So, February......it's cold......but thankfully the shortest month of the year and Spring is teasing us around the corner.
The Welsh call February "y mis bach" which means "little month". Despite having fewer days there is still plenty going on, whether flipping pancakes is your thing or a bit of romance.
Here's a few things that have got us 'leaping' this February.
Figura's design expertise brings this client's vision to life. An 18th century inspired masterpiece, appealing to all the senses.
Inspired by this client's passion for sights, smells and love of 18th Century Belgian interiors, Figura designed this incredible kitchen in a London home. Astonishing attention to detail, incredible flair and an overwhelming commitment to long-held design concept were the cornerstones of this successful project.
In the creation of this exceptional living space we worked with this client to a very specific design brief. There is something magical, theatrical, mysterious and incredibly opulent about entering this Victorian London home and being transported to an 18th Century masterpiece.
We were really excited to work closely with this client to design two separate kitchens with different purposes. The front main kitchen is for entertaining friends and family, it presents a warm and welcoming atmosphere which is perfect for relaxing in the evening with wine, cheese and delicious scented candles.
The main kitchen design included a bespoke La Cornue Château range cooker, sourcing a magnificent Louis XIV mantel from France, creating a beautiful writing desk with aged oak surface, a curved full high cupboard with TV storage and fabulous island centrepiece with beautiful turned pilaster legs, open cutlery storage and marble surface.
The rear kitchen is the work zone with dishwasher, bi-fold pantry and full height fridge and freezer.
Pancake Day - Scandinavian Style!
There has been a lot said recently about the Danish concept ‘hygge’, which in essence means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. Trine Hahnemann introduced the concept Hygge before all the recent hype and her book, Scandinavian Comfort Food, which we have been enjoying since Christmas, shows us how to celebrate the art of hygge in our own homes all the year round.
February brings with it our British tradition of Pancake Day, a feast day before the start of Lent. These Scandinavian style rye pancakes with blueberries and golden syrup are a favourite of Nigella Lawson and a delicious alternative to our usual lemon and sugar.....just right for feasting and embracing the spirit of Hygge!
One of the most popular and influential British artists of the twentieth century returns to Tate Britain for his most comprehensive exhibition yet
This exhibition gathers together an extensive selection of David Hockney’s most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades.
As he approaches his 80th birthday, Hockney continues to change his style and ways of working, embracing new technologies as he goes. From his portraits and images of Los Angeles swimming pools, through to his drawings and photography, Yorkshire landscapes and most recent paintings – some of which have never been seen before in public – this exhibition shows how the roots of each new direction lay in the work that came before. A once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these unforgettable works together.
The exhibition runs from 9 February 2017 to 29th May 2017 . It has already become the fastest-selling exhibition in the gallery’s history.
Dinner at The Leconfield
Situated in the heart of Petworth, The Leconfield is an AA 2 rosette, restaurant and bar offering friendly and welcoming dining. Set in the surroundings of a beautifully restored 17th century building the restaurant offers a la carte and set menus as well as private dining rooms.
At The Leconfield their menus are the heart of what they do. Every effort is made to source seasonal local produce of the highest quality. They aim to to cook the very best ingredients simply, to let the natural quality and flavours shine through.
‘’Paul has trained with some of the best chefs in Britain and has years of Michelin-star cooking behind him, holding a star for five years at restaurant W1. Cooking gently nostalgic British dishes with a modern twist, his career has already spanned top London restaurants, taking him a long way from his Scarborough roots.
This stunning venison cannelloni recipe is a wintry sight to behold. Paul Welburn playfully evokes the flavours of a traditional cannelloni with a rich Parmesan sauce, while the intense braised venison is flavoured with juniper for a heady flavour’’
So rather then post the intricate recipe here, which includes making your own pasta, parmesan sauce and braised vension, we recommend you book at meal at The Leconfield and try it for yourself. Delicious!
Taurus Wine Recommendations
Once again we asked Rupert Pritchett from Taurus Wines for his recommendations to go with the Venison Tortellini recipe this month from The Leconfield in Petworth. He has also suggested a delicious tipple for the the Rye Pancakes with Blueberries and Golden Syrup and something extra special for your Valentine, here’s what he had to say…
Paul’s braised venison has an incredibly rich flavour and so a full-bodied red is the order of the day. This Cairanne 'La Côte Sauvage' by Paul Boutinot (£13.99), a blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes, is exactly that. The dark fruit flavours and hints of sweet spice from the Syrah will also pick up on the juniper in the dish and the Grenache has vibrancy to refresh the palate from the creamy parmesan sauce. A winter wonderland indeed!
With the number of flavours going on in the dish of Rye Pancakes, a wine match is always going to be a challenge! After much deliberation, I’ve gone back to an old favourite, Brown Bros Orange Muscat and Flora (£8.99, 37.5cl). Flora is a cross between Semillon and Gewurztraminer bringing honeyed notes to marry with the golden syrup whilst the fruit and acidity in the Orange Muscat keeps the balance fresh and you coming back for another glass.
Something special for Valentine’s Day…
What could be more romantic for Valentine’s Day than a glass of pink bubbles? Rosé Champagne can come at quite a premium so why not try Italy’s version of that classic region – and no, we don’t mean Prosecco! The 2012 Ferghettina Franciacorta (£27.99) is made using the same method as Champagne and has fabulous wild strawberry notes, hints of brioche and fine bubbles leaving you in no doubt that this is a class act.
Figura Winning Design
Figura has won Best in Houzz 2017 in the Design category, as our portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2016.
This image of one our magnificent larder designs has been saved to over 170,000 idea boards...and you can see why!
Figura believe the larder remains one of the most important considerations in successful kitchen design. Its role as a central and main store allows more flexibility in positioning the other important elements that create a beautiful and functional space.
Our favourite picks of the unique and handcrafted from the interiors magazines this month...
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Though it may be dull, grey and damp outside, this magical, annual event at RHS Wisley is well worth a visit to lift the spirits and transport you to warmer climes. Seek out a rainbow of delights at Wisley from 14 January - 5 March 2017
'Having butterflies in the Glasshouse is the perfect antidote for the mid-winter blues and provides a welcome escape to tropical climes' - Christopher J. Young, Glasshouse Team Leader