Sunday, 30 September 2012

Sian Elin @ Tent London

Sian Elin @ Tent London
Sian Elin @ Tent London
Sian Elin @ Tent London
Sian Elin @ Tent London
Colour palette
Sian Elin's work really caught my eye at Tent London; I loved her charming bright geo prints, especially the colourful peacocks that were so quirky and fun.

Sian is a creative surface pattern designer and illustrator from Wales who launched her new range of wallpaper and textiles at Tent London after working as a children’s book designer for Penguin and Oxford University Press for five years. Sian started her own surface pattern design business called Sian Elin at the end of 2011. Sian is fascinated by the built environment and that is reflected in her bold hand-drawn colourful prints and illustrations.

"Sian Elin employs British manufacturers and suppliers and is keen to create a sustainable business in the UK."

Have a sweet day!

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Laura Felicity @ Tent London

Laura Felicity @ Tent London
Laura Felicity @ Tent London
Laura Felicity
Laura Felicity
Colour palette
When I came across Laura Felicity's work at Tent London my heart skipped a beat. Her delicate wallpaper print, entitled "dotty bird", adorned in bird cages, birds, dots and machine embroidery was so precious I had to stop and find out more...

"Laura Felicty is a London based Designer-Maker whose hand drawn patterns and developed skills in Silk Screen Printing create her luxury Handmade Wallpapers and Soft Interior Homeware."

Laura graduated from The University of Hertfordshire in June 2009 and interned for well renowned designers Catherine Hammerton and Selina Rose before starting her own business in April 2010. Her company of the same name designs and creates the most delightful bespoke and retail interior pieces. Laura's graceful work combines layers of prints in a fresh unique way, all in a pared down shabby chic colour palette. Laura sources all her product materials within Britain and her hand drawn hand crafted collection is silk screen printed with the UK.

You can buy all of Laura's pretty interior treasures, including 6 metre rolls of wallpaper, art prints, hand embroidery finished cushions, lampshades, lavender bags, cards, lace embedded coasters at her online boutique, Laura Felicity. For her bespoke wallpapers that have metallic foils, embroidery and layered surfaces ,check out her website.

Have a sweet day!

Friday, 28 September 2012

The London Design Festival 2012 - Tent London

Zoltan Lubloy

Tent London

Ikuko Iwamoto Ceramics @ Tent London

Claire-Anne O'Brien lampshades

Cath Ball @Tent London

Sarah Pouros @ Tent

"Tent London is one of the largest design trade shows taking place during the London Design Festival each September. Now in its sixth year at the Old Truman Brewery, Tent London presents over 200 international exhibitors, showing the very latest in contemporary interior products - furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories."

Tent London was my favourite of all the shows; there was just stand after stand of loveliness, from chinky knitted furniture hand stitched butterfly ceramics. The prettiest of prints and the quirkiest of accessories. More on that later...

Suitably inspired by all the loveliness I saw at The London Design Festival I am now getting ready for Autumn. While I show you all my favourite inspiration on Torie Jayne over the next few days I will be getting super organized and baking some sweet treats.

Have a sweet day!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The London Design Festival 2012 - Super Brands London


Ginger & Jagger stools

Whiter than White @ Super Brands London

"Super Brands London is an interiors trade fair exclusively for established global design brands. Co-located with Tent London - a main destination hub during the London Design Festival, the exhibition occupies a 2,500m2 ground floor space of the ex-industrial, now impressive exhibition space - the Old Truman Brewery; bringing together two floors of pure design."

Upon arriving I fell in love with Ginger & Jagger's glamorous stand. There were plush velvet chairs, hammered metal stools, and twig legged tables, all in a beautiful opulent colour palette of gold, silver, copper and cream. Another favourite was whose "young tree" lacquered aluminium lamps' use of gold within the shades cast a lovely warm glow. There was also a great exhibition by the Materials Council called Whiter than White. It was a demonstration on the white options available to architects when selecting materials that shape our surroundings and how these choices influence our experience of the built environment. Small and large-scale samples across a range of architectural materials – glass, metal, natural stone, man-made stone, concrete, timber, textiles, etc were laid out on long wooden tables. One of my favourite materials was the woven pearlized leather.

Have a sweet day!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The London Design Festival 2012 - 100% Design

London Design Week
On the hunt for new interior inspiration, last friday I spent the day at four interior trade shows taking part in the London Design Festival. I started my day off at 100% Design, from there I took a tube across town to Tent London & Super Brands London, where I met up with a friend for some afternoon fuel, then a quick tube into the centre of town for Design Junction and after a short bus trip even managed a quick shopping trip to Anthropologie! Over the next few days I will share with you my highlights from my whirlwind tour of the London Design Festival...

"In just 10 years, the London Design Festival has built a reputation for being
the most innovative and thrilling design festival in the world."

