TOTALLY TROPICAL

Last week instead of heading straight to the studio I sneaked in to Edinburgh with HB. We went to the botanics to have a look inside the tropical palm houses. Its well over a year now since my palm tree obsession started and it still seems to be going full swing, along with many other botanical obsessions which I have added on! There was a definite feeling of spring in the air as the sun was streaming through the enormous pre-victorian windows. It was just a beautiful visual escape and so nice to feel warm after a long Scottish winter. I have noticed that it hasn’t taken long for the sizzling palm trend to be picked up by the interiors market (us included). Lots of designers have developed palm print ranges for 2015. I am particularly liking House of Hackney, they have a wonderful collection of interior pieces with a real 1930’s feel to them. They have embraced bold prints and bright emerald greens, although the tropical trend is not all about wild colours and statement walls it can be done in a more minimal way too, with a subtle pop of pattern that can be seamlessly introduced to your current home decor to create your own paradise. Our range of palm leaf prints are about bold graphic pattern and texture rather than bright busy colours. Showing that there are many ways to make sure you don’t get left in the shade this season.

Notebook’s- House of Hackney.

Wallpaper – Amara.

Mugs, prints and cards – SOOuK.

IT’S A CHEMICAL REACTION

The copper and metallic trend is well and truly here to stay. Finally having hit the high street with light fittings, culinary equipment and picture frames all proving popular. Metallic started filtering through for fashion and interiors at the end of 2013 with copper firmly in the lead as the first choice for designers such as Tom Dixon and more lately Tom Pigeon. I was immediately in love, but with many other fashion’s thought it was going to be a passing phase and limited my purchase’s to one or two accessories. Two years on I am still in love! I’m completely drawn to its warm metallic glow. I particularly like it when paired with reclaimed woods for a more industrial edge. It can also look ultra sophisticated in a highly polished and shiny state. If you are just looking for a small luxurious accent like a Vase or candle holder try Habitat or Bloomingville, they have some lovely smaller accessories. But for me the dream would be a giant copper Tom Dixon pendant hung in an all white room. I have picked out a few GORGEOUS copper pieces for you to lust over… Enjoy! [1. Tom Pigeon copper tape 2. copper plant pots (image via pinterest) for similar try Bloomingville 3. Habitat copper vase 4. Anthropology copper cutlery 5. Tom Dixon copper pendant light]

 

 

MODERN MAMA

With Mother’s day this weekend I feel a new modern girls gift guide is in order. Really just a fabulous excuse to get all my current obsessions together in one place. Boys… I hope you are listening!

1. Fashioned By Planters – A set of 3 beautiful porcelain and leather planters designed by Fashioned by. These beauties don’t need any explanation. Gorgeous white ceramic and natural leather planters for ferns would be heaven hung in my studio. Hugely on trend right now, living with plants and I know I work better when there are live greens around! For around £80.00 you can get these from Houzz.com

2. Fern Mug – Our very own SOOuK Fern mug had to appear in this guide as I think it would make the perfect Mother’s day gift. Beautiful modern monochrome Fern design and Its a great price too at £10.00, team it up with some nice choc’s and your mum will be delighted. soo-uk.com

3. Botanical Floral Scarf – im in love with this striking modern botanical print is so pretty and would look great over everything the perfect start to your spring wardrobe. £45.00 whistles.com

4. I Love You Mum – This is the cutest idea from Biscuiteers, Beautifully packaged delicious biscuits, in hand illustrated gift boxes. You can show your mama exactly how you feel with delivery straight to her door! £9.00 from www.biscuiteers.com

5. – ‘& – What?’ –  Pendant from the amazing Coco’s Liberty a new discovery of mine. I would highly recommend a visit to this site, it’s full of gorgeous modern jewellery that really stands out. I am slightly obsessed with this Ampersand necklace it is the perfect gift for those typography geeks amongst us…  and I can think of many! a great everyday necklace made from 18ct gold (also available in silver and rose gold) £105.00 from cocosrevenge.com

Most importantly have a great day with all your lovely mum’s. It’s the best excuse ever to get together, eat cake and tell them how much we appreciate them.

