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Great British Blogger: Decorater’s Notebook

8 Dec

It has been a long time but here is another in my Great British Blogger series (be sure to check out the rest if you haven’t already).

The Decorator’s Notebook is a fairly new blog but has fast become one of my favourite design and interiors focused blogs.  Bonus? The Decorator is British.  In a blogosphere inundated with interior bloggers she somehow finds rooms which haven’t yet been seen a hundred times and has a curator’s eye, bringing together unique arrangements of items.  I am currently enjoying her pinterest A-Z series.  She also offers useful tutorials and little visits around her home which is of course impeccable although in typical interior bloggers style constantly being worked on.  Of course we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Find out more about The Decorator below before heading on over to her blog.

What part of London would you most align with your own personality and why?

I’m a country bumpkin making my way in the big smoke so I’m always seeking out the green bits of the A-Z. I live on the edge of Crystal Palace Park and the area suits me perfectly. It’s great to be able to wander through the leafy park to the famous Victorian dinosaurs and I love the relaxed buzz around the Crystal Palace triangle. It’s not the smartest area of the capital but there seems to be a new gastro pub, antiques shop (the zany market on Haynes Lane is not to be missed) or independent café opening every couple of weeks at the moment so it’s definitely on the up!

Who is your favourite current British designer / artist?

That’s a toughie, but I recently bought a screenprint by Angie Lewin at the Ghosts of Gone Birds exhibition in Shoreditch so she’d be pretty high on my list. I love how she takes natural motifs like seedpods, feathers and leaves and gives them a graphic twist. Her colour palette of Midcentury-inspired colours is gorgeous too. And of course anyone who’s designed fabrics for Liberty is going to be a bit of an idol of mine!

What adventures would you have on your perfect British day?

It would definitely involve a rural getaway with friends… the idyllic Isles of Scilly (off the coast of Cornwall) are my favourite place in all the world. We’d take an early morning boat to Tresco, wander along to the white, sandy Pentle Beach to collect shells, enjoy a picnic lunch and have a paddle before walking back over the heath to the pub for a cold gin and tonic in the sun. The perfect evening would involve a campfire, a barbeque (with some freshly caught mackerel if we can get hold of some) and a long night of chatter and laughter. Bliss!

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Thanks to the Decorator for stopping by.  I will have to visit Crystal Palace one of these days.

Photo courtesy of the Decorator’s Notebook, a peak into her dining area.

Great British Blogger: Anamu

21 Jul

Great British Blogger time again (I feel like it needs a theme tune, any suggestions?)

This week we have Ana Maria from Anamu (a nickname her friends call her).  I had the pleasure of meeting Ana Maria at Blognic a few weeks back and went to find her website on my arrival home to discover some gorgeous photos and great writing.  A great lifestyle blog which covers home, travel and even a bit of DIY.  A bit of a cheat, Ana Maria is actually only a visitor to these shores, hailing from LA, but she is making short work of discovering all that London and the South East has to offer and thought it would be good to share this resource.  She also uses her love of vintage shopping to find scarves that she makes in to bags – she hasn’t set up shop in London but maybe you guys can convince her she should.

Check out what she has to say about her current home and then head on over to her blog and drool over some lovely photos.

What part of London would you most align with your own personality and why?

Back in LA I spent most of my time all over the city simply because I loved and enjoyed different parts of it from nitty-gritty downtown to the charming suburbs. I think I’ve brought that outlook with me to London by being open to all of the different neighborhoods and flavors that the city has to offer. My boyfriend and I currently live in Maida Vale on the west end and I love the tree-lined streets, little cafe’s and shops, and being next to the canal in Little Venice. It suits the homebody and quiet side of me but we do leave our postal code more often than not. Though on most weekends we try to travel within South England or to another country (London is the perfect launch-pad to Europe!) I do want to explore more of the east end. I mean, I was told that I look like I live there by a shop girl at Old Spitalfields. It must have been the thick rimmed glasses I usually wear…very hipster-esque, I suppose.

Perhaps in a year or two I’ll feel extra connected to one area over another but for now, I’m kind of liking being a “mid-ender” – yep, that’s what I’m going to call it. Neither west or east, or north or south. I’ll take all of London :)

Who is your favourite current British designer / artist?

Soon after I arrived I learned about a sample sale for Chinti & Parker via Daily Candy London. I bought a striped dress (that I’ve already worn to death) but I’ve been drooling over their cashmere sweaters ever since. Not only are they buttery  soft and perfect for keeping warm during cold London days, but they are Fair Trade and the company’s overall philosophy of being the opposite of fast-fashion is right up my alley. I’m definitely saving my pennies to add one of their pieces to my wardrobe this fall.