Metal lace panel @ 100% Design

Hanji Dancheong

Hanji Dancheong

"100% Design is the largest and most prestigious single-site design event in the UK. As one of the world’s most important design trade events, 100% Design is the commercial cornerstone of the annual London Design Festival. The show attracts exhibitors, visitors, designers and press from around the world"

The sleek show was split into four section: 100% Interiors, 100% Office, 100% Kitchen & Bathrooms and 100% Eco Design & Build. There were some great new products, like corian worktops in an ever expanding colour palette and magnetic walls that were strong enough to holds saucepans and potted herbs! In 100% Eco Design they had living green walls for indoors using preserved moss. In 100% Interiors the decorative metal lace panels projected the prettiest patterns but my absolute favourite was the pressed paper wall and ceiling decorations from Hanji Dancheong. I loved everything about them, from the colour palette of dusky pink, grey, putty and white, to the subtle texture and intricate pattern.

Have a sweet day!

Monday, 24 September 2012

Cute stationery @ Top Drawer

Pleased to Meet stationery
Pleased to Meet gift wrap
Pleased to Meet @ Top Drawer
There were lots of lovely stationery brands at the trend show, Top Drawer. My top three favourites were Pleased to Meet, Katy & June and Gellie Design.

Pleased to Meet is the brainchild of Daniel and Marcel Could Hornung. The pair met in the US and when they moved to Berlin in 2004 they started designing first class products locally printed on fine papers and lovingly hand packaged. Their style can be described as retro, with simple aesthetics inspired by their love of American Mid Century Design. On show were bird print cards in pale blue and ochre, woodland themed gift wrap in taupe, and deep blue fish paper. The stationery was beautifully styled on top of wooden crates with vintage typewriters, pops of yellow string and bright red stools.

Katy & June @Top Drawer
Katy & June stationery
Katy & June was founded by Katy Lee and June Kim who wanted to bring Korean stationery and gift products to the world! They have selected a broad range of stationery and gifts, like deer printed ringbinders, natural woodland themed gift wrap, and tags and graphic printed notebooks.

Gellie Design cards
Gellie Design new home card
Gellie Design Ice Cream card
Gellie Design is a small greeting card publisher based in High Wycombe which designs and produces beautiful, contemporary and unique greeting cards. Printed and hand finished in the UK they had all occasions covered with cute cards. I loved their mix of prints and use of embellishments with embossed and glittered details.

Have a sweet day!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Rex International

Rex International Set of 4 Botanical Measuring Spoons
Rex International Honeycomb decorations
Rex International Botanicals tea set
Today I want to show you some more lovely treasures from the trend show, Top Drawer, that I visited on Tuesday. This time it's my go-to brand for sweet gifts and cute baking supplies, Rex International, available to buy online at Dotcomgiftshop.
Their stand was packed full of lovely ranges from the retro looking industrial bicycle horn, enamel wall clocks and scales in candy colours, to the butterfly and floral printed measuring spoons and dinnerware. For the avid baker they had a bunch of cute cupcake cases, panettone boxes, striped drinking straws and cake boxes. Last but not least they also had decoration of the moment, honeycomb balls!

Rex International gift wrap
Rex International baking cases

Have a sweet day!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Bohemia @ Top Drawer & Giveaway

Bohemia @ Top Drawer
Another one of my highlights from the trade show, Top Drawer, was seeing Bohemia. I absolutely adore my Morrocon pouffe from Bohemia that I got for my birthday a couple of years ago. They have them in so many colours that I could quite happily have one in each room, but it was their stand out handmade leather briefcases in a dizzying array of colours that really caught my eye at the show...

Boho briefcases by Bohemia
So I'm delighted to announce a giveaway of a Boho briefcase worth over £115 in your choice of colour, with free delivery, from Bohemia, and it's open to readers worldwide!

From the website:
Our new Boho leather briefcases are designed in-house and handmade exclusively for us by a small team of master leather craftsmen. We created these briefcases with good looks and functionality in mind. Deeper than our traditional school satchels, the briefcase is the perfect size for school or university, the office or a day out. It can easily carry an iPad, your A4 files and folders or small laptop. These stunning satchels have easy-to-open tabs neatly hidden under the buckles. With a detachable cross body or shoulder strap and comfy top handle the options for how to carry your new Boho Briefcase make this a versatile and rather beautiful handy bag! And with a multitude of colours, you'll be spoilt for choice!

To enter:
  1. Like Bohemia Design page on Facebook
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  3. Like my page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter
  4. Leave a comment here with what colour you would choose, and your name and email address so I can contact you if you win!
  5. Share the giveaway!

The giveaway ends on Saturday, October 6th 2012 at 10pm (BST), open to readers worldwide.

Boho briefcases by Bohemia
Boho briefcase silver
Good luck and have a sweet day!

