Tropica me

My new collection of cushions and napkins has just launched. Hooray! The collection, called 'Tropica', has been a long time coming, and I'm particularly proud of it. It's a bit of a departure from anything I've done before - more grown up I guess. I've always designed for me first, as I just can't bring myself to release any products that I wouldn't personally want to have in my own home, so as my tastes continue to evolve, my designs do too. 
Photography & Styling Carole Poirot
The four patterns in this collection started as delicate paper-cuts. Several months ago, I was telling my daughter about the incredible traditional textiles of Hawaii, Mexico and Panama. In particular, the very beautiful Hawaiian Quilts that were on the beds of the Moana Surfrider Hotel on Waikiki Beach that we stayed in when she was very little. We decided to have a play around with some paper-cuts, to come up with some of our own patterns - the kind where you fold a piece of paper into quarters, leave the folded sides intact, cutting a pattern into the outer edges, then reveal a lovely geometric design when you unfold it. I was surprised when our quick little experiments turned out so beautifully - that something so simple could be so striking. I found myself doing more and more in the following weeks, and the idea for my next collection was born. I knew that I wanted the patterns to feel contemporary and fresh, so I started playing around with repeats digitally once I'd scanned them, and then they really came to life.
Photography & Styling Bianca Hall
I love that 'Ipanema' (above) looks lattice-like, though if you look closely you might see a palm tree or two. And a pineapple motif found it's way into my 'Maui' pattern (top and middle cushions in the image below). The 'Bahia' print has a tribal feel to it (the charcoal cushion and lampshade in the first image), whilst 'Panama' has an air of luxury about it (bottom cushion in image below).
Photography & Styling Carole Poirot
The cushions are all available in the shop now, and the napkins will be available soon...
Photography & Styling Carole Poirot 
Photography & Styling Carole Poirot
Photography & Styling Carole Poirot
I'd love to know what you think. What's your favourite pattern? Enjoy the rest of the weekend. I'll be doing some more house painting tomorrow. You know, just for a change...

Succulent Love

Ebay table painted in 'Slipper' acrylic eggshell by Little Greene, and the 'Frankie' rug is from The Plantation Rug Company
Okay, so we all know that succulents are a 'thing'. Some of us are better at keeping them alive and kicking than others. A few weeks ago, I put two of my succulent babies outside on our south facing window ledge where the sun hits all day. I thought I was doing the right thing, especially as one of them was 'stretching' and clearly wasn't happy with the amount of sunlight it had been getting. However, after a few days, I noticed to my horror, that one of them (my favourite, but don't tell the others), was not at all happy - it was singed quite badly, and clearly wasn't enjoying all that full-on sun. I am yet to do the research on which ones like which conditions, but be warned: all succulents are not the same.  Oh the pressure!

Gold glass votives above are from West Elm, re-purposed as succulent pots!
Good job then, that before I half killed it (it's actually recovering really well now that I've put it back in a less sunny spot), that I photographed it. When I was putting an order in for my new Penny Doll brooches, I decided to add a few succulents too - just for me really, and as gifts for my hard to buy for friends. However, I've had so many complements and requests, that I have now added them to the shop, and I've made a necklace version, and über cute stickers too! These ones are much easier to keep alive, and everyone will know that you're in the excluuuuuusive succulent club.

I'm celebrating this new product line, my new blog AND re-branded website, so I'll be including a free mini-sticker sheet with every Succulent Brooch or Necklace order, from now until the end of July. Yay!