Happy Friday all! Hope you’ve had a good week and have nice plans for the weekend. As I explained in this post I took last week off the blog to try to get ahead of myself a bit, finish off other pieces of work and have a bit of time to find some inspiration for the start of the new season. Well, it worked and I managed to have a really productive week and I’d love to tell you today about some of the things I do or search out when I feel a bit flat.
So, here are the sources of inspiration that have got me ready for the start of Autumn…
Last Saturday I spent the morning at the newly launched Dean Street Cafe (total pegboard crush!) with a fantastic group of design bloggers organised by We Are Function and Form. We were treated to breakfast and a talk about this brilliant social enterprise project run by Centrepoint charity. I came away inspired not only by the thoughtful and stylish design of the cafe but also by the project itself. You must visit for coffee on the weekends (it’s number 54 Dean Street).
I tried to do a couple of sewing projects last week as this is something that always helps me feel bit more creative, choosing the pattern and fabrics for a project. I love browsing the Purl Soho site for ideas and decided to make a blanket/play mat for a friend’s baby – I’ll try to pop it up on the blog next week.
I always turn to my favourite interiors instagram accounts and blogs when I need a bit of a shake up. My current faves are @saarmanche (middle image on the left) whose home and illustrations I adore and Avenue Lifestyle – Holly’s interiors projects are just perfect (she’s inspired me with her latest home office makeover to make a bit more of my String Shelving).
On Sunday I got a good dose of home envy – which is always good for stirring up interiors ideas – when I went to the home of Melia and Henrik to shoot it with Katharine Peachey for 91 Magazine. Botanical heaven, I tell you.
And last, but not least, getting out of London for the day and exploring a new part of the countryside with Otto is always a winner to help me feel refreshed. We discovered Lullingstone Park in Kent, which is completely perfect for dog walking, has a lake for swimming, a good cafe and children’s playground. Plus, we did the kids’ nature trail that involved brass rubbings and all sorts – such a nice way to spend the day and only a 45 mixture drive from Bermondsey (also, it’s made me want to live in one of the surrounding villages; so many pretty houses!).
All in all a week well spent and a to-do list all checked off – hurrah!
P.S. Don’t forget there is a mountain load of inspirational events and installations happening around the capital next week for London Design Festival. See my top picks here.