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  • Posted on October 19, 2016

    Life Unstyled blog tour

    We’re all a little bit guilty of showing the best version of our lives on social media. The perfect instagram snap of your lunch that doesn’t show all the washing up. That adorable story about your kids shared with facebook friends that omits the screaming match they had 5 minutes later. But Emily Henson’s gorgeous new book Life Unstyled provides a bit of an antidote to this. Yes, these homes are beautiful, but more importantly they’re lived in. We celebrated with a launch event at Anthropologie, after Emily led a workshop for making papier-mâché lampshades!

    There was also a wonderful blog tour visiting some of our favourite interiors blogs. But don't worry if you missed it, because we've gathered all the links together. So grab a cup of something warming, and settle in for some cosy reading...

    Lobster and Swan started us off with a gorgeous review admiring “Emily’s manifesto for creating a stylish home that is beautiful but lived in”, and showcasing some of her favourite pages from the book. Including this bath of our dreams, surrounded by real bathroom clutter. Read her review here.

    Over on Makelight, Emily Quinton shared some lovely autumnal shots of the book reflecting its ‘cosy and homely’ style which had us feeling all hyggelig. Take a look at her post here.

    Another gorgeous review followed at Décor Art UK declaring Life Unstyled the most relaxed interiors book she’d ever seen. Read the full review here.

    Heart Home Magazine shared a lovely extract from the book, focusing on a tranquil home in Brixton. Find the full preview here.

    Last but not last, we finished up the week at My Warehouse Home with a selection of their favourite shots from this ‘cover-to-cover delight’, and tips for creating the look in your own home too. Read their post here.

    What a lovely week! For more real life interiors inspiration, pick up a copy of Life Unstyled by Emily Henson now, available here.



    This post was posted in Book Reviews, Featured, News, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with interiors, event, Book Launch, Emily Henson, photos, 2016

  • Posted on September 20, 2016

    The Creative Home blog tour

    With autumn’s arrival and that New School Year feeling that we can never quite shake (despite it being rather a few years since we were attending school), we’re turning instead to our new interiors books. If we can’t have Mary-Janes and new stationery, maybe we can have new décor instead. That seems like a fair trade, right? Last week we hosted a blog tour for one of these new books, The Creative Home by Geraldine James, and seeing what our favourite interiors blogs thought was so inspiring. Nearly as good as a new pencil case.

    Look at the lovely blogs we had taking part:

    We started things off with a lovely post on My Warehouse Home who shared some of their favourite spaces, and ideas on recreating these looks in their own home. “Whether you live in a compact city apartment, a warehouse conversion or a country cottage, The Creative Home by Geraldine James features countless spaces to inspire a thoughtful and distinctive approach to interior decoration.” Read their full review here.

    Next up we visited Heart Home Magazine for an exclusive extract from The Creative Home on displaying collections. Read it here.

    Next up, DécorArt UK declared the book her “autumn’s must-have” and shared some of her favourite shots from the book, including the kitchen above. Read the review here.

    Emily Quinton shared some beautifully autumnal shots of the pages she found most inspiring over on Makelight, and of course, we had total stationery envy! She summed up the book rather beautifully with “the owners’ hearts at the centre, building a home that suits them and all they love and treasure”. You can see her post here.

    Last but not least, we visitied Little Green Shed who shared some favourite spaces, and the main takeaway: never be afraid of individuality. And also this bathroom of dreams.

    Now if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got some shelves to rearrange…

    The Creative Home by Geraldine James is available here.




    This post was posted in Book Reviews, Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with interiors, Book Launch, photos, home, 2016

  • Posted on September 8, 2016

    Success Cake!

    Today is the launch of the new book from London’s Scandinavian Kitchen and it’s a cracker! Brontë Aurell has gathered together everything you need to fika and inspire hygge in one handy book, and it’s all beautifully illustrated by Pete Cassidy’s gorgeous photography. To celebrate we wanted to share an appropriately titled recipe for you to try this weekend. Enjoy!

