Cool Hunting Week 1

 

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For years I have wanted to do the online Cool Hunting course with Central St Martins, but something has always got in the way. Whether it be cash flow or traveling with work, I have never found the right time. This year, however, I haven’t gone on my bi-annual trip with work, which did make me a little sad at the time but then, to spin a negative into a positive, I can now do the course. Wahoo!!!

For those of you who don’t know, Central St Martins do an online course on the amazing topic of Cool Hunting. It’s an 8-week course which is run a few times throughout the year. I’ve always been really interested in trends. It not only makes up such a huge part of my job role with regards to home and lifestyle trends, but its also my passion and my hobby. I wanted to use this course to broaden my skills and look to new areas of design.

Fashion has always fascinated me and while it’s refreshing to look at something new for fun, I’ll hopefully meet some new people as well. For the next 8 weeks, once a week, I will log on to a virtual classroom with 12 other people who are located all over the world to learn more about the art of Cool Hunting. It’s exciting to see where this journey will lead me and I can’t tell you how excited I was for the first class…

Our first project was to create a moodboard showing our personal style and a small insight into our world. Regulars visitors to this site will know that I have always love creating moodboards. I can quite happily spend hours researching, trying finding the perfect picture that encompasses everything that you want to say in one image.

I really enjoyed this project from the start. I knew exactly what images I wanted on my board and then threw in a little humour about food and my love of sleep.

What would your personal style moodboard look like?

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Sometimes you just need a little break

This feels like one of those really awkward moments when you meet a friend that you haven’t seen for a while; you know that you should have text, maybe dropped them a line, but unfortunately life got in the way. So let’s just gloss over the fact I haven’t blogged in quite a while, I’m not going to give you any silly excuses except, well, life just got in the way.

Ok, so what is the reason behind my sudden desire to start blogging again? A few weeks ago I was talking with a designer friend of mine and we were discussing our lack of inspiration, about how when we’re out shopping, everything looks the same. As designers, we are all looking to the same sources of inspiration. We go to the same cities, read the same blogs and spend our days trawling through Pinterest, looking at the same images. No wonder everything is looking the same! Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest – I spend hours on it – but there has been quite a few occasions recently when I’ve hit on an original idea, only to realise soon after that it wasn’t truly original because I had unconsciously digested it on Pinterest.

So, with this in mind, I have decided to start a personal quest to look beyond the usual sources and explore originality. I’ve signed up for the Cool Hunting course at Central St Martins, which I start this week, and I am going to document everything I find right here.

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Pretty in Pink

I wouldn’t class myself as a girly girl but at the moment I am loving pink, it just feels so fresh and flirty, which is such an uplift when the weather has been so grey over the last few days. I suppose we should all embrace our femininity and embrace a bit more pink in our lives, I mean it does really compliment the grey skies after all

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Bike Love

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I got a bike a few months ago. It’s not the beautiful vintage bike I’d dreamed of because, apparently, a crusty bike with a basket on the front is not practical for off road biking. It’s a bright red, brand new mountain bike and the thing is, I love it!

This bike has made me so happy. It’s something that the hubby and I can enjoy together, but also gives me time to think, as I’m whizzing through the country lanes near my home. I love the feeling of the cold air on my face as I get to explore and really immerse myself in my surroundings.

What about you? Do you love riding your bike too…?

Credits : Bike World Beg Bicycles, Happy Interior Blog ,Winter Barn, Just Smile & Wave. Bike Love Pinterest Page. 

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Addicted to Pinterest

The dogs I wish I had. Source Pinterest (of course) Originally http://www.jjjanuary.blogspot.co.uk/

My name’s Louise and I am addicted to Pinterest.

There I have said it!!

When I recently showed someone my account and my 2,200 pins and they were shocked, but in my defence, some accounts have tens of thousands of pins and my account is small fry in comparison. Part of me though, is quite proud of my Pinterest account. I’ve spent hours trawling through blogs pinning away and I am one of the few that remembers when Pinterest was invite only. I pin pictures of the person I would like to be, the house I would love to live in, the places I want to travel to, the dog I wish I had!!!! But nothing is better than that moment when you find a new blog with a sea of beautiful pictures that you just need to collect and organise into boards, filling your wall with inspiration.

My husband said I was a Curator, I like this analogy, it has more meaning than ‘I just like organised collections of pretty and inspirational pictures’. I suppose it was a natural progression from sketchbooks, but unlike sketchbooks, when the page doesn’t look pretty you can’t rip it out.

In a way, Pinterest has become a record of me. When I was looking for a job, I posted lots of beautiful patterns. When I moved, I posted delightful interior shots. It’s a record of what I have loved over the last 3 years. I suppose we all have a social media that excites us and Pinterest is mine. I am a designer after all!

Source Pinterest. Originally http://www.jjjanuary.blogspot.co.uk/

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