Thursday, 18 June 2015

The Beautiful Stores of Bath.

Last week I went to Bath with David to celebrate his birthday and to swoon over the beautiful Georgian Architecture.  While there, I spent a few wonderful hours wandering up and down the streets and browsing around the fabulous stores.

I've been visiting Bath for many years and always admire the superb frontage of The Fine Cheese Co. Step inside to find the most delicious wines, cheeses and treats.

Again another old favourite of mine - Suzanna's antiques and textiles are exquisite.  Her lace, crystals, and quilts are from a bygone era, so feminine, so French and so decadent - I love these gorgeous pieces.

In complete contrast, the Fig Store is only one year old.  You must step inside to see and feel the full beauty and ambiance of the vintage, utility furnishings and simple, new accessories.  A breath of fresh air!

Another new store on the block - Avenida Home belongs to my friend Isobelle, whom I know from meeting at various exhibitions in London, Paris and Tokyo.  Her work is beautiful - modern trays, table mats and coasters with contemporary prints.  

Another little store that always catches my eye is The British Hatter.  If you're after a panama - here it is!
There are so many more beautiful stores in Bath - watch this space for more.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Judging at 'Simply Cheshire'

I was delighted to be asked to judge the 'Best in Show' at 'Simply Cheshire' last weekend.  The event, which was a new shopping fair, was held at Arley Hall & Gardens.

This is one of the best of its type of event that I've been to, with it's very high standards, great mix of products, food and drink.  The greatest thing was -  the producers and creative artists all either came from, or worked within Cheshire.

A lovely sunny day!

Local Cider from Dunham Press

Lizzie Prestt with her beautiful line drawings and homewares.

With the local charity, The Joshua Tree.

Inspecting the stands in the Cruck Barn.  So much to see and all such high quality, beautiful products.

Admiringthe beautiful bespoke gloves by Humphrey's.

The winner of the 'Best in Show' is Lou from 'Ox Eye Daisy'.  Her painted garden shed looked a treat in the cobbled courtyard of the Tudor Barn.  Also here are Sally and Suzie, the organisers and Ben, fellow judge from Savills.

In 2nd palce - Jam Industries - I thought that this sophistocated surf wear and strong branding were fantastic. 

In 3rd place is Anna Flora, in conjunction with Tom Brown.  Anna made a glorious display of flowers, intermingled with Tom's antiques and curiosities.

  Well done Sally and Suzie, a wonderful event!

Export Week Talk for Creative Business Women.

As last week was Export Week, I took part in an event organised by UK Trade & Investment.  I was asked to speak at a special lunch event on Friday for creative business women in the West Midlands.

Here I'm sitting next to the Host, Sara Williams.

My task was to tell the women about my export experiences and to inspire them to have a go! 

The ladies on my left seemed to be enjoying the talk.

The ladies on my left were smiling too.  

I talked about New York, Paris, Tokyo, Osaka and the Price of Wales!

Hopefully I made some impact!

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


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.