    Suksesskake SUCCESS CAKE

    Ah, how I love the names of cakes from Norway. Suksess means success, so this cake really does talk itself up a bit and sets expectations high! It does not disappoint. You may wonder where you might have tasted something like this before – the base and topping are very similar to that of the infamous Daim tart available in many supermarkets the world over (and in those big stores that also happen to sell Swedish bookcases). Add melted Daim and extra chocolate on top, and it all falls into place. This cake is wonderfully gluten-free, too.

    200 g/2 cups whole almonds

    160 g/1½ cups icing/confectioners’ sugar

    5 egg whites

    a pinch of salt


    5 egg yolks

    100 ml/⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon whipping cream

    100 g/ ½ cup caster/granulated sugar

    150 g/1¼ sticks butter, cut into small pieces, at room temperature

    milk chocolate curls, to decorate

    2 x 20-cm round cake pans, greased and lined with baking parchment

    SERVES 8

    Preheat the oven to 160°C (325˚F) Gas 3.

    Roughly grind the almonds in a food processor, leaving a few chunkier pieces in there. Combine the ground almonds with the icing/confectioners’ sugar and set aside.

    In a stand mixer (or using a hand-held whisk), beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until lightly stiff. Add the ground almond mixture and gently fold in until incorporated.

    Pour the mixture into the prepared pans and bake in the preheated oven for around 35–40 minutes or until light brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Turn out carefully onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

    Meanwhile, make the topping. Put the egg yolks, whipping cream and caster sugar into a saucepan over a low heat. Bring just to the boil, whisking constantly – as soon as you see the first bubble, quickly take the pan off the heat. To check the mixture is thick enough, dip a spoon in it, then run your finger through the back of the spoon; if the line stays, the mixture is ready.

    Leave the mixture to cool to room temperature. Then slowly beat in the room-temperature butter using a hand-held electric whisk, a little at a time, until you have a nice thick, glossy topping.

    Spread ⅔ of the topping mixture onto the first almond base, add the top layer of almond cake and spread the remaining topping on the top. Decorate with chocolate curls and serve chilled and sliced.

    ScandiKitchen: Fika & Hygge by Brontë Aurell is available here.




    This post was posted in Featured, News, News, Recipes, UK, What's new and was tagged with baking, chocolate, Book Launch, recipe for the weekend, sweet, Scandinavian, 2016

  • Posted on April 15, 2016

    Recipe for the Weekend

    Happy Friday! You may have spotted that over on Instagram all week we’ve been celebrating our new book by Mat Follas, Vegetable Perfection, with a #VegoftheDay picture by the very talented Steve Painter. We've been enjoying highlighting the beauty in vegetables, and how looking beyond the supermarket packaging and uniformity can reveal some real treats! Today’s picture was a beautiful salad of celeriac remoulade with heritage beetroot and since we’re so keen to make it ourselves this weekend, we decided to share. Enjoy!

    Celeriac remoulade with heritage beetroot and fennel


    The balance of the flavours is the key to this dish. The wonderful earthy, sweet flavours of the beetroot/beets, the peppery celeriac, the nutty oil and the fragrant fennel fronds to finish combine for melt-in-the-mouth perfection.

    8 beetroot/beets of various colours

    1 celeriac/celery root

    1 teaspoon English mustard

    2–3 dashes of Tabasco sauce

    1 bag of fresh rocket/arugula

    fennel fronds, to serve

    salt, to season


    200 ml/3/4 cup first-press rapeseed oil, plus extra to serve

    1 egg

    1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

    a pinch of table salt

    First, make mayonnaise for the remoulade; you will need a handheld electric blender and a jug/pitcher of about 300-ml/10-oz. capacity that is only slightly larger in diameter than the blade end of the blender for following this method. Add the oil, egg, vinegar and salt to the jug/pitcher and wait for the egg to settle to the bottom, capture the egg under the base of the blender and, in short bursts of 2–3 seconds, pulse to emulsify the oil and egg together to form mayonnaise. Continue pulsing and slowly draw it up the jug/pitcher until all of the oil is combined to make a thick, yellow mayonnaise.