What adventures would you have on your perfect British day?

I’d really love to find the perfect country-side cottage that my boyfriend and I can call home for a weekend. One that is in or close to a quaint town that has just enough cafe’s, shops, and restaurants to keep us entertained for an afternoon. Then we’d retreat back to the cottage, hang out by the fire place and cook a nice dinner. We’d also rent bikes and cycle along a little creek or fields of grass/flowers and then picnic under a beautiful [insert big country-side tree here]. I’ve only passed through the country-side via high-speed trains so if you couldn’t already tell, I’m totally making the scenario up…am I close to describing something that actually exists? Haha. Anyway…I’d love to experience the quieter side of England. Let me know if you have any good tips!

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Thanks for stopping by Ana Maria.  I’ll be keeping an eye out for another Chinti and Parker sample sale.  And love the concept of a “mid-ender”.  So often we define ourselves by what part of London we are from and this is so much more inclusive.

Photo courtesy of Ana Maria

Great British Bloggers: Mathilde heart Manech

14 Jul

It has been a few weeks but I have another Great British Blogger for you.

As a bit of a nosy parker lifestyle blogs are right up my alley because it gets me to peek inside somebodies life without being called rude (they are the ones sharing right?).

Lisa from Mathilde ♥ Manech is a fairly new blogger to me, although she is coming up to a first blog-birthday.  She covers a mix of craftiness and thrifting and has a regular tote feature (everybody loves a good tote right?).  In exploring Great British Bloggers I also want to highlight bloggers who live beyond the M25 (for non-UK readers that is the sort of boundary for London). Lisa is from a town in Yorkshire called Hebden Bridge (see Lisa’s picture below – it looks so quaint and is now on my places to go).

The only thing I know about Yorkshire is … a tea brand comes from there?  Awful knowledge of British history I know.  T has just informed me it is also the biggest county in the UK too (he is so smart).  Anyway, Mathilde ♥ Manech is a great blog so go check it out, if only to find out about other bits of the island.

What part of Hebden Bridge would you most align with your own personality and why?
I’m nostalgic, imaginative and a big dreamer so I guess I would have to align myself with Hebden’s creative side. Its crafters, artists, musicians and writers make the town it is today; a diverse, creative and cosmopolitan market town. It’s also close to the Moors and Bronte country so the romantic in me feels a certain affinity to this part of the world…I’m such a sap!

Who is your current favourite British designer/artist?
Kate Kanzier. I’m a brogue girl so adore this London based (online too) shoe shop for brogues, wedges and other such delights. Go take a peep!

What adventures would you have on your perfect British day?
It would begin in a town I’ve never been to before (I love discovering new places) with a cup of tea and a croissant. Followed by some charity, antique, craft and book shopping, a couple of gin and tonics with the boyfriend and a visit to an art gallery/museum.  I’d finish the day in the pub (mmm pub grub) listening to early 90′s music with a bottle of red. In my perfect world this town would be by the sea, and we’d go for a midnight stroll, skimming a few stones. Perfect!

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Thanks to Lisa.

Photo courtesy of Lisa

Great British Blogger: Style Anthro

23 Jun

I have another Great British Blogger for you today.

Catherine of Style Anthro entered the world of blogging shortly after me and so I feel a certain afinity with her.  I really love the style of her blog which approaches life and fashion from the perspective of an anthropology graduate.  She knows some cool people like this friend who made a coat-tent (yes you read that right), takes you on a tour of her week with her field notes segment and gives a bit of fashion insight from a perspective that I think is unique in a world drenched in fashion blogs.  Plus she has the cutest bunny I have ever seen.  So check out her interview and then go take a trip over to her blog.

What part of your city, London would you most align with your own personality and why?
I would probably associate myself with Notting Hill. Quintissentially British, with a twist! I love the mix of quirky shops and little cafes, and am generally drawn to small things with lots of character. I often have people telling me I’m ‘too cute’, in that everything I buy or make is always super girly and in miniature form, and a bit whimsical. Notting Hill is like that with it’s tucked away corners and the Portobello Market, but there is also a side to it that is a little bit gritty and unpolished.

