Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday Inspiration - Outdoor Living Festival Style

Festival Season is well underway this Summer and here in the UK the weather has been absolutely glorious for weeks now (fingers crossed it continues) it's the perfect weather for Outdoor Living, Festival Style....
 In my latest book Selina Lake Outdoor Living I share my styling ideas for Glamping in the Camping in Style Chapter, there's lots of easy makes through-out the book too like this cute Boho Teepee tent and no-sew cushions and I explore the great outdoors in style.

My Top 3 Festival Chic Essentials for creating the look yourself are:- 

1. Start collecting Vintage Silk Scarves you can pin/sew together to make an eclectic garden tablecloth, use as a makeshift tent/hideaway or use them to make my no-sew cushions. I find them in charity/ second-hand shops.

2. Explore your inner hippy and have a go at making yourself a Floral Hair Garland - your find my how to in the book. (I made mine above using David Austin Roses)

3. Why not invest in a basket for your bike so you can ride around with it filled with flowers!!!

 For More Inspiration .. check out my Festival Style Pinterest Board.

Have you been to/planning to go to any Festivals? planning any Gypsy Style garden parties or gatherings or going glamping this Summer?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Prima Makes Issue 3

Did you pick up a copy of Prima Makes Issue 3 yet? It's packed with tons of easy DIY's and Makes and includes pages of pretty Wedding and Lavender Ideas which I styled. The lovely team at Prima Makes have also included me as one of their favourite things this issue - read about how my styling career got started and where I find inspiration for my photoshoots. I've just finished working on issue 4 too and then I'm starting on a Special Christmas Issue. I'd love to hear what you think of this crafty mag....

Monday, 21 July 2014

Lavender Love

On Friday my sister Aimee Lake & I headed to Mayfield Lavender fields to have a picnic breakfast together. It was my sisters first visit there and she did her hair in a gorgeous festival chic style for the occasion, I'd visited a few times last summer when I was there styling a lavender party for my book Selina Lake Outdoor Living and it was great to be back!
For the Lavender Party in my latest book I commissioned Chloe Bakes Cakes to make a few different cakes which I decorated with fresh lavender and sweetpeas. I dressed the picnic bench table with a diy scalloped tablecloth and decorated chair backs with lavender and wax flower posies:- Check my book for more styling with Lavender ideas!
If you follow me on Pinterest your recognise some of the above images which I've pinned to my Lavender Style inspiration Board or if not go and take a look... Are you a Lavender Fan? Have you visited a Lavender Field this Summer yet? or are you growing your own Lavender?

Belvoir Elderflower Festival - Book Signing

On Sunday 13th July I headed north near Grantham to attend, Belvoir Fruit Farms 1st ever Elderflower Festival and I had a wonderful day. I set up my book & Stationary stall and spent the day in the main Marquee signing copies of my book as part of my Selina Lake Outdoor Living Book tour. I also had a few bric-a-brac items for sale and I was giving out free goodie bags with Thompson & Morgan Wild Flower Seeds, Talking Tables Party Straws, Belvior Fruit Farm drinks and Outdoor Living Cards inside. It was great to meet some of my Midlands Twitter and Instagram followers. The Festival was styled by local Florist Sophie - I loved the floral display in the old bike basket and lace covered hay bale seating. Frances Quinn Winner of The Great British Bake Off was there to judge an Elderflower Cake Competition and some local school kids did a really sweet maypole dance. I bought a punnet of the most delicious locally grown strawberries and enjoyed a glass or two of Belvoir's Elderflower Presse. It was a very lovely day out!

Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete 2014

 A couple of weeks ago I hosted my 2nd Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete, this time I choose the Historic Guildhall in Guildford for the venue. The Fete was supported by Mollie Makes, Homes & Antiques, Prima Makes, Belvoir fruit Farm Drinks, Talking Tables and Thompson & Morgan and was part of my Selina Lake Outdoor Living Book Tour. The Fete started at 11am on Sat 5th July and a queue of visitors were eargerly awaiting entry into the pretty venue. The 1st 10 lucky guests through the door received a Prima Makes Goodie Bags. All the stalls inside looked amazing, I had invited lovely creative people from far and wide to come and sell their handmade & vintage wares, some came from Oxford, Leicester, even as far as Yorkshire! I too had set up a book stall where I was signing copies of all of my books and giving out Mollie Makes Goodies bags. It was great to have lots of visitors come along and in over  6 hours we had nearly 800 people visit the fete. I'd like to thank everyone who came along, my event/styling team who helped me run the event, Debbie for helping to spread the word around Guildford, Jacquie & Pippa for running the vintage tea stall, all my lovely stall holders and my event supporters. 
 Check out Homes & Antiques Blog Post about my Summer Fete
& also have a read of Knit me a Cake blog post and check the mention from Vicky Trainor from The Linen Garden.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Friday Inspiration via Habitat!

Have you seen Habitat's latest rug collection? I was drawn to this Agnes multi-coloured cotton flat weave rug as the texture and style reminded me of some cushions I used to style some of the living room spaces in my book Bazaar Style. Mixing Pinks & Red with mustard & grey and a dash of orange is a colour theme I explored through-out the book. Above I've put a little colour inspiration board together using some of my recent favorites found on Pinterest, I think this rug would work really well in a space where your looking to achieve an eclectic boho Bazaar Style or to add a shot of colour to a more neutral space - what do you think? Have you used Pink/Red & Mustard together in your home?

