the contemporary, the kooky and the downright crazy…

Tori Murphy Textiles

It’s that lovely time of the year, while the snow softly drifts across the UK, wrapping up warm, making excuses that because it’s cold outside one must fatten up with hot chocolate, hearty roasts, soups and other gorgeous and naughty things (clearly I speak for myself here…I’ve been running though to burn off said indulgences…yes, even in the snow…*smug face*), but there’s another less known little happening at the moment for those in the know for all things interior and lifestyle – home exhibitions which I thought I’d share.

The easiest one for me to attend is Top Drawer at Earls Court, (a lovely show for gift shop and lifestyle store owners), this has a joining show called Home where I spent most of my time. There were beautiful brands I haven’t noticed before (apologies), but thought I’d offer a little shout here on my blog because they really pulled at my heart strings…or purse strings more like!

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I’m delighted to introduce a little known British brand Betty & Walter – you may have seen this fab little collection over the festive season in Boots, inspired by Lisa Levis‘ Great Aunty Betty and Uncle Walter – her fab retro inspired prints are featured on her bags, accessories and textiles. Keep your eye out for Betty & Walter, I have a good feeling about this one…

Tori Murphy Ltd Woven Textiles

Tory Murphy creates beautiful British designed & made and STUNNING woven textiles…some of which I will definitely be buying for my next home project (the bedroom) – the team are brilliant fun and I wanted to stay on their stand all day talking interiors, however, school pick-up beckoned!

Sarah Heaton

I love ceramics, I love retro, I love anything with a mushroom on it – so I was delighted to stumble across (thankfully not into) Sarah Heaton’s British Made ceramics – her latest designs feature a simple 60’s inspired design called Toadstool Blooms, so pretty…

And finally, who loves stationary?….me…me…MEEEEEEEEEE!!!! And I LOVE Archie Grand note books – namely the crazy colourful notebooks, of which I use every day…and he had the most bonkers stand at Top Drawer – Archie was there cutting his books with a chainsaw…I love that kind of behaviour – nuts for no reason! I already own BLOGGERS I MET AND LIKED, SHOPAHOLICS I MET AND LIKED, FAUX PAS I MADE AND LIKED and JOURNALISTS I MET AND LIKED, the list goes on. Well worth a visit for that stationary fix!

I’d also like to attend Maison & Objet, Paris one season, (childcare permitting), everyone who visits this show always have something amazing to report back, especially the trends – this week also sees Interiors UK – Kate Watson-Smyth of Mad About The House, Katie Treggiden from Confessions of a Design Geek and Will of Bright Bazaar will be part of a seminar all about interior blogging on Tuesday 22nd Jan at 3.30pm – being slightly busy recently has meant I missed this completely and hope that there will be some sort of Live Streaming…I really really hope so, as these are the cream of interior blogging x

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