Friday, April 29, 2011

Many Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

English Country Gardens Continued....

3 sought after UK landscape designers, featured & published in Domino Magazine's March 2009 issue -- Sarah PriceDan Pearson, and Jinny Blom.







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Pardon the Interruption to British Invasion Week ~ 2 Notable Happenings This Weekend


My favorite neighborhood in Atlanta, Inman Park, is hosting their annual Spring Festival & Tour of Homes this weekend - April 30 & May 1.  A neighborhood known for its historic architecture, the wide tree lined streets will be filled with artists' tents, live music, and plenty of yummy food choices.  Click here for more info.



ADAC - Atlanta Decorative Arts Center is holding their annual Sample Sale this weekend, April 30 & May 1.  Home furnishing showrooms otherwise only opened to the trade, will open their doors to the public, with savings up to 80% off inventory.  This years proceeds will benefit Atlanta Pet Rescue.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stella's English Country Garden

Stella McCartney (second from left) Photographed at The Met Costume Gala with (l to r) Kate Hudson, Liv Tyler, and Kate Bosworth | All Wearing Stella McCartney
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British Invasion Week continues.....  Stella McCartney, daughter of Paul & Linda McCartney, is a shining star in her own right.  She is the creative force behind her highly regarded & successful fashion label - Stella McCartney.  Recently, Vogue magazine featured the grounds & gardens of her English country home getaway. Check out the photos below & click here for more.








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UK Chefs

British Invasion Week continues with my 3 favorite British chefs....  Each captivating in personality, passion, and culinary style.  


Gordon Ramsay ~ He leads with a expert level of high expectations in all aspects of Dining -- the decor of his of restaurants is impeccable, his wait-staff offer exceptional service to patrons, and his food is perfection.  Chef Ramsay films cooking show for both UK & US television and is the author of several cookbooks.



Nigella Lawson ~ Nigella's career path started off in Journalism, but quickly changed routes when her home-style cooking techniques and recipes began to attract a loyal following.  Her command of such a descriptive vocabulary when talking about food adds to the luscious appeal of her TV show, enhancing just as much flavor & spice as do ingredients to a dish.  Nigella is the author of numerous cookbooks, films cooking shows in both the UK & US, and offers her own line of cookware.



Jamie Oliver ~ Jamie's style mixes cooking for family & friends with whats growing fresh in the garden.  His casual good times appeal is matched by a true passion of cooking and understanding culinary roots.  He is spearheading an anti-obesity campaign in US public schools and exposing the horrors of cafeteria lunch food with his program Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.  Watch the video below for Jamie's British cooking show - Jamie's 30 Minute Meals - as he prepares the perfect summer brunch/lunch menu.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

British Style Setters

British Invasion Week continues.....  Included below are some of today's top British Style Setters.  A group known for a refined eye and attention to detail, with the goal of classic comfort for livable lifestyle needs.


Kathryn M. Ireland ~ this British born interior designer made her way to Los Angeles in the mid 1980s and quickly became sought after for her mix of color, texture, and English country appeal.  She has since launched her own line of furniture & custom designed textiles.   She was featured in the In Style Home magazine Fall/Winter 2004 issue, with her top 10 design secrets.










The Rug Company ~ Husband and wife owners Christopher & Suzanne Sharp (pictured above), founded their London based custom rug business in 1997.  Their success lies in tapping into a network of established designers to create custom patterns for their rugs.  Click here to read my previous post on this dynamic duo and see photos of their home from the March 2010 issue of Vogue magazine.





Shabby Chic ~ Rachel Ashwell is the creator behind this style movement that sparked the witty design phrase and company name, Shabby Chic.  The essence of the look is English garden meets casual LA living.  Her home was featured in the November 2003 issue of Country Home magazine.













Rita Konig ~ The daughter of legendary British interior designer Nina Campbell, Rita takes her own design road when furnishing her home & her client's spaces.  Never one to follow the design trends, her look is rooted in classic form, with layers of bohemian spirit & old world European feel.  Rita splits her duties, also serving as a journalist with a focus on design features.  Her Notting Hill apartment was photographed for the July/August 2006 issue of Domino Magazine.









Jo Malone ~ Scent maker extraordinaire Jo Malone quickly gained a loyal following of her fruit and herb infused scents -- from perfumes to soaps to candles.  She sold her London based fragrance company in 1999 to Estee Lauder.  She remained on board as Creative Director until 2006.  Ever the entrepreneurial spirit, Malone is launching a new line fittingly titled Jo Loves.  Watch the video below to see Malone discuss her new venture.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

British Invasion Week!

Due to my extreme excitement for Friday's Royal Wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton, I delcare this week -- All Things British!

My weekend kicked off Friday evening with renting On Demand The King's Speech, with yummy Colin Firth.  Saturday night, I watched the Britcoms on PBS - Keeping Up Appearances, Are You Being Served, As Time Goes By.  Sunday Night, was Masterpiece Classic's conclusion of Upstairs Downstairs.  Today, I am showcasing a selection of items Union Jack inspired, the official flag of the UK.

Union Jack Royal Wedding Chair from ETSY Seller GreenPoppyClothing



Alexander McQueen's Britannia Studded Clutch (above) and Union Jack Ankle Boots (below)



Cox & Cox Union Jack Paper Chains


Boden's Union Jack Scarf



Painted Union Jack Dressers on Craigslist in Connecticut (above) and Delaware (below)



Ben Sherman's Union Jack Flight Bag


Deakin & Francis Union Jack Cufflinks at Barneys New York


The Cover of British Vogue | January 2002
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Jonathan Adler's Union Jack Zebra Shaped Rug (above) and Union Jack Rectangle Shaped Rug (below)



Union Jack Mini Cooper


Lulu Guinness Union Jack Snakeskin Lips Clutch at Harrods


Toddland Union Jack Brief at Urban Outfitters


Sea Bags Union Jack Tote


Union Jack Trunks on Craigslist in New Orleans



For A More Muted Palette, Union Jack Pillow (above) and Union Jack Dog Bed (below) from Dransfield and Ross



Watch the Video Below of England's Beloved Spice Girls -- Watch for Geri Halliwell, Ginger Spice, Wearing Her Signature Look, The Union Jack Dress

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