Inspire Me – with Charlotte Cosby, Creative Director at Farrow & Ball


Are you a fan of Farrow & Ball ? I am. It’s hard to not fall in love with their paint colours and wallpaper designs. I love the depth of their colours and the feel, texture and quality of the papers.

Charlotte Cosby, Creative Director at Farrow & Ball is behind all of the beautiful shades and patterns, along with her team, based in Dorset. I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to interview Charlotte and ask her amongst other things, about their new collection …


A question I am sure you get asked a lot, as you have such a dream job, but how did you become Creative Director at Farrow & Ball ?

It was really just a case of being in the right place and the right time, although a love of design, interiors and colour certainly helped as well!

My first job was at a bank, but as it turns out, I wasn’t that interested in Swiss market intelligence so packed my bags and headed for an ad agency in London. There I worked as a planner but soon realised my heart was in creative and I went to work for a freelance interior designer and gallery owner. Finally, at the tender age of 23, I settled at Farrow & Ball. I was like a kid in a sweet shop full of colours and patterns and have spent the last nine years growing up with the brand.


What are your earliest memories of colour and patterns ?

I’ve been drawn to colour and pattern for as long as I can remember but my most vivid memory is of the wallpaper in the living room of my childhood home. It had an off-white background with pale blue, peach and aqua irregular dots that created a loose impression of flowers in a garden. Coincidentally, I’m very attracted to patterns with that type of texture and this question has helped me to pinpoint exactly why that might be the case !

Research must be an integral part of your job. Do you travel far and wide ? How do you find these places ?

Yes absolutely, I’m very fortunate to be able to travel to lots of amazing places as part of my job. From research trips to the States to attending trade shows across Europe, I journey anywhere and everywhere for Farrow & Ball! While I’ll often start by looking for inspiration for new wallpaper designs in archives, initial inspiration could have come from anything from Japanese manhole covers to historic houses to something interesting I’ve found in the antiques fabric dealers in New York.


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Are you constantly updating your own home with your new hues and wallpapers ? Or do you have staple favourites ?

Yes I paint a lot! Every time we introduce new colours I end up painting another room with a new favourite colour. My home is an eclectic mix of contemporary and modern with a restful colour palette backdrop. I spend a lot of time around colour and am always busy so I opted for a simple, restful palette so I could properly relax.

My bedroom is painted Wimborne White which is a great backdrop for the 8ft high green banana leaf print I have on the wall! The living room is painted in the soothing Dix Blue which is extremely calming and the guest room is a combination of Ammonite and Purbeck Stone.

I also have some bolder colours and patterns, for example I have Lotus 2051 though my hallway. Being a first floor flat, this covers two floors from the bottom of the stairs. For my kitchen, I wanted something a little more dramatic so opted for rich Stiffkey Blue. My bathroom is also painted in Dix Blue and Pavilion Blue but with the addition of a giant pink Aubdon flamingo on the tiles !


How would you recommend using palettes throughout a home to ensure a happy balance ?

If you want a house to flow from room to room, choose paints that have the same weight of colour within them. Strong colours are great but do think about how they relate to one another. Make sure you are happy with the flow and that it doesn’t shock or jar from one room to another. For example, a Stone Blue hallway leading into a Rectory Red living room will work well because the weight of colour is balanced.

Farrow & Ball have the most wonderful selection of whites. Can a subtle difference in shade make all the difference in a room and why ?

It certainly can ! As with all of our colours, our whites have different undertones. The key to picking the right white is taking the time to understand how these undertones will affect the space you are decorating as well thinking about the look and feel you want to achieve. For example, with its red undertones, Joa’s White is the perfect companion for Book Room Red or Rectory Red and will create a warm and homely environment. To create a cooler more urban style, neutrals like Blackened or Dimpse which have soft blue tones, illustrate how the undertone of a colour can not only change the overall feel of the room but also the style.


I immediately spot your colours and patterns in people’s homes. What do you think it is about Farrow & Ball paint and wallpapers that make them so distinctive ?

