Art Decadence


Well, it’s certainly not been feeling much like Summer here in Manchester recently. Earlier this week it actually rained so heavily that the canal by my flat flooded and a giant hole appeared in the main road. True story.

I’d been looking for something to brighten my mood (as I certainly can’t rely on the weather), when I remembered these super cute prints, which I was lucky enough to stumble upon at New Designers in London a couple of months back.





These cute and colourful prints are the work of Hannah Reuter, who recently graduated from Huddersfield University with a degree in Textiles for Fashion.

The props used in this photo shoot are so fun! Be sure to check out more of Hannah’s work here. Hope it brightens up your Sunday too! 🙂

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Chapter One

IMG_0083Yesterday I visited a new addition to Manchester’s quirky array of coffee shops; indie bookshop Chapter One in the city’s Northern Quarter…and I LOVED it!

From photos I had seen online I was expecting a tiny, cosy den of a space, but in fact the shop is pretty huge!

IMG_0089We sat in a lovely area with homely tartan wing back chairs and blankets, a lovely Saturday afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of the city. A perfect flat white served in a cute glass cup was just what I needed after jostling my way up Market Street!

I Particularly loved the area at the back of the shop where visitors are welcome to sit and write away on old typewriters! Super cute and I loved the choice of wallpaper!


I was also rather enamored with the stenciled concrete floor…


…and the used book display…


…and this “Nat bit” as my friends described it – a gorgeous display of greetings cards, wrapping paper and stationary by the lovely Rifle Paper Co, who’s creations I am a big fan of at the moment 🙂

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I’m definitely going to keep my eyes open for upcoming events here as the shop is set to host intimate performances and book launches throughout the year – be sure to check it out soon!

My Home Is In The North

MEAfter exhibiting at Home Is back in April I was really excited to be taking part again last weekend. It was so lovely to be back at Hallé St Peter’s for our second show – a stunning deconsecrated church in the heart of historic Ancoats in my home city of Manchester.IMG_2141 IMG_2142 IMG_2143

Around 30 independent artists and designer makers filled the space with an array of unique and colourful treasures. I had a little chance to explore myself and here are some of my favourites from the day 🙂

My lovely stand neighbours at Ink Inc displayed an amazing array as always of hand illustrated cards, prints and homewares with so many cute characters to choose from!INK INC1 ink inc

I loved just about everything on Homeward’s stand.  A really gorgeous collection of rustic and retro items for the home – right up my street! These lovely metal boxes in particular are on my wishlist.HOMEWARD HOMEWARD1

Adriana Gentile‘s stall was really eye catching.  A selection of cushions and homewares created from handwoven fabrics in a really original and eye catching colour palette. I particularly loved these mini lavendar cushions which smelt beautiful as you drifted past the stall.adriana

Bold and original mosaics and prints by Manchester Mosaics.MOSAICS MOSAICS1

Another favourite was Claire Murray who mixes hand drawn organic elements with bright colours and interesting contrasting fabrics.CLAIRE MURR1 CLAIRE MURR

The time of year also gave us all the perfect excuse to get a bit Christmassy! Here are some of my festive favourites…

Beautifully intricate hand cut paper baubles by Katie King Design.KATIE KING

Christmas cards by Northern Letters.NORTHERN

Delicate ceramic star decorations by White Light Ceramics (which I couldn’t resist and cannot wait to hang on my tree in December!)WHITE LIGHT

These playful handmade cards by Kate Bufton at Book Transformations are made using old Christmas stamps! Such a lovely and original idea!BOOK TRANSListen out for information on 2015’s events, hope to see you there 🙂


Bees Magnified

My brother recently purchased an amazing lens for his iPhone which I didn’t even know existed! This lens really appealed to me as I LOVE taking photos but am not always in the mood to lug around my DSLR. The Olloclip is great as you can just pop it in your pocket, no carriage at all and means you won’t miss that perfect snap 🙂

When in Cornwall on holiday we decided to put the macro lens to the test and could’t believe the results!