    Alternatively use 250 ml/1 cup of store-bought mayonnaise or a No-egg Mayonnaise.

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) G as 4.

    To prepare the beetroot/beets, heavily salt them and wrap tightly in foil. Place on the middle shelf of the preheated oven and roast for about 45 minutes.

    Test if they’re cooked through by poking with a toothpick; it should be soft to skewer. Remove from the oven , unwrap from the foil and leave to cool for 30 minutes. Carefully peel off the outer layer, which should fall away easily, leaving you with beautifully cooked beetroot/beets. Slice into thin slices and set aside.

    To make the remoulade, peel the celeriac/celery root and carefully chop into matchstick-sized pieces. Mix with the mayonnaise. Add a generous teaspoon of English mustard and a few dashes of Tabasco, to taste.

    Assemble a handful of rocket/arugula on each plate. Spoon the remoulade over and arrange the sliced beetroot on top. Drizzle with a little rapeseed oil and decorate with fennel fronds.

    Vegetable Perfection by Mat Follas is available here.

    This post was posted in Featured, News, Recipes, UK, What's new and was tagged with beetroot, salad, savoury, Book Launch, vegetables, recipe for the weekend, vegetarian, healthy, 2016

  • Posted on March 2, 2016

    Shades of Grey on tour!

    Assuming you haven’t been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that magnolia is out, and grey is in! And never mind 50, according to the introduction of our new book Shades of Grey, by blogger-extraordinaire Kate Watson-Smyth, there are 500 shades detectable by the human eye! So, it can be a bit of a minefield. We celebrated the publication of this lovely book recently with a blog tour and a launch at the swanky MADE.com show room on Charing Cross Road.

    Very Lovely launch venue, with some beautiful grey pieces of course.

    Naturally we needed 50 Shades of Grey

    We also embarked on a gorgeous blog tour visiting five of our favourite blogs and websites, with sneak peeks and Q&As throughout the week.

    We started things off on Luxpad by Amara where Kate was talking all things grey, and offering advice on how to introduce grey into your home. They illustrated their Q&A with some of the gorgeous photography from the book, including this beautiful kitchen:

    Katy Orme at Apartment Apothecary followed this up with a fab review: “filled with brilliant advice, inspiring images and Kate’s witty writing style is the cherry on the top” – we can’t help but agree!

    On Wednesday Swoonworthy posted a super review and a peek at some of her favourite images from the book, including this lovely sitting room – how much do you want to curl up on this gorgeous sofa?

    The Chromologist featured a second interview with Kate, in which we learned what Kate likes best about this most elusive of colours.

    Finally, we finished up over at The Lifestyle Editor who was definitely ‘seduced by the stunning interiors in this book’.

    What a lovely week! Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to paint our house grey!

    Shades of Grey by Kate Watson-Smyth is available here.

    This post was posted in Book Reviews, Featured, Interviews, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with interiors, event, Book Launch, photos, blog tour, 2016, grey

  • Posted on March 1, 2016

    Flowers that last forever

    We’re all about the homemade gift here at CICO Books Towers, and with Mothers’ Day just around the corner (for those of you in the UK at least), we thought it was time we shared some ideas. These lovely tissue paper flowers are taken from our new book Let’s Get Crafty with Paper & Glue which is part of a new series aimed at introducing even the littlest children to crafty fun! With just some lovely brightly coloured tissue paper, and pipe cleaners, you can make a bunch of flowers for Mum that will last forever!

    Tissue-paper flowers

    Delicate and pretty, these delightful tissue-paper blooms make lovely gifts when bunched up into a colorful bouquet. Look out for multicolored packs of tissue paper in art stores, or collect leftover pieces from presents and packaging to have on hand when you need to say it with flowers.