Our paints are made using the highest quality pigments and resins and no low quality ‘ fillers ‘, which means they have a visibly greater depth and purity. The key ingredients of Chalk, China Clay and high quality Titanium Dioxide all combine to give our paints their unique absorbing finish. We also test every batch of paint by hand for colour accuracy, so they meet our obsessively high requirements.

Farrow & Ball wallpapers are just as distinctive. Our papers are handcrafted according to traditional production methods and created using our paints meaning it’s easy to combine paint and paper to create a cohesive look within a room.  You could choose to pick out the ground or pattern colour on woodwork or other walls, or choose fabric and furnishings inspired by the paper. The paint also gives the paper a uniquely textured appearance which makes them really tactile – you can’t help but want to touch them !


Can you tell me about the new Farrow & Ball wallpapers – Hornbeam, Feather Grass and Blostma. What is the inspiration behind them ?

Living and working in Dorset, I am constantly inspired by the beauty of nature and the changing seasons.  I wanted to create a collection that celebrates the special influence that the British countryside has on you, and translate this into the home.

These papers are inspired by a desire to embrace and appreciate the beauty of nature around us. They are also part of a wider design trend for trees, plants and leaves, as people take a moment and connect with the nature around them. Feather Grass, for example, has a wonderful large scale border design that makes you feel like you a lying in a country meadow !

People are increasing viewing their homes as places of sanctuary and this collection really encapsulates the calm, restful feeling that we all strive to achieve.

Pink Ground

Finally, what are your colour predictions for 2016 ? 

The colours we’ll be looking to decorate our homes going into 2016 will promote a sense of tranquillity and wellbeing.  Sophisticated pastels shades that can be used in isolation or combined with classic greys will continue to be popular throughout the year. The smoky, silvery Light Blue, a colour that is neither blue nor grey but mysteriously somewhere in between and works brilliantly when combined with some of our cooler neutrals such as Dimpse, Blackened and Lamp Room Gray.

Warm Pink Ground reflects the desire to turn away from the more sweet and sugary pinks and towards a more soft edged colour that while remaining pretty, exudes a sense of class. Combined with the darker tones of Charleston Gray and London Stone, Pink Ground is the ultimate sophisticated chic pink for the year ahead.

A huge thanks to Charlotte for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions about her inspirations and very cool job at Farrow & Ball. It was such a pleasure to meet her recently at the Amara Interior Blog Awards when she presented me with my award.

Some really insightful information there about colour inspiration. Has to got you in the mood for painting and decorating ? What do you think of the new wallpaper collections ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog … as ever, I would LOVE to hear from you …

Lucy x

All images copyright of Farrow & Ball 2015.

Christmas Colour Inspiration Palettes


Every now and then I like to draw out some of the colours from my instagram photos and share them here for a little inspiration. You may have seen some of my other posts ? As we have festivities coming up – a good time to do it, before we are in the thick of it all.

Do you like to stick with your festive colour scheme each year or change aspects of it ? I tend to see little things throughout the year that I like, or will make something and then I get a bit ahead of myself, thinking about how the Christmas dinner table will look or the living room. Sometimes traditional wins and other times maybe some pastels or stronger colours, that look lovely against a white canvas.

So, here are two photos with different palettes that I like. The first one is Light blue and red. A mix of traditional and contemporary. These colours look so good together.

What do you think ?


I bought this hand held bouquet from a farmer’s market recently. Another nice combination, which would look great on a Christmas tree or wreath. Warm and feminine.

Some more festive posts coming up over the next few weeks. I love this time of year ! Although I really need to get a bit more organised in the gift department.

Which is your favourite set of colours ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog – as always, I would love to hear from you ..

Lucy x

My Christmas Dress ‘ Lyst ‘

Sonia Rykiel Dress

Right, so the festive adverts are officially on television, so I feel can write about Christmas now without anyone gasping with horror. In fact, it’s not that far away.  …

Which means thinking ahead a bit to some parties and events coming up over the next few months. It’s been ages since I put together some colourful outfits to show here on the blog, so I thought what better time to do it as I was also contacted by Lyst recently, who you may well already know of, but if you don’t – they are an online website who partner with the world’s greatest designers and stores to bring us fashion all in one place. Handy, eh ?

