Orla Kiely Yoga Mat

As you know from previous blogs, I love Orla Kiely’s prints and she has just designed this yoga mat with half the proceeds of the £35.00 retail price going to the charity Action on addiction. If you want to be the envy of your yoga class you can buy the mat from Yoga Matters.

http://www.yogamatters.com/product/704/makiel/orla-kiely-yoga-mat.html

Polka Dot Passion

Following on from my previous blog about polka dots, when Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney brought them back to my attention, I think I am getting a little bit of an addiction to them and particularly when the colour palette is black and white or, even better, navy and white. They are crisp and smart but at the same time sassy and a little bit vintage, altogether just perfect. Here are some amazing ways to wear them, I just wish I knew where that short swing back jacket was from?

Children’s rooms & nurseries

I seem to spend a lot of my working days, designing room sets for children’s rooms & nurseries or styling them for photo shoots. I am always looking at inspiring images to get inspiration and to be honest pinch ideas, so I thought I’d share some of the images I found with you.

I love this Laura Ashley wallpaper which is now sadly discontinued.

A product shot for a catalogue company featuring baby Jack my friends lovely son!

This shot I styled was for a fitted furniture company. The wardrobe doors come finished with blackboard paint, brilliant for creative kids.

  

St Ives/Kettles Yard Style

This evening I have been kicked out of my own lounge as my son and his friends are watching a film, so I will be posting another blog tonight. My blogs are a bit like buses, you wait for ages and then……! Writing about Kettles yard and my love for St Ives and all things St Ives style, got me thinking and looking for items, for the home, that are available and reasonably affordable. Here are my pick of some of the High Street offerings.

Vintage ceramics available through Margaret Howell stores

Nicola Tassie from Margaret Howell Stores

http://www.margarethowell.co.uk/#/home-products

Fjord Chair Marks & Spencer

http://www.marksandspencer.com/

Ercol for John Lewis

Bethan Grey for John Lewis

Fish fabric by John Lewis

http://www.johnlewis.com/

Eigg Sun by The Windmill Stump at Folksy.com

http://www.folksy.com/items/1847753-Eigg-Sun-Hand-printed-Limited-Edition-Woodcut

Now all you need to do is find the nearest beach and start collecting pebbles and drift wood!

If anybody finds any Kettles Yard style home wares on the High Street or online, I’d love to hear from you?

Bridget Riley at kettles Yard

I have always wanted an excuse to visit Kettles Yard in Cambridge and have just read that there is a new exhibition starting on 24th September of Bridget Riley’s work, entitled Colour, Stripes, Planes & Curves. Bridgets Riley’s work is fantastic and I will definitely make the effort to get to the exhibition, but the star of the show for me will be the exhibition space. Kettles Yard, which is now part of cambridge University was the home of Jim and Helen Ede for many years and a home which they filled with the work of many of their artist friends. Jim Ede studied painting at Newlyn Art School, in Cornwall and was friends with many of the St Ives artists such as Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis. As well as the art work and sculptures around the house, it was also decorated with natural collections such as pebbles, stones and pieces of drift wood, a style that now signifies St Ives and coastal living to me. After spending much of my time in and around St Ives over the last 20 years, it is a style I am still drawn to and it is beautifully executed at Kettles Yard and much emulated.

An Alfred Wallis painting from the collection at Kettles Yard

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/house/collection.html

Bridget Riley in front of one of her paintings

One of the paintings featured in the Colour, Stripes, Planes & Curves exhibition