Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Lovely Spaces

Here's a look at some inspiring spaces that I have come across and I have fallen in love with...

Monday, 29 November 2010

DIY Gift Wrapping

I love any thing that is crafty and DIY so to come across these gorgeous incredible gift wrapping ideas has really made my day. Carefully crafted by the fabulous Summer Watkins from her blog Grey Likes Weddings, I can't wait to try these out ;)

Images from Happiness is... blog.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Christmas Decorating Ideas

If you're stuck for ideas this Christmas do not fret as there are so many fantastic tips to help you. Living etc have a great decorating gallery and many other blogs have fabulous images which is fantastic. Here are some christmas ideas I found along the way.....

Spray paint some cones add a few sparkly bits and voilà... A stunning Christmas Wreath! Goes very well with my theme this year so will be trying this one!

I love these Frosty White craft pieces from Helen Musselwhite.

 What a cool way to make place settings around the table. How cute and simple!

Go for that vintage look with these natural linen rag balls from Alice Looking Glass over at Etsy. There is just something about handmade Christmas ornaments.

I love this image from David Stark for West Elm which I found over at Decor8. I just love the whole handmade, do it yourself Christmas decorations. so much more personal and fun!

One of my favourites, Pretty Presents. Add a personal vintage touch by wrapping your presents with lace. it just gives it that extra luxurious touch!

Love this Christmas wreath made out of marshmallows which I found over at Pinterest from the lovely Will from Bright.Bazaar. This lovely idea is taken from the blog Three Pugs & a baby blog. What a sweet idea it is!

Another lovely idea made out of twigs with pretty white porcelain ornaments. Image taken from The White Company and also seen on Sweet Paul's magazine from the feature 'Wills Picks'.

All images are from Living etc apart from 4th, 5th 7th & 8th.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

One To Watch: Lorna Syson

It's that time of the week to introduce to you yet another extremely talented designer. She's inspiring, enthusiastic, eco friendly and an absolute delight, her name is Lorna Syson.  Lorna produces beautiful hand-made sculptural textiles for the home and as fashion accessories. I have to say I just absolutely adore her wall flower collection.

I am very excited to have Lorna here today and thanks again for answering these questions!

When did you realise you had a passion for design?
I was always creative, making all the things they did on Blue Peter and Art Attack but I would say it was mainly when I came to do my GCSE's, I found I would use art as an excuse not to revise my other subjects. I think it also helped that I had an amazing teacher, who also gave me my first lonely planet guide and got me addicted to backpacking.

Where do you inspirations come from?
My inspiration mainly comes from travelling. The first collection was inspired by a backpacking trip across Morocco. I loved looking around the old schools and mosques and seeing areas which had been left for years and nature had started to grow back over the mosaics.

The second collection is based on the British country side, I knew I wanted to work with the amazing wool and stinging nettle fabric and thought there was no where better to look for inspiration than the fabrics origins. I looked at the Hedgerows in rural areas which created the colour pallet and shapes.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I have had a very exciting last 6 months, it is hard to pin point one exact moment. I have won the Shell Live Wire Grand Idea's Award for the eco friendly collection and I have also been given the opportunity to show my wall flowers abroad in the USA and Japan, but I think showing at 100% Design and having interior designers and press which I know and respect recognise my work as 'Lorna Syson Textiles' was an amazing feeling.
What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time?
In five years I plan to have a successful textiles business for interiors being recognised for my signature wall flowers in department stores such as Fenwicks and Liberties.

I would love to able to employ a small team to help with making in the studio. It is important to me that as my business grows I keep the same ethics which the company was formed with such as sustainable fabrics wherever possible and all items being made in the UK. 
It is important that good design is not compromised by sustainability

What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most?
There are many designers which I look up to but I think for me the most inspirational point was when I was lucky enough to meet Sir Terrance Conran when I showed my work at ICFF in New York. He is a sponsor of UKTI and they arranged a Breakfast meeting for all the designers associated with UKTI at Saks fifth avenue. He started off doing a degree in Textiles.