Well, I’ve had some fun putting together my Wish ‘ Lyst ‘  of favourite dresses and  really excited to see lots of my favourite brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Maje , American Vintage … Stella McCartney as well as asos and highstreet shops too. Loads of colour inspiration for the eyes !

I absolutely love this style of dress ( 1, above ) by Sonial Rykiel. It’s timeless and silk. The tie is very vintage in style and the colour is perfect for getting in a festive mood. Red is all about love and radiance  – so I think it’s perfect for this time of year. The earrings are by Kate Spade and come in a set of 3. They add the extra sparkle and then some black ankle boots by Hobbs and a matching clutch by Clare V to bring the outfit together. Like it ?

Mary Katrantzou Dress

Oh, how I adore Mary Katrantzou. Her designs are always so cheerful, daring and creative. Did you know she started out designing interior prints but changed to fashion ? This Symbols Shift Dress is too cute. Perfect for Christmas Day. Teamed up with some Anglomania / Melissa heels and jewellery accessories. Earrings are from Kenneth Jay Lane and the cuff by Nadri.

Although I do love throwing lots of colours at most things .. Sometimes simple and understated is best. What do you think ?

Jaeger Dress

Finally, this shade of blue is possibly my favourite colour of all time. It seems to suit everyone. The dress is by Jaeger. Drapes are very flattering and a high neck works well for my body shape. I found some other great styles too by this brand on the Lyst Site. As it’s quite a classic number, silver shiny accessories like this clutch from Kenzo and silver heeled pumps by Semilla will keep it feminine and a nice light outfit. The flower earrings by Bill Skinner were too pretty not to add to the ensemble.

Well, that’s my list all made up. If you want to take a over on the Lyst site, you will see lots of clothing and accessories for men and women. All you need to do is click on the items and they will take you to the store if you want to buy them.

Have a good one …

Lucy x

This post is a collaboration with Lyst. All opinions my own.

#InspirationIsColour – Meet My Colourful Insta Friends

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Left to right: thesilverfactory, byvanessaleigh, laurahickmanillustration, godsavethepeas, ellabonbella_x, mummytravels, littlehouseonthecorner, goingonanadventureblog, lucylovesyablog

For the last few weeks, I have been meaning to do my first #InspirationIsColour post here on the blog – but as you may know – it’s been a little hectic for one reason or another. But … here it is.

I started a hashtag on Instagram a little while ago because I thought it would be fun to locate some other colour lovers and say hi … and also to share with already made friends too.

Well, it has been really fun and I’ve been taken aback by all of the bright and beautiful pictures so far. Heading for 800 in fact and more each day.

I’ve picked out some for you to see and have thrown in a couple of my own – can you spot them ? The first selection above got got me really inspired. What do you think ?

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Left to right: lucylovesyablog, capturebylucy, zoestroud78, bespokebride, pastapatchwork, yardagedesign, potterandbloom, jennamichellepink, madebylolly

It’s always good to see what other insta – creatives are up to, especially when they’re making mood boards ( like Capturebylucy ), crocheting ( one day I will learn ..) and painting their nails all fancy. Oh, and being a dog lover, I had to share Zoe’s cute pup sitting amongst the cosy, colourful blanket. Aww.

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Left to right: bymeeni, miafleur_home, hannahberridgeceramics, oldfashionsus, booandmaddie, mrandmrstplus3, justjane17, lovechicliving, esmaventer

And then there are the adorable flower photos. Especially now we are in Autumn. Oh, the reds, oranges and yellows ! Just stunning. Aren’t we lucky to be surrounded by such beauty ? I always stop and study a good insta flower :) … all of the ways to display them. Lots of good ideas. What do you think of these floral palettes ?

I hope you have enjoyed them all. If you love colour too then add the hashtag and join in ! I look forward to seeing your photos and will do another post when there are even more to share …

Let me know your Instagram name by leaving a comment under this post. Would love to hear from you :)

Lucy x

The Shopkeeper’s Home – Book Review


There are so many good books out there, it’s impossible to know sometimes where to start. I’m an avid book collector when it comes to interiors, crafts and inspiration generally so am really pleased to be sharing one with you, that you just might be interested in.

