Tackling the weeds and tending the flowerbeds; what isolation activities have you been up to recently?
Why not send a photograph to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
WIN YOUR CHRISTMAS WISH LIST with Wingfield Digby, Juliet Travers, Fairfax & Favor and Emma J Shipley
Christmas is fast approaching and to celebrate Wingfield Digby has teamed up with the renowned Fairfax & Favor, iconic Juliet Travers and prestigious Emma J Shipley to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win the Ultimate Christmas Wish List. What better way to celebrate Christmas than with over £800 worth of goodies?TO ENTER: Simply visit...-------------------------------------------------------------1WHAT YOU CAN WIN...A pair of Wingfield Digby Real Duck Feather Frames - £165Compliment your home with this timeless and stylish piece from Wingfield Digby. Real Duck feathers are handcrafted under glass to create a stunning finish. Combine with your favourite photo to create a perfect addition to any space.
The Belgravia suede Boots from Fairfax & Favor - £325
The Belgravia will fit seamlessly into your multi-seasonal wardrobe. Delicately crafted from the softest stretch suede, this gorgeous below-the-knee will soon become your go-to outfit essential, featuring a contrasting leather pull tab and a subtle Cuban heel to give that all-important elegant lift.
A Juliet Travers Limited Edition Guinea Fowl Framed Print - £170
These limited-edition Guineas are a classy and lively addition to any wall. Each print has been hand drawn by Juliet either in a sketchbook on her kitchen table, or in her studio in Battersea, London.
A pair of Emma J Shipley Kruger Double Bolster Cushion - £190
These intricate details are printed on a luxurious silk and cotton double sided cushion, with opulent navy velvet piping. The dynamic sizing of the cushion allows for a versatile use, ideal for any setting. Add some exoticism to your home with this stylish interior accessory.
Christmas is fast approaching and to celebrate we have caught up with the talented Camilla and Lucinda of Portman & Pennefather Interior Design - a complete design service for all aspects of residential and commercial projects. Portman and Pennefather produces intuitive interiors which are unique to each of its clients, with a vibrant and eclectic design flair which is effortlessly timeless.Camilla (left) and Lucinda (right).o
Alongside many of their talents Portman & Pennefather beautifully style photoshoots and Wingfield Digby had the pleasure of working with Camilla and Lucinda to style our 2019 Christmas photoshoot.Camilla and Lucinda talk to us about Interior Design, Table Design and how to 'bring a room together'...
1: Tell us about why you decided to launch Portman & Pennefather
Having gained experience working for high end interior designers in London we wanted to escape the big smoke and bring our services up to Shropshire, whilst still keeping very much involved with our London clients.
2: What would you say is your company ethos?
Keep the design in keeping with the building, location and probably most importantly, the client’s lifestyle. The design must be practical and functional whilst at the same time beautiful.
3: What is your favourite feather type and why?
Having ‘feather’ in our name, we love them all, but probably the Guinea Fowl feather – beautiful and it belongs to a useful bird, as they can act as very good guard dogs, warning of approaching people/ intruders – beautiful and practical, we like to think that helps to sum up our ethos!
4: Describe the team behind Portman & Pennefather in 3 words
Creative, Practical, Sympathetic
5: If you could save one photo from your home what would it be and why?
Probably one showing animals!
6: What has been your most exciting project and why?
We were very lucky with our first project in Kent, the first is always special but the clients were so wonderful to work with and we honestly enjoyed every minute of it. They loved neutral colours but wanted to experiment, with a great deal of trust between us, some bright colours made the scheme really special.
Photo from their project in Kent
7: What would be your top tips for bringing a room together?
Keep colour and finishes in keeping with each other without necessarily matching. Pick what you love, because that will be timeless and trust your designer.
8: What most attracted you to the Wingfield Digby range?
All their products are beautiful and great quality. Also very unique. They provide great accessories in both modern & traditional spaces which is ideal for us!
9: What is your favourite Wingfield Digby product and why?
The Guinea Fowl photo frames, absolutely beautiful, versatile, very smart and they really help to enhance any picture.
Explore the full Wingfield Digby range here
For further details on Portman & Pennefather visit, www.portmanandpennefather.co.uk
The Brains Behind Wingfield Digby London. How Alice Wingfield Digby juggles running a successful Business and Motherhood.Wingfield Digby is fast becoming a go-to for country lovers and interior enthusiasts. The company’s unique style has enabled it to grow rapidly within the UK’s luxury sector and has even generated Royal endorsement and recurring press recommendation. How you may ask? All down to the fantastic founder and director Alice Wingfield Digby, who has not only made the company what is it today but also juggles being a mother to the gorgeous Scarlett (2 ½) and Rupert (9 months). With Christmas fast approaching we wanted to pick Alice’s brains on how she does it, and the history behind the only luxury retail company to handcraft real game bird feathers under glass into all their designs.
