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M&S shoot finished, Heart Home Magazine here we come...

On June 28th, 2011 by .

Hello everyone,

There must be something in the air today as I am feeling very inspired.  I am sure it’s to do with my lovely cycle ride along the canal, it always gets me feeling motivated and ready for work.  I feel so lucky to have this as my commute ;0

Picture credit: Off The Beaten Track

My shoot at M&S went really well, I styled a total 32 room sets!  To say I am a little tired is an understatement!  I will share some of the pics as soon as they have been released.

Back in the office for a day today working on a few really exciting ventures for the blog and then tomorrow we are shooting for the lovely Heart Home Magazine.  The feature will be for their launch issue in September – I am so excited for them as it’s a great team and a great product.  If you want to follow the goings on at the magazine in the lead up to the launch then check out their Facebook page.

Finally, I am working on a project for The Ideal Home Show and Media 10.  I can’t say much more about it at this stage but I hope to soon…

Eco Chic fashion update

On June 26th, 2011 by .

Following on from eco fabrics, here’s a run down of fashion brands, flying the flag for ethical clothing. Green is in, and looking good!

One of green fashion’s highstreet pioneers, Goodone was one of the first eco-labels to be stocked by Topshop. They have recently collaborated with Tesco to create a range made entirely from recycled roll ends and factory waste.

People Tree
People Tree
began in 1991 as the pioneer of Fair Trade Fashion internationally. Their products are made to the highest Fair Trade and environmental standards from start to finish, consistently proving that it is possible to wear stylish, exciting and affordable fashion, at the same time as respecting people and planet.

Katherine Hamnett
A true ethical clothing innovator, and a tireless campaigner for the use of organic cotton, London based designer Katherine Hamnett has been doling out wearable catchphrases like “Choose Life,” and “No War,” and since 1983. After a visit to Mali, the designer saw first hand the devastating effects of the conventional cotton industry, and vowed to help drive the demand for the organic alternative. Katherine Hamnett

Stella Maccatney
One of fashion’s most ethical crusaders, Stella McCartney proves that fashion can be fair, without sacrificing style. She has long been a champion for ethical fashion, refusing to use animal products including fur and leather, and in 2009 launched her first Eco collection made from organic materials.

Combining cutting edge fashion with faultless ethical policies, Dutch brand Kuyichi use 100% organic cotton from Peruvian farmers who they encourage to become shareholders so that they may share responsibilities and profits.

Edun, Founded in 2005 by Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, EDUN specialises in organic clothing, graphic tees, and eco clothing with a mission to drive sustainable employment in developing economies.


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Peope Tree
Katherine Hamnett

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Stella Mccartney
Stella Mccartney







My visit to Marston & Langinger

On June 19th, 2011 by .

A few weeks back I was invited on a press trip to visit the Norfolk based factory of Marston & Langinger who produce handcrafted Garden rooms, greenhouses, glass roofs, poolhouses, furniture as well as accessories and paint. It was a great day all round, not only because we were flown there by Helicopter (so much fun!) but because we had the chance to see true craftsmanship in action.

Within the factory we were shown the complete building process of a garden room, right from the early stages of the architectural drawing through to the finished article; painted, labelled and ready to be delivered. They have a vast selection of paint finishes available in a timeless muted palette with new colours being introduced all the time. What struck me more than anything was how proud the staff were of what they were producing (many of whom have been with Marston and Langinger for over 20 years) this passion is clearly filtered through to the customer as nearly all of their work comes from referrals.

The garden houses are all made from solid timber and glass and range vastly in price depending on the scale of the project. The factory has taken on commissions that are in excess of 1 million but has also built much smaller items such as bespoke made bookshelves, it seems that no projcet is too big or small.

A selection of their painted furniture

A stunning glass roof that allows the light to flood in, I think this is so pretty