Hope Street Liverpool

I’ve just spent the weekend in Liverpool with Mr B where we stayed at The Hope Street Hotel, which is a lovely boutique hotel in a part of the city I never knew existed. I suppose most people visiting Liverpool head to either Albert Dock or Liverpool one, for the shopping, but this area, slightly off the beaten track is well worth a visit. Hope Street runs between the cities two cathedrals and the surrounding roads have all been preserved in their original state, with rows and rows of Georgian houses, complete with iron railings, stone steps to the portico doors and paneled shutters at the windows. Until about 10 years ago it was a very run down area of the city but when Liverpool became the city of culture, the area was regenerated and is now something of a cultural quarter, home to some of the cities best restaurants and bars as well as the Philharmonic Hall and Liverpool’s Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) who Paul McCartney is a founding member of.




The London Carriage Works is part of the Hope Street Hotel and is an award winning restaurant and bar.



60 Hope Street is home to another excellent restaurant on the street



Across from the Hope Street Hotel just further up from the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is the pan Asian restaurant and bar, Host.



Falkner Street runs off Hope Street. It was here, at no 36, that John Lennon shared his honeymoon flat with Cynthia and Brian Epstein lived in the basement flat of the same house. Falkner Street is so well preserved that it is used extensively for filming period dramas and films such as Sherlock Holmes.


The Quarter is a restaurant, bar & deli on Falkner Street and is the hub of this area of Liverpool.



This installation on Hope Street by John King is called “A Case History” and pays homage to many of the notable people and institutes of Liverpool, naming them on metal plaques.

Topshop A/W ’12

I’ve just seen the campaign shoot for the Topshop A/W collection and it looks as though tomboy style is still very much with us. Although the summer still hasn’t ended (did it ever start?) these pieces are worth investing in now, in fact the way they have layered some of the coats and jackets over the long lace skirt is a perfect fusion of summer and winter pieces working perfectly together.

Outdoor cinema’s

I know you might think I’m a bit crazy blogging about outdoor cinema’s when we have yet to see the British summer but I am a great believer in positive thinking and if we think summer we might get summer?

One of the highlights of summer is the long, light nights and there is nothing more evocative of summer than sitting outdoors until 10 o’clock in the evening in the dusk. Ok we might need to wrap ourselves in a blanket but we’re British, we’re used to it.

Many years ago, I went to Mykonos, one of the most beautiful Greek islands, where they have a lovely little outdoor cinema, Mando open air cinema, open 3 times a week, tucked away behind a walled garden, behind the church. The only time I had seen open air cinemas before were on American film such as Greece (no pun intended) and ever since then I have always wanted to go to an outdoor screening of a film.


Mando open air cinema Mykonos

Well this year, I have no excuse, there are open air cinema’s
springing up, the width and breadth of the country and one right on my
doorstep in Manchester. Screenfields at Spinningfields, Manchester screens films every Thursday
evening until 26/7 and runs a family film club on selected dates on a
Saturday morning. You can kick back on a deckchair and there are a wide
selection of bars to supply you with refreshments as well as BBQ food


Summer Nights is an event running in Derbyshire, using a variety of stunning locations to screen a variety of films. Some of the locations include Calke Abbey & Hardwick Hall. Food is available at all the venues or bring along a picnic.


Somerset House is the venue dubbed as “Londons most beautiful open air cinema” and it’s hard to argue with that? As well as the screening of a selection of films throughout the summer, the events start with a Dj set from some of Londons finest Dj’s.



For any readers with families who are thinking of going on a camping or caravan holiday, you wouldn’t go far wrong with Whitecliff Bay on The Isle of Wight. If you think I’ve gone off on a tangent, bare with me. The point I’m making is, that as well as a great site, with loads of family entertainment, they have introduced a free family cinema, once a week, which they are calling “A midsummer Nights Screen”  The atmosphere is festival like with a campfire and hay bales to sit on. Marshmallows are available for toasting and there is a bar and BBQ food available, all this comes complete with a view of Whitecliff Bay. Now if that doesn’t sum up summer, nothing does!





Dutch Master

As part of my job I am for ever flicking through interior magazines and although it is a part of my job that I love, I do become quite blase to many of the interiors shown. Although the homes are always stunning, there are only so many mid 20th century ranch style homes and vintage style eclectic homes you can look at without feeling as though you have seen it all before. Now and again though, there is something though that stops me in my tracks and in this months UK Elle Decoration, is one such home.

This dutch house owned by a couple who run an interiors shop, is a master class in how to pull off dark wall colours, offset with collections of quirky finds and salvaged items. The selection of wood tones through out their home warms the space and the whole thing is just beautiful, interesting and yet homely.

Homespun Style

I’ve seen extracts from a lovely book called Homespun Style by Selina Lake. This type of styling is something that I love and I have lots of Homespun pieces around my own home, some made by myself and others I have picked up along the way from car boot sales and antique fairs.

This book is jam packed full of inspirational ideas and shots and many are so easy to make.


The online magazine 91, is giving away a copy in it’s new addition,
to a lucky winner and even if you’re not lucky enough to win, the
magazine is well worth a read.



A couple of my own projects in my bathroom. Padded hangers made from vintage fabric, and a wash bag made from vintage towelling. The cabinet started life as two wooden office cabinets which I attached on top of each other, repainted in pale grey and then decorated with samples of wallpaper which I coated in a mixture of pva glue and water, several times to protect the paper. The final finish was added with a selection of vintage cabinet handles and mock coral handles from Anthropologie. The whole project took one day and now I have loads of storage for my product addiction and something unique for my home.