Step into the world of Orla Kiely - the maestro of striking patterns. Where a geometric print of leaves on a stem is instantly recognisable and unmistakably iconic. Part retro flower power, part bright and contemporary. Orla Kiely appeals to those with bolder taste. Made for the eccentric. Exceptionally charming. Bedeck the abode in cheerful bright colours. Live the Orla Kiely way.
Her hair is ultra-glossy. Primed to perfection – she is smart, effortless and ethically conscious. Stella McCartney is her uniform of choice. She loves how the tailoring teeters between tough masculinity and a sensual femininity. Comfort with an edge is her mantra. She exudes an undeniable cool. Gliding through the city landscape in statement footwear. You want to be just like her – don’t even deny it.
From his humble Nottingham roots in a tiny shop, Sir Paul Smith went on to change the world of fashion with his trademark 'classics with a twist' style. Still part of what is a now a huge global brand, his designs transcend clothing with him applying his signature wit to a range of products beyond the wardrobe staples.
Valued objects that hint at days spent in the unspoiled countryside, inside grand historic buildings with eccentric uncles and forgetful aunties. Playing in rooms filled with things that have been passed down from previous generations, a rich and traditional mix of hardy textiles and timeless furnishings that can be shared with man and his best friend.
I grew up in the countryside on my parents’ farm in Norfolk before I moved down to London. I live south of the river, Clapham to be exact. I love Barbour. I’m not really one for trends. I like the classics: a good pair of jeans, tortoiseshell Wayfarers, reliable brown boots for a walk across the common and of course - my Barbour. I actually own four Barbour jackets: two quilted, for those warm spring days and my trusty wax duo, one classic, the other a pea coat style. I don’t know what I’d wear without them.
I need cups of tea. Every moment. Every second. I think about a brew. They have to come steadily and consistently throughout the day. The moment I open my eyes, I want a sweet hot cup. Could you imagine making one without the speed and efficiency of an automatic kettle? Mine’s a Russell Hobbs – I fill it up to the top with water. Set it down. Flick the switch. Hear the bubbles steadily boil up. A few minutes pass. The switch flicks off. It’s teatime again.
Diane Smith from next door has one. I saw her using it when vacuuming the inside of her nifty little Mini Cooper. They are the absolute best though, those Dysons. No bag. No fuss. James Dyson is an absolute a genius. Some of them look like they belong in 3014! The ones with the cylinder ball makes it easier to get into corners apparently - that would mean I could chuck out that ancient dustpan and brush. I might invest in one yet.
It’s 2024 you are young, active and good-looking. You hop on your racer bike - sunglasses on. Riding through the flashing lights of a busy urban landscape. Going so fast that even those in flying vehicles are envious of you. Flashes of green neon on your designer trainers make you stand out to every pedestrian, even against the dark grey city sky. Effortlessly transport yourself in to the future with this ultra-modern collection.
Let the ever popular lemon pancake topping inspire your interior choices. Bright yellows look exceptionally good in the living spaces of your home, pick out some key kitchen equipment in the sunny hue for a modern and unexpected pop of colour. Don’t forget, too much lemon can be sour, so keep your rooms balanced with crisp white ceramics and neutral contemporary furniture.
A bleary eyed Saturday morning greets you. Friday after work drinks turned into a bit of an all-nighter. You want breakfast - in fact you need breakfast. Smoked salty bacon, smooth rich mushrooms fried in butter, a hot piece of toasted sourdough and the crowning glory: an egg. You’ll take your egg any which way. Scrambled, sunny side down, boiled, poached. Today is fried egg day with a tempting runny yolk. Nothing tops off breakfast better.