El Loco!

Here are some pics of El Loco, the pop-up bar I designed for Merivale’s new space at the Excelsior. We did the whole fit-out in seven days!! We ripped out the ceiling and exposed the beams, painted cactuses on the walls and plastered pictures of Frida Kahlo, Mexican skeletons and sharks eating tacos. We crammed it full of mexican oil-cloth in outrageous floral & checkered prints, colourful metal stools, David Bromley lampshades, haybales, cacti and corn growing out of huge pots. The whole street is filled with the smell of shrimp, chicken, beef & tofu tacos, cornchips and guacamole.

So much fun- go and check it out!!


Stylist’s Guide NY launch!

I’m heading off to the US next week to officially launch ‘The Stylist’s Guide to NYC’ in NYC! It will be held at the wonderful & inspirational, Anthropologie. Book signing from 6 – 8pm on Thursday 26th at the Soho store: 375 West Broadway, NYC 10012. So before you jet off to the Hamptons for the long weekend come and say hi- can’t wait to see you there!

There’s a cool contest that Anthropologie has set up- only available to those in NY! Check out their facebook for all the details and to enter.


Confetti Systems

My old assistant from New York, Julie Ho, went on to a fabulously festive career with her friend Nick, starting Confetti Systems after working at Martha Stewart together. They do lots of fantastic collaborative stuff and whilst I was working on ‘The Stylists’s Guide to NYC’ I went to their showroom/workspace and took these pictures. Check it out!


NYC Styleguide officially launched!

A Stylist’s Guide to NYC was officially launched last night with a party at MsG’s! Sponsored by Bloom and Absolut. I had so much fun (and so many more champagnes). My most fav & oldest friend, Edwina McCann, Editor of Harper’s Bazaar opened the night and the rest of the evening was filled with laughs and cocktails and a very late dinner with a sword-straw fight. MsG’s was the perfect host as usual!


Edo Arts Charity Event

My good friends at Edo Arts are having a Charity Event for the Japanese tsunami and earthquake appeals. It sounds super fun with a Shakuhachi Master, Koto players and a silent auction plus it’s for a good cause!

Click here for more info and to buy tickets.


Books I LOVE & Reference

I have a great personal reference library that I have been acquiring for many years. I have a genuine love of books, all books & reference them daily. I have had floor to ceiling shelves made to house this collection, which even has its own library ladder! Here is a list of the books I go back to time & time again, for inspiration and information. I never fail to find what I’m looking for, even if I’m not looking for anything at all.

Travels through the Paint Box by Victoria Finlay

Lartigue by Centre Pompidou

Wild at Heart by Nikki Tibbles & Martyn Thompson

Modern Glamour by Kelly Wearstler

Ballets Russes catalogue from the National Gallery of Australia exhibition

The Forgotten Arts & Crafts by John Seymour

Retro Fonts by Gregor Stawinski

Shoes for the Moscow Circus by Leta Keens

Etcetera by Sibella Court

Tender is the night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Badjelly the Witch by Spike Milligan

The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: the Life of William Dampier by Diana & Michael Preston

The Marvelous Museum by Mark Dion

A Picture Book First and Foremost by David Bromley

Home is where the heart is by Ilse Crawford

Wabi Inspirations by Axel Vervoodt

Jack Lenor Larsen’s LongHouse by Molly Chappellett

The Stylist’s Guide to NYC by Sibella Court