A LOOK INSIDE TOP DRAWER

 

The only good thing to come out of January – Top Drawer and Home London have been on (woo hoo!). I flew down first thing on Sunday with the lovely Holly (aka Holly Brown designs) and what a day we had. Olympia was the new venue for the design show this year, a much better venue in my opinion. The stands were well laid out and there was a great feeling of space with the spectacular domed ceilings. I was excited to look for some new talent for the SOOuK shop and I was not disappointed. Over 700 hand selected Iconic designers and manufacturers of lifestyle and fashion products, many new and exclusive to Top Drawer. One of my new favourites includes Above and Beyond founded in 2011 by Claudia Pape. A Graphic Designer by trade, she has a simple monochrome pallet throughout, (are you surprised I like it?!), prints, plates and bedding – all gorgeous. She creates ideas and concepts that go beyond simply applying a graphic or pattern to an item. Whether it is to connect two pillow cases to form a unit, or turn two plates into a set telling the time, there is always a reason behind what she does, her stand really stood out above (and beyond) the rest.

Another stand that I was completely blown away by was Skagerk. The styling on this stand was phenomenal with modern white tiles grouted in black, succulents and brass accessories made this one a clear winner for me. Is it natural to get this excited about furniture? This Danish company famous for many pieces, but more recently Skagerak’s prizewinning Georg series. I fell madly in love with Christina Liljenberg Halstrom’s console table and stool a while back. It was quite a moment being able to see and touch it. This season Skagerak has extended the series with three new items in untreated oak. But it’s the black one for me.

International had a very striking lighting display again this year – I went looking for it as it was a real highlight last time! I actually NEED their industrial apollo white lights in my life. So beautiful and I love the idea of mixing and matching to get a different effect, just a brilliant design.

We spent 5 hours walking round, meeting companies and seeing all of their new ideas. I would highly recommend any design lover a visit to Top Drawer and Home London when it next comes round in September. I am over whelmed by the wealth of design talent at top drawer this year. A little look in side the best Top Drawer ever.

VIEW FROM THE TOP

As featured in February’s addition of 25 Beautiful Homes. This is a gorgeous house that we shot last summer in Glasgow’s fashionable west end. This Stunning top floor flat over looking the royal botanical gardens belongs to Graphic designer Stuart and photo editor Catherine. They completely transformed this space in just 6 months with every structural hiccup you could imagine. The result is this stylish and contemporary home filled with wonderful vintage finds. The bright white walls are the perfect base for adding punchy wall art and muted furniture tones. Cat and Stuart are regular visitors to Glasgow’s ‘Love Salvage’ it’s a great place to pick up reclaimed items and other interesting architectural salvage. Items to steal… well where would you start? I’d be better just packing a suitcase and moving in. I LOVE this flat. The old school desk would be a must, all the prints from society 6 – yes please! my list could go on…

 

PAINT IT BLACK

As I said in my ‘fun and fabulous’ post (20.07.14) I have been revisiting house features from last year. This is another of my favourites from 25 Beautiful Homes last year. It is the stunning home of Jack Irvine also known as Brave Little Note, a musician from Edinburgh. Her gorgeous victorian double upper was featured in the Januarys edition. Beautiful high ceilings allow light to flood through the house, the enormous floor to ceiling victorian windows all have original shutters leaving the windows free of imposing curtains. I love the brave paint and wall paper choices in this house, the black living room is a bold statement and works amazingly well with the furniture in particular the Charles Eames basket chair which Jack found on ebay. She chose more delicate tones for the sleeping spaces, with a soft blue for Amelie’s room and a striking feature wall paper with birds for her own room. Jack completely redesigned the kitchen maximising space by having high units which sit comfortably with the high ceilings and leave plenty of space for a large dining table for friends and family. I love the kooky handles Jack sourced for her units they add a huge amount of character as well as style. There are so many lovely parts of her home, again it would be hard to choose a favourite… the colour coded book case is a must and obviously the Eames chair, Its amazing!

FUN AND FABULOUS

I thought I would share a few of my favourite Magazine features from shoots we did last year. Starting with this gorgeous victorian house in Edinburgh shot for House Beautiful UK. Owned by Juliet and Justin Moletta (of Moletta Munro). The 3 story house with all of it’s original features intact is a beautiful blend of period and contemporary styles. I shot and styled this house over two days last summer and everywhere I looked there were amazing styling props to be found! It was quite a job lugging kit up and down the large staircases but such a treat to work in such a beautifully light space.

There were retro and iconic vintage furniture styles combined for a strong architectural look. Purple Muuto socket lamps, Eames chairs, bright moroccan pouffes and Neon Hay throws all put together against a soft grey walls and the over all look is fun and fabulous!

There are just too many beautiful pieces of furniture and art dotted all over the house for me to pick a favourite, but on my list of bits to steal would be the bright moroccan pouffes and lets’ be honest pretty much anything by Hay!

WHITE AND BRIGHT

I’m really excited to be featured in June’s edition of House Beautiful. It’s a lovely spread written by the very talented Fiona Reid on how we built our studio. Reading it brings back great memories of the build and all the hard work that went into the planning. The studio was designed by Arka architects at the same time our farm house was being redesigned. I am not a very patient person and this process took AGES! Planning permission, building warrants and worst of all motivating builders! I had very definite ideas on how the building should look externally and feel on the inside. These things have absolutely been achieved. The white walls and flooring create a calm and relaxing work environment, they are practical for my work too. I look forward to going to work and even though the studio is just at the bottom of the garden it separates work and home life. It was well worth the wait.

 

One chair is definitely not enough!

This post is a little later than it was supposed to be… honestly I had the post London blues! I spent a fantastic weekend with @bravelittlenote and @ladyfoo at the London design shows Top drawer, Gift and Home.

We spent the night at the very cool Ace hotel in Shoreditch (photo above). It’s a little style over substance but the style is so lovely it’s definitely worth a visit.

The shows were brilliant. It was like christmas all over again! We had a lovely time meeting up with our existing suppliers and meeting some fantastic new design talent. We definitely have our eye on some great new pieces for the SOOuK shop. Watch this space!