Friday, 30 September 2011

Friday Fun - Paris with Tokyo Dance Trooper


It’s Friday and I feel I need something a little bit light hearted to see me into the weekend.
If you haven’t come across Tokyo Dance Trooper before (in the above video) here he is in Paris.  When ever I see these video’s they always make me smile. Back in the day, around the time that dinosaurs roamed the earth, Danny (aka Tokyo Dance Trooper) and I could occasionally be spotted in cheesy clubs in Leicester Square. He didn’t wear his trooper’s outfit then, but our shared love of pop music meant hours of fun. Now he’s an accomplished writer, blogger, television personality and anime enthusiast. In fact a Japanese sensation!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Now I can doodle and not feel guilty about it

Do you doodle? Well I do and I know lots of others who do. 


I feel slightly vindicated this morning having watched the below fab segment from Ted.com by Sunni Brown that studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension and our creative thinking. I was a doodler at school and had to curb my enthusiasm, as I was often reprimanded for not paying attention. Now I tend to only doodle when I’m on the phone and maybe there is legitimate reason to do so – to retain information.

Anyway this 5 minute segment from Ted.com is great and below is my doodle from a call this morning (I wonder what Freud would say – flowers, bunnies, houses? Seems I still doddle like a 12 year old) 

Monday, 26 September 2011

LDF: Tent and Origin with Blogtour 2011

Having been jinxed with trains the last couple of days I have missed some of the London Design Festival extravaganza, which is a real shame as there were some great things I planned to attend.  On Friday however I tagged along with the fabulous bloggers on blogtour2011 and visited Tent London and Origin 2011. Below are five of my favourites finds from Tent and Origin
Abigail Borg beautiful wallpaper and fabric that is made, printed and manufactured in Britain
Anthony Hartley’s brightly coloured furniture with movement and curvaceous form. Plus a touch of sweet shop charm
Mini Moderns wonderfully charming print collection that includes wallpaper and home accessories  
Zoe Murphy revitalizing/up-cycling mid century furniture and giving it a new lease of life 
Niamh Barry Small artisan lighting designer using glass, steel and bronze

Origin continues to run till Wednesday 28th September, so get yourself over to Old Spitalfields Market and see some of the beautiful British craft.

I also want to say a big thank you to Veronika and Tim at Modenus for organizing blogtour2011 and generally being all round good eggs.

If you're in need of some more design candy below are some great blog posts (already posted whilst they are still here) by the fabulous bloggers attending blogtour 2011:
Tent London–London Design Festival by The Kitchen Designer Susan Serra
Day 4 Blogtour by Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo at ABCDdesign
Live from London:Day 5 Blogtour by Andie Day’s Design for Life
Blogtour 2011 by Mee Hacking and Elise Jones of Here in this House
Hanging out with Lee Broom by Jonathan Legate
Translating trends: Man’s best friend by Mollie Magill is managing editor
A walk along the thames Tent London by wonderful Michelle Carangi for Holley & Gill
Samuel Heath Old world craftsmanship meets modern technology By Carmen Maria Natschke - the Decorating Diva
Gems in London whirlwind glimpses of London Design Festival by Tamara Matthews-Stephenson author of lifestyle blog, Nest by Tamara
B Roll from Bob Trending by Bob Borson at Life of an Architect

Monday Inspiration - Do you Love London?

Please excuse me for talking about France a lot lately, but with two trips there in 2 months it’s not entirely surprising really. 

To bring us back to my favourite capital city I thought I’d share some pictures by the wonderful Barbara Chandler from her new book, Love London. Launched at Top Drawer last week the book contains 180 photographs Barbara has taken over nearly 25 years depicting regular life in London.
Also an excuse to show this gorgeous vintage silk cushion spotted in Liberty.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

LDF: My new friend and the New English


I found this at London Design Festival and am completely smitten. Maybe it was yesterday’s post with that fantastic vase from Vanessa Mitrani, which I found at Maison & Objet. The whole curiosity shop and “found” objects trend is completely up my street and ties in nicely with my flea market hunting. Today I came across Supermodel by Phoebe Richardson for the New English. You can’t tell from my picture but it’s about 6ft tall when hung correctly. The team at New English are so enthusiastic about their products and it’s infectious. So glad to have across them again at the Designers Block today and I really really want this.

Maison & Objet - Just got to share


Transfixed by this right now….

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

A living room by candle light with music - heaven sent

This a little off piste but I got this today from Lauren at Pure Style Home and I was so impressed. The click through below is to the new video of a singer/song writer called Marie Hines. She has a truly lovely voice and a wonderfully warm and inviting living room - the styling is heavenly. Marie decorated her living room featured in the video herself and styled it beautifully with more votive candles than you can shake a stick at.  (It makes me feel very Autumnal)

I wanted to share it with you because you might enjoy her songs (and the flickering candle light in the living room!) http://www.mariehines.com/

Better (The Living Room Sessions) from Marie Hines on Vimeo.