I was sent  ‘ The Shopkeeper’s Home ‘ by Caroline Rowland ( who by coincidence, I was introduced to last week at the Awards ) to review and was kind of intrigued by the title. For a start the word ‘ Shopkeeper ‘ sounds lovely and vintage and ‘ Home ‘ immediately got me interested. Because I’m a bit nosey like that. Especially when it’s about some of the ” World’s Best Independent Retailers and their Stylish Homes “.

ShopKeepers HomeBook copy

The good news is …. actually, there is only good news. This book is fabulous. It’s also pretty meaty in terms of volume ( I sat for ages and read it with one of my new Wedgewood cup and saucers from my Amara Winner’s Goody Bag ) … and couldn’t put it down until it was finished.

For the introduction – there is lots of advice and information on styling a home or shop, flooring, lighting, textiles and colour stories ( favourite section .. check out the yellow home belonging to shop owner Danni Hong ). It’s really easy to follow and the imagery draws you in immediately – lots of colour and eclectic spaces to wet your appetite.

Cafe Shops

What I love especially about this book is the layout. The main focus being the shopkeepers work and then their home spaces – it flows really well and makes you want to turn the page to see more .. and more.

Craft Shops

It really makes you think about the creator behind each of these shops and it’s interesting how there is often a crossover from each persons shop to their home style. Although sometimes the homes are a slightly more serene version. Which is inevitable, I guess. The main thing they all appear to have in common is a love of aesthetics, whether they sell homeware, coffee and cakes, sewing notions or clothes. Every shop featured is full of passion and individual personality. Having had a store myself once  – I know how much goes in to the thought process and wanting it to feel homely for your customers. So many aspects to consider !

Throughout, there are pockets of inspiration and suggestions on how to decorate, display and source items with loads of images.

I won’t tell you anymore as it might spoil it for you, if you want to buy it !

I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. It’s stunning, really well curated, the quality of paper is lovely and it’s a hardback. Not bad at all for £25.

Are you a book lover too ? What do you love to read ? Leave me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ….would love to hear your thoughts :)

Lucy x

I was sent this book to review. All opinions my own.

Eeeeek. I won !

21946986914_accafcc9ea_bI want to start this post by saying a massive thank you to all who took the time to nominate and vote for me in the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2015.

A few nights ago, I attended the awards ceremony at Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, London with Andy, and quite frankly, was looking forward to clapping the winners of each category, including my own. If you know of the other bloggers in the Colour Inspiration section, you will know why I was resigned and more than happy to do so. They’re all so talented.

So after catching up with old friends and new, we all sat down in Ham Yard’s private theatre ready to hear who would be the Highly Commended and the Winners for 2015. We decided to sit towards the back so that we could watch it all happen.TV Presenter and Interior Designer Sophie Robinson was our presenter for the ceremony and she was so at ease and good at her job ( which is definitely not as easy as she made it look ), that I think it relaxed us all a bit. Sam Hood who is Creative Director and Chief Buyer of Amara was on stage too and as the first two winners were announced ( I would love to name everyone but will give you a link to see all at the end … ) the sponsors of those categories walked up and shared a moment with them.

Then came ‘ Colour Inspiration ‘ … I reclined a bit at this point because I had already made up my mind who had probably won. But then I hard my name called out and went a bit  ‘ out of body ‘. What made it even more special, was that Sophie had said that it was her favourite category. So, up I went all jelly legged ( I kind of resembled Mrs Overall from Acorn Antiques ) because I was suddenly very nervous and trying to trying to walk quickly in heels up on to the stage to meet Sam and then Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative at Farrow & Ball who were the sponsors for this particular award, for a photo…. then back to my seat, where I sat stunned but totally elated.

You may notice in this photo that Charlotte was in a much more colourful outfit than me on the night. A lovely red dress. Had I known that I was going to win and even though I love my Vivienne Westwood black dress – I would’ve worn something a little brighter, I think !

After enjoying all of the other categories, we all then headed back to the bar area to celebrate and chat more.

