Urban Home Furnishings Liverpool
A few days ago, I had an interesting email from Elaine, a wonderful inspirational designer who is embarking on a new career in soft furnishings.
Elaine makes wonderful handmade footstools and cushions designed to your personal taste and to fit in with the decor of your home.
I asked Elaine to tell me a little bit about how this all started, here is what she said:
“I am a mum of two boys and I work full time in a busy school office during the day which I really do get a lot of job satisfaction from, however my real passion is interior design and diy.
However my passion for diy took a leap last year because I had my heart set on a large deep buttoned footstool for my living room like I see in all the interior mags. My only problem was I couldn’t find one in my price bracket that was a quality piece of furniture!
After trawling the Internet for alternatives I decided I would try and make my own. I did a little research and come across a guy on YouTube giving a tutorial on how to make a tufted footstool. I watched it a few times and thought to myself ‘I’m going to give this a go’. So I did and to my surprise I did a decent job.
My family and friends were also impressed and a couple even asked me to make them one too. I decided to look for courses that I could take. I found Ministry of Upholstery in Salford, they had a footstool course, result!
I completed the course and as I enjoyed it so much decided to launch my own business “Urban Home Furnishings”. I have built a workshop in my garden and I really love what I do. I have just completed a masterclass at Ministry on deep buttoning.
I plan on taking a masterclass on headboards too so I can add to my repertoire! I also make cushions so my clients can get a footstool and matching scatter cushions to complete the look.
I only use the finest quality UK based suppliers. All my footstools meet UK fire regulations.
My footstools are made with a solid hardwood frame, using traditional techniques for deep buttoning, no chip board and staples!
I am passionate about giving my clients a quality piece of furniture that does not cost the earth! “
Elaine will be exhibiting at the SLUXE SAMPLE SALE which takes place at Camp & Furnace in the creative heart of the Baltic Triangle on Saturday 16th July 11.00 – 4.30
This is a brand new event, featuring international designers, homegrown talent and unique lifestyle labels. The first luxury designer sample sale of its kind to take place in Liverpool.
If you are looking for some perfect designer pieces to adorn your home this is the perfect place to be!
Claire and Andy’s pre wedding shoot
Claire and Andy’s pre wedding shoot took place recently in Formby Woods with a fabulous couple Claire & Andy.
Claire & Andy are to be married at Beeston Manor on the 13th August.
I love Formby woods and its been very popular recently with quite a few of my couples. Im often in the woods either walking “Snowy” or taking photographs. Its a wonderful place with the pinewoods consisting of mainly Scotch and Corsican Pine, many up to 100 years old dating from when the woods were first planted. The woodland opens up through to acres of open grassland, widely populated with many different heathers and flowering shrubs.
Pre wedding shoots can take place in your favourite places to banish fears of being photographed, they are a great way of making you feel easier about being photographed and overall less conscious of the camera. It just means you can forget about us on the day and we just get lots of lovely natural images of you. We turn your favourite images into a lovely signboard and then we bring it to the reception for all your lovely guests to leave their mark!
Claire & Andy were great and Im really looking forward to their wedding in August. These are just a few of my images from the shoot.
Sarah & Lee’s Pre Wedding Shoot
Its been a while since I last blogged, the last few months have been such an exciting busy ride, through pre weddings, weddings and portraits. Sarah & Lee’s Pre Wedding Shoot was shot in Calderstones Park in Liverpool. Calderstones is an amazing place in South Liverpool with over 94 acres of parkland and woodland and of course the neolithic sandstone stones.
Sarah & Lee will be getting married in the stunning Palm House on the 30th of July. Neil and I are really looking forward to their wedding as the Palm House is such a beautiful venue.
We had a beautiful June day for Sarah & Lee’s Pre Wedding Shoot and it was great to see them and have a chat about their wedding. The blossom trees were out in full glory and we made use of the delicate colours of the blossoms in our backdrops for the shoot. Sarah & Lee were great and didn’t find being photographed too daunting at all!
The pre wedding shoots are great for getting used to the camera’s and finding your best angles!.
