Sarah Moore & Friends Vintage Barn Sale

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I love Sarah Moore’s vintage style, which often features colourful floral prints. Sarah Moore is an interior and homewares designer, and the winner of BBC2’s 1st Great Interior Design Challenge. She organised a barn sale at Hill Lands Farm,PO18 9JY, at the end of June, and I was gutted not to be able to attend. Look at what we missed out on! The sale was created/curated by Sarah Moore Vintage, Goose Home & Garden, Found Country Antiques, Primrose Lane, Sea Thrift Interiors, and Simply Country – it looked like such a fun day out in the countryside with scrummy tea+cake, and stacks gorgeous vintage fabrics and homewares!

Lucky for us, the wonderful Sacco & Sacco Photography were one location to document the day – and what beautiful photographs. If you are tempted, there is another barn sale on September 12 and 13 this year, which I have already blocked out in my diary. Cannot wait!

Images: Sacco & Sacco Phorography

(Please let me know if you were involved in the sale and you were not mentioned or  your website has not been linked.)

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Battersea is about to be awesome: Hello Loaf Shack!

There were these images of very tasty-looking+brightly-coloured biscuits in the shape of a house, floating around social media, which got us at Courage & Dash very curious indeed – who was sending round these yummy treats and what was this #LoafShack business??

Before too long, we realised what was happening, and we could not have been more excited: Loaf was setting up a show-house in Battersea, filled to the brim with their gorgeous furniture/furnishings, to make something of a ‘home’ which you could enjoy. Excited too?

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If you don’t yet know Loaf (and for our international readers!), the company is an interiors brand which sells colourful, laid back, and cosy furniture/furnishings. This autumn, the brand will be opening its first ‘Loaf Shack’ showroom, which is basically 7,500sq ft worth of pieces for every room of the home (including signature beds and sofas). Unlike most showrooms, at Loaf Shack, you will be encouraged to get comfy and experience the furniture in action.

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In fact, there will be an ice cream parlour in the showroom, and even a mattress-testing area! Perfect for that much-needed midday snooze (lucky if you live/work nearby). Whilst the Shack isn’t open until Autumn, Loaf’s latest mid-season collection is available now – check out some our favourites (we love those colours and plush seats!).

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Stay tuned for the opening of #LoafShack!

For more inspiration, visit Loaf at http://loaf.com, or tweet/Facebook/instagram@LoafHome.

Images: Loaf

Precious Peonies

20140530-100201-36121009.jpgWe’ve been wanting to share this with you for ages, especially with all the peony images finding their way onto various social media platforms. It is definitely wedding season now! And peonies remain the flower of choice for many brides. Something about the fullness and looseness of the flower heads whisper casual elegance and luxury.

20140530-100303-36183368.jpgIf you love those flowers as much as we do, florist Neill Strain’s latest display is a real treat. Neill has literally travelled across Holland to discover and obtain the widest range of rare peony types for display in his Belgrave Square store. The display has been on for over a week now, and ends tomorrow, 31st May (details below). We could definitely spend all day long gazing at peonies!

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The Flower Lounge
Neill Strain Floral Couture
11 West Halkin Street
Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8JL

Images by John Nassari

Wonderful Wednesday: Summer Entertaining + Table Dressing with Nina Campbell

Ok, so the weather isn’t exactly summery right now, and it isn’t exactly conducive to outdoor entertaining just yet (unless you have a yurt in your garden? Or a fantastic pavilion! Ooh), but keep hope, the sunshine will come, and it will be here by the end of this week!

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Summer entertaining is some of the best type of hosting you can do – the warm air surrounding you while a cool breeze brings some refreshment; the cheerful flittering of birds, and vibrant colours of the outdoors, as far as the eye can see. Think Selina Lake’s Outdoor Living.

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Next Thursday, 5th June, world-renowned interior designer Nina Campbell will be hosting a master class to share her thoughts on dressing the table with vibrant glass, to using the right table linen. Her top tips will help you get the most out of your summer hosting! Florist John Carter will also be there to talk you through choosing the best seasonal flowers (remember the tip on buying seasonal flowers from Bloom & Wild?), and creating the perfect table centrepiece.

