Saturday, 16 May 2015

Photo Shoots and Birthday Cakes.



Yesterday my home was taken over by Maggie, Spike and Gaby who were shooting for an interiors magazine.  Here are a few behind the scenes quick snaps ....

Maggie setting the table 
Another corner of the room
Silver walls



 We raced ahead of the shots - plumping cushions, moving tables, arranging flowers, making tea.
                               
Spike takes a break while we prep the next shot.
Some new cushions!

A corner of Camille's room

All done, then a cup of tea and a lovely birthday cake.  A 'grand finale' to a great day - I made a big wish and blew out the candles.

The heart shaped cake baked by Jo - yum!

I love having my birthday at this time of year - such an abundance of beautiful flowers





                                                                       I Love Birthdays!



Saturday, 31 January 2015

My Brand New China with Hudson & Middleton


Yesterday, Jo and I went to meet Helen at the Hudson & Middleton pottery in Stoke-on-Trent - to see the transfers go onto the new collection.
With Helen Smith from Hudson & Middleton.

My new china mugs waiting to have their edges painted.

Voila!  Jo holding the new Butterfly and Angel china mugs .

Linda painting the black edges.

Lesley applying the harlequin pattern.
Panic not!  The yellow areas are just part of the transfer paper which will disappear in firing.

Lesley applying diamond transfers to the new china


We can't wait to see all the finished pieces at the launch this weekend, at the Spring Fair, Birmingham. 





Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Most Exciting Christmas Store in Town!


I took a train to London early on Saturday to do some Christmas shopping and on my list were shops rather than presents.  I wanted the 'experience' or should I say the 'buzz' that you just cannot get when 'shopping on line'.

My favourite stores are Liberty of London, Fortnum & Mason and Designers Guild.  All were wonderful in their own fabulous, quirky and British way and all of them sparkling with Christmasness.

My final stop was The Conran Shop at the Bibendum building and I wished it had been my first!  It was just amazing!


A Snowman Christmas Party in full swing in the windows - it looked so funny and inviting that the store was absolutely full!



I walked around in wonder and was completely dazzled by the theme, the light and the colour - a breath of fresh air!  It was magical!


The magic continued throughout the store.


All the tables were ready for a party.







Well Done Jasper, this is beautiful!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Windows of London Fashion Week.




I took a couple of hours out from the fair today for some window theropy - here are my favourites.  All dressed up for London Fashion Week and all inspired by last season's Chanel Supermarket theme, created by the great maestro of fashion, Kaiser Karl Lagerfeld.


Kaiser Karl's Chanel Supermarket - the inspiration.

My first stop was Selfridges - so famous for their windows particularly at Christmas and national events.  All the windows were dedicated to London Fashion week with different themes for each designer portrayed.  I just chose a couple of them to show you - with the supermarket product theme.

Mochino's Beer and Popcorn - fabulous!

Cheese Dress and Biscuit Dress - Gorgeous!



I moved on down Oxford Steet and WOW!  Look what I saw in Debenhams -

window after window of supermarket inspiration!


Blue Wash Checkout


Lipstick Red

Pastels

Winter Greens

Beauty Pinks.

On to Bond Street - and here is the best bag!  The supermarket theme taken to new territory - £1,200.00
I would start saving up but it's too late - the blue ones are all sold out!  Anya is now taking orders for black, grey and navy versions!  

I love this bag!

London Fashion Week is now so big in the British calendar that the Fashion Week Windows of London are becoming as famous as the Christmas Windows.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Shooting Christmas in St Leonards on Sea

Last week, I drove down to the south coast with Jo, my assistant, to shoot our newest collections.  Our photographer, Caroline Arber and her husband Bob, have just bought a very elegant Victorian villa in St Leonards on Sea, and we are the very first to shoot there.  As you can see from these few snaps, it really is a beautiful place and the perfect backdrop for my products.


The 1st shot - Black Magic Christmas

Black and red magic!

More Black Magic!

Caroline's wonderful French and Swedish furniture add a certain 'Je ne sais quoi' to the proceedings.

While we were there we went to the beach at nearby Hastings and saw the amazing fishermens' black wooden huts.  Here's Jo wearing one of our new T shirts beside one of the huts.

Jo wearing Love Bird Sweatshirt

Look out for our new T shirt collection - coming soon.


Caroline and Jo 

Looking for the next location beside the sea in Hastings. 

Hoping to have a bit more time to see the old towns and check out the famous vintage and antique shops next time we go down to shoot.  A really lovely piece of the great British seaside.


Happy New Home Caroline and Bob.






Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Prepping for a Photo Shoot


Today I’m preparing for a photo shoot down on the south coast.  While I gather up my newest collections and props, it takes me back to the one we did in Cornwall earlier this year.  

A perfect day

It was the most beautiful summers day – blue sky, blue sea.  Not bad for 12th March!



September 2014 issue.

Commissioned by Country Homes & Interiors magazine – the results are in the September 2014 issue, which is on sale now.



My Seaside China
I scurried around setting up china, plumping up cushions, making beds and creating little niches to catch the camera's eye!


Mixed-up china


My China Black Collection
How did that dog get in there?



My Eye Cushion
             The Eye is one of my favourite cushions - yet it didn't make it into the magazine!


Vintage Tattoo Collections

The funky Vintage Tattoo Collection  has travelled far since the shoot - now available in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong.



The last shot


Pimm's O'clock!
                                                           It’s a wrap!


                 To see more - pop out to buy the magazine or check our press area here:
                 Press, Country Homes & Interiors.




                 Praying for great weather again this week - watch out for more shoot news soon....



Friday, 15 August 2014

A Little Store in Tokyo


It started in Paris when we launched our Vintage Tattoo Collection at Maison & Objet.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jo was applying the tattoo treatment....


Yoichi, from HP Deco, feeling the pain!


              While exhibiting in Tokyo in June – we met our friends again from HP Deco



We were invited to visit their store and after battling across Tokyo through heavy rain - 
           we entered an oasis of total and utter beauty, a mini department store....



                                                   ....filled with wonder and delight.

                    We were mesmerised!  

                                                               Look at these snaps ....


The power of colour!


The dark and mysterious Tea Bar


Birds of a feather!


Exquisite antiques


Marbled pottery.


Flying fishes.

                                                                    
Beautiful brollies for the rainy season.


Upstairs - a kimono can be made just for you.


           And then I spied my Seaside Collection, casually displayed upon a garden bench.

My Seaside Collection at HP Deco


                           Then a photo opportunity with the staff .....




.                            ...and a lovely present of specially blended tea to take home.

Tea from a very special store in Tokyo.


                     Looking forward to our next visit to Japan.....