We have had so many great entries for our ‘Isolation Antics’ competition, some of which we wanted to share with you...
We asked for amusing, unusual or just gloriously normal – and we got them all! Beautiful walks, stunning countryside shots and great pictures that capture the essence of being at home during these unusual times.
Rosemary’s garden is a triumph, with its buxus balls and clipped triangles and not a weed in sight. This photo would look lovely in one of our Cock Pheasant Photo Frames.
Who could resist this little rascal who is apparently already spending quite a lot of time on the naughty step for chewing through the washing machine hose. Our White Pheasant Photo Frame would show off this ball of black fluff perfectly.
Bert loves being taught tricks. This is him doing a horsey high five – clever boy. A surround of peacock feathers would show off his brilliance and that lovely blue sky.
We LOVE this utterly tempting picture of home-made scones accompanied by some delicious looking pink bubbly. What a marvellous combination and an image of lock down we would certainly like in our memory box.
Your delightful children have also charmed our team. It is never too early to develop green fingers as shown by these budding gardeners watering and planting bell flowers.
Here's a great father and son workout (competition?) picture. Keep those squats going boys!
This may be our most surreal photo of a husband on his way to the local shop to get some emergency provisions. We love it and definitely think Fido offers more protection than a mask!
And now some serenity and calm. Something we all need at this time. What wonderful colours...
And finally, a picture to inspire and cheer us all. Just fabulous. Full of energy, enthusiasm and joy.
Thank you all for sending in your photographs. We have loved receiving them and it is delightful to see that there is still plenty of creativity and fun being had by so many of you.
We look forward to seeing more of Bert and his horsey skills in the future!
Tackling the weeds and tending the flowerbeds; what isolation activities have you been up to recently?
Why not send a photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to WIN one of our Photo Frames...
Need some photo inspiration? Why not capture something amusing, unusual or just gloriously normal that you have been doing during isolation?
Walks in the park, wanderings with your pet…. maybe a shot showing off the beautiful things you have done to your garden?
I may frame this photo of my mother weeding my garden and send it to my brother (who wishes Mum was weeding HIS garden).
Or the picture of my husband posing rather self-consciously in front of some gloriously blooming rhododendrons!
If I was sending a frame to myself, I would choose a photograph of my 16 year old dog Xanda (who we rescued when we used to live in Cape Town) who seems to be embracing his slothful life in isolation...
The choices are limitless wherever you may be, but the result is the same; a wonderful memory captured in an equally wonderful frame.
So let your imagination roll, email us your photo at email@example.com and we will print the winning photo in one of our beautiful frames and send it to your family, a friend or directly to you.
We look forward to receiving your photographs.
Mother’s Day 2018 is particularly special for Wingfield Digby HQ. Why? Thanks to the birth of a beautiful baby daughter last year, it is the first time that Alice Wingfield Digby – founder and director – will be celebrating the event as a mother!
We had to mark the occasion accordingly. What better way to do so than by catching up with a fellow London-based, luxury design-led ‘mumpreneur’ – who even shares Alice’s passion for capturing the beauty of feathers in her work?
Meet Juliet Travers – renowned for creating elegant, eye-catching fabrics and wallpapers– all encapsulating the beauty of nature from Britain to Zimbabwe. Having prospered at the likes of Colefax and Fowler and de Gournay, it is unsurprising that her own launch in 2013 was an instant success.
Juliet’s unique work now frequently adorns the walls of prestigious hotels, stunning homes and the pages of House and Garden, The English Home, Country & Town House - plus many more...Juliet Travers Safari Collection: The Waterhole (explore here)
We caught up with Juliet to discuss motherhood, luxury design and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs…
- With Mother’s Day on the horizon, we couldn’t not ask your favourite memory as a mother. What is yours?
It’s the first day that my husband and I brought our son, Archie, home after he was born. We lay him down in his cot, in his own nursery, decorated in my Highland Fling wallpaper. An incredibly special memory - I will never forget it!Juliet Travers Highland Fling (explore here)
- Has Archie shown any of your creative flair so far?
He’s definitely a big fan of getting messy with paints - but that may be simply because all 2 year olds love an excuse to get messy! He’s sport mad, like my husband, so I think that might be where his talents lie… We’ll see!
- What’s been your proudest moment as a mother to date?
Archie constantly smiles and is a real people person. Throughout winter, Archie and I gave gloves to the homeless on the school run - a way for him to see how much happiness a simple gesture can bring to those less fortunate. He loved doing this and grew confident enough to hand the gloves over himself – it was such a lovely thing to see.
- What’s been your proudest moment as a designer to date?
