Monday, 31 October 2011

Monday Inspiration - Project Install

After a busy time with my trip to Paris, then London Design festival and then the London Art festival, I am now looking forward to winter.  But before I can start planning my Christmas décor, next month I am installing a project in a Grade II listed building. I’m really looking forward to seeing the hard work and planning for this project fully visualised for my clients. 
We are very close to the finish line on this one, can't wait.

Images via Mary Middleton Design, TartanScot blog, Pinterest, House & Garden and tumblr_Lovinglysimple

Sunday, 30 October 2011

And the winner is…..

The winner of the set of Jonathan Adler books - Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors and Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessorising is....
Vickie H
Once I have your address Vickie these two wonderful books will be winging their way to you in the post.

To see the original giveaway post click here


Friday, 28 October 2011

HighStreet Hits - Chairs

Today I am kicking off a new regular series focusing on super buys from the High Street and online.  A “Where to go” to find great products to suit everyone’s purse.

With new homes getting smaller and the way in which we use our homes changing, modern homes often do not have a dedicated space for formal dining. Which means that dining room chairs can be a neglected part of an interior. Obviously if you entertain so much that you could be on “Come dine with me” or you have the space for a separate dining room this might not be a problem.  However having chairs that blend with the rest of your decor means that you can use them elsewhere  - a chair in the bedroom or hallway for putting on shoes for example.

The simple café chair always a winner and you can mix and match these colours. Café Chair various colours from John Lewis £99
Padded seat’s are worth considering for enhanced seating comfort like Waldorf chair in dark oak from DWELL £149 and Valentina Dining Chair by Habitat £160

If you’ve always hankered after Carl Hansen’s Wishbone chair but couldn’t afford the £500+ per chair, then you may well like this pair of Valder Dining room chairs from for £119

This design classic can be used inside and out and comes in a range of colours. Panton S Chair in Red John Lewis £180
The design classic Eames DSR Chair Mustard John Lewis £205 would look great against a grey or dark painted wall.
Skirted chairs are a bit like marmite you either love them or you don’t. However a skirted chair can be a stylish asset to a room - dreamy, romantic, and useful. When a dining room chair is lacking in interest or hasn’t been loved (aka a bit tatty) a skirted slipcover can add something decorative and attractive – and can be done by you if you’re a crafty person.
IKEA Henriksdal chair with armrests £109
Pair of Conran Chairs with Covers Marks & Spencer £299

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The List - I've got to have it

Part “wish” list
Part “lust” list
Part “things I have seen/found” list
In essence an edit; a short-list.
In honour of Halloween I hope you like this gothic inspired edit as much as I do. The items are as follows;

Click here to see September’s List

Monday, 24 October 2011

Monday Inspiration - It is the beautiful bird...

It is the beautiful bird.... which gets caged – not caged exactly, but their likeness immortalised on film and in fabric. 

When I was in the Jonathan Adler store last week I came across the work of Leila Jeffreys in her series the portraits of budgerigar. Having looked on her website I think the two shown are – Mrs Plume and Terry.  The pictures of the birds are printed on a large-scale and consequently their beauty becomes very apparent as the scale is off kilter. The colour is so striking too.
Leila’s work then started me thinking about the photography of Andrew Zuckerman who also plays with scale – and setting.  His bird images are set against stark white backgrounds and have always fascinated me, particularly his parrots (the blue & yellow macaw below is a fav).  I constantly kick myself that I didn’t buy some of his prints last year when they were available on 20x200
If you want to see these more bird images by Andrew Zuckerman they are available here

I’ve always had a soft spot for pictures of birds and bird motifs but I find it funny that birds are so polarizing.  Both my husband and also a good friend have a problem with birds inside – be that live ones or their likenesses, but both are fine with them in the wild/outside. I know neither would do well with the 3D birds (below) recently spotted at London Design Festival.
When I was at Origin (see post) I came across the beautiful 3 dimensional textile sculptures of birds by Abigail Brown – they just look so friendly (above). Her work is all hand made; hand sewn by Abigail in her studio. I was smitten. And at Tent I came cross Donya Coward’s 3D sculpture, which she calls textile taxidermy. Each of Donya's creations is carefully made by hand from reclaimed materials using traditional techniques and crafts skills utilising hooks, glass buttons and jewellery that give sparkle and texture to the details.

Images from Mary Middleton Design, 20x200, Abigail Brown, Donya Coward and Leila Jeffreys.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Giveaway reminder - books to be won

Just a little reminder of my current giveaway for two Jonathan Adler books. The giveaway is also open to current subscribers. To see my review of the Jonathan Adler store click here.  Good luck to everyone!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Brighton White Night – 29th October

What do you mean, you've never heard of White Night? White Night is Brighton’s unique all night cultural festival which takes place every year on the last Saturday in October when the clocks go back.
This year more than 70 specially created events around the theme of Utopia from the fanciful to the factual aim to inspire for one night only. The festival takes place throughout the city from the grandest venues to the smallest community spaces from a royal palace to a laundrette. 
Featuring street theatre and performance, art, music, midnight swimming, a half marathon (in the dark, through a festival!) and much more, White Night is a perfect example of what makes Brighton so Brighton - creative, diverse, quirky and curious.

So mark the end of British Summer time, make the most of the extra hour of darkness and do something different in the middle of the night.