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Joss & Main - The Styled Garden Event

I'm super excited to have teamed up with fab interiors website Joss & Main on a glorious Garden Event! I have guest curated a collection of gorgeous Outdoor Living products for The Styled Garden, event which starts today at 11am. I'm a huge fan of Moroccan style, zinc garden furniture, French Style lanterns and bright pops of pink so it was easy to pick out some of my favorite outdoor living pieces from Joss & Main's collection. If you haven't come across Joss & Main before its the website for home decor shopping and inspiration, they offer edited events by their their in-house curators and with top Interior designers, celebrities and me today. It's free to join and quick and easy to sign up. They also has their own online magazine, Plume which features, step-by-step weekend DIY projects, trend spotting ‘get the looks’, exclusive interiors expert interviews and easy entertaining ideas. You can read a Q&A with me there today too!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Summer Fete this Sat...

 My Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete takes place this Sat at The historic Guildhall in Guildford from 11am - 5pm and I'm super excited!! I have loads of great stallholders coming far and wide to sell their wares, there will be so many pretty items on offer from Vintage French Homeware, Handmade gifts and decorations for Weddings, Vintage fashion, Bric-a-Brac, Yummy cakes, gorgeous flowers, Teas served in vintage teacups and even pots of furniture paint! Plus Betty & Walter & Powder Blue will be setting up pop up shops and Homes & Antiques mag will be selling mags and beautiful antiques. I also have 10 Prima Makes Goodie bags to giveaway to the 1st 10 guests through the doors and 10 Mollie Makes goodie bags for the 1st 10 people to buy a copy of my latest book Selina Lake Outdoor Living. I will of course be on hand all day signing copies of all five of my books, selling my stationary including the new My Wedding Journal and some of my styling props! If you LOVE flowers, craft, vintage, freebies and cakes make sure you don't miss this unique. I'll be upstairs on sat please come and say Hello x

My June

A little late but here's My June Instagram round up! - I've spend pretty much all my free time in our new garden with my husband Dave working hard to get our garden from overgrown wilderness to a pretty cottage style garden and I'm pleased to say we now have a vegetable patch, newly improved shed and lots of flowering roses! Also this month my Selina Lake Outdoor Living Book Tour continued and I spent a wonderful day at The People Shop in Birmingham. The Christmas season began in the styling world, look out for festive images I've styled for Dobbies Garden centre, Tesco and Talking Tables (Always a bit weird styling Christmas in flamming June!) and I also had time to visit a few car boot sales, the beach at West Whittering and have my friends over for lunch in the garden. Now it's July my next big event is on Sat 5th ... have you heard? I'm hosting a Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete in Guildford and I'll be there signing copies of all five of my books! Happy Summer to you all!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete 2014

I'm so excited it's now less than two weeks until my Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete which I'm hosting this year at The Guildhall on Guildford High Street in Surrey! My husband has done a fabulous job designing my flyers this year and I have lots of delightful stall holders signed up for stalls which will be arranged over the two floors of the historic venue. We also have a Vintage Tea Stall, with handmade cakes and pretty tables to sit and enjoy the treats and all hot drinks will be served in pretty vintage china. Wild Willow Flowers will be setting up a gorgeous flower stall in the entrance of the hall and I will be upstairs on my book stall signing copies of all of my books - I have 10 fabulous Mollie Makes goodie bags to giveaway to the 1st 10 people to purchase a copy of my latest book Selina Lake Outdoor Living.  The event is supported by Homes & Antiques magazine who will also have a stall where you can buy their fab mag and lovely antiques. It's set to be a wonderful, pretty, vintage and floral event so make sure you don't miss out and I'll look forward to seeing lots of you there.

Party People!!

On Sat 14th June My husband and I heading up to Birmingham so I could attend a very fabulous party at The People Shop in Kings Heath. I took my basket full of goodies from Belvoir Fuirt Farm, Thompson & Morgan, Talking Tables and Outdoor Living cards I styled for Paperstyle books, ready to add to the hot pink People Shop goodie bags. I had a wonderful afternoon filled with lovely people, delicious cakes, funky tunes and refreshing cocktails. Allison & I had a great time doing free floral hair garland workshops through-out the event and it was great to hear all about everyone's plans for Summer Outdoor Living.. oh and the weather was perfect too! Big Thanks to Allison and Christian for hosting such a fab party to celebrate the launch of my latest book Selina Lake Outdoor Living, to their talented daughter who made all the cakes & thanks to everyone who came along to the party!
Our Weekend continued to be fun as we stayed with firends in Wolverhampton on Saturday night and on Sunday I went Car-booting with my friend Ruth and look at all my lovely vintage loot. Then she took me to visit the David Austin Rose garden, while our husbands headed off to a car show!! All in all I had a brilliant time in the Midlands and will be up to visit again soon!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Summer Colours

Some of my recent colour inspirations via Pinterest
Ombre - Small Yellow cotton flat weave rug, from Habitat
Yellow Colour Pop! From my book Bazaar Style
Moroccan inspired living space from my book Bazaar Style mixing white with shades of green.
Spark natural medium flat weave rug, from Habitat
 I'm currently loving all the pops of colour in the garden this month, I'm suddenly drawn to yellow tones mixed with apple green, pure white with flashes of hot pink. I've been thinking of ways I can translate these summer colours inside and I've been looking at Habitat's Rug Collection... I love the almost boho style of the Spark natural rug with yellow fringe and the small yellow cotton flat weave rug would look fantastic on a white floor with some of my pink garden flowers in a vase on a nearby coffee table. Do you like to bring the colours of summer inside with accessories? Which colours are inspiring you this month?