I mean, wow ? It has taken a few days to sink in and to think that the judges with such experience in their fields, chose me.  It blows my mind. I have to say at this point – the other 4 shortlisted blogs were Candy Pop ( in photo above ), Emily Quinton, Little Big Bell and Jessica Zoob who are all so fantastic and very clever at what they do – it must’ve been a hard choice.

The next morning when I woke up, I had that moment of clarity you get when you realise you haven’t just dreamt something – it actually happened. When Mae and Betsey came in to see how the evening had gone – I pulled the award from under the duvet and they did a very happy dance. We all did, actually.

Amara Award

My first ever product review request for Lucy Loves Ya was from Amara. I remember feeling very excited about it … and now 4 years down the line, this has happened. I have a lot to thank them for. They are not only the leading online luxury homeware and gifts boutique, but they are also really nice people – so I feel grateful to be involved with them.

Right now, I’m on cloud nine and think I’d like to bottle this feeling. :) Looking forward to writing lots more blog post and carrying on with filling the blog with colour !

Here’s a list of all the highly commended blogs and the winners.

Wishing you a great day.

Lucy x

Photographs 1 – 7 taken and copyright of John Nassari Photograhy. Photo 7 taken by me – Lucy Loves Ya.

An Afternoon In Soho with Conscious Me

Nadler Hotel

Last Saturday was a day of pure indulgence. Not only because I got to photograph all around Soho for the afternoon – but the added bonus was checking out some fantastic shops, a hip hotel and 2 very nice private members club.

It’s not often that I have the luxury of so much free time to do all of the above – and the best bit of all was that all of the venues are ethical in their approach to business.

I know this because I was invited on the tour by the lovely people at Conscious Me, who were collaborating for the day with Instagrammers London to show us all of the ‘ greener ‘ options around Soho  – so that we can tell you about it too.

If you haven’t yet heard of Conscious Me, it is a guide that is bringing together all of the organisations in every area, on one website. Be it, interiors, fashion, food, drink, beauty – pretty much anything you can think of. Their ethos is to empower and inspire people to make good choices in everyday life.Conscious Me Healthy

It certainly made me think. I do my best to buy from companies that care about our environment but it’s not always easy to know where to start. The afternoon was very insightful and to be honest, I was actually pleasantly surprised that some of the places we visited were so environmentally friendly.

You can also add information on to the website if you fancy, by writing your own little post and there’s the option to add your profile so that you can link up with other like minded folk.

A great idea all round, if you ask me.

We started at The Nadler Hotel in Soho which is self catering and eco friendly. We checked out on the rooms and it was lovely, with its own kitchenette and free filtered water.

Whole Foods on Glasshouse Street was first on the map. The holy grail for organic food in central London. Oh, how I love that place !


We had a smoothie at Leon which is a healthy fast food restaurant, Then on to Lush Cosmetics who are fighting a war on waste, animal testing and palm oil. As you may already be aware – these shops smell divine.

Nudie Jeans

Then we stopped off at The Nudie Jean Repair Shop in D’Arblay Street. Swedish jeans made with around 80% organic cotton. They fix your jeans if they get a hole and offer 20% off a new pair when finally needed.

The House of St Barnabas on Greek Street is committed to tackling homelessness. A members only club so you would have to join to enter ! :)

Neals Yard Covent Garden

On the way back for a bit of dinner at The Hospital Club in Endell Street, which is also a members club, focusing on sustainability ( and with a rather beautiful old record player in the reception )  – we passed the Wild Food Cafe which serves yummy raw, organic, veggie dishes – and Neals Yard Remedies who are famous for their ‘ no nasties ‘ products.

Other spots to be aware of are The Dominion Theatre, and Ceviche Restaurant.

The Hospital Club Soho Street Art

A little bit addicted to Instagrammers London now too and will be doing some more of their days soon. Too much fun and lovely people to chat with along the way while taking extra pics of street art. This one is by Mr Cenz and the person striding by is instagrammer @andreweggy :)

The Groucho

If you want to have a look at Conscious Me – here’s the website. Hope you find somewhere special near you to try out !

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Sweet and Spooky Halloween Party Inspiration

Party Halloween

Halloween is but a few sleeps away. We’ve got a couple of things lined up to do … a spooky trail with family and also a party this weekend. I have to admit, I have never taken my daughters trick or treating but we do love to celebrate it in our own way.

