• Food blogger Kym Grimshaw from On The Plate has created an exclusive menu of dishes for us inspired by the Modern Rustic trend and which are perfect for sharing with friends.

    Here she shares with us her beetroot, goats cheese and thyme tart recipe which is the ideal dish to serve and share.

    Ingredients (serves 4)

    ● 320g ready rolled puff pastry

    ● 3 tbsp thyme leaves, plus extra sprigs to serve

    ● 150g mascarpone, at room temperature

    ● 200g goats cheese

    ● 250g fresh cooked beetroot, drained and sliced

    ● 2 tbsp honey

    ● Rocket, to serve

    Method

    1.Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Unroll the pastry onto a baking sheet, trimming any excess pastry at either end if necessary. Score a 1cm border around the edge of the pastry sheet, prick all over with a fork, then bake for 10 minutes.

    2.Mix together the mascarpone, half of the goats cheese, honey and thyme leaves. Pat dry the sliced beetroot with kitchen paper.

    3.Allow the pre-baked pastry sheet to cool a little before spreading over the cheese base, topping with the slices of beetroot and dotting with the remaining goats cheese.

    4.Bake for a further 10 minutes until golden. Top with rocket and extra thyme sprigs to serve.

    For tips on how to style the Modern Rustic trend in your home, see here.

    Kym Grimshaw’s Beetroot, Goats Cheese and Thyme Tart
  • The Rise of the Bowl

    With the recent move away from processed foods and the rise of healthy eating, comes a new trend: the multi-functional bowl. Definitively versatile and wonderfully practical, the bowl appears to have taken over the plate as the leading crockery form.

    This development may be due to the bowl’s capacity to offer its user a reliable source that can withstand any culinary concoction, whether it be salmon and rice or noodle soup. It appears that the bowl is now an integral element of the eating experience, adding to its appeal as well as its appearance.

    Bowls not only provide a reliable eating surface, they also look wonderfully stylish. Whether piled high displayed within a kitchen cabinet or meticulously placed on the dining table, bowls now come in many shapes, sizes and colours which when combined, make for a certain stylish arrangement. In addition to this, mixing and matching can now be seen throughout current interiors. There is no longer an emphasis on perfectly matching tableware; if anything, this spontaneous look impacts the whole enjoyment and taste of cooking.

    There is something rather comforting about eating from a bowl as well as preparing food that fits well within this container. In particular, lean meats, grains and vegetables lend themselves well to the curved shaping of the bowl.

    Furthermore, there is no one must-have sized bowl, the focus is rather on the diversity of a family of bowls: the pasta bowl, the rice bowl and the noodle bowl. The way that such bowls fit so neatly into one another, is a great way of creating a chic and simple table layout. They can also be used for your appetisers through to desserts, making them a firm investment amongst your crockery collection.

    Who ingenuously defined the perimeters of the bowl and confined its existence to the kitchen? The bowl is also an extraordinarily valuable piece to utilise within your home; try incorporating it into your living room décor, as a candle holder or for creating miniature floral arrangements. You can also introduce it into the bedroom, to hold bedside trinkets or as a minimalist container on your dressing table.

    Buy the trend and get up to 50% off selected bowls in our exclusive 'Rise of the Bowl' event this weekend only.

    The Rise of the Bowl
  • Food blogger Kym Grimshaw from On The Plate has created an exclusive menu of dishes for us inspired by the Modern Rustic trend and which are perfect for sharing with friends. Her recipes bring a taste of the outdoors to the table with colourful dishes featuring seasonal ingredients, finished off with foraged fruits and berries.

    For a taste of something sweet, here Kym shares with us her raspberry ripple and white chocolate cheesecake bar recipe.

    Ingredients (serves 9)

    ● 300g gingernut biscuits

    ● 75g unsalted butter, melted

    ● 600g cream cheese

    ● 3 large eggs

    ● 75g caster sugar

    ● 1 ½ tsp cornflour

    ● 150g white chocolate, melted

    ● 150g fresh raspberries, plus extra to serve

    ● 30g golden caster sugar

    Method

    1.Begin by making the raspberry ripple, puree the raspberries and add to a pan with the golden caster sugar. Bring to a low simmer and reduce until slightly thickened, for 1 - 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.

    2.Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line a 24cm x 24cm oven dish with tin foil. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor and combine with the melted butter. Put the crumble base into the the lined dish and press down.

    3.Whisk the eggs, then mix in the cream cheese, sugar and melted white chocolate. Spoon over the biscuit base and smooth out.

    4.Add the raspberry puree to the top of the cheesecake and swirl with a skewer.

    5.Bake for 45 minutes, leave to cool and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour before slicing into squares. Serve with extra raspberries.

    Discover more from our Modern Rustic campaign here.