They can be shot in places you like to be, and from the photos we take we make a rather splendid signboard for you to keep, so you get a really great keepsake too 🙂
Laura & Mike’s Speke Hall Wedding
Laura & Mike’s Speke Hall wedding took place on 2nd April at the stunning and atmospheric Speke Hall, originally built in 1530. Being a spring wedding the daffodils were out in all their glory and the whole setting at Speke Hall was just lovely.
Laura and the girls all got ready at her mums house and we met the boys at Speke Hall. Laura looked stunning in her beautiful satin gown and her bridesmaids were lovely in a mint green floral dresses and her flower girl was just adorable. The boys all looked dapper in Silver grey tail coats.
it was a very emotional ceremony and Laura and Mike are just made for each other.
The attention to detail was just lovely as Laura’s love for rabbits was incorporated into her lovely theme, including a very delightful cake. Her flowers were gorgeous pink roses with lilac freesia and they looked wonderful against the setting of the Marquee.
Speke Hall is a fantastic venue with the Great Hall and priest hole date from Tudor times, while the Oak Parlour and smaller rooms, some with William Morris wallpapers. It is set in stunning grounds with a rose garden, summer border and stream garden, and there are woodland walks and magnificent views of the Mersey basin and North Wales hills from high bank. In the courtyard of the main building are two ancient Yew trees, male and female, called ‘Adam’ and ‘Eve’. First recorded in correspondence dating to 1712, they are generally estimated to be at least 500 years old.
There was a beautiful atmosphere all day long and the party got of to a full swing as the twilight hours fell.
Laura & Mike’s Speke Hall wedding was a truly lovely day and we wish Laura & Mike a very happy Wedded life together!
Love Sam & Neil xxx
Annie & Alastair Wayfarers Arcade
Annie & Alastair Wayfarers Arcade. On Tuesday I had the pleasure of Photographing Annie & Alastair on Southport’s Lord Street and the wonderful Wayfarers Arcade.
We started in Starbucks, chatting about all the wedding details over a coffee and catching as it had been a while since I saw them.
Then we headed over to The Town Hall where we took a few shots in the surrounding areas before walking over to Wayfarers Arcade.
A Grade II listed Victorian Shopping Arcade with stunning architecture, a lovely ambiance and a unique mix of boutique shops and cafes. This made a perfect backdrop to our photographs and stopped Annie’s hair from getting blown to bits!! Im glad to say that Annie & Alastair didn’t find the shoot too daunting and we all had a lovely time.
Annie & Alastair Wayfarers Arcade. Pre wedding shoot was great for eliminating pre wedding fears about photos and it really does help you to become more
relaxed and confident in front of a camera. Relaxed and natural pre-wedding photography captures those special unrehearsed moments that often turns out to be some of the most cherished memories. We will turn this Pre Wedding session into a fabulous sign board and we will bring it to your wedding reception. You are able to choose your images so you will have a wonderful memento of the days leading up to the rest of your life together.
Annie & Alastair will be married in June at CHET in Little Crosby and we are really looking forward to their wedding. Chet is a 16th Century barn which is truly breathtaking and provides a romantic setting for your special day. It has beautiful surrounding grounds making it a perfect venue for a summer wedding. Look out for their wedding in the near future.
Annie & Alastair’s Pre Wedding Shoot was great fun to do. Hope its given you some wonderful memories too.
Steph & Geoff’s Pre Wedding Shoot
Steph & Geoff’s Pre Wedding Shoot took place in Ainsdale near Southport a couple of weeks ago, there was still a chill in the air but this didn’t deter us from braving the elements and having fun on the shoot. Steph and Geoff were brilliant, I had met them at a wedding show at The Vincent in Southport last year and we were delighted when they asked us to be their photographers for their wedding day. There are to be married at The Vincent Hotel on the 28th May and we are looking forward to being back at the Vincent again for their wedding.
Steph & Geoff’s Pre Wedding Shoot was taken in Ainsdale, I love this part as its quite sheltered and you have the dunes right next to you if you want to venture out a bit more. Certain times of the year you can find wild orchids in amongst a whole array of wild flowers. Its very beautiful and tranquil.
