This was my third visit to the Manoir – I went once as a teenager, once in my thirties and now in my 40’s it was time to visit again thanks to my lovely friends Clare and Rich.
Bridget Jones is now 40+ (well my age really 43!), she is at the same time competent and ditsy, funny and optimistic. The third episode of the Bridget Jones saga Bridget Jones’s Baby follows the beloved heroine through her ups and downs to motherhood.It feels very much like the previous two films – like you are slipping on a pair of comfortable splippers. A lot of the film is based in Jones’s flat at the centre of the trendy Borough Market in London. Her flat really shows off her authentic, quirky personality and is a really lived in place – not at all a picture of perfection. Clearly Bridget Jones is not an interior designer but she does make some efforts at making the space her retreat –a warm, cosy and inviting environment.
Decorex in Syon Park, London is the most wonderful resource for designers. You can find anything from soft furnishings, carpets, interior accessories to furniture and architectural detailing.
Here are my picks of the must see brands in the furnishing fabric category. They are fabrics which have great visual power, which are beautifully crafted or make a difference to our planet. Many of the companies are British, we are definitely masters at textile design.
This photo was taken at one of my exhibitions at Joanna Keeley’s flower studio in Bishopthorpe. The flowers just bought so much colour and vibrancy to the day and actually make you feel relaxed. Flowers are a great way to add a splash of colour to a room scheme and allow you to change it often. They add freshness and make your room lived in. But an absolute no no- are wilting or half dead flowers in a vase!
I’ve just released a brand new summer catalogue. It’s available on Issuu.
When I visited Costa Rica a few years ago I came across a pineapple plantation and was stunned at how low to the ground they grow. Before then I hadn’t really thought about how they grew and just remember it being a staple of the fruit basket.