 

 

15 GREAT THINGS – DESIGNER Q&A

I thought for this week’s post I would include a little designers Q and A feature I had in the Scotland on Sunday yesterday. Thank you very much to the Editor Lynne and her team. I was really honoured (if not a tiny bit embarrassed) to been included.

1 How did you end up doing what you do?

I have worked as a commercial photographer since finishing studying photography 15 years ago, working for many UK based interior magazines, shooting interiors, architecture and styling, so it was a natural progression to add to my existing career. SOOuK was born from a love for all things interior. I am very passionate about supporting British design and do this as much as possible in the shop.

2 Who or what inspires you?

I am so lucky that my studio is surrounded by beautiful fields; I have this vast ever-changing sky and landscape to look at and feel inspired everyday. I couldn’t imagine my life without that view now. It keeps me focused. I also like to keep lists, scrapbooks and photographs of inspiring typography, signage and nature.

3 What is your starting point for any new project?

All projects are different and I don’t have a set path that I follow. Each project is approached differently, I am never short of new ideas and the start of a project is always an exciting time followed by doubt then excitement then doubt again!

4 What designers/makers do you admire?

So many… Hans Wegner, HAY, Julius Shulman, Claire Gaudion, Tori Murphy, Joanna Ham to name a few.. I have just returned from Top Drawer and Home London, the amount of amazingly talented designers out there is incredible.

5 Were you involved in craft from an early age?

Yes absolutely. I bought my first darkroom at 13 with some money my grandfather left me when he died. I cannot imagine a life without photography.

6 What makes a home?

The people in it! We were lucky enough to be able to build our home, and the icing on the cake is all of the memories we are making living in the house of our dreams. I am delighted to be bringing my children up here (and of course a HAY dining table helps!)

7 Is there any object you desire?

‘Cabin In The Woods’ by Taschen or if I was really lucky CH07 chair by Wagner (in black please!).

8 What is your idea of a great escape?

I have a desire to visit a timber house on Skye, preferably one by Rural Designs. I dream of the open views and seascapes. Although I love city adventures too. I spent some time in Copenhagen last year and I absolutely loved it. I cannot find fault with that city. The people are so friendly, the food is amazing and there is incredible design everywhere you look.

9 Do you prefer to camp under the stars or hotel comforts?

Stars from the hotel balcony? I tried camping with my boys last year… Lets just say it’s not for me, we were home before breakfast the next day.

10 Big screen movie or TV drama?

This is a hard one. Big screen movie, as there is nothing like being completely absorbed by a brilliant film. I love anything by Wes Anderson – The Life Aquatic and The Grand Budapest Hotel are two of my favourite films. I am also a big fan of watching a box set from start to finish.

11 What book would you recommend to a friend?

My husband bought me the most beautiful book for Christmas called “The Book Of Palms” from Taschen. It’s a magnificent work on all varieties of palm trees, full of paintings and beautiful cross-section illustrations. I absolutely treasure it.

12 Best music to work to?

I have 6 Music on in the studio everyday; it’s great company when I am in there on my own. I am also having a moment with Fame by David Bowie after seeing his V and A documentary last year. The last music I downloaded was Stay Gold from First Aid Kit – it’s just lovely.

13 What are your top tips for 24 hours in Edinburgh?

I don’t spend much time in the city these days, so it’s really exciting when I do venture in. I am obsessed with the palm trees so the Victorian palm houses in the Botanic Gardens would be a must, and after that a wander up to the restaurant Roman Nose in Eyre Place, I have only been a few times but I love the atmosphere, vintage decor, lovely food and friendly service. It would be a perfect day.

14 What are you working on at the moment?

Along with some existing photography projects I have been designing a new range of botanical Giclee Art Prints for the shop. It’s a project I have been working on for a while and am really excited about.

15 What makes you laugh

My dad’s terrible jokes. I used to feel sorry for him… sadly now I must be turning into him.