Last week I said goodbye to my beloved North London as the sale of my flat finally went through. After months of waiting and a couple of weeks of will it, won't it, it was a frantic last day as I moved all my stuff in to storage and shipped the kitties off to stay with Uncle Ford for a couple of weeks.
I am, for the time being, officially homeless. And for a property-obsessed interiors junkie that is a pretty scary situation to be in. However, in a surprisingly (for me) positive spin, living in a hotel with only the daily essentials is making me more determined, when I finally move in to my new place, to implement a more simplistic style.
I have never been a hoarder and I can't stand useless clutter but it still amazes me that I have so much 'stuff'. I got rid of a load of it while I was packing but I'm sure I can thin it out even more when I'm unpacking. To paraphrase the old William Morris adage, if it's not useful or beautiful it has no place in my space. But - forget the 'or'! - I'm going one step further: anything new that I need to get for my home must be both.
Once such item that fits the criteria is the Emma Kettle from Stelton.
Designed by Danish duo HolmbäckNordentoft this is quite possibly the most aesthetically pleasing piece of kitchenware I've ever come across! A sleek combination of steel and wood it is part of Stelton's award-winning tea and coffee range and a far cry from your average water-boiler. The double-insulated inner wall prevents the outside from becoming too hot to touch and it features an automatic switch off and removable limescale filter.
Smart and beautiful - just like the Danes themselves!