Monday, 29 June 2015

styling details...



my styling for the launch of blue gigi...

Meet Leila Brink, Mum of 3 and owner of brand new Moroccan rug emporium Blue Gigi. A few months ago, I had the pleasure to work with Leila and photographer Paul Craig on her very first shots for the launch of her new brand. Leila turned up at the fabulous Brixton East Studios with her 4x4 laden from top to bottom with rugs and props and we literally got stuck in!  We had great fun putting the shots together in a pretty tight timescale, which makes you think on the hoof and gets the adrenalin running!

Having travelled to Morocco and Egypt many times as a child with her parents, Leila grew up with a love and appreciation of the decorative beauty in the painstakingly and lovingly handcrafted pieces that adorned people's homes. It was during a holiday on the Ile de Re that Leila met Vincent Bas, and so began the story of Blue Gigi. Vincent introduced Leila to the historical traditions, methods and meanings of tribal rugs in Morocco from his home in Marakkech and together they now source the best they can find for clients' homes here in the UK.

Blue Gigi is a truly personalised rug-finding service, where the client's needs, tastes and home are carefully considered before recommendations are made by Leila. And if she doesn't have in stock exactly what you need, she and Vincent will source it for you. Each piece is chosen for its 'meaning, history and beauty,' and what I loved about them was that each one is truly individual and unique-real investment pieces and family heirlooms.

I hope you like the shots we put together and do jump over to Leila's brand new website!






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blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

blue gigi, moroccan rugs, styling details, home decor, soft furnishings, floor rugs, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paul craig photographer, brixton east studios

Thursday, 25 June 2015

launch...



murmur a/w15...

I was recently sent some lovely photography from brand new home and lifestyle brand 'Murmur'. I loved the look of their products and gorgeous muted palette, so I thought I'd share it with you!

Designed under the UK's leading bedding and bath brand Bedeck, the range has been put together by Bedeck's head of design Julie Hall. Formerly a freelance fashion artist in London and New York, Julie moved back to Ireland in the 1980's where she became involved in the traditional linen industry, helping to move it forward in the design and development of contemporary linen products. Moving to Bedeck as head of design in 2006, she has now established a dynamic in-house creative studio, also responsible for their other licenced brands, including Harlequin and Designer's Guild-quite an achievement. And if this wasn't enough, Julie still finds time to paint, walk and is training to become a yoga teacher!

Murmur is Bedeck's first homeware collection, designed in-house, with pieces crafted and sourced from Portugal to Thailand. The comprehensive range showcases a combination of modern and rustic, in ceramics, glassware, kitchen textiles and accessories, bedlinen, towels, soft furnishings, basketware, stationery and even fragrance.

The colour palette is soft and natural, with materials such as sea grass, ash, acacia wood, wool and linen, all working beautifully together to produce a hand crafted look which I really love. The range launches on September 10th 2015 and will be available from the following retailers:

selected Fenwicks and Bentalls department stores

Prices range from £4 for the stem napkins, £6 for small speckle bowls, £7.50 for Acacia spoons, from £17 for the Dune bedlinen, £35 for the Bud Grey cushion and £85 for a pinstripe robe.


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a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

a/w 2015, bedeck, trend-daily blog, caroline davis, home and lifestyle accessories

Monday, 23 March 2015

launch...fired earth paints



new from fired earth spring 2015 


I've just been sent the 6 new colours from Fired Earth's spring15 range and I love their retro/vintage feel. These are my favourite images-especially the kitchen dresser-we have something similar and almost identical colours at home!








  
fired earth   0845 366 0400

2.5 litres for £35.50

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

an evening with mary portas



mary portas shop girl...

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As I haven't actually read this book as I write this post (I only bought it last night at the Chorleywood Bookshop launch of the shop girl tour), then I won''t call it a 'book review,' but simply my own recount of 'An Evening With Mary Portas.' For my readers outside the UK, Mary is Britain's foremost retail consultant, from fashion to food and everything in between,  on a mission to save Britain's ailing high streets.

Last night was the start of Mary's UK book tour, encompassing live talks and readings, radio interviews and podcasts.
'Let's go along and support a local bookshop', I said to my sister, 'maybe not many people have heard about it...'  What appeared to be around 200 people turned up to our local grammar school, filling the hall to the brim and then some, so no worries on the attendance front then... The perfect place for a bit of people watching, which I always enjoy and none more so than last night. The evening was held in Little Chalfont, part of an affluent commuter belt suburb, near to where Mary grew up and yet a million miles away from the world she actually grew up in. I guess the average age was 50-60, although it's so hard to tell these days-contemporaries of Mary's from her school days looked considerably more 'traditional' lets say, with a healthy dose of immaculately dressed home counties lunching-ladies mixing with young entrepreneurs and career hungry graduates.

I bought my copy as soon as I arrived, anticipating a bit of a bun-fight (in a home-counties type of way) at the end and had a quick flick before the lady herself arrived. Mary just has the kind of enigmatic presence that makes you smile, brings everyone down to earth and puts everything into perspective the minute she walks on stage. She is, as a certain TV advert says 'exactly what it says on the tin...'
The evening began with Mary reading an extract from the book, part of which I'd already listened to on radio 4, but all the more meaningful to hear from Mary herself. There were simple, homely recounts of her life growing up in the 70s, (as did I not so far down the road, but almost another world altogether), funny moments and touching moments when she spoke of her Mum's shockingly fast illness and death from meningitis.