When did you first have the idea to work with feathers?
Having grown up in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, I have always had a fascination for feathers and remember being mesmerised by their intricate markings. Textiles was a great love of mine at school and for me feathers are the most beautiful textile of all. The two interests culminated in the ideas of capturing and showcasing the beauty of feathers in luxury homewares.
What was the first item you started making?
Cock Pheasant feather coasters were one of my first projects. It took me a long time to crack them, they were rather fiddly and time-consuming and required a lot of patience.
How rewarding did you find it in the early days?
Creating products that people love and want in their home was so exciting. I got such a buzz selling my first piece and I still find it very flattering now when I see my products in people’s homes. Our frames capture some of the most personal and special memories – often wedding days, christenings, special family memories; what an honour that our creations hold all those precious moments.
Over the past 8 years what has been the most defining moment in the progression of the company?
It’s hard to pick one as it has been such a journey. Being asked to exhibit at a private sale at Clarence House by invitation only of HRH Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall was a huge moment of recognition for us. Opening the doors of our first store last year with our name above the door was very moving. Looking around the table at our team Christmas lunch last year, as a team of 10 was rather a ‘pinch yourself moment’. It has been a long journey with lots of highs, and years of hard work.
How to manage running such a successful business with two under 3’s?
I am so lucky to have such brilliant people around me. Not only a very talented team in the office but also a close-knit family who have pulled together to help. It would have been impossible without their encouragement and support.
The WD team is an extension of the family, we all become very close and work hard to support each other. In recent months, Rupert (9 months) has come to the office with me for meetings and in very happy being passed around the team. My parents who helped in the office during the busy Christmas season when I was heavily pregnant with Scarlett now look after her and my youngest Rupert whilst I work, so I know they are in the safest of hands. My husband Harry has been involved throughout, he designed our beautiful menswear range and has been integral to the success of the company across the board.
What is your favourite Wingfield Digby product and why?
I love all of our products, most styles have found their way to pride of place at home. Particular favourites include; Duck & Green Pheasant tablemats, Guinea Fowl Frames, Duck mirrors and Green Pheasant & Guinea Fowl Trays plus ALL the table centres. Why – because they are beautiful, add texture and interest to a room plus they are all designed to be practical so can be used every day.
What advice would you give to anyone starting their own business?
Be resilient through the highs and lows, there will be many. Make sure you do what you love because you will spend a long time doing it. Build the best team around you, full of people you like working with… you will be spending a lot of time with them!Explore the full Wingfield Digby range here
Wedding Season is nearly over and before it ends we wanted to catch up with one of our favourite milliner's Camilla Rose, founder of the fantastic Camilla Rose Millinery...1Camilla talks to us about Hats, Weddings and Feathers.
1: Describe Camilla Rose Millinery in 3 words?
Classic, architectural & elegant
2: Where did your passion for hat making originate from?
Camilla Rose was started entirely by a very happy accident! Having studied textile design at university, I worked for many years in the Interior design industry and I realised I missed the hands on creative side of things. I decided to do an evening course in Millinery, I thought it would be fun to make a few hats for myself to wear for friends up and coming weddings.
Having seen my hats, people began to ask if I would make them one and therefore what started as a hobby very quickly became a business. I’m very lucky that my happy accident has become my passion!
3: Describe the team behind Camilla Rose Millinery?
The Camilla Rose team is a one woman band, although during busy periods I do hire assistants to keep up with the demand!
4: Which hat has been the most popular this wedding and ascot season and why?
The Volute since being designed in SS17 is by far the most popular. It can be made to order in any colour and is the perfect headpiece to finish an outfit without becoming the centre of attention itself. The soft, elegant folds of the headpiece look great from all angles and due to the flattering position it sits on the head I’m yet to find someone it doesn’t suit.
5: What do you enjoy most about your job?
My favourite moment is always when I see my customer try on the finished hat. Their smile is always amazing and I feel so thrilled that I played a small part in making them feel so fantastic.
6: Which is your favourite piece?
It constantly changes but I think my current favourite is the multicoloured Arabesque from SS19 – it is a really fun, fabulous piece and I love how the soft silk abaca folds so beautifully to create this striking effect.
7: What inspired you to work with Game Bird Feathers for your Autumn collection?
My fedoras are perfectly suited to country pursuits and what better way to unite fashion with the natural world around us than to use foraged elements within the designs?
8: What is your favourite feather and Wingfield Digby product
I love the cock pheasant feather, the depth and variety of colours that can be found on each individual feather is incredible. I adore Wingfield Digby’s photo frames, they are such a classic pieces which you can see being part of homes for generations. I love how a colour can pop from the feathers in the frame depending on the colours in the photo within.Explore the full Camilla Rose Millinery collection at - www.camillarose.co.uk