I was thinking of some easy to ways to dress a kids table for the 31st that is fun, colour co – ordinated and just a little bit creepy. So we tried out this as a Pre – Halloween celebration … funnily enough, they didn’t complain. :)

To start with I cut up some felt for the mats which can be used at the end of the party, as you will see in a minute. We sprinkled the table with some themed sequins and threw in some bats for good measure. ( A big thank you to Candle and Cake Party Store for sending them over so quickly ).


A very easy thing which made my daughters laugh was putting some dracula joke teeth in to some ring doughnuts to make some monster faces. They can keep them afterwards so always a winner.


We painted some mini pumpkins …

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…and then sprinkled them with glitter aka witch dust. Acrylic is the best kind of paint as it applies well and dries quickly. These should keep for quite a while, hopefully until the big day.


It was impossible to stop at just 4, we got a bit carried away – it was so much fun and added to the collection with a few more. A girl can never have enough pumpkins !

Hallow Party Bags Ribbon

and then after all the food and juice is finished, you can take the felt and wrap up the sweets for home time in it, with some ribbon – attach a spider with some thread  as a home time treat.

Hallow Party Bags

Voila !

What are you up to for Halloween ? Do leave me a comment under this post or just say hi if you fancy .. Would love to hear from you.

Lucy x


Inspire Me – With the V & A. The India Festival.

Fabric of India

Have you ever wondered how exhibitions at the V & A Museum are put together ? I’ve always been intrigued, so after an amazing cocktail event laid on by Good Earth ( more on that in a bit ) at the Fabric of India Exhibition, I did a little interview with the curators Divia Patel and Rosemary Crill …

V&A Curators

You have a dream job . How did you get in to curating at the V & A ?

DP: I did an MA in South Asian History and Anthropology at SOAS.

Muslin Beetle Wings

What inspired the India Festival ?

RC: We are holding the India Festival, a series of exhibitions, displays, events and digital initiatives that will explore the rich and varied culture of South Asia, to celebrate the 25thanniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery, which displays some of the most important objects from the V&A’s South Asian art collection produced between the 16th and 19th centuries.


For your exhibition, you have a  team including a Sound Designer, Project Manager, Exhibition Designer as well as yourselves on the ‘ Fabric of India ‘ – how do you all work together to make it all happen ?

DP: Lots of people are involved in V&A exhibitions from many different departments in the Museum. Whilst the curators decide on the narrative of the show and what objects will be on display, getting the exhibition ready involves a huge number  of people; a design team, builders, the exhibitions team to manage the logistics, conservation experts, technical experts, as well as the curators. We all work closely together, many several years in advance.

Houndstooth Sari

I especially admired the collection is the Chikankari Sari. Do you have a personal favourite ? 

RC: Although I love and admire the beautiful historic pieces made for the Mughal emperors and other rulers, I am very fond of the simpler pieces in the ‘Nature and Making’ section of the exhibition. These have such understated elegance, even if they are completely plain – they all have their own special texture or weave, and it’s a delight to be able to give them their moment of fame.

DP: I love so many things in the exhibition that it is difficult to pick a favourite. For me the sari that opens the show, the Houndstooth sari by Abraham and Thakore is special because it so elegant and simple but says so much about the continuing traditions of India and how they can still be relevant.


Are all the exhibits donated ?

RC: Some of the exhibitions have been kindly loaned by institutions or donations around the world, whilst many are from the V&A’s own extensive collection. These have mostly been purchased over the years, but a considerable number have been given as donations.

Good Earth are supporting the exhibition  – this seems to be the perfect collaboration ?

DP: Yes, it is ! The V&A and Good Earth are delighted that the brand is a sponsor of the exhibition. Good Earth’s celebration of the heritage of India and support of traditional crafts means they are a fitting sponsor and understand the story the V&A is trying to tell.

Will visitors also be able to purchase their products online from the V & A ?

