had a great afternoon discovering clerkenwell – its an opportunity to visit interesting buildings, as well as see some new designs – i have to admit i wasn’t so taken with modern furniture design any more – it looks all the same and lacks the craftsmanship of days gone by; furniture is definitely hard to find, and no wonder we buy the timeless classics of eames or vintage mid century furniture – we have always bought pieces from century , 2 columbia road and margaret howell also stocks a few interesting pieces. however the wonderful farmiloe building makes you want to live in a warehouse. loved the lights from holloways of ludlow and dyke and dean had some interesting retro pieces. clerkenwell design week is on for another couple of days, so register online before you go for free entry – its a really fun thing to do walking around georgian london which has always been home to the crafts, from clockmaking to glassware. visit all the little workshops and especially pop into the house of detention and order of st john.
Tags: clerkenwell design week, dyke and dean, farmiloe building, holloways of ludlow
Tags: chelsea flower show, hamptom court palace, lost gardens of heiligan
i deliberately didnt buy a ticket this year to chelsea flower show – it was so crowded last year that i thought to myself its not worth going – but now i am regretting it, and of course now all the tickets are sold out. robert is luckily working from there today and it makes me feel jealous that i am missing out. i am going to cornwall for half term and pondering on visiting the lost gardens of heligan- i have only heard good things about it and it makes up for not visiting chelsea. there is another flower show in july at hampton court palace worth considering.
we always shoot our ilovegorgeous summer campaigns at judy’s beautiful house near oxford; judy has a walled garden growing everything from tulips to fresh vegetables – her flowers are as high a standard as any at chelsea. the house is always full of freshly cut flowers that she has cut from her garden – i love these tulips all placed in kitchen jugs.
Tags: the great gatsby
i was so looking forward to seeing this new version of the great gatsby, but i was so disappointed – the costumes and sets were beautiful – but i did feel as though i was watching an extra long pop video! what a shame! a timeless written book, but i actually didnt care about any of the characters – the film portrayed a life that was all about riches and selfishness. however it is a visual feast and the clothes worth seeing.
birthday wishes for my little maude who inspires me constantly….
Love is not just a function of the eyes.
Beautiful objects will, of course, inspire
Possessive urges- you need not despise
Your taste. But when insatiable desire
Inflames you for a girl who’s out of fashion,
Lacking in glamour – plain, in fact – that fire
Is genuine, that’s the authentic passion.
Beauty, though, any critic can admire.
Marcus Aregentarius (20bc – 30ad)
taken from Love Poems, Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets.
Tags: clerkenwell design week, m dixon, tart, tom dixon
if you are interested in new design then you must visit clerkenwell design week next week – its on from 21st – 23rd may and if you register online now, its free entry.
for some inspirational shopping ideas you must visit tom dixons shop in portobello dock – not only will you find the wonderful furniture and lighting designs by tom, but also an array of interesting home and gift ideas that he has personally curated. from the most beautiful candles cire trudon to ceramics and rugs from the rug company, (incidentally the rug company offer the best choice of rugs) you will definitely want to buy something. enjoy lunch or dinner on the balcony of the dock kitchen – with its daily changing menu to incorporate what is in season, its really delicious. dont forget to pop into tart for tea and delicious cake – florence is an inspiration for any young budding cook.
Tags: dungeoness, huts and hideaways, shepherds return
you always have a wish list in your life – and as you get older, you find that the list gets longer….
on my list is a shepherds hut or a gypsy caravan in my big rambling garden ( oops thats 2 of my wishes – the big rambling garden) -have a look at the ones from huts and hideaways and remember you can always stay at the wonderful shepherds return – another of those things on my neverending list.
I am definitely missing my whitstable cottage now – its only been 6 weeks, but its spurred me to book some weekend day trips. you forget how beautiful the english countryside can be – despite the terrible weather.
Tags: derek jarman, dungeoness
if you are looking for a day out to the sea side, but not the typical crowded english beaches, then a day to Dungeoness is a must. You can see the lovely Derek Jarman garden and his house, still maintained with the local flora that survives in this type of ground. The austere landscape with its pebbled beaches and wooden huts take you back, but a ride with the kids on the miniature steam train, really is nostalgic. You can have fish and chips at the Pilot Inn for lunch.
this weekend is 1940′s weekend, so if you swing by the kent and east sussex railway for its annual nostalgic weekend of air raid shelters and steam train rides, you can relive the costumes and lifestyle of the 1940′s.