I'm delighted and thrilled to announce I'm currently working on my next book which will follow my five previous best-selling titles, Bazaar Style, Romantic Style, Homespun Style, Pretty Pastel Style and my most recent release Selina Lake Outdoor Living - all published by Ryland Peters & Small. My 6th book is due to launch Autumn 2015 so there's a while to wait and plenty of organising, styling and writing for me be getting on with. I'm currently in the prep stages, I'm hoping to start shooting next month. As with my other books I can't reveal the title or theme just yet but I'm hoping if you liked any of my previous books your love my next one! Follow me on Instagram for updates & behind the scenes on my book photoshoots.
LOOKING FOR AN INTERN
I'm looking for a budding Interior Stylist to assist me while I work on my new book, this is an unpaid position and I'm ideally looking for someone based in Surrey/Hampshire UK or surrounding areas with their own transport who is keen to gain experience working with me. It's a flexible position from mid Sept to end of Nov 2014, I will need help for 6-10 days, of course I'm happy to pay your travel fees and provide substance. Your attend some of the photoshoots and assist me with shoot prep. My previous assistants went on to work with me on a paid/freelance basis and gained enough experience to work as stylists in their own right and get jobs on top Interiors magazines. Please get in touch if your interested:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 18 August 2014
Friday, 8 August 2014
Are you panning to extend your property? Build a garden room or convert a loft space and will you be installing VELUX Windows?
Thursday, 7 August 2014
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might of seen a few snaps of my new office and it's makeover in process. In our new house we allocated the back bedroom as my new office/studio, I wanted the space to become bright, calm and with a slight Skandi feel - check out some of my inspiration in top pic via my Pinterest. I set to work stripping wallpaper, taking up the tired laminate flooring which reveled original wood floorboards and then I painted everything white! My Husband installed new lighting and put up shelves to house all of my books. I have a large desk where I sit and work on my mac but I wanted a smaller desk to fit into a little nook in the corner of the room where I could have a crafting area. I opted for the Cato desk from Habitat, I love the mix of the lacquered white top with wooden legs which adds the Skandi touch I wanted and the built in shelf is perfect for storing my crafty bits and bobs, I use my vintage Ercol chair with it and have my sewing machine set out on top. It's a great space to sit and sew and to make things for my shoots. The complete makeover will be featured soon in one of the magazines I work for so for now I've just included a little sneak peek - what this space to see the transformation!
Friday, 1 August 2014
My July via Instagram @selinalake - July started with my Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete in Guidlford on the 1st Saturday of the month - you can read about the fete here. I was then invited to do a book signing at Belvoir Elderflower Festival and this marked the last event on my Selina Lake Outdoor Living Book Tour - big thanks again to everyone who came along to all my events this summer, it was great to meet you all. This month I also enjoyed a visit to Mayfield Lavender with my sister. I have spent most of my free time decorating our new house with my husband .. we now have lovely white painted floorboards in our living room and my office. We've also been enjoying picking our own fruit and veg from our vegetable patch in the garden so far we've had a cucumber, french beans, purple beans, runner beans and a yellow courgette! Workwise I'll been busy working on a new project for a new client featuring lots of my favorite things, florals and vintage china and I did another shoot this month where the new mint Victoria Pendelton bike from Halfords was the star of the show! Now roll on Aug as I have a holiday booked and a couple of Christmas shoots to prep for!
Labels: My July
Friday, 25 July 2014
Festival Season is well underway this Summer and here in the UK the weather has been absolutely glorious for weeks now (fingers crossed it continues) it's the perfect weather for Outdoor Living, Festival Style....
My Top 3 Festival Chic Essentials for creating the look yourself are:-
1. Start collecting Vintage Silk Scarves you can pin/sew together to make an eclectic garden tablecloth, use as a makeshift tent/hideaway or use them to make my no-sew cushions. I find them in charity/ second-hand shops.
2. Explore your inner hippy and have a go at making yourself a Floral Hair Garland - your find my how to in the book. (I made mine above using David Austin Roses)
3. Why not invest in a basket for your bike so you can ride around with it filled with flowers!!!
For More Inspiration .. check out my Festival Style Pinterest Board.
Have you been to/planning to go to any Festivals? planning any Gypsy Style garden parties or gatherings or going glamping this Summer?
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Did you pick up a copy of Prima Makes Issue 3 yet? It's packed with tons of easy DIY's and Makes and includes pages of pretty Wedding and Lavender Ideas which I styled. The lovely team at Prima Makes have also included me as one of their favourite things this issue - read about how my styling career got started and where I find inspiration for my photoshoots. I've just finished working on issue 4 too and then I'm starting on a Special Christmas Issue. I'd love to hear what you think of this crafty mag....