Pre wedding shoots are great for breaking the ice and giving you an insight as to how your photographer operates. The Pre wedding shoot is a great way for our wedding couples to get to know us. It also helps our couples learn to be comfortable and confident in front of the camera. Lastly, it provides us plenty of creative freedom to shoot some beautiful photos for their save-the-date cards, wedding invitations, announcements, and guestbooks. We spend an hour or so shooting, we make some pretty pictures, and we’re done. We will then make the images into a signboard of your favourite images from the day and we will bring it to your reception, mounted in a 70 x 50 mount and ready for guests to sign. It makes a lovely memento of the day with lots of messages from all your guests on the day.
Tracy & Ben’s Wedding Vincent Hotel
Tracy & Ben’s Wedding Vincent Hotel, took place at the Vincent Hotel Southport on the 19th Match 2016, with Spring in the air this was the perfect way to begin our wedding season for 2016We had met Tracy and Ben at one of the Vincent’s wedding shows during the previous year and we were delighted when Tracy & Ben asked us to be their photographers for their wedding day.
Tracy’s room in the morning was a buzz of excitement as all the flower girls were getting ready with Tracy. Tracy looked stunning in a beautiful satin gown, Her bridesmaids looked beautiful in delicate shade of turquoise and the adorable flower-girls were in white satin.
Neil had gone to photograph Ben and the boys in the lobby, looking very handsome indeed in their navy blue suits. while I was photographing tracy and all the girls.
Tracy’s bouquet was an amazing hand tied mix of ivory and white roses.
The wedding ceremony was held at The Vincent, followed by a drinks and canapé reception whilst we did all the formal photographs. The Vincent looked very chic and stylish all dressed in Ivory. The Vincent Hotel is a stylish, contemporary boutique hotel located on Lord Street, Southport’s main boulevard and was designed by award winning Architects Falconer Chester Hall.
Its in a fabulous location making it a wonderful choice for a wedding.
All the guests had a wonderful time and there was a fun filled atmosphere all day.
Neil & I wish Tracy and Ben a blissfully happy marriage!
Bethan & Ben’s pre wedding shoot Sefton Park
Bethan & Ben’s pre wedding shoot Sefton Park took place a couple of weeks ago, amongst the daffodils in Sefton Park Liverpool. The daffodils were in full bloom and looked like a glorious yellow carpet in places. Its such a wonderful sight to see after the bleakness of the winter months. The park was ablaze with golden daffodils and brings with it new hope it really is a sight to see. When I was a child I had learnt the William Wordsworth poem, “I wondered lonely as cloud” every time I see daffodils Im remind of his words and sentiment:
“I wondered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host of dancing Daffodils;
Along the Lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
Bethan & Ben are to be married at the fabulous 30 James Street on the 29th of July this summer. I met Bethan while covering her sister Ria’a wedding last year at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool, and it was a real honour when Bethan asked Neil and I to be her photographer’s for her wedding. It will be so lovely to see all the family again and meet Ben’s family this time, all the way from Australia!
Still a little on the cool side but so lovely to know Spring has finally arrived. Sefton park is an amazing place during all seasons and it was a real pleasure to photograph Bethan and Ben in the park. They were great and it was lovely to capture the daffodils.
Pre wedding photographs are a great way to get used to being photographed and not feel so self conscious about the camera. Its great to be able to use the seasons to your advantage too. Many of my couples book one or two years in advance giving them all the seasons to use for their pre wedding backdrop. Liverpool has some amazing sights to offer and wonderful parks. Im looking forward to this year of wonderful weddings and pre wedding shoots in the park.
I will be looking forward to photographing Bethan and Ben’s wedding in July.
Fashion at The Williamson Art Gallery
One of my favourite places is Wirral’s hidden gem, The Williamson, My photographs had been exhibited as part of an Exhibition many years ago and from that time I had always thought of the Williamson being a hidden treasure. Fashion at The Williamson Art Gallery was created when Nigerian Fashion designer Nonyelum Okonkwo Nonyelumm contacted me to shoot part of her Couture evening collection Inspired by the diverse ethnic heritage of Africa exemplified by our strong women, Strength, Fluidity, and Grace. Modelled by the fabulous Lilly Von Pink, we felt that the room gave us an opulent backdrop to Nonyelum’s designs.
