Prepare your home for Spring with these interior trends

I've been keeping an eye on all the spring trends going on around me and want to share the ones that I have truly fallen in love with.
I’ve never been the kind of person who follows trends. My mother always said ‘dare to be different’ And this has always been the inspiration behind everything I do, from the way I decorate my home and wardrobe to entertaining guests. However, as much as I love defying the status quo and disregarding the latest fads, I must admit that I am falling in love with some of the spring interior trends for 2019. There are some lovely ideas such...

The most important colour in the universe

Find out which is the most important colour for your home, wardrobe and wellbeing.
Green is the most versatile colour on earth. Take nature for example, where it is the backdrop for absolutely everything. Not a single colour clashes with it. In fact, every colour in nature sits with it in perfect harmony. Apart from the fact that green is most definitely my favourite colour, it is the reason why it is the most important colour for me. You won’t find a single Rachel Bates scheme that does not have an element of green...

How to host a joy-filled afternoon tea experience

Whether you're hosting a catch-up with some old friends or something a little bit more formal, I've got all the tips you need to make every afternoon tea experience even more joyful
It’s always delightful to experience afternoon tea in all its splendour. Spending time with your loved ones while a waiter ensures you have a luxurious experience is always amazing. However, while the formalities of taking tea at the Ritz is always splendid, I always prefer to take a much more relaxed approach when throwing a party at my home. To me, afternoon tea should be relaxed, fun and friendly rather than caught up on decorum. That being said, knowing the...

Bring the alpine to your home with my ski lodge luxu...

The European ski season is well underway and whether you managed to hit the slopes or are still waiting for the opportunity, I’m here to help you bring a touch of the aesthetic to your home.
The European ski season is well underway and whether you managed to hit the slopes or are still waiting for the opportunity, I’m here to help you bring a touch of the aesthetic to your home. For my hubby, the most important feature for any chalet or ski lodge is always ‘can you ski in and out?’ However, there’s a reason you’re reading my blog and not his as I believe any lodge needs to be a stylish and cosy...

Introducing Living Coral, Pantone’s colour of the year

Pantone has announced Living Coral as their colour of the year for 2019. Emitting familiar and energising aspects of nature, this mesmerising colour is a must-have addition to every wardrobe and household.

Pantone has announced Living Coral as their colour of the year for 2019. Emitting familiar and energising aspects of nature, this mesmerising colour is a must-have addition to every wardrobe and household. Describing why Living Coral is the perfect colour for 2019, Pantone wrote: “In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546...

How to add a pop of colour this winter

It's true that black is a classic winter wardrobe staple but it's important to make sure you have a bit of colour. I'm here to help you liven up your wardrobe and show that winter doesn't have to be so dark.
It’s true that black is a classic wardrobe staple and even the queen of colour has been known to don black on occasion. However, I do like to add colour to the mix to lift the look and liven things up, just make them a little more interesting.  In both my professional and personal life, accessories are everything. Whether it’s in the form of a silk scarf, a necklace, a table lamp or a crystal champagne coupe, no wardrobe or home...

Halloween Chocolate Butterscotch Fudge Cake Recipe

This cake has become a firm family favourite and is so easy to make. I'm definitely adding them the menu of my Halloween party this year and here's how you can too

I invented this gorgeous cake for my auntie Eileen about seven years ago. Eileen is the Chocoholic of the family (my mother a close second) and she adores Green & Blacks butterscotch chocolate, so she challenged me to create a delicious cake that incorporated her favourite bar! This cake has become a firm family favourite particularly with my niece Daisy and Eileen of course! It’s so easy to make and works so well for almost any occasion. I chose to...

Halloween Pumpkin & Goats Cheese Tartlets Recipe

My very special Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Tart recipe is so simple to make and works very well as a starter, main course or canape for almost any occasion. It makes a perfect addition to the menu for my sophisticated Halloween theme this year.
There is absolutely no reason at all why vegetarian food should be dull, as demonstrated by my very special Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Tart recipe, the first of many delicious vegetarian dishes I will be sharing with you. Having spent the majority of my life as a vegetarian, I have always made it my mission to invent beautiful and delicious vegetarian food after years of being presented with a stuffed mushroom or aubergine, every time you leave the house for...

Creepy Halloween Cocktails for your Spooky Soirée

As darkness falls across the land and the midnight hour draws close at hand, Rachel Bates has the cocktail recipes to help you resist the evil of the thriller.
As October draws to a close, the night of wicked witches, ghastly ghouls and mummified monsters is firmly upon us. As darkness falls across the land and the midnight hour draws close at hand, Rachel Bates has the cocktail recipes to help you resist the evil of the thriller. Whether you’re hosting a costumed night of elegance or a sophisticated spooky soirée, we’ve partnered with the award-winning Cheshire-based distiller, Forest Gin to bring you some exclusive cocktails that will keep any party...

Introducing the show-stopping CINER collaboration

Rachel Bates is pleased to announce that our latest collaboration with CINER is available to you. Featuring gorgeous necklaces, bracelets and so much more, these pieces are inspired by the elegance of a bygone era.
We are pleased to announce that our latest jewellery collection with CINER is now available to all our customers. The release marks an exciting new chapter in our relationship, as the Manhattan-based costume jewellery artisans only provide the highest quality statement pieces with select partners. By working closely with CINER, we’ve curated a selection that’s inspired by the elegance of a bygone era, similar to the styles you will find throughout our website. The CINER collection is filled with gorgeous necklaces, cuffs,...

How To Care For Your Candle

Keeping your candle in the best condition can be tough. I've put collated my essential tips to make sure your candle always burns beautifully.
  It stands to reason that if you care for your candle, just like anything else, you will achieve the best performance from it. Here are my top 5 tips to care for your candle. 1. Always trim the candle wicks before the first use 2. With each burn always ensure that the candle is lit long enough for the wax surface to be entirely melted to the edge of the glass. This will ensure that your candle always burns perfectly and...

Fashionista Meets Interiorista - Matthew Williamson ...

Find out what happened when I met Matthew Williamson, the internationally acclaimed designer, whose signature style features gorgeous peacock designs.
When trends lead the catwalk, they not only influence the way that we dress but they also affect the way that we style our homes. Albeit if we see tropical prints parading through fashion week one season, we may not see this trend take over the interiors world until the following year. As both worlds continue to cross over, many fashion designers branch out and delve into fabrics for the home. In particular, world-renowned Matthew Williamson, who made his fashion...