Friday, 13 May 2016

press & blogging adventures....


a day with 'we are function & form' and 'houzz'...

Today I wanted to share with you the second home from the fabulous day spent with 'We Are Function & Form' and 'Houzz.' My previous post gives you a little information about the event, which brought together a small group of like minded bloggers to take part in an inspiring tour of two  London properties. It was really great to spend time with everyone, hear all about WAFF and Houzz over delicious cake and tea at Ottolenghi and take a peak into two very different homes.

Interior designer Laura Lakin has created a contemporary open plan home in her Hackney warehouse conversion. Architectural detailing in the internal crittal windows and painted brick are the perfect match for Laura's monochrome palette that gives a relatively modest floor area a feeling of light and space. By partially knocking through from the second bedroom to the living area and incorporating the steel windows, Laura was able to introduce more light and a greater feeling of space without losing a room and, of course, it is the perfect nod to warehouse style living. I also loved her clever use of space in the hallway, where Laura reduced the size of the original entrance hall to incorporate a jack-and-jill WC to the master bedroom's ensuite shower room. The open plan living/dining/kitchen even manages to house laura's office space without compromising on the feeling on space-that's clever panning!



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laura laking interior design, we are function and form, houzz, caroline davis, trend daily blog, small space living, monochrome

laura laking interior design, we are function and form, houzz, caroline davis, trend daily blog, small space living, monochrome

laura laking interior design, we are function and form, houzz, caroline davis, trend daily blog, small space living, monochrome

laura laking interior design, we are function and form, houzz, caroline davis, trend daily blog, small space living, monochrome

laura laking interior design, we are function and form, houzz, caroline davis, trend daily blog, small space living, monochrome

laura laking interior design, we are function and form, houzz, caroline davis, trend daily blog, small space living, monochrome

laura laking interior design, we are function and form, houzz, caroline davis, trend daily blog, small space living, monochrome

laura laking interior design, we are function and form, houzz, caroline davis, trend daily blog, small space living, monochrome

laura laking interior design, we are function and form, houzz, caroline davis, trend daily blog, small space living, monochrome





Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Press and Blogging adventures

A day with 'We Are Function & Form' and Houzz...

Recently, a group of interiors bloggers met at Ottolenghi in Spittalfields to attend a 'We Are Function & Form' get-together. Described as a 'unique gathering of like minds, We Are Function & Form (WAFF) was set up by Tiffany Grant-Riley and Annie Kruse, two very busy working mums, but both with a passion for simple, clean hand-crafted design. Their vision was to bring together like minded bloggers, stylists and creatives to join them in creative gatherings featuring inspirational designers and makers talking about and sharing their own work.

This was only their second event, sponsored by the Internationally acclaimed website Houzz. Emmeline and Vicky gave a fascinating introduction to the company, from its humble origins to 11 countries being represented in 13 offices worldwide and an impressive 40 million members. Despite being in the interiors industry for what seems like eons, I was a newcomer to Houzz and now really enjoy trawling through its extensive database of images. For anyone renovating their home, top to bottom, inside and out, you'll find enough inspiration, industry professionals and like minded individuals to help to create your own personal moodboards at the click of a button and turn your dream into reality.

We had two homes to look forward to on our mini tour, beginning with a short walk around the corner to the fascinating Huguenot weaver's house of award winning architect Chris Dyson. Chris founded his practice in Spitalfields in 2004, with projects varying from private commissions to public buildings and urban planning proposals. The practice's two specialist areas cover an array of projects from historic conversions to contemporary cultural and commercial commissions.

Next time I'll show you my snaps from the second home on our tour. Meanwhile, here are some shots from Chris' home. Click on the links below to find out more.

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we are function and form, trend daily blog, caroline davis stylist, chris dyson architect, spitalfields, huguenot weavers

we are function and form, trend daily blog, caroline davis stylist, chris dyson architect, spitalfields, huguenot weavers

we are function and form, trend daily blog, caroline davis stylist, chris dyson architect, spitalfields, huguenot weavers

we are function and form, trend daily blog, caroline davis stylist, chris dyson architect, spitalfields, huguenot weavers

we are function and form, trend daily blog, caroline davis stylist, chris dyson architect, spitalfields, huguenot weavers

we are function and form, trend daily blog, caroline davis stylist, chris dyson architect, spitalfields, huguenot weavers


we are function and form, trend daily blog, caroline davis stylist, chris dyson architect, spitalfields, huguenot weavers






Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Canvas Pop Give-Away!


Fabulous wall art give-away...with Canvas Pop!

Hi everyone. Following on from my last post, I'm really pleased to offer you all a great discount and give away with Canvas Pop!

I recently worked on a few shots with photographer Emma Lewis and Trinske of Dutch brand HK Living and one of our favourite images has been reproduced onto this fantastic canvas.

I think these canvases would make a great gift and the whole process couldn't be easier. You can upload a photo from the computer via your camera, facebook or instagram. A step-by-step process takes you through the format, size and even an option to add text to make it personal and totally unique.