Colin Simpson Principal Museum’s officer, very kindly facilitated this for us.
This is a fantastic place to visit, For more information see THE WILLIAMSON ART GALLERY & MUSEUM
Sam & John’s Wedding at The Vincent
Sam & Johns Wedding at the Vincent took place at the end of last year, being in the winter months the sun still found time to shine and the setting at the Vincent was perfect.
Sam looked stunning in a beautiful lace & satin gown with a lace veil.
Her bridesmaids looked beautiful in delicate shade of turquoise . Her adorable flower-girl was in white satin. Her flowers were amazing paper roses in a mix of dark red and turquoise . Sam’s shoes were custom made in Star Wars Comic Strip fabric .
John looked very handsome indeed and the boys all looked fabulous in their charcoal grey suits.
The Vincent Hotel is a contemporary boutique hotel located on Lord Street, Southport’s main boulevard, was designed by award winning Architects Falconer Chester Hall. With six floors of tranquility, guest studios, suites and a penthouse where Sam was getting ready, makes the Vincent Hotel Southport a unique lifestyle hotel for the North West of England.
Situated on Lord Street, Southport’s Parisienne Boulevard, the Vincent takes comfort and personal service to new heights – all within a fresh, stylish and contemporary interior. Everyone had an amazing time celebrating this beautiful day.
I wish Sam and John a blissfully happy marriage!
Love Sam xx
Urban Home Furnishings Liverpool A few days ago, I had an interesting email from Elaine, a wonderful inspirational designer who is embarking on a new career in soft furnishings. Elaine makes wonderful handmade footstools and cushions designed to your personal taste...
Claire and Andy's pre wedding shoot Claire and Andy's pre wedding shoot took place recently in Formby Woods with a fabulous couple Claire & Andy. Claire & Andy are to be married at Beeston Manor on the 13th August. I love Formby woods and its been very popular...
Sarah & Lee's Pre Wedding Shoot Its been a while since I last blogged, the last few months have been such an exciting busy ride, through pre weddings, weddings and portraits. Sarah & Lee's Pre Wedding Shoot was shot in Calderstones Park in Liverpool....
Laura & Mike's Speke Hall Wedding Laura & Mike's Speke Hall wedding took place on 2nd April at the stunning and atmospheric Speke Hall, originally built in 1530. Being a spring wedding the daffodils were out in all their glory and the whole setting at...
Annie & Alastair Wayfarers Arcade Annie & Alastair Wayfarers Arcade. On Tuesday I had the pleasure of Photographing Annie & Alastair on Southport's Lord Street and the wonderful Wayfarers Arcade. We started in Starbucks, chatting about all the...
Steph & Geoff's Pre Wedding Shoot Steph & Geoff's Pre Wedding Shoot took place in Ainsdale near Southport a couple of weeks ago, there was still a chill in the air but this didn't deter us from braving the elements and having fun on the shoot. Steph...
Tracy & Ben's Wedding Vincent Hotel Tracy & Ben's Wedding Vincent Hotel, took place at the Vincent Hotel Southport on the 19th Match 2016, with Spring in the air this was the perfect way to begin our wedding season for 2016We had met Tracy and Ben at...
Bethan & Ben's pre wedding shoot Sefton Park Bethan & Ben's pre wedding shoot Sefton Park took place a couple of weeks ago, amongst the daffodils in Sefton Park Liverpool. The daffodils were in full bloom and looked like a glorious yellow carpet in...
Fashion at The Williamson Art Gallery One of my favourite places is Wirral’s hidden gem, The Williamson, My photographs had been exhibited as part of an Exhibition many years ago and from that time I had always thought of the Williamson being a hidden...
Sam & John's Wedding at The Vincent Sam & Johns Wedding at the Vincent took place at the end of last year, being in the winter months the sun still found time to shine and the setting at the Vincent was perfect. Sam looked stunning in a beautiful lace...