Christmas events - Zoo Portraits World Tour

Friday, 5 December 2014

I need more hours in the day. I don’t think it’s just me who regularly longs for more hours in the day. Or is it? This year I am so excited to be “introducing” Christmas to my 2-year-old son, he hasn’t quite got it until now. This of course is putting pressure on all the things I now want to squeeze in over December.
One such event that I am going to miss but would love to go to is the Christmas pop-up of the Zoo Portraits World Tour. It’s in my old neighbourhood in Bethnal Green and is the brainchild of visual artist Yago Partal. The pop up will include Christmas cards, greeting & postcards, limited edition art, prints, T-shirts & homeware.  If you go on Wednesday you can also meet the artist. If you can't make it then definitely have a look at the tumblr page it's brilliant and my son and I love it.

If you’re free and in the vicinity pop by and have a look at this fun pop up shop from 10 - 21 December 2014. Then tell me which animal are you!

160 Columbia Road
London, E2 7RG
Wednesday: 10am - 9pm (Christmas Wednesdays on Columbia Road)
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 7pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Architectural shapes and dramatic monochrome

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Sometimes it's a simple idea that inspires you the most. COS recently e-shot their customers introducing their eveningwear collection for the festive season. I'm a big fan of COS not least because they colour story everything so well in their stores but there is also an outpost here in Brighton.... The collection is full of Architectural shapes and dramatic monochrome.
Which made me think of these beauties.
images via COS, domaine, desiretoinspire and simply aesthetic

Weekend inspiration #34

Date for the Diary

Friday, 14 November 2014

In my old neighbourhood and well worth a visit.

Happy Halloween Haunting

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

In the past I haven’t shared any crafting activities and the reason is simple, I am not an ace crafter. Whilst my efforts are endearing to family and friends, lets just say they are often being kind to me. This weekend we had a small Halloween gathering (yes, I know I was a week early!) for my two year old and I was super impressed with some ideas I’d gathered on pinterest and then modified into reality.  Much kudos to my husband for being the spray paint wizard (he secretly enjoyed it). Anyway I hope you all have a very happy Halloween with lots of fun.

Weekend inspiration #33

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Gothic drama for Halloween and beyond

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

I’ve always had a soft spot for Victorian curiosity cabinets and a little bit of gothic drama. There used to be a great antiques store here in Brighton called Battle Antiques & Oddities specializing in these types of objects but alas it’s no longer here. So here’s my selection in honour of Halloween from 1stDibs, Peter Petrou and Stuart Richards.
selection: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Weekend inspiration #32

Lately lusting for art - Simon Davidson

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Completely compelled by the photographic work of Simon Davidson via his online store in Australia here.

Repost - Vincent van Gogh, there is no blue without yellow and without orange

Monday, 13 October 2014

I posted about the need for blue to be paired with yellow and or orange back in 2011 and I think its just as relevant now with all the teals and navy's we are seeing this autumn. So as Vincent van Gogh’s said there is "There is no blue without yellow and without orange” Original unamended post here.
It seems that in nearly every magazine and every blog I have read in the last couple of weeks, the colour blue is taking a staring role.  Blue in all its hues from royal blue or inky midnight, teal or bluey grey all are taking on bigger roles in 2011 fashion and paint palettes.

Fabulous jazz soles on these shoes by Tom and Fiona Slack. I am so inspired by the Vincent van Gogh’s quote: There is no blue without yellow and without orange” It just makes me happy.

Wool week - 6-12 October 2014

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

There isn’t a material I’m drawn to more than wool (well other than concrete and metal) and this week is national wool week. So it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the increasingly cold (and wet) weather by showcasing some glorious wool products. So layer up and get snuggly for wool, glorious wool.
Toast here and here
Rowen & Wren here
John Lewis here

Hunting for French collectables and vintage

Sunday, 5 October 2014

As far as I’m concerned there isn’t much better than an afternoon hunting for vintage and pre-loved bits and bobs. But I never thought I’d be French vintage hunting in the Suffolk countryside, of all places, last weekend.  I was introduced to this French gem by my mother-in-law who lives in Suffolk and I was most impressed by the Boule-in in Bildeston run by Cathy and her family. There were many "buy me" french collectables and Cathy has styled them impeccably so that we can all have a piece of France, but found right here on British soil.  My favourites were definitely the enamelware and garden furniture. Plus my 2 year old son loved her garden especially the apple and pear trees.

I came away with two treats – a fantstaic red enamel teapot and a rather fetching religious icon (chosen by my husband who has previously proclaimed he “hates religious tat”).  If you are in the area its definitely worth a visit.

Colour palette inspiration - on the water

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

I am particularly taken with these blue green colours inspired by water, waves and sky, especially love the sea greens. I am thankful every day for living by the sea, although it never ever looks like these images. Urban seaside living in Brighton is bit more pebbly and with more people and chaos.
For images visit my pinterest page 
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