Who is your favourite current British designer / artist?
I love Rob Ryan. I know it seems like an obvious answer, but that is just his allure! I love how romantic and charming his pieces are, but in a subtle way. I think that’s what makes him very British – that the statements he makes with his work are never over the top declarations of passion, but promises of long lasting love. I also like the fact that he is a big hairy guy doing super-intricate papercuts, and that his wife has said, in response to being asked what it’s like to live with Britain’s most romantic man, that he’s just Rob to her. My favourite British designer is whoever is behind the design team at Liberty’s, and also Tricia Guild, who does chintzy florals and pretty prints that are perfect for sprucing up a tired room.

What adventures would you have on your perfect British day?
Recently I’ve become very low key and just happy to potter about down my side of London. When I lived in Archway (North London) I would have said my perfect day would be heading to Columbia Road in the East End for the Sunday flower market and, of course, checking out Ryantown (Rob Ryan’s shop) and all the little crafty boutiques there. But now that I’m happily settled back at home with my parents in Richmond, I rarely venture north of the river! My perfect day down this end of town would be nipping to Clapham to have a browse around the Northcote Road, then head to Cote in Richmond for Sunday brunch (they do my favourite Eggs Benedict) and have a cocktail down on the riverbank, before heading home for tea and cake in the garden with my mum.

What is something we might not know about you?
I work in fashion, but I am desperate to work in a museum! I really miss learning, and find myself rereading essays from my Social Anthropology degree. My perfect job would be working at the Fashion & Textiles Museum or the Design Museum, where I would ultimately get the best of both worlds!

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Thanks for stopping by Catherine and good luck with future job hunting.

Photos courtesy of Catherine.

Great British Blogger: Hello Flower

9 Jun

Time for another Great British Blogger.

This week we have Siobhan from Hello Flower.  You might have briefly seen her around here before when I won this great giveaway on her blog.  Siobhan lives in London and is a super talented person who has a knack of finding the most beautiful vintage and thrift goods.  Not only that but she takes great photographs (you can buy postcards from her shop), crafts and crochets, cooks (check out her food blog), teaches the occassional cupcake decorating class.  This might give rise to some mild jealousy but she sent me tea with my giveaway in a homemade envelope.  You have to love that no?  Her blog covers all this and more so head on over and check it out.

What part of London would you most align with your own personality and why?

This is such a tough question! I’ve moved flat about 10 times in the last 6 or 7 years, so I’ve got to know most parts of the city pretty well and each new area I live in tends to become my new favourite. I’ve lived just south of the river in Elephant and Castle for almost two years now, so I’d probably have to say that as I’ve grown so fond of it and it feels part of me at the moment. It’s pretty down to earth, a melting pot of people and full of random things that feel like they’re yet to be discovered by the rest of London. It’s a place where I get to decide what I think is cool because no one else has decided it already for me. It’s full of surprises, little hidden nooks and crannies like a cafe in the crypt of a church, an amazing junk market, cheap fruit and veg and my favourite park in London, Burgess Park. It’s a little unorthodox, but it likes to do things its own way and that’s exactly why I like it so much.

Who is your favourite current British designer / artist?

I’m relatively new to having an active interest in British art and design, so I’m not as clued up on it as I’d like to be. I work at Southbank Centre so I’ve been involved in the new Tracey Emin exhibition at the Hayward Gallery for the last few months, so I’ve developed a bit of an interest in her. I didn’t know much about her before the exhibition, but after spending the past month devouring every interview and review of her Hayward show I’ve become really intrigued in her and her art. I change my mind about it and her all the time, and I can’t quite decide whether I like her or not but nevertheless I find her completely fascinating. She’s a fantastic story teller, her quilts are really striking and I’ve also found myself to be quite envious of her ability to be unashamedly and brutally honest. So, after all that rambling I guess I’d have to say that my current favourite artist is Tracey Emin!

What adventures would you have on your perfect British day?

Wow, that’s a hard question as well! There are so many perfect British days to be had… One of my perfect British days would have to start off with a jog around my local park, Burgess Park. Then I would pop out to meet some friends for coffee and brunch in Bermondsey Street before wandering down to the Tate Modern for the latest exhibition and some tea in the members room and one of the best views in London. Then I’d wander along the South Bank popping into to all the lovely design and book shops along the way, probably stopping at the Waterloo end for another coffee and a bite to eat. After that I’d trot on home to watch a movie and do some crochet, maybe have a little nap before going out to soho for dinner and then on to either The Slaughtered Lamb in Old Street or The Royal Festival Hall on the southbank to watch some music and have a glass of wine.

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Thanks Siobhan

If you want to read about other Great British Bloggers click on that lovely flag on the right.

Photo courtesy Siobhan.

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