Christmas at the Orangery

I need to stop going to design fairs. I just can’t afford it. I’ve bought all my Christmas presents now, but seem to keep accidentally buying stuff for myself!

But who could blame me when the quality of the exhibitors at yesterday’s Christmas at the Orangery event in Henleaze, Bristol, was so high (clearly due to the fabulous taste of the event organiser, designer Rachel Goodchild).

It was the lovely Juliet Seldon (stockists of my favourite Annie Sloan chalk paints, among other things) who invited me along, and I’m so glad she did.

Some of my very favourite designer-makers were present…

Elle and the snow dove giclee print £28, Belle & Boo

Elle and the snow dove giclee print £28, Belle & Boo

Bike cushion £47.50, Ella Doran

Bike cushion £47.50, Ella Doran

The Dove Heart range by Rachel Goodchild

The Dove Heart range by Rachel Goodchild

…plus I discovered a few more…

Figgy pudding cotton napkins (four), was £32 now £24, Charlotte Macey

Figgy pudding cotton napkins (four), was £32 now £24, Charlotte Macey

Pottery by Matt Waite

Pottery by Matt Waite

…and even got to meet two of the nicest crafty writerly types, editors Jo Keeling and Nicole Burnett of Pretty Nostalgic – and yes, a subscription was one of the gifts I treated myself to!

I do hope there’s going to be another event next year – pretty please, Rachel?

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