Journal

Best in Show

I write from our brass cladded desk on our stand at the HOUSE FAIR at House & Garden's Spirit of Summer Fair at Olympia.  The end of the second day and it's been quite the show, so far.  Scheduled a little later in the calendar year because House & Garden wanted to achieve a greater interiors focus and to their credit they have a phenomenal interiors presence and we are thrilled to be part of it.
Porcupine Rocks have paired up with Otago Design, a multi-disclipine design studio with an African aesthetic. They design their own products and get them made in Kenya and Swaziland.  At HOUSE they are showcasing some elegant glassware, horn vases, merino wool blankets and baskets to name a few.  The combination of Otago with the bold and colourful Porcupine Rocks range makes a 'vibrant, fresh, colourful, different looking stand' to quote a passer-by.
 
Fortuitously I stoll a moment this morning, before the doors opened to the public, to have a browse around the arena.  I found some wonderful stands which I thought I would share...
Sticking with the African theme Lalibella have a super colourful stand rammed full of beach towels, baskets, napkins, brilliant bags and some lovely body and room sprays.  Everything is handmade in Africa... what's not to love?
 
One stand that really caught my eye was Mary Gannon Design who has created a range of bespoke children's furniture and accessories to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It's just beyond beautiful.
 
Moving with the children Nousha takes the most stunning photos of children.  They do everything in house, photography (obviously), retouching, printing and framing.  So if you are looking for some exquisite snaps of your family then look no further.
 
For something floral best to visit the majestic silk flower expert Silvia Hague who's blooms will brighten up and hallway, dining room, living room.  She has it covered, every beautiful colour and a whole host of colours.  
 
Now, if you fancy a tipple, check out the Black Cow Vodka.   Milk is separated into curds and whey.  The curds are used to make cheese, the whey is fermented into beer using special yeast that converts the milk sugar into alcohol.  (Are you with me so far?) This milk beer is then distilled and treated to a secret blending process. (Moo's the word!) The vodka is then triple filtered and finished, before being hand bottled.  "No whey?" I hear you say.
 
A delicious lunch can be enjoyed under the wonderful glass atrium at Mosimann's Restaurant.  
 
If you are after a long soak then take a look at the copper baths designed by William Holland.  Gorgeous.  
 
 
And then to bed.... there's no better bed then those by Button and Sprung.  I have had my beady eye on them for ages. This is advanced comfort that promises the best nights sleep you could ever wish for.  ZZZZZZZZZZ!!
 
So that was my Best In Show.  
For all those of you who have visited this years Spirt of Summer and HOUSE Fair do hope you enjoyed yourselves.  
For those who are on your way come and visit us at stand G50.  
 

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