The process from start to finish was surprisingly fast and easy. I'm a huge fan of Instagram, so to be able to download your pictures from there was a bonus, but if you want to make it really easy, you can just download pictures from your phone onto the computer and you'll be ready to go. I'm really pleased with the result!

Just click on the competition link HERE to win your own 16x20 canvas
or to get a 35% discount off an entire order by May 2nd, simply enter the discount code TRENDDAILY35 on-line when you make your purchase.

Shipping is to Canada, USA and the EU!





Enter here to win with CANVAS POP!

Enter TRENDDAILY35 when ordering for 35% DISCOUNT



hk living (marble board & wooden bowls on canvas)



skandivis (letter mug)

whittard (glass teapot and cup)


Thursday, 14 April 2016

Styling Details...


Test shooting and location scouting...

What better way to spend your days off than teaming up with a talented photographer, discovering a new location and producing a few test shots. Emma Lewis and I did just that recently, first at Pennard House and then a few hours snatched here at home.

Re-locating to a new area is daunting and exciting in equal measures, but when you discover great suppliers, artists and retail outlets on your doorstep, it's fantastic to get in touch and team up on creative projects. Here are a few shots we took over the two days!

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Wooden plates and bowls from HK Living. This shot of me, taken by Emma will feature in a wall art give-away in the next post! 


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Deli items and bowls, Waitrose. Marble chopping board, HK Living.

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caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog, styling details, emma lewis photography, hk living, cox & cox, waitrose, pennard house, nordic rose, atlas flowers,
Stunning silk blooms, Atlas flowers. Location, Pennard House.

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Angel wings and mirror, Cox & Cox. Location, Pennard House.

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 Vase selection, HK Living. Location, Pennard House.

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 Stag head and light garland, Cox & Cox. Location, Pennard House.

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Faux silk bloom, Atlas Fowers.








Wednesday, 2 December 2015

A visit to... Yeo Valley Organic Garden


A sketching day with natasha clutterbuck and The Simple Things Magazine...

Happy December everyone and a huge thank you to all of you who have stuck by me during such a long break away from the blogging world! We have made a big family move, which I will post about later, but for now I wanted to finally tell you about a fabulous day out.

A few weeks ago, I booked on to a sketching day with The Simple Things Magazine and Somerset artist Natash Clutterbuck at the fabulous Yeo Valley Organic Garden. I first came across Natasha's stunning drawings via Garden's Illustrated and the beautiful photgraphy of Andrew Montgomery. Knowing little more about Yeo Valley than the TV adverts and yoghurt pots on the supermarket shelves, I was intrigued to take a trip to their HQ to find out what they were all about and see Natasha's work in person.

If you are ever in Somerset, it's well worth checking on the Yeo Valley events page to see what's on. The family owned farm is an incredibly slick and impressive operation and you can only admire how they have turned a humble dairy farm of just 30 cows into the thriving organic commercial business that it is today. I found the whole background to the family and the brand inspiring in an industry that must be so incredibly tough to survive in. Their story is well worth a read.

Artist in residence, Natasha, uses natural, local raw ingredients for her drawings-charcoal from the Somerset levels, red iron ore and ochres from the Mendip Hills, mud and oak bark. I love her free style sketching and subject matter-locally grown vegetables from friends' gardens and allotments and, of course, the stunning Yeo Valley kitchen garden!



 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine


 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine
The Yeo Valley Canteen is open for lunch five days a week, with 5 chefs working in HQ to produce absolutely deicious food.
 caroline davis, stylist, trend daily blog, yeo valley organic garden, a visit to, artists, the simple things magazine

Natasha's wonderful drawings and home studio, photgraphed by Andrew Montgomery.
photography by andrew montgomery, natasha clutterbuck artist, yeo valley organic garden, the simple things magazine, caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog

photography by andrew montgomery, natasha clutterbuck artist, yeo valley organic garden, the simple things magazine, caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog

photography by andrew montgomery, natasha clutterbuck artist, yeo valley organic garden, the simple things magazine, caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog

photography by andrew montgomery, natasha clutterbuck artist, yeo valley organic garden, the simple things magazine, caroline davis stylist, trend daily blog








Wednesday, 15 July 2015

paints & colour....



pride & joy paints... my styling

Have you heard of Pride & Joy paints yet? They do a great range of 769 colours, so I picked out a few of my favourite ones for some colour mood boards. The family run company was founded in Finland in 1948 and as so typical of Scandinavian products, has always kept environmental concerns to the fore. They produce a great range of colour cards and sample swatches. I hope these mood boards encourage you to try some different colour combinations!

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orange PJ8387; blue PJ8281; green PJ8383; yellow PJ8186 


Pride & Joy paints, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paints and colour, interiors, moodboards
blue PJ9281; plum PJ9488; green PJ9285; pink PJ9188 


Pride & Joy paints, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paints and colour, interiors, moodboards
top down yellow PJ8585; blue PJ8681; plum PJ9388; green PJ9185 


Pride & Joy paints, trend daily blog, stylist caroline davis, paints and colour, interiors, moodboards
pale blue PJ8481; green PJ9485; blue PJ9481; orange 8487

Vintage baker's tray used as the background, from a selection at home barn