Thursday, 2 June 2016

Botanical HEMA UK Buys

I was so excited when a couple of years ago I found out my favourite Dutch store brand, HEMA was to open up a store in the UK. Their UK flagship store is in Kingston, Surrey so it's not far from me. They now have a couple in London, one in Birmingham and their range is also available to buy online. I find it a great place for affordable basics like candles, stationary and tableware. They also stock craft supplies and loads of interesting Dutch foods, like waffles, Rye breads and yummy sweet treats. So recently I headed to their Kingston store and bought a selection of coloured dinner candles, a Cedar scented candle which has lasted ages and a couple of new tumbler glasses which i've been using as table decorations with floating candles and wild flowers. As I'm drawn to #Allthingsbotanical at the moment I also purchased the HEMA Botanical Stamp set which I've been using to make little botanical collages for box frames and to make gift tags along with sticker letters. What have you bought recently from this lovely shop? 

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Botanical Style - Book Tour

More dates and venues added to my Book Tour to celebrate the launch of my new book Botanical style - I hope to see you along the way! 

Botanical Style Book Tour - Anthropologie

Big thanks to everyone who came along to the 1st event of my Botanical Style Book Tour on Saturday at Anthropologie in Guildford. Also a huge thanks to Kalm Kitchen Cafe for providing the delicious botanical inspired cakes which went down a store with Anthropologie customers and to my Book Tour supporters who donated fantastic goodies for the free goodie bags, Heart Vintage, Talking Tables, Modern Gardens Magazine and Dobbies Garden Centre. Also it was great to meet Winters Workshop who was also in store hosting a fantastic floral corsage workshop. Here's a few pics from the day....
The next event on my Botanical Style Book Tour is on Sat 11th June at The People Shop

Monday, 23 May 2016

Botanical Style Book Signing at Anthropologie

I'm thrilled to be signing copies of my new book at Anthropologie in my hometown of Guildford, Surrey, UK this sat to celebrate the launch of my 7th Book Botanical Style Please come along from 11am - 3pm where I'll be happy to chat #Allthingsbotanical giving out free Botanical Inspired cakes baked by local cafe Kalm Kitchen and the 1st ten people to purchase a copy if the book will receive a free Botanical Style goodie bag which include a gorgeous handprinted vintage display plate by Heart Vintage UK, a copy of new mag Modern Gardens, Wild flower Seeds from Dobbies and botanical party accessories by Talking Tables plus more... Also instore the same day local florist Fiona Cummings is hosting a Corsage Workshop full details here. Hope to see you there 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Mollie Makes Takeover

I'm so excited to have been asked by Mollie Makes Magazine to take over their Instagram & Pinterest accounts this weekend in a #Mollietakeover  .......

Follow @Molliemakes from Thursday to Sunday to see all the pretty things I will be sharing via their Instagram account including my recent vintage buys, quick crafts, #allthingsbotanical, my styling ideas and more... On Pinterest look out for my Spring Style board where I'm pinning all my favourite and inspiring Spring Pins including a few images which I have styled like this pastel party table for Talking Tables

Friday, 1 April 2016

April Bluebells

I'm thrilled to share the cover I styled for the May 2016 issue of Country Living UK taken from a shoot I styled in a gorgeous bluebells wood with photography by Sussie Bell

 Have you spotted any blooming Bluebells yet this Spring? 

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

My 7th Book Botanical Style

If you follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook your know I've already revealed the title and front cover of my 7th Interior book. Botanical Style is published by Ryland Peters & Small with photography by Rachel Whiting and is due to hit bookshops across the world in May 2016. So whats my latest book all about? The first chapter, Botanical Inspirations, takes a look at the ingredients of the look - antique botanical prints and artworks, flower stalls, potting sheds and houseplants and draws upon these sources for fresh ideas to transform your home into a leafy haven. Moving on, I explores five different facets of the botanical look. Vintage Botanicals celebrates the gentle palette and delicate style of floral watercolours and pressed flowers, while Boho Botanicals has more of a free-spirited 1970s vibe, with jungly potted plants, flower garlands and even a decorated teepee. The varied textures and contemporary appeal of Industrial Botanicals give it a modern edge, utilizing materials such as polished concrete, rusted metal and laboratory glass and combining them with peeling paint and vintage school science posters on the walls. Next, Natural Botanicals is based around antique prints and salvaged museum specimen cases for a nostalgic feel, while Tropical Botanicals features bold leafy prints, spiny cacti and palm trees for a distinctly glamorous retro flavour. Throughout the book, I share my imaginative DIY Makes and insightful 'Style Tips' provide a wealth of inspiring suggestions for how to recreate the textures, tones and ambience of Botanical Style in your own home. I have set up a Facebook page dedicated to my new book find it at- Botanical style by Selina Lake. On Instagram I've started a new hashtag community #AllThingsBotanical where i'm hoping all plant and floral fans will share their botanical pics. 
Finally I'm delighted to say the following retailers are currently offering pre-orders sales for Botanical Style so if you order now your be one of the 1st to receive the book! 