What five words best describe you ?
Determined, creative, sociable, reliable and optimistic 

What 5 things couldn't you live with out? 
Friends and family has to be number one, Iphone, Apple Mac, roast potatoes, Spell Check!

Thank you Lorna for such a lovely interview and a chance in getting to know what a talented and ambitious young lady that you are! I see a bright future for this girl.

PS. There is still time to win the framed flower from the lady in question (fourth Image) over at Dear Designers Blog so hurry it ends tomorrow!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Spring Summer Trends At The Conran Shop

Here is a little sneak peek at the upcoming spring summer collection 2011 from the Conran Shop! Their key trends are feminine florals, bright colours, animal prints, natural materials and keeping alive British design. I have to say the the new collection is fab, exciting, edgier and ooooh so feminine which I love.

Here are some of my favourite picks! 
(Click onto image to enlarge).

Friday, 19 November 2010

Today I'm Loving...

Alpaga Hotel, a beautiful rustic minimalist hotel in the Alpine resort of Megeve, France. It's times like this you want to snuggle up somewhere warm and luxurious preferably with views over Mont Blanc.....

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas....

Images from Lodge Montagnard.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Sweet Paul Magazine

I am sure many of you are aware that the holiday issue of Sweet Paul Magazine is out now....it is amazing, packed full of mouth watering recipes and beautiful gorgeous crafts. I am a huge fan of Sweet Paul, a food, prop stylist & crafter who also has a fantastic blog. If you haven't already, check it out, so many inspiring images to admire!

What's more UK blogger Will from Bright Bazaar has a feature in the magazine! I had the pleasure of finally meeting him last week at the blogger event, it was far too brief but what an absolute sweetheart he is and extremely talented as well!

Enjoy the pretty images!

 My favourite has to be Will's feature! :)

 Images from Sweet Paul Magazine

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

One To Watch: Michelle Mason

Today I have another fantastic designer featuring on this series. Michelle Mason is the woman in question and I am ecstatic to have her here today. I absolutely love her products and have an obsession with the stella rug. She designs contemporary interior and giftware products, where being versatile is what she is all about!

Michelle is no stranger to the media as her work frequently appears in magazines, from Grand Designs, Elle Decoration, Homes & Gardens and Living Etc to Australia's House Beautiful.

Here are some questions that Michelle kindly answered.

When did you realise you had a passion for design?
I was always painting and drawing as a very small child and at about 8 or 9 made a dolls house, out of boxes, that just grew and grew across the living room floor. It was more Van de Rohe, single storey, than country cottage and I loved that I'd created something out of old bits of rubbish. When I was about 16 I starting making my own clothes. I probably looked ridiculous but the pleasure I got from creating things never really went away.

Where do you inspirations come from?
Nowhere in particular. It's usually just something that grabs my attention; it could be an old poster, a bit of graffiti, the shape of a tree. At the moment I'm rather taken with things to do with transport and old graphics from bus and train travel.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
There's been a couple of nice moments such as being shortlisted for the Homes and Gardens Classic Design Award, last year. It was a lovely party at the V & A and I really enjoyed working on the Stella rug design that was eventually nominated. I also enjoyed working with Livia Firth, this year, on the Rosetta rug.

What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time?
More projects that challenge and stretch the imagination and collaborations with other companies.
What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most?
I was introduced to David Hockney a few years ago. He's still having an amazingly prolific career. He was delightful and a fellow Yorkshireman to boot. I also greatly admire Zaha Hadid and can't wait to swim in the Aquatic centre, she's designed, after the Olympics.

In five words how would you describe yourself?
Eager to have a go.

What 5 things couldn't you live with out?
My six year old daughter, of course, coffee, art galleries, a good film and pasta with a nice glass of wine. Preferably all in the same day. I know that counts as six - is  that allowed?

Thank you so much Michelle for being so nice and taking the time to answer these Questions. I look forward to seeing some more fantastic items from you, as I am sure they will not disappoint!