Now, anyone who knows me will realise I am slightly obsessed with bees…so I apologise if these photographs terrify you but I think they’re pretty awesome!!  We stumbled across the lovely Queen Mary Gardens whilst out for a potter at Gyllyngvase beachand the colourful range of wildlife friendly flowers which have been planted meant that the garden was alive with my friends the bees!photo 5 y photo 4 y photo 4 (1) y photo 3 (3) y photo 2 (3) y photo 1 (3) y photo 1 (1) y



I then discovered these amazing photos on the National Geographic website.  Now I can’t say that our photos are anything like comparable to these – but not bad for photographs taken with a phone hey?!



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Falmouth Finds

While on my jollies in Falmouth, Cornwall last week I found some beautiful little shops and was spoilt for choice with the amount of cute and original products I stumbled across in my favourite little town 🙂

Porters of FalmouthLet’s start with Porters of Falmouth – first visit to this gorgeous little shop selling a carefully selected collection of beautiful items, in the yummiest of pretty pastel colour palettes.  I really was like a kid in a sweet shop, only the treats in here were stunning Letterpressed cards, handcrafted homewares and original textiles from a selection of independent designer makers.

Here are my faves!

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Circus inspired textiles by Butterscotch and BeestingButterscotch and BeestingButterscotch and Beesting1 

Super cute wooden birds by Anna Wiscombe (A familiar sight at I happened to purchase a little family of birds for my Mum on Mothers day earlier this year, which of course she loved! who wouldn’t…)Zoe Brewer, My Interior Stylist Yeshen Venema Photography

Nautical accessories and kitchenwares by Mellybee (perfect for Tall Ships last week!)Mellybee tote Mellybee Mellybee fab

Second stop Seasalt, a family favourite where I fell in love with the wonderful array of printed tea towels hanging in the window display.  I especially love how the website tells you who designed each print!Seasalt Falmouth Seasaly tea towel Seasalt Tea Towel1 Seasalt Tea Towel Seasalt t


A visit to Willow and Stone has become a must on my annual trips to Falmouth.  This year my favourites being playful prints by Lisa Jones Studio (I couldn’t resist the ‘butty bear’ print – a super cute illustration of a grumpy looking bear chomping a sandwich, just my cup of tea!)Lis jones Butty Bear Lisa Jones Brogue

The shops layout and fixtures and fittings are enough to make me swoon – a mixture of old and new including wooden ladders displaying an array of modern treasures alongside old apothecary chests and ancient bottles, LOVELY ❤Willow and Stone Willow and Stone1 Willow and Stone Confessions of a design geek


Click here to follow me on Pinterest for more of my favourite finds 🙂

(Pictures by : Porters of Falmouth, Butterscoth and Beesting, Anna Wiscombe, Mellybee, Seasalt, Willow and Stone, Lisa Jones Studio, Confessions of a Design Geek)



Tall Ships

I was lucky enough to visit Falmouth last week on holiday while the Tall Ships were in town – and how amazing it was! A truly magical experience which I’m so glad I could be part of.IMG_1585 sml1

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The ships left Falmouth on Sunday 31st August.  Alongside the Tall Ships, hundreds of Cornish sailboats, cruisers, dinghies and all manner of sea worthy vessels joined the giants in a Parade of Sail which I watched from one of my favourite childhood places – Maenporth beach.  After visiting Maenporth beach every summer for 28 years now I can honestly say I have NEVER seen this many boats out in the bay.

Another magical moment of the Tall Ships weekend was the firework display over Falmouth harbour – the water lighting up in a rainbow of colours with every exciting explosion!IMG_1554 sml IMG_1548 sml IMG_1546 sml

The parade of sail is leaving Greenwich tomorrow.  If you are in the London area do be sure to take a look as seeing these amazing ships sailing out to sea was certainly a sight which will be sticking with me for a long time to come! For full details and timings on tomorrow’s Parade click here.IMG_1533 sml IMG_1524 sml IMG_1615

Paris In Colour

I had a very special French friend to stay in Manchester this weekend.  We were very sad saying goodbye yesterday evening, which got me thinking about Paris…*sigh*….beautiful Paris!

I then remembered a gorgeous book which was bought for me as a gift after my first trip to Paris, so I quickly scurried to my book case to dig it out!

Paris In Colour by Nichole Robertson captures, in my eyes, the true feeling of Paris and explores the amazing colours and interests found in the wonderful Parisian streets. Just what I needed to cheer myself up 🙂 Hope you enjoy it too…Follow Nichole on Twitter – @obviousstate 


Photographs : Nichole Robertson