My Week in Instagram #3: Colour & Concrete

Friday, 17 March 2017

So the sun, at last, has popped its cheery head out and said hello this week and boy am I thankful. Living by the coast though means that for every day with sunshine there is an equal and opposite day of sea fog.  The temperature difference is playing havoc with my wardrobe. One minute thickish coat and scarf and the next a t-shirt (and lugging heavy cumbersome coat around!)

I managed to slip two little-known facts about me into two Instagram posts this week. It surprising when you share something personal how the response gives you the "phew, not just me then" feeling. It's one of the great community effects of Instagram that I am enjoying so much, the chatting with people you havent yet met and having a "me too" moment.

On Tuesday I spent the day at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre and the Kings Road looking at all the lovely new lines being launch at London Design week. If you were following along on my IGStories you'll have seen lots of fabric, tiles, furniture and some fantastic wallpapers.

I've been busy working on a social media strategy for a brand here in Brighton and so haven't been as dedicated to my beach walks which I am missing terribly. I must carve out the time for this as it really does seem to keep on an even keel. It's an easy trap to fall into but I must find the time and relegate the house chores if necessary to make it happen - hurray!

I hope the sunshine stays.

6 of my Favourite finds from Ambiente Frankfurt

Friday, 10 March 2017

While I can't say that I've been to more trade shows than I've had hot dinners I can say that I'm a fully paid-up trade show veteran. So far this year I've been to four and we haven't even hit March's shows yet. A couple of weeks ago I made my maiden voyage to Ambiente in Frankfurt a B2B consumer goods show with an emphasis on living, giving and dining.  
I had three days scheduled for the show and honestly, I thought that would be plenty. In reality, I didn't see more than half.  I have a game plan I follow for new shows - research the exhibitors before I go so I can see the ones I'm really interested in, target the contemporary interiors section first and then retreat to the press room - if available - and ask the press team what I shouldn't miss. While I followed my own advice the sheer volume of exhibitors and my own curiosity conspired to derail me. 

My Week in Instagram #2: Trade shows

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

I'm calling this #2 but in reality its actually 4 weeks since I started this series, as I got waylaid with being out of the country and then having the lurgey.  The bug still persists but I am at least back shuttling between Brighton and London again. It's tough doing the commute at the moment as the joy of British Rail is that it doesn't work if its wet, windy, too cold or too hot.  Then throw into the mix strikes and its a hot mess really.

But March has arrived. The sun will be shining more and the days will begin to get longer. What am I thinking it'll most likely be wet, wet, wet. Still though, it is March and the year is rapidly slipping through my fingers.  Next month I'll be off to Italy to Milan and Turin and also to Paris so that's all rather exciting. 

Why you need a bar cart and other stories

Saturday, 11 February 2017

So this week is going to be chocka block with design as I am visiting the Stockholm Furniture Fair  and Northern Light Fair in Sweden and then at the weekend I'll be hot footing it to Frankfurt to attend Ambiente. Ambiente is probably one of the biggest trade fairs you've never heard of. In fact it is the largest trade fair in Germany and focuses on design, tableware, gifts and home d├ęcor.  In 2016, more than 4,386 exhibitors showcased their latest product offerings and with that in mind I think I'm going to have to don some serious walking shoes for this one. So keep your eyes peeled in instagram for plenty of instant updates. 

Something I've noticed at the trade fairs this year that I initially scratched my head about was the number of bar carts that I have seen exhibited. To me they are "trolleys" but I stand corrected, as I have been called out on this. Tea trolley's, bar carts, butler trays..... it's a thing.  A trend that I have seen in US shelter magazines seems to be hitting Europe - hard. Are we all raging alcoholics who can't keep our liquor behind closed cabinet doors but need it much closer to hand? It might not be a surprise to hear that alcohol sales go up in times of uncertainty. Or is that we all want a little space to show off our sophistication or our styling skills. Is the bar cart in fact the new display cabinet? (Flashback to my Mum’s corner unit displaying her china knick knacks in the 1970’s - whoa)

Whatever the reason the designers and brands are showing them styled impeccably of course at the likes of Paris Maison & Objet and Stockholm furniture fair. So what would you put on your trolley?
Having a bar cart though is a real styling opportunity, if you don't have a 4 year old like me. Just think of all those pretty glasses and barware paraphernalia you'll need. You'll need to have a stack of beautiful coffee table books and probably fresh flowers or some succulents... it's a stylist dream.  Oh and of course Gin... or whatever your preferred tipple is. While I might be poking a little bit of fun at this, they are actually a really practical side table option because you can move them so readily. Perfect for small multifunctional living rooms for example. 

images by: Gubi, A2, Kaymet, byLassen and Mary Middleton for hellopeagreen


Elsewhere this week: Stockholm Furniture Fair 2017

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The beginning of the year and my second overseas trade show already completed. I’ve put together my 14 highlights for Interior Design Magazine from StockholmFurniture Fair and Northern Light Fair. In the next two weeks I'll be bringing you my personal thoughts and favourites – I’ve got another trade show to attend before I’ll have a chance to write a post.

My biggest take away from Stockholm was the colour – so much of it pink – and lots of colour blocking. You might have seen some of this over on my instagram. The trend section by Lotta Agaton was knock out as you can see below (top 2 pics).
images by: Stockholm Furniture Fair and Louis Poulsen
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