Wednesday, 2 December 2015

A visit to... Yeo Valley Organic Garden


A sketching day with natasha clutterbuck and The Simple Things Magazine...

Happy December everyone and a huge thank you to all of you who have stuck by me during such a long break away from the blogging world! We have made a big family move, which I will post about later, but for now I wanted to finally tell you about a fabulous day out.

A few weeks ago, I booked on to a sketching day with The Simple Things Magazine and Somerset artist Natash Clutterbuck at the fabulous Yeo Valley Organic Garden. I first came across Natasha's stunning drawings via Garden's Illustrated and the beautiful photgraphy of Andrew Montgomery. Knowing little more about Yeo Valley than the TV adverts and yoghurt pots on the supermarket shelves, I was intrigued to take a trip to their HQ to find out what they were all about and see Natasha's work in person.

If you are ever in Somerset, it's well worth checking on the Yeo Valley events page to see what's on. The family owned farm is an incredibly slick and impressive operation and you can only admire how they have turned a humble dairy farm of just 30 cows into the thriving organic commercial business that it is today. I found the whole background to the family and the brand inspiring in an industry that must be so incredibly tough to survive in. Their story is well worth a read.

Artist in residence, Natasha, uses natural, local raw ingredients for her drawings-charcoal from the Somerset levels, red iron ore and ochres from the Mendip Hills, mud and oak bark. I love her free style sketching and subject matter-locally grown vegetables from friends' gardens and allotments and, of course, the stunning Yeo Valley kitchen garden!



 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine


 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine
The Yeo Valley Canteen is open for lunch five days a week, with 5 chefs working in HQ to produce absolutely deicious food.
 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

Natasha's wonderful drawings and home studio, photgraphed by Andrew Montgomery.
photography by andrew montgomery, natasha clutterbuck artist, yeo valley organic garden, the simple things magazine, caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog

photography by andrew montgomery, natasha clutterbuck artist, yeo valley organic garden, the simple things magazine, caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog

photography by andrew montgomery, natasha clutterbuck artist, yeo valley organic garden, the simple things magazine, caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog

photography by andrew montgomery, natasha clutterbuck artist, yeo valley organic garden, the simple things magazine, caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog








Wednesday, 15 July 2015

paints & colour....



pride & joy paints... my styling

Have you heard of Pride & Joy paints yet? They do a great range of 769 colours, so I picked out a few of my favourite ones for some colour mood boards. The family run company was founded in Finland in 1948 and as so typical of Scandinavian products, has always kept environmental concerns to the fore. They produce a great range of colour cards and sample swatches. I hope these mood boards encourage you to try some different colour combinations!

Pride & Joy paints, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paints, colour, interiors, mood boards,
orange PJ8387; blue PJ8281; green PJ8383; yellow PJ8186 


Pride & Joy paints, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paints and colour, interiors, moodboards
blue PJ9281; plum PJ9488; green PJ9285; pink PJ9188 


Pride & Joy paints, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paints and colour, interiors, moodboards
top down yellow PJ8585; blue PJ8681; plum PJ9388; green PJ9185 


Pride & Joy paints, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paints and colour, interiors, moodboards
pale blue PJ8481; green PJ9485; blue PJ9481; orange 8487

Vintage baker's tray used as the background, from a selection at home barn


Monday, 29 June 2015

styling details...



my styling for the launch of blue gigi...

Meet Leila Brink, Mum of 3 and owner of brand new Moroccan rug emporium Blue Gigi. A few months ago, I had the pleasure to work with Leila and photographer Paul Craig on her very first shots for the launch of her new brand. Leila turned up at the fabulous Brixton East Studios with her 4x4 laden from top to bottom with rugs and props and we literally got stuck in!  We had great fun putting the shots together in a pretty tight timescale, which makes you think on the hoof and gets the adrenalin running!

Having travelled to Morocco and Egypt many times as a child with her parents, Leila grew up with a love and appreciation of the decorative beauty in the painstakingly and lovingly handcrafted pieces that adorned people's homes. It was during a holiday on the Ile de Re that Leila met Vincent Bas, and so began the story of Blue Gigi. Vincent introduced Leila to the historical traditions, methods and meanings of tribal rugs in Morocco from his home in Marakkech and together they now source the best they can find for clients' homes here in the UK.

Blue Gigi is a truly personalised rug-finding service, where the client's needs, tastes and home are carefully considered before recommendations are made by Leila. And if she doesn't have in stock exactly what you need, she and Vincent will source it for you. Each piece is chosen for its 'meaning, history and beauty,' and what I loved about them was that each one is truly individual and unique-real investment pieces and family heirlooms.

I hope you like the shots we put together and do jump over to Leila's brand new website!






blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

Thursday, 25 June 2015

launch...



murmur a/w15...

