Paris Show 2019

Here is Kate’s round up of what the gang got up to in Paris . . .

So. We’re back from Paris, bursting with ideas about how we’re going to style (and physically fit) all of our wonderful new collections in the shop! Here’s a little trip report, sneak peak at our new finds for 2019, and a forecast of interiors trends for 2019/20.

Opulance Trends SS19 Paris Show Livs

Leaving on a Jet Plane . . . 

We flew eye-wateringly early from Birmingham to Charles De Gaulle and dashed straight from the airport to Parc Des Expositions which is just 10 minutes by train. We soon arrived at Maison Et Objet.

A quick coffee later (and a swift one for the road for MC) we dived straight in and walked the halls marvelling and sniffing beautiful candles, soaps and fragrances.  

Dip Dip Hooray

Our first purchase was these stunning candles from Ester & Erik, who have been making candles in Denmark since 1987 using a centuries old method of dipping on a frame, ensuring the candles are of the highest quality.  We fell in love with these candles at first sight, and painstakingly narrowed their 100s of colours down to just 9 gorgeous seasonal shades to take home.

Bouji Boho

Over the following few days, we walked the halls taking in all the décor and styling inspiration, making purchases along the way; we re-visited one of our all-time favourite suppliers, Madam Stoltz, whose stand, every single year is like a bohemian beach house dream. The way she puts together her collections is inspirational, and this year soft earthy tones ruled. Velvets in pinks, rusts, ochres and monochromes, curated artfully with brass, coloured glass, bamboo and wicker.

 Crafts featured large this year; Macramé, weaving and basketwork adorn the walls, and botanicals hang from the ceiling

Liv on Madam Stoltz

It was simply gorgeous, and physical restraint was all I could muster to stop Liv moving in! … And consequently, lots of lovely new stock is on it’s way from Madam Stoltz.

A Few of our Favourite Things . . . 

Along the way, we also bought: some fabulous lighting from one of our favourite Dutch brands, velvet dining chairs in a selection of opulent jewel shades, and a deco inspired brass shelving unit. We found even more plant pots with faces on, vases that hang from the ceiling, and a collection of utilitarian water and wine glasses that are super on trend.

This years trends were clear to see, rich earthy hues and desert shades. Raw cottons juxtaposed with luxurious velvets, and oversize everything! Enormous vases, opulent chandeliers, Art Deco inspired lighting, and botanicals, botanicals botanicals! There seems to be a real authenticity among interiors trends at the moment, ceramics feel handmade and linens are raw and honest.

Kate – on 2019 trends

Music is the Answer

The music on all of the stands at the Exhibition is well curated, with a heavy pulsing beat which gives a sort of heartbeat to the experience as you wander the stands. I have created a playlist of the music we found along the way. We’ve been playing it in the shop too, so do listen out when you’re next in store.

Trend Forecast

My personal highlight of Maison Et Objet is the Future Trends arena, where trend forecasters showcase interiors trends for the coming year. Trends are forecast based on all sorts of influences from fashion to cultural and economic. (read more about Trend Forecasting here). In this years case it’s a historical milestone; 2019 marks 50 years since the moon landings, and we will see reference to this throughout trends in 2019/20.  Opulent iridescents, futuristic metallics, dark galactic shades and in the case of Seletti, a collection of solar system inspired tableware.

There is a clear African influence that is prevalent throughout almost every collection, translated in one way or another. Bold monochrome tribal prints, and brightly coloured basket work, intricate beading and handicrafts sit alongside naive ceramics. This is interpreted differently from stand to stand, there is colonial antique style furniture, and a travellers curiosity collection, sat alongside taxidermy and finds from around the world.  Collections feel like they are put together because each individual item is loved, and the authenticity is felt throughout the trends here too.

It is clear to see that opulence is here to stay. I think we will be enjoying velvets and brights for a good while yet. The feeling is very much More-is-More – And that’s absolutely fine by me!

So having bought what felt like the whole of Paris, we dashed off with our suitcases to the airport to catch a late flight home! Phew – What a weekend!

When in Paris . . .

I think it’s important to mention just a couple of the places we ate and drank at over the course of the weekend (because everybody likes to be in the know if there’s a hidden gem to be found – right?)

We popped in to see the lovely people at Lou Lou’s Diner, which is a gorgeous Australian style diner which serves delicious healthy food and even better cocktails. We discovered it last year as it’s stumbling distance from our little Parisian hotel, and is stylish, well priced and the vibe in there is super chilled.  If you like cocktails, you’ll LOVE Lou Lou’s ‘Roses are Pink’

Toasting a successful trip at LouLou

We were also lucky enough to get a table at the incredible Chez Fernand, which describes itself as ‘French Cuisine for Wine Lovers’. 

Tucked down a little back street behind Notre Dame,  it is a total Hidden Gem – there were customers queuing in the cold down the street waiting to be seated in the tiny authentic restaurant.

Kate – on Chez Fernand

We had such a lovely evening there –  you simply must check it out when you’re next in Paris, but do book ahead!

Kate x

The Christmas Count Down is on . . .

A behind the scenes sneak peek at how we’ve transformed the shop for Christmas!

Six Weeks to go!

Well we are firmly into the countdown to Christmas now with less than six weeks to go! Whilst most people may have just started getting through their festive ‘to-do’ lists we have been busy preparing here at Liv’s HQ for the last couple of months!

Real Fir Tree and Fairy Light Foliage Christmas Display at Liv's Solihull

Shop Transformation

You may have noticed that our very clever team have transformed the shop into a magical winter wonderland, using our gazebo to showcase all the amazing Christmas decorations and ornaments Liv, Kate and Gina sourced way back in January of this year!

Window Shopping

We have also recently re-dressed the windows, Kate has styled a beautiful nordic Christmas Tree and dining table perfect for a hygge gathering.

Sensational Scent

And in the last week Gina and MC have installed a huge fir backdrop behind the till which has filled the store with the beautiful scent of pine . . .that mixed with the gorgeous pollyfields scented dried fruits is just insane – if Christmas were a smell then this would be it!

Dream Team

At the beginning of the week the team limbered up and flexed their muscles to unload a huge container of exciting and new stock which we can’t wait to fill the store with!!

Shop ’til you Drop

And that is all just in time for our exclusive Christmas Shopping Event, this Thursday 23rd November at 17:30. There are just a few tickets left now, so if you’re lucky you can get your hands on them here. We will be treating you to some festive refreshments, goodie bags and discounts . . .we can’t wait to see you there. We might even brave blasting the Christmas Spotify playlist (it’s not too early is it?!).

A Little Something I Made Myself

Finally, if you want to impress your friends and family as you welcome them into your home this season, why not join us for our first ever ‘Everlasting Wreath’ Workshop?! You’ll learn how to create a bespoke faux foliage wreath and we will provide nibbles, cheer and all the kit you need to build your creation. As those compliments come rolling in about how magnificent your door wreath is from visitors you can nonchalantly remark “Oh, you like my wreath?!” “No, no you can’t buy it from (insert preferred luxury department store), I made it.” <casual hair flick>. Get your tickets here.

Happy Christmas Shopping lovelies. Tra la la la la, la la la laaaa x

New Year, New Finds

A whistle stop tour of some of the new finds and fave trends (a big smattering of Tropical Glam!) from our latest buying trips

The team have been very busy visiting Spring Fair at the NEC this week, finding new suppliers, loads of lovely new finds and all of the inspiration for the shop!!! There has been a lot of walking and many sore, aching pairs of feet, but it’s all worth it! We will do a bit of a roundup next week of some our favourite finds from Paris, the furniture show and Spring Fair so watch this space.

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