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Looks like it’ll be an inspiring afternoon of with two great creative business owners with lots of experience and excellent styling tips. Even better, tickets are now at the special price of £30 each.

Details of the event below; please let us know if you are going and do say hello!

Nina Campbell & John Carter Master Class on Summer Entertaining

Thursday, 5th June, 2pm – 4pm
9 Walton Street, London SW3 2JD
To purchase tickets, please visit Nina Campbell here or call +44(0)2072251011

Images thanks to Nina Campbell

Chelsea Flower Show Series: Scarlet & Violet at Anthropologie King’s Road

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When we found out that Scarlet & Violet (S&V) was going to be at Anthropologie (for which our love will require a whole other post, some other time…) on the King’s Road, our eyes brightened and our hearts leapt with joy. It just sounded the most sensible idea: Anthropologie with all it’s beautifully curated wares surrounded by S&V’s country blooms? Yes, please!

In tribute to the Chelsea Flower Show, Anthropologie has teamed up with the much-loved S&V to turn its King’s Road gallery into a traditional florist. The store will be filled with creations specially made by Victoria Brotherson, S&V founder and owner.

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S&V started life in Chamberlayne Road (also known as London’s Hippest Street), back in 2006. Victoria’s plan was to run a small workshop, manageable by one person. She had planned to give herself the chance to step back from the pressures of work. Funnily enough, life had its own plans for Vic, and 10 years later, the business has 7 full time florists, a driver and Vic’s sister, Emma, otherwise known as the office mastermind.

S&V is no stranger to fame – the company has enjoyed the enviable task of being wedding florist to Kate Moss and Lily Allen, among other celebrities. You can see why. Vic’s style artfully combines the elegance and charm of an English country garden. She also draws inspiration from the vintage aesthetic, and bases her signature designs on the dreamy combination of both. Seasonal foliage and blooms such as peonies (everyone’s summer favourite!), roses and lavender perfectly match antique pitchers, planters and retro-charity shop finds that she readily incorporates into her work. Her designs are beautiful, romantic and inventive, from traditional creations to ones with eclectic dashes of colour.

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The Anthropologie store has been transformed into a country flower market from now until 31st May, which we think is absolutely delightful. “We were inspired by the collecting, storing, and over-saturation of texture, colour and shape,” Vic said. “We have set it up in a very similar way to Kensal Rise as it works well.”

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“Look out for scent, layering of tone and texture and amazing peonies!!” she exclaims. Fitting in with the flower market theme, we asked which ones Vic would recommend. “I havent travelled extensively, will do in retirement,” she confesses. “We swear by  New Covent Garden Market.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Join Scarlet & Violet tomorrow, Wednesday, 21st May, where Vic will be doing a talk and workshop at Anthropologie, Kings Road. You can get tips on choosing flowers, and learn how to group them. You can also learn how to make hand-tied posies within a modest budget, and how to use different containers as vases, from a marmalade pot to a pickling jar. See you there!

The Event

Scarlet & Violet pops up at Anthropologie, Kings road from May 17th – May 31st

Workshop: Wednesday 21st May, 6-8 p.m.

At: Anthropologie, 131-141 King’s Road, London, SW3 4PW

Cost: £40

For more information or to RSVP, contact: community@anthropologie.eu

Images courtesy of Anthropologie EU and Scarlet & Violet

Chelsea Flower Show Series: The Cut Flower Project at West Elm London

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Photos by Emily Quinton

I love flowers. I don’t know many people that don’t, but I REALLY love them. As in, they make my insides turn to treacle, make my heart trill like a canary, kind of thing. Something about the colours and the shapes of cut flowers in whatever container just beams intrinsic pretty. And we love pretty!

