We’re very pleased to welcome Laura and Beth to the W&L team. Both have just started at W&L as showroom assistants, allowing Amy to spend more time as design assistant to our growing interiors team. Do pop in when you have a chance to say hi!
A huge thank you to all those of you who so kindly donated your time or hard-earned money to our Big Tidy at Bristol’s Hop Skip and Jump respite centre over the weekend. Thanks to you, over the two days we were able to restore the outdoor play spaces back to their former glory whilst providing a large shed to store the centre’s bikes and scooters, bark chippings for the play areas and extra toys for the children to enjoy.
We’d also like to thank the wealth of companies who donated plants, planters, paints, compost, time as well as food for all the kind volunteers – Genus Plant Sourcing, Iota Garden and Home, Davies of Bath, West Kington Nurseries, Bathford Nurseries, Tesco Bathwick Hill and Chew Valley Trees.
We’d couldn’t have done any of this without you and are now on the case to make sure that the space continues to offer a safe, supported environment for years to come for children with disabilities throughout the region.
This year, our chosen community charity is Hop, Skip and Jump.
Providing care for children and young adults, Hop, Skip and Jump’s Bristol centre offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to engage children with disabilities and special educational needs. Children are able to experience a sense of space and freedom to help build self-confidence, social skills and self-esteem, while parents and carers receive some much-needed respite; time to rest, spend time with their other children, or simply go for a coffee with friends. Their simple vision is to prevent family collapse, to encourage and promote the development of children with disabilities and special needs, and, most importantly, to provide the highest quality respite care for those who need it most.
As you might imagine, funding for this vital service is limited and as such, the charity is unable to maintain the outdoor play areas as much as they’d like. Without the funds for a regular gardener, the space has become overgrown and unloved. Grasses and nettles are starting to take over, furniture and play equipment are starting to rot, and toys are rusting in the absence of storage facilities. The sensory garden and vegetable beds have also died back, while shrubs and trees have become so large that it’s difficult to keep an eye on the children whilst they’re playing.
So, we need your help!
Our team will be on site on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August to get our hands dirty and give the garden a much-needed tidy. But we can’t do it on our own – we need volunteers to help with painting, clearing, tidying and planting. No experience required – just as much time as you can give on either (or both) of those days!
Food will be provided on both days, and we’ll be there from 8am. Even if you can manage an hour or two, we’d love to see you.
If you can’t be there on the day, you can still help. From now until the big day, we’ll be approaching local companies that might be able to provide tools, vital materials and equipment such as raised vegetable beds, paint, compost, plants and play equipment. Our wish list for Hop, Skip and Jump is large, so please do let us know if you know of any local businesses that might be able to help out.
Alternatively, any donation to the project would of course be invaluable! Not only will this help us buy vital equipment for the centre, it will also help fund a regular garden maintenance visit to make sure the kids can keep on enjoying the outside space afterwards. To donate, please visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/HSJBristol
You can find out more at hopskipandjump.org.uk
We’re very pleased to announce this year’s winner of Showcase in conjunction with Bath Spa University.
Abby Hyder has just finished her final year in Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors at the university, specialising in printed textiles. We were hugely impressed by Abby’s subject matter, her excellent eye for colour and versatility across fabric and paper.
The team at W&L is really looking forward to working with Abby to help her achieve her career goals over the next 12 months. As well as plans for showcasing Abby’s work, we will be working with marketing and industry specialists to help nurture this huge talent.
Check in for further updates over the coming months, and you can find out more on Abby’s WordPress site.
We’re very honoured to be invited back to The Cotswold Gardening School by its founder and principal Caroline Tatham. Today was Nick’s turn to share his experience in setting up a garden design business with this year’s diploma students. This follows John’s visit earlier this year to give feedback on their latest design project.
We look forward to returning next year and to seeing all the wonderful progress being made by Caroline and her team at the beautiful gardens of Gossington Hall.
Our colleague and former Bath Spa University student Amy headed back to familiar pastures today when she was asked to give a talk to third year students at the university’s Sion Hill campus. Naturally she was an utter pro and was hopefully able to give the students some reassurance and advice on life and careers in the industry after graduation.
A big thanks to Amy for doing us proud!
Head to the latest issue of Bath Life this fortnight for tips from Nick and other garden experts on how to make the most of your garden space this summer!
John was very pleased to be asked recently by Bath Magazine to write an article for their April issue on the changes currently afoot on the interiors scene when it comes to all things colour.
The latest furniture, fabric and lighting designs are featuring a much bolder use of colour and pattern than the more paired down, minimal designs that we have been used to in recent years. So, for a summary of the latest looks and tips to inspire, look no further than this month’s issue!
With the studio and showroom in the very safe hands of Colleen, Fiona and the team, Nick and John headed this month to the warmer climes of Thailand and got to realise their long-held aim of visiting the home of Jim Thompson. As you’d expect from the man who was credited for single-handedly revitalising Thailand’s dying silk industry, the house was an inspiring treasure trove of stunning pieces offset by bold-coloured fabrics.
Sadly, Jim Thompson famously disappeared in a cloud of mystery in the Malaysian Cameron Highlands almost fifty years ago, but his silk company is still going strong and keeping his legacy alive. They are also one of the few luxury textile houses that is committed to a silk manufacturing process that is entirely in house, with their own silk farms, mills and design studio. As big fans of their unique designs we are also home a range of Jim Thompson fabric books right here in Bath, so if ever you after a Far-East fix, do pop in for a browse.
Just before heading Asia-bound, John was one of a handful of the city’s interior experts asked by Bath Life for what’s been catching their eye this season. Head to “Brave New World” in this fortnight’s Bath Life for John’s thoughts!
Last night saw the great and the good turn out for the annual celebration of all things Bath; the Bath Life Awards 2016.
We were pleased enough just to be nominated but were almost rendered speechless on winning the Interiors category, especially when up against such a wonderful bunch of fellow nominees.
Thank you to all our team, our wonderful clients and also Bath Life for their ongoing support from the launch of W&L.