Guest blog for Modenus - Maison & Objet Paris – trends & colour - Part 2

I recently guest blogged for Modenus, a wonderful networking platform and resource catalogue for the interior design community.  Veronika Miller is the powerhouse behind Modenus and is passionate about interior design. You can find Veronika on Twitter providing details of gorgeous products.

My post covered my trip to Maison & Objet last week, focusing on new trends emerging; namely the Black and Yellow colour trend. Once you read the post, you'll see why I find it such a source of inspiration. To read the post click hereTo see Part 1 here

Monday, 19 September 2011

Monday Inspiration - Something Simple


Having been in Paris last week at Maison & Objet and Paris Design Week my inspiration today is actually a simple ordinary thing - the humble scrubbing brush. It’s so easy to overlook these simple items yet here they have been elevated…. to art. 
These colours are pretty fabulous too. From Obsessions privées by Elizabeth Leriche

Friday, 16 September 2011

Maison & Objet Paris – trends & colour - Part 1

This weekend, just outside of Paris I visited Maison & Objet for the second time this year. So where do I start? Many of you will know that Maison & Objet is one of the most important international design and decoration events in the calendar.  The latest collections by small designers and the major brands are on show and it is a huge show, with more than 85,000 trade visitors visiting its aisles over the 5-day event. 
PH Collection
One of the themes I noticed was a lot of orange as an accent colour. Which ties in nicely with the colours that the fashion pack are predicting....
New outdoor seating line from Deesawat above and the beautiful Gubi Cobra Table lamp in new colour way Vintage Red below. 
Chairs above by PH Collection and Côté Table

Vases above by Lalique, Deans Flowers, PH Collection, Pantone Universe Serax Collection.

QDO stand with vibrant tableware I think summed it up best with this below 

Will Orange be making its way into your home?

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Back from Paris and Maison et Objet


I’m back from Paris where it was hot, humid, windy and rainy all at the same time!  After four days of pounding pavements and the hallowed halls of Maison et Objet I have so much to share. I’ll get posting first thing tomorrow.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

London Design Festival - Shoreditch


The Shoreditch Design Triangle will be taking place again as part of the London Design Festival. I know I’ll be heading back to my old neighbourhood for this fantastic event bringing together local galleries, shops, studios, cafés and bars.

From light installations on Liverpool Street and a pop-up bar on Redchurch Street plus Luna & Curious will be showcasing furniture and products designed and made in Britain - there should be something for everyone.  On Tuesday 20th September most locations will be staying open late and hosting an array of special launches, parties and workshops. 
Also in the area Tent London opens on the 22nd September where you’ll find unique product designs and launches from over 200 international design companies. This year Tent London will also include two new features; Tent Loves, a series of thought-provoking installations using different materials and Sussed: A collection of sustainable innovations featuring the latest eco developments.

Another not to be missed show is Origin in a purpose-built pavilion in Old Spitalfields Market (22-28 September 2011) presenting over 200 makers in ceramics, furniture, metalwork, paper and glass, to fashion accessories, jewellery, woven plastics, textiles and knitwear.  At Origin you can buy the beautiful high quality products that you see.  This years see the introduction of the new Lux Craft space specifically designed to showcase lighting installations by the worldʼs finest crafts makers.

For more information on London Design Festival activities visit here.


Monday, 12 September 2011

Monday Inspiration - Paris shopping and trend spotting


I am so excited for my trip to Paris. In fact when you read this I will already be in Paris. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the latest trends and products at Maison et Objet. Also, top of my list is to head off to the Paris flea markets and be influenced by all the French bric-a-brac.  
I know that my inspiration is constantly changing and evolving and I haven’t recently taken a opportunity to stop and take a moment to assess and reflect.  I’m sure though, that I will come back obsessing about some things and delighted by at least one unobtainable item.  I promise though to share the goodies I do find.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

The List - I've got to have it

Part “Wish” list, part “Lust” list, part “things I have seen/found” list – in essence an edit – a short list.
I hope you like it as much as I do.
       Set of Nesting Tables by Jaques Quinet for Maison Malabert from Interior Eden
       Macaw Print by Sharon Montrose at The Animal Print Shop
       Lulu Cabinet by Knowles & Christou
       Vaughan Design Trentham Vase in Yellow
       Tube Chandelier by Michael Anastassiades at Sigmar London
       Mid Century Danish Modern "Papa Bear" Chair by Hans Wegner www.1stdibs.com-furniture
       Josef Frank Rox & Fix Linen Cushion by Svenskt Tenn  
       Josef Frank Ceylon Linen Cushion by Svenskt Tenn  
       Leopard Square Tray Green  www.waylandegregory.com
       Java Java Fabric by Quadrille

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Autumn Fair 2011 is now open


The Autumn fair brings together a comprehensive selection of general and design-led gifts, housewares, greetings cards and fashion accessories. To find out more visit http://www.autumnfair.com/

The entrepreneur and founding Dragon of BBC 2’s Dragon's Den Rachel Elnaugh will be speaking at the Talking Point Seminars today at 11am.


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