Sunday, May 15, 2011

Morrocon Wedding blankets

Sorry that there were no posts for a week....I had Blogger problems, was busier than a headless chicken, had too many non-blog related jobs to be done....the list goes on! But am back and have heaps of things to talk about.

I did a little piece for The Courier Mail (our daily paper) last Saturday. I was asked to talk about trends and which trends looked like they were here to stay.  I talked about Up cycling and Global style which are (as we all know) two very strong influences. Then we talked about the "Nesting trend" and how people are staying in and want more quality pieces for their home, things that will last the distance. Even younger clients are looking for good quality not just in-expensive.
It was a lovely opportunity for me and want to thank Ainsley Pavey from The Courier Mail. Big bunch of Alba Roses coming your way Ainsley!! A few miss-quotes are forgiven....Caribbean aesthetics/British Colonial can not be confused with Chinoise but we were rushing and it was a telephone interview.

Here at Lily g we have always loved the ethnic influences that have come out of Turkey,  Pakistan, Northern Africa and India and we are delighted to see they have cemented themselves into mainstream design and decorating. Ikat and Suzani are obviously here to stay for quite some time, but now we are seeing them in brighter and less traditional colour ways:- Acid greens and yellows, melon pinks and bright Mediterranean blue. I am also madly in love with anything Moroccan, the rugs and especially the wedding blankets have infiltrated more than a few interior decorators jobs of late and I lust after them for the following reasons...A) because I love anything with a bit of bling and because the texture and romantic notion of a "Wedding" blanket forces me to want one now!!! I mean come on!! Wedding blanket how lovely is that!!

 I am also in love with all the bright colours that are taking people out of their comfort zones. The GFC can be held partially responsible for the surge of bright, fantastical and happy colours coming through. Anytime there has been a financial crisis around the world the design and decorating trends go boldly into glorious colour, it cheers us up and gives us a bit of sunshine. So embrace your Doris Day yellow!!
Expect it to stay around a good while yet.
For you totally married to the subtle hues and the calmness of the Belgian aesthetic (made universally famous through retailers like Restoration Hardware) then you can always add a bit of colour to a neutral palette it is the easiest thing in the world.

Anna Spiro has been doing bright colours in such a beautiful, quirky way for ever!! One can't help but be influenced by her and (I'm not afraid to admit) she has inspired me to be braver when using colour. I can't help (as well) to notice that her influence can be seen around blogville both here locally and designers abroad.
Designers that were once confirmed beige, taupe and white girls are now embracing colour like it's their new best friend!! I think imitation is a form of flattery but we all need to put our own twist on things.

Personally I have a love for all things Caribbean, British Colonial and have always loved the gorgeous aesthetic of Moroccan decor (Marrakesh is a big travel must-do for me!!) When I first took over Lily G it was full of French Country and even though I do love the serenity of it all that washed oak and taupe linen personally my interior decorating style leans more to the left of centre, a bit quirkier and love a more exotic feel to surroundings (probably due to my 10 years of travelling around the world and too watching White Mischief and Out of Africa one too many times) and when I first went into the Long Bar at Raffles in Singapore it was love at first sight!! So now Lily G is full of Rattan, Temple Jars, Tiffin boxes, Turkish bath products, Shells, camper style furniture and much more of MY style.

The Long Bar Raffles Hotel Singapore

Anyway speaking of quirk and colour here are some gorgeous photo's of the new range of Lily Pulitzer's furniture.
I first discovered her pretty clothing range in The Hampton's a couple of years back. Very fresh and joyful.
Her furniture pieces like her clothes are happy bright and very colourful. Enjoy your weekend The weather is amazing!!

I am also posting gorgeous Moroccan Wedding blanket photo's (I want one now!) I am sourcing them as we speak so if you are like me and have a burning desire for your very own wedding blanket email us at the shop or give us a call.

Greek Key hole fabric still strong

Great way to show sample fabrics and we want those stools! 

Naive art is big bright and colourful


Lily Pulitzer fashion range.... love this dress


The object of my desire...The Moroccan Wedding Blanket

Typical Girly afternoon drinks!


Our fashion parade went fantastically well for The C&K Kindy there were 150 ladies that attended and they all received Lily G vouchers and have been shopping up a storm all week!! The White Label Noba range is to die for and so well priced!! Designer Tracey Watkins is sooo clever! Well done Tracey! And thank you to the gorgeous Anna Stokes for organising it all.


Our 3rd shipment of White Temple jars are selling out again so if you were wanting these come in and secure yours today!!