ANTHROPOLOGIE BOOK GIVEAWAY: Creative walls and Etcetera

For those who have visited an Anthropologie store you will know how amazing their selection of books are. The kind of books you just want to curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea and spend all afternoon reading.

Okay so don’t say I don’t spoil you all. I have teamed up with Anthropologie to offer a book giveaway. I have picked my two favourite books from the store and I am offering two lucky readers a chance to win them. I said on twitter last week that when I do a blog giveaway I wouldn’t ask people to do anything too complicated to enter. So here it is

To enter

Leave me a comment below telling me your favourite way to display your hidden treasures. Please include your name and make sure to include your email so we can contact you if you’re the winner.

I will pick two winners and the first winner can choose the book they would most like and the other book will go to the second winner. (You can also enter on twitter here and retweet my status for another entry)

First up is Creative Walls: How to Display & Enjoy Your Treasured Collection

I love this book, it shows lots of great way of creating added interest by using lots of different display techniques. From art collections, clothes and flowers.

All images Via Flikr


Second is Etcetera: Creating Beautiful Interiors With The Things You Love

If like me you have a thing for beautiful moodboards this book will be right up your street. Just take a look at the beautiful colour palettes which are created using exciting and interesting objects. Its a real visual treat! Packed with tips of the interior stylist’s trade, “Etcetera” is a lavishly photographed interiors book.

The inspiration: Confetti Systems

I’m currently loving this installation by CONFETTISYSTEM who transform simple materials such as tissue paper, cardboard, and silk into interactive objects that create a point of focus. They have directed and created installations and sets for fashion brands Opening Ceremony, United Bamboo, and J.Crew as well as music industry clients Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Beach House.

Installation for a jewelry group show at Space 1520 in LA

Confetti System for Lanvin,custom flower garlands for ‘Lanvin goes out East’ exclusive party in the Hamptons. Photo courtesy of Lanvin. 



Boux Avenue sets up shop in Metro Centre

I went this morning to visit the new Boux Avenue store in Gatesheads Metro Centre (green mall) before it was opened to the public. This is Dragons den judge, Theo Paphitis’ latest venture. As a woman I can’t actually remember the last time I went into an underwear store and enjoyed the experience. For me the main players in the industry (you know who I’m talking about) just don’t appeal when it comes to the shopping experience. Infact I think that over the past 10 years the face of lingerie on the British high street has lost its mojo. (did I just say mojo? apparantly so!) So its great to finally see a store which understands and more importantly caters to what women want.

I think that the lingerie market faces one of the biggest challenges when it comes to shop fit and visual merchandising. Mainly because they are selling such a personal product. Lets face it, not everyone feels comfortable and confident striping down to their underwear in front of a total stranger so it really is important that the shopping environment is catering to peoples needs. The store itsself reminded me of the kind of boutiques you find in Paris, think a mix of romanticism from Dior, a sprinkle of atmospher akin to Jo Malone and top it off with the kind of visual merchandising you would expect from a high end dept store like Selfridges. When I spoke to Theo I asked him some questions about coming up with the concept for the store. To realise the design of the store Theo worked with design company Ink and he gave them his ideas on the back of an envelope! He took his inspiration from travelling to New York, Paris and Italy although he allready had an idea in his mind of what he wanted the store to look like. I spent the rest of the morning talking to Fiona who is the head of visual merchandising and she gave me some great insights into the details that she wanted to focus on when creating the store. Anyway if any of you do go and check out the store let me know what you think! I couldnt get any pics of the window because they were covered for the grand unveiling of the store but I will try and get back to picture them over the weekend!

Tata Naka – SS12 LFW Show – Backstage

Lot’s of people often ask me, what goes into a fashion show, what happens backstage, is it all glamour?

Well the answer is yes… it its glamourous to the eye but at the same time a lot of hard work goes into making sure everything runs smoothly and also looks beautiful. This year design duo Tata Naka have worked with Chameleon Visual Ltd (whose work I am a huge fan of) to put together their Sprig/Summer 2012 presentation. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the show but I can share some lovely photographs from the day which will give you a great insight into what went into setting up the presentation. Please note all backstage images by Melvyn Vincent. By Chameleon – ”On Tuesday we set up the TataNaka SS12 London Fashion Week Presentation at Somerset House. The inspiration for the show came from Pina Bausch the German choreographer, dance teacher and ballet director. We had 2 set changes, dramatic dance poses, bespoke cake pops, bespoke vodka lemonade and lots and lots of fun! We hope you enjoy these backstage images as we did the day itself.”

New store alert: Nicole Farhi

Nicole Farhi have just opened their new store on Conduit st in London (its moved from its previous home at new bond st) The windows here are a lot more open that the old store so it will be interesting to see how this affects the window schemes. At the moment they have this great geometric design installed for fashion week.  Also check out the red glitter dress, perfect christmas night out piece!?

The lovely Nicole Farhi herself. (the lady with the gorgeous curly hair)