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Sunday, 30 January 2011

Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration launch party

Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration launch party
Jam for the mini scones
Clotted cream
Vintage tea cups
Lily Vanilli pearlescent pink white chocolate cake
On Friday I joined uber-stylish fashion blogger Holly Springett at the launch party for Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration book at 123 Bethnal Green. From the website:

Amelia’s Magazine has become a must see website for upcoming independent and ethical fashion designers, all illustrated in wonderful technicolour by our talented team of illustrators.

Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration book brings together the best illustration from Amelia’s Magazine alongside the best new ethical fashion designers, all in a gorgeous coffee table book with a stunning pearlised cover designed by the Arizona based artist Andrea Peterson.

The book offers inspiration to aspiring fashion designers, illustrators, art directors and anyone who is interested in ethical fashion design.


The following up and coming fashion illustrators feature in Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration: Abigail Daker, Abby Wright, Amy Martino, Andrea Peterson, Aniela Murphy, Antonia Parker, Bex Glover, Emma Block, Erica Sharp, Faye West, Gemma Milly, Jennifer Costello, Jenny Robins, Jo Cheung, Joana Faria, June Chanpoomidole, Katherine Tromans, Katie Harnett, Kellie Black, Krister Selin, Lesley Barnes, Lisa Stannard, Michelle Urvall Nyren, Naomi Law, Natasha Thompson, Natsuki Otani, Rachel de Ste Croix, Yelena Bryksenkova, Zarina Liew & Gareth A Hopkins. Click the links above to browse their beautiful personal websites, blogs and more.

We had so much fun meeting the talented illustrators, and the beautifully inspirational Amelia Gregory in the wonderful basement bar. The sparkly mini scones and pearlescent pink white chocolate cake by the fabulous Lily Vanilli, whose previous clients have included Vogue, Lulu Guinness, Sunday Times Style and Hello Kitty to name a few. Tea was served in array of gorgeous vintage tea cups and upon leaving we were given an adorable goody bag full of treats from Dr Haushka, Tatty Devine and Moleskine. Check out my Flickr set for pics.

You can purchase this wonderfully inspiring book from Amelia's magazine. A must for designers, illustrators and anyone who appreciates art!

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Saturday, 29 January 2011

Simply Scandinavian by Sara Norrman

Simply Scandinavian by Sara Normann
This month I'm reviewing Simply Scandinavian by Sara Norrman from illustrated lifestyle publishers, Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Sara Norrman grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, and since moving to London, Sara has written for several publications, such as Wallpaper, Tatler, The Times and The Financial Times. Now managing editor at Living etc, she continues to spread the message about Scandinavian style. I chose to review this book as you know how much I love Scandinavian interiors!

In my opinion this is a wonderful hardbound book full of admirable, inspirational interiors. It combines beautifully styled photography with a great insight into each home, describing its design, planning and evolution - a refreshing look at eclectic Scandinavian Homes.

Simply Scandinavian contains twenty stylish homes from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. Featuring renowned Finnish chef Aki Wahlman and Swedish glass and ceramics designer Ingegard RĂ¥ma,n alongside fashion designers, craftsman and antique dealers. It covers a range of light, airy gorgeous Scandinavian homes from elegant minimalist and vintage-inspired feminine to contemporary rustic.

The introduction covers what makes a home unmistakably Scandinavian, where you learn that the Scandinavians have strived for lighter, brighter homes as early as the mid 1950's when they did away with dark furniture and heavy textiles. Of course, this is due in part to the fact that many of the Scandinavian countries are in near total darkness over the winter months, and means a love of pale and muted colours can be seen in most homes.

The book chapters cover Elegant Simplicity, Pared-down Modern, Contemporary Rustic and Eclectic. Each home is presented as a case study with a short dialogue on the owner

At a recommended price of £19.99, I think it is good value for money as it offers inspiring ideas for how to find and put together furniture and accessories to create a similar look in your home. Some of the delightful homes that really caught me eye are:

Simply Scandinavian by Sara Norrman



Simply Scandinavian by Sara Norrman



Simply Scandinavian by Sara Norrman



Simply Scandinavian by Sara Norrman


To summarize, Simply Scandinavian is a wonderful book full of gorgeous inspirational ideas for your home with practical ways of implementing them!

Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

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Thursday, 27 January 2011

It's about Romi

It's about Romi Candle Rabbit
It's about Romi bunnies
It's about Romi Hyacinth & Bird candles
It's about Romi bird houses
This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you another brand I discovered at Top Drawer. It's about Romi is a Dutch interior accessory company founded in 1993. Started on a roof attic in Amsterdam it has developed into an enthusiastic and professional business. All products are designed and developed in-house with two collections a year comprising over 100 original pieces.

On my wish list is the white bunny candle for Easter and beyond.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Catherine Tough

Catherine Tough
Catherine Tough knitted owls
Catherine Tough knitted birds
Catherine Tough knitted buttons
Catherine Tough knitted birds
This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you Catherine Tough. Catherine Tough is a gift and interior accessories company started by Catherine over ten years ago, specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality knitted and handcrafted products for the home.

With a strong colour palette and modern edge, Catherine's hand made pieces are coveted by magazines and stylists worldwide. She has written or contributed to more than five books, including Easy Knits for Little Kids.

On my wish list is her aqua and white dot bed socks.