DP: The V&A Shop are also celebrating the V&A India Festival with a beautiful range of products inspired by rich Indian culture. A range of Good Earth designs will be on sale in the V&A Shop and via

Jewelled Sword

There will be a series of events over the next few months for the Festival, exploring South Asia – what will this involve ?
RC: There’s lots more Festival activity. For The Fabric of India there’s a Friday Late in November, a special conference, and talks and workshops (visit for more information). We also have our next major exhibition Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection opening on 21 November, which will present around 100 spectacular objects from or inspired by the jewellery traditions of the Indian subcontinent.

Many thanks to Divia and Rosemary. I want their job ! :)

If you get a chance to visit during the festival  – you must go. The experience is amazing and I particularly loved the atmospheric music.

Good Earth Book

As I mentioned a little earlier … the party at the V & A was nothing short of stunning. An aroma of pure jasmine and rose petal oils filled the room and the soft but colourful lighting was incredibly warm and elegant.

I drank alcohol free lychee cocktails ( wow,very palatable .. ) while my friend enjoyed the champagne.

Lots of women wore exquisite saris that made my eyes dance with happiness  – and there were pretty lanterns and rose petals beautifully scattered over the tables.

This was all a gift to all to the invited guests from Good Earth, the Home Decor company who are sponsoring the exhibition. I already knew of them as I have had my eye on their quilts for some time… especially the Champaka Muslin Razai one. :)

They are now established globally after being known across India for their luxury, hand crafted, unique designs. Sustaining tradition and ecology is a priority for them, which really appeals to me too. I love that each design holds a significance and has a story behind it.

I was lucky enough to take away a few of their pieces in my bag on the night. The book above is full of dreamy colours and inspiration.

Good Earth Mug

The mug is fine bone china and decorated with 24 carat gold. I’m enjoying some mint tea in it. Bliss.

GoodEarth Napkins

I’ve never seen sheer, delicate, cocktail napkins like this before. Do you like them ? They are in an aqua marine blue and cinnamon and hand block printed. What a treat.

Good Earth Products

Can’t wait to pop this Peacock Ornament on our Christmas tree. Apparently it is made by soldering fine wires together to make intricate lace like patterns, that originated during the Roman period. The technique is called Filigree.

How did I find out these little nuggets of information ? All of the products have a little information card with them. How cool is that ?

Hope you’ve enjoyed my post ? What kind of exhibitions inspire you ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Lucy x

The Fabric of India, supported by Good Earth India, with thanks to Experion and Nirav Modi, is at the V&A from 3 October,

Photographs 1-7 copyright of V & A 2015. Photos 8 – 11 are taken by me – Lucy Loves Ya.

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival at Snape Maltings


Every year we try and make sure we go to the weekend of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival based at Snape Maltings.

Apart from it just being a fun day out for us all, it’s stacked full of really good local produce from East Suffolk. There is live music throughout the day which adds to the already buzzy atmosphere.


This year it was the 10th Anniversary of there were ever 90 different producers along with demonstrations, masterclasses and an area for kids to get hands on with some cooking.

One of the first stalls I spotted was full of beautiful seasonal flowers. Needless to say, some came home with me and ended up on my Instagram.

Bread Snape

It’s surely criminal to pass freshly made baguettes without buying at least one ? Why doesn’t my homemade bread look like this ever ? :)


So many tasty pies and buns … not enough time to eat them all … but we took some home with us too.


These tomatoes  – perfectly ripe and sweet. It’s making my mouth water, just thinking about them again. Local and homegrown veggies definitely taste different don’t they ?


The chocolate and salted caramel macarons were our favourite. I would really love to learn how to make them. Do you know of any good recipes ?

Snape Maltings

As well as the concert hall, famous for being converted from an old malt house by Benjamin Britten in 1967, there are also many shops, all transformed but still with exposed, old red brick. One of my favourites is the interiors department, because it is full of colourful inspiration for the home.

Snape Maltings InteriorsSnape

I really recommend a visit here if you’re ever in the area. It is beautiful and the views of the river Alde and beyond are stunning. On this particular day the sky was blue so I will leave you with a picture of the bright bunting that completed the festival.

SkyDo you have any food festivals that you don’t like to miss ? Please do recommend some. Leave me a  comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog :)

Have a good day.

Lucy x