As the summer months become a distant memory, the days get shorter and the atmosphere changes, I really enjoy the autumn season and all that it brings.
Think tasty, home-cooked recipes, open fires and layered fashion. I’ve settled back into a nice little routine now the children are back to school, and I’m enjoying planning for the months ahead and the lead up to Christmas, my most favourite time of the year.
A new raincoat from Rains. Rains is a contemporary lifestyle brand, influenced by its Scandinavian heritage, creating waterproof designs which are functional, simple and considered. With the daily school run well underway again, it’s the perfect item to layer on top of a fine knit to keep you dry and stylish through the wet months.
I opted for the classic khaki green; it’s lightweight fabric and matte finish has an elegant appearance, with adjustable cuffs and a fishtail hemline, it looks effortlessly stylish even on the gloomiest of days. £89.
Askogeng. I discovered this company a few months back whilst searching for a stylish kitchen at an affordable price for an upcoming project.
The process and design are very simple. You first plan and design your kitchen with IKEA, using their range of kitchen cabinets as a base. You then choose your favourite colour of handmade bamboo door and drawer fronts from Askogeng and order these directly.
The door fronts take six to eight weeks to manufacture and once your IKEA cabinets are in place, you simply add your fronts for a cost-effective, high-quality and stylish kitchen. What is even more appealing is that bamboo is a sustainable material, durable and comes in a range of beautiful finishes.
I was lucky enough to stay at The Cookie Jar in Alnwick recently and if you are looking for a little treat and a night away, I would highly recommend this place.
A cosy retreat in the heart of Alnwick, formerly the convent of mercy, this historical building has been beautifully renovated into 11 luxurious rooms and suites, all individual but perfectly formed.
The breakfast was absolutely delicious (the best I’ve ever had) and the service was outstanding. A must for a special occasion.
Keep up to date with my projects and house renovations on Instagram at: @kateroselifestyle.
A deliciously simple and sweet, autumnal fig and almond loaf cake. It’s quick, easy and really brings out the best of fresh figs.
· 175g caster sugar
· 3 large eggs
· 175g unsalted butter
· 2 tsp vanilla extract
· 1 lemon, zested, plus 1 tbsp juice
· 200g self-raising flour
· 50g ground almonds
· 1/4 tsp baking powder
· 2 tbsp milk
· 6 Turkish figs, 2 chopped into 1cm pieces, the rest quartered
· 200g low-fat Greek-style yogurt
· 2 tbsp toasted flaked almonds
· 1 tbsp small mint leaves (optional)
· 2 tbsp clear honey
Preheat the oven to gas 3, 170°C, fan 150°C.
Grease and line a 900g loaf tin.
Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
Add the vanilla, lemon zest and juice.
Stir in the flour, ground almonds and baking powder, followed by the milk.
Fold in the chopped figs.
Transfer to the prepared tin and smooth the top.
Bake for about 65mins until the cake is golden and risen.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tin.
Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
To decorate, spread the yogurt on top of the cake.
Top with the quartered figs, flaked almonds and mint leaves, drizzle with honey.
Best eaten on the day it’s decorated, but the undecorated cake will keep in an airtight container for up to three days.