Art & Design: LDF, 2014

Last month at the London Design Festival, 2014 was by far one of the best yet. I felt there was a real energy about the event and an excitement around all of the new products, that I haven’t felt for a while. I was really impressed by some of the graduate exhibits at LDF and saw so many items that I felt were really original and inventive.

Out of the masses of amazing stuff I came across I have made an edit of what I think are my favourite items and collections from the festival, below. I hope you agree!


1. Product Name: Perch light | Designer: Umut Yamac | Photography: Tom Gildon | Website:

Hands down the best for me. SO beautiful, elegant and cool, all in one. Basically, the bird is illuminated through contact with the perch and this lets the bird balance and swing without any cables whilst maintaining luminance.

The bird has been precisely counterbalanced to sit in a resting position on its perch unless activated into gentle motion by wind or touch.

The light is available in a floor or wall lamp and is entirely hand made in London. Check out the video, here! Continue Reading →

Art & Design: David Ralph Studio

david ralph

A few months ago I was invited to a private view of photographer David Ralph’s latest works entitled ‘Papilio‘. As soon as I walked in to the studio, I knew I wouldn’t leave without buying one! On first glance you think you’re looking at a painting of a butterfly. What you are actually looking at is a series of photographs, each one consisting of layers upon layers of frames of the same butterfly literally bursting at their metaphorical seams. Their composition is faultless.

Papilio prints are available through his website


Amara Blog Awards

Hi All,

I hope you are enjoying your week so far!

I have been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards for 2014 and in order to win the ‘Best Stylist Blog’ category, I need votes. Lots and lots of votes!

If you have a spare second and if you enjoy reading my blog each week, please click here and vote!

Please accept my sincere thanks in advance,



RHS Chelsea Flower show madness

Hi All,

I am so sorry for being off air for the last month. My mac died and I haven’t been able to update my website for weeks. It’s amazing how so much of our life relies on computers!

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while, but when we went to the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year we went on ‘sale day’. This basically means that starting at 4pm on the final day people can buy all the flowers and plants on display.

You have no idea. At 4pm someone rang a bell and the crowd ran to buy as much as they could carry. It was hilarious to watch and so very…British! Well dressed people carting around baskets, trolleys, wheelchairs, back packs, wheel barrows, plastic bags- any vessel they could find.

Below are some pictures of the end of the day. They are not the best photographs but show you a little of the madness!


RHS Flower show


Design Love: Yajibela Waste paper baskets


Styling: Christina Schmidt | Photography: Phil Ashley

Waste Paper Basket by Yajibelena, £49, Available at Skandium

Last week, I met Christina Schmidt, one of the founders of Skandium and she brought my attention to a wonderful project in Burkina Faso started by a woman named Eva Seidenfaden. Here is a little bit about it!

It all started, trying to find a way to help women in Burkina Faso to find a means to make a living for themselves and their families. Their tradition is basket weaving, my passion is basket weaving, says Eva Seidenfaden, the initiator of this brilliant self help project. Eva comes from Denmark. 10 years ago, she visited Burkina Faso, one of the poorest African counties. She made it her mission to help with the knowledge she had, basket weaving, and founded  work groups in Ougadougou the capital and in Banfora the South of the country.

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