I think for any designer, seeing your first few drawings transform from original sketch to finished product is incredibly rewarding. It will always be hugely flattering to me that people want my designs in their homes. If I had to pick a particular instance, it would be the prestigious Giraffe Manor, Kenya requesting my designs for their walls. With family in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, and the whole of East Africa providing inspiration for my Safari Collection, I was thrilled.
- What’s the best advice you’ve received to help juggle a work/life balance as a mother?
I try to be really strict with myself. 3 days a week Archie is in nursery while I’m at work; I therefore try to keep the other 2 days just for us and to stay off emails etc. However, anyone who runs their own business would tell you that it’s impossible to not let the odd email creep in now and then!
Having hard working and passionate staff is also essential. I feel incredibly fortunate to have such an incredible team who I can fully rely on - enabling me to be both the mum and designer I strive to be.
- If you had to save one photo from your home, which would it be and why?
This picture of my mum, Archie and I is incredibly special to me. As one of six siblings, I feel so grateful that each one of us has felt so loved and supported by her - in whatever path we have chosen. On a professional level, the business could not function without her. She beautifully wraps all our gifts and ships out some of our wallpapers from our family home!
Wingfield Digby Real Guinea Fowl Feather Photo Frame (from £70, buy here)
- We are naturally huge fans of your feather-focused, Free Fall design. What has been your favourite installation involving this to date?
That’s such a tough one - I love seeing any of our designs in a range of spaces! A particular one that springs to mind is Stag Lodge, a boutique hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold.
- We love being able to celebrate the British countryside through our work, while still being based in South West London – just like your team! Do you have a favourite leafy London spot to maintain a snippet of the great outdoors?
Battersea Park. I walk my cocker spaniel, Cuba, on my days at JT HQ. So much of my inspiration comes from wildlife and nature so it’s wonderful to be in the heart of this on working days.
Juliet and Cuba. Background: Juliet Travers Nutcracker Wallpaper (explore here)
- Do you have any favourite quotes/mottos that inspire your work ethos?
“Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important, capture the good times and develop from the negatives. If things don’t work out, then take another shot!”Wingfield Digby Real Guinea Fowl Feather & Glass Scented Candle (£30, buy here); Juliet Travers Free Fall Notebook (£16.67, buy here)
- What are you most excited about for Juliet Travers Wallpapers this year?
We’ve got a couple of really exciting collaborations coming up this year - but at this moment in time all I can say is “watch this space”...
- What is your favourite Wingfield Digby feather type?
Given that they inspired my first wallpapers, definitely Guinea Fowl! Although I’m also a huge fan of Peacock – the electric blue is spectacular.Wingfield Digby Real Guinea Fowl Feather Tray (£70, buy here); Juliet Travers Free Fall Wallpaper 04 (explore here)
Explore the full Juliet Travers collection here: www.juliettravers.com
Saturday 23rd September will see the return of the hugely successful Young Guns – a charity clay pigeon shoot organized by 26 year old shooting aficionados Victoria Dashwood and Ella Hadsley-Chaplin. Held at the award winning EJ Churchill Shooting School, the day will raise money for Breast Cancer Research – a cause that both organizers are passionate about.
We caught up with Victoria and Ella to find out how Young Guns 2017 is not your everyday fundraising shoot...
“It really begun with us wanting to organise something fun, for charity for YOUNG people. So many charity events are aimed at the older generation, or CEO’s, or enormous wealth. Of course these are all useful for the fundraising, but boosting awareness and mobilising young people are just as important. As two young women, and with breast cancer remaining one of the most prevalent cancers in the UK, we wanted to raise both funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.
How? At an action-packed charity shoot for our peers that features far more than just a few shooting flurries.
Kick-started with breakfast & coffee at EJ Churchill, the day includes:
- 6 staggered flurries – Each team is given their own host instructor, scorer, guns, cartridges, goggles and caps
- Elevenses – Drinks courtesy of Chase Distillery Sloe Gin and Firefly; nibbles from Caviar House, ChicP and Apesnacks
- Chauffeured transport to West Wycombe Park
- Coates and Seeley champagne & canape reception
- Live music from West Wycombe Brass Brand
- Sit down lunch in the south colonnade - Think Ottolenghi salads, fresh West Wycombe venison and POPS champagne popsicles
- Prize giving, raffle and optional shoot off
- Private after party – Held at the renowned 5 Hertford Street, London
Guns and guests will also receive goodie bags and 20% off at Wingfield Digby.
£1,000 - Shooting team of 4 (at least 2 members must be under 35)
£250 - Individual shooting ticket (competitors can be placed into teams if required)
£65 – Spectator ticket (price includes all the above bar shooting)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket enquiries.