Friday, 29 July 2011

Happy Weekend!

On a recent photoshoot for Heart Home Magazine I came across a designer's work which particularly drew my attention. It was the colour combintion of pinks and blues that I found so appealing. I realise I am having a complete colour crush on these two colours, arent they just so delightful?! These pastel tones are just ever so dreamy, wouldnt you agree?

On this note I wish you all a happy weekend, I will try to relax with the hubby and spend some quality time as next week will be all work and no play....

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Vintage Editions By Graham & Brown

I am loving the new collection of ‘Vintage Editions’ wallpapers designed by Graham & Brown in collaboration with Wayne Hemmingway. It launches this week as part of the Vintage Festival happening on London’s Southbank. It's a great celebration of the very best in British style from decades gone by.  They have come up with four retro style designs that I think are fabulous, what do you think?
This design is called Loopy Lines, love the colour and love the fact they look like flowing books....

Deco Diamond is probably one of my favourites, Inspired by 1930s glamour, this Art-Deco pattern is just gorgeous.

Stretched Diamond is another cool design from the collection. Love the earthy mustard tone colours.

 Last in the collection is Grid which combines a 1950s quirky retro print, how fun!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Inspiring: Rue Magazine's July/August Issue

Wow is all I can say to Rue magazine's latest issue. What a gem it truly is. Colourful, vibrant, sassy, I am absolutely loving it. Is it possible that each issue gets better and better?! I absolutely loved Mariska Meijer's feature, and that desert shoot was ever so dreamy. All houses, products featured were just so visually exiting. Rue is truly rocking my world at the moment! Great work girls, truly inspiring indeed!

A selection of my favourite images from Rue Magazine.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Mydeco Boutique Winter Collection 2011

I really love this time of year when you get to have a sneak peek at the winter collections. OK so it is supposedly summer and trust me I do not want it to end, but new collections just excite me any how.

This morning I headed down to see the Mydeco Boutique winter collection. I have to say I was really impressed by the quality of products. Fun, quirky and colourful seemed to be the theme, also beautifully styled by the the lovely Emily Blunden. Here is a selection of the ones that caught my eye.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Happy Weekend! P.S. It's My Birthday

Well it's heading up to the weekend again and I cannot believe how fast this week has flown by! Again I am so sorry if I have been absent from the blog but this week has been manic. I was off on Wednesday and Thursday all day on photoshoots for Heart Home Magazine. I have to say I am so excited with the results so far and I cannot wait to share it all with you in September...yay not long to go now!

Well, as today is my birthday I am taking the day off work, away from social media, emails and anything else computer related. Have a lovely weekend and I leave you with a couple of moodboards that generally reflect how I am feeling today... Simply happy.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Henrietta Dubrey Art Exhibition

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I just got back from Italy mixing work and pleasure. Been working on a project which has been so nice, very slow but really enjoyable. Still have lots of small details to sort out but finally all finishes are sorted. It is looking lovely and I am kicking myself I didn't take any pictures to share with you. I promise once it is all done up I will...

In the mean time back in London I popped down to Skandium to see the art exhibition of Henrietta Dubrey. I love her oil paintings as they are reminiscence of influences from Picasso and Matisse mixed together. I adore her vivacious colours and basically her freedom of movement. Dubrey says 'my work is generally described as abstract, although I would describe my paintings as autobiographical deconstructions and reconstructions of life'. I really like that description, it's exactly what her art pieces convey.

Henrietta now lives and works in West Penwith on the north coast of Cornwall. Her inspirations range from books, magazines, music to family life and holidays. It clearly shows in her work and if her curriculum is anything to go by, it really is rather impressive. Having studied painting in London at the Byam Shaw School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools in the late 1980s she really is a raw talent. What do you think? Are you loving her artwork as much as I do? Her colours are just divine, just what the doctor ordered with this miserable weather around!

Henrietta Dubrey's Art Exhibition at the Skandium Brompton and Marylebone stores is from 18th-31st July. Definitely worth a visit!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Inspiring Interiors: Maurice Padovani

I just discovered an interior designer whose work really excites me via Desire to Inspire. His name is Maurice Padovani and he has been an interior designer in Marseilles since 1985. 

Definitely not one to stay stuck in a rut, Maurice has moved with the times producing fabulous modern, eclectic fresh interiors. I am particularly loving these interiors with it's divine wooden finishes, fabulous light fittings, cool pieces of furniture and those stairs are quite something! Definitely a space I wouldn't have trouble living in ;)

Images via Maurice Padovani website.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Today I'm Loving... Jo Heckett

Aren't her pieces so pretty? Jo Heckett creates such gorgeous, colourful porcelain gifts, jewellery and magnets. Whether your looking for bespoke or off the peck pieces she can create anything to your liking. I think they make lovely gifts and I also love the idea of personalised table tiles, so sweet.

Based in her London studio, the Cockpit Arts, Jo loves the simple things in life and I believe it clearly shows through her work, it's about simplicity and also quality.

Images via Jo Heckett website.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Inspiring Creative Work Spaces

I have been contemplating doing up my work space for quite some time now. It's one of those things I have been putting off but I have been collecting ideas in the mean time. It's clear to me the kind of style and feel I want for my place just by looking at all of my favourite images. Crispy clean white walls is a must, white desk tick, and lots of wall space to pin my ideas and inspirations.

I absolutely adore the above work space from Nina from Stylizimo. Its black & white palette is gorgeous and for me those crates are divine. What a fantastic idea for storage and it really softens up the palette. Loving the hanging of all of her inspirations, it is just such a pretty work space.