Labels: Prima Makes
Monday, 21 July 2014
|On Friday my sister Aimee Lake & I headed to Mayfield Lavender fields to have a picnic breakfast together. It was my sisters first visit there and she did her hair in a gorgeous festival chic style for the occasion, I'd visited a few times last summer when I was there styling a lavender party for my book Selina Lake Outdoor Living and it was great to be back!|
|For the Lavender Party in my latest book I commissioned Chloe Bakes Cakes to make a few different cakes which I decorated with fresh lavender and sweetpeas. I dressed the picnic bench table with a diy scalloped tablecloth and decorated chair backs with lavender and wax flower posies:- Check my book for more styling with Lavender ideas!|
|If you follow me on Pinterest your recognise some of the above images which I've pinned to my Lavender Style inspiration Board or if not go and take a look... Are you a Lavender Fan? Have you visited a Lavender Field this Summer yet? or are you growing your own Lavender?|
On Sunday 13th July I headed north near Grantham to attend, Belvoir Fruit Farms 1st ever Elderflower Festival and I had a wonderful day. I set up my book & Stationary stall and spent the day in the main Marquee signing copies of my book as part of my Selina Lake Outdoor Living Book tour. I also had a few bric-a-brac items for sale and I was giving out free goodie bags with Thompson & Morgan Wild Flower Seeds, Talking Tables Party Straws, Belvior Fruit Farm drinks and Outdoor Living Cards inside. It was great to meet some of my Midlands Twitter and Instagram followers. The Festival was styled by local Florist Sophie - I loved the floral display in the old bike basket and lace covered hay bale seating. Frances Quinn Winner of The Great British Bake Off was there to judge an Elderflower Cake Competition and some local school kids did a really sweet maypole dance. I bought a punnet of the most delicious locally grown strawberries and enjoyed a glass or two of Belvoir's Elderflower Presse. It was a very lovely day out!
A couple of weeks ago I hosted my 2nd Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete, this time I choose the Historic Guildhall in Guildford for the venue. The Fete was supported by Mollie Makes, Homes & Antiques, Prima Makes, Belvoir fruit Farm Drinks, Talking Tables and Thompson & Morgan and was part of my Selina Lake Outdoor Living Book Tour. The Fete started at 11am on Sat 5th July and a queue of visitors were eargerly awaiting entry into the pretty venue. The 1st 10 lucky guests through the door received a Prima Makes Goodie Bags. All the stalls inside looked amazing, I had invited lovely creative people from far and wide to come and sell their handmade & vintage wares, some came from Oxford, Leicester, even as far as Yorkshire! I too had set up a book stall where I was signing copies of all of my books and giving out Mollie Makes Goodies bags. It was great to have lots of visitors come along and in over 6 hours we had nearly 800 people visit the fete. I'd like to thank everyone who came along, my event/styling team who helped me run the event, Debbie for helping to spread the word around Guildford, Jacquie & Pippa for running the vintage tea stall, all my lovely stall holders and my event supporters.Check out Homes & Antiques Blog Post about my Summer Fete
& also have a read of Knit me a Cake blog post and check the mention from Vicky Trainor from The Linen Garden.
Friday, 11 July 2014
Have you seen Habitat's latest rug collection? I was drawn to this Agnes multi-coloured cotton flat weave rug as the texture and style reminded me of some cushions I used to style some of the living room spaces in my book Bazaar Style. Mixing Pinks & Red with mustard & grey and a dash of orange is a colour theme I explored through-out the book. Above I've put a little colour inspiration board together using some of my recent favorites found on Pinterest, I think this rug would work really well in a space where your looking to achieve an eclectic boho Bazaar Style or to add a shot of colour to a more neutral space - what do you think? Have you used Pink/Red & Mustard together in your home?
Saturday, 5 July 2014
I'm super excited to have teamed up with fab interiors website Joss & Main on a glorious Garden Event! I have guest curated a collection of gorgeous Outdoor Living products for The Styled Garden, event which starts today at 11am. I'm a huge fan of Moroccan style, zinc garden furniture, French Style lanterns and bright pops of pink so it was easy to pick out some of my favorite outdoor living pieces from Joss & Main's collection. If you haven't come across Joss & Main before its the website for home decor shopping and inspiration, they offer edited events by their their in-house curators and with top Interior designers, celebrities and me today. It's free to join and quick and easy to sign up. They also has their own online magazine, Plume which features, step-by-step weekend DIY projects, trend spotting ‘get the looks’, exclusive interiors expert interviews and easy entertaining ideas. You can read a Q&A with me there today too!