Flower Mad

If you follow me on instagram you will see that I have gone slightly flower mad! Flowers obviously make great photo subjects, the colours, shapes, textures and varying displays which change with the seasons. Call me silly but I never appreciated their true beauty until I attended Emily Quinton’s photography course Her style of photography is very much focused around flowers. The petals, the leaves, when their freshly cut, fully opened or dying. All stages can make beautiful pictures. It just took a little bit of thinking out of the box and seeing things through fresh eyes. – totally inspiring!

After the course, I was excited to use the skills I had learnt and to try and incorporate flowers with food shots which I am doing for our Bar and Restaurant (see previous post) This is very much work in progress but I’m enjoying the challenge!

There are so many incredibly talented food stylists and photographers and I couldn’t believe how difficult it is to create similar shots. I mean it’s food and flowers. They don’t move, they’re the perfect models. How hard can it be? But as I’ve found out, there’s so much to think about. The background, props, lighting and even the story. They can all create a different mood or make you feel a certain way.

Hopefully I’ll be able to show you some more shots as I get more confident in knowing what works and what doesn’t. In the meantime check out my pinterest board for more inspiration.

Image taken from pinterest

Bye for now

Maritza

Bar Interiors

Excitingly but completely at odds with HK Collection, my husband and I have opened a bar near where we live. We already own a restaurant in the same parade and when the shop next door came up for let, we couldn’t resist taking it on. The restaurant has already been running for just under two years and to say it has been a whirlwind couple of years would be an understatement! We are incredibly proud of what it has become and really wanted to take everything we had learnt at the restaurant and create something which would compliment it and offer customers a less formal hang out. Somewhere they could go for coffee, breakfast, a quick bite for lunch and in the evening, cocktails and wine with some sharing platters.

After some long and sometimes hard months getting the necessary licences and changes approved, followed by the painstaking job of builders doing what they do, our dream became a reality and we finally opened the doors to Bar Luciano in November 2014.

My husband and I kind of knew the look we wanted to go for but we were always easily swayed when we went on our many ‘research’ outings to other bars. In terms of decor, there are some truly great ones out there and it was very easy to be inspired by the many!

Some of the features, such as the huge lights which are hung by the window (reclaimed from London Bridge Station) the wood pannelling on the front of the bar and a section of the wall (reclaimed from an attic) and large wall hung scales (reclaimed from Billingsgate Fish Market)  were all purchased from Lassco This shop never fails to impress and more often than not, we come away with some kind of treasure. And the staff are so lovely there and always willing to help, which is a massive bonus!

The journey we went through when designing and decorating the space was such a roller coaster it sometimes had us questioning why we had started in the first place. Why did we think we could do this. And successfully?  Especially as we are not interior designers (even if we like to think we are) And what we thought we wanted at the beginning, sometimes didn’t quite work out. It was a steep learning curve but one we are so happy we went on.

In the end, we mostly stayed true to our initial ideas and we are very happy with the end result and it was fun to get ideas from the internet too. My favourite source was Pinterest with its endless pages of inspiration. Here are some of my favourites…

And finally,  our bar…

See you soon

Maritza

A Rewarding Advent Calendar

Some of you may have heard of Belle & Boo. We’re huge fans at the shop as we love selling their gorgeous products but did you know this Christmas, Belle and Boo have partnered up with The Kids Company to make a difference to the lives of many children who might not have the best start. If you’d like to take part,  you could not only make yourself and child a unique advent calendar but 100% of sales go to the Kids Company. Kids Company is an award winning charity which provides practical, emotional and educational support to 36,000 inner city children in the UK. Christmas is particularly tough this time of year, many of whom won’t receive a proper meal, let alone a Christmas present, without your help.

This calendar is available in a downloadable PDF format and costs £5. You will get PDF kit to make 25 individually numbered and beautifully designed packets for you to fill full of treats, ready to open on the days leading up to Christmas Day. A fantastic craft project to get you in the festive mood. All you will need is some good quality paper to print out on, scissors, glue or tape and 25 mini pegs, available in most good craft shops.

Bye for now

Maritza

Dandy Star Lights

New additions to the shop are these super cool light boxes by Dandy Star featuring the words ‘Magic’ and ‘Star’  I love the fresh, modern feel to these lights and they would make the perfect addition to any bedroom – whatever the style! There’s not many lights that can do that.

We’ve luckily managed to get a small number to sell on the website and they’re available to purchase HERE

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding these lights or anything else on the website or blog, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Bye for now

Maritza