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Rice DK @ Top Drawer

Rice DK candle gnomes
Rice Dk rhino head
Rice DK crochet flower cushion
Rice DK peacock bowl
Rice DK bird candle holder
I have featured Rice DK many times here on Torie Jayne so I was delighted to visit their stand at Top Drawer. They were showing their new The Peace, Kiss and Glamourama Spring/Summer Collection. It was full of bright poppy colours, fun florals, toadstools, gnomes and peacocks. I also saw intricate, brightly coloured bird candle holders, kitchen towel holders and hooks. I loved the quirky crochet flowered cushions and funky jewel coloured melamine accessories for the kitchen.

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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Top Drawer part two

Spectacle @ Top Drawer
Spectacle @ Top Drawer
Spectacle @ Top Drawer
Insect embellished napkins by RE
Yesterday I shared with you my wonderful trip to Top Drawer and one of the two Spring/Summer trends at the show in the forum put together in partnership with leading trend forecasters, Trend Bible. Today I am sharing with you the second big trend for this Spring/Summer.

Spectacle S/S 2011
A theatrical story inspired by aged curiosity shops and old apothecaries. An antiqued glamorous and sinister atmospheric story with decadent folklore and fairy tales at its heart. Dark, shadowy colours with heavily embellished sequin surfaces and high-shine metallics. Motifs of magpies, crows and insects. Glass cloche's, antique frames and glossy black furniture. A new mood for appreciating the bizarre, unique and wondrous!

I would love to get some of the insect embroidered napkins made from vintage damask tablecloths for my Halloween. I am also coveting the textile taxidermy magpies from Donya Coward.

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Top Drawer

Rice DK lampshades
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Rice DK's Kiss and Glam up presentation day on the 18th January at Top Drawer, a UK based interior trade show. Unfortunately, due to my day job I wasn't able to make it, but as the show opened on Sunday I went then.

I had visited the Top Drawer website the night before and had a look at the brands I most wanted to visit, including old favourites Lisbeth Dahl, Rice DK and Belle & Boo.

Top of my list was the pretty vintage-looking brand Miss Etoile, who didn't disappoint! More on that later...

Upon entering Top Drawer there was a trend forum highlighting two big trends for this Spring/Summer and two future trends for Autumn/Winter 2011 put together in partnership with leading trend forecasters, Trend Bible.


Vintage Vacation
Sweet candy wallpaper
Ice Cream Van
Vintage Vacation
Vintage Vacation S/S 2011
Vintage Vacation featured a pretty ice cream van adorned with delightful bunting - a nostalgic story based on the familiar comfort of happy childhood holidays in Britain. Think pretty deckchair stripes, fifties florals, rik-rak and hand crafted knits and embroideries. It encompasses the growing trend of home baking and includes whimsical cake stands reminding you of the tea rooms found in most seaside resorts up and down the country. All in a colour palette of faded brights and pretty ice cream colours.

I had a fabulous time with Holly and was totally inspired by all the lovely treasures I saw and the sweet people I met. I will, of course, be sharing more about the other trends at the show as well as other show highlights over the next couple of weeks so stay tuned...

A big thanks to Shermine at Rice DK for the invite, beautifully bright eye candy and goody bag!

The gorgeous candy wallpaper is by Kate Usher and is called "Oh Sweetie" it is available from My Deco.

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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Texture White

Textured white

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some beautiful creamy white textures with these gorgeous pics. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (From left to right):
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Lombok

Bone inlay storage box by Lombok



Carved oval candle by Lombok



Taffeta horn cushion in Oyster by Lombok




Fern design iron wall artx by Lombok



Willow linen cotton throw by Lombok



Colour palette by Torie Jayne
This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you Lombok. Over ten years ago the founder of Lombok wanted to bring the beauty of eastern inspired furniture to the UK. Named after the idyllic island of Lombok, today there are more than a dozen stores that encompass different styles of uniquely designed furniture, lighting and accessories, all hand made from natural materials.

I am loving their bone inlay boxes for storing all my clutter and their gentle, warm neutral colour palette of oyster, willow linen and taupe as it is just so dreamy!

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Damian Russell

Kate's house by Damian Russell
Domestic Pets by Damian Russell
Kate's house by Damian Russell
Domestic Pets by Damian Russell
Domestic Pets by Damian Russell
One of my ambitions for 2011 is to take more photographs of my home and to get better at taking them. So, today I am sharing with you some of the beautiful photographs from self taught British photographer, Damien Russell.

Born in West Sussex, Damien moved to London when he was a teenager where he worked in television post production for five years, learning from the photographers he assisted. Now an established photographer for more than ten years, Damien's beautiful textural photographs have appeared in Living Etc, Martha Stewart Living, and House and Garden. I love how he catches the beauty and simplicity in the everyday. To see more of his wonderful pics check out his portfolio.

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Friday, 7 January 2011

My Gift Wrapping

House gift boxes
Decorative masking taped package
Hand printed paper
Mini luggage tags
Gifts
Polka dots gift wrap
This year I wrapped my Christmas presents in a combination of brown craft paper and snowflake printed foil wrap. I decorated my packages with MT masking tape, tied them up with spotty ribbon, rik-rak and yarn. The To's and From's were written on a mix of mini luggage tags and hand made doe tags. A post with free downloadable graphic is coming soon, ready for next year!

The little house boxes from Target were filled with coloured tissue-wrapped stocking fillers to introduce colour at the windows. I bought an extra set of the house boxes that I want to pop LED tea lights into next year and make a feature of them.

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