    Kym Grimshaw’s Raspberry Ripple and White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
  • New: Monsoon Gather

    New for 2017, we’ve worked with Monsoon to create Monsoon Gather which is a capsule collection inspired by a pattern taken from Monsoon’s fashion archive. A wonderful gift and a stunning addition to your living space, the pieces mix and match to allow you to create a welcoming table of food to share and enjoy. The etched design creates tonal decoration on each piece to create a harmonious contemporary collection.

    Inspired by a Monsoon archive fashion print, then re-interpreted into a tableware design, this beautiful collection is perfect for laidback gatherings. The collection includes a selection of bespoke bowls, platters, medium plates and stylish accessories. Each piece features carefully etched fine line work in soft muted tones of grey, blue, pink and green.

    Our Senior Designer, Nicola Wilson says, "Both Denby and Monsoon are all about colour, and we wanted to look at a range that shows colour and pattern in a different way. Denby have a long history of using relief and texture and at recent trend shows we have seen a resurgence in texture being used in interiors, on everything from furniture to home accessories. We worked with Monsoon to select 'Louella' from their fashion archive that we thought could be used to create a feminine and eclectic story to add to the Denby x Monsoon portfolio."

    The Gather collection has been designed using Denby's expertise in shape, colour and glaze to create a range of beautifully designed and bespoke eating and serving pieces. The original Monsoon fabric design has then been hand-carved into ceramic moulds which in turn create the textured emboss finish. The durable porcelain pieces can be used in the oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer. All pieces are beautifully packaged allowing visibility of product and great for gifting.

    The collection is designed with relaxed gatherings in mind and is ideal for hosting a brunch, afternoon tea or celebrating a special occasion with friends and family where key life moments are shared. The individual pieces have been developed with modern eating and serving habits in mind, and as a result the capsule range includes a variety of bowls and platters which meet the needs of a modern home.

    Discover the full Denby x Monsoon Gather collection here. ca

    New: Monsoon Gather
  • Food blogger Kym Grimshaw from On The Plate has created an exclusive menu of dishes for us inspired by the Modern Rustic trend and which are perfect for sharing with friends. Her recipes bring a taste of the outdoors to the table with colourful dishes featuring seasonal ingredients, finished off with foraged fruits and berries.

    Here she shares with us her transseasonal chicken, blackberry and kale salad recipe, drizzled with a blackberry balsamic dressing and served in one of our latest Studio Craft Elm Large Ridged Bowls.

    Ingredients (serves 4)

    For the salad:

    • 2 chicken breasts

    • 200g kale

    • 50g walnuts, toasted

    • 75g blackberries

    • 1 lemon

    • 30g shaved pecorino

    • Sea salt

    For the dressing:

    • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

    • 100g fresh blackberries

    • 1 tbsp honey

    • Salt and pepper

    Method:

    1. For the dressing, purée all ingredients, then season with salt and pepper to taste. If the dressing is too thick, loosen with a little water. Refrigerate until the salad is ready for dressing.

    2. Grill the chicken on a medium heat for 15 minutes, turning occasionally until the chicken is cooked through.

    3. Massage the zest and juice of the lemon into the kale, along with a good sprinkling of sea salt.

    4. Slice the chicken and arrange over the kale, add fresh blackberries, walnuts, shavings of pecorino and serve with the blackberry balsamic dressing.

    Discover more from our Modern Rustic campaign here.

    How to Serve a Modern Rustic Laid-back Lunch with Kym Grimshaw
  • We’ve partnered with design blogger and interiors stylist, Lou Archell from the blog, Little Green Shed to introduce the Modern Rustic trend. Lou says, “Modern Rustic is all about using honest materials that feature handmade elements or are taken straight from nature and, when paired with contemporary homewares, create a truly interesting interiors style”.

    Find Lou’s top tips for creating a Modern Rustic look in your home below:

    Tip 1: Use contrasting stacks - Avoid colour blocking by stacking coloured tones with neutral ones. Keep things interesting and informal by mixing textures too. On your shelf, place coloured glass against a woven basket or handcrafted ceramic

    Tip 2: Add a statement centrepiece - Fill your home with items you love, hero the things that are designed to enhance the way you live as well as handcrafted pieces that are authentic and honest

    Tip 3: Vary your heights - Play around with grouping and displaying products. To balance scale perhaps try a shallow nest of bowls next to some tall books (turn the spines in for more natural shades)

    Tip 4: Upgrade your containers - Kitchen shelves should be both practical and beautiful, don’t fall into the habit of displaying the essentials or it will be messy in no time. Decant things like tea, olive oil and sugar into interesting glass jars and ceramic pots.

    Shop our Studio Craft and Natural Canvas collections as seen featured.

    How to Style a Modern Rustic Shelf with Lou Archell