Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Interiors Obsession: Neon Signs

I love neon signs, when we went to Las Vegas earlier this year, I made sure we visited the Neon Boneyard (now known as the Neon Museum)in Downtown Vegas (if you are planning a trip, you MUST go) - it is where all the old neon signs from the Vegas we reminisce about - the original Ceasar's Palce sign, Stardust (as above) as well as the sign from The Desert Inn, the Hotel which tried to evict Howard Hughes after he overstayed his welcome. His response? He bought the Hotel.

I am thrilled to see that Neon signs are now becoming a cool interiors craze - I love the idea of owning my own neon sign with a special phrase - but what to write?

Acne store - Peace, Love and Sale (@miraduma Instagram)
Jamie Oliver's restaurant, Union Jacks, image from
Tracey Emin's famous Neon Art
Chair by Lee Broom
This store, selling neon signs, just opened up by my work on Beak Street! Here's my work colleague, Marisa Georgas

Now you can buy your own Neon Sign:

To buy, from £90, The Letter Room

Available from Merles Vintage at Etsy
Looking for a large sign for an event or wedding? Prop stylist Hannah Read Baldrey of Couture Craft Blog told me about the website Vowed & Amazed where you can hire giant letters or the word 'Love' for an event! Much less hassle and you don't have to worry about where to store the letters afterwards!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Markus Lupfer for Whistles

Stuck for cool Christmas present ideas? how about something from my favourite collaboration this season: Markus Lupfer for Whistles. Yes, he of the quirky sweaters has designed an exclusive range for the High Street store - and it's gorgeous. My favourites are the heart motif accessories...and you don't have to wait ages -it's available to buy now!

1. I do love a neon accessory to liven up a winter coat. Viscose scarf, £55

2. I would LOVE to keep my iPad safe in this - Leather tablet holder, £85

3. No need to save these pyjamas for bed time, rock them with a heel for effortless style - Silk pyjama top, £125, and Silk pyjama pants, £95

4. Cutest phone accessory I've seen in a while: Leather phone holder, £40

5. LOVE these gLOVES, sorry - mittens: £45 in wool the original. This iconic lips jumper has been on my Christmas wishlist since takers yet!

£290, Markus Lupfer at Net A Porter
If your budget doesn't stretch that far...add a bit of Lupfer to your Cos jumper with one of these sequin initial brooches:
£15 per letter, Markus Lupfer at Net A Porter

Monday, 5 November 2012

Day Trip: Affordable Art Fair

This weekend, I went to the Affordable Art Fair for the first time. Okay, it may be stretching the term 'affordable' a little, but at least its accessible. 
First off, the place is packed: kids, adults, dogs, families. You definitely don't feel self-conscious looking at works of Art costing around £3,000 and in no way are you made to feel it. 
Secondly, there is something for everyone: children's workshops, Laithwaites wine bar, organic food and of course, Art. And it's not all expensive. It isn't. Art is an investment, true, but there are still great prints you can buy for just £40 (most of which are signed), and some more 'affordable' pieces for £250. I loved Lisa Swerling's mad boxes of glitter and miniatures:

We went to the event held in Hampstead, however, they also show at Battersea and Bristol, tickets are £10 but even if you don't buy anything you can, like me, just treat it as a day out at a Gallery browsing lots of new and interesting talent:
The fab neon structure caught my eye straight away!

On the wishlist:

Yasuhiro Onishi

These are all individual measure only about 3x6 inches each!
Volker Kuhn

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