THIS IS A DAMN GOOD DAY FOR DISCO!

I am soooo excited about these lovely new products we have arriving in the shop next week, I just had to share a few pictures with you. These little One Must Dash – ‘This is a damn good day for disco’ totes are perfect for fashionable trips to the shops and are only £18 (bargain!) plastic bags be gone. We also have a new print arriving from One Must Dash which I have been lusting after for a very long time ‘This is not a bloody hotel’ which just makes me smile every time see it, hopefully some one will take note when I hang it up in our house. We have also been continuing to expand our own SOOuK range of botanical prints with all this spring feeling in the air, these sunny day’s have been inspiring. We have two very beautiful Eucalyptus giclee art prints arriving to the shop, the perfect seasonal additions to our existing collection. Enjoy the sun lovely people and long may it continue!

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.

 

 

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…

 

PICTURE THIS

It’s been a busy few week’s over here, lots of editing to be done for recent magazine shoots – more on that soon. I thought I would quickly share a few images of our first samples from our new print range. I am absolutely delighted with them, They are beautifully printed thick soft art paper, almost velvety.  The whole range is printed in punchy black and white, striking text or pattern. I am especially proud of the new botanical range and already have plans to add to this. I really hope you like them too.

OH LA LA!

 

Autumn has well and truly arrived this week.. or maybe been skipped and we have gone straight into winter? I have been enjoying perusing all of the new season’s interior collections. Cerise sur le gateau kindly sent me their beautiful new catalogue and I thought I would share some of my favourite pieces from the collection here. It is much more traditional and masculine than the previous season, with Gaston checks at the forefront and the neon taking slightly more of a back seat – although still enough to keep my neon obsession at bay. There is also an addition to the parisian gang with Perette and Ginette (sure to be friends with an old favourite of mine Olga!) they look quite striking on cushions and kitchen linen. But my favourite pieces of the collection have to be the old school/graph paper feel fabrics and the indigo/gold line cushion is just gorgeous.

 

 

 

WELCOME TO PARADISE

It’s all been go go go at SOOuK head quarters the past few weeks. My head has been crammed pack full of things to do! I have been organising new lines for the shop (more on that coming soon!) and also working on our new collection. The first art prints arrived today and I am SO excited about them I had to share them with you.  I have spent the summer obsessing over palm trees and just generally being outside as much as I can. Living in Scotland you have to seize these opportunities! I have two Palm trees in my studio (they would never survive outside) they’re my own little bit of paradise to keep me calm on the dark winter days. When the bright sunlight floods in they cast the most incredible shadows on my white floor and white walls. This has been the inspiration behind the collection. The Palms are printed on the most beautiful soft, bright white art paper. The contrasty black palm leaves look so punchy set against black frames and white walls. We are taking pre-orders for these now please email [email protected] Have a great weekend!

Soo

 

Making Shapes

It’s all about lines! I have been lusting over images of geometric jewellery for some time now on Pinterest and British Vogue magazine. There is just something so amazingly modern about these bold lines, prisms side by side and chunky laser cut deigns.

I was lucky enough to track down some very beautiful pieces at top drawer in January. The two pieces above are from the BAZAAR range from Bohemia Design. Both are available from the SOOuK shop, the ‘chevron trio’ necklace is the perfect way to continue our interiors obsession with chevron! Now we can wear it too!

Extra photography by Susan Burnell for Vidal Sassoon and extra magazine images from British Vogue by Glen Luchford.

Old School

The most affordable ‘it’ bag I’ve ever come across has arrived at studio SOOuK.

These old school satchels are a wonderful classroom memory. They have been around since the 17th century and were revived by Elle magazine in 2006 for a striking editorial on neon bags. It’s a trend that’s just not going to go away, a style that will last centuries and definitely a fashionista staple!

All we need now is this seasons box pleat skirt, a blazer and we are all set! check out our selection at soo-uk.com

Graphic Art

These little lovelies from British designer Claire Gaudion arrived this morning along with some very beautiful stationary kindly gifted by Claire. Its always an exciting day when new products arrive and these silk wool scarfs do not disappoint! The stunning geometric patterns are inspired by the dramatic and ever changing Guernsey coastline. Claire’s beautiful designs have been exciting the press recently with pieces included in Elle Decor’s style steal trend watch, The Times fashion pages and winning best new fashion product at Top Drawer. I am very excited about her luxury woven throws which are launching later this year. Can we wait that long?

 

Black and Right

Here is a little preview from our latest shoot. The throw is from a stunning range from Tori Murphy and the prints are our very own SOOuK exclusives. All available online at SOOuK from January.

Hope you love them as much as we do!

Normal is boring

A sneaky peek at some of our new products for the SOOuK shop! I am quite frankly in love with with the entire product line at La cerise sur le gateau! Anne Hubert’s genius tongue in cheek take on traditional french linens add a hint of humour and bundles of fun to our homes.

Please check out this fantastic video below “Normal is boring” it’s brilliant!