Fab Friday Picks

Fab Friday Picks

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Every Friday we share our favourite finds…

Pop in to see us at The Embankment Summer Market today, rain or shine we will be there!

 

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015

I took a little trip to London last Thursday to visit Clerkenwell Design Week, did you know that Clerkenwell has more creative business per square mile than anywhere else in the world! I did not. It’s always fun to go check out what’s new and trending and there is always such a great atmosphere! The festival is huge, I probably only saw about a quarter of it.
Clerkenwell Design Week 2015How gorgeous is the venue above, it looked like some kind of ancient Roman bath house, all the showrooms are pop ups in buildings around Clerkenwell. The weird structure in the above was the invisible store of happiness, a beautiful bentwood piece made from maple and cherry wood.
Clerkenwell Design Week 2015My favourite showroom at the festival is Additions in the crypt, it’s where all the smaller items are showcased, ceramics, textiles that kind of thing. How stunning is the above painting from whitebeam studios, the launched a gorgeous range of ceramics at design week. Now for something quite interesting, alicja patanowska created these porcelain objects that can rest on most glasses and allows you to observe the growing process, and when turned upside down become mini green houses. You can read more about it on her site, fascintating.
Clerkenwell Design Week 2015On the left is an insanely intricate, hand-painted plate from Lunarium from the Lunar collection, there designs are all based on patterns from nature, they are really beautiful and striking. How cute is this little knitted stool, it’s from Rose Sharp Jones, I love all her little stools and chairs, she has cushions too! (I didn’t manage to snap photos of either of these two designers so I’ve have used these from their websites).
Clerkenwell Design Week 2015The rest of what I saw was very furniture and lighting focused. The lovely coloured glass pendants above are from Curiousa & Curiousa, they are all free blown without moulds, that’s pretty amazing! I especially loved their display, crates, with all different coloured wallpaper designs with their lights hanging inside, so clever. Colourful stacking chairs from Very Good and Proper, made me think of school but way prettier!
Clerkenwell Design Week 2015Unfortunately I didn’t get the names of the designers in the above photos, I’m embarassed to say! So if you know who they are let me know and I will link it to their sites. That gorgeous copper table was so lovely, I snapped that photo for Vicky, her copper obsession is still going strong! How amazing is that light fixture, made me think of this chandelier. Hanging planters are still right on trend and this little one was too adorable not to take a picture of, the planter itself had a gorgeous matte texture. Lastly, this chair, what a statement piece! Love the gold legs. Were you at Clerkenwell design week? What was your favourite stand?

Fab Friday Picks

Fab Friday Picks

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  • Every little boy dreams of being a superhero at some point in his childhood, this little boys dreams came true and his dad transformed him into a super hero, just another day in the life of a Dreamworks animator.
  • Last weekend I didn’t get much time to do any spring sprucing around the house, this bank holiday weekend will be spent painting, cleaning and attempting DIYs.  First on my list is my tree stump side table, right now it is just a tree stump but with these great tips, it should be a side table by the end of the weekend.  Once we have everything done and if I have time…I may attempt this gorgeous Spring/Summer wreath (what a great idea, to use an old hanger).
  • With all the upcoming festivals, concerts and weddings, I am very busy doing hair-ups, blow dries and braids.  Here are a few fantastic celebrity braids, my favourite is definitely Margot Robbie’s stunning braided upstyle, lets get braiding!
  • It is Bank holiday weekend and if you’re not planning to spend it spring cleaning then get out there while the sun is shining and make the most of our gorgeous British gardens.  Or you could dust of the BBQ, invite your mates over and serve them homemade mango sorbet for dessert…sounds like a great plan!
  • I know for a fact I am not alone when I say I am addicted to Game of Thrones at the moment, I had a late start but have made it to the end of the second season in a month (sad I know), apparently Coldplay are also fans of Game of Thrones, so much that Chris Martins has tried to make a musical out of it.

That’s all for today, have a super weekend.

 

Behind the Scenes 8

Behind the Scenes 8

We started April off with a little pop-up sale, we set up shop in my house and, I baked some delicious treats and we had all our friends round for a day of shopping and champers.
Behind the Scenes 8 - Pop-up ShopThe weather has been a little hit and miss with some beautiful summery days and some grey, rainy ones too. When the suns been out we’ve been taking full advantage, working in the garden, barbecues and morning runs. My garden and the neighbourhood is in full bloom!
Behind the Scenes 8 - Summer WeatherNow that I’ve finished my dining table I’ve started working on my next project, a beat up old dresser I bought on ebay. I’ve spent the last month or so stripping and sanding it. It already looks a million times better and it’s finally ready for a new coat of paint, now I just have to decide on a colour!
Behind the Scenes 8 -Dresser DIYVicky and I have spent a bit of time in London this month with hen do’s, dinners and wine tastings. Gary and I went to the Duck and Waffle with some friends, delicious food, funky cocktails and what a view! Vicky finally took advantage of a gift she got at Christmas and enjoyed an evening of cheese and wine tasting at Leadenhall!
Behind the Scenes 8 - LondonI’ve mentioned before I have a few weddings this summer so I’ve had two hen do’s the past few weeks. The  first was a rib ride down the Thames, we had so much fun seeing all the sites at high speed! Thanks goodness it was a sunny day. The second was even more extreme, Go Ape! Even though I’ve done it three times before I still get a little nervous, those trees were so high but the gorgeous views of Trent park made all the sweaty palms worth it.
Behind the Scenes 8 - London & Trent Park While I was ziplining through the trees, Vicky was in the little village of Midhurst in Sussex. She visited the Cowdray ruins and snapped some beautiful pics, she even squeezed in a quick trip down to Portsmouth.
Behind the Scenes 8 - MidhurstWe’ve been busy doing some fun styled shoots behind the scenes here in the office, updating all the products on our shop and making them look all pretty, go have a look!
Behind the Scenes 8 - ShopatvaYou can catch us at the Embankment Summer Market next Friday, we’ll have a little stall, come and say hi!

Dinosaur Platter |Terracotta Moon BowlTin Can Bowl | White Roses Jug | Vintage Beach Bucket Planter

Fab Friday Picks

Fab Friday Picks

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Every Friday we share our favourite finds from the week…

  • Born in the 80s but my best memories are from the 90s, we grew up with rock music, too much sugar and the best mobile phones.  Better than a phone that lasted for a few weeks on one charge was the snake game that most spent hours perfecting…Snake is now coming to smart phones (I may have to give it a go for old time sake).  Nirvana was a band known to all teenagers in the 90s, Im sure you all remember the baby photo on the cover of the Nevermind album, but have you seen the behind the scenes shots?
  • Our office is looking quite drab at the moment, I’m thinking we need to spruce it up with a deep clean, a few plants and maybe even cover a whole wall with post-it note superheroes (not quite sure we have time or space, but was worth the try).
  • We are all hoping for a long and hot summer this year, BBQs are being cleaned, grass seed is starting to work its magic and seven pubs in Bristol have had their walls decorated with fantastic graffiti art.
  • Thinking of summer makes me think of strawberries, nothing better than British Strawberries, Abi has a thriving strawberry garden and once those beauties pop up we can try out a few of these great Strawberry recipes.
  • I Started with the 90s and will end today on one of my all time favourites Jean-Claude Van Damme recreating, possibly the best scene from any of his movies, the pub scene in Kickboxer…he certainly still has the moves.

That’s all for now, enjoy the sunshine!