Saturday, 30 April 2011

Open Up Sheffield

I have very few regrets in life; putting my £200 pashmina shawl in the washing machine in a pregnancy-induced-hormonal-fog is somewhere on the top of my list. Another regret is not learning a craft or a skill, I look at artists and craftsmen who can create something tangible and feel very envious. Some of you may be thinking surely it's not too late, and I'm sure you'd be right!

So I was very excited to visit some real artists studios a couple of weeks ago at Open Up Sheffield. This is a brilliant event that promotes local artists and creates a more open approach to studios in our area. And how inspiring it was, the collection of artists at the Hangingwater studios included Lena Papapanagiotou, and Sophie Williamson whose bespoke jewellery is a lovely gift idea.

I also got to spend abit of time with an artist friend, Sam Groom. She is a brilliant printmaker, working with woodcut to create modern prints with a fun and light feel. She's developing her work into things like children's t-shirts which I think is a great touch as her work is so colourful and graphic.

Do you have any local events that are similar? I'd really like to hear about them.

The studios at Hangingwater:

Sophie Williamson's jewellery:

Printmaker Samantha Groom in her home and studio:

Monday, 25 April 2011

Garden inspiration at Burton Agnes

We got back from a short holiday yesterday, we spent most of the time digging on the beach and finding the nearest farmyard for Noah to sit on a tractor, so a most successful trip!

One afternoon I managed to indulge my photography at the most beautiful gardens in
Burton Agnes in North Yorkshire. The tulips were all in full bloom and it was so exciting to see the beautiful colours like jewels in the sunshine.

I thought I'd use my pictures as the inspiration for a little wedding inspired story as, ahem, there's a little wedding going on in England on Friday!

Hope you like it.

Paul and Joe maxi dress, £770, My

Milly fuscia shift dress, £421, My

Blooming bulbs dress, £128, Anthropologie

The perfect gift for the couple who has everything...

Orangerie floral cushion, £75, Designers Guild
Cream floral print dress, £38, Dorothy Perkins

Milly keyhole dress, £399, My

Yellow print dress, £26, Dorothy Perkins

Sunday, 17 April 2011


Practicing my photography...on a beautiful day.

Beautiful spring finds from Graham and Green

I'm definitely like a magpie with our home, I love anything bright or shiny and particularly something a little different or striking so the new spring collection from Graham and Green is right up my street.

Great quality furniture, mixed with unusual pieces like this birdcage light. Expensive but fun to get ideas from. And how beautiful is the bold print on the chair? I have a similar style nursing chair that I'm considering getting recovered and the catalogue has given me lots of great ideas.

The photography is so bright and sunny too, just lovely!

Bird cage light - £375

Chair - £495

Pine sideboard - £875

Hope this might have inspired you too, re-cover, restore and rummage for similar!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

International inspiration from South Africa

I was lucky to spend lots of time in Cape Town while I was working as a stylist. We were dutifully picked up at the airport, taken to a lovely part of Cape Town where we would spend several days shooting in the most breathtaking locations. It was a really special time and I have really fond memories of South Africa.

It is a country of such extremes and such diversity, but what always struck me was the passionate creativity and warmth of the people. From bookshops that specialised in coffee table books, to antique shops that displayed amazing European and African artefacts beautifully together, vineyards with delis attached stocking wonderful local produce, and small boutique coffee shops that took their coffee making more seriously than any San Fran barista.

So when I saw this little coffee shop mentioned on the blog We-are-awsome I wanted to share it, just to remind myself of how inspiring and exciting a place South Africa was for me.

Wolves Cafe, Johannesburg.

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