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Interior Trends: Enduring or Fads?

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Introducing Paula Beades Bespoke

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Category: Books we love

Prop Styling

On January 9th, 2013 by .

I cannot tell you how exciting it is when a shoot you have styled, is finally published.  The following images are from ‘Cook on a Shoestring’ the second book by the very talented chef, Sophie Wright.  We worked on this project in 2012 with Kyle Books, and one of my favourite photographers, Jemma Watts.  The book design was by Laura Wousson.  This was such fun to work on and a real contrast from the job before - Asda’s Christmas shoot!

Sophie’s book (which is available through Amazon now) has received some fantastic press. The recipes are achievable, quick to make and above all, tasty (I can vouch for this as we sampled each one on the shoot days!)  I have cooked quite a lot from the book now, most recently the Slow Roast shoulder of Lamp for NYE – delicious! Well done Sophie – it was a pleasure to be involved x

Introducing Bowerbird, the new book by Interior Stylist Sibella Court

On October 10th, 2012 by .

Inspiring Australian stylist and globetrotter Sibella Court has released her newsest book entitled Bowerbird, over the weekend. An exciting visual feast, Bowerbird looks at the art of displaying your personal collections and finds, in the wonderfully rustic style that the author has become known for featuring raw, honest and earthy collections of her own.

This new release is such an inspiring read and in my opinion cements Sibella Court as one of the masters of styling and art of display. Copies are available through The Society Inc or Amazon for all UK residents (link at the bottom of the post).

All images by Chris Court

Our favourite independent shops

On July 7th, 2011 by .

With the credit crunch still looming and interior giants such as Habitat closing down, it’s now more than ever that we need to support our independent stores. The pros of shopping for homewares from independent retailers are endless, and the proof is in the pudding when you see the gorgeous variety of products on offer. You can find several brilliant guides to England’s best independent shops through websites such as Independent London and Unchained Online Guide.  Below is a our selection of the best independent shops that specialize in homeware!

An Angel at my Table is a family-run company {6 people and 1 dog} who will ‘bend over backwards to offer something different’ to their customers. They offer quirky and individual products with an definite artisanal quality, all selected for their originality rather than perfection. Whether it’s English or French furniture, fripperies and petites folies, An Angel at my Table have a beautiful and cleverly thought out collection.

Lily & Lime is the brainchild of busy working mother, Kristen Bridge, in reaction to the age old dilemma of selecting the perfect gift. The philosophy of Lily & Lime is to provide unusual, stylish and perfectly present gifts for all.

Baileys Home & Garden sell a heady mix of vintage and new from a variety of different sources, all sharing the qualities integral to their philosophy – ‘repair, reuse and rethink.’ The family run business loves to reuse unloved items and give them a new lease of life. When not reusing and recycling; Baileys design simple and useful products with a subtle sense of humour.

Camel & Yak is a young business specializing in beautiful and delicate French & Scandinavian lifestyle products, thriving from a loyal customer base. The vast selection of home wares are charming, colourful and would be complementary to any style or decor.

Cox & Cox is a treasure trove of decorative home accessories which are both beautiful and practical. The product range taking influence from all around the globe, taking note from childhood memories but often adding a contemporary twist. The team behind Cox & Cox have a strong design background which shines through in their choice of products.