Glancing around the room as Mary spoke, it was fascinating to see just how genuinely thrilled, interested and even a bit in awe her audience were to be there, some having travelled a long way for the evening. A quick question and answer session at the end consisted of those just wanting to say hello and express their admiration, business related questions from pop-ups versus permanent retail space to high street rejuvenation nationwide. It was a really enjoyable evening-as near as you can get to having a chat and a cuppa with Mary herself and I thoroughly recommend it. As for the book, try and buy yours from your own high street store rather than that rather famous on-line market place, because it is by Mary, Queen of Shops after all.

So, that's my impression after a brief encounter with Mary Portas from the 5th row, and her very personal, open and honest autobiography, sometimes hilariously funny, other times heart-wrenching, but always with a determined and positive approach to life. All from a woman who manages to say it as it is whilst remaining focussed and compassionate, just honest and straight forward. Part optimist, part realist, part show girl, part shop girl. Brilliant Mary.


find your nearest venue on mary's book tour here maryportas.com



Sunday, 11 January 2015

styling details...


Mail On Sunday, YOU magazine

Back in November, I managed to squeeze one last minute shoot in before the Christmas holidays. YOU Magazine is published each week with the Mail on Sunday and the interiors section is brilliantly edited by the talented and super-organised Clare Nolan (if you like plants and flowers, you'll love Clare's twitter and instagram feed showing her home grown produce).

After discussing a few ideas for the feature via email, Clare and I decided on an Artisan Kitchen theme and met up to look through my pinterest ideas board. With a minimum of 10-12 products per shot, there's a lot to organise at that time of year and a lot to squeeze into each shot! Needless to say, it takes great teamwork to pull a feature together on the day and I couldn't have done it without YOU mag's very own photographer, Tobi Jenkins, my friend and assistant for the day, Tish Johnson and last, but certainly not least, the amazing PR's who pull out all the stops to call in as many items as possible for the shots (you can see a full list of credits in the on-line feature in the link below) A huge thank you to all. The pictures were published today in YOU mag-hope you like them.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and successful 2015 dear readers and thank you so much for coming back each week to check out my little blog-I really appreciate it x



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carolinedavis-stylist, tobi jenkins photography, mail on sunday YOU mag, styling details, trend-daily blog

carolinedavis-stylist, tobi jenkins photography, mail on sunday YOU mag, styling details, trend-daily blog

carolinedavis-stylist, tobi jenkins photography, mail on sunday YOU mag, styling details, trend-daily blog


carolinedavis-stylist, tobi jenkins photography, mail on sunday YOU mag, styling details, trend-daily blog

Thursday, 18 December 2014

book review...


'gift wrapped' by jane means

Jane Means has a wonderfully creative job as a professional giftwrapper, with an impressive client list that includes Harrods, American Express and even Royalty. You may have already seen her ribbons for sale in Liberty and Fortnum & Mason!

With a background in floristry, Jane now not only sells her ribbons nationwide, but also designs her own range and runs a series of hugely successful UK workshops.

I met the bubbly and vivacious Jane last year in London and was really pleased to receive her book for review this month. Perfectly timed for Christmas, Jane's book is full of inventive and unusual ideas for wrapping and presenting gifts.

Split into 5 chapters, Jane covers subjects from one end of the gift spectrum to the other, such as plants and gardening items for a housewarming, baby showers, kids and even men and women specifically. There are step-by-step instructions for 8 types of bows and tying techniques and 10 variations on labelling. I particularly love the idea of making gift bags and envelopes, so I'll be trying Jane's tips over the next few days!

It's a fabulously detailed and researched book, with easy-to-follow instructions. Congratulations Jane on a brilliant success for your first title!


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jane means, gift wrapped, jacqui small publishing, caroline davis stylist, trend-daily blog, book review, ribbons



jane means, gift wrapped, jacqui small publishing, caroline davis stylist, trend-daily blog, book review, ribbons


jane means, gift wrapped, jacqui small publishing, caroline davis stylist, trend-daily blog, book review, ribbons



Take a look at Jane's website below for your nearest stockist of her ribbons, as well as details of her courses on offer nationwide.




Thursday, 11 December 2014

styling details...


the packhouse...


If you're still looking for some christmas gift inspiration, I highly recommend a day out to The Packhouse in Farnham- a beautiful barn in the village of Runfold, with four floors of vintage and new gifts, as well as a lovely cafe. In essence, it's a finely curated selection of individual home and fashion retailers, antique dealers, gift stalls and the Packhouse's own range of upcycled, hand-painted furniture, as well as the flagship showroom for Culinary Concepts.

I spent two fabulous days there in July styling their shots. Our brief was to encapsulate the mood of Packhouse incorporating as many of their products as possible. I had the enviable task of picking and choosing from the eclectic range of stall holders, featuring
kitchenalia
in the garden
glass and china
new and vintage furniture, lighting and accessories

All the shots were taken at Packhouse itself, which is also available for location and prop hire.

Take a look at their brand new website and keep an eye out for their monthly craft events.
I hope you like the results!




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the packhouse farnham, vintage, carolinedavis-stylist, graeme ainscough photography, trend-daily blog

the packhouse farnham, vintage, carolinedavis-stylist, graeme ainscough photography, trend-daily blog

the packhouse farnham, vintage, carolinedavis-stylist, graeme ainscough photography, trend-daily blog

the packhouse farnham, vintage, carolinedavis-stylist, graeme ainscough photography, trend-daily blog

the packhouse farnham, vintage, carolinedavis-stylist, graeme ainscough photography, trend-daily blog

the packhouse farnham, vintage, carolinedavis-stylist, graeme ainscough photography, trend-daily blog

the packhouse farnham, vintage, carolinedavis-stylist, graeme ainscough photography, trend-daily blog