Can you believe this was my first ever visit to Life Instyle? It definitely has a very different, more boutique feel than the other trade fairs and I really enjoyed it. Despite skipping most of Kids Instyle (not my bag) there were still plenty of beautiful wares to look at. Here are a few of my favourites.
My favourite stand belonged to Mrs Darcy (originally of Ada & Darcy fame). I love Kellie Collis’ colourful designs. There were plenty of new things, like gold chevron cushions (just when you think you’ve seen enough chevron you realise you need some gold chevron in your life!), gorgeous girly robes, hand creams and candles. Her floral textiles are just beautiful.
I also stopped by my favourite Voyager Candles’ stand for a sniff, went nuts over the paper goods at Bespoke Letterpress, admired the new Cool Edie’s paint colours at the Murobond stand and fell in love with everything at Bonnie and Neil (gorgeous new bed linen and ceramics mean even more places to use their gorgeous and colourful designs in your home).
As always, I enjoyed bumping into countless people I know online and had never met in real life!
The introduction of the Style Lab was a great idea and saw stylists Jane Frosh and Lucy Weight from Cool Edie’s create life-size vignettes from scratch each day, using exhibitors’ products. Definitely a talking point and amazing to watch them in action.
I first visited on Friday and was back again yesterday to host a roundtable (another new Life Instyle attraction) on social media which was really informal and enjoyable.