Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Jane Mcintyre Design

Jane Mcintyre Design on Southgate Street, Winchester was unveiled this year by interior designer Jane Mcintyre. 

Jane provides two floors of beautiful and sort after high quality interior accessories, bed linens, lighting, clothing, gifts, furniture, art, fixtures, tableware sourced from around the globe that you will struggle to find else where.

The likes of Bella Notte Linens from the US and Astier De Villatte tableware from France! As pictured here in the shop...

Also ibride – I was most impressed by the ibride cabinet at Jane’s – I had only ever seen their trays in the press or at Liberty.

Jane inimitably styles and fuses her finds to create an inviting and evocative interior in which to shop and browse. You are likely to fall in love and want to maintain regular sojourns to Jane’s romantic place! 
Jewellery by Lily Gardner

Jane and her staff are of great assistance as required. Visitors really are fortunate to have her on hand, how often do you meet both an interior designer and retailer in one sitting!

This rare combination sets her shop and services apart. To find out more try a visit to Jane’s Website

where Jane spends a little time introducing her skills in engaging with a customer brief and revealing her passion through a very unintimidating approach to Interior Design

I enjoyed one or two posts, March for e.g. where Jane is required to tackle the necessaries of plumbing and clearing a listed site before making it beautiful!

Snapshots of some of Jane’s projects and Jane’s shop are available on the home page of her site with links together with a round up of latest projects.

Above:'Exotic Flora' Light Shade by Urban Bird Design, 'Exotic Flora' Wallpaper will be arriving to Jane's soon!

Above: 'Popora' Photo Scarf by Lily Gardner

Jane has been a designer, for the last 20 years.

I asked Jane one or two questions for fun as follows:

Favourite quick cuisine or recipe book? 

Nigella Lawson "Nigella Express"

because she gives you a store-cupboard basics shopping list then allows you to  marinade food in a freezer bag and stick it in the fridge until you remember to cook it.  She is brilliant at short cuts, my type of cook!

Favourite movie?  Gone With the Wind, almost know it word for word,  closely followed by every version of Wuthering Heights, though hard to beat the original with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon.

Above: Actress Vivien Leigh in 'Gone with The Wind'

Favourite song? When I Fall in Love by Nat King Cole and everything by Elvis.
Would most like to meet? Elvis Presley

1 or 2 future plans... To finally finish my house and then conquer the world of design.

When not designing & retailing what is your favourite thing to do?  Be outdoors with my dogs and horses.

One of your favourite style era's when not in the present! Prairie style,for clothes and buildings. (Eternal cowgirl!)

Favourite architect or fashion designer? English architect Edwin Lutyens, one or two examples of whose work can be seen below, he worked with the Sitwells and is famous for his landmark scheme in New Delhi...

Above: Edwin Lutyens, one or two examples of his work.

But this is not the end of the story, Jane’s interest in historic buildings and the preserve of history and it’s relationship to interior design are perhaps what informs the journey from the New Forest to Winchester for Jane.

Also an interest in what follows once you have a space and this careful and skilled measure and placement of decoration, furnishing and immersing in order to transform a place and space in to a home you value. 

I am delighted to have Jane as my Winchester stockist. 
Visit Jane’s shop & get talking! :>

Monday, 22 July 2013

Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search

The Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search is, as the title suggests a worldwide opportunity to compete for two years representation by Lilla's leading Art Agency! The competition also features a judging panel of highly credible professionals who commission or deal with art and illustration and it's many applications in the Global market place! SO yes it's a HOT one! :>

I have submitted my piece for the first round today :> It was to respond to a live brief from Paperchase for a 7x5" journal cover with the theme 'Playground', a few pointers were suggested through a tiny mood board and brief - playground apparatus such as monkey bars, tyre swing, horse on a spring but the execution was left entirely to us to show our stuff! :> Here's hoping!

I had found a great blog post on some playgrounds via Pinterest from the 80's in Singapore and an interview with the designer, I was inspired by the iconic designs and colour.

The original blog post can be found at thelittledromstore.tumblr.com - it's a great read and there are some amazing blueprints of elevations for the designs and further photos - I would like to visit them!
The interview is also written by someone who had experience as a child playing in the playgrounds and they are excited about meeting the designer who created the places they loved!

50 are selected to be sent a second professional level brief then the panel select 5 and 1 is selected via public vote in September. I am sure there will be many many submissions and some great and diverse work, the finalist is announced in October 2013!

More information can be found on Lilla's website http://lillarogers.com/global-talent-search/info/

You can also check out the GTS Facebook page for regular updates

The piece of work I submitted was also informed by having a child myself and the experience of how they approach making art, what interests them, how they play and respond to things, we certainly have alot of visits to playgrounds! So you put all the many elements in to a nutshell and come up with your submission drafts and then your final piece!

Urban Bird has a facebook page too!
Stay tune for two forthcoming blog posts about two of my stockists! :>