I was recently sent some lovely photography from brand new home and lifestyle brand 'Murmur'. I loved the look of their products and gorgeous muted palette, so I thought I'd share it with you!

Designed under the UK's leading bedding and bath brand Bedeck, the range has been put together by Bedeck's head of design Julie Hall. Formerly a freelance fashion artist in London and New York, Julie moved back to Ireland in the 1980's where she became involved in the traditional linen industry, helping to move it forward in the design and development of contemporary linen products. Moving to Bedeck as head of design in 2006, she has now established a dynamic in-house creative studio, also responsible for their other licenced brands, including Harlequin and Designer's Guild-quite an achievement. And if this wasn't enough, Julie still finds time to paint, walk and is training to become a yoga teacher!

Murmur is Bedeck's first homeware collection, designed in-house, with pieces crafted and sourced from Portugal to Thailand. The comprehensive range showcases a combination of modern and rustic, in ceramics, glassware, kitchen textiles and accessories, bedlinen, towels, soft furnishings, basketware, stationery and even fragrance.

The colour palette is soft and natural, with materials such as sea grass, ash, acacia wood, wool and linen, all working beautifully together to produce a hand crafted look which I really love. The range launches on September 10th 2015 and will be available from the following retailers:

selected Fenwicks and Bentalls department stores

Prices range from £4 for the stem napkins, £6 for small speckle bowls, £7.50 for Acacia spoons, from £17 for the Dune bedlinen, £35 for the Bud Grey cushion and £85 for a pinstripe robe.


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a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

Monday, 23 March 2015

launch...fired earth paints



new from fired earth spring 2015 


I've just been sent the 6 new colours from Fired Earth's spring15 range and I love their retro/vintage feel. These are my favourite images-especially the kitchen dresser-we have something similar and almost identical colours at home!








  
fired earth   0845 366 0400

2.5 litres for £35.50

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

an evening with mary portas



mary portas shop girl...

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As I haven't actually read this book as I write this post (I only bought it last night at the Chorleywood Bookshop launch of the shop girl tour), then I won''t call it a 'book review,' but simply my own recount of 'An Evening With Mary Portas.' For my readers outside the UK, Mary is Britain's foremost retail consultant, from fashion to food and everything in between,  on a mission to save Britain's ailing high streets.

Last night was the start of Mary's UK book tour, encompassing live talks and readings, radio interviews and podcasts.
'Let's go along and support a local bookshop', I said to my sister, 'maybe not many people have heard about it...'  What appeared to be around 200 people turned up to our local grammar school, filling the hall to the brim and then some, so no worries on the attendance front then... The perfect place for a bit of people watching, which I always enjoy and none more so than last night. The evening was held in Little Chalfont, part of an affluent commuter belt suburb, near to where Mary grew up and yet a million miles away from the world she actually grew up in. I guess the average age was 50-60, although it's so hard to tell these days-contemporaries of Mary's from her school days looked considerably more 'traditional' lets say, with a healthy dose of immaculately dressed home counties lunching-ladies mixing with young entrepreneurs and career hungry graduates.

I bought my copy as soon as I arrived, anticipating a bit of a bun-fight (in a home-counties type of way) at the end and had a quick flick before the lady herself arrived. Mary just has the kind of enigmatic presence that makes you smile, brings everyone down to earth and puts everything into perspective the minute she walks on stage. She is, as a certain TV advert says 'exactly what it says on the tin...'
The evening began with Mary reading an extract from the book, part of which I'd already listened to on radio 4, but all the more meaningful to hear from Mary herself. There were simple, homely recounts of her life growing up in the 70s, (as did I not so far down the road, but almost another world altogether), funny moments and touching moments when she spoke of her Mum's shockingly fast illness and death from meningitis.

Glancing around the room as Mary spoke, it was fascinating to see just how genuinely thrilled, interested and even a bit in awe her audience were to be there, some having travelled a long way for the evening. A quick question and answer session at the end consisted of those just wanting to say hello and express their admiration, business related questions from pop-ups versus permanent retail space to high street rejuvenation nationwide. It was a really enjoyable evening-as near as you can get to having a chat and a cuppa with Mary herself and I thoroughly recommend it. As for the book, try and buy yours from your own high street store rather than that rather famous on-line market place, because it is by Mary, Queen of Shops after all.

So, that's my impression after a brief encounter with Mary Portas from the 5th row, and her very personal, open and honest autobiography, sometimes hilariously funny, other times heart-wrenching, but always with a determined and positive approach to life. All from a woman who manages to say it as it is whilst remaining focussed and compassionate, just honest and straight forward. Part optimist, part realist, part show girl, part shop girl. Brilliant Mary.


find your nearest venue on mary's book tour here maryportas.com