Growing up we were taught that travel is an education in itself, and thanks to that, I get to blame my parents for my irrepressible love of escaping and exploring somewhere new! I’m lucky enough to get the chance to spend a couple of days in Berlin this week and I’m so excited about it. I was there once before about ten years ago, performing in the stunning Konzerthaus venue, but thanks to a busy rehearsal schedule and a lack of planning on our one day off, I can’t say I’ve really seen much of the city. I’m going into this one equally unprepared, but judging by what I’ve heard, simply wandering should reveal plenty of treasures to keep me occupied. A quick bit of research into foodie haunts unearthed some of the beauties below, which I hope I’ll make it to. From local delis to more upscale restaurants it looks like the pared back Bauhaus design still permeates the city with the overall premise of form following function. Do any of you have any must see Berlin places and spaces? Any suggestions would be most welcome and you can take a peek at my instagram to see where I end up!
Having taken the plunge and attended Joy Thigpen’s wedding styling workshop in Atlanta a couple of years ago, I can’t say enough good things about the workshop concept. It gave me the chance to refine my skills, learn invaluable knowledge about the industry and in particular allowed me to talk styling fun for three days with an amazing group of people, many of whom I now count among friends. What’s not to like?! Hence when Sona of Inspired by Love shared her plans for a gorgeous wedding photography workshop in Slovakia on the 28th and 29th of August, I was so excited to be given the opportunity to come on board for the creative direction and styling. It’s going to be a special few days with two editorials, one which is taking place in a crumbling magical castle and the other in a beautiful rustic manor, to say I’m excited is an understatement! You can see some of Sona’s stunning work below and if you’d like to find out more just send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For all the adrenaline and excitement that comes with styling an editorial shoot, you just can’t beat styling an event that people get to enjoy and linger over from start to finish. Celebrations can take many forms, but for me, the ultimate special occasion involves gathering your favourite people around a table for a meal. This engagement dinner was such a highlight of last winter, and the icing on the cake was to see it featured in the current issue of Hearth Magazine. With the calibre of Laura Murray and Signore e Mare on board, I knew once we found the perfect venue, everything would come together. Driving down a sweeping country lane that weaved and curved its way through fields and around ancient trees, you couldn’t but get the sense that something special was just around the corner. Ballyvolane House seemed as much a part of the landscape as all of the greenery around it, and it was this palette of nature, interwoven with elegant 18th century architecture, that I wanted to capture throughout the styling of the celebration. Freshly foraged moss gathered by Ann Marie O’Leary that morning from the woodland floor, was laced with Irish heather and bees wax candles to bring the outdoors in. The roaring fire and delicious feast created with all local ingredients ensured that the soft rain falling outside only added to the magical atmosphere, and let’s be honest, the hedgerow martinis certainly didn’t do any harm either! You can see the full spread (and many more beautiful features) in the current issue of Hearth, or here’s a little taste below!
I’m on my way out the door to finish prop shopping for a gorgeous interiors shoot, yes, I love days like this! While I can’t say too much about the shoot just yet, it won’t come as too much of a surprise to hear that a big part of the inspiration came from the eternally cool Scandinavian brand of style. While trawling for further ideas I came across The Standard Hotel in Copenhagen. A step away from the usual bare minimalism often associated with Scandinavian design, the gold lanterns, opulent draped curtains and claw footed tables aren’t what you’d expect to find, and yet they seem perfectly at home with the cool colours and bare lines. My favourite detail though has to be all the giant trees brought indoors..one of these years I’ll figure out a good way to recreate that look at home but for now The Standard is definitely going on my wish list places to stay. Have you come across any stunning design hotels that were particularly memorable? I’m always open to new places to add to the list!
My beautiful baby sister Sinéad has lived and breathed music from the moment she was born. With a ten year gap between us, and six years between her and my next sister Éadaoin, she pretty much grew up with three mothers fussing over her! On finishing school last year she made the big decision to move to Texas to pursue her dreams of a career as a cellist, and her playing has gone from strength to strength in the mean time. She is a wonderful example of following your passion wholeheartedly despite the obstacles, and she always does it with a smile on her face. As much as we like to give her a hard time and tease about keeping her head out of the clouds, we are in fact very very proud of her! For anyone in the Cork area tomorrow, Sinéad is giving a lunchtime performance at 1.10pm in aid of an incredibly worthy cause, Marymount Hospice. The recital is on in the CIT Cork School of Music so if you fancy a lunch hour with a difference we’d love to see you there. Here’s a little taste of one of her performances stateside this year!