    What you will need

    Sheets of tissue paper in different colors



    Pipe cleaners


    1. Layer tissue paper: measure and cut 10 pieces of different colored tissue paper, 9½ x 12in (24 x 30cm). Lay them on top of each other.

    2. First crease: fold all the layers of paper over together by about 1.in (3cm) and make a crease.

    3. Make a concertina: continue to fold the tissue paper until the whole thing resembles a concertina.

    4. Shape the strip: cut both ends of the strip into either a curved petal shape or snip it into thin strips using scissors.

    5. Wrap the layers: take a long pipe cleaner, fold it in half, and twist it around the middle of the paper strips.

    6. Make petals: carefully pull each layer of paper out to form the petals.

    7. Attach to twig: twist the pipe cleaner onto the end of a twig. Add a leaf shape if you like.

    Let’s Get Crafty with Paper & Glue is available here. We have also published Let’s Get Crafty with Fabric & Felt, available here.


    For more Mothers’ Day gift inspiration, check out our Spring Flower Pot, Felt Tulips and Origami gift box video tutorials.

    This post was posted in Craft Projects, Featured, UK, Videos, What's new and was tagged with handmade, Mother's Day, Book Launch, crafts for kids, kids, paper crafts, activities for kids, 2016

  • Posted on February 17, 2016

    Modern Pastoral blog tour

    Modern pastoral interiors are about embracing the pared-back lifestyle of living in the country, taking nature as the main point of inspiration…[using] colors, textures and details to create a home in which to unwind - a retreat from the rest of the world

    So begins the blurb of our new book Modern Pastoral by Niki Brantmark (blogger at My Scandinavian Home); this was certainly a sentiment celebrated in last week’s blog tour. Five beautiful blogs shared some of their favourite images from the book, and we’ve rounded up the best of the tour here in one handy post so you can revisit them again and again!

    We kicked off the tour with a lovely post over at Lobster & Swan who said “Modern Pastoral is basically my rustic dream book...filled with beautiful examples of rustic living adapted to modern life”. We love this cushion!

    Our second stop was with Emily Quinton on her new blog, Make Believe. As always, Emily had photographed the book beautifully, and we loved the pairing of the rustic colours on Niki’s book with peachy yellow tulips.

    photo by Emily Quinton

    The middle of the week saw us pay a visit to Little Green Shed where Modern Pastoral was declared an ‘interiors dream’. Lou also included one of our favourite images from the book – this gorgeous outdoors shower!

    We finished up the week with lovely reviews, illustrated by more of James Gardiner’s photographs over on Décor Art UK and SF Girl by Bay, who appreciated the ideas in the book for bringing a small part of nature into your home.

    Wow! What a week! It has certainly inspired us to get back to basics with our interiors, and as lots of the blogs pointed out, it’s so easy to do, whether it’s just displaying some pebbles from a favourite beach, or that wood burner you’ve always wanted! If you’re feeling similarly inspired, make sure you settle down with a nice cup of tea, and simply click the links to read all the posts.

    Modern Pastoral by Niki Brantmark is available here.

    This post was posted in Book Reviews, Featured, News, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with interiors, Book Launch, photos, nature, Scandinavian, 2016, rustic

  • Posted on January 25, 2016

    National Breakfast Week Giveaway

    We're big fans of breakfast here at RPS and CICO Books Towers, whatever time of day! So naturally we were delighted to learn that it's National Breakfast Week and to celebrate, we've got a copy of our brand new book, Breakfast for Dinner, for one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is sign up to our food and drink community below. And for more breakfast goodness, head over to Instagram where we will be sharing a breakfast of the day all week. Good luck! You can find a sample recipe from this book here.

    This post was posted in Competitions, News, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with event, brunch, Book Launch, quick

  • Posted on October 21, 2015

    Chic Boutiquers at Home on tour!