Barnes & Noble

Indigo Books
Hardie Grant

HEMA Kingston

Last week I was invited to a Press Event at HEMA in Kingston Upon Thames which I attended with Caroline from 91 Magazine. I've been a huge fan of HEMA shops since I was 1st introduced to the brand by Debi Treloar. On every trip I've taken to the Netherlands while working on my books - Bazaar Style, Romantic Style, Homespun Style & Pretty Pastel Style I always incorporated a trip to the nearest HEMA shop to stock up on stationary and homewares. So in July 2014 I was delighted to discover HEMA was coming to the UK and opening a shop in Kingston (half an hours drive from my home in Guildford) They now have five shops across the UK with hopefully more coming soon - check their website for details.  
Caroline and I were set a challenge at the event to shop our faves by the HEMA Press team so since I'm currently giving my kitchen a mini makeover I opted for products I could use to style my new look kitchen. A copper basket and storage jar for my new shelves. Cute napkins, flora hand soap and stripy tea towels. Plus a few extra essentials, washi tape, gift bags and a pretty floral card. The Kitchen inspiration pics above are a few of my favourites from my Kitchen Pinterest Board. What are your favourite HEMA Buys? 

Thursday, 11 February 2016

BHS SS16 Home Collections

I'm delighted to share some press/pr images I styled recently for BHS featuring lots of lovely homewares from their new collections for Spring/Summer 2016 with photography by Jon Day. 

                   Delphinium & Daffodil
 Elsie Rose Watercolour Flower Power
  Sweet Nostalgia
All products have been designed and created exclusively for BHS by their in-house design team and the new collection Delphinium & Daffodil is inspired by morrocan tiles and abstract art, it features a sunny spring yellow and cool delphinium blue colour palette. Sweet Nostalgia is a collection reminiscent of the long summers in the seventies and combines sunflower yellow, burnt orchid and marigold orange with woods, metals and houseplants. Elsie Rose bedding and Flower Power high summer collection of melamine picnicware and soft furnishings features a pretty watercolour floral decoration inspired by painters sketchbooks. Shop these looks instore or online now. 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Shop My Winter Living Style Now

So excited my Winter Living Curation for Wayfair has gone live today. For the next week your be able to exclusively shop the cosy winter interior looks which I styled in my latest book Winter Living. Here are some of my favourites from the collection, I'd love to know which homeware Items your loving for your homes this Winter. 

I'm also sharing my Winter Living Style Tips with Wayfair and you can read more about me and my work in this interview

Monday, 14 December 2015

Get My Winter Living Style with Wayfair

A while ago I was commissioned to collaborated with Wayfair on a special Winter Living curation, which goes live tomorrow via this link ..... your be able to buy tons of home accessories and furniture to recreate the different Winter Interior Styles which I share in my latest book, from Rustic woods, dark floral textiles and cozy faux furs. Happy Shopping! 

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Talking Tables Christmas 2015

Today I'm pleased to share some Christmas Press/PR images I styled for Talking Tables with photography by Debi Treloar Produced by Portrait Communications
Check out Talking Tables full range of decorations and accessories perfect for your Christmas and New Years Eve Parties and Festive Celebrations!  *Happy Sparkling Christmas * 

Thursday, 3 December 2015

BHS Christmas 2015

Super excited to share some of the BHS Christmas Home & Gift Press/PR images with you, which I was commissioned to style. All photography by Jon Day
BHS is defiantly well worth a visit this Christmas, your find elegant, sparkly and nostalgic decorations perfect for your tree. Gorgeous tableware for Christmas Table styling and festive bedding and towels your house guests will love. Stylish wrap, tags and Christmas cards, plus fab gifts, I love the Miss Selfrige collection of make-up and beauty in floral tins and Christmas crackers and chutney sets.