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Which is why this week, I am in the Best Mood Ever – not just because the sun is out, but because it’s the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the harbinger of Summer! Plenty of events and beautiful blooms everywhere. Tomorrow, West Elm London joins in the festivities by turning their store into a floral delight with help of The Cut Flower Project. What a great idea! We kick off the Flower Show feature with the lovely Saima Ishaq of The Cut Flower Project and her journey through floristry.

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The Cut Flower Project is based in South London, and was founded by the energetic and creative Saima. After years of working in the media industry, Saima discovered that her passions lay with floral arrangements, and left to learn the art of floristry.

“I practised and practised,” Saima recalls, “I enrolled on a college course, attended many flower workshops, watched online tutorials.” She documented the hours of hard work and her progress on Instagram.

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The effort clearly paid off, because The Cut Flower Project is growing (like a weed!). “Friends and family began asking me to do their wedding flowers, and the Southwark Arts Forum invited me to host a workshop at the Bermondsey Street Festival.” The Cut Flower Project also recently hosted workshops for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day at Boxpark, Shoreditch.

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Top photo courtesy of Emily Quinton; bottom two images by Saima Ishaq (The Cut Flower Project)

The success is clearly spurring Saima on to greater things. “There’s so much I want to learn,” Saima enthuses. Besides being booked up for various weddings this summer, The Cut Flower Project is busy preparing for their first pop-up store at West Elm London. Inspired by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, West Elm have asked Saima to take over their London store with her flowers,  from 20th to 24th May – a challenge which she is grasping with both hands.

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The Event 

The Cut Flower Project will be at West Elm all day from 20th to 24th May, selling pre-arranged bouquets. There will be a focus area by the front of the store, with Saima’s beautiful creations dotted around the rest of the store
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What’s even better, on Saturday, 24th May, between 12pm and 5pm, The Cut Flower Project will be hosting a flower workshop. You can either buy a vase/pot/vessel from the store and create an arrangement or create an arrangement in a repurposed food tin. How fun does that sound? SO FUN. We can’t wait!

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West Elm London is at 209 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PN, UK 

Details of workshop, 24th May

Tickets are £25 (covers flowers, tools, tins, etc.)

Ticket-holders can drop-in anytime between 12pm and 5pm

Purchase tickets from: https://thecutflowerproject-westelm-flowerworkshop-may2014.eventbrite.co.uk/

Visit the Facebook event page: ‪bit.ly/cutflrprjct

Hashtags: #WEflowershop #westelmevents #TCFPflowershop

All photos by Emily Quinton, courtesy of West Elm London and The Cut Flower Project

Spring into Spring

The Spirit of Summer Fair started today at Kensington Olympia. It’s the 6th year of this event, and I am very excited to be finally going this year. I’d heard of the fair before, but it wasn’t until I said to an interior designer friend that I was going to this “great interiors fair” and she said “oh, Spirit of Summer?” that I thought, “wait a minute! If that’s the first thing that popped into her stylish mind, it must be worth a visit!” So here I am this year, traipsing to the Olympia this Saturday for a peek. I’m often to be found at all kinds of markets and fairs that happen to be on the weekend; the last one I visited was the Country Living Spring Fair, way back in March, so I am definitely ready for another interiors filled event!

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The best thing about these fairs is that you often get to meet the designers/makers, as they tend to pop in to run their stalls (I met Jane Means at Country Living – she’s lovely!). Also, it’s great to be able to support independent, small-medium local businesses – many famous names start off displaying at shows before getting their own shops, or being picked up by Liberty’s or John Lewis (that’s how Joules got going, look at them now). Quite a treat to be able to see the products of such creativity all over Britian, don’t you think?

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A quick look on the Spirit of Summer Fair’s Facebook page already revealed lots of mouth-wateringly delightful stalls and items, e.g. Kelly Hoppen, Je Vous En Prie, and Ladeda Living.

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From jewellery, to clothes, to home furnishings, and bath products, the fair promises to be full of fun and inspiration. Am looking forward to scouting out some up-and-coming purveyors of beautiful things for you lovely readers!

Photos courtesy of Spirit of Summer Fair, House & Garden