    “Small businesses tend to be more original, ethical and interesting. Let’s support them by shopping from them whenever we can, from small retailers we know and we know we can trust, for durable, long-lasting, well-made products with ethical origins. That’s pretty darn chic.” Ellie Tennant

    Last week we celebrated the publication of Chic Boutiquers at Home by Ellie Tennant with an international blog tour of some of our favourite blogs, including homes from both this book, and Ellie’s first book Design Bloggers at Home. With this pedigree we knew it was going to be a good tour, and we had a poster to match!

    We started the blog tour off at two homes featured in the book. First off, was Lobster and Swan – that gorgeous navy wall on the cover is from their home (we’re more than a little bit jealous!) Jeska said “A must read for interior decor snoopers everywhere and anyone thinking about starting an online business.” And our second day took a look at the Dutch home of Le Souk owner Danielle, on her blog The Style Files. We just love this fireplace!

    Next up we crossed the Atlantic and visited SF Girl by Bay: “the concept only makes perfect sense me — if you’re truly fond of a shop’s look it’s only natural you may love the look of their homes, too.”

    This was followed by a post on VosgesParis who appreciated the accessibility of the ideas featured in the book, as well as the final chapter in the book which offers a kind of ‘How to…’ guide. “The book is packed with plenty of ideas to use in your own home and a wealth of tempting new shops to explore…[and] the final ‘How to Launch Your Own Online Shop’ chapter is crammed with invaluable practical advice’.

    Over on Happy Mundane, blogger Jonathan Lo chatted to Ellie about the book, and included some of his favourite images.

    Finally, we finished up a gorgeous week with My Scandinavian Home and a peek inside the Copenhagen home of Kristina Dam.

    What a week! We had a blast, and hope you did too. Make sure you click through to read all the blog posts and if your appetite has been well and truly whetted, Chic Boutiquers at Home is available here.

    All photographs by James Gardiner

    This post was posted in Book Reviews, Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with interiors, Book Launch, photos, blog tour, Lobster and Swan, 2015, Scandinavian, Ellie Tennant, Chic Boutiquers

  • Posted on September 25, 2015

    Treats from The Scandi Kitchen...

    This week we celebrated the launch of our Book of the Week, The Scandi Kitchen by Brontë Aurell, at the café in Fitzrovia. We had a lovely evening, very well looked after by the ScandiKitchen Café team, with a smörgåsbord of tasty canapés! Here's a few snaps from the party, and you can see all our photos over on our Facebook page but in the meantime we wanted to share with you a recipe for one of the sweet treats we enjoyed! Best of all, it is no-bake and super simple!



    All children in Scandinavia know how to make these. Simply the easiest no-bake treat to make – and utterly delicious to snack on. If you prefer less coffee flavour, you can leave it out and add a dash of milk or chocolate milk instead.

    250 g/2¼  sticks butter

    400 g/4 cups rolled oats

    175 g/¾ cup caster/granulated sugar

    4 tablespoons cocoa powder

    4 tablespoons strong, cooled coffee

    1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

    desiccated/dried shredded coconut, sugar sprinkles or pearl sugar, to decorate


    Blitz all the ingredients, except the coconut, sugar sprinkles or pearl sugar in a food processor or mix by hand (but allow the butter to soften before doing so).

    Put the mixture in the fridge to firm up a bit before using or it can be a bit too sticky. Add more oats if you feel the mixture is too soft.

    Roll into 2.5-cm/1-in. diameter balls, then roll each ball in either desiccated/dried shredded coconut, sugar sprinkles or pearl sugar.

    Firm up in the fridge before eating – they will keep for up to a week in the fridge.

    That’s it! Perfect for your next fika! The Scandi Kitchen by Brontë Aurell is available here.

    This post was posted in Featured, News, Recipes, UK, What's new and was tagged with baking, event, chocolate, Book Launch, recipe for the weekend, quick, sweet, 2015

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