Monday, 23 December 2013

Bruce Monro - Winter Light

If you are up near Aylesbury in the next couple of weekends, the Bruce Monro Winter Light at Waddesdon Manor is well worth going to. The light sculptures are in the gardens of the Manor till the 1st Jan 2014. They are illuminated from 3pm so after you have visited the house you can explore the trail around the gardens as the light begins to fade. You can't really see the scale of the installations in these pics but they are BIG! Some sweep down lawns (the last pics show this) and other tower over you. They are great fun as well as visually arresting. For more info on Waddesdon Manor take a look here and for more on Bruce have a look here.

It's begining to feel alot like Christmas

Today we took a break from the manic, hecticness which is the run up to THE big day. It felt really Christmassy at Waddesdon Manor but peaceful, calm and beautiful. We went to see Winter Light by Bruce Munro (more on that tomorrow) but whilst waiting for dusk we went in the Alpine Chalet (all decked out with snow, reindeer (fake) and Christmas trees), stroked Huskies (real), visited the lovely shop, my kids loved the woodland playground and we saw the gorgeous Lord Rothschild home (unfortunately only from the outside this time - sold out ) which is like a beautiful ornate wedding cake perched in wonderful lit landscaped gardens. It was blooming cold though so hot chocolate to the rescue.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

It's a small thing...

...but I have just noticed that Paperchase have used m Christmas card design "Love Birds" on an address book too - see it here : ) Copyright Paperchase 3013

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Crimbo Cards

I designed these for Second Nature - I know it's  too late for this years cards but you can buy them on Amazon here and here for next year ; )

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Some girls really ROCK!

Great to hear this FAB tune by Haim amongst the crimbo songs - I wanna be in THIS band.

Monday, 2 December 2013

love little shops Crimbo. countdown

I designed this for my friends website 'love little shops" to promote our local shops. If you live near MK have a look everyday, click on the number to see the promo of the day. Today is cyber Monday: 'Busiest online shopping day' but you could support local shops instead maybe? : )

Friday, 29 November 2013

Monday, 25 November 2013

Annali in the flesh

Copyright Stephanie Thannhauser for Dashwood Studios
Copyright Stephanie Thannhauser for Dashwood Studios
Copyright Stephanie Thannhauser for Dashwood Studios
Copyright Stephanie Thannhauser for Dashwood Studios
Copyright Stephanie Thannhauser for Dashwood Studios
Copyright Stephanie Thannhauser for Dashwood Studios
Copyright Stephanie Thannhauser for Dashwood Studios
I was super excited to be invited to the Dashwood open day so was really looking forward to seeing Annali in the flesh so to speak. Wow... what a fab. job David and the team have done creating so many projects from the Annali fabric range (the chair is lovely and so beautifully upholstered by April ; ) ). It's so great seeing the designs you have created actually made into products. I might have made the odd thing myself in the past but seeing a whole room set using your very own designs is well cool (as my daughter would say). You can buy this fabric range from good fabric shops or online here from The Village Haberdashery.

Friday, 22 November 2013


Lace fence2
By Demakersvan
For more innovations visit, Demakersvan .
It started production in January, 2007 in India.  Designed as a graduation project by Demakersvan’s Joep Verhoeven, this fence is an ingenious concept. - See more at:
Demakersvan’s Joep Verhoeven
Demakersvan’s Joep Verhoeven
Antonio Citterio, Lace, Kerakoll design, solvent-free resin, VOC-free resin, Greenenergy Design, Milan 2008
New Birmingham library opened in Sept 2013 by Mecanoo
06 marcel wanders crochet chair
laser cut chair by Marcel Wanders

Sunday, 17 November 2013

A very grey autumn day...

... but a trip to Stowe Landscape Gardens perked us up. They are very near to us and every time we go we discover something new amongst the 40 temples and monuments. Well worth sticking your wellies on and packing a flask for : )
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