London Design Festival: Top Drawer & Home London 2014

The September edition of Home London / Top Drawer did not disappoint. Housed in the beautiful Olympia it showcased some fine home accessory designers, illustrators and home brands.
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Some of the stalls were riots of colour, some exceedingly simple. Here are some of the brands that stayed with me.

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London Design Festival: Top Drawer & Home London 2014

Hold that thought.

I heard about a young death today. Sudden. Unexpected. Unbelievable.
Family left wondering what happened and why. As we grow older and therefore wiser, how much of our life is spent doing things we truly want to do, spent with people we absolutely want to be with? If we were to suddenly stop living tomorrow, what would our regrets be? Actually no, more importantly and more frighteningly, if the person we think we can’t live without was to suddenly stop living tomorrow, what would we want to change?

I feel almost unable to breathe thinking of that eventuality. Makes me want to stop this stupid mundane cycle of trivialities we all fall into and really start focusing on my people, my life and theirs. It also makes me want to pass a declaration. The people I love are the people I love- regardless of the issues, the fights, the disagreements, the personality clashes, the moments of misunderstanding. I want to be done with the questioning or the analysis. These are the people and they mean the world to me. That is all that matters after 30 odd years of my life. They have all proven themselves at different times and that is more than what a lot of people have.

In these strange times, when young people are dying suddenly, or falling ill unexpectedly, I want to be thankful for each regular healthy day that I am blessed with. Life truly is too short, cliche or not, and we can’t take it for granted for a second. Take those holidays, party with your girls, love your husband to bits, unabashedly, over protect your kids till you can, cherish your parents, love their eccentricities and remember none of these special people will come back. Now is what you have.

Hold that thought.

Taking the first step

Somehow it seems fitting today to share this excerpt from a book i have been reading on and off, The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. 

‘The first steps of a creative act are like groping in the dark; random and chaotic, feverish and fearful, a lot of busy-ness with no apparent or definable end in sight. There is nothing yet to research. For me, these moments are not pretty. I look like a desperate woman, tortured by the simple message thumping away in my head; “You need an idea.” It’s not enough for me to walk into a studio and start dancing, hoping that something good will come of my aimless cavorting on the studio floor. Creativity generally doesn’t work that way for me. (The rare times when it has stand out like April blizzards.)

You cant just dance or paint or write or sculpt. These are just verbs. You need a tangible idea to get you going. The idea, however minuscule, is what turns the verb into a noun-paint into a painting, sculpt into sculpture, write into writing, dance into a dance.’

To read some lessons from her book, click here.


Taking the first step

Stop thinking. Start doing.



Over the weekend I went to yet another successful and brilliant venture by Jamie Oliver, Recipease. You see it as you walk out of Notting Hill stAtion and head towards Portobello and it’s beautiful. Through the big windows you get a glimpse of the warm glow of pendant lights, fresh baking, bottles of jam stacked along with cookie mixes and people laughing over their delectable entrees. You walk in and the glow is there larger than before. Happy chefs and servers man carts full of bakery delights and other yummy treats you can buy, while big chalkboards announce the different recipes you can master by signing up for Jamie style cooking lessons.

Another restaurant, another concept, another resounding success. It feels right so you know it would elicit the same response from anyone and everyone.

It really made me think and I realized that was the problem. More thoughts, more acknowledged brilliance, more amazing entrepreneurs to be inspired by: no action. What is the difference that makes people like Jamie jump into venture after venture seemingly without too much overthought and some stop, question, second guess and procrastinate? Is it an urgency? A need to make something because you actually need to, and not because you have the luxury of wanting to? Or is it more than that ? What can we do differently to be more jamie and less, well, us?

The right idea, consistency, action, believing in your idea, working working working, and possessing the drive to perform, achieve, become something; when all these things come together great things happen.

Needless to say there are ways to go for that magic to happen, but till then lets blog!

Stop thinking. Start doing.