and black pepper. Arrange the squash on a baking tray and roast in a preheated oven for 25 minutes, until lightly brown and tender.

3.    Lightly steam the broccoli florets for a few minutes until they start to turn bright green, remove from steamer and set to one side to cool slightly.

4.    To make the dressing, place all the ingredients into a blender and pulse a few times until it reaches a smooth consistency. You can add more water here to loosen it up.

NOTE: steps 1-3 can all be done the day before for some pre prepping!

5.    In a pan on medium heat, add a small amount of avocado (or olive oil), allow it to heat up a little and add the sliced halloumi. Fry on each side for a couple of minutes until they turn a golden brown colour. Remove and set aside.

6.    Next you can start to layer up the salad. Take a large serving dish and add the spinach, lentils, broccoli, butternut squash, sliced strawberries, sliced avocado, halloumi. Drizzle over the tahini dressing and then add the walnuts and coriander. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve up and enjoy!



Broccoli, spinach and strawberries are all rich in vitamin c and in addition to it’s antioxidant properties, vitamin c is essential for collagen production in the body. Collagen is needed to keep our skin firm and well supported and overtime it can will breakdown and degrade so it’s important ensure we have optimal levels of vitamin c to provide extra support to synthesise more collagen.

Vitamin C also protects our skin cells from UV radiation and supports skin barrier function

Broccoli is also part of the cruciferous family and can aid in liver detoxification, helping to remove toxins more efficiently from the body. Our skin is also a route of elimination therefore if our liver is a little sluggish and we’re not providing it with the correct nutrients, our skin can pick up the slack!


Butternut squash, spinach and broccoli are rich in beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant and precurser to vitamin A. Beta-carotene has been widely studied for it’s skin protective properties such as:

~ It has photo-protective properties and has been shown to protect against sunburn development by inhibiting free radials and suppressing our cellular and tissue response to inflammation.

~ It also prevents premature aging of the skin. Studies have shown it to prevent wrinkle formation by decreasing the activity of the enzymes (MMP) responsible for collagen degradation.

~ In the epidermis (outer layer of skin), b-carotene is deposited and works to fight free radical damage caused by UV exposure. It is also protective against the development of skin cancer.

Walnuts are a great source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are incorporated in to the epidermal layer (skins outer layer) and help to lock in moisture and hydration. Omega 3 is also anti-inflammatory and can help with inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

Omega 3 also has the ability to inhibit UV-induced skin inflammation and hyperpigmentation. It is protective against photosensitivity disorders and conditions in which abnormal reactions to UV exposure occur.

It can greatly improve skin barrier function and a deficiency in omega 3 can cause increased water loss through the skin causing it to become very dry so if you’re skin is feeling a little on the dry side, omega 3 can certainly help.

Avocado is also rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger, working to slow down aging of the skin.

So if all of the above does not provide you with a good enough reason to make this salad then I rest my case!

Erica x



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