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Liberty Home Department Launch 2013

Succulents

This morning I have been along to the launch of Liberty‘s Homeware department, which includes their new Outdoor Living section. I warn you – I’m going to gush, quite a bit, about how great the products are. But they are. The floor is filled with beautiful furniture, plush cushions and fabric and amazing outdoor pieces. I took a lot of photographs & had a really good look around. If you want to add splashes off colour to your home, then you need to have a look around Liberty. Similarly, if you want your garden furniture and garden to blend seamlessly, then you have to visit the outdoor living area.

The home wares team at Liberty have handpicked an eclectic and inspiring selection of designers, artisans and artists. This means that you can go to Liberty and see different things for your home & garden. While they’re following the trend of bright bold soft furnishings, you can have something unique for your home, which is what you’d expect from somewhere like Liberty.

With designers like Donna Wilson, Rory Dobner and Astier De Villate nestled alongside Moorcroft and pieces sourced by Patch Rogers and Drew Pritchard, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a unique shopping experience.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces

Succulents

Astier de Villatte

Leather ArmchairTypewriter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Cans

Blankets and tablesOrla Keily Lamp

I had a lovely time at the launch and got a ton of ideas for my home and garden. I love the way that Liberty has got a real mixture of old and new and it all works really well. My favourite two things were the Orla Kiely designed lamps. I love her designs. I like patterns and love the combinations she uses. My second favourite thing was the old leather armchair. Leather armchairs need to be broken into so when you come across one that is, it’s a real gem. Plus I’m on the look out for two awesome armchairs and would buy this one in a heart beat, if I had the cash!

Liberty has always been a reason to visit London. Now, it’s almost like visiting a museum as well. The way everything is displayed, it’s almost like taking a tour of Pitt Rivers Museum! But you can take the artifacts home!

 

Afternoon Tea at Liberty

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Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending Liberty for afternoon tea. I had been invited, along with other bloggers, to meet up and enjoy some delicious tasty treats!

Liberty

I arrived at Liberty on quite a cold Thursday afternoon. I was really excited to see the shop at Christmas time, as I knew that it would be all lit up & looking very festive! I wasn’t disappointed! It looked great! Then, after meeting up with the other bloggers, we were taken to the Heritage Suit, which was decorated using wood from the HMS Impregnable and was meant to be the office of Arthur Lasenby Liberty, though he died before it was finished. It is a really grand room and a beautiful setting for our little tea.

Heritage Suite

We sat around chatting about the different things that we blog about and then they brought in the food! Wow! It was really impressive! And, like the bloggers that we are, we naturally started taking pictures of the food and the table settings!

Afternoon Tea

Finger Sandwiches

Patisserie

Between the finger sandwiches and the delicious chocolate pastries, we also enjoyed some mini scones with cream and jam. It was all really declicious and a lovely treat. I feel really blessed to go and experience something that I never thought I would, in a room that a lot of people who go to Liberty probably don’t even know exists! I’d really like to thank Liberty for inviting us all down for the afternoon, especially during their busy Christmas period. I’d also really like to thank Lauren, who found my little blog & asked me to be part of it! Thanks guys!

A perfect pre-Christmas treat!

Christmas Wish List – Liberty Print Accessories

Liberty Print

So the wish list continues. I’m hoping that compiling these lists will also help me think about what I can buy others. While looking around online and exploring what I can make & add to my wish list, I came across these Liberty print exclusive accessories. What is not to love?!

Liberty Print

Top row (left to right): Mabelle print large fabric notebook. Liberty fabric bundle. Large D’Anjo print rose knot watch. Bottom row (left to right): Liberty fabric. Liberty fabric. Strawberry thief Liberty print
knot watch

I think any crafter would love to get a Liberty print bundle in their stocking! I know I would. I really like getting craft gifts. You get the enjoyment from opening up the present on Christmas Day & then enjoyment when making something using the gift! Fantastic!

What craft gifts would you like for Christmas? What are you looking forward to make in 2013?

*I am working with Liberty and this is a collaborative post.

Dog Walks in Buckinghamshire – Stowe Gardens

My sister and her partner visited us last weekend with their very energetic puppy, Jasper. We knew we needed somewhere good to go to walk the dogs so we decided on Stowe Gardens. It’s about a 40 minute drive from us, but it’s fairly straight forward. We’d not been before, but after a lovely time there, it’s definitely somewhere where I’ll be going back to.

The gardens are the grounds of Stowe House and Stowe School and are like nothing I’ve ever seen before. There are a number of amazing and beautiful buildings, temples and statues, all linked to Greek mythology or politics. There’s even a cave and a grotto! While there are three mapped walks you can do, by following the path of vice, virtue or liberty, you can ramble about on your own as much as you like. You could easily pack a picnic and spend the day there.

Eleven acre lake Rotunda at Stowe Gardens Statue of Venus Temple of VenusDido's caveQueen's temple at Stowe Gardens Stowe House Temple of Ancient VirtuePoppy at the temple of friendship Stowe Garden sheepThe Grotto at Stowe GardensInside the grotto at Stowe Gardens

We headed along the path of vice when we arrived at the gardens and followed it round until we got to Dido’s Cave. Then we headed up to Stowe House, which was closed, but still incredibly impressive from the outside. We then picked up the path of virtue and headed to the Grotto, which was incredible! I can’t imagine what it must have been like for the gardens to be your garden. Can you imagine playing in the grotto as a child?! Amazing! We then headed to the gothic temple, via the queen’s temple and picked up the path of liberty from there. We headed back to the New Inn for lunch, where Phil and I had the leek and potato soup and Diana and Adam had the risotto. They were okay, not massive portions, but that left room for cake later!

Leek and potato soup

Both the dogs loved the walk we did. They were very tired by the time we got home! Dogs must be kept on the lead, as there are grazing sheep in the gardens, and there are lots of dog poo bins around the gardens, which is always helpful! We didn’t go into the shop, but according the Stowe Gardens website, they have dog treats and dog ice cream available! This is brilliant, as not all National Trust properties are as dog friendly as Stowe Gardens. We all thought that the £11 entry fee (with gift aid) was a little steep, but if you spent the day there, you’d probably consider it money well spent. However, it only costs £99 to become a member (for two people) so it wouldn’t take long for you to cover the cost of membership. This is something I’m thinking of doing, as it means you can also park for free in National Trust properties too.

The Walk: There are three different walks you can do, but you can mix them up and do as much or as little as you like.
Cost: As it’s run by the National Trust, it’s not free. It’s £11 for adults for the gardens if you’re not a member of the National Trust.
Car Park: There’s quite a decent car park at the gardens, but you have to pay £2 if you’re a non-member. It’s free for National Trust members.
Refreshments: There is a lovely little cafe, which has seating outdoors with an undercover section where dogs are welcome.
Toilets: There are toilets at the New Inn, which is the entrance to the gardens.