As a stylist, I am very often asked to design and prop children’s bedrooms to showcase products such as bedding or nursery furniture, so I was delighted to hear that caramel Baby & Child, based in Notting Hill London, have just launched their own Home collection.
The collection comes in three colour stories. There are fine cottons and ticking stripes in blue & yellow with nostalgic florals, soft merino wool blankets in neutrals, inky blue & jade green and reversible artisan quilts, made in France, in contemporary jewel colours. All compliment the solid wood nursery collection of furniture.
I am a huge fan of the interior designer Lee Broom and love the way he manages to combine luxury with historical references, while his tongue is firmly in his cheek, genius.
I was interested to see then what he had done with the flagship store for the clothing brand Coast, which is slightly conservative and let’s say safe?
The beautifully delicate colour scheme marries perfectly with the period architectural references and flooring, but this store is very much a 21st century design, like I said, genius!
The brief was to give the customer lots of space to move around the store and for the changing rooms to play an important role. Lee was keen for the space to emulate a high end retail store on Bond Street or Mayfair and I think both client and designer must be delighted with the end result.
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.
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.
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.
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!