Saturday, 11 February 2017

Why you need a bar cart and other stories

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


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Elsewhere this week: Stockholm Furniture Fair 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

Friday, 3 February 2017

My Week in Instagram #1: Starting now

If the weather is sunny where you are please send me your GPS co-ordinates. After a week of rain, mizzle and dark cloud I'm in need of sunny break. I think it's not helped that England basically grinds to a stop at the merest whisper of bad weather. I'm been delayed and wet through more times than I can count, although as my husband likes to remind me "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing". Cheers.

As you probably know I was in Paris last week for the Maison & Objet Interiors exhibition. Guess what? Next week I'm off to Stockholm for the Stockholm Furniture fair. I'm only going for the day.... yup you read that right. Which is clearly just not fair as I really like Stockholm and I NEEED to see more than the halls of the show ground. Maybe that means I'll need to plan a second trip. Sound like a winning plan for me. In any case keep you're eyes peeled on IGstories for my behind the scenes walkthrough of the design fair.

I'm starting a new series called "My week in Instagram". It's almost guaranteed now I've announced it, that it'll fall of a cliff in a few short months. Why?  Well because  Instagram constantly inspires me and makes me want to get out and take more pictures, better pictures. It fills me with ideas, lets me live vicariously (I'm trying to curb this a little bit) and exposes me to people, places and things that are new, totally awesome and downright funny sometimes. I have a small following but I get a pretty decent amount of love and I am thankful for the tips and comments I receive. I love taking pictures and I'm starting to enjoy editing, writing a caption and picking hashtags, thanks in no small part to the course I'm taking with Me & Orla here.

It’s not a perfect feed or too cleverly edited, its just little old me flexing my creative muscles and playing around sharing the things and places I like. I hope you like what you see and want to follow along too - find me here

What have you been instagramming this week?

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