Events start from 6 pm on Saturday 29 October to find out more visit White Night
However if you like dressing up and more gore maybe Beach of the Dead is more your thing. Which kick’s off with the infamous Brighton Zombie Parade
Starting at 3pm on Saturday 22nd October to find out more visit Beach of the Dead


Sunday, 16 October 2011

Giveaway Reminder

The giveaway is also open to current subscribers. To see my review of the Jonathan Adler store click here

Good luck to everyone!


Friday, 14 October 2011

Jonathan Adler New Store and GIVEAWAY

Yesterday I went along to the NEW Jonathan Adler Store (his first in Europe) that has opened on Sloane Avenue, opposite from the Conran Shop. It only opened it doors to the public on Monday afternoon!
Having now opened his first European Store in London I can shop more frequently rather than having to cram my suitcase whenever I’m in New York. The store certainly does not disappoint either, I was in raptures, it just makes you smile the minute you walk through the door.
I’m sure by now most people have seen or heard of Jonathan Adler and know that colour and form are key to his design aesthetic.  The colourful and sometimes cheeky cushions and tableware are extremely covetable and really fun.  It's all about what Jonathan likes to describe as "chic and cheeky." 
The shop has wonderful accessories for your home without having to play it safe.  From the C. Jeré Studio’s gorgeous metal sunbursts, to the signature Jonathan Adler pottery. There is also Jonathan’s range of rugs and furniture - the man turns his hand to everything and does it well too.
The fresh pops of blue, green and orange cannot help but let the sunshine in. I challenge anyone not to feel uplifted in this space.   
Below are some of my favourite items from the collection available in London.
And I have my eye on the one below for a client’s bedroom project
My favourite dog themed items and the Jonathan Adler dachshund in midnight glaze that I own already. Milo also wants a new smart bowl and would like the blue.
To celebrate the opening of the first Jonathan Adler store in Europe I am giving away a set of Jonathan Adler books:-

Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors and Jonathan Adler on Happy ChicAccessorising
So how do you take part?
  • o  Become a follower on the Mary Middleton Design blog by clicking the Google friend connect button or through the email subscription on the right
  • o  Then click on the "comment" link at the bottom of this post and leave a comment. I would love to hear what you would buy if you could have anything from Jonathan Adler
  • o  Make sure to include your contact details or make sure your comment username has a link to a contact email
  • o  The cut off date to enter is 5pm GMT October 28th and I will choose the winner at random and announce on the blog on Saturday October 29th.
Good Luck to you all x

As seen at the Jonathan Adler stand at Maison & Objet


Monday, 10 October 2011

Monday Inspiration - log fires and marshmallows

Today my Monday inspiration comes from the autumnal desire to keep warm, to snuggle up, to prepare for deep winter, to get cosy.

I spent the weekend getting winter clothes from storage and packing away summer things. Whilst it wasn’t particularly cold this weekend my husband bought a seriously warm winter coat (below pic is me modelling it!). What does he know that I don’t?
Anyway whilst in this picture I look ready for some serious hibernation or 12ft snow drifts, it got me thinking about winter. The smell of log fires, deep luxurious baths after being outside, blankets over knees, a cosy chair to read in, add to that some Glühwein and I am sorted.
What does winter mean to you?

Friday, 7 October 2011

A Learning Opportunity

Next week I will be starting the Blogging Your Way course run by the creators of Decor8 and ACreativeMint. With Bloggers from all subjects and walks of life, we will be learning how to make the most of our blogs. So watch this space, its bound to change!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

What focus and what vision


Monday, 3 October 2011

LDF: Origin 2011 - my top 5 favourites

Origin is the Contemporary Craft Fair that runs during the London Design Festival. Located in a purpose-built pavilion within Old Spitalfields Market, Origin has a host of new and established makers. Some of my favourites from the show are below.

One of my favourite stands at Origin this year was Claire Brewster. Claire creates beautiful and delicate paper cuts of flowers, birds and insects. These stunning creations are made using old maps, atlases and other found paper. The cutouts are pinned either directly on to the wall or captured in box frames. The shadows created when light is shined on them give them an intriguing 3 dimensional quality and creates a feeling of movement. I’d really like to use these in a project.
Niamh Barry is a small artisan lighting designer based in Dublin who uses glass, steel and bronze in her work. The sculptural forms she creates would be ideal as a statement piece in either a residential or commercial interior.  I can imagine this piece looking stunning hanging in the corner of a room or above a circular table in a hallway.
I came across the lovely Sam & Glenn of Pacha Design who are a designer-maker partnership based in North Devon. They specialise in contemporary furniture and accessories from locally sourced reclaimed and natural resources.  Their items incorporating rusted and well-worn metal really attracted my attention and I loved their passion for using materials that are usually discarded.
I am completely aghast that my pictures of Abigail Brown’s beautiful 3 dimensional textile sculptures of birds are all blurry – in fact one even has my finger partially over the lens. Her stand had quite a crowd and I completely understand, as it was filled with such beautiful covetable items.
Glass artist Charlotte Sale only graduated from the Royal College of Art two years ago and already discerning individuals and retailers have snapped up her fabulous collection. Charlotte was “discovered” at the Liberty open call this year and even featured in their Best of British Open Day window display. Her gorgeous organic forms would look fabulous on my glass Le Corbusier table.
Also for the first time Origin collaborated with Liberty with the addition of the 'Liberty Selects' display windows. Their Buying Manager for Home & Gifts, Michelle Alger curated 5 exterior display windows with work from this year's participants, selecting 30 beautiful items.
If you are interested in seeing more craft and meeting designer-makers why not consider going to MADE11 in Brighton click here for tickets.
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