Another space that I love is from Anna Malin via Decor8. As you can see I am drawn to clean white colours and obvioulsy to that desk, as the base is exactly the same to the previous image, I think they are both from ikea.

I also love this 'industrial' feel space from VT Wonen via Bodie & Fou. Loving those shelves and that pendant light...

Also the two images above via Pinterest have a pretty vintagesque feel to them which I find so appealing. I guess white walls and a white desk is definitely something that falls into my style. I hope to find the time and sort out my work space, once I do I promise to share before and after pictures with all of you :)

Friday, 8 July 2011

Friday Inspiration: Noma Restaurant

I have never been to Copenhagen or anywhere in the Scandinavian region but definitely a place I would like to venture to. I am always so intrigued by their design style that they just seem to be a totally stylish bunch. I recently came across images of the Noma Restaurant in Copenhagen and completely fell in  love with their interiors. A touch of shabby chic perhaps?! Absolutely adore the rustic wall finishes and those wooden beams are divine.

The magic behind these interiors are from an Interiors and Architecture company called, SPACE based in Copenhagen. They have an extensive portfolio with other stunning interiors to drool over. It's not really surprising this restaurant was voted Best Restaurant in the world, surely it has something to do with their interiors?!

Have a fabulous weekend friends and lets hope it's a sunny one! I'm actually away all of next week to finish off a project in Italy but I will still be online, blogging, twitter, facebook you name :)

Images Noma Restaurant.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

One To Watch: Elli Popp By Katja Behre

I have been a long time fan of these exquisite luxury wall coverings and home accessories from Elli Popp. Therefore I am excited to have today, on the blog the talented designer behind this brand, Katja Behre. Fun, quirky and incredibly romantic these designs are just what dreams are made of... Here Katja shares a little bit more about herself and some insight into her incredible creative world.

When did you realise you had a passion for design? 
It sort of happened by accident... First my plan was to study Psychology, then Art Therapy and then it narrowed itself down to either Photography or Colour Design. I got accepted for both courses and as the Colour Design course started half a year earlier, I ended up doing this. So it went from Psychology to Design ;-) Very unexpected, though I always had a lot of fun with Art and Design - I did my A levels in Art and had one of the best marks. So a very 'unplanned' path I ended up walking.

Where do you inspirations come from? 
From everywhere you can imagine: Music gigs, streets, gardens, parks, nature, London's nightlife, museums/galleries, dinners/parties with friends, travelling, crazy London fashion, car boot sales, flea markets and vintage sales, cafe's and Restaurants; literally  everything ;-)

What has been the highlight of your career so far?  
To be where I am with my company - looking back and realising how far I came. Also not knowing what the future will bring.

What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time? 
The unexpected, I tempt not to plan too far ahead as it always comes different than you plan, wish and think!

What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most? 
All the dead ones - ghosts and other creatures.... ;-) Erte, Klimt, Renoir, Alexander Mc Queen and Coco Chanel.

What five words best describe you?  
Laughing - smiling, very active, a night owl - I hate getting up before 9.30 but don't mind working till 2-3am. Reliable, loyal and a little nuts ;-)

What five things couldn't you live with out?   
My music, my favourite decorative pieces/furniture/plants, my favourite cloths, my bike, my friends and my so much loved boyfriend - if humans count for this question ;-)

A big thank you to Katja for taking time out, I know she has been super busy which is not surprising really! I really do hope that you love her designs as much as I do :)

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Today I'm Loving... Michelle Griffiths

I have spotted her work awhile ago during Last year's Origin Craft Fair, (here is an old post showing my highlights from the show). Her unusual textiles did catch my eye and her use of whites and creams, I find very calming. Michelle Griffiths is a professional artist based in South Wales where her work explores the natural rhythm of traditional shibori techniques (Japanese term) where she creates contemporary three dimensional sculptures. Michelle did spend some time in Japan to watch and master this technique and adopted it for her designs with a modern twist. I love her diversity and the way she plays with the textures.

What do you think? don't you think they are unusually pretty?

Images via Shibori.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Friday Inspiration: Mowie Kay Magazine

Wow I have died and gone to heaven. Excuse my ignorance but I only recently discovered Mowie kay and his deliciously mouth watering blog, Mowielicious. Wow a food stylist and photographer whose stunning pictures I can literally just stare at all day. Growing up in a family of bakers, his passion for food and photography developed and aren't we so grateful that it did?! What's even more exciting, he has just launched his first online digital magazine, Mowiekay and 'wow' it is fabulous indeed. This is just non stop eye candy at its finest. I couldn't stop oohing and ahing, it is simply divine. 

What also surprised me was a styling feature by Holly Becker herself (pg 61-71). She styled, photographed and wrote the article herself and it was definitely a stunning feature. I mean seriously is there any stopping this woman, whatever she touches turns into magic :)

Therefore, I leave you some tasteful and definitely inspiring images from the magazine! Perfect for a Friday inspiration, enjoy and have a fabulous weekend my lovelies :)

The above feature is by Holly Becker. I was simply blown away at her stylishly styled table setting. Isn't it lovely? So feminine and just totally delicately exquisite.

  Mowie Kay not only styles food but also flowers and he sure isn't too bad in that department either, simply stunning!

To think he styles and photographs everything is pretty impressive. Simply talented he is and a real inspiration.
Images from Mowie Kay Magazine.