I am so very grateful that my god given talent and my chosen path is that of an artist. However a vital component to creating and evolving is being mindful that we must restore our souls and refuel the creativity bucket…I try to prioritize at the start of the year by taking a few days to focus on quietening my mind, while giving my whole body some still time. This helps me create a new stage for the year, for new story telling.
With with my creative button refreshed I went on a quick buying trip to San Diego. There my fav find was this floral sink, for which I now have to find a bathroom!!!! Then along with my team, I designed a new TEAL FLORAL FABRIC COLLECTION and we created some everyday but extra ordinary pillows. for spring…….
Here and there i had my babysitting duties of SADIE (lilys dog)……….
And then my travels started.
I have found that another way I can get my creativity to flow is to follow the seasons.
My next stop was home to LONDON for some dreary English whether. London is where I am wired best, allowing myself to go inwards, physically and metaphysically speaking.
SInce i moved my DAD to Los Angeles the UK has been off my circuit recently, but the moment i step foot on English ground and specifically in my Nottighill Store, i feel home….. (thank you Paulina, Pascal, David and Harriet for feeling like my London Family)
Its a teeny little gem of a store, kind of one street off the beaten path, but the best ever…Often i am asked if i could open stores in many other locations, and while i rarely never say never, it is very important to me and the family of Shabby that i have personal connections with each of my stores..they are all reflections of my soul, my story and my art. How we merchandise is a story we are wanting to tell…..and the only way i know how this can be authentic, is to have a personal connection with my stores, my village and the products that paint the picture..
This past visit to London Laurence Amelie popped over from Paris as a special guest at my Prairie Book Signing. Such a special event. People came from many countries in Europe to be part of the evening……we brought The Prairie to London by way of a country band……and the combo of Prairie stories and Laurence’s curated exhibit left the evening nothing short of magic.
What would any trip be without a flea-market visit…….The Nottinghill Store team and I set out on a cold dark rainy Tuesday to Kempton Park Antique Fair. This is by far my personal favorite conditions to shop in……
This was my first sighting at the fair….. I wanted to use our field trip as an opportunity to enlighten my associates on why i choose the pieces i do……some pieces needed explaining and some are more obvious. This chair sang to me from the moment i saw it……regardless of its condition it held volumes of inspiration in my eyes…..as it happens it still has life to offer as a place of rest, with a little reloving and restoring, and so it found a space in our London store, but it will also spread its beauty in a future designs…..
For any one who knows me, or most english people, they know we all have our inner tea time clock at 430……i have always said, no matter where, why not have tea in a proper cup, i am not a tea snob, pg tips or liptons, with a load of milk and a tad of sugar, in a beautiful cup is all i need. (and a few cookies)
Im not a big primping girl, but the little i do, i believe in princess time….. this vanity is like no other i have ever seen. by the time we all found it, it was pouring with rain so we had to inspect under a plastic tarp….. still it was obvious to us all this was a treasure we had to buy…….even with the little imperfections…..
No, this isn’t Downton Abbey, but a wonderful wonderful Hotel in the English Countryside…… near some vintage shops of course….. After a rainy stormy drive down from London i entered into a world that to me was perfection. i’m a rather fussy hotel guest. somethings always not quite right……Babbington House is “everything right”
Balance of regal, classic with a quality modern edge, in a palette that is perfection was my introduction into this world….. Us Brits can be a little snobby and reserved, yet somehow though the formality of tradition, my uniform of muddy cowboy boot, jeans and hair not quite right was welcomed as though i was wearing a ball gown..
If my boots don’t belong somewhere, chances neither do i.
I gathered as much inspiration wandering the property in the upstairs quarters to the downstairs……. (on a side note i wanted more downstairs action on Downtown Abbey this season….if it weren’t for ANNA and Bates …….)
Wandering the countryside and popping into little shops gives me immense joy, both for treasures of people and things…..(as i do in Prairie World too)….
My friend Pearl Lowe put me in the direction of Frome Somerset (St Catherines Hill), where i came away with oozes of inspiration, some in bags, some in my head.
England will always hold a piece of my heart, for now it holds my son too, recently he made the move there…..
I have some special people, who whenever i visit, its as though only days have passed since the our last visit…….maybe its the common thread of tea and treasures…… I always have my camera on hand, as these friends live such mindful and meaningful lives, and their decoration style is an extension of their humility and appreciation of loveliness.
My head left london spinning with ideas, my heart left london filled from visits with friends and family……… and already March is here!!!!!!.
PRARIE time coming up…..TEXAS TREASURES coming.