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Month: May 2016

Anthro Boatanics

Having just returned from a sunshine holiday in Malta I hadn’t expected to be inspired by my local High Street. I was completely caught by surprise when I came across this colourful display of planters in Anthropologie’s doorway.

Botanical Style

Botanical Style

Anthro botanics

Anthro botanics

On closer inspection I discovered that the table on which the pots were arranged was made with wood reclaimed from Indonesian fishing boats. This immediately transported me back to Malta where I had stayed in a room overlooking a tiny harbour which was full of traditional Maltese fishing vessels known as Luzzus. These are typically painted in traditional bright colours including blue, yellow, red and green and create a postcard-perfect scene on the beautiful and clear Mediterranean Sea surrounding the islands.

Maltese fishing boats

Maltese fishing boats

Traditional Maltese fishing boat

Traditional Maltese Luzzus









Attracted by Anthro’s colourful display of exotic pots and planters I wandered into the store to look at the range in more detail. There I found a vast array of assorted pots in all shapes and colours starting at a price of around £8. Moreover I discovered that on Saturday May 28th Guildford Anthro will be hosting an event featuring interior and lifestyle stylist and writer Selina Lake. She will be present in store between 11am and 3pm to give a tour of her latest book, Botanical Style, published by Ryland Peters and Small. This is Selina’s seventh book and to launch it she will be giving a free Botanical Style goodie bag to the first ten people to purchase the publication on the day.

Anthropologie host regular events and these can be found on their website or in store. Alternatively, keep you eyes open whilst wandering your local High Street and you might discover the information is right in front of you.

Local events at Antrho

Local events at Anthro




Penchant For Pink

Before the fame of Katie Price and Pink came eccentric socialite and writer of romantic fiction, Dame Barbara Cartland. Infamous for her high jinx at Brooklands race track in Weybridge, the museum has dedicated a room to her, which panders to her penchant for pink.


Although not a lady racer, Barbara Cartland was well in with the Brooklands “set” in the 20’s and 30’s and did a lot to encourage female participation in motor sport. The lovely art-deco Powder Room is a reminder of those heady days in Weybridge.









Salmon pink might not be to everyone’s taste but you only have to visit a DIY shop to realise how many shades of pink are available. Dame Barbara Cartland’s taste might not coincide with your own but pink is a very versatile colour. A pale marshmallow can work well as a neutral backdrop and can be a successful alternative to magnolia or white. A stronger shade can work well as a statement wall or as a pop of colour.


Pink works well with many other colours, for instance with a pale green, a navy blue, or even an acid yellow. It can be easily accessorised with fabrics and homewares which come in abundance of patterns and materials which can help create the look and feel you desire.


For a nostalgic day out at Brooklands Museum go to http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com for a list of events and opening times.

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