******* This Giveaway is now closed *******


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Next - a home blogger event

Next Homeware
Remember last year when I went to the Next press event and shared with you their brand new store in Shoreham, England? Well this year they invited me to the home blogger event in Ipswich...

On arrival at the store we were treated to an icy cold fruity mango lassi and then given a tour of the new store which has inspiring, fully fitted stylish bathrooms, pretty bedrooms, luxe lounges and cute gardens. They had two major Autumn/Winter trends: Home Comforts and Salvage.

Home Comforts is inspired by the renewed interest in crafting and has a distinct retro country look to it. Ditsy florals and large scale checks are key and feature in a colour palette of raspberry pink hues, meadow greens, and warm chalky neutrals. Key items include the Bobbins table lamp, teacups chandelier and the balls of yarn vases.

Next Homeware
Next yarn vases
Candle holders
Next bedlinen and blanket
Next bedroom set
In contrast, the Salvage collection has a recycled industrial feel to it. Soft greys, creamy whites, and biscuit in knit and tweedy fabrics are key. Furniture is made from distressed, untreated wood and wall storage from industrial looking wire. Key items include the decorative typewriter, cutlery chandelier and wire baskets.

Next Homeware
Next dressed bed

Have a sweet day!

Monday, 17 September 2012


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Today on Inspirational Pins I bring you another seasonal fruit: nectarines.

Nectarines are simply a fuzzless variety of peach. Nectarines will sometimes appear on peach trees, and peaches sometimes appear on nectarine trees!

To see more nectarine recipes check out my Pinterest board, Nectarine. How yummy does that nectarine pavlova look?

Have a sweet day!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Emma Bridgewater - a factory tour

Emma Bridgewater love hearts
Emma Bridgewater is a British ceramics manufacturer founded in 1985, owned and run by Emma Bridgewater and her husband Matthew Rice. Well renowned for her colourful polka dot, Union Jack, starry skies, pink hearts and figs designs among others, Emma Bridgewater specialises in cream earthenware pottery drawing on expertise and traditional techniques stretching back over 200 years. The company is entirely based in England and all of their products are made in their factory in the city of Stoke-on-Trent using locally sourced materials.

Last Wednesday I was invited to spend the day at the Emma Bridgwater factory on the banks of the Cauldon canal in Stoke-on-Trent. We started the day off in the recently redesigned cafe with big windows that look out onto the factory courtyard, decorated with pretty bunting. From there we viewed the new Christmas collections and old favourites in the on-site gift shop.

Emma Bridgewater polo bears
Emma Bridgewater joy mug
Emma Bridgewater kids cutlery
We then headed up the iron work stairs to see the franchise lines where many Emma Bridgewater designs are also adapted for application onto wellington boots, umbrellas, and napkins, to name a few. My favourite was the pretty printed tins of home made fudge...

Emma Bridgewater fudge
So so yummy!

Before heading to the factory tour we had a whirl round the Factory Outlet, full of a wide range of seconds and discontinued lines at greatly reduced prices. "If you like collecting Emma Bridgewater it’s a great hunting ground for some pretty unique experimental pieces as they also stock occasional samples and one-off pieces".

Emma Bridgewater factory outlet shop
The factory tour...

From the throwing of the clay to the final firing and decorating, the tour was inspirational to say the least and made me have so much respect for the Emma Bridgewater brand. "Hand Made in England" they surely are, as they have resisted the trend to replace people with machines and have preserved the traditional skills of pottery. Like a well-oiled machine, each department was run efficiently and smoothly and they warmly explained and showed us how each skilled job was done. I was fascinated by the lady who was making the design sponges using what looked to be a very fine soldering iron, and in awe of the ladies using the design sponges to decorate mugs, bowls and teapots.

The tours cost only £2.50 which is redeemable against any purchases made in the factory shop on the day.

Emma Bridgewater pottery factory
Emma Bridgewater pottery factory
Emma Bridgewater sponge making
Emma Bridgewater sponge printing
Emma Bridgewater Union Jacks
After a delightful lunch we visited the decorating studio - a bright and inspiring space set up for you to decorate a plain Emma Bridgewater piece with your own design. There’s a great selection of hand-cut sponges in a host of different styles, and designs ranging from mini cupcakes to dinosaurs, a whole bunch of colours and if you need a bit of help then one of the lovely assistants is always on hand.

I decorated an Emma Bridgewater mug in a pastel design of stars and spots. Now I patiently wait for it to be fired and glazed and returned to me... (and I promise to show you when it arrives)

If you don't get the chance to visit the design studio yourself but are looking for a pretty perfect personalized gift you can always get a lovely Emma Bridgewater personalised mug or a personalized tea pot in the iconic heart, spots or star print with up to 